Arts

Miami Beach Arts
6:53 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Van Dyke, Lincoln Road's Legendary Jazz Venue, Plays Last Tune

The band Oriente at the Van Dyke Sunday night
Credit Alicia Zuckerman / WLRN

After almost two decades a famed South Florida live music venue is no more.

Located on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Lincoln Road on Miami Beach, in the historic Van Dyke building built in 1924, Van Dyke Cafe had its last call on Sunday, Jan. 26. Patrons were invited for a special celebration and toast at 5 p.m. to commemorate the closing. The venue was well known for hosting live jazz and became a staple of the beach's people-watching haven, Lincoln Road Mall.

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Bikes As Art
6:30 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Show Commemorates Dead Cyclists With Reconstructed Bikes

Diego Saldaña-Rojas WLRN

Covered in white, synthetic hair, dollar bills, paint or disassembled and wrapped in wire. Those are a few of the ways in which bicycles have been transformed into art pieces for ARTcycle: Bikes Become Art, a new exhibit at the Coral Gables Museum starting Jan. 23. The creator, cyclist and graphic designer Tachi Llamas, designed the show to commemorate riders who have died on the road.

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Arts
6:14 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Boynton Beach Arts District Picks Up The Pieces After Flood Loss

Boynton Beach Arts District founder Rolando Chang Barrero surveys a heap of soil, all that's left of the District's urban garden
Credit Christine DiMattei

There goes two-and-a-half years of work.

That’s what Rolando Chang Barrero says he was thinking as he surveyed the damage from last week’s flash floods on the Boynton Beach Arts District he founded not long ago.

“I was scared to open the door,” says Chang Barrero of the scene he walked into last Friday.  “The water was above the door about seven inches.  I just didn’t want to open the doors or the gates because I didn’t know what I was going to find.”

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Theater
8:04 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Carbonell Nominations For 2014 Announced

Credit Alicia Donelan / Courtesy Maltz Jupiter Theatre

The 38th annual Carbonell Award nominations are out, and Palm Beach County came out on top with the most nominations at 62. The Maltz Jupiter Theater topped all other theaters, carrying 19 nominations.

The Maltz is no stranger to Carbonells, having received more than 20 nominations per year in the past two years.

Notable nominees include two recently established Boca Raton theaters: Slow Burn Theater Company and the Wick Theater and Costume Museum.

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Arts
7:01 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Trio Of Scientists Create Miami's First-Ever Sci-Fi Film Fest

Founders of the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival (L to R) Edward Figueroa, Eric Swain & Troy P. Bernier
Credit T. Bernier

Beam everybody down, Scotty.  Or to downtown Miami, to be exact.

From Jan. 17 to 19,  the Hyatt Regency is set to be invaded by all kinds of interplanetary voyagers and time-travelers -- courtesy of a film festival celebrating all things sci-fi.

About 50 science fiction, fantasy and horror films from around the world will be screened at the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival this weekend.

MiSciFi, as it’s called by its founders, is being billed as the first of its kind in Miami.

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Theater
3:58 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

How A Shakespeare Play Could Transform Miami Into 'Broadway South'

Chuckwudi Iwuji as Enobarbus and the cast of 'Antony and Cleopatra'
Hugo Glendinning

  The four-week run of a rarely done Shakespeare play at the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach could be a defining moment for South Florida theater.

The set for “Antony and Cleopatra” is minimalist.  The costumes, unelaborate.  The play, which chronicles the dying days of ancient Rome’s Second Triumvirate, is a collaboration between another mighty trio – England’s Royal Shakespeare Company, New York’s Public Theater and Miami’s own GableStage.

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Palm Beach Symphony
7:55 am
Fri January 10, 2014

'Four Seasons' Remix At Henry Flagler's Gilded-Age Mansion

Whitehall is Henry Flagler's Gilded Age mansion in Palm Beach.
Credit Courtesy of Palm Beach Symphony

The Palm Beach Symphony’s performance on Thursday, Jan. 9, promises to be an evening of both rich music and architecture.

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Arts Preview
11:26 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

McCraney's 'Radical Edit' of Shakespeare Play Lands In Miami Beach

Jonathan Cake as Mark Antony in 'Antony and Cleopatra'
Credit Hugo Glendinning

It’s a long distance from the rough streets of Liberty City to the bright lights of Stratford-Upon-Avon in England.  But playwright and director Tarell Alvin McCraney has made that journey – and along the way, acquired a resume that would make many artists green with envy.

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Arts Preview
11:03 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Miami City Ballet Kicks Off New Year With Catalán Folk Music And Bare Feet

Miami City Ballet dancers Jeanette Delgado in Jardí Tancat.
Gio Alma/Miami City Ballet

Miami City Ballet for the first time is dipping its (bare) toes into the work of famous Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato this Friday. The work, “Jardi Tancat,” is a soulful and lyrical piece, performed in barefoot to Catalán folk music. It is one of four works making up the ballet’s Program II, See the Music.

Miami City Ballet artistic director Lourdes Lopez has made bringing new works to the company one of her priorities.

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Culture
3:05 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

GardenMusic Festival Kicks Off At Fairchild

The Sixth Floor Trio performs at Fairchild. Pictured from left to right are Harrison Hollingsworth, Johnny Teyssier and Teddy Abrams.
Credit Marva Hinton / WLRN

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables kicks off its second GardenMusic Festival Thursday, Jan. 9. The event features everything from chamber music, to jazz, folk and even Broadway standards.

Members of Sixth Floor Trio, the group that developed the musical program for the festival, say that’s by design.

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Little Haiti
8:14 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Migrant-Centered Libreri Mapou Seeks Tourist Dollars With Cultural Appeal

Hand-painted carved wood carved into the words “Libreri Mapou” illustrate an island landscape.
Chloe Herring WLRN

Behind Libreri Mapou's pink storefront, tall bookshelves cover every wall and ceiling fans make small red, blue and white Haitian flags wave. Small, dark sculptures of dancing people are on display. The small, Haitian bookstore sells titles in Creole, French and English written by Haitians from the island and its diaspora.

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Florida Keys
6:37 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Winging It: Biking Around Again In Margaritaville

NPR's Petra Mayer has finally learned how to ride a bike.
Izolda Trakhtenberg

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 11:53 am

I love Key West, and I go there as often as possible: pina coladas, drag queens, shady hammocks, feral chickens — it's the best. There's just one problem: everyone gets around the island by bike, and I've never learned to ride one. Obviously that had to change.

Why didn't I learn? I really don't remember, and neither did my mom, when I asked her about the one time my parents tried to teach me. "You got on a big bicycle that was so big you couldn't really turn the wheels and got discouraged."

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Memories Of An Inaugural Poet
8:50 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Richard Blanco: The Poem Not Taken

2013 Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco
Credit Richard_Blanco.com

Miami-raised poet Richard Blanco had planned to take his partner to President Barack Obama’s second inauguration to sit on the platform as he read the poem he composed for the event.

He could only have one guest. But his partner had another idea, Blanco says.

“He says, ‘It should really be your mom to go with with you. This is so much more about the American Dream story.'”

So Blanco picked up the phone to call his mother to ask her if she even wanted to go.

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Holidays
8:01 am
Thu December 26, 2013

This Is The Christmas Treat That Really Says "Miami" To Me

Maria Murriel WLRN

Despite Miami's widespread Nochebuena culture, I always felt like my Peruvian-immigrant family's Christmas celebrations were different from other "Americans."

During our early years here in the early 2000s, my mom was the caretaker for an elderly, wealthy couple. Señora Lilian was from Cuba, and her husband, Mr. Hollenbeck, was from the U.S. They were sweet.

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Food
2:57 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Forget The Caja China – Give Hallacas A Try This Nochebuena

The Venezuelan hallaca
Credit madrid.olx.es

Gringos like me don’t forget their first hallaca.

Mine was lying on a simple white plate, in the coastal town of Lecherías, Venezuela, on the patio of my future in-laws’ home. It was a soft Caribbean Christmas Eve in 1985.

The tawny tamal was swaddled in smoked banana leaves that reminded me of the lush, exotic foliage of an Henri Rousseau painting. I unwrapped it, cut into it, took a bite – and rediscovered Christmas.

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