Art Basel

Holiday spirit in South Florida has been punctuated by art-world buzz since Switzerland's mammoth fair planted itself here. Art Basel Miami Beach has grown, since its 2002 inception at the Miami Beach Convention Center, from elitist trade show to ubiquitous art party. 

All the gallery openings, launch parties and live art installations spurred during what's become Miami Art Week are impossible to keep track of. But we're trying:

See our feature stories for this year's fair and its surroundings in our Basel Stories category, and catch a bit of the pre-Basel happenings in the Before The Fair tab. Anything related to the Perez Art Museum Miami is easy to find under PAMM.

And to see how we recommend you spend this week, check out Basel Like Us. For live coverage of the art shows and street happenings we're witnessing, head to the Live From Basel stream.

But if you'd just like to see it all, scroll below.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

JazzRoots Series, Bassist Christian McBride, Miami-Dade Arts Calendar

Jazz Roots
www.jazzroots.net

06/06/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, TV and event producer extraordinaire, Larry Rosen, talks about Miami-Dade county’s most successful Jazz series, the 7th annual JazzRoots coming to the Arsht Center.

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Arts
8:16 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Electro-Fractal Artist Paints At The Intersection Of Art And Science

Cory Hunter, an electro-fractal artist from Miami, uses electricity to create branching patterns on a cardboard canvas.
Credit Andrew Soria / RAW: Miami

  

Cory Hunter slowly drags the tip of a metal rod across a cardboard canvas. Long, branching patterns emerge on the surface as sparks of electricity flare out.

Hunter studied chemical engineering at the University of Florida, but now he's an artist who paints with high-voltage electricity.

The branching patterns that have become a staple of his paintings are something that typically happens in nature -- usually as a result of lightning striking a tree, the air, or another “non-conductor.”

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Books
11:32 am
Tue June 3, 2014

From Miami To The Middle East: Journalist Nathan Deuel On His New Memoir

Journalist Nathan Deuel chatted with WLRN about fatherhood, the Middle East and Miami.
Credit Sammy Mack / WLRN

 

Journalist Nathan Deuel grew up in South Florida, but in 2008 he and his wife, Kelly McEvers, moved to the Middle East. 

During their five years abroad, they had their first child and McEvers became NPR’s Baghdad bureau chief. The family moved around the region as the Arab Spring erupted. 

Deuel has written a memoir about that experience, called "Friday Was The Bomb." He’ll be speaking tonight at Books & Books in Coral Gables at 8 p.m. 

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Taste of the Nation, Ballet Hispanico, Annual Hukilau and Florida Keys Calendar

05/30/14 - Friday on South Florida Arts Beat, Chef Allen Susser talks about Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation and their “No Kid Hungry” mission. Choreographer Rosie Herrera speaks with contributor, Judith Bishop, about  Ballet Hispanico’s world premiere coming to the Arsht Center. Contributor, Chris DeAngelis, previews the 13th Annual Hukilau coming to Fort Lauderdale in mid-June. Chef Norman Van Aken stirs up A Word On Food and our Florida Keys calendar features Andy Newman.

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Married With Music
7:39 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

The Last Sunday Afternoon Of Music In Miami

On May 25, Byron Krulewitch and Doreen Marx celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary. This is the second marriage for both.
Credit Courtesy of Sunday Afternoons of Music

After 33 years, Miami's classical music series Sunday Afternoons of Music has seen its final afternoon. 

The event was founded by husband and wife Byron Krulewitch and Doreen Marx. They brought artists from all around the world to South Florida. Each season had seven shows for children and seven shows for adults. 

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The Two-Way
10:06 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86

Angelou became Hollywood's first black female movie director on Nov. 3, 1971. She also wrote the script and music for Caged Bird, which was based on her best-selling 1969 autobiography. She had been a professional singer, dancer, writer, composer, poet, lecturer, editor and San Francisco streetcar conductor.
AP

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 12:58 pm

Poet, performer and political activist Maya Angelou has died after a long illness at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86. Born in St. Louis in 1928, Angelou grew up in a segregated society that she worked to change during the civil rights era. Angelou, who refused to speak for much of her childhood, revealed the scars of her past in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the first of a series of memoirs.

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Arts
6:18 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Florida Arts Programs Get Highest Funding Ever From Lawmakers

From "The Hobbit" at Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre
Credit Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre

The Actors' Playhouse executive director Barbara Stein says most of the Coral Gables theater's paid performers are from South Florida.

“We hire some people out of New York, too, but our goal is to hire as many capable and qualified for each production Florida based actors that we can,” Stein says.

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Obituary
11:02 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Pinup Photographer Bunny Yeager Dies At 85

Bunny Yeager poses for a self-portrait. On display at Dezer Schauhalle.
Credit courtesy of Bunny Yeager

  Bunny Yeager, the 1950s pinup model from Miami who became a groundbreaking photographer, has died. Yeager used the natural beauty of South Florida as a backdrop for many of her photo sessions. 

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

ArtsGarage, Coral Gables Community Arts Program 2014 Summer Concert Series, Broward Arts Calendar

ArtsGarage
artsgarage.org

05/23/14- On the next South Florida Arts Beat, Executive Director, Alyona Ushe describes the major success that is the ArtsGarage’s first three years of presentations and their new expansion into Pompano Beach. Mark Hart, Executive and Artistic Director of the Coral Gables Congregational Church’s Community Arts Program 2014 Summer Concert Series has the details about their exciting events.

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Arts
12:28 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Pompano Beach Makes An Investment In The Arts With BaCA

Musicians jamming at BaCA.
Credit Amy Pasquantonio

Bailey Contemporary Arts (or BaCA) is the new kid on the cultural block in Pompano Beach.  

Caroline Breder-Watts recently paid a visit on a lively Wednesday evening. Hear an audio tour below.

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Music
11:38 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Wynwood's Second Annual III Points Festival Announces Lineup

The lineup for the second annual III Points festival in Wynwood was revealed yesterday morning.

Headlining the event are electronic-music and hip-hop producer Flying Lotus and Lykki Li, who combines hip-hop and folk elements in her music. Hot Natured, a popular EDM group, will make its U.S. debut.

The festival will also include performances from Hercules and Love Affair, Jacques Green, Miami's Jacuzzi Boys and Deaf Poets, among others.

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#WhyIStay
10:45 am
Thu May 22, 2014

We Want To Know: What Makes You Stay In South Florida?

Wilson Sayre, WLRN reporter, says she stays for friends who have these views.
Credit Wilson Sayre

 South Florida is an expensive place. Thirty-eight percent of working households in Miami spend at least half of their income on housing, according to the Miami Herald and the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. 

Combine that with rising gas prices, congested traffic and lack of job opportunities -- it makes us wonder: What makes you stay in South Florida?

Is it the tropical climate, the beaches, the pastelitos, or something more personal? What do you sacrifice -- financially or otherwise -- by living here?

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Music
10:33 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Saturn Still Swings: Celebrating Sun Ra At 100

"In my music I speak of unknown things, impossible things, ancient things, potential things," Sun Ra said in a 1980 documentary. May 22, 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the composer and bandleader's birth.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 9:18 am

Today marks 100 years since Sun Ra was born — or, as the musician might have put it, since he arrived on Earth. An influential jazz composer, keyboardist and bandleader, Sun Ra always insisted he was just visiting this planet.

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Heritage
7:11 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Large Paintings And Metal Sculptures Are One Artist's Haitian Tradition

Mirrors are startegically placed into the "puzzle" to show the observer the art works behind them.

Philippe Dodard can't remember the first time he came to Miami. He lives in Haiti and has always come to visit one family member or another.

"What is interesting about Miami is every time I come back, I see something new," says Dodard. "And now I see that the culture is getting more and more alive everywhere."

By "culture," he means Miami's Haitian Heritage Museum, Haitian Compass Festival, and Haitian Heritage Month in May.

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Books
9:46 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

David Kaufelt, Founder Of Key West Literary Seminar, Dies At 74

(Note: Mark Hedden's wife is on the board of the Key West Literary Seminar.)

David Kaufelt died Saturday at home in Key West.

He and his wife Lynn arrived from New York four decades ago. David was a writer and wanted to be surrounded by more writers. Several others already made the island their home, but Kaufelt had an idea to make Key West into a true literary destination, not just for people interested in the legacies of Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams, but for living, breathing writers too. 

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