Outside the concert hall at Occidental College, in Los Angeles' Eagle Rock neighborhood, children are invited to test out the instruments the Santa Cecilia Orchestra will play later. Alexa Media Rodriguez, 8, says she and her family have never before been to an orchestra concert. She heard about the orchestra when some of the musicians visited her school.
"I brought my dad, my stepmom," she says, "my sister, my brother and my sister's cousin ..."
That's the thing about this orchestra, says conductor Sonia Marie De Leon De Vega: The children are bringing the parents.
Listen to the audio below. This week on Night Train, Ted Grossman takes a trip down memory lane with WLRN's Ed Bell, Seth Bramson, and Charlie Cinnamon sharing stories of South Florida music, the clubs and rare recordings.
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.
Memorial Day usually means one thing in Miami Beach: Urban Beach Week.
We’ve seen the fuss about Urban Beach Week in the past. We know swarms of people populate Miami Beach clad in the latest fashions and driving the flashiest cars. The mere word “traffic” probably sends a migraine spiraling through your head, as thoughts of closed streets, congested roads and an army of police officers consume your mind.
But there doesn't seem to be as much fuss this year.
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.
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?
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.
Miami's beer makers have officially unionized. Sort of. The owners of two Miami-Dade County breweries rallied their brewer colleagues to form the Miami Brewers Alliance, a sort of advocacy and education group for local craft-beer businesses.