Dance

Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida: A Celebration of Dance

By Fran Robbins

South Florida continues to mature as an area brimming with the fine arts. At any time, locals and visitors alike have a rich menu of choices available to them, reflecting the unique mix of different backgrounds and talents that calls this area home. The Miami International Film Festival, Miami Book Fair International and Art Basel Miami Beach are renowned and anticipated on … +

Editorial

MIAMI’S OWN WET HEAT

By Carlos Suarez de Jesus

The Wet Heat Project creates spirited documentary films, web destinations and events that explore an in-depth experience of the contemporary arts and artists of Miami, capturing history in the making… One story at a time. In the fast-paced Wet Heat video trailer, a rooster sharpens his spurs on the concrete pavement outside a Wynwood warehouse as artist Brian Burkhardt enters his studio … +

Editorial

Seraphic Fire and Firebird Chamber Orchestra

By Juliana Accioly

At St. Cristopher’s by the Sea Church in Key Biscayne a palpably excited audience sits still in the dark. A group of singers slowly descends onto the stage – with candles in their hands, they create a surreal, angelical glow. Like Seraphims, the fiery angels of the highest order who sang praises to God, the choir presents the listeners with ardent renditions … +

Editorial

MLP. Miami Light Project. Twenty years of creativity and activism

By Fran Robbins

Performance art, by its very nature, is one of the most challenging avenues of expression. One part street theater, one part psychodrama, the best performances are always challenging and unique. At times, these pieces can be provocative to the point of real controversy: Think back to your reaction the first time you heard of an audience being sprayed with “blood.”

Editorial

The Women’s Theater Project

By Manuela Gabaldon

It is no secret that a woman’s place in our society is constantly evolving through the efforts of strong and relentless pioneers. This evolution may not always be a fast and obvious improvement, but nonetheless, it is an evolution. Women’s suffrage, the civil rights movement, and the progress of the working-woman are prevalent in the discussion of women’s issues of yesterday, today, … +

Editorial

MDC Art Gallery System

By Fran Robbins

As South Florida changes and grows, so, too, does Miami Dade College, one of the nation’s largest educational institutions. And one of the finest examples of how it’s improving to meet the needs of the community is its vaunted Art Gallery System, a completely integrated museum-classroom-conservatory network that offers visual arts in every possible form. From its start years ago as a … +

Editorial

The Frost Museum Thirty Years On

By Fran Robbins

It started out thirty years ago as The Art Museum at Florida International University. This November, it is reborn as The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, a huge and hugely improved space to show off some of South Florida’s finest, most intriguing exhibits. The Frost boasts a new director and building site and will be charged with bringing a higher level … +

Editorial

The New World Symphony. America’s Orchestral Academy

By Fran Robbins

With the founding of the New World Symphony in 1987, Miami was put on the map as a city keen to encourage its young, aspiring orchestral musicians and conductors. From the very beginning, the NWS set for itself a high goal: to not only perform works from both the modern and classical repertoires but to allow ambitious musicians to study further and … +

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The Care and Feeding of the Hungry Mind.

By Fran Robbins

Fans of indie films in Los Angeles know to go to the Nuart. In New York, the Quad Cinema is the movie house for those with a taste for the unique. On Miami Beach, there is a theater dedicated to showing non-commercial movies and much more: the Miami Beach Cinematheque on South Beach. And it’s due to the determination and vision of … +

Editorial

Small Screen, Big Stage.

The directors of Dot Fifty One Gallery, Alfredo Guzman and Isaac Perelman, greet me on a rainy Friday afternoon with all the enthusiasm of art dealers who have an exciting, new project in the works. Dot Fifty One is located in an unassuming building on 36th Street, in the midst of the Wynwood Arts District, and focuses on showing conceptually based work … +

Editorial

Tigertail Productions

“A city of islands” is what Mary Luft calls Miami. Luft is the executive director of Tigertail Productions, one of South Florida’s most engaged artistic organizations and one of its oldest and most respected. “It has to do with the way the United States is structured. And Miami is such a different community, too. A city of islands. There’s all these little … +