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By Satori Shakoor, The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers Detroit Rapper and Activist, Invincible and I met last September 2013, when it was announced we were both Knight Arts Challenge Winners. We talked about our projects, The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers and Complex Movements. Invincible suggested a possible collaboration around the theme “Social Justice.” […]

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By Nicholas Mirra, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia After a successful public unveiling at the Philadelphia Flower Show, the artist-designed bike racks traveled half a mile to their new temporary home: the art gallery space in City Hall. Hosted by the Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy, the racks are on public display […]

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By Lauren Reskin, Sweat Records This Saturday, April 19th head out to Sweatstock #5! It’s a free, all ages block party/pop-up music festival celebrating Sweat Records’ 9-year anniversary and Record Store Day 2014. Doors open at 9am for the Record Store Day exclusive releases. At 2pm the Awesome Foundation Street Stage and the Audio Junkie […]

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O, Miami founder, Knight Arts grantee and FIU grad P. Scott Cunningham is profiled in this month’s FIU Magazine. “The invitation, in true P. Scott Cunningham style, was irresistible,” writes author Dan Grech. “He’s throwing an “old-fashioned book party” in honor of poet Adrian Matejka, and you’re invited. If you didn’t know Cunningham, you might […]

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By Dana Keith, Miami Beach Cinematheque Wouldn’t it be ideal if we had an opportunity to expand our minds with a discussion and collaborative explanation of the aesthetic elements of films we see, with the actual filmmakers and professional critics? Well, a new series at Miami Beach Cinematheque has been developed, and is generously supported […]

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By Petter Leggett, Walker West Music Academy On March 18, Walker West Music Academy held a wall-breaking ceremony at 760 Selby Avenue to kick-off construction of the Academy’s new home. Joining in the ceremony were Academy co-founders Rev. Carl Walker and Grant West, Academy faculty members, administrative staff, board members, construction team members and community […]

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By Arts for Learning/Miami Arts for Learning ArtWorks intern Aaliyah Wilkerson made her directorial debut with a student production of Bourbon at the Border by Pearl Cleage, presented at New World School of the Arts from February 28th – March 2nd, 2014. A4L caught up with Aaliyah recently to ask her a few questions about her […]

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By Fernando González, Miami-based arts & culture writer For the next few weeks, poetry is the language of Miami. But the monthlong O, Miami poetry festival, funded by Knight Foundation, is an ambitious proposition well beyond the literary. This year, the event includes a greater emphasis on Spanish language programming, an approach highlighted by encounters […]

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Making movies the Miami way

Published on April 9, 2014 by in Miami

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By Juan Carlos Pérez-Duthie The work of up-and-coming Miami filmmaker Monica Peña is generating some serious heat. And that’s due to her cinematic debut, “Ectotherms,” a 65-minute feature film that takes this scientific term, which refers to cold-blooded organisms dependent on outside sources for warmth, and gives it a Miami spin. The “ectotherms” in Peña’s […]

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By Sebastian Spreng, Visual Artist and Classical Music Writer In an already historic 1983 video, famous baritone Robert “Scarpia” Merrill interviews 15 legendary Toscas. Each soprano discusses her experience as Sardou’s La Tosca in the operatic version á la Puccini, a role that would seem to fit them perfectly. Mixing life and art, between anecdotes and sighs, […]

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