...."Hold the Schmaltz", which means; Hold the chicken fat, is the name of this experimental life-documentary, filmed on the final hours of operation, of, Rascal House deli, in Sunny Isle Beach, Florida, on March 30, 2008, by; filmmaker, Adam Steinfeld.
Wolfie Cohen’s Rascal House, a popular, Jewish delicatessen, sat, on the corner of 172nd Street and Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, for over 50 years, that opened in 1954 and closed on March 30, 2008, there will never be another place like it, overstuffed sandwiches, this type of deli, the fabric of the town, always a line, is fading away...celebrities, from Jackie Gleason, Frank Sinatra, Jerry Lewis, to Milton Berle all visited Rascal House during it's prime.
What happens to looted art after a regime is ousted? How do the owners go about recovering their losses? What is the role of museums and art collectors in the battle? Discover the often controversial answers to these questions and more at a special panel co-presented with Mastrapa Consultants discussion with world renowned experts in the field. This program complements the museum's Posters from the Hans Sachs Collection exhibit, on display through December 15.
Ulf Bischof, Bischof & Paetow
Henry Hacker, Attorney and Poster Collector & Enthusiast
Tania C. Mastrapa, Mastrapa Consultants & The Institute of World Politics
Inspired by the Woody Allen joke, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans”, Sean Grennan’s Making God Laugh will make its Florida premiere at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre from December 4 – 29, 2013.
Making God Laugh is a family comedy, following “empty nest” parents “Bill” (Peter Haig) and “Ruthie” (Angie Radosh), as they welcome their children home over various holidays, each ten years apart. Starting at Thanksgiving 1980, the newly “launched” kids - a priest (Michael Focas), an aspiring actress (Deborah L. Sherman), and a former football player (Gregg Weiner) – all return home, and audiences learn of their plans and dreams as they embark on their adult lives. Over the course of thirty years’ worth of celebrations, including Christmas 1990, New Year’s Eve 2000 and Easter in the present, audiences follow the parents and grown children as they adapt to their new adult relationships. Tensions flare up as unresolved issues, old family traditions and dubious recipes are trotted out in this rare play that manages to be absolutely genuine, deeply moving and unbelievably funny all at the same time.
Directed by David Arisco, the creative team for Making God Laugh includes Gene Seyffer (Scenic Design), Ellis Tillman (Costume Design) and Luke Klingberg (Lighting Design).
About Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
Actors’ Playhouse is the nonprofit resident theatre company and managing agent of the historic Miracle Theatre on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. Actors’ Playhouse, which has brought home 77 regional Carbonell Awards for artistic excellence, is a Florida Presenting Cultural Organization and one of 22 major cultural institutions in Miami-Dade County. In addition to its Mainstage season, Actors’ Playhouse offers a year-round season of Musical Theatre for Young Audiences, a National Children’s Theatre Festival, a Theatre Conservatory and Summer Camp Program, as well as educational arts outreach programs for underserved youth, and has initiated a Young Talent Big Dreams contest for children in partnership with The Children’s Trust.
David Arisco (Director) has been a part of Actors’ Playhouse for 26 years, eighteen of them here at the Miracle Theatre. His diverse career spans over thirty years as director, actor, musical director, stage manager, symphonic conductor and instrumentalist. Stage acting credits include starring roles in our critically acclaimed productions of Hairspray, Fiddler on the Roof, A Thousand Clowns, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Same Time, Next Year, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Plaza Suite and The Odd Couple. Film and television credits include "Offbeat", "Tollbooth", "Miami Vice", "America’s Most Wanted" and "Key West". Mr. Arisco has directed over 100 shows here at Actors’ Playhouse, including the Carbonell awarded productions of Les Misérables (2009), AIDA (2005), Floyd Collins (2003), Violet (2001), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat (2000), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (1998), West Side Story (1997) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1991), all of which won for Best Musical and Best Direction of a musical. Mr. Arisco is the recipient of the George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, and was awarded the Richard G. Fallon Award for Excellence in Professional Theatre from the Florida Professional Theatre Association.
Angie Radosh (Ruthie) is so pleased to once again appear on the Actors’ Playhouse stage. She was last seen here as "Sheriff Jane" in Thumbs and as "Madam. Didion" in La Cage Aux Folles. Her work has been seen at many South Florida theatres including: Palm Beach Dramaworks, GableStage, Florida Stage and five seasons with City Theatre’s Summer Shorts. She has been named "Best Actress" by New Times and received a Silver Palm Award for her performances in The Glass Menagerie at New Theatre and Speaking Elephant at Women’s Theatre Project. Honored with numerous Carbonell nominations, she received the award last year in drama for Stuff at Caldwell and this year in musical theatre as "Fraulein Schneider" in Cabaret at Maltz Jupiter. Television and film credits include: Disney’s “Johnny and the Sprites” and "Lost Everything".
Peter Haig (Bill) has appeared throughout the state in well over 100 productions, mostly from West Palm Beach to Coral Gables, winning two Carbonell Awards and many nominations since 1978. Earlier in his career, Peter worked in New York City under the direction of George C. Scott and Joseph Papp, subsequently moving to Wilmington, North Carolina to direct at historic Thalian Hall and found an African-American theatre group, the Willis Richardson Players. His last appearance on our stage was in another memorable family drama, August: Osage County and his last film appearance was in Taylor Hackford's "Parker" earlier this year. When not working, Peter enjoys gardening, attending a variety of cultural events, watching Marlins games, catching up on new CDs and books, reading to elementary students with the Screen Actors Guild's BookPALS program, and collecting his Actors’ Equity pension.
Deborah L. Sherman (Maddie) is returning to Actors’ Playhouse after having last appeared here in the insanely fun House and Garden. Ms. Sherman has performed in theatres throughout South Florida including GableStage, Florida Stage, Mosaic Theatre, Promethean Theatre, Mad Cat Theatre Co., and Naked Stage. Deborah is a multiple Carbonell, and New Times “Best of” winner. Ms. Sherman has also been awarded the Silver Palm for her contribution as an actor to south Florida theatre. She originated the role of "Conchita" in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz. Some of her most recent credits include: Time Stands Still, Side Effects, Three Days of Rain, No Exit, Goldie, Max and Milk, Dumb Show and an appearance as the surly diner manager on “Burn Notice”.
Gregg Weiner (Richard) is thrilled to return to Actors’ Playhouse where he was last seen in August: Osage County. Theatre credits include: Red, Blow Me, Dial M For Murder, That Championship Season, Speed the Plow and The Seafarer to name a few. Film and TV credits include: "Magic City", "Burn Notice", "The Glades", "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia", "Transporter 2", and "Pain and Gain". Gregg has appeared in numerous commercials and voiceovers as well. He is an NWSA Alumni and proud member of Actors' Equity Association. www.greggweiner.com
Michael Focas (Thomas) is elated to be joining the Actors' Playhouse family and returning home to South Florida for the holidays. After spending 20 years in South Florida, on June 1st, he took a leap of faith and moved to New York City. Previous South Florida credits include: Sons of the Prophet and 4,000 Miles at GableStage; Camelot (concert) at Palm Beach Dramaworks; Working and Six Years at the Caldwell Theatre; and Lend Me a Tenor at the Broward Stage Door Theatre. Michael is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.
The Norton Museum of Art has selected Phyllida Barlow as the third artist to be featured in its annual Recognition of Art by Women (RAW) series of annual solo exhibitions devoted to living female artists. Opening on Dec. 3, 2013 and on view through Feb. 23, 2014, Phyllida Barlow: HOARD features large-scale sculptures and installations made from repurposed materials. The exhibition is organized by Cheryl Brutvan, the Norton’s Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Contemporary Art.
“The Norton is committed to recognizing women who have made enormous contributions to the field,” said Hope Alswang, director and CEO of the Norton Museum of Art. “Phyllida Barlow has had a profound impact on how artists today think about and make sculpture. Not only has she trained a generation of leading artists in Britain, her work since the mid-1960s has pushed the boundaries of the medium. From her use of industrial materials like concrete and wooden pallets to her playful sense of formalism, Barlow has redefined what sculpture can be, and personifies the mission of RAW—to promote the work of contemporary female artists who revolutionize their mediums.”
Using such materials as cement, wire netting, polyurethane foam and other overlooked and unglamorous building blocks, Barlow has used her considerable depth of understanding of the medium to create tactile works that eschew the idea of permanence. From large scale works - towering cylinders made from cement and fabric - to colorful, chaotic bunches of tape and ribbon affixed to a wall, Barlow creates an uneasy tension within a space.
At the Norton, Barlow will fill galleries from floor to ceiling, and create destabilizing, intriguing installations for visitors to walk around and through. The exhibition will feature work created especially for the Norton RAW exhibition as well as existing pieces never before seen in the United States.
“We are delighted to be among the first U.S. institutions to recognize and present Barlow’s influential contributions to the field of sculpture,” said Brutvan. “Barlow is the quintessence of a RAW artist and we look forward to recognizing her achievements in a major installation at the Norton.”
About the Artist
Phyllida Barlow was born in 1944 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. She lives and works in London. Barlow began teaching art in the early 1960s, and in 2005 became the first female professor at the Slade School of Fine Art. She retired from teaching in 2009 after an influential, 40-year teaching career. Barlow's recent solo exhibitions have included a major show at Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst in Aachen, Germany (2012); siege at the New Museum, New York NY (2012); Phyllida Barlow: Bad Copies at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, England (2012); Cast at Kunstverein Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany (2011); and STREET at BAWAG Contemporary, Vienna, Austria (2010).
In 2010, Barlow was featured in a critically acclaimed, two-person show at the Serpentine Gallery, London, with Nairy Baghramian. Her work was also presented in the First Kiev International Biennale of Contemporary Art, at the Mystetskyi Arsenale, Kiev, Ukraine (2012). Other recent group exhibitions include Sculptural Acts, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2011); Before the Law at Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (2011); and Displaced Fractures, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland (2010). In 2011, Phyllida Barlow was elected a Royal Academician.
The mission of RAW (Recognition of Art by Women) is to highlight and promote living women artists working in painting and sculpture. The program is made possible by a grant from the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund/ML Dauray Arts Initiative that allows the Norton to organize six special exhibitions, featuring living women artist. The grant encompasses funding for exhibitions, publications, research, and educational programming, and includes the funding of a Sophie Davis Curatorial Fellow. The inaugural RAW exhibition in 2011 featured the first Museum survey in the United States and England of the rarely-exhibited paintings and drawings of British artist Jenny Saville. The second exhibition, in 2012, was devoted to Sylvia Plimack Mangold’s paintings and prints of landscapes of the past three decades.
About the Norton Museum
The Norton Museum of Art is a major cultural attraction in Florida, and internationally known for its distinguished Permanent Collection featuring American Art, Chinese Art, Contemporary Art, European Art and Photography. The Norton is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach, FL., and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed on Mondays and major Holidays). General admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students with a valid ID, and free for Members and children ages 12 and under. Special group rates are available. Thursdays are half price for everyone. West Palm Beach residents receive free admission every Saturday with proof of residency. Palm Beach County residents receive free admission the first Saturday of each month with proof of residency.
Cowboy-hat wearing Carlos Arredondo is perhaps best known for rushing in to help the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing in April. But in South Florida, he may be remembered as the father who set a Marine Corps van on fire after learning that his son was killed in Iraq. Sun Sentinel columnist Michael Mayo profiles the complex life of this unintentional hero.
[Air Date: 11/29/2013]
Retired Miami Herald publisher and children’s rights advocate, David Lawrence Jr., joins us on the program to discuss building community in diverse South Florida.
[Air Date: 11/29/2013]
Former State Senator Nan Rich joins us on the program to discuss her gubernatorial campaign, issues such as Common Core and women’s reproductive rights, and who the real Democrat is in the 2014 governor’s race.
[Air Date: 11/22/2013]
Poet, writer and foodie Jen Karetnick will be appearing at the 2013 Miami Book Fair International to Tigertail, A South Florida Annual: Florida Flash
With former Florida Governor Charlie Crist announcing a gubernatorial run and switching to the Democratic Party, Republicans are now tasked with trying to taint their former friend and colleague. Sun Sentinel’s political writer, Anthony Man, explains.
[Air Date: 11/15/2013]
We have long heard that climate change is imminent. But recent projections that the entire state of Florida may be underwater have caused even greater concerns. How might climate change affect the South Florida real estate market?
[Air Date: 11/15/2013]
We gathered a diverse panel to analyze our interview with Governor Rick Scott and how his current term will effect voting in the 2014 gubernatorial election.
[Air Date: 11/01/2013]
In the wake of the federal government shutdown and debt ceiling debate, Florida consumer confidence is reported to be at an all-time low. Florida Governor Rick Scott joins us on the program to share his thoughts on how this trend will affect his continued efforts to entice companies to relocate to the state, job growth in South Florida, education, and tax cuts.
[Air Date: 11/01/2013]
There’s been several high profile cases involving school violence and bullying in Florida and throughout the country. Would things change if parents were also charged when children commit violent acts?
[Air Date: 10/25/2013]
This event unveiled the exhibit that looks at Florida Jews in the food industry. From the “King of Citrus” and groves three times the size of Manhattan to Sheldon’s Drugstore, where Isaac Bashevis Singer was eating breakfast when he learned he won the Nobel Prize, this exhibit will highlight farmers, distributors and restaurateurs of Florida! Whether you’re from the Sunshine State or not, Growers, Grocers & Gefilte Fish is sure to stir up nostalgia for foods of yesteryear.
The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens will host a lively discussion over which matters more: preservation or beauty? Join us as members of the Vizcaya staff and Florida International University’s Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment have a discourse on what beauty is, and how the museum walks the line between preserving and highlighting the beauty of it’s collections.
Committee meetings started in Tallahassee this week to prepare for the upcoming legislative session. We invited two South Florida legislators to share their thoughts on what's in store for 2014.
[Air Date: 10/11/2013]
Don Chauncey works as the Miami Dade Library's film archivist. He's worked extensively on building the library's experimental film collection.
It is the second time around in Miami’s Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) for Philip Wang. After being the first diplomatic member to arrive at the regional Taiwanese office in South Florida in 1988, he came back this year as director general. He is helping Taiwanese companies network and hosted an event for National Day this week.
He draws animated history maps and has a keen sense of humor. Miami Today reporter Vanessa Zambrano interviewed Mr. Wang in his office in Coral Gables.
Former state legislator Dan Gelber joins us on the program to share his thoughts on Florida Governor Rick Scott banning Obamacare “navigators” from state health departments and Scott’s recommendation to withdraw from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), the testing portion of Common Core.
[Air Date: 9/27/2013]