Based on real estate and employment figures, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta suggests South Florida’s economy is recovering quicker than the rest of the southeast United States. Does Miami’s international appeal attribute to these findings?
[Air Date: 4/04/2014]
After a year pushing forward as the new senior managing director for Cushman & Wakefield, South Florida, Paul Waters may finally get to have a little bit of fun. Maybe.
In the past year, his firm had 13 new hires, and over the next year he is expecting to do the same. All of the additions to Cushman & Wakefield, one of the large brokerage firms in Miami, South Florida, the US and abroad, including Mr. Waters himself, point to a strong real estate market moving forward. After all, if the same company that holds Ferrari is betting on industrial, office and multi-family spaces in South Florida, the development business is sure to be looking up.
But no, if you were wondering. Cushman & Wakefield employees don't get a Ferrari discount. And yes, an employee did ask. Miami Today reporter Nina Lincoff interviewed Mr. Waters in his Miami office
Juliam M. Pleasants, Ph.D Author of, The Making of Nova Southeastern University: A Tradition of Innovation 1964-2014, book signing and discussion.
Issues’ host Helen Ferre leads a roundtable discussion on the impact sea level change will have on South Florida.
[Air Date: 1/15/2014]
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A special roundtable discussion on the human trafficking crisis in South Florida.
[Air date 1/13/2014]
A special roundtable discussion on the human trafficking crisis in South Florida.
[Air Date: 1/13/2014]
Access to credit continues to be a critical issue for small businesses. We discuss this and how South Florida’s small businesses will fare in 2014.
[Air Date: 1/10/2014]
The kidnapping, rape and murder of 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce in south Miami-Dade in 1995 eventually led to the creation of a law meant to keep the worst sexual offenders off the streets by allowing them to be detained after their prison sentences end. Fourteen years after the Jimmy Ryce Act was passed, the Sun Sentinel found that hundreds of sexual offenders were being released only to reoffend again. We discuss the investigation and what the Florida Legislature plans to do to address the issue.
[Air Date: 1/03/2014]
Two SJMC faculty, Kate MacMillin and Juliet Pinto, explore the narrative of a community under threat from sea level rise in their half-hour documentary, "South Florida's Rising Seas." The program will air on WPBT2 on Jan. 15, 2014, at 8 p.m., to be followed with a half-hour panel discussion.
Art Basel returns to Miami this week and art aficionados are here to celebrate and nurture art, as well as to sell it. We discuss the business of art and Miami’s “inferiority complex.”
[Air Date: 12/06/2013]
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.
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]
Runoff elections were held this week in the cities of Miami and Miami Beach—and political newcomers won in every race. Are incumbents are losing their advantage in South Florida?
[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
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]
KidVision VPK takes children on field trips to places all around our community. They are fun for children and adults! You can join us on these field trips and learn about South Florida's people, places, and things. Put on your virtual walking shoes and come with us! Where do you want to go? Visit www.kidvisionvpk.org to register. Teachers earn free CEUs!