Larry Williams, who has spent 20 years in economic development, recently become Beacon Council president and CEO. Prior to coming to Miami in October, he worked in Atlanta, Seattle and Raleigh. Mr. Williams is still learning and meeting with community leaders before deciding on a plan of action.
However, he sees great potential for Miami-Dade in trade and logistics, information technology, healthcare and life sciences, as well as the Asian markets, in addition to Latin America and Europe.
Miami Today reporter Vanessa Zambrano interviewed Mr. Williams in his office in Brickell.
...."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.
How do you convince and motivate youth to volunteer their time?
[Air Date: 11/29/2013]
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]
Let’s take a peek behind all those closed doors in Washington during the government shut down and a time when the initials DC stood for debt ceiling rather than our nation’s capital city. Who said what and what was the logic behind the motives of both sides? Is there a winner? What’s going to happen in January? Any hints to who is and isn’t going to run during the 2016 presidential election? Who better to ask than veteran, award-winning journalist Candy Crowley.
In addition to being CNN’s chief political correspondent, Candy Crowley is the Sunday morning anchor of State of the Union with Candy Crowley. As you may remember, last year she was selected by the Commission on Presidential Debates to moderate the second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. It was the first presidential debate moderated by a woman in two decades.
Crowley’s assignments have taken her to all 50 states and around the world. She took over the reins of State of the Union in 2010. She has co-anchored key primary and caucus nights throughout America’s Choice 2012 election coverage. Crowley played a pivotal role in CNN’s America Votes 2008 Peabody Award-winning coverage and in 2009 earned a prestigious Gracie Allen Award for coverage of Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House. She also was part of the network’s Emmy Award-winning 2006 midterm election coverage
Arnold Donald has a light-hearted sense of humor. But then again, he is now president and CEO of a corporation aimed at leisure and travel: Carnival. After a 20-plus-year career at Monsanto, where he ran several divisions, he went on to head the artificial sweetener company Merisant.
He had been part of Carnival’s board since 2001 when he got a call from Micky Arison, former president and CEO and son of founder Ted Arison, offering him the position. Micky Arison is still chairman of the board.
After being on the job for just over three months, Mr. Donald targets better coordination and collaboration across the brands and has plans to add eight more ships over the next three years.
Miami Today reporter Vanessa Zambrano interviewed Mr. Donald in his office in Doral.
Join us for the 4th Annual AADS Humanities Afternoon in the MARC Pavilion in MMC at 1:30 PM on Friday, November 15, 2013. Invited guest lecturers are Dr. Robert Hill from the University of California, Los Angeles and Dr. Michael Barnett, University of West Indies, Mona. A reception will follow. Please visit our website for more information.
The song Let’s Do It Now; lyrics and composition by Melis Bilen. Beat by Johnny Jam.
Two important political anniversaries were held this week: the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg address and the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. We discuss the significance of these events in our country’s history.
[Air Date: 11/22/2013]
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]
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]