On Thursday, Miami-Dade officials held a meeting to deal with the looming crisis surrounding the County’s aging sewer pipes. We discuss this and other local stories.
[Air Date: 5/17/2013]
One of the nation's largest and most prestigious outdoor art galleries is hidden among the cityscape, and nestled in the heart of Florida International University's Modesto Maidique Campus in Miami, Florida. Take a peek at a small sampling of all there is to offer on this university's landscape.
26: An Exhibit of Graffiti Art Lettering in Miami presenting 26 individual artists together, many for the first time. Each artist was asked to select a letter and create a piece of art showcasing their unique style. The result is a collection that forms a complete alphabet, A-Z
Miami Beach Commissioner Jonah Wolfson joins us on the program to explain why he thinks the convention center renovation should be voted upon by residents.
[Air Date: 5/10/2013]
This young & talented ensemble, Kevin & Kristen Seto as violionists and Stephen Seto playing the piano will delight all with a Mother's Day special concertat Cinema Paradiso
about THE SETO TRIO:
Kevin Seto, a junior at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, is majoring in violin performance. He has also studied violin at the Boston Conservatory. Kevin began his violin studies at the age of 3 and joined the Florida Youth Orchestra in third grade. During his time at F.Y.O. Kevin enjoyed many performance opportunities including performing in America’s 400th Anniversary celebration with the Virginia Symphony and playing in Carnegie Hall in New York City. In May of 2009 the Florida Youth Orchestra presented him with the prestigious Joseph Leavitt Award. During his high school years, Kevin participated in the All County and All State Orchestras, was concertmaster of the Flanagan High School Orchestra, and in his senior year was nominated for the Miami Herald’s Silver Knights Award in Music. At FGCU, he was chosen to participate in the Florida Enhanced Learning Through Music programs in Collier County teaching the pre-k violin literacy program, recognized by Florida’s Department of Education, at the Guadalupe Early Childhood Center in Immokalee, Florida. Recent accomplishments include winning third place in the Big Arts Concerto Competition, first place in the Young Artists Awards and first place in the Jillian Prescott Music Awards in Fort Myers.
As a violin performance major at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, Kristen Seto is currently studying with Mrs. Carol Cole and previously studied with Huifang Chen and Thomas D. Moore. Kristen was selected among the nations greatest to play in the National High School Honors Orchestra in Atlanta, Georgia. As a member of the Florida Youth Orchestra for 11 years, Kristen had the opportunity to serve as assistant concertmaster of the Principal Orchestra and first violinist of the Aurora Strings Quartet, where she was awarded the prestigious Joseph Leavitt Music Award. In 2012, Kristen was awarded honorable mention in the New World Symphony concerto competition and was selected as concertmaster for their Side-By-Side Concert. In high school she participated in All-County, All-State, and Florida Federation of Music Clubs Finals where she won first place in violin solo and honorable mention in violin concerto. In 2007, Kristen performed in America’s 400th Anniversary in Jamestown, Virginia where she was one of the 400 musicians chosen from around the country to play her violin with the Virginia Symphony for the President of the United States. Recent accomplishments include winning first place in the Ars Flores Young Artists Concerto Competition, honorable mention in the Miami Herald’s Silver Knights Award in Music and second place in the Big Arts Concerto Competition.
currently pursuing a Professional Performance Certificate in Piano Performance at Lynn Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Roberta Rust. He recently completed his Master’s Degree from Lynn Conservatory of Music at Lynn University and received his Bachelor of Music with honors from the University of Miami where he studied piano with Tian Ying and harpsichord with Frank Cooper. Stephen has participated in piano master classes with pianists Ory Shihor, Jon Kimura Parker, Santiago Rodriguez, Luis Ascot, Louis Lortie, and Margarita Shevchenko. He was first place winner of the Fourteenth Annual Scholarship Competition presented by the Palm Beach County Music Teachers Association and has participated in the Florida Federation of Music Clubs State Convention where he was awarded 2nd place in Piano Solo and 2nd place in Piano Concerto. In 2006 Stephen was among 11 outstanding pianists performing for the Chopin Festival Concert in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His music has been played on local and national public radio stations. Stephen accompanies students of all instruments but enjoys making music with his brother Kevin and sister Kristen, who are violinists. He has also accompanied student’s participating in the Florida Orchestra Association music ensembles of Broward County Schools. Recently, he was the pianist for the award winning musical “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “Nine to Five” at West Boca High School. Stephen balances out his time with the ukulele, guitar, composing, recording, astronomy, nature, spear fishing, and surfing.
Ernie Diaz has been climbing up the latter of success during his 28 years in the banking industry Mr. Diaz has held several executive-level positions which include having served as market president for TD Bank in South Florida, as president of the Mercantile Bank in Florida, as well as middle market executive for South Florida at Regions Bank. Now, as the new regional president for TD Bank in Florida, he is responsible for providing strategic direction and sales leadership to the bank’s retail, small business, commercial and specialty banking operations and lending services throughout a network of over 170 stores.
Despite his busy schedule and a demanding career, Mr. Diaz always makes time to unwind his busy mind by going fishing with his two sons, Ernie and Gabriel, who he says are much more skilled fishermen than he is.
Reporter Blanca Venegas interviewed Mr. Diaz in his office at Coral Gables.
For Jimmy Tate, a new business venture is an exciting and rewarding, long-term commitment. His prolific career in real estate and working with troubled assets have taught him important business concepts that have paved the road to multiple business ventures in and out of South Florida, which even include an apparel company with an office in Shanghai and a building supply company.
But among his most important ventures currently in the works is a deal to purchase and recapitalize US Century bank.
He believes that his success has been genuinely achieved by keeping a positive mind, serving the community and surrounding himself with those who advise him best: his family and friends.
Miami Today reporter Blanca Venegas interviewed Mr. Tate in his office in North Miami.
Province “Boo” Zamek’s e-newsletter business JustAskBoo has grown from a small seed of an idea and, with plenty of tender loving care, today has blossomed into a business that has almost 30,000 subscribers in South Florida. Boo, as she has been known since she was a baby, has put countless hours into the success of her business. The busy Mom and savvy businesswoman recently served as a judge to the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 AXA Advisors Businesswomen of the Year Awards. The previous year, she was an award recipient at the event.
Reporter Laura Stace interviewed Mrs. Zamek in Coral Gables.
Miami-Dade County Tax Collector Fernando Casamayor is poised and ready for the launch of a new tax collecting system to come online in June. Mr. Casamayor, who was appointed to the role permanently in October 2007, said he and his staff have been readying for the transition.
When he is not hard at work, the friendly tax collector enjoys spending time with his 6-year-old son Daniel, his wife and their family dog.
Reporter Laura Stace interviewed Mr. Casamayor in his office in downtown Miami.
A judge ruled this week that Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones was not allowed to seek re-election, because despite her suspension, she had already fulfilled her two terms in office. But what was the true spirit of the 1999 charter that led to term limits in the City of Miami?
[Air Date: 4/12/2013]
Miami-Dade County Commissioners agreed this week to hold a special election on May 14th to let voters decide the fate of the Dolphins stadium renovation project. Will the proposal also pass the Florida Legislature and the Governor?
[Air Date: 4/12/2013]
Executive Director, P. Scott Cunningham talks about the origins of "O, Miami" and from one of the readings at Books and Books, three fantastic local poets: FIU's Denise Duhamel and Julie Wade and UM's Maureen Seaton as they read from their newest work.
Carlos Lopez-Cantera’s year got off to a busy start. In January he assumed the role of Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser and in March he welcomed a new addition to his family.
Taking office, he hit the ground running, putting plans in action to reduce the number of property tax appeals lodged with the Value Adjustment Board, made homestead exemptions available online, made the appraiser’s website’s property search compatible for mobile devices, declared a new culture for the office and much more.
Reporter Laura Stace interviewed Mr. Lopez-Cantera in his office at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center.
WINNERS OF THE 37TH ANNUAL CARBONELL AWARDS ANNOUNCED
MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE SWEEPS MUSICAL CATEGORIES
AT ANNUAL CEREMONY
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. --- On Monday night, April 1, at the 37th annual Carbonell Awards, when the statuettes were all handed out, the musical numbers had concluded and the audience had left Broward Center for the Performing Arts to attend the after-party, two things could not be denied: South Florida is home to a rich, vibrant theatrical community packed with talent; and it was a good night to be the Maltz Jupiter Theatre.
Although the nominations were spread among 18 of South Florida theaters, three theaters dominated Monday night’s ceremony. Maltz Jupiter Theatre was honored with nine awards, winning every musical category, a feat that hasn’t happened in 34 years, when the Miami Beach Theatre of the Performing Arts swept the musical categories at the third annual Carbonell Awards. The awards for Maltz Jupiter Theatre were spread across three productions: The Music Man took honors for Best Musical, Best Actor/Musical, Matt Loehr; Musical Direction, Anne Shuttleworth; Choreography, Shea Sullivan; and Costume Design, Jose M. Rivera. Marcia Milgrom Dodge won Best Director for Hello Dolly!, a production that also saw wins for Best Actress/Musical, Vicki Lewis; and Best Supporting Actor/Musical, Matt Loehr. Angie Radosh won the Best Supporting Actress/Musical award for Cabaret.
The awards in the play categories were divided between GableStage in Coral Gables and Zoetic Stage in Miami. GableStage won four awards: Best Production of a Play for the drama Ruined; Best Director, Joseph Adler; Best Actress, Lela Elam; and Best Supporting Actor, Robert Strain, all for their work in Ruined. Zoetic Stage won three awards: Best Actor, Tom Wahl in I Am My Own Wife; Best Supporting Actress, Elena Maria Garcia, for Moscow; and Best New Work, Moscow, by Michael McKeever.
Four other theaters were honored with one award each. Broward Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs won the Best Ensemble award for Rumors. Matt Corey won Best Sound for The Birds at Mosaic Theatre in Plantation. Margaret M. Ledford won Best Lighting for The Turn of the Screw at Naked Stage in Miami. And Michael Amico won Best Scenic Design for Talley’s Folly at Palm Beach Dramaworks in West Palm Beach.
Palm Beach County theaters earned 10 awards, followed by Miami-Dade theaters with 8 awards and Broward County theaters with 2 awards. (A full listing of the award winners follows.)
Along with honoring excellence in theater, a highlight of the annual Carbonell Awards ceremony is recognizing those who have made significant contributions to the arts.
The prestigious George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, awarded to an individual (or team) who has contributed significantly to the artistic and cultural development of the region, was presented to Mario Ernesto Sanchez, founder and Producing Artistic Director of Teatro Avante and the International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami. Sanchez has worked with a passion to preserve, promote and develop Hispanic theater across the Americas with a major impact locally and internationally since founding Teatro Avante in 1979.
The Ruth Foreman Award, which recognizes significant contributions to South Florida theater development by an individual or group, was awarded to Actors' Equity Association, the union that represents professional stage actors and stage managers across the U.S. Working to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of society, Actors’ Equity was honored in recognition of 100 years representing professional American theater on the occasion of their centennial.
The Carbonell Awards also awarded $1,000 scholarships to four South Florida students pursuing careers in theater or journalism: Sammi-Jack Martincak (Miami Dade County) who attends of New World School of the Arts; Christian Frost (Broward County) who attends J.P. Taravella High School; Vanessa Contreras (Palm Beach County) who attends John L. Leonard High School; and Jade Zaroff (Palm Beach County) who attends West Boca Community High School.
Generous Sponsors Help Set New Record
The Carbonell Awards, a not-for-profit organization, is funded by tax-deductible donations and award sponsorships. This year’s ceremony set a record for the most money raised in a single year. The generosity of this year’s sponsors shows a growing commitment from the community to the Carbonell Awards and their mission to advance theater in South Florida.
This 37th annual Carbonell Awards was generously supported by a leadership gift from the South Florida Cultural Consortium, Additional major support was provided by the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Actors’ Equity Association, Dr. Margaret and Mike Eidson, Rita and Jerry Cohen, Don Walters, Kerry and Scott Shiller, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Ann Kelly, Mary Ellen and Michael Peyton, Tony Finstrom, Neil Goldberg Dream Foundation & Cirque Dreams, Esslinger Wooten Maxwell (EWM) Realty, designel, Broadway Across America, Broward Cultural Division, ArtServe, Palm Beach County Cultural Council, and the South Florida Theatre League.
About the Carbonell Awards
The Carbonell Awards fosters the artistic growth of professional theater in South Florida by celebrating the diversity of our theater artists, providing educational scholarships, and building audience appreciation and civic pride by highlighting achievements of our theater community. Over 25 professional theater companies in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties participate in the awards process every year. Each season volunteer panelists and judges choose nominees and recipients from hundreds of shows produced on our area stages. The Carbonell Awards also celebrate the accomplishments of our artistic leaders by presenting ‘Special Awards’ and support the next generation of artists and journalists by awarding scholarships. Along with New York's Drama Desk and Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Awards, the Carbonell Awards are among the nation’s senior regional arts awards and predate others, including Washington, D.C.'s Helen Hayes Awards. The Carbonell Awards are named after Manuel Carbonell, an internationally-renowned sculptor, who designed the original solid bronze and marble award in 1976, the signature trophy that is given to Carbonell Award winners.
Below is a complete list of this year’s Carbonell Award winners, followed by a breakdown of the awards by county, theater and production.
Carbonell Award Winners, 2012
Best New Work (play or musical)
Moscow, Michael McKeever, Zoetic Stage
Best Production of a Play
Joseph Adler, Ruined, GableStage
Tom Wahl, I Am My Own Wife, Zoetic Stage
Lela Elam, Ruined, GableStage
Best Supporting Actor/Play
Robert Strain, Ruined, GableStage
Best Supporting Actress/Play
Elena Maria Garcia, Moscow, Zoetic Stage
Best Production of a Musical
The Music Man, Maltz Jupiter Theatre
Marsha Milgrom Dodge, Hello Dolly!, Maltz Jupiter Theatre
Matt Loehr, The Music Man, Maltz Jupiter Theatre
Vicki Lewis, Hello Dolly!, Maltz Jupiter Theatre
Best Supporting Actor/Musical
Matt Loehr, Hello Dolly!, Maltz Jupiter Theatre
Best Supporting Actress/Musical
Angie Radosh, Cabaret, Maltz Jupiter Theatre
Anne Shuttleworth, The Music Man, Maltz Jupiter Theatre
Shea Sullivan, The Music Man, Maltz Jupiter Theatre
Best Scenic Design/play or musical
Michael Amico, Talley’s Folly, Palm Beach Dramaworks
Best Lighting Design/play or musical
Margaret M. Ledford, The Turn of the Screw, The Naked Stage
Best Costume Design/play or musical
Jose M. Rivera, The Music Man, Maltz Jupiter Theatre
Best Sound Design/play or musical
Matt Corey, The Birds, Mosaic Theatre
Best Ensemble Production (play or musical)
Rumors, Broward Stage Door
Awards by County
10 Palm Beach
Awards by Theater
9 Maltz Jupiter Theatre
3 Zoetic Stage
1 Broward Stage Door Theatre
1 Mosaic Theatre
1 The Naked Stage
1 Palm Beach Dramaworks
Awards by Production
5 The Music Man Maltz Jupiter Theatre
4 Ruined GableStage
3 Hello, Dolly! Maltz Jupiter Theatre
1 I Am My Own Wife Zoetic Stage
2 Moscow Zoetic Stage
1 Cabaret Maltz Jupiter Theatre
1 The Turn of the Screw The Naked Stage
1 The Birds Mosaic Theatre
1 Rumors Stage Door Theatre
1 Talley’s Folly Palm Beach Dramaworks
SunSentinel news columnist Michael Mayo joins us on the program to share his thoughts on the latest surrounding the Dolphins stadium renovation plans and how a series of missteps have brought national attention to Florida Atlantic University.
[Air Date: 4/05/2013]
Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez spoke at the Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College and Florida International University on Monday. What is the impact of Sanchez's visit to the United States?
[Air Date: 4/05/2013]