Although tourists may think otherwise, distracted by seven or eight miles of pristine beaches, Art Deco ornamentation and a stunning mid-winter array of tropical plants that are surprisingly green for March, being mayor of Miami Beach is no, well, walk on the beach.
But new Mayor Philip Levine is adjusting nicely to his now full-time role as mayor. He’s already made waves tackling big issues for the Beach, from the Miami Beach Convention Center renovation to combating rising seas to alleviating the surge of traffic on Alton Road.
And it’s only been a couple of months.
Miami Today reporter Nina Lincoff interviewed Mr. Levine at his City Hall office.
A little more than six weeks into her role as head of the Miami Branch of the Federal Reserve of Atlanta, Karen Gilmore is adjusting nicely.
The Doral-area compound where Greater Miami’s cash operations are housed provides a different view of the area than that which her previous roles in the banking industry offered. But it’s just that – her 30-plus years in the Miami business and banking community – that make her perfectly suited to her new role.
And while she’s already come out of retirement once before, to co-found a consulting firm, Ms. Gilmore expects to be in her new role for quite some time.
Miami Today reporter Nina Lincoff interviewed Ms. Gilmore in a board room at the Miami Federal Reserve.
In September 2013, the top court of the Dominican Republic ruled that children of undocumented parents living in the country would not be granted automatic citizenship. This law affects tens of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent who now find themselves stateless. We discuss this and the local efforts being made to bring awareness to the issue.
Dr. Nicol C. Rae is Dean of the College of Letters and Science and Professor of Political Science at Montana State University. Raised and educated in Scotland, Dean Rae has an M.A. from the University of Edinburgh and a D. Phil from Oxford University. His research and teaching have focused on Congress, the presidency and American political parties. A prolific scholar, Dr. Rae has authored, co-authored, and edited nine books, "The Decline & Fall of the Liberal Republicans: From 1952 to the Present"; "Southern Democrats"; "Conservative Reformers: The Republican Freshmen and the Lessons of the 104th Congress"; and "Impeaching Clinton: Partisan Strife on Capitol Hill", among them, and contributed numerous articles to leading journals in his field of scholarly inquiry. He was awarded a Congressional Fellowship by the American Political Science Association in 1995-1996 and served as a Capitol Hill aide to Congressman George P. Radanovich of California and Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi. Prior to assuming the Deanship at Montana State University, Professor Rae was Senior Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Political Sciences at Florida International University. In his presentation, Dr. Rae will argue that America has been uniquely receptive to exiles and their political mobilization, a phenomenon that will most likely continue in the future.
Bright stars and planets that form the Winter Hexagon. For more information on this program go to http://www.stargazersonline.org/.
At her six-month evaluation as interim president of Florida Memorial University, Dr. Roslyn Artis jumped into her role permanently.
Massachusetts born and West Virginia raised, Dr. Artis is a veteran of university administration and brings a lot to table for the Miami Gardens institution, from her past as a lawyer to her fundraising efforts for other colleges and universities.
And now that she’s at Florida Memorial University to stay, she can finally redecorate her office. Plywood paneling just doesn’t suit the university’s newest president. Perhaps window treatments?
Miami Today reporter Nina Lincoff interviewed Dr. Artis at her office.
Sun Sentinel political writer Anthony Man joins us to discuss topics such as: recent polling that says more than half of Americans favor changing U.S. policy on Cuba, Charlie Crist announcing he’s against the Cuban embargo, and Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers in Florida for a 2016 presidential race.
[Air Date: 2/14/2014]
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
Redistricting occurs every ten years as a result of new census data; this process also affects voting districts. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida is urging Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez “to begin the re-precincting process immediately to avoid a repeat of the nationwide embarrassment that occurred in our county during the 2012 election.” Director of Legal Operations for the ACLU of Florida, Nancy Abudu, explains.
[Air Date: 2/07/2014]
Paisajes is the harbinger to a stunning new chapter in Royo’s distinguished career. In this collection, Royo finds inspiration in nature and captures the dramatic visual essence of his homeland, Valencia and the Mediterranean Sea. The compelling landscapes, seascapes and figurative work draw the viewer into the setting where light, heat and passion combine to evoke an emotional experience that bathes the canvas.
For a man who’s been around the world, with his family in tow nonetheless, Germany’s Consul General Juergen Borsch has a remarkable energy.
For other consuls, you might console yourself with the knowledge that he’s still in his first year at his Miami post. After Warsaw, Damascus, Bonn and Berlin to name just a few previous landing spots, Mr. Borsch has found a new home on Biscayne Boulevard for his four-year gig as Deutschland’s consul.
Whether it’s the artistic culture, the vibrancy of the music scene, or the diversity of the food – there’s an Italian restaurant around the block from the office he claims (multiple times) is his and his coworker’s watering hole – Mr. Borsch is happy to be here.
Miami Today reporter Nina Lincoff interviewed Mr. Borsch at the German Consulate in Miami in December.
FAIRCHILD’S GARDENMUSIC FESTIVAL
BRINGS CHAMBER MUSIC TO LIFE
Coral Gables, FL December 12, 2013 Set amongst the natural beauty of Fairchild
Tropical Botanic Garden, the chamber music ensemble Sixth Floor Trio takes up
residence from January 6 – 19, 2014 for the second GardenMusic Festival with a full
slate of diverse programs, designed and created to explode the boundaries between time
and musical styles.
The Sixth Floor Trio – Teddy Abrams, Harrison Hollingsworth, and Johnny Teyssier
– and the 2014 GardenMusic guest artists will perform boundary-blasting programs that
range from jazz and classical to traditional folk, Broadway and Latin jazz. Four evening
performances, each creatively programmed around a unique theme, complemented by an
evening of Broadway and a Children’s concert, will round out this year’s Festival.
“Our aim is to pair one of Miami’s most beautiful settings with world-class musicmaking,
bringing together tremendously talented and engaging musicians from around
the world in a schedule of programs that cross the spectrum of time and musical styles,”
said Teddy Abrams of the Sixth Floor Trio. The GardenMusic Festival is a winner of a
2012 Knight Arts Challenge award from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
* Thursday, Jan. 9, 7pm Opening Night Concert As an introduction to the Sixth Floor
Trio and the 2014 GardenMusic artists, this program will traverse the musical landscape
with a wide range of music, from a world premiere and original compositions to
traditional folk music and classical favorites like Schubert’s Death and the Maiden and
Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 1.
* Saturday, Jan. 11, 7pm Stories Told Through Music This program will demonstrate
music’s relationship with storytelling in two parts: first, the music of Schubert,
Stravinsky, Strauss, and John Adams present different styles of musical narrative.
Second, a set of Bluegrass and folk music led by renowned fiddler Jeremy Kittel will be a
beautifully-curated journey of virtuosity and artistry.
* Tuesday, Jan. 14, 7pm: The Edge: Music That Pushed the Boundaries of its Time
Many of the great classical works now considered standards caused riots and scandals in
their time; this concert will present brilliant music that inspired audiences to listen in new
ways. From ancient African drumming to the cutting-edge works of Bach & Beethoven,
the program will also feature a collaboration with the Miami Beach-raised award winning
visual artist Michele Oka-Doner and a world premiere by GardenMusic resident
composer Sebastian Chang.
* Saturday, Jan. 18, 10:30am Music Up Close: A Children’s Concert An intimate,
fun-filled hour of musical education, engagement and enjoyment for children of all ages!
This presentation is free for Fairchild members and is included with regular garden
admission for non-members.
* Friday, Jan. 17, 7pm Broadway in the Garden with Broadway star Morgan James
Broadway star and singer Morgan James (Motown the Musical, Godspell) transports you
through New York's great musical eras with her extraordinary vocal prowess – merging
soul, jazz, R&B, and Broadway tunes in a fresh and exciting way. Ms. James joins the
GardenMusic resident musicians for this special benefit concert in the Glasshouse Café.
Tickets are $150.
* Sunday, Jan. 19, 7pm A Jazzy Night This program celebrates the intersection of the
worlds of Jazz and Classical music. Bartók and Ravel are paired with Jazz standards,
contemporary Jazz, and Latin Jazz for a high-energy and inspiring concert that
demonstrates the full creative power of the 2014 GardenMusic artists.
Pre-Concert Conversation with Artists Audience members can enjoy the performances
either in the Concert Tent or on the lawn, and are invited before the 7pm performances to
pre-concert programs at 6pm.
In addition to the main performances in the Concert Tent, GardenMusic will fill the
Fairchild garden space with music-making throughout the festival. Visitors to Fairchild in
January will experience short concerts throughout each day of GardenMusic, Random
Acts of Culture, open rehearsals, and daily educational activities with the GardenMusic
artists for every student that visits the Garden.
For more information, please visit www.fairchildgarden.org.
GardenMusic was created in 2012 by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s Board of
Trustees Vice President Jennifer Buttrick to bring music to the Garden for the community
to enjoy amongst the backdrop of Fairchild on a Florida winter’s night. The inaugural
event brimmed over with all types of musical celebrations. Four full concerts in addition
to many short-form concerts and open rehearsals were performed, along with children’s
concert with a unique instrument petting zoo. Two original works commissioned
specifically for the festival debuted. Actors from the City Theatre and choreographers
from Miami Contemporary Dance Company joined the musicians for a staged production
of Stravinsky’s “Soldier’s Tale.” University of Miami music students were treated to a
master class, and a surprise concert by the Sixth Floor Trio as part of Random Acts of
Culture for a party in Matheson Hammock Park rounded out the program.
For more information, please visit www.gardenmusicfestival.com and
African elephants are the largest land animals on Earth. They are slightly larger than their Asian cousins and can be identified by their larger ears that look somewhat like the continent of Africa. (Asian elephants have smaller, rounded ears.)
Elephant ears radiate heat to help keep these large animals cool, but sometimes the African heat is too much. Elephants are fond of water and enjoy showering by sucking water into their trunks and spraying it all over themselves. Afterwards, they often spray their skin with a protective coating of dust.
An elephant's trunk is actually a long nose used for smelling, breathing, trumpeting, drinking, and also for grabbing things—especially a potential meal. The trunk alone contains about 100,000 different muscles. African elephants have two fingerlike features on the end of their trunk that they can use to grab small items. (Asian elephants have one.)
Both male and female African elephants have tusks they use to dig for food and water and strip bark from trees. Males use the tusks to battle one another, but the ivory has also attracted violence of a far more dangerous sort.
Because ivory is so valuable to some humans, many elephants have been killed for their tusks. This trade is illegal today, but it has not been completely eliminated, and some African elephant populations remain endangered.
Elephants eat roots, grasses, fruit, and bark, and they eat a lot of these things. An adult elephant can consume up to 300 pounds (136 kilograms) of food in a single day.
These hungry animals do not sleep much, and they roam over great distances while foraging for the large quantities of food that they require to sustain their massive bodies.
Female elephants (cows) live in family herds with their young, but adult males (bulls) tend to roam on their own.
Having a baby elephant is a serious commitment. Elephants have a longer pregnancy than any other mammal—almost 22 months. Cows usually give birth to one calf every two to four years. At birth, elephants already weigh some 200 pounds (91 kilograms) and stand about 3 feet (1 meter) tall.
A Florida court recently affirmed that children in school have limited privacy and are open to searches of their belongings. We discuss the legal issues surrounding this case.
[Air Date: 1/03/2014]
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]