Focus On South Florida
There’s a new exhibition in a Downtown Miami museum dedicated to one of the most influential music groups of all time—The Beatles. We take you inside HistoryMiami for a sneak peek, focus on the band’s South Florida connection and the impact the Beatles’ arrival had on American pop culture.
Purvis young was a self-taught street artist, who was born in 1943 in Liberty City, and raised in Overtown. Young’s depiction of urban life and the African-American experience gained him international recognition as an American contemporary artist. Now, Overtown’s historic Lyric Theater is about to showcase Young’s work in an exhibition called “A Man Among the People: A Purvis Homecoming”. We focus on the significance of this exhibition which pays homage to a South Florida trailblazer.
South Florida is about to become, once again, the center of the international art world. Art Basel begins December 4th. More than 50-thousand visitors and more than 250 of the world’s leading galleries participate in the 4-day extravaganza. Art Basel is also a huge deal for local nonprofit organizations like Locust Projects. Locust Projects provides space for up and coming artists to show their works without the pressure of gallery sales. We focus on Locust Projects artist Simon Vega, who is making his Miami exhibition debut just in time for Art Basel.
Thanksgiving is an opportunity for us to stop, and be thankful for all that we have. But Thanksgiving can be a tough time for the people in our community who are less fortunate. The First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale is bringing the spirit of giving alive, again this year. Much the same way it has for more than 60 years. We focus on the work the church does, and how you can get involved.
The mission of the locally-based “Kid Kritics”, is to provide parents with a clear and credible way of identifying healthy foods their kids will actually eat. Kid Kritics aims to combat childhood obesity and other diseases. The “Kid Kritics” hold blind taste tests on physician-approved foods. Then they decide whether to give the product their seal of approval. A growing number of national companies are now seeking out the “Kid Kritics” seal of approval for their products. We see the kids in action.
Since 1989 the “Alliance For Aging” has been funding home and community-based services that keep people at home and out of nursing homes. The private nonprofit organization is committed to improving the lives of our senior citizens. For 364 days out of the year the alliance serves the vulnerable elderly in our community. One night a year, the alliance celebrates their vitality and their contributions to the community with the “Positive Living Awards”. We preview the event and detail the work done by the Alliance.
The largest literary event in the country is underway, and it is right here in our own backyard. The Miami Book Fair International attracts hundreds of thousands of readers and writers. The 8-day party builds to the street fair, and if you’ve never experienced that, you need to put it on your “to do” list. The book fair was co-founded 31 years ago by Miami-Dade College and Mitchell Kaplan.
This Thanksgiving, make a lasting impression; one that benefits you and our community. The 4th annual Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot and Paddle is quickly becoming a Broward County tradition, attracting thousands of participants. We focus on the event, how you can get involved and who benefits from it.
The mission of the Key West Film Festival is to showcase films that exhibit excellence in storytelling and capture the essence of what Key West is all about. This is the festival’s third year, and is set to feature more than 55 films. And this year, Cuban cinema is in the spotlight. We preview the event.
The Knight Foundation supports ideas that engage communities and foster the arts. Its 2014 Knight Arts Challenge People’s Choice Award is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a small and emerging arts organization in South Florida. 20-thousand dollars is up for grabs and you can have a say on who receives it. We focus on the importance of this competition.