Cool Spaces! Architecture Series Premieres Tonight on WLRN

Courtesy of Stephen Chung, Cool Spaces!
Seattle Public Library, Seattle by OM/REX
Consider the space you're occupying as you read this. It exists because someone you've probably never thought about envisioned and created it. So, go home tonight and instead of watching some of the crap that passes for late night TV, catch the public television premiere of Cool Spaces! The Best New Architecture and find out what goes into making the buildings we pop in and out of daily.

Tonight at 10 on WLRN, Cool Spaces! will debut its first hour-long episode in a series profiling North America's most innovative and provocative public architecture. Each episode tackles a central theme and examines "three very different cities, buildings, architects, and very different designs," according to host and project creator Stephen Chung. Originally an architect and educator, Chung only stepped in front of the camera as a means of introducing the world to quality architecture and its importance after the recession hit the industry and his practice hard.

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Two Miami Museums Awarded Millions From W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Categories: Culture

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science's Early Childhood Hands-On Science (ECHOS) classes in action, at Miami-Dade County HeadStart programs.
The Bass Museum of Art and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science join the ranks of 30 organizations to win grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which aims to help recipients continue and strengthen family engagement initiatives.

The competition was stiff, with more than 1,130 organizations vying for grants. The requests totaled $500 million, the most ever received for a single funding opportunity in the 83-year history of the foundation. In the end, the 30 organizations chosen received $13.7 million.

See also: What's Wrong With the Arts in Miami? Five Problems the Knight Foundation Should Solve

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Timur and the Dime Museum: A Spaceship Ride to the Other Side

Timur and the Dime Museum is the delightfully demented Los Angeles-based gender-bending/genre-defying hybrid post-punk glam performance band led by the fierce, classically trained Kazakh-American opera singer (Timur) and a cunning and sardonic songwriter (Daniel Corral). The band, like their name, is a blend of haughty style, galactic personalities and flamboyant theatrics, and they're coming to Miami Light Project this weekend.

"When I was attending the New England Conservatory, studying classical opera, I was also hanging out with many bands on the underground scene," Timur says. "I became good friends with Dresden Dolls and singer Amanda Palmer, who in some way encouraged me to pursue projects outside the box. After I moved to Los Angeles to study at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), a lot of creative, interdisciplinary, off-the-wall projects followed. CalArts profoundly influenced how my different experiences in classical voice, contemporary and popular music and theater were falling into place."

See also: Photographer For Roxy Music and Lou Reed Found Living in Semi-Obscurity on South Beach

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Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade 2014: Don't Be a Drag, Just Be a Queen (Video)

Categories: Culture, LGBT

Photo by George Martinez
It's no secret Miami Beach loves her gays, but once a year, there's still occasion to cover yourself in rainbows, slap some glitter on, and hit the streets.

Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade is the most fun you can have with clothes on, not that you're expected to wear much. The floats were bigger, louder, and brighter than ever. Even Gloria Estefan rode down Ocean Dr. to serve as parade grand marshal.

But half the fun of a parade is the people watching it all go by. We went down to see just how much fun it can be to support the local gay community, and we may or may not have taken sips from strangers.

See also: The 21st-Annual Shelley Novak Awards: Wigs, Glitter, and Ass for Days (Video)

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MOCA Sues the City of North Miami, Charges Mayor Tondreau With Defamation and Conspiracy

Categories: Art, Culture

Photo by Ivon David Rojas
The Museum of Contemporary Art filed a legal complaint Monday against the City of North Miami and is suing for damages. In the complaint, MOCA claims the city has failed in its contractual duties to properly maintain and care for the institution legally under its care and, therefore, has "diminished the value of the Museum and its collection while hampering the institution's ability to achieve its mission."

Though the city has made plenty of noise against MOCA's plans to collaborate, and possibly move many of its collections to the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, MOCA alleges North Miami has done nothing to help the museum grow, such as forgoing to pay interim director Alex Gartenfeld, failing to provide adequate security, and refusing to repair critical maintenance issues.

See also: Rosa de la Cruz Bashes MOCA, Bass and PAMM: "Why Is It That Miami Museums Are Becoming Places Just For Parties?"

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Get Half-Off Tickets to the South Florida Women's Expo Through Voice Daily Deals

Hey lady, you've been working hard. Don't you think you've earned a night out with the girls?

A night on the town doesn't have to be expensive, especially not with the Voice Daily Deal on the South Florida Women's Expo, on sale now for your enjoyment Friday, May 9.

There's tons of fun stuff coming, from delicious food and drink to delicious bods. Just make sure you leave your man at home, because it's all designed with your needs in mind.

That leaves you plenty of time to plan, but don't wait too long, because this deal saving you 53 percent on admission only lasts through Sunday.

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Carbonell Announces Special Awards Honorees, Musical Numbers

Categories: Culture, Theater

Cock, a GableStage production, is nominated for Best Director at the Carbonell Awards.
There's still time to get tickets to this evening's 38th annual Carbonell Awards, South Florida's celebration of the community's theatrical excellence. The ceremony will feature a multimedia tribute to the best plays of the season, a live band led by musical director Caryl Fantel, and musical performances by cast members from each of the shows nominated for Best Musical.

See also: Carbonell Awards 2014 Honors South Florida's Theatrical Best at Amaturo Theater Monday

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Feed the Homeless Flash Mob to Hit Downtown, Overtown

With all the festival madness of late; traffic, life, and just getting from point A to B is more taxing than usual. Some locals, however, think we should focus on helping others in trying times instead of dissolving into fits of road rage and grumpiness. One such radical is Miami resident Give Thanx Bellafonte, whose group 4MK spreads its peaceful message through music and doing good.

Together with New York-based organization Project Impact, 4MK will lead a Feed the Homeless Flash Mob on Saturday, April 5, beginning in Downtown and Overtown, followed by a performance at Camillus House. Since its initial run in 2012, the flash mob has seen an explosion in popularity, with people from London, Mexico, France, and around the U.S. making a collective effort to attack poverty on each given date.

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Retweets to be Retired? Business Insider Says Twitter Considering a Stupid "Share" Option

Via Business Insider
Q: What's the best part about Twitter?

A: It's not Facebook - or is it?

A little birdy over at Business Insider told us the social media giant is considering doing away with the beloved "Retweet" in favor of a very Zuckerbergian "Share" option, and we think that's just kind of stupid. Must all social media outlets be created in one another's image? Freaking no, they shouldn't.

Whatever happened to brand recognition?

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Carbonell Awards 2014 Honors South Florida's Theatrical Best at Amaturo Theater Monday

The Lion in Winter, at Palm Beach Dramaworks, is nominated for eight awards, including best production of a play.
Each year, the Carbonell Awards celebrate the best and brightest of South Florida's theater industry. Though the awards recognize performances, productions, and works that moved audiences during the 2013-14 season, perhaps theaters' greatest feat was focusing our Netflix-glazed gazes on something other than a screen for an hour.

Along with New York's Drama Desk and Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Awards, the Carbonells are among the nation's senior regional arts awards and predate many others, including Washington, D.C.'s Helen Hayes Awards. The Carbonells are named after Manuel Carbonell, an internationally-renowned sculptor who designed the original solid bronze and marble trophy in 1976. Winners and nomineeds are chosen each season by volunteer panelists and judges from hundreds of shows produced on stages throughout the tri-county area.

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