Today is Santeria's Holiest Day. Is That Why the Historic Cuba Deal Was Reached?

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Is it possible that the historic deal on Cuba struck today between Barack Obama and Raul Castro -- with the Pope's help -- came about because it is one of Santeria's holiest days of the year?

December 17 is the birthday of Babalu Aye, who is the Santeria god of healing. Today, Wednesday, is also his day of the week.

For untold worshipers in Cuba, and the exile community here in Miami, Babalu Aye is one of the most venerated deities in the Santeria pantheon. His African name translates to "Father, lord of the Earth," and he is associated with infectious disease and healing.

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Rumors of Another Miami Vice Reboot

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Remember in 2006 when Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx stared in a movie version of the iconic 80s television series Miami Vice? Of course you don't, because virtually nobody went to see it. The movie was such a bomb that Farrell himself can barely remember making it. And in typical Miami fashion, the movie was plagued with production problems named Katrina, Wilma, and Rita.

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City of Miami Breaks Ground on Film Studio

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The city of Miami broke ground on a new film studio today. The Florida Film & Television Center will offer 70,000 square feet of studio space including two sound stages, an onsite editing suite and accessory storage room. The studio will be operated by EUE Screen Gems, a national production company that operates similar sites in New York, Georgia and North Carolina. The massive complex is meant to lure national and international production companies to the city's sunny shores.

Miami's Omni Community Redevelopment Agency gave final approval on the plan in March. The Agency has promised up to $11.5 million for construction of the studio which City of Miami Commissioner, Marc Sarnoff, hopes "will go a long way in securing Miami's status as a top destination for film and television production." The city also hopes the studio will bring more jobs to the area, something the Mayor and City Commissioners reiterated in today's groundbreaking.

See also: The Top Ten Movies Shot in Miami

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Aholsniffsglue, American Eagle Outfitters Reach Settlement in Copyright Lawsuit

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Giulo Sciorio
It looks like American Eagle Outfitters just bought the Magic City's favorite street artist, Aholsniffsglue, a diamond-studded platinum grill.

This past summer, Ahol -- whose real name is David Anasagasti -- sued the corporate Goliath for copyright infringement after AEO hijacked his trademark sleepy-eyeball motif for a worldwide marketing blitz promoting its spring fashion line without compensating the artist.

But in the legal stare-down between both parties that has drawn international attention, it was AEO that blinked first. The retail giant, which last year reported revenues exceeding $3 billion, has chosen to settle out of court in the case that has been watched closely by artists across the globe.

See also: Miami Artist AholSniffsGlue Sues American Eagle Outfitters for Intellectual Property Infringement

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MOCA, Former Directors Settle Dispute, Will Split Museum Assets

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Babacar M'Bow of North Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art
Months of legal dispute between the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and the city of North Miami have finally been resolved.

Mediation this week determined that the museum's assets will be split between the city and former board members, who have since founded the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA Miami), closing the lawsuit that was filed earlier this year.

North Miami will keep the majority of the 600-work permanent collection, some of which was donated by board members who left MOCA, according to a statement released Wednesday.

See also: Former MOCA North Miami Board Names Leaders at ICA Miami

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Handcrafted Tattoo's Jamie Ryscik's Ink Equipment Stolen: Help Catch the Bad Guys

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On October 4, tattoo artist Jamie Ryscik's car was broken into behind his shop in Wynwood.

Thieves made away with seven machines and his laptop. He needs our help to track them down. Ryscik, a resident ink specialist at Handcrafted, winner of Best Tattoo Shop Miami 2013, has been tattooing for 16 years in New York and South Florida. Before Handcrafted, he practiced at Bulldog and Colorfast.

Ryscik told New Times, "When I realized my backpack containing my Mac and my machines were gone, I felt completely helpless and numb...My livelihood was in that bag."

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New Times Is Looking For an Arts and Culture Editor

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Miami New Times is looking for a writer and editor to oversee coverage of all things related to art, theater, and other cultural happenings in America's hottest city. The job entails working closely with a pool of freelancers to produce Night+Day, our weekly print guide to the city, while editing, writing, and helping promote content for our Cultist culture blog. Among the events to be covered are the Miami International Film Festival, the Miami Book Fair and Art Basel Miami Beach.

This is a full-time position that requires some previous journalism experience, a strong voice and diverse cultural interests. Only applicants who live in, or have lived in, the Miami metro area will be considered. Full benefits included. Send a cover letter, resume and your three best clips to:

Sundance Institute Brings Film Development Workshops to Miami

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A still from Yearbook, Bernardo Britto's Sundance award-winning short film.
Miami's film community is on fire. From big festivals to international screenings, local filmmakers are making waves, and indie heavyweight Sundance is taking notice.

The Sundance Institute announced this week that they will use $1 million in new funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to bring artist development day labs to eight cities across the U.S. over the next three years, including Miami. Programming will target a wide range of filmmakers, screenwriters, producers, and composers with workshops building on the experience of Sundance Institute's renowned residency labs.

See also: Sundance Hosting Public Art, Tech & Storytelling Panel in Miami

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Nat Chediak Voted As New Programming Director at Coral Gables Art Cinema

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Coral Gables Art Cinema via Facebook
After about an hour and a half meeting today, board members of the Coral Gables Art Cinema confirmed via vote that Nat Chediak will become the organization's new director of programming.

Press were not permitted inside the meeting, but members exiting this morning said it was a positive outcome.

"Some of the events of the past are unfortunate, but we're moving forward," said Secretary Marlin Ebbert. She added that one of the items discussed was keeping internal issues exactly that -- internal.

Last week, an anonymous source told New Times that there was discontent among the board members and executive advisory committee regarding the abrupt resignation of longtime director, Robert Rosenberg.

See also: Local Cinema Icon Nat Chediak Returns to the Miami Film Scene

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Nat Chediak Appointed Coral Gables Art Cinema Director Amidst Board Turmoil

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Following the recent resignation of longtime leader Robert Rosenberg, Coral Gables Art Cinema has selected Nat Chediak as its new program director.

A source says an oral agreement between Chediak and cinema founder and former executive director, Steven Krams, will be confirmed at a meeting on Tuesday, October 14. Co-founder of the Miami International Film Festival, Chediak is a well-known figure in the film industry.

If the vote passes at Tuesday's meeting, Chediak will begin his tenure immediately. Krams told the Miami Herald that the job offer has already been vetted by executive committee officers and that he is confident the vote will pass without opposition. But some members of the organization have been blindsided by the turn of events, and say a lack of transparency has marred communications between the boards.

See also: Coral Gables Art Cinema Wins National Grant to Run Science-Themed Flicks

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