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Key West's literary heritage is overwhelmingly associated with one writer: Ernest Hemingway. The Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winner's former home is a popular museum. And every summer there's a look-alike contest where white-bearded men compete to look like Papa.

But recently, the island has turned to celebrating another 20th-century writer who made Key West his home: Tennessee Williams. 

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  One hundred and twenty-five films from 40 countries.

That's what the 32nd Edition of the Miami International Film Festival is all about. And festival organizers made a significant change this year. Previously, short films under thirty minutes made in Florida that had already premiered in the state weren't eligible to exhibit during the festival. This year, they are.

During a recent Florida Roundup, host Christine DiMattei spoke with South Florida film critic Hans Morgenstern about some homegrown filmmakers already causing a stir in the festival circuit:

Festival Of The Arts Boca Director Has Deep Roots In South Florida

Feb 27, 2015

Festival of the Arts Boca celebrates its ninth season with an eclectic lineup of events, and a new director.  Joanna Marie Kaye returns to South Florida to helm the Festival, which kicks off on March 6 with a special screening of the film "West Side Story."  

Shouldn’t Miami Hip-Hop Hit Harder?

Feb 26, 2015
Mark Maturah

The lineup for Dope Entertainment's Rolling Loud Festival set South Florida hip-hop heads abuzz: the headliners are current favorites Schoolboy Q, A$AP Ferg, Action Bronson and Juicy J. 

But on Feb. 28 at Wynwood's Soho Studios, those big alternative-hip-hop acts will share the stage with underground South Florida rappers.

One of those locals is 19-year-old Denzel Curry from Carol City. 

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The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is commissioning 10 new pieces to celebrate a decade in downtown Miami.

The commissions, dubbed 10@10, will all be performed in 2016. They include a dance piece choreographed by Miami native and Alvin Ailey dance director Robert Battle.

Battle attended a press conference Tuesday at the Arsht Center and talked about his dance, “The Attention of Souls,” which will debut March 2016.

“You think kids want to come with their parents, take foxtrot lessons? Trips to Europe, that’s what the kids want! Twenty-two countries in three days.  Feels like it’s all slipping away...”

So laments resort owner Max Kellerman, in the film “Dirty Dancing.”

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Coconut Grove Arts Festival ended its three-day event Monday. The 52nd annual festival drew an estimated 100,000 people-- offering international art, plants and music. Some Florida artists say their displays here generate the top sales of the year for them. 

"So in Coconut Grove you're going to get a lot of artists who are going to congregate here during the winter because they cannot show anywhere else," said Michael Kuseske, a painter exhibiting from Royal Palm Beach. He's participated for about eight years. 

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South Florida’s graffiti problem in the 1990’s had a poster child: Crook and Crome.

They had tags in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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Applications are open for the Knight Arts Challenge.

The challenge provides funds from the Knight Foundation for art projects that work to bring the community together.

When the challenge began back in 2008, the foundation had one big community meeting to tell the public about it. But over the past four years, Knight has been hosting a series of meetings throughout communities in South Florida.

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The composer Michael Gordon and filmmaker Bill Morrison have been fusing their visions for upwards of 17 years. Some of their work together is included in a Bill Morrison retrospective up now at the MoMA in New York. Their first piece was for Bang on a Can, the new-music collective Gordon co-founded. It was called "City Walk," and over the years, a lot of their work has been about cities.

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In the city of Opa-locka, a colorful park stands where liquor bottles and trash once collected in an empty lot.

New and chic affordable housing is popping up. Bright murals decorate buildings downtown.

Three years into a citywide arts transformation, Opa-locka is challenging how outsiders perceive the north Miami-Dade enclave, once better known for its prolific drug trade and gun violence.

Much of this transformation involves collaborations with artists. Artists and their ideas infused are in affordable housing development, urban planning and landscaping.

Tony Award-Winning Actor Gary Beach Always Leaves Them Laughing

Jan 26, 2015

Gary Beach is known for his hilarious - and often outrageous - characters on stage and screen, from "The Producers" to "Spamalot" to "La Cage Aux Folles." This month, Beach will be on view at West Palm Beach's Kravis Center in "Celebrity Autobiography."

Listen to the interview with him below:

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Saturday, Jan. 24 will see the union of two musical acts in celebration of Afrobeat music at the main stage of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. 

Zap Mama and Antibalas will come together as one band. 

“We are merging the two bands, not [performing] one after another,” says Marie Daulne, the voice behind the female vocal ensemble Zap Mama.  

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It looks like the greatest operatic hero in South Florida this season comes armed with a checkbook instead of a broadsword.

Weeks after the Florida Grand Opera announced that a funding shortfall might force the company to pull out of its Fort Lauderdale performance dates next season, FGO general director Susan Danis says an anonymous donor has stepped forward to help.

An hour before the opening of the inaugural Magic City Comic Con, hundreds of comic fans and cosplay enthusiasts were lined up around the Miami Airport Convention Center to find the latest deals on comic books, show off their costumes and meet their favorite artists.

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