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Miami is often called the capital of Latin America. So when 20 Democratic presidential candidates gathered for debates in Miami last week, WLRN’s Americas editor Tim Padgett thought he'd hear more about Latin America policy. But as Padgett told WLRN’s Luis Hernandez, he and a lot of other South Floridians were disappointed.

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Some 100 South Florida middle schoolers powered up drones in the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall on Wednesday, turned on the ‘Cha Cha Slide’ and coordinated the machines so they flipped and turned along with the music. Other kids performed choreographed dances with the drones, tumbling into breakdancing. 

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Name three of the most infamous villains of literature or pop culture in the last century and it's likely that you'll mention, or at least think about, Dracula.

The 19th-century character, though not as popular in its early years, has spawned a love-affair with the dark and mysterious creatures, vampires. They are, today, widely celebrated in books, television shows and movies more than 100 years after Bram Stoker brought the character to life in the pages of his novel.

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One actress in South Florida is aiming to show people what it's like to be a Latina. 

There are no costume changes and 24 Latina characters in ¡FUÁCATA! or a Latina’s Guide to Surviving the Universe -- all played by Cuban-American actress Elena María García, who was raised in Broward. The idea is that whether audience members are from South America, Central America, Cuba, Puerto Rico or Mexico, they'll be able to relate.

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Guests for Sundial Tuesday, May 1, 2018:

Dr. Donald Fennoy took over as the Palm Beach County School District's new superintendent this past March. He is the youngest superintendent in Palm Beach County history and is also the first African-American to hold the position. He joined the program to discuss teacher pay, school safety and his plans for the future of 11th largest school district in the country.

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Guests for Sundial Thursday, April 26, 2018:

Jesse Keenan conducts research and teaches courses on urban development and climate adaptation at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. He recently co-authored a study that explored climate gentrification and sought to find a correlation between property prices and elevation. He called into the program to share his findings.

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Hours before legendary Cuban jazz musician Chucho Valdés and Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo performed at the Adrienne Arsht Center,  a group of Miami-Dade County high school musicians got to have an exclusive preview of the show. 

Some 150 students filed into the Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall where Chucho Valdés and his band, the Afro-Cuban Messengers, were busy rehearsing for their show later in the evening. The young performers also got time to ask questions of all the musicians as part of the Jazz Roots program. 

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Patricia Delgado was 11 years old the first time she walked into the Miami City Ballet studios to take class. Her sister Jeanette was nine.

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Larry Rosen was always looking for his next big project. A decade ago, he'd recently finished producing a series for PBS, "Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis," but he was not a guy interested in taking a break. The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts was new and, as usual, Rosen saw an opportunity: bring jazz to the gleaming new concert hall, one with acoustics that could be adjusted to different kinds of music. 

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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.

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01/08/15 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Chef Allen Susser; he discusses his new café at the Books and Books Café in the Sears Tower; and Chef Hector Torres discusses Brava, his new restaurant replacing Prelude at the Artsh Center.  They bring food for us to taste on the air.

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Once a year the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to town to perform at the Arsht Center. Wednesday night the rehearsal director of the company taught a free master class for any dancers interested. The only requirements were that dancers had to be at intermediate level and 16 or older.

Matthew Rushing dances and choreographs around the world. While traveling with Alvin Ailey, he also takes part in outreach programs such as this one.

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Miami City Ballet for the first time is dipping its (bare) toes into the work of famous Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato this Friday. The work, “Jardi Tancat,” is a soulful and lyrical piece, performed in barefoot to Catalán folk music. It is one of four works making up the ballet’s Program II, See the Music.

Miami City Ballet artistic director Lourdes Lopez has made bringing new works to the company one of her priorities.

The Arsht Center Sees A Future In Video Games

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A very different crowd will be filing into the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall this weekend.  Instead of the usual group, predominately made up of women between 55 and 65 years old, swarms of 18- to 25-year-old boys will be packing the seats.

But they aren’t coming for Mozart or Beethoven. They’re coming to hear the music of a popular, 25-year-old video-game series, called Final Fantasy, performed by an orchestra.

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