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Solomon Northup was born free in early-19th-century upstate New York. He lived the life of a respected and elegant musician until 1841, when he was lured South by the promise of a lucrative stint playing his fiddle in a traveling circus.

In Washington, D.C. — in the shadow of the Capitol — Northup was drugged. When he came to, he was in chains: a slave headed for the hellish world of plantation life. Only the hope of being reunited with his beloved wife and children kept him going.

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10/11/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Miami Light Project’s guiding light, Beth Boone, shares her excitement about a new season of engaging events. Charles Greenfield speaks with Patrick Dupre-Quigley about the amazing choral group, Seraphic Fire. Film critic, Dan Hudak, previews the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. Chef Norman Van Aken dishes up A Word On Food and our Florida Keys arts calendar features Andy Newman. Catch the conversation and information on South Florida Arts Beat every Friday at 1:00pm.

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Now that “Burn Notice” has wrapped up seven successful seasons, will a new show step in to send the world a postcard of Miami every week?

The USA Network production ended its run recently while ratings were still strong. Thanks to a worldwide audience, it’s likely to live for years in syndication.

But the end of the show, as well as A&E’s The Glades and Starz’ Magic City this summer, leaves a void in Miami’s economy. A lot of folks made money off these productions selling props, renting cars, catering food, cleaning costumes and working on-camera.

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Most writers are thrilled to get attention from Hollywood. But not David Sedaris.

For years, the humorist and frequent NPR contributor has fended off advances from movie producers eager to turn his mordant essays into blockbusters.

So how did a young filmmaker who cut his teeth in Miami -- and who has only one other movie to his credit -- become the first to get a Sedaris story to the big screen?

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When Charlie Birnbaum saw the logo design for the L-Dub Film Festival, he flipped out . . . but in a good way.

“I said, 'This is perfect!’  I couldn’t have asked for more,” says Birnbaum, manager of Lake Worth Playhouse’s Stonzek Theatre.

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08/02/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Jamaica’s Consul General the Honorable Sandra Grant Griffiths and event producer extraordinaire, Sydney Roberts, have the details about Jamaica’s 51st Independence Day events here in South Florida. Our film critic, Dan Hudak, features his annual Florida Film Critics Circle Roundtable with Michelle Solomon and Hans Morgenstern.

07/12/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, the non-profit, ArtServe, greatly helps out South Florida’s artists. President Jaye Abbate has the details. Maestro Brooks-Bruzzese speaks with Charles Greenfield about upcoming concerts throughout South Florida by The Symphony of the Americas. Film critic, Dan Hudak, talks to founder and president Steven Krams and director Robert Rosenberg about an exciting season for the Coral Gables Art Cinema.

Delray Beach Center For The Arts Unveils New Film Series

Jul 7, 2013

The staff at Delray Beach Center for the Arts takes pride in presenting something for everyone, and that philosophy extends to its new summer film series, which mixes classic and contemporary films.  Caroline Breder-Watts speakswith Assistant Artistic Director Brian Ridolfo.  To hear the complete converstaion, visit artsradionetwork.com.

The Lone Ranger has long been a fictional hero, taming the Wild West with his trusty Indian guide, Tonto. The faithful companion helps the white man fight bad guys, and does so speaking in pidgin English.

Tonto made his first appearance on the radio in the 1930s, voiced by a non-Native American actor, John Todd. In the series, Western settlers face down what they call "redskins" and "savages." And trusty Tonto is always on hand to interpret the smoke signals.

For those in film school, the project is like a crash course and a final exam, jam packed into one restless weekend.

This is the Miami edition of the 48 Hour Film Project, an international event that gets play from local filmmakers from Israel and Johannesburg to Las Vegas, Nevada.  The one constant -- you  get 48 hours to complete a short film from scratch.

Masters of Music Series - Ennio Morricone

May 5, 2013

Caroline Breder-Watts and critic and author Scott Eyman discuss the work of legendary film composer Ennio Morricone.  To learn more about  Scott Eyman, visit www.  scotteyman.com.  To hear the complete conversation, log onto www.artsradionetwork.com.

Humphrey Bogart Film Festival

Here's lookin' at YOU,  Bogie fans.

Starting today, fans of Humphrey Bogart will be flocking to Key Largo for a film festival celebrating one of Hollywood's most beloved tough guys.

“When you contaminate the water, you contaminate yourself,” explains science teacher Bertha Vazquez to her students at Miami’s George Washington Carver Middle School. “You’re part of an ecosystem.”

Since 1991, Vazquez has taught students what they can do to save the planet through an integrated curriculum that weaves together science, human behavior and facts about climate change.

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