The mercenaries who “invaded” Venezuela last weekend to capture President Nicolás Maduro and topple his disastrous, dictatorial regime called their mission Operation Gideon.

More like Operation Idiot.

Seminole Theatre On Thursday To Present Virtual Open Mic Night

Apr 29, 2020
Courtesy of Ricky Valido

Having artists livestream their performances is certainly nothing new these days. But can it be done as an open mic night?

The Seminole Theatre is taking the open mic concept online on Thursday, April 30, with an intriguing mix of known and unknown acts teaming up for an eclectic and unpredictable two-hour tour through music, spoken-word and other genres. The show can be seen free of charge on its website,

Miami Dance Community's Contagion-Induced, Existential Crisis

Apr 23, 2020
Courtesy of Yanni de Melo

When the rapid spread of COVID-19 vacated performance halls, it attacked Miami’s economic ecosystem of artistic activity. Within the dance community, as with many others, performers and organizations saw anticipated revenues evaporate in a matter of hours – and this in an industry dominated by 1099s.

South Florida’s Push For Theater Art And Relief Goes on

Apr 16, 2020
Florida International University

It’s mid-April, a month into isolating at home, and South Florida’s theater artists and companies are busily engaged in virtual programming, classes and relief efforts. Here’s a roundup of initiatives, some new, others ongoing.


Theatre Lab’s Online Original Monologue Festival (#OOMF) in March was a hit, so now the Florida Atlantic University company is planning a slightly different April edition of its virtual effort to help the region’s theater artists.

Capt. Bouncer Smith

On a balmy evening this past February, before the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in South Florida, Capt. Bouncer Smith motored his 33-foot open fisherman into Government Cut. The Miami skyline glowed like a string of lanterns. On board, a group of return customers in town for the annual boat show were stalking tarpon.

Matias Delacroix / AP

The U.S. on March 26 indicted authoritarian Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on narco-terrorism charges. Just days later the Trump Administration has laid out a "transition plan" for finally getting rid of Maduro.

Ramon Espinosa / AP via Miami Herald

Last week, we asked if the U.S. should loosen economic sanctions against countries during grave crises like the new coronavirus. We considered Venezuela; this week we look at Cuba — and U.S. sanctions against its communist regime.


A new University of Florida poll has found Americans increasingly understand the severity of the COVID-19 coronavirus and, more suprisingly, 80 percent would get vaccinated to stop the pandemic.

Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald File

To help stop transmission of the coronavirus, many federal immigration facilities have closed as of Tuesday night. But many are staying open in South Florida.

Showering Love

It looks like a tour bus in the middle of a gated parking lot in downtown Miami. 

It’s Sunday morning and a line is starting to form. Seven people so far. 

The bus was converted to house two two-shower stalls inside — one is accessible for people in wheelchairs.

One-Woman Show 'Pretty Fire' Delivers Multitude Of Messages For Women's History Month

Mar 10, 2020
Courtesy of African Heritage Cultural Arts Center

When the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center wanted to select a play for its Women's History Month celebration, Charlayne Woodard's NAACP award-winning, one-woman show, "Pretty Fire," was top of mind.

"Pretty Fire" is a five-part story that moves through the discrimination and oppression experienced by African-Americans in the 1950s and 1960s. The play, which Woodard performed in its 1992 premiere in Los Angeles, is autobiographical.

Miami Cancels Calle Ocho Festival Over Coronavirus Fears

Mar 6, 2020
Carl Juste / Miami Herald

Miami elected officials and administrators are announcing that this year’s the annual Calle Ocho Festival, part of Carnaval Miami and sponsored by Kiwanis of Little Havana, will be canceled over the potential spread of coronavirus.

Multiple sources confirmed with the Miami Herald that the decision is expected to be announced at a Friday morning news conference at Miami City Hall, where city leaders will also announce the cancellation of this month’s Ultra Music Festival.

Miami-Dade Political Activist Patrick Hidalgo, An Obama Appointee, Dies At 41

Mar 5, 2020
Hidalgo family photo

Patrick Hidalgo, a Miami-Dade political organizer and former President Obama appointee whose loved ones say he was dedicated to bridging the gap between the United States and Cuba, died this week in Miami.

Hidalgo, 41, died Monday of heart failure, his sister said on Facebook. Two days before, he spoke at an Elizabeth Warren campaign event in Miami.

U.S. Immigration Deports 119 Cubans Back To Havana On Miami Flight

Mar 4, 2020
Carl Juste / Miami Herald

Immigration officials deported 119 Cubans back to Havana on Friday, in a flight that departed from Miami International Airport.

The Cuba repatriation flight is at least the third in the past six months. The Trump administration’s efforts to detain and send undocumented Cubans back to the island got a boost in September, when the agency announced it successfully completed what it called one of the “largest” Cuba repatriation missions in recent history.

Miami Film Festival: Homegrown Talent Dedicated To Telling South Florida Stories

Mar 4, 2020
Courtesy of Miami Film Festival

There's a community of filmmakers that is evolving and has put a stake in the ground in Miami - dedicated to staying put rather than leaving South Florida for New York or Los Angeles.

It’s a definite talking point this year surrounding Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival, said Jaie Laplante, executive director and director of programming for the annual event, which will run from March 6-15.

"There are changes that have been happening in Miami," said Laplante, who is in his 10th year as director and is an integral part of this Miami movement.