Katie Lepri / WLRN

Florida joined the ranks of states battling the COVID-19 coronavirus on Sunday after Gov. Ron DeSantis announced two cases on the state’s west coast and directed his surgeon general to declare a public health emergency.

Review: Arsht Center's 'Hamilton' Lives Up To Its Reputation, In Every Way

Feb 21, 2020
Joan Marcus

Last season, undisputed honors for the hottest theater ticket in town went to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Hamilton” in its regional debut at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

This season, the “Hamilton” love continues unabated, albeit with a different touring company of the same show. Fresh from three weeks at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, the “Angelica” cast has begun a four-week run at Miami’s Arsht Center.

Chopin Competition: The 'Super Bowl Of Piano' Comes To Miami Beginning Saturday

Feb 20, 2020
Courtesy of Chopin Foundation of the United States

The repertoire of Frédéric Chopin is widely considered among the most challenging for pianists to tackle. And for nine days, beginning Feb. 22, young hopefuls from across the country will do just that, taking on the works of the great Polish composer for the 10th National Chopin Piano Competition.

The 26 contestants will perform at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium — half on Saturday and the other half on Sunday — for the preliminary sessions. They must be U.S. citizens between 16 and 30 years old.

Questions From Pension Agency Might Slow Down McClatchy's Bankruptcy Process

Feb 17, 2020
KEVIN G. HALL / McClatchy

Bankruptcy proceedings for McClatchy Co. began Friday with a key government agency saying it opposed quick resolution of pension matters because of concerns about a 2018 transaction between the company and its largest creditor, Chatham Asset Management.

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, which takes over pensions in the event of company distress, argued against a request by McClatchy and Chatham to move immediately to mediation. The judge delayed a decision on the mediation request until Tuesday.

Review: 'Miami Motel Stories: North Beach' Tries Something Different

Feb 13, 2020
Pedro Portal

“Miami Motel Stories,” Juggerknot Theatre Co.’s immersive gift to a theatrically diverse South Florida, is back for another round. This time, resident playwright Juan C. Sanchez has interwoven historically inspired short plays with an overarching concept, pushing boundaries yet remaining true to the immersive style that has won Juggerknot so many loyal fans.

Titled “Miami Motel Stories: North Beach,” the show begins in the inviting lobby of The Broadmoor Hotel on Miami Beach’s Ocean Terrace.

News Company McClatchy, Owner Of The Miami Herald, Files For Bankruptcy

Feb 13, 2020

McClatchy Co., owner of the Miami Herald and 29 other newspapers, filed for bankruptcy Thursday, a move that will end family control of America’s second largest local news company and hand it to creditors who have expressed support for independent journalism.

The Chapter 11 filing will allow McClatchy to restructure its debts and, it hopes, shed much of its pension obligations. Under a plan outlined in its filing to a federal bankruptcy court, about 60 percent of its debt would be eliminated as the news organization tries to reposition for a digital future.

Review: M Ensemble's 'Ain't Misbehavin'' Doesn't Fully Hit Its Stride

Feb 11, 2020

Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller was a prodigious composer, a great entertainer and a plus-sized pianist whose life ended way too early when he died of pneumonia on a cross-country train trip in 1943. He was just 39.

Thanks in part to the 1978 Tony Award-winning revue, “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” Waller’s musical legacy lives on. His wit (and that of his frequent lyricist, Andy Razaf), joy and famous stride piano style have been enjoyed by generations born long after Waller’s Harlem Renaissance heyday.

Courtesy of Joe Bataan

Once upon a time, Joe Bataan reigned as the King of Latin Soul.

Spanish Harlem — also known as “El Barrio” — was his kingdom. It’s where he learned to sing doo-wop harmonies on street corners and play clave, the syncopated beat that forms the base of Afro-Cuban music.

It’s also where the young Bataan got into trouble with the law. By the age of 15, he had joined a gang and spent time in a reformatory. Barely an adult, he was sentenced to five years in prison for stealing a car.

But music was his saving grace. 

Al Diaz / Miami Herald

The Super Bowl often serves as a platform for bringing up more serious issues, even under the guise of an entertaining halftime show. This year, two Latina superstars, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez, headlined for the first time and that came with all sorts of symbolism.

Study: Tweets About Flooded Miami Streets Come Before The Actual Floods

Feb 4, 2020
PEDRO PORTAL / Miami Herald

When water levels start to rise in Miami, pictures and videos quickly pop up on social media of cars fording deep puddles, and tourists trying to keep their luggage dry.

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó made a triumphant visit to Miami over the weekend after an international tour and addressed an exuberant rally on Saturday. But the man widely recognized as Venezuela’s legitimate president did not get one big thing he’d hoped for.

Updated at 12:15 a.m. Monday

The long wait is over for Kansas City. The Chiefs are Super Bowl champions for the first time in 50 years.

After a slow start in Super Bowl LIV, the Chiefs pulled off yet another double-digit comeback in the playoffs.

The Chiefs, led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes, navigated the San Francisco 49ers' defensive pressure by the fourth quarter. His two long touchdown passes took the Chiefs to a 31-20 victory Sunday over the 49ers.


Metromover would be enjoying a South Beach moment under a scenario laid out in a new county-funded transit report.

With a new three-mile extension over Biscayne Bay, a rider could take a train from the main Metrorail station in downtown Miami to South Beach in 13 minutes. The analysis predicts the free transit option would be popular, generating 13,000 trips a day on a line expected to cost about $630 million to build.

Miami City Ballet, New World Symphony Unite For 'A Monumental Collaboration'

Jan 29, 2020
Courtesy of Alexander Iziliaev

If only one titan, Atlas, could support the Earth on his shoulders, for two together would even the sky be the limit?

The 20th century experienced just that when choreographer George Balanchine and composer and pianist Igor Stravinsky collaborated in Paris and Washington, D.C., in 1928 on their ground-shifting ballet, “Apollo.” Their artistic partnership shifted the tectonics of both classical dance and music.

Justin Tang / The Canadian Press/via AP


Venezuelan opposition leader and interim Venezuelan President Juan Guaidó has been on a world tour since last week — trying to rekindle international support for his effort to oust President Nicolás Maduro. His aides announced Miami will be the last stop on that tour before Guaidó returns to Venezuela.