Author: Jamie Chandler

Five Female Musicians Making Waves

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards aired this past Sunday, and as the ceremony progressed, there was plenty of talk online about how the Time’s Up movement would engage with the music industry. Lorde, the only female artist nominated for Album of the Year for her 2017 hit “Melodrama”, was not asked to perform, and by the end of the night only one woman had received a solo award. People across the web questioned how so few women received recognition, and in response, the Record Academy President was quoted as saying women in music need to “step up” if they...

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Art | Basel Miami Beach 2017 Highlights: Dan Rees at Galeria Murias Centeno

Eerily uncanny and evocative, the work of Welsh artist Dan Rees stopped me in my tracks soon after I entered the cavernous steel box of the Miami Beach Convention Center for the 2017 version of Art | Basel Miami Beach. Represented by Galeria Murias Centeno in Porto, Mr. Rees’s sculptures and paintings could easily be mistaken for innocent musings and child-like awe. This would not be an egregious mistake. In fact, it is precisely this innocent grace and technical effortlessness that make the show so impactful. The word “impact” is what comes to mind when considering the techniques employed...

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Physician, CEO…. Philanthropist: The Story of Roy Vagelos and His $250M Gift to Columbia University’s Medical School

From doctor to CEO to philanthropist. That’s just part of the journey Dr. Roy Vagelos has taken along his life. The New York Times reports that the good doctor has donated $250 million to the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons with the understanding that the funds are to help students pay their tuitions and living expenses, thereby avoiding student loans. The New York Times reports: With the gift, which is in addition to some $60 million already donated by the couple, the medical school will be officially renamed the Columbia University Roy and Diana Vagelos College of...

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Review: Florida Grand Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor at the Arsht Center

A tragic story with a gorgeous set of performances, the Florida Grand Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor is a showcase of exquisite story-telling and virtuoso design. The production of this classic three-act opera was a testament to ingenuity and minimalist aesthetics, very modern and very forward-thinking in taste and sensibility. That classic operas can be modernized is not a new concept. But it is in the how of this modernizing approach that distinguishes a great production from a cloying or ineffective one that leaves you feeling sorry for yourself. The Florida Grand Opera is celebrating it’s 77th season, a remarkable...

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Review: Miami City Ballet’s “Jewels” at The Kravis Center

George Balanchine’s “Jewels” is a curious piece of ballet. First performed in 1967 in New York, Jewels consists of three acts named Emeralds, Rubies, and Diamonds, and is a uniquely refined and stripped-down work of dance that embraces a forward-thinking perspective while working within many of the traditions of the ballet, an inherently conservative art form. Jewels was recently performed by the Miami City Ballet at the Kravis Center to scintillating effect. The Miami City Ballet production included a live orchestral accompaniment and a minimal set with a single backdrop, reflecting the title of each of the acts (Emeralds...

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