Author: Jamie Chandler

Review: Kurt Vile and the Violators in Miami Beach

Virtuosity is not limited to classical music. It’s difficult to explain what a virtuoso performance actually is. It’s something one has to experience firsthand. On February 2, 2017 at the North Beach Bandshell in Miami Beach, those in attendance know what I mean. That’s where Kurt Vile and the Violators delivered a genre-transcending performance of electric and eclectic folk-alternative-independent rock ‘n roll. The mostly hipster crowd, in their too-small t-shirts and bad shoes shaked and shimmied a bit, I swear. Getting a body part to move from that group is the equivalent of getting thousands of teeny bopper girls...

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Adele Takes Grenfell Fire Children to the Movies

Now we have another reason to love Adele. The “21” singer continued her charitable endeavours by hosting a private screening of Despicable Me 3 for children who lived in the Grenfell Tower fire in England. The event was arranged through an educational charity that has aided the survivors, E! News reported on Sunday. “Everyone was overwhelmed by her generosity,” the source added. Fans shared their excitement at meeting the singer on Twitter, thanking her for her ongoing work with the survivors....

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Review: Twyla Tharp 50th Anniversary Tour at The Kravis Center

Modern Dance is one of those fringe art forms, like poetry and harpsichord playing with a devout niche audience that has struggled to create an opening in the arts with a larger audience and financial backing. Twyla Tharp is undoubtedly a legend in the genre. Her career, spanning more than 50 years is a testament to her perseverance and staying power, as much as it illuminates her ability to adapt to changing aesthetics and tastes. While many high-brow art forms bemoan the diminishing numbers in the seats at symphony performances, ballet productions and operas, Modern Dance has that strange...

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The Future of Education is in Art and Technology

An unfortunate side effect of focusing talks about public education on academic achievement, art education has taken a serious blow in America over the past few decades. From the president comparing our math and science test scores to that of students overseas, and the crackdown on a standardized testing regime that enforces a score-based success, our children are learning how to be good students rather than intelligent people. A Creative Solution In fact, most parents would prefer to have their children exposed to a more artistic curriculum, making them seek out alternative options which cost extra money. Yet this...

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An American Journey In Broward: Barbara Sharief, Mayor of Broward County

A Profile in American Success Born to a loving mother and father on November 7th, 1971, Barbara Sharief spent her early life as one of eight children in a ten-person household. A native Floridian, she was raised in both Dade and Broward counties along with her seven other siblings and eventually attended North Miami Senior High School. Her father, James Sharief, was a spiritual family man and self-employed clothing salesman who had a knack for negotiating and buying wholesale dresses. Dresses he would then sell out of his white truck and collapsible stall at various locations around the city. “Unless he had to...

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