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  • Arts

    Arts collaboration transports ‘Romeo & Juliet’ to the subtropics

    May 5, 2015, 3:11 p.m., Posted by Fernando Gonzalez

    The Langston Hughes Out of the Box performance on the YoungArts campus. Photo by Michael Bolden.

    William Shakespeare speaks to our human condition in ways that transcend place and language. But in “Romeo & Juliet Outside the Box,” created specifically for the plaza on the YoungArts Biscayne Boulevard campus, playwright, actor and director Tarell Alvin McCraney and filmmaker Andrew Hevia give a classic story a distinct Miami accent.

    The performance at 7 p.m. Friday, May 8, is free and open to the public. It is the last Outside the Box performance of the season. The series, which started in October 2014, has included events featuring the Borscht Film Festival, Miami City Ballet, McCraney and, most recently, “The Langston Hughes Project,” a multimedia concert performance of Hughes’ “Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz,” on April 18. The Outside the Box series uses the plaza outside the iconic Jewel Box building, in what once was the United States headquarters of the Bacardi rum company, as a performance space.

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  • Engaged Communities

    Local entrepreneurs share lessons from Portland, Ore.

    May 5, 2015, 12:55 p.m., Posted by Elizabeth Miller Tilis

    Exploring the Tiny House Hotel. Photo by Elizabeth Miller Tilis.

    Restaurant owner Philip Stanton jokes that running his Mississippi Pizza Pub in Northeast Portland is more stressful than his former job as a nurse practitioner in an emergency room.

    And yet it is Stanton’s clear passion for his neighborhood and a desire to learn from his community that keeps him going. “You may have an idea of what you want to do as a local entrepreneur, but actually it’s not really your choice,” Stanton explains. “The street and the community will tell you what it wants; it’s simply your job to listen.”

    That message was echoed by nearly a dozen small businesses owners, restaurant entrepreneurs and economic developers who addressed participants on the first day of a Knight Foundation-funded Portland study tour.

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    SportsManias Digital Media Summit tackles the future of sports journalism

    May 5, 2015, 9 a.m., Posted by Vicente J. Fernandez

    Vicente J. Fernandez is the co-founder and chief content officer of SportsManias. Below, he writes about his vision for the SportsManias Digital Media Summit, which is sponsored by Knight Foundation.

    Not so many years ago, diehard sports fans waited for their morning newspaper to get a recap of the previous night’s games. A box score let them know if their division rival won or lost. The beat writer was a master storyteller of sports, the gatekeeper to all its glory.

    Not so many years later, diehard fans are one tap away from news about their teams. First the Internet, later camera phones and now social media, the world’s universal publishing technology, has redefined what we call “sports journalism,” how we create it and where we find it.

    Social technology is impacting every facet of our lives, which is why it’s time we ask the question: What does this mean for the future of sports journalism?

    My colleagues and I created the SportsManias Digital Media Summit to address that question. On Aug. 21, digital media leaders, sports editors, writers and industry executives will gather in Miami to discuss the evolution of journalism and its intersection with social media.

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