Ciara LaVelle is New Times' arts and culture editor. She earned her BS in journalism at Boston University, moved to Florida in 2004, and landed a job as a travel writer. For reasons that seemed sound at the time, she gave up her life of professional island-hopping to join New Times' staff in 2011. She left the paper in 2014 to start a family, but two years and two babies later, she returned in the hopes that someone on staff would agree to babysit. No takers yet.
3 days ago | Concerts
Miami's newest music festival, Kaya Fest, has already made headlines by reuniting the Marley brothers onstage for the first time in more than two decades. Now organizers have announced special appearances by Lauryn Hill, who packed the Fillmore Mi...
4 days ago | Artopia
Calling all artists, filmmakers, choreographers, musicians, and other creatives: New Times wants to give you some sweet cash just for making work you love. The annual MasterMind Awards are returning next year, rewarding the best talent in the city...
13 days ago | News
It's been 30 years since U2 released its now-classic album The Joshua Tree, packed with hits such as "With or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For." The bad news is that if you were a fan of the album, you probably feel pre...
13 days ago | Film and TV
The made-in-Miami film Moonlight took home one of the Golden Globes' biggest awards last night: the statue for Best Motion Picture - Drama, the grand finale of the ceremony. It was a relief to many critics and fans of the film, who'd begun to fear...
24 days ago | Lists
Ah, 2016, the year America lost its favorite celebrities, its respect for the political process, and roughly a billion Facebook friends over arguments about whether black lives matter. And 2017 doesn't look much better. So you'd be forgiven for wa...
29 days ago | Music News
For weeks, we've heard stories of performers from Elton John to members of the Rockettes giving their invitations to perform at President-elect Trump's January inauguration a hard pass. Now, reports indicate that many of those same performers...