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    Lourdes Lopez: Homecoming Dancer

    Lourdes Lopez received a call this past Labor Day weekend asking her to come into work early. Eight months early, to be precise. As the newly appointed artistic director of Miami City Ballet, she expected to start work in May 2013. That would hav...

    by John Thomason on November 22, 2012
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    Afrobeta: Perfect Pair

    Afrobeta's magnetic force and upbeat songs dare you not to dance. The duo has a look, feel, and sound that captures the energy of a midsummer Miami rave on the sand. Cuci Amador belts out tropical lyrics while Tony Smurphio mixes dance tracks beh...

    by Liz Tracy on November 22, 2012
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    Rosie Herrera: Dancing Queen

    Donning bright-blue frames, a loose-fitting dress, and not a stitch of makeup, Rosie Herrera glides into Starbucks like a beam of light. Once seated, she fidgets in her cushy chair, stretching her legs and moving her limbs. When emphasizing a point,...

    by Hannah Sentenac on November 22, 2012
  • Flo Rida: Hit Maker

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    Flo Rida: Hit Maker

    It ain't easy being Flo Rida, but it's gotta be a "Good Feeling." For the past five years, this self-described "international hustler" has kept his grind cranked to "Club Can't Handle Me" levels, endlessly zigzagging between the studio, the gym, and...

    by S. Pajot on November 22, 2012
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    Annie Tworoger: Mother Surfer

    South of Fifth Street in Miami Beach, there's a tight-knit little community that revolves around surfing. On the sand, the children run and play. The adults laugh, bang on drums, and eat. And everybody surfs. This makeshift family exists in large...

    by Hannah Sentenac on November 22, 2012
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    Henry Stone: Legendary Soul

    Overtown, 1950. Henry Stone sits in the lobby of the Mary Elizabeth Hotel, a classy joint with a lounge, several bars, and a concert hall. He's chopping it up with his buddy Sam Cooke, whom he's known since his gospel days with the Soul Stirrers. Th...

    by Jacob Katel on November 22, 2012
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    Aholsniffsglue: Eyes of Genius

    The car that changed Aholsniffsglue's life came out of nowhere on a rainy night in midtown Miami. It sent him flying off his moped and onto the wet pavement, and then it sped away. The hit-and-run in June taught the maverick artist two things: Fi...

    by Tim Elfrink on November 22, 2012
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    Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Liberal Warrior

    At some point in the past six months, Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been smack dab in the middle of your living room. It might have been on CNN, her irrepressible blond curls shaking as she sparred with Anderson Cooper. Or maybe you're lucky enough t...

    by Michael E. Miller on November 22, 2012
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    Brook Dorsch: Father Wynwood

    Kids crunch food-truck tacos; long-haired, barefoot musicians strum and sing; and overdressed hipsters with mixed expressions watch performance art. Gallerist Brook Dorsch remembers a time before scenes like these dominated Wynwood. "It was a lot...

    by Liz Tracy on November 22, 2012
  • TM Sisters: Profoundly Unpredictable

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    TM Sisters: Profoundly Unpredictable

    It's hard to find a medium the TM sisters haven't touched. The Miami-born duo of Monica Lopez De Victoria, who is 31, and her sister, 29-year-old Tasha Lopez De Victoria, has at times dabbled in painting, video art, performance, electrical engineeri...

    by Kyle Munzenrieder on November 22, 2012
  • Tarell Alvin McCraney: Miami-Dade Made

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    Tarell Alvin McCraney: Miami-Dade Made

    Tarell Alvin McCraney is leaving Miami. His clothes are spread around a room in a friend's house in Hialeah, and the tall, elegant 32-year-old with a mile-wide smile is packing his bags for Chicago. But don't worry. This city's most important playwr...

    by Michael E. Miller on November 22, 2012
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    Naomi Wilzig: Ms. Come Hither

    It doesn't have to have penetration for it to be erotic," explains 77-year-old Naomi Wilzig. She's standing next to an illuminated glass container that covers a white statue of Adam rising from the dust of the earth. "The expression on his face, the...

    by Chris Sweeney on November 22, 2012
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    Mitch Glazer: Magic City Muse

    In the 1960s and '70s, Mitch Glazer was just your average Miami Beach kid: going to Beach High, where his mother worked as an English teacher, skateboarding along Ocean Drive, and hanging out in the lobbies of the fancy hotels where his father worke...

    by Ciara LaVelle on November 22, 2012
  • Lauren "Lolo" Reskin: Blood, Sweat, and Tunes

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    Lauren "Lolo" Reskin: Blood, Sweat, and Tunes

    "Music is my lifeline," says Sweat Records owner Lauren "Lolo" Reskin. And why shouldn't it be? Music courses through the veins of the Reskin family. Her father is a trumpet player and composer, and her grandmother and grandfather were musicians ...

    by Betsey Denberg on November 22, 2012
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    Brad Knoefler: Urban Revivalist

    Will Miami ever become a metropolis on par with New York, Chicago, Paris, or London? Brad Knoefler hopes so. But he isn't a condo developer planning to take the city sky-high or a politician hoping to score points. Instead, he's an activist who f...

    by Jose D. Duran on November 22, 2012
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    The Jills: Dynamic Duo

    For the average workaday joe, a $20 million home is like Cosette's castle on a cloud in Les Misrables: something relegated to the land of dreams. But for those who can afford marble countertops, cathedral ceilings, gold-plated fixtures, and infi...

    by Hannah Sentenac on November 22, 2012
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    Rydel Deed: Speed Demon

    When Rydel Deed began biking around Miami in 2006, drivers stared as if he'd wandered off the nude beach in Haulover. When he invited others to join him later that year in Miami's first Critical Mass ride, fewer than a dozen took him up on the offe...

    by Tim Elfrink on November 22, 2012
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    Jesse Kennon: Mayor of Coopertown

    Reports of the death of Coopertown Airboats have been greatly exaggerated. As the U.S. government has acquired large swaths of the Everglades, more than once it's looked like "Captain Jesse" Kennon's iconic swamp-tour business would have to close up...

    by Stefan Kamph on November 22, 2012
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    Carmel Ophir: The Music Man

    The party never stops for Carmel Ophir. Not for the guy who has single-handedly helped define indie club culture in a town that lives for 5 a.m. backbeats. "There is an air of freedom in Miami that is very hard to describe. It's probably one of t...

    by Betsey Denberg on November 22, 2012
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    Tatu Baby: Ink Goddess

    Whatever Rush Limbaugh would have America believe, glass ceilings still exist -- especially in male-dominated fields. Take tattooing. Though famous inked-up chicks like Kat Von D have helped make strides for female artists, there's still a hefty ove...

    by Hannah Sentenac on November 22, 2012
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