From Movie House to Theater Miracle

The little playhouse has fulfilled its potential as a big player on Miracle Mile On the east side of one of Coral Gables’ busiest and historic streets, the marquee of the Miracle Theatre dominates the 200 block of Miracle Mile. For the past 22 years, Actors’ Playhouse has presented live theater inside the art deco-styled

On the Road Again

Before he was tearing up stages in Nashville and London, guitarist Joey Frevola was shredding on “Guitar Hero” in Coconut Creek. The guitar-simulating video game offered a glimpse into the world of classic rock. As a 12-year-old, whenever he heard a cool song on the game, he would put down the plastic instrument and learn

Meet Your Idol

Though Alyson Moriarty had performed at community events in Coral Springs, Parkland, Deerfield Beach, Boca Raton, and the Starz of the Future Talent Competition in West Palm Beach, she hadn’t sung in her hometown of Coconut Creek until this year. Moriarty, 18, performed at Coconut Creek’s Butterfly Festival after winning the city’s first “Creek Idol”

Show Stoppers

Original shows such as “Hats On, Hats Off,” “Everything and the Kitchen Sink,” “Strutting Our Stuff,” and this year’s Township Theater Group production, “Movin’, Groovin’, No Snoozin’ ” all begin with an epiphany. “We create all of our own material,” says Myrna Kranis, the troupe’s president. “We take well-known songs, and we write parodies. We

Metal with a Message

Santiago Medina began studying for a professional art career at age 5 in Colombia. As with his grandfather and great-grandfather, Medina was trained as an artist in the atelier system, a European practice in which young artists serve apprenticeships with art masters. He worked  after school and on weekends in the studio of master painter

A Story for the Ages

In the nearly 30 years since Chazz Palminteri wrote and performed “A Bronx Tale” as a one-man show in Los Angeles, the semi-autobiographical tale about an Italian-American boy (Calogero) caught between the working-class values espoused by his father (Lorenzo) and the allure of organized crime embodied by the neighborhood mob boss (Sonny) has taken on

Good to the Last Drop

When Becky Rosa sees an image of Winnie-the-Pooh, she doesn’t think about the teddy bear and his friends having adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood. She obsesses over what’s really in Pooh’s “hunny” jar. The London-born artist and clothing designer shares this aside toward the end of a candid interview on a bench outside of

Musical Paradise

While many teenagers form bands with dreams of making it big, only a few manage to make a lifelong career out of music. South Florida resident Jimmy Stowe is one of those few. As a teenager, he joined a band named Horse and found success performing throughout New England in the 1970s, opening for big-name


There’s a large portrait by artist Mickalene Thomas, titled “Portrait of Mama Bush I,” that greets visitors when they walk into the “Belief + Doubt” exhibit on the second floor of NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. It’s an imposing horizontal painting created on a wood panel with acrylic and enamel, embellished with rhinestones. To hear

Country Girl

Is Parkland’s Liddy Clark on her way to becoming the next big thing in country music? There’s a hint of the South in the way Liddy Clark speaks. She was born in Dallas, but her family moved to Parkland when she was 6 years old. “Texas is my home state, but Florida is where I’ve

What I Did This Summer

It should have come as no surprise that Sarah Silverman would steal the show at the Democratic National Convention. The Emmy Award-winning comedian has been dropping jaws for nearly 25 years with confrontational, no-holds-barred comedy, all delivered with a pitch-perfect mix of sarcasm and sweetness. But for all the buzz generated by her off-the-cuff comment


Charlie Cinnamon would rather not talk about himself. Mention his name to anyone in the South Florida arts community, and they’ll tell you he’s the stuff of legend. But when it comes to himself, the Coconut Grove resident defers. “Why don’t you do a story on …” he suggests. “Or how about …” That’s Cinnamon’s