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WPBT2 premieres Craft in America: Messages on May 24th at 8:00 pm

Messages2 Craft in America: Messages, looks at the ways many craft artists go beyond skill to personal and political expression. They use craft to tell a story, prove a point, or bring attention to issues. Often their work is passionate and provocative. The artists selected for Messages express many different interests and points of view, but they have one thing in common: their skill and creativity are of the highest level.

Wisconsin glass artist Beth Lipman explores the symbolism of 17th century still life paintings to express the fragility that exists in a world of excess. New Mexico santero Charles M. Carrillo uses authenticMessages  materials to combine historic religious subject matter with contemporary culture. Baltimore bead artist Joyce J. Scott learned quilting and beading from her mother and draws from references as wide-ranging as Africa and comic books to focus on issues such as race and stereotyping. New Orleans jewelry artist and sculptor Thomas Mann is famous for his “Techno-Romantic” designs. He created Storm Cycle, a series of wall panels that document the untold stories in his beloved city after Hurricane Katrina.


Miami-Dade Public Library System presents Art of Storytelling Festival on April 30, 2011 from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm.

AOS2 Storytellers from around the world will take center stage in downtown Miami  
as Miami-Dade Public Library System celebrates its eleventh annual Art of Story Telling International Festival Day.

A magical adventure awaits as celebrity storytellers, from around the world AOS1 join the cast of the Bit’s ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre, Mother Goose on the Loose, Niall de Burca, magician Robert Hermens, the Bahamas Junkanoo Shakers, Geeta Dias: Bollywood Indian Dancers, School of Rock, the Hip Hop Kids and many others! Also back by popular demand is the teen zone-an area just for ‘tweens and teens which features anime, manga and video gaming competitions, plus activities around popular books and lots of cool surprises!

AOS3 This FREE event is open to people of all ages and takes place at the Main Library - 101 W Flagler Street in downtown Miami. It begins at 10:30 am and ends at 4:00 pm.

WPBT2 premieres Independent Lens: Wasteland on Tuesday April 19th at 11:00 pm.

Wasteland Filmed over nearly three years, Lucy Walker’s WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his home country of Brazil, and to Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest garbage dump located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There Muniz photographs an eclectic band of catadores, pickers of recyclable materials, and works with them to “paint” their portraits using Wasteland3 garbage. The resulting collaboration with these inspiring characters provides profoundly moving evidence of the transformative power of art and its impact on the human spirit.

A Night of Poetry Everywhere with Liam Callanan and Campbell McGrath is hosted by the Miami Dade Public Library System on Thursday April 14 at 6:30


Campbell A Night of Poetry Everywhere is hosted by Liam Callanan, executive producer of Poetry Everywhere, and award-winning poet Campbell  McGrath. The evening is dedicated to screenings, readings and discussions about poetry. The event consists of thirty different short animated poetry Liamcallanan films from different poets including Miami’s own Campbell McGrath to the current Santa Fe Poet Laureate Valerie Martinez. Each film features every word of every poem, both onscreen and in the soundtrack. These films are screened on public television and in buses, libraries  and classrooms. The purpose of these films is to bring poetry into public life.

O_miami A Night of Poetry Everywhere is presented in collaboration with University of Wynwood, University of Wisconsin, and the Poetry Foundation as part of O, Miami (www.omiami.org), a county-wide poetry festival inaugurating in April 2011. Its goal is for every single person in Miami-Dade County to encounter a poem during the month of April.

The event A Night of Poetry Everywhere takes place on Thursday April 14, 2011 at 6:30 till 8:30 at the Main Library Auditorium at 101 W. Flagler Street.

WPBT2’s video sharing website, uVu, will cover this special night.  If you cannot attend, take a look at the event on uvuvideo.org, keyword “Night of Poetry”

Batter Up!


056 Take your family and friends out to the ball game!  The 23rd annual Joe DiMaggio Legends Game will be held on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fort Lauderdale Stadium, former spring training home of the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees. 

013 This year’s roster includes This year’s roster includes Jackie Hernandez, Pittsburgh Pirates; Minnie Minoso, Chicago White Sox; Cookie Rojas, Florida Marlins and Ron Swoboda, New York Mets.  Watch these players and many more from teams all over the country battle it out on the field.

043 Don’t forget to stop by the WPBT2 booth for a special gift, raffles and information on the Ken Burn’s Baseball series.

For more information, visit legendsgame.net.



Antiques Roadshow Kicks Off New Season in Miami!

ARSMiamiBeachphoto Explore the many treasures hidden within your own neighborhood and discover the history and possible value they have to offer. Antiques Roadshow is back with their 15th season.  Host Mark L. Walberg welcomes viewers to join the journey through Miami’s treasures for the first three episodes airing on Monday, January 3, 2011, January 10 and January 17 at 8:00 p.m on WPBT2.

Caldermobile The first three episodes of the season were shot this past summer on Miami Beach.  The Miami crowd brought tons of unique objects, including one which yielded the highest value appraisal of the season: a cheerfully unassuming mobile 1502diamonds received almost fifty years ago as a gift from Alexander Calder, valued at $400,000 to $1,000,000. Other treasures found in our city included an heirloom collection of vintage diamond jewelry, an 18th century Qing Dynasty vase, a 1956 Gretsch Chet Atkins guitar and many more. 

In addition to the premiere of Antiques Roadshow’s new season, WPBT2 will air Antiques Roadshow Miami Beach: Back Stage on Monday, January 17 at 7:30 p.m.  This 30 minute WPBT2 original documentary takes viewers behind the scenes of the making of America’s longest running reality show and offers a sneak peek at some of the historic and eclectic items brought in by Miami locals. 


Discover New Music at the Miami Music Festival!

Female VocalBW Have you ever caught yourself searching endlessly for new music to add to your library?  Do you want to discover new artists and tunes? Well, Miami has a treat for you.  The Miami Music Festival will be in town from Thursday, November 11 through Sunday, November 14.  The event will showcase all genres of music from hip-hop to jazz and will feature acts from all around the world including emerging local artists.

223bw There will be a special showcase on Saturday, November 13 at Flavour in Coconut Grove from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.  This showcase will be hosted by Jessy Schuster, host of Pulse, a WPBT2’s original production.  New artists such as Mosiah, Honorebel, Mixed Culture, Jahfe and Fully Loaded Band will perform.

Keyboard2copyBW All access tickets to the festival are only $25 and can be purchased in advance.  For locations, times and ticket information, visit miamimusicfestival.org.  Isn’t it time you discovered that new tune you have been searching for?



Antiques Roadshow Comes to Miami Beach

I never understood what the big “hype” was about with Antiques. Antiques Roadshow is the #1 hit PBS show and it’s coming to the Miami Convention Center this Saturday, July 10.  For over 15 years WGBH a Show image 4 Boston PBS station has produced this show, and its getting a larger and larger following each year. With seven Emmy awards under its belt, the show proves to have some strong appeal.

I always thought “Antique” was just a nice way to say something was “old”. However, after much research, I’ve come to understand a bit more as to why people like the Antique phenomena.
For some it’s because it connects you to the past. Perhaps a place and time when you weren’t alive to see or be apart of, but this object (a piece of jewelry, or a household item) gives you the ability to connect with that particular era. Or with a relative (great-great-grandmother) the connection to the loved one, whom you only heard about through stories your mother told you.
Other people love antiques because of the treasures they find. For example one woman from Florida’s Gulf Coast who had a pair of sperm whale teeth with decorated scrimshaw designs. This woman paid only twenty cents (yep, you got it right 20¢) for these teeth, and they were worth an estimated $25,000 (can you say….OMG). With the money she received she was able to fix her house, which was damaged after hurricane Katrina. 

People love antiques for many reasons and while I still haven’t jumped on the Antiques bandwagon completely, I will look twice before walking away from a garage sale. 

Show image 6 So before throwing anything away, just think… Could this be worth something one day? If the answer is yes, you just might want to hold on to it.

If you don’t have tickets to this Saturday’s WPBT2’s Hosted Antiques Roadshow event, don’t worry WPBT2 has you covered, just check out http://www.uvuvideo.org/ or www.wpbt2.org the week of July 12th and you can see behind-the-scenes video of the event.

Let us know your thoughts on Antiques. 

Natalia Villega/WPBT2