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Angel Zoila Perera (Natalie Sarracino/SFNS)

“The Leaf Magician” entertains on Calle Ocho [Video]

It’s 1965 in El Oriente Cuba. Angel Zoilo Perera grabs a green ficus leaf from a tree, presses it between his lips, and begins to blow, but becomes dizzy. His brother-in-law does the same but shows him how it’s done. His life was changed forever. Perera or “El Mago de la Hoja” (The Leaf Magician) plays the greenery as an ...

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The Mango Media staff left to right: Hugo Villabona, Morgane Leoni, Hannah Paulsen, Natasha V., Elina Diaz, Chris McKenney (Maria Gil/SFNS)

Mango Media blazing new trails in book publishing

A three-year-old Miami-based publishing company is getting its books on the Amazon Best Sellers list, including one that made the list this October. On the third floor of a white four-story building on 2850 Douglas Rd. in Coral Gables lies a little publishing company that is trying to change the rules of an old industry. The president and CEO of ...

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Los competidores en plena acción por las calles de Miami. 
Foto de Carolina Morales Chataing

Un domingo al estilo 70.3

‘’¡Vamos que sí puedes! ¡Vamos! ¡Te falta poco!‘’. Eran los gritos de aliento más comunes que acompañaron a los participantes de la  fantástica jornada del Citybike Iroman 70.3, con 2.308 participantes, el pasado domingo 22 de octubre en la ciudad de Miami. Por Carolina Morales Chataing South Florida News Service @SFNS_News • Instagram• Facebook Esta ciudad  no solo se identifica  por sus hermosas ...

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Students from Artvivo Art School perform a traditional Colombian dance known as Cumbia.

Coral Gables Hispanic Cultural Festival [Photo Essay]

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Coral Gables Hispanic Cultural Foundation held its 8th annual Hispanic Cultural Festival on Oct. 21 and 22. The free festival showcased the diversity of Hispanic heritage and culture in South Florida. It included international and local artists, musicians, dancers and food vendors from different Latin American countries to celebrate and promote not only their culture, ...

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Latte art. (Image via Wikicommons)

Brewing Buddha in Pinecrest weathers the storm

Jordan Athos stood at an industrial register on a recent Wednesday at the Brewing Buddha Café and Arthouse in Pinecrest. Just a few months earlier Brewing Buddha opened its doors, unaware that it would have to close them almost immediately due to Hurricane Irma. “It made me feel very vulnerable when I heard Irma was coming to town,” said Athos. ...

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“Mike the German” poses in his lederhosen – common attire at Oktoberfest celebrations.

Grovetoberfest hits Coconut Grove [Photo Essay]

Coconut Grove’s annual Oktoberfest celebration – aptly named Grovetoberfest – took place on Oct. 14 and featured over 500 craft beers, stouts, lagers for lederhosen-donning attendees to sample as they strolled along the newly opened Regatta Park. This year’s theme was Back to the Future and the festival even had its very own DeLorean. — Photos by Adrian Dominguez, South Florida ...

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This jaguar was restricted to another section of his habitat.

Zoo Miami reopens [Photo Essay]

Zoo Miami reopened on Oct. 14 after being closed since Sept. 7, just before Hurricane Irma hit South Florida. After the hurricane, the zoo sustained mostly landscape damage. The hyenas’ habitat suffered the most damage – it lost a large tree that provided a lot of shade. Zoo officials said tey did not view this as a loss, instead they “remodeled” the tree ...

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An acoustic guitar (photo courtesy Public Domain Images)

Making it in the Magic City music world

Six local bands including Hometown Losers, Top Tier, Happy Hour, Stay for Tonight, and Harvey, came together to perform on Oct.13 at The Fish House where they shared their stories behind Miami’s local music scene. Stay for Tonight, a five-piece band with two vocalists, are in the final stages of releasing their debut single and describe themselves as a “mixed ...

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Bailarines de la Puerta de Oro Colombiana, que se consideran embajadores del folclor de la costa de su país.
Foto: María Fernanda Becerra

Herencia Hispana: Amalgama de música, danza y gastronomía

Una fiesta de colores, ritmos y sabores  diversos cautivó a decenas de personas que asistieron este sábado a la Celebración de la Herencia Hispana en Doral Legacy Park, en la calle 82. “Todas las agrupaciones se botaron (expresión venezolana que denota excelencia) y nos permitieron disfrutar de la multiculturalidad de esta ciudad”, afirmó Eliot Silva, quien además resaltó el calor ...

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Javier Montilla, left, the author of “Ultimos Dias con Sara Montiel” sits with Herb Sosa, the director of the “Celebrate Orgullo" festival. (Carlos Castillo / SFNS)

“Celebrate Orgullo” celebrates seventh year

As it concluded its seventh year, organizers praised “Celebrate Orgullo,” South Florida’s first and only Hispanic LGBT Pride festival, as a great success. “The LGBTQ+ community continues to grow and we’ll continue to uplift and support one another,” said Herb Sosa, the director of the festival. One of the featured guests included Barcelona native and television and radio personality Javier ...

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