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Elaborate face painting is a defining characteristic of dancers participating in the celebration of Dia de Los Muertos.

Dia de los muertos in Miami [Photo Essay]

History Miami Museum and the Mexican Consulate celebrated Dia de los Muertos on Wednesday, Nov. 1. Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican tradition that honors the dead through lively festivities. During the celebration, guests painted their own sugar skull and viewed an altar created by the Instituto Cultural de Mexico. Guests were also able to taste authentic Mexican food and ...

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The Gramps bar in Wynwood neighborhood of Miami (Photo via flickr)

Benefit held in Wynwood for music students

Eight local bands of various genres came together to perform at a benefit concert for music students in the Caribbean affected by the recent hurricanes on Sunday at Gramps in Wynwood. Jeffrey Sadowsky, owner of the Music Talent Association in Miami and creator of the concert, said he partnered with the bar’s owner to hold the drive. “Nobody’s talking much ...

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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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“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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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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A young woman in bikini blows a kiss at the camera. (Photo by Luis Centeno / SFNS)

Ultra Music Festival 2017 [Photo gallery]

The Ultra Music Festival descended on Miami 24-26 in Bayfront Park, bringing in people from all over the world. Though the popularity of the event has an international audience, they all have one thing in common: colorful costumes. The stranger the costumes, the better. From ballerinas and teddy bears, to tie-dyed t-shirts and bikinis, nothing is too outrageous. Inside, revelers ...

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Teenear Lucas (Courtesy photo)

Q&A: Teenar Renee looks to tear up the Miami music scene [Audio]

Teenear Renee, more commonly known as “Teenear,” is an emerging vocal artist dreaming of making it big in the Magic City and beyond. The 19-year-old Miami native will be touring across Florida and into Georgia as part of the Juice Tour with iHeartRadio. She will also be performing at Rolling Loud, a two-day concert series at Bayfront Park in Downtown ...

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Glades Middle School Jazz Band practices with the new music equipment after the collaboration between Miami-Dade Schools and Music for Your Heart Foundation. Courtesy of Music for Your Heart

Music for Your Heart foundation teaches children ‘What Really Matters’

Two years ago, Felipe Carvajal, a Flamenco musician, moved to Miami from Seville, hoping to expand his international career. He was an established musician in Spain and wanted to leave his footprint into the American music scene. “It was extremely difficult to leave a place where I lived and breathed the music I love,” said Carvajal, now 27. “Certainly, I ...

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Vanessa Guzman, 24, is working on building her career as a disc jockey in Miami with the help of Jordan Sanchez, 27, her mentor and promoter. She has been training with him every week for two months. (Photo by Maria Serrano, South Florida News Service)

DJ sets aside law school to follow his dream and return to spinning records

When Jordan Sanchez was 15, he started practicing to become a disc jockey. But, after playing in some clubs professionally, he decided to leave the DJ world to major in political science. He went on to law school, but something was missing. Sanchez was isolating himself from his closest friends and feeling depressed. Then, he realized his life wasn’t complete ...

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Rodman “Rodddzilla” Davis, at The Void’s art gallery, talks to Miami artist Blake Newton about some of her pieces exhibited that evening. (Photo by Cata Balzano / South Florida News Service)

Young artists, producers say their six-hour gallery parties help fill ‘The Void’

Sean Prosper, his roommate Rodman Davis and mutual friend Ashley Solage have thrown parties in South Florida since they were teenagers. Then, last year, while sitting in a car with rapper Denzel Curry, they thought of creating a networking event that would integrate two creative elements: music and visual arts. Curry came up with “The Void” as the name for ...

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