George Gershwin 1930s Opera 'Porgy and Bess' Comes To South Florida
The South Florida Symphony Orchestra's Maestra Sebrina Alfonso is bringing the groundbreaking George Gershwin 1930s opera “Porgy and Bess” to the region for a series of performances. The opera follows the story of poor African Americans struggling to survive and make money in the fictional neighborhood of Catfish Row in South Carolina. The opera was significant for shining the spotlight on black art in America by featuring an all-black cast. Alfonso is a 6th generation “Conch” and started the orchestra in Key West 21 years ago. She calls the opera, “probably the most incredible score Gershwin’s written.” She joined Sundial to talk about the production and the challenges she's faced as a female conductor in a male dominated industry. WLRN: Tell us a little bit about this production. ALFONSO: Porgy and Bess was actually written about a specific place in South Carolina, Catfish Row, and about Porgy, who was a real character that lived in this community. It's really about their life on
New Podcast Made In South Florida Wants To Break The Silence Around Periods (Not The Punctuation)
It is a taboo topic and there are thousands of ways to describe it: “It’s that time of the month,” “I’m on my rag,” or “It’s mother nature’s week,” and that is just to name a few. I'm talking about periods, or the menstrual flow. " The Flow Down " podcast was launched last October with the goal to break the silence around the topic of periods. As more women participate in the fight for gender equality and the right to their bodies through the #MeToo movement, the hosts hope it creates a safe space for women to open up about menstruation and their own bodies. Podcast hosts Jessica Weiss, WLRN web editor, and Stefanie Kleinburd, women’s health coach, talk about the menstrual cycle, the shame and stigma surrounding periods and self-care. Weiss joined Sundial to share the story behind the creation of the podcast and talk about the importance of normalizing conversations about periods. WEISS: Women can have their period from anywhere between 2,500 to 3,500 days of their life. That amounts
Key West Looking To Make Every Tuesday A Tutu Tuesday
Key West holds a lot of parties, parades and even athletic events where people dress up in all forms - including in tutus. Now there's a new initiative to make that happen even more often.
What Is Your Favorite Holiday Book? WLRN Staff Share Our Picks
We do all it takes to feel the spirit of the holidays in South Florida -- even when it’s 80 degrees outside. For WLRN news staff, that often begins by thinking about our favorite holiday books. It’s a perfect time of year to snuggle up in front of an artificial fireplace with a good book -- maybe while sipping on some hot chocolate or taking a swig of coquito.
'It's About The People': Installation That Recreates Protest Signs To Hit The Streets During Basel
Jason Lazarus is turning protest into art in Miami.