Jordan Levin

Performing Arts

A Fantasy where an Outcast Finds His Place

Stilt leaping lizards and flying lemurs help an outcast find his place in Luckner Bruno’s “The Legend of the Pink Elephant,” which has its final show at the Miami Theater Center Saturday. Bruno based the cirque-theater piece on his experience growing up.

Visual Arts

Dead art icon’s notebooks offer clues to his genius

Since his premature death in 1988, Jean-Michel Basquiat has not only become one of the world’s most famous artists, but a pop culture icon. The show “Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks,” at the Perez Art Museum Miami, offers new clues to an artist whose impact on art, race and culture keeps expanding.


Surreal dance stories from Cuba

Surrealistic dance theater from Cuba visits Miami again, with the haunting “Possible Impossible,” from Cuban troupe Retazos and Swedish company Memory Wax. Miami’s Copperbridge Foundation presents another Havana and international dance experiment at Miami Dade County Auditorium on Saturday.


Cuban music hits Miami radio

Miami-based radio chain SBS has launched a Cubanton, or Cuban-style reggaeton, station in Miami. Billboard Magazine reports that Cuban urban acts like Gente de Zona will dominate former pop station Ritmo 95.7 FM.


FamFest celebrates hip-hop culture in Wynwood

FamFest celebrates hip-hop culture and break-dance skills in Wynwood this weekend. Organized by top Miami dance crew Flipside Kings and performer Rudi Goblen, the event features an international dance contest, music groups ¡Mayday! and the Spam AllStars, workshops, DJs, graffiti art displays and more.


Planting Seeds of Peace in Miami

Seeds of Peace has brought teens from conflict-ridden zones in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the United States to work out differences at a summer camp in Maine since 1993. Now a Miami-raised former counselor for the camp is organizing the first Miami events to raise funds and awareness for the group. Organizers say Seeds’ efforts are more important than ever in today’s divisive atmosphere.

Music & Nightlife

New leader for Jazz Roots

Shelly Berg, the innovative dean of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, has taken over the leadership of the popular Jazz Roots concert series at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Founder Larry Rosen passed away last fall. The upcoming season features a tribute to Rosen, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, pianists Gonazalo Rubalcaba and Chick Corea and a blues show led by Steve Miller.


Former tween dreams Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas grow up

Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas rose to fame as Disney child stars, then crossed over to become adult artists. The pair, who bring their Future Now tour to South Florida Friday, talk about growing up, becoming friends on the “Camp Rock” movies, and canceling their North Carolina concert to support LGBTQ rights.


Pop stars call for action on gun control

Billboard Magazine has gathered almost 200 top music artists and executives to sign an open letter to Congress calling for action on gun control. Famous acts who signed on include Lady Gaga, DJ Calvin Harris, former Beatle Paul McCartney and crooner Barbara Streisand. Editors launched the effort two days after the massacre at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando.


Cuban hip-hop deities Orishas reunite

Cuban hip-hop group Orishas, who became international stars in the 2000s with hits like “A Lo Cubano” before splitting in 2009, are reuniting. They have a new song, “Cuba Isla Bella,” and will tour the U.S. this summer, playing Miami on Aug. 20.


Panfilo, Cuba’s famously confused personality, appears in Miami

The famous Cuban TV personality Panfilo appeared in Miami Thursday to promote the launch of CubaMax, a new channel of Cuban television programming on satellite TV’s Dish Network. Actor Luis Silva, who plays the lead character of the show “Vivir del Cuento,” earned attention when President Obama appeared on the program in March.

About Jordan Levin

Jordan Levin


Miami Herald culture & entertainment critic.


Charlotte police release footage of Scott shooting

WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department released body and dash-cam videos of the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott on Saturday after days of mounting public pressure. In a press conference, Chief Kerr Putney said while the videos show no “absolute, definitive visual evidence" that the 43-year-old black man had a gun in his hand, other evidence from the scene does prove it.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Charlotte police release footage of Scott shooting 2:22

Charlotte police release footage of Scott shooting

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Video shows rattlesnakes fighting for dominance

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Miami Heat's Goran Dragic addresses Chris Bosh news, Dwyane Wade departure

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Miami Edison quarterback Malcolm Vigille on 49-0 win over Braddock