Jordan Levin


Planting Seeds of Peace in Miami

Seeds of Peace bridges cultural divisions between teens from Middle East and U.S. at summer camp in Maine

Miami-raised former counselor organizing first Miami events to support the group

Leaders say Seeds’ efforts more important than ever at time of heightened division in U.S. and beyond

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.


Gay artists speak out on Orlando massacre

Gay artists and cultural activists in Miami and beyond are struggling to respond to the Orlando nightclub massacre, and their response is being highlighted by the annual Out in the Tropics festival taking place in Miami Beach this week. Even as artists wrestle with sadness, anger and incomprehension, they assert that art can play a crucial role in articulating emotions and leading efforts for change.


A new performance frontier or Facebook theater?

Arts groups are increasingly turning to interactive events that let audiences join performances. Is this the next artistic frontier, or theater for an attention-challenged social media generation? Two recent Miami shows, “little match girl passion” at PAMM and Jay Scheib’s Carmen at YoungArts, show the genre’s potential and pitfalls.


R&B star Miguel brings hybrid identity to Miami Beach

The R&B star Miguel, who is African-American and Mexican-American, has drawn on his hybrid identity to create a genre-busting mix of music that has brought him pop success and critical nods. The L.A. based, Grammy-winning singer of “Adorn” and “What’s Normal Anyway” performs at the Faena Theater in Miami Beach on Friday.


‘The little match girl passion’ an emotional opera experiment at PAMM

Adventurous Miami opera group IlluminArts stages David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize winning chamber opera “little match girl passion,” based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion,” this week at PAMM. The event, which features free open rehearsals, is part of a growing national trend to find innovative alternatives to traditional opera.


Here & Now festival opens with a bang

From a street percussion jam to a multimedia shoutback to sexism, the first program of Miami Light Project’s Here & Now festival showcased striking new performances by Miami artists. The program runs Thursday to Saturday in Wynwood.


Cuban troupe Danzabierta expresses wonder, frustration in Miami performance of “Malson”

The Copperbridge Foundation and the Centro Cultural Español presented Cuban modern dance troupe Danzabierta in a single Miami performance of their latest work “Malson.” A multi-media, impressionistic portrait of Havana by company director Susana Pous with video and music by famed artist X Alfonso, it left a sense of urgency and wonder and drew a standing ovation from the crowd at Miami-Dade County Auditorium.


Cuban cultural feast this weekend in Miami

There’s a fabulous spread of Cuban cultural events in Miami through the weekend, from French-Cuban musical twins Ibeyi to sexy Cuban modern dance troupe Danzabierta to the Wolfsonian FIU’s “Promising Paradise” and its visions of American advertising fantasies of the island.


New leader for YoungArts Foundation

Miami’s National YoungArts Foundation has appointed a new CEO after a year with no permanent leader. Carolina García Jayaram, a longtime arts administrator with Miami roots who currently heads Chicago’s United States Artists, will take over June 27.

About Jordan Levin

Jordan Levin


Miami Herald culture & entertainment critic.


Hillary Clinton campaigns in Tampa

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee held a rally in Tampa on Friday, July 22, 2016, hours before she announced Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia as her running mate. Clinton and Kaine will appear together at FIU on Saturday, July 23, 2016.
Miami Herald staff
Hillary Clinton campaigns in Tampa 4:01

Hillary Clinton campaigns in Tampa

Don Mattingly reacts to Marlins 5-3 loss to the Mets 3:24

Don Mattingly reacts to Marlins 5-3 loss to the Mets

African orphans sing, show off kung fu moves at MIA 1:50

African orphans sing, show off kung fu moves at MIA

North Miami police officer named in Charles Kinsey shooting 3:03

North Miami police officer named in Charles Kinsey shooting