Qué Pasa, USA? returns – Miami’s Nostalgia for Cuban Nostalgia

Miami’s most culture-defining, groundbreaking TV series is coming back as a stage show. No, not Miami Vice. It’s Qué Pasa, USA?, the bi-lingual story of a multi-generational Cuban immigrant family that made legions of Cuban-Americans – and hyphenated immigrants after them – feel at home in their new country. Now Que Pasa, created and broadcast…

Passionately local and live – Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami

The two shows Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami present this month feature elements that are already starting to define the ardent year-old Miami troupe: partnerships with local dance artists, pas de deux, Latino character, and live music. Given that DDTM’s founders and directors are married couple and longtime partners Jennifer Kronenberg and Carlos Guerra, who’ve…

Miami Motel Stories – Wild History in Little Havana

(Actor Charles Sothers hosts Timeline Live 305. Photo Jordan Levin.) Miami Motel Stories, the marvelously inventive blend of theater, history, and neighborhood invocation running in Little Havana’s deliciously dilapidated Tower Hotel, is a hit. Good reviews and lots of buzz mean that tickets to the second floor, and its intimate room by room scenes, are…

An Our Town for our town.

The moment during Saturday night’s opening of Miami New Drama’s rendition of Our Town, the quintessentially American Thornton Wilder play, that felt most familiar was the one you might have expected to be the most “foreign.” Mrs. Gibbs (the charismatic and marvelously vital Chantal Jean-Pierre) and Mrs. Webb (the formidable Carlotta Sosa), stood side by…

Despacito Broke New Ground for Latin Pop – and for its Female Songwriter

Despacito has been steamrolling records – most streamed song of all time, most played song on Youtube, most weeks topping Billboard’s Hot 100 (in the version featuring Justin Beiber with original singers Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee), most popular song in Spanish. On a more subjective metric, it may be the most pegajoso earworm ever…