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The latest edition of SouthFlorida.com's annual Guide to the Arts hit the streets yesterday, and if you're too young to understand what that means, you can, of course, click here to read our guide to the coming year in film, music, literature, theater, dance and visual arts. For this year's guide, we interviewed a supremely talented group of people, including Miami novelist Chantel Acevedo, Miramar composer Rufus Jones Jr., artist Jen Clay, country singer Edan Archer and actor and theater director Tim Davis.
Recommended listening: "Shiver and Shake" by Edan Archer
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Recommended listening: "Dogs on the Run" by Tom Petty
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Rod Stafford Hagwood reviews "On Your Feet! The Emilio and Gloria Estefan Broadway Musical," playing through Oct. 15 at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Hagwood writes: 'On Your Feet!' swirls and twirls around its own cliches in a story centered on strong family ties counterbalanced with the Estefans' butting up against the recording industry’s endemic bigotry as they try to expose their songs to a more lucrative market. In one of the bigger laughs, Emilio argues his potential for success with a white audience by recalling the enthusiastic response of their Latin sound in Sweden: 'You know how white those people are. It’s like watching a room full of Q-tips bouncing all over the place.' ” Emilio Estefan recently spoke to Hagwood about that bigotry.
Recommended listening: "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved" by James Brown
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Recommended listening: "New" by Priests
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Tickets to see Sam Smith perform next summer at AmericanAirlines Arena will go on sale this Thursday. Smith will have released a new album, "The Thrill of It All," by the time he returns to the AAA, where I saw his first concert at the venue, in 2015. Smith had released only one album prior to that tour, but it was enough. As I wrote then: "Smith seemed more at ease onstage than should be expected of an upstart performer with so few songs to his name. More than once, he ceded the spotlight to his backup singers, who used the opportunity not to showboat, but to braid Ashford and Simpson's 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' and Chic's 'Le Freak' with the loose threads of [Amy Winehouse's 'Tears Dry on Their Own'], re-establishing their bandleader's fealty to both the distant and recent past while he listened out of sight behind the stage. If it was a point they felt needed to be repeated, it was a point well made." I expect next year's show to be even better.
Recommended listening: "Pray" by Sam Smith
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