Americans are skilled at that combination of complacency and despair that assumes things cannot change and that we, the people, do not have the power to change them. Yet you have to be abysmally ignorant of history, as well as of current events, not to see that our country and our world have always been changing, are in the midst of great and terrible changes, and are occasionally changed through the power of the popular will and idealistic movements.
Normalization with Cuba will be a process, and its pace and scope will depend in part on the actions of the Cuban government to permit dissent. A good start would be to join international conventions that protect human rights.
These Miami boys are killing it. They're voice is loud. And people are listening. They're lens is wide. And people are watching.
I live in Miami, and I've watched Art Basel Miami Beach grow from a stellar art event into one of the world's over-the-top annual parties. In many ways it's become a victim of its success: too much traffic, too many Botoxed air-kisses, too many wannabes in designer clothes and mile-high heels.
Art Basel is not Art Basel. Art Basel is just a small component and maybe the worst and most boring part of Art Basel. Art Basel really is this HUGE radio wave of satellite Art Fairs and pop-up events and Wynwood events and street art happening live in Wynwood and parties in Wynwood and on the beach.
While President Obama has loosened the strings on travel, there are still Cold Warriors manning the ramparts in Congress, from both political parties, trying to roll back our liberties every chance they get.
Art Basel and the Miami Art Fair are in full swing this weekend. It got exciting Friday night with the peaceful protesters came to visit all the galleries and installations en mass. Luckily we did get out before they shut I-95 down.
We love Art Basel for many reasons, including the tidal wave of glamour that washes over Miami. And there was glamour in spades during the 13th annual Art Basel Miami Beach, where art, design, fashion, music, and celebrity blended into a deliciously decadent cocktail.
Miami's Art Basel celebration is the place for the who's-who in pop culture to be seen. Yet, while celebrities made loud appearances at the weekend's festivities, another debonair guest made a more subtle appearance.
The opening party for Siena Tavern -- in the iconic 404 Washington Avenue space on South Beach, former home of China Grill -- was one of those crazy, eclectic parties where you saw people you haven't seen for years.
Love them or hate them, live free of them or feel fettered, since 2006, the Knight Foundation has invested more than $86 million in South Florida's cultural community and that's undoubtedly awesome.
While most of Art Basel and the satellite fairs seem to be crowded with locals, I think the majority of visitors are out-of-towners or the usual Miami party people. It seems to me like the "real" residents of Miami-Dade County are not enjoying Art Week.