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Weimer — 50th Jerry and Shirley (Morr) Weimer of Albion celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Jan. 11. Mr. Morr retired from Group Dekko after 42 years of service. Mrs. Weimer worked for the Central Noble School Corp. and Dana Service in Albion before retiring. They have a son and daughterin-law, Troy and Casey Weimer of Kendallville, a daughter, Tasha Weimer, and two granddaughters.

Megan Ramus and Wesley Burcham plan to be married May 10 at Lakeside Park and Gardens. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Charles and Darlene Ramus of Spencerville. She is graduating from Indiana State University and will be attending Indiana University School of Medicine after graduation. Her fiance is the son of Ronald and Doris Burcham of Mitchell. He also will be graduating from Indiana State University and attending Indiana University School of Dentistry following graduation.

Miller, Bowden Marr, Schmidt Anna Schmidt and Bryan Marr plan to be married in June. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Dr. Daniel L. and Rebecca Schmidt of Auburn. She is a graduate of DeKalb High School and Butler University. She received her Master of Science degree in communication disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas. She attends Indiana University School of Dentistry. Her fiance is the son of Robert and Jill Marr of Churubusco. He is a graduate of Churubusco High School and Purdue University. He received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. He practices at the Glassley and Marr Dental Group in Fort Wayne.

Yingling, Carboni AP

Museumgoers look at a piece on the wall titled “Wake and Wonder ” by artist Adrian Esparza, who literally deconstructs the cliche Mexican serape and repurposes it into a vast, geometric weaving, at the Perez Art

Museum Miami, in Miami. The museum, called the PAMM by locals, opened in December and is becoming a must-see destination for tourists and locals alike with its eclectic and provocative collection.

Jessica Carboni of Auburn and Keith Yingling of Garrett plan to marry Aug. 2 at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Randal and Judy Carboni of Auburn. She is a graduate of DeKalb High School and is employed at Goodwill Industries. Her fiance is the son of Kenneth and Alice Yingling of Garrett. He is a graduate of Ball State University and is employed at VOSS.

Allison Bowden and Matt Miller, both of Angola, plan to be married in June. The bride-to-be received her education at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and is employed as an elementary school teacher. She is the daughter of Brian and Sheri Bowden of Angola. The groom attended Trine University and is an engineering manager. He is the son of Lynnette Miller of Fremont and the late Rick Miller.

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New museum opens in Miami MIAMI (AP) — Model yachts, rustic fishing boats and wooden rafts dangle above visitors as they step into the new Perez Art Museum Miami. The colorful display is both a playful nod to South Florida’s maritime culture and a somber reference to the perilous journeys many make to get here. It is the perfect entry to a museum that channels the city around it: whimsical, vibrant, brimming with culture from across the Americas - and yes, a work in progress. The museum, which opened in December, still lacks a permanent blockbuster, but its retrospective of Chinese master and political dissident Ai Weiwei, on display through mid-March, should temporarily satisfy. And the museum’s eclectic and provocative collection, coupled with its bay front location, has quickly turned the PAMM - as locals already call it - into a must-see destination for tourists and natives. “Our biggest competition down here isn’t the other cultural institutions. It’s the beach, the water,” Museum director Thom Collins said. “So, rather than compete, the museum embraces its surroundings.” As in the rest of Miami’s booming downtown, visitors to the Perez Museum are immediately greeted by construction along the museum’s front plaza and at the site of a neighboring science museum, set to open in 2015. Once under the PAMM’s shaded deck, though, Ai Weiwei’s mammoth bronze animal Zodiac Heads welcome guests, and the call of gulls and ocean breezes take over. The Pritzker Prize-winning Swiss architect firm Herzog & de Meuron took pains to design an airy and hurricane resistant building, with a wide, shaded deck that can serve as the rare


Chief curator Tobias Ostrander, right, stands next to a piece made of sheets of colored and mirrored formica by artist Julia Dault, at the Perez Art Museum Miami, in Miami.

outdoor communal space in a city with scorching temperatures and no central park. Beneath the deck’s three-story slatted roof, shrubbery-covered columns hang like an abstract enchanted forest, pumping recaptured rainwater through hidden pipes to further cool the deck. Inside, strategically placed windows offer views of the beaches and downtown skyline and provide natural light, while an open floor plan ensures future exhibits can be shaped around new acquisitions. No space is wasted: the museum’s center staircase doubles as a theater that can be divided into two auditoriums. Ai’s retrospective, which includes symbolic crab piles, buckets of pearls, a maze of hundreds of bicycle wheels and an exploration of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, will be followed by a retrospective of Caribbean art and an exhibit by Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes, whose psychedelic color bursts have earned her fame throughout Latin America and Europe. Collins says that contemporary Latin American artists like Milhazes are sometimes overlooked by major U.S. museums.

“Her work is so baroque and sexual, and often in the U.S. we are somewhat puritanical,” he said, “but it will be well received here.” The desire to tap into Miami sensibilities, culture and history is what drew Collins and chief curator Tobias Ostrander to the boat installation entitled, “For Those In Peril on the Sea.” The work by Guyana-raised artist Hew Locke originally hung in a British church but could have easily been commissioned for Miami. Most of the museum’s art comes from the post-World War II period, reflecting the rise of Miami as a metropolis. The museum’s strong suit is its Latin American collection, a sizeable portion of which came from Colombian-born developer Jorge Perez, who donated a combined $40 million in cash and art to earn naming rights. Perez, the son of Cuban exiles, has been a major force behind Miami’s urban redevelopment. He says it’s only natural that the museum would have such a strong Latin American and Latino influence. “It’s a museum that tries to capture Miami, and in capturing Miami, you have to understand what America - all of the Americas - are about,” he said.


Waiters dressed in Russian Cossack costumes work at a street restran in Krasnaya Polyana, mountain Olympic cluster, 60 kilometers east from Sochi, Russia. For visitors to the Winter Olympics, Sochi may feel like a landscape

from a dream — familiar and strange at once. Palm trees evoke a tropical seaside resort, but the Black Sea itself is seriously cold; turn away from the palms and the jagged, snow-covered peaks of the Caucasus Mountains rise nearby.

Palm trees, snow in Sochi SOCHI, Russia (AP) — For visitors to the Winter Olympics, Sochi may feel like a landscape from a dream — familiar and strange at once. Palm trees evoke a tropical seaside resort, but the Black Sea itself is seriously cold; turn away from the palms and the jagged, snow-covered peaks of the Caucasus Mountains rise nearby. Lively and garish modern buildings mix with Stalin Gothic piles, like trophy wives on the arms of elderly men. Billboards are written in an alphabet where some letters sound exactly like you think they do, others mean something else and the rest are flat-out alien. What may seem oddest of all is the city’s cheerful and relaxed aura in a country stereotyped as dour. Even a local statue of Vladimir Lenin catches the casual vibe. He’s not haranguing the masses, just standing under some trees with one hand in his pocket as if he’s killing time waiting for a

date. Some questions and answers about the resort city often called the Russian Riviera: Rather like New York City, Sochi is a sprawling municipality, incorporating four boroughs. Confusingly, one of the four is called Sochi. So it’s possible to both be in Sochi and say “I’m going to Sochi.” All the Olympic events take place in the Adler borough, though the snow sports venues are often referred to as being in specific settlements such as Krasnaya Polyana and Esto-Sadok. Sochi borough is more or less the Manhattan of the city, home to the best restaurants, coolest clubs and the main cultural institutions. The urban part of Adler also has attractive restaurants. But while its attractions are relatively cosmopolitan, and its coastline is 90 miles long (145 kilometers), Sochi is not a big city population-wise, with only about

350,000 inhabitants. Volunteer staff at Olympics test events spoke excellent English and sometimes struck up conversations just to improve their skills (or show off). But outside the Olympic venues and large hotels, communication in languages other than Russian is likely to be difficult. The Games’ organizing committee recommends that mobile device users download a translation app. The Cyrillic alphabet isn’t as hard as it may look, and spending a couple of hours to master it brings sizeable rewards. Russian has many loanwords from English, French and German, so being able to sound out words can make the place pop into better focus. For example, knowing that “teatp” is pronounced “teater,” it’s a reasonable and correct guess that it means “theater.” Note that bars advertising “xayc” are offering “house” music and not a homey atmosphere.

The Herald Republican – January 12, 2014  

The Herald Republican is the daily newspaper serving Steuben County in northeast Indiana.