Friday October 12, 2012
- I have been just informed that for the rest of October it’s 2-4-1 at these Miami attractions, some of which are otherwise absurdly overpriced.
- Italian Hit Week, all this weekend. (This is a music festival presented by Rhythm foundation, so don’t get all exited.)
- Artwalk! Promising stuff at Spinello, The Workshop, David Castillo, Dina Mitrani, Locust Projects, Dimensions Variable, and Primary Projects.
- I don’t quite know what this Wynwood Squat thing is, but Miami has 26 fashion bloggers? OH, FUN!
- Death Angel, Bounded By Blood, Threat Signal, The Wretched, Potential Threat, Thrash or Die, and Atomik at Churchill’s. I’m just saying: this is an experience that is available to you.
- It looks like there are still some seats available for the Brahms Piano Quintet at New World Symphony. (Those stage-right seats in Gallery 5 are great.)
- I bet the Kiwanis Club Flea Market will have some amazing stuff.
- Matt & Kimm at the Jackie Gleason. I can’t stand ‘em, but be my guest.
Friday September 28, 2012
- Critical Mass.
- Metric at the Jackie Gleason.
- The Blacksmith Saloon Grand Opening. Free drinks and hors d’oeuvres 9 to 11. I am including this primarily because of the phrase, “a professional bartender with a mustache will be at your service.”
- Ahh — the Dragonboat festivals are back.
- Mac Demarco at Grand Central.
- Ft. Lauderdale: Fat Village ArtWalk, including Relapse and a screening of High Art, the film based on Nan Goldin, at Girl’s Club.
- The All-American Genderfuck Cabaret, opening weekend at Thinking Cap Theatre.
- New World Symphony Concert for Kids. Also their season is starting and tickets going on sale, and you should check them out and buy whatever you want early, ‘cause it sells out and you want the good seats.
- Miami Bike Polo/BBQ at Wynwood Green.
- Fiona Apple
Friday September 21, 2012
- Sun Ra vs. art lecture at MAM: Art historian Huey Copeland charts Sun Ra’s evolving import as icon, model and prophet for a range of visual artists, inlcuding Rashid Johnson, who’s got a show up at MAM. 2 pm.
- Beer Snob Pub Crawl. This is maybe my favorite thing every year.
- Opening of the Consortium show, FAU. Including Clifton Childree, Jiae Hwang, Nicolas Lobo, John Sanchez, and Tom Scicluna. (I have no idea why the Consortium is at FAU like every other year. It’s damn near impossible to get to, and they split the show between two spaces on opposite sides of the campus. But there you go.
- Pablo Cano marionettes at MoCA again? Yep, again. The Toy Box, based on Claude Debussy’s 1913 children’s ballet La Boite a Joujoux. Opens tonight.
- One of the more insuferable 90’s “electronica” wankers, Amon Tobin, at the Jackie Gleason. This is like going to see ZZ Top.
- The Mid-Autumn Festival Reception Honoring Confucius. I have no idea what this is, but it’s at FIU, so I assume fairly serious?
- Last chance to catch Home Sweet Funeral Home, a collection of 10-minute plays at Alliance Theatre Lab.
Friday September 14, 2012
- Optic Nerve. You’d better be RSVP’ing pronto.
- Starts the Miami Wine Fair.
- NEWTON: Return to Bologna Pony. I have no idea what this is, but it appears to take place in an empty lot. “End of tour ‘welcome home’ live music (and more) showcase exhibition extravagananaza mini-fest backyard leisure time.”
- Made of Metal’s tribute to Slayer(!) at Culture Room.
- “Tableau Vivant” — a historical/costume drawing event at the Deering Estate with artist in residence, Christina Pettersson(!), and in any case free admission to the whole property.
- 3rd Annual Skateboard Rodeo. You know who you are.
- Artisan Food Fest at the Coral Gables Museum.
- Bike Wash/BBQ at Magic City Bicycle Collective, 3-6 pm.
- Another County Grind Night up in the great north.
- Free Gospel Sundays at the Arsht, featuring “Grammy Nominated Urban Gospel Superstar” J Moss. I wonder if the lines for this are really crazy? I bet not. Line up at 3; show starts at 4.
- Lou’s Beer Garden’s 3rd Annual MicroBrew Beer Cookoff, rescheduled to today.
- Ruined at GableStage. Actually opened earlier this week and runs through October, but it sounds hawt.
Friday September 7, 2012
So, Downtown Art Days. Let’s take a quick look at how badly these asshats have set this up. This is the retardedly named DWNTWN’s big event weekend-long signature event. (DWNTWN = Downtown Miami’s cultural website, created by the Miami development authority.) Check out their website’s homepage. There it is: “Save the Date/Art Days/Sept 7-8.” Awlright, click there! Hmm… you can’t click that(!!). Ok, click the link right underneath, “See More Events>”. That takes you to this page, on which there is NOTHING about the downtown art days. You can “filter by month” at the bottom, but clicking on “SEP” does NOTHING. Note that all the events on the page have passed. Clicking “CALENDAR” at the top takes you to the same page you’re already on.
AHA! — there’s a link for DWNTWN ART DAYS up there. Hallelujah. Click it. That takes you to this page, which at this point it should not shock you has NO INFORMATION on it. (Remember: this event is so central to this organization that their URL is named after it!) There is a link to a PDF “calendar and map,” and this is where I really start to get mad. Anyway, here’s the PDF. Check it:
- The first thing you see when the PDF opens is UPSIDE DOWN TEXT. So, it’s not that they don’t care enough to create a web page with the information — they don’t even care enough to create a screen-friendly PDF of their brochure.
- The PDF is not text — it’s that PDF where every page is just a big image? So when you zoom in to read the text, it gets pixelated and almost unreadable. You can read it, but only just barely. This is what we in the business call “user-hostile design.” (Above is a crop of what it looks like on my screen.)
- Again, it’s designed for print, so space is at a premium. SO: one-sentence descriptions of the events.
- On the third page or whatever there’s a list of venues with numbers and a metromover map with NO NUMBERS to tell you where the venues are. (As Dave Barry would say, “I am not making this up.”) The numbers are on the map on the preceding page, which has the route of the “Art Days Trolley.” That’s right, there are two maps. I have no words.
- The listings are not in chronological order. There is no rhyme or reason for what goes under “exhibitions” and what goes under “special events.” The locations listed with each event do not have the number that’d let you find it on the map. Actually, some of the locations aren’t even ON the map. Wow.
- Almost every single event is “Free and open to the public.” What do the rest of the words after the first word mean in that phrase? Also, what the fuck is “Free with paid admission?
Are these people deliberately making this hard because they for some reason want a bad turnout? This is not snark or sarcasm. I am not genuinely wondering. (Please do not tell me that they don’t have the money to do better, because I’m looking at this website, and they have MONEY for DESIGN.) Also, I’ve wasted all my time, so the rest of this guide is going to be abbreviated. I guess you’ll just have to head downtown, find a copy of whatever this PDF looks like when it’s printed, and hope it’s worth your while.
- Justin Long opening at the ACCH.
- For the record, a lot of the stuff at this DWNTWN Art Days thing sound good.
- Remember Misael’s beach towel? Well, he’s doing a huge picnic blanket as part of the Art Days thing.
- Again, for the record a LOT of the DWNTWN Art Days is going to be worth checking out. In any case, you can get into MAM and the historical museum free with one of those maps.
- Duh, Artwalk. Not least of which is the new Spinello and new Dimensions Variable spaces.
- Also, remember the Floatopia thing that was supposed to be last weekend? There was a hurricane, so it was postponed. Happens today.
- An antique and classic car show at Cauley Square. This seems like it would be fun, if you were inclined to head down to Homestead this weekend.
Tuesday September 4, 2012
I know you’re disappointed with Obama. But look, you don’t want Romney and a Republican congress running the country for the country for the next four years. And if you think about it, you don’t want Obama going down as a one-term president.
And here’s the thing: Florida will decide this thing, more than likely. We’re the largest tossup state, and we’ve been picking the president since 1992 (when, amazingly, we voted to give George Bush Sr. a second term).
All of which is to say that you need to get ready to vote. If you’re registering for the first time, the application is at the bottom of this page. You should also fill out one of these if you want to change your party affiliation or if you’re moving. (Though if you’re moving within Dade County, you can just call the elections department, 305-499-VOTE, and they’ll do it over the phone.) If you’re submitting one of these forms anyway, you might consider changing your party affiliation, either to lodge your weak protest against the hegemony of the two-party system or because you’d like to vote in someone else’s primaries (like this year’s Republican primary). You should to enjoy perusing the list of political parties recognized in Florida.
Don’t get purged — make sure your Drivers License is up to date. You can update it through Florida HSMV’s charming Virtual Office. This would also be a decent time to consider becoming a Poll Worker. I bet you have no chance if you don’t speak Spanish or Creole, but you can give it a chance anyway. (As a hint, the link to the voter application PDF is broken at that link. If you click “ESPAÑOL,” you can get the application there.)
Do it today, otherwise you’ll be kicking yourself like those jackasses who voted for Nader in 2000.
Friday August 31, 2012
Your weekend weather: absurdly hot and not rainy. I shall be in an undisclosed location in the Keys and as per August there’s precious little going on anyway, but have at it:
- Monthly Critical Mass bike ride, meets 6:30 at Government Center.
- Hollywood Full Moon Drum Circle. Bring a drum.
- I kid you not, Vulture Awareness Day is celebrated at Miami Zoo (When was the last time you went to the zoo?! And don’t kid yourself — a sweltering, still day is the perfect time to be outdoors in minimal shade in West Miami.) with “a variety of fun vulture-themed activities and educational displays to engage the entire family.”
- A Knight Random Act of Culture SOMEWHERE on Lincoln Road SOMETIME today. Good luck.
- I don’t know what it means that Art Center South Florida is having a Studio Crawl, ‘cause, aren’t their studios always open? I guess everybody gets together and all the artists are there.
- Just like the old days: if it’s Saturday night, the Jacuzzi Boys are playing Churchill’s.
- The Grove Bed Race!
- Sweat’s Sayonara Summer Shindig sale/party got canceled last weekend on account of zOMG ISAAAAAAC so now it’s today and you should still go.
- I think it’s the last day to see the Donkey Show at the Arsht Center? But their page is CRASHING MY BROWSER so you’ll have to check for yourself.
- You would think that there’d be a Monday section to this weekend, but as it turns out there is not. You will be drinking beer and eating grilled food most of the day, but you should try to do some reading at least in the morning. How about this: Stop by a bookstore (if you can find one!) on the way home from work today and buy yourself a smart magazine to read Monday morning before the revelry starts. Maybe The New York Review of Books. Or The Atlantic. Or n+1 if you happen to be near Lester’s. They’re all surprisingly readable.
Friday August 24, 2012
- A talk on journalism in the early years of the AIDS crisis at the Wolfsonian.
- GreenWorking, a not very impressive sounding “Green”-themed mixer. Free drinks until 8:30.
- You know that I’m scraping against the bottom of the barrel when I’ve got something called the Bobettes Burlesque Fashion Show on this list. Need I remind you that it’s August?
- Hey WLRN, I have to give you my email address before I can see the venues participating in Key West Museum & Attraction Weekend?! That’s pretty fucked up. (And yes, I know I can Google and find the list.)
- Flotopia Miami: bring a raft to South Point(e?!) park in the morning and get in the water with a bunch of people. There’s only a Facebook page but it actually gives no more info than that, which is cool in the sense that it’s a grassroots sort of thing. A good bet is the google image page.
- The Gary Thomas Jazz Ensemble plays at the Deering Estate. $20, but it sounds from the description that it’s BYOB??
- This would be an awesome day to go to Home Depot if you needed plywood.
- Sayonara Summer Shindig at Sweat: exactly what you want from an awesome record store: a day-long sale with a day-long party.
- Micro-Brew Beer Cook Off at Lou’s Beer Garden on the Beach.
- Hippiefest: Old people playing music for a LOT of money somewhere off to the north.
- This would be an even awesomer day to go to Home Depot for plywood.
Friday August 17, 2012
Is it still August? The only thing you should “to do” is stay home and drink, or maybe go see a shitty movie. But whatever, here you go:
- The 6th Street Container is too cool to update their website, but tonight is Ivan and Mireya’s show and you should be there.
- SOULé, in which “an international cast of 15 dancers and musicians explore the crossroads of Flamenco, American roots music and contemporary dance,” presented by Art Works For Us.
- An opening(?!) at Locust: “Female Hu$tle.”
- Palo at PAX. If you time it right (i.e. as close to 10 pm but not after), you get in free.
- Inspectah Deck, formerly(?) (who knows?) of the Wu-Tang, is playing somewhere far to the north but within driving distance.
- Begins the Brazilian Film Festival of Miami. It’s not clear whether the films are screened with English subtitles (you’d think so, but there are trailers on the website and no subtitles there). I sent an email and shall to update if I hear back.
- Free admission day at The Deering Estate.
- Summer Crush Games, some sort of weightlifting thing.
- Deaf Poets, Teepee, Lil Daggers, and Axe and the Oak at Churchill’s.
- Doug Stanhope (standup commedy!) at Culture Room.
- The Smokers Club Tour hits Grand Central.
- Closing day for Nathan Sawaya: The Art of the Brick at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood (where I’ll be — ‘cause I work there), with the awards ceremony for the Brick Creation Challenge.
- Cuban Jazz at Hoy Como Ayer, free if you bring an instrument to jam.
Friday August 10, 2012
- The Wailers, for FREE, at the Gusman. Crazy, right? Doors open at 7, first come first served.
- Los Jaivas at Grand Central seems like an interesting combination.
- Holly Hunt, plus Demons, Shroud Eater, Devalued, Yautja, and Samsara, at Churchill’s. Before that you can stop by Sweat and check out Red Channels and The Gatsbys
- Ground Up Rising theater company presents William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, 10 am and 3 pm at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, Free.
- Believe it or not there is an Artwalk, despite the Augustness of the circumstances, and over at Beached Miami, Arielle has a roundup of a few of the notable notables.
- Way Huge Artwalk Afterparty at the Pickle.
- Saturdays at Fox’s, a fundraiser for Nyahera District Hospital, Kenya (?), with Dino Felipe and Pocket of Lollipops, among others
- Civil War Re-enactment (!) in Delray Beach somewhere. (This starts Saturday!)
- Fairchild, still free.
Friday August 3, 2012
- I hear that the Bass Museum’s Beats After Sunset is a cool thing actually. $8 admission, free drinks.
- 36th Annual Goombay Festival. This is a Caribbean-themed thing in Coconut Grove that actually sounds pretty cool.
- The African Disapora Dance and Drum Festival, which is free and of which there is a schedule. I would recommend you to find something that looks interesting and go. I shall to check out some of the drum workshops.
- I have no idea what the ID Festival is, but they’ve got a QR code in the name, so, you know, RAGE ON. (We need to get Richard Haig over here to explain this to us, but dude is on vacation).
- They still have people that are just like sneaker obsessives? I thought it was just guys who grew up in the 80s who collect vintage 80s sneakers, but apparently not, because here’s SneakerCon, and it appears to be a UN thing.
- Peter Pan. (Not joking.)
- Radio-Active Records has Holly Hunt, the Jellyfish Brothers, and DJ Fucked Up, Saturday at 8 pm. Here is a fucking Facebook link, because apparently nobody can be bothered to put something on the web about it. 8pm sharp, they promise (“not Miami start time!”). One day, ask me to tell you about DJ Fucked Up.
- Of course Bardot’s website plays music at you when you load it up. However, Jeremy Sole sounds like an interesting guy, and he is DJing tonight, which might be bearable.
- Every Sunday in August, Fairchild is free. You will suffer (it will be hot and crowded), but given that their admission is $25, it probably is worth it. Don’t skip the trolley tour.
- I was going to try to tell you to go to Churchill’s this weekend, but boy it doesn’t look worth it. Maybe Sunday, which is mostly TBA and something good could fall in.
Friday July 27, 2012
My girlfriend and I are staying cooked up inside in front of the TV watching the Olympics all weekend, so this is for y’all. (Actually, it’s almost August. Does anyone go outside this time of year? The other day I got sweaty driving somewhre in my air-conditioned car. Anyway.)
- The Miami International Performance festival. Free, all weekend long, and probably with a bunch of your friends involved. Either way, you should go.
- If you have not done the Beach Towel yet, this is your chance: Miami Beach on Saturday, Ft. Lauderdale Sunday, Hollywood Monday, and then up the east coast over the next two weeks.
- Critical Mass, tonight. The last few months I’ve had a good excuse (see above). But you should go!
- John Waters(!!!!!) performs his one-man show, This Filthy World, Saturday north of the county line”:https://www.parkerplayhouse.com/JohnWaters_parker. The only man who will ever get five exclamation marks on this blog.
- Remember Viernes Culturales? Still happening!
- A birthday party for Miami? Ugh. Please, let’s just don’t.
- … instead, celebrate by riding the new Metrorail line to the airport. (About. Fucking. Time.) It makes it’s, like, debut voyage tomorrow. (Personally, I think you should wear this- t-shirt. And for a little CM old-timeyness, here is the Metrorail expansion I proposed in 2005.)
- The Donkey Show. Anything at the Arsht that explicitly warns you to leave your kids at home is worth a look.
- I feel like you should go to Grand Central this weekend, and at this you will get a shot of Jameson and a PBR tallboy for $8, which is sort of right up my alley also I believe that is a picture of Lou Reed.
- I also feel like there’s a library event you should go to, but good luck finding it. Somebody should give the Miami Dade government some money to fix that website. Oh, wait…
- I would enjoy to know what the Indie Craft Bazaar will be, but I’m losing faith in the “check back soon for more info,” given that it’s tomorrow. Le sigh.
- The Be Easy Music and Arts Festival, which is some Ft. Lauderdale thing.
Image: Curbed Miami.
Friday July 20, 2012
Are we doing weekend to-do roundups again? I don’t know. Maybe. It’s a pain in the ass, and so many people are doing it … but they’re doing a shit job (unless you know of a good one, in which case let me know ‘cause I have better things to do with my Friday morning), so let’s at least try.
- George Fucking Clinton (George Clinton if you’re nasty.) Nuff said. If you have seen this man less than 5 times in your life you are mandatory at this (which means I’m exempted).
- Cleveland Orchestra has announced it’s 2012/13 Miami Season. Starts in November, but it’s a good idea to get your tickets now because duh, better seats. You just paid $5 million for repairs to the Arsht, so you may as well take it for a spin. I’m in for the Mahler, because you plebs will get your dirt all over the theater when they do Beethoven’s 9th (plus I saw it when Franz Welser-Most conducted, so eat it). If you value your money you’ll get the whole season and thank me later.
- Big Night in Little Haiti. You never go to this and you totally should. Free and fun. What’s wrong with you, anyway?
- Something called the Lights Out Festival, an electronic music extravaganza or something. IDM. IDK.
- I am very much into the artisan food thing, so Proper Sausages is immensely interesting, and they’re having a tasting at Lester’s Saturday afternoon.
- Our man on the drums Tony Kapel, he of Pocket of Lollipops, has self-published his 4th novel (How many have YOU written? Also, why is this round up being so mean to you?) and he’s having a book launch at SwampSpace at 7 on Saturday.
- Tonight and tomorrow the Soul Fest at The Stage.
- For the Browardly curious, there is Country Grind Live with Holly Hunt among others, to which you should totally go because, Liz Tracy. (Also, if you are doing an event, make the page for it like that, with audio clips and text.)
- Are you like me … are you sick of the fucking food trucks? If not, they will be somewhere this weekend, so you can run right out and buy non-cheap food and eat it standing on the sidewalk to your heart’s content.
- I am not joking: there is a Bird Road Art Cistrict, and they are having an art walk.
- The Wolfsonian does free tours of it’s collection (did YOU know that?) and there is one tonight.
- $10 or more to Misael’s towel Kickstarter gets you into his Sunday Brunch fundraiser, which I believe involves mango pancakes.
Friday June 15, 2007
- A classical guitar festival in Coral Gables.
- Tropical AG Fiesta. (Wow that’s two websites in a row that break in Firefox.) Personally, I prefer Fruit and Spice park when it’s empty, but this looks like fun.
- Tonight: Really the biggest buzz of the weekend seems to be Shop Miami at the Moore building. Looks like half party, half ultra-high-end flea market. Have at it, 7 to 11 pm.
- GableStage new play, Smut (“or The Travails Of A Virtuous Woman”), opens, followed by a discussion by the ACLU about current censorship issues in Florida! (Technically it opens Saturday and this is a special preview.)
- The Caravaggio movie at the Wolfsonian. 7 pm.
- Eve Interrupted launches Heroine, a weekly women-only party at Amendment XXI. “We are committed to creating a new atmosphere for queer women and their friends. FEMALE Artists of all sexual orientations and backgrounds are welcome to participate.”
- Hey old rockers!: ASIA at Gulfstream (and no, it isn’t free) and RUSH somewhere in West Palm Beach.
- Saturday: JüneFest, a Caribbean festival, featuring food, drink, and Inner Circle. $40, or $60 for VIP.
- Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers at Churchill’s. $10.
- 11th anniversary of Jazid, with The Spam Allstars and Suenalo Sound System.
- Sunday: Father’s Day brunch? Father’s Day sunset cruise?? Fuck all that — I say you take your dad to a bar for some pints and greasy food. Plus, there is officially nothing happening.
Friday June 8, 2007
- City Theatre’s Summer Shorts festival begins this weekend at Carnival Center’s studio theater. Two programs, running Thursday through Sunday for the rest of the month.
- Yep: another boat show.
- You can’t make this stuff up: a bamboo festival at Fairchild. Presented, of course, by the American Bamboo Society. Next weekend: the stick festival.
- The Brazilian Film Festival concludes.
- Tonight, the Creatures of the Night hike at Greynolds Park, 7:30 pm, $5.
- Artists: today and tomorrow, Seminart will have portfolio reviews with Wallace Whitney. E-mail them to reserve a slot.
- Off the Radar [MySpace], now at the Sandal Club.
- Saturday, Critical Mass bike ride.
- Ancient and Celtic Music Concert at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church. 7 pm, free.
- Second Saturday, with openings at Dorsch, Lowenstein, and much more, plus Who’s your DADA III [MySpace] , free with costume, $3 without.
- Then, go to Circa 28 [MySpace] and wish Lolo a happy 25th birthday.
- Maroon 5 at Stuido A.
- Sunday, Haya Pomrenze and Nina Romano, South Florida poets, at Books and Books.
- Not that you would, but that Socialist meeting.
Friday June 1, 2007
It’s the first day of hurricane season, and the first day of kids summer vacation today (and the stinkers had a half-day yesterday — when was the last time you had a half-day at work?). More on that later.
- All week and next weekend, actually, the Brazilian Film Festival. Don’t miss Pro Dia Nascer Feliz (For a Better Day) on Saturday, and yes a free party tonight.
- Today is the last day to see Anna Gaskell’s Still Life (PS picture credit above) (ha — it’s a video), at Vizcaya. They close at 4:30, so you’ll be ditching work. Next up: Christina Lei Rodriguez, who’s work would appear tailor-made for Viscaya’s gardens.
- The immortal Steven Wright at Carnival Center.
- Terence Blanchard at Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club. Four shows between tonight and tomorrow.
- Um, Tool. Yeah.
- Saturday afternoon, a fashion sale benefiting Coconut Grove Cares at DotFiftyOne gallery. 51 NW 36 Street, 1 – 6 pm. The vintage Gucci will go fast so get there early.
- Reptile Expo & Sale in Davie, including live snakes, lizards, tortoises, turtles, and frogs to see and buy, and I kid you not, the “3rd Annual Reptile Photo Contest.” Please do not bring your own reptiles.
- The usual blowout at Chuchhill’s, with two stages, a million performers, artists, DJ’s, and tap beer in plastic cups. What’s not to love. $5: cheap.
- Has anyone heard of something called the Budious Warehouse? Starting at 10 pm, they’re having a An All Analogue Nite in the Sunny Ghetto, which Lolo says “live performances by Opus Finis, Ronin, and 8* with guest DJs Dr. Kernkrach (Germany) and Vajra. There will be record vendors and collectors so all vinyl enthusiasts are welcome!!” Hmm.. free, so worth a try?
- Sunday is the last day to see LeWitt x 2 at MAM. The show is mostly stuff from the 1990s and on, but one fabulous room has a wonderful group of works from the 60s and 70s, and the accompanying exhibition is work by other artists that LeWitt’s traded work with, much of which is fabulous. Downstairs are two shows of new acquisitions to the MAM’s collection (some from recent shows), including a piece by Gavin Perry that will kick your ass when you see it in person.
- Israeli folklore dance Festival Yachad.
- Badagwell In Action at Miami Beach Cinematheque, a film about a Haitian immigrant who becomes a Bishop at the “Church of the End Of The World.” “We need money to do the work of God. Without money we cannot do anything. Therefore, if anyone wins at PowerBall, he or she must pay 75% of that money to the Church. Otherwise he/she will die!”
Friday May 18, 2007
- All-weekend, the JVC Jazz Festival, including Bebel Gilberto on Saturday.
- Major buzz about the Wahoo World Music Festival in Big Cypress.
- “Colored girls shouldn’t waste their time on education.” M-Ensemble’s Steal Away.
- Freddick Bratcher and Company presents Dialogues, a world premiere by Freddick Bratcher.
- Some sort of “festival” of events for kids.
- Tonight, Cuba Libre Block Party.
- Prayers for Saints and Orishas, photos of religious ceremonies in Cuba plus Ife-Ile dance/music — what’s not to love?
- Spam All-Stars record release party at Studio A.
- Oh, and Miami Nights is hosting Adam Freeland at Shine.
- Saturday, excuse me, but can somebody please tll me who Arden Kaywin is?
- Tigertail’s fundraiser, WigOut.
- Zombie Prom at PS14 (where else, actually?).
- Sunday, A bunch of people will be gathering and flying kites in Bicentennial Park, I think a sort-of protest, but if anyone has more info let me know!
- Hey ladies! — Anderson Cooper at Books and Books.
- The Miami meditation meetup, 4 pm.
- Oh, have a chuckle: head over to the Miami Herald’s entertainment page and click The Ticket. This link has variously been going back to the Herald’s home page, or to an error message, all morning. They also had a “McCoy Tyner Tonight” headline exactly one week after his concert. wtf?
Friday May 4, 2007
- The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival concludes.
- Karen Peterson and Dancers present the Emerging Choreographers Series.
- The New Playwright Festival at New World School of the Arts.
- The Here Miami Now showcase, tonight at Churchill’s.
- The Rhythm Foundation has Spanish singer Martirio.
- Holy crap the Miami Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, tomorrow!!
- And sure enough, the Maibaumfest Annual German Spring Festival presented by the German-American Social Club of Greater Miami (who knew?).
- Miami Film Race. I don’t have time to explain it, but click — it looks interesting.
- First night ever of Unbreak Miami (myspace) at PS14.
- Sunday: Salsafest, with Tito Rojas, Charlie Cruz, Kevin Ceballo, and a bunch more. Click here and scroll way down.
- John Kerry will be at Books and Books. You have to call for a ticket (but it’s free), 305-442-4408
- Tuesday and Wednesday, Miami Light Project has Hell.
Friday April 20, 2007
- Hey look, today’s 420! Not actually a whole lot of official events (duh), except for a sort of who’s who of Miami music (three stages!) at Churchill’s. Mum’s the word on Meetup. There’s a big Drum ‘n Bass party at Laundry Bar (myspace), but . . .
really nowactually, Photek will be there, so maybe some primo 90’s nostalgia?
- McCoy Tyner at the Gusman.
- Miami Light Project presents Giovanni Luquini’s Idalina.
- Miami Beach Dance Festival concludes.
- Saturday, Marian Marzynski will, if I’ve got this right, present a documentary he made about himself and his life of making documentaries at Miami Beach Cinematheque.
- The Second Annual Haitian Jazz Music Festival
- New World Symphony presents new orchestral works by two contemporary composers.
- Velveteen Pink at Circa Saturdays.
- Sunday, Earthfest at Crandon Park.
- Or, Slow Food Miami’s Blue Crab Picnic.
- Speaking of Earth Day, free viewings of An Inconvenient Truth, all over town.
- 1 pm at the Macy’s at Dadeland Mall, Cat Cora from Iron Chef will discusses her new book Cooking From the Hip.
Courtesy of MLP, this traffic update for the weekend around Carnival Center: “Northbound Biscayne Blvd. will be closed from 11:00 pm Friday through 6:00 am Monday. Southbound Biscayne traffic will be open throughout the weekend, but at times may be reduced to a single lane. This closure is due to the Biscayne Blvd. reconstruction project.”
Friday March 16, 2007
- This weekend brings the 1-year anniversary of Miami Nights and Miami Music Guide, both of whom are throwing special events. Check ‘em (MN Friday, MMG Saturday).
- Arteaméricas — art of Latin America, right here in Miami (and where else, really?).
- The South Florida Theatre Festival, including a behind-the-scenes free forum, Monday.
- Opening festivities for the new ArtsPark in Hollywood.
- Sort of a big deal: starting this weekend, a site-specific video installation by Anna Gaskell will be showing at Viscaya (through May).
- Students from the FIU Honors College curated Aesthetics and Values 2007, on exhibit at the FIU Green Library, including notable Miami artists such as Carlos Betancourt, Wendy Wisher, Bill Maguire, Samantha Salzinger, and Cliff Childree.
- The Fair — be there. Or something.
- The last weekend of the Cleveland Orchestra’s Miami season, and they’re doing Tchaikovsky.
- Three words: Big. Daddy. Kane. If you care, get on the Google right now.
- Speaking of Google, if you care about played 90s shit like Stone Temple Pilots, try Googling “Bacardi B-Live,” and in the nicest way possible, may a pox befall your fucked-up house.
- Colombian rock en espanol icons Aterciopelados, Saturday.
- More Tchaikovsky: NWS does its thing.
- Not this weekend but soon will be bringing the WMC, of which CM will not be attending, and instead directs you to the New Times’ coverage (this week’s issue). Also of interesting note is the Miami Beach 411 stuff, which appears almost completely unintersecting with this here listing.
Friday March 2, 2007
This weekend is probably the peak of the season. Get your butt out there and do something… but bring an umbrella just in case. Weather looks like it’ll be gradually cooling off, but possibly rainy.
- It’s the final weekend of Merce in Miami, and it concludes with the spectacular Ocean. Read here, and purchase tickets for performances, tonight and Saturday, here.
- Also the last weekend of Subtropics. Tonight: FIU’s surprisingly excellent New Music Ensemble (7pm) and Indeterminancy Too — stories and anecdotes about John Cage from artists who knew and worked with him (9:30pm). Then Fluxus Day all day Saturday, and Sunday, a 14 hour (10am – midnight) performance of Vexations (x 1/2) by Erik Satie. Read Lawrence Johnson’s piece on Subtropics in the Herald.
- The 62nd Miami International Orchid Show.
- And as if all that wasn’t enough, it’s the opening weekend of the Miami International Film Festival.
- Bob Marley Movement of Jah People festival, Saturday. Old school reggae 1pm to midnight.
- Wow, more: it’s the opening weekend of the International Tropical Baroque Music Festival.
- Believe it or not, the Harlem Globetrotters play American Airlines Arena on Sunday! Bonus Miami-bloggosphere Globetrotters fact: the HG’s longtime rivals, the Washington Generals, were coached for many decades by one Red Klotz, uncle of our own Steve Klotz.
- Two Latin festivals with unforgivable flash websites: Carnaval on the Mile and Festival Vallenato. Click at your own risk.
Thursday March 1, 2007
Take two minutes now to take a quick and easy step to help secure state arts and cultural funding. An initiative for $2.47 per capita for the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.
Friday February 23, 2007
- Subtropics experimental festival kicks off tomorrow, with events through March 4th. Yeah!
- Merce in Miami kicks off tonight. Here is the schedule (and look, it includes the schedule for Subtropics). This is a big deal, and by the way, Sigur Rós perform live as part of Sunday’s performance.
- SpeakOut with Emanuel Xavier (gay and lesbian spoken word workshops and performances), presented (free) by Tigertail, who’s website now alarmingly autolaunches videos upon page load.
- Seraphic Fire performs at three different locations, tonight, Saturday, and Sunday.
- Viernes Culturales.
- Off the Radar 2nd anniversary tonight at PS14. Tigercity and Modernage perform.
- The New World Symphony does Shostakovich this weekend — his 5th Symphony, accompanied by the Cello Concerto #2 on Saturday and by itself (but cheaper) on Friday.
- Saturday afternoon, Felice Grodin presents Metropolis, the classic 1927 silent science-fiction film, at Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts. Her show “Cartographies” is up, and the movie should provide an interesting context for her drawings and new sculptures. Reception begins at 11:30 am, the movie’s at 2:30 pm.
- Slayer on Saturday and The Roots on Sunday at Revolution.
- Sunday, a performance of The Vagina Monologues. $50 benefit for local organizations working to end violence against women and girls.
- Oh right, a little thing called the Wine and Food festival.
Thursday February 15, 2007
William Keddell says:
Events for Equestrians, Urbanites, Historians, and Artists, this Thursday:
- Start your evening 5pm in downtown’s Lummus Park were you can visit the City of Miami’s newly completed Police Horse Stables. Enjoy refreshments from TROY Community Academy’s Teen Cuisine and attend a short presentation- see attachment
- 5.40pm The King’s Edict – the latest publication and exhibit from Troys Community Academy’s “Hidden Histories” Project
- 6.10pm. Join Dr. Paul George for a short walking tour of Lummus Park Historic District
- 7.00pm. Go to opening at Historical Museum of Southern Florida’s latest show “Port Royal, Jamaica”
- Then go Jam @ MAM. Its Samba Night at the Miami Art Museum MAM see “The Machine, The Body and The City –Gifts from the Charles Cowles Collection” plus “No Man is an Island” video work from Dutch Artist -Jesper Just.
This is all very well, but I call for a ballot initiative that anytime our government has an event for the public, they be required to put up a permalinked, standards-compliant web page about it.
Friday February 2, 2007
Superbowl. Yawn. Speaking of things that irritate me, I’ve decided that any titles I get in all-caps will be reduced to all lower case. Without anyfurther ado:
- 7 pm Friday: Discussion at the Wolfsonian: Les Standiford: Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad That Crossed an Ocean. Free (and I think so is entry to the museum which is open until 9 pm).
- Eve Interrupted All-Girl Art Party, later Friday. Boys will have to go to Studio A, which is free entry, free drinks 11 to midnight, and a supposedly cool band playing (but I lost the flyer).
- 7 pm Saturday, Momentum Dance is doing something that sounds very interesting at Hialeah High School: It’s “an introduction to dance criticism. It breaks dance works down into their component parts (space, structure, use of the body, action, theme, dynamics), and has the audience analyze them through questions and discussion. $5
- 8 pm Saturday, lafoura arcaica (to the left of the father) Directed by Luiz Fernando Carvalho, Brazil, 2002, 170 minutes, at MAC.
- First ever Circa Saturday.
- Lolo says: “Saturday night there’s also a benefit show at Churchill’s – there will be live music (Doormouse, Juan Montoya of Torche, The Sea Swallows and more), DJs (Induce, Plot, Cabello, Erock), and an art auction (Francesco LoCastro, LEBO, Frank Galland, R. Grimes), to benefit a nice local dude with a stubborn brain tumor!! Please check it out. Great free show at Churchill’s on Sunday night, too!! Yay Miami…” BTW, I finally stopped by Sweat this week, and instantly found three CD’s I was looking for.
- Saturday 8 pm: “annual concerto competition winner’s concert” Thomas Sleeper and Chung Park*, conductors Amanda Blaikie, flute; Kathleen Szalay, soprano; and Joseph Szalay, baritone Performing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 2, Richard Strauss’ Brentano Lieder, and Maurice Ravel’s Don Quichotte A Dulcinée FREE (if they don’t care I don’t care, and you’re welcome to try to fin d it on their website, but i give up)
Friday January 19, 2007
- South Beach Comedy Festival, including Margret Cho, Bill Maher, and Jon Stewart, plus free performances at an (outdoor?) stage on Lincoln Road Mall every night at 7 and 9:30.
- The aforementioned Reggae and Social Change festival/exhibit.
- The Cleveland Orchestra’s first weekend at Carnival Center
- The Miami Jewish Film Festival.
- Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert at Tobacco Road, Saturday.
- Opening at MAC, tonight, plus Artist Talk with Tacita Dean on Saturday.
- The Manchurian Candidate screens at the Miami Beach Cinematheque, tonight.
- DJ Craze and MAYDAY! at Studio A, also Saturday.
Friday December 29, 2006
New Years’ Eve? Well, there really are perfectly good stuff-to-do lists all over the place: Miami Music Guide, the Herald (1, 2), MiamiBeach411, and the aforementioned Miami Nights, so I see no reason to do one of my own. The smart money is celebrating with a small group of friends at a low key party, anyway. I’ll be at OceanDance, and you’re all invited.
What about Monday? How about brunch and a light outdoor activity in the early afternoon?
Wednesday December 27, 2006
Miami Nights isn’t fucking around: they started last week on their New Year’s Eve party list, and are updating it continually. Prices for most parties are in the three and four-digit range per person, whazzup! Update: Here’s the Herald’s list.
Friday December 15, 2006
- A celebration of Haitian Art and Films kicks off with a fundraiser tonight, and continues with free events, including stuff for kids.
- Greig Coetzee performs White Men with Weapons (tonight 8 pm, Sat. 6:30 pm, Sun. 6:30 pm) and The Blue Period of Milton Van der Spuy, which I just reviewed (Sat. 9 pm, Sun. 3 pm). Might I recommend the Sunday double feature?
- The Miami Beach Cinematheque is in the middle of a Goodbye, Altman, Goodbye memorial festival. Click for schedule.
- The f’realz Preservation Hall Jazz Band kicks it at the Parker Playhouse Sunday.
- Also Sunday, the New York Chamber Soloists perform at Gusman Hall.
- Sunday night, The Bravery at the Pawnshop.
- Yay — no art to look at this weekend. And it looks like I’m not the only one who’s a little burnt out.
Friday December 8, 2006
Art Basel is fun! You don’t need to be an expert, or have a big checkbook, to enjoy it. In fact, most people there this weekend will just be there for fun, to look. If you’re thinking about it, just go! You’ll have a good time. The Herald, the New Times, and everybody else has big “Art Basel Guides,” but if all you want is to go for a few hours and see what all the fuss is about, just read the next paragraph and go! This isn’t rocket science, and you don’t need to do any major preparations.
Art Basel is here. Google will give you very nice driving directions if you need them. The parking lot across the street from the convention center charges $10, the garage in 17th Street charges $8. It costs $24 to get in for adults, $12 for kids, students, and seniors. The earlier you’ll go, the less crowded it’ll be and the more time you’ll have to look, and maybe take a break for food at Lincoln Road; just tell the person at the door you’re coming back and they’ll stamp your ticket stub or whatever. Once you’re inside, you can find out about Art Video Lounge, Art Positions, Art Perform, and Art Sound Lounge, which are in the neighborhood and which you may want to check out, too. Unless you want more then a casual day trip, don’t worry about anything else; some of the other fairs are great, but they’re much smaller, and a bit of a hassle. The “special events” are a hassle too, especially for parking. I spent six hours at Basel the other day and I still didn’t see nearly everything.
What to expect
I have pictures of some of the artworks I liked here and here. Expect to do some serious walking! Wear comfortable shoes. The fair is laid out in rows, but when you’re walking around it feels like a complete maze. I’d wandering around at random and getting lost. They have a little map, but trying to follow it to “see everything” is an exercise in futility, and you can walk through the same area over and over and see new stuff anyway.
The people who work for the galleries are all very nice. Unlike at some of the other fairs, they generally won’t start conversations with people (which is a relief for me), but they’re very happy to answer questions. If someone tries to talk to you and you’re not interested, nod and walk away — they’ll think you don’t speak that particular language!
Oh, about “stupid question.” Yes, unfortunately there is such a thing as a stupid question. Don’t ask “what makes this art?” or “couldn’t anybody do that?’ Questions about how something was made, or details about the artist, are great. It’s considered polite to preface “How much does that cost?” with a question that suggests why you’re interested in a particular piece. (Eavesdropping on conversations between gallery employees and visitors is a good way to learn interesting little tidbits.)
Officially, cameras are banned, although these days it’s easy to sneak a little camera anywhere. I walked around with a big camera over my shoulder and photographed everything, and though I have credentials that say I can do so, nobody really checked. Lots of people take photographs, so you should be able to sneak one here and there, so long as you TURN OFF YOUR FLASH. (Yes, break out your camera’s manual right now, and figure out how to take it off auto-flash mode and to turn the flash on and off yourself, because the truth is that the camera often does the exact opposite of what you need to take a good photo. But I digress.)
Do save some time for Art Video Lounge, which is across the street from the convention center. I haven’t been yet, but in past years it’s always been great. Art positions is about a 10 minute walk from the convention center. It’s usually worth it, especially if you’re wanting to get some fresh air anyway, but mainly it’s more of the same.
By the way, here’s a link to the Art Basel website, not that it’s particularly helpful.
Stuff for free and cheap
Art Basel is expensive! For a family of four it’s $82 with parking. Personally, I think it’s worth it. If you don’t want to spend the money, NADA is free, and it’s great! It’s like a smaller, more relaxed Basel. There isn’t nearly as much to see, and not all the artwork is as impressive, but it’s very much worth a visit. There’s a parking lot that charges $10, but you might be able to find free parking on the street in the surrounding neighborhood.
I think you can get in free to Basel’s Art Positions and Art Video Lounge without a ticket, but I’m not sure. I’ll find out put the information right here by tomorrow morning. [ Update: Yes, Positions and Video Lounge are free. Also on the beach, Bridge, Aqua, Ink, and a couple of the other fairs are free. Basel is still worth the money, though.]
There’s a list of the rest of the fairs here. I’ve also been to Scope, Pulse, and Photo Miami so far, and all three cost $10. Scope was my favorite — I’ll try to do a post about it later. Photo Miami was also great; much much better then a lot of people were for some reason expecting. I wasn’t as crazy about Pulse. I generally don’t like the hotel-based fairs like Aqua, because the rooms tend to be cramped and not good for looking at art (ymmv).
Whatever you do, don’t waste your time this weekend going to the Miami Art Museum, Miami Art Central, the Margulies Warehouse, or any other place with art that you can visit next weekend, or in a month. These places are all very much worth visiting, but this weekend they’re overrun with out-of-town art people, and there’s a lot going on that’ll be gone by Sunday evening.
The big thing is Saturday night in the Design District/Wynwood. There’s going to be a huge street party, with all the galleries open, bands playing, and general mayhem. Traffic and parking are going to be the nightmare of the century, but it’ll be fun. I’m probably going to entrust myself to the hands of friends who will know what to do (Update: Though Cody Chesnutt is performing at MocaSonic!). Tons and tons of other events listed at Alex in the City (I don’t know who she is but she’s doing a great job of rounding this stuff up), The Next Few Hours (a great, “mostly kid-friendly” list), and Miami Nights (party-oriented). You might also try to slog through the Herald’s coverage: try here and here, or try the New Times, who says “We’ve got Basel’s best!”, but appears to list everything (I’m just scanning). It’s probably better in the print version. Online they say “see our Art Basel Event listings” but there’s no link, and I can’t find them!
Monday December 4, 2006
Yes, I’m going to be talking about Art Basel this week; apologies to those who don’t care. For non-art people who are interested, I’ll probably do a post on Friday to tell you what to see if you don’t want to see everything. For the others, somewhat more frequent updates on what’s particularly interesting.
- Daniel Chang writes about some of the things local artists are doing to try to get noticed. A lot of it involves hanging stuff outdoors, with some interesting performance/interactive ideas thrown in. But save yourself the trouble and don’t bother with the “interactive gallery” thing.
“Now some [companies] are seeking to burnish their image by aligning themselves with the art world, and in particular with Art Basel, fashion’s most prestigious new marketing tool.” A bit about using Art Basel to sell not-art stuff.Franklin pointed out that the link was broken. It’s fixed now, but honestly it’s not a very interesting article. Try some other NYTimes Basel coverage: The Rubells, Wynwood art scene, Fine Art, Great Party. Honestly though, I don’t think Franklin’s going to approve of any of them.
- Tyler Green ponders the historical similarities between Art Basel and 19th-century Parisian salons, and drops a number on us: “Over the next five days collectors will spend somewhere between $100-300 million on art.”
- Shagadelic to-do lists from Alex in the City and KH. Click the links. Take notes.
- Artnet has another summary of events/addresses and a handy dandy google map of all the fairs.
- The Paper/Deitch Art Store, with items starting at 99¢.
- Two non-fair things that should be considered mandatory for out of towners: for photography enthusiasts, the Margulies, one of the most impressive private collections on public display anywhere, and for everyone, the Miami Art Museum, which has a Lorna Simpson retrospective and Mark Dion’s South Florida Wildlife Rescue Unit which, um, is what it sounds like. Except it’s art. You’ll see.
- Hot & Bothered at Carol Jazzar’s home gallery should be worth the trip. Carol is one of the best independent curators working in Miami, and these artists (the three who’s work I’m familiar with) are doing some of the most interesting photo-based work in town. 8 – midnight, Saturday (not the most convenient time or place).
- As usual, any empty storefront of warehouse has been turned into an ad-hoc gallery for the weekend. Some friends of mine have one: Monster Show.
- Quick links to a couple of the pages on the Art Basel site: Home, Hours/location, Galleries, Press releases, Complete list of everything.
- I’ll be adding a selection of events to the sidebar calendar (on the home page). To see everything about Art Basel, refer to articles tagged ‘basel’.
Tuesday November 28, 2006
Art Basel weekend is right around the corner: It happens the weekend of December 9th and the few days before (the official opening is Thursday). If you’re coming in from out of town, you’re mainly concerned with getting yourself some airline tickets and hotel reservations. Us locals have it good. Here’s what the smart ones will be doing:
- Over the next couple of weeks, you can check out a lot of the stuff the Baselites will be scrambling to ahead of time, including the Pablo Cano show at MoCA, the Margulies (Duran just went), the MAM, the MAC, the New Art show at the Art and Culture Center, and A Room of One’s Own at the Frost. (The Rubell is closed until December 4th.)
- Try to get a pass to the Vernissage, which happens on Wednesday evening. Museums, galleries, and bigtime artists may have extras, so if you have and in with any of them, give them a call (and if you have access to these passes, try to get them in the hands of people).
- Check out a list of all 13 (!) art fairs happening that weekend at Miami Art Exchange (here are some descriptions), and maybe make a map or something?
Friday November 17, 2006
- The Miami Book Fair International, all weekend.
- Probably some good music at FIU, too bad they can’t be bothered to put up a real web site to let us know.
- Tobacco Road’s 94th birthday, tonight.
- Do your good deed for the weekend: ECOMB’s Collins Park Beach Clean-up, Saturday 9 am to noon.
- Leslie and the Ly’s, Saturday at the District, Monday at Snatch.
- The Battle of Algiers, Saturday at the Miami Beach Cinematheque.
- Black Violin plays somewhere on Saturday, but good luck figuring out where. Geez.
- Two exhibitions at the MAM, one new to me, the other new to everyone. Free Sudydays, duh.
- Speaking of books, the Sweat Records book club meets Wednesday, November 29th at 8pm, which just about gives you enough time to pick up their next selection, Mountains Beyond Mountains.
Wednesday November 15, 2006
Tuesday October 31, 2006
It’s Halloween at Rainbowsk8. Lolo says:
GOTH: New wave and goth club classics mixed into the ROLL OUT playlist!!
GRIME: Tonight will be the official CD release party for the new Lady Sovereign CD “Public Warning” coming out on Def Jam Records!! We have tons of samplers, posters, and giveways, and we’ll also have a drawing box to win a super rare limited edition Lady Sov SKATE DECK!!
GUILTY PLEASURES: Drink specials, free shots given out throughout the night, spooky visuals and SERIOUS PRIZES for the best costumes… $100 for the best costume!! $20 +bar tab for most original!! $20 + bar tab for best couple!!
Along with this we’ve got 3 super guest DJs joining us in the booth: Ray Milian (Off The Radar), DS363 (Dadeabass), John Vincent (Television Club)
As well as fun Halloween decorations, candy and more!! AND, for this special night we’ll be open from 8pm until 1am!! We hope to see you all there.
Friday October 27, 2006
Tonight, two of my friends have openings. (left) Felice Grodin (with Matthias Saillard and Veronica Castillo) at Carol Jazzar‘s home gallery. Felice uses abstract-expressionist ink drawings as her starting point, then meticulously applies the language of architecture to them, creating delicate, multi-level maps. (right) Erika Morales, with drawings and an installation at Leonard Tachmes Gallery. Erika’s last installation was a home made set of monkey bars that were wired to produce sound when someone monkey-barred across them, so this should be impressive.
More this weekend:
- Two Rooms: terrorism theater! At Nova, Friday and Saturday.
- Inner City Bonfire at Poplife Saturday.
- Official Halloween content: Italian horror movies at Miami Beach Cinematheque, Saturday and Sunday.
Thursday October 26, 2006
Two cool things happening tonight: At the Wolfsonian,
Go Native!: Ideas to Make Your Garden a Natural Habitat — landscape architect Raymond Jungles (ha!) runs through native species suitable landscaping, and shows some recent projects done native style. At the MAC, Dan fucking Grahm. 8 pm. Update: Grahm was great. A true believer in the power of [old-school] video technology to bring people together.
Friday October 20, 2006
- Tonight at Books and Books, the launch party of Damn, a new local magazine started by my friends Erika and Julian. I’m all up on the staff of Damn (along with a bunch of notable Miami artists), so I’ll be there. Yay!
- Then it’s off to Churchill’s, where Lolo is throwing Plug Miami. Playing: the Down Home Southernaires, Jesse Jackson, Velveteen Pink, and DJ Hottpants. Plug website.
- Saturday, the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood (where I work!!) is presenting Up on Stage, a sort of a season-preview grab bag of dance performances by companies from all over Florida.
- Sorry if I’m plugging two Churchill’s shows in one weekend, but oVo, who killed shit last Summer is playing on Saturday. (I bought their t-shirt at that show.)
- Get your cheese on: Appetite for Destruction a Guns ‘n Roses tribute band (!!), plays Studio A on Saturday.
- Sunday: finally check out the Lorna Simpson show (would it kill the MAM to fix their website and get some permlinks going?).
- Sunday evening (6pm): a good time to check out the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, and plus a performance by the South Beach Chamber Orchestra. No cost listed on their website, so maybe it’s free?
Thursday October 19, 2006
Jim DeFede is moderating a debate between the candidates for Miami District 2 commissioner tomorrow (October 20). 7 pm at the Bayshore Lutheran Church, Biscayne Blvd. and NE 60th Terr. You can send questions you want him to ask to firstname.lastname@example.org. (via Biscayne Boulevard Times e-mail)
Wednesday October 18, 2006
Tonight, Tigertail Productions is throwing a party to kick off its season. A panel discussion begins at 6:30, the party kicks in at around 8 pm. Astrid Hadad, who’s performance is this weekend, will be in effect.
Saturday October 7, 2006
Becky Flowers, FIU grad student and performance artists, has a blog where she documents one action she took each day. For example, intervening with a sculpture. Check out day 1. Also, her action for tonight will be at the Wallflower Gallery at 7:30! (thanks, Dervis!) Related: Bust that cycle.
Friday October 6, 2006
This is it, folks: the big weekend! And not only does the Carnival Center have a brand new website that actually works, but in addition to the expensive stuff happening all this weekend, there’s a free festival, Globalbeat, on Sunday from noon to 10 pm. Ok, ok, there are still some problems: when you click the Globalbeat link on the website you get a blank page (try here for the basics), and apparently the big show on Thursday didn’t go over great, but it sounds like stuff that can be ironed out. See you there Sunday.
Target Globalbeat is free, but space is limited for the indoor performances. Vouchers, which are redeemable for wrist bands on the day of the event, will be available at the 13 Miami-Dade County Commissioners’ District offices from Monday, September 18 to Friday, September 22. Carnival Center recommends contacting the District offices for a specific time and date to pick up vouchers. Vouchers can be redeemed at the Target Globalbeat Tent on Sunday, October 8 for wrist bands which provide admittance into the Center during any one of three three-hour sessions beginning at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Wrist bands will also be issued, as space permits, on Sunday at the Target Globalbeat Tent up to two hours before the start of each session. Arriving early is highly recommended.
Hmm… in other words, anyone who had the inside scoop and got their vouchers two weeks ago is getting in. Everyone else will have to show up and hope for the best.
Wednesday September 13, 2006
Yay(?): Miami is getting the Bodies exhibition. It opens in (of all places) the old Virgin record store in The Shops at Sunset Place, September 22. Update: Interestingly, the article doesn’t mention which organization is bringing the exhibit.
Friday September 8, 2006
Too early in the fall for my taste, but the art season is back. Stuff I’m planning on hitting Saturday night, tentatively:
- My friends Darin and Christina have been collaborating as She Kills He they have an opening at Spinello Gallery gallery (the image above is theirs).
- The first Mocasonic, some weird club thing that MoCA is doing at their Goldman Warehouse location monthly. No idea what to expect, but they list the musicians and DJ’s in all caps and the artist in parentheses, so that should give us a clue.
- Gean Moreno at Snitzer.
- Frances Trombly and Craig Kucia at Kevin Bruk Gallery. (I’m taking a well-deserved and much needed break from linking to Flash sites.)
- ROOM, By Tracy + The Plastics and Fawn Krieger at the Moore Space.
- Ivylise Simones and Kelly Wilbur at filtro.
- Your last fucking chance ever to see Something Aweful (click—scroll) at the Bas Fisher (note: cool kids don’t do Flash).
- Michael Tedja at Locust.
- The aforementioned shows at Dorsch.
Probably more at TnFH soon.
Update: I’m adding more the the list above. I guess you can keep checking.
Monday August 7, 2006
Frances went to Viscaya, As in July, in August it’s free on the last Sunday; that would be the 27th. The closest thing we’ll ever have to a real castle, Viscaya seems like a no-brainer must-visit for any Miamian. Since regular admission is $12, a free day is not insignificant. Info on the Viscaya site.
This is a project that Brook Dorsch and Julie Kahn cooked up last year. They somehow came into the possession of eight Super-8 cameras, and gave them to eight semi-randomly selected people along with a three-minute spool of film. One week later, everything gets returned, developed, and subsequently screened. The screening is the first time anyone gets to see the movies, including the organizers. Nice. I missed it last year, and I’m not missing it again.
Tomorrow Night! (Tuesday, 8 pm) From the website (which as far as I know has no permlinks:
Julie Lara Kahn & Brook Dorsch announce the second Dixie Dingo Super-8 Invitational Film Festival at the Dorsch Gallery on 8/8/06 at 8:00 pm. The DDS8IFF is a free one-night festival of Super-8 films by Miami strangers. The festival celebrates the 3rd birthday of a stray Dixie Dingo puppy named Logan who appeared on the steps of the Dorsch Gallery on 8/8/03. We adopted him and he changed our lives forever. The festival pays homage to the creative possibilities of such serendipitous meetings with strangers. The evening will benefit Faktura Pet Projekts—a non-profit organization run by artists Jacquelyn Johnston and Angela Roell dedicated to using the arts to enhance community by raising awareness, funds and support for the rescue of stray pets. This year”s 8 filmmakers are: Elizabeth Howard; Eduardo M. Lopez, a personal driver, sailor and diver from Argentina; Teresa Mears, an assistant features editor for the Miami Herald; Crispin Sylvester, a Rastafarian; Bethany Quinn, a UM hunger striker; Nastassja Schmidt, a high school actress, singer, model, dancer & aspiring filmmaker; Us Not Him, a local collaborative; Alon Siso, a hairdresser and modern artist who works with oil and canvas.
On a hot day earlier this year, Brook & Julie cruised through Miami neighborhoods handing out cameras & film to 8 random people. Each stranger was provided with a super-8 camera, a 3-minute film cartidge & 1 week to shoot. Their exposed film was then collected, processed and compiled onto a single reel without any editing beyond what was done in camera. The reel will be screened via old-fashioned projector with the help of Barron Sherer and Kevin Wynn of Cinema Vortex at the Dorsch Gallery on August 8th at 8 pm. No one will view the films before the festival, not even the organizers or the filmmakers, we will all be virgins together. In addition to the 8 virgin films, the organizers commissioned credit trailers by Miami-based art duo, the TM Sisters, best-known for their xerography, sewn collage, animation, and video game collaborations. After the films and trailers are screened, the audience will vote for an Audience Choice Award Winner. The evening will conclude with a dance party featuring DJ le Spam and an opportunity to mingle with the filmmakers and their guests.
Update: Sweet Jesus, I didn’t even realize (but KH points out) that it’s 8 folks making Super 8 movies, shown on 8/8, at 8 pm. I’m about to have a seizure.
Friday July 28, 2006
Tuesday July 25, 2006
All sorts of people will tell you that roller skating is more fun then ice skating, right? Of course it’s apples and oranges. But Roll Out Tuesdays in Ft. Lauderdale isn’t just an ordinary rollerskate night. Hosted by the inimitable DJ Hottpants and attended by the hippest of both counties, Roll Out is (well, not to be retarded about it, but) like a club on wheels. I realize it doesn’t look like much in my pictures (hey, it’s dark in there, and people are zipping around: you try photographing it with something that fits in your pocket), but plenty of busy people will tell you that it’s worth a trip up from as far as Coral Gables on a school night. And hey, nobody’s getting stabbed.
Take 95 north to 595, head East, get off at US-1, and go North. Gold Coast Roller Rink will be on your right almost right away (2604 S. Federal Highway). 8 pm to Midnight: hell yes. $3 door, $2 skate rentals. And the snack bar serves beer.
Monday July 24, 2006
Thursday July 20, 2006
Saturday July 15, 2006
Miami Light Project continues to be one of the most exiting performing arts presenters in South Florida, and they’ve just announced their new season. No household-name type superstars (i.e. Laurie Anderson, Sonny Rollins) this year, but it looks like a solid season. I assume that the Miami Performing Arts Center shows are in the Studio Theater, which along with the newly renovated Colony Theater would mean that MLP has finally got their perfect roster of venues. Rock on! From the press release:
NATASHA TSAKOS – Upwake
November 30-December 2, 2006 8:00pm
Miami Performing Arts Center
Her latest work, UpWake, has been in development for the last 3.5 years through MLP’s Here & Now commissioning program. Up Wake is a fast-paced tragic-comedy that fuses clowning, movement and technology to follow Zero, a toon character, throughout his day. More than a show, Up Wake is a science project where performer, original score, text projection and digitally animated images are meticulously integrated to transform a live 3-D installation into a magical journey of the human soul. This program is co-commissioned and co-presented with Miami Performing Arts Center.
VINCENT MANTSOE- Men-Jaro
January 26-27, 2007 8:00pm
Descended from a long line of Sangomas (traditional healers), Mantsoe hails from Soweto, South Africa. Blending traditional African dance forms with contemporary modern & ballet, and Asian forms, Men-Jaro features an international ensemble of 5 dancers & 5 musicians from the Traditional African Orchestra. In Men-Jaro (township slang for friendship), Mantsoe redefines the intrinsic relationship that exists between African contemporary dance & music, investigating ancestral worship and rituals in a powerfully ritualistic, highly celebratory & transcendentally spiritual work.
HERE & NOW: 2007
March 13-30, 2007
Miami Performing Arts Center
Here & Now features newly commissioned short works by 4-6 Miami-based artists curated by MLP staff for a 2-week performance series. In addition to a commissioning fee, the artists receive rehearsal time in the Light Box, production support and professional development assistance. Here & Now is co-commissioned and co-presented with Miami Performing Arts Center
EMIO GRECO – Hell
April 6-7, 2007 8:00pm
Italian choreographer Greco & Dutch theatre director Pieter C. Scholten have worked together since 1995. In their latest work, Hell, they take on dance as their art form absolute – delving deeply into the layers of dance expression to investigate components of different dance styles and discover their associations. A contemplation of “hell on earth,” Hell offers a profound perspective on the current global situation. The artistic team includes Dutch experimental filmmaker Joost Rekveld who specializes in kinetic installations & light compositions.
GIOVANNI LUQUINI – Idalina
April 18-22, 2007
Miami Performing Arts Center
Before relocating to Miami in 1995, Luquini worked throughout Europe and the Americas for 30 years as a performer and choreographer. For MLP’s latest major commission, Idalina, Luquini collaborates with Brazilian Capoeirista masters Fernando Lee and Eurico de Jesus, and Miami-based Composer and Musician José Elias. Inspired by the saga of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the capacity of mankind to endure cruelty and degradation with ingenuity and hope, Idalina explores ideas of resistance and freedom, creating a movement, sound and word collage of the enduring symbols of Capoeira, resonant with collective nostalgia, memories, universal themes and a message of personal resistance. This program is co-commissioned and co-presented with Miami Performing Arts Center
5TH ANNUAL MIAMI/PROJECT HIP HOP (M/PH 2007)
May 3-12, 2007
Miami/Project Hip Hop is an annual 10-day celebration of hip hop music, dance, theater, spoken word, visual art and film, will feature South Florida-born, New York-based composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain who seamlessly blends funk, rock, hip hop and classical music into a new sonic vision for the next generation.
Friday July 14, 2006
Saturday July 8, 2006
A comprehensive list of art-related activities for the weekend. Every single thing on KH’s itinerary sounds worth doing.
Thursday June 29, 2006
Oh, so the Florida Dance Festival has been on since last week. Last night there was a performance at the recently reopened Colony theater by CandoCo Dance Company. The performance consisted of two extended pieces. The first, “The Journey,” a kinetic piece built with tight clusters of activity, dancers interacting mostly in groups of two or three, even when all seven are on stage. CandoCo includes two disabled dancers, one of whom has no legs. You would think this would be a challenge to creating a coherent performance of people dancing. In fact, though, the physicality of being disabled energizes the interactions of these men with the rest of the members of the company. It sort of makes sense when you see it. The choreography explores various ways in which a person in a wheelchair and a person standing can interact, but those movements are so well integrated into the piece that, suddenly, nothing could seem more natural then a dance company with wheelchairs.
After that (and an intermission so long that the idea of ditching got bounced around) relatively straightforward piece, the second opened with a stage darkened except for a couple of spotlights, some arcane recitations, and a solo performance on a contraption which was sort of a cross between some pilates equipment and monkey bars (and which was later turned on its side to form a padded table). From there it proceeded to get really weird. Dance theater has a tendency to get theatrical and dark, but I’ve never seen it taken to this extreme before. The whole thing played like a scene from a David Lynch movie, with some dark meaning just out of grasp (out of my grasp, anyway). Lisa Hunt says of one section of the piece:
Most memorably the spotlight singles out a dancer, blindfolded, struggling and falling, in a metal tunnel – one of the most poetic representations of human suffering I have ever seen on the stage.
It was wonderfully strange. Not having a literal meaning allows dance to incorporate fantasy, horror, and science fiction elements in a way that’s, well, poetic. Were straightforward theater to do so it might come off as silly, but here it’s redeemed by the focus on movement. More stuff like this would have me going out to a whole lot more dance performances then I currently do.
The Florida Dance Festival continues through the weekend; here’s the schedule.
 Why do dance pieces always have silly names? Maybe because choreographers are inherently visual- and movement- oriented people, and dealing with words is so removed from their creative experience.
 This performance was co-sponsored by Tigertail, part of a collaboration with Florida Dance Association called danceAble.
Sunday June 25, 2006
Thursday June 22, 2006
There is no shortage of Heat victory celebration posts and articles around. The only one remotely worth it is Christian’s post about the impromptu parade on Washington Avenue Tuesday night (ever the generous one, he also uploaded his full 457 picture roll). I’m sure the official parade will be great. But c’mon – a celebration three days after the victory? And only for people who can take a half-day off work?
Update: Oh, and read Christian’s hilarious reflections on posting the images, a comment that’s longer then any post he’s done on fanless in months.
Friday June 16, 2006
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Wednesday June 14, 2006
Don slips a love note to Miami on his way out. So long, Don. And actually, there’s some stuff on his list I need to check out.
Friday June 9, 2006
- Tonight, the Super Show + b-day party for Lolo at Churchill’s. She’s also doing epoplife on Saturday, and promises “Britpop, J-Pop (Japanese pop!) and Hip Hop.”
- Do we really have to do a gallery run? It’s second Saturday, but it’s the middle of summer . . .
- I do want to see Cliff’s new movie, though (production still above).
- Ok, so also Jordan’s curated a show at Dorsch which all my friends are in.
- Samantha and others give a talk about their work at ArtCenter, Saturday at 2 pm.
- In theatER, Teatro Avante does an adaptation of Shakespeare, and there’s Summer Shorts at City TheatRE, who’s website I will not link to due to absurd and annoying flash content.
- Something about a basketball game?
Monday May 22, 2006
Ice skating seems like a natural fit for the hot, muggy months in Miami. Yet the only ice skating rink I knew about (up by FIU North) was torn down years ago. For the last few months I’ve been on a quest for ice skating, and it turns out it was under my nose the whole time: a friend pointed out that the Scott Rakow ice rink has public skate on Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 – 10 pm (plus teen night on Fridays).
We stopped by last week (it was on Tuesday, and it was rainy, probably hence the relative emptiness of the place), and it was great. The serious skaters show up early and zip around, doing spins and jumps and and skating backwards (which I fell on my ass trying to replicate), along with a few couples. There was also a family with a few cool kids. I’m sure it’s kind of a crazy social scene on the weekends; the Tuesday thing is probably better for novices and serious skaters. Either way, though: FUN. $9 for adults, $6 for kids, $3 for Miami Beach residents(!), which includes skate rental. Here’s a Mapquest link, otherwise you’ll never find it.
And yes, there’s also the Kendall Ice Arena.
Friday May 19, 2006
- Our pal Samantha Salzinger is in “Alternative Photographs,” a show that opens Saturday at SF Art Center
- Awesome New Republic play Poplife: “Miami indie darlings ANR in their last live performance of all time.” Yeah, right. But still . . .
- Cuba Nostalgia, all weekend long.
- A little far, but the Cajun Zydeco Festival.
Saturday May 13, 2006
Friday May 5, 2006
The South Beach Chamber Ensemble performs at MAC at 4 pm on Sunday. I caught them doing the same program a few weeks ago at the Miami Beach Community Church, and they are excellent. Drawn from the teaching staff at New World School for the Arts, SBCE is a surprisingly hip string quartet. This program, for instance, includes nothing older then 1957. Between pieces, they explain, give background, and tell stories, sometimes interrupting each other to jump in on a point.
They open with Shostakovich’s String Quartet #7, which is Russian modernism at it’s best – dissonant, dramatic, and in places just plain weird. It’s the sort of piece that demonstrates why the string quartet can be the most effective of classical music units – it is able to create rich layers of texture with unusual techniques on each instrument, while allowing each of the instruments to be heard as a distinct voice. The show continues with Osvaldo Golijov’s “Tenebrae” (composed in 2003) a shimmering, slowly developing tribute to a visit to a planetarium, and concludes, fittingly, with a string quartet by Villa-Lobos, the Brazilian master.
The show is part of the ensemble’s “Music in Beautiful Spaces,” a good execution of a good idea. ($5)
- Miami Light Project throws Project Hip Hop. Beginning at 3 pm on Saturday with a Youth Expressions performance, the festival runs through next weekend, with performances, a panel discussion, a photography exhibition, a film screening, and a break dancing demonstration. Yay!
- I don’t know why I have to go to Broward to see Indian music, but there it is.
- Something opens at Locust Saturday.
- The opening for “Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran” is next Thursday, but the show will be up this weekend at the Main Library.
- Lots of music at Sunfest, and not a drop to drink. Well, actually there’s there’s Bill Frisell and the surviving members of Sly and the Family Stone, but it’s slim pickinz after that.
- A trip to the Air and Sea Show is not supporting our troops: it’s reveling in hardware that is being used to do some really fucked up shit in the world. I’m staying the hell away.
- And don’t even get me started on Miami Fashion Week. Ugh.
Friday April 28, 2006
- New World Symphony has their kids’ program, Orchestra Let Loose, and something called the ‘Instrument Petting Zoo’ (pictured). Get kids together, let them play with the instruments (under serious-musician-supervision) and let them hear some zingers from the repertoire. Sounds like a winner. Sunday, 12:30.
- The Wolfsonian screens Wondrous Oblivion, tonight at 7 pm.
- The Miami Performing Arts Center presents Walking Tall Circus, wherein 120 local children in colorful costumes get down with trapeze, juggling, stilt walking, puppetry, and clowning. Saturday, 2 pm, North Shore Park and Youth Center
(501 72nd Street, Miami Beach). Free. (And yes, the MPAC site talks about it like it happened already, and doesn’t give the location, but it’s on the arts calendar, and here, so go figure.)
Just in case you’re an adult
- Tonight, the Rhythm Foundation presents Seu Jorge, who I can’t find a reasonable web site for, but who’s cool; trust me.
- The M-Ensemble presents Seven Guitars. “In the backyard of a Pittsburgh tenement in 1948, friends gather to mourn for a blues guitarist and singer who died just as his career was on the verge of taking off. Pulitzer Prize-winner August Wilson’s “Seven Guitars” is the sixth chapter in the continuing theatrical saga that explores the hope, heartbreak, and heritage of the African American experience in the twentieth century.” Runs for the next few weekends.
- BB King at the Mizner, Sunday.
- The FIU BFA, mentioned previously.
Friday April 21, 2006
Rebecca’s got some stuff to do for Earth-Day, which is tomorrow.
- This is it, folks: your chance to support the Coconut Grove Playhouse and see Sonia Flew. The first performance should be tonight.
- Those who missed Jimbo’s birthday party [Yes, I’m linking to the google cache . . . the !@#$% SunPost doesn’t do permlinks, and their pages don’t show up in their sorry excuse for an archive unil two weeks after publication, so as far as the SunPost’s website, this article is in a black hole right now. What a joke.] take heart: another party, coinciding with the release/screening of a Jimbo’s documentary (!) takes place Saturday. The movie starts at 8pm, the party starts earlier. Congrats Jimbo and crew!
- The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival begins today.
- Emergenza Semifinals at Churchill’s, Sat and Sun.
- The Miami Music Festival.
- Cachao (with Andy Garcia on bongos!), tonight.
- Jesse Jackson at Stop Miami, Sunday.
- Musicians’ Forum at NWS, Monday.
Friday April 14, 2006
Not much going on this weekend that I can see. I guess it’s the
- Miami Light Projects presents Ethel, which takes place either at the Rubell Collection, or at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, depending on what part of their page you read!
- A list of movies from the Miami International Film Festival that are still playing locally (unfortunately, the links that promise to take you to “showtimes/venues” don’t).
- Speaking of movies, the Miami Beach Cinematheque will show Oscar shorts nominees from 2005 on Saturday. Info here.
- Check Matt’s thoughts about the NWS program for this weekend. Can we get this kind of writing in classical music programs please?
- Uh, ‘The Rub’ at Studio A [caution: myspace site ahead] sounds like fun. . .
Friday March 31, 2006
- Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s International Orchid Festival.
- At the Art and Culture Center, Elisa Monte Dance.
- At MAC, Al Otro Lado a 66 minute film from Mexico, about a 23 year old drug trafficker with a talent for composing “corridos” – ballads about the narcotics underworld and illegal immigrant life.
- You might live under a rock. Otherwise you’d know that the Alvin Ailey Dance Company is in town.
- Note to self: two more weekends to see the shows at MoCA.
- Mozart’s Mass in C minor was unfinished when he died. Now, it’s been “reconstructed and completed” from new material found by Mozart scholars, which I’m totally not down with. Nonetheless, you can expose yourself to the results Sunday.
- Huh? The Go-Gos??
- Monday, free: “join the fellows of the New World Symphony for an evening of learning and lively discussion about the elements which shape the world of classical music.” It sounds lame, but if my experience with Musicians’ Forum is any indication, it won’t be.
Hey: Also, I’m working on something about the UM Janitor strike. Anyone have any thoughts, e-mail me; think of it like comments in reverse. In particular, I want to get my hands on something called “Why the Protest Continues: It’s All About Democracy.”