For a few days, Miami takes off its dunce cap, trades its oversize reflector shades for a pair of sturdy bifocals, and flees the thumping club beats for a quiet stall at the library. It's the greatest time of year, when Miami Book Fair International brings the world's literary elite downtown to talk writing, politics, religion, and the enduring search for the great American novel.New Times interviewed some of the biggest names headlining the street fair, which will take over Miami Dade College's Wolfson Campus (NE Second Avenue and Fourth Street) this Friday through Sunday. Unless otherwise noted, the authors will speak at the Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, Second Floor, Room 3210).What would happen if Judy Blume rewrote Dante's Inferno to star a sexually repressed teenager who thinks she's in Hell for overdosing on pot? There's only one author alive qualified to tackle that question. Luckily, Chuck Palahniuk, maverick author of Fight Club and Choke, decided to give it a shot.The result is a rollicking trek through a land of cascading shit waterfalls and hot-vomit oceans populated by Hitler and a cast of teen stereotypes out of The Breakfast Club. Palahniuk uses the gruesome setting in Damned, his new…
Every Friday, Crossfade scrambles to find you cheapskates the ten best music-related things to do over the weekend under $10. But because we're feeling extra generous this week (plus we're suckers for numerology), Crossfade is commemorating the once-in-100-years 11/11/11 occurrence by adding an extra event and an extra dollar. That's right, fool! Eleven events under $11 to celebrate the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year of the century. Let's get rowdy, y'all.Tobacco Road's 99th Anniversary Party.Friday, November 11, 6 p.m., Tobacco Road, 626 S Miami Ave, Miami. $10. Miami's oldest bar tuns 99 years old tonight and ¡Mayday!'s headlining the party.Art Walk With DJ Goostavo Woozles. Friday, November 11, 8 p.m., Lester's, 2519 NW 2nd Ave., Miami. Free. The Talking Heads will not be performing, but you might hear "Once in a Lifetime."Chellie Garcia. Friday, November 11, 9 p.m., Upstairs at the Van Dyke, 846 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. $7. If you love soulful rhythms, you'll flip your shit when you hear Chellie.Bluegrass Friday. Friday, November 11, 8 p.m., Luna Star Cafe, 775 NE 125th St., North Miami. $7. Like they do every second Friday of the month, Luna Star hosts some killer bluegrass.MTV2 Sucker Free…
The Miami Short Film Festival (MsFF) is returning to Miami Beach, marking the tenth anniversary of the miniflick fest. Organizers combed through 800 submissions to select 70 films that reflect the most international scope and highest quality of the pool.Abbreviated movies seem like the perfect entertainment for South Beach's sun-bleached, ADD-addled brains — at least in theory. But will this event showcase films so innovative and cerebral that even our withered attention spans can't handle them?The only way to find out was to prescreen six of the festival's best films.The Birds Upstairs (directed by Christopher Jarvis, USA, 2011): At eight and a half minutes, this animated film packs enough weird imagery to keep even the most degraded nerve centers following along. Married couple Edward and Henrietta are birds — birds with delicate avian skulls for heads but human-like bodies. They want to have a baby but are battling infertility. For the ADD-positive viewer, that tidbit is good news. It means there's gonna be some cartoon bird sex. The story is told with Royal Tenenbaums-esque narration. And the animation mingles beautiful scenes that look like classical paintings, real video of microscopic biological happenings, and digital cutting and pasting, reminiscent of the…
In the spring of 1789, a quiet revolutionary fervor was roiling through France, slowly seizing its rebellious bourgeoisie as the entire country approached the point of murderous rage over endless war, shitty economic conditions, and institutionalized class inequality, not to mention the pair of obnoxious demigods — Louis XVI and his cake-eating wife, Marie Antoinette — sitting on their perfectly fat asses in the Château de Versailles.The time had finally come to exterminate this king who considered himself the emissary of God and his queen who couldn't stop compulsively gloating over her own obscene wealth. In that moment, an eerie calm belied the bloody future. But somewhere, safe and hidden, somebody loyal to the cause was sharpening the guillotine and picking out baskets for Louis and Marie's severed, crownless heads.Now 222 years later, a similarly silent insurrection is worming its way through the world of hip-hop. As real unrest and actual upheaval sweep across the Middle East in the form of the Arab Spring, and the Tea Party battles the Occupy Wall Street movement for primacy in the next American Revolution, there is a young and vicious onslaught of 20-something spitters quietly plotting the overthrow of rap's royal family. And…
"There's a whole subculture of people that live with their sex dolls," says Gary Farmer, cultural affairs program manager for the City of Miami Beach. "I couldn't present pictures of these sex dolls on public property because that would be too controversial."With names like Britney, Amanda, Jenny, and Gabrielle, he explains, the dolls — costing upward of $6,500 — belong to men who swear their silicone companions have distinct personalities and voices and, in several cases, their own Twitter accounts. Some of the owners even marry their dolls and take them on honeymoons.Canada's Jean-François Bouchard, whose show "Still Life" was exhibited during the Toronto and Paris versions of Nuit Blanche this year, took the striking portraits, which will be on display at the Shore Club (1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) beginning at 8 p.m. this Saturday as part of Sleepless Night Miami Beach."Their blown-up faces are accompanied by quotes from the dolls' owners," Farmer says. "The men explain why they prefer these dolls to real women. It's very, very odd."The Sleepless Night marathon will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday and run until 6 a.m. Sunday. It will boast 150 free events, performances, and exhibitions scattered at 80 venues citywide. They…
Just yesterday, Knaus Berry Farm opened up. In a few weeks, lines will be seen winding down the street on the slowest of days. And the people will be here for the delectable shakes, baked goods and farm fresh produce.We stopped by to talk to the bakery manager, Tom Blocher, who told us the farm has been there since the 1950s. "It was my mother-in-law's cookies that started it all as far as baked goods go for Knaus Berry Farm," Blocher explained. "After that, baked goods were a main aspect of the farm every year."They have blueberry, peach, guava, cherry, Key lime, apple, pecan and even shoefly pies. And besides the strawberries, of course, there are those mean cinnamon rolls! And what do they have to say about folks thinking they're Amish? (the Amish prepare similar goods at farms up north.)"There were never any Amish here, just German Baptist, which to the untrained eye, might fool you." We say Amish or not, Knaus Berry sure knows how to work a bit of magic in the kitchen and in their produce.Knaus Berry Farm is now open until mid April, everyday except Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.   Source: Miami…
Sometime toward the end of the second Dubya Bush term, we at New Times found ourselves on the back patio of a downtown Miami nightclub in full-throttle Friday-night mode.Inside the club, sweaty bodies writhed and wiggled all over each other like an overturned bucket of earthworms. Rightfully so, as the tunes cranking out of the sound system were bona fide party jams.We were standing in line to grab some grub from the club's official griller when a friend ran up and pointed to a nearby speaker, which was vibrating to the beat of the four-on-the-floor electro-house pumping from the cabinet. Cupping a hand to my ear, he yelled, "Can you believe it? This is Chinese Democracy!"Of course, he was joking. The late-night banger inspiring denizens to shake their shit was definitely not Guns N' Roses' long-awaited, practically mythical album, finally released in 2008.The seeds for what would eventually become that record were planted in 1994, right after the group's phone-it-in covers album, The Spaghetti Incident?, which cashed in on the still-soaring Use Your Illusion album's popularity without having to provide new material.In the process of imploding — Axl versus Slash, everyone versus drugs, etc. — GNR was doomed to scrap…
"People have always been fascinated by the dark side of things," says actor Douglas Sills, one of the stars of The Addams Family, which opens this week at the Adrienne Arsht Center in downtown Miami. There's a jovial dread that surrounds this macabre creation, which began as a simple cartoon that satirized the American family in The New Yorker 73 years ago.Charles Addams's drawings went from page to live television series, animated series, holiday special, Scooby-Doo appearance, and three films. Last year came the Broadway musical, which finally hits Miami this week for a limited run at the Arsht — just in time for Halloween.Sills plays the slick-haired, double-breasted-pinstripe-suit-clad Gomez. You remember him. He's the family patriarch with the Transylvanian-style castle and insatiable appetite for his beloved wife, Morticia. "This is an important figure in American pop culture," Sills says enthusiastically when asked about stepping into the role made famous by actor John Astin in the 1964 TV series.Perhaps drawn by the camp of the role, great actors have played Gomez. There was Raul Julia when the family hit the big screen in 1991, followed by Nathan Lane and Roger Rees onstage. "It made me eager to approach this character,"…
At 62, Joaquin Sabina is ready to shed his image as the bad-boy poet of Spanish songwriting. The legend he created (and lived) was of a man immersed in the murky depths of dissolute bars and 3 a.m. passions, emerging to chronicle them in gorgeously erudite song-stories that effortlessly balanced romance, fatalism and irony.“I’m not sure that living that life had much to do with writing songs,” Sabina says in a tobacco- and whiskey-cured growl from the home in Madrid he shares with his girlfriend. Nowadays, he says, reading, writing and conversation with friends are what keep him up deep into the night.“I liked that whole mythology of the bohemian, romantic, nostalgic poet. But I never took myself too seriously. I saw myself more as a caricature than as a legend.”And yet even as Sabina, who performs Thursday at the AmericanAirlines Arena as part of his first U.S. tour, disavows his former decadence, he retains plenty of affection for the gloriously misspent portions of his younger years.“I enjoyed it a lot,” he says. “I don’t have the least nostalgia for this period because it lasted into my 50s. So I exhausted all the possibilities.”Sabina is a singularly influential character in…
When you visit Miracle Mile this Sunday, here’s some friendly advice: leave your car, truck or motorcycle at home.Much of downtown Coral Gables will be an auto-free zone from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., allowing cyclists, skateboarders and pedestrians more room to maneuver through the entire stretch of Miracle Mile and a good chunk of Ponce de Leon Boulevard – from Miracle Mile to Fred B. Harnett Ponce Circle Park.The reason: the inaugural Gables Bike Day. “This is all a volunteer effort. We think this is important for the Gables, to make it a more cycling friendly city,” said Robert Ruano, chairman of the Gables Bike Day Committee that has organized the event. “We want people to get used to seeing people on bicycles, for riders to know the rules of the road, for people to get to know one another and become cycling advocates in the future.”Gables Bike Day is free and open to the public.It is the most recent event in a string of developments aimed at making Coral Gables a more bike friendly city. In May, the City Commission and Miami-Dade County signed a pact to improve a bridge spanning the waterway between Cocoplum Circle and Ingraham…
Walking anywhere in Miami often feels like running the trenches in World War I: randomly placed barbed wire tears at your clothing, errant bombs -- or in this case, cars -- send you diving into muddy ditches, and it's hard not to trip over the occasional dead body or two. So it comes as a surprise to just about anybody who actually lives in Miami that the city has been ranked the 8th most walkable in the U.S. by the Sightline Institute's Walk Score program. Apparently, proximity to a Pollo Tropical is heavily weighted. The suggestion that the endless car-park we live in could grace the same top ten list as New York, Boston, D.C., or San Francisco -- where a coffee shop great you on each corner like one of those marathon water boys, urging you on to the next one -- has drawn some local criticism. Over at Transit Miami, Tony Garcia argues that the Walk Score program instantly drops to Chad Henne-levels of reliability by placing Miami in its top ten. "Though this might come as a shock to most Miamians because of the city's dismal walkability in real life, the Walk Score researchers use a computer…
New Times' Fourth Annual Iron Fork is this Thursday at Ice Palace Film Studios in downtown Miami from 7 to 10 p.m., so we gotta ask -- are you prepared for the awesomeness of watching chefs do battle in head-to-head competition?Have you trained to get your stamina up so that you can eat from over 50 Miami-area restaurants and drink from an endless supply of heavenly libations?Did you buy your tickets?Well, get on it because you've only got about 48 hours to go ... and the clock is ticking. Tickets for Iron Fork are $35 for general admission if you purchase them in advance; $45 at the door. $65 gets you partying like a VIP, with an extra hour of food and drinks, starting at 6 p.m. A portion of all ticket sales benefit The United Way of Miami-Dade.The event, which is curated by celebrity chef Allen Susser, features the Chef Challenge Finals, where returning champion Carlos Torres of De Rodriguez Restaurant Group will battle Timon Balloo of Sugarcane Raw Bar and Grill.All tickets include the chef competition, food sampling, open bar and live entertainment featuring Big Poppa E & the E Band, Jon Saxx, and DJ Mike Tee. Source:…
Even if Tunde Adebimpe has never been a household name, TV on the Radio, the band he formed with David Sitek in 2001, has persevered and thrived longer than many of its more conventional brethren. By putting out one fully realized musical art project after another, the New York group kept critics' tongues wagging even after a shift to a major label.Nine Types of Light represents the latest entry into TV on the Radio's bulletproof catalog. But 2011 will be remembered more for a tragic personnel shift. The band's energetic bassist-keyboardist Gerard Smith died from lung cancer at the age of 36 in April, and his bandmates responded with the statement, "We will miss him terribly."Adebimpe's voice was already a world-weary one, a thick-walled instrument rivaled only by the fractured wellspring of his lyrical cohort Kyp Malone. But if the crew has shown a tender side on songs such as "Love Dog" and "Family Tree" — both from 2008's masterful Dear Science — it's impossible to predict what Smith's passing might bring.In a recent email conversation with New Times, the TV on the Radio cofounder talked about Nine Types of Light, Occupy Wall Street, the past, the present, the future,…
Want to figure out what this whole Occupy Miami hubbub is about but are either busy slaving away at your cubicle for your one-percent master or a little adverse to rain? Well, good news, the occupation will be televised. Err, or streamed online rather. Watch the live feed below.Despite rainy weather, Occupy Miami is now in its third day and hundreds of protesters are still staking their ground at Government Center in downtown.They've received an extra boost of support today. Several community leaders, including representatives from labor unions and religious figures, will officially be voicing their solidarity with the protesters.Source: Miami New Times
13 Oct 2011
Fortysomethings who used to rock high hair and rubber bracelets won’t be the only ones coming to see Duran Duran play Hard Rock Live Tuesday. The British band famous for such hits as Hungry Like the Wolf, Rio and Notorious have a whole new set of fans. The guys — Simon LeBon, John Taylor, Roger Taylor (no relation) and Nick Rhodes — played Ultra Music Fest in Miami back in March and were pleased by the reaction of a new generation. We chatted with Roger about the foursome’s tour promoting the new album, All You Need Is Now, and the reason behind their staying power. How is the tour going so far? Very well. Simon’s been off awhile with a vocal problem. But his voice seems to be fully back in order. We’re touring through October.  Duran Duran formed in 1978 and is still going strong. To what do you attribute that? I think it’s based on respect. There’s a trust between us. We know each other very well. We know how to avoid pushing each other’s buttons. We know if someone’s in a bad mood on the bus or the airplane. It’s like a long marriage. We know how…
You grew up listening to WVUM. The station number ran through your head as you lay it down to sleep. Every once in awhile, you'd call in and ask for a Sonic Youth song, just because you could and it felt so good. Nowadays, college radio has changed. But WVUM has managed to remain a go-to station. Last year, it won MTV's Woodie Award and it's majestic music was appreciated nationwide. Now three of station's DJs are joining musical minds to get a good Thursday-night soul/darkwave/ambient/punk thing going with Virginia Slims at Kill Your Idol. The party revolves around the idea of "Genre Fuck!" according to DJs Kev, Uchi, and Jona. Domestic drafts cost $3 and shots are $2. We had the three WVUM-ers send us a five song sampling of what we can expect this Thursday. As Mercenarias' "Panico" "All-girl riottt punk pre-Bratmobile from Brazil causing panico on the streets of São Paulo," DJ Kev tells Crossfade. "I found this seven-inch at Radioactive Records last Record Store Day!" Tash Willmore's "Glorify War" "Spacey electro stuff straight out of Sweden. Internet musician Tash Willmore is a Facebook friend of mine. But I can't tell you a lick about her aside…
12 Oct 2011
For nearly 20 years, the people behind Legoland parks have longed to have a presence in Central Florida. “Central Florida is a Mecca for theme parks. Since Disney World opened in 1971, if you have a credible theme park brand, you have to be there,” said Adrian Jones, a Legoland executive. In 1992, when the only Legoland was the original in Billund, Denmark, the Lego company searched in and around Orlando for a spot to build a park with Lego-themed rides aimed at children age 2 to 12, but didn’t find a site that suited it. Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened. Universal’s Islands of Adventure opened. Lego built three more parks, in England, Southern California and Germany. And during it all, said Jones, Orlando “was always on our radar.” Then nearly five years ago, Legoland’s operators — by then under new ownership, although still with ties to Lego — learned that the owners of the struggling Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven were looking to sell. With its lakefront setting and botanical gardens, “it was probably the most beautiful site we’ve ever looked at,” said John Ussher, director of development for Legoland. The company liked the location, midway between Orlando and Tampa. And…
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