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The Mayor Is Coming! The Mayor Is Coming!

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 6:05 PM

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How Dare Kimberly Green Invite Castro to AIJ's Dinner? How Dare She Not.

When Green Family Foundation President Kimberly Green somewhat jokingly suggested getting San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to keynote Americans for Immigrant Justice's annual dinner,...

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Riding Around in Pods With Noise From Nancy Rommelmann

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 4:31 PM

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If Harry Crews and Katherine Dunn had ripped off each others' clothes in some back alley one late night, their illegitimate love child would likely grow up to write a book of stories very much like Nancy Rommelmann's Transportation. Of...

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For Artist Peter Tunney, the Time Is Always 'Wow'

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 5:09 PM

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Peter Tunney is perhaps the most positive person on the planet. The New York-based art world legend, whose Miami studio doubles as a de facto emporium in the middle of the ever-popular Wynwood Walls, is one of those rare...

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On the Record With Miami's Racket-Making Dharma111

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 1:06 PM

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Photo by Ruddy Candillion


Anyone who's hit Miami's Wynwood Arts District knows full well that some of the fastest action takes place in the wilds on the 'hood's Western edge. It is there, just steps away from the roar of I-95, where...

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Lindsay Scoggins Rocks the Shots That Ricocheted Around Art Wynwood

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 11:18 AM

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Of all the white hot action to go down at the inaugural Art Wynwood (and with 23,000-plus in attendance -- 5K on opening night alone -- there was indeed a lot of white hot action), perhaps none was as heated as the pair of...

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Hard Print: John Barth on Fistfights, Riots and Shadow Boxing With Norman Mailer

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 2:14 PM

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Critics' accusations to the contrary, there's really nothing unrealistic about John Barth. Granted only his first two novels -- The Floating Opera and The End of the Road -- were considered "realist" (and those both date all the way back to the...

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Cheeta Is Alive and Well and Living in Palm Springs

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2011 | 4:27 PM

As every news and entertainment outlet in the world has reported (including this one), Tarzan's beloved Cheetah died on December 24. While the demise of any primate is rather tragic, any tears shed over this death were surely misdirected. The Cheetah in question wasn't the real Cheetah at all, and...

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Some Girls: The Facts About the Stones' Most Notorious Record Cover

(8) Comments | Posted December 27, 2011 | 1:27 PM

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An Interview with Sleeve Co-Creator Hubert Kretzschmar

A few weeks back, to much acclaim, The Rolling Stones re-released their seminal Some Girls album. As John Carucci reported here, the new edition comes as both a double disc and box set, and includes a...

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Miami Heat DJ Irie Plays Happening Host for the Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 2:42 PM

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There's nothing like a traffic jam to point to the fact that a bash is gonna be packed. When the four lanes of traffic is backed up for blocks in both directions and the host is Miami Heat

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Hard Print: Heralding the Return of Hard Case Crime

(3) Comments | Posted September 26, 2011 | 6:21 PM

Back in 2004 folks who liked a little extra kick in their fiction found themselves blessed with a publisher that harked back to the day when pulp paperbacks could be found racked in every drugstore across America. That publisher was called Hard Case Crime, and it combined the...

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Radio Broadcasts Tell the Truth about Haiti

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2010 | 11:11 AM

Sting, Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts are among those lending both their high profiles and their voices to "This is Haiti." Launched by actor Fisher Stevens and Green Family Foundation president Kimberly Green, the initiative consists of a series of radio-broadcast Public Service Announcements that flip the script a bit...

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Interviewing Terry Gross

(4) Comments | Posted November 16, 2009 | 2:05 PM

The Host of NPR's "Fresh Air" on the Art of the Interview

There may be no better interviewer working today than Fresh Air host Terry Gross. Not even Errol Morris, who concentrates on a single subject, or Ira Glass, who most concerns himself with the unknown, can boast Gross's alacrity...

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Is Bank of America Bad for America?

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2009 | 11:34 AM

Like all good Americans, I pay my taxes. Well, at least I try to anyway. When you work as I do for a dozen different publications, sometimes things run awry.

Such was the case in '07 when I'd forgotten to file on a W9. I didn't know I'd forgotten, of...

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Michael Jackson Was My First

(7) Comments | Posted June 25, 2009 | 8:50 PM

It's one of those nights I'll never forget. Mike and I had been dreaming about it for years, through all the play-acting and the lip-syncing and the record-buying and the cartoons. We would hope and we would pray: What if one day we could see the Jackson 5?

Then it...

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Kicking a Fella When He's Down

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2009 | 4:01 PM

A Miami Man Tries to Right His Life, Only to Have it Stolen Away by the Government


Imagine waking one morning and logging on to your bank's site to see if one of the companies you work for has finally come through with a long overdue payment, only...

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Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick Hits Miami to Help Americans "Take Back the Country"

(5) Comments | Posted November 1, 2008 | 6:12 PM

MIAMI--Pulling up to the North Dade Regional Library in the inner city suburb of Miami Gardens for one of Florida's numerous early voter rallies, the first thing that strikes you is the line of early voters itself. Not just any line, mind you, but a line that begins at the...

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"Seinfeld" Actor Jason Alexander Rallies Jewish Voters in Crucial Swing-State Florida

(72) Comments | Posted October 28, 2008 | 10:26 AM

MIAMI --- George, er, Jason isn't joking around -- Jason Alexander, that is, the funny man who will forever be mostly known as George Costanza. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Hell, how many other folks do you know who have become universally recognized characters? Still an actor's supposed...

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"We Want Pie! We Want Pie!" Miami Places its Order - and it's Sweet!

(44) Comments | Posted October 23, 2008 | 11:27 AM


Pity that poor Marie Antoinette's subjects didn't have the same sweet tooth as folks in Miami, because then the reply to her suggestion that they "eat cake" would not have been the lopping off of her head, but, perhaps, a much more civilized: "We want pie! We want...

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Miami Hipsters: Irony Is Dead, Earnestness For Obama Is The New Cool

(7) Comments | Posted October 21, 2008 | 9:46 AM

MIAMI --- Julie (not her real name) swore she wasn't being the least bit ironic:

"I'm actually going to vote this year, and I'm going to vote for The Big O!"

But were you even old enough to vote in the last election?

"No, but still."

It had to happen....

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Republicans Ignore McCain in Favor of a Democrat (And No, it's Not Obama)

(14) Comments | Posted October 16, 2008 | 6:52 AM


MIAMI-- "Why watch it? McCain's already lost the election."

So spoke a "nominally" Republican woman last night as she was taking a smoke break outside of The Lakes Cafe here in suburban Miami Lakes, the town built by the (Governor Bob) Graham family.

The relatively affluent...

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