Atlanta’s Living Walls: An alternative to Wynwood Walls

By | November 18th, 2012 | 9 Comments
Living Walls

Does Atlanta’s Living Walls project offer an organic alternative to the developer-led transformation of Wynwood? — photo by Camila Álvarez

Camila Álvarez is a Colombian artist and a student at FIU who is working on a thesis about the social construction of place. Her research brought her to Atlanta to learn about a street-art initiative called Living Walls.

I’ve walked countless times along N.W. Second Ave, through the heart of Wynwood as most of Miami knows it, to delight in its colorful walls, its gourmet coffee, and its hipster watering holes. And something always seems off. There’s a synthetic feel that always leads me to look one block east, one block west, and remember that, for all its delights, Wynwood is just another poor Miami neighborhood, and that its rebirth as an Art District didn’t happen, as most Miamians seem to believe, spontaneously.

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Review, photos: M83 at the Fillmore

By | September 27th, 2012 | No Comments
M83's "Midnight City" Creature

M83’s “Midnight City” creature came alive at the band’s Fillmore Miami Beach concert Wednesday night.

Emerging from the darkness, a hairy creature with a short, pinkish elephant trunk and a black gown stepped out to the middle of the stage, raising its arms as in a ritual, before it started pointing at the crowd and shooting blue laser beams from its fingers.

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Photos: La Mala at Grand Central

By | July 1st, 2012 | No Comments

While bright colors and a huge image of the crown she has tattooed on her right arm flashed in the background, 33-year-old Spaniard Mala ‘the bad one’ Rodríguez stepped on stage at downtown venue Grand Central Saturday night wearing a yellow flower in her hair, fishnets, and a black corset with straps, making it hard for us to concentrate on the music.

La Mala Rodriguez at Grand Central Miami (6)

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Recap, photos: Ana Tijoux at Pax

By | May 21st, 2012 | 1 Comment
Ana Tijoux at PAX

Touring behind La Bala, French-Chilean emcee Ana Tijoux performed at PAX on Saturday night. -- all photos by Jesse Meadows

“It’s our first time in Miami, and we’re very happy to be here” was the only small talk we heard from the 5’2”, pretty, dark-haired lady wearing purple tennis shoes, leopard print tights, and a comfy, plaid, button-up shirt.

Her name is Ana Tijoux, and she builds puzzles with words, making up images that begin to take form as soon as she starts rhythmically spitting them over catchy beats with the easy flow of casual conversation. Despite the pop backdrop, Tijoux’ lyrics are neither light nor pretty. With a career similar to M.I.A.’s in both source of inspiration and form, she raps about government injustices that she has experienced firsthand.

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