The man who draws Miami music

By | February 25th, 2014 | 1 Comment

Ever notice the lanky hatted dude in the cut at the local show drawing calmly in his sketchbook as a mosh pit churns and swirls around him? Probably not. Brian Butler somehow manages to draw in public without drawing attention to himself. At the end of the night, he has an illustrated account of the show more nuanced than most written reviews, brimming with more life than your average photo slideshow. Continue »

Beached Bash by Brian Butler

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Sketchbook Project headed to a garden near you

By | January 15th, 2014 | 1 Comment

The Sketchbook Project’s custom-fitted mobile library will make its first local stop on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.

When you enter the Brooklyn Art Library, home to the Sketchbook Project’s collection of 30,000 artist sketchbooks, you can almost feel the shelves vibrating with creative intensity. Decorated in every color and pattern imaginable, the books showcase the creativity of artists from more than 130 countries. Anyone can participate in the Sketchbook Project, and participants are free to fill up the pages of their sketchbook in any way they like. Some artists do exactly what you’d expect — sketch — and there’s nothing wrong with that. Others write poetry, create collages, even build sculptures that unfold when you open their books.

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Doodle. Your happiness depends on it.

By | December 11th, 2013 | 1 Comment
U-Doodle mural

The chalky aftermath of a recent U-Doodle meetup.

Just as your Art Basel hangover begins to fade, you’re facing another art-stuffed weekend. Saturday is Art Walk in Wynwood, which may be too much to handle for anyone still tasting Krylon after last week’s burst of street art opportunism. Luckily, there’s an alternative to the N.W. Second Avenue circus. Read the rest of this entry »


Art Basel 2013 Contenders

By | December 2nd, 2013 | 1 Comment

If you’ve perused this year’s round of breathless Art Basel Miami Beach event guides, you may have concluded that the whole ABMB extravaganza is an elaborate marketing campaign to sell shoes, t-shirts and “limited-edition yoga mats.” And you may be right. And yet, amid the myriad big top fairs and invite-only soirées at which Gaga or Kanye or Pharrell is rumored to appear, there are a handful of approachable events — let’s call them “contenders” — that have a puncher’s chance of knocking you out without the help of a celebrity. Starting with…

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Writing backwards with Esmeralda Santiago

By | November 13th, 2013 | No Comments
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Born in Puerto Rico, Santiago keeps returning to the island in her memoirs and novels.

This post is sponsored by the Miami Writers Institute.

Puerto Rican writer Esmeralda Santiago left La Isla del Encanto for Brooklyn when she was 11 years old, but her imagination keeps bringing her back. Santiago’s debut book, When I Was Puerto Rican, the first of three memoirs, depicts her impoverished and happy childhood on the island, and her latest novel, Conquistadora, is the story of Ana Cubillas, a slave-owning Puerto Rican widow who runs a sugar plantation in the mid-19th Century.

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The art and craft of living in other people’s brains

By | November 11th, 2013 | No Comments
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Music legend Quincy Jones’ autobiography is one of many publishing projects Mulcahy has worked on as a writer, editor and self-described “book doctor.”

This post is sponsored by the Miami Writers Institute.

Early in her career, Patricia Mulcahy wanted to be an investigative reporter. “But I came of age in the post-Watergate era and everyone wanted to be an investigative reporter,” she says. “I couldn’t even get a job writing obituaries!”

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What happened to Beached Miami?

By | September 30th, 2013 | No Comments
Miami Art Walk: "Feathers"

We set out to “squeeze the orange dry” but Miami’s far too juicy for that. — photo by Robby Campbell

You may have a fair question: “What happened? You guys used to post 50+ times a month and now it’s once in a blue moon. What gives?”

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Talking ‘Dirty Wars’ with Jeremy Scahill

By | June 28th, 2013 | No Comments
Author Jeremy Scahill will be at O Cinema Miami Shores to talk 'Dirty Wars'.

Author Jeremy Scahill will be at O Cinema Miami Shores to discuss his book and film ‘Dirty Wars’.

The following is an interview between Muhammed Malik and Jeremy Scahill. Malik is a human rights advocate and social commentator, born and raised in Miami (full bio below). Scahill is national security correspondent for The Nation and the author of the New York Times bestseller ‘Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army’ and ‘Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield’, released in April, which explores the consequences of the global War on Terror. Scahill will be in Miami on Saturday night to field questions following the screening of the ‘Dirty Wars’ documentary at O Cinema’s Miami Shores location.

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Pop-up reading room proves print is not dead, perhaps

By | June 19th, 2013 | 2 Comments
Pages Spreads

“I can’t put my hands on a PDF, while a stack of books lives with me.”

Books are nice, I think we would all agree, but in the age of the eBook and the iPad it’s easy to glimpse a near future in which printed, hard-copy books go the way of the typewriter, relegated to dusty attics and museum collections of things we used to love. You may wax poetic, even indignant, in defending the value of a hold-it-in-your-hands-and-flip-the-pages-with-your-thumb book, but are you really going to take a stand for its value when you can curl up with a novel via the in-curvature of a pair of smart glasses?

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Tennessee Williams slithers to Swampspace

By | June 3rd, 2013 | 1 Comment

“One man. Three women. One night.” Sounds like the makings of a Miami story. In fact, it was the tagline for the film The Night of the Iguana, an adaptation of the Tennessee Williams’ play of the same title that chronicles a single, lascivious night — never, “since Man has known Woman,” has there been “such a night,” says the film trailer’s narrator.

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