Top Ten Lists for February

By | February 1st, 2011 | No Comments

Happy List Day! This month’s Top Ten Bike Events list is brought to you by Eddy Stevens-Torrealba, the man behind Miami Bike Report, a relatively new site with the lofty and laudable aim to make Miami a safer place to ride a bike. The Top Ten Arts Events list is by South Florida artist and Art. Music. Film. Whatever. blogger Misael Soto, and the Top Ten Music Events list comes courtesy of Big Takeover contributor and Heaven is Loud blogger William Alton (who we’re currently trying to get exiled from all American cities except Miami proper). With these lists in your virtual hand, February should feel like the shortest month of the year in a “time flies when” kinda way alongside the “it literally has the fewest days” sense.

1. Top Ten February Bike Events, including Critical Mass, the Tour de Tacos, and something called La Roootaaa.

2. Top Ten February Arts Events, including Christo at the Frost and Second Saturday Art Walk.

3. Top Ten February Music Events, including Broken Social Scene and the Bruise Cruise Kick-off Party.

If you have anything to add to any of the lists, please feel free to do so in a comment.

Top Ten Miami Bike Events in February

By | February 1st, 2011 | 3 Comments

1. Loose Cannons On The Run, February 3

This month the Loose Cannons race is leaving from Revolution Cycles in the Grove. It will be a six-mile race and even the last racer to finish will get a prize: a drink ticket. All racers will be entered in a raffle for tickets to the Flogging Molly concert at The Fillmore.

2. Six-Two Sundays, February 6

Join the Miami Bike Scene/MIA Fixed on their weekly training ride for the MS150 Bicycle Charity Ride. The ride goes through South Miami, Pinecrest, Cutler Bay, Black Point Marina, and Homestead. It’s a 62-mile ride including a brief stop at Robert Is Here, the popular fruit stand. The average pace is 15 mph. Anyone on any bicycle able to sustain that speed is encouraged to participate. Please make a donation to the team while you’re at it. It’s all for a good cause!

3. Rosewood Winter Series, February 6

The Rosewood Winter Series continues at the Brian Piccolo in Cooper City.

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Top Ten Miami Arts Events in February

By | February 1st, 2011 | 1 Comment

1. Art in Germany lecture by Bonnie Clearwater @ MOCA NoMi (February 2, 7 p.m.)

In the first of two “Contemporary Art Boot Camp” lectures on the subject, Clearwater, MOCA’s director and chief curator, will focus on German art between 1960 and 1990. RSVP required. Learn more HERE.

2. southXeast: Contemporary Southeastern Art @ FAU’s Schmidt Center and Ritter galleries (opens February 4)

The FAU galleries will be presenting 13 artists from seven southeastern states, including Miami’s own Beatriz Monteavaro, as part of the third iteration of this juried show. The opening reception includes a panel presentation where several artists from the exhibition will speak and a performance by Louisiana-based artist Stephanie Patton as Renella Rose Champagne, a romantic alter-ego the artist has assumed for 18 years. southXeast promises to breathe new life into the local arts scene as few of the artists in the exhibition have shown in South Florida (despite many of them having shown elsewhere in the country and internationally). Learn more about the show HERE.

3. Christo @ the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum (February 11, 2011)

In its ongoing lecture series, the Frost presents canonical environmental/land artist — and personal hero of mine — Christo, one half of the historic artist duo that also includes Jeanne-Claude. Christo returns to the setting of one of his most famous works, 1983’s Surrounded Islands, for which he surrounded 11 islands in Biscayne Bay with floating pink woven polypropylene fabric. Christo will be talking about two upcoming projects, Over The River and The Mastaba. This is absolutely not to be missed! (While you’re at the Frost, check out Gran Torino: Italian Contemporary Art.) Learn more about the event HERE.

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Top Ten Miami Music Events in February

By | January 31st, 2011 | 10 Comments

1. Primal Static, Deaf Poets, and Arboles Libres (Feb. 2 @ Sweat; FREE)

To my ear, the billing for this show should be in the reverse order, with Arboles Libres and Deaf Poets showing D.C.’s Primal Static how Miami rocks. Learn more about the show HERE.

2. Yann Tiersen (Feb. 9 @ Grand Central; $22.50)

Tiersen’s wide-ranging sonic exploits include composing the Amelie film score and collaborating with Jane Birkin, Dominique A, Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins), and Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode). Tiersen’s newest album, Dust Lane, is a guitar-driven piece of chamber pop that should make for an out-of-the-box live performance. Learn more about the show HERE.

3. Daysleeper (Feb. 12 @ Awarehouse; $5)

Daysleeper’s release show for its eerie rock EP, Blazing Automatics, will include the premier screening of the video for their single “Crawl”, opening performances by Soma, Astari Nite, and Rebel, as well as a courtyard show by the mood-swinging Xela Zaid. Learn more about the show HERE.

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Top Ten Lists for January

By | January 1st, 2011 | No Comments

You’re probably still recovering from New Year’s festivities, but the hangover will go away (someday) and you will forget all your promises to never to do this or that again if the spinning will just stop. At that point, you’ll want to know what is going on this month. We tapped three local bloggers to help you get your bearings with the following Top Ten Miami lists. Happy January, happy New Year, and happy hangover.

1. Top Ten January Arts Events, by South Florida artist and Art. Music. Film. Whatever. blogger Misael Soto.

2. Top Ten January Bike Events, by Miami Bike Scene blogger Rydel Deed.

3. Top Ten Miami Music Events, by Heaven Is Loud blogger and Big Takeover contributor William Alton.

Top Ten Miami Music Events in January

By | January 1st, 2011 | 3 Comments

1. Dead Kennedys (January 1 @ Revolution; $24.25)

With a revolving door of Jello substitute (the most current being Skip Greer of the Wynonna Riders), the value of your Kennedys buck is determined by your level of admiration for East Bay Ray and the DK namesake (like the Jerry Only-led Misfits last month). Learn more about the show HERE.

2. The Adolescents w/ Lower Class Brats, Angry Pudding, The Clockouts (January 7 @ Respectable Street; $12 ADV, $13 door)

2011 will mark the 30th anniversary of The Adolescents self-titled debut (aka “The Blue Album”), a pioneering entry into the Bay Area’s hardcore punk scene. In their early 50s, original Adolescents Tony Cadena (vocals), Steve Soto (bass, Agent Orange original), and Frank Agnew (guitar, Social Distortion original) lift their middle fingers to going through the motions (ahem, DK) and still inspire sweaty, tangled masses. If you’ve even used the word “punk” in a sentence, this show is mandatory. Learn more about the show HERE.

3. Sloane Peterson w/ Lemuria, Feathereight (January 8 @ Churchills; $??)

One of Miami’s best punk bands, Sloane Peterson teeter on the verge of powerpop with some sweet melodies. If you haven’t heard their Second Chances EP yet, go git it. Learn more about the show HERE.

4. Of Montreal (January 14 @ Revolution; $33.25)

Kevin Barnes, a kind soul who always pencils in multiple stops throughout Florida, will play from Of Montreal’s 10th full-length release, False Priest, a mixed bag of disco- and R&B-flavored tunes. Like all Of Montreal shows, it will be unpredictable and fantastic. Cross your fingers for Ziggy Stardust covers. Learn more about the show HERE.

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Top Ten Miami Bike Events in January

By | December 31st, 2010 | 2 Comments

1. Sixtwo Sundays, January 2

The first of a series of weekly 62.2-mile Sunday group rides for friends and members of the Miami Bike Scene MS Team. The ride takes off at the South Miami Metrorail Station at 1:30 p.m. sharp and goes through South Miami, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay, Narranja, Homestead, and Florida City. We’ll make a brief stop at Robert Is Here for food and drinks and then commence the return trip. We should be back to South Miami by 6 p.m.

2. Loose Cannons on the Run Three-Year Anniversary, January 6

Come join us as we celebrate the longest-running monthly unsanctioned night race in Florida. We’re taking it back to basics, the way the race started on that frigid night in January 2008. The race is approximately 4.7 miles with one checkpoint on the North Venetian Causeway. At the checkpoint, racers will receive a commemorative spoke card and will have a drink in memory of Ferny “Lancito” Heria, Jr.

3. Emerge Critical Mass: Food Truck Frenzy, January 8

Ride to various food and dessert trucks throughout Miami. Bring your bike, cash, and a big appetite.

4. Tropical Cyclocross, January 9

The second-annual cyclocross race at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens.

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Top Ten Miami Arts Events in January

By | December 31st, 2010 | 4 Comments
Nick Cave Sound Suit

Nick Cave's breathtaking "Soundsuits" are on display at the Norton Museum of Art until January 9.

1. Good & Plenty @ ArtCenter/South Florida (ends January 2)

A concise exhibition featuring resident ArtCenter artists from the last 26 years, Good & Plenty is a mixed bag with some great pieces, including Gavin Perry’s delightful epoxy-covered hanging area rug. The exhibition closes tomorrow, so try to catch it before it’s too late!

2. Second Saturday Art Walk @ Wynwood and Design District (January 8, 7-11 p.m.)

Still riding a post-Basel high, Miami’s art galleries should have some exciting shows this month (fingers crossed). With art lovers and scenesters alike out in full force, the streets and galleries should be packed. (Check out our previous Art Walk coverage and our Top 5 list for the January 2011 Art Walk.)

3. FotoKonbit Panel Discussion @ MOCA (January 8, 2 p.m.)

In conjunction with Bruce Weber’s woefully overshadowed photography exhibition Haiti/Little Haiti, this panel discussion will feature Haitian activist Jan Mapou and photographer Maggie Steber sharing their insight into Miami’s large and still-marginalized Haitian community.

4. Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth @ Norton Museum of Art (ends January 9)

If you live in Broward or (worse) Miami-Dade County, you may be reluctant to make the trek up North. But trust me: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth is worth the gas money. Cave’s sound suits and assemblage works are nothing short of breathtaking. And while you’re there, make sure to check out STARE, a fantastic photography exhibition including works by Walker Evans, Diane Airbus, and others.

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Our Top Ten Posts of 2010

By | December 30th, 2010 | 2 Comments

So, the title of this post is a bit misleading since we launched Beached Miami only about four months ago. Still, in that time we’ve put up more than 140 posts, some of which grabbed readers more than others. The first nine items in this list are there because they have garnered the most traffic. The last one we posted in our early days, when we had far fewer visitors than now. Despite its relatively low hit count, we thought it deserved a spot on the list. Hope you enjoy the walk down Beached Miami’s short and sweet memory lane, and THANKS TO EVERYONE who has supported the site over the last four months. This is only the beginning. We have big plans for 2011. Let the ball drop!

1. Back in the Day: Jim Morrison Convicted of Indecent Exposure (Sept. 20, 2010)

Jim Morrison Miami Mug Shot

2. The Top 15 Songs of the Year by South Florida (Dec. 13, 2010)

ANR Fields

3. Miami Critical Mass Halloween Costume Ride (Oct. 30, 2010)

Miami Critical Mass Halloween Ride

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Miami New Year’s Eve 2010 Events List, Wiki Style

By | December 28th, 2010 | 10 Comments
Miami NYE Thinker

The age-old question: What the hell to do for NYE in Miami?

With the sun setting on 2010, we had set out to compile a list of the Top Ten Miami New Year’s Eve Events Under $20 but quickly realized such a list would of necessity include several flat-out lies. There’s precious little going on in Miami this NYE that will cost you less than $20, and on that short list few of the items deserve top-ten designation. I know there are a lot of folks out there touting and tweeting Miami’s end of the year bona fides, but to be honest, in my experience, NYE in the MIA tends to suck. Of course, this could very well indicate a lack of imagination (or money) on my part. So, in an effort to avoid another Magic City NYE devolving into a whiskey-fueled game of Cranium, we’ve decided to take a cue from wiki culture and make this list open-source. I’ll get it started with a few of the cheaper events I found that have potential. We would LOVE for you guys to add to the list in the comment thread. Feel free to suggest any events, including house parties, that you think are a worthwhile way to kiss 2010 goodbye. Together, God willing, we can make this New Year’s Eve one to remember.

1. Dropping of the Pig @ Lou’s Beer Garden (FREE)

2. Agape feat. Nadia Harris @ Bardot ($10)

3. The Lee Boys @ Revolution ($22)

4. Roaring 20s New Year’s Party @ Transit Lounge ($10)

5. Art Department et al. @ Electric Pickle ($20)

6. The State Of @ Vagabond ($10)

7. Miami Critical Mass @ Government Center (FREE)