Top Ten Miami Bike Events in April

By | March 31st, 2011 | 3 Comments

1. Biscayne/Everglades Greenway Bike Festival, April 2 and 3

The third annual Biscayne/Everglades Bike Festival returns to Homestead with a 62 mile ride on Sunday, April 3rd.  The event is free and for mountain bikes/fat tires only. (See update in comments.)

2. Rosewood Series, April 3

The 2nd race in Series I, of the Rosewood Series will be held on April 3rd at Brian Piccolo Park. These races are part of the USA Cycling ranking system and require a USAC license and entry fees. If you’re into racing, this event is not to be missed.

3. Florida Velodrome Association Track Racing Series, April 7

The recently formed Florida Velodrome Association is holding weekly track races at the Brian Piccolo Velodrome every Thursday night (weather permitting.) The FVA was formed to develop the sport of track cycling through a racing program for athletes of all capabilities. USAC license and entry fees required.

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Top Ten Music Events in April

By | March 31st, 2011 | No Comments

1. Radioboxer (April 1 @ The Stage; $5)

Already recognized by every major SoFla publication, Radioboxer is still somewhat of an unknown local commodity. That won’t last much longer as they deliver their debut album, Magic City Ruse, at The Stage. Aptly self-described as “Bi-polar pop”, the Hialeah quintet have merged the sounds of Weezer, Modest Mouse, and The Cardigans. Learn more HERE.

2. Kool Keith feat. Otto Von Schirach (April 2 @ EVE; $18.15 for 21+, $23.45 for 18 – 21)

A bass freak fest with a dubstep stage and a hotdamn stage, Otto Von Schirach plus Alligator Jesus, and Kool Keith’s absurdist MCing: “Shit on your telephones and change your zip code zones/Reptile alien motherfuckers, gorillas comin’ toward me/I shit on you clones, and defecate twice in your ice cream cones/Let a Mexican tell you”. Let the freak flags fly! Learn more HERE.

3. The Ettes w/ The Heartstrings and Deaf Poets (April 6 @ Churchills; $10)

Though based in Nashville, the garage-rocking Ettes get their swampy sound from lead singer Coco Hames’ Central Florida upbringing. Coco’s sexy voice and creative energy keep The Ettes from falling into garage obscurity. Brand new Miami record label limited|fanfare will release The Ettes’ 7” this summer. Learn more HERE.

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March Art Walk Top Ten Exhibitions, Galleries

By | March 8th, 2011 | 3 Comments

Miami's ever-growing number of Art Walkers are in for a lot of good work this Saturday.

I originally planned to put together a Top Five list for this month’s Second Saturday Art Walk, but in the end I came across too many can’t-miss exhibitions — a very good, very rare surprise. With Art Walk’s crowds ballooning as of late, it seems Miami’s galleries are rising to the occasion. This weekend, they will prove that the sometimes-staid medium of photography is alive and well in the Magic City, with at least four must-see photo shows opening up in Wynwood. On top of that, there will be plenty of performance art (some of which provided by yours truly), installations, and good-old-fashioned painting to satisfy both the avant-garde and the traditionalist.

1. (Thanks, But I’m) Just Looking by Peggy Levison Nolan @ Dina Mitrani Gallery

You can recognize one of Peggy Nolan’s photos almost instantly. Her aggrandizement of the everyday is unmistakably her, as she is unmistakably a treasure of the Miami arts community (just ask any former FIU student). Continuing her search for beauty and poetry in life’s ordinariness, (Thanks, But I’m) Just Looking will feature various photographic formats illustrating Nolan’s almost obsessive observation of her daily surroundings. Learn more about the exhibition HERE.

2. You Are Always Here by Catalina Jaramillo @ Dimensions Variable

Catalina Jaramillo has been exploring “the universal notions of transience, loss, grief, oneness, and impermanence” through performance and installation works for years now, and with a renewed vigor in the past year. Her project for Dimensions Variable seems like a culmination of sorts for the artist, combining many aspects of her recent work, including performance as attempt to deal with the death of her mother: “In reviving the memory of her departed mother, the artist will go through a series of rituals that serve as bereavement vehicles in many cultures.” I’m tearing up already. Learn more about the exhibition HERE.

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Top Ten Albums Due Out in March

By | March 1st, 2011 | No Comments

1. Lykke Li: Wounded Rhymes (March 1)

One of rock’s most anticipated 2011 follow-ups, Lykke Li teams up once again with Bjorn Yttling (Peter, Bjorn & John) for her sophomore release. Another in a very long line of musical gifts from Sweden, Li’s first album meshed her alluring rasp with bass-heavy production and swirling walls of sound. If “Get Some” is any indication, on Wounded Rhymes Li has swapped demure wisp for brash seduction.

2.Kurt Vile: Smoke Ring For My Halo (March 8)

Philadelphia’s Kurt Vile has been relegated to genrefication hell: Americana rock (Bruce Springsteen comparisons) and lo-fi. His new album, while simple in structure, is cleanly recorded and more thoughtful than rootsy blue-collar rock. Though unaffected by labels, Vile should shed them all.

3. R.E.M.: Collapse Into Now (March 8) ­­

Jacknife Lee returns to fine tune R.E.M.’s 15th album along with a variety of very wonderful guests, including Patti Smith, Eddie Vedder, Lenny Kaye, Joe Gibb (The Hidden Cameras), Scott McGaughy (Baseball Project, Young Fresh Fellow), and Peaches. (I thought David Cross also made a cameo here but that was just Michael Stipe.) Check out the single “Discoverer” off of Collapse Into Now on Youtube.

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Top Ten Miami Bike Events in March

By | March 1st, 2011 | No Comments

Eddy Stevens-Torrealba runs miamibikereport.com. We threatened to pop his tires if he didn’t include the Miami Bike Hunt on this list.

1. Loose Cannons On The Run, March 3

Kick-off Florida Bicycle Month with Miami’s longest-running monthly bike race. This time the race leaves from Green Street Café in Coconut Grove. There will be a photo shoot prior to the race. So dress to impress.  Aside from the usual prizes, the first female racer gets a bunch of drink tickets and even the DFL (Dead F*cking Last) gets treated to a free drink.

2. Miami Bike Hunt, March 5

Join Beached Miami and Emerge Miami for the inaugural Miami Bike Hunt. Cyclists will fan out throughout Miami Beach in teams (2 – 4 members) wracking up points by completing challenges. At the end of the ride, the teams with the most points will earn prizes. Prizes will be awarded that night at ANR’s CD release party at Eve downtown.

3. Southeast Florida Tour de Cure, March 6

The Tour de Cure is an event held in 43 states around the country organized by the American Diabetes Association. This event raises funds for the work of the ADA in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. A very modest fundraising minimum of $150, the flexibility to ride anywhere between 10 to 100 miles, and knowing that every dollar and every mile helps millions of Americans suffering from this disease makes this a perfect ride to accomplish a physical challenge and a good deed.

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Top Ten Music Events in March

By | March 1st, 2011 | 1 Comment

Before we get started, you may notice two huge omissions below: Ultra and WMC. Each is big enough for its own list. Maybe next year.

1. Bright Eyes w/ Cursive (March 2 @ The Fillmore; $42)

Conor Oberst is the Kobe Bryant of independent music, surviving the teen-prodigy moniker to go on to a 15-year run of folk-rock consistency. Now 31, Oberst is on the heels of his seventh Bright Eyes release, The People’s Key, which according to Oberst could be the group’s final album together. Bright Eyes will be joined by Saddle Creek label mates Cursive, making the $42 ticket more than bearable. Learn more HERE.

2. Endless Summer II (March 3 @ Grand Central; $10 – $12)

This mini-fest features a helping of Miami’s finest (Lil Daggers, Animal Tropical), a few West Palm Beach delicacies (Guy Harvey, The Band In Heaven), and a dash of promising unknowns. Learn more about ESII in our Feb. 21 post about it.

3. ANR Stay Kids! Release Party w/ Little Beard (March 5 @ Eve; $10)

A hodge-podge of Miami’s movers and shakers: funky-ass new music from ANR, food cart reppin’ from the Raaga Cart, visual stimulation from the Morphologic geniuses, handpicked playlists from Nightdrive’s DJ Laura of Miami and a chance to hear the promising new sounds of Little Beard. Win-win-win-win-win situation. Learn more HERE.

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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.