June Critical Mass: 500 cyclists, one mayoral candidate

By | June 25th, 2011 | 8 Comments

Friday night’s 14.3 mile Critical Mass through Little Havana, The Roads, Coral Gate, Shenandoah, Brickell and Downtown drew about 500 riders. It also drew Miami-Dade County mayoral candidate Carlos Gimenez, who showed up with a team of supporters at Government Center to smile at young people before the ride started. Gimenez’s presence, as well as the presence of the Red Bull mobile, the “U R Awesome! Free Hugs – High Fives – Peaceful Pounds” contingent (see below), and several other peddlers of this and that (including a couple of annoying guys selling wolf t-shirts), suggests that Miami Critical Mass has made an impression on local politicians and businesses alike. Whether this is a good or bad development remains to be seen, but Friday night it was quite conspicuous.

Meanwhile, Gimenez’s opponent, Julio Robaina, did not make an appearance, but he did send a representative.

Robaina by Robby Campbell

Wheely by Robby Campbell

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Bye-Bye BAR

By | June 22nd, 2011 | 12 Comments

Two dudes take in the photography at the Vice Magazine Full Bleed party at BAR on Oct. 2.

BAR is closing. Not a bar. BAR. You know, the downtown drinking establishment commonly referred to as “Formerly PS14″ with the continually-changing decor, the never-changing grime, the toilet from Trainspotting, and the surprisingly pleasant back patio.

According to the New Times, BAR’s landlords (also the owners of its next door neighbor, the Vagabond) want another tenant at N.E. 14th Street and have asked BAR owner Al Moran to vacate after the July 4 weekend. For his part, Moran says he intends to reopen BAR in another Miami location because “[t]his city needs it.”

Only a fool gets attached to a Miami hangout. Another one either goes under or undergoes a rechristening every week. Nonetheless, I will miss BAR in its absence. It hosted several memorable events we covered over the last nine months and served as the backdrop to some choice photographs. It has also graciously welcomed hundreds of stinking Critical Mass cyclists with cheap beer and barbecue since I’ve been doing the ride.

For these reasons and more, we toast BAR’s 14th Street tenancy and its eventual resurrection with a handful of photographs taken in and around the joint. Cheers. (More photos after the jump.)

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Diplo rocks BAR In Front of his 500 Closest Friends

By | October 9th, 2010 | 9 Comments
Diplo Spins It at BAR

Grammy-award winner Diplo, right, drew 500-plus Miamians to BAR with a surprise show.

Last night, at Diplo‘s “secret” show at BAR (formerly PS-14), which everyone with a Twitter account or a friend knew about, Miami was in good form. Loud, sweaty, sensual, breathless, lawless, harmonious, grimy. Walking indoors for Diplo’s set was like entering a dog’s mouth. Whenever a camera flashed, you saw an American Apparel ad. Strands of wet hair branched across bright foreheads like tributaries. Red lips. Flushed cheeks. And don’t get me started on the women.

Out back a camaraderie I’ve only rarely experienced in Miami prevailed. None in the 500-strong swarm heckled the guy pissing in the corner, the bowl bounced from stranger to stranger, and any dude who had wedged inside for 10 minutes had his sweat-heavy tee to break the ice with that gal over there. It’s a night like this when, with the air cool and the music on, Miami steps off camera and makes a strong case for itself. Here are some photos from the show:

Diplo spinning sweaty at BAR A Mississippi-native, Diplo grew up in Florida. Somehow his exposure to Miami Booty Bass inspired him to make good music.

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