Miami Critical Mass December 2010 NYE Ride

By | January 1st, 2011 | 1 Comment
MC Sushi

MC Sushi hauled out the sound wagon to rock the NYE ride.

Last night’s Critical Mass — an early-evening ride through The Roads, Coral Gables, Little Havana, Brickell, and downtown — ruled thanks in large part to the blissful weather and the badass who towed a loudspeaker from his bike, providing a hi-fi soundtrack of quality tuneage (LCD Soundsystem, Broken Social Scene) for the 15-mile ride. Said badass, who had already proven his CM spunk by dressing as sushi for the Halloween ride, had to pull over every 15 minutes or so to tinker with the wiring. But he always hauled ass to catch up to the Mass, and we were never without music for long. This fine fellow made my ride and, I suspect, many others’. I hope he hauls out the woofer every month. Whether or not it was just an NYE thing, dude helped us close out the year on a good note.

Here are some pics from the ride.

NYE Mass

Tall Bike

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Just Another Day? Reading into New Year’s

By | December 31st, 2010 | 3 Comments
Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe

Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe, in progress.

With 2010 about to give way to 2011, Miami native and Brooklyn-based writer Arielle Angel shares her thoughts on Patti Smith’s memoir Just Kids, in which New Year’s Day plays an almost mystical role in the life of the artist. In November, we covered Smith’s Miami Book Fair reading — easily one of the best local events of the year — so we figured this essay was apropos. Enjoy, and happy New Year’s — whatever it means.

I recently read Just Kids, Patti Smith’s award-winning memoir about her relationship with fellow-artist Robert Mapplethorpe. In the book, Mapplethorpe and Smith begin to go their separate ways once they both achieve stardom, and so a look into their relationship is also a look into the most formative years in their development as artists, from 1969 to 1974, when they were in their early 20s.

What strikes you when you read about their early artistic process is that they were not simply making artwork, but making themselves into artists, and that the two endeavors were parallel but not necessarily identical undertakings. The people they wanted to be were always hovering just above the people they were, directing them, propelling them forward, chiding them when they didn’t do it right, and the minutiae of their lives — the way they dressed, where they hung out — were never superficial, but genuine expressions of their interests and values.

Sometimes the level of self-consciousness seems slightly absurd, perhaps even juvenile. Patti is constantly coordinating her own life events — moving out of an apartment, for example — with the birthdays of her heroes, Rimbaud or Brian Jones. Robert spends hours in front of the mirror picking out the right number and combination of necklaces before he and Patti can go to Max’s, the Warhol superstars’ hangout. And yet, when we consider the outcome, the incredible achievements of these two, it is difficult to laugh off their mindfulness, the holistic and committed way they set about becoming artists.

In this world, where everything is self-expression, where every object and action has the capacity for transcendence and the power of symbol and myth, it is no surprise that the advent of a new year, too, has a special significance. Each year, Patti invokes her mother, who believed that what you do on New Year’s Day somehow foretells what you will be doing the rest of the year. Patti spends one New Year’s on the floor of St. Marks Church listening to a poetry reading that goes on from early afternoon well into the night. “I felt the spirit of my own St. Gregory,” she writes, “and resolved that 1973 would be my year of poetry.”

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Comic #15: Put’er There

By | December 31st, 2010 | 1 Comment

Put'er There

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)