We love a good hyperlocal blog -- and the Belle Isle Blog does a comprehensive job of covering both the history and news of its neighborhood, a small island connected to South Beach. It's also the home of the relaxed but still super-hip Standard Hotel, which recently announced an expansion plan.
J. Michael Francis, Professor of Florida History at the University of South Florida, spoke excitedly to a crowd of eager history enthusiasts at the Miami International Map Fair last Sunday. His talk, “Mapping Florida,” was a unique look at early South Florida history.
“Can you name five people that lived in Florida,” Francis’ talk began, “from 1513-1765, and any that aren’t Spaniards?”
“Telo Catch You” was about Brazilian pop singer Michel Telo, whose viral, global hit “Ai Se Eu Te Pego” (Ay, If I Catch You) was booming around the world when Telo came to Miami to perform on the Billboard Latin Music Awards in late April. The Brazilian community in Miami is one of Miami’s fastest-growing and biggest immigrant communities, but it is also a recent presence in the city with little connection to the rest of Miami’s ethnic groups.
The International Noise Conference returns to Churchill's Pub in Miami tonight, lasting through this Saturday, and this year's edition is a special one. It's the conference's 10th anniversary, and it's also, as we pointed out earlier this week, the first one boosted by a Knight Arts Challenge grant. That nod of institutional legitimacy gives weight to the fact that, even though the proceedings at the event can get loud, it's not all just a bunch of noise.
A couple of free Smartphone apps give the lowdown on where chefs like to eat, providing an alternative to reviews on Yelp and Google. The Chefs Feed app and the Find. Eat. Drink. app/website give recommendations from chefs for the curious eater who wants to know about the hole-in-the-wall spots favored by chefs Jose Mendin of Pubbelly or Michelle Bernstein of Michy's. The apps are also a good resource for out-of-towners visiting during South Florida's busy tourism season.
Starting tonight, the New World Symphony celebrates (a little belatedly) the centennial of experimental composer John Cage, who died at age 80 in 1992. (His "centennial" means the 100-year anniversary of his birth, which was on Sept. 5, 1912).
Like his signature ASIWAJU educational project (asiwaju is the Yoruban term for “he who opens the path”), Soledade is committed to creating new spaces and platforms for dance and ensuring that Miami becomes a global and sustainable player of the genre.
A happy side effect of South Florida's booming arts scene is that the related blogosphere is booming as well. For a while, blogs by major media outlets were the only game in town, but that's quickly changing. Of course, these still provide essential daily reading.