Mark Lowe says he has designed more than a dozen nightclubs, but none quite like his newest one. House, in what he calls the "SoWyn" area of Miami's Wynwood neighborhood, is like a large-scale, walkthrough art exhibition with a touch of raunch.
The first room in the club, which is meant to resemble a house, is full of blueish lights and chromeum plated bubbles pasted on the wall. A curtain of bubbles seems to be suspended mid-air. The DJ booth is a sliver of glass with keys projected on it. The bar top is filled with liquid goo.
Cory Hunter slowly drags the tip of a metal rod across a cardboard canvas. Long, branching patterns emerge on the surface as sparks of electricity flare out.
Hunter studied chemical engineering at the University of Florida, but now he's an artist who paints with high-voltage electricity.
The branching patterns that have become a staple of his paintings are something that typically happens in nature -- usually as a result of lightning striking a tree, the air, or another “non-conductor.”
The lineup for the second annual III Points festival in Wynwood was revealed yesterday morning.
Headlining the event are electronic-music and hip-hop producer Flying Lotus and Lykki Li, who combines hip-hop and folk elements in her music. Hot Natured, a popular EDM group, will make its U.S. debut.
The festival will also include performances from Hercules and Love Affair, Jacques Green, Miami's Jacuzzi Boys and Deaf Poets, among others.
Sun Ra, whose human name was Herman Poole Blount, was a trailblazing afro-futurist who explored the entire history of jazz throughout his many compositions. One single caveat: It was a history of jazz from another planet (in the future).
Rodrigo Rey del Castillo repairs and customizes mostly motorcycles that predate 1980. The machines lack on-board computers, fuel-injection engines, and anti-lock brakes. And they're the stand-out bikes of the growing South Florida vintage motorcycle scene.
Shelah Davis is a professional yoga teacher who spends her 9-to-5 at a fitness studio in Florida City. But since the fall of 2013, she's been hauling her mats to microbreweries from Homestead to Oakland Park.
She founded Om Brew Yoga -- so far the only yoga classes offered at South Florida breweries -- after learning of the practice in an established craft-beer state.
A Miami Beach tech company invited Mayor Philip Levine to their lab for a visit this week in response to comments Levine made at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting last month. Levine said he could not see Miami Beach becoming a tech hub.
"It's the dumbest idea in the world," Levine said at the Mayors meeting, according to the Washington Post. "People cling on to things that are not the highest and best use for their city. Miami Beach is never going to be a high tech hub. As much as it sounds great, it's sexy, that's not who we are."
The death -- or not -- of Wynwood is our most popular story this week, topping out with more than double the views of the other stories in this list. Perhaps the loss of Wynwood's "authenticity" resonates with more South Floridians than opening relations with Cuba, a move that according to recent surveys most Floridians would back. Read on to find out what else made our list this week.
This weekend, 70 galleries from all over the world -- including 17 galleries from South Florida -- will feature modern works from emerging street artists in the third annual Art Wynwood.
The event celebrates the legitimacy and rising popularity of street art and graffiti -- Art Wynwood also claims to be the only street art fair in the world. Organizers intend to give street artists a platform to show their works to an international audience.
There are an exasperating amount of think pieces on the Internet about Wynwood. Its rise, fall, flourish and continued economic growth have all been continually documented both locally and across the world. There has been change recently and people have noticed. Businesses never thought possible are moving in while most of the serious, professional artists have physically moved their studios downtown, to Little Haiti and even Opa-Locka.
At LAB Miami in Wynwood this past weekend, local software developers and designers formed teams to compete for the best app that would give Cubans on the island uncensored Internet access, calling it the first ever “Cuba Hackathon.”
The event was organized by Roots of Hope, a network of young professionals working to “empower Cuba’s youth.”
A bank probably is not among the places you'd think of to see contemporary art. The traditional brick-and-mortar corner bank is more of a generic space with the usual teller windows, cubicles and offices. But St. Petersburg-based C1 Bank has turned the established bank space inside out for its first branch in South Florida.
It's the first financial institution to open the Wynwood Arts District of Miami -- the neighborhood better known for its street art than safety-deposit boxes.
I'm digital editor here, and this week I was particularly proud of the WLRN news team for a policy-changing story that made it to our top five. You may have heard us talk about it on the Florida Roundup last week: A majority African-American school in Jacksonville will change its name, currently that of an early Ku Klux Klan leader. Find the details below, but not before the top story of the week:
Wynwood is Miami’s gritty art safari. On the edge of Overtown and downtown, this neighborhood beckons crews of artists – local and international -- who come here to paint wild and stunning designs on decrepit walls.
With each spray can and paint roller, street artists spawned a new life to the district’s 30 or so blocks.
But if these walls could talk, no wall would speak to 305 pride better than the Boombox.