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?”
It's often said that there is no other place in the world like Florida's Everglades. Despite man's best efforts, the 'glades endure as one of the world's most widely recognized sources of biodiversity and an example of the fragile nature of human/ecological relations.
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.
SunLife Stadium, which I will forever lovingly call Joe Robbie Stadium, in honor of the man who built it, on his own, with no public funding, is in need of some sprucing up. The current owner is asking for public money to help in this endeavor. A public that is very wary of rich team owners asking for financial help—think Marlins.