Wynwood

In the annals of pop culture history, the name Linda Lovelace is synonymous with the mainstream notoriety of hardcore porn.

As the 23-year-old star of the infamous 1972 XXX feature Deep Throat, she scandalized America with the first feature-length adult movie.

But Linda Lovelace was just a character for the woman born Linda Susan Boreman — and one she didn't necessarily play willingly.

Gabriella Watts / WLRN

 

Miami Club Rum, located in the heart of Wynwood, was launched in November of 2012.  Owner and operator Matt Malone’s family comes from a long history of rum making: his children are the sixth generation of rum makers in a tradition that dates back to the 1800's. So, after his grandfather-in-law passed away, Malone decided to bring the family tradition from Puerto Rico to Miami. 

Coconut Grove Grapevine

A weekly look at noteworthy South Florida blogs and posts:

Plans For New Coconut Grove Waterfront Are In

Grove Bay Investment Group has submitted a proposal for what may become "The Harbour" in historic Coconut Grove.

The city manager, city commission and Miami voters still have to approve plans for the area, which include a tree park, retail space and a monument or exhibit of South Florida aviation history.

Vividly

Thanks to YouTube, anyone can be a filmmaker. Thanks to Quirky, anyone can be an inventor. And now thanks to Miami natives Sabrina and Silvia Scandar and their soon-to-be-launched website, Vividly, anyone can be a fashion designer.

Photo by Neil de la Flor

The 2013 Miami Performance International Festival obliterates the line between viewers and mid-career and emerging artists from Miami and around the world. In its second year, the festival, curated by Charo Oquet, takes place in Miami’s Design District and the Miami Beach Botanical Garden and runs through the month of June.

Video as an art form has come a long way. Although artists started seriously working with the medium at least a half century ago (some will pinpoint Nam June Paik’s German exhibition in 1963 as its official arrival on the scene), it remained somewhat the stepchild, not getting a lot of respect until the last couple decades. And in Miami, video art – good video art – was late in taking hold with local artists and in shows. That’s changed dramatically in recent years, and yet there have been few outlets dedicated to highlighting the form.

Ruben Ubiera is one busy guy. Ask him what he's up to and prepare to hear an earful. The Broward County resident recently wrapped up the Lexicon show at Young at Art Museum in Davie, where he has also led a workshop for children artists. And his 10-by-4-foot self portrait puppet, representing Ubiera's artistic life, will remain in the museum's permanent collection.

Five Reasons To Hack For Change In Wynwood On Saturday

May 28, 2013

On Saturday and Sunday, The LAB Miami will host the first-annual Hack for Change: Miami as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking. The event endeavors to bring together citizens in the spirit of collaboration to develop new technological solutions for some our country’s oldest problems. Or, as the national website puts it, “to do what is most quintessentially American: roll up our sleeves, get involved, and work together to improve our society.”

Yes, Art Abounds North Of Wynwood

May 13, 2013
Photo courtesy FAT Village Facebook page

Last week's satirical Fort Lauderdale slam by The Onion claimed the city “lacks any kind of cultural depth," something hotly disputed by locals.

So, where are the cultural gems in Broward and Palm Beach counties? Don’t get fooled by the wealth of strip malls, high-rises, and balmy palm tree landscape.

Cristian P Cardenas Flickr

Dear New York Times,

Hello! It’s Miami! We wanted to write and let you know that we’re a real place. You’ve seen us before. We’re the ones that had that land boom in the 1920s.

We’re writing to you from the offices of WLRN, because we care. We love the Gray Lady. We wouldn’t dare see her honor besmirched because of us, Miami.

Last week we told you about the uproar surrounding the auction of a piece of art by mysterious graffiti artist Banksy that disappeared from its home on a wall in north London.

Photo via Curbed Miami

When the late Tony Goldman first led the development charge through Wynwood's formerly industrial corridor, one of his defining ideas was the sponsoring of legal, large-scale street art. The original handful of murals he commissioned, by marquee names like Shepard Fairey, now stands preserved in a specific attraction that's practically an outdoor museum, the Wynwood Walls on NW Second Avenue and NW 25th Street.

Daniel Rivero / WLRN

This is for all the times that you wanted to step on a piece of art.

During Art Basel week, Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood becomes a virtual factory of street art. And by street, we mean "on the ground."

This ground work is usually passed by without a second glance in this part of town. Most of the work is done with stencils  and the same images and phrases can be found lining the area's streets, even in other parts of the city.

Daniel Rivero / WLRN

Early Thursday, I was forecasting the long day and night ahead of me and came up with a plan: I would wander the Miami neighborhood of Wynwood for the night, and I would blog about it.  The specific assignment that I gave myself was to comb one block, and write a profile of all the street art and the happenings that I would bear witness to.  One block.  One story.  No big deal.

Easier said than done.

Elaine Chen

Often “Art Basel” is used as shorthand for the many arts events that coincide with the Art Basel fair itself, which takes place inside the Miami Beach Convention Center. 

But throughout Miami, galleries and artists are exhibiting their work so there really is something for everyone this week.  Below is a small sampling for various persuasions. 

You hate contemporary art: Endless Renaissance at the Bass Museum.  

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