Leaves change colors up north but for South Floridians, fall is full of other colorful treats to relish.
1. Sauna time switches to indoor venues as humidity and temperatures fall out of the summer stratosphere. This means the full outdoor scene revs up with fall festivals and art shows, boating, biking and other activities.
Plus, the end of both election and hurricane season is fast approaching. Soon, those omnipresent campaign ads and ominous circulation patterns will fall off our radar.
Michael Blades and his wife Kathy Kilroy used to work on elaborate floats for Fantasy Fest's big parade. Now they're putting their efforts into newer events that are not part of the official festival roster, like the Zombie Bike Ride.
Fantasy Fest started 35 years ago as a way to bring visitors to Key West during what had been the slowest time of the year. But locals have always been a big part of it -- the 10 days of street fairs and costume parties, and the culminating parade, for which 60,000 crowd the island's downtown.
"I was on a float for, like, 19 straight years," says Key Wester Michael Blades. He and his friends built elaborate parade entries and won the grand prize three times. But they're not entering this year.
With the shutter of his lens, the veteran Miami Herald photojournalist has documented the days and lives of those who live in and around South Florida. But now, Juste is changing things, putting the cameras in the hands of a new generation and showing them how visual stories are told.
A group 10 advanced photojournalism students will show off 10 weeks' worth of work, illustrating the vibrant colors that make up life in South Florida.
UPDATE Oct. 22, 12 p.m.: The regulations passed by a four-one commission vote around 3:30 Wednesday morning.
Adding to crackdowns on where homeless people in Fort Lauderdale can sleep, go to the bathroom, and store their belongings, the city is nowattempting to regulate how outside organizations provide food to them.
A few days a week, Patrick Rogers, Sr., goes to downtown Miami to play trumpet on the sidewalk. But often enough, police stop him because they see street performance as a violation of Miami’s panhandling ban.
A couple musicians and lawyers are trying to figure out how to change that. Attorney Justin Wales and a few friends are drafting an ordinance whereby the city would allow street performers like Rogers to play unfettered.
When music crosses generations, then you know it’s a serious sound.
That’s what’s fueling the first-ever Siempre Fresco music series, taking place Oct. 16 to 18 at various venues in Miami.
Up for your consideration and produced in cooperation with Miami-Dade College are three events showcasing how Latin music has evolved over three generations. From salsa legends like Larry Harlow to “nu-Latin” DJ’s and music producers like Mr. Pauer (Toto Gonzalez.)