Miami MCs to do battle in Orlando this weekend

Don’t Flop, the British rap battle league is coming to Florida for the first time. The two-day event will take place in Orlando this weekend at the Caboose Bar. The league is looking to spark up some serious competition with the Sunshine State already a known hotbed for hip-hop and this inaugural event has brought […]

Miami Mini Maker Faire 2016 – bigger, better and looking to connect with you

If it seems like making and makers-related projects have been taking off in South Florida, it is through the concerted efforts of a few visionary individuals. Though the creative spark has never been absent from this community, there has been a serious lack in infrastructure for a makers’ culture to emerge. But that is changing […]

Philanthropy Miami 2016 “Shark Tank”

Philanthropy Miami 2016 is using the “Shark Tank” model this year in its grant-giving competition. While all of the second round contenders are worthy of the prize, only four will go on to the next round. This second phase is determined by the public’s vote and as I’ve been a part of the DESIGN YOUR […]

Album Review: Broken Talent – Rules No One

From the golden age of South Florida punk rock, Broken Talent was a supremely “punk” punk band. Formed out of necessity by Malcolm “Tent” Hutch and Richard “Santo” Mallia during their high school years and pursued well into college age, Broken Talent left behind a trail of drummers, a handful of guitarists, the “Blood Slut” […]

Wine Review: Pourriture Noble 04: Tegernseerhof’s Terrassen Riesling Federspiel

The Noble Rot: a botrytis fungus (Botrytis cinerea) that infects various usually overripe wine grapes causing shriveling, which results in increased sugar and flavor content and is responsible for the characteristic flavor of sauternes and related wines. [Merriam-Webster]   Though small, the Wachau region of northern Austria is one of the more important Riesling growers […]

Event review: Florida Grand Opera’s Norma, a flawless display of the bel canto

Opening this past (by South Florida standards) freezing Saturday night, the Florida Grand Opera’s Norma, one of the most taxing and demanding operas from the Italians, was as flawless a performance as one could wish for. Before anyone starts with the pedantic comparisons to Maria Callas or Joan Sutherland, I’d like to note that the […]

Burial/headstone fundraiser in honor of Clarence “Blowfly” Reid

It’s been a sad musical month around the world, but for South Florida music lovers it has been particular tough with the passing of beloved musical legend and pioneer Clarence Reid, better known by his dirty alter-ego, Blowfly. After struggling with the tax man in 2014 over his house, Reid was able to live out […]

Norma returns to the Florida Grand Opera this weekend

In order to appreciate how important Norma is, here is a fact: the 5000 lire note, right before Italy switched over to the Euro when joining the European Union, had a portrait of Vincenzo Bellini on the front and an image from the opera on the back. Commemorated on currency? That’s pretty big! Norma, a tragedia […]

R.I.P. Clarence Reid, aka Blowfly

There isn’t much that I can add to the conversation concerning the death of Clarence Reid, aka Blowfly. He was a musical legend and a pioneer and he will be missed by a great many and many more will never experience him live and have him point that insanely long middle finger at them while […]

Wine Review: Pourriture Noble 02: Notorious Pink’s Grenache Rosé

The Noble Rot: a botrytis fungus (Botrytis cinerea) that infects various usually overripe wine grapes causing shriveling which results in increased sugar and flavor content and is responsible for the characteristic flavor of sauternes and related wines. [Merriam-Webster] My dad got this bottle of Notorious Pink (no Biggie remarks ahead) from one of his work […]

Wine Review: Pourriture Noble 01: Georges Dubœuf’s Beaujolais Nouveau

The Noble Rot: a botrytis fungus (Botrytis cinerea) that infects various usually overripe wine grapes causing shriveling which results in increased sugar and flavor content and is responsible for the characteristic flavor of sauternes and related wines. [Merriam-Webster] Mankind has enjoyed wine since antiquity. And since mankind knows how to screw up a good thing, […]

Carta abierta a Noel “Chita” Sanvicente

Querido Noel Sanvicente, DT de la Vinotinto, hombre que a nivel futbolístico desempeñó buen papel en la historia nacional y internacional de sus clubes antepasados, el Caracas FC y el Zamora FC, hombre en que hoy día todos nosotros, los hinchas de la selección, ponemos nuestras ilusiones y sueños sobre el. Nosotros queremos quemarnos las […]

E. Grizzly’s “Think!” – A digital gallery

E. Grizzly is one of my favorite underground rappers. Period. Hailing from Miami and currently residing in Philadelphia, Grizzly is a traveling MC who makes his home between the aforementioned cities and NYC – creating his version of the Bermuda Triangle, the E. Grizzly Cave. South Floridians will know him from cyphers, local hip-hop shows […]