Ready. Set. Let's do your evening Sift.
A- On My Block posts a few pictures from last weekend's Redland International Orchid Festival.
B- I Heart Miami has the news, via Daily Candy, that a new pizza place called Pizza Volante is opening in the Design District.
C- All Purpose Dark excerpts a few parts of a recent interview with artist Hernan Bas in which he talks about Art Basel and Miami.
Miami is weird because you can walk 10 blocks and be in the heroin pit—like the Lower East Side, circa 1980. Then you go five blocks the other way and you’re staying at the Fontainebleau.D- South Beach residents who want to escape for Memorial Day should head to the Grove, according to Coconut Grove Grapevine.
This is where we need Coconut Grove promotion. How about skateboarders with brochures or maps or coupon books or hot girls on skates promoting the Grove in South Beach? Is that an option? Are there any extra coupon books left over from Pow Wow? Hand them out!E- What are the best art and cultural events on Miami Beach during the next week? Miami Art & Culture has them for you.
Is that a way to get the South Beach locals who don't want to spend the crazy weekend in South Beach to come here for a quiet day or two to shop, dine and unwind? I know a hotel or two in the Grove has a special running. Do South Beach residents know this? Do they realize that they can escape to the Grove for the weekend?
This is also a good weekend to grab those who avoid South Beach, who normally would be in South Beach, people from Kendall and Pinecrest and Coral Gables, etc.
F- Two good posts by The State of Sunshine today on the massive amount of ground that Marco Rubio needs to make up in the Florida senatorial race. The first one compares Charlie Crist's long list of endorsements to Rubio's none and the second shows that Crist is currently polling at 53% compared to Rubio's 18%.
G- Mountain bike trails on Virginia Key? Maybe, says Spokes 'n' Folks.
Mountain bikers are keenly interested in how the City of Miami uses its land on Virginia Key, the little island one crosses between Key Biscayne and the mainland. The cyclists and at times the planners have advocated building mountain bike trails on the north edge of the key, where silt was dumped when the Port of Miami was dredged.H- There is high drama on the highway as Ipanemic nears the end of his cross country scooter ride.
I’m to drive to LA today. Scooter is giving me troubles; cutting out on me regularly. I don’t know that I’m going to make it. I’m debating what to do right now. If I leave now, I’ll be there no earlier than 7pm, probably closer to 9pm. Or 10pm.