There's lots to read and digest in your Monday evening Sift. Here we go...
A- Brickell Life took a photo of the notorious Coatman during yesterday's marathon in Miami.
Part street party, part race and part cultural celebration - nothing beats Miami in January. I've only been running now since June to get back into shape, but so far the fever has stuck. Believe Brickell Life will at least be running the half next year. To all those who ran, big congratulations.B- Jeff Eats likes Joanna's Marketplace on South Dixie Highway in the 305.
I’m gonna make this one real simple…Joanna’s Marketplace is a terrific joint for appetizing, sandwiches, baked goods, prepared foods. Their fresh roasted turkey breast, tuna salad, sliced flank steak sandwiches are off the chart…same goes for the chocolate croissants, rye breads…the orange glazed chicken, outstanding.C- Transit Miami shares some thoughts on the closing of the Tri-Rail Airport Station.
Project engineers claim that keeping the service running would lead to cost overruns and delays in opening the Miami- Intermodal Center big parking garage next to Miami International Airport. Users coming south from Broward and Palm Beach will have to take a shuttle from Hialeah station to MIA. No big deal to FDOT district secretary Gus Pego, who said users already have to take a shuttle from the existing station to the airport (which is a bit misleading – a 5 minute shuttle cannot be compared to a 20-30 minute bus ride through Hialeah.) As one commenter on the Miami Herald put it, “Another decision about public service made by those who don’t use the service.”D- Can the nation's financial crisis be blamed on some in South Florida? Eye on Miami seems to think so.
To know the principal, local actors of the housing boom and crash, explore the contributor list to Natacha Seijas' defense today. It is the same cast of characters who promoted the political order that reef wrecked the economy -- the patriarchal cartel that promoted "The Ownership Society". Yes, the financial crisis was preventable. The question might have been asked in the winters when then Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan and his wife looked for the best parties in Miami with local developers and speculators: they convinced each other that there was nothing wrong at the time. Nothing wrong with the fruits of speculation, lost wetlands, and a rapidly diminished quality of life that now makes it difficult to attract jobs to Miami. Nothing wrong with the lobbying culture or any aspect of the Growth Machine. On these connections, the Miami Herald was silent.E- Was the "sandbar piano" art? Random Pixels asks some locals...including SFDB.
In a town where a guy like Romero Britto can make a comfortable living selling "art" that looks like something you might see in a child's coloring book and where giant, molded pink snails are deemed "art," is a piano on a sandbar art?F-South Florida Lawyers sounds as though he likes the judge's tone in today's important ruling on healthcare reform.
Well, is it?
Yesterday I emailed a dozen or so people in search of an answer.
Say what you want about Judge Vinson, but this comports with my personal experience with him. He is straightforward and intelligent, tells you exactly what he thinks and where he is coming from, and tries to engage you on the merits without excessive rancor or inflated "judge-itis."G- Check out who is appearing at Van Dyke Upstairs during February at Soul of Miami.
H- Leave a comment, win a cookbook at Mango&Lime.
Now about that giveaway, leave a comment telling me about your favorite Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink memory (a first date, a great birthday, a memorable dish, an embarrassing moment) by 11:59 PM EST on Saturday, February 5. The chef will pick his favorite answer and I will announce the winner next week. Good luck!I- The video system at the New World Center is not always a friend to the music, according to South Florida Classical Review.
It’s too soon to say what impact the use of video will have in the New World’s work, although clearly with its investment in state-of-the-art, computer-controlled projection system, the orchestra plans on using it a great deal. The videos shown Sunday were well-crafted, imaginative, often whimsical and always faithful to the spirit of the music. At times they worked well with the music, but too often they distracted from it, as multiple images on big screens made it difficult to focus on anything but them.J- Lots of fresh faces at The Street.