Wow. That was fun.
There was a ton of posts to sift through tonight but I knocked it out. The weekend is almost here so make sure you check on the SFDB Weekend Widget in the right sidebar. Let's get going with your evening Sift.
A- We get it going this evening with Carlos Miller who has a film clip of a photographer being pushed back from a crime scene in Overtown this morning.
B- Go help Hidden City decide what he should do with Hidden City.
I’m trying to do too many things, it would appear. Some essays I hope to educate or inform you; in others I hope to make you feel; I always want to entertain. If I’m lucky and diligent, maybe I can do all three, and do so with a modicum of craft.C- Worst Pizza announces a pretty great sounding pizza tweetup.
Maybe I shouldn’t do any of them.
On April 11, 2011 Grande Pizza Co. in Boca Raton has invited us all to come in and enjoy FREE pizza all night. If you haven’t tried their Detroit Style Pizza aka Crusty Cheese Pizza, you are missing out on one delicious pizza. Grande Pizza in Boca Raton is one of the few places in all of Florida to make pizza this way. We will get plenty of these pies, as well as plenty regular and Sicilian Pizza to go around.D- Beached Miami was busy today putting together all their April top ten lists.
1. Top Ten Music Events, including Dr. Dog and Record Store DayE- The Green Parrot tells us about Smirk Day [which is tomorrow] and with it you get a little bar history.
2. Top Ten Bike Events, including the Emerge Miami Street. Art. Cycles ride through Wynwood
3. Top Five Art Events, including the opening of Jillian Mayer’s first solo show
Yes it's been thirty five years since since that enigmatic countenance, that sphinxlike kisser, appeared on the plywood shutter on the Southard Street facade of The Green Parrot.F- Coral Gables Watch says to get ready for higher parking fees in Coral Gables as the city switches to high tech meters.
Facing the barroom when the Parrot is open and facing the street when we are closed, Smirk, has, as we say, "Seen it All".
G- South Florida Theater Review and South Florida Theatre Scene preview some upcoming shows.
H- Transit Miami thinks it's great that Brickell Avenue is getting a traffic circle.
Miami Today News is reporting that a new traffic circle will be placed at the problematic Brickell Bay Drive and South East 12th Street intersection. Lucky for every one that walks around Brickell the Sabadell Financial Center Landlord 1111 Brickell Office is investing $400,000 to insure the safety of the thousands of pedestrians that use this intersection every year.I- Swampstyle takes us along for a drive up Biscayne through MiMo.
Just north of downtown Miami is a stretch of Biscayne Boulevard that defies understanding. From thirty sixth street to seventy ninth, more recently known as MIMO or Miami Modern is a stretch of swamp anchored on the south end by MAC a new public school in the old channel 10 building and the Boulevard Strip Joint on the north. Along the way is a charming blend of the residential and commercial that typify bayside living. From the tony gated Bay Point and leafy Morningside to the raunchy motels of days gone by, this stretch of tropics is ripe for commentary.J- Food for Thought provides us a great post on the Miami New Times-Lee Klein kerfuffle.
K- Mango&Lime covers the shutdown of the Roots in the City Farmers Market and tries to describe the City of Miami's permitting process.
The mayor’s people, however, made the process sound easy, calling yesterday’s events a “teachable moment” (for the market organizers) and saying it’s just doing business and to do business you need to play by the rules. Fair enough. Organizers are clear that they have no issue with complying, but they also say their calls and emails to the city often go unanswered.L- South Florida Classical Review lists April's South Florida events.
So, if the city “loves those guys” (as they told me) and wouldn’t want these markets to stop, why not just work with them? Easier said than done, I know, but the county does. Many of the people I’ve spoken to say the county has been helpful and willing to work with market organizers so they can operate. I asked the mayor’s office if the city was doing anything to improve the permitting process. They said they were working to make it easier for everyone. How? I’m not sure.
M- Boy Writes Miami suggests you come well-equipped when you visit El Palacio de los Jugos.
Here is a fair warning: If you don’t speak Spanish, you better head to a Berlitz office and hire yourself a translator. Either that or point and smile. Also, they probably accept pesos. And threats.N- with Rick Scott at the helm, Florida's government is definitely "for-profit," says The Reid Report.
If you’re looking for authenticity, this is probably up there. Real food, marginal service, fattening shakes/desserts, and pure español. I don’t even think this place has a web site, or as they call it, a “wessite.” But it’s good, and I’m sure you’ll love it.
The evidence is growing that Rick Scott ran for governor in order to lay the groundwork for future riches for himself and his cronies. As one commenter at the Herald points out, HCA veterans fill the ranks of Solantic, including the company’s CEO, and members of its board.O- State Senator Gwen Margolis has crafted a bill that would make it possible to recall Florida's governor and Eye on Miami has it.