Okay, now that we have THAT over with...here's your not-so-scary evening Sift.
A- There are some images around the South Florida blogosphere this evening that I'll make note of under one single heading: a fake Craigslist ad at Random Pixels, adorable Boston Terriers in costume at Restaurant Gal, offshore racing photos at Nikon Miami, Lincoln Road Halloween pictures at Hello, I'm Scott, and Black Moth Super Rainbow concert shots at Beached Miami.
B- Burger Beast loves him some Dog Eat Dog food truck hot dogs.
The Dog is wrapped in Bacon and smothered in their homemade Chili and homemade Cheese Sauce. I chose to skip out on the Potato Sticks as I’m quite content with just these toppings. The Chili which had no beans (Yes!) had the right amount of beefiness and a touch of sweet. It could have probably only been better by adding a dash of Hot Sauce, not their fault but mine.C- Emerge Miami attracted a lot of attention to pedestrian safety and crosswalks by having folks, including a small child, cross the street with signs for 40 minutes at a Coral Gables intersection...at Transit Miami.
Motorist reactions were mixed. There were many instances of driver misbehavior and disrespect. Several drivers illegally blocked the intersection trying to turn left after their green arrow was gone and many making right turns came within inches of our legs; angrily demanding with their vehicles that we yield our space. The strangest comment we received was from a woman in an SUV trying to make a right turn while we were lawfully crossing the street, she rolled down her window, stared into our faces and our signs urging drivers to take care and reminding them that we are all pedestrians, and shouted angrily, “Why don’t you get a job!”D- Looks like the Design District and Midtown are getting ready for the Art Basel crowd, according to the latest at Curbed Miami.
And Midtown, ohhh Midtown, is rapidly transforming into a tent city of art, a hooverville for art collecting millionaires that reminds one just how much of an anti-Occupy Wall Street kind of a place this town can be.E- Salty Eggs ravages the investors and developers that brought Wynwood to life under the cover of street art.
Graffiti and street art, expressions born of impoverished inner cities during the waning period of American industry, became stylistic cover for what was essentially an organized land grab by a few wealthy families and institutions. Grafitti has been recuperated by capitalism, accepted by the mainstream art world and turned into its opposite. Originally an expression by marginalized people of defiance against private property, in Wynwood it has been cynically used as “street cred” for the reinforcement of private property interests, for the transformation of a low income neighborhood into a swanky arts district.F- Tropicult tells us what to expect from a documentary titled "Rising Tide: A Story of Miami Artists" that is set to air on PBS.
Rising Tide: A Story of Miami Artists is a documentary about seven young exceptionally talented visual artists who live and work in Miami, a city that is in the middle of a cultural explosion.G- Justice Building Blog pays tribute to a Miami-Dade judge nicknamed "Fast Gerry" who has passed away. Make sure you read the comments, too.
The program takes viewers inside the working worlds of these uniquely creative people, at the same time giving insight into the history and trajectory of Miami’s own recent creative development.
There's one great story (among hundreds) that we love about Judge Klein. The Judge was known as Fast Gerry because at a time when the traffic and crimes sections of county court were separate, Judge Klein would clear his courtroom calendar in the crimes division and hit the golf links on Miami Beach by 11 am or so most days of the week.H- South Florida Food and Wine makes a video.
The Albariño Explorers Club recently conducted a search for a charismatic wine/food blogger that has a strong knowledge of wine to be the Rías Baixas Albariño wine ambassador for the United States; yours truly has submitted her application. The winner will be announced on November 19, 2012. Part of the application process was to create a 3-5 minute video showing why you’d be the best choice for the Albariño Explorers Club Ambassador position, a key part was to have fun with it and show you had personality.I- Apparently there are some parking problems at the Aventura polling station that Eye on Miami notes.
A family member was turned away from the early voting site in Aventura. The police told him there was no parking. He saw the police letting other cars in and asked them why some cars were let in and not others. The police said they had city business. He said he told the cops that he had a right to vote. The cops said, I don't know maybe you can park at the Park (around the block). The end result: He didn't vote. There needs to be a shuttle to parking or some arrangements made for people not handicapped but older.