If you put in the necessary hours at the office, work overtime on weekends when needed, and generally eat enough shit from your bosses, every once in a long while it all turns out to be worth it. Your job/career grants you a cosmic thank you in the form of an assignment that makes all the crap heaved in your direction slide off your shoulder, at least for a time. Just such a situation befell staff writer Francisco Alvarado recently. And the fruits or plants of that labor are on display for all of us to read this week in "Legalize Marijuana in Florida
Alvarado has written some doozies in his day, but nothing quite like
this magnum opus to Mary Jane which tells us everything we always wanted
to know about pot in Miami and Florida. Learn about the voter petition
drive to change the laws on Miami Beach so that you get a ticket for
toking (rather than spend a night in jail), the Fort Lauderdale suit
whose dealer is Uncle Sam and why cops keep rolling snake eyes in their
costly gambit to curtail weed.
When that high of Alvarado's pipe de la resistance wears off, you'll
Gigi Noodles BBQ Beer
, a new Wynwood restaurant (just across the street from the Shops at
Midtown) that serves up former Top Chef heartthrob Jeff McInnis's
Asian-inspired creations for a very reasonable price.
If restaurants had IQs, Gigi would be a genius. Everything about the
place is smart, starting with the décor and ambiance: lofty, industrial,
urban chic; a contemporary crunch of glass, stainless steel, and
concrete; loud acoustics; a boisterous buzz. It bespeaks big city...
late night... youth... energy... fun.
Once you get your food fix, you'll be looking for something to do.
Luckily, art reviewer Carlos Suarez De Jesus previews the Second Saturday
this weekend. Get a taste of the former Soviet Union with Anton
Solomoukha's series of manipulated photographs titled "Little Red
Riding Hood Visits the Grand Louvre" and "Little Red Riding Hood Visits
At first blush, Solomoukha's pictures appear more paintings than
photographs. He typically arranges his cast of characters -- men, women,
and children -- in elaborately staged settings based on drawings he first
executes using Photoshop. He then photographs his clothed and nude
models against a tarry black background to diffuse the light in
erotically and psychologically freighted scenes. The result is both
seductive and discomfiting.
Finally, this week's film review answers the question, "would we still
be fucked up if we could live forever and never got sick?" J. Hoberman
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critiques Never Let Me Go, and answers the questions with an emphatic--probably.
The movie derives considerable poignancy by pondering a child's naive
interpretation of the monstrous status quo -- in this case, an exclusive
boarding school evocatively known as Hailsham. As rich in rustic charm,
English tradition, and magical thinking as the Hogwarts School of
Witchcraft and Wizardry, Hailsham is equally unnatural.