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2007 Stories by Greg Baker

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  • Just Look Up

    published December 27, 2007

    So you packed your lawn chairs, binoculars, bug repellant, picnic dinner, and companions into the jalopy and headed out to the beach or the... More >>

  • Tribal Celebration

    published December 20, 2007

    Maybe it’s good that the Miccosukee nation is gaining recompense from its oppressors at their big casino on Krome Venue. But it has that many... More >>

  • Speed Demons

    published December 13, 2007

    In many (southern) areas, including Homestead, the Monday-morning drive to work following a Sunday broadcast of stock-car racing takes on added... More >>

  • Peepshow Surprise

    published December 6, 2007

    When you step into a booth at a sex shop, you expect to be titillated by tits, amazed by ass, and sucked eyes-first into a steamy world of sex... More >>

  • The Promise of a New Day

    published December 6, 2007

    Ricky Burdett carries extremely impressive credentials. He’ll need ’em in a place like Miami. Heck, he’ll probably need... More >>

  • Culture Vultures

    published November 29, 2007

    More than 150 published definitions of the word culture exist. It’s a human thing -- other animals don’t do culture. Hell, they... More >>

  • Fast as You Can

    published November 15, 2007

    People of Appalachia have long had an, uh, independent streak -- the area remains a top pot-growing region – and that independence is perhaps... More >>

  • That’s a Lotta Candles

    published November 8, 2007

    Traditionally the annual anniversary party at Tobacco Road – which, turning 95, becomes older than all of Miami’s other live... More >>

  • Haitian Sensations

    published November 1, 2007

    On the surface, it seems like Caribbean music’s answer to the Bible’s Isaac and Ishmael: konpa versus rara. The rhythmic battle... More >>

  • Double Time for Jazz Fiends

    published October 18, 2007

    As with many significant musicians, classification is pointless when it comes to James Blood Ulmer. Yeah, blues, sure ... but there’s... More >>

  • Contemporary Classics

    published October 4, 2007

    Damn, Miami really is bursting at its cultural seams. Even without the historical and emotional cachet of last year’s retirement sendoff for... More >>

  • Museum Madness

    published September 27, 2007

    The British guy who willed the money that would be used to open the Smithsonian Institution in 1835 decreed it to be “an establishment for... More >>

  • Iranian Treasure

    published September 13, 2007

    What the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts could use is a really big show by a superdiva -- Celine or Streisand or even Madonna. Instead the... More >>

  • Get Crackin’

    published September 6, 2007

    Linguists, scholars, writers -- hellfire, even crackers -- have attempted to pin down the provenance of the term Florida cracker. Some... More >>

  • Bang a Gong

    published August 23, 2007

    In Western minds there is some odd connection between Buddha and ninjas. Uh, they’re both, um, not Western? Actually another connection is... More >>

  • Southern Cousins

    published August 16, 2007

    Latin America is rich in the vestiges of grand traditions and vibrant with modern cultural creativity. Unfortunately, indulging in a visit to... More >>

  • Stranger than Fiction

    published August 2, 2007

    It’s been tackled in films, on television, in memoirs, diaries, novels, and nonfiction. And despite all of those words and perspectives,... More >>

  • Time Is of the Essence

    published July 26, 2007

    They once stood as an alternative to the Hollywood bad-moviemaking industrial complex. Now it seems every city, town, village, and intersection... More >>

  • We Want Blood

    published July 19, 2007

    Miller Lite tried its best, but still Miami FC continues to lack whatever would help this struggling-in-the-wins-department soccer club... More >>

  • Avast, Ye Fruits

    published July 12, 2007

    There’s a rumor Johnny Depp is in town desperately going door-to-door and begging people to see his awful new Pirates of the Caribbean... More >>

  • Bring Your Triangle

    published July 5, 2007

    Good TV shows air Sunday nights because people tend to stay home then. Music clubs consider Sunday a dead night. Smart club bosses – you can... More >>

  • Add This to Your List

    published June 28, 2007

    The sins of Fidel Castro have been cast throughout the Caribbean, ricocheting, of course, most notably off the humble burg called Miami. Yes, of... More >>

  • Shake It and Shop

    published June 21, 2007

    Never mind the retailing. For that, smaller malls -- or, God bless ’em, stand-alone stores -- will suffice. Dolphin Mall is more city that... More >>

  • Bebop for Plain Folks

    published June 14, 2007

    The best jazz tends to be accidental. Past midnight in a pizza shop in the Grove (back when a pizza shop was about the only thing open past... More >>

  • Vote for Jim

    published June 7, 2007

    Populist party candidate Jim Wurster is a shoo-in for U.S. president in the 2008 elec.... Sorry, we are referencing Wurster’s... More >>

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