Photo by JipsyFarewell, Shelley Novak!When former New Times staff writer Natalie O'Neill wanted to get the inside scoop on the gay glory days of South Beach she turned to drag queen-extraordinaire Shelley Novak. The self-described "Barney Rubble in a dress" took her to an Office Depot that once w ... More >>
Miami New Times cleaned up in the nondaily division of the 60th Annual Green Eyeshade Awards, which determine the best work in 11 Southeastern States. Former staff writer Natalie O'Neill took a first place in investigative reporting for "Piece of Mind," a probe of suicides and other problems at t ... More >>
Natalie O'NeillYesterday was Miami Beach's second annual gay pride parade. It was a blast. Here are some photos.
Legalizing weed would stimulate Florida's economy.
Natalie O'Neill Mike Gibaldi, Charman of Surfrider Foundation.Jesse Bull, a surfer with a tidy goatee, rides a four-foot wave to shore on a blustery South Beach day. In his black wetsuit, he gazes out towards the crashing waves, then furrows his brow. "The ocean is important," he says. " ... More >>
Natalie O'NeillJust when you thought Florida would never legalize marijuana, the folks over at Moha Super market go and prove you wrong. Smokers Behold: Miami's very first pack of rolled ganja cigarettes. New Pot! Oh, man. It almost seems too good to be true. Like it could even be a mistake! But no ... More >>
Natalie O'NeillDaisy Deadpetals, who is a drag queen, gets ready backstage,Gender Bender doesn't usually preview nightlife events, but the drag show at Voodoo Lounge is worth checking out. We've seen similar acts in Boston, San Francisco, and Miami but this one -- based in Fort Laud ... More >>
Natalie O'Neill Iggy Pop at OHWOWOn the front page of the Miami Herald today is a photo of Sylvester Stallone, posed in front of an abstract red painting. The article goes on to cite "the star power" at Art Basel this year. It explains the rich and famous are spending more ... More >>
"Most politicians should serve two terms — one in office and one in jail."
Natalie O'Neill AtomikAtomik, a hot-tempered graffiti bomber, shakes a can of yellow spray paint and nods toward a pair of toothless Haitian men. "These guys won't mind if I tag their dumpster," he says and then scribbles his moniker onto the rust-blasted box. In an alley near NW 71st Stre ... More >>
"One has to be strong not to do something as extreme as killing oneself."
If everything from the lottery, Gulfstream, and even Indian reservations is really supposed to help out with education, why are so many teachers out of work?
Von Hautman wont be left exposed and impoverished. A guy like this always finds another victim.
It's funny. Lately we've been enjoying street art more than what's inside the galleries. There's a team of impromptu break dancers. A band of merry typewriter poets. Unwavering bongo drummers. This past Saturday was extra-impressive. There was a kick-ass female violinist, a fire dancer, and a spoke ... More >>
"I surely hope our entire community will show Barry this is intolerable behavior."
Today Bill Cooke at Random Pixels took a shot at New Times and editorial jefe Chuck Strouse. He wrote: I used to love Miami New Times. When I lived in Coconut Grove I knew where the paper was delivered on Wednesday and usually snagged a copy by early afternoon. Since editor Jim Mullin's departure a ... More >>
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Last night, Real World: Brooklyn made queer TV history, thanks to the first ever transgender cast member, a South Florida male-to-female named Katelyn Cusanelli. The introspective, self-proclaimed computer geek, who went to McPhatter Technical School in Davie and Palm Beach Community College talked ... More >>
"Ever seen pig after pig being bled at a slaughterhouse? I can tell you knife hunting often pales in comparison."
An 18 year-old from Coral Springs was busted for wielding brass knuckles and a pocket knife, a petite middle-aged woman shouted "baby killers!," and a mob of protesters chucked rocks at a cop car. The Israeli-Palestinian protest Sunday on Biscayne Boulevard was a loud, colorful microcosm of hate - w ... More >>
If you think budget cuts at your job suck (New Times is a considering a writing-by-candlelight, tent-office setup) try being a Miami-Dade public defender. Thanks to shrinking state court funds - down in 44 million in the past two years - these burnt-out servants of the poor, tired, huddl ... More >>
In the event that you've had better things to do than watch MTV deteriorate into a steaming sewer of reality programming, you may have missed South Florida's double-time queer cast previewed on Real World Brooklyn. The show's 21st season premiers January 7 and will follow its first-ever transgender ... More >>
Grove Square Condominium, a pristine peach-colored tower just few blocks from Coco Walk, is the kind of place an empty-nester might settle into a quiet life of coddling small dogs and dining at so-so chain restaurants. But lately, things haven't been so quiet. Last Thursday, resident Teresa Valdes ... More >>
Grove Square Condominium, a pristine peach-colored tower just few blocks from Coco Walk, is the kind of place an empty-nester might settle into a quiet life of coddling small dogs and dining at so-so chain restaurants. But lately, things haven't been so quiet. Two Thursdays ago, resident Teresa Va ... More >>
Riptide got a package in the mail a few days ago. At first, we thought it might be a Christmas present, or a juicy story tip, but then we recognized the handwriting. It was from an inmate we've gotten to know pretty well over the last couple months. A few weeks ago, New Times ran a story about Jea ... More >>
Animal rights activist Jim Dunn is willing to bet that, if Old Saint Nick could materialize in Miami-Dade, the man in red would paint a huge protest sign and then boycott Santa's Enchanted Forrest. How come? Well, the "country's biggest Christmas theme park" may offer the kiddies lights and trees g ... More >>
Victor-Hugo Vaca has a creative way of getting his point across. To protest the nastiness of bureaucracy, the wayward, fiercely opinionated, Naval officer-turned-artist has tried everything from running for US President to hanging four-foot penis paintings across from the VIP section at Art Basil. W ... More >>
"Anyone who lays out $6 million for a South Beach condo must be smoking some good stuff."
Walking into the Scope tent yesterday was like getting smacked in the face with an art stick. You know, in a good way. Inside, it was a visual sensory overload, with way too much for any normal, methamphetamine-free viewer to see in one trip. Riptide felt like a contestant on Supermarket Sweep, rush ... More >>
They're out there: hoity-toity connoisseurs just waiting to tell you that fashion photographers aren't real artists. They'll say, "Bla, bla, bla isn't fine art. Bla, bla, bla isn't thought-provoking... Bla." Then they'll take a sip of free champgne from a plastic cup and check their Blackberries wh ... More >>
If the Kramer vs. Kramer movie script had been written in finger paint and then dunked in a vile of LSD, it would be a lot like Victor-Hugo Vaca's online graphic novel Crackhead Jesus. In the story, the Miami artist satirizes his own courtroom experiences to point out the nastiness of the justice s ... More >>
There needs to be some kind of drinking game tied to breaking news alerts that tell us how grim our financial futures are. It began this morning on the Herald’s website with the news that employment in Florida is at a 15-year high and that it could get worse by next summer. In related news, a ... More >>
Living in the city can get to you. There are too many people and not enough trees. So this past weekend, in the dark, windy pre-dawn morning, I drove to an eerily quiet, woodsy patch of the everglades to meet two wild boar hunters. These guys – both named Mark – were about as country as you can ... More >>
Photo via Coconut Grove Grapevine Yesterday somebody plunked what looks like a ten-by-eight-foot wooden box down in the middle of CocoWalk, with a sign on it that says, “Open December 9.” Like a bunch of kids at Christmas, Grovites were placing bets on the contents of the mystery package last n ... More >>
Former state Sen. Gwen Margolis, age 74, is one unhappy politician. And she’ll tell you why: A runoff is on the way for the position of Miami-Dade’s first elected property appraiser, despite her 72,000-vote lead over Pedro Garcia. “It’s one of the weirdest situations I’ve ever seen,” she ... More >>
Brad Beckerman, 28, wasn’t always the “wheatgrass-drinking, meditating vegan” he is today. The former escort service-running, gun-toting, DEA-bribing party boy from Miami Beach just launched his own homemade, holistic blend of tonic, made of -- among ingredients we can’t pronounce -- West In ... More >>
"Any story that involves strippers and hip-hop that's not derogatory but informative is cool with me."
"I was thinking about letting my daughter enroll at Barry University but have changed my mind big time."
Something’s up at Barry University. The department in charge of keeping students at the Catholic Miami Shores college from getting raped, mugged, and robbed crumbled this past month. And so far, media hasn’t noticed. Public Safety Executive Director Stanley Young -- and two other top officials ... More >>
With indoor grow houses taking over the marijuana market, you don’t hear about people smuggling weed into the U.S. much anymore. But this past Saturday, at the Port of Miami, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement found 6,000 pounds of pot in burlap sacks, sent from Jamaica. Were talking about a str ... More >>
This past week, The Miami Herald blasted a comforting message: The state’s proposed gay marriage ban isn’t doing so hot. Polls show Amendment 2 is lacking up to 19 percent of the voter support it needs to pass in Florida. On top of that, Mayor Manny Diaz, the Miami City Commission, and the Browa ... More >>
Courtesy of Gotopless.org Political activists of the aging hippie persuasion made a big, naked statement on Miami Beach Saturday to protest what they see as female oppression. The injustice: Men in Miami can go topless on the street but women can’t. Donna Newman, regional president of the prote ... More >>
Miami documentarian Claudia Forestieri is on to something. Or, at least, she’s picked a juicy enough topic for her latest project - which dives into what she calls “the bi-sexy phenomenon.” “A bi-sexy female is someone who is straight, but projects the image of bisexuality because it’s p ... More >>
Natalie O'Neill Alerta! Miami Indie Showcase Friday, May 30, 2008 White Room, Miami It’s not that indie rock kids can’t dance. It’s just that, at most shows, they spend more time leaning against a wall or sucking down a cigarette than moving to the beat. But not at Alterta Indie Showcase. A ... More >>
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