Willy Chirino

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    The Mamis of Calle Ocho 2013 Talk Bros, Ratchets, and Pitbull

    Calle Ocho is America's largest Latin block party, where people from all over the world gather along 27 blocks to celebrate Hispanic heritage with music, food, and entertainment. Although Willy Chirino, DJ Laz, and Elvis Crespo were the ones putting on a show, the main source of entertainment was t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Calle Ocho 2013: A 13-Stage Music and Entertainment Guide

    Little Havana rises with the cock. Sunlight gleams off her concrete hips. She revels in her hot and sticky wetness. As fresh, juicy papaya scents float on palm tree breezes, she burns a sacred herb and swallows a cafecito with a piece of buttered toast. Today is her birthday, and soon 2 million fee ... More >>

  • Music

    March 8, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Calle Ocho 2012: An 11-Stage Music and Entertainment Guide

    ​It feels like only yesterday that we were shaking our hips with Gloria Estefan in a record-breaking 119,969-person conga line at Calle Ocho. But that was March of 1988, Reagan was in still office, and Miami New Times was only a fortnightly newspaper, not the massive multimedia empire that it is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Ten Best Music-Related Things to Do This Weekend Under $10

    Via​America's 9.1 unemployment rate got you down? Yeah, we're pretty bummed about that shit too. But at least the weekend's here, and there's plenty of stuff to do that's under $10. Treat yourself to a free Surfer Blood concert, or maybe tackle $0.99 beers at Miami's old ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Tribute to Benny More With Tiempo Libre at Miami-Dade County Auditorium March 12

    Photo by Daniel Azoulay​In the realm of Cuban music, there's everyone else, and then there's Benny More. And if that seems like a sweeping generalization, so be it. It's a simple fact. Yes, his contemporary Perez Prado left behind some big shoes to fill himself. But even the cat who composed "M ... More >>

  • Music

    June 24, 2010
  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    Saturday Night: Palo! at Kimbaracumbara

    Juan "Buddah Funk" GomezAt the entry of Kimbaracumbara, a small restaurant club hidden between an art gallery and a Chinese restaurant in Little Havana, there's a painting of the Virgin Mary with a baby Jesus and three angels holding her afloat. Celia Cruz's song "Quimbara" plays in the background. ... More >>

  • Music

    July 13, 2006

    All That

    Arturo Sandoval's namesake club keeps lighted the flame of jazz

  • Music

    April 6, 2006

    Spacious International

    When it comes to good alternative fusion, funk and Latin go hand in hand

  • Music

    July 25, 2002

    Ozzy Knows Best

    The first father of shock rock buries teen pop; Miami's little grrrls grow up and growl

  • News

    July 4, 2002

    Faking the Funk

    The pundits say a new day has arrived for Miami's arts scene. Don't believe the hype.

  • News

    March 7, 2002

    Carnival of Consumption

    What was once a quaint Cuban festival is now part pan-Latino flag rally; part Hispanic marketer's dream

  • Music

    October 18, 2001


    We are the United States

  • Calendar

    May 17, 2001

    Free At Last

    Freedom Tower

  • News

    February 1, 2001

    Cuban Missive Crisis

    For years the infamous Wasp Network collected reams of data on Miami's anti-Castro forces -- and the sundry, sometimes bizarre, attempts to infiltrate them

  • News

    August 17, 2000

    Letters to the Editor

    From the issue of August 17, 2000

  • News

    December 23, 1999


    Used, Abused, and Alone

  • News

    October 7, 1999


    Another round of Los Van Van insanity

  • News

    August 26, 1999

    Miami Maestro

    Roberto Torres is the leader of the band, the singer of the songs, and the keeper of the Cuban musical flame

  • Calendar

    June 17, 1999

    Night & Day

    June 17 - 23, 1999

  • News

    September 24, 1998
  • News

    August 20, 1998

    The New Miami Sound

    It's straight from contemporary Cuba and it has taken root in a most unlikely place: Little Havana

  • News

    June 4, 1998

    Radio Free Miami

    Welcome to the new Radio Marti, dragged into the swirl of local exile politics, more quarrelsome than ever, and growing increasingly irrelevant

  • News

    May 28, 1998

    Isla de la Musica

    The biggest surprise at Havana's Cubadisco '98: A burgeoning retinue of Americans hoping to cash in

  • Music

    August 7, 1997
  • Music

    July 17, 1997
  • News

    April 10, 1997

    Images of Exile

    No money. No filmmaking experience. No hope for commercial success. Minor details didn't stop Joe Cardona and Alex Anton from exploring their Cuban heritage.

  • Calendar

    March 6, 1997
  • News

    November 28, 1996

    Notes from the Underground

    Impoverished and imperiled, Cuba's independent journalists stubbornly cling to the notion of a free press

  • Calendar

    July 25, 1996
  • News

    July 25, 1996

    King of Clubs

    Club Tropigala's heritage dates back to nineteenth-century Cuba, but when the curtain rises, this could only be Miami

  • News

    July 11, 1996

    Happy Birthday to the Blacks, the Hispanics, and the Anglos.

    Much like the city itself, Miami's centennial celebration gets color coordinated

  • News

    February 15, 1996
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    December 28, 1995

    Land of Opportunity

    Dade's property tax assessment appeals system features sloppy record-keeping, a lack of oversight -- and a whole lot of money for those who know how to ask for it

  • News

    November 2, 1995

    Capitalist or Commie?

    How a Miami businessman got rich doing business with Cuba - and lived to shout about it

  • News

    August 25, 1995

    A Man Out of Time

    Repeatedly sideswiped by fame, singer-songwriter Dennis Britt braces for one last lunge at the big time

  • News

    August 10, 1995

    The Next Wave

    A dedicated group of Latin Americans breaks the sound barrier with rock en espanol

  • News

    January 12, 1995

    Tears of a Clown

    Fredgie's quest for kids' show success hasn't exactly been a barrel of laughs -- but then again, it sure is a funny business

  • News

    May 4, 1994

    No Peace for Paula

    In Cuba she was a symbol, the Madonna of the Counterrevolution. But in Miami, it's a different kind of fight for Paula Valiente.

  • Music

    January 8, 1992

    Nuclear Countdown

    Valdez is dreaming again

  • News

    October 30, 1991
  • News

    June 5, 1991