From the outside, former NFL star Dave Duerson seem to have it all: wealth, success, and notoriety. But that all changed on February 17, 2011, when Duerson took his life in his Sunny Isles Beach condo. What everyone quickly discovered, that despite his braggadocio, Duerson had no income, was heavily in debt, and was afraid he was losing his mind. Read the feature on Dave Duerson, "Hard Hit," here.
Critic Lee Klein visits Lulu in Coconut Grove, where owners, Sylvano and Maida Bignon of GreenStreet Café, have executed "a younger, hipper — dare we say artsier? — version of their flagship venue." Read the review of Lulu in Coconut Grove here.
Proving that Miami can be a filmmaker's paradise, the Borscht Film Festival held its seventh edition at the Knight Concert Hall at the Arsht Center on April 23. The festival showcased 23 shorts by Barry Jenkins, Jillian Mayer, the Meza Brothers, Fro Rojas, Lucas Leyva, Andrew Hevia and more.
Roofless Records held the eighth edition of Cinema Sounds as part of the Borscht Film Festival at Wynwood's new art-house theater, O Cinema. Bands featured in the latest installment included Acidosis, Viking Funeral, Gorilla Pussy, and Meat.
In this week's review, Lee Klein points out that Jimmy'z Kitchen Wynwood is nothing like its sibling. It's "bigger, brighter, and more colorful it is than the original outlet in South Beach." Read the review of Jimmy'z Kitchen Wynwood here.
For a second year, Sweat Records took over the streets of Little Haiti for Sweatstock on April 16. In addition to local comics and O, Miami poets, the event featured performances by The State Of, Sumsun, Furious Dudes, Little Beard, Lil Daggers, Deaf Poets, Beings, Panic Bomber, and more.
Critic Lee Klein visits the latest incarnation of Blue Door – rechristened Blue Door Fish – at the Delano. He finds a restaurant that was "formerly a fusion of French/Brazilian and Mediterranean food, now swims almost exclusively in the latter region." Read the review of Blue Door Fish here.