Almost Paradise

Rarely do Miamians take the opportunity to revel in this city’s rich, textured history. But those itching for a bit of past-provided stimulation need look no further than the Coral Gables Museum (285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables) and its special exhibit, “Concrete Paradise: Miami Marine Stadium,” a limited-run event that will showcase the fascinating history — both glamorous and decaying — of Key Biscayne’s Marine Stadium. The exhibit will feature illustrative original documents, from black-and-white videos of the structure in its prime to bold, full-color leaflets advertising races and performances from the lively periods of the stadium’s use. “Concrete Paradise” is curated by art conservator and author Rosa Lowinger and opens with a proper party, complete with live outdoors parkour performances, light installations, and exclusive tours and video projections of the building’s past, present, and future. Fear not, fans of the graffiti art that has covered the stadium in the years since its closure — the people at Friends of Miami Marine Stadium know how important all of that spray paint is to many of us residents, and that’s one of the reasons you’ll also see photo murals of various works of graffiti as part of the exhibition.
Oct. 17-Jan. 20, 2013
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Travis Cohen is a writer for Miami New Times and covers subjects ranging from arts and architecture to marijuana and monkeys with herpes. He graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor's degree in English in 2012 and began working with New Times shortly thereafter. He was born and raised in Miami.