There's a little nip in the air. It's slight, and still cloaked in sweltering South Florida heat. But still, if you've lived here long enough you can notice it. It simply means fall is here, and that's a good thing because we need some serious cooling off. We can get violent with the slightest provocation. But it's not our fault, it's part of our history.
Just ask the MSG Cartel. They're not what you think, unless you are thinking about the Miami Style Gods, one of the city's top graffiti crews. Staff writer Gus Garcia-Roberts takes you through the final days and ruckus life of Ynot, a rising star in the bombing world who got snuffed out in a senseless street fight, in "Marked for Death." But don't expect his memory to fade anytime soon. His body is gone but his spirit keeps tagging. You'll see his work and posthumous tributes around town more than ever. That's how they do.
Graffiti artists are just that, and the violence that surrounds their world is tangential. But the same cannot be said of Scarface. No, not Mr. Montana, but the real deal: Al Capone. The Chicago mobster had strong ties in Miami. Heck, he even stood through a perjury trial at the Miami-Dade County Courthouse in 1930. And it's happening again for you historical rubberneckers that didn't' get enough of Capone in the Untouchables. HistoryMiami is re-enacting the trial in the same courtroom where it went down a cool 80 years ago. Local actors will play the part of the mobsters and flatfoots, and the place will be done up '30s style on Tuesday, Sept. 28. Click here for more info.
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Unlike in Capone's days, there's no law against swilling hooch these days so long as you don't imbibe before you drive. Somebody forgot to tell that to nationally-renowned composer Wendy Mae Chambers who lives in Miami. She was sauced when she plowed into a local resident. But the law smiles on those who are gifted as you'll see in "Orchestrated Revenge" in Riptide. Staff writer Michael E. Miller sheds light on why, despite a "mountain of evidence" against her, Chambers got off with Lindsey Lohan like sentence-- six-months in rehab. And how the victim is taking the news.
Speaking of jail, last time we saw Gordon Gekko--of the famous "greed is good" credo--he was on his way to the slammer after being set up by a young Charlie Sheen in the 1987 classic Wall Street. Well, Gekko's out and he's got a new young apprentice (Shia LaBeouf--of Transformers infamy) who is likely to sell him out again in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Read Nick Pinkerton's review to find out whether Oliver Stone's dangerous venture into sequels ends up successful or not.
And finally, S. Pajot gets chatty with English novelist Tom McCarthy. The Brit was at Books and Books last week shilling his new book C. Don't let the simple name fool you, this one is what us simpletons call a deep read. McCarthy gives insight into how his admiration for radio, William S. Burroughs and coke find their way into the novel.