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ART DECO WEEKEND
MIAMI DESIGN PRESERVATION LEAGUE
Miami Beach [Art Deco] Architecture
“Moon Over Miami” b/ Doug Wimbish
MIAMI BEACH CENTURY / Ziegfeld/Solar Eclipse
RETURN TO FOREVER REUNION (2007)
@ The Jackie Gleason Theater (Now, The Fillmore)
Al Di Meola
Sunny Isles Condominium
@ The Arsht (w/Lee Ritenour)
@ The Van Dyke Cafe
Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
“Flesh On Flesh” w/Bob Nichols, Anthony Jackson, Criteria Studios (Now, The Hit Factory)
$10,000 to play one short riff for a hip-hop star who was also in the studio
VOCAL RENDEZVOUS / “Cosmipolitan” w/Leonid Augutin
The Marlin Hotel (Collins Avenue) Island Records recording studios
Eileen Ford Modeling Agency
@ Soundscape Park
New World Center
Glass Wall Dancers
Underground Bar w/Kim (10th Anniversary)
Mac’s Club Duece
w/ Broadway singers
Playing the Mondrian (off Alton, on Biscayne Bay)
Morris Lapidus (Architect)
Liv (Dance Club)
Nat King Cole
“WHEN THE BEACH WAS HOT”
b/ Tom Austin (Miami New Times) 1993
WASHINGTON AVE. (TheDark Side)
GALLERY OF THE UNKNOWN ARTIST
Glass Skulls, Water Cooler w/Grain Alcohol Punch, Over-stuffed furniture
Not an inch of wall not covered by art.
THE MIAMI LIGHT PROJECT
Flashdance Break Dancers at The Colony Theater
Graffit Backdrop (Pacheco)
Pennsylvania Ave. Restaurant (Pink with Starfish on wooden gate)
as if entering a small, Miami Beach backyard.
Steven Bauer of “Scarface” fame.
Cuban drug lord Manny Ribera
“MIAMI BOHEME” An American Musical Journey
The Ball & Chain
Calle Ocho / Little Havana
Emilio Perez (Covers)
DEEP CITY: The Birth Of The Miami Sound
In 1968, a local disc jockey introduced Betty Wright as “super-Miami’s own homegrown superstar”. Wright, who grew up in Liberty City, began her solo career at 11 when Clarence Reid and Willie Clarke heard her singing in Johnny’s Record Rack, the base for their Deep City label. A few years later she recorded Girls Can’t Do What the Guys Do, which earned her a spot on TV’s American Bandstand. In 1971, at 18, came the “Big One, Clean Up Woman.” It sold four million copies and hit No. 6 on the pop charts and No. 2 on the R&B rankings. In 1975, she won a Grammy as co-writer of Where Is the Love, the Roberta Flack-Donny Hathaway smash. In 1977, The New York Times called her “one of the great soul singers.” By 1983, she had recorded eight albums. Today, the soul music legend lives in Miami and continues to enjoy success in the music industry.
Florida’s Cuban Connection
JAZZIZ CUBA STORY … Patrick Farrell Photographs/ Layouts/ …
THE CUBAN CONNECTION / MIAMI / NYC
Desi Arnez “I Love Lucy” — Gloria and Emilio Estefan / Miami Sound Machine
Mario Bauza at the Stephen Talkhouse./Washington & 5th – Miami Beach
w/Sue Leach and boyfriend DeWitt … all “new” to Miami.
(w/Laura Kelly [Mike Nesmith) for Candy Cokouris’ 30th … “The Leaners,” fronted by Candy
SOUTH OF FIFTH … Isolated Joe’s Stone Crab, crushed shell, sand roads.
Reminded me of St. Augustine. (Compared to Now … The homeless elderly woman
Selling flowers next to the CENTURY HOTEL (Art Deco Weekend Poster) …
Valets moving luxury sports car (Mercedes and Porches) after Luxury sports car
making sure the “best” was prominently on display in front of their restaurant.
HIGH END … Italian and Steak (Miami Meat) as cruise boats run out (NEED FOOTAGE)
Leather-capped, hip-hop, African-American, Milliniels in a convertible Ferrari (Gray, NOT Red)
VALET’S ALL MOVE TO ACCOMMODATE … Move the (pathetic/sad) homeless woman away.
Denied by so many who sit down and spend no less than $5 for a glass of water.
ANOTHER DAY (1992) — POST ANDREW
@ a hotel on the east side of the southernmost COLLINS AVE. addresses.
Much like THE CENTURY HOTEL.
Venetian-blinded hallways … Chill/ Lounge/ Dance(able) music …
onto Coral Stone patio … venetian blinded hallway … Chill/Lounge/Comfortably Funky music.
Wood floors after TERRAZZO lobby.
Onto the patio … tall wispy, soft, Australian Pines surrouned
Wind, the sound of the surf.
RED BOUFONT HAIR & A POODLE SKIRT and SADDLE SHOES TO MATCH
Didn’t know I was witnessing a legendary (always thought unlikely reunion)
Hassled by the mysterious guy … Candy’s ex-boyfriend (lawyer) who was in attendance.
AFTER SHOW AT MAC’S CLUB DEUCE.
— (25¢) Phone booth in the corner … little room between bar and it.
Parade of South Beach’s finest charachters,
Politely waiting their turn to make their personal call at 2AM.
Next door to the LIDO SPA … Still open, but far more popular when Laura’s place was built.
Corner apartment in a early 60s style two-floor concrete block building.
looking onto Biscayne Bay west to downtown Miami … north to Miami Beach
Stuffed Marlin … Globe Collection … THE TRAVELER.
Miami Light Project/ Spalding Gray/ ….. Galas
backdrop for BreakDancers … who had appeared in the movie “FAME”
Marlon Pacheco (who I later used as an illustrator at New Times)
w/Haley Downs … studio in overtown
SPAM ALL STARS — Cassette Tape he had drawn the cover for.
Andrew and Gail (furniture makers)
Peter Rabino w/Hunter Reno
Steve Pynes/Nancy Kromar
Dan — Bird of Paradise/Ranch Style 50s-60s block house (architecturly bastardized)
w/Deco Trim. MDPL … Steve’s trial tour. Met at the Diner … took us on the tour … then
DRAG QUEEN ELVIS, MASON JAR MARGARITAS, AND THE BEST CORNBREAD
south of Jackson, Mississippi.
Upstairs room with velvet Elvis’sLit by a loosly strung string of christmas lights …
DRAG QUEEN STAFF
— (“BirdCage” performers at night / Mac’s Club Deuce after hours)
DEUCE … another dive in the South Beach neighborhood between OCEAN DRIVE & LINCOLN
Michael & Lorraine/husband/wife/contractor/dancer
CANDY KOKOURIS (THE LEANERS)
Century Hotel Patio on a blustery South Miami Beach
(Compilation Disc Washington Square)
Gallery of Unknown Artists … glass skulls, soft sofas, no piece of wall uncovered …
Water Cooler of beverages other than water.
THE STRAND … quiet restaurant, next door, more a reminder of the 1950s
SIMPLE LINE OF NEON — AMPLIFYING THE ARCHITECTURAL LINE.
PRINCE — GLAM SLAM
Miami Beach Comedy shows (including Rich Jeni)
STEPHEN TALKHOUSE — Livingston Taylor, Leo Kottke …
Bars had bands … Cincinnati Funk Band
MARIO BAUZA — legendary Cuban band leader/ Copa Cobana/ Havana to New York City
w/Sue Leach and boyfriend Dewitt … had an extra ticket …
Soon the small room is packed, and the band is killing. Both Celia and Tito sat in.
As did so many other greats who Sue, Dewitt, and I had no idea who they were.
But we all appreciated how great they all were.
Pointing out solos …
SHOW’S OVER WHEN THE BANDLEADER FALLS ASLEEP.
MAXIMUM BOB — TV show
Elmore Leonard/ Dave Barry/
CARL HIAASEN — Tourist Season