CARL RACHELSON

November Concerts: The Diversity edition

November Concerts: The Diversity edition

The serious challenges posed by 2015 cannot be underestimated. Syria is blowing up. The Middle East is once again in turmoil. Russia has flexed Putin’s muscles, and China appears to be peeking at everything we do. Immigrants flood into Europe while Donald Trump commands 25 percent of the Republican primary …

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GEMS adds new luster to Film Festival’s sparkle

Embrace of the Serpent.

From the first black and white moments of Hsiao-Hsien Hou’s The Assassin, we know we shadow puppets are in the hands of a master director who will make magic to transport us somewhere unfamiliar. A few others have done these supernatural Tang Dynasty trips gorgeously before – Ang Lee’s Crouching …

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GEMS

GEMS

  From the first black and white moments of Hsiao-Hsien Hou’s The Assassin, we know we are shadow puppets in the hands of a master director who will make magic to transport us somewhere with which we are unfamiliar. A few others have done these supernatural Tang Dynasty trips gorgeously …

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Stopping by Wood on a Rainy Evening

Wood Tavern

After braving one of Miami’s legendary thunderstorms for a grueling 60-minute drive through the swamp formerly known as Old Cutler Road, I arrived at the Wood Tavern to investigate both decriminalization wafting through the air and free tacos. Witnessing the typically glorious multicultural mix that is the real Miami – …

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The New Old Miami Sound

Ball and Chain 2

Regrets, I’ve had a few, but then again, too few to mention, but still, it is better to confront the movement than deny it. Funk, soul, Latin/fusion/hip-hop/DJ/horn bands in Miami with wicked guitarists and crazy-pounding beats are alive and well. Regrets, I’ve had a few, but then again, too few …

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Wynwood is dead; long live Wynwood!

Wynwood is dead; long live Wynwood!

In February of 2013, we published this: “Is the death of Wynwood near?” Foolishly, it was written under my byline. I was wrong. Sort of. Perhaps I might claim to have been misquoted? It is now 2015, and Wynwood is filled with locals and tourists and by most any measurement; …

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