5 August 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 88 of the #OnlyinMiami Show featured interviews with local street artists Trek 6 and Diana Contreras who are participating in the Beck’s Urban Canvas event in Miami.
2:46 – Grant began the show by talking about the anniversary of the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, MO. Grant lamented the fact that this tragedy occurred, but argued that this may well be the moment that the public awakened to the fact that police interactions should be monitored and that law enforcement officers should be held accountable for their actions.
7:57 – Grant was joined by Lia Figueredo who talked about the Beck’s Urban Canvas campaign that is sponsoring murals by local street artists throughout the county, including Little Haiti, Little Havana, Wynwood, and the new ‘Leah Arts District. She talked about some of the upcoming events that Beck’s is sponsoring, which include a number of art walk type of events. The next event will be Arts & Drafts event – visit https://www.facebook.com/ArtsDraftsMiami for more information. Another event this week is the Wynwood Art Walk this Saturday and will be a part of the Secret Garden party – for more information, find The Secret Garden on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EnterTheSecretGarden. For more information about more upcoming events, visit becksurbancanvas.com or follow the hashtag #becksurbancanvas.
10:38 – Grant was joined by Trek 6, who is one of the street artists Beck’s is sponsoring this summer. He talked about his project at the Region’s Bank on NE 36th Street and Biscayne Boulevard. It features hummingbirds as a motif symbolically representing the Little Haiti and Wynwood neighborhoods. He also talked about his personal story and how he came to be involved in art. Trek 6 previewed his upcoming projects, which include a trip to Vietnam. Connect with him online on Facebook (www.facebook.com/trek.six), Twitter (https://twitter.com/treksix), and Instagram (https://instagram.com/trek6).
24:46 – Grant talked with Diana Contreras, another of the artists Beck’s is sponsoring through the Urban Canvas project. She talked about her current projects, including her Urban Canvas project which will be in Little Havana at Futurama on Calle Ocho and 17th Avenue. She will be painting a Cuban girl surveying Calle Ocho. She is also preparing for a solo show in Orlando which is coming up soon. She generally likes to paint portraits of women, and she talked about her artistic inspirations. Connect with her on social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also visit her website at www.dianacontreras.com.
33:11 – Grant talked with Robert William de los Rios, one of the creators of Wynwood Map, a service that is cataloging and mapping street art within the Wynwood neighborhood. He has been heavily involved in the Beck’s Urban Canvas project, and he talked about how the project came to be. He also talked about some of the upcoming events.
44:01 – Grant spoke with JennyLee Molina about the Leah Arts District, an area that the city of Hialeah is hoping to attract local artists to live and work in. It’s located in the southeast corner of the city and already features a few murals by local street artists. JennyLee also spoke about the rest of the artists who will be creating pieces for the Beck’s Urban Canvas.
55:41 – Grant spoke with Johnny Aguiló of the local group Conjunto Progreso. They are a local band who have a more traditional Latin sound. He talked about the group’s origins and blood lines and shared some music from the band. This Friday, the band will be playing at the Afro Roots Festival along with other local bands including Palo!, Nag Champayons, and more.
1:04:41 – J. J. Colagrande spoke with Rio Chavarro, a local spoken word artist. He was one of the founding artists of Theatre de Underground at Churchill’s which is still running today. Rio is currently hosting Words and Wine at The Social Lubricant in Wynwood on Wednesday nights. He lamented the large number of live event venues that have closed throughout Miami in the name of progress. He believes that though many of these places that opened their doors to local artists are gone, the artists will continue to find new places and a way to share their art. Check out his burlesque troupe, Moon River Cabaret, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/moonrivercabaret.
1:16:01 – Surya Fernandez of Hot Hot Hoops joined Grant ant J. J. to discuss the most recent moves by the Miami Heat and the start of training camp which is only a few weeks away. They also talked about the makeup of the team long-term, as many pieces will be free agents after this season.
1:37:03 – J. J. Colagrande welcomed local businessman Mario Silvestri who owns Junior & Hatter, a hair salon and spa in Wynwood. He also hosts Wynwood Radio which focuses on local artists. He talked about the character of the Wynwood neighborhood and how it is a great place to collaborate and work together with other business owners. Check out Junior & Hatter on Instagram and Facebook.
22 July 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 86 of the #OnlyinMiami Show featured a presentation by Staci Garcia and Grant Stern at the Florida Social Media Conference about how to get the most out of Twitter.
1:57 – Grant talks about the implications that reestablishing diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba will have on South Florida, particularly in the business sector. He compares this situation to another instance where the U.S. did this; namely, when President Richard Nixon normalized relations with China. The impact of that decision has been much more impactful than the decision to isolate countries with whom we disagree.
5:25 – Staci Garcia talks about the immediacy and the personal nature of Twitter. She says that it is easier to tweet somebody than send an e-mail, and you might get a quicker response as well. She also talks about how to develop your network to optimize your Twitter use.
25:29 – Grant Stern talks about his Twitter experience managing many different accounts. He recommends management tools like Tweepi, CoSchedule, Buffer, and others. He also talks about how to use Twitter to make a difference in your community.
56:28 – J. J. Colagrande and Brandon Mowry talked a little bit about the news this week that David Beckham’s MLS ownership group and the city of Miami have agreed in principle on a stadium to be built on the former grounds of the Orange Bowl. The stadium would be located just to the west of Marlins Park. They talked about the discussions between Beckham’s group and the University of Miami to play some of their football games at the new stadium as well.
1:06:40 – J. J. Colagrande spoke with Tom Laroc, a local Miami DJ who talked a little about his background. He and J. J. also talked about the Miami music scene and about a new feature that will be starting on OnlyinMiami.co which will shine the spotlight on local Miami DJs and musicians.
1:24:25 – J. J. Colagrande spoke with David Catlin, the creator of Lookingglass Alice which is currently playing at the Adrienne Arsht Center. They talked about the genesis of the work and about Lewis Carroll, the author of the original Alice books. For tickets, visit the Adrienne Arsht Center website.
1:39:59 – J. J. Colagrande spoke with Stephanie Kassoy about the Beck’s Urban Canvas project which is creating street art throughout Miami. Beck’s is commissioning 15 local street artists to create murals in Wynwood, Little Haiti, Little Havana, and Hialeah. For more information and updates, follow the #becksurbancanvas hashtag on Twitter.
13 May 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 76 of the #OnlyinMiami Show featured interviews with Rebekah Monson and JennyLee Molina.
Grant began the show by updating the audiences on two ongoing projects involving proposed Walmart developments. First, regarding Walmart’s Midtown proposal, lawyers for the company have filed a motion to exclude a citizen’s amicus curae brief, claiming that the brief was not submitted in a timely manner. The brief argues that the City of Miami did not give a proper hearing on the updated Walmart permit petition after an appeals court quashed the original permit. Secondly, in the battle over the pine rocklands in South Dade, Ram Realty, the developer looking to create Coral Reef Commons on environmentally sensitive land has submitted new plans to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The plans will be made public soon; however, it is likely that there will be few changes from the original plans.
Then, Rebekah Monson (@rsm) of Code for America and The New Tropic joined the show. She talked about her background and how she got involve with these groups. She also talked about her group’s biggest project in Miami-Dade, the Miami Open Data project. The project seeks to develop a policy that would consolidate public data in usable formats online. Currently, a citizen must request a document, wait for a response, and sometimes pay a research fee before receiving the information they need. A better policy might be to have data available online, allowing businesses or individuals to access the public data they need quickly and easily. This could include real estate data, demographic data, transit data, and more. The group is advocating for a much larger quantity of data to be made available, in formats that are machine-readable (no need to copy and paste), and in bulk (no need to download individual records one by one). For more information about the Miami Open Data project, visit their website at miamiopendata.org.
Afterwards, JennyLee Molina (@jennyleeisme) joined the show. She talked about her company, JLPR (@JLPR), and about an upcoming event she is involved with which will launch the ‘Leah Arts District. The district will feature spaces for artists and creative professionals to live and work. The kickoff event occurs this Sunday, May 17 from 4pm-8pm. It will feature food trucks, live art demonstrations, live music, and more. For more information, follow @leahartsdistrict on Instagram or the hashtag #HialeahNOW.
Finally, Drastic Fanatic and Brandon Mowry joined the show for a wide-ranging discussion on sports. They talked about the NBA Playoffs and about #DeflateGate, as well as touching on the Marlins.
28 April 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 74 of the #OnlyinMiami Show featured an interview with Hialeah City Commissioner Paul B. Hernandez.
Grant began by talking about a new development project in Overtown, the “Miami Innovation Tower”. While the project might possibly be worthwhile, special attention needs to be paid to the visual elements on the building exterior to ensure that visual pollution from extensive advertisements does not occur.
Then, Paul B. Hernandez joined the show to talk about the current happenings in the Miami-Dade County’s second-largest municipality, the City of Hialeah. He talked about the governmental structure of Hialeah, where every commissioner is at-large and represents the entire city.
He also talked about how Hialeah is looking to become a new haven for artists in Miami-Dade County by creating a new arts district within the city boundaries. The new arts district will extend along East 10th Ave from 9th Street (NW 62nd St in the county numbering system) to 17th Street (NW 71st St). It will be a place where artists can live, work, and display their art.
Grant Stern and Commissioner Hernandez also gave a brief history of Hialeah. They talked about the financial demographics of the area and the dynamics of real estate within the city.
Finally, Commissioner Hernandez talked about a kickoff event that will happen on May 17. For more information and updates, search the hashtag #HialeahNow or follow @LeahArtsDistrict on Instagram.
Later, Xavier Gonzalez joined the show to talk about the second annual eMerge Americas convention at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The main event will be Monday, May 4 and Tuesday, May 5. It’s a chance for executives to network and talk about technology.
Special guest presenters include the Small Business Administration head Maria Contreras and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development chief Julian Castro.
At the beginning of the second hour, Grant was joined by local poet Antonia Wright. She talked about her start in poetry and the closing events for the O, Miami poetry festival that has been running throughout the month of April in various places around Miami-Dade. Antonia also shared an original poem, You Must Be An Artist.
Finally, Grant was joined by the Drastic Fanatic and Jose El Rey to talk sports. They spoke about the upcoming NFL draft and whether the top draft pick will be Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariotta, or a dark horse. They also talked about what teams might be trying to move up or down in the draft. They gave their opinions on what approach the Dolphins should take and what holes need to be filled. They guys also talked about the Marlins turnaround and the NBA playoffs.
13 March 2015 Brandon Mowry
In the past election, Amendment 2 would have amended the Florida Constitution to legalize marijuana use for medicinal purposes. While it received 58% of the vote, it failed to reach to 60% needed to pass. However, the push to legalize medical marijuana continues. Flash from Ploppy Palace Productions stopped by the show to talk about the 17th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit event taking place Saturday, March 14. The event will feature live music, special speakers, and live art demonstrations. There will also be political action activities, including a signature drive for the petition to include a referendum on the 2016 ballot that would legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. There will be a voter registration drive as well. For more information and to purchase discounted advance tickets, visit www.ploppypalace.com.
5 March 2015 Brandon Mowry
Josie Romero stopped by the #OnlyInMiami show to talk about the upcoming Parade of the Stars talent show on Wednesday, March 18 featuring students from Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The application deadline is this coming Monday, March 9, so if you are or know a talented Miami-Dade student, act quickly! For application information, call 305.261.8383 or e-mail email@example.com.
23 January 2015 Brandon Mowry
Miami is blessed with lots of local musical talent. One such local band is Telekinetic Walrus, whose lead singer, the Time Zookeeper, stopped by the show to talk about the bands influences and inspirations, as well as the upcoming Virginia Key Grassroots Festival, which features all kinds of musical groups performing on four different stages. The Time Zookeeper also brought along some of the bands recent tracks, and he discussed them and the impetus for their creation. For more information about Telekinetic Walrus, you can visit their website, “Like” them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter (@tkwalrus). For more information about the Vigirnia Key Grassroots Festival, follow them on Twitter (@GrassrootsMiami).
19 December 2014 Brandon Mowry
Art Basel brings together artists from all over the country and world, both mainstream and avant-garde. During the festival, Grant Stern caught up with M. Slinger, director and producer of the documentary Degenerate Art, which shines a spotlight on artists who make glass pipes. Interestingly, some (including some in law enforcement) feel that these artists push the boundaries too far, since the art can be used for illicit drug consumption. One question the film seeks to answer is whether artists who create art should be held responsible for the actions of those who purchase their artwork. You can check out the film at http://www.degenerateartfilm.com or on many streaming platforms, including Netflix.