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Beck’s Urban Canvas Beautifies Miami With Street Art – #OnlyinMiami, Ep. 88

5 August 2015

Beck’s Urban Canvas Beautifies Miami With Street Art – #OnlyinMiami, Ep. 88

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.

Hour 1

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 FacebookTwitter, 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.

Hour 2

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.

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Staci Garcia and Grant Stern Teach Twitter – #OnlyinMiami Show, Ep. 86

22 July 2015

Staci Garcia and Grant Stern Teach Twitter – #OnlyinMiami Show, Ep. 86

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.

Hour 1

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.

Hour 2

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.

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Wyncode Academy and #MiamiTech – #OnlyinMiami Show, Ep. 80

9 June 2015

Wyncode Academy and #MiamiTech – #OnlyinMiami Show, Ep. 80

Episode 80 of the #OnlyInMiami Show featured interviews with some of the participants of the recent WynCode pitch night.

Grant began the show by commenting about multiple issues facing the Miami-Dade County government. He talked about the nine-month shutdown of the Venetian Causeway and the impact that it will have upon annual events like Art Basel. Grant urged the county to release more funding to be able to speed up construction to finish in time for the winter season. Grant also talked about the three projects proposed for the Park West neighborhood. One project would include a 600 foot tower whose sole purpose would be LED advertising. He encouraged the project developers to create affordable housing first rather than advertising so that the technopark they want to create will have people to work there. Finally, Grant talked about the Miami WorldCenter project whose application for funding had its first reading in front of the  Miami-Dade Commission this past week. He mentioned that there is a lawsuit that has been filed claiming a lack of adequate public notice for some of the hearings.

Grant was then joined by members of Outnix, a cadre of developers from WynCode Academy who won the recent Cincode pitch night. They are building an app that will allow local bars to post the games they will be showing so that sports fans can find the game they want to see at the bar they want to go to. The team talked about how they came together and about the WynCode Academy, a nine-week intensive bootcamp that teaches people from all experience levels how to code using current technology like Javascript and Ruby on Rails. For more information on WynCode Academy, visit their website at http://wyncode.co/ or follow them on Twitter at @wyncode.

Grant continued talking about Wyncode Academy by speaking with another development team from Wyncode Academy. Their app, Coffee Break, saves user preferences and places orders automatically to speed the time from when you feel the need for a caffeine fix to when you actually get it. The app’s developers spoke about their experiences at Wyncode Academy as well.

At the beginning of the second hour, Grant spoke with Mark Hart, the Executive and Artistic Director of the Community Arts Program, which consists of two basic components. The Summer Concert Series hosts renowned classical and jazz artists every other Thursday night at Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ. Mark talked about this summer’s series and the artists who are coming up. The other component is a community outreach that provides musical education to area middle and high school students in both the classical and jazz arenas. They are the recipients of a recent Knight Arts Challenge grant to develop a Jazz Institute to offer instruction in this uniquely American art form. For more information about the Community Arts Program, visit their website at http://www.communityartsprogram.org or follow them on Twitter at @CommArtsProgram.

Finally, Grant, Darrin, Brandon, and the Drastic Fanatic talked sports, specifically the NBA Finals. The guys talked about the past two games and their expectations for the rest of the series.

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The Best of the #OnlyinMiami Show – Episode 78 – 5/25/2015

26 May 2015

The Best of the #OnlyinMiami Show – Episode 78 – 5/25/2015

Episode 78 of the #OnlyinMiami Show featured the best clips from interviews from the beginning of the year.

Grant began this special Memorial Day show by talking about the only U.S. Navy airman stationed at the Richmond Naval Air Station to die during World War II. The airship, on patrol with a crew of 10, encountered and was shot down by a German U-boat submarine. While 9 of the crew were rescued, bombardier Isadore Stessel was attacked by a shark moments before rescue.

The remainder of the show featured clips from the first part of 2015.

  • Al Sunshine spoke about a lead early in his career that led to a big story, exposing ties between the CIA and the Mafia.
  • School board member and local activist Raquel Regalado spoke about the proposed SkyRise Miami project adjacent to Bayfront and their application, despite their assurances to the contrary, for public funding for infrastructure improvements.
  • Yeshi Milner from the Power U Center in Miami spoke about the #BlackLivesMatter campaign and the protests held in Miami during Art Basel following the non-indictments of the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO and Eric Garner in Staten Island, NY.
  • Jag Davies from the Drug Policy Alliance spoke about civil asset forfeiture, an enforcement tool that law enforcement agencies have been abusing, confiscating billions of dollars in money and assets with little oversight.
  • DJ Andres Fresko talked about getting his start in electronic music and about life on tour.
  • Local poet Antonia Wright talked about some events of the O, Miami poetry festival that was held this past April. She shared some of her original poetry as well.
  • Philip Stoddart, mayor of South Miami, spoke about FPL and their plans to expand the nuclear power generation facilities at Turkey Point and about their plan to construct transmission lines along US-1 through Cutler Bay, Pinecrest, South Miami, Coral Gables, and into Brickell.
  • Cindy Lerner, mayor of Pinecrest, spoke about the need to protect the endangered pine rockland habitat adjacent to Zoo Miami and lamented plans by developers to raze a significant portion to construct housing and retail spaces.
  • Finally, in a clip from May 2014, several members of the Miami Heat Wheels organization joined the show for an extended feature on their wheelchair basketball team. The team was recently crowned champions of their competitive division, beating a team sponsored by the San Antonio Spurs.

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Dance Band Night Is Further Proof The Rhythm Foundation Is Killing It!

14 May 2015

Dance Band Night Is Further Proof The Rhythm Foundation Is Killing It!

The Rhythm Foundation has been delivering international sounds to Miami for 27 years.

Like a good wine or whiskey, they’re aging amazing.

My first introduction to TRF was through Big Night in Little Haiti, an event they produce the 3rd Friday of the month, which is also this Friday, if you’ve never been. I recall one month a few years ago marching through the streets of Little Haiti late at night, after the event ended, wine in hand bought from the corner store, shaking and contorting to djembe drums as a sea of locals danced into the night like a Caribbean bacchanal.
Little nights in big Miami.

Nights you’d never experience if you didn’t live here.

That’s the rhythm this foundation offers you and it’s like MAGIC!!

One of my favorite memories of course is the FREE concert they hosted starring Arcade Fire.

gypsyjazz

come dance with me….

Lately, with the help of some well-deserved grant money, TRF has expanded up to Hollywood to host monthly events for FREE bringing down to South Florida amazing jam-bands like Galactic and Medeski, Martin and Wood.

Just a sick job, TRF — guys — really.

Furthermore, as the new managers of the North Beach Bandshell, The Rhythm Foundation continues to host its Transatlantic Festival and is now excited to announce a new series at the venue called Dance Band Night!

The night will feature a dance lesson before a concert of the same genre where guests will be able to show off their new skills. Dance Band Night will take place every Second Thursday of the month.

The first one is on Thursday, May 14 featuring music from The French Horn,  a gypsy swing band that will make you dream of a Woody Allen movie and dancing along the Reine in Paris.

Before the concert there will be dance lessons by the world champion swing dance team Yuval and Julia.

Stay connected to The Rhythm Foundation.

They promise you a local experience you won’t find anywhere else in Miami.

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Discussing Medical Marijuana, TPP, and Civil Forteiture – #OnlyinMiami Show, Ep. 73

21 April 2015

Discussing Medical Marijuana, TPP, and Civil Forteiture – #OnlyinMiami Show, Ep. 73

Episode 73 of the #OnlyInMiami Show featured interviews with Steve Janowicz of Patients Out Of Time, Fred Frost of Stop the TPP, and Jag Davies from the Drug Policy Alliance.

The show began with Grant Stern talking about the initiative to legalize marijuana for medical use in Florida. He stressed the need to be properly registered to vote and to do so when issues like this arise.

Grant was then joined by Steve Janowicz from Patients Out Of Time, who talked about the upcoming conference on medical marijuana that will be held in West Palm Beach from May 21 to 23. For more information about the conference, visit patientsoutoftime.org.

TPP CountriesThen, Fred Frost joined the show to talk about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is a trade agreement involving twelve different countries bordering the Pacific Ocean. This agreement has been kept mostly quiet from the public, but deserves attention due to the devastating effects it could have for the American worker. In essence, it would easily allow American companies to outsource certain labor to countries like Vietnam, where workers are paid only 70¢ per hour. This could result in a vast quantity of American manufacturing jobs being moved overseas, since labor costs would be significantly reduced. For more information and updates, visit cwa-union.org or search Twitter using the hashtag #StopTheTPP.

Steve Janowicz then talked about in more detail about Amendment 2 in the 2014 election which would have legalized marijuana use for medical purposes. The amendment received almost 58% of the vote, yet failed because it required to be passed by a supermajority of 60%. Steve detailed that turnout and undervotes in the populous counties like Miami-Dade contributed to the amendment not being adopted. He also talked about the disparity in advertising in the closing weeks before the election as another reason why the initiative failed. Finally, Steve and Grant talked about the differences between competing legalization plans, including limits for medical use only to full legalization for anyone.

At the bottom of the hour, Jag Davies from the Drug Policy Alliance joined the show to talk about civil asset forfeiture laws, which basically allow law enforcement agencies to confiscate personal property and/or money if certain criteria are met. Jag related that approximately 75% of people who have had property seized are never convicted of a crime. It has become a four billion dollar industry for police departments across the country. The Drug Policy Alliance issued a report in the Los Angeles Times in which they report on the actions of a number of small municipalities in Los Angeles County who are illegally creating department budgets based on future civil forfeitures. They tend to prey on lower income minorities who have a hard time fighting to have their things returned because of the time and money required. It seems as though police are using these laws as a legal means to steal. For more information about civil forfeiture, read the L.A. Times here. For more information about the Drug Policy Alliance, visit drugpolicy.org or follow them on Twitter at @DrugPolicyOrg.

At the beginning of the second hour, Grant spoke with Sarah Trudgeon (@SarahTrudge) from the O, Miami poetry festival happening throughout April. She talked about how she got her start in poetry and read a poem called 2006. For more information about Sarah, visit saratrudgeon.wordpress.com, and for more information about the O, Miami festival, visit omiami.org.

Then, Grant was joined by Shayne Leighton (@shayneleighton), a South Florida musician whose first recording, Invincible, was just released. She is also about to start out on her Rock It Like a Redhead Beauty Tour. She talked about her musical inspirations and shared a few tracks from her EP. For more information about Shayne or her tour information, visit shayneleighton.com or follow her on Twitter at @shayneleighton.

Finally, Grant was joined by Drastic Fanatic to talk sports. They started out talking Marlins and Mets baseball and how the Marlins can’t wait to get Jose Fernandez back in the starting rotation. They were then joined by Surya Fernandez of Hot Hot Hoops (@hothothoops) to talk about the Heat who have now begun their longest off-season in a long time. They talked about the team’s chances in the lottery and the offseason dealings that the Heat could engage in.

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Talking With the Women of StartUp Miami – Episode 70

31 March 2015

Talking With the Women of StartUp Miami – Episode 70

Episode 70 featured interviews with a few of the presenters from the StartUp Miami  conference sponsored by The Atlantic.

Grant Stern started the show by talking about local efforts opposing Walmart development in the Richmond pine rocklands and in Midtown Miami. He indicated that there are several reports that are forthcoming that will detail that the University of Miami was using a portion of its south campus as a nuclear waste dump. The university reached a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency that was kept quiet. Grant also updated everyone on the status of the Midtown Walmart project. It came to light on Monday that Walmart has asked the appeals court for a speedy resolution of the issues, because if they don’t begin construction very soon, the property will revert back to DDR, who is the mall development company responsible for the Midtown development. Grant also filed an amicus curae brief summarizing the problems with Walmart’s permit. For more information and to receive updates as they become available, visit facebook.com/nowalmartinmidtown.

Grant was then joined by Natalia Napoleon de Bens and Lauren Fernandez. They talked about the StartUp Miami conference sponsored by The Atlantic. They also talked about their own startup, Lemon City Teas, which started last year and produces Miami-inspired tea blends. They talked about how they started their company and some of the things that make them unique, such as the fact that they were founded by four first-generation American women. They also spoke about how they have expanded their market by working with local bars to create tea-infused cocktails. For more information about Lemon City Teas, visit their website at lemoncitytea.com, connect with them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter at @LemonCityTeas, or check out their pictures on Instagram at @LemonCityTea.

Later, Tamara Wendt, Executive Director for The Lab Miami, stopped by the show to talk about some of the startups that have launched from that space in Wynwood. The Lab is a co-working site where members can use the office facilities and resources to create their own companies. It is currently host to a diverse group of professionals, including lawyers, software developers, designers, and others. She also talked about the neighborhood of Wynwood and what it is like to work there. For more information about The Lab Miami, visit their website: http://thelabmiami.com/, follow them on Twitter at @thelabmiami or on Instagram at @thelabmiami.

In the second hour, Mia Vassilev and Georgi Danchev from the Miami Piano Circle stopped by the studio to talk about their upcoming concert presentation, American Grands, which will be held at the New World Center on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 8:00pm. It will feature ten grand pianos playing arrangements of composers such as Scott Joplin, John Phillip Sousa, and many more. Mia and Georgi talked about how they came up with the concept for the show and shared some music from a show from last year entitled Miami Grands. For more information, visit their website at www.miamipianocircle.com or connect with them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/miamipianocircle

Finally, as usual, Drastic Fanatic joined the show to talk sports, including many NBA teams’ push to to the playoffs (or a great quantity of ping pong balls if you’re the New York Knicks). They talked about the Heat’s prospects looking to the postseason and looked at the the other teams in the race, including the Indiana Pacers, the Brooklyn Nets, and the Boston Celtics. They also talked about the offseason pickups in the NFL, particularly the AFC East’s New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins.

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Jeffrey Greenberg Talks About Passover at Marlins Park

24 March 2015

Jeffrey Greenberg Talks About Passover at Marlins Park

In this clip from the #OnlyinMiami Show, host Grant Stern was joined by Jeffrey Greenberg, event sales manager for the Miami Marlins, who talked about their upcoming event, Passover at Marlins Park, which will happen on April 7. There will be kosher barbeque, a family fun zone, and a performance by the Maccabeats. For more information about this event and to purchase tickets, visitwww.marlins.com/specialevents and scroll down to April 7.

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