Stories written by CARL RACHELSON

Pinecrest Farmer’s Market is beauty and the feast

Pinecrest Farmer’s Market is beauty and the feast

From April 13-15 in 2012 at the Ronald Reagan Equestrian Center at Tropical Park, the Miami International Agriculture & Cattle Show brought together cattle breeders and buyers from all over the world. Events included horse shows, rifle and handgun shooting competitions, and cattle shows. Kids enjoyed mechanical bulls, hamster water rides, bounce houses and other […]

SMDCAC — A miracle on 211th Street

All the odds seemed to be against what ultimately happened and success was teetering like Philippe Petit tiptoeing on the high wire as mother and daughter next to me disturbed Jon Batiste’s percussive piano rendition of The Star Spangled Banner. They were diving into their bags of potato chips like chubby kids doing cannonballs at […]

MIFFed, but happy about the films showing

MIFF Gusman 31 Miami

Traveling to the Miami International Film Festival by way of Concrete Jungle might be the most peculiarly circuitous route imaginable for an event that is entertaining movie buffs from all over the world since it began last Friday March 7. This winter’s columns have all been about music, so it is ironic that this film […]

Jon Batiste brings NO jazz to SM-D Arts Center, March 8

I have a weakness for the piano that not even some cowbell can cure. I can’t play, but my children take lessons from Brother Ryan Ellis. I have my favorites, my playlists and, like anyone else, mine have their esoteric elements. It may have started years ago with Robert Schumann, but it has run through […]

Much ado about Antony and Cleopatra

Tarell Alvin McCraney’s got the gift. That might be all you need to know – the brother’s got the gift. Having this knowledge would free up about five minutes of your precious time, allowing you to go online to buy a few tickets for Antony and Cleopatra, McCraney’s latest offering now running at the Colony […]

‘The standout male vocalist of our time’

‘The standout male vocalist of our time’

Somewhere between a duck and sausage gumbo and a delicious cinnamon roll from Mikey’s Donut King in Opelousas Louisiana, I spent 15 delightful minutes talking to Kurt Elling. Listening to Elling sing Herbie Hancock’s “Come Running to Me” from The Gate can be life changing. I don’t know whether he will sing it or not […]

Best of Miami 2013 — according to me!

Best of Miami 2013 — according to me!

Where have the months gone? Time flies when you are having fun, so they say; therefore, it is once again the season to appraise, assess, calculate, consider, evaluate, examine, gauge, measure, ponder and scrutinize all that has been noteworthy in the past 12 months. Without further mention, here we go. This is this year’s completely […]

‘The standout male vocalist of our time’

Somewhere between a duck and sausage gumbo and a delicious cinnamon roll from Mikey’s Donut King in Opelousas Louisiana, I spent 15 delightful minutes talking to Kurt Elling.Listening to Elling sing Herbie Hancock’s “Come Running to Me” from The Gate can be life changing. I don’t know whether he will sing it or not when […]

The Art of the Promotion at Art Basel 2013

Recently, Pope Francis discussed, “the idolatry of money” as well as “trickledown economics.” He wrote that this philosophy, “expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power.” Immediately, kind and thoughtful souls like Rush Limbaugh responded sympathetically, bravely and lovingly accusing the Pope of Marxism. This is an art column, […]

Introduction to Art Basel 101 – your guide to what’s hot and what’s not

Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines! Let’s get this party started quickly. It takes two to make a thing go right. Ask not what Art Basel may do for you. What you are about to see may disturb you. Your moment of Zen is about to begin. And now in, YOUR Miami Heat! Art Basel […]

Bob Marley Messenger – A display of memories from Jamaica

On a Sunday morning in October, I was strolling through the Pinecrest Gardens Farmers Market, one of the world’s most beautiful green markets, looking for artistic inspiration. I passed all the usual suspects — Zak the Baker, the popcorn dudes, the barbecue guys and Sydney the flower guru when I stopped at one of the […]

Steely Dan is part of the past, present and future

Steely Dan is part of the past, present and future

It’s been a long time since I attended a concert. Conversely, I have taken perverse pride in being present in the present. Though I reminisce a bit, nostalgia and oldies have never been second nature to me. I appreciate such music, but I don’t live or listen in the past. While I loved Motown, the […]

Lincoln Road — two Lincolns diverge in Miami Beach

Lincoln Road — two Lincolns diverge in Miami Beach

Far from the knockoff Downtown Abbeys located off the banks of Ludlum Road in our beloved Pinecrest lie the maddening crowds on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. All of us, at one time or another feel compelled to make the journey to the beach, and especially if we have visiting relatives in town, inevitably, we […]

Let there be light… and grants

Let there be light... and grants

Thank goodness for grants. Though this may apply to Ulysses, Cary, my old friend Mr. Miller and W.T.’s five-and-dime store, here I speak about the non repayable funds disbursed by one party, often a government department, corporation, foundation or trust, to a recipient, often a nonprofit entity, educational institution, business or an individual. For example, […]

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