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diy miami social #1
April 8, 2008

Social #1

WHEN: Thursday, May 1st from 7:30-10pm

WHERE: Sweat Records
5505 NE 2nd Ave.
(Next door to Churchill’s Pub)
Miami, FL 33137
+305 758 5862 x5

connetcHey, yo! It’s the first DIY Miami Social! Come join us at Sweat Records, the cultural crossroads for all things cool, musical, and otherwise on Thursday, May 1st from 7:30-10pm. We’re hoping to make this a regular event for our peeps to come together and meet other interesting people from around the city. (If you’re reading this, you’re our peeps. Come along!) We’ll have refreshments, things to watch, some board games, and some very interesting conversations, I’m sure. It will all be very relaxed. We’d just like to see your pretty face dressing up the place. BONUS: If you’ve never checked out Sweat before, you can scope out the whole package on April 19th, as they celebrate their 3rd Birthday AND National Record Day with a rockin’ party, live music, and plenty of shenanigans with their neighbor Churchill’s. Watch their site for details. Then come party like you mean it.


yarn it! lounge
March 24, 2008

yarn it

ArtCenter/South Florida
800 Lincoln Road Gallery
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Upcoming dates: 1-4pm on 4/5, 5/3 & 5/17
$10 donation
RSVP + 305 674 8278 ext 15

make When one thinks of possible hobbies in sunny South Florida, knitting doesn’t jump to the fore. Macramé, sand art, and clamshell ashtrays all rank higher on the recognition scale than the idea of knitting down here. But hold your horses, jenny. In case you haven’t heard, knitting has been back with a vengeance in most of the rest of the country, with super-hip alterna-knitting circles, books, blogs, and sites like and knitknit leading the way. It’s even being used for guerilla art. Yes, this isn’t your grandma’s knitting, folks. Which is why the Yarn It! Lounge at ArtCenter/South Florida is such a cool idea. (Don’t just take my word for it.) Forward thinking art-minded institution meets fantastic mixing opportunity. Here’s a chance to come together, scope out some like minded-people, screw around with some stringy stuff, and maybe cultivate a new pastime. At only $10.00 per, including coffee, treats, and expert advice, this is one of the best deals in town. Don’t feel like making a sweater? Then how about a monster. Or a super-chic clutch. Or a weasel. And of course, there’s always edible underwear. Sweet!

BTW: If you’ve never checked out ArtCenter/South Florida, you’re way past due. In addition to this great activity, they have a killer schedule of all kinds of educational opportunities. Lectures, drawing, jewelry making, photography and tons more. They’re just the place to cultivate your chops so you actually have something to say on your next crawl around Wynwood besides “Where’s the wine?”.

AMBITION BONUS: Check out this two-part video workshop by MAKE magazine on how to create a pattern in photoshop for a f*&%$#! awesome skeleton cardigan. (It would take many, many Yarn It! Lounges to carry this off, but you can always dream.)

tate’s comics/bear and bird gallery
March 13, 2008


4566 North University Drive
Lauderhill, Florida 33351
+ 954 748 0181

Open hours: 11a-8p m-thu; 11a-9p f-sat; 12n-6p sun

seeFor all of the bitching about the cultural vacuum in South Florida—Cubans, Haitians, Wynwood, and all of South America excepted, of course—I’m constantly stumbling on some of the best things I’ve ever seen. Take Tate’s Comics, for instance. In a totally undistinguished strip mall in the sprawling area west of Ft. Lauderdale, Tate Ottati, his wife Amanda, his dad Tony, and a phalanx of staffers run one of the coolest comic and underground culture stores I have ever set foot in. 6,000 square feet of cool, not including the nearby Gamer’s Satellite. To make the story even better Tate opened the store at the ripe old age of 17 with money he got from playing the stock market in his high school economics class. (The stock he was playing? Marvel, of course.) This place is packed with the coolest stuff from Japanese Anime, to vintage comics, DVD’s, art supplies, clothes, toys, posters, and geekery galore. Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is only for the dark and greasy types. The place is full of affordable pop-culture surprises, and much of the stuff they carry would be equally at home in BASEMiami’s trendy temple to early adopters–at three times the price. They have the absolute best selection of handmade graphic ‘zines I have seen anywhere including NYC, and a very robust book selection. Upstairs in the loft, Tate’s wife Amanda curates Bear & Bird Gallery, a super-hip exhibit space and gift shop. Threadless T-shirts, toys, indie housewares, original artwork, jewelry, cute bags—object d’ amour all. And, that doesn’t even cover the amazing exhibitions they do. The current show by Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh (up only until 3/16) was worth the trip alone, and their schedule is just as strong moving forward. Convinced? You should be. The whole place is awesome.

POSTSCRIPT: Sadly, the Mark Mothersbaugh show is done. You can read a show report here. But, the exhibition schedule moving forward is equally kickin’. Check it out:

Cute Attack
We’ve all had a cute attack, a convulsive feeling of fuzzy! Group show exploring the highs and lows the world of cuteness.
March 22, 2008

StitchBird Workshops
Gatherings of the crafty inclined. StitchBird April Workshop: Make a Stuffed Creature!
Sunday, April 13th from

Everything/Everyday: Lomographesque
Group show exhibiting photographs in the lomographic style. What does that mean?
May 2, 2008

Yokai in Your Eye
Japanese Ghostly Zoology as seen through the eyes of a variety of North American artists. List of Japanese Yokai
June 14, 2008

Skot Olsen’s Frankenstein
Hundreds of individual painted panels from a soon to be released Graphics Classics Volume 15. Book will be available at the opening and Skot will be on hand for signing. Click to see cover art!
August 2, 2008