Grand Central Bans Indoor Smoking

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The days of dancing in smoky rooms are over, Miami. Or at least in the case that you're dancing at Grand Central.

The downtown concert venue has announced it will no longer allow cigarette smoking inside its hallowed halls. A recent rash of complaints about the smoke-friendly policy convinced management that it's just the right thing to do.

"We discussed it and came to what we think is a fair decision," Grand Central's Mario Arango writes in an email to Crossfade. "By popular request, smoking is no longer permitted inside the venue."

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Finnegan's River in Brickell Closing

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Finnegan's River via facebook.com
Say goodbye to Finnegan's River.

"After eight years in business, the iconic Finnegan's River is closing its doors to make room for a high rise condominium."

That's how one of Brickell's best bars officially broke the news of its closure via an email sent to New Times.

Sunday will mark the end of an era of Miami Heat mayhem and some of the wildest Winter Music Conference and year-round pool parties this side of the bridge. And in celebration of its eight years, the Magic City's "sprawling urban oasis" accessible "by land or by sea" will be bidding its adieu with a farewell party.

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Miami Latin Pop Singer Katherine Alexander Seeking $1 Million From Accused Rapist

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A $1 million settlement.

That's what Miami Latin pop singer Katherine Alexander is seeking from Jesus Salas, her former manager and a Spanish Broadcasting Systems Spanish Broadcasting Systems executive vice president.

Last week, Alexander filed a lawsuit against Salas accusing him of rape, sodomy, death threats, and stealing the earnings from her brief musical career.

Now she and her legal team are looking to settle out of court.

See also: Miami Latin Pop Singer Katherine Alexander Accuses Manager Jesus Salas of Rape, Sodomy

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Sir Michael Rocks Filmed "F&%k SeaWorld" Music Video at Miami Seaquarium

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Still haven't watched Blackfish, the documentary shaming Orlando's SeaWorld as one of the cruelest keepers of orcas and other fishy friends?

Well, surely, all of your couch-activist friends have related how damning it is, that it will make you cry, and how you'll never want to go to an animal theme park ever again.

In fact, one of your anti-oceanarium pals might be former Cool Kids rapper Sir Michael Rocks. He just dropped a new video "Fuck SeaWorld" (filmed after sneaking into, um, the Miami Seaquarium), and he's got some choice words for all evil zoologists.

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J. Cole in Miami: "Police Won't Let Us Do a Second Show," Over 2000 People Turned Away

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Around 11 a.m., even before J. Cole officially announced (at 1:14 p.m.via Twitter) the Miami location for his Dollar & Dream tour, there were hundreds of hip-hop heads queuing up outside of downtown hangout Grand Central.

Obviously, there had been a breach of secrecy. Someone snitched. A leak was sprung. "Somehow a few fans guessed the location correctly," Ibrahim Hamad of Cole's Dreamville crew tells Crossfade. And after the North Carolina rapper revealed that GC was indeed the venue for the $1 show, it became a total mob scene.

The cops arrived to control the crowd. "Overall it was about 3000 people there that lined up to catch the show," Hamad says. And soon, J. Cole confirmed that the "police won't let us do a second show."

See also: Review & Photos: J. Cole's Dollar & A Dream Tour - Grand Central, Miami

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Louis Salgar Memorial Benefit at Churchill's: "He Would've Wanted It Noisy and Chaotic"

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Louis Salgar with his band Secret Arms at the Crossfade Music Series in 2011.

The loss of a great man.

On June 23, 2014, Louis Salgar, a beloved son, brother, friend, musician, and bartender, was shot and killed in his own home by an intruder who'd decided to rob the residence at 8551 NE Eighth Court because he needed food and wanted drugs.

The 29 year old's murder was a horrible crime. But this weekend, his family, bandmates, coworkers, and acquaintances will gather at Churchill's Pub for the Louis Salgar Memorial Benefit, "a long day and night of music, drinks, and togetherness" to celebrate the son, brother, friend, musician, and bartender's life.

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Miami Latin Pop Singer Katherine Alexander Accuses Manager Jesus Salas of Rape, Sodomy

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In a new lawsuit, Miami Latin pop star Katherine Alexander has accused former manager Jesus Salas of rape and sodomy.

She also claims he stole nearly all the money made during her brief music career, attempted to suffocate her with a bag, and even threatened to kill her family.

Responding to the accusations, Salas, also an executive vice president of Spanish Broadcasting Systems, has written in an email statement: "The assertions and claims in the suit are false."

UPDATE Alexander is now seeking to settle her suit with Salas for $1 million.

See also: Louis Salgar Murder: Suspect Identified in Fatal Shooting of Miami Musician and Bartender

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Steam Nightclub Opening in Former Vagabond Miami Space

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Ready for some some summer heat?

Well, we're betting that new nightclub Steam Miami is hoping you are.

Located in the former Vagabond Miami space, details on the club are a bit scarce. But the owners, who sources say are from Las Vegas, plan to open in "Summer 2014."

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Louis Salgar Murder: Suspect Identified in Fatal Shooting of Miami Musician and Bartender

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Seventeen days ago, Louis Salgar was murdered.

The well-known Miami punk musician and Gramps/Broken Shaker bartender had been shot in his own home and left to die. His car was stolen. And the murderer fled.

The next day, Palm Beach Police located Salgar's gray Honda Accord, abandoned on the edge of the Breakers Hotel property in West Palm Beach. A search for suspects continued till dark. But no one was apprehended.

Today, though, the Miami Police Department has identified the man who may be responsible: Raul Reinosa.

UPDATE A memorial benefit will be held at Churchill's Pub for Louis Salgar to benefit his family.

See also: Louis Salgar, Miami Punk Musician and Bartender, Murdered

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22 Richest Pop Stars of 2014

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Pop stars. They're so rich it makes our brain hurt. The rest of us toil day in and day out for a yearly salary that these pretty-faced bastards would spend on shoes. Still, we all want to watch these guys live the lives that we never will, which in turn funds the whole spectacle.

Oh well. Things aren't going to change today, especially considering Forbes' latest list of highest earners. Don't you want to see who has more money than God? We know you do.

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