Ten Things to Do On 4/20

Categories: Around Town

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With legalization looking like its on the horizon, 4/20 has taken on a whole new significance. Sure, you'll probably just get stoned and hang out with your friends like you do every year, but these days that's more socially acceptable than ever.

So in honor of this burnout holiday extraordinaire, here are 10 things to do that don't involve Easter egg hunts. Although, those could be way more fun when herbal refreshment is involved.

See also: Top Ten Best Stoner Movies Ever

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Drive-In Entrepreneur Josh Frank Wrote a Book About Porn with Pixies' Frontman Black Francis

Writer, director, and owner of Blue Starlite Drive-In Josh Frank.
Thank the gods for people like Josh Frank. Blue Starlite drive-in owner is one of those creative types constantly making cool shit for us schlubby consumers to sit back and enjoy.

Writer, director, and producer, Frank is the author of Fool the World: The Oral History of a Band Called Pixies and In Heaven Everything Is Fine: The Unsolved Life of Peter Ivers. Additionally, Frank recently made his directorial debut for the Pixies' music video "Greens and Blues," released March 4. Frank's latest publication, The Good Inn, is a book and screenplay adaptation written in collaboration with Pixies' founder and frontman, Black Francis.

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Hide Your Smiling Faces Director on Adapting Childhood Memories, Kickstarter, and De Niro

Categories: Film and TV

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Ryan Jones (top) and Nathan Varnson in Hide Your Smiling Faces.
It's rare that a first-time feature director can make as competent a film as Brooklyn-based Daniel Patrick Carbone with Hide Your Smiling Faces. New York Times critic Stephen Holden compared him to the philosopher-turned-filmmaker Terrence Malick, and it's not a stretch. His film follows two young brothers who do not look unlike the kids in The Tree of Life. The film's scenes are also associatively patched together (Carbone also edited the film), evoking a series of vignettes rather than a straight narrative. Carbone, a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with several cinematographic credits to his name, also knows how to shoot pretty pictures.

The film follows two brothers in their teen years. Eric (Nathan Varnson) and younger brother Tommy (Ryan Jones) indulge in their summer vacation by swimming in a lake, wrestling with their friends, and breaking into an abandoned house. Their summer break is upended when a friend of Tommy's suddenly meets a violent death. With its distinctive and subtle style, the film explores feelings of loss while life insists to relentlessly move forward.

See also: Love and Hostages Hopes to Show How Right it Can Be When One-Night Stands Go Wrong

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X-Rated Run Rebrands, Keeps All the Balls and Whistles

Sometimes, it ain't easy being sexy. In October, organizers from the first-ever adult-themed mud run announced it would switch locations from central Florida to Virginia Key. Now, the event is tweaking its brand in an effort to foster connections with more companies, according to founder and organizer Kelly Perez.

"Because the name 'X-Rated Run' was rejected from LivingSocial and Groupon, [it] prevented us from forming partnerships with some sexual health organizations -- and based on emails received -- people assumed we were a naked run," Perez told New Times this week. "We were forced to change the 'name to 'The X Run.'"

See also: X-Rated Run Moved to Miami! Porn Stars and Mud-Wrestling Pits Coming to Virginia Key

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The Ten Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

Categories: Weekend Guide

It's a holiday weekend, and actually, we mean that in more ways than one.

A lot of people will be heading to church Sunday morning. Meanwhile, a lot of people will be higher than they've been all year. It's also time to celebrate wax, a music fan's favorite dying medium.

Besides all the special celebrations, there are tons of ways to get involved in the community, enjoy some music, or brush up on your literary skills. Here's what's cool to do in town this weekend.

See also: Timur and the Dime Museum: A Spaceship Ride to the Other Side

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Genius and Castro Buddy, Dead at 87

Categories: Literary, News

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The author in 2009.
The greatest South American writer, the man who popularized magic realism and turned journalism into dream-like fiction, is dead.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez was 87 years old. He wrote perhaps the greatest novel of our time, 100 Years of Solitude, and rivaled the Spanish language greats from Cervantes to Borges in his use of language, metaphor, and plot.

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Transcendence Director Wally Pfister Doesn't Want Immortality (Neither Does Johnny Depp)

Categories: Film and TV

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When Wally Pfister won an Oscar for Inception, his sixth film with Christopher Nolan, he went home and put the statuette on his mantel. "And then it moved to the corner, and then my office, and then the closet because you go away for a few months, and then it never comes out of the closet," Pfister laughs. "So it's like, 'All right, well, I got this. And there's other things I want to do.'"

Like direct his first film, Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp as Dr. Will Caster, an artificial intelligence expert who stays "alive" by uploading his brain into a computer network with the power to rule the world, leaving his wife (Rebecca Hall) to convince violent hacktivists that he's benevolent, not a handsome HAL 2.0. Transcendence opens with a flash-forward to the collapse of the internet, making it a cyber-psychological apocalyptic romance, or, as Pfister describes it, "a big, gargantuan project that I was concerned about taking on, but fuck it -- go big or go home."

See also: FIU RoboCop Helping Disabled Officers Get Back in the Field

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FIU Professor Judged 2014 Poetry Pulitzer, Believes Miami Is Next Great Literary City

Categories: Art

FIU professor Campbell McGrath.
The Pulitzer Prize is one of those real-deal brass ring honors in the literary world. Writers dream of it from the moment they first pick up the pen, to the last drop of ink they drain.

The award is presented every year in a range of categories. A committee of writers and literary aficionados parse through every prescient work in the sea of submissions, which must be published since the prize was last bestowed. Really, there's no understating the importance of the title "Pulitzer Prize Winner."

This year, one of the committee readers who decided winners in the field of poetry was respected poet and FIU professor Campbell McGrath. Recently, Cultist had a chance to speak to McGrath about the process of picking the Pulitzer winners and the state of verse in Miami.

See also: Two Miami Museums Awarded Millions From W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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The Ten Things You Need To Know About the NBA Playoffs as a Miami Heat Fan

Categories: Sports

Photo by Alex Broadwell
The NBA Playoffs start Saturday, and it could not come soon enough.

This year, the Miami Heat, and the three superstars the team is built around, go for their fourth NBA Finals in a row and a possible third NBA Championship. Not to get too far ahead of ourselves, but it may be the last time we see our Big Three together for a championship again.

In preparation of what promises to be the hardest playoff run the team has ever been a part of, here are ten things you need to know about this year's playoffs and our Miami Heat's role within it.

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Cool Spaces! Architecture Series Premieres Tonight on WLRN

Courtesy of Stephen Chung, Cool Spaces!
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Consider the space you're occupying as you read this. It exists because someone you've probably never thought about envisioned and created it. So, go home tonight and instead of watching some of the crap that passes for late night TV, catch the public television premiere of Cool Spaces! The Best New Architecture and find out what goes into making the buildings we pop in and out of daily.

Tonight at 10 on WLRN, Cool Spaces! will debut its first hour-long episode in a series profiling North America's most innovative and provocative public architecture. Each episode tackles a central theme and examines "three very different cities, buildings, architects, and very different designs," according to host and project creator Stephen Chung. Originally an architect and educator, Chung only stepped in front of the camera as a means of introducing the world to quality architecture and its importance after the recession hit the industry and his practice hard.

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