Wine & Words Gets Booted From American Legion (Updated)
|Flickr CC Very Quiet|
This place is kick-ass authentic 1950s Florida. It's loaded in Googie style architecture, complete with pictures of old veterans on the walls. Then there's the 1960s San Francisco bohemianism vibe. It's like Haight & Biscayne. A cross-road where Joplin, Garcia, and Hendrix may have dropped some acid, jamming to dawn, while just down the street, in North Beach, freewheeling Ginsberg and Bob Dylan and Ken Kesey plotted literary dreams in a back ally outside City Lights Book store. Words & Wine has that vibe but...Before you know it, you leap into the 1970s.
You're drinking Swagger-aid. The place is funky. Cut yourself and bleed George Clinton. Leap again into 1990s grunge and hip-hop. Some dudes are painting graffiti murals outside. It's a Tribe Called Words & Wine.
But the trippiest part of the whole experiment is that you are undoubtedly in the now, in Miami. The air is filled with come on, bros; I love you, maynes. And has been, all night.
There's a wide range of people at Words and Wine, all ages, genders, sexual preferences, cultures, ethnicities. Some come from money, some don't. Some grew up here, others didn't. But there's a real feeling of cohesion, acceptance and family. Words and Wine is the voice of the people.
Nikki Rodriguez is the creator of Words & Wine. She has a natural talent for bringing people together. "I started by organizing simple drum circles, calling all the musicians I knew, buying some beers and being happy together under the moon, by the ocean, at a park, or in a tiny studio I once lived in. Within this lived the poetry I always wrote."
Words & Wine began in the house (yes, the living room) of organizer and poet Rodriguez. The event ballooned and now sheand the gang moved uptown. Some may argue that the vibe is too young and getting out-of-hand fast. In fact, the Herald recently published a report alleging the shutting down of American Legion events due to noise complaints, but Words & Wiine insists that the complaints have nothing to do with them or their gathering.
"Words & Wine is going through a lot of changes due to how many people are attending," Rodriguez says. "We are moving with the flow of it and accepting change as a beautiful positive thing. We may even have to move eventually but we are alright with that because what we stand for is being able to be anywhere together as the familia, or as new comers, and still have that words and wine expressive feel."
Words & Wine is getting bigger. In fact, it's blown-up. They now have a dubstep room. They serve food. And there's a cover, two bucks. But, at the end of the day, this event is still simple. It's about words, and it's about wine.
"Words and Wine is just a quick reminder that poetry is everywhere and in everything," Rodriguez explains. "Like a drop of water falling from a leaf, a child playing on the swings, a grandmother kissing your cheek. Poetry is not dead. Poetry is very much alive and well. Come join us and become part of this beauty."
Words & Wine takes place every Wednesday, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m at Harvey' Seeds (6445 NE 7th Ave., Miami). Follow Words and Wine on Facebook.
Editor's Note: Words & Wine may not be held at Harvey Seeds. Based on new regulation at the venue, the location is TBA. Keep tabs on a possible relocation on their Facebook page.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF DEE DELGADO
Follow Cultist on Facebook and Twitter @CultistMiami