Free Events This Week: Our Town, Arsht Tour, Free Cafecito

Categories: Around Town

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The dog days of summer are officially upon us. It's hot as hell, and if you're anything like us, you're totally unmotivated to move, to function, and least of all, to work. Do you know how much effort we're expending to write this goddamn blog post?

But unfortunately, siestas aren't a standard part of the workday (yet), so plug along we must. To keep yourself from falling into a summer fugue state, here's some stuff you can get into this week (*most* of it involving AC).

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Sound Garden to Bring Ambient Tunes to Bayfront Park

Categories: Culture

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Bayfront Park
Music makes everything better. And adding ambient tunes to the clamoring cacophony of downtown might just lower the stress levels of countless Miamians teetering on the brink.

That's the idea behind Sound Garden, an outdoor music lounge planned for Bayfront Park as part of the Miami Foundation's Public Space Challenge.

See also: Bay Skate Mondays to Bring Hot Wheels-Style Roller Rink to Bayfront Park

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Trolling the Designers at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015 (Video)

We know, we know: All this Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim talk has become really out-played. One more mention of anything with the word swim as its root, and it's lights out for your sanity. But before you reach for the bottle of Skyy and firmly woven noose, we have one last missive from the tented, model-infested, bikini bash - just one - and it's a big one. We promise.

See also: Trolling the Models at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015

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Bookleggers Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary With Free Books, Booze, Artists' Flea Market

Categories: Books

Photo by Alex Markow
Book-lovers, rejoice! Bookleggers is celebrating its two-year anniversary this Saturday, and to show how much they love people who love books, they're giving everyone who goes to their birthday party two free books.

"Everyone gets two books free," says Bookleggers co-founder Nathaniel Sandler. "Free, flat out. Don't bring 'em back. Take the heavy ones."

See also: Indie Filmmaker Vincent Moon To Host Retrospective, Seek "Richness of Miami"

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Isabella Rossellini Will Stage "Green Pornos" Live at the Fillmore Miami Beach

Isabella Rossellini is bringing her quirky nature lectures focused on the sexual habits of animals she calls "Green Pornos" to Miami Beach.

In her shorts, which began online for the Sundance Channel, the former-model-turned-actress blends deep insights on nature with a cheeky humor and a lo-fi Michel Gondry aesthetic. They are both laugh-out-loud ridiculous but still profoundly ecologically consciousness with a dash of penetrating poetry. She's like Werner Herzog with a sense of humor.

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Bay Skate Mondays to Bring Hot Wheels-Style Roller Rink to Bayfront Park

Categories: Around Town

Courtesy of Marcos Macias
Any Miamian who was out of diapers by the early '90s took a turn around the rink at Hot Wheels, the city's infamous roller skating palace and adolescent pick-up joint. Even DJ Irie used to man its turntables.

And thanks to the Miami Foundation's Public Space Challenge winner Marcos Macias, it looks like downtown's Pepper Fountain at Bayfront Park will be bringing back the freestyle skating with Bay Skate Mondays.

See also: Classic South Florida Roller Skating Tunes

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The Ten Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

Categories: Weekend Guide

Fashion Happy Hour pairs booze and runway beauties.
Last weekend was an overstyled festival of vanity as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim swept through South Beach. When it was over, "you better werk" turned into "no, really, you better work or your boss is gonna be super pissed." Without any bikini beauties around, life sure felt ugly.

But here's the good news: It's the weekend, and this one's packed with events that'll make you forget all your troubles. And unlike last weekend's extravaganza of bouncing breasts and visible ribcages, these probably won't even give you additional body image issues. Hooray!

(There's also yet another fashion event, just in case yesterday's Fifty Shades of Grey trailer release has you feeling extra masochistic.)

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Pepe Billete to Host National XM Radio Show

Categories: News, Pepe Billete

It's official, y'all. Pepe Billete's gone national.

The Cuban puppet with a mouth like a sailor speaking Spanglish is no longer just "Miami famous." He announced on Twitter this afternoon that XM satellite radio has offered him his own national sports talk radio show.

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Podcast: Karina Longworth on Old Hollywood

Categories: Film and TV

On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Amy Nicholson of the L.A. Weekly and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice interview film critic and author Karina Longworth, who's just launched a fascinating new podcast on the history of Hollywood called You Must Remember This.

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Puppy Mugs: Miami Artist Mxytsplyk Could Paint Your Pet as an Ironic Scarface

Categories: Art

This could be your dog
Your dog could be immortalized as Tony Montana in oil on canvas by a mysterious Edgewater artist called Mxytsplyk.

His new "Puppy Mugs," a commissioned work series of ironic pet portraits, are coming soon to a son of a bitch near you.

We caught up with the talented paintrepreneur to find out how he came up with the concept, why pets are better than people, and how to get your very own mutt in a space suit.

See also: MXYTSPLYK Street Art Posters Are Suddenly All Over Wynwood

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