Flyboards and Hoverboards Hit Miami, Make Everyone's Superhero Dreams Come True

Categories: Sports, Technology

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Courtesy of Miami Flyboard
While Hoverboards still don't exist as a thing you can fly in thin air (despite pranks that may or may not have crushed our childhood dreams), waterborne technology is getting ridiculously sophisticated. And some of the newest H2O toys, now available for rental in Miami, are right up there with Marty McFly's favorite mode of transportation.

Meet Flyboards, water jet packs that strap to your feet, and Hoverboards, the waterbound version of that Back to the Future icon.

These things are real, and you can take a test drive 'em right here in the 305.

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Kate Chastain and Kat Held of Bravo's Below Deck Talk Yacht Life and Crazy Passengers

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Flickr cc | Daniel Piraino
You're nobody until you own your own yacht. Or charter one. Or maybe just work on one, because yacht rides are hard to come across these days. That's how Kate Chastain and Kat Held scored cabins on the Ohana, not to mention starring roles on the second season of Bravo's hit series Below Deck, which focuses on the trials and tribulations of a yacht crew. You know, running out of Caviar just hours outside of Antigua, overcooking your poodle's filet mignon or having to plan a five-star, champagne-filed picnic on a beach filled with, wait for it, sand. The struggles are real.

Kate, a Florida native from Melbourne, takes the lead as the head stewardess of the vessel, while Kat returns for a second season with the mission of reclaiming herself from the drunken shenanigans she was known for in the last. The two reside in Fort Lauderdale where Ohana departs, so we wanted to know a thing or two about the two blonde bombshells on board: their craziest demands, favorite Fort Lauderdale digs, and why they would kick off Andrew Sturby should they come across a chance iceberg in the Caribbean.

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South Beach Bike Week: Bikinis, Hogs, and Classic Rock

Categories: Around Town

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Photo by George Martinez
Even if a single drop of rain doesn't drop this beautiful Labor Day Weekend, Ocean Drive will thunder with the rumble of a thousand engines.

South Beach Bike Week is here again! And that means a one of a kind "Biker Village" on Ocean Drive between 8th and 10th streets. And the best part of all, it's free!

You can expect bands, DJs, awesome motorcycles, and more contests than you can throw a string of beads at. With that in mind, here's the full schedule for the fest.

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Free Events This Week in Miami: Everglades, Ikea Opening, and Volleyball School

Categories: Around Town

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Photo by Michael E. Miller
It's Monday. But on the brighter side of the worst day of the week, we're one week closer to Labor Day weekend.

And after Labor Day weekend, well, we can all pray temperatures drop below three digit RealFeel so we don't shrivel up and die in pools of our own sweat.

On that note, here's some free stuff to make the week fly. Enjoy.

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Miami Icons: Vizcaya Voted Your Favorite Local Landmark

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Photos by Karli Evans
All month long, Cultist has highlighted Miami's most deserving landmarks, from Ocean Drive's Art Deco beacon the Colony Hotel to downtown's early Cuban-American sanctuary the Freedom Tower. We asked readers to choose their favorite of 15 local haunts last Friday. The competition was steep but the votes are in: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is your most beloved Miami Icon.

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Art Basel Miami Beach Veteran Annette Schönholzer Steps Down

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Photo by Ian Witlen
Art Basel Miami Beach is facing yet another change of hands. Gallerist reports that longtime Basel figure Annette Schönholzer will step down as Director of New Initiatives to pursue other cultural projects.

Show manager of the first Art Basel Miami Beach in 2002, and later co-director with Marc Spiegler of all three Art Basel fairs worldwide, Schönholzer was one of three executives named to replace the founding director of Art Basel Miami Beach, Sam Keller, in 2007. Now only Spiegler remains of the trio. Gallerist says Marco Fazzone, Director of resources and finance and the Director of Asia, will be added to the roster.

See also: Art Basel Miami Beach 2013: Winners and Losers

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Photographer Richard Sexton Coming to Miami to Discuss Latest Work, Creole World

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Courtesy of the Historic New Orleans Collection
Street scene near the Marché de Fer; Cap Haitien, Haiti, 2012; ©Richard Sexton, from "Creole World: Photography of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere"
The concept of "Creole" is far more complex than most people who only had a passing interest in their 8th grade history courses might recognize. To most Miamians, it's a language spoken in Haiti and among the burgeoning Haitian population of the city. That's far too much of a simplification, even if you only want to look at Creole languages, which are defined in one Wikipedia line as "a stable, full-fledged language that originated from a mixture of two or more languages." And while that's a simplification as well, it should give you a sense of the greater scope of culture and people that the term "Creole" encompasses.

From the island of Haiti, to the parishes of New Orleans, to the mountainous villages of the Central American isthmus, the roots and tendrils of Creole identity in the Americas and the Caribbean have been growing and becoming more and more a part of their respective home cultures.

That process and the results thereof have been of great interest to Richard Sexton, a photographer and resident of New Orleans for almost 25 years, whose most recent work is called Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere. Saturday night, he'll give a reading at Books and Books in Coral Gables. New Times sat down and got acquainted with Sexton in order to get you acquainted with Sexton.

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Herradura Invites Artists to Make Tequila Barrels Masterpieces for a Chance at $10,000

Categories: Art

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Courtesy Herradura
Barrel by 2013 Barrel Art Collection winners Micah and Whitney Stansell.
Fiberglass peacocks, warehouse walls, even recycling bins: Miami artists have embraced their fair share of non-traditional canvases. Now, it's time to add tequila barrels to the lineup.

Herradura is inviting artists from seven U.S. cities (including Miami) to craft a masterpiece from the brand's oak barrels for a chance to win $10,000 (which, incidentally, would buy a lot of tequila).

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The Ten Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

Categories: Weekend Guide

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The Queen of Miami wants you to party.
We know, we know. You've hustled your way through this hot-ass workweek, and all you want to do is kick back with another round of Sharknado 2. But now's the time to dig deep. There's local art to be seen in Little Haiti. There's sexiness to take in all around you, from lingerie exhibits to burlesque festivals. But most of all, Miami, you must dance. Look at all those late-night numbers as prep for impressing her majesty, Mrs. Estefan, come September.

Get on your feet. Reach higher.

Do it for Gloria.

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Miami Icons: Last Chance to Vote for Your Favorite Local Landmark!

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Flickr cc | Michael Shane
All month long, Cultist's Miami Icons series has spotlighted Miami's most deserving landmarks. There are the obvious choices, like Ocean Drive's Colony Hotel. There are the historical gems, like Vizcaya. There were modern additions, like the Arsht Center. We even threw in a couple weirdo picks -- El Faraon, for example -- just to keep things interesting.

Readers have been vocal, from blasting the historical integrity of monuments to praising powerhouse structures that scream "Miami." Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is and choose: Which Miami Icon deserves to represent the Magic City to the rest of the world?

Today is your last chance to take our poll and make your voice heard. Should it be the opulence of the Versace mansion? The picturesque MacArthur Causeway? The fantastical Opa-locka City Hall?

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