Anyone who has ever gone to Churchill’s Pub has a unique story to tell about such special moments, most likely along with some amateur cell-phone footage. With seven days a week of live music spanning various genres and entertainment ranging from burlesque to poetry open mic, no two days at the two-stage pub are ever the same. And, Churchill’s Pub, also known as the CBGB of the South, boasts over 35 years of such fun in an unbridled, raw, and creative environment, where musicians and artists express themselves without pretense, intimately, to an open audience that has suspended their better judgment for an inebriated moment in time. This is definitely a place that needs to be documented, and there are as many stories to tell, as there are faces in the audience at a show.
An experimental dance performance utilizing visual installations and live abstract sound to fill the SandBox studio at Miami Theater Center (MTC).
While other young professionals in the Magic City hustled and grinded in anticipation of Happy Hour, I watched some kind of magic happen in the confines of a studio in Little Haiti. The better part of my afternoon consisted of signing paperwork to prove my consent, getting make-up and wardrobe done, and relishing in the awkwardness of small talk. With the promise of a meager compensation, 6 of us were recruited to act as “extras” in an amateur porn shoot. Most of us had ever been “extras” in anything, let alone porn but hey, hundred bucks is a hundred bucks despite the responsible adult buried deep inside me pleading that I think of my future career as a scientist.
Though many may see art and science at odds, they are actually both means for human creativity and exploration. The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science formerly the Miami Science Museum, is interested in developing this concept and has created the Curious Vault Collaborations, inviting artists to collaborate with scientists in order to discover ways to integrate art and science in a non-conventional manner.
The project comes at a suitable time for the museum as they will soon be relocating next to the Perez Art Museum in Downtown Miami. The idea behind the project is to put a local artist and scientist together with the intention of creating a tabletop display from their teamwork using at least one item from the museum’s permanent collection.
In Miami, once a genre/event party concept blows up with the local hipster ground and begins to get blown up to the masses, does it lose it’s substance? Take Midtown for example, once upon a time, Wynwood was only visited by graffiti artists, ballsy art collectors and the likes charmed by the realities of operating there. It now resembles more of a college town with a slightly different heartbeat. The vibe has simply multiplied and migrated to other spots that can cultivate a focus on this type of sound. So what constitutes underground? And where are we going to party next?