Miami in the Movies and on TV

10 Movie and TV Sets that I Wouldn’t Mind Living In

With its warm climate and unique architecture, Miami has been the setting of a number of TV shows and movies over the years. The houses of the characters reflects this. Here are 10 such homes that I wouldn’t mind living in, depending on the situation.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective 
Ace’s apartment

Jim Carrey broke out into the mainstream with this 1994 release, in which he plays a Ace Venturay, a strange man who investigates crimes against pets. Ace’s small, cluttered Miami apartment might not look like much, but every time he walks in, his dogs run to greet him and birds perch on his arms. What animal lover wouldn’t want that?

Any Given Sunday 
Tony D’Amato’s mansion

Oliver Stone’s 1999 sports offering depicts professional football as being money-driven, so it’s not surprising that you see some of the characters living large. Head coach Tony D’Amato (Al Pacino) lives in a beautiful mansion (a real-life building in nearby Fort Lauderdale) with a large dining area and sliding glass doors, not to mention the massive TV showing the chariot scene in Ben-Hur. If you can’t get into this place, try Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino’s house, which was used in the movie, as well.

Bad Boys II 
Mike Lowry’s waterfront house

In the Bad Boys movies, Miami cop Mike Lowry (Will Smith) is a rich man who decides to become a police officer. His difficult job doesn’t keep him from living in a nice Miami Beach house on the waterfront. Since they blew up the Delray Beach mansion that the villain lived in, Lowry’s place is a good backup.

Big Trouble 
Arthur Herk’s house

While he’s a jerk, Arthur Herk (Stanley Tucci) enjoys life in a …

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Music Events and News of 1961

1961 was a standout is for the amazing, sheer array of talent and great music that came out.
Notable debuts were:
Ben E. King, The Shirelles, Gene Pitney, Gene McDanielsBob Dylan, The Crystals, Judy Collins, Adam Wade, Faron Young, Timi Yuro, The Marvelettes, Gladys Knight and The Pips (known as “The Pips” at this time), Ray Stevens, Del Shannon, The Angels, Maxine Brown, James Darren, Joey Dee and The Starliters, Dick and Dee Dee, Sue Thompson, James Ray, Linda Scott, The Dovells, Barbara George, The Impressions, Chuck Jackson, The Jive Five, Chris Kenner, The Lettermen, Bobby Lewis, The Jarmels, Little Caesar and the Romans, John D. Loudermilk, Johnny Maestro (former Crests lead singer), Barry Mann, The Marcels, The Mar-Keys, The Belmonts (without Dion), Lee Dorsey, The Miracles, Hayley Mills (singingdebut) ,Tony Orlando, The Paris Sisters, Shep and the Limelites, The Spinners, Carla Thomas, The Tokens, The Vibrations, Solomon Burke, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, The Highwaymen, and The Smothers Brothers.

The Marcels, one of the all-time great vocal groups, were named for a popular hair style of the time. They were also one of the first integrated groups, but became an all-black one after “Heartaches.” Led by Cornelius Harp, with Fred Johnson as that distinctive bass voice, the group had a no. 1 smash, “Blue Moon,” followed by their second Top 10 (no. 7) hit “Heartaches”. I also like their version of “Melancholy Baby”.

Shep and the Limelites had the no. 2 smash “Daddy’s Home”, which was an answer record to “A Thousand Miles Away” (A Top 10 R + B hit in Dec. 1956-early 1957) by The Heartbeats, which was the same group, in a sense. James “Shep” Sheppard remained lead singer and changed personnel as needed.

Mary Wells had her first Top …

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Looking for New Music? 4 Ways to Find Great Music

How many times have we heard the same song play on the radio at least three times within an hour? Ready for something new?

Radio stations provide listeners with great music to listen to while relaxing, working, driving a car, whatever you might be doing. Listening to the same music over and over again is very excruciating. You find yourself browsing through other stations.

Ways to find great music you won’t be tired of:

1. Genius 
An application on iTunes, Genuis is a great tool for discovering music very similar to your music. This is especially handy with those few favorites you listen to a few times a day. The latest version of iTunes includes Genius. From the Genius Sidebar, you can click on the similar songs provided and a 30-second sample will be played.

2. The Radio 
First, some stations have certain hours during which they play new music. For example, Chicago’s 101.9 play’s new music at 9pm. It is a great break from the usual radio playlist. You might even decide to download the song being played!

Second, you may find yourself going through the tuner on the radio. This is a great idea for exploring different radio stations with new genres of music you never knew you liked. You will discover Spanish, pop, hip-hop, classical, christian, rock, and jazz music among others.

3. Talk With Others 
Every person has different songs that they love. Next time you meet with a friend, ask them suggestions for music that they know you like to listen to. You may find a song that will become your favorite for a long time!

4. Websites 
Typing in “new music” or “music for ____”(i.e. exercising) on the internet will bring you many search results. If you are looking for music for a …

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