Well before you run off to the monastery, spend an evening in the Upper East Side Garden. This Edenesque courtyard is only a dozen feet back from Biscayne Boulevard (7244 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Behind Devine Trash and a sushi shop), but is so tranquil and expertly landscaped that it feels 1500 miles removed. More than just greenspace, Upper East Side has become the most chill-axed spot in Miami to hunker down, play around, or shake your ass depending on the night. Thursdays are especially ideal; thats when picnic-style blankets and pillows are stretched out over the grass, lawn furniture is clustered about, and a movie is projected up on a big screen (the Gardens doing scary films through October, so catch The Devil and Daniel Johnston tonight!). Stretch your legs and take a whack at the Back Nine, the Gardens whimsically crafted putt-putt course. Most amazing is the price; seven bucks gets you a film, popcorn, a cocktail (they have liquor sponsors), a round of mini golf, and a romantic pseudo-vacation from SoFla. Pull out your little black book: this date will make you look like a million bucks. Visit http:// web.mac.com/uppereastsidegarden for a full schedule.
Thu., Oct. 18, 2007