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1999 Stories by John Ferri

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  • Phish Spawn in the Glades

    published December 30, 1999

    "We're transforming what is essentially cattle pastureland into a giant campground/wonderland/playground for 75,000 rabid Phish fans," claims Dave... More >>

  • Doing It Their Way

    published December 23, 1999

    It's a cool Tuesday evening, perfect patio weather, and the bistro tables outside the Coffee Beanery in Coral Springs are filled to capacity. The... More >>

  • Short Cuts

    published December 23, 1999

    Monty Alexander Stir It Up -- The Music of Bob Marley More >>

  • Through a Promotional Lens

    published December 16, 1999

    On the uppermost observation deck of a cruise ship, the pinpoint silhouettes of human heads are visible against the pink afterglow of sunset,... More >>

  • It's Their Party, and They'll Spin If They Want To

    published December 16, 1999

    "Man, this is some disco-sounding shit," a guy complains to his buddy as they leave the second-floor men's room at the Chili Pepper nightclub in... More >>

  • Short Cuts

    published December 16, 1999

    Art of Noise The Seduction of Claude... More >>

  • Aw Nuts!

    published December 9, 1999

    Sitting around at a meeting some months back, the board members of Fort Lauderdale's Public Theatre were challenged by executive director Vince... More >>

  • Cool to Trot

    published December 2, 1999

    Men with cigars clenched between their teeth sit around tables with racing programs spread before them and puff pungent smoke into the air as they... More >>

  • The Darling of Gay Porn

    published November 25, 1999

    OK, here's a quick gay-porn primer: Two of the biggest-name actors in the industry are Jeff Stryker and Ryan Idol, and the guys who achieve such... More >>

  • As the World of .com Turns

    published November 18, 1999

    As if bosses don't have enough to worry about in regard to employees wasting time online (think Internet smut and virtual shopping), the Website... More >>

  • Moon June, Slam Bam

    published November 18, 1999

    Ridicule a participant at some prissy poetry reading, and you'll end up looking like a boorish ass. At a poetry slam, however, the crowd is... More >>

  • Reading About Feeding Your Head

    published November 11, 1999

    So you've arrived in some exotic locale, say Nepal or Sri Lanka, on one of those ecotourism vacations, and you want to become one with your... More >>

  • Noshing on the Mob

    published November 11, 1999

    Like most sons, Rich Cohen loved to hear his father tell stories, but his pop's yarns happened to be true stories about Jewish gangsters in... More >>

  • String 'Em Up

    published November 4, 1999

    Just as a tornado whisked Dorothy away to the land of Oz, hurricanes help take viewers of Pablo Cano's works into a world of fantasy. His... More >>

  • Salad Days

    published November 4, 1999

    Two musicals -- Sophie: The Red Hot Mama Revusical in West Palm Beach and Sophie, Totie & Belle in Deerfield Beach -- celebrate... More >>

  • Heeeere, Kitty, Kitty

    published November 4, 1999

    Scott Lucas sounds ironically sad as he sings "Lucky," slowly playing the circular, tremolo-warbled guitar wash of the folksy, 45-second ditty and... More >>

  • Brushes With Greatness

    published October 28, 1999

    Bathed in a neon-orange glow, the painting of Jimi Hendrix torching his guitar seems to give off, well, warmth. The man who painted it puts... More >>

  • Caught in the Headlights

    published October 28, 1999

    As a long-time newspaper reporter and editor who's worked all over Florida, Tim Dorsey has written and read stories about the most bizarre... More >>

  • That Old Songwriting Magic

    published October 21, 1999

    Pianist Emma Kelly had nothing to do with the murder of bad boy Danny Hansford, but as a well-known figure in the quirky city of Savannah,... More >>

  • Anything For Film

    published October 21, 1999

    Older MTV fans may remember the Make My Video contest, in which viewers were asked to shoot original footage to accompany the Madonna song "True... More >>

  • On a Roll

    published October 14, 1999

    It's not easy to appear menacing in a wheelchair, but David Bernstein is pulling it off as the King of Thebes in the Academy Theatre... More >>

  • House of History

    published October 14, 1999

    Cities like Fort Lauderdale and Fort Worth were obviously named after military outposts, but in Fort Lauderdale the question is, To which fort... More >>

  • Scale Down and Ship Out

    published October 7, 1999

    Diners at the Islamorada Fish Company in Dania Beach -- at least those seated on the deck overlooking the man-made lagoon -- are occasionally... More >>

  • The Speed of Wright

    published October 7, 1999

    Comedian Steven Wright is known for his molasses-slow delivery of wry, observational humor, but the aching gap between every word, every... More >>

  • Rhythm of the Ancients

    published September 30, 1999

    If the four members of the percussion ensemble Rivers of Time appear to be just milling around in the audience before one of their shows... More >>

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