MiMo Street Walkers

Used to be that when you saw somebody exposing his or her bum on Biscayne Boulevard between 65th and 75th streets, you were in the presence of a certified street walker. But these days, the recently designated MiMo historic district has classed up its image, and the only ass crack you’ll be privy to on Sunday is the famous tush of Miami’s Coppertone Girl. The sun-tan sign erected in 1958 was donated to MiMo and recently given new, green-friendly LED lights to keep her behind lit. The Coppertone Girl is one of the highlights of a walking tour that will kick off the inaugural Art Boulevard Festival.

The festival will feature local artists, plenty of upscale eats, and live music. Its proximity, in time and place, to many major Art Basel events put pressure on organizers to come through with a legitimate event. Cochair Robert Hernandez says MiMo is up to the challenge. “Real interaction with artwork and artists themselves,” he says, distinguishes the event from other local festivals. Hernandez adds that those in attendance can get into the art act by participating in creating a community mural. Big-name restaurants like Michy’s and Red Light will have booths, and the event will conclude with a holiday tree-lighting ceremony. The walking tour starts at the Coppertone Girl (7301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) at 10:30 a.m., and the festival runs from noon to 6 p.m. The main festival grounds will be at 7500 Biscayne Blvd. The event is free, but $10 donations for the walking tour are encouraged. Call 305-668-0001, or visit mimoartboulevard.com.
Sun., Nov. 28, 2010

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