Thursday, August 2, 2007
Style File: Mini-golf/Poetry
Looking for a way to spice up a dull night? Believe it or not, you can mix art with mini-golf and a gourmet meal with poetry. In tonight's Style File, Seven's Belkys Nerey finds two holes-in-one for a fun night.
WSVN -- You'll feel as if you've stumbled upon a secret garden.
Melissa Martinez: "It's got a very 'Alice in Wonderland', 'Secret Garden', vibe to it."
Hidden away on busy Biscayne Boulevard, between 72nd and 73rd Street, is the new Upper Eastside Garden. Strangely enough, it's a sculpture garden and a mini-golf course.
Jessica Force: "It's beautiful. You have the artwork, you have the plants, the garden, the lighting."
In the midst of all the greenery, there's nine holes to take a swing at, and you even get some culture with that swing. Local artists have designed the art that doubles as obstacles for the course, like this bridge over troubled water.
Hernan Bas: "It's surprisingly hard. You would think it would go straight down the bridge, but a lot of times it hops and skips in the water."
And, when the sun sets on Thursday nights, for $7, you can even catch an outdoor movie with drinks and popcorn.
Mos: "Nature is always romantic, sitting in the outdoors, especially when the weather is wonderful."
But if you dig poetry over putt-putt, one night a month, head to North One 10 restaurant on Biscayne for poetry night.
Chef Dewey Losasso: "When you mention poetry, people tend to run the other way, so we wanted to do it in a fun way."
No starving artists at this themed dinner night. Owner and Chef Dewey Losasso developed a four course menu with foods named after poetry from the 50s and 60s.
Chef Dewey: "Some of the foods, Ferlinghetti Spaghetti, a little play on words, a little poem in itself. Cigarettes, smoking, caffeine and poets kind of go hand in hand, so we have a coffee expresso cremebrule, so we made some cookies that look like cigarettes."
During dinner, different locals can read their poetry, and then famed poet Howard Camner reads some of his published poems with some added beats by Dewey on the guitar.
Howard Camner: "It kind of pushes me, pushes the poetry and gives it a good foundation."
Janice Moriver: "I think it adds a whole new dimension, and he and the poet get along very well, and it's another very entertaining element to the evening."
So, if you're a poet who maybe didn't know it, stop by and show off your talent.
Belkys Nerey: "It's $45 a person for poetry night, and North One 10 also hosts other theme nights during the week. Aug. 29th is the next poetry night. As for the mini-golf, it's $5 for adults, $3 for kids."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Upper East Side Garden
7244 Biscayne Blvd.
North One 10
11052 Biscayne Blvd.
North Miami, FL 33161