Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Showdown in Miami? Spaghetti Western star loses Brickell upzoning battle

The property’s zoning will remain at T6-8, which allows for an eight-story building

The Real Deal
By Keith Larsen
September 12, 2019

A former Spaghetti Western star has lost his final battle with the Miami City Commission.

The commission upheld Mayor Francis Suarez’s veto that prevents developer Francisco Martinez-Celeiro from securing the rezoning of the former Babylon Apartments on Brickell Bay Drive to allow for a 24-story residential building.

The scene at the commission meeting on Thursday played in a dramatic fashion when Commissioner Keon Hardemon, the wildcard for the vote, read a lengthy explanation for upholding the mayor’s veto. Commissioner Ken Russell, whose district includes the property, also voted in favor of the mayor’s veto. Commissioners Joe Carrollo, Willy Gort, and Manolo Reyes voted against the veto.

Upholding the veto means the zoning for the property at 240 Southeast 14th Street will remain as a T6-8, which allows the developer to build a eight-story residential project, rather than a 24-story building that nearby residents said would increase traffic and was illegal under the current zoning.
Russell and residents opposed to the upzoning were concerned that it would create a domino effect of “spot zoning”, which would give precedent for the city to upzone properties in the area on a case-by-case basis.

In July, the city commission voted 4-1 to grant Babylon International’s request to upzone the property to 24 stories. The company originally sought approval for 48 stories, arguing the property had been unfairly downzoned when the city adopted Miami 21 in the early 2000s.

Then a week later, Mayor Suarez vetoed the decision. One of the main reasons for his veto was to uphold the Miami 21 zoning code, which took effect in 2010.

“In the ten-year history of Miami 21, there has not been one case of a upzoning of a property that violated the succession of these zoning principles,” Suarez said at the meeting on Thursday.

The property is in the quiet waterfront residential neighborhood of Brickell Bay Drive. Many of the buildings are decades-old, mid-rise condo buildings that pale in comparison to the glitzy high-rises of Brickell Avenue.

Martinez-Celeiro, whose stage name is George Martin, owns the Babylon Apartments. The former building was one of Arquitectonica’s first projects in Miami and was known for its post-modern design. It was also once owned by Ray Corona, an infamous drug dealer who became part of a group known as the Cocaine Cowboys.

Who Are Those Guys? ~ Matt Clark

Matt Clark was born in Washington, D.C. on November 25, 1937, the son of Theresa (née Castello), a teacher, and Frederick William Clark, a carpenter. After serving in the military, he attended college at George Washington University, but later dropped out. After working at various jobs, he joined a local D.C. theatre group. After working at the famous Living Theater and starring in several off-Broadway plays, he moved to California to begin his film career. Matt has appeared in more than 50 feature films, in addition to countless television movies and TV series. He is the director of the film, “Da” (1988), starring Bernard Hughes, Martin Sheen, and his old acting teacher, Bill Hickey. His first credited film role was in "Black Like Me" in 1964. Matt would go on to become a highly respected character actor in more than 110 films and TV appearances including 30 westerns among which was one Euro-western "Kid Vengeance" (1977) as Grover. Matt was married to poet, actress and storyteller Erica Lann [1938- ] from 1958-1966. The couple had four children: Matthias Clark (musician), Jason Clark (producer), Seth Clark (film editor) and Aimée Clark (producer). Matt may be best remembered as the Chester, the bartender in “Back to the Future III” (1990).

CLARK, Matt (aka Matt Clarke) [11/25/1936, Washington, District of Columbia, U.S.A. -     ] – director, theater, film, TV actor, singer, married to actress, poet Erica Lann [1937-    ] (1958-1965) father of actor, muscian Matthias W. Clark [1959-    ], producer, production manager, director, assistant director Jason Clark. married to Carol Trieste [194?-    ] (1968-1968), married to Sharon Mays (2000-    ).
Kid Vengeance – 1976 (Grover)

Special Birthdays

Alessandro Derevitsky (composer) would have been 110 today, he died in 1974. 

Angel Aranda (actor) would have been 85 today, he died in 2000.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Spaghetti Westerns!

Spaghetti Westerns!
Author Mike Hauss

Country: U.S.A.
Publisher: Amazon
Language: English
Pages: 176
ISBN-10: 1692070045
ISBN-13: 978-1692070045

Mike Hauss' first book in a proposed series of books on the Italian westerns is finally LIVE! Titled simply Spaghetti Westerns! Here's a link to Amazon to purchase it, and please share on your pages and in your groups. Not sure when the International sales will be available, as the email said 3-5 days. Thanks to Tim Paxton for his freaking brilliant Cover design and helping me through the Amazon/Kindle process. And a big thank you to Tom Betts for all his help and not going bat shit crazy from my endless stream of questions. Thanks also to Sebastian Haselbeck of the Spaghetti Western Data Base (SWDB) and Ally Lamah and Eric Mache of Wild East Productions.

Spaghetti Westerns! is a series of books devoted to the Italian western genre. Books that look at and beyond the Sergio Leone westerns. Chock full of Interviews, reviews and photos. Saddle up with Spaghetti westerns for a read that celebrates the genre as a whole. The Italian western films sometimes referred to as "Spaghetti Westerns," was a genre of films that started as copies of Hollywood westerns but when A Fistful of Dollars was released onto the market, the genre took on a life of its own. And like the countless bounty hunters out looking to get rich on the heads of the bounties, so were the film producers looking for their fistful of dollars. And while initially dismissed as inferior product during its official genres life span; the genre has now began to be critically reappraised. This first issue of Spaghetti Westerns! is not a genre overview or all encompassing, its more of random shots that celebrates the genre, one film at a time.

Sarah Vista appearing at the 2019 Almeria Western Film Festival

Sarah Vista will be performing at the 2019 Almeria Western Film Festival in Tabernas, Spain on Friday October 11 at 11 p.m.

To celebrate being in her spiritual home, the land of European and Spaghetti Westerns, She’ll be performing a double-barreled western set with her gang as part of the 3 day celebrations!

Saddle up cowboys and girls, join her!

Spaghetti Western: Django, the story of revenge

La Nacion
By Marcelo Stiletano
August 16, 2019

Beyond the Trilogy of The Man With No Name created by Sergio Leone, no film left such a deep mark on the history of the Spaghetti Western as Django (1966). Sergio Corbucci's best work forever configured the profile of the most imitated figure in the entire history of the genre (there are at least fifty titles with the same character). In the words of the world's largest expert in Spaghetti western, the English Sir Christopher Frayling, Django is the archetype of the "wandering ghost" who appears in so many adventures, silent and willing to fulfill his revenge time, in the most hostile environment can imagine. Incidentally, that first Django also built the identity of one of the great stars of the genre: Franco Nero. Avenger who appears in the memorable beginning of the film as a pilgrim (he does not have a horse) with a long cloak that goes through the rain without explanation a long path of mud and dragging an coffin.

We have much more present to the African-American Django who tries to free himself from his chains in the celebrated Quentin Tarantino film, which incidentally gives Nero a deserved cameo. But the original has blue eyes and a laconism that makes it even more mysterious. In the film we see him facing two simultaneous rivals: a group of racist renegades of the Confederate Army of the Civil War and a band of Mexicans with supposed "revolutionary" airs. From this scenario arises, as Frayling points out, a masterful tale of revenge and a sort of unrecognized remake of “For a Fistful of Dollars”, first film of the Leone Trilogy, of which Corbucci was friend and rival at the same time as the filmmaker recalls Alex Cox, Django fan and great scholar of the spaghetti western.