MIAMI BY MARTIN March 2009

A monthly column from Martin Crossland

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MIAMI CIRCLE DESIGNATED NEW NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK
The Miami Circle is among nine new National Historic Landmarks designated by outgoing Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne. Discovered in 1998, the Miami Circle site at Brickell Point, is a nationally significant archaeological site located at the mouth of the Miami River in downtown Miami. Archaeological excavations at the site uncovered components of the primary village of the Tequesta, one of the first Native North American groups encountered by Juan Ponce de León in 1513. The site preserves evidence of the complex and planned architecture unique to the Tequesta, including the Miami Circle feature, which is a 38-ft. circular footprint of a prehistoric structure. The Miami Circle is one of 41 National Historic Landmarks in Florida. The Circle joins an elite group which include Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, the Biltmore Hotel, Fort Zachary Taylor, Cape Canaveral Station and the Freedom Tower, which was recognized last October by Secretary Kempthorne. The Historical Museum of Southern Florida illuminates the history of the Miami Circle in its permanent exhibit, First Arrivals: The Miami Circle.

RECORD INTERNATIONAL PASSENGERS AT MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FOR 2008
Passenger arrivals at Miami International Airport (MIA) continued to experience positive increases for twelve months of 2008 despite global economic challenges. For the twelve months, passenger arrivals revealed a 0.9% increase over the same time period last year, with international arrivals growing by 3.6% -a record 8,149,108 passengers passed through MIA in 2008 -and domestic arrivals down by -1.5%.

MATT DAMON KEEPS THE PAPARAZZI RUNNING

They come, they go. Madonna, Sylvester Stallone, Cher . . . Hollywood celebrities who move to South Florida to get away from it all inevitably seem to go back looking for it all after a while. Not Matt Damon.

He and wife Luciana have been living in Miami Beach for four years, and they plan to stick around. ''The business definitely does not require you to live in Hollywood, at least not for me at this point in my career,'' Damon says. ``Very, very few of my movies get shot in Los Angeles. And here, I don't have to deal with any of the nonsense.

There are guys waiting outside the gates to our house 24/7. But here, my wife and I figured out pretty quickly, it's only on the weekends, because Miami paparazzi have day jobs. They can't hang around all the time. So we just never go out on the weekends. The only time I leave is to go jogging.

"One of the guys stopped me once and said, 'Can't you do something besides jog? I've got like 20,000 pictures of you jogging.' And I said, 'Man, that's the whole point.'

'Matt is taping the narration for an episode of the PBS environmental series Journey To Planet Earth at a Coconut Grove studio.

UPCOMING
EVENTS IN GREATER MIAMI & THE BEACHES
JANUARY

To March 8th. 09
Women's International Film Festival
www.WIFFonline.org

To March 15th. 09
Carnaval Miami
www.CarnavalMiami.com

All March
Dade Heritage Days - Visit historic sites throughout Miami-Dade County
www.DadeHeritageTrust.org

5th. to 8th. March 09
2009 Acura Miami Grand Prix
www.Premiere-Racing.com

6th. and 7th. March 09

The Cleveland Orchestra presents - All Beethoven
www.arshtcenter.org

6th. to 8th. March 09
Carnaval on the Mile

www.CarnavalMiami.com

6th. to 15th. March 09
Miami International Film Festival
www.MiamiFilmFestival.com

7th. March 09
Britney Spears 2009 World Tour

www.aaarena.com

9th. to 15th. March 09
World Golf Championships - CA Championship at Doral
www.WorldGolfChampionships.com

9th. March 09
Florida Grand Opera presents Marcello Giordani
www.arshtcenter.org

12th. March 09
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra
www.arshtcenter.org

13th. March 09
Jose Carreras
www.arshtcenter.org

14th. March 0914th. March 09
Ocean Drive 5K Run
www.RunMiami.com

14th. March 09
Kodo - “Kodo’s music can raise the roof!” The New York Times
www.arshtcenter.org

14th. March 09
St. Patrick’s Day Festival
www.EmeraldSocietySFL.com

14th. to 18th. March 09
World Baseball Classic
www.DolphinStadium.com

15th. March 09
Calle Ocho Festival
www.CarnavalMiami.com

19th. to 22nd. March 09
11th Annual Miami Fashion Week
www.MiamiFashionWeek.com

19th. March 09
Celebrity Chef Series: Tom Colicchio
www.arshtcenter.org

20th. to 22nd. March 09
Miami International Agriculture & Cattle Show
www.MiamiCattleShow.com

20th. March 09
Living Artist Concert Series "The Golden Mean" - Chamber Music Series: The Amernet String Quartet.
www.DeeringEstate.org

21st. and 22nd. March 09
Key Biscayne Art Festival
www.ArtFestival.com

21st. to 28th. March 09
Florida Grand Opera: The Marriage of Figaro
www.arshtcenter.org

21st. March 09
Mandy Patinkin: Dress Casual with Paul Ford on Piano
www.arshtcenter.org

24th. to 28th. March 09
Winter Music Conference
www.WinterMusicConference.com

25th. March to 5th. April 09
Sony Ericsson Open
www.SonyEricssonOpen.com

26th. March 09
Coral Gables Wine and Food Festival
www.CoralGablesWineandFood.com

26th. Mrach to 12th. April 09
Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition
www.FairExpo.com

27th. March 09
Jazz Roots Series: The Roots of Fusion
www.arshtcenter.org

28th. March 09
The Rhythm Foundation presents: Mariza
www.arshtcenter.org

28th. March 09
Florida Derby Day
www.GulfstreamPark.com

28th. and 29th. March /09
Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival
www.JazzintheGardens.com

28th. March 09
The Taste of MiMo
http://www.mimoboulevard.org/

29th. March 09
Deering Seafood Festival on the Bay
www.DeeringEstate.org

FOR MORE GREATER MIAMI & THE BEACHES EVENTS, visit: www.MiamiandBeaches.com/Visitors/Calendar_of_Events.asp

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