Alex Mijares and South Miami's Capretto Handbag Collaboration: Exotic Totes as Canvases

Categories: Art, Fashion

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Despite what some might argue, fashion is art. But when exotic, skin-covered handbags start becoming paint-covered canvases, the art in fashion gets taken to a whole other level. For Jason Salstein of South Miami's luxury brand boutique, Capretto, and Miami-based artist Alex Mijares, such levels should be challenged.

The unveiling of the store's private label handbag collaboration with Mijares last week lured designer hoarders and loyal customers to Capretto's quarters of exclusivity.

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The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story: Barely Scandalous

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"I'm so excited, I'm so excited, I'm so, I'm so... scared!" Jessie Spano immortalized those words on Saved by the Bell. It also perfectly summed up how most felt before the premiere of last night's Lifetime docudrama The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story.

Unlike the more scandalous and indulgent Beverly Hills 90210, Saved by the Bell was made for Saturday mornings, it was preteen-focused and light heartedly blissful. The word "unauthorized" conjured up images of orgies and blow in the dressing room. Fortunately and unfortunately, it wasn't that.

Here is a collection of some of the fun, albeit vanilla, "facts" we learned:

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Miami International Film Festival To Announce MIFFecito Line-up, Offer Free Cafecito Today

Categories: Film Festivals

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For everyone patiently awaiting the next edition of the Miami International Film Festival like we are, there's finally a way to get a bit of a taste before the time comes around next March. That's right; this coming October 16 through 19, there's a mini-festival for audiences that will provide a "mid-season taste" of the festival's upcoming line-up. That taste comes in the form of MIFFecito, a "film festival fix" being held at Miami Dade College's Tower Theater.

See also: John Turturro Receives Career Tribute Award at Miami International Film Festival

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Reading Queer: Poet L. Lamar Wilson on the Struggle to Love God, and Each Other, Freely

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On Saturday, Miami's first gay literary festival, Reading Queer, hosted its headlining event at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, where poet and scholar L. Lamar Wilson read selections from his award-winning collection of poems, Sacrilegion. A Marianna, Fla. native, Wilson's poems have appeared in African American Review, Callaloo, jubilat, Los Angeles Review, The 100 Best African American Poems, and other publications.

The event opened with words from founder of the series, Neil de la Flor, the director Jose A. Villar-Portella, as well as Wilson on how he came to be involved in the series. Upon discovering Wilson, they fell in love with his voice and reached out to ask if he would consider headlining the series, with a "perfect ensemble of voices," says Villar-Portella.

See also: Reading Queer: Literary Festival Explores '80s Gay Cruising Culture

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Floatopia 2014: A Bizarre and Chill Day on the Waves

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If, like the rest of us commoners, you couldn't afford a weekend getaway to East Hampton or Palm Springs, Floatopia was the bargain basement Labor Day extravaganza for you. I know what you're thinking. A bunch of sweaty, inebriated Miamians in neon swimsuits, strapped to child-sized inflatables purchased last minute at Toys-R-Us. What could go wrong?

Surprisingly not much. Despite what this town's critics have to say, this year's Floatopia went off without a hitch on Saturday, and bereft of any shivving.

See also: Photos from Floatopia Miami 2014 Labor Day Weekend Edition

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Free Events This Week in Miami: PAMM, Brickell Mixer, and 3D Selfies

Categories: Around Town

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This could be you.
Well hello, September. You elusive minx. We missed you and your (potentially) better weather. Summer flew by in a sweat-soaked blur. BUT IT'S ALMOST OVER.

In the meantime, here's some stuff to do this week, including Monday holiday perks.

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Venice Film Fest: Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence Is More Honest Than The Act of Killing

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In 2012, documentary filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer made a splash with The Act of Killing, in which he sought out members of Indonesian killing squads, individuals who murdered thousands of innocent citizens accused of being communists after a military takeover in 1965, and invited them to re-enact their crimes in the style of Hollywood movies.

See also: Venice Film Fest: In Birdman, Michael Keaton Is Haunted by His Superhero Past

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Leonor Antunes' PAMM Installation Is an Airy Interpretation of South Florida

Categories: Art

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Portuguese artist Leonor Antunes, currently based in Berlin, is no stranger to lofty goals.

As a site-specific artist who relishes research in the creative process, it would be hard to imagine the comparisons between her sculptural installation at PAMM with past works of a similar nature in Europe and South America. However, upon further reflection there is something concrete and rich to Miami's "shorter" history as a city.

Weathered by its geographical location in regards to the Caribbean and the Americas, its isolation in relation to the contiguous United States, and the incessant flux of immigration and many other examples of Miami's constant evolution, Antunes must've had her hands full in allowing the research to guide and develop her take on the Magic City.

See also: Ada Balcacer: One-Armed Genius at PAMM

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Venice Film Fest: In Birdman, Michael Keaton Is Haunted by His Superhero Past

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The gent at the Delta check-in counter back in New York sighed when he saw where I was headed. "Romantic Venezia!" he said, and the comment stopped me short, because film festivals located in the most beautiful settings in the world have a way of making you forget - almost - that you're in one of the most beautiful settings in the world.

The Venice Film Festival - this is the 71st edition - is held not in Venice proper, but on Lido, a summertime island where winter seems impossible, resplendent with dusty pink and ochre stucco villas. It is also the home of the formerly grand Hotel des Bains, where Thomas Mann wrote Death in Venice, and which, sadly, closed in 2010, destined to become a luxury apartment complex that has not yet materialized. I haven't yet walked by the Hotel des Bains on this trip, but I hope it's looking more cheerful than it did last year, when it sat dejected behind its majestic iron grillwork gate, a sad relic of past glory that even a Venetian Miss Havisham might find hard to love.

See also: Brazilian Film Festival 2014: Elena Is a Beautiful Reflection on Loss and Memory

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Summertime Art Geniuses: Emma Carascon's Bizarre Sketched Characters

Categories: Art

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Although she was born on an island, Emma Carascon grew up far from South Florida's tropical climes.

"I was born in a very, very, very small village in England, about an hour northwest of London," the 34-year-old, self-taught artist says. "There is literally one road in and out. No shops, no pubs, no traffic lights, but we do have a park and lots of cows, sheep, and horses."

Carascon moved to Florida in 2002 after earning a tourism degree from the University of Derby. She worked at Disney World and often drove to Miami and the Keys to relax with friends. "We would come for minivacations and loved being by the ocean and seeing the sun every day, something we definitely don't see much of in England," she laughs.

See also: Summertime Art Geniuses: Painter Enrique Machado's Deeply Textured Waters

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