FLA-FRA Festival Brings Francophone Creativity to Miami Stages

Categories: Dance

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Myriam Gourfink dances.
Set aside for a moment any preconceived notions you may have about the French arts and culture. Toss out the idea of the beret with a striped shirt and a baguette stuck underneath an arm. So much more happens creatively in France and the French diaspora, but it seldom reaches South Florida.

This year, that began to change thanks to Tigertail Productions' Florida-France Festival, or FLA-FRA, which began April 1 and closes this weekend with one-of-a-kind performances by leading French choreographer Myriam Gourfink and fellow countryman and renowned dancer C├ędric Andrieux.

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Wynwood Life: A Three-Day Festival Celebrating Miami and Its Artists

Courtesy of Wynwood Life
Trek6's wall for Wynwood Life.
Street festivals can be so much more than a good romp on the sunny asphalt. At their best, they can be an homage to a shared sense of culture; a common idea within a community of strangers suddenly connected and brought face to face under the auspices of merriment outside their front doors.

Miami is as perfect a place for a street festival as can be, with its delicious weather and hoards of half-naked, surreally beautiful people, and yet there really aren't as many major events of the like as you'd expect. There's the Coconut Grove Art Festival, and of course the Calle Ocho Festival, but what else?

Fortunately, there's a new celebration being added to the short list this year, and it's called Wynwood Life -- a festival of art, fashion, food, and music along the Western edge of Wynwood from Friday, April 25, through Sunday.

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Liberty City Gets a New Public Mural and You Can Help

Categories: Around Town, Art

MLK Murals helps kids become active, creative members of their communities.
Liberty City is about to get a facelift, and you can be a part of the operation.

An historical mural is set to grace the bus stop at NW 22nd Ave. and 56th St. Designed by Bernisha Fleurinor, a senior student in the medical magnet at Miami Northwestern Senior High, the mural was chosen as one of many submissions in a recent student-body contest and will be painted by local youths and community members Saturday, April 26.

The event is thanks in part to the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami and Moving the Lives of Kids Community Mural Project. What's even better? Student participants can use the day to earn community service hours, something every kid needs if they hope to earn Florida Bright Futures Scholarships.

See also: Wynwood Mural Tours Offer Hidden Gems, History and Bicycle Adventures Free on the Daily

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Rose and the Rime Soars at the Arsht Center

Categories: Theater

The House Theatre of Chicago has little interest in producing traditional plays. The previous productions it has taken to the Adrienne Arsht Center — such as The Sparrow, about a girl who develops special powers after surviving a tragic bus accident, and the sold-out engagements of Death and Harry Houdini, a flavorful biography of the daredevil magician — have integrated music, choreography, literal smoke and mirrors, and, in the case of Houdini, live magic and audience interaction.

The House's plays have plenty of spunk and innovation. And in Rose and the Rime, which opens this weekend at the Arsht Center's Carnival Studio Theater, those moving parts will reach the sky: In the middle of the piece, Paige Collins, who portrays the heroine, Rose, will soar above the audience.

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Comic Reacts to Survey Finding Miami Third Least Funny City in America

Categories: Comedy

The Front Yard Theatre Company gets all dressed up for basketball.
Recently, the Miami New Times published the results of a study from The Humor Research Lab and the authors of The Humor Code, Peter McGraw and Joel Warner, the findings of which claimed Miami as the 48th least funny out of America's top 50 largest Metro areas.

As the head writer of the Front Yard Theatre Collective, a sketch comedy/improv group born and grown right here in the Magic City, I read the study with interest, only to find that the methodologies used by the study and, therefore its conclusions were -- wait for it -- a joke. And a bad one at that.

When it comes to comedy, we're no New York, L.A. or Chicago, but we're certainly better than # 22 Lousiville-Jefferson County, Kentucky, or even #38 Albuquerque, New Mexico, (a city whose sole claim to comedy fame seems to be that Bugs Bunny always makes a wrong turn there). It seems the reasons we are ranked so low can be easily discerned by a reading of the study itself.

See also: Miami Ranked the Third Least Funny City in America

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Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival: Jon Bush Takes Miami To "Club King" Mario Diaz's Party

Photo by Jonathan Sirand of Rolling Blackouts
Mario Diaz: It's good to be king.
Club King, directed by Jon Bush, is one of three world premieres at this year's Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (MGLFF), and it is sure to get a global party started.

Bush's film grants viewers a behind-the-scenes peek into the life of Mario Diaz, the club king known for organizing some of New York and Los Angeles' hottest queer parties during the past twenty years. Diaz was also founder of the East Village bar the Cock, and hosts Big Fat Dick, the longest-running boy-party in Los Angeles.

Bush asked himself how Diaz could keep that level of partying going so long and so successfully, and Club King was born. The film director, who has been making movies since the age of sixteen when he bought a Super-8 camera out of the JC Penney catalogue, is no stranger to nightlife. He produces electronic dance music as Beatfreaque, mixing beats by night, but by day, he is art department coordinator for the television series New Girl, starring Zooey Deschanel.

He took some time to answer Cultist's questions about his new film, his fondness for South Beach, and how proud he is to be premiering Club King at MGLFF.

See also: Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Turns 16, 20 Countries are Coming to the Party

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Meowmi New Times Wins "Most Culturally Arbitrary," Takes Title of Champion at O, Miami Resurrection Basketball Tournament

Categories: Culture, Sports

Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez
Sean Pajot (left), Tim Elfrink, Devin Floyd, and Michael E. MIller.
How was your weekend, Miami? Well, not to humble-brag or whatever, but we at Miami New Times, or shall we say "Meowmi" New Times, had a fucking awesome weekend.

Our staff totally killed the court Sunday, taking home the totally panty-dropping title of "Most Arbitrarily Cultural" at the O, Miami Resurrection Basketball Tournament .(Get it? Because Jesus dribbles for Easter.) A special congrats is in order for our team of unstoppable superstars.

"There were four of us on the roster: the svelte Michael E. Miller, the sly Tim Elfrink, the acrobatic Devin Floyd, and me, the tabby-in-the-key, S. Pajot," our music editor said, and yes, they did wear kitty gear.

See also: Five Fun, Easy Ways to Get Involved in O, Miami

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La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup Returns for 10th Anniversary

Categories: Culture, Sports

Photo by: George Martinez
It's not every day you see a horse on South Beach -- it's only about once a year.

The famed La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup is back, kicking off four days of beachy, equine fun Thursday, April 24.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the competition, originated by Reto Gaudenzi, so the party is set for an extra-special affair, in cooperation with South Florida's the Polo Life. And as luck would have it, last years' women's champions can't return to defend their crown, so the number-one spot is wide open to competition.

See also: How to Get Laid at Miami Beach Polo World Cup IX

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Ten Things to Do in Honor of Earth Day

Despite the fact that she sustains our lives, literally, Mother Nature doesn't get a whole lot of kudos. Most of the time, we're abusing her via gas-guzzling vehicles, carbon-spouting factory farms, and plastic trash by the ton.

Since she only gets one day of recognition out of 365, the least we can do is show her some serious love. Luckily, there are lots of ways to make with the earth-affection this week, from volunteering, to ethical eating, to adopting a homeless pup. Check out our list and hop to it.

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Free Events This Week: Earth Day, Choices Kitchen Grand Opening, Grove Green Market

Categories: Around Town

Photo by Laine Doss
Easter and 4/20 have come and gone, leaving you bereft of both bud and Cadbury Cream Eggs. Post-holiday letdown times two. But there's still Earth Day to look forward to, and doesn't our devoted Mother Earth deserve a little love?

There are lots of eco-friendly, free ways to enjoy yourself for the next five days. Kumbaya and all that jazz.

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