Miami Street Artists Will Tag Wynwood Middle School to Raise Money For Art Teacher

Categories: Art

Shelly Davidov
Jose de Diego Middle School
Robert de los Rios rattles off names from his phone, barely pausing for breath as reveals the artists participating in his next project.

"Ahol, 2 Alas, Axel Void, DFace, Evoca, FL. Mingo, Lebo, Luis Berros, Lister, MadSteez, Pixel Pancho, Santiago Rubino, Tava, Trek 6, Typoe..."

The Wynwood Map creator knows the canvas of this neighborhood, remembers its unpainted past before the words "outdoor museum" were ever used to describe it. Located only blocks away from the world-famous mural destination is Jose de Diego Middle School, where students in this thriving arts district have been without an art teacher for five years.

"This is Wynwood. It's unacceptable," says de los Rios inside the school. "You see they do what they can, but we're not. So we have to."

See also: An Online Guide to Wynwood Murals and Street Art

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The Ten Best Things To Do This Weekend in Miami

Categories: Weekend Guide

That special time of year is finally upon us; the time of year when Miami's freaks and creeps and elites mingle as one, boozing together in costumed, candy-high bliss. Yes, today is Halloween, and we are pumped to bring you the best Miami gatherings, be they scary, sexy, or just filled to the teeth with goodies.

So zombie-walk your bad self around town for a stellar collection of parties, parades, and enough gratuitous nudity to last you through next October 31st.

Happy haunting.

See also: The Ten Best Things To Do on Halloween Night in Miami

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Kit Kat Lounge: "J.Lo," "Katy Perry," and More Hit Miami with Martinis and Moves (Photos)

Photos by Shelly Davidov
Sara Andrews, aka "J.Lo"
Hallelujah -- Miami Beach is about to get more fabulous.

The Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club gave lucky local invitees a taste of their Chicago offerings, which include a cast of storied female impersonators owning the stage and dozens of martinis to sip while they werk.

The funny, fierce performances last night only touch on what's to come over the next six months, when Kit Kat will outfit the Jackie Gleason Theater at the Fillmore with a different design and line-up every show, including a Christmas spectacular in December sure to put the gay in your holiday.

See also: Kit Kat Divas: Chicago's Favorite Female Impersonators Bring Their Sass to South Beach

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Avoid Parking Hell at Miami Heat Games With ParkJockey App

Categories: Around Town

Courtesy of ParkJockey
Miami, as a metropolis, is growing up like Miley Cyrus post-Hannah Montana: fast. Maybe too fast.

With growing pains like this (and a lack of public transportation) come parking woes. Wynwood's seen the worst of it lately, with city officials and business owners playing political ping-pong on the issue.

All of this recent hubbub makes the introduction of ParkJockey a serious blessing for Miami's road warriors. So long parking hell, hello app-for-that.

See also: Wynwood Parking Is the "Wild, Wild West"

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Zeel At-Home Massage App: We Give the Rubdown Delivery a Try

Photos by Carla Torres
Nowadays it seems you can have anything delivered to you without having to get up from the couch or put any clothes on -- except maybe to answer the door.

Pizza? Check. Arepas stuffed with chicken and avocado salad? Check. Booze? Check. Your own personal Swedish massage therapist? Check.

Taking care of that last one is Zeel Massage on Demand, which promises to deliver a massage therapist to your apartment within the hour of you booking the massage through their handy app that alleviates the need for any kind of in person transaction. Hello, technology.

See also: Halloween 2014 in Miami: Ten Things To Do Before the 31st

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Rodgers and Hammerstein's Tony Award-Winning Cinderella Is Modern Girl-Power Magic

Categories: Theater

Photo by Carol Rosegg
Kecia Lewis and Paige Faure in the National Tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella.
"I just wish I was doing something more important with my life."

No, that's not something our ex said. That's the very first thing Prince Charming says in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, now performing at the Adrienne Arsht Center.

Quite obviously, this is not the Disney princess story of memory. It's not like the original bloody Brothers Grimm fairy tale, either. In fact, it's a completely modern retelling that brings a fairy godmother's fanciful magic to life while simultaneously teaching that you don't need a fairy godmother to change the world.

See also: Make Way for Broadway: Nostalgia, Laughs, and Glamour Pack the Arsht's New Season

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Film Podcast: John Wick Restores Our Faith in Violent Movies

Categories: Film and TV

Keanu Reeves in John Wick
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we welcome Village Voice contributor and filmmaker Zachary Wigon, who tells us about his paranoid thriller The Heart Machine (iTunes).

See also: Read our John Wick movie review

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Kit Kat Divas: Chicago's Favorite Female Impersonators Bring Their Sass to South Beach

Courtesy of Kit Kat Lounge
Dolce Aaliyah Andrews
Once upon a time, on a very different South Beach, boys could be girls and girls could be boys and the only time anybody blinked an eye was when it had gone wide from all the fabulousness. Better yet, everybody got in on all that fabulousness, no matter what their preference or how they preferred to dress.

And boy was it fabulous. Not just because on any given night hip hop thugs rubbed shoulders with top shelf supermodels, Hollywood starlets parried with bona fide rockstars, or snap happy paparazzi stalked slap happy mafiosi (though there was that); but because a local contingent of some of the most colorful creatures on the planet reigned absolutely supreme. That the most kaleidoscopic of those creatures happened to be glamor-prone men whose gifts included channeling the voices of some of the most glamorous women in song only made it more so.

This Wednesday night, those heady days are about to be reborn. The place: that storied back of stage of the Fillmore reverently christened the Gleason Room. The culprits: a wowsome pride of Windy City diviners known as Kit Kat Divas. Sure, the glam gals hail from Chicago, but they and their same-named Lounge and Supper Club continue to carry the same kinda torch that enflamed South Beach at its very hottest.

See also: The Ten Best Drag Queens at Miami Beach Gay Pride 2014

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Hangar Gallery Celebrates French Weeks Miami With Surrealist Artworks

Categories: Art, Culture

Courtesy of Hangar Gallery
When people think of the presence of foreign cultures in Miami, Cuba's comes first, followed perhaps by Haiti, Columbia, or Israel. France would generally be far down the list. With French Weeks Miami, the French-American Chamber of Commerce is trying to change the pecking order.

Started seven years ago, the celebration that began October 23 and goes through November 13 hosts Francophile events while partnering with 17 local French restaurants and 13 spas.

"We wanted to organize a French presence in Miami" said Pascale Villet, one of French Weeks Miami's organizers as Miami's director of the French-American Chamber of Commerce. "We are having lots of events, from a lunch with the French ambassador of the U.S. on November 4 to tennis matches on November 8."

See also: Muralist Ozmo Paints Statue of Liberty, Michelangelo's David in Wynwood (Photos)

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New Times Is Looking For an Arts and Culture Editor

Categories: News

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Miami New Times is looking for a writer and editor to oversee coverage of all things related to art, theater, and other cultural happenings in America's hottest city. The job entails working closely with a pool of freelancers to produce Night+Day, our weekly print guide to the city, while editing, writing, and helping promote content for our Cultist culture blog. Among the events to be covered are the Miami International Film Festival, the Miami Book Fair and Art Basel Miami Beach.

This is a full-time position that requires some previous journalism experience, a strong voice and diverse cultural interests. Only applicants who live in, or have lived in, the Miami metro area will be considered. Full benefits included. Send a cover letter, resume and your three best clips to:

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