Make Your Own Halloween Costume at Little Havana's Share Squared Workspace

Categories: Art, DIY, Fashion

Courtesy of Share Squared
In a city where anything (and everything) goes, standards are pretty high for All Hallows' Eve. If you haven't chosen your costume yet, you may be behind the eight ball. Halloween is just nine days away, which means Party City is sold out of everything good -- and there's only so much Goodwill hunting you can probably handle.

Lucky for those a little late to the party, the 800-square-foot Share Squared space in Little Havana is hosting two workshops this week for DIY'ers in need of costume help. The first installment is on Wednesday, the second, Friday, both from 7 to 10 p.m. The ladies of SS will help you cobble together a one-of-a-kind creation sure to outshine that store-bought slutty Elsa costume.

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To Cuba and Back: Glexis Novoa Dwells on the Contradictions of the Communist Country

Categories: Art

Courtesy of Adalberto Roque
Glexis Novoa's painting Se Vende dominates the Juan Ruiz Gallery in Wynwood. The seven-by-ten-foot canvas is freighted with abstract symbols ranging from women's shoes to beer cans, a lap-top, a car, a pig's head, a bust of José Martí, an assault rifle, a skull next to a giant penis, and acronyms for Cuba's Committee for the Defense of the Revolution and Fidel Castro's July 26th Movement.

The 49-year-old Cuban-American artist, who was once a favored person on the island but emigrated in 1993, created it during a three-month stay in Havana this summer.

"While I was there, it seemed like everything was for sale," Novoa reflects. "I wanted to capture the fading political symbols that are part of the glamor of the Cuban atmosphere. The penis represents government machismo, and the skull represents the high level of cancer cases among the population, which, unlike those who visit Cuba for health tourism, often does not have access to health-care services."

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Knight Arts Challenge People's Choice: Mexican American Council Hopes to Open Mariachi Academy

Categories: Art, Culture

For 20 years, the Mexican American Council has been devoted to helping migrant farmworkers like these
The Knight Arts Challenge South Florida 2014 People's Choice Awards nominees are live. The community can vote now through November 17 via text message for one of six selected Knight Arts Challenge finalists to receive $20,000 to fund their projects. It's a text-to-vote campaign: pick your favorite group, and text their code to 22333. Of the 75 finalists, the six People's Choice nominees are small, emerging groups from different parts of South Florida, all working to make the region a better place to live.

Maria Garza knows more than a little something about the challenges faced by children of migrant farm workers. She was one herself. And she's devoted a good portion of her life to trying to help those same children overcome the obstacles they encounter and to offer them every opportunity that can help them succeed -- 30 years, in fact.

Along with her husband Ciprano, she has spent more than 24 years at the helm of the Mexican American Council (or MAC for short), a not for profit agency devoting to improving the quality of life in the South Florida migrant farmworker community. Incorporating such initiatives as advancement of education, assistance in health care, fostering family engagement and encouraging cultural awareness, the group's mission has been to ensure that every child of migrant farmworkers is given equal opportunities to obtain a quality education and with it, the chance to become productive and prosperous citizens.

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ARTcycle 2015: Submit Your Cycling-Inspired Artwork to Promote Bike Safety in Miami

Courtesy Coral Gables Museum/ARTcycle
Progressive cities have progressive ideas. Miami certainly wants to play with the big boys, but there are so many simple gestures this town lacks that earns it the appropriate "third world" stamp many other states have assigned it. Recycling here is a joke. Green areas are few and far between, and the willing offering of the tax payers' derrieres to scheming developers has congested what was once an easily-recognizable coastline. Oh well, you can't fight all the ills at once, right?

But one that should be a no-brainer is making Miami a bike-friendly city. With the notorious amount of incredibly challenged automotive operators in this county, you'd think a concentrated effort would be made to alleviate traffic with more designated bike paths and stricter laws ensuring the safety of cyclists. Apparently, this is too much to ask for and that's why bike chefs get hassled, doctors knock over defenseless cyclists willy-nilly (which we are sure violates the Hippocratic Oath on so many levels), and Florida continuously ranks high in the nefarious fatality listings.

One organization, however, is using Miami's thriving art community as a platform to promote cyclist safety. The people behind ARTcycle have created a bond between the art and bike scenes here with a mission of creating a "road to awareness, respect, and tolerance."

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Miami Collector Gary Nader to Open Latin American Art Museum in 2016

Categories: Art

Courtesy of Gary Nader
A rendering of the proposed Latin American Art Museum.
Gary Nader, a local art collector with a gallery in Wynwood, revealed plans this week to build what's being called the Latin American Art Museum (LAAM) at an undetermined location in downtown Miami. The museum, he said, will feature about 600 paintings, drawings, and sculptures from his personal collection.

Gary Nader Art Centre will unveil the model and renderings of LAAM, designed by Mexican architect Fernando Romero, designer of the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City, during Art Basel Miami Beach.

A group exhibition of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and other media from the museum's permanent collection accompanies the debut of the LAAM model and architectural plan.

LAAM will display the largest and most comprehensive Latin American collection, with more than 150 of the most important modern and contemporary artists from this region. The museum aspires to be the most important venue in North America showcasing acclaimed Latin American art and will be dedicated to educating the public through appreciation and reinterpretation of modern and contemporary art from Latin America, the Miami Herald reports.

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U-Doodle Wants To Bring Miami Together With Doodling

Categories: Art

Courtesy of U-Doodle
Whether you were a sketcher of ligers a la Napoleon Dynamite or the Picasso of, ahem, man parts like Superbad's Seth, it's likely you were into some kind of doodling back in the day. And while all kids are artists, as adults, artistic expression tends to go out the window with recess and training bras.

Grown-ups, however, long for a creative outlet (and a sense of connection) as much as kiddos -- a need Miami-based non-profit U-Doodle has seen firsthand. Created by two former UM students, the group is bringing doodling back in a big way.

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Slides and Seesaws at Spinello Projects

Categories: Around Town, Art

Courtesy of Spinello Projects
A few years ago, Johnny Robles was walking on the beach near Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas when he came across a wrecked boat. The inside was cluttered with condom wrappers, water bottles, and syringes.

A thunderbolt and the name of the band AC/DC were painted on the side along with the words, in Spanish, "May God bless us." A tractor motor was bolted to the back and painted red to prevent rust.

Robles, a bearded artist with bright-blue eyes and the lithe build of a long-distance runner, immediately realized Cubans had used the vessel to cross the Florida Straits.

"It was like a weird art installation in front of me in this desolate location," the 30-year-old says. "It put into perspective how far people will go to pursue their dreams."

Robles too has come a long way to present his first gallery solo show, "Let It Slide," on view at Spinello Projects. His conceptual playground includes several slides, spring riders, a pogo stick, a whirling teeter-totter, and a collapsed swing set.

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Day of the Dead Workshops Come to Miami: "We Want To Help Families Say Goodbye"

Photo by Sid Graves
Don't panic, but you're going to die.

"It's inevitable. You're gonna die, I'm gonna die, every person reading this article is gonna die," says Jim Hammond, founder and executive producer of Florida's Day of the Dead celebrations.

Phew. Now that we've got that awkward part of the conversation out of the way, we can skip to the good news: Florida's Day of the Dead Festival, symbolically reflective of the ancient Aztec celebration, has made its way to Miami-Dade County for the first time. And, unlike Halloween's "zombie culture," its mission statement is to remember the dead in ways that instill peace of mind, not fear.

"It's to feast together on their favorite foods, on their favorite drinks, to listen to their favorite music, and to metaphorically have an opportunity to dance with them," Hammond says.

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Free Events This Week in Miami: Everglades Art, Salsa History, and Mid-Week Treats

Categories: Art, Books, Culture

The world only gets one Everglades. Let's appreciate it whenever possible.
III Points is over. Did you make it out alive?

Even if you weren't taking part in the massive Wynwood music, art, and technology fest, chances are you went and spent a load of cash trying to forget the work week behind you. The trouble is, another one is in full-swing, and that cash is still gone.

Not to worry, there are ways to distract yourself without mula. Here are a few of our suggestions.

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Jacopo "2501" Ceccarelli's New Work at Yo Amo 305 Gallery Inspired by Hubris of Travel

Categories: Art, Graffiti

The Fordistas project continues their "fostering unique and honest expression, while promoting burgeoning, undiscovered talent" with this month's exhibit focusing on Italian street muralist Jacopo "2501" Ceccarelli.

Known for his undulating monochromatic works depicting somewhat familiar creatures in defiant contortions, Ceccarelli was born in Milan and at 14 years of age became a young graffiti artist in the iconic Lombard capital, with walls that have always aspired towards the grandiose. Relocating to Brazil in his 20s, he refocused his artistic perspective as his introduction to Latin American graff did much to inspire and revitalize his energies.

He joins this year's roster of artists -- Alex Void, 2 Alas, Jufe, Pastel & Elian and Jaz -- brought together for last year's smaller-scale pieces exhibit inspired by the Ford Motor Company and South Florida. Since, the goal has shifted toward residencies nurtured by South Florida and fueled in part by challenging the artists to work outside of their immediate mediums or to utilize different methodologies and/or applications to their established structural work.

For this exhibit, "Nomadic Experiment: Tons of Tools," 2501 uses his residency to develop an informed approach to new works after a year's worth of travel.

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