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

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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

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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.

See also: III Points 2014 at Soho Studios, Day Two

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

Categories: Art, Graffiti

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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.

See also: Fordista Resident Franco "Jaz" Fasoli Unveils New Work at Yo Amo 305 Gallery

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Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth Brings Apocalyptic Graphic Novel Alive On Stage

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The time is the 1930s. The place is the wintry mountains of the Alps. You are part of a journalism team investigating a promising lead when BAM! Attack! Your lead is gone -- but a bigger story is looming. You're trapped! Now you are on the run, the literal fate of the planet on your shoulders as you race around the globe and solar system, trying to stop an alien invasion of epic proportions.

Such is the world of Intergalactic Nemesis Target Earth, which makes its South Florida debut Saturday at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, courtesy of Culture Shock Miami.

Created by Jason Nuelander, Intergalactic Nemesis got its start in an Austin coffee house, before turning into a radio drama. A later incarnation saw the work develop into a graphic novel featuring illustrations by Tim Doyle, and it now comes to the stage as a live action graphic novel.

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Wynwood Art Walk Guide: October's Best Gallery Shows

Categories: Art

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Art Basel Miami Beach is around the corner, the satellite art fair tents are going up in Midtown, and the III Points Festival, celebrating music, art and technology, is set to rock Wynwood this weekend.

That means many of the local spaces are trotting out some of their best shows of the year while new upstarts are planting their flags on the Second Saturday scene, hoping they can draw crowds and collector's checkbooks as the season shifts into high gear.

At the Mindy Solomon Gallery, two brothers from Guadalajara open the portals to the looming Basel lunacy with a wildly original display featuring hallucinogenic imagery while the Magic City's own MSG graffiti crew inaugurates the fresh squeezed Vice Gallery and globetrotting art purveyor Art Bastion sets up shop in the hopping nabe.

Beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, you can savor a glut of offerings that will leave even the most jaded art aficionado sated starting with our top five picks to savor this weekend.

See also: III Points 2014's Activation Schedule

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Aholsniffsglue's "Pink Show" To Fight Breast Cancer: "This Is Dedicated To My Mom"

Categories: Art, Benefits

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Pink eyeballs, fight cancer with fresh pink eyeballs, get em' while they're hot.

Miami's own Aholsniffsglue is raising money to fight the evil disease that took his mom's life, and you can help. Visit Wynwood's Gregg Shienbaum Gallery and purchase a special October pink edition of David Anasagasti's (AKA Ahol) signature motif, and all money will be donated to charity.

Gregg Shienbaum's wife also lost her mother to breast cancer, and that is why he is so committed to the show. The show, which is the gallery's main feature for this month's art walk, opens from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight and runs throughout October.

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Miami Gardens Nail Artist LaToya Parker on Oxygen's Nail'd It: "Miami Likes the Bling"

Categories: Art, Film and TV

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Last night, Oxygen network brought some new life to our fingertips with the premiere of Nail'd It. Yup, you guessed it, a reality show competition that has nail artists across the country competing for a grand prize of $100,000 and to be on the cover of Nail It! magazine.

If you wanna know how hot mani-inspiration is, just watch stars "walk" the red carpet with their fingers on E!'s mani-cam at every major award show. And nail polish is one of the fastest growing cosmetic products in the industry, leading us to enjoy hearing new terms like "Quick Dry Challenge" and "brushes down" last night.

See also: Kate Chastain and Kat Held of Bravo's Below Deck Talk Yacht Life and Crazy Passengers

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III Points Festival 2014: Diggy Lloyd Makes Millennials Cry in Her 20-Something Series

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Mackenzie, part of Diggy Lloyd's "20-Something" series.
Reducing a person to a sobbing heap is a rare trick for any artist. But for photographer Diggy Lloyd, it often happens before she's even pressed her shutter release.

"It hits them without warning," she says of the millennials she has been shooting and interviewing for her 20-Something series, on traveling display throughout Wynwood during III Points. "A lot of the time, it becomes a therapy session.

"This is a generation that when we get ready to go out, we know it's going to be documented on the internet somehow. They're used to being photographed, but all anyone asks us is 'How's it going?'‚ÄČ"

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Let's Make the Water Turn Black: Learn About Geoffrey Farmer's Freaky Puppet Figures at PAMM

Categories: Art

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Geoffrey Farmer is a Canadian installation artist, recognized for his collage work and his references to artists of the early 20th Century and Dadaism movement. He's also taken a theatrical approach to his installs and the museum/gallery-going experience in general. Born in the back end of the turbulent '60s, Farmer's ideology was formed by the excess and prior-decade examination of the '70s and '80s.

The significance of the '60s being an alluring era he had just missed violently clashes in his work with what are clear linear anchors to the MTV and Atari generation. His installation-based works combine any number of rudiments, from hands-on techniques like drawing and sculpture to digital video and photography. Farmer uses the performative and found objects as a way to recreate a proscenium within the brick and mortar context of the exhibition space, be it a museum or gallery.

Farmer's sense of theatricality is devoid of an actual ingrained performance but rather has the potential for the installation itself and the crowd that interacts with it to become the suggested "play" being performed.

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

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Mammography Art Initiative Show Raising Funds to Protect the Tatas: "Medicine Is an Artform"

Categories: Art, Benefits

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Modern medicine is great and all, but it works only when you have access to it. And despite the strides American has taken with Obamacare, there are still a lot of people without insurance or access to the wisdom of white-coated MDs.

And because of these issues, studies show that Miami's minority women are less likely to seek preventative breast care. Not good.

The Mammography Art Initiative (MAI), an FIU group, has been working to change that since 2011, when it launched its first art show dedicated to raising funds to support women in underserved communities. In the past two years, MAI has raised more than $50,000, and its third event, Strength, is coming up this Saturday, October 11.

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