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

Courtesy of Target Earth
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

Courtesy of Mindy Solomon Gallery
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

Courtesy of Gregg Shienbaum Gallery
Aholsniffsglue fights cancer with spraypaint.
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

Photo by Lindsey Byrnes/Oxygen
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.

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

Photo by Diggy Lloyd
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

Courtesy of PAMM
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.

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

Categories: Art, Benefits

Courtesy of Mammography Art Initiative
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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Miami Natives of Design Build Collective Create the III Points Festival Entrance

Categories: Art, Festivals

Photo by Travis Cohen
From left to right: Design Build Collective's Stephen Shaw, Robby Ramos, and Howard Benites
It's 9 o'clock and I'm in a rutty lot full of raw materials and odd edifices on the south border of Wynwood. It's begun to rain, but I'm sitting comfortably on a dry church pew inside a gutted school bus, waiting to talk to the guys who have made this lot their home away from home while they build a half-crazed entrance/installation that will be displayed at Soho Studios for the III Points Festival.

There's a 747 cockpit somewhere around here. I've been told that my life will be forfeited if I divulge anything more than its existence, but it seems worth noting it's here if nothing else. Robby Ramos, Stephen Shaw, and Howard Benites -- who compose the local Design Build Collective -- have been taking a lot of inspiration and a lot of materials from the weird, random assortment of goods to be found around Miami's scrap yards, and it gives something of a Mad Max feel to the space, especially in the dark rain.

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Vice Gallery in Wynwood Opens With MSG Crew Show: "They're Not 16 Years Old Anymore"

Categories: Around Town, Art

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Crome on a billboard, 1990s
The mighty MSG Crew are a band of spraycan warriors so notorious their crew name rings bells from Budapest to the gates of hell, and their battle-scarred fists serve testament to a baptism by concrete, paint, and razorwire. Their souls, however, are free as aerosol blasting from a new can.

They have been active in painting every inch of surface in Miami-Dade since the early '90s, and more recently they've been adopted as cultural icons by the likes of HistoryMiami.

Now the whole crew is rocking "Greatly Exaggerated," the inaugural exhibition celebrating the opening of Vice Gallery in Wynwood, a space dedicated to supporting the advancement of urban and street art on an international level. We spoke with co-curator Omar Khan about the show, MSG's roots, and how the bombing boys have evolved as artists over the years.

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Free Events This Week in Miami: Rockin' Karaoke, III Points, and the Infinite Wonder of Space

Categories: Art, Culture

MDC Museum of Art and Design via Facebook
We've kissed September goodbye. Fall is well upon us, which means for Miamians nothing but some obnoxious posts on Facebook and less-than-sweltering heat.

We should celebrate our independence from seasonal life by carrying on as per usual, and that means seeking out the free ways to have fun in the sun, or just stay up late enough that the sun becomes a thing of fantasy.

Are you in the mood to drunkenly sing with friends? Catch a little culture? Take in the starry night? Miami's got that for you, and it's on the house.

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