Reading Queer: Literary Festival Explores Gay "Cruising" Culture of the 1980s

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This week in South Beach, artists and guests will take part in an interactive artistic and philosophical expression in the Reading Queer Series, which aims to inaugurate Miami as a center of queer literary culture.

The series kicked off at the Betsy Hotel in South Beach Saturday, August 23, and continues with the artist group Digital Hostage Collective's Cruising Hialeah or Ghosts of Public Sex Wednesday, August 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens.

See also: Former Miami Herald Reporter Reveals Gay Escapade in Havana

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Flamenco Festival's Celia Fonta: "Flamenco 'Alante' is an Endangered Art"

Categories: Dance, Festivals

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Courtesy Celia Fonta
Siempre Flamenco, a Miami based Flamenco arts organization, is widely recognized in town for the quality of the festivals they have presented. The organization was founded by the husband and wife team of Paco and Celia Fonta -- he is a Flamenco guitarist and singer; she is a Flamenco dancer. Their individual performances as well as their classes have won the organization even more support.

We talked to Celia Fonta about their upcoming festival, which starts weekend at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

See also: Ifé-Ilé Afro-Cuban Dance Festival Returns to Miami

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Ifé-Ilé Afro-Cuban Dance Festival Returns to Miami

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Photo by Nelson Alvarez
"I've got one foot in Miami and one foot in the Caribbean," says Neri Torres, the founder and director of the Ifé-Ilé Dance Company, which will host its 16th annual Ifé-Ilé Afro-Cuban Dance Festival from Thursday, August 28, through Saturday, August 30. This is true for her culturally, as a Cuban artist living in Miami who is intent on keeping Cuban traditions alive on foreign shores. She also lives part-time in the Caribbean, as a lecturer in dance at the University of the West Indies. But she considers Miami home.

As a teacher, performer and choreographer, Torres has brought high-quality dance and performance to the Miami community year after year through the Ifé-Ilé festival. We recently spoke with her about this year's festival -- taking place for the first time in Little Havana -- and her future creative direction.

See also: Copperbridge Foundation Brings Cuban Artists to Miami Stages

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Florida Burlesque Festival To Bring International Striptease Artists to South Florida (NSFW)

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Burlesque is not quite like your typical stripping. It's more performance art done scantily clad and heavy on the sex appeal. So, like, classy strippers who keep some clothes on.

Though modern audiences often associate burlesque with hot ladies like Bettie Page, Dita Von Teese, and sadly, the movie Burlesque starring Christina Aguilera and Cher, the art form has origins in Vaudeville variety shows dating back hundreds of years. Local burlesque performer Bambi La Fleur will bring both sexy and humor back with the Florida Burlesque Festival next month.

See also: Circ X Seeks A "Kickstart" To Make Regular Burlesque Show At Fillmore A Reality

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Brazilian Film Festival 2014: Flawed Documentary Meeting Sebastião Salgado Explores Fascinating Subject

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It's documentaries about famous figures always make me realize just how limited my views on certain subjects tend to be. With Revelando Sebastião Salgado (whose English title is Meeting Sebastião Salgado), the subject is photography, and more specifically, a man who I was formerly unacquainted with: renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado. 

The film by Betse de Paula is simply laid out, with a grand portion of it taking place in Salgado's own Paris home two years ago in a massive conversation about his work. Not only does the conversation span his massive career, which began in 1973, but also what led him to the lifestyle he became so accustomed to. He jokes about his work in economics -- his boss saying "we'd all love to be photographers" and scoffing at his aspirations -- and how it all began because his wife, Lélia Wanick Salgado, bought herself a camera. 

See also: Brazilian Film Festival 2014: Elena Is a Beautiful Reflection on Loss and Memory


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The 11 Best Game of Thrones Cosplayers at Florida Supercon 2014

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Each year, Florida Supercon attracts all sorts of fanatics, ranging from comic book lovers to lovers of comic book movies; from hidden-in-plain-sight X-Men to Hogwarts students taking a field trip other than to Hogsmeade; and from Dr. Who theorists to Star Wars enthusiasts.

You get the idea. It's a huge turnout and guests love to dress up. This year, however, since two of the special guests were from a little show you may have heard of called Game of Thrones, there was one particular fandom that dominated the cosplaying aspect of the convention.

Instead of seeing Stormtroopers galore, there were dozens of Khaleesi impersonators and even a merry gang made up of Little Finger, Joffrey, and Khal Drogo.

Check out our eleven favorite Game of Thrones inspired costumes.

See also: Photos from Florida Supercon 2014

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The 13 Studs of Florida Supercon 2014

Categories: Culture, Festivals

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Florida Supercon took over the Miami Beach Convention Center this weekend and proved that South Florida loves it some geeky goodness. Part of what makes conventions like this one so attractive is all the actual attractive people who attend.

Smart, nerdy people are sexy too. And sometimes, they like to costume play.

Often in the cosplaying world, we objectify females who dress in short skirts and low-cut tops (like the comic book character they're portraying). But let's not forget the men who like to cosplay. And for the sake of equality -- because: feminism -- we decided to focus on those handsome men.

Here are the 13 best studs at Florida Supercon this year.

See also: Photos from Florida Supercon 2014

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A Geek Girl's Guide to Florida Supercon

Categories: Festivals

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Christina Mendenhall
Conventions can be a daunting space for anyone--the crowds, the overwhelming amount of events -- but they can be even more so when you're a woman navigating a traditionally male-dominated space.Thankfully, the folks at this weekend's Florida Supercon have put together an impressive and inclusive line-up (and a great con-wide harassment policy) capable of making even first-time female congoers feel right at home. You can find some handpicked highlights after the jump.

See also: The Ten Best Events at Florida Supercon 2014

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The Ten Best Events at Florida Supercon 2014

Categories: Festivals

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Christina Mendenhall
Break out your best cosplay. Supercon is back.

Geeks unite! This weekend marks our yearly pilgrimage to Florida Supercon, a four-day festival highlighting comics, video games, anime, sci-fi, and all other manner of geekdom. We had a chance to pore over the jam-packed schedule (we're talking almost 1,000 events according to the FAQ) and picked out ten of the events you will NOT want to miss.

See also: Florida Supercon: "Florida's Biggest Geek Party" Moves to Miami Beach


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Florida Supercon: "The Biggest Geek Party in Florida" Moves to Miami Beach

Categories: Festivals

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Photo by Christina Mendenhall
Calling all geeks, cosplayers, gamers, and all other manner of super fan! It's midsummer, and Florida Supercon is almost upon us. This year's four-day festival celebrating all things geek makes its debut at the Miami Beach Convention Center from Thursday July 3 through Sunday, July 6.

We caught up with Florida Supercon's fearless leader, Mike Broder, about what's in store for this year, why it's called Supercon (the original was full of Superman-related guests), and who his favorite cosplayer has been so far.

See also: The Top Ten Cosplayers at Florida Supercon

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