Models Wanted for Community Photoshoot to Fight Human Trafficking in Miami

Categories: Art, Benefits

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Courtesy of Cloak Inc.
Other than catching a warning from a rare bus sign or billboard, the horrors of human trafficking don't really register on Miami's radar. Giving voice to such ugly issues is half the battle of combating them, something Miami-based Cloak Inc. knows well.

Cloak, a socially-conscious fashion brand, creates unique casual wear to support humanitarian issues. Through campaigns, media, events, and forums, Cloak builds awareness and sells its collection pieces to raise funds for non-profit organizations. In its latest campaign, SAVESEX, Cloak will host a community photoshoot called I AM + HERO at the Wynwood Warehouse Project, where attendees can participate as models and spokespersons from 1 to 5 p.m.

"Most Miamians don't know that sex trafficking is a $99 billion illegal trade that is more lucrative than the drug trade because victims can be sold over and over again," said Dawn T. Mangham of Cloak. "Sex trafficking is as common and it victims as accessible as the sparkling waters that enclose our shores. It is all around us, subtle in some instances and brazen in others."

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Game of Thrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Talks Working with Juliette Binoche and the Weird World of Celebrity

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Juliette Binoche in 1,000 Times Good Night.
Though he's probably best known as the "Kingslayer" Jaime Lannister on the hit HBO swords and sorcery series Game of Thrones, Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has been a respected actor in world cinema since his breakout performance in the 1994 film Nightwatch. That film was remade in 1997 starring Ewan McGregor, but Coster-Waldau would soon return to Hollywood's radar in 2001 working with McGregor again in Black Hawk Down.

He's continued to balance work in Hollywood and important world films throughout his career. Speaking via phone from Seville, Spain, where he is currently shooting season five of Game of Thrones, Coster-Waldau reveals his personal connection to his latest indie/world film by Norwegian director Erik Poppe. In 1,000 Times Good Night, Coster-Waldau plays the husband of a war photographer whose passion for her work tears her family apart.

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Film Podcast: Oscar Season Opens with Birdman and Listen Up Philip

Categories: Film and TV

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Alison Rosa
Michael Keaton and Edward Norton put up their dukes in Birdman.
It's awards season and the hyped movies are starting to land in theaters. On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we talk about Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, and Alex Ross Perry's Listen Up Philip, and carve out some time to recommend Nothing Bad Can Happen and Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me. All four of those films have received high praise and some have been hit with some pretty damning criticism, including the description that Iñárritu is a "pretentious fraud," leveled by film critic Scott Tobias of The Dissolve.

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Knight Arts Challenge People's Choice: Key West Art & Historical Society Preserves Memories of the Island

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Lighthouse & Keeper's Quarters
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: Choose your favorite group and text its 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.

For a two-by-four strip of land, poised halfway between here and Cuba, Key West has always been larger than life. The stomping grounds of a diverse cadre of famous figures like Ernest Hemingway, Jimmy Buffett and President Truman, it's a cultural cornucopia married to a tropical paradise.

Since 1949, the Key West Art & Historical Society has served as steward to this magical little key. Keepers of three museums, educators, art-appreciators and locals, the folks at KWAHS work tirelessly to preserve the remarkable legacy of the original Margaritaville.

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Locust Projects' Annual Smash & Grab Fundraiser Features Over 120 Artworks

Categories: Art, Benefits

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It's time to snatch some pieces from your fellow art lovers' fingertips: The annual Smash & Grab fundraiser kicks off this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Locust Projects, Miami's longest-running alternative art space.

Smash & Grab revolves around a raffle for which local as well as international artists have donated works of art -- over 120 works of art, so that every raffle ticket sold is guaranteed a prize. When the name of a ticketholder is called, they get up and run, not walk, to the art piece of their choice. Whatever they get, they get to keep.

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Sundance Institute Brings Film Development Workshops to Miami

Categories: Film and TV, News

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A still from Yearbook, Bernardo Britto's Sundance award-winning short film.
Miami's film community is on fire. From big festivals to international screenings, local filmmakers are making waves, and indie heavyweight Sundance is taking notice.

The Sundance Institute announced this week that they will use $1 million in new funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to bring artist development day labs to eight cities across the U.S. over the next three years, including Miami. Programming will target a wide range of filmmakers, screenwriters, producers, and composers with workshops building on the experience of Sundance Institute's renowned residency labs.

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Jason Segel To Read From His Children's Book Nightmares! at Miami Book Fair International

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Photo by Eva Rinaldi | Flickr CC
Jason Segel at the Australian premiere of The Muppets.
As if the line-up for the Miami Book Fair International wasn't already exciting enough, another announcement on the roster was made last night.

Actor, writer and musician Jason Segel, mostly recognized from his long career in both television and film, will be attending the fair on Saturday, November 22, at 10 a.m. The novel he brings with him is his debut, Nightmares!, which he co-wrote with author Kirsten Miller and will read from at his appearance.

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The Ten Best Miami Halloween Costumes This Year

Categories: Lists

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Photo by Liam Peters
It's late October. Do you know what you're going to be for Halloween?

Don't go to the costume store and buy one of those overpriced, cheaply made atrocities. Halloween is all about getting creative and making a statement with your outfit. Besides, a lot of things have happened in Miami this year that are just begging to be commented upon with your choice of costume.

Whether you like exercising like a horse, hating on your fellow Miamians, or just love selling blow, there's a timely and locally relevant costume in our list for you.

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

Categories: Art, DIY, Fashion

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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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Knight Arts Challenge People's Choice: IFÉ-ILÉ Hopes to Bring Afro-Cuban Dance to the Masses

Categories: Culture, Dance

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Nelson Alvarez
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: Choose your favorite group and text its 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.

Neri Torres, the founder and executive and artistic director of IFÉ-ILÉ Afro-Cuban Dance & Music, is ecstatic about being named one of the finalists for the Knight Arts People's Choice Award.

"It is an incredible honor and an unexpected reward to all the hard work and sacrifice that goes into being an artist," Torres told New Times. "This award, even just as a finalist, contributes to fuel my inspiration and determination to continue on this creative path. It is a breath of fresh air, a burst of faith for me and all of our company performers."

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