Two Miami Museums Awarded Millions From W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science's Early Childhood Hands-On Science (ECHOS) classes in action, at Miami-Dade County HeadStart programs.
The Bass Museum of Art and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science join the ranks of 30 organizations to win grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which aims to help recipients continue and strengthen family engagement initiatives.

The competition was stiff, with more than 1,130 organizations vying for grants. The requests totaled $500 million, the most ever received for a single funding opportunity in the 83-year history of the foundation. In the end, the 30 organizations chosen received $13.7 million.

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Love and Hostages Hopes to Show How Right it Can Be When One-Night Stands Go Wrong

Categories: Film and TV

Love and Hostages will be filmed in Miami, starring Miami actors, and written and directed by Miami filmmakers.
Imagine your last one-night stand (and if you've never had one, do us heathens a favor and keep your mouth shut).

Now imagine how you left. Did you sneak out in the middle of the night? Did you make awkward small-talk over breakfast, then dip? Did you even give them a real name?

Well, what if when you tried to leave, an angry police man pointed a gun at you and yelled to go back inside? Could you imagine having to spend another 24 hours locked up with a hangover and your drunken sexual conquest?

Face it, that could be hilarious, and if you get the back of a couple local filmmakers, it could be coming to a screen near you.

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Is Steve-O Really Sober and Celibate? Jackass Star Brings Stand-Up to Improv Miami

Categories: Comedy

When Steve-O, the most infamous member of MTV's Jackass, announced he was going to do stand-up, we worried it might be like the time Daffy Duck blew himself up to prove he had the best act ever.

Thankfully, Steve-O has shown a remarkable amount of self-control and hasn't tried many of the violent and self-deprecating antics that garnered him his fame. Instead, Steve-O's trademark daredevil attitude permeates his act with a vicious self-efficacy in the best possible way. Of course, there's the occasional clown college moment, but he's a surprisingly great stand-up comedian.

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Christina Pettersson: Memories of a Forgotten South at Primary Projects

Categories: Art

Photo by Eli Peck
Christina Pettersson illuminates forlorn spirits of the Deep South's ruined past.
As a teenager, Christina Pettersson found a job as a telemarketer at the Vista Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home in Miami Lakes. "It was selling prepaid funeral arrangements, and I hated it," the 37-year-old artist recollects. "After about a week of making the phone calls, my boss changed my duties and I ended up doing a bit of everything, from filing to placing ashes in urns and helping put makeup on the cadavers instead."

But, she adds, "Everybody had a really dark sense of humor."

Pettersson channels those memories in "The Castle Dismal," her new solo show opening Friday night at Primary Projects, where she'll present several large drawings, installations, performances, and a series of weekly programming. The exhibit takes its title from the name Nathaniel Hawthorne gave the Salem, Massachusetts home where he wrote his novels, Pettersson says.

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Disney Hosting Million Dollar Arm Contest, Giving Away $1 Million for Pitching Skills

Categories: Worth the Drive

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Jon Hamm as sports agent JB Bernstein.
Ever since your glory days were over and done with, you've regretted your lack of high school hero status. We know, we know, if you could go back in time, you'd totally take state in baseball. Uncle Rico, eat your heart out.

Luckily, if you've been honing those pitching skills via your local WAKA league, that arm might finally come in handy for more than a free beer at the Sandbar. Disney is giving away a million bucks to one lucky amateur pitcher extraordinaire. Yes, a million.

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Gabrielle Shows a Genuine Longing to Love and Experience Life

Categories: Film and TV

It's rare to find work in television or films that manage not to exploit a character with a developmental disorder. More often than not, every opportunity is taken to remind the audience that they're not "normal," and it's incredibly unfortunate.

Writer-director Louise Archambault leaves no question as to her main character's disability, and yet manages to gracefully sidestep any nonsense with her film Gabrielle. Its portrayal of a young woman with Williams Syndrome and those closest to her is sincere, and that sincerity is what makes it a strong piece of art.

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Menswear Designer Michael Bastian Debuts Spring Trunk Show at Cottage Miami Beach

Categories: Fashion

All photos by Nycole Sariol
Last week, menswear boutique Cottage packed in a party of people so tight any fire marshal would be skeptical. It was a lively Spring/Summer trunk show hosted by trendsetting New York designer Michael Bastian.

Legions of fervent admirers appraised and gushed over pieces like the Ben Sweater - a boiled cashmere pullover with a classic fit. Name-dropping became an evening sport and the spot was full of local legends like Greg Lotus, photographer for Vanity Fair and GQ, as well as Jared Cook of the St. Louis Rams.

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Timur and the Dime Museum: A Spaceship Ride to the Other Side

Timur and the Dime Museum is the delightfully demented Los Angeles-based gender-bending/genre-defying hybrid post-punk glam performance band led by the fierce, classically trained Kazakh-American opera singer (Timur) and a cunning and sardonic songwriter (Daniel Corral). The band, like their name, is a blend of haughty style, galactic personalities and flamboyant theatrics, and they're coming to Miami Light Project this weekend.

"When I was attending the New England Conservatory, studying classical opera, I was also hanging out with many bands on the underground scene," Timur says. "I became good friends with Dresden Dolls and singer Amanda Palmer, who in some way encouraged me to pursue projects outside the box. After I moved to Los Angeles to study at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), a lot of creative, interdisciplinary, off-the-wall projects followed. CalArts profoundly influenced how my different experiences in classical voice, contemporary and popular music and theater were falling into place."

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Game of Thrones Stars Gwendoline Christie and Pedro Pascal Talk Season Four, No Spoilers

Categories: Film and TV

Pedro Pascal and Gwendoline Christie.
To say people are excited about the return of Game of Thrones is an understatement. More viewers are tuning in to watch the HBO series than ever before. The promise of another colorful wedding is only part of the appeal; the furthering of unexpected relationships and the welcome presence of characters both old and new give the season an interesting kickoff. I'm a fan of both the A Song of Ice and Fire books and the television series, so the chance to interview the actors behind two of the series' most interesting characters was sent from whatever heaven in which a good portion of the Stark clan now rests.

Those characters are Brienne of Tarth and Oberyn Martell, better known as the Red Viper. Stepping out of their roles and elaborate costumes, Gwendoline Christie and Pedro Pascal prove to be infinitely more delightful than their characters. That fact made it a whole lot easier to spend some time nerding out with them.

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Steve Madden Hits Pembroke Lakes Mall, Talks Future Trends and Old Miami Nonsense

Categories: Fashion

Photo by Nycole Sariol
It seems like only yesterday we were watching Jonah Hill as Donnie Azoff in Wolf of Wall Street, faded off of God knows how many ludes, slurring the name "Stee-ve Mad-den" through his blinding, white chompers. The name rendered inherently paramount in the box-office hit maintains its relevance within the world of fashion accessories now more than ever.

For more than two decades, Steve Madden has not only delighted in making trendy, affordable shoes for both men and women, but has unequivocally spawned an empire in his name. He's kind of a big deal, so when word got out the Madden maven would be visiting Pembroke Pines Mall, people lost their shit.

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