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

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Photo by Ian Witlen
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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Little Haiti Country Club Brings Community to Growing Art Scene, Won't Last Forever

Categories: Art

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All photos provided by Sarah Moody
The door of the Little Haiti Country Club bears the Club's logo. It is free to be enjoyed by the public, but will close Friday, Aug. 22.
If these walls could talk, they'd have one strange story to tell.

It's a story of poppin' bottles, and a story about saving souls. It's a story about music, and creativity, and at the heart of the tale, it's a story of community.

That's the vibe the Little Haiti Country Club goes for, located just off NE Second Ave. between 83rd Street and 82nd Terrace. It's a place that feels ever in transition, its future strangely unknown and exciting. But whatever it is right now, it all comes to an end Friday, Aug. 22.

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On Your Feet, Gloria and Emilio Estefan's Broadway Musical, Seeks Performers

Categories: Theater

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Are you an expert at the "Conga"? Have you ever successfully turned the beat around? Does it seem like the rhythm is on a constant mission to get you?

If so, you're a natural for On Your Feet, the musical based on the life of Miami superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio.

The production, scheduled to begin its Broadway run in November, will hold two casting calls -- one in New York City (obviously), and the other at the Adrienne Arsht Center this September. So while the show itself may have given the Magic City the snub -- what, they couldn't preview the Estefans' Miami story right here in Miami? -- locals will have the chance to bring some South Florida flavor to the Great White Way.

See also: Gloria Estefan Preps Autobiographical Broadway Show, On Your Feet! for 2015

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Miami Icons: Vote Now For Your Favorite Miami Landmark!

Categories: Architecture

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Marc Averette/Wikimedia Commons
All month long, Cultist's Miami Icons series has spotlighted Miami's most deserving landmarks. There are the obvious choices, like Ocean Drive's Colony Hotel. There are the historical gems, like Vizcaya. There were modern additions, like the Arsht Center. We even threw in a couple weirdo picks -- El Faraon, for example -- just to keep things interesting.

Now, it's time for you to choose. Which Miami Icon deserves to represent the Magic City to the rest of the world?

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Expect Cute Overload at This Weekend's Vegan-Friendly Animal Adoption Fair

Categories: Animals

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Courtesy of Animal Adoption Fair
The survival rate for homeless animals is pretty dismal. So dismal, in fact, that we won't delve into all the details here and ruin your sunny morning. Instead, we'll talk about this Sunday's Animal Adoption Fair at Fort Lauderdale's War Memorial Auditorium, a chance to meet, greet and hopefully head home with a new furry family member.

Now in its fourth year, this furbaby blowout will feature live music, vegan fair food, raffles and all the adorable adoptables you can handle.

See also: Animal Agriculture Is Destroying the Planet

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Chloë Grace Moretz Talks Her Career and Heavy New Film If I Stay

Categories: Film and TV

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Doane Gregory
In a year full of film adaptations of fantastical young-adult novels (Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, Vampire Academy, The Giver), If I Stay confronts the audience with stark reality. Adapted from the book by Gayle Forman, the film finds its main character, Mia Hall, in a coma after a car accident with her family. It is here, between life and death, that she reflects on her relationships, her family, and her overall existence and tries to decide whether staying alive is worth a shot.

It's a heavy work, but Chloë Grace Moretz, who plays Hall, feels good about it. She knows how dark If I Stay is compared to other recent YA works, but she's confident that audiences can handle the pain.

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Brazilian Film Festival 2014: Naked Eye Documents Ney Matogrosso's Career

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Ambient sounds, a screeching monkey, and some out of focus imagery greet you when Olho Nu (Naked Eye) begins. It's arguably a jarring experience, and yet, the moment one sees Ney Matogrosso donning real goat horns, goatskin, bull tooth, and monkey hair, it makes perfect sense. This documentary is all about a performer's career and all the eccentricities that come with being a Brazilian glam rocker.

It's clear from the very beginning that Olho Nu wants to pride itself on being just as eccentric a documentary as the subject it's presenting, something I'd often praise in an informative work. The problem with the film, however, is that it doesn't actually do all that much to stand out from anything else.

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Free Events This Week: Creepy Clowns, Meditation, and Musical Shopping

Categories: Around Town

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The Clown screens tonight at Soundscape Park.
Hello Monday, you persistent bastard. Week after week, we reject you, shame you, ridicule you. We make you feel entirely unwelcome. Yet you return again and again, without fail.

That's dedication.

Despite the fact that we'd rather skip right ahead to Wednesday (at least), we can respect your tireless commitment to duty. So let's make the most of Monday (and all the other days of the week) with a full roster of free stuff to do.

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Inside the Vagabond Hotel, Biscayne Boulevard's Restored MiMo Gem (Photos)

Categories: Architecture

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Photos by Ciara LaVelle
The Vagabond is back, baby.

It feels like forever since construction crews took over the site of the former motel at NE 73rd Street and Biscayne Boulevard, the one where the original Vagabond, the standout property in a string of motels built in the 1950s, once attracted some of Miami's first car-driven tourists.

But at yesterday's soft opening, billed as a "look-see" for neighbors in surrounding communities like Belle Meade, the hotel was looking as swanky as ever -- at least in the parts completed so far.

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Miami Icons: Espirito Santo Plaza, Brickell's Algebraic Skyscraper

Categories: Architecture

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Photo by Karli Evans
Espirito Santo Plaza: Miami's architectural monolith.
San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge. St. Louis has the Arch. Las Vegas has its retro welcome sign. It seems like every city has an iconic structure to represent itself to the rest of the world. Every city but Miami, that is. The Magic City is full of architectural gems, and maybe that's why no one building has come to define it. But that's left this town without a symbol of its own. In our Miami Icons series, we're aiming to fix that. Today, New Times web editor Jose D. Duran argues for Espirito Santo Plaza.

Yo, Miami Tower, I'm really happy for you. Ima let you finish, but Espirito Santo Plaza is one the best Miami skyscrapers of all time.

Clichés aside, is there any argument that this algebraic curve of a building isn't beautiful?

The first time I really noticed the building was in 2006, shortly after moving back to Miami from college. I was driving north on I-95 when the glare from a building caught my eye. The sunlight playfully bounced off the concave arch that defines the monolithic tower.

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