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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Sofia Vergara's Emmys Skit Proves We Need More Positive Representation of Latinas on TV

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There has been a lot of talk, Tweets, and Instagrams since Beyonce's powerhouse performance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday and Sofia Vergara's spinning skit at the Emmys Monday night. The stark contrast between the two showings has caused a stir, with "feminism" and "sexist" hashtag-storming social media.

But let's bring it back home for a second: Vergara wasn't trying to make some feminist statement with her bit at the Emmys, instead she was just flaunting her assets at the request of the chairman of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Bruce Rosenblum. "What truly matters," Rosenblum said while Vergara rotated on a pedestal, "is that we never forget that our success is based on always giving the viewer something compelling to watch."

See also: Chef Filming in Miami: Behind the Scenes with Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo

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Phone Dad: A Discussion on Fathers and Familiarity in the Art World

Categories: Around Town, Art

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"Phone Dad was born of a desire to expand the standard art conversation a bit and expand it to [hopefully] do two things: make it more participatory, and draw in insights that [are] a bit outside of the fairly well-worn talking points that art talks often fall into." Cara Despain's roundtable discussion at Locust Projects this Thursday is the psychological staple of female adolescence when little princesses cease to be and become independent women.

Her discussion is a litmus test for where we generations divide us. Fathers have always been "squares." For all the oil changes, doll-house construction, and beating up on no-good boyfriends, there will always exist the questionable fashion choices, inability to function with certain technologies, and the befuddlement of halter tops.

Fathers will remain eternally unhip.

See also: Become a Mermaid at Locust Projects' Maritime-Themed Living Photo Booth

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Help Name Jungle Island's New Baby Mini Zebu and Capuchin Monkey

Categories: Animals, Giveaways

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Photos courtesy Rachel Pinzur
This lovely lass needs a name!
Thank you, Jungle Island, for endorphin-boosting work distractions.

To celebrate its upcoming Neighbor Days special this weekend, Jungle Island invites the public to help name two newborn cuties: a capuchin monkey and a miniature zebu.

See also: Vulcan the Liger Is Back Home at Jungle Island

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Podcast: Why Did So Few People See Sin City 2?

Categories: Film and TV

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Very few people saw this movie.
Why did so few people see Sin City: A Dame to Kill For over the weekend? That and other topics are discussed in this week's edition of the Voice Film Club podcast with the Village Voice's Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek, joined as always by Amy Nicholson of the L.A. Weekly via the magic of the Internet.

The trio also discusses the latest YA adaptation If I Stay, the BDSM doc Kink, and they wrap with Alan and Amy split on relationship movie The One I Love, starring Elizabeth Moss and Mark Duplass.

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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Barre Motion: Inside South Beach's New Hard-Core Fitness Spot

Categories: Last Night, Sports

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Photos by Nycole Sariol
"OK, we're here," my Uber driver murmured as we pulled up to the South Beach fitness studio Barre Motion. "Ugh," I groaned, slowly opening my eyes one at a time, allowing the day's sunlight to pervade my vision, accelerating the throb of my headache. It was not yet 11 in the morning, and my hangover from Friday night's festivities was at an all-time high. Somehow, though, I peeled myself off the velour car seat, fumbled onto the street's pavement at Lennox Avenue and 16th Street, and schlepped over to the Barre Motion's entrance in my most capable Walking Dead gimp.

Barre Motion, Dr. Julie Jacko's latest fitness venture, emphasizes low-impact isometric movements through a series of ballet- and yoga-style classes. Local writers and bloggers were summoned to participate in one of the hourlong sessions.

After hurling the door open, I was greeted by Danny, the chipper receptionist. He handed me a much-needed water bottle and a new-client form. Soon we made our way to meet Julie herself, our instructor for the day.

See also: Ten Ways to Get Fit Like a Chippendales Dancer

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Sidney Lumet Retrospective Takes Over Miami Beach Cinematheque This September

Categories: Film and TV

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Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon.
It's only been a couple of years since the great filmmaker Sidney Lumet passed away and seven since his final feature graced our screens, but many of his works still influence modern works and are incredibly reflective of today's society. This is why it's not surprising that he's one of the filmmakers chosen for a retrospective this year at the Miami Beach Cinematheque. In partnership with the Miami Jewish Film Festival, the Lumet retrospective is part of the Masters of Jewish Cinema series, which began last year.

See also: 10 Memorable Posthumous Film Performances of the Past Decade

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Flyboards and Hoverboards Hit Miami, Make Everyone's Superhero Dreams Come True

Categories: Sports, Technology

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Courtesy of Miami Flyboard
While Hoverboards still don't exist as a thing you can fly in thin air (despite pranks that may or may not have crushed our childhood dreams), waterborne technology is getting ridiculously sophisticated. And some of the newest H2O toys, now available for rental in Miami, are right up there with Marty McFly's favorite mode of transportation.

Meet Flyboards, water jet packs that strap to your feet, and Hoverboards, the waterbound version of that Back to the Future icon.

These things are real, and you can take a test drive 'em right here in the 305.

See also: JetLev, The Water-Propelled Jet Pack, Hits Market In South Florida

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Kate Chastain and Kat Held of Bravo's Below Deck Talk Yacht Life and Crazy Passengers

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You're nobody until you own your own yacht. Or charter one. Or maybe just work on one, because yacht rides are hard to come across these days. That's how Kate Chastain and Kat Held scored cabins on the Ohana, not to mention starring roles on the second season of Bravo's hit series Below Deck, which focuses on the trials and tribulations of a yacht crew. You know, running out of Caviar just hours outside of Antigua, overcooking your poodle's filet mignon or having to plan a five-star, champagne-filed picnic on a beach filled with, wait for it, sand. The struggles are real.

Kate, a Florida native from Melbourne, takes the lead as the head stewardess of the vessel, while Kat returns for a second season with the mission of reclaiming herself from the drunken shenanigans she was known for in the last. The two reside in Fort Lauderdale where Ohana departs, so we wanted to know a thing or two about the two blonde bombshells on board: their craziest demands, favorite Fort Lauderdale digs, and why they would kick off Andrew Sturby should they come across a chance iceberg in the Caribbean.

See also: Million Dollar Listing Miami's Chris Leavitt: "My Guilty Pleasure Is Leaving Miami"

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