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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Centralia, Mad Cat's Latest Tragicomedy, Struggles to Find Its Balance

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Karelle Levy
The real-life mining community of Centralia, Pennsylvania, has been devastated by an underground coal fire since the early '60s. The monoxide-laden disaster has polluted the town's air and prompted a massive government-funded relocation of its citizenry. But a few defiant souls remain living in their hometown--fewer than 10, currently--and their stories inspired Centralia, an offbeat play-cum-variety show developed by Europe's Superbolt Theatre and enjoying its U.S. premiere courtesy of Mad Cat Theatre Company.

Centralia is structured as an amateur theater piece staged by Centralia's three remaining inhabitants, who have decided to tell their stories--and their town's story--through the performing arts, integrating dance, music, humor, and puppet theatre. There isn't much plot to speak of; Centralia is an episodic meander divided into more than a dozen chapters, some of them illuminating different facets of Centralian life while others struggle to find their purpose.

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Isabella Rossellini Will Stage "Green Pornos" Live at the Fillmore Miami Beach

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Isabella Rossellini is bringing her quirky nature lectures focused on the sexual habits of animals she calls "Green Pornos" to Miami Beach.

In her shorts, which began online for the Sundance Channel, the former-model-turned-actress blends deep insights on nature with a cheeky humor and a lo-fi Michel Gondry aesthetic. They are both laugh-out-loud ridiculous but still profoundly ecologically consciousness with a dash of penetrating poetry. She's like Werner Herzog with a sense of humor.

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H2Ombre: Arsht Offers Experiential Theater at Its Strangest and Wettest

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Alejandro Ferrer
The liquid onslaught poured forth long before audiences entered the Arsht Center for H2Ombre this past weekend. Torrential rains slowed the flow of spectators into this undeniably unique prooduction. But they finally arrived to find a combination platter that's equal parts rave, 3D movie, and modern dance show.

After passing through the so-called "Bubble Lounge" offering specialty drinks, audiences entered an unfamiliar Ziff Opera House where most of the chairs have been removed. Theatergoers were split between an open dance floor and a VIP area one level up.

During the show, all notions of traditional theater decorum disappear. On opening night, many attendees shot smartphone videos, waved rainbow-colored glow sticks they received upon entry, and donned neon green plastic glasses frames that rendered everything slightly trippy. Servers interrupted the show once to take drink orders, and again to make customers pay, which was distracting--less like a night at the theater than a night at the Improv. Then again, patrons could also wander the two rooms of H2Ombre at will, which proved unusually liberating. Audience interaction and freedom is central to the show's conceit, and so is commerce: You exit through a gift kiosk.

See also: H2Ombre at the Arsht Center: A Waterlogged Theater Experience Like No Other

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Copperbridge Foundation Brings Cuban Artists to Miami Stages

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Geo Darder gets down with the culture in Cuba.
Here in Miami, more than in any other city in America, an encounter with Cuban culture is akin to a return to the roots. No matter whether it's dance or art, music or theater, it's the heritage itself that seems to matter most, with the artistic and entertainment elements often affirming a personal connection.

That may seem like a broad-based generalization, but given Miami's population and its sizeable Cuban quotient, there's no denying its accuracy. It's especially true in the case of Geo Darder, the founder and artistic director of the Copperbridge Foundation, an artistic initiative he and a group of partners launched four years ago as a means of facilitating the exhibition and interpretation of artistic works from the Caribbean, Africa, North and South America, and Cuba in particular.

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Summer Shorts at the Arsht: A Mixed Bag of Mind-Controlling Cats and Grieving Fathers

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George Schiavone
Rather than construct a standard-issue theater review for an evening of mirth and brevity that is always anything but standard-issue, I decided to trek through City Theatre's 19th edition of Summer Shorts play by play, in the order in which they are presented. Liberated from the need to excavate overlapping themes and through-lines from this jumbled theatrical stocking, I've scored each piece on its individual merits and demerits, assigning a point value to each production out of a maximum possible ten. The conclusions take into account both the source material and the production quality, beginning with:

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Evita Captivates the Crowd at the Adrienne Arsht Center

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Richard Termine
Anyone who's unaware might find it easy to dismiss Evita as yet another musical that's run its course -- or worse, a one-hit stage show with a terrific title tune but an otherwise well-worn narrative. But the terrific touring version that opened at the Arscht Tuesday night proved nothing could be further from the truth. Recently revived on Broadway for the first time in 30 years, this Evita for the new millennium is feisty, fast-paced and -- given a world filled with tyrants, political turmoil, and a superficial celebrity culture - more relevant as ever.

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Pinned Miami: Eleven Things to Look Forward to at Miami's First Pin-Up Festival

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Barry Fidnick
Pin-up girls, strip teases, vintage cars and enough rock 'n' roll to bring Elvis back from the dead. What's not to love about Pinned Miami, the three-day pin-up, rockabilly, burlesque and tattoo festival that's hitting Miami this weekend? It's a retro renaissance, with enough cheekiness and '50s cheese to hold your pin curls over for the next half-century.

Here, in no particular order, are ten things to look forward to at Pinned Miami -- besides having a reason not to go to the beach on Memorial Day Weekend, which is something we can all twist and shout about.

See also: Art of the Pin-Up Girl Brings Florida-Born Sex Appeal to the Big Apple

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With Help From the Knight Foundation, FUNDarte is Finding Miami's Artistic Voice

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Jose Luis Rodriguez
To create, nourish, and promote art that speaks to South Florida, with an emphasis on Ibero-American culture. That has been the goal of Miami Beach's FUNDarte since day one.

Such an effort got a major boost in 2012, when the non-profit arts organization became one of 34 Knight Arts Challenge Miami winners, receiving a $100,000 award to present new works created by local companies and artists. The fruits of that labor are about to be reaped in Miami with Stage 2014-2015: Knight New Works, which will be inaugurated this Thursday and runs through September.

See also: Knight Arts Challenge South Florida 2014 Finalists Announced

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Here & Now Fest Returns With Shiva, Shamans, and Sex Reassignment

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Miami artist and Here & Now Festival performer Juan Carlos Zaldivar
Ritualistic writing, interdisciplinary theater, phosphorescent paintings, and sexual reassignment surgery come together to form the backbone for the 15th annual Here & Now: 2014, A Knight Emerging Artist Series. Here & Now is where and when the Miami Light Project commissions new performance work by innovative South Florida artists. The 2014 performance line-up includes Letty Bassart, Abel Cornejo, Ana Mendez, David Rohn, Danilo de la Torre, and Juan Carlos Zaldivar.

The pieces involve varied process of development and eclectic influences.

See also: Photos from Here & Now 2012

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