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

Lulled into maritime perdition.
Since opening its doors in 1998, Locust Projects has enjoyed a sustainability and growth that might've not been within the parameters of reality first envisioned by artist founders COOPER, Elizabeth Withstandley, and Westen Charles. Given the Detroit-level government abandonment of the Wynwood neighborhood at the time, it's a hard sale to believe that the space would've lasted and thrived for this long.

A decade and a half later, Locust is now a recognized force in the clogged artistic landscape of the area. Aside from enjoying a healthy relationship with local and international artists, part of the Locust raison d'être is the continued accessibility it presents to the artistic community.

One of the best ways of maintaining relevance in Miami's perpetually ebbing art scene is being able to engage the community it directly affects, so to call a regular event One Night Stands is more of a tongue-in-cheek barb in which Locust proves that though they are elders in the South Florida art game, they are still, refreshingly so, 16 year old teenagers who have every right to voice an opinion.

See also: Locust Projects' Latest Exhibition Explores the Many Identities of the Everglades, Opens Saturday

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Jungle Island Debuts Water Park With Obstacles, Diving Cliffs, and Trampolines

It takes about five seconds of exposure to the current weather conditions before your body breaks out into a muggy sweat. We live in an urban jungle, and this pack of fashionably wild animals needs a watering hole.

Welcome summer with Jungle Island this Saturday, when the attraction happily announces the opening of its new aqua park. Gather the kids and hit the new beach (a whole beach!) when the heat is at its worst; then stay for the colorful summer experience African Nights, featuring dazzling performances by Cirque Zuma Zuma.

It's all part of Jungle Island's commitment to park redevelopment, and because the attraction really love its locals, it's sweetening the deal with some of the lowest prices ever.

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Miami's Comic Book Stores Gear Up for Free Comic Book Day

Mac's Comics is worth your while.
Free Comic Book Day is right around the corner, giving geeks their day nationwide the first Saturday of May -- or this Saturday, if you're keeping score.

Whether you're a diehard comic book fan or just getting your start, this is a perfect day to grab some sweet comics for dirt cheap and even win some free loot. We visited a couple of Miami's favorite comic book stores to see what they have to offer year-round, as well as what they have in store for the special day.

See also: A&M Comics: One of the Oldest Comic Book Stores in America

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye! The Renaissance Festival Comes to Miami This Weekend

Spend a day with a knight in Miami
If you're longing for the good ol' days of mead and maidens, trying to get fired up for the new season of Game of Thrones, or just hungry for a turkey leg, you're in luck. The Florida Renaissance Festival makes its third appearance at Miami's Historic Cauley Square Village for three weekends starting Saturday, March 29th, and running through Sunday, April 13.

With games, performances, vendors, songs, dance, jousting, turkey legs, beer - and don't forget the wenches - there's a little something to bring out the fun in everyone.

See also: What Not to Wear to the Florida Renaissance Festival

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Zadok Gallery Showcasing Sublime Wordly Exhibits through April

Courtesy of Zadok Gallery
Zadok Gallery has begun previewing two new exhibitions from very different parts of the world. The space is clearly attempting to go big with this latest showing. The gallery, which carries a variety of pieces ranging from optical illusions made of rainbow strings to robots being projected upon, has branched out into really using its space.

See also: Locust Projects' Latest Exhibition Explores the Many Identities of the Everglades, Opens Saturday

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Second Saturday Art Walk Guide: March's Best Gallery Shows

Find Space Invader, Fairey, Banksy, and more at the Robert Fontaine Gallery.
Vladimir Putin's invasion of Crimea has raised the specter of the Cold War era earning him the condemnation of world leaders. Oddly his naked aggression in the region comes at a time when the Russian president has been nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, if you can believe it.

A new show opening for this month's edition of the Second Saturday Art Walk delivers a timely reminder of the saber rattling insanity that went on between the Soviets and the U.S. during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

At Locust Projects, the exhibition of new work by Miami-based artist Christy Gast, features a full-scale textile replica of a Nike Hercules missile and a single-channel video entitled War Drums, inviting reflection over the escalating tensions in the Ukraine while referencing South Florida's role in the historic conflict between Kennedy and Khrushchev.

It's one of several offerings on our radar beginning at 6:00 p.m. during Second Saturday this weekend.

Here are our top shows on the marquee for what is shaping up to be a provocative lineup of fresh gallery exhibits.

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The World Cat Congress Brings More Than 30 Breeds to Miami This Weekend For Once-in-a-Lifetime Cat-Lovers Paradise

Calling all cat ladies, Redditors, and other friends of felines: We're pleased to announce the chance of a lifetime to see the craziest cat show in the world for one weekend only.

The World Cat Congress is coming to downtown Miami's Double Tree for a totally-unique engagement featuring an advertised 50 breeds of cats new and old, the world's second-largest cat, a cat fashion show, every manner of cat-related merchandise you can imagine, and more

This show travels the world, appearing in different countries annually, and it will never come to Miami again. With all the furry fun they've got planned, even if you only like cats just a little, you'd be out of your mind to miss this op-purr-tunity.

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The Ten Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

Photo by Monica McGivern
This week was hard. You started with a hangover the size of the Super Bowl, but you trudged through and finally, you've made it to the Promised Land. The weekend is upon us!

This weekend, the whole world assembles upon Sochi, Russia for what the next icy edition of athletic excellence. Meanwhile, some of the most beautiful women in the city will strip down to bikinis and compete tooth-and-nail for volleyball supremacy. The Planetarium is lighting up in a really psychedelic way, and some great musical acts are in town, and all the pork you can eat is ready to fall off the bone.

Oh, and that rumbling sound? It's just Grave Digger and his metal-mashing friends.

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Olde City Sideshow: Bug Eaters, Sword Swallowers, Human Blockheads Take Over Churchill's

Olde City Sideshow
Living in South Florida, you may feel like you're part of one big circus. Whether it's escaped wild animals and endless palmetto bugs or that crazy lady tossing her baby at a police officer, this region is awash in a weirdness that never seems to settle.

Maybe what Miami needs is a professional touch, someone to take all that freaky behavior and put it in the capable hands of trained performers. Enter Olde City Sideshow, a traveling evening of performance art in the stylings of vaudeville, burlesque and the historical sideshow atmosphere, mixed with Philadelphia's counter-culture flair.

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Future Artist Foundry: "Party at the Future Hotspot in Wynwood Before It's Even Built"

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Zac Negron and Weather Man at the First Volume of Future Artist Foundry
Have you found yourself wandering around Art Walk recently wondering where the party's at? You're mulling around on the sidewalk once the galleries have closed and Wood, Lester's, and Gramps have all reached capacity with overflowing lines a stretching nearly a block and all you think is, What is there to do? This Saturday will afford you a different option for your monthly debauchery that falls on September's second weekend with plenty of people, plenty of art, and plenty of booze. It's called the Future Artist Foundry.

Started by Neal Sarin, founder of CreativGlu; Kraig Knight, the founder of Big Cups which, according to Sarin, "throws the biggest Beach Party in Jamaica and is in the process of bring the process to Miami"; and Tony Chia, who provides the venue in the form of a warehouse space where he's opening an Italian café, Café Babbo, this will be the second volume of the Future Artist Foundry in Wynwood. The first time around, the party got so lively, the organizers had to go on a liquor run in the middle of all the action. This time, they're hoping to do it even bigger.

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