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PICKS OF THE WEEK: Films, Culture and more...

PICKS OF THE WEEK: Films, Culture and more...

Festivals

Published 11/12/20

OUTSHINE FILM FESTIVAL: MAKE THE YULETIDE GAY | COCKTAILS & CINEMA VIRTUAL HAPPY HOURNovember 12th at 7:30 pmOUTshine presents gay holiday classic 'Make The Yuletide Gay' starring Adamo Ruggiero and Keith Jordan. The film has won multiple festival awards and a self proclaimed "gay cult classic." Don't miss experiencing this holiday favorite with your festival friends! More event details here.HISTORYMIAMI MUSEUM: CULTUREFEST 305November 14th through the 15thEnjoy online performances, workshops, and demonstrations with some of the city's finest traditional artists, dancers, and musicians. The festival webpage includes craft activities, videos, and more to keep you exploring all that makes Miami the diverse, vibrant, and extraordinary city we love. More event details here.SMALL PRESS FAIR FORT LAUDERDALE '20November 14th at 12:00 pmExperience a day for local and regional artists, printers, booksellers, publishers, authors, poets, bookmakers, designers, zinesters and cultural workers …

HistoryMiami Museum's CultureFest 305

HistoryMiami Museum's CultureFest 305

Festivals

Published 11/10/20

Join HistoryMiami Museum for two days of online performances, workshops, and demonstrations with some of the city's finest traditional artists, dancers, and musicians. The festival will be going DIGITAL this year, and the webpage features craft activities, videos, and much more. From Cuban fusion dance with Marisol Blanco to Haitian Kompa music with Gabel and tropical fruit farming with LNB Groves and Edible South Florida, this festival celebrates all that makes Miami the extraordinary, diverse, and vibrant city we love.  ScheduleSaturday:    10:30 – 11:00 - Storytelling: Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story featuring a demonstration by Melanie Turtle of Seminole Bird Clan Catering1:00 – 2:00 - Workshop: Cuban fusion dance with Marisol Blanco3:00 – 3:30 - Demonstration: Tropical fruit farming with LNB Grovestand and Edible South Florida 6:00 – 8:00 - Move Watch Party with O Cinema: Deep City: The Birth of the Miami …

The Conch Republic Celebrates

The Conch Republic Celebrates

Festivals

Published 11/3/20

From the raising of the Conch Republic flag at Mallory Square to the burning of the Hurricane flag to end hurricane season, the Conch Republic Independence Celebration will elect Royalty, race miniature beds, clean up Higgs Beach, engage in a Rum Battle, present an Art-to-Wear Fashion Show, and more!The Secretary of State of the Conch Republic, the Exalted Capt. James R. Gilleran, has proclaimed, "You have wittingly chosen to participate in activities (some of which you will recall, and some of which you will not) here the micro-nation of the Conch Republic. We welcome all comers who understand the value of humor, community, and a passion to encourage others to behave in a proud and foolish manner. The only requirement for entry is an understanding that to be in an alternate reality you have to participate in an alternate reality.”To see a complete list of events, visit ConchRepublic.com - where you can also purchase Conch Republic merchandise and tickets.

Fantasy Theatre Factory’s 3rd Annual Sandrell Rivers Day

Fantasy Theatre Factory’s 3rd Annual Sandrell Rivers Day

Festivals

Published 8/9/20

Among the festivities will be the bestowing of this year’s Sandrell Rivers Humanitarian Award to Dr. Larry R. Handfield, Esq., of The Handfield Firm. Serving as Emcee will be renown singer and entertainer Brenda Alford. Among the close to two dozen talented South Florida performing artists and entertainers scheduled to appear are jazz saxophonist Melton Mustafa, Jr., dancer Randolph Ward, magician Billy Byron, aerialist Luckner “Lucky” Bruno, and much more.“This is one of our most popular events at Sandrell Rivers Theater, drawing more than 300 attendees from all over South Florida but particularly from around Liberty City, where Chief Rivers focused her efforts in promoting the arts,” said FTF CEO/Executive Artistic Director Larry Fields. “With South Florida currently experiencing record numbers of COVID-19 cases, however, we have not been able to open our doors to the public. So we’ve decided to make this year’s event virtual.”“While a virtual event will be a …

Art in the Garden Opens At Key West Tropical Forest

Art in the Garden Opens At Key West Tropical Forest

Festivals

Published 6/17/20

Meander over Garden Boardwalks and down pathways through dappled shade, colorful blossoms and winged creatures of nature and spot….sculpture! The exhibit features local art & sculpture with artistic expressions emphasizing harmony with nature. These works are earth-friendly in the selection of materials (including recycled and natural material) and themes.The festival runs through August 31st and is open every day 10am – 4pm. The Garden is located 5210 College Road on Stock Island. Call 305-296-1504 or visit www.keywest.garden for directions and details. 

4th Annual Mango Fest Key West goes Virtual

4th Annual Mango Fest Key West goes Virtual

Festivals

Published 4/30/20

Step into Mango Fest Key West’s "MANGO MANIA VIRTUAL VENDOR VILLAGE" where visitors enter a world of Mangoes. Experience the mango festival through shopping, education and demonstrations including local market fare, chef & bartender videos, mango art contest, local's favorite recipes, family "mango walk" and more!This year's festival will benefit Key West Police Athletic League youth programs.The Key West Police Athletic League’s youth programs provide a safe place that encourages teamwork and strong self-esteem. Members of the Key West Police Department donate their time and effort to support youth educational and sporting programs.The festival begins June 22nd through June 28th! For more information, visit: mangofestkeywest.com.

THE FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 28 YEARS

THE FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 28 YEARS

Festivals

Published 1/8/20

For the fifth year in a row, the timeless Florida Renaissance Festival will offer seven jam-packed themed weekends to ring in its 28th season. This year, the celebration kicks off with a return to the English Monarchy and Henry VIII is back! Prepare for a greeting by jesters, jugglers, and jousting knights upon entering the gates, and sweet melodies can be heard from every corner of the kingdom. It’s a full day of entertainment where the entire family can marvel at fan favorite acts and performances that include immersive and interactive, real audience-participation scenarios. Join in on the fun with human powered rides, artisan craft shops and enough food & drink for a royal family feast!One of the nation’s most beloved events, with over 100,000 annual attendees and more than two million people having participated over the festival’s tenure, the Florida Renaissance Festival has devoted 28 years to capturing the essence of the Renaissance through entertainment and living …

Key West Food & Wine Festival

Key West Food & Wine Festival

Festivals

Published 12/30/19

By Laura RichardsonThe events on tap for the weekend range from the lavish (a kick-off party on the USCGC Ingham) to the unconventional (the Turtles and Sharks and Mermaids “Oh My” Grand Tasting at the Key West Aquarium). With a theme highlighting culinary decadence and environmental preservation, the festival aims to relish in the ocean’s culinary delights while collaborating with organizations (like Mote Marine, Surf Rider of the Florida Keys, and Reef Relief) dedicated to protecting our planet. This collaboration allows the Key West Food & Wine Festival to celebrate Key West’s rich culinary culture while raising awareness of the importance of marine wildlife preservation.A longtime believer in Key West’s potential as a top destination for food and wine lovers, Certonio is adamant that a town once synonymous with frozen daiquiris and fried conch fritters is fast undergoing a culinary metamorphosis. “I believe we are turning the corner to be a premier food …

Latin & Caribbean Food and Music Festival, Tastes Of Miami, Returns to Miami Seaquarium

Latin & Caribbean Food and Music Festival, Tastes Of Miami, Returns to Miami Seaquarium

Festivals

Published 11/15/19

“We are excited to bring back this one-of-a-kind event that will bring a taste of local culture inspired by our diverse city,” said Eric Eimstad, General Manager for Miami Seaquarium. “Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy food, music and fun this holiday season!”Each day of Tastes of Miami, local food trucks will be featuring their hallmark savory dishes for purchase. In addition, the Park’s food locations will offer special menu items such as tropical drinks, churros, arepas (round yellow corn cakes), and Tex-Mex-Corn roasted corn dipped in melted butter seasoned with a mix of parmesan cheese, chili powder, and parsley flakes. Miami Seaquarium will be swaying to Latin and Caribbean beats with live musical performances by local bands. On select days, guests can practice their dance moves – including Salsa and Zumba - with some of the best dance instructors. Kids can enjoy a play area with games and prizes, bounce houses, arts and crafts, and much more! There …

ABFF GOES BEYOND BEING A FILM FESTIVAL

ABFF GOES BEYOND BEING A FILM FESTIVAL

Festivals

Published 6/28/19

By Daisy Cabrera“Twenty-three years ago, there were only fifteen of us working behind the scenes and about 100 attendees. Today, we’ve become the premiere event for Black Hollywood and host more than 8,000 attendees every festival,” said ABFF Ventures’ Founder and CEO, Jeff Friday. “Initially, I had the thought that we needed a space to collaborate with each other and have time to celebrate each other and our upcoming projects. That vision has not only led to some amazing collaborations but also birthed a legacy of identifying emerging talent and solidified a strong presence within the Miami Beach, Miami, and Dade County communities with our community outreach efforts.”With celebrity ambassador La La Anthony in tow, ABFF brought together a jam-packed audience of up-and-coming, next generation producers, writers, actors, showrunners, editors, composers, creatives, photographers and directors. Anthony said, “We have proven that we support each other. We watch our films and …

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