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Sarah Glidden is a cartoonist living in Brooklyn. While in town last week for the Miami Book Fair, she paid a visit to Occupy Miami and drew the people she met and the stories they had to share. Check out the short comic she made here!

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Less Concept, More Action: Miami Art Dares with Alan Gutierrez

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Less Concept, More Action is a project by Misael Soto and Liz Tracy which dares Miami artists to do things that make them uncomfortable, but in a friendly way.

Artist Alan Gutierrez is an employee at Dorsch Gallery and a sort of prim dude. He took our art dare to wear next to nothing but coochie cutters and a Dorsch Gallery tee and brave the insanity that is art walk holding a huge arrow that stated: Free Booze… and some art. But first, we asked him three questions about art walk and free booze.

So, what do you do, art-wise?
Be the light.

How do you feel about art walk and what it’s become?
I think it’s a great way to incorporate an aerobic element into your art-seeing.

How do you feel about free booze?
Not too long ago I set up an elaborate bloody Mary bar at my house and sent out an open invitation to stop by for a drink. That was extremely gratifying.

Make sure to check out the Dorsch Gallery’s 20 year anniversary this Saturday, November 19 at 10 p.m. You can say what’s up to our man Alan who will likely not be in booty shorts. There will be free booze and awesome music though. Oh, and swing by Flute Salad around the corner at Lester’s to say hi to Liz and Amanda. Video after jump.

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Antonia Wright's party/show at Dr. Mosquera's gallery/office was the best quinceañera ever

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I’m sure you’re wondering what I did last weekend. Well, not really, but you should be since at least one event I attended was out of this world awesome.

Miami artist Antonia Wright works at the Margulies Collection, was one of the major forces behind the Wynwood Art Fair, and is known for her engaging, emotional, and thoughtful performance art. You might have already seen the photos of 31-year old Wright posing for her very own quinceañera around town. Airbrushed and garishly dressed, she’s a perfect Cuban princess, though double the age of one normally pictured posing in elaborate gardens without a husband at her side.

Where All of Your Quinceanera Dreams Come True opened at The Mosquera Collection in October. Wright mailed out special invitations to friends to attend her very own quince just last Friday. She never had her own “coming out” party, and so, this performative work allowed her to experience her own big day.

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Pocket of Lollipops' Maitejosune Urrechaga and Tony Kapel gator puzzle (interactive)

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One of THL’s favorite married couples, who you may also know as rockers Pocket of Lollipops Maitejosune Urrechaga and Tony Kapel were selected to decorate a 7-foot sculpture of a glamorous gator. As part of a project celebrating female philanthropists through the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, these guys are true winners.

In case you missed the unveiling last night at the Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills, the multi-talented artists created a puzzle version of their collaborative creation especially for our wonderful THL readers.

Print it out, cut it up, figure it out. Oh, and enjoy the crap out of it!

Hit up Pocket of Lollipop’s Snowcone in the Stairs show at Little River Yacht Club on Nov. 19.

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Less Concept, More Action: Miami Art Dares with Michael Balbone

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Less Concept, More Action is a project by Misael Soto and Liz Tracy which dares Miami artists to do things that make them uncomfortable, but in a friendly way.

We ran into artist Mike Balbone at the Occupy Miami planning meeting last Saturday where a very nonorganic dare idea popped up organically. While other organizers spoke for hours about protests, permits, porta potties, and sustainable cuisine we sent Mike on a particularly dangerous and tasteless dare, asking him to bring back food from the evil corporate poisoner McDonald’s and eat it at the meeting. He bravely agreed.

Can you briefly describe the work you make?
My work mostly deals with recycling and crafts and public memes and pop culture and love.

How do you feel about the Occupy Wall Street/Occupy Miami movement?
I support it, but sometimes a sad thing that can happen with such protests are the people think it’s a venue for their own personal diatribes instead of the actual group consensus of changing things with government, politics, and Wall Street.

Would you attend the demonstration next Saturday?
I think I’d have to stop showering for a week to be on par.
Yah, I totally would, I’m just kidding!

He’ll be there. But first, he ate McDonald’s.

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Kenton Parker's It Takes All This to be Me this Saturday at Primary Projects

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Sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, hip-hop, and more drugs. It’s the life of an artist. And don’t expect anything less of Kenton Parker. Le Sandwicherie and King of Diamonds are just some of the places Parker calls home when in his second city of Miami. Brutally honest and a wild child, the artist’s creativity allows for a process with no limitations. In these times of commercialism, it’s difficult to find art that speaks so much of the time, yet doesn’t cater to commercialism.

A curated exhibition of Kenton Parker’s latest work, It Takes All This to be Me, debuts at Primary Flight October 8 during the Second Saturday Art Walk. Primary Flight rarely disappoints and definitely promises a show unlike any other this month.

I caught up with Director of Operations Chris Oh in between installations to talk about the upcoming exhibition. In his words, “We only do projects that we like, that inspire us. We only do exhibits that we (as viewers) would like to see.” Just days before the opening, BooksIIII Bischof, Typoe, and Chris Oh are still sorting through the 700 plus pieces from L.A. Each is representative of the artist’s life and activities which resonate heavily with pop and American culture.

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Less Concept, More Action: Miami Art Dares with Venessa Monokian

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Less Concept, More Action is a project by Misael Soto and Liz Tracy which dares Miami artists to do things that make them uncomfortable, but in a friendly way.

Artist Venessa Monokian is an even keel sort of gal and not an adventurous dresser, so we dared her to hussy up like a chonga and get a cafe con leche at Enriqueta’s. We asked her three questions first.

Please describe what you do in very few words.
As far as my artwork, I do photography, small sculptures, and stop animation. I’m also an adjunct professor at several local colleges and universities and my studio is at the Art Center on Lincoln Road.

How would you describe your personal style? Like what you’d wear on a typical day.
Pretty casual. T-shirt, jeans, sneakers. Nothing exciting. Pretty covered up.

What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever done in public?
Probably the wildest thing I’ve ever done is gotten a coffee at Starbucks. I’m not an exhibitionist.

Until now…

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The Great Wide Open's Meatball surprise

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All video and photos by Venessa Monokian.

I missed the big surprise at Meatball’s opening this Saturday. I knew there was going to be one, but I was at Lester’s playing music, waiting for people to come over after it was all revealed. Saturday night was artist Rob “Meatball” Lorie’s first solo show, titled after one of the classic Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ songs “Into the Great Wide Open.”

Rob and Justin Long not only share space at the Little River Yacht Club where the show took place, but they also share sensibilities. With Funner Projects, they’re always making something insane, complex, and mechanical that will catch you off guard or let you have fun for once, you sad sacks. Their art is usually interactive or in your face. A few years ago with their show The Youth Fair, Bro, Rob and Justin made a bike powered Gravitron. Point is, when they announced Rob would be doing a show with landscape paintings, a guy who hasn’t painted in ten years, it was pretty clear that wasn’t all there was to it.

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Rob "Meatball" Lorie's handwritten interview on his upcoming solo show The Great Wide Open

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Rob “Meatball” Lorie is a growing legend around these parts. With a website dedicated to sightings of him – I Heart Meatballz – and an upcoming solo show The Great Wide Open, the world is his oyster, or maybe, he is our Meatball.

I went down to Little River Yacht Club yesterday where the show will take place. I made Rob nuts with a handwritten note interview. This workshop/gallery space is where Mr. Lorie has a studio, and thus is a portal into this world from a magical artistic dimension in Meatball’s mind. I asked artist and man-in-charge over at the LRYC Larry Newberry if he’d tell me one word he would use to describe Rob. He said, “Other than Meatball?”

Before you head over to Flute Salad at Lester’s on Saturday, September 24, read this interview and check out Meatball’s show named after the popular Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers song at 70 NW 73rd St.

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A Poem: Fat Man and Little Boy


(After Marcus Cafagña’s “Roman Fever”)
A poem by Abel Folgar


This was no honeymoon, no way,
not in this humid heat
of wet crushed bodies
tilting this bar.
Overtown and Parkwest
and Wynwood blur by like snapping limbs.

I fall back into somebody,
a move that began with
a friend’s description of
Japan’s demise,
detonating slowly in pulses
while I stand sweaty and oblivious.

I want to save the moment
from the ATM receipts
I won’t remember tomorrow
that will pile up like Miami’s
congested and afflicted

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Miami art walk rundown for those in need of guidance

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Lisa Slominski at Dimensions Variable

Kick off your artsy weekend on Thursday for Fashion’s Night Out. Hit up the Design District for free booze, expensive clothing, some art, and dirty looks. Last year, I rode my bike out there, and no one thought I fit in, probably because I looked homeless. Either way, it’s a good way to get in that mindset of going out and enjoying the city, because the season has begun, and everything will suddenly become art. Here’s a little list to get you focused for the upcoming insanity. Oh, and don’t forget to visit these shows.

Hard Poems in Space is opening as is a vintage popup market at Nektar De Stagni Shop (155 ne 38 St). Make sure to read about it here and stop by at 7 p.m.

Metropolis, a solo show by Yuri Tuma opens at at Butter Gallery. This will be his third at the space – 2301 NW 2 Ave.

Lester’s is going to have LoNomada mobile art boutique, Triian Jewelry, Richard Hoglund with Bic Pen Tattoos, and Real Sorbet at 2519 NW 2 Ave.

Snitzer has an opening Sunny Suits’ Regular Lovers
 with a flyer that features boobs.
From 7:30 to 10 p.m. at 
2247 NW 1 Place

The de la Cruz Collection is honoring MOCA’s 15 year anniversary by screening MOCA’s Optic Nerve finalists. The environment where the screening will take place is designed by artist, curator, and THL friend Carlos Rigau.

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Art openings to hold you over until next week's art walk

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Expect some of this with Cheryl Pope live tonight at the old Spinello Space thanks to the Dorsch Gallery.

We all agree art walks in Miami are nuts, so some smart gallerists with quality art that you and I want to see are opening their doors on days other than the second Saturdays of each month. For those in need of culture before the madness, here are some very worthy openings and events to tide you over.

Diet Gallery (174 NW 23 Street) is having an opening of Behind the curtain, a lock of hair falling today from 7 to 10 p.m. The show’s title is taken from a line in a Matthew Abess poem, thus it’s fitting that there’s a reading by the writer at 7. Works in this show are by Joshua Abelow, Sarah Conaway, Talia Chetrit, Debo Eilers, Nicolas Lobo, Martin Oppel, and George Woodman.

The Dorsch Gallery is hosting a live performance by Cheryl Pope called Stacks at the old Spinello space (155 NE 38 Street) at 8 p.m. This is in conjunction with Matter of Fact, her opening at Dorsch Gallery, which is taking place the following day.

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Gene Hackman at Bas Fisher Invitational: watch the poetry boys fight

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P. Scott Cunningham and Timothy Stanley are doing something literary, performative, and a little wacky called Gene Hackman. I had to ask, why use the seasoned actor’s name for a somewhat confounding writing project? Apparently, there are many reasons, but one is that Scott has just always like the sound of it.

These two friends created an different sort of writer’s residency at the Bas Fisher Invitational. It involves them sitting at desks, facing each other, day after day, spending endless hours writing. Between August 25 and September 30, workdays and some Saturdays, you can find them there, typing away. At 5 p.m., in identical ensembles, they stand before anyone else interested and read what they’ve penned out loud. Their work is then critiqued or mocked by the other writer in the cruelest manner possible. The full rules are here.

I ran into these two guys earlier in the day yesterday at Lester’s and my friend said he was going by later to hear them read, so I thought, why the hell not. Due to interviews and work stuff I didn’t arrive till the end of Scott’s second poem, but I got the idea. I kind of thought the last one he read was funny, but Scott looked very serious as he read the words, I think they were, “I text you, you text me, I text you, you text me” over and over again.

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Flavorwire with the outsider art. If I were more daring, I would either tattoo all of this all over my body or make some myself, certainly vastly inferior to these 13, but whatever. Made with chicken bones, soot, saliva, these people are my heroes.

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I Heart Meatballz: a website dedicated to Rob "Meatball" Lorie sightings

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Up there’s Larry Newberry of The Little River Yacht Club, Meatball, and George Owen .

Apparently, our friend Rob Lorie, known around town as Meatball, has a blog stalker. A mystery person created a site that documents Meatball sightings called I Heart Meatballz featuring a few photos from THL. That mystery person has a sick mind and a solid sense of humor. Though we cannot and will not reveal who it is, this is a friendly, loving sort of admiration, not a creepy, I want to wear your skin on my skin kind of stalking.

If you’ve been out in Miami, you’ve seen Meatball dancing like a madman to R. Kelly or UB40’s “I Want to Make You Sweat.” He’s not only an enthusiastic dude on the dance floor, he’s also a old BMXer and an artist. He works with wood and metal at his studio at Little River Yacht Club. Though not actually a yeti or skunk ape, we get it, he’s a fascinating man worth stalking. Check out this absolutely ridiculous site about our pal Rob.


MOCA’s XIII Annual Optic Nerve Festival with Antonia Wright and Ruben Millares

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An 800-book sculpture. Two hours to create and three seconds to destroy.
Is this crazy little film worth the pain and destruction? According to artists Ruben Millares and Antonia Wright, extremely worth it. The duo, already familiar names in Miami’s art scene, are reuniting to showcase their short film, Job Creation in a Bad Economy, at MOCA’s XIII Annual Optic Nerve Festival on Saturday, August 27.

At two minutes and 15 seconds, the 2010 montage briefly follows the duo toppling stacks of books in various areas of the country. Part sculpture and part film, the work of literary art is also on view at Tampa’s Museum of Art as part of “Syntax: Text and Symbols for a New Generation, Selections from the Hadley Martin Fisher Collection.”

The 2010 film asks a question that many people are afraid to examine. Wright and Millares said, “The film is a commentary on the issue of devaluation of the arts and education in our society. In the last few years, budget cuts have led to the demise of schools, libraries, and art programs. No one is really protecting them, so why not bring up the very important topic to light. We’re just physically asking (pun intended), who’s going to pick up the mess?”

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Bleeding Palm's incredible psychedelic interpretation of What a Mission (it's psychedelic!)

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As HUGE Bleeding Palm fans, we are totally flattered to be included in one of their incredibly mesmerizing and visually poetic galleries. In addition to the thrill of being on the site, some shots from the Delia Derbyshire event with Amanda Green and Oly are included. I feel like we’re in with the best Miami has to offer. You see Dino here, he is like the shiniest, most dazzling of Miami’s musicians. I love him and his talent is limitless. Click here for the madness and the brilliance!


Extremities addresses the dark world of sexual power at Main Street Playhouse


William Mastrosimone’s Extremities is a vivid portrayal of the issues surrounding rape and justice in America, demonstrated by a story of a serial rapist attempting to dominate a sultry, sexy, single woman, dressed in red lingerie, during a home invasion.

During the first 20 minutes of the play, the intended victim, Marjorie (Sabrina Gore) is defending herself against a young thuggish male attacker Raul (Daniel Nieves) as he viciously pins her down and attempts to rape her in her own living room. This scene, though shocking, depicts the reality of this violent act. Though quite disturbing to watch, the scene is a turning point for Marjorie’s character. It leads into her changing from a victim to a dominant and controlling character in the successive scenes.

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