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Out in the Tropics opens June 9 with kick-off event at Shore Club hotel in Miami Beach

From Robert Rosenberg:


June 9 - 19, 2011. Event times vary

Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center, Colony Theatre, Coral Gables Art Cinema and Miracle Theatre

Various ticket prices including free events

Out in the Tropics a different kind of performing arts festival, brings a full range of award-winning, contemporary GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) artists and arts events to South Florida, June 9 - 19, 2011. In its second edition, Out in the Tropics has a great line-up including:

Opening Kick Off Event including panel discussion, Words and Power, with Festival artists Bitch, Keith Hennessy, Andrea Askowitz and South Florida-based performance artist Octavio Campos and reception sponsored by The Shore Club and Meals That Heal on Thursday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m. at The Shore Club, 1901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach.

Bitch, described as "a music box all of her own" and whose music was heard on Showtime's The L Word, on Friday, June 10 at 8:00 p.m. at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.

Dirty Little Secrets by Jai Rodriguez, who is best known for his roles in the musical Rent and Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, co-presented with City Theatre and Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, on Fridays, June 10 & 17 at 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Carnival Studio Theater at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami.

Bessie-awarding winning dance theatre work, CROTCH (all the Joseph Beuys references in the world cannot heal the pain, confusion, regret, cruelty, betrayal or trauma...) by Keith Hennessy/Zero Performance, one of the pioneers of queer performance, on Saturday, June 11 at 8:00 p.m. at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.

A Women's Reception and Screening of CRACKS, a feature film by Jordan Scott set in a 1930s-era isolated English all-girls boarding school on the eve of WWII, on Sunday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables. Reception sponsored by Mary D. Events.

Lip Service: True Stories Out Loud, Miami's most popular literary event produced by Andrea Askowitz and Esther Martinez, on Saturday, June 18 at 8:00 p.m. at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. The Afterparty at 10:00 p.m. will be hosted at Books and Books, Lip Service's long-time sponsor.

VIP Festival passes are available a www.outinthetropics.com or by calling 305.910.7898. The passes include one ticket to every event of the festival and additional perks for $100. No ticket surcharges apply to the festival passes. Tickets may be purchased in advance online for all events. Details for each event are outlined in the schedule of events. Advance ticket sales may also be purchased in-person at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and the Colony Theatre without a service charge. Group sale discounts can also be arranged by calling 305.910.7898. All venues are wheelchair accessible.

For anyone who wishes to stay overnight in South Beach during the festival there are discount room rates available at The Shore Club, the official host hotel, using code 802490 either online at www.shoreclub.com or by calling 1.877.640.9500.

More information about the festival can be found online at www.outinthetropics.com and Facebook or by contacting FUNDarte at info@fundarte.us or 305.910.7898.

FUNDarte is a multidisciplinary non-profit organization, founded and directed by Ever Chavez, dedicated to producing, presenting, and promoting music, theatre, dance, film and visual arts that speak to Miami's diverse cultures. Support for Out in the Tropics comes in part from the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, Ambiente Magazine; the City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council; State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts; Glassworks Multimedia; the GLBT Community Project Funds at The Miami Foundation, in partnership with the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force; Aqua Foundation, Meals That Heal; Miami New Times; The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald; Prana Yoga; The Shore Club Hotel; South Florida Gay News; and Wire Magazine.


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