BY STEVE ROTHAUS
"I would like the audience to see a real Italian show, real Italian way to make theater," playwright-director Massimo Stinco says. "It's very sensual. It's a beautiful story about feelings, about love, about nature and man. It's not a gay story. It's about four men and their relationship during the Second World War. There is a lot of poetry in this story."
Stinco, along with four young Italian actors, arrived Monday in the United States.
"I like the story of reality," actor Natale Calabrò says. "Pasolini was a man who broke the rules of modesty and respectability, of blind people who don't want to see the reality."
Amado Mio is an Italian show (performed in English) written and directed by Massimo Stinco, inspired by books by Pier Paolo Pasolini. It's about memories, male eros, war, dreams, nature, and music. In the summer of 1944, a teacher and three students of his escape from the second world war through the countryside towards the Americans. During this journey, war looks like vanished, they live all together in harmony and in contact with nature. They discover sexuality, friendship, love, nature, passion and dreams. Massimo Stinco returns to Fort Lauderdale three years after his show, The Houseboy.
The play, which will be performed next year in Italy, contains full frontal male nudity.
IF YOU GO
What: Amado Mio
Starring: Gianni Alvino, Natale Calabrò, Diego Coscia and Massimo Stinco
Where: Andrews Living Arts Studio, 23 NW Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale
When: 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets: $30 adults; $25 seniors. Click here to purchase.
The film tackles the all too often misunderstood world of transgender. Although Just Gender utilizes some archival footage and stills, it is largely built on a series of original footage and interviews of transgendered persons, their family members and friends, health care experts, community leaders and others who work with the transgender community. The film explores the common myths and misunderstandings about transgendered people. It also explores the confusion between sexual orientation and gender identity, as reflected in the rigid binary view of the world generally held by society. Just Gender also touches on the discrimination, hardships and brutality resulting from those misconceptions and prejudices, including the numerous deaths caused by hate each year.
Just Gender, narrated by musical theater star Bebe Neuwirth, will be screened 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach.
"We'll have Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez in attendance," SAVE Executive Director Tony Lima said.
"From the City of Miami Beach, Vice Mayor Micky Steinberg will be speaking and issuing a special proclamation and Commissioner Michael Grieco will be in attendance," Lima said.
Tickets are $25 and $100 (including a VIP cocktail reception with Just Gender director George Zuber).
The free party features "sumptuous cocktails and light bites served throughout to keep the party going," said SHINE spokeswoman Taylor Cinalli.
An auction Wednesday night benefits Stonewall Pride.
Here are the details:
When: 6/18/14 - 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: W Fort Lauderdale in the Living Room (4th floor)
401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Dress: Chic attire
Cost: Event is free, valet is $10
RSVP to: WFLL.events@Whotels.com
June 18, 2014 in Arts, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Fashion, Florida, Food and Drink, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Lesbian, LGBT, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Music, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Television, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace | Permalink | Comments (0)
Isabelle Collin Dufresne – known to the world as Andy Warhol's "superstar" Ultra Violet, died of cancer in New York City. She was 78.
Nearly four years ago, I interviewed Ultra Violet when she was in Miami Beach during Art Basel for the opening of a gallery featuring the works of photographer William John Kennedy, who frequently photographed Warhol.
Here is my 2010 interview with Ultra Violet:
BY STEVE ROTHAUS
Ultra Violet, the Andy Warhol "superstar'' internationally known in the 1960s, demands more than her 15 minutes of fame.
"Today with the explosion of the media, the Internet, everybody has 15 minutes of fame. I'm trying to get 16 minutes, and it's very hard," she says. "Everybody has a camera, everybody has Facebook, everybody has a computer. If you can tell me how to get one more minute, let me know."
Ultra Violet -- born Isabelle Collin Dufresne 75 years ago in France -- is here from New York for Art Basel, showing off her own works and helping launch a KIWI Gallery retrospective of photographer William John Kennedy, who long ago captured images of UV, Warhol and Robert Indiana, whose iconic LOVE poster became a symbol of the '60s Pop Art movement.
In 1963, artist Salvador Dalí -- Ultra Violet's one-time mentor -- introduced her to ``this little woman, I thought."
"Her hair was weird: black rattail in the back, white on the top. It was a synthetic nylon wig. And that person, which I thought was a woman had a very strange voice," Ultra Violet recalls. "Anyway, Dalí introduced me, and he said, `This is Andy Warhol.'
"He was totally unknown then. Warhol said to me, `You are so beautiful, let's do a movie together.' I said when? He said tomorrow. Tomorrow, the next day, I went to The Factory [Warhol's New York studio], and this was the beginning of a very interesting era."
Among the photos on display at the KIWI Gallery off Lincoln Road: a series of Ultra Violet nudes shot by Kennedy almost a half-century ago.
"I have no regrets," she now says. "But this was the '60s and in the '60s everybody got undressed. In 2010, you do not get undressed. Not the right people. We were the right people."
UV says that during the sexual revolution, "the clothes would just fall off."
"But you know I'm a born-again Christian now and I don't take my clothes off," she adds.
Actually, UV wasn't totally nude in Kennedy's portraits. "I didn't want to be completely naked," she confides. "I needed something, so I [wore] one of his ties."
Kennedy, 80, now of Miami Beach, says this is the first major exhibition of his work.
His photographs are displayed full frame.
"I crop through the lens, every picture I took," Kennedy says. "I believe in having an idea in advance. If it's a fertile idea, it will grow on its own as you shoot."
Posted Monday by Charlotte Libov to the Sing Out Facebook group:
ATTENTION! In case you haven't heard, our beloved Mova Lounge South Beach is closing its doors June 21! So this Monday, June 16, Monday night starting at 9 is the FINAL Mova Shout Karaoke with KJ Miik Martorelland host Babak Movahedi! !!! It will be a grand finale headlined by Richard Jay-Alexander. the Leader of the Karaoke Criminals, and all Karaoke Criminals regulars and their friends are expected to turn out, including Henry Perez, David Kessler, Jazzed Photog, Gus Briand, Betsy Smith, Florenza Campos, Jose Daniel Urbino, Brandon David Deyette! Derek Barbara, Chico Starr and MORE!!! We are looking forward to our special guest stars the aforementioned RJA and Maestro Bill Campbell! There will be cake! There will be awards! There will be surprises! There will be Press! There will be Paparazzi! And there will be SHOCKING ANNOUNCEMENT! More will be revealed on Monday night! You don't want to miss a minute!!! For this special Karaoke Criminals Finale, the fun starts at 9 and ends - who knows? See you all there!!!!
BY MADELEINE MARR
Pitbull has long been known for his on-point fashion sense. Onstage, he usually wears impeccably tailored suits in either black or white. And that makes us Miamians proud.
But perhaps a slip in judgment, a change in stylist, or poor packing decisions has media outlets like The New York Post calling the rapper "Harry High Pants" and a few Twitter users giving him the moniker of the "Cuban Simon Cowell." As a matter of course, these suckers now have their own hashtag, #pitbullspants.
This happened: Pitbull sang the World Cup anthem, "We Are One (Ole Ola)," at the opening ceremony at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo Thursday night, alongside Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte, in way too tight, high-waisted leisure slacks with a Brasil jersey tucked in a la your grandpa. Buzzfeed called his choice of rolled-up trousers “diaper pants,” which may be a little harsh. We prefer “mom jeans.”
Pit, next time, don't leave your suits in Miami.
Click here to take our survey: What do you think of Pitbull's fashion statement?
The Miami Herald's much-talked-about documentary, The Day It Snowed In Miami, will air again 8 p.m. Thursday on co-presenter WPBT Channel 2.
The feature-length film directed by Joe Cardona traces the political battle lines drawn in Miami in 1977 when gays sought approval of a then controversial Human Rights Ordinance, which guaranteed they would not be discriminated because of their “affectional or sexual preference.”
The Day It Snowed In Miami is currently airing on about 600 PBS stations for LGBT Pride Month. Click here for details about the national screenings.
The film also is available for sale on DVD. Click here to purchase.
June 12, 2014 in Arts, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Film, Florida, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Key West & Monroe County, Lesbian, LGBT, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Palm Beach County, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Television, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)