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The South Florida drag queen scene (Still from SFNS video)

[Video] Inside the world of South Florida’s drag queens

South Florida’s drag community, according to two drag queens, is an incredibly supportive one. Stavros Stavrakis, known as Athena Dion, and Alex Velez, known as TP Lords, share their insights, including a few places to catch a good show, some quick drag etiquette and some insider tips about the scene in general. By Cassandra Cabal and Alexis Ramos South Florida News ...

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Images courtesy of Lady GUY and JR Davis

Never drab, always a queen: Wilton Manors’ “Lady GUY”

The Manor Complex in Wilton Manors is one of the hottest LGBT nightclubs in Broward County, and at its heart is Lady GUY. Every Friday and Saturday night at The Manor for the past five years, Guy Tomasello dons his 6-inch heels, bright wigs, oversize glasses and transforms into one of the area’s best-known drag queens. “Every week she delivers,” ...

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A patron looks at the Visionaries of the Light exhibition at the Ideobox gallery in Wynwood. (Photo by Leslie Ovalle / SFNS)

Wynwood’s Ideobox features mentally ill artists

In the back of the Ideobox art space in Wynwood are 20 works that include photography, photo collage and photo object sculptures, created by artists here and abroad living with mental illness. The exhibition is called Visionaries of the Light, presented by the SaludArte Foundation and National Art Exhibitions of the Mentally Ill. “It integrates two fields: What is art ...

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Margaret Kurtzman (Image courtesy Kurtzman family)

Margaret Kurtzman on a mission to make Pinecrest squeaky clean

Similar to dozens of Pinecrest residents, Margaret Kurtzman makes routine of walking along the canal on Red Road. But instead of two-pound weights and Beats headphones, she grips a white plastic trash bag, pausing every few paces to reach for empty bottles scattered across the damp grass. “When I was in England, they were advertising for people not to litter ...

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Dago Sasiga, left, and Greity Gonzalez, the owners of La Pereza Ediciones. (Image courtesy of Sasiga and Gonzalez)

Miami couple thrives while running Spanish-language publishing house

When a young couple in Miami decided to create an independent publishing company, printing works exclusively in Spanish, almost everyone told them they were crazy. But in 2012, Dago Sasiga and Greity Gonzalez ignored that advice and started La Pereza Ediciones with just $400. They said it was the best decision of their lives. Today, their catalog includes around 100 both well-known ...

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One of the sculptures under construction on the Segovia Traffic Circles in Coral Gables (Photo by Leslie Ovalle / South Florida News Service)

Passion flower sculptures about to bloom in Coral Gables

Two flower-like sculptures on Segovia Street, one more than 30-feet high, are scheduled to be unveiled this summer, the first public artwork commissioned by Coral Gables since the 1920s. The majority of the funding for the art installation, or $1 million, was provided by the city’s Neighborhood Renaissance Program. Another $40,000 was given by the National Endowment for the Arts ...

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Brian Reedy, right, reveals a print produced by students Katiana Rodriguez, center, and Pamela Cianciarullo, left. (Sam Smith / South Florida News Service)

Art teacher’s students earn accolades for Zelda Glazer Middle School

Brian Reedy’s wood-block prints fuse tradition with “geek culture,” and he teaches his students to do the same. “Brian’s a big pop-culture guy,” said Miguel Balsera, 40. “He’s not just limited to that, but through that is how he connects with and how he hooks these kids.” Reedy and Balsera worked together 15 years ago at the same elementary school. ...

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Frida Exantus paints one of the drawings provided by ArtCares for Kids with help from Liz Portuondo (right) and hospital volunteer Barbara Nunez. (Photo by Jocelyn Talavera / South Florida News Service)

Street artists and muralists come together to benefit ArtCares for Kids

At an art show in 2010, artist Christine Lyall noticed a father and son looking at her painting. While the father admired the painting at eye level, the little boy balanced on his tiptoes trying to get a better look. “I just thought, too bad it’s not low enough for the kid to see it better,” said Lyall, 48, who ...

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Edson Jean and Joshua Jean-Baptiste of Miami, winners of a $25,000 Project Greenlight contest. (Photo courtesy Mike Atwood)

Young Haitian-American filmmakers in Miami win $25,000 Project Greenlight contest [Video]

Edson Jean and Joshua Jean-Baptiste, two young Haitian-American roommates, last fall entered a three-minute pitch video in a Project Greenlight contest hoping to get funding for a proposed web series three-and-a-half years in the making. “Too often we’ve applied for stuff and gotten runner-up or made it to the finals,” said Jean-Baptiste, 26. “You kind of prime yourself to being ...

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Haitian artist Turgo Bastien paints the old St. Claire Laundry and Dry Cleaners building in Little Haiti on Nov. 10, 2015. (Photo by: Alfonso Duran, South Florida News Service)

Artist paints colorful new life into vintage Little Haiti building

When Turgo Bastien created his first painting, it wasn’t with a brush or acrylic paint. The artist, then 8, turned a chicken feather into a brush, soaked it in house paint and used an old shirt as the canvas. It was a neighbor who encouraged him to pursue art for a living. “She looked at my work and said, ‘Turgo, ...

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