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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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These Halloween decorations in Kendall caused a stir by people who felt they depicted a lynching. (Photo courtesy of the Tejedors)

Hanging Halloween decoration sparks mistaken Trump backlash

A hanging Halloween decoration in Kendall sparked a furious — and mistaken — backlash in part due to its juxtaposition to a sign supporting President-elect Donald Trump. Mark Tejedor, 28, put up Halloween decorations in his front yard after a four-year hiatus. But some of the decorations – involving two figures tied up in a tree – were lambasted in ...

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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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Photo courtesy of Holi Vegan Kicthen

Holi Vegan aims to nourish “mind, body and soul”

An entrepreneur traveled more than 4,000 miles to open a restaurant in North Miami Beach to serve people “the food they need.” Laura Ramonda, 34, is from Cordoba, Argentina. She moved to Miami in May, and on June 29, she opened Holi Vegan Kitchen in North Miami Beach with her sister Cecilia. The word “holi” is associated with Lord Shiva of ...

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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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Construction in downtown Coral Gables has begun (Leslie Ovalle / South Florida News Service)

Construction in downtown Coral Gables brings mixed feelings

Though city leaders tout the significant downtown development plans in progress for this Mediterranean-style city – a decade in the making – Coral Gables business owners worry about what a protracted construction period will do for their bottom lines. Officials say the project will transform the Miracle Mile and Giralda Avenue, the city’s most vibrant streets. The project aims to ...

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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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