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A Taste of Out in the Tropics

Gender-bending, great music, lots of laughs and some powerful takes on history and sexual identity are all part of the upcoming A Taste of Out in the Tropics Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) performing arts showcase. It begins at 10:00 pm and continues on past midnight on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road. A Taste of Out in the Tropics is part of the annual Sleepless Night event, a vibrant free indoor and outdoor cultural festival spread out over multiple locations throughout Miami Beach over the 13 hours from dusk to dawn. A Taste of Out in the Tropics is a preview of what will be South Florida’s first full-fledged gay contemporary performing arts festival, Out in the Tropics, coming to Miami in July 2010, and is a presentation of Robert Rosenberg/Tropical Wave Productions, in association with FUNDarte and MiamiARTzine.com, with the support of the City of Miami Beach and other funders.

A Taste of Out in the Tropics’ featured performer is the women-led pop-rock group BETTY, whose hilarious and always fresh musical performances and theater work has made them popular worldwide. They are well known for their music for the groundbreaking Showtime lesbian series The L Word, including the racy theme song, as well as their Off-Broadway show BETTY Rules. Lily Tomlin has said they are “so joyously captivating, you’ll ovulate” and Gloria Steinem has commented that they “sing with heart, humor….and attitude.” BETTY will perform a full concert to close the evening.

A great line-up of local GLBT artists will open A Taste of Out in the Tropics with brief sets from 10:00 to 11:30 pm. The M.C. for the night will be Adora, South Florida’s infamous gender illusionist known for his spot-on comedy and lip-synching in both English and Spanish. Juan Carlos Zaldivar will appear in his Martí and I, a mixed-media piece that blends video and live performance. Drag It Out will present their female-to-male “drag king” show that is sure to entertain audience members of all persuasions. And finally, the evening will be rounded out with a performance from an ensemble of the always-popular Miami Gay Men’s Chorus.

The full-fledged Out in the Tropics festival in July 2010 will present award-winning, cutting-edge GLBT performing artists from around the country who address broad gender and social issues, for an extended weekend of shows and other events. “We are so excited to launch this new Out in the Tropics project by participating in Sleepless Night this year, “ says Out in the Tropics Artistic Director Robert Rosenberg. “Our intent is to create a gay and lesbian signature event that can have both a local and national profile while exposing South Florida audiences to new and exciting work that rarely if ever gets presented in the region.”

Admission to A Taste of Out in the Tropics is free, with no reservations required, as is the case for all Sleepless Night events.

An after-party for women and their friends, with BETTY and other artists in attendance, will be held at Creme Lounge, 727 Lincoln Road (behind Score), with a portion of the $8 cover charge going to support the Out in the Tropics festival.

Robert Rosenberg, whose Tropical Wave Productions is presenting A Taste of Out in the Tropics, is the Emmy Award-winning filmmaker of the classic gay documentary “Before Stonewall;” was the Founding Director of the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival; and has worked in many capacities in presenting live performance in South Florida. A Taste of Out in the Tropics is presented in association with FUNDarte, a multidisciplinary non-profit organization dedicated to producing, presenting, and promoting music, theater, dance, film and visual arts that speak to Miami’s diverse cultures, with a special emphasis on artists from Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain; and MiamiARTzine.com, a biweekly online magazine that showcases the diverse events and activities of South Florida’s cultural organizations and individual artists.

A Taste of Out in the Tropics project and organizational support comes in part from the City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council; Glassworks Multimedia; the GLBT Community Project Funds at Dade Community Foundation, in partnership with the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and the Southern Arts Federation (SAF) in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council.

For more information visit www.sleeplessnight.org or contact robert@tropicalwavemiami.com .