Unity Coalition/Coalición Unida celebrates Orgullo, Miami’s Hispanic and Indigenous Pride Festival, Oct. 1 – 15.
The 10th annual festival explores the “Art of Ilusión,” the history and current popularity of drag in popular culture, and will showcase many of the region’s world-class performers during a busy schedule of events.
Celebrate Orgullo opens Friday, Oct. 1 with “Dragtivism: LGBTQ Town Hall.” LGBT and drag community leaders from Colombia, Cuba and Miami will hold virtual and in-person conversations on legal issues and civil rights.
On Wednesday, Oct. 6 at Hampton House in Miami, choreographer Randolph Ward will present an interpretive program based on the life of William Dorsey Swann, a former slave who was first to self-identify as a “queen of drag” in the 19th Century. The performance will be followed by a party featuring DJ Tony Duncan. Tickets are $40 per person.
ArtDiva Bus Tours on Saturdays, Oct. 2 and 9 at 2 p.m. will celebrate the colorful costumes made popular by local drag performers and take aspiring divas on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $30 per person.
The festival finale is “Night of a 1,000ish Stars,” Friday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at Dezerland. The event will include music and performances by Cynthia, Richie Rosario and Patrick and the Swayzees, and concludes with a drive-in screening of “The Birdcage,” starring Nathan Lane and Robin Williams. Tickets are $40 per vehicle.
For tickets and more information, go to CelebrateOrgullo.com.
Miami Ballerinas Premiere Queer Pas de Deux in West Palm
Miami City Ballet (MCB) dancer and choreographer Alaina Andersen will premiere “Fire” at the Norton Museum’s Art After Dark program on Friday, Sept. 24.
“Fire” is a casual, sneaker ballet pas de deux featuring fellow MCB dancers Adrienne Carter and Nicole Stalker. Set to the music of Waxahatchee, “Fire” is a queer-oriented duet that portrays “a range of emotions involving womanhood and all the joys and sorrows that come with it,” according to program notes.
The dance performance celebrates a new exhibition, “For the Record: Celebrating Art by Women,” exploring the breadth of contributions by women to the visual arts through the lens of the museum’s collection. Representing a wide range of themes, the exhibit emphasizes today’s working artists, as well as innovators of modernism. Some of the nearly 50 objects, including paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photography, and video, will be on view for the first time and span multiple generations of artists from early 20th century portraits to contemporary sculptures.
“Fire” by Alaina Andersen will be performed at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. at the Norton Museum of Art, 1450 S. Dixie Hwy. in West Palm Beach. Tickets are $18 at Norton.org.