For a generation of young Americans, Pedro Zamora was the face of AIDS. The young Cuban-American AIDS educator and Miami resident brought attention to the epidemic and LGBT issues as a cast member of MTV’s reality series “The Real World: San Francisco” in 1994.
His relationship with Sean Sasser was also documented on the show and the broadcast of their commitment ceremony was the first same-sex ceremony seen on television. Shortly after filming ended, Zamora’s health began to rapidly decline and he died a few months later.
“Call Me Peter: 50 Years of Pedro Zamora,” on display through June 30 at the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center (WAM), remembers Zamora and his legacy on what would have been his 50th birthday. The exhibit includes photographs, multimedia and mementos. The museum is located at 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, inside the ArtServe building.
WAM is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, go to WorldAIDSMuseum.org.
Poetry in Miami
Residents and visitors alike in Miami will encounter messages in verse during the “O, Miami” Poetry Festival, April 1 – 30.
Several “O, Miami” events will have an LGBT focus, including a queer art showcase at the Roxy South Beach on Monday, April 4; a screening of the film “Before Night Falls: The Poetry of Reinaldo Arenas” at the North Beach Bandshell on Thursday, April 7; “Maven Moves & Vibes,” a free community yoga and meditation series led by Nzingah Oniwosan and musician Daniel Higuera at the Glassbox Ironside on Wednesday, April 20; and “Smoke Lilies and Jade: A Multimedia Performance,” inspired by gay Harlem Renaissance legend Richard Bruce Nugent, at the Underline on Friday, April 29.
For more information and full schedule of “O, Miami” events, go to OMiami.org.
Portuguese Dance Company Dazzles
The innovative local contemporary dance company Dance NOW! Miami will serve a taste of Portugal’s vibrant cultural scene on their next program on Saturday, April 2 at Miami Theater Center in Miami Shores. Their special guests, Dança em Diálogos (DeD) from Lisbon, will make their Florida debut. The evening will include both a choreographic collaboration between the two companies, along with pieces from each separately.
During their week in South Florida, DeD will also offer classes in public schools for youth throughout the county, as well as master classes for professional dancers at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex.
Tickets for the performance are $45 ($25 for Miami Shores residents) at DanceNowMiami.org.