Gay Miami Art And Film Guide

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By: Gino R. Campodónico

Experience Miami’s LGBTQ+ Friendly Arts Scene

Miami is home to an arts and culture scene with a unique diversity that mirrors its residents. World-class museums, theaters, street art, movie houses and festivals keep locals and visitors mesmerized and engaged year-round. Here’s a curated, LGBTQ-friendly list of the many cultural things to do that you’re certain to fall in love with.

Tower Theater in Little Havana
Tower Theater in Little Havana

Miami for Cinephiles

“All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.” Miami has served as a picturesque backdrop for many films throughout the decades, including Moon Over Miami, Scarface, The Birdcage, Bad Boys, There’s Something About Mary and more. Visitors to the city can also get their film fix at multiple theaters, including some renowned annual film festivals.

The OUTshine Film Festival is South Florida’s preeminent showcase for LGBTQ+ films, taking place every April at Miami Beach’s Regal Cinemas South Beach. The festival is a critically acclaimed event of provocative and relevant new work in culturally diverse film.

The Miami Film Festival, an annual film festival in March organized by the Miami Film Society and Miami Dade College (MDC), showcases independent American and international films with a special focus on Ibero-American films. The festival also produces GEMS, a four-day fall film festival every October at MDC's Tower Theater Miami in Little Havana.

For year-round films, don’t miss the city’s eclectic art house cinemas, including the Coral Gables Art Cinema, Bill Cosford Cinema and O Cinema South Beach (formerly Miami Beach Cinematheque). Throughout the year, these venues strive to offer programming that will keep you on the edge of your seat with first-run independent, foreign, art and family films.

Those looking for a truly queer movie-going experience are sure to love Flaming Classics, a curated film series taking place at multiple locations in the city throughout the year. The events pair films from the queer canon with live performances from local drag performers to create a one-of-a-kind event.

Faena Theater
Faena Theater

Catch a Show

Whether it’s the hottest touring Broadway show in town or inspirational theater performances, thrilling concerts or cultural festivals, Miami has you covered with a variety of shows to satisfy all tastes.

For the biggest touring acts, check out The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater or the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts , which is also home to local award-winning companies such as Miami City Ballet, Florida Grand Opera, City Theatre and Zoetic Stage. For edgy theatrical productions, visit The Colony Theater on Lincoln Road, Faena Theater housed inside the glam Faena Hotel in Miami Beach, GableStage at the historic Biltmore Hotel or Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables. One of Miami's leading cultural institutions, the New World Center, home of the New World Symphony (NWS), features riveting performances showcasing prominent classical soloists, composers and conductors. Tip: NWS’s WALLCAST concerts hosted at SoundScape Park offer music lovers the exciting opportunity to experience performances on the soaring, 7,000-square-foot projection wall of the New World Center. Best of all, the experience is free so bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic with friends as you take in the beautiful sounds.

In the mood for unique experiences? Then do not miss Out in the Tropics, a multi-disciplinary monthlong festival presented at MicroTheater Miami and other local venues. Taking place every June for more than a decade, Out in the Tropics continues to wow audiences with daring performances spotlighting LGBTQ+ Latin artists and their works including live poetry readings, folkloric music and micro-plays/musicals. Another festival to add to the must-do list is Wigwood Miami, an annual three-day queer and drag culture extravaganza celebrated in early February throughout the Wynwood Arts District.

Miami Mountain by Ugo Rondinone at The Bass
Miami Mountain by Ugo Rondinone at The Bass

Experiencing Miami’s Art Scene

Miami has experienced an artistic and cultural renaissance over the past decade, with multiple museums and galleries opening their doors. In the Arts & Entertainment District of Downtown Miami, visit the HistoryMiami Museum and the Museum of Art and Design at Miami Dade College (MOAD MDC). Situated on picturesque Biscayne Bay in Maurice A. Ferré Park, view world-class exhibitions at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) or channel your inner science nerd at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science.

Miami Beach continues to be a hotspot for Miami’s art scene. Check out the The Bass, The Wolfsonian–FIU and the World Erotic Art Museum — all located in the Art Deco District of South Beach. To truly experience the city’s famous Art Deco architecture and design, we recommend an Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League. The walking tour provides an introduction to the Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival and Miami Modern (MiMo) styles found within the Miami Beach Architectural Historic District. The League also offers a Gay and Lesbian Walking Tour upon request which explores contributions of the LGBTQ+ community to the history of Miami Beach and the preservation of its architectural gems, many of which you’ll visit during the tour.

Tony Tasset's Bear at Art Basel
Tony Tasset's Bear at Art Basel

Every December, the city comes alive with Art Basel Miami Beach at the Miami Beach Convention Center, North America's most comprehensive international contemporary art fair featuring over 200 of the world's leading international modern and contemporary art galleries display. Visitors can find works ranging from editioned pieces by young artists to museum-caliber masterpieces. The fair has also spawned over 20 satellite fairs, as well as parties and events in abundance, perfect for celebrity sightings.

At the hip Miami Design District, check out the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA). No visit to Miami should be complete without a stop at the Wynwood Walls, a unique outdoor destination featuring huge, colorful street murals by artists from around the globe.

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