Miami New Times and Miami International Film Festival present a can't-miss cultural event: Artopia. Art, live music, fashion, film, and performance will combine to satisfy the culture fixes of artistically inclined movers and shakers.

Miami International Film Festival

Miami International Film Festival (MIFF)’s mission is to bridge cultural understanding, encourage artistic development and excellence and broaden horizons by provoking thought through film. MIFF brings the finest new works from established and emerging filmmakers to Miami to foster the vision that film is transformative and engaging for all members of the community.

Luis Valenzuela

An internationally acclaimed ethical fashion designer and visual artist. Born in Caracas, Venezuela from a family of four generations of artist.


He is pioneer in green art and eco-friendly fashion design. It was his love for all natural creations that become what he calls a "green artist philosopher" and founded the first "green art community" in Florida, where his primary objective is to support and actively engage in a environmental promotion. He is the founder of EcoArtFashion© and created the first EcoArtFashion Week™ in the world, a platform to express the present state of the ethical and new sustainable fashion world. Valenzuela has been invited to showcase his impeccable upcycled couture "ART TO WEAR" designs during important fashion events including New York Fashion Week / The Green Shows. His "art to wear" collections have been shown in Museums and art galleries around the world. His work has been featured in Vogue Magazine and Elle Magazine among other important fashion publications.

Otto von Schirach

Otto Von Schirach (half Cuban / half German) was born in 1978 in the swamp infested refugee world of Little Havana Miami. As a child his grandmother practiced Santeria and White Magic, which opened his eyes to the strange and bizarre. Otto grew up listening to Miami Bass, Gore Grind, Gangsta Rap and Afro Cuban Noise. In 1995 Otto bought his first drum machine from a crack-head just 2 blocks from his mom’s house. Right away he recognized his passion for grimy diamond soaked kick drums through distorted fuzz muck. The rest is history.

Pocket Of Lollipops

Visual art and indie musical performance group Pocket of Lollipops brings together the talents of husband and wife team Tony Kapel and Maitejosune Urrechaga. The Miami based duo have performed at various art spaces and live music venues around South Florida and the U.S., including Dorsch Gallery, Hollywood Art and Culture Center, and more traditional rock settings.



They define their musical genre as sophisticated punk rock; their sound is noisy but organized, thoughtful and melodic. With Maite on bass and Tony on drums, their music is directly influenced by David Byrne and Lou Reed’s live performances; they identify with Sonic Youth, another band that features a musical collaboration by a married couple.

Pocket of Lollipops is presenting their music as a work of art. They marry visual works with their sound, and ideally are presenting their music and art in a way that is original and appealing and very much alive. Pocket of Lollipops brings the present into the future.

Boise Bob and his Backyard Band

There's a hot wind blowin' off the everglades this year; but Boise Bob and His Backyard Band know how to keep it cool. Performing songs like "Possum Meat", "Well Runs Dry", and "Swamp Song", you can't help but have a good time singing along. He is joined by Tex Merlot on electric washboard and vocals, Owen Cash on washtub bass, harp and pig noises, Darnell Hot Dog on banjo, kick drum and slide guitar; and Rufus Bacongrease on fiddle. So get the grill out, the chicken, and put the beer on ice. Come see for yourself!

The TM Sisters collaborate in video, performance, large-scale installation, and two-dimensional works to break the walls of time, tense, and consciousness. Their brand of exuberant, aquarium dance rites and colorful performance court viewers with the inherent movement of telepathy, hypnosis, light tricks, and the seriousness of play. The TM Sisters use media to probe human behavior. Tasha and Monica Lopez de Victoria hijack technological nostalgia, youth couture, and the spiritual force that dares space and inhabitants real and imagined, organic and artificial, to celebrate as one. They channel their aesthetic to close the connotative distance between tropical and topical in all environments and experiences.

Krave Art

Born in Miami Florida, Daniel Fila is a pioneer of the post graffiti movement. With a focus on the evolution of his cities indigenous street writer population, Fila quickly gaining international notoriety from his Artworks located throughout the South Florida area under the alias “Krave”. The chaos and disorder of the environment in which Fila is accustomed to working in has played an integral role in his development as an Artist. Fila holds a B.F.A from Columbus College of Art and Design. His paintings consist of an illustrative surrealist quality as well as a multilayered, cohesive range of abstraction.

$10.00 - $60.00

Tickets Available at the Door

Miami New Times and Miami International Film Festival present a can't-miss cultural event: Artopia. Art, live music, fashion, film, and performance will combine to satisfy the culture fixes of artistically inclined movers and shakers.

http://microapp.miaminewtimes.com/artopia/2012/

Music by:
Otto Von Schirach
http://www.ottovonschirach.com/
Pocket of Lollipops
https://www.facebook.com/pocketoflollipops
Boise Bob and the Backyard Band

DJ:
Lolo from Sweat Records
http://sweatrecordsmiami.com/

Emcee:
Notorious Nastie
http://www.notoriousnastie.com/

Interactive Installation by:
TM Sisters
http://tmsisters.com/

Visual Artists
KRAVE Art
Jeff Dekal
NFRomero
FiftyThree
Jose Mertz
Alex Yanes
Ruben Ubiera

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Artopia with Miami International Film Festival, Luis Valenzuela, Otto von Schirach, Pocket Of Lollipops, Boise Bo...

Thursday, March 8 · 8:00 PM at Villa 221

Tickets Available at the Door