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Tackling Gentrification One Cupcake at a Time!
Start Date: 11/9/2018Start Time: 8:00 PM
End Date: 11/9/2018End Time: 9:30 PM
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Event Description:

Miami Dade College's (MDC) MDC Live Arts presents legendary avant-gardist and queen of New York's underground, Penny Arcade, in Longing Lasts Longer, a thought-provoking and subversively funny solo performance piece that offers a cutting but ultimately hopeful critique of gentrification—not just of cities and neighborhoods, but of the mind and culture. Running Thursday, Nov. 8 - Saturday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m., at the MDC Live Arts Lab.    

Born Susana Ventura, Arcade climbed out of her bedroom window as a teen to join the "fabulously disenfranchised world of queers, junkies, whores, stars, deviants and geniuses." She moved to downtown Manhattan, where she was sheltered by drag queens and fell under the tutelage of gay artists including John Vaccaro, founder of glitter-glam political theater, Play-House of the Ridiculous (with whom Penny made her debut at age 18); Andy Warhol (who recruited Penny to be one of his "Factory Superstars"and featured her in his satire film, Women in Revolt); and the filmmaker and performance artist Jack Smith.  She became a contemporary of Patti Smith and Debbie Harry, among others.

Taking a cue from her drag mentors, Ventura adopted the name 'Penny Arcade' and has remained champion of "the other" and "the outsider," solidifying her place in the downtown performance scene with her singular brand of feminist sexuality, fearless display of personal conflict, and emotionally- and intellectually- charged style. She's presented shows incorporating burlesque dancers, and mixed personal biography with passionate and sarcastic monologues about the AIDS epidemic, the women's and gay rights movements, and her own right to flaunt her body and her mind. Her willingness to speak truth to power at the expense of career concerns, and her efforts to use performance as a transformative act, have made her an international icon of artistic resistance.

Location Information:
Wolfson Campus - Building 1  (View Map)
300 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33132
Phone: 305-237-3000
Room: 1101-1 MDC Live Arts Lab
Contact Information:
Name: Alexa Burneikis
Phone: 305-237-7733
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