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Local dancer wins Vixen of the Year workout contest


Tampa’s WTSP-TV anchor Charles Billi received some serious cable cred on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show Monday night, as per Billi’s Facebook page. During the Meet the Knockers segment on the odd trend of hoods knocking out strangers on the street “for fun,” host Jon Stewart flashed a clip of the former WSVN anchor reporting on students “butt slapping” each other. “I went national on Jon Stewart with one my off-the-chain, smart ass remarks,” Billi wrote. “They froze my picture at the anchor desk.”

Girl power

Congrats to Miami’s Mitze Pinon, who won ex-Miami-Heat-dancer-turned-workout-guru Janet Jones’ Vixen of the Year contest because “of her passion and charisma.”

Pinon won a photo shoot with Alain Martinez and swag from Cover Girl, but most of all, a new outlook on life. “I gained confidence I had lost long ago,” Pinon said. “The workout is all about women empowering women.”

It helped that actor Vincent Castellanos also declared Pinon on his Facebook page as his “girl crush of the day.”

NYC politics

If serving on President Barack Obama’s national finance committee for both of his presidential campaigns wasn’t enough, Miami/New York developer Don Peebles just snagged the appointment to serve on New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s celebrity-studded inaugural committee.

Spike it up

Spike TV and FremantleMedia North America, in association with Random House Television Productions and Castle Rock Entertainment, have joined forces to develop a script for an original series based on Carl Hiaasen’s bestselling novel Basket Case. Rob Reiner is set to direct and develop the script.

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Actress Ellen Hollman and actor/stunt performer Stephen Dunlevy from ”Spartacus: War of the Damned” being photobombed by actor Nick Tarabay of “Spartacus” during Florida Supercon July 3-6 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

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‘Calígula, el musical’ (‘Caligula, the Musical’) from Buenos Aires is the opening show of the XXIX International Hispanic Theatre Festival at Miami’s Arsht Center.

    Hispanic Theatre Festival

    ‘Calígula’: disturbing, richly provoking, void of hope

    Caligula, the nihilistic modernist classic by Albert Camus, seems an utterly unlikely candidate for a musical. There’s not even a glimmer of hope, much less a happy ending, in this 1945 play about an insanely brutal ruler and the terrifying consequences of dictatorial power. But the Argentine production Calígula, el musical (‘Caligula, the Musical’) throbs with dystopian melodrama and booming ballads. It’s Evita meets Mad Max on steroids and methamphetamines.

The audience enters a strange world in this storyboard image from ‘H2OMBRE’ at the Arsht Center.


    The Arsht Center aims to make a splash with its immersive summer show ‘H2OMBRE’

    Two of De La Guarda’s founders take an artist and the audience into a dream world.

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