Performing Arts

‘Out in the Tropics’ offers edgy performances, humor, poetry

Marga Gomez will do her solo show ‘Lovebirds’ at the Out in the Tropics Festival
Marga Gomez will do her solo show ‘Lovebirds’ at the Out in the Tropics Festival

FUNDarte’s provocative Out in the Tropics festival returns with a lineup of cutting-edge performances, films and other events focused on gender, identity and sexuality.

Running Tuesday-May 9, the festival kicks off at 7 p.m. Tuesday with a community panel and reception at the LGBT Visitors Center, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. It continues with a 7 p.m. poetry reading by Chely Lima on Wednesday at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr. This year marks the 30th anniversary of director Derek Jarman’s sensual film Caravaggio, about the Italian Baroque painter, and the festival will screen a remastered digital version of the film at 9 p.m. on Thursday at O Cinema Miami Beach, 500 71st St.

The juicy, challenging heart of the festival are its performances, which often reach deep, not only into themes of sexual identity but into cultural and social issues.

At 8:30 p.m. May 8 is musician and multimedia performance artist M Lamar, in Surveillance Punishment and the Black Psyche. Lamar, a classically trained singer and award-winning performer, is the twin brother of Laverne Cox, the transgender actress who plays Sophia on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. In his piece, he delves into the violent, sexualized and conflicted ways that society sees black men. Surveillance takes place at the Gleason Room Backstage at The Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets are $25 ($20 for students and seniors) at

A double bill at 8 p.m. May 9 starts with comic performer Marga Gomez in Lovebirds, a solo show in which she plays a crew of romantics chasing their passions through the night in Greenwich Village, from a macho maitre’d to a fledgling witch to an LSD-fueled nightclub photographer. She’s followed by John Moletress in JARMAN (All this Maddening Beauty), inspired by the filmmaker and written by Obie-award-winning playwright Caridad Svich.

Saturday’s show takes place at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. Tickets are $20 for a single performance, $30 for both shows, at or 305-434-7091.

For complete information on Out in the Tropics, call 305-316-6165 or visit