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Paying Lip Service to Miami

Submitted by on May 9, 2011 – 8:02 amOne Comment

Reading blogs can be a lot like reading a person’s diary. It is probably why the medium got so popular.

In Miami, a regular event called Lip Service, says it is part theater, part diary reading. Writers read their works at Books & Books in Coral Gables. Recently, the organizers held True South Florida Stories at the Actor’s Playhouse at the Miracle Theater. The readings were put on YouTube for the rest of us.

Wow. Just wow.

If you’re from Miami and Latin, you will laugh out loud. And even, if you’re not, you will appreciate the color and insight of these true stories. They capture Miami, and our culture so beautifully.

I’m including three favorites here, but if you click over to Lip Service YouTube Channel, you can see the rest and some from previous events.

maria de los angelesThe first, by one of the Tiki Tiki’s favorite contributors, Maria de los Angeles.

I Told You I had Three Husbands?

“Helen & Her Three Husbands” by Maria de Los Angeles, about a Cuban-American and her elderly Hungarian neighbor in Miami Beach.

La Novela en Hialeah

“Drama” by Esther Martinez on the filming of a telenovela on the streets of Hialeah.

Chaca Chaca

“Rosa’s Corner” by Terence Cantarella about a FedEx driver who makes friends with an “interesting” street “vendor.”


Even if you don’t believe….Respect

“Respect” — a non-Latina in Miami learns to “respect” Santeria.

Culpable Soy Yo

And a bonus, another on growing up with telenovelas by the very funny Esther Martinez.

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  • Tracy says:

    I adore these! Hilarious, clever, touching… so much talent here.

    Helen in Maria’s story reminds me of some of my NY Jewish family.

    “Chaca Chaca” by Terence Cantarella was my favorite. I can so imagine Rosa.

    And “Drama” by Esther Martinez — best line, “Helloooo, I live here!” jajajaja. Thanks for sharing these.
    Tracy´s last [fabulousness] ..El Trompo

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