Locust Projects: Patronize Yourself Tonight

It's time to get ultra-protective about Miami's venues, galleries, and event spaces. There's a bad trend going on: Upper Eastside Garden is closing; Wallflower might be on its way out too. So now's the time to grab hold of spaces like Locust Projects and shove them under your wing.

Now twelve years old, Locust Projects, one of the first art spaces in Wynwood (long before it was the Wynwood Arts District), has brought us imaginative spectacles over the years, like roller derby girls who also dabble in synchronized swimming (Whirl, Crash, Go with the TM Sisters) in addition to a hundred other site-specific art events.

And tonight, you can show your support of their inspired programming. Locust is hosting Locust Out Loud (LOL), a party that will introduce their new young patrons membership (name pending) for Miami art freaks ages 21 to 35. Starting at 7 p.m. Sweat's DJ Lolo will provide the music as you sip cocktails and enjoy their current exhibit An Uneven Floor by Miami artist Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova. It's your last weekend to experience Rodriguez-Casanova's rolling pink hills of fuzz, a site-specific installation that evokes the stability of domesticity while throwing visitors off with unexpected peaks and valleys on the floor.

Why the pink carpet? As the artist explains: "I grew up in a pink house

(horrific for a house). It is also a color the represents a certain

class status when used for certain things like a house or a car... a

bit gaudy in nature. My work is not all that preoccupied with kitsch,

but considering Cuban working class history, it tends to come up every

now and again."

Locust Out Loud (LOL) starts at 7 p.m. at Locust Projects (155 NE 38th St., Suite 100, Miami). Cover

is $10 or you can spend $75 and become a young patron yourself. Once

the clock strikes 9 p.m., continue to the after party at the

Vagabond. Call 305-576-8570 or visit locustprojects.org.

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