Culture

South Beach on Heels: Behind the Scenes With Palace Bar's Drag Queens

South Beach is synonymous with neon signs and having a rich, vibrant nightlife. Part of that nightlife includes dancing in the middle of the street, strutting on the sidewalk, and even climbing atop double-decker tour busses - it does, at least, for the remarkable drag queens who perform at the Palace bar. But the dazzling performances are only one part of who these drag queens really are.

Enter curious outsider and filmmaker Dmitry Zhitov, who wants to take you deep inside the real world of drag. Underneath the makeup, the wigs, the dresses, and the heels, there is a real person - and that is what Zhitov aims to expose in his documentary film South Beach on Heels.

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Carolina del Busto is a freelance writer for Miami New Times. She nurtured her love of words at Boston College before moving back home to Miami and has been covering arts and culture in the Magic City since 2013.