Pinned Miami pinup convention delivers retro vibe to Miami

When Mike Broder's Pinned Miami festival begins Friday at the Miami Airport Convention Center, it will celebrate sex symbols, retro pinup models, classic cars, rockabilly culture and another glitzy occasion: his own wedding.

"I'm getting hitched rockabilly-style," Broder says of his marriage on Sunday to his longtime fiancée, Sandy Martin. "Instead of 100 people in the audience, I should have about, oh, 15,000. The groomsmen tell me they're going to dress like Elvis."

The creator of the annual Supercon cosplay and anime convention, Broder says the three-day Pinned Miami convention will tempt the older, more-nostalgic enthusiasts of burlesque culture, retro-style pinup photography and the early years of rock 'n' roll. More than 100 pre-1950s cars and hot rods will be on view throughout the weekend, as will the glammed-up shots of 25 pinup photographers, including Janette Valentine of Miami's Terribly Girly Photography.

"I love golden-age and silver-age comic-book art as much as I love pinup art, so a pinup convention is hardly a stretch for me," Broder says. "You've got joints in Fort Lauderdale like [4:30] Boardroom Bar and Monterey Club but there's never been a big festival celebration of these diverse groups."

Three stages will host 16 surf-rock, soul and rockabilly acts, including the Surfaris (of "Wipe Out" fame), Los Straitjackets and locals Gold Dust Lounge, Slip and the Spinouts and 87-year-old tenor saxophonist Jimmy Cavallo and his House Rockers, also performing at Broder's wedding.

Broder says much of Pinned Miami will emphasize South Florida's pinup culture, with a Miss Pinned Miami competition and a vaudeville-themed show titled "Art of the Pinup: The Musical," both on Saturday. Dispensing advice to aspiring pinups will be local burlesque models Morgan La Rue (presentation: "Work That Chair"), Aurora Natrix ("Showgirl Survival Tips") and others. At least two panels will devote time to the rise of pinups during World War II.

"We're talking about a pre-Internet, pre-television age, when these GIs were off fighting for freedom in World War II, and the only thing they had to boost morale were photos and posters of pinup girls," Broder says. "Pinups entertained the troupes, and in no small way helped America win the war."

Pinned Miami will take place 2-11 p.m. Friday, May 23; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, May 24; and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, May 25 at Miami Airport Convention Center, 711 NW 72nd Ave. Admission is $25-$30 for one day, $55-$60 for festival pass or $199 for VIP. Parking costs $5. Call 954-399-1330 or go to PinupFestival.com.

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