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Miss Florida F.I. 2014

A Royal Return BY

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Miami FL – After a seven year hiatus, the Miss Florida Female Impersonator pageant returns to Miami on Monday, August 11 at the Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Avenue, in Miami Beach. Previously, the pageant Velvet Lenore was nicknamed “The Social Event of the Season” attracting some of the top-named female impersonators and entertainment personalities from across the US. Judges for this year’s event include Latrice Royale of Ru Paul’s Drag Race Season 4 and All Stars, Venezuelan-born fashion designer Rafael Cennamo, and make-up artist Ronny Anuzzkka. The current Miss Florida F.I., Victoria Michaels, told Guy Magazine, “My reign as your distinguished Miss Florida F.I. has been the longest in the Florida pageantry history, and it’s been my distinct honor and unequivocal privilege to have held this coveted title over the years. Using the Miss Florida F.I. win as a

launching platform, in 2008 Victoria joined a coalition force in cooperation with TERI (Transgender Equal Rights Initiative), Equality Florida, and activist Michael Rajner to stand before the Broward County Board Déja Devonier of Commissioners. Her advocacy insured that all transgender individuals would have protection against hate crimes and anti-discrimination laws in the work place. The board voted unanimously in favor of transgender rights. The pageant was started in 1972 by Keith Landon and Rene Rodriguez. This year’s pageant will offer a diverse mix of the old rich history and fond memories as the show pays tribute to former Miss Florida F.I. who will participate in the show. Miss Florida F.I. Pageant 2014 opens Monday evening at 7pm with a celebratory gathering at the Deauville Hotel lobby bar with a Silver Anniversary soiree honoring former Miss Florida F.I. 1988 Lakishah Lucky.

current owners of the event are o The all locally known professionals with

• Victor Zepka and Gary Santis who have owned the pageant for the last 15 years stay on as owners to keep the history of the system alive. They bring 15 years of hands on working knowledge of the system, and the experience that’s makes Miss Florida F.I. rich in history, and memories. Victor brings long standing established relationships with sponsors, vendors and local business and community leaders to the pageant. Gary continues to create amazing sets, outrageous productions, state of the art sound and lighting. The event is next Monday, August 11, 2014 at the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami Beach starting at 8pm with a VIP cocktail reception at 7pm. To purchase tickets go to MissFloridaFIPageant.com or call Scott Holland at 954-478-4587.

accomplished creditials: • Alyson Thomas, a seasoned professional in the art form of female impersonation herself for 40 years, brings professionalism, style, stability, and experience to the pageant. Having helped many who have gone on to become national titleholders, Alyson has traveled throughout the country as a leading promoter and supporter of the event, and is a hands-on owner with an eye for detail. • Scott Holland, whose knowledge and experience in the Florida market includes media and editorial experience, an experienced judge to many pageantry systems, pageant coordinator, public relations, professionalism, experience and a love for entertainment.

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The 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation is one of the most inclusive sports & cultural festivals in the world and comes to Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, August 9 through August 16. More than 35 sports and culture events will be held, with more than 30,000 people from more than 50 countries expected to visit the region, including 11,000 competitors

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thousands with the transforming benefits of sports competition. In 1981, gay athletes were a hidden and marginalized community within the greater marginalized and beleaguered LGBT community. Being gay and being an athlete was an either-or proposition: Be a jock or be a queer. All of that changed when the athletes marched into Kezar Stadium in San Francisco in 1982. Since that time, the Games have been held in Vancouver, New York City, Amsterdam, Sydney, Chicago, Cologne, and now Cleveland/ Akron.

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CAN YOU SPOT THE PROMOTIONAL YELLOW CUP?

Softball fans gather for an afternoon of fundraising in Wilton Manors on behalf of FLASH, Scandals Saloon’s softball team

INDULGENCE FOR PERPETUAL KARAOKE

DJ Andy of Two Men on a Mic Karaoke meets a Sister of the Perpetual Indulgence (Andy is on the left)

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TWO MEN OF THE VILLAGE

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FANCY SCHMANCY

Gospel Jubilee at Scandals with Lady Fancy

IDOLS OF SCANDALS

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THE WEEK

Bernhard, Bashi, and Deadheads BY

PATRICK ROBERTS

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Crazy Fingers o The Grateful Dead ended as one of the most popular jam bands in history. Since Jerry Garcia’s death, “deadheads” have been trying their best to remain true to their hero’s roots while still enjoy the trippy music in a simulacrum of those amazing concert performances. Crazy Fingers is a local Grateful Dead tribute band that pays homage to Garcia and his legacy, satisfying “deadheads” as much as is possible. Come listen to such hits as “Truckin’,” “Brokedown Palace,” and “China Cat Sunflower.” 8 p.m. Funky Biscuit. 303 SE Mizner Blvd. Boca Raton. 33432.

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Carnivores Tour o Despite the name Carnivores Tour, vegetarians and vegans are still welcomed to attend. Though it’s unlikely there are many vegetarian or vegan fans of headliner Linkin Park, considering that they’re mostly known for their melding of nu metal guymag.net share with us on guymag.net

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and rap metal. Linkin Park gained fame in 2000 when their debut album “Hybrid Theory” became the best-selling album of the year. Since then they have experimented with other genres but remained firmly in touch with their hard rock roots. The other band on the tour is Jared Leto’s band, also known as Thirty Seconds to Mars. After his Oscar win, he is back to his passion—the stage. Thirty Seconds to Mars is acclaimed for their energetic and innovative performances. 6:30 p.m. Cruzan Amphitheatre. 601-7 Sansburys Way. West Palm Beach. 33411.

Jay Pharoah o In America, the best avenue for becoming a world-renowned comedian is through the television show “Saturday Night Live.” Almost all of the A-list comic actors today once appeared on “SNL” Jay Pharoah has been on the show for almost four years. As a regular, he has had success with recurring characters such as MC George Castanza and Principal Daniel Frye. Tonight he returns back to a comedian’s roots, the stage. His celebrity impressions (bound to be on display tonight) include Eddie Murphy, Kanye West, Denzel Washington, Jay-Z, and Will Smith. 8 p.m. Palm Beach Improv. 550 S Rosemary Ave. West Palm Beach. 33401. THE WEEK continues on page 45 theguymag

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Jennifer McClain

Kishi Bashi

o Jennifer McClain has become a fixture in the Wilton Manors gayborhood. The songstress has performed at multiple venues along The Drive. Her dynamic, entertaining personality combined with her luscious vocals has earned her fans throughout South Florida. Every Saturday in the Manchester Room at George’s Alibi, McClain sings an eclectic mix of personal favorites, audience requests, and musical theater standards. There are also original tunes, in which she makes up catchy and hysterical lyrics to popular songs, Weird Al style. 8 p.m. George’s Alibi. 2266 Wilton Drive. Wilton Manors. 33305.

o Kishi Bashi has performed violin for the most indie of rock bands. He’s toured with Of Montreal and Regina Spektor, while also forming his own band named Jupiter One. Kishi Bashi’s second fulllength solo album, entitled “Lighght,” showcases his talent, highlighting violin, vocal loping, and beat boxing. Many have compared his musical style to Andrew Bird and Owen Pallett, both indie music heroes. Bashi has played at some of the biggest music festivals in the country, including SXSW and Austin City Limits. 7:30 p.m. Culture Room. 3045 N. Federal Highway. Fort Lauderdale. 33306.

Let My People Come o On the 40th anniversary of the original production of “Let My People Come,” Andrews Living Arts presents their own updated version of the groundbreaking play. Earl Wilson, Jr. created the piece in 1974 when it opened at the Village Gate Theatre in Greenwich Village. It played for 1,327 heart-throbbing performances and became a sensation. It explores the world of sex with catchy and socially critical songs that range from “Screw,” to “I’m Gay,” and “Doesn’t Anybody Love Anymore?” Added new tunes and ad-lib interviews with the audience give this production a contemporary bent. 8 p.m. Andrews Living Arts Studio. 23 NW Fifth St. Fort Lauderdale. 33301.

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T-Pain o At one point, T-Pain was featured in over 50 chart-topping singles. This Florida native certainly has had his hand in a lot of different artists’ work. His most successful feature was in Flo Rida’s song “Low.” T-Pain isn’t just a singer, though. He also is the founder of his own record label named Nappy Boy Entertainment. Although his lyrics are rather raw and controversial, perhaps the most shocking thing T-Pain did was in 2013: he cut off his signature dreads! Tonight he performs music from his newest album “Stoicville: The Phoenix.” 7 p.m. Revolution Live. 100 SW Third Ave. Fort Lauderdale. 33312.

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Nine Inch Nails/Soundgarden

Sandra Bernhard

o Founded by Academy Award winner Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails came to prominence in the 1990s with their dark, controversial video “Closer.” The album “The Downward Spiral” became a commercial success and catapulted Nine Inch Nails into worldwide fame. Soundgarden, around the same time, was riding the alternative music scene’s gravy train, with their popular album “Superunknown.” These two bands have had rabid followings ever since and team up for a concert that is sure to be as intense as their music. Cruzan Amphitheatre. 601-7 Sansburys Way. West Palm Beach. 33411.

o Comedian and lesbian icon Sandra Bernhard has had a fine, provocative career. She began as a comedian before getting her big break in Martin Scorsese’s “The Kings of Comedy.” From there, she received widespread critical acclaim for a one-woman show she performed Off-Broadway titled “Without You I’m Nothing.” Her best-known role, though, may be as the first recurring lesbian character on TV, a flighty airhead named Nancy, on the legendary sitcom “Roseanne.” Since that time, Ms. Bernhard has had a daughter, performed more stand-up, and started her own web-series. Tonight she brings her ironic wit and sharp commentary to Boca Raton. 7 p.m. Jazziz Nightlife. 201 Plaza Real. Boca Raton. 33432.

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AMC Dine-In Theatres by

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It’s taken over two decades to come to coli. The same sides come with an excellent town, but it was certainly well worth the Blackened Salmon ($14.99) for those who wait. AMC Coral Ridge Theatres like to go meat free. have undergone a top-to-bottom remodel And for those throwing calorie caution to that has turned it into Fort Lauderdale’s first the wind, choose Chicken Alfredo Dine-In Theatre. It is a stunning transforma($12.49). In this case, the chicken breast is tion that makes the movie-going experience grilled and placed atop a broad pappardelle more than just entertainment. It is not ofnoodle tossed with a creamily thick Alfredo ficially a hot dining spot in town. sauce and bruschetta mix, accompanied by a Before we get to the menu, first things hot soft pretzel breadstick. A lot of food, but first. Yes, there’s a full bar and specialty drinks oh so good. aplenty. Second, the seats are leather bound The Smoked Brisket Quesadilla luxury. The lower number theatres are called ($10.99) features two large flour tortillas Fork and Screen. The super-deluxe upper jammed full of sliced brisket, Kansas-style barnumber screens are labeled Cinema Suites beque sauce, crispy fried onions amid melted with full recline and in theater service. Cheddar Jack cheese. This unusual concoction On the menu, there are Signature selecis a filling winner, and served with sour cream tions, salads, appetizers, entrees, quesadillas and barbeque sauce. & tacos, sandwiches, pizzettos, flatbread For lighter fare, we recommend the Apmelts, burgers, and desserts. Since we arrived plewood Smoked-Bacon BLT ($10.49), in a large group, we were able to sample a hearty sandwich featuring thickly sliced bacon variety from each. with lettuce and tomato, held together with Of the salads, our favorite was Asian Parmesan peppercorn aioli smeared on Texas Chicken ($11.49) that comes with grilled toast. Like all the theatre sandwiches, there is chicken breast atop mixed greens, with crispy a side of housemade ripple chips. Onion rings wonton strips, toasted almonds and a flavorcost 99¢ and are worth the cash. ful Asian vinaigrette dressing. It’s pricey but is The best deal in the houses may easily be served in a large bowl accompanied by a hot the Steakhouse Prime Rib Big Burger soft pretzel breadstick. ($12.99). Before you scream “ouch,” this is a You can’t go wrong with any of the aphalf-pound Angus beef burger piled high with petizers, and a good way to try a few at once sliced prime rib, topped with crispy onion is the Wings & Things Sampler Platter straws, melted Swiss cheese, tomato, lettuce, ($13.49) which brings you four spicy and some of that Parmesan peppercorn buffalo wings (with celery sticks aioli. It’s a mouthful and then some. A AMC DINE-IN and blue cheese dressing to meal in a bun. THEATRES cool things down), flash fried For dessert, head straight to 3401 NE 26TH AVE mozzarella sticks (with a mild the Warm Brownie Sundae FORT LAUDERDALE, marinara sauce), a nice serv($7.99). The brownie is warm and FL 33306 ing of crisp onion rings, and gooey (just the way you like it) with 954-566-9666 some terrific housemade ripple a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream. chips. Once again, it’s a huge platter And it’s big enough to share. that is made for sharing. Of course, there’s Hot Buttered PopOf the entrees, it’s again a toss-up of corn ($8.50). This is a movie theatre, let’s not tastes. The Signature Tenderloin Tips forget. And it comes with a free refill! Yeah. ($15.99) mixes the tips of the title with The only negative is the freezing temperacaramelized onions and tossed in a red wine ture of the theatre. Wish they had blankets, demi-glace that tastes as good as it sounds. like they do in the dine-in Boca theatre. Here, Very tender, very fillings—especially with the just dress for winter and enjoy the show. It’s mashed red bliss potatoes and steamed brocclassy, tasty and entertaining. Go. share with us on guymag.net

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Sci-Fi Fiesta by

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Do you hate comic books? Does the mere thought of Comic-Con make you crazy? What about sci-fi? Does it make your skin crawl as if there were, perhaps, aliens living beneath it? Are you done with 3D? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then “Guardians of the Galaxy” (Marvel) is the movie for you. To begin with, it’s easily the best comedy of the summer. Yes, you read that right. “Guardians of the Galaxy” begins in 1988, when, following the death of his mother, young Peter (Wyatt Oleff) is abducted by an alien space craft (won’t spoil the reason why) and whisked off to a far-off galaxy. Twenty-six years later, still using his Walkman to listen to the mix-tape his mother made for him, Peter (a buff and nearly sexy Chris Pratt), aka Star-Lord, works for a band of thieves, led by Yonndu (Michael Rooker). On one mission, he steals a lethal orb containing a powerful and deadly Infinity Stone which also happens to be of interest to the ruthless Ronan (Lee Pace). The fate of the galaxy rests in whose hand the stone lands. Most of this sounds like pretty typical comic book/sci-fi setup. The good news is that “Guardians of the Galaxy” is worlds away from typical or predictable. Sure, it’s full of (mostly) cool special effects, a respectable amount of 3D trickery and fast-paced action. Perhaps the movie’s most special effect is the incredibly funny screenplay, co-written by director James Gunn and Nicole Perlman. Like the strange and humorous characters who populate the movie, including mean green killing machine Gamora (Zoe Saldana), revved up raccoon Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), shape-shifting tree being Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and musclebound and tattooed Drax (Dave Bautista), the screenplay doesn’t take itself too seriously. The comedy is out of this world. Even fight scenes are punched up with laughs. With the exception of Pratt, and maybe Saldana, Glenn Close (as peaceful ruler Minister Prime) and John C. Reilly (as cop Corpsman Dey), everyone else is practically (and digitally) unrecognizable. That means that comic book geeks and sci-fi fan-boys now have new (formerly neglected) heroes to drool over, as Peter

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and his misfit crew go about earning their names and titles. “Guardians of the Galaxy” gets off to a great start. If they can maintain that momentum, they may have a series strong enough to challenge and conquer some of the others. As dystopian Y/A sagas go, the movie version of “Divergent” (Summit), now available as a double disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo pack, is no “Hunger Games.” Shailene Woodley is a decent actress, but she’s no Jennifer Lawrence and Woodley’s character, Tris, is no Katniss. Now that we got that out of the way, should you see the movie? Set some time in the future, 100 years after the war that left Chicago a mere shell of its former self (in other words, worse than what diminutive Mayor Emanuel has already devastated). Society has been broken down into factions. The family of Beatrice (Woodley) – mother Natalie (Ashley Judd), father Andrew (Tony Goldwyn) and brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort), are members of the selfless Abnegation faction. In their mid-teens, Beatrice and Caleb theguymag

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are being sent for tests to determine whether they will remain in Abnegation, or choose another faction, such as the agricultural Amity, the truth-telling Candor, the daring protectors known as Dauntless, or the intellectually superior Erudite. As the saying goes, “faction before blood.” Wouldn’t you know it? During Beatrice’s testing the results are inconclusive leading to one determination. Beatrice is Divergent, a rare subfaction that is hunted for its ability to combine all factions and is therefore considered dangerous. Leading the witch-hunt is Erudite ice-queen Jeannine (a bleached blonde Kate Winslet), who also has her sights set on bringing down Abnegation, the faction currently in charge. Making matters worse, Beatrice and Caleb don’t select Abnegation during the choosing ceremony, seemingly wounding their parents. Caleb goes off and joins Erudite, while Beatrice surprises everyone by becoming Dauntless. But her transition, which includes taking the new name Tris, won’t be easy. She must go through rigorous training (echoes of “The Hunger Games”). As she rises through the ranks and share with us on guymag.net

proves herself to naysayers such as leader Eric (Jai Courtney) and smug newbie Peter (Miles Teller), Tris also finds herself drawn to Four (the stunningly beautiful Theo James). And who wouldn’t be? But, of course, their attraction goes much deeper than just tattooed skin. Before long, the insidious subplot is revealed as Tris discovers Jeannine’s evil plans for domination. In between, there are messages about facing fears and loyalty that will have a familiar ring to audience members of all ages. At least 40 minutes too long, “Divergent” stuffs a lot of setup into its first installment. Ultimately, it suffers from a variety of ills, not the least of which is being derivative. Not only because of its countless similarities to “The Hunger Games” and other grim future flicks, but also because it feels like it owes a debt to other movies, such as the Jason Bourne series. Nevertheless, things may improve, as they did in “The Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire,” but we won’t know until next year when “Insurgent” is released. Blu-ray special features include a doc, a featurette, deleted scenes and audio commentary. theguymag

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VINYL VERSION

In the Nick of Time by

GreGG Shapiro

There’s a lot to be said about the 25th anniversary 180 gram vinyl reissue of Bonnie Raitt’s multi-Grammy Award-winning 1989 album Nick of Time (Capitol), remastered from the original analog tapes. First, rest assured that it sounds as marvelous and timeless as the first time you heard it, on vinyl or CD (it was originally released in1989, after all). Producer/ musician Don Was (of Was Not Was fame) met the challenge of lifting the longtime singer, songwriter and blues diva out of shocking semi-obscurity and getting her the long overdue attention she had deserved. Sure, Raitt (the son of Broadway actor and singer John Raitt), had released nine albums on Warner Brothers, from 1971 to 1986, gaining a devoted following, skirting chart success and developing a devoted following in the heyday of FM radio, but superstardom eluded her. With Nick of Time, featuring the brilliant original title tune, Raitt not only (re)staked her claim as a gifted songwriter, she also proved that she hadn’t lost her talent as an interpreter of other people’s material. Her hit version of John Hiatt’s “Thing Called Love,” helped Hiatt as much as it helped Raitt. Producer Was was wise not to shift attention from Raitt’s long-established blues background, something that comes through on the Hiatt tune, as well as songs including “Love Letter,” “Real Man,” and especially Raitt’s composition “The Road’s My Middle Name.” Other timely tracks include the gorgeous ballads “I Ain’t Gonna Let You Break My Heart Again” (co-written by gay singer/songwriter David Lasley), “Cry On My Shoulder,” “Too Soon To Tell” and “Nobody’s Girl.”

like about his new album World Peace Is None of Your Business (Harvest). The twelve songs on the double LP, 180 gram vinyl edition of World Peace Is None of Your Business feature some of his best and most memorable lyrics, beginning with the welltimed title track, in which he deters any “poor little fool” from voting. Moz follows that with “Neal Cassady Drops Dead” (in which he tries some Allen Ginsberg wordplay) and “I’m Not A Man,” two of the queerest songs he’s ever written. With the right remix, the incredible “Staircase At the University” could become an unqualified tea dance sensation. The brass, courtesy of Gustavo Manzur, shines brightly on “The Bullfighter Dies” and “Kiss Me A Lot,” and “Oboe Concerto” brings things to a close on an experimental note. The World Peace Is None of Your Business

If you can forgive Morrissey for his propensity to cancel concert tours (something he’s gotten quite good at in recent years, virtually crushing his already overly sensitive fans), you will be happy to learn that there is much to

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LP package includes a digital download of the deluxe edition of the album, including six (!) bonus tracks. You’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover. The same holds true for record albums. But, in the case of Tolerance (White Iris) by Incan Abraham, the feeling of exhilaration captured in the cover photo (a kid hanging out the window of – yikes! – a moving car with mountains in the background) comes close to depicting the sounds that these childhood friends have created on their debut album. In fact,

Incan Abraham sounds like a band that has been together longer than just five years. These 10 tracks are marvelous, running the gamut from lightly modern psychedelic (“Tram,” “Spring House” and the title cut) to stunningly beautiful pop (“Concorde,” “Forgiveness,” “All You Want” and “Peers”). The LP comes with a code giving folks access to download the songs on the album in digital fashion.

Morrissey (photo by Michael Muller / courtesy of Rolling Stone Facebook)

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TRAVEL

Climb Every Mountain: GLBT Hiking Vacations by

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For some people, a vacation means just one thing: relaxation. This column isn’t for them. These vacations are for the adventurer who believes that mountains were made for climbing, trails for being hiked, and that it’s not a vacation unless you are exhausted, and exhilarated at day’s end. Sure, you could join any old climbing or hiking expedition, but why not enjoy an adventure organized by and for the LGBT community? Even if the closest you’ve ever gotten to The Matterhorn, is the ride at Disneyland, the Swiss Alps were made for hiking. HE Travel/Alyson Adventures’ week-long alpine excursion departs from the centuries-old village of Grindelwald to hike some of the best-known peaks (The Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau) and three glaciers. In addition to hiking, trains, trams and various lifts offer numerous options for scaling the peaks, making the trip comfortable for even beginning hikers. Optional add-ons include biking and paragliding. Spinning in a field of flowers, doing your best Julie Andrews impression is free. The next excursion is scheduled for July 4-11, 2015. The trip, priced at $3,098, includes seven nights lodging in a shared or single room, with private bath; six-day pass that covers most area trains, buses and lifts breakfasts, an opening-night reception, orientation, and dinner, two additional dinners; a beer-tasting and closingnight dinner. Other hiking and adventure tours from HE Travel/Alyson Adventures include hiking trips in Antarctica (Jan. 7-16, and Feb. 3-13, 2015 for $9950), Easter Island (July 17-22, 2015 for $2,698), the Galapagos Islands (July 1-8, 2015 for $4,998) and Iceland (Aug. 9-16, 2015 for $4,198).For more information, go to www.hetravel.com. Out Travel can take you to Africa to climb the slopes of famed Mount Kilimanjaro. The eight-day trip follows the Lemosho Route, which ascends slowly, making it easier to acclimatize to the altitude. The trip starts in

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Tanzania with a day of an orientation to the climb before the six-day adventure begins. Days consist of hiking from early morning until mid-afternoon, then settling in camps for the night. After hiking through Hans Meyer Cave and Gilman’s Point the party will reach the summit point of Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (no “Star Trek” jokes, please), with an optional excursion to the crater floor. The party then descends to Mweka Camp for its final overnight on the mountain, followed by transportation back to the hotel and a farewell dinner. The nine-day excursion offers two departure dates; Jan. 28, and Feb. 10, 2015 and costs $3,149. Infotorobs) price are arrival and cluded (photo in thebyexcursion theguymag

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Alpenglow: Gay Hiking in Switzerland (courtesy of HE Travel)

departure transfers, two nights at Arusha Lodge, meals on the climb, mountain guides, crater excursion, camping supplies and meals during the hike. An added bonus, also included in the trip’s cost, is a travel insurance package covering medical, trip interruption and baggage loss. Out Travel also offers hiking trips to Patagonia and Nepal. The hike up the Andes to Patagonia is a 15-day excursion, departing from Buenos Aires on Jan. 3, 2015 for $3,999. The Himalayan climb in Nepal is an 11-day excursion. It begins in Kathmandu, followed by a week’s hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp on Mount Everest. Cost for the excursion is $2,699, with departures on Oct. share with us on guymag.net

4, 2014 and Feb. 21 and Oct. 10, 2015. For more information, go to http://www.outadventures.com/. All prices quoted are for the excursion alone and do not include airfare to the destination. While these trips may sound charming, you need to truthfully assess whether hiking and mountain climbing vacations are right for you. Most of the excursions, while not technically difficult, are strenuous and require hikers to be in good physical and aerobic condition. There are a number of LGBT organizations to help train for a mountain climb or strenuous hike. Contact http://www.gayoutdoors.org/ or http://www. gay-hike.com/ for more information. theguymag

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FITNESS

Put Some Punch Into Your Workouts! by Tom

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Working out with weights and doing regular cardio need to be a part of everyone’s life. In addition, if you can find a sport that is challenging and fun, something which you can do regularly with others, then you are sure to take your fitness to a higher level! Without a doubt, boxing is a very masculine sport. But beyond the machismo, the combination of working the cardio-vascular system, along with strength and endurance training add up to deliver a powerful workout package. You may not have the time to train like a Holyfield and you may not have access to all of the accouterments like gloves and a boxing ring, but you can still get started easily. All you need is a jump rope, a speed bag, and a good heavy punching bag (a sturdy laundry bag filled with sand, sawdust and rags will do). A basement, garage or empty guestroom should give you enough space. A great way to get started with a boxing routine is to find a partner. Next, be sure to warm up together by doing pre-workout stretches especially for shoulders, back and legs. Start your workout with a circuit training approach where you move quickly from one station to the next. Employ calisthenics like push-ups, pull-ups and crunches, as well as light to moderate weights. Shoulder dumbbell presses as well as front and lateral dumbbell raises will pump your shoulders. Dumbbell, or barbell bent-over rows are best for back. Nothing beats barbell squats and lunges for legs. This workout should take a half hour. And now, let’s go on to your boxing routine. Wearing heavy gloves (boxing gloves or even heavy duty workout gloves should do), start by throwing moderate punches at the heavy bag. Make sure your hand does not turn. You don’t want to strain or break the wrist. Alternating with your partner a few sessions, turn up the heat and hit the bag with more force. Try working up to three minutes of non-stop heavy hitting at a time and you’ll feel it. Now try jumping the rope. This will help you build rhythm, co-ordination and stamina. Jumping rope is a great form of cardio that will help

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you melt away body fat. The speed bag is the one that hangs from a platform and springs right back at you when you strike it. A speed bag allows the user to develop hand rhythm and hand/eye co-ordination, along with endurance capabilities. Practice hitting the speed bag, until you get used to its feel. These exercises should be performed for three minutes each and then repeated. Eventually work up to five-minute cycles of punching bag, jumping rope, and speed bag. After you and your partner have completed the circuit twice, move to an area large enough for some action. Put on the gloves with your partner and begin a block/sparring session. One is the aggressor; the other guy blocks the punches. The aggressor should throw the punches at 80 percent speed, without trying hard to connect, and the defender only blocks the punches, with no return blows thrown. Switch roles after a couple of minutes. This provides good basic training in how to punch and how to defend against a punch. This will give you the feeling of how an actual fight unfolds. Be careful to avoid actual head blows and wear a mouthpiece for protection just in case. Contact trainertomb@aol.com with all of your fitness questions. Check out www.pumpnincgym.com and call Tom (954) 557-1119 to schedule a free intake today.

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