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ISSUE #04 | 02.13.20 DISPLAY UNTIL 03.15.20

MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL

CENTERFOLD: VALENTINE'S DAY MODELS OUT & ABOUT: MONSTER JAM RETURNS TO MIAMI DINING DELICIOUS: FRESH FROM THE FARM TOP TRAX: PET SHOP BOYS HIT OUR HOTSPOT

+ FESTIVAL PREVIEW + SPOTLIGHT FILMS


TABLE OF CONTENTS: 10. COVER STORY: MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL 2020

The 37th Miami Dade College's Miami Film Festival returns March 6-15. We preview the films lineup and parties by interviewing Associate Director of Programming Lauren Cohen.

12. CENTERFOLD MODELS: HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY Celebrate a happy Valentine's Day with sexy eye candy!

16. COVER STORY: MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT

FILMS

This year, the Festival will host more than 125 films of all genres from 30 different countries. Check out our spotlight picks!

20. OUT & ABOUT: MONSTER JAM

22. DINING DELICIOUS: FRESH FROM THE FARM

There is nothing more delicious than a bountiful lunch prepared by the outstanding chefs of Malibu Farm with fresh, organic ingredients during a visit to Swank Farm.

26. TOP TRAX: PET SHOP BOYS HIT OUR HOTSPOT

DJ FR8-O dishes on Pet Shop Boys' latest release, Hotspot, which reunites them with Producer Stuart Price – the iconic mastermind behind their last two albums.

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PUBLISHER'S CORNER STAY TUNED FOR ANOTHER OUTSTANDING MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL Cinephiles, actors, producers, directors and members of the media will gather starting March 6 for the 37th Miami Dade College's Miami Film Festival, which will run until March 15. This Edition of our hometown Festival will host more than 125 films of all genres from 30 different countries. The opening night film, The Burnt Orange Heresy by Charles Willeford, was described by Director Jaie Laplante as "swanky, steamy and sexy," so don't miss it. After that you can enjoy your favorite films and fun parties. The Festival will wrap up with the documentary film Mucho Mucho Amor about the late legend and famed astrologer Walter Mercado. We sat down with Associate Director of Programming Lauren Cohen to find out what she is looking forward to the most about this year's Miami Film Festival and chat about the most important highlights. In celebration of Valentine's Day, this week we feature a cover model and a couple of sexy centerfold models who definitely add some sparks to the occasion. In Out & About, we preview the upcoming Monster Jam, returning to Marlins Park February 22-23 with its fan favorite line up of monster trucks, by interviewing Ryan Anderson, driver of the 12,000-pound Son-uva Digger. Top Trax takes a look at Pet Shop Boys, who pioneered the electronic dance movement in the early '80s and are blessing music lovers again with a brand new soundtrack called Hotspot. In Dining Delicious, I tell you about my bountiful lunch prepared by the outstanding chefs of Malibu Farm with fresh, organic ingredients at Swank Farm in Loxahatchee, Florida. I took a Brightline Virgin Trains USA train from Miami to Palm Beach relaxing in style while enjoying yummy bites and libations on board. Upon arrival, an Uber drove me to the farm, where I was enthusiastically greeted by our hosts from Malibu Farm and Swank Farm. Malibu Farm Pier Café and Restaurant's Founder and Chef Helene Henderson and her Malibu Farm Miami Beach team prepared a mouth-watering farm-to-fork lunch using delightful fresh ingredients from Swank Farm that were hand picked just a few yards from where we sat down to eat. In closing, I have to speak out about something I was truly disgusted by last week. Past presidents have awarded the presidential medal of freedom to such great Americans as Harvey Milk, Rosa Parks, Neil Armstrong, Jackie Robinson, Norman Schwarzkopf, and many other distinguished and deserving recipients. Impeached President Donald Trump gave that same medal to a man known for his racist, xenophobic, homophobic and misogynistic words which you can look up yourself and watch online and on YouTube. His name is not even worth mentioning, yet Trump reconfirmed to us and to the world what he values and rewards – validating yet again who he truly is. Vote!

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he 37th Miami Dade College's Miami Film Festival returns March 6-15, 2020. This year, the Festival will host more than 125 films of all genres from 30 different countries. The Burnt Orange Heresy by Charles Willeford will open the Festival at Miami's historic Olympia Theater. According to Director Jaie Laplante, "The film is swanky, steamy and sexy, with Willeford's jet-black, cruelly-ironic humor firmly intact." Jaie also added that "Charles Willeford's classic 1971 art world noir thriller The Burnt Orange Heresy has been updated by director Giuseppe Capotondi and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Scott Smith into a biting satire of the world of contemporary high art and the attendant, controversial role of art criticism that swirls around it – an apt examination for Miami's current major destination status on the international art market." Other highlights include Miami Film Festival's Precious Gem Award, which will go to Academy Award-nominated actress Amy Ryan; and the Career Achievement Trib-

ute, which will go to Spain's Goya-winning actress Emma Suárez. Finally, the Festival will come to a close with Mucho Mucho Amor, a fantastic documentary film by Cristina Costantini and Kareem Tabsch, co-founder and co-director of O Cinema, about the late legend and famed astrologer Walter Mercado. "There will be no better way to wrap up our 37th year of sharing our love for cinema and Miami than with Cristina and Kareem's sharing of the incredible positivity and love that the life of Walter Mercado represents," explained Jaie Laplante. In this week's issue, we showcase 12 spotlight film selections to preview some of the many outstanding films to be shown at this year's Festival. Visit miamifilmfestival.com for more information, to view the full lineup of films and purchase tickets for this year's Festival films and parties. Besides exceptional films, the Festival always has a line-up of great parties that bring together cinephiles, actors, producers and directors. Wire Magazine sat down with Associate Director of Programming Lauren Cohen to find out what she is looking forward to the most about this year's Miami Film Festival. Rafa Carvajal: What does your job as associate director of programming for the Miami Film Festival entail? Lauren Cohen: As associate director of programming, I work closely with our Executive Director Jaie Laplante to build an overall image and creative strategy for what we want for each edition of the Festival. Miami Film Festival has grown so much in the years since its inception that it's a matter of brainstorming and finding new ways to take it to new heights. RC: What goes into programming the film lineup for a festival of this caliber? LC: We receive hundreds upon hundreds of submissions every year, and in addition to that, we go to some of the biggest film festivals in the world to scout out the best films that have already premiered for what we think is a collection of the absolute must-see movies of the year. So it comes down to being highly selective and really honing in on fresh programming angles that we think will resonate with our audience.

"MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL IS ALL ABOUT CHAMPIONING LOCAL FILMMAKERS AND STORIES. THIS YEAR ESPECIALLY, WE'RE SO PROUD TO HAVE SUCH A STRONG LINEUP FOR OUR KNIGHT MADE IN MIA COMPETITION." Photo courtesy of Mucho Mucho Amor

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RC: What are the main highlights of the 2020 Miami Film Festival? LC: One of the highlights of this year's Festival that I'm most excited about is our fantastic opening night film, The Burnt Orange Heresy, which stars Donald Sutherland, Claes Bang, Elizabeth Debicki, and Mick Jagger. It's the perfect way to kick things off – it's this twisty, sexy thriller and really sharp satire of the contemporary art world, which is something we can all relate to with Art Basel. Plus, it has a local connection, as the novel it was based on was written by late Miami novelist Charles Willeford.

"IN ADDITION TO OUR OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT PARTIES, WE HAVE A TON OF GREAT PARTIES IN OUR SOIRÉE SERIES THIS YEAR." - LAUREN COHEN

Then there's our closing night, which will wrap up the Festival with Mucho Mucho Amor, an incredibly warm and affectionate documentary on legendary Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado. It's directed by Cristina Costantini and O Cinema co-founder and Miami native Kareem Tabsch, and it's really such a lovely, positive note to end our 37th edition on. RC: Tell our readers about the importance of the Miami Film Festival for our community and film in general. LC: Miami Film Festival is all about championing local filmmakers and stories. This year especially, we're so proud to have such a strong lineup for our Knight Made in MIA competition, which features films like Reefa, which tells the story of the 2013 police taser death of 18-year-old Israel Hernandez in Miami Beach; Us Kids, a Sundance documentary about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas student activists who started the March For Our Lives movement following the Parkland shooting; and the world premiere of Michael Tilson Thomas: Where Now Is, an intimate look at the founder of Miami's New World Symphony. These are important stories, and we're excited that Miami moviegoers will be among some of the very first audiences to experience them. RC: What are you looking forward to the most about this year's Miami Film Festival? LC: There are so many things I'm looking forward to, it's hard to pick… but one of the things I'm most excited for is this year's edition of Knight Heroes, which will feature filmmakers Ari Aster (Hereditary, Midsommar), Stella Meghie (The Photograph), and Lulu Wang (The Farewell) in a two-hour, in-person discussion where they'll share indepth insights into their creative processes.

RC: Can you give us a quick preview of this year's parties? LC: In addition to our opening and closing night parties, we have a ton of great parties in our soirée series this year, including The Confidante Retro Affair at The Confidante's 1930s style Spanish bungalow on Miami Beach; the Chateau Melinda Party, which will feature an ultra Miami vibe at Melinda's; the Toyota Nightshade Mixer, where the historic Jewel Box at YoungArts will be brought to life with street art and Peruvian-inspired cuisine; The India Party at the InterContinental Hotel; and The Directors Party, which will take place in Palm Court at the Miami Design District and will be headlined by The Secret In Their Eyes director Juan Jose Campanella. RC: What films are you most looking forward to? LC: Some of my personal favorite films of this year's Festival are Military Wives, The Personal History of David Copperfield, They Call Me Dr. Miami, and White Lie. RC: Who are some celebrities who will attend the Festival this year? LC: One of our big highlights this year is that we'll be presenting actress Amy Ryan with our prestigious Precious Gem Award celebrating her incredible career – she was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Ben Affleck's Gone Baby Gone, and is well known for her popular role as Holly on the show The Office. Following the award presentation, we'll be screening her new true crime thriller Lost Girls, which just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. So it'll be a really special opportunity for fans of hers to be able to see her honored in person and participate in an extended on-stage conversation on her new film! #04 2020 WIREMAG.COM 11


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Festival Summary: AL stands for Alba and Alfredo, E for Ernesto and LI for Lilian. The initials of everyone form the sign that hangs at the entrance of the family beach house: Alelí. Of everyone except Silvana, who was born late. With the death of Alfredo, the patriarch, and the imminent need to sell the beach house, the hidden bitterness between the siblings is exposed in full force. With unforgettable performances from Néstor Guzzini (Home Team, Another Story of the World) and Mirella Pascual (Whisky, A Twelve Year Night), Alelí is an absurdly hilarious and beautiful black comedy with a dysfunctional family at its center; a family that seems willing to set everything on fire.

Festival Summary: A skilled gardener and his family move into an abandoned mansion after discovering the death of its wealthy owner. As the family leaves poverty and hardship behind, and starts embracing the comforts of the good life, the adventure of squatting nevertheless threatens to tear them apart; especially as they begin to unearth mysteries surrounding the homeowner's death. This rags-to-riches comedy of errors and mistaken identities is a strong indictment of the seemingly ever-widening class divide.

Festival Summary: There are few human drives stronger than the need to feel useful; and that impulse is the engine that moves Grandpas, a crowd-pleasing comedy from Spain that deftly mixes generous humor with sharp observations about modern life and working environments. Isidro, Arturo, and Desiderio are three old friends (played by veteran character actors Carlos Iglesias, Roberto Álvarez, and Ramón Barea) who are finding it increasingly difficult to adapt to the changing job market, which is becoming more techcentric and Americanized by the day. Most notably, no one seems interested in hiring anyone over 50-years old, and their considerable experience and talent are considered obsolete. Left taking care of their grandchildren, they hit on the idea of starting their own company… a daycare center! But their startup plan is met with derision, and the three friends must overcome their strongest obstacles yet in order to get it off the ground.

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HEROIC LOSERS

Argentina, Spain, 2019 Director: Sebastián Borensztein Festival Summary: Set in Argentina during the 2001 financial crisis, the film centers on a group of small-town folks who gather all their savings for a dream project and entrust the money to their local bank. A day later, the government freezes all bank accounts. Worse, an unscrupulous lawyer has conspired with the bank manager to capitalize on the situation and swindle them out of every last dollar they'd saved. Months later, a rumor spreads about where their savings might be hidden. The group joins forces to take back what is theirs, creating a strong bond along the way. Now they just have to wait for the perfect night to carry out the complex plan to recoup their money. Featuring an all-star Argentinian cast (including Ricardo Darin and Chino Darin coming together for the first time as a father-and-son acting duo) and Borensztein's exhilarating directing style, Heroic Losers is a witty and thrilling film about people getting beat up by the system and deciding to punch back.

MUCHO MUCHO AMOR

U.S., 2020 Directors: Cristina Costantini, Kareem Tabsch Festival Summary: Extravagant Puerto Rican astrologer legend Walter Mercado charmed the world for over 30 years with his televised horoscopes. Equal parts Oprah, Liberace, and Mr. Rogers, Walter was a celebrated daily part of Latin culture – until one day in 2007 he mysteriously disappeared from the media landscape. Over a decade later, the filmmakers find Walter and invite us into his home and interior world as he prepares to restore his legacy in the public eye. The film explores Walter's complex story from the rural sugarcane fields of Puerto Rico to international astrology superstardom, rising above all doubters with a message of love and hope. Mucho Mucho Amor is a love letter to Walter Mercado. The filmmakers, who grew up watching him with their abuelitos, craft a film with levity and a playful spirit. Light-years ahead of his time, Walter has become a nostalgic cult icon of self-expression and positivity.

OUT IN THE OPEN

Spain, 2018 Director: Benito Zambrano Festival Summary: In 1946, a mere seven years after the end of the Civil War, Spain is still reeling from despair and poverty. A young boy escapes his tyrannical estate and sets off on the run. The ruthless overseer of the estate sends a search party to pursue him: dogs, men from the village, and a determined foreman. Beyond the search party, the boy faces a hostile, arid plain that he must cross if he is to escape from his pursuers. When he meets a grizzled, laconic shepherd (played by Spanish superstar Luis Tosar), it becomes clear that this quiet but resourceful man is the boy's only hope to be saved. Winner of the Goya Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (and nominated for five Goyas in total, including Best Picture), this thriller-western is one of the most acclaimed Spanish films of the year.

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REEFA

U.S., 2020 Director: Jessica Kavana Dornbusch Festival Summary: Israel "Reefa" Hernandez is an 18-year-old Colombian immigrant and award-winning artist with a bright future. He is spending his last summer in Miami with friends, family and his new girl Frankie before hopefully moving to New York on an art scholarship. That summer, anxieties emerge twofold: Israel and his family nervously await their Green Cards while he desperately seeks recognition for his art. On August 6, 2013, as Israel spray paints one last wall, a fatal encounter leaves his family devastated, the Miami community outraged, and the country reeling from another case of police brutality.

THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY

Italy, U.S., 2018 Director: Giuseppe Capotondi Festival Summary: The late, great Miami writer Charles Willeford's classic art world noir thriller The Burnt Orange Heresy has been updated by Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Capotondi and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Scott Smith into a biting satire of the world of contemporary high art and the attendant, controversial role of art criticism that swirls around it. Hired by an unscrupulous dealer (Mick Jagger) to steal a rare painting from one of most enigmatic painters (Donald Sutherland) of all time, an ambitious art critic becomes consumed by his own greed and insecurity as the operation spins out of control. The Burnt Orange Heresy is swanky, steamy and sexy, with Willeford's jet-black, cruelly-ironic humor firmly intact. Featuring smart, sly, and delightful performances from Jagger, Sutherland, Elizabeth Debicki and Claes Bang (The Square), The Burnt Orange Heresy is as visually stunning as it is thrilling.

THE LAST RAFTER

U.S., 2020 Director: Carlos Rafael Betancourt, Oscar Ernesto Ortega Festival Summary: After risking his life crossing the Florida Straits on a raft, a young Cuban searches Miami for his long-absent father. When a political shift makes him America's first Cuban undocumented immigrant, he must battle the new and bigger fear of deportation, while trying to find where he really belongs. Mining rich detail from their own experiences finding a footing in the United States, Carlos Rafael Betancourt and Oscar Ernesto Ortega have crafted a powerful film that is at once personal and strikingly timely. 18 WIREMAG.COM #04 2020


THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD UK, 2020 Director: Armando Iannucci

Festival Summary: The Personal History Of David Copperfield re-imagines Charles Dickens' classic ode to grit and perseverance through the comedic lens of its award-winning filmmakers – Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Armando Iannucci (The Death of Stalin, HBO's Veep) and Simon Blackwell (HBO's Succession). The film, as the novel, follows goodhearted David Copperfield (Dev Patel) from birth through childhood, adolescence, and adulthood as he meets a host of kind and wicked Victorian characters on his journey from impoverished orphan to burgeoning writer. But the story of his life is the most fascinating tale of all. Featuring the classic wit of Iannucci and Blackwell's prior work, and standout performances from Patel, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton and Peter Capaldi, The Personal History Of David Copperfield is one of the must-see films of 2020.

THE WEASELS TALE

Argentina, Spain, 2018 Director: Juan José Campanella Festival Summary: Four uniquely cantankerous characters – a beautiful star from the Golden Age of Cinema, an actor in the twilight of his life, a witty scriptwriter, and a cunning film director – all live together in a mansion where they have created an unusual environment, but one that works for them. When an ambitious young couple arrives with possibly dubious intentions, and tries to persuade the actress to sell the house, the other inhabitants must come together and conspire to prevent it. They are all past their primes, and outwitting the young hotshots won't be easy, but they might have a trick or two left in their bag. Featuring a cast of Argentinean luminaries, including Oscar Martinez, Luis Brandoni, and Graciela Borges, The Weasels Tale is perhaps the most wickedly fun film of Campanella's great career.

TU ME MANQUES

Bolivia, U.S., 2018 Director: Rodrigo Bellot Festival Summary: Jorge (Martinez), a traditional Bolivian father, receives news of the suicide of his son Gabriel. Weeks after the tragedy he finds his son's laptop where he discovers he had a romantic relationship with Sebastian, another young countryman who lives in New York City, where his son was studying. After an initial angry confrontation with Sebastian on Skype, Jorge decides to go to New York to look for answers about his son's death, but what he finds will change his life forever. With brave, heart-on-sleeve performances from beginning to end, Tu Me Manques has been moving film festival audiences and took home the Grand Jury Award at L.A. Outfest. #04 2020 WIREMAG.COM 19


OUT & ABOUT By Rafa Carvajal

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MONSTER JAM

RC: What exciting new elements are being added this year? RA: This year will be a whole new group of Monster Jam trucks with an all-new crazy 8 racing course. This will also be my first time competing at Marlins Park!

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RC: How has it been following in your father's footsteps and how has that great tradition helped you in your motorsports career? RA: Following in my father's footsteps has been amazing. I know I will never fill his shoes, but I almost instantly captured a huge fan base due to his legacy. I'm doing everything in my power to continue giving every Grave Digger and Sonuva Digger fan an experience they will never forget every time I hit the track.

I sat down with Ryan to preview Monster Jam returning to Marlins Park February 22-23 and learn more about his love for monster truck competitions. I will also be in the stands this time watching all the action with five-year-old Timothy, my dear friend Kim's nephew who loves to play with his Toro Loco toy monster truck he got as a Christmas gift. I can't wait to see the excitement on his face!

RC: What is your favorite part of motorsports and driving the Son-uva Digger monster truck? RA: Motorsports is a lifestyle and a family. My favorite part of motorsports is seeing a grandfather or father getting his son or daughter started o, much like I've done with my son with ATVs, dirt bikes, and even his own little mini Trophy Truck called Born Wild. Driving my truck means much more to me than just an adrenaline rush. Driving my truck is my whole life! Every time I fire my truck up, I know I must make a statement. I've created tons of new tricks and pushed myself to progress the sport to heights that 10 years ago were thought impossible!

f you love the roar of engines, as I do, you need to check out Monster Jam – coming back to Miami with its fan favorite lineup of monster trucks. Ryan Anderson is following in the footsteps of his legendary monster truck driver dad Dennis Anderson, who is also the creator of the famous Grave Digger truck. Ryan started racing while young and honed his skills on ATVs, drag and mud racing. In 2011, this second-generation competitor debuted his very own Son-uva Digger 12,000-pound beast at the Monster Jam World Finals.

Rafa Carvajal: Tell our readers about the Monster Jam coming to Marlins Park on February 22-23. Ryan Anderson: Monster Jam is coming into Miami full throttle this year. Stadium Tour Green's points chase will have tempers flaring and trucks flying! If you have never been to Monster Jam, you are missing out on the most entertaining, family-friendly event in the world. No need to be a gearhead or any other type of person; as long as you like having an absolute blast, you will fit right in.

RC: Describe your truck, the Son-uva Digger in 3 words? RA: Monstrous, mechanical mayhem. RC: What's your driving style like? RA: My driving style is wide open, pushing the truck beyond its limits until it just can't take it anymore. I always promise the fans that I will drive the truck like an absolute madman until it won't go anymore. Visit wiremag.com to read the extended version of this interview.

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here is nothing more delicious than a bountiful lunch prepared by the outstanding culinary team of Malibu Farm with fresh, organic ingredients during a visit to Swank Farm in Loxahatchee near Palm Beach. My culinary journey started by boarding a Brightline Virgin Trains USA train from Miami to Palm Beach relaxing in style while enjoying yummy bites and libations on board. I love taking Brightline because there is absolutely no stress from driving, and you get to your destination very quickly. Once in Palm Beach, we hopped into an Uber to the farm, where we were enthusiastically greeted by our hosts from both Malibu Farm and Swank Farm. Malibu Farm Pier CafĂŠ and Restaurant's Founder and Chef Helene Henderson and her Malibu Farm Miami Beach team prepared a mouth-watering true farm-to-fork experience for lunch using delightful

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fresh ingredients from Swank Farm that were hand picked just a few yards from where we were sitting. Malibu Farm Miami Beach offers appetizing dishes prepared with fresh, organic and locally sourced ingredients in a beautiful true beachfront setting overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with great ocean views. As a Swedish native, Helene Henderson's dishes are influenced by the fresh vegetables and seafood of her home country and her food philosophy of "fresh, organic, local." The two delicious pizzas we enjoyed – prepared in a wood-burning pizza oven – reflected that philosophy: Cauliflower Crust Pizza with mozzarella, heirloom tomato, pesto, arugula and roasted cauliflower; and the Avocado Pizza with jalapeño ricotta, agave, cilantro and lime. Our two very fresh salads with burrata and grilled salmon were also masterfully prepared fresh, organic and local. You can dine at Swank Farm with celebrated chefs, mixologists and brewers during any of their upcoming special culinary events, while supporting different local charities, and enjoying the fresh bounty from their harvest season. Check out the Swank Table schedule at swankspecialtyproduce.com. Swank Farm brings together over 70 celebrated chefs from South Florida, New Orleans, Raleigh/Durham, Nashville, Maine and Detroit to prepare outstanding culinary experiences where you can sit down to eat right where the food grows and help raise money for local charities. The Swank Table dining celebrations feature all-inclusive, all-local meals with products from partner farms, bread from Aioli, accompanied by craft brews, wine, cocktails, and plenty of delicious just-picked Swank Farm vegetables. On Sundays, you can also participate in a tour of this hydroponic and sustainable 20-acre farm led by Darrin Swank. I particularly enjoyed my tour of Swank Farm by owners Jodi and Darrin Swank and learning how they grow all their exquisite fresh vegetables, microgreens, micro herbs, fruits and edible flowers – from their 360 varieties of produce.

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TOP TRAX

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hen you think of all the artists that pioneered the electronic dance movement in the early '80s, there's a good chance Pet Shop Boys is at the top of that list. With worldwide hits like "West End Girls," "Always On my Mind" and "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)," the duo comprised of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe defined the genre that has inspired generations of singers, musicians and DJ/producers to this day. So, it should be no surprise that – in an era that sites the "age of excess" as its muse – the OG's of electronica have blessed us again with a brand new soundtrack for our synth-hungry senses. As far as chance meetings go, theirs is as random as it gets. The boys were both shopping at a London music store when Tennant noticed the synthesizer Lowe was buying and sparked up a conversation. Their mutual love of dance music inspired them to collaborate on some songs together; eventually catching the ear of legendary dance music producer Bobby Orlando,

who cut their first eleven tracks. The rest, as they say, is music history. The last three decades have taken PSB around the globe countless times via their dozen world tours while building a catalog of 14 albums. Their latest offering, Hotspot, reunites them with Producer Stuart Price – the iconic mastermind behind their last two albums, Electric (2013) and Super (2016). In true PSB fashion, the set opens with the Hi-NRG anthem "Will-o-the-Wisp;" one of the many dance floor fillers that make up half of the collection. A few other stand-outs are the house-inspired "Happy People," their deliciously dreamy collaboration with Years & Years "Dreamland," and what will probably be the new LGBTQ wedding anthem of 2020, "Wedding In Berlin." The first official video off the album, "Monkey Business" (directed by Vaughan Arnell), takes us back in time to the decade of platform shoes and polyester suits with its disco vibes and cheeky visuals to match. Most of the material from Hotspot was conceived in Berlin. The duo says, "It was an exciting experience to work on this album in the legendary Hansa studios there and add a new dimension to our sound." With a new album comes a new tour, which will launch on May 1st in Berlin (of course). The Dreamworld: The Greatest Hits Live is set to travel across Europe and the UK featuring tracks from Hotspot, as well as all the fan favorites from the last 30 years. If this show is anything like the last one, the visuals will be nothing short of mind-blowing! There are no U.S. stops on the tour yet, but the year is young. You never know what the rest of 2020 holds. Until then, we Yanks will have to settle for blasting Pet Shop Boys anthems – new and classic – through our headphones, stereos and dance floors like it's 1984 again.

If you're a recording artist, producer or musician and would like your work featured in TOP TRAX, hit me up at abarrios@wiremag.com. 26 WIREMAG.COM #04 2020

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