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ISSUE # 07 | 02.15.18 OUT & ABOUT: HÔTEL GAYTHERING 4TH ANNIVERSARY '80S PARTY

DESTINATIONS: ATLANTA, GEORGIA

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TABLE OF CONTENTS: 8. DESTINATIONS: ATLANTA, GEORGIA

Atlanta is a gleaming, modern and multicultural mecca with a burgeoning LGBTQ presence that hosts a sizable Pride in October, and a popular Black Pride weekend at summer's end.

14. COVER STORY: MODEL PHILIPPE BÉLANGER BY DAVID VANCE

Stunning model Philippe Bélanger is not only very sexy, he is also an exceedingly talented Cirque du Soleil performer who recently entertained South Florida audiences with the cast of VOLTA.

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20. OUT & ABOUT: HÔTEL GAYTHERING'S 4TH

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Our friends at Hôtel Gaythering are celebrating their 4th year of bringing the LGBTQ community together in their hotel and bar with an '80s themed party.

26. GOING OUT: PLAN YOUR OUTINGS

The week's rundown of nightlife, dining and cultural events.

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ATLANTA SOUTHERN NIGHTS

nion General William T. Sherman probably wouldn't recognize it any more than history books do, but when he had his troops burn Atlanta to the ground during the Civil War, he might have garnered some street cred for contributing to the development of urban renewal in the U.S.

So where to begin accessing an urban metro area the size of Atlanta (5.7 million)? First of all, unless you have weeks to explore the city, you should plan your personal itinerary in advance; and it would be wise to seek accommodations in the vicinity of the bulk of your intended destinations. Traffic, particularly at peak times, is a bear; and if you aren't familiar with the territory, navigating can be a chore. You might notice that there is a "Peach Tree"-something everywhere you turn, complicating matters.

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How else to explain the evolution of the ubiquitous Southern city into a modern, massive, multicultural metro that it is today? OK, so it might be a stretch to compare Sherman's dismantling of an entire city with modern urbanism, but there is no denying just how far Atlanta has come. The Georgia capital is also a gleaming regional mecca and an example of the thriving South. Given its proximity, it's also a frequent destination for South Floridians – and vice versa.


Atlanta's neighborhoods are distinct. Downtown hosts most of the pro sports action, entertainment and nightlife. Midtown is known as the "heart of the arts." East Atlanta is still on the rise. Buckhead combines glitz and rowdy in an uncommon but engaging mix. You'll find inexpensive chains, intimate inns and luxurious resort hotels clustered all over. Buckhead has several impressive addresses in the Intercontinental Buckhead, Ritz-Carlton and Mandarin Oriental. In Midtown, the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta is exquisite and conveniently close to Piedmont Park, the High Museum of Art and the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Hip and sleek, yet faithful to its roots, the Ellis Hotel bridges Atlanta's past and present like no other hotel in the city with a look and feel entirely unique. Compiling a daytime agenda is all about your own interests. You could schedule an entire week around the pro sports teams. Atlanta CityPass will give you discounts to a number of the most popular attractions, such as Atlanta Aquarium, the Atlanta Zoo, the World of Coca-Cola and more. The Fernbank Museum of Natural History is a must if you're traveling with kids or a new, brainy boyfriend. Atlanta's role in history dominates Center for Civil and Human Rights and Atlanta History Center. Few miss Six Flags over Georgia, one of the most popular destinations in the entire state. No trip would be complete without exploring Underground Atlanta. Right in the heart of downtown Atlanta, Underground Atlanta was a milepost for the development of modern Atlanta and offers ongoing performances, eclectic shopping and food and much more. When the sun sets, Atlanta nightlife takes over with its rich diversity and distinct local sound within some of those genres. Midtown continPhoto courtesy of Atlanta CVB

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ues to be the center of gay life in Atlanta and among the most renowned "gayborhoods" in the South, LGBTQ clubs, stores and nightlife can be found in all Atlanta neighborhoods. Blake's on the Park is an icon in Midtown. Friends is a more off-thebeaten path and more sedate, great for winding down a day or catching up with friends. Bulldogs in Midtown is generally rich in DJ talent. Part of your planning should include checking out what DJs are playing where and when, as Atlanta has as vibrant a live music scene as any city. Modern Atlanta's diversity includes a burgeoning LGBTQ presence, and the city hosts a sizable Pride in October and a wildly popular Black Pride weekend traditionally at the end of the summer. Whether it's arts and culture, park hopping, pro sports, exploring history or a rich nightlife that seems to have exploded in recent years, Atlanta is a modern, urban playground. That's not too shabby considering they had to rebuild the city, and a sense of community, after it was nearly erased from the landscape 150 years ago. How's that for redevelopment? Michael W. Sasser has been a travel writer for more than 20 years, for publishers ranging from Time Out and Frommer's to Miami Herald Custom Publishing and ABARTA Media. He is author of thousands of travel stories and dozens of travel books. Reach him at mikewsasser@yahoo.com.

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PHILIPPE BÉLANGER

STUNNING CIRQUE DU SOLEIL PERFORMER & ATHLETE

By Rafa Carvajal Photos by David Vance. davidvanceprints.com

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hilippe BĂŠlanger, a stunningly beautiful circus athlete riding a unicycle, stood out from a cast of gorgeous male performers with perfect bodies when I went to see the Cirque du Soleil show VOLTA, during its recently stop in South Florida. I loved VOLTA so much that I returned to see it for a second time and invited famed photographer David Vance, and his husband Kyle. I had a feeling David would be impressed by the plethora of handsome men on stage. During the show's intermission, David asked me if I thought it would be possible to reach out to the beautiful model riding the unicycle so he could do a photoshoot of him. I loved the idea and replied that I would reach out to my local Cirque PR contact, and inquire about it. So I did, and this week's cover story interview of Philippe is a product of that life experience. Enjoy the interview of Philippe and his great photos by David Vance.

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PHILIPPE BÉLANGER

"THE CIRCUS LEAVES A SWEET MEMORY." - FERNANDO BOTERO

Rafa Carvajal: Where are you originally from and where do you live? Philippe BĂŠlanger: I was born in Quebec City, Canada. I do own a few properties there, so I still call it home, but for the past six years I've been traveling for my job. RC: How do you stay in such great shape? PB: I'm a circus athlete, so every day I train with my partner Marie-Lee Guilbert. I throw her in the air, she stands on my head while I'm on a unicycle, and we perform a five minute act together at Cirque du Soleil's show VOLTA. We do 8-10 performances a week, which gives me a good leg and shoulder workout. On top of that, I like to hit the gym and work on specific muscle groups, like my chest and back. RC: What is your ideal workout? PB: I like to start with 20 minutes on the elliptical, then five sets of 6-12 reps each for 5-8 exercises. RC: What do you enjoy the most about performing for Cirque du Soleil? PB: They care about everything on tour, so it makes it really easy to be away from home. Plus, we have enough spare time to have other projects on the side. Such as Design KontroL, a sportswear brand that Marie-Lee and I are building. We design every product with partners in New York, and built the instruction manuals for our manufacturers in Canada. We import fabrics from Italy, then go into production. The other part of this creative project is the marketing side of it. We build all the content for social media. We also like working with other circus artists to promote the brand with their own skills. So, I guess that is my side project!

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RC: Why did you decide to join Cirque du Soleil? PB: I started doing a street show when I was 14 years old in Quebec City. I was performing with a friend of mine, Gabriel Beaudoin. We were doing unicycle, acrobatics, juggling and comic acts. Obviously, we both wanted to go work for Cirque du Soleil, as it is a company that its own roots are from street performing. Gabriel Beaudoin is also working for Cirque du Soleil in the show KURIOS. RC: What is the most challenging part of your job? PB: Not being able to see my buddy at home and my family. RC: What does it take to succeed as a Cirque du Soleil performer? PB: A lot of determination because there's a lot of competition. They hire the best athletes in the world and the best artists. Having something unique is clearly something valuable! That's what Marie-Lee and I have, our duo unicycle. RC: How did you learn to ride the unicycle? PB: One day, I broke my bicycle and made a unicycle with the rest of the parts. Two days later, I was riding it all over town. #justkidding RC: Boxers or briefs? PB: Boxers! I even like to pretend that we created the best sports boxer on the market with Design KontroL. RC: What is your favorite food? PB: Sushi. RC: What is your favorite place in the world, and why? PB: Madrid for the people, the food and the culture. RC: Is there anything else you would like to share with Wire Magazine readers? PB: Follow my journey on Instagram @philbelan and @designkontrol.

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OUT & ABOUT By Rafa Carvajal

PHOTO PROVIDED BY HÔTEL GAYTHERING

HÔTEL GAYTHERING'S TH 4 ANNIVERSARY '80S PARTY

t's hard to believe it has been four years since I met Stephan Ginez and Alex Guerra when they opened Hôtel Gaythering. Fast forward to today, and Gaythering has become the place where so many members of our LGBTQ community come together on different nights or visit the spa; and where many gay tourists like to stay when visiting South Beach. The Gaythering has something for everyone to enjoy, whether it is weekend nights when many professionals come out for a drink, Sunday's sports league followed by a complimentary BBQ, or nights during the week when you can sing karaoke or play video games and trivia. I sat down with Alex to preview the '80s anniversary party and look back on the last four years. RC: Happy fourth anniversary! Tell us about Hôtel Gaythering's '80s inspired house party. AG: We like theme parties. We're gay. Have you met a gay that didn't love a theme? Inspired by Call Me By Your Name, we decided that the '80s was where we wanted to spend our fourth anniversary. 20 WIREMAG.COM #07 2018

"WE HAVE BUILT GAYTHERING UP TO BECOME A COMMUNITY GATHERING PLACE, AND BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN EMBRACED BY OUR LOCALS, EVERY EVENT WE PLAN IS SURROUNDED BY WHAT WE FEEL OUR GAYTHERING FAM WOULD APPRECIATE." - ALEX GUERRA

RC: Will there be any drink specials? AG: The '80s loved their Long Island Iced Teas, so we will have $5 Blue Long Islands all night. RC: What do you consider the most unique qualities of Hôtel Gaythering? AG: I would have to say that the vibe we embody is our most unique quality. Walk in and you feel like you're visiting a friend more so than a bar. Like Sex & the City had a fifth lady in NYC, our gay boys have the Gaythering. RC: Gaythering has become the place where the LGBTQ community comes together. How were you able to make that happen? AG: We knew the community was looking for an authentic place where they could be themselves with no pretentious behavior. We have built Gaythering


RC: What were the top three moments for you and Stephan at the Gaythering this past year? AG: This year, our Gaythering sports league had 230 guys sign up for volleyball. That's momentous. We also had a huge Art Gaysel 3. The excitement and love we felt during Art Gaysel was also momentous. Last would have to be getting to our fourth anniversary. Lots of work went into getting Gaythering's doors open, and even more work to be here 48 months later. That's truly momentous.

RC: How do you think Hôtel Gaythering will evolve over the next five years? AG: Woah! To look into the next five years would be getting way ahead of ourselves. We like to focus on the present and making sure that we are present to the needs of the community we have built. We hope to continue to create events and a space the community can be proud to call their own. RC: Is there anything else you'd like to share with Wire Magazine readers? AG: We want to thank you all for your embrace and love in the past four years. We are beside ourselves on how far we have come.

RC: Please give us a preview of any new initiatives at the Gaythering for 2018. AG: 2018 will be a year of facelifts for Gaythering. We have already started with some of our rooms and are working down into the bar and common areas. Look for updates in 2018. Our goal is to keep changing to meet the needs of our guests.

PHOTO BY JR DAVIS

RC: What is the best part of owning and operating Hôtel Gaythering? AG: The people. All of our bar regulars and multi-visit "Gaythering Alumni" guests that make up the Gaythering Fam. People that we would have never met had there been no Gaythering and thus have changed our lives.

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up to become a community gathering place, and because we have been embraced by our locals, every event we plan is surrounded by what we feel our Gaythering Fam would appreciate.

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Wire Magazine 07.2018 Model Philippe Bélanger by David Vance  

This week, we bring you a cover story about Philippe Bélanger, a stunningly beautiful performer and athlete from Cirque du Soleil’s show VOL...

Wire Magazine 07.2018 Model Philippe Bélanger by David Vance  

This week, we bring you a cover story about Philippe Bélanger, a stunningly beautiful performer and athlete from Cirque du Soleil’s show VOL...