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ISSUE # 12 | 06.06.19 DISPLAY UNTIL 06.19.19 ENTERTAINMENT PICKS: HUGH JACKMAN, J.LO & SHAWN MENDES OUT & ABOUT: STONEWALL PRIDE WILTON MANORS DINING DELICIOUS: DUNE & CANTINA THE RITZ CARLTON KEY BISCAYNE SHOPPING BAG: FINE DESIGNER SUMMER VIBES


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14. COVER STORY: TWIST 26TH ANNIVERSARY

TWIST will celebrate 26 fabulous years in South Beach on June 19, so we preview the occasion by interviewing four beloved members of the TWIST family.

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PUBLISHER'S CORNER LET'S CELEBRATE PRIDE MONTH AND TWIST'S 26TH ANNIVERSARY! This week, we have two great reasons to celebrate: June is Pride Month and TWIST is going to celebrate 26 fabulous years in South Beach on June 19. For this week's cover story, we preview the 26th anniversary of TWIST by interviewing four beloved members of the TWIST family, co-owner Joel Stedman, manager J.D. Bower, bartender Mario Trejo and drag performer TP Lords. We look back at so many wonderful years of TWIST memories, and chat with the four of them about what makes TWIST so special to our LGBTQ community. "One thing is for sure, TWIST will always have friendly, engaging bartenders, world-class DJs and a vibe that is always about having a great time!," said Joel Stedman. The 20th Anniversary Stonewall Pride Wilton Manors will take place June 15 from 3-11 p.m., as part of Pride Month, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. As we commemorate this momentous anniversary, we must pause to remember that Stonewall is not just about our LGBTQ community's past, but also about our present, our future, and equality for all. Wire Magazine sat down with Stonewall Pride Wilton Manors Vice President for Development James A. Forsythe to preview this year's Festival and find out why it is so important for us to celebrate Pride in Wilton Manors.

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In Dining Delicious, I share with you how to enjoy delectable craft burgers, Mexican cuisine and flavorful cocktails by the beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne's Dune and Cantina restaurants and bars. Dune is located on the private beach of the resort, just steps from the ocean, where I spent my day relaxing with my feet in the sand and enjoying savory cocktails on plush seating and a private VIP cabana, before going to dinner at Cantina in the heart of the Ritz pool-scape with a view of the sea. If you love seeing famous entertainers perform live, check out our Entertainment Picks regarding the upcoming South Florida concerts by Hugh Jackman, J.Lo and Shawn Mendes. In Shopping Bag, you can peruse our picks of fine designer summer wears by Dolce & Gabbana, Kenzo, Valentino, and Versace to help you stay cool during your many activities in the sun. You should also visit wiremag.com to read our Flix column about the film John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum. Our film writer Alyn Darnay advises everyone to go watch this action-packed movie, oering terrific performances by some great actors. Finally, remember to visit wiremag.com/free for your FREE subscription to Wire Magazine. We look forward to sharing our lifestyle content, hot models, celebrity interviews, event previews, photo pages, and so much more with you for free in every issue of Wire Magazine. Happy Pride Month! Cheers, Rafa Carvajal Publisher & Editor in Chief rafa@wiremag.com

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DINING DELICIOUS By Rafa Carvajal

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love dining by the beach, so I recently enjoyed delectable craft burgers, delicious Mexican food and flavorful cocktails overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne's Dune and Cantina Beach restaurants and bars.

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Dune is located on the private beach of The Ritz Carlton, just steps from the ocean. I spent my day relaxing with my feet in the sand and enjoying savory cocktails on plush seating and a private VIP cabana. Dune's menu includes shared appetizers, salads, unique hand-crafted burgers made with a proprietary blend of beef short rib, brisket and chuck, and other flavorful creations on a bun. I particularly enjoyed the Blue Crab with mango gazpacho, smashed avocado, mixed greens, Persian cucumber, Sciabica's lemon olive oil, and grilled focaccia; the Signature Burger with ground bison, foie gras, pecan wood smoked bacon, red leaf lettuce, house-made pickle, trule lime aioli, and red wine demi; and the Deep Sea burger with blackened mahi, mango and pineapple cabbage slaw, cilantro and tartar sauce. Every Sunday, you can enjoy a beachside lounge party with a live DJ spinning great music.

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Cantina Beach is the beachside casual Mexican restaurant located in the heart of the resort's pool-scape overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. As Miami's only oceanfront, coastal Mexican restaurant, Cantina offers innovative items and daily specials inspired by Mexico's diverse culinary regions. You can enjoy lunch and dinner daily, plus happy hour Monday through Friday 5-7 p.m. Cantina also has its own Tequilier to make recommendations on its 110 premium Tequila selections, which is the largest 100% Agave Tequila collection in Miami, a thatched palapa roof built by the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians, tiki torches and a fire pit. I whetted my appetite with a Spicy Mango Margarita with El Jimador Blanco tequila, sweet mango nectar, Sprite, sour mix, and Tabasco. I then enjoyed a Watermelon Margarita with Silver tequila, fresh watermelon, and a dash of jalapeño with my mouth-watering dishes, which included: Guacamole Prepared Table Side, with Haas avocados, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, tomato, cotija cheese, and jalapeños; Crispy Shrimp with spicy mango sauce, green onions, and chile de arbol; Taco De Pescado with Pacific sea bass, ancho chili adobo, spicy ranch, lettuce, mango pico de gallo, and radish; and Enchiladas de Pollo with salsa verde, Chihuahua cheese, crema Mexicana and cotija cheese.


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TWIST CELEBRATES ANOTHER WONDERFUL ANNIVERSARY:

26 YEARS GOING STRONG IN SOUTH BEACH By Rafa Carvajal

s LGBTQ establishments go, TWIST is truly an institution. For 26 wonderful years, it has provided fun nights out for countless members of the LGBTQ community from Miami and the Beaches, the U.S. and countries around the world. TWIST has also been visited by many famous celebrities looking to have a gay time out in South Beach partying with both locals and tourists. Whether having a sti drink for happy hour, hanging out with friends, watching a drag show, dancing to your favorite pop, house or Latin music, enjoying TWIST's sexy dancers, or partying into the early hours of the morning, everyone loves TWIST for its seven bars, three dance floors and dierent vibes in every room. "Never a cover... always a groove," seven nights a week, every week of the year has made TWIST legendary and extremely popular with all its patrons.

Photo by J.R. Davis

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I sat down with TWIST co-owner Joel Stedman, manager J.D. Bower, bartender Mario Trejo and drag performer TP Lords to look back at 26 wonderful years, and chat about what makes TWIST so special to our LGBTQ community.


JOEL STEDMAN | CO-OWNER Rafa Carvajal: From your perspective as an owner of TWIST, how does it feel for it to turn 26? Joel Stedman: We are honored and so incredibly thankful. Our extremely loyal guests and friends continue to make TWIST the institution it is today. RC: What are you and your team planning for this year's anniversary? JS: This year, we will have complimentary cocktails from 9-11 p.m. with amazing hors d'oeuvres from the Gourmet Station. VJ and bartender Nathan P. Smith is giving away a select few of this year's 26th anniversary DVD compilation. Our dancers in the Bungalow will arrive early and put on a special anniversary show. The legendary TP Lords will perform with the one and only Athena Dion in the main room. Josefina Globos is putting together another outrageous show for her comedy hit La Fiesta de la Croqueta in Bar 5. It will be nonstop all night. Photo provided by TWIST

"ONE THING IS FOR SURE, TWIST WILL ALWAYS HAVE FRIENDLY, ENGAGING BARTENDERS, WORLD-CLASS DJS AND A VIBE THAT IS ALWAYS ABOUT HAVING A GREAT TIME!" - JOEL STEDMAN

RC: How do you see TWIST evolving in the next 5 years? JS: We try to listen very hard to what our guests want and don't want. Nightlife and South Beach are changing very quickly, and we want to always be that sweet spot in the mix. One thing is for sure, TWIST will always have friendly, engaging bartenders, worldclass DJs and a vibe that is always about having a great time! Cheers to another 26! Photo by J.R. Davis

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J.D. BOWER | MANAGER Rafa Carvajal: How did you get your job at TWIST? J.D. Bower: Several years ago, when I was working and living in Provincetown, I helped make reservations and arrange accommodations for TWIST co-owners Richard Trainor and Joel Stedman for a Fourth of July stay. At the last minute, an unexpected disaster happened and I quickly had to find new accommodations. I did and they were impressed with my ingenuity and ethic of "making it work." From there, Richard and I became friends, and he asked me to join the TWIST family in a managerial position. RC: What is the best part of your job and what are your main responsibilities? JDB: The best part of my job is that I get to work with everyone. Bartenders, co-managers, bar backs, security and oďŹƒce personnel. I oversee the flow and progression of work in seven bars, and the end result is that it all must work. It's my duty to "make it work," and when it does it's a great satisfaction.

Photo by J.R. Davis

"TWIST IS CONSIDERED BY MANY TO BE THEIR HOME." - J.D. BOWER

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RC: What should your patrons look forward to the most about celebrating TWIST's 26th-anniversary? JDB: The celebration of the amazing fact that it's 26! No other club in South Beach has existed for that many years consecutively. It's an institution. RC: Why do you think people love TWIST so much? JDB: People love TWIST because it is for everyone with seven bars appealing to all cultures, genders, and nationalities with friendly, knowledgeable bartenders and security that greet every guest with a gracious welcome at the door. TWIST is considered by many to be their home. RC: Who is your favorite celebrity you've met at TWIST? JDB: Richard Trainor. He is a true celebrity.

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MARIO TREJO | BARTENDER Rafa Carvajal: How did you first start bartending at TWIST? Mario Trejo: At first, I was opposed to the idea of even working in a gay club. However, a friend at the time convinced me and introduced me to the then general manager, Valentino Erickson, and then I met with co-owners Joel and Richard. The rest is history. RC: What do you enjoy the most about working in the video bar at TWIST? MT: It's hard to pick one thing, but it's the energy! The combination of our loyal patrons from near and far, the videos and the comradery between myself and Nathan. RC: What makes a good cocktail? MT: One that's fun, tasty, and made with love. RC: You're a pro during Turnabout. Which one of your performances is your favorite, and why? MT: My favorite is when I performed as Diana Ross and did a number from the movie Chicago with Duni. We rehearsed the routine for two months to get it perfect. I was living in New York at the time and flew in specifically to perform in the 2015 turnabout. It was a lot of fun. RC: Why do you think it is important for our community to have such a popular LGBTQ establishment in South Beach? MT: It's very important because our community needs a safe place to call home. Somewhere we know we can be free, able to express ourselves, and not be judged or chastised, and TWIST allows that! RC: What are your top three memories at TWIST? MT: 1) When my mom and aunt came to visit me. 2) When TWIST was honored by the City of Miami Beach. 3) New Year's 2012.

Photo by J.R. Davis

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RC: Is there anything else you would like to share with Wire Magazine readers? MT: I would just want everyone to remember to be kind and loving towards each other. Throughout the years and decades, our community has been hated on, chastised, beaten, bullied, treated cruelly, called vile names, looked down upon by society, and even murdered. This is the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. Let's not perpetuate the hatred and negativity towards one another by shading or looking down at those who may or may not fit the status quo or have a dierent view on what's good or not, right or wrong. But, embrace everyone's individuality and dierences, and lift each other up to higher heights and a stronger, united community.

"EMBRACE EVERYONE'S INDIVIDUALITY AND DIFFERENCES, AND LIFT EACH OTHER UP TO HIGHER HEIGHTS AND A STRONGER, UNITED COMMUNITY." - MARIO TREJO

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TP LORDS | DRAG PERFORMER Rafa Carvajal: Why do you like to be a drag performer at TWIST? TP Lords: I like being a drag performer at TWIST because it's like a family. Everyone is so respectful and, of course, TWIST is an iconic staple in the LGBTQ community. I am honored to be part of such a legacy.

"YOU ALWAYS HAVE A SAFE SPACE TO ENJOY YOURSELVES WITH US, WITHOUT DRAMA." - TP LORDS

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RC: Tell our readers about your drag persona. TPL: My drag persona is basically fueled by music. Anything that I really like, I put a performance together and serve nice and warm. RC: What are you looking forward to the most about performing at TWIST's 26th anniversary? TPL: I am looking forward to seeing all the people who have supported us for so many years. Getting to meet them, chat with them and, of course, party with them! RC: What does TWIST mean to you? TPL: Having a safe space where we can all be ourselves and share it with other LGBTQ people.

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RC: Describe your drag style. TPL: Out of the box, musically motivated and creative. RC: How is performing in drag at TWIST different than at other bars and clubs? TPL: Performing in drag at TWIST is dierent because you really get to connect with the audience. It's more intimate and personable, and always a good time. RC: What is your fondest memory performing at TWIST? TPL: When we have Turnabout. All of our hard working bartenders get in drag and get to perform for the audience. I get to host and watch these men turn it out. RC: Is there anything else you would like to share with Wire Magazine readers? TPL: The only thing I would like to share with Wire Magazine readers is that you can come to see us at TWIST every day of the week. There is always something dierent going on. You always have a safe space to enjoy yourselves with us, without drama.

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OUT & ABOUT By Michael Bustamante

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WILTON MANORS

he 20th Anniversary Stonewall Pride Wilton Manors will take place June 15 from 3-11 p.m., celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Stonewall is not just about our past, but also about our present and future. The Festival reminds us that we must remember the past, celebrate the present and work towards a better future with full equality for all our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. The fun-filled event will feature a $5 admissions fee to better ensure and support Pride safety. If you are over 21, your pre-paid entrance bracelet comes with a complimentary Absolut frozen drink. For more information and to purchase your ticket, visit wiltonmanorsstonewall.com. Wire Magazine sat down with Stonewall Pride Wilton Manors Vice President For Development James A. Forsythe to preview this year's Festival and find out what Pride means to him.

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Michael Bustamante: What is your role at Stonewall Pride Wilton Manors and what does it entail? James A. Forsythe: My oďŹƒcial role is that I am the vice president for development. In that capacity, I work with our sponsors and vendors. We normally have 25 sponsors and 100 vendors for the Pride Festival.

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MB: Tell us about this year's Stonewall Pride Wilton Manors. JAF: This year is a special year for the Stonewall Pride Wilton Manors as this is not only the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, but it is the 20th anniversary of the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride. Our Stonewall Pride theme for this year is Stonewall Pride 20/50, remembering the past, celebrating the present, committing to the future. MB: What does Pride mean to you? JAF: Pride means dignity. We can be unashamed in acknowledging who we are, and proud of our gifts and talents. MB: What's new and different about this year's Pride celebration? JAF: This year, we will have three co-grand marshalls. John Fiore was the mayor of Wilton Manors for the first Pride celebration in Wilton Manors, William Hayden was at Stonewall the week of the riots, and Niki Lopez is a young African American lesbian activist, reflecting the theme of this year's Festival. There has been a lot of road construction on Wilton Drive this year, so the parade will "snake" down Wilton Drive rather than just being a straight shot (pun intended).

setting up barricades and canopies, with vendors coming in at noon and the event starting at 3 p.m. At the same time, we are coordinating a parade of over 100 entries which begins at 4 p.m. Then at 11 p.m., we get to start breaking the event down and, at 4 a.m. the next morning, we get to go home and go to bed.

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MB: What goes into putting together an event of the magnitude? JAF: A lot of prayers and hard work! It is pretty much a 24 hour a day job for the two months prior for the executive team of three. About a month out we start bringing in coordinators for key areas of entertainment, parade, and volunteer coordination. Once a month, for five months, we meet with the city, the Police Department, the FBI, Homeland Security, the Sheriff Department, and a few other people to talk about logistics, street closings, and security. On the day of the festival, we are on the street at 4 a.m.

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MB: What is the biggest challenge you've faced in organizing this year's Stonewall Pride Wilton Manors? JAF: Money. This event is easily a half million dollar event to produce, half of which is in cash. We have been very lucky this year with strong support from our This year, as a commitment to the diversity sponsors. For the first time in four years, we have a presenting sponsor in AHF, and of the LGBTQ+ community, we are coordi- we have had terrific help from our media sponsors, especially iHeart Media and nating with several local non-profits to hold NBC6. Pride events in the two weeks leading up to the Festival. In greater support of diversity, MB: What would you like our readers to know the most about this year's Stonewall within the Pride celebration, we will have Pride Wilton Manors? separate areas for Black Pride, Latinx Pride, JAF: This is a truly fantastic event for our city and the LGBTQ community. We need and Trans Pride. Four Prides in one celebra- to celebrate who we are and support one another. Especially with the current potion! Including stages on the street and in litical climate. We must remember where we came from, rejoice in what we have private parking lots, this year's festival will gained, and commit to the continued growth and acceptance of LGBTQ rights. feature 7 stages, and we are offering a VIP section. There is a $5 admission to help un- MB: Is there anything else you'd like to share with Wire Magazine readers? derwrite the cost of security and infrastruc- JAF: The 2019 Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride! Come share in the joy and the ture. celebration.


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