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ISSUE # 13 | 06.20.19 DISPLAY UNTIL 07.02.19

BY PHOTO STUDIO MIAMI

VICTOR JAVI

TOP TRAX: 50 YEARS OF PRIDE ANTHEMS DESTINATIONS: GAY-FRIENDLY BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA FLIX: THE TOMORROW MAN DINING DELICIOUS: TORO TORO


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TABLE OF CONTENTS: 8. TOP TRAX: 50 YEARS OF PRIDE

It's time to break out your rainbow gear and celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month with these classic and contemporary Pride anthems.

12. FLIX: THE TOMORROW MAN

Flix writer Alyn Darnay goes in-depth on why he isn't a fan of The Tomorrow Man.

14. COVER STORY: MEET MODEL VICTOR JAVI BY

PHOTO STUDIO MIAMI

This week's cover story introduces Wire Magazine readers to Cuban fitness model Victor Javi with some very sexy photos from his recent photo shoot by Photo Studio Miami.

18. DESTINATIONS: BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA

Deemed by Joey Amato as one of the most welcoming and gay-friendly small cities, Bloomington, Indiana is a great destination to visit for a weekend getaway.

22. DINING DELICIOUS: TORO TORO

Enjoy delicious Latin American fare and craft cocktails from an array of delectable options at Toro Toro Restaurant & Bar at the iconic InterContinental in Downtown Miami.

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ARTS NEWSIE: A BRONX TALE

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PUBLISHER'S CORNER PRIDE ANTHEMS TO CELEBRATE A HAPPY 50TH PRIDE It is hard to believe that almost half of 2019 has already gone by, and we will soon be celebrating our nation's Independence Day on July 4th. For this week's cover story, we interviewed fitness model Victor Javi, who left Havana, Cuba and came to the United States when he was 15 years old. We also included some very sexy photos taken by Jorge Freire from Photo Studio Miami during his recent photo shoot of Victor. Enjoy the photos! Since it's June, we should be breaking out our rainbow gear and celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month. This year, Pride Month is extra special because it marks the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that started it all. It was during the night of June 28 half a century ago in New York City that fed up, courageous members of our LGBTQ community decided it was time to be seen and heard and fought back. Therefore, in Top Trax, we bring you some classic and contemporary Pride anthems to celebrate a happy 50th Pride. This week, we also include some fun photos from Saturday's Stonewall Pride in Wilton Manors. I invite you to visit wiremag.com and view our photopages with many more pics of people celebrating Pride in Wilton Manors. For this issue's Dining Delicious, I was very glad to attend a special family-style dinner at Toro Toro Restaurant & Bar and sample several of Executive Chef Jean Delgado's delicious new dishes and specialty cocktail oerings. Toro Toro is the Pan-Latin steakhouse located inside the InterContinental Miami in the heart of Downtown Miami. Its new menu showcases the flavors, techniques and culinary nuances from the cuisines of the Caribbean Islands and the Americas. In Destinations, we showcase the gay oasis of Bloomington, Indiana. This city is one of the most welcoming and gay-friendly small cities travel writer Joey Amato has ever been to, partially due to Indiana University and the LGBTQ initiatives they have implemented over the past few decades. Add to this a bohemian lifestyle among residents and Bloomington is a great destination to visit for a weekend getaway. In Flix, film critic Alyn Darnay reviews The Tomorrow Man, and tells us why two brilliant actors were locked in some trumped-up concoction of characters that have no possibility of being remotely real, in search of a compelling story that doesn't exist – proving that "great actors and great acting are never enough to make a bad story acceptable." This weekend is the new Wynwood Pride in Miami. You can learn more about what to expect by visiting wiremag.com to read our online article about Wynwood Pride, the events taking place and the entertainers who will be performing. Cheers,

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CO M E OU T, C OME OUT, W H E R EVER YOU ARE:

50 YEARS OF PRIDE!

"I'm Coming Out" (Barry Harris 2018 Remix) - Diana Ross Inspired after spotting three drag queens dressed as Diana Ross in a New York City club, Nile Rodgers penned this track for Miss Ross in 1980 for her self-titled album. Almost four decades later, it's still the seminal soundtrack of the LGBTQ community. "Supermodel" (You Better Work) - RuPaul Mama Ru sashayed drag culture into the forefront of pop in the early '90s with this iconic anthem and became the first multimedia drag superstar. Then, she did it again nearly 20 years later with her addictive reality show RuPaul's Drag Race. The category is (and always will be) Pride realness! "Boys Wear Pink" - Todrick Hall Ever since his American Idol debut in 2010, Todrick has been an unstoppable force; resident choreographer for RuPaul's Drag Race, starring in Broadway's Kinky Boots, Chicago, and selling out venues around the world with his dynamic live shows. His Pride can't help but shine through on this uplifting anthem. "So Am I" (Majestic Remix) - Ava Max She may be sweet and a little psycho, but that's why we love her! This unapologetic newcomer has been making lots of waves on the scene lately. She fearlessly flaunts her uniqueness every chance she gets and wants the rest of us to do the same, remembering that "It's ok to be different, cuz baby so am I."

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une is here, and you know what that means. It's time to break out your rainbow gear and celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month! This year is extra special because it marks the 50th Anniversary of the historical moment that started it all – the Stonewall Riots. It was on that incendiary night on June 28 in New York City, that our community forefathers and mothers decided enough was enough, and it was time to be seen and heard. Since then, Pride Month has been about expressing our community's uniqueness for all the world to see; not hiding in the shadows in shame. However you decide to make yourself seen and heard on our golden anniversary, here are some classic and contemporary Pride anthems to back you up, honey. Happy 50th Pride!


"Proud" (Peter Presta QAF Mix) - Heather Small The ground-breaking TV show Queer As Folk pushed the LGBTQ community into the mainstream spotlight in Y2K. Not only did it show gay men and women falling in love (and in bed) together, it featured some of the most legendary gay anthems, like this one by M People's former frontwoman. "True Colors" - Cyndi Lauper Not all anthems need to be dance floor fillers. This multi-talented artist has been fighting for our community her entire career. She even started a foundation to help homeless LGBTQ youth, named after this very song. "Beautiful" (Peter Rauhofer Remix) - Christina Aguilera The core of LGBTQ Pride is celebrating what makes us different, despite what others think. Christina clearly understood that and wanted to make sure the world believed it too. The incredible Peter Rauhofer flawlessly took her message to the next level, leaving his own legacy for revelers to enjoy for generations to come. "A Deeper Love" (Sam Halabi Remix) - Aretha Franklin The world lost a treasure last summer, so it's only fitting that we celebrate the queen of soul this season. In 1994, her powerhouse voice became the voice of LGBTQ Prides across the globe. While the original still remains as flawless as ever, this remix gives it just enough of a polish to keep things fresh for the kids. "I Am What I Am" (Shep Pettibone Remix) - Gloria Gaynor Before there was The Birdcage there was La Cage Aux Folles. The "I Will Survive" singer covered the theme song from this famous Broadway musical in 1984, making it soar once again. 30 years later, legendary Producer Shep Pettibone gave it his magic touch, proving that – like the LGBTQ community – Gaynor truly is a survivor. "Born This Way" (any version) - Lady Gaga Since this anthem is all about diversity and inclusion, far be it from me to dictate which of the dozens of remixes out there is the best. Express your Pride to the deepest dance floor remix, the sexiest pool party mix, or even the laid back country version – just as long as you show it for another 50 years!

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. #13 2019 WIREMAG.COM 9


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By Alyn Darnay

THE TOMORROW MAN nce upon a time, I actually thought great actors and great acting could make any film work. Then, I grew up and figured out that only a great story can make a film great, no matter how good the actors in it may be. Without a compelling script that captures the audience from the start and continues to hold them through to the end, all you're left with is wondering where is this story going and will it ever get there?

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY:

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citizens. Ed Hemsler (Lithgow), a retired systems analyst, spends his life preparing for the apocalypse, while demure Ronnie Meisner (Danner), a retail store employee, spends her life compulsively shopping for things she doesn't need.

Lonely Ed notices lonely Ronnie's shopping habits and mistakenly determines that she, like himself, is also preparing for the end of the world. So, he devises a way to meet and engage her in conversation; talking is something he Such is the case with The Tomor- does incessantly, while on the othrow Man. You have two brilliant er hand, she likes listening better. actors, locked in some trumpedup concoction of characters, It's a match made in movie heavwho have no possibility of being en, but can they become friends remotely real, in search of a com- and then overcome the complexpelling story that doesn't exist. ities of each other's baggage to find enough trust and acceptance That's it, that's all that's here. It's to get down to a real love affair? just a mundane, elongated kind of Twilight Zone episode, that's This is Noble Jones' first feature so far fetched and so painful- film and it shows. His pacing is ly boring that it's hard to stay deadly slow, his camerawork awake through the whole thing. ranges from film school slick to And, if you do make it all the way meaningless long shot, and he through to the 'surprise ending,' uses his actors disappointingly. you'll realize the fact I stated be- As to the cast, all are uniformly fore, that great actors and great decent with, of course, Lithgow acting are never enough to make and Danner delivering the stand a bad story acceptable. out performances you'd expect. Here's the storyline…

My take… I hate to see good actors relegated to working in poor In a small town, a December-De- films. This is a poor film, wait to cember romance is brewing be- see it on the TV, if you're interesttween two very eccentric senior ed, if it ever gets there. The Tomorrow Man Rating: 1-1/2 Stars (out of 5) Rated: PG-13

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VICTOR JAVI BY PHOTO STUDIO MIAMI By Rafa Carvajal | Photos by Jorge Freire | photostudiomiami.com

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iami has a large, successful and very active Cuban community. So it is very appropriate that this week we bring you an interview and a photo essay of Victor Javi, who left Havana, Cuba and came to the United States when he was 15 years old. Today, he makes a living as a fitness cover model and doing online training. Victor's sexy photos were taken by Jorge Freire from Photo Studio Miami during a recent photo shoot. Rafa Carvajal: Where are you originally from and where do you live? Victor Javi: I'm originally from Havana, Cuba, but came to the U.S. when I was 15 years old. RC: Describe yourself in a couple of words. VJ: Driven, powerful, positive, hardworking, and responsible. RC: What do you do for a living? VJ: I'm a fitness cover model, and also do online training. RC: Who is the professional icon that inspires you most, and why? VJ: Arnold and Mike O'Hearn always inspire me to have the perfect physique.

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I WORK OUT SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, EAT HEALTHILY, REST EIGHT HOURS, AND DO CARDIO. I'VE BEEN TRAINING FOR OVER NINE YEARS. - VICTOR JAVI

RC: How do you stay in such great shape? VJ: I work out seven days a week, eat healthily, rest eight hours, and do cardio. I've been training for over nine years. RC: What do you enjoy the most about modeling for photography? VJ: I enjoy seeing the good quality of the pictures, and how my body looks. RC: Boxers or briefs? VJ: Boxers. RC: What is your favorite food? VJ: Salmon and lobster are my favorite food. RC: What is your favorite pastime? VJ: Working out, shopping, and photo shoots. RC: Where would you travel if you could go anywhere, and why? VJ: I would like to go to Dubai. RC: What is your current struggle? VJ: I want to be out there. I want to be one of the top fitness models in the industry. RC: Where can we follow you? VJ: Instagram @victor_javi and @VJ__Fitness; Facebook: Victor Javi; Twitter: victor_ javii; Snapchat: victor_javii; my website vjfitness.com; and my Only Fans page onlyfans.com/victor_javi. RC: Is there anything else you would like to share with Wire Magazine readers? VJ: Yes, I want to thank Jorge for the photo shoot, and this opportunity in the fitness industry.

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DESTINATIONS By Joey Amato

n the heart of Pence country lies a gay oasis that needs to be on everyone's list of places to visit. Bloomington, Indiana is one of the most welcoming and gay-friendly small cities I have ever traveled to, partially due to Indiana University and the LGBTQ initiatives they have implemented over the past few decades. This coupled with a bohemian lifestyle among residents makes it a great destination to visit for a weekend getaway.

Upon entering the grounds of the Cultural Center, one is instantly transported to a foreign land. Tibetan Stupas, a Choekor Pagoda and The Kumbum Chamtse Ling Monastery welcome guests as they wander the beautifully manicured property. While there, take the time to meditate and learn about Buddhist culture. To continue your tour of Tibet, head to Little Tibet, a restaurant located on 4th Street in Downtown Bloomington. I recommend trying the Tibetan Cha tea, Mo Mo (panOne of the coolest attractions in the city fried dumplings) and Temo Sha Tsel, stir-fried vegetables in a garlic sauce served is the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultur- with jasmine rice. Tibetan cuisine is slightly reminiscent of Thai cuisine. al Center. I would never have known that Bloomington was home to such a rich Tibet- After dinner, check in to The Graduate Hotel, a fairly new property located in an culture, but, as I would soon discover, the the heart of the city, easily in walking distance to most places of interest. The colcity is extremely diverse in its cultural offer- lege-themed décor of the hotel is a bit different and takes some time to get used ings, especially when it comes to culinary to – especially if you graduated from college in the early part of the decade – but establishments. Downtown is rich in its offer- the hotel chain is catering towards university students and their families, so it works ing of international restaurants. From Thai to for their target audience. That being said, my room was incredible and featured Indian to Burmese cuisine, there is something a huge dining room, living area, walk-in shower and a king size bed that I didn't for everyone. want to move from each morning. 18 WIREMAG.COM #13 2019

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The first stop on my trip of LGBTQ Bloomington was the Rainbow Bakery. Don't expect any fancy lattes here. Instead, order a drip coffee and one of their delectable doughnuts. I opted for the maple bacon doughnut and it was as delicious as it sounds. The bakery staff is welcoming, and the establishment is one of the favorite morning destinations among locals. The city of Bloomington has enacted a nondiscrimination policy which provides all citizens an equal opportunity for education, employment, access to public accommodations and housing. This policy is on top of Indiana University's policy, making Bloomington a very welcoming and safe place for LGBTQ people to live, work and study.

Bloomington is also home to The Kinsey Institute for Sex Research. Named for Dr. Alfred Kinsey, the Institute had two primary goals: to continue the team's research on human sexual behavior; and to administer research resources, including research materials, a library, case histories, and other related materials. Drs. Alfred Kinsey, Wardell Pomeroy, and Clyde Martin developed the Heterosexual-Homosexual Rating Scale – more commonly known as "The Kinsey Scale," which showed people did not fit into exclusive heterosexual or homosexual categories. Guests can visit The Kinsey Institute Collections, which encompass print materials, film and video, fine art, artifacts, and photography collected from six continents and spanning more than 2,000 years of human history. Indiana University also boasts an active LGBTQ+ Alumni Association, whose goal is to improve the quality of life for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, staff, and alumni of IU on all eight campuses of the university. The organization sponsors educational activities, provides information on activities and events of interest to the IU LGBTQ+ community and award grants to deserving LGBTQ+ students and student organizations. 20 WIREMAG.COM #13 2019

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Not too far from campus is the Bloomington Salt Cave. It's not actually a cave, but it is the perfect place to unwind. A session includes a relaxing 45-minute stay in a room made up of Himalayan rock salt. The therapy is a proactive way to achieve overall health and wellness through the use of negative ions. Eastern Europeans have been using dry salt therapy for generations and there are now therapeutic salt caves all over the world.

If you need a break from your culture and history tour of Bloomington, head to Cardinal Spirits, a local distillery, and creator of Pride Vodka. While there, order one of their delicious hamburgers, which were cooked to perfection and quite filling. You won't leave hungry! In the mood for a drag show? Head to The Back Door, the city's only official gay bar. I say 'official' because many bars in the city are LGBTQ friendly and some locals mentioned a few others, but The Back Door is the only bar that bills itself as a gay establishment. While there, I had front row seats at their RuPaul's Drag Race-inspired competition, where they appointed Bloomington's next drag superstar. Bloomington is located about an hour outside of Indianapolis, so if you are visiting from the east or west coast, it would probably be easiest to fly into Indy and rent a car. I love exploring small LGBTQ-friendly towns and cities and Bloomington definitely didn't disappoint. It's surely one of the blue dots in Indiana. Enjoy the journey! Joey Amato is the publisher of Pride Journeys, a website dedicated to LGBTQ travel. Joey has spent over a decade in LGBTQ media and public relations and currently resides in both Nashville, Tennessee and Indianapolis, Indiana. He can be reached at joey@pridejourneys.com.


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have always enjoyed the food and cocktails at Toro Toro Restaurant & Bar, so I was happy to attend a special family-style dinner where I had the opportunity to sample several of Executive Chef Jean Delgado's delicious new dishes and specialty cocktail offerings that were a true celebration for all my senses. Toro Toro is the Pan-Latin steakhouse located inside the InterContinental Miami in the heart of Downtown Miami. Its new menu showcases the flavors, techniques and culinary nuances from the cuisines of the Caribbean Islands and the Americas.

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My friend Robert and I started our Toro Toro feast with a couple of specialty cocktails, the Encierro crafted by Michael Lassandro with Woodford Reserve, Carpano Antica, Luxardo Maraschino, and walnut bitters in a smoked glass; and the Me Quemo with Don Q AĂąejo rum, Disaronno, almond milk, Coco Lopez, strawberry puree, pineapple, lime, Creole bitters, and torched anise. We sampled several delectable dishes from the cold and hot small plates: Grilled Octopus with cilantro sauce, salsa criolla, and fried yuca; Parmesan Crusted Sea Scallops with lemon butter sauce; Chicharron De Camarones with crispy shrimp, aji amarillo, avocado, and rocoto; Miyazaki Tartare with sweet chili, fried egg, and shaved radishes; Seared Ahi Tuna Tiradito Salad with frisĂŠe, pea tendrils, avocado cream, and wasabi

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dressing; Beet Salad with pistachio, orange segments, ricotta cheese, and aji amarillo vinaigrette; and Arroz Chaufa with fried rice, chicken, chorizo, steak, egg, and vegetables. We then enjoyed some very enticing entrées from Toro Toro's Pan Latin Specials and Off The Wood-Burning Grill: Creekstone Farms - USDA Prime Beef 14 oz Prime Ribeye; Chipotle Miso Chilean Sea Bass with dashi broth, braised lettuce, asparagus, mushrooms, kabayaki sauce, and crispy lotus root; Family Size Chicken Paella with whole achiote chicken, sofrito, baby artichokes, and piquillo pepper; Charcoal Adobo Chicken with green rice, toasted almonds, cascabel jus, and grilled scallions; and Chuleta Kan Kan with arañitas, cilantro sauce, tomatillo kimchi, bibb lettuce, farrotto con gandules, and chorizo. For dessert, we loved the very appropriately named La Bomba, a scrumptious chocolate sphere with fresh berries, dulce de leche and strawberry ice cream, cream cheese mousse, almond cookie crumbs, caramel, vanilla, and berry sauce.

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