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ISSUE # 17 | 04.26.18 ARTS NEWSIE PICKS: CHICAGO, JERSEY BOYS & HARRY PORTER TOP TRAX: 25 YEARS OF TONI BRAXTON HOME CHEF: BALANCING THE SWEET IN SWEET POTATOES


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SIGN UP! TABLE OF CONTENTS: 8. HOME CHEF: BALANCING THE SWEET IN SWEET

POTATOES

Learn all about the versatility of the sweet potato and enjoy some great ways to prepare a few savory sweet potato dishes that everyone will love.

12. TOP TRAX: 25 YEARS OF TONI BRAXTON

Toni Braxton is celebrating her 25th anniversary in music, and the seven-time Grammy winner is proving that she can still smoke them all with her latest release, Sex & Cigarettes.

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SERGEY BOYTCOV

Beautiful models from around the world come to South Florida to get in front of the lenses of Photo Studio Miami, including this week's sexy Russian import Sergey Boytcov.

20. ARTS NEWSIE PICKS: CHICAGO, JERSEY BOYS & HARRY POTTER

Enjoy two great musicals, Chicago & Jersey Boys, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra.

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PUBLISHER'S CORNER CONGRATULATIONS TO THE OUTSHINE FILM FESTIVAL I want to start this week by extending my congratulations to the OUTshine Film Festival team on celebrating its 20 year anniversary with some fantastic films. I have seen many of the films in this year's Festival and have been very impressed by the quality of the selections and how they truly reflect many of the issues we face as members of the LGBTQ community. The films have made me laugh, cry, think about my life and truly reflect about the many struggles members of our community have to deal with. If you have not attended any of the OUTshine film screenings, you still have time to sit in a movie theater sorrounded by members of our LGBTQ community and enjoy some great cinema. The OUTshine Film Festival will continue showcasing delightful films until this Sunday, so visit outshinefilm.com to preview some of the remaining films, read the synopses and watch the trailers. I also recommend reading our Wire Magazine 20th anniversary OUTshine Film Festival special issue published last week by visiting wiremag.com/pastissues. Our special issue provides a full overview of the Festival, plus our 23 spotlight films recommendations. For this week's issue, I sat down with our friends from Photo Studio Miami and had a chat with Jorge Freire about their photography work, the beautiful models from around the world who come to South Florida to get in front of Jorge and Abel's lens, what they love about their work, and much more. We also complement this look into Photo Studio Miami's work with several stunning photographs from their recent photo shoot of Russian model and Men's Physique Champion of Moscow, Sergey Boytcov. Check them out! In Home Chef, Michael Sasser teaches us about the versatility of the sweet potato and provides some great ways to prepare a few savory dishes that everyone will love. I like to cook, so Michael continues to teach me new tricks and recipes in each one of his Home Chef columns. In my Arts Newsie Picks for this week, I provide three great musical alternatives coming to South Florida: the Broadway musicals Chicago & Jersey Boys, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra. Finally, in Top Trax, DJ FR8-O celebrates Toni Braxton's 25th anniversary in music, and reminds us the seven-time Grammy winner proves that she can still smoke them all with her latest release, Sex & Cigarettes. In closing, I want to remind you that we are providing a FREE digital subscription to Wire Magazine to everyone who signs up by visiting wiremag.com/free or by texting freemag to 22828. Be sure to get your FREE subscription and tell your friends, so they can also take advantage of this special offer. We love our readers and want to show our great appreciation for all of you by providing a FREE digital subscription to anyone who wants to receive Wire Magazine every week.

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HOME CHEF By Michael W. Sasser

BALANCING

THE SWEET IN SWEET POTATOES

hen is a potato not a potato... when it's a sweet potato. Totally different things. You know, as in yams. Wait, yams are a tuber but not the things typically found on American tables? Ah, the orange-hued ones most Americans associate with sweet potatoes are indeed sweet potatoes, while yams are lighter in color and lack the beta karoten that give the colorful version their health heft. Gotcha. If there is something most people agree upon it's that sweet potatoes are largely associated with super-sweet holiday side dishes with marshmallows to boot, baked goods and – in recent years – a fry variation that makes us feel less guilty.

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Fries are a good example of a different philosophy when it comes to cooking sweet potatoes. Instead of accentuating the sweet in them, use that sweet to balance savory elements. After all, good cooking is based on balancing different tastes. I never realized their savory potential until about 20 years ago at a diner in Cutler Ridge where they served mashed potatoes made of half white and half sweet potatoes, prepared exactly like traditional mashed potatoes. It was an epiphany. Since then, and since sweet potatoes are a healthy, nutrition-dense food, they've been on my menu regularly.

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HERE ARE A FEW IDEAS FOR SAVORY SWEET POTATO DISHES: • I frequently bake a sweet potato and serve exactly as I would a baked potato. Personally, I use real butter, salt and pepper, garlic and smoky piquant paprika. If it's a centerpiece or serving guests, I might add sour cream, Greek yogurt, tzatziki or crème fraiche and pepitas. • There are plenty of recipes online for mashed potatoes using a combination of sweet and white potatoes. The secret to any successful version is making sure the textures of both sweet and white are the same when you mash, or the blend will feel off. Otherwise, it's a matter of the balance of sweet and white (some go 50-50, but it's definitely to taste) and how indulgent you want to be in the other ingredients (butter, cream). I find roasted garlic and olive oil based butter make for a memorable variation. • Use baked sweet potato flesh to thicken soups and give them a distinct taste. When I think soups with a balance of sweet and savory, I think Thai and other Asian cuisines. Try putting together a broth-based Thai themed soup and complete by thickening with a combination of sweet potato flesh and coconut milk. In a pinch, when guests once suddenly showed up, I put together a soup so themed, dropped in a dollop of jasmine rice and it was a memorable entrée. • Use sweet potato flesh as the basis for your favorite fritter or as a sweet potato cake, either baked or fried. I've made a purple potato/sweet potato cake that had great color, but was still subtle enough to be the base for whatever I wanted to do from there. I topped mine with grilled onions and a small dollop of harissa for a kick. Sweet potatoes offer limitless potential for finding savory home dishes with plenty of nutritional value, but can be used in everything from simple, healthy weeknight sides to really quite sophisticated – if not difficult to make – centerpieces. Try experimenting with sweet potatoes, and remember the key to their savory use is balance – just like like. Just don't call them yams. Well, unless they are. But that's a whole other story. 10 WIREMAG.COM #17 2018

SWEET POTATO FRIES

Sweet potato fries are the "gateway" preparation to encourage the savory potential of the sweet potato, so getting these right is important. Fortunately, the baked version is easy. DIRECTIONS: • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line 2 baking sheets with foil; spray with nonstick cooking spray. • Peel the sweet potatoes, if desired, and cut into 1/4-inch strips. I prefer not to peel them. • For crisper results, place a metal rack on each baking sheet. • In a large bowl, combine sweet potatoes, olive oil (or peanut oil if you prefer) and salt; with your hands, toss to coat. • Spread sweet potatoes in a single layer on racks or foil without crowding. • Bake until crisp, about 30 minutes, flipping halfway through. Serve as you would French fries, or try different dips or finish with parmesan cheese. They're good with tahini. Or go light with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice and fresh cracked pepper.

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Before you go calling this a "comeback" album, I should probably mention that Braxton has never stopped making music; with her last album being the Grammy-winning Marriage & Divorce in 2014. Besides churning out seven other studio albums over the last two and a half decades, the multi-talented singer-songwriter/actress also spent some time on Broadway; first in her groundbreaking role as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, another time as the lead in Aida, and finally, a guest star appearance in After Midnight. She recently showed off her acting chops on the small screen as well in Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story. Then, of course, there's the reality guilty pleasure she shares with her sisters, Braxton Family Values, now in its sixth season. As if that wasn't enough to keep her dance card all booked up, the diva still carves out time to be a spokesperson for Lupus – a disease she was diagnosed with in 2010. She also represents Autism Speaks on behalf of her son Diezel. Reflecting on her journey's silver anniversary, Braxton reveals: "I never imagined that 25 years later I'd have done all the things I've accomplished, but I knew I would be singing. For whatever reason, music has always given me the strength to get up – even when I didn't want to." So it should come as no surprise that on her ninth time at the gate, Sex & Cigarettes showcases the seasoned artist's more experienced and adventurous side. Once again reunited with Babyface

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ith a voice that's smoother than silk and richer than cream, Toni Braxton redefined what was R&B in the '90s. Her breakout hit "Love Shoulda Brought You Home" off the soundtrack to the box office blockbuster Boomerang was our first clue that Braxton was someone to watch, but it was follow-ups like "Another Sad Love Song," "Breathe Again" and the iconic "Un-Break My Heart" that kept her on our radar, and galvanized her place in the pop arena. Now celebrating her 25th anniversary in music, the seven-time Grammy winner is proving that she can still smoke them all with her latest release, Sex & Cigarettes.

– the legendary producer responsible for her early rise to fame – Braxton delivers eight exquisite tracks that tiptoe on the line between R&B and pop. As if not a day has passed since her debut, her smoky voice still mesmerizes as she navigates through stories of love and betrayal. The heartbreaking title track in particular – which she co-wrote – spotlights the vulnerability that we've come to relish from Braxton. "It's basically a song about the movement of infidelity," she explains. "The slow walk of it and how your heart feels when you have to admit this is happening." Flip-flopping between stripped down ballads and mid-tempo grooves, Sex & Cigarettes doesn't resort to over-the-top productions or extreme reinvention gimmicks to convince us that the multi-platinum-selling superstar is still relevant. We already know she is. What you get instead is a modern take on classic Toni Braxton. And as we all know, the classics never go out of style.

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. 12 WIREMAG.COM #17 2018


SERGEY BOYTCOV Through The Lens of Photo Studio Miami By Rafa Carvajal Photos by Abel Cruz & Jorge Freire. Photostudiomiami.com

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"WHILE WE ARE KNOWN FOR THE BEAUTIFUL MEN WE SHOOT, WE ALSO SHOOT FASHION, FITNESS, FAMILIES, AND HEADSHOTS – YOU NAME IT, WE DO IT!" - JORGE FREIRE


ounded back in 2008 by our friends and frequent Wire Magazine contributors, Abel Cruz and Jorge Freire, Photo Studio Miami's dream was "to create a photography studio that is diverse and creative with a Miami edge," and today we've all been lucky enough to see the fruits of that dream become a reality many times over in the pages of Wire Magazine and other international magazines, with covers and photo spreads of their stunning male models. While Photo Studio Miami is known for the beautiful men they photograph, their photography work also includes fashion, fitness, families and portraits. You can book your own photo shoot by visiting photostudiomiami.com or emailing photostudiomiami@gmail.com. This week, we feature their recent photo shoot of model Sergey Boytcov, Russian Men's Physique Champion of Moscow. Sergey reached out to Photo Studio Miami via Instagram prior to his trip to Miami and you can enjoy the sexy results from the shoot in this week's cover story and photo essay.

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SERGEY BOYTCOV

"IT TAKES A TEAM OF PEOPLE TO BRING A LOT OF THESE IDEAS TO LIFE, AND WHEN YOU HAVE A GROUP OF ARTISTS COMING TOGETHER TO CREATE A VISION THE RESULT IS MAGICAL."


Wire Magazine sat down with Jorge Freire to discuss Photo Studio Miami and find out more about their shoot with Sergey Boytcov. Rafa Carvajal: Tell our readers about the work you do at Photo Studio Miami. Jorge Freire: Photo Studio Miami is a manifestation of a dream Abel and I had nearly 14 years ago. I had been doing photography for 10 years at that point, but it was more of a hobby. Abel saw the potential in me to make this bigger than just an idea. He bought me my first lights and backdrops, and started shooting with me as well. Fourteen years later, here we are getting published all over the world and part of the amazing family at Wire Magazine. While we are known for the beautiful men we shoot, we also shoot fashion, fitness, families, and headshots – you name it, we do it! RC: What did you enjoy the most about working with Sergey Boytcov? JF: Well, it is a funny story because he doesn't speak English and we don't speak Russian. Luckily, this guy is more than just looks. His funny and animated personality is what really helped us transcend the language barrier. So, through improvised sign language, mirroring poses and a whole lot of laughter, we were able to create the images you see here. RC: How did you meet Sergey? JF: We met on Instagram. Sergey sent us a private message saying, "I will fly to Miami. Can we do a shoot?" We looked at his images on Instagram and said, "Yes!" We agreed on a date and he showed up. It was like ordering a beautiful model online, ha-ha. RC: What is the biggest challenge of working as photographers of male models? JF: We have been at this for some time now and things have changed. While years ago it was all about a beautiful face and fit body, nowadays all these beautiful guys feel like they have to be competition ready before they shoot. This can be problematic because they hold themselves to strict diets and water limitations that don't allow them to be at full charge throughout the entire shoot like we need them to be. No one understands how difficult it is for them to constantly flex, pose and look natural while doing it. In our studio, we now have an area where they can take breaks to eat and recharge, so we can get the shots we need to book them on magazine covers.

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RC: What do you enjoy the most about your work? JF: The thing we enjoy the most is how different the work can be from shoot to shoot. One day we can be shooting corporate headshots, and the next we'll be shooting mermaids at the beach. Also the friendships we have made with other people in the industry will last a lifetime. It takes a team of people to bring a lot of these ideas to life, and when you have a group of artists coming together to create a vision the result is magical. RC: How do models usually come to you? JF: Instagram has created a social media platform where one photo can reach an audience on the other side of the world in seconds. This is also the way models are able to reach out to us and vice versa. Scouting models was so difficult years ago, now all you have to do is scroll through your phone. Just look at the way we met Sergey! RC: What is your current struggle? JF: The largest struggle is that there are not enough hours in a day. RC: What else would you like to share with Wire Magazine readers? JF: First of all, thank you to our family at Wire Magazine for all the love and constant support you guys give us. To the readers, if you see us out and about, say hello. You have no idea how incredible it is for us to know who you are. Without you there would be no us. Follow us on Instagram at Jorgino29 and Abel4all. Thank you, everyone. Big hugs!

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