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ISSUE # 23 | 06.07.18

ENJOY THE

TOP TRAX: JESSIE J R.O.S.E. BLOOMS

ARTS NEWSIE PICKS: PRIDE CELEBRATION, ILLUSIONISTS & SAM SMITH

NEW HAPPY HOUR & SEXY BARTENDERS!

DESTINATIONS: BERMUDA BRITISH CULTURE PINK BEACHES & MUCH MORE

PALACE

DINING DELICIOUS: BOULUD SUD VIBRANT MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE


8. DINING DELICIOUS: BOULUD SUD

Boulud Sud, Chef Daniel Boulud's beautiful restaurant in the JW Marriott Marquis Miami, offers vibrant Mediterranean dishes complemented with fresh local ingredients.

12. TOP TRAX: JESSIE J BLOOMS ON R.O.S.E.

With R.O.S.E., singer-songwriter Jessie J has chosen four very distinct emotions to explore, and she's doing it in a way that might very well change the future of the traditional LP.

14. COVER STORY: ENJOY THE PALACE NEW HAPPY HOUR & SEXY BARTENDERS!

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At Palace you can always enjoy stiff drinks, fabulous drag shows, outdoor dining and very sexy bartenders. Now you can also enjoy the new happy hour with $5 drink specials and $10 select appetizers.

22. DESTINATIONS: BERMUDA

Bermuda, known for its strong British culture and laid-back island living, offers pink beaches, cerulean waters, well-manicured greenery throughout, and lots of opportunities to explore.

26. ARTS NEWSIE PICKS: PRIDE CELEBRATION, ILLUSIONISTS & SAM SMITH

Enjoy the Arsht Center's CommuniTea Dance Pride Month celebration, The Illusionists – Live From Broadway astonishing acts on stage, and the upcoming Sam Smith concert.

28. GOING OUT: PLAN YOUR OUTINGS

Visit wiremag.com/goingout for this week's rundown of nightlife, dining and cultural events.

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PUBLISHER'S CORNER I WON'T AGREE NOR STAY SILENT "He who is silent is taken to agree," so, like John Brennan, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, just did in a recent opinion article published in The Washington Post, I have a duty to speak out loudly and critically against Donald Trump's hypocrisy this week and his outrageous double standard in criticizing comedian Samantha Bee for using profanity in a joke about Ivanka Trump. The man who constantly hurls insults and lies, and has used the exact same type of profanity in public speeches and in recordings we have heard, opened his big mouth to criticize someone just a couple of days after he purposely did not say anything about Roseanne Barr's racist tweets... truly abhorrent! There used to be a time when the title President of the United States meant something. These days, we can see with our own eyes what this man truly represents and it is far from the title he holds. What has our country's executive branch turned into? Why do we tolerate Trump's vicious cycle of never ending lies, insults, discriminatory statements and attacks on our most important law enforcement institutions? Exercise your right to speak out and to vote for people who represent the values our nation was built on, rather than any politician who constantly lies and repeatedly attacks our most important institutions. At least this week I was glad to see Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump's press secretary, quickly recognize and call out "disgusting comments" and language that is "vile and vicious" when criticizing Samantha Bee's foul language joke. Huckabee Sanders can now also properly comment on and label her own boss' disgusting comments and vile and vicious language we have all heard in speeches and recordings. So press secretary, next time you hear comments and language that are disgusting and vile and vicious be prepared to acknowledge it and criticize it when the words come out of Donald Trump's mouth and Twitter feed. On a much lighter note, for this week's cover story, I sat down with Palace owner Thomas Donall and three of his hottest bartenders to get the scoop on the new happy hour in the heart of Ocean Drive, what they like most about working at Palace, their favorite drinks, and much more. In Dining Delicious, I share my recent experience dining at Boulud Sud Miami, which offers vibrant Mediterranean cuisine complemented with fresh local ingredients. In Destinations, Michael W. Sasser tells us all about Bermuda, known for its strong British culture, laid-back island living, beautiful beaches and many adventure opportunities. In Arts Newsie Picks, I preview the upcoming Arsht Center's CommuniTea Dance Pride Month celebration, The Illusionists – Live From Broadway, and Sam Smith's The Thrill Of It All Tour concert. Finally, in Top Trax, DJ FR8-O shares with us that singer-songwriter Jessie J has chosen four very distinct emotions to explore in R.O.S.E., and she's doing it in a way that might very well change the future of the traditional LP.

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Besides its delightful cuisine, Boulud Sud Miami offers wine selections that focus on regions along the Mediterranean coast and complement regional cuisines, plus you can also enjoy a variety of French, domestic and South American wines. The cocktail program is inspired by coastal influences from both Miami and the Mediterranean with homegrown selections that feature signature recipes and tropical flavors, in addition to other libations that showcase spirits and ingredients from the Iberian Peninsula to Cyprus. The cocktails are craft and seasonal driven, and include a gamut of aperitif-style refreshers and delectable sippers with added complexity.

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R.O.S.E. Jessie has always been celebrated for her powerhouse pop anthems like "Price Tag," "Burning Up" and, of course, the chart-topping juggernaut "Bang Bang." But after the success of her 2014 album Sweet Talker, the hitmaker found herself in a rut. "I wasn't enjoying the music I was making as much as I should," she said during a recent Billboard interview. "I wanted to make music that put me in the feeling. But to do that I had to be really strong; to know that I wasn't going to be able to be pushed and fall over." So after some soul searching and some frustrating sessions with her co-writer and producer DJ Camper, she was able to find her voice again. This time with a more subtle vibe. Unlike the UK diva's previous offerings, her lat-

est collection is immersed in R&B/soul with very few fist-pumping moments – and I'm not mad at that. R.O.S.E. took some time to perfect, so when it was ready, Jessie decided to release the material slowly. Much like the petals of its namesake, gradually opening up for all the world to see. The album is divided into four parts that were released over four days – Realisations (because that's how the Brits spell it), Obsessions, Sex and Empowerment. Individually, each EP spotlights Jessie's vocal prowess, but together they prove that it takes a lot more than a case of writer's block to shut down her creativity. Realisation opens with the stripped down "Oh Lord," most likely the artist's plea for inspiration to create the lush tapestry that follows. The rest of the journey finds Jessie awakening to professional, social and family issues. The pace is accelerated a bit on Obsessions with the hypnotic "Real Deal" and the vicious clap-back "Petty," either of which could find themselves in heavy club rotation with the right remix. You would think that Sex would be the nastiest part of the set, but what it lacks in kink, it makes

up for in sensuality, especially on the steamy "Dangerous." This chapter's most unexpected surprise – and Jessie's one wink back to her pop roots – is the Cheryl Lynn sampled "Play." Basically made up of the R&B classic, "Got To Be Real," layered with a fresh radio-friendly melody. It's a welcome break from the slew of ballads that came before it. The final set, Empowerment, should have been called love, but that probably would've sent the marketing team into a tailspin. Title appropriateness aside, the final quarter finds our heroine praising a higher power (whoever that may be), a higher love and higher self-worth. Like any true artist, especially in music, it's important to step outside of the box and take some risks every now and then. With R.O.S.E., Jessie has not only stepped out of the well-orchestrated package that she was once trapped in, she's kicked it aside completely. She's also given us plenty of time to take it all in piece-bypiece, rather than trying to force feed us 16 new tracks in one sitting. That in itself proves that she's not just playing the game, she's rewriting the rules, one EP at a time.

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 #23 2018

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ong before we started using emojis to express our feelings, roses were the symbol of choice for articulating everything from love to condolences. In the case of Jessie J's latest message to the world, R.O.S.E., the singer-songwriter has chosen four very distinct emotions to explore, and she's doing it in a way that might very well change the future of the traditional LP.


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PALACE

ENJOY THE NEW HAPPY HOUR & SEXY BARTENDERS! By Rafa Carvajal | Photos by Dale Stine

"WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER MONTHS, OUR GUESTS HAVE A PLACE TO RELAX AND COOL DOWN WITH THEIR NEIGHBORS." - THOMAS DONALL

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outh Beach is world famous for its beautiful beach, its sexy men and its very popular party atmosphere. Both tourists and locals love to have a great time, and what better way to do so than at Palace, everyone's favorite LGBTQ spot on Ocean Drive. At Palace you can always enjoy stiff drinks, fabulous drag shows, outdoor dining and very sexy bartenders. As temperature rise on South Beach and we celebrate Pride Month in June, Palace invites you to get refreshed at its new happy hour with $5 well drinks, $5 house wines, $5 beers, and $10 select appetizers. Happy hour is available Monday through Friday 5-7 p.m. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy everything Palace has to offer with unparalleled entertainment by some of South Florida's best drag talent and eye-catching men serving your favorite happy hour cocktails along with savory bites. Call 305.531.7234 or visit palacesouthbeach.com for more information and to make a reservation. "Every Queen Needs A Palace," so head out to South Beach and have a great time!


I sat down with Palace Owner Thomas Donall, and three of his hottest bartenders to get the scoop on the new happy hour, what they like most about working at Palace, their favorite drinks, and much more. Rafa Carvajal: Why did you decide to launch a Palace happy hour for locals? Tom Donall: We want to show the local LGBTQ community our appreciation for their loyalty and continued support. We would not be here without them! We want to make sure that throughout the summer months, our guests have a place to relax and cool down with their neighbors. RC: What are you planning to offer during the new Palace happy hour? TD: Happy hour will be Monday through Friday 5-7 p.m. with all kinds of specials. $5 well drinks, $5 house wines, $5 beers, and $10 for select appetizers. RC: What do you think makes Palace so successful with locals and tourists alike? TD: Our legendary performers, our incredible staff, and our iconic status. The new location is bigger and better than before. We are one of the most unique LGBTQ establishments in South Beach, everyone who has been here wants to come back. Everyone who visits has it as a must see on their itinerary. RC: How are things going at the new Palace? TD: We couldn't be happier. We have a great crowd throughout the week, and the weekends are a complete blowout! The crowds and the energy are at an all time high! As the owner, I jumped through a lot of hoops to bring Palace back to Ocean Drive, and I couldn't be happier that the community is supporting and embracing our new location. RC: Is there anything else you would like to share with Wire Magazine readers? TD: Things are only going to get better! We are growing and improving every day. We are revamping our menu and taking our food to a new level. We have lots of fun things planned for the summer months. Our patrons can get the latest updates by going to our Facebook page, Instagram, our website, or by texting "PALACE" to 64600.

Photo by Rafa Carvajal

"WE ARE ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE LGBTQ ESTABLISHMENTS IN SOUTH BEACH, EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN HERE WANTS TO COME BACK." - THOMAS DONALL

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PALACE BARTENDERS INTERVIEW WITH:

ROLANDO RC: What do you like the most about working at Palace? Rolando: The sense of community and the family feeling of the staff members. RC: What do you think people enjoy about going to Palace? R: The performances and the friendly staff. RC: How do you stay in such great shape? R: Doing laps from one side of the bar to the other, and chasing all of the hot daddies. RC: Boxers or briefs? R: Briefs. RC: Where are you originally from? R: Cuban, but born and raised in Miami. RC: What is your favorite cocktail? R: Noel Leon – Rumhaven coconut rum, grapefruit juice and watermelon schnapps. RC: Describe yourself in 3 words. R: Empathetic, outgoing and funny.

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INTERVIEW WITH:

YASMANY RC: What do you like the most about working at Palace? Yasmany: I feel like I am home. RC: What do you think people enjoy about going to Palace? Y: The drag shows, sexy employees and the best music on South Beach. RC: How do you stay in such great shape? Y: Working out every day and not eating healthy. RC: Boxers or briefs? Y: Definitely briefs. RC: Where are you originally from? Y: Cuba. RC: What is your favorite cocktail? Y: Tiffany Fantasia – Ketel One orange vodka, orange juice, peach schnapps and passion fruit. RC: Describe yourself in 3 words. Y: Outgoing, passionate, and out of my f**king mind! OK, that was more than three words, but it had to be said. 18 WIREMAG.COM #23 2018


INTERVIEW WITH:

JULIETTE RC: What do you like the most about working at Palace? Juliette: I love the freedom and energy you get from the crowd, and the passion and charisma you get from the drag queens. They go beyond to entertain with splits, jumps, and their amazingly creative costumes. It is a friendly, no judgement place where you can be yourself and become part of this incredible place where magical moments are created and never forgotten. RC: What do you think people enjoy about going to Palace? J: The drag shows are so much fun and interactive. Guests get to feel like celebrities when they participate in the show. RC: How do you stay in such great shape? J: It's all genetic. RC: Boxers or briefs? J: Nothing at all. RC: Where are you originally from? J: Cuba. RC: What is your favorite libation? J: White wine, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. RC: Describe yourself in 3 words. J: Helpful, respectful and trustworthy.

"I LOVE THE FREEDOM AND ENERGY YOU GET FROM THE CROWD, AND THE PASSION AND CHARISMA YOU GET FROM THE DRAG QUEENS." - JULIETTE

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DESTINATIONS By Michael W. Sasser

BERMUDA

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enerally when one thinks about jetting off the East Coast to a gorgeous island paradise, one envisions the tropical splendor of the Caribbean, complete with bath-tub temperature water, calypso, casinos and resorts often set off from the general population.

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And then, there is Bermuda. (As in the Bermuda Triangle, which, one can't help but notice, is slightly less ominous in the age of GPS and satellite phones.) Many might think of Bermuda as part of the Caribbean, but it is not. It rests hundreds of miles north of the Bahamas, just 650 miles east of the North Carolina shore and only a two hour flight from many cities on the U.S. East Coast. It also isn't a single landmass. Instead, it consists of 181 islands, islets and rocks, but only eight are inhabited and linked by bridges and causeways. As for its reputation for pink sand beaches on much of its 75 miles of coastline, well, that part is true – the result of a combination of crushed coral, calcium carbonate and the shells of a tiny single-celled animals. Pink beaches, cerulean waters, well-manicured greenery throughout, Bermuda pairs a strong British culture with laid-back island living, perhaps exemplified by its best-known conceptual export – Bermuda shorts. 22 WIREMAG.COM #23 2018

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Hamilton is the capital of Bermuda and its only incorporated city (there is also the old capital, St. George, one incorporated village and a handful of unincorporated ones, which are well worth visiting). Given it is only 21 square miles, real estate is at a premium and accommodations represent less of a range than one might find in the Caribbean – they can be costly. But visitors get what they pay for, which is a good thing, because the scenic elegance of venues such as Cambridge Beaches, The Reefs, Hamilton Princess & Beach Club and others are the stuff of vacation fantasies. There are a handful of more traditional hotels and guest houses that are less expensive. Wherever you stay will just be your base of operations. Bermuda's location results in temperate weather and it is not usually extremely hot or cold, so getting out and about is comfortable year-round. And you will want to get out and about. Beaches range from quiet types like Astwood Cove to adventurous Admiralty House Park with its cliff-jumping and rock climbing, deep water, cool caves and tall cliffs. Cooper's Island is a nature preserve for those who want to explore diverse topography and bird watch. Horseshoe Bay buzzes with activity for the highly social beach-goer. Jobson's Cove and Tobacco Bay are appealing as gorgeous romantic sites. Consider exploring the water snorkeling and scuba diving as well. Easy access to deep water allows divers to walk off the beach in some places and in minutes be in deep water. There is terrific wreck diving (check out the wreck of the Constellation, which inspired Jaws author Peter Benchley's The Deep), as well as 200 miles of reef ringing Bermuda to explore. There are also plenty of options for boating, sailing, fishing, fast-paced or relaxing water sports and, in spring, whale watching. Land-lovers can still enjoy the beautiful coast of Bermuda, riding horseback on the pink sand. Bermuda's Crystal Caves is a surreal subterranean wonderland of crystal clear underground lakes and amazing rock formations – which inspired Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock TV show. On land, key attractions include Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, the Bermuda National Gallery, the museums, shops and restaurants at the Royal Naval Dockyard (formerly the Royal British Navy's Bermuda headquarters), the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo (three attractions in one!), among many others. Unwind after a day on (or under) the water, exploring caves, or taking in attractions with a trip to one of the island's many spas – or enjoy

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a horse-drawn carriage ride through town. Bermuda cuisine is as diverse as its many cultural influences and obviously buoyed by the bounty of the sea. From a laid back fish chowder or fish sandwich to elegant presentations of spiny lobster, black grouper (ask for it "Bermuda style" for a subtropical treat), Yellowfin tuna and much more. Local favorites include the traditional codfish breakfast, Hoppin' John and Black Rum Cake, to name just a few. For the traveler familiar with the Caribbean, Bermuda presents a distinctly different experience. However, whether one is a frequent island-hopper or just getting one's feet wet as an explorer, Bermuda is a destination certain to create memories of a lifetime. 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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PRIDE CELEBRATION, ILLUSIONISTS & SAM SMITH CommuniTea Dance June 10 Adrienne Arsht Center 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami arshtcenter.org

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Led by hometown favorite drag queen Tiffany T. Fantasia, this year's CommuniTea Dance, a free event celebrating Pride Month, will be held June 10 from 6-10 p.m. The event will honor South Florida's vibrant LGBTQ community, and feature performances by local acts, plus a special show by chart-topping artist Kristine W – named by Billboard magazine as the "#8 Greatest Dance Artist of All Time." Guests will enjoy happy hourpriced drinks, Pride-theme ice cream sold by Midtown Creamery, and light bites by BRAVA by Brad Kilgore and The Café at Books & Books. For more info and to RSVP, visit arshtcenter.org. Photo by Joan Marcus. Provided by Broadway Across America

The Illusionists – Live From Broadway June 19-24 Broward Center 201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale browardcenter.org Deemed as "Magic's Cirque du Soleil" by The Times of London, The Illusionists – Live From Broadway comes to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts this month. Get ready to experience a mind-blowing, spectacular show with seven of the most incredible, jaw-dropping, talented illusionists in the world. According to its creative producer, Simon Painter, "We can't wait to bring this electrifying show to Fort Lauderdale for a truly entertaining experience for the whole family. The Illusionists is the most non-stop and powerful mix of outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on the live stage." 26 WIREMAG.COM #23 2018

Sam Smith The Thrill Of It All Tour July 14 AmericanAirlines Arena 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami aaarena.com English singer-songwriter Sam Smith heads to the stage at AmericanAirlines Arena with his sophomore concert tour, The Thrill Of It All Tour. The Thrill of It All is Smith's second studio album, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's 200 Albums Chart. Get ready to hear some his biggest hits, including "Too Good at Goodbyes," "Say It First," "One Last Song," and "Pray."


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