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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2019

ISSUE #24 | 11.21.19

DISPLAY UNTIL 12.4.19 SANDRA BERNHARD INTERVIEW: QUICK SAND & MUCH MORE SEXY HOLIDAY CENTERFOLD PETE STELLATO OUT & ABOUT: LUMINOSA FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS ARTS NEWSIE: ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE DESTINATIONS: MARRIOTT HARBOR BEACH RESORT & SPA TOP TRAX: ELECTRO POP


TRA NSF O R M YOUR HOME AND UPG RA DE YOUR ST ORAGE

TABLE OF CONTENTS: 8. FEATURE: QUICK SAND

Famed performer, actress, singer and author Sandra Bernhard is bringing her new show Quick Sand to the Faena Theater in Miami Beach November 21-23.

9. ARTS NEWSIE: ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE

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14. CENTERFOLD MODEL: PETE STELLATO

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16. COVER STORY: HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

With the holiday season quickly approaching, we bring you this year's Wire Magazine Holiday Gift Guide with an array of gift ideas for your special someone, family, friends and yourself.

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QUICK SAND TO THE FAENA THEATER Wire Magazine sat down with Sandra Bernhard to chat about life, preview Quick Sand, and see what we can expect from the show.

er-singer-actress and actualized it. Two, that I have remained true to my vision of who I am and what I wanted to represent throughout my career. Three, that I still love what I do. RC: Describe yourself in three words. SB: Organized, present and sturdy. RC: Tell us about your latest show, Quick Sand, coming to The Faena Theater in Miami Beach. SB: Quick Sand is a rollercoaster ride through my life, travels, motherhood, day to day travails, fabulous songs, hilarity, and good old fun. RC: What is it like playing nurse Judy on Pose and dealing with reliving the AIDS crisis and how it devastated so many lives? SB: It is a full-circle experience. The memories of friends who gallantly lived with AIDS until they couldn't is something that will stay with me forever. Portraying Nurse Judy is dedicated to all the health workers who were in the trenches and put aside their fears and comforts to care for all those people who were not going to survive, like any war, you must honor your soldiers. RC: Why is Pose such a powerful show? SB: For all the reasons stated above but also to witness the evolution of the gay and trans experience that is reflected in Pose in a very powerful way. For all those who were pushed to the margins back in the day, now are starring in a show about that time, that is real progress.

RC: Is there anything else you would like to share with Wire Magazine readers? SB: Yes, that this is a great time culturally, it's a vital time, we must all rise above the Rafa Carvajal: What do you consider limitations of cruelty and ignorance and go to the artists who uplift and inspire. We are to be your three greatest career accom- at a turning point and it is up to all of us to help find the road to peace, kindness, and survival of our planet. Come see me at the Faena and have a fabulous night! plishments Sandra Bernhard: First, that I managed to come to LA with the vague notion that I wanted to be an entertainVisit wiremag.com to read the extended version of this story. 8 WIREMAG.COM #24 2019

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amed performer, actress, singer and author Sandra Bernhard is bringing her new show Quick Sand to the Faena Theater in Miami Beach November 21-23. Her one-woman show is a mix of cabaret, stand-up, rock-n-roll, and social commentary live on stage. Sandra is also the host of her own weekly show Sandyland on SiriusXM's Radio Andy channel 102 – winner of a Gracie Award. In addition, she is a series regular on FX's '80s drama series Pose where she plays Nurse Judy Katz, who works with HIV/AIDS patients and is an activist for their cause. Quick Sand is the perfect opportunity to see a great live show by an extremely talented woman who is very real, yet hilarious and provocative. You can purchase tickets to Quick Sand by visiting faenatheater.com. Tickets start at $85.


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scape to Margaritaville is coming to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, November 19 through December 1, 2019. The heartwarming show is about Margaritaville, a place where people are able to get away from everything in their lives while finding something unexpected. The musical comedy will include famed Jimmy Buffett classics such as "Fins," "Volcano," and "Cheeseburger in Paradise," among others. Get your tickets today at the Broward Center AutoNation Box Office, browardcenter.org or by calling 954.462.0222. Wire Magazine sat down with Return to Margaritaville's Chris Clark who plays Tully to preview the show. Michael Bustamante: Tell our readers what Escape to Margaritaville is about. Chris Clark: The story centers on two best friends, Tammy and Rachel, who are coming to the Margaritaville Resort and Bar for Tammy's bachelorette getaway. There, they meet islanders Tully and Brick, the local bar singer and bartender, respectively. My character, Tully, is content to keep playing music on the island and have a new girl every week until the driven, career-minded Rachel pushes him to put in the work necessary to achieve his goals. So, at its core, the show is about balance. Rachel shows Tully what he could accomplish if he worked a little harder, while Tully shows Rachel that she can still achieve her goals while still taking time for herself to relax.

easy-going person and better at going with the flow. I have a line in the show that says that if you're always thinking about what you could be doing, you'll never be able to enjoy what you are actually doing. Getting to play Tully every night encourages me to take a step back, take a deep breath and live in the moment. MB: Why should our readers go see the show? CC: Seeing the show is the easiest way to take a two-hour tropical vacation without having to leave your hometown. The show is so much fun and has something for everyone, whether you're a frequent theatergoer, a casual Buffett fan, or a die-hard Parrothead. MB: What do you enjoy most about being in the cast of Escape to Margaritaville? CC: Escape to Margaritaville is such a great show to be a part of because every night I leave the theatre in a better mood than I got there. It is such a blessing to get to put my mind on island time every night. Also, every person in the cast is such a wonderful human. Many of us are on our first national tours, so we're getting to experience exploring different parts of the country, most places for the first time, together.

MB: Is there anything else you'd like to share with Wire Magazine readers? CC: You're going to have a great time at the show even if you don't know every Jimmy MB: How do you relate to the role of Tully? Buffett song in his catalog. The show is a big Broadway musical complete with a love CC: It's funny because I always think that story, big dance numbers, beautiful costumes, and, of course, a great score by Jimmy Tully and I are pretty different. He's very Buffett. So throw on your Hawaiian shirt, grab a margarita, and come escape to relaxed and carefree, but I tend to have Margaritaville with us. Fins up! my days pretty structured and planned out. Playing Tully has definitely made me a more Visit wiremag.com to read the extended version of this story. #24 2019 WIREMAG.COM 9


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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2019 AÄ’SOP NASHVILLE TRAVEL KIT

The perfect gift for that person in your life who loves to travel. The Nashville kit includes nine travel-sized essentials ideal for warmer climates and formulated for normal to combination skin types. $70

AMAZON'S ECHO BUDS

The new Amazon wireless earbuds are a must-buy with immersive sound, active noise reduction and Alexa. Enjoy up to 2 hours with a 15-min quick charge, and up to 20 hours with the charging case. Sweat-resistant. $129.99

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BIOBIDET THE PALM TP-200 PORTABLE TRAVEL BIDET

This portable travel bidet is "the new musthave device to never leave home without." A great gift this holiday season to stay fresh and clean while on the go. $49.95

BOY SMELLS LIMITED EDITION CHROMESTHESIA SERIES II CAMEO CANDLE

Boy Smells has a new limited edition candle series, Chromesthesia II, introducing four new scents that include our personal favorite – Cameo. Enjoy notes of crystallized ginger, rose, tuberose, vanilla, white woods and musk. $34

BURST SONIC TOOTHBRUSH

Clinically proven to remove up to 10x more plaque than a manual toothbrush, this is a terrific gift for anyone in your life. It also has a 1-month battery life. $69.99

DAVID VANCE'S PHOTO BOOKS

The ideal gift for lovers of the male physique. David Vance's Private Performances ($75) and Men and Water ($50) photo books are available for pre-order prices until December 1 at davidvanceprints.com.

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DOLCE & GABBANA PORTOFINO SNEAKERS BY EMIS KILLA

The perfect unisex gift for the fashion and art lover in your life. Make any outfit stand out with these limited-edition sneakers by Emis Killa for Dolce & Gabbana. $995

DYSON SUPERSONIC HAIR DRYER

Gift yourself or a loved one great hair this holiday season. The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer protects hair from extreme heat damage, helps increase smoothness and shine, all while decreasing frizz and flyaways. $399.99

FENDI RED LEATHER BELT

Add a splash of color to any outfit this holiday season with the Fendi reversible belt. Made in Italy. $550

FLÃŽKR FIREPLACE

The easiest way to set the mood this holiday season is with just five ounces of rubbing alcohol that will give your personal fireplace about 50 minutes of burn time. It's also safe to cook over and make delicious s'mores. $85 18 WIREMAG.COM #24 2019


GOOGLE NEST LEARNING THERMOSTAT

The third-generation Nest Learning Thermostat is bigger and sharper than ever. It learns what temperature you like, builds a schedule around yours, and saves so much energy that it can pay for itself in under two years. $249

HERMĂˆS PARIS LOAFER

Upgrade your professional wardrobe this holiday season with these stunning Hermès loafers. $1,125

MOODO SMART AROMA DIFFUSER

Get your house smelling great even before you arrive with this smart and stylish countertop aroma diffuser. Suitable for any room in your home. Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Siri shortcuts, Google Assistant and more. $99.90

OCULUS GO

For those of us who aren't good at astral projecting, the next best thing is virtual reality. This is the perfect all-inone, portal and easy to use virtual reality experience. Starting at $199

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PSO-RITE SELF-MASSAGER

The PSO-RITE's patented design mimics the hand and elbow of a deep-tissue massage therapist to release aches, pains and tightness throughout your body. $79.97

SMART GARDEN 3

Complement your delicious dishes with fresh herbs from the Smart Garden 3. Its hasslefree technology takes care of your plants automatically by making sure they have enough water, light and nutrients at all times. $99.95

TIFFANY & CO. MAKERS BLACK CALFSKIN LEATHER CORD BRACELET WITH STERLING SILVER & 18K GOLD A truly timeless gift for that special someone in your life. This bracelet is inspired by the renowned Tiffany hollowware shop, is part of the Tiffany 1837 Makers collection and fits wrists up to 6.25". $600

VICTORINOX CYBERTOOL L

The CyberTool pocket knife is made for the best technicians and comes with a bit wrench to open, fix and close any kind of IT gadgets. $100

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DESTINATIONS By Rafa Carvajal

PHOTOS PROVIDED BY FORT LAUDERDALE MARRIOTT HARBOR BEACH RESORT & SPA

FORT LAUDERDALE MARRIOTT HARBOR BEACH RESORT & SPA

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he Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa offers the ultimate getaway for travelers and staycationers alike with its prime beachfront setting in a quarter-mile stretch of private beach. During your stay, you can enjoy an array of fun pursuits that include water sports, recreational activities, pool bungalows, and relaxing and pampering options such as rejuvenating treatments in the resort's luxurious spa. Be sure to enjoy delicious dining on premises at 3030 Ocean, Sea Level, HB Fresh and Riva. You can also head over to Las Olas Boulevard to peruse the shops and sample the local dining and nightlife. The resort is a close distance from the Fort Lauderdale International Airport, making it an ideal destination to relax, while experiencing Marriott's great hospitality and service.

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I sat down with Christopher Bielski, Director of Sales and Marketing of Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, to chat about what guests can enjoy during their stay at the resort, after my recent visit to relax in a bungalow by the pool and enjoy some delectable dining and refreshing cocktails.


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PHOTOS PROVIDED BY FORT LAUDERDALE MARRIOTT HARBOR BEACH RESORT & SPA

Photo by Alissa Dragun

Rafa Carvajal: Tell our readers why they should enjoy a vacation at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. Christopher Bielski: Set on 16 acres of South Florida's largest private beach, Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort is an iconic property boasting a lively experience with three restaurants, 22,000 square foot spa, two pools, water sports, and more. Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the resort is situated near the area's most popular attractions such as Las Olas Boulevard and the Beach Promenade, which is within walking distance. Guests can also enjoy all of the attractions the area has to offer, including the Everglades and the Intracoastal Waterway, where they can take a water taxi to shops, restaurants, and nightlife. RC: What are the resort's top amenities for vacationers, including restaurants and bars? CB: Guests can indulge in one of four dining options – including 3030 Ocean, 24 WIREMAG.COM #24 2019

an award-winning dinner bistro known for its modern American seafood and evolving menu with acclaimed Executive Chef Adrienne Grenier at the helm; Sea Level, an indoor-outdoor poolside restaurant boasting panoramic ocean views and an innovative menu of signature cocktails and casual fare; HB Fresh with freshly squeezed and cold-pressed juices, healthy snacks and frozen yogurt; and Riva, a family-friendly eatery for breakfast and lunch.

RC: Describe the resort's membership club for any locals who may want to join. CB: The private membership club at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort offers full access to the resort, including the pools, private beach, spa, fitness classes, and restaurants. Members receive discounts at the eateries, spa, retail shops, and catering department. They're also able to attend member-only events held throughout the year.

Travelers can also relax by the lagoon-style pool or indulge in a spa treatment and gain access to its private pool and lounge area. Families can take part in giant chess, connect four and corn hole games.

RC: What do you think guests will enjoy the most about a vacation or staycation at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa? CB: Harbor Beach is the quintessential South Florida resort giving guests every option they would expect from a beach resort. Guests will enjoy the wide range of entertainment we have for all types of travelers – from families and couples to solo travelers and corporate groups. We ensure we cater to all guests to create memorable experiences through our quality accommodations and intuitive offerings.

RC: How can you rent a bungalow by the pool and what benefits does it come with? CB: Only guests can reserve a bungalow by the pool, which includes a lounge bed, two lounge chairs, two armchairs, and a 32-inch flat-screen television. Food and beverages are a separate cost.


TOP TRAX By DJ FR8-O

E IS FOR ELECTRO, P IS FOR POP

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he invention of the synthesizer in the '80s revolutionized modern music forever! Not only could it house a symphony's worth of instruments in a piece of equipment the size of a suitcase, but it could also record random sounds – like blips and beeps – to create a unique experience you can't get from traditional drums or guitars. They called it electro-pop and it was the genre that launched the careers of iconic artists like Erasure, Depeche Mode and Pet Shop Boys; as well as the countless generations of those who were inspired by them. Here are two generations of electro-pop artists who just dropped their latest EPs for our thirsty ears to indulge on, proving that the genre is alive and well, and continues to inspire!

Photo by Ekaterina Belinskaya

Sofi Tukker - Dancing On the People

Pet Shop Boys - Dreamland

Fresh on the heels of their Grammynominated debut album Treehouse, this duo never passes up the chance to redefine electro-pop. Their latest project was a year and a half in the making and inspired by a weekend in the Dominican Republic. So don't be surprised if you feel yourself craving a Piña Colada while dancing to these tropical-themed tracks. The epic opener "Swing" sets the tone for the set with its dramatic crescendos laying the groundwork for the sultry Portuguese vocals. "Playa Grande" is the reason beach parties were invented. With a little help from Bomba Estereo, the duo uses their Spanish skills to seduce us onto the dance floor. The dreamy "Fantasy" feels like you're soaring along the coast of Brazil, or pretty much any tropical beach paradise. The bangin' closer "Like This" will transport you right to the center of the dance floor somewhere in Miami. The only negative thing I have to say about this set, is that it's way too short, but knowing these incredibly talented artists, it won't be long before they gift our ears and our feet with another pack of dance floor delights. If there was any doubt about Sofi Tukker's longevity, consider it squashed.

You've been hearing their classic anthems in gay bars for decades; "It's A Sin," "West End Girls," "Always On My Mind" and, "Go West," just to name a few. Their latest EP introduces yet another addition to the growing catalog from the godfathers of electro-pop. This time they're joined by a new generation of gay artists, Years & Years. Both frontmen, Neil Tennant and Olly Alexander, team up on the EP's title track for an epic ode to synth-pop, disco and everything else we love about dance music. Co-written by Tennant, Alexander and Chris Lowe and produced by Stuart Price, it's going to be the biggest club hit of the season and for generations to come. This collection also delivers on PSB's reputation for subtle mid-tempo gems with "An Open Mind" and thoughtful lyrics with "No Boundaries." As the duo prepare to launch their upcoming Greatest Hits tour, watch out a full album coming soon. Missing it would be a sin!

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. 26 WIREMAG.COM #24 2019


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Wire Magazine 24.2019 Holiday Gift Guide  

This week, Wire Magazine brings you our Holiday Gift Guide for 2019 with a very nice collection of gift ideas for your special someone, fami...

Wire Magazine 24.2019 Holiday Gift Guide  

This week, Wire Magazine brings you our Holiday Gift Guide for 2019 with a very nice collection of gift ideas for your special someone, fami...