ISSUE #11 | 11.24.21 DISPLAY UNTIL 12.31.21
ARTS & CULTURE: MIAMI ART WEEK GUIDE DINING DELICIOUS: SÉRÊVÈNE AT HOTEL GREYSTONE PHOTOS: TASK FORCE GALA, SAVE HALLOWEEN BALL & TWIST
DJ ALEX LO
SPINNING AT URGE MIAMI THANKSGIVING FESTIVAL
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TABLE OF CONTENTS: 6. PHOTO ALBUMS: NATIONAL LGBTQ TASK FORCE GALA, SAVE HALLOWEEN BALL & TWIST
Check out the photos from the 25th National LGBTQ Task Force Gala, the Under the Big Top SAVE Halloween Ball, and TWIST Friday night on pages 4, 5 & 16.
10. DINING DELICIOUS: SÉRÊVÈNE AT HOTEL GREYSTONE
Sérêvène offers delicious cuisine that marries together Japanese ingredients and French technique.
12. COVER STORY: DJ ALEX LO WILL SPIN AT URGE MIAMI THANKSGIVING FESTIVAL
DJ Alex Lo tells us about his career, life and spinning at URGE Miami Thanksgiving Festival.
18. ARTS & CULTURE: MIAMI ART WEEK GUIDE Our 2021 Miami Art Week Guide will help you plan your visit to all of this year's art fairs.
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PUBLISHER’S CORNER THE ARTS ARE BACK! This week's issue includes our annual Miami Art Week Guide. It is great to see that Art Week is back and we will be able to enjoy the different art fairs once again. As someone who loves arts and culture of all types, I am looking forward to visiting my favorite fairs to peruse through thousands of beautiful art works from around the world. We also feature DJ Alex Lo in our cover story. Alex will be spinning on Friday night at URGE Miami Thanksgiving Festival. In Dining Delicious, I share my dinner experience at Sérêvène in the Hotel Greystone, which offers a menu that marries Japanese ingredients and French technique. Also, enjoy our photo albums from the National LGBTQ Task Force Gala, the Under the Big Top SAVE Halloween Ball, and TWIST Friday night. I recently saw the wonderful Broadway show Come From Away, which made its Fort Lauderdale debut at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, as the first show now that Broadway is back. Everyone in the audience, the cast and the staff at the Broward Center was delighted to be enjoying a Broadway musical once again. The next show you can watch at the Broward Center is Broadway’s musical hit comedy The Prom, which will be playing December 14-19 and is the 2019 Drama Desk Award winner for Outstanding Musical. The show is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (Aladdin and Mean Girls). This a photo from The Prom courtesy of Broadway Across America, taken by Deen van Meer.
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SÉRÊVÈNE AT HOTEL GREYSTONE IN MIAMI BEACH
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I recently had a delicious dining experience at Sérêvène in the Hotel Greystone. The restaurant marries Japanese ingredients and French technique. My dinner included Beef Tartare with Creekstone Farms filet mignon, red onion, chive, caper, grated yolk, and Baked Lays; Ora King Sashimi with New Zealand Ora King salmon, pickled wasabi, and soy balsamic; Hen of the Woods wild foraged maitake mushroom soy buerre noisette; Octo Fritto octopus, charred scallion soubise, and soy miso glaze; Bison + Black Truffle meatballs with truffle gouda and cognac peppercorn sauce; and Lobster Uni-Alfredo with butter poached lobster, bucatini al dente, parmesan crust, and domestic caviar. After thoroughly enjoying my dinner and wines, I sat down with award winning Executive Chef Pawan Pinisetti to discuss what Sérêvène offers discerning diners who enjoy excellent cuisine. Rafa Carvajal: Describe the cuisine at Sérêvène for Wire 10 WIREMAG.COM #11 2021
Magazine readers who enjoy dining out and tell us what makes the restaurant different from others? Chef Pawan Pinisetti: Sérêvène is what you get when a Japanese izakaya meets a French rotisserie. Table side service imbued with unexpected flavor combinations set the scene for the restaurant situated in the heart of Miami Beach. Innovative cuisine ideal for sharing and creating convivial moments take center stage alongside game fowl carved tableside straight from the rotisserie in the open kitchen. RC: How did the concept for Sérêvène come about? CPP: The concept for Sérêvène was a true collaboration between a very dear friend and former colleague of mine. Once the Hotel was concepted and the building was in progress, the design forward project demanded elegance and what I call "soigne." The philosophy is to embrace and embody sophistication while holding back on the fussy stuff. The food and beverage program sprightly represents #Simplicitydoneright.
RC: What are your most popular dishes on the menu with your diners? CPP: The Beef Tartar featuring beef from Creekstone Farms, Kansas, which is prepared tableside and definitely the guests are delighted about. It allows the opportunity for both the guest and myself to interact and share a special moment. The very special Salmon Sashimi, featuring Ora King Salmon from New Zealand. I often compare it to the "Wagyu of the Sea." They definitely enjoy hearing about the long-standing relationship and the sustainability element that plays a huge role in my F&B philosophy here at the Hotel Greystone. RC: Tell us about your cocktails and wine program. CPP: We offer a stimulating set of specialty cocktails. Something our guests are always fascinated by is how all of our very unique libations were actually created and concepted. The beverage program satisfies all tastes and preferences with an expansive wine list wine, and an offering that simultaneously consists of a substantial list of single barrel scotch, bourbon and whiskey in homage to the adjacent lounge in the Hotel. RC: Is there anything else you would like to share with Wire Magazine readers? CPP: This project isn't just another one on my list. From the very people involved in it, along with what it's done for me personally, it's more than work. What makes it more rewarding is when our guests see the effort and the attention that was put into every single detail. It's special. It truly is.
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By Rafa Carvajal Photos by Jorge Freire & Abel Cruz Photostudiomiami.com
DJ ALEX LO SPINNING AT URGE MIAMI THANKSGIVING FESTIVAL
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DJ Alex Lo from Mexico has been a music lover all his life. This year, Alex is part of the URGE Miami Thanksgiving Festival and will be spinning on Friday night. For all the details about this year ’s Festival visit urgemiamifestival.com to learn about all the parties and purchase your tickets and passes. You can also read Wire Magazine's special issue about URGE Festival at wiremag.co/issue10-2021.
URGE is also partnering with Bliss Health to offer all attendees STD tests, STD & HIV prevention treatments, as well as at home tests (which have to be scheduled) for attendees with or without insurance. I sat down with Alex Lo to learn about his interests, career and what he has planned for URGE Miami Thanksgiving Festival. Check out what Alex had to say.
Rafa Carvajal: Where are you originally from and where do you live? Wilson Lai: I was born in Whittier, California and grew up in Orange County most of my life. Right now I reside in El Monte, California. RC: What do you do for work? WL: I am a bartender at Tempo Cantina. RC: How do you stay in such great shape? WL: Fast metabolism, gym routine and a huge lack of desire to go out. I'm a homebody. Lol. RC: What are your top three favorite exercises? WL: Incline bench press, narrow stance leg press/ squat, and T-bar rows. #11 2021 WIREMAG.COM 13
Rafa Carvajal: Where are you from and how did you get into DJing? DJ Alex Lo: I‘m from Mexico City and I started DJing 13 years ago. I have been a music lover all my life. RC: What do you enjoy the most about being a DJ? DAL: Seeing the people enjoying my music and having fun.
RC: What are you looking forward to the most about being part of this year's URGE Miami Festival? DAL: I’m really excited to be part of this huge Festival with an amazing line up and venues. RC: Tell our readers about the URGE Miami Thanksgiving Festival event you will be deejaying at. DAL: I’ll spin Friday night for the Pre-Party of Arena Festival, showing a little of this Mexican Festival.
RC: What should we expect from your sets for URGE Miami Festival? DAL: I’m working in the studio on a lot of new music. I’ll play my exclusive remixes of my favorite Pop divas. RC: What is your message for anyone who is considering attending this year's Festival? DAL: This is a unique experience, totally different than other festivals. RC: Why is this Festival such a special event? DAL: Because the Festival brings people from all over the world. Miami is a magic place to play and more during Thanksgiving. RC: What does it take to prepare for a festival of the caliber of URGE Miami Thanksgiving Festival? DAL: Time, dedication and a lot of music. RC: How do you stay in such great shape? DAL: Cardio and food portions. 14 WIREMAG.COM #11 2021
RC: What are your favorite three exercises to stay in shape? DAL: Pull-ups, tri series and cardio. RC: What are your favorite foods? DAL: Pizza and all McDonald's items. RC: What is your biggest goal that you have yet to achieve? DAL: DJing in all the continents and getting a Grammy. RC: What else would you like to share with Wire Magazine's readers? DAL: I’m really happy to be part of Wire Magazine on the cover for the Thanksgiving edition. I also love to share more of my personal life through my social networks @alexlodj.
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2021 MIAMI ART WEEK GUIDE ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH November 30 - December 4 artbasel.com Miami Beach Convention Center. 1900 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach Art Basel 2021 will feature 253 leading galleries from around the globe showcasing the highest quality of works across all media, from rare and historical masterpieces to new pieces by today ’s emerging artistic voices. Exceptional art will be exhibited within its Galleries, Positions, Nova, Survey and Edition sectors; plus 16 large-scale artworks in Meridians, and 25 carefully curated exhibitions in the Kabinett sector. 1
CONTEXT ART MIAMI November 30 - December 5 contextartmiami.com Art Miami + CONTEXT Pavilions. 1 Herald Plaza, Miami Art Miami's sister fair, returns for its 9th edition with 61 international galleries. For the 11th consecutive year, Pérez Art Museum Miami has been the fairs exclusive VIP Preview benefactor and Art Miami has cumulatively donated more than $275,000 to further the museum’s collection and mission. DESIGN MIAMI/ November 30 - December 5 Convention Center Drive & 19th Street, Miami Beach The 17th edition will explore the theme of Human Kind, spotlighting design-led visions for a more equitable and interconnected future. Driven by the idea that design is as collection-worthy as art, it features selling-exhibitions of museum-quality 20th and 21st century furniture, lighting, and objets d’art from the world’s top galleries. FRIDGE ART FAIR November 29 - December 4 fridgeartfair.com 2705 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami
ART GAYSEL December 2-4 gaythering.com Hôtel Gaythering. 1409 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach This year, Art Gaysel returns for its 6th year with 25 artists exhibiting in rooms. Get ready to experience 30+ queer artists from around the world represented in an intimate setting at Art Gaysel – the Queerest fair at Miami Art Week. The rooms are open to the public 5 p.m. to midnight daily and admission is free.
The 8th edition, pet friendly fair takes place in Miami’s vibrant, urban cultural district Allapattah, in partnership with Esquina de Abuela, an urban community center, eclectic space where local and international artists are housed free of charge to create, perform, exhibit their work, and give back to the community. 3
ART MIAMI November 30 - December 5 artmiami.com The Art Miami Pavilion. 1 Herald Plaza, Miami Art Miami, one of the preeminent international modern and contemporary art fairs globally, returns for its 31st edition showcasing an array of iconic and signature investment quality art works, dynamic projects and special installations across more than 140 international galleries from 17 countries representing 60 cities. 18 WIREMAG.COM #11 2021
Photos Courtesy Art Basel: 1) © Doug Aitken. Courtesy the artist. 303 Gallery, New York; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich; Victoria Miro, London; and Regen Projects, Los Angeles. 2) Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles. 3) © Yinka Shonibare CBE 2021. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York. Photo by Stephen White & Co.
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INK Miami Art Fair is unique for its exclusive focus on works on paper. Founded by the International Fine Print Dealers Association, the Fair has distinguished itself by the quality of its works and exhibitors, and suites transformed into uniquely defined gallery spaces offering a diverse survey of 20th century masterworks and editions by leading contemporary artists. MIAMI RIVER ART FAIR December 1-2 miamiriverartfair.com The Penthouse Riverside Wharf. 125 SW North River Drive, Miami The 10th edition of the international, boutique contemporary Miami River Art Fair will take place at the only enclosed rooftop venue in Miami with 360 degree views featuring the downtown skyline and lush miami greenery wrap -around outdoor terrace, and will showcase world-class galleries, artists and projects. NADA ART FAIR December 1-4 newartdealers.org Ice Palace Studios. 59 NW 14th Street, Miami NADA Miami will feature over 170 exhibitors across three sections: Galleries; NADA Projects, an open, exhibitionlike presentation of new art from emerging voices; and Artists’ Book Publishers. NADA Miami will also host an online presentation on newartdealers.org that will bring the latest offerings from leading contemporary artists to an even broader audience. PINTA MIAMI November 30 - December 5 pintamiami.com 225 NE 34th Street, Miami The Fair focuses on Ibero American modern and contemporary art from its Latin American roots. This year's blended format combines premier technology with gathering in-person. Artists, curators, gallery owners, collectors and art lovers will reunite for the best from Latin American and Spanish creators.
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SATELLITE ART SHOW November 30 - December 4 satellite-show.com 1655 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach Satellite will focus on performance work, time-based media, and installation, with over 30 live performance artists presenting fiercely challenging new works, installations, tech-forward projects, plus after hours musical and performative activations with nods to the art handler community and the NFT world. SCOPE November 30 - December 5 scope-art.com 801 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach SCOPE is celebrating its 20th year in Miami and returning to its iconic location on the sands of Miami Beach with an extraordinary selection of contemporary art from 140 international exhibitors, museum-quality installations, panel discussions, and nightlife events. SPECTRUM MIAMI December 1-5 spectrum-miami.com Mana Wynwood. 2217 NW 5th Avenue, Miami Spectrum Miami is a curated art fair presenting 150+ independent career artists, studios, and younger galleries that push the boundaries in surprising and significant ways. The Fair offers the unique opportunity to talk to the artists, learn their stories, and take home great art pieces. UNTITLED ART November 29 - December 4 art-untitled.com Ocean Drive & 12th Street, Miami Beach Untitled Art allows you to discover contemporary art that b a l a n c e s i n t e l l e c t u a l i n t e g r i t y w i t h c u t t i n g- e d g e experimentation and a unique curatorial approach. It will comprise over 145 international contemporary galleries and connect the best of contemporary art, live events, artist performances and other activations. 2
Photos Courtesy Art Miami: 1) Art of the World Gallery, 2) Waterhouse & Dodd, 3) Galeries Bartoux, 4) David Benrimon Fine Art
INK MIAMI ART FAIR December 1-5 inkartfair.com Suites of Dorchester. 1849 James Avenue, Miami Beach
This curated gallery-only contemporary art fair showcases 75 of the top galleries from around the world, with a provocative agenda that includes site-specific installations, ongoing collaborations with their partners, and specially commissioned events taking place during the fair.