Wire Magazine Issue 11.2022 Model Jeff Grant and Miami Art Week Guide

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Visit wiremag.com to read all our past issues of Wire Magazine with beautiful men and interesting lifestyle content for the LGBTQ community. ENJOY OUR MAGAZINE LIFESTYLE CONTENT WIREMAG.COM: D.O.A. is a good Noir Detective flick and a fascinating and interesting mystery ride from start to finish. 18. FLIX: D.O.A. Get ready to take in all the art coming to our Magic City with our 2022 Miami Art Week Guide. 16. ARTS & CULTURE: 2022 MIAMI ART WEEK GUIDE Enjoy our interview of cover model Jeff Grant and his stimulating photographs taken by Photo Studio Miami. 12. COVER STORY: HOT MODEL JEFF GRANT The URGE Miami Thanksgiving Festival is right around the corner, so check out the schedule of parties visitors from around the world will be attending. 10. OUT & ABOUT: URGE MIAMI THANKSGIVING FESTIVAL We preview the brilliant Broadway Musical Hamilton and interview cast member Taylor N. Daniels. 5. ARTS NEWSIE: HAMILTON TABLE OF CONTENTS:
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Rafa Carvajal: What cast member are you on Hamilton ? Taylor N. Daniels: I play George Eacker in act two! I’m also man four throughout the show.

RC: What do you enjoy the most about being on the cast of Hamilton ?

TND: Seeing the audience see the show all over the country for the first time.

RC: What does it take to prepare and be ready to perform as a Hamilton cast member every night?

TND: A whole night’s sleep and hydration. I try to go to the gym five times a week.

RC: What makes Hamilton such a special Broadway musical?

I have been very fortunate to see many of the best Broadway Musicals. Hamilton is certainly one of them, but it also falls into a class of its own as ‘best of the best.’ If you have not seen Hamilton or want to see it again, I strongly recommend seeing it at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts November 22 to December 11, 2022. Visit browardcenter.org to purchase your tickets.

This Broadway Musical also holds a very special place in my heart because Alexander Hamilton is considered the Father of the United States Coast Guard. As a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with high honors, I vividly remember the first time I set foot at the Academy and went up the imposing steps of Hamilton Hall, a centerpiece building of the sprawling campus that became my home and university for four of the most amazing years of my life.

Hamilton is truly fascinating to me because it is the story of America when the founding fathers were alive yet told by America now with a score that combines hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway. This brilliant musical has had a weighty impact on our culture, politics and education.

Hamilton’ s book, music and lyrics are by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire. Hamilton has won Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors. The Hamilton recording also received a 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album.

I sat down with Hamilton cast member Taylor N. Daniels to chat about the show.

TND: You can see a part of yourself represented regardless of your background.

RC: Tell our readers why they should go see Hamilton TND: Because it’s a good time! Amazing talent, and I’m in it, haha!

RC: What is it like to be on the cast of such an iconic Broadway show as Hamilton ? TND: It’s hard work, but it’s so fulfilling. Truly a dream come true.

RC: What is the best part of performing in such a popular Broadway musical?

TND: The immediate reaction to hearing the title. Almost everyone knows Hamilton .

RC: What else would you like to share with Wire Magazine readers?

TND: I’m excited to spend time in Ft. Lauderdale! Also, I have tickets to Pig Week… see ya there!

Company Hamilton National Tour ©. Photo by Joan Marcus 2022
Tyler Belo, Jon Viktor Corpuz, David Park & Edred Utomi. Hamilton National Tour ©. Photo by Joan Marcus 2022


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In last month’s issue, I asked all our readers to vote like our lives depending on it, because they do. Today, as I sat on vacation at the beautiful farm in DeFuniak Springs, Florida where I go to every year to relax, rest and de-stress during the holidays, I read the terrible news that a gunman had opened fire inside an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, killing five people and injuring 25 others. Many more would have been murdered if it wasn’t for the brave and quick action of some people inside the club who fought the assassin and took him down, preventing much greater loss of life.

It was to Colorado Springs that I took the United States Coast Guard Academy Pistol Team as assistant coach for the National Collegiate Championships. We placed third in the nation during the competition. Even though I believe in the right to bear arms and was a member of the Academy pistol team, and then the assistant coach after graduation, I strongly believe in sensible gun control. I find it extremely infuriating that killers continue to commit atrocious acts of gun violence because some politicians refuse to change our laws to prevent them from getting their hands on weapons designed for war.

We must continue to speak loudly against gun violence and demand that laws be changed to prevent future mass killings. No one is allowed to purchase rocket launchers or tanks as part of their right to bear arms, so limits do exist because they make sense. Our LGBTQ community has experienced another senseless act of violence, just like the ones in so many schools and houses of worship, because one political party is so obstinate and in the pockets of the NRA that they refuse to do what is right and long overdue. These are some of the same people who refuse to speak up against the violence of insurrectionists who attacked the United States Congress to try and stop an election they lost.

As mad as I am about this latest mass shooting that took the lives of some of our fellow LGBTQ citizens, I am encouraged by the power exercised by millions who voted in the recent midterm elections to neutralize the expected so called ‘red wave’ that never materialized. As a society, we can exercise our rights to elect people who share our beliefs and want to change the laws that discriminate against us or fail to protect our rights. Remember that when the next election comes around! People working together for a common goal can change the world. Our LGBTQ community has proven this time after time, when very courageous members have fought valiantly to defeat discrimination and pass laws giving us the same rights many of our fellow citizens take for granted.

This week’s issue features cover model Jeff Grant. Arts & Culture is our 2022 Miami Art Week Guide. Flix is about the film D.O.A., Out & About previews the URGE Miami Thanksgiving Festival, and Arts Newsie highlights the Broadway Musical Hamilton


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The URGE Miami Thanksgiving Festival is this weekend, so we highlight the six massive events that will be attended by hot guys from all over the world November 25-28.

Several of the most renowned circuit DJs will be spinning their best tracks, so you can dance on Miami Beach, by the Royal Palm South Beach pool and in world-class Miami nightclubs.


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DJs Alex Lo and Tom Stephan

Friday, November 25, 10:30 p.m - 5 a.m.

C Universal Studios 7355 NW 41 St., Miami

PAPA Pool Party Hosted by Eliad Cohen

DJs Dan Slater and Paulo Fragoso Saturday, November 26, 2-8 p.m Royal Palm South Beach 1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

URGE Warrior

DJs Danny Verde and Suri Saturday, November 26, 10 p.m - 5 a.m.

C Universal Studios 7355 NW 41 St., Miami

URGE Beach Party

DJs Enrico Meloni and Joe Gauthreaux

Sunday, November 27, 2-9 p.m

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URGE Surreal

DJs Orel Sabag and Edu Quintas

Sunday, November 27, 10 p.m - 5 a.m.

STORY Nightclub 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

The After

DJs Jerac and Marvin Ayy Monday, November 28, From 5 a.m.

LVL One 30 NE 14 Street, Miami

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Rafa Carvajal: Where are you from and where do you live now?

Jeff Grant: I am from a town right outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania called Hanover. I currently live in Tampa, Florida

RC: What is your profession?

JG: I am the Vice President of Sales of a Solar Energy Company called ESD Solar.

RC: How do you maintain such a fit body?

JG: I am on a very consistent training routine where I lift weights six days a week and do cardio six days a week – either at the gym after weights or go for a run outside. I also maintain a strict diet mostly year-round.

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RC: What are your most important three exercises to stay in shape?

JG: If your goal is to be super lean, really the most important aspect is probably cardio, which I know a lot of readers probably don't want to hear. Then if I had to pick two exercises, I would say alternating bicep curls and hanging leg raises for abs. Those are two very comprehensive exercises for the two body parts I care about looking good the most!

RC: Which foods do you eat to stay fit?

JG: I eat a diet that consists mostly of seafood, vegetables, eggs and raw cashews, and almonds. I try to stay away from flour and most carbs. My carb sources are mostly Ezekiel (flourless) breads, oatmeal, brown rice and sweet potatoes. I also try to limit red meats to when I go out for a nice dinner.

RC: Why do you enjoy modeling for photography?

JG: I have been enamored with modeling and photography since I was a kid. I would read bodybuilding and men's fashion magazines and dreamt one day of being able to go to the store and look through the magazine section and being in one of them. I also just really love coming up with creative concepts and then being able to create them.

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RC: What are your favorite hobbies?

JG: I love to travel. I do as much traveling as I can, and this past year was a really great year because I had a chance to go to some really amazing places. I actually have learned to really enjoy cooking. When you are on a diet all the time you have to learn to cook and also change things up with limited options, haha! Also, anything active: gym, running, sports. I'm the type of person who will go a week without turning on my TV, and I don't own any video systems or anything.

RC: What is the biggest dream you would like to achieve?

JG: I feel really fortunate to be living a lot of it. I always wanted to model and be in magazines, etc. Not only have I been lucky enough to have not only done it, but I've done it for a long time – much longer than

I ever thought I would. I also wanted to have a successful business career, but I always want to do more and have more success in those areas. Outside of that, I've always wanted to star in a major motion picture. I still have ways to go on that goal!

RC: Who is the person or public figure that inspires you most and why?

JG: Growing up you have athletes and others, but as I got older it became my dad. He worked hard to become a successful and wellrespected businessman but was always so humble about it. He always put us, his family, first and without him I know I wouldn't have the success I had in any of what we have been talking about.

RC: Is there anything else you would like to share with Wire Magazine readers?

JG: I appreciate anyone that actually took the time to read this entire interview! Please follow me on social media: Instagram @realjeffgrant, Facebook @officialjeffgrant and Twitter @realjeffgrant.

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November 29 - December 3 artbasel.com Miami Beach Convention Center. 1900 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

The 20th anniversary Art Basel Miami Beach will be the largest to date, featuring 282 exhibitors from 38 countries and territories, more than half of which come from the Americas. In addition to its Galleries, Positions, Nova, Survey, and Edition sectors, it will also host 20 large-scale projects as part of the Meridians sector, 29 curated installations within exhibitors’ booths in the Kabinett sector, and nine panels with leading art world voices in its renowned Conversations series.


November 29 - December 4 artmiami.com The Art Miami Pavilion. 1 Herald Plaza, Miami

The Magic City’s longest running contemporary and modern art fair will host 155+ of the world’s most respected galleries from 17 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America, India, the Middle East and the United States. Art Miami will feature investment quality paintings, drawings, design, sculpture, NFTs, video art, photography and prints. Thousands of works from 600+ artists will be on display from renowned modern masters, blue-chip contemporary works, and the most sought-after living artists.


November 29 - December 4 contextartmiami.com Art Miami + CONTEXT Pavilions. 1 Herald Plaza, Miami

The sister fair of Art Miami returns for its 10th edition with contemporary art works from 75 innovative galleries from over 20 countries, including Japan, Turkey, Australia, France, South Korea, Chile, and many more. According to Director Julian Navarro, “Over the past 10 years, many of the emerging galleries we’ve introduced to the art community have grown to become industry powerhouses.”


December 1-3 gaythering.com Hôtel Gaythering. 1409 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

The Queerest Art Fair returns for its seventh year featuring 30+ artists from Hawaii, Milan, Sicily, Mexico City, New York City, Spain, Miami, Los Angeles, the Cape, plus other locations.

DESIGN MIAMI/ November 29 - December 4 Convention Center Drive & 19th Street, Miami Beach

The 18th edition of Design Miami/, curated by Curatorial Director, Maria Cristina Didero, will explore the theme of The Golden Age: Looking to the Future, celebrating a tomorrow of our own creation. You can enjoy the fair inperson and online at designmiami.com.


November 29 - December 3 fridgeartfair.com Esquina de Abuela. 2705 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami

“Fridge's core is artists and curators working outside the mainstream business to maintain their independence and the authenticity of their voice. We think small in the wake of the big fairs because God is in the details," explained fair co-director and spiritual advisor Linda DiGusta. It is a boutique, soft sell, dog-friendly satellite fair, called ‘Art Camp’ for 2022.

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November 30 - December 4 inkartfair.com Suites of Dorchester. 1849 James Avenue, Miami Beach

The 16th annual INK Miami Art Fair will showcase modern and contemporary works on paper from exhibitors ranging from national and international publishers to non-profits and galleries, selected for their outstanding ability to offer collectors a diverse survey of 20th-century masterworks and newly released editions by leading contemporary artists.


November 30 - December 1 miamiriverartfair.com

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The Penthouse Riverside Wharf. 125 SW North River Dr., Miami

The 11th annual fair will be a hybrid art edition of this international, boutique contemporary art fair, which takes 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.


November 30 - December 3 newartdealers.org Ice Palace Studios. 59 NW 14th Street, Miami

This year celebrates both the 20th edition of NADA Miami and the 20th anniversary of the New Art Dealers Alliance. The fair will showcase a diverse selection of 146 galleries, art spaces, and nonprofit organizations from over 40 cities around the globe, including Paris, Tokyo, Dubai, Toronto, Buenos Aires, and Copenhagen. It will also include over 80 NADA members and 37 first-time exhibitors.


November 29 - December 4 pintamiami.com

The Hangar. 3385 Pan American Drive, Coconut Grove, Miami

Pinta’s blend format will combine premier technology and gathering in-person to showcase the best of what Latin American and Spanish creators have been working on. Pinta is an international platform to energize and disseminate Ibero American modern and contemporary art with a strong bond to its Latin American roots.


November 30 - December 4 reddotmiami.com Mana Wynwood. 2217 NW 5th Avenue, Miami

Red Dot Miami allows you to connect with blue-chip galleries and emerging artists in a dynamic experience to view and interact with site-specific and performance works by leading international artists. Featured programs will include Art Labs, Spotlight Galleries, Directors’ Picks, and the Discoveries Collection.


November 29 - December 4 satellite-show.com Indian Beach Park. 4601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

A rtist-run and independently owned Satellite Art Show's 7th edition will feature 40+ immersive installations, AR/VR activations, impressive live performances , and nearly 200 artists at its new beachside location.

SCOPE November 29 - December 4 scope-art.com 801 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

SCOPE’s 21st edition provides a platform for experiential innovation and discovery, and will include 150+ diverse contemporary exhibitors featuring The New Contemporary, a genre that stands as a critical contribution to both global politics and local community engagement, and presents daily programming amongst large-scale installations that bend, blend, and transcend genre.


November 30 - December 4 spectrum-miami.com Mana Wynwood. 2217 NW 5th Avenue, Miami

Spectrum Miami will feature specially curated programs showcasing exhibitors, art industry professionals, and select nonprofits and institutions, plus a dynamic experience for attendees to view and interact with sitespecific and performance works by leading international artists, as well as view exhibitions that showcase the thriving art landscape of Miami.


November 28 - December 3 art-untitled.com Ocean Drive & 12th Street, Miami Beach

Untitled Art is the leading independent art fair located on the sands of Miami Beach. Its participants are selected for their curatorial integrity and international reach, with several galleries coming from outside mainstream art hubs. Emerging artists, young galleries and non-profit organizations are supported through NEST, a new sector that offers subsidized booths to mitigate the usual barriers to entry of exhibiting at art fairs.

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films of the period, having been re-made four times for the big screen over the years. This version, to my knowledge, marks the fifth incarnation of the story and it holds true to the venerable genre.

Here’s the storyline… Frank Bigelow (John Doe) is a grizzled older private detective hired to follow the husband of a St. Augustine socialite. What seems like another boring but easy job, turns into a nightmare when Frank discovers that he's been poisoned by someone and has only days to live.

With time running out and the pain of dying setting in, he begins to unravel the mystery of who ‘killed’ him and why they did it. To succeed, he has to get down and dirty with the scum of the city, the uber rich, and the femme fatale whose protector it seems may hold all the answers. Will he solve the mystery in time or wind up as alligator food?

You can tell that Director Kurt St. Thomas took pains to visually match the period of the story. Utilizing all the possible locations of St. Augustine, Florida, the country’s oldest city, he succeeded in rendering a great re-visioning of the late 1940’s and early 50’s.

What’s missing here, what would have made it a great film instead of just a good one, are the depth of feelings, thoughts and actions of some of the story’s characters. While creating the overall look and mood a few peripheral characters became caricatures of who and what they were supposed to be. It took me out of the fantasy for several moments. There were, however, some great performances, namely by John Doe, John Byner, and Kevin Crowley.

If you’re a Film Noir fan, as I am, you know that most of the good films of this genre start with what has become a mainstay event, a strange woman walks into a private detective’s office and hires him for a seemingly simple but questionable job (i.e. The Maltese Falcon , The Big Sleep ).

The Noir or Neo-Noir film style developed during the ‘Cold War Era’ when the fear of nuclear destruction brought out a sort of cynical style of thinking that led directly to the creation of these highly stylized, generally low budget Hollywood crime dramas.

You can easily recognize these films by their shadowy, low-key, black and white, cinematic style, and by the hardboiled crime stories that they are derived from.

D.O.A. (Dead On Arrival) is one of the more intriguing

My take… If you just sit back and take D.O.A. for what it is, a good Noir Detective flick, you’ll find it a fascinating and interesting mystery ride from start to finish, particularly if you’ve never seen another version of the film.

Rating: 4 Stars (out of 5). D.O.A. is not yet rated. Running Time: 1 hour & 22 minutes.

Interview of Director Kurt St. Thomas

It was two o’clock in the afternoon when I called. The phone was answered instantly. He was expecting my call. Where would it lead? Who was this man at the other end of the line? What information did he have for me? I was about to find out!

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Kurt St. Thomas is the director of D.O.A. , which was Directed by: Kurt St. Thomas Cast: John Doe, Grace H. Bryan, John Byner, Anne Gaybis and Kevin Crowley

premiered at the 37th Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. I enjoyed the film, so I was looking forward to our conversation. Kurt is based in St. Augustine, Florida, but spent a large part of his career in Los Angeles. He was born in Virginia, raised in Pennsylvania, and attended Ashland University.

After college, he worked at several popular radio stations including KROQ, WFNX and WAQX. In 2008, he launched ‘Houndstooth Radio’ in his garage, which helped launched a number of new artists. St. Thomas went on to work with Clive Davis at Arista Records before turning to filmmaking.

D.O.A. is his fifth film. I asked him why he chose to remake the film and he said that he was a Noir fan, that he’d always liked the original, and he told himself if he ever got the chance to remake it, he’d do it. When he found that the rights were in the public domain he was on his way.

With writing partner Nicholas Griffin, they came up with the story and he then shot it in about 27 days, utilizing as many locations as possible in St. Augustine, Florida, a city ripe with 40’s and 50’s buildings. He chose John Doe as his lead character, having worked with him before, and finding out that John Byner lived in the area, approached him to take on an important role. He found the city and its people very cooperative and giving, but some thought he was nutz making a movie in their town. The result is a beautiful and winning tribute to both the genre and the original film. It’s a very enjoyable film.

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