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Thursday, April 19, 2012
“Upper Eastsiders at The Station” Networking Event Biscayne Boulevard

New networking program held once month in the Upper East Side. This month’s location is News Lounge & Steel Gym at 55th Street Station (5556 NE 4th Ct.), Miami. 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Cocktail networking event and business card exchange with drawing for prizes. Cash bar and free hors d’oeuvres - limited to 50 persons. Free admission. Open to the public.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Business Builders Luncheon — Downtown 


Monthly networking program held on the last Thursday of each month. City Hall, The Restaurant, 2004 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Registration 11:30am with luncheon/networking from noon to 1:30 pm. Cost: MDGLCC members ($30), Potential Members ($40, $10 applied to new MDGLCC membership). Includes seated style lunch limited to 25 persons. Please bring a friend. RSVP requested: 305-673-4440 or mdglcc@bellsouth.net

LGBT Visitor Center Activities 1130 Washington Avenue • Miami Beach, FL 33139 19 APRIL 25 APRIL

TRANSYOGA - YOGA CLASS Thursdays, April 19 & 26, 2012 Mondays, May 14 & 21 6:30p.m. to 8:00p.m. Sliding scale donation $10 - $15 Space is limited - RSVP to guacci13@gmail.com

TAKE CONTROL Free and Confidential HIV/HEP C/Syphilis Screenings Incentives & Food Wednesday, April 25, 2012 • 12:00-5:00 p.m. For more info contact SOBE AIDS Project (305) 535-4733

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MGLFF RECEPTION/ SCREENING & WOMEN’S ART EXHIBIT Thursday, May 3, 2012 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. Reception 7:00 p.m. “What Women Like: A Shorts Program” 9:30p.m. “What Men Want: A Shorts Program” Screenings at the Miami Beach Cinematheque Purchase Film Tickets @ www.mglff.com

PINK FLAMINGO CERTIFICATION TRAINING Tuesday May 22, 2012 6:00-8:00 p.m. Reservations required – 305.673.4440

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THE NEW GOGAYMIAMI.COM HAVE YOU SEEN IT YET? Your advertisement can be seen here…. Lock in your introductory rates now! For web banner advertising – please contact cindy@gogaymiami.com limited opportunities available. Coming soon….. The LGBT Visitor Center Gift Shop – Stay tuned!!

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EDITOR IN CHIEF’S NOTE WOW! 3,000 PHOTOS FROM FIVE PHOTOGRAPHERS his weekend the LGBT community gathered on beautiful Miami Beach to celebrate the 2012 Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival. An estimated 61,000 people took part in this year’s Pride Parade and Festival in Miami Beach. Wire Magazine had five photographers, including yours truly, capturing all the Pride festivities for your viewing pleasure in print and online at www.wireweekly.com and www. facebook.com/wiremagazine. I want to thank Henry Perez, Marc Glogower, James Cubby, and Jesse Spencer for capturing some amazing Pride photos for Wire Magazine. Looking through a combined total of 3,000 photos to select the best was no easy task, but I really enjoy seeing some great moments and the beautiful, happy faces of so many people from all walks of life – that was really touching! Here is a very small sample of some of my favorite photos. Cheers, Rafa Publisher & Editor in Chief rafa@wireweekly.com

Rafa Carvajal Publisher/Editor in Chief Associate Publisher Jesse Spencer Editor James Cubby Design & Production Director Jose Gonzalez Columnists Alfredo Barrios Alyn Darnay Dane Steele Green Ken Hunt Dr. Gregg A Pizzi Michael Sasser Kevin Wynn Writers Thomas Barker Neil Andrew Frias Antwyone Ingram Remy Walker Staff Photographer Henry Perez Photographers Javi Giovanni Marc Glogower

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Beacon South Beach, Crest Group Hotels, Mango’s Tropical Cafe, Lords South Beach, Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Monster Sound Productions, Nikki Beach, The Palace Bar, The Park Central The Ritz Carlton, Great Care Pharmacy, Milic Fine Arts

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Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade

@ Ocean Drive

photos by Henry Perez, Marc Glogower, James Cubby & Rafa Carvajal Joined by parade Grand Marshal Chaz Bono, Miami Beach’s Fourth Annual Gay Pride Parade took over Ocean Drive on Sunday. Starting at 5th Street, 67 floats, vehicles and groups made their way along the street. A very proud South Florida LGBT community celebrated the most fabulous day of the year with their friends & family.

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Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival

@ Ocean Drive & Lummus Park

photos by Henry Perez, Marc Glogower, James Cubby & Rafa Carvajal The Miami Beach Pride Festival was kicked up a notch this year for the fabulous Pride celebration. Free, all-day expo & events and multiple stages with celebrity appearances by Kristine W, Wynter Gordon, Jessica Sutta, JoJo, Frenchie Davis and Inaya Day. Thousands packed the streets to show their proud colors. Over at the Palace Pride Block Party, partygoers packed the house to enjoy some fab beats, and of course, outrageous performances & entertainment well into the night.

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Pride “Splash at the Pool” Party @ Surfcomber Hotel photos by Henry Perez, Wire Magazine

Pride Block Party MOVA

photos by Henry Perez, Wire Magazine

It’s no secret that some of the hottest people and best bodies are found at Miami Beach pool parties. Mix in Gay Pride and sexy guests from around the world, and you get “Splash at the Pool with Pride,” a day of fun in the sun at the newly renovated Surfcomber Hotel. Partygoers strutted their stuff and pumped to hot beats by world-class DJ Roland Belmares at this sun-tastic event.

Pride weekend partiers hit the street like rock stars with friends, neighbors, and revelers from across the world at MOVA Lounge’s Pride Block Party. Part of Michigan Avenue was closed, as internationally renowned DJ LaTrice Perry and DJ Brett Henrichsen hit the turntables on the main stage and inside MOVA. Live performances by local up-and-coming artists, well-known performers and favorite Miami Beach personalities kept the party hoping all night.

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URGE

Ice Palace Studios

photos by Henry Perez, Wire Magazine

One year after its inaugural event, Score Productions and Hilton Wolman brought Miami’s hottest new party, URGE, back to the fabulous Ice Palace Film Studios West. Playing together for the very first time, Grammy Award winner Peter Rauhofer joined Grammy Award nominee and URGE resident DJ Abel.

More MB Pride Events photos by Henry Perez, Wire Magazine Pride weekend 2012 was filled with special events and parties; unless you’re capable of teleporting you were sure to miss a few. Over the weekend the grand master of homoerotic art, Tom of Finland, opened at WEAM, Unity Coalition presented the Leaders Legends and Lovelies exhibit with the “Fabulous Florida Fashions” exhibition, spotlighting local LGBT designers & artists, and Chalk Miami hosted a chill night out for the bears and their friends with Bear Nation. Check out www. wireweekly.com for more.

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DEATH AND HARRY HOUDINI

BY JAMES CUBBY

FLORIDA GRAND OPERA

BY JAMES CUBBY

CLOSES SEASON WITH

Starring Illusionist DENNIS WATKINS n casting the role of Harry Houdini, one of history’s most well known illusionists, the House Theatre in Chicago chose Dennis Watkins who is known as “Chicago’s most talented illusionist.” Watkins is not only an illusionist but also one of the founders of the House Theatre. Celebrating its tenth anniversary season, House Theatre decided to revive its very first production, which happened to be Death and Harry Houdini. The current production is a new and modernized version but still stars the same actor that originated the role ten years ago, Dennis Watkins. Death and Harry Houdini, making its Miami premiere at the Arsht Center, offers “a roller coaster ride through the life of the great magician, Harry Houdini, and his life-long battle against death.” Wire Magazine took the opportunity to chat with Dennis Watkins about magic, his inspirations, and Death and Harry Houdini. What’s the story of Death and Harry Houdini? It’s the story of Harry Houdini from birth to death, following his obsession with death. Is Death and Harry Houdini more about magic or the story of the play? It’s more about the story. The magic is used to push the story forward. Have you acted in other shows? Yes. I grew up in a family of magicians learning magic at an early age, but I studied acting at college and moved to Chicago to create a company. What’s the highlight of Death and Harry Houdini? The water torture trick. It’s rarely seen because it’s really dangerous. It’s not an illusion; it’s an escape trick. What’s your favorite moment in the show? Swallowing razorblades. A Houdini trick. I also walk across a bed of broken glass. What’s the audience’s favorite moment? Reacting to my walking on glass and the water torture cell. What’s the biggest misconception about magicians? It’s hard to say. They’re generally perceived as tricksters doing all sorts of silly stuff. I think this show opens up magic. What’s the first magic trick that you learned? I grew up around magicians and was in my grandfather’s magic shop a lot growing up so I was exposed to a lot of magic early on. I think the first trick was cups and balls. What magician inspired you the most? My grandfather, Ed Watkins. Would you like to share anything else with Wire Magazine readers? Death and Harry Houdini is a very compelling show…and very entertaining. The Miami premiere of Death and Harry Houdini closes the Arsht Center’s Theater Up Close Season in the Carnival Studio Theater running April 26 – May 20. For info, call 305.949.6722 or visit www.arshtcenter.org. 16 | wire magazine | issue #16, 2012 | www.wireweekly.com | facebook | twitter

ROMÉO ET JULIETTE Directed by David Lefkowich in His FGO Main Stage Debut

Photo Credit: James Valenti as Romeo and Ellie Dehn as Juliet in The Minnesota Opera’s new production of Romeo and Juliet

lorida Grand Opera closes its successful season with Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette which is also the FGO main stage directorial debut of David Lefkowich. Lefkowich, a fight choreographer and director, is employing some new technology along with some exciting fight choreography in the production. Fans of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet will be impressed with this innovative production that focuses on the rival Capulet and Montague families. Wire Magazine was able to chat with Lefkowich about fighting, directing and this production of Roméo et Juliette. I understand that you’ve brought some innovative lighting elements and exciting fight choreography to this production of Roméo et Juliette. Can you elaborate? This production uses choreography and projections throughout the opera to highlight the emotional intensity of the production. Shakespeare often used metaphors specifically related to natural elements (i.e. fire, water, the sun) and we have chosen projections in this style to illustrate the emotional state of the characters and scenes themselves. For example, when Juliette sees Roméo for the first time and they fall in love, we use fire as a major scenic element to underscore the intense passion and sudden burst of feeling in the scene. Does this opera tell the same story as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet? The story of the opera follows a similar narrative to Shakespeare’s tale. The main action stays the same: we begin with a prologue, Romeo meets Juliet at the Capulet ball, they both take their own lives at the end. What’s your favorite moment in this opera? I am a big fan of the fight scenes in Act 3, specifically when Roméo shouts at Tybalt “Tybalt! Il n’est ici d’autre lache sue too” (Tybalt, there is no other coward here than you!”). But my favorite moment would have to be the prologue with the chorus at the beginning of the show, as well as the Poison aria that Juliette sings after consuming some of Friar Laurence’s concoction. The music is eerie and helps underscore just how far she has come since the beginning of the opera. Her first aria is bubbly and fun and this aria is a sharp contrast to that moment. Is there anything else that you’d like to share with Wire Magazine readers? Please come and see the show! We are trying to create a production that will entertain and shed new light on a beautiful story. You can visit www.wireweekly.com for the extended version of this interview. Florida Grand Opera’s final show of the season, Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, opens on April 21 at the Arsht Center and running through April 29. The production then moves to the Broward Center for two performances on May 10 & 12. For more info, visit www.fgo.org.


WIRED ON THE ARTS

BY JAMES CUBBY

APRIL 19 - 25 CONCERTS

Yanni performs his instrumental hits in An Evening with Yanni at the Arsht Center on April 20 & 21.

Orchestra Miami presents Beethoven on the Beach, a free outdoor concert, conducted by Orchestra Miami’s Artistic Director, Elaine Rinaldi at Collins Park on April 20 at 7:30 p.m. New World Symphony presents a New Work directed by Michael Tilson Thomas at New World Center on April 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Miami Symphony Orchestra performs A Night at the Opera, an evening of arias from works by Berlioz, Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Rossini and Strauss, at the Gusman Center on April 22 at 7 p.m. Elvis Costello and The Imposters, as part of their Revolver Tour, perform at Hard Rock Live on April 25 at 7 p.m.

French Tenor Mexican Soprano Sébastien Guèze María Alejandres

THEATRE

Rogers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific comes to the Broward Center thru April 22.

Gipsy Kings, a rumba flamenco style band with pop influences, performs at the James L. Knight Center on April 20 at 8 p.m.

Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Wolfson Opera Ensemble presents the extravagant, enigmatic, and inviting musical production of Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin at Miami Dade College April 19 – 21.

Concierto de Primavera combines the talents of Puerto Rican reggae artist Funky with Marcos Vidal, Jacobo Ramos and Marco Barrientos for an evening of Latin music at the American Airlines Arena on April 20 at 7:30 p.m.

The New Playwright’s Festival presents new plays written and performed by New World School of the Arts students April 20 -22 at Louise O. Gerrits Theater.

Singer Kevin Ceballo performs with his band at Magic City Amphitheatre on April 21. Tigertail Productions presents Nu Flamenco, an evening that combines Spanish flamenco guitarist with dancer Niurca Márquez, at the Colony Theatre on April 21 at 8:30 p.m.

Frost Opera Theater performs Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in collaboration with the Frost Symphony Orchestra at the Gusman Concert Hall April 19 – 22.

New World Symphony presents American Beauty at New World Center on April 22.

GENTLEMEN, BRING YOUR ROMÉOS…LADIES, YOUR JULIETTES FOR THE MOST ROMANTIC DATE NIGHT OF THE SEASON!

The Greatest Love Story of All Time

OPERA

Florida Grand Opera presents Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at the Arsht Center April 21 – May 5. www.fgo. org

EVENTS

Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra presents “Beautiful Music for an Intimate Setting” at the Colony Theatre on April 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Joey Mugica’s Color A Cause, an event that combines the colorful art of Mugica with a benefit that honors Miami’s most influential women, is set for April 19 at Pearl with Red Carpet at 7:30 p.m.

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This critically-acclaimed, visually-explosive production of Gounod’s French opera stars beautiful Mexican soprano María Alejandres, direct from her performances as Juliette at the prestigious Royal Opera House in London and La Scala in Milan, and handsome French tenor Sébastien Guèze as Roméo.

APR 21 - MAY 5

MAY 10 & 12

WWW.FGO.ORG

800.741.1010

Roméo et Juliette is made possible by a generous gift from Randy Gage. Production photos © Michal Daniel for The Minnesota Opera. Photo of Sébastien Guèze © Gaston de Cardenas for Florida Grand Opera. Photo of María Alejandres © Brescia/Amisano for Teatro alla Scala.


FLIX

BY KEVIN WYNN

INDIE VENUES: MORE THAN MOVIES John Heffernan (Hastings) and ensemble. Photo by Johan Persson

he demi-explosion of independent cinemas in Miami-Dade and elsewhere is great for film fans and it’s opening new windows for fans of theatre, dance and opera as well. On the theatre front, the Coral Gables Art Cinema is presenting West End theatre at fish and chips prices. The Gables is the only Miami-Dade venue for National Theatre Live, presenting live simulcasts of performances by the National Theatre London (performances at the Gables are time-shifted). Tickets for Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer, showing this weekend, are sixteen dollars, down from twenty bucks. Tickets at the National aren’t terribly pricey, topping out at forty-something pounds, about seventy dollars; the issue is getting seats. The National is one of London’s most acclaimed companies, with more Olivier Award nominations (the Oliviers are Britain’s Tonys) than any other, and seats can go fast. At least one Gables patron couldn’t get tickets to the National during a visit to London. National Theatre Live at the Gables isn’t getting the attention it might – and right now seats are readily available. She Stoops to Conquer, playing the Gables Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., is an explosion of comic chaos, with multiple mistaken identities and crazy crossings of class lines, and it’s been cracking audiences up since George III was king. The National Theatre’s production grabbed headlines with its casting of Katherine Kelly, star of Britain’s most popular soap opera, in a leading role, and London’s theatre critics fell over themselves coming up with superlatives for the show. “Goldsmith’s tightly plotted play seems wonderfully youthful in this fizzy production,” crowed the Evening Standard. The Financial Times praised the “lip-smacking relish” of the cast, and the Sunday Express called She Stoops, “A rollicking fantastically funny production.” “A sparkling revival. Riotously comic performances...” enthused the Sunday Times. You can get in touch with the Coral Gables Art Cinema at 786.385.9689 or gablescinema.com. Another indie cinema that’s mixing live-to-tape performance with film is the Cosford Cinema, where ballet and opera strike the keynote. Verdi’s Rigoletto from the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden plays at the Cosford Sunday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 24; The Bright Stream, a Soviet-era comic pastorale from the Bolshoi Ballet, plays May 13 with an encore on May 15. Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, produced by the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona, follows in May. You can contact the Cosford at 305.284.4861 or cosfordcinema.com. 18 | wire magazine | issue #16, 2012 | www.wireweekly.com | facebook | twitter


ON THE GO TRAVEL: THE RIVIERA MAYA

DINING

BY RAFA CARVAJAL

IF YOU LOVE SEAFOOD DINE AT MARE NOSTRUM his week I want to share with you my recent dinner experience at Brickell’s hottest new dining destination, Mare Nostrum – Latin for “Our Sea.”

A MAYAN MANSCAPE & CARIBBEAN HEAT WEEK!

BY DANE STEELE GREEN

or those of you not in the know, the Riviera Maya is a particularly picturesque stretch of powder-white Caribbean coastline on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, framed by Cancún in the north and Punta Allen in the south, with the island of Cozumel thrown in. Lapped by electric blue waves are some of the most exclusive resorts in the Caribbean: the Viceroy, Fairmont, Rosewood, the Banyan Tree… And screw ‘em all, because you can’t run around nakie in public there. But that particular activity, and so many others, are encouraged from August 31 to September 7 at the all-inclusive Adonis Tulum, the Riviera Maya’s only “straight friendly” resort and site of one of the most colorful gay events in the Americas: The week-long/multi-party/all-male/dance extravaganza that is Caribbean Heat. Overlooked by the ruins of the ancient Mayan port city of Tulum (“too-loom”), things start off with a bang at the welcome party, and because there are nine parties crammed into the seven days of the event, it’s best to throw your clock out the window. It’s also best to pay at least a little attention to your dress (for the five seconds you actually remain dressed...) The Yin Party is black-attire only; the Yang Party, white-only. The Speedo Party is self-explanatory. The two Manhunt.com parties are really self-explanatory. And the “run around nakie” part? The hotel has a clothingoptional area, for all those who pride themselves on non-existent tan lines. The price for the jam packed package for a $1,180 price tag includes: accommodation for all seven nights in a selected suite at the Mexican-Mediterranean Adonis Tulum, all meals and snacks, dinner a la carte at any of the hotel’s restaurants (Mexican, Italian, Asian), beverages (all house wine, beers, liquor, and soft drinks for you milquetoasts), and VIP access to all the parties. More over, Delta Airlines is offering Caribbean Heat attendees 20% discount on all its flights to Cancún International Airport (that’s where you fly in) eligible from any aiport, and Caribbean Heat offers a 10% discount on all packages for all Manhunt users. And on the off chance you need a break, tours of the afore-mentioned Tulum, one of the most beautiful of all Mayan sites, and the spectacular pyramids of Chichén Itzá are available if you want to get your culture (both sites are not to be missed; Tulum is all of five minutes away). For more information, go to caribbeanheat.info and the Caribbean Heat Facebook page. You can also contact Steele Luxury Travel (646-688-2274 or at info@steeletravel.com) to assist you in booking your Caribbean Heat Fiesta! 19 | wire magazine | issue #16, 2012 | www.wireweekly.com | facebook | twitter

Mare Nostrum is a great addition to Brickell with their Spanish-accented seafood menu, Mediterranean specialties, and an extensive wine list that is sure to please you. I love how fresh their seafood is and the fact that they have some delicious Spanish dishes that remind me of my days hanging out with friends in Madrid and traveling throughout Spain. Mare Nostrum offers you a beautiful, stylish, contemporary space with indoor and outdoor seating, a stunning wine cellar – that will catch your eye as soon as you walk in – and a bountiful display of fresh seafood to honor what the sea has to offer. The Mediterranean region of Europe is known for great seafood, so Mare Nostrum showcases all varieties of fresh fish, ranging from locally caught bounty to imported Mediterranean specialties such as red tuna, langoustines and dorada – flown in and delivered fresh every other day. They also have a very extensive, reasonably priced wine list that was brought to the table on an iPad so I could search for my favorite wine. I started my dinner with their fire roasted piquillo peppers, stuffed with fresh seafood in a house made tomato sauce – yummy! I then had a phenomenal diced Mediterranean blue fin tuna with chives, tomato and avocado with citrus vinaigrette. For my main course I really wanted to try something new, so I had a delicious pan-fried branzino with seasonal vegetables. Branzino is a silver-skinned fish found in Europe’s seas and saltwater lakes that goes by several names: European sea bass, spigola, loup de mer, róbalo, and lubina. This fish has a firm, white, delicate-flavored flesh and few small bones. It is prized fish in Spanish, Italian, and Greek cuisines, and often prepared grilled, baked, poached, steamed, or braised whole. I really liked it! Mare Nostrum is open for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday opening at 6 p.m. at 1111 SW First Avenue, right off of Brickell Avenue; directly across the street from the Brickell Avenue Metrorail MetroMover station. Happy dining!

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SHOPPING BAG EARTH DAY IS APRIL 22. READ THIS BOOK, SAVE THE WORLD What to do on Earth Day? Plant a tree, recycle, celebrate the Earth’s natural environment or buy Al Gore’s book, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis. This book is your guide to the most effective solutions to solve the world’s problems. Maybe not, but it’s certainly an interesting read. Available at Books and Books South Beach for $26.

CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS Household cleansers can be scary with all the chemicals. Cleaning is scary enough so why not use cleaning products that are made with earth-conscious ingredients. Whole Foods Markets has a complete line of cleaners that contain no sodium laurel sulfate, phosphates, phthalates or chlorine. On top of that, their containers are made from at least 50% post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials and are recyclable. These cleaners are healthier for you and the planet. Check out the whole line of Whole Foods cleaning products at your local Whole Foods Market or online at www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

SHAMPOO WITH A TREE Kiehl’s is the one-stop destination for healthy earth-friendly body products. If you can’t plant a tree then why not shampoo with Tea Tree Oil Shampoo, an herbal-based shampoo suited for those with a normal to oily scalp. Just one of many herbal shampoos, Tea Tree Oil Shampoo contains herbal extracts like Cinchona, Ivy, Lavender and Yarrow. This shampoo offers an astringent and invigorating effect while soothing the scalp. Using mild surfactants that won’t strip the scalp or hair, this shampoo also contains humectants, panthenol, and pro-vitamin B5 to moisturize, nurture and condition the hair. Comes in 8.4 fl. oz. bottle at $18 or 16.9 fl. oz bottle at $29. Available at your local Kiehl’s or online at www.kiehls.com.

THIS WEEK THURSDAY, APRIL 19 ANGLERS: Tonight don’t miss LOCO 4 Locals Thursdays at the Anglers. Enjoy 2-4-1 Well Drinks and $15 Beer Bucket specials. Sit back with a live DJ and enjoy 20% off the menu tonight from 5 – 8 p.m. 660 Washington Ave.

If you are planting a tree for Earth Day, do it in style with a stylish watering can. Stylish earth-friendly gifts, like this Blue Bird Watering Can, are available at The Shop at Fairchild at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, the perfect place to celebrate earth day. Located in Coral Gables, Fairchild is a beautiful garden dedicated to exploring, explaining, and conserving the world of tropical plants. This Blue Bird Watering Can is priced at $50 available at The Shop at Fairchild or online at www.fairchildgarden.org. 20 | wire magazine | issue #16, 2012 | www.wireweekly.com | facebook | twitter

PALACE: Tonight is Drag Madness with fierce shows by the hot-n-heavy Latrice Royale and her gaggle of guest entertainers! Get ready for the biggest show on South Beach at 6 p.m.

EROS LOUNGE: Presenting Latin Fuego Thursday nights! Get ready for an outrageous night hosted by Teresita La Caliente with shows starting at 11 p.m. Free parking and $6 Cuba Libres all night long. 8201 Biscayne Blvd.

SCORE: Tonight the Penny Back Boyz host one of the hottest parties in South Beach, Filthy Gorgeous Fridays. DJ Willy G will be spinning the fiercest beats while Score’s hottest Go-Go boys work the speaker boxes. Doors open at 10 p.m.

MOVA: Stop by for happy hour from 3 to 9 p.m., followed by Vanity Girl. Vanity Girl Thursdays gives you gorgeous girls, great music by DJ Zehno, $4 Miller Lites, $6 Finlandia cocktails, and a free Miller Lite when you buy the shot of the week. 1625 Michigan Ave.

TWIST: Enjoy a fabulous night at TWIST. Get in for the free Happy Hour BBQ at 6 p.m. Tonight get in the house for some delicious beats and a crowd that’s sure to please. Enjoy seven different bars, stiff drinks, beautiful dancers, and, of course, the only place where there’s “Never a cover...Always a groove.”

PALACE: Palace hosts Stiletto Nights with fierce drag shows by host Missy Meiyakie and special diva cast members. Show starts at 6 p.m. Enjoy weekly drink specials all night. 1200 Ocean Drive. QUEEN LOUNGE: Sobe Social Club creator and South Beach celebrity promoter Edison Farrow isiscelebrating celebratinghishis birthday tonight! birthday tonight! Get Get glammed up throw and throw on most your fabumost glammed up and on your fabulous for RETRO this RETRO PARTY withTroy DJ lous attireattire for this PARTY with DJ Troy Landon spinning the best tracks mixing up Landon spinning the best tracks mixing up the the decades music ‘70s , ‘80s, decades withwith music fromfrom the the ‘70s , ‘80s, & & ‘90s. Theparty partystarts startsatat10 10 p.m. p.m. sponsored ‘90s. The by Chambord Vodka. 841 Washington Ave. SCORE: Enjoy cocktails out on the patio and watch the famous Lincoln Road traffic pass by. Later in the evening Score hosts Pop Fever Thursday night party with fab beats by DJ Daisy D & VJ Jon paired with an incredible crowd of delicious Partygoers and $6 Long Islands all night. 727 Lincoln Road. TWIST: Don’t miss out on a fabulous night at TWIST with seven different bars, DJ Pride, stiff drinks, and beautiful dancers. And if you’re looking for some hot papis, DJ Adora will be hosting Sabroso in Bar 5! Don’t miss the 2-4-1 Special on everything till 2 a.m. “Never a cover... Always a groove.” 1057 Washington Ave. FRIDAY, APRIL 20

WATER IN STYLE

all night long. Snag a bottle of Finlandia for $100 to party in style.

EROS LOUNGE: Friday nights at Eros brings you Born to be a Drag! Hosted by Tiffany Fantasia with heart pumping performances. There’s no cover to get in and amazing $5 Stoli cocktail specials all night. JOHNNY’S MIAMI: Get in tonight for Towel Night Fridays! Snag your taste of locker room fun tonight with 30 dancers in nothing but towels. Steamy live shows all night, and private VIP rooms available. Hosted by Josie Love. 46 NE 14 Street. MOVA: Edison Farrow presents HYPE Fridays tonight at MOVA with DJ Bryan Zero. Enjoy $7 Finlandia and $8 Stoli vodka cocktails

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 DISCOTEKKA: Downtown’s Downtown’s only only gay gay dance dance DISCOTEKKA: party delivers delivers one one hell hell of of aa shindig shindig every every party Saturday night. night. This This Saturday Saturday isis one one of of Saturday the most most anticipated anticipated parties parties of of the the year year as as the Waterworks 5.0 5.0 hits hits the the club. club. Get Get down down and and Waterworks wet with with the the most most outrageous outrageous foam foam party party in in wet Miami. $150 $150 VIP VIP special. special. Sky Sky and and Absolut Absolut Miami. Vodka. 950 950 NE NE 2nd 2nd Ave. Ave. Vodka. EROS LOUNGE: Head over to Eros Lounge for a great happy hour from 3 – 9 p.m. today and then get in on tonight’s Dancing With the Goddess party featuring music by DJ Valencia at 10 p.m. MOVA: Stop by for happy hour from 3 to 9 p.m., followed by FLASH Saturdays with the hottest music videos and visual entertainment by VJ Chris Racine till 3 a.m. with $9 Grey Goose cocktails all night. PALACE: Enjoy a special day of drag shows, great food, and stiff cocktails, as The Palace Bar hosts Drag Gone Wild with Tiffany Fantasia and her gaggle of performers! Heels hit the pavement at 6 p.m. sharp! SCORE: Don’t miss Score’s BIGGER Saturdays party tonight, Tribal Drums with heart throbbing beats by DJs Drew Tribe & Paul De Leon. Hosted by Alex Prieto. Expect the hottest men and most outrageous sounds at Saturday’s largest gay dance party on the Beach. $6 Chambord Vodka Drinks all night. No cover before 1 a.m. TWIST: Happy Hour 2-4-1 with Tommy and the locals from 1 to 9 p.m. on everything. Come tonight for MUSCLE BOY Saturdays and enjoy a full house of hot men and some incredible beats by DJ Mika. “Never a cover...Always a groove.” SUNDAY, APRIL 22 ANGLERS: If you are looking to nurse that hangover with some unlimited mimosas and


Bloody Marys, look no further than 660 at the Anglers. Enjoy great food and delicious libations in one of the most beautiful boutique resorts Miami Beach has to offer. 660 Washington Ave. CHALK LOUNGE: Get out of the house with Edison Farrow at SMASH Sundays. Hop on a Ping-Pong table, shoot some billiards, or chill out as DJ Smeejay works the turntables. The party kicks off at 8 p.m. with free Rokk Vodka drinks until 9 p.m with no cover and Rokk Vodka drink specials all night. MOVA: MOVA hosts the most scandalous party in South Beach, Out-n-Ugly Sundays with DJ Latrice. Beginning at 9 p.m. with drag shows 11 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Enjoy $4 Miller Lites, $5 Herradura Shots, and $6 Finlandia. No cover. PALACE: South Beach’s most legendary drag brunch will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with two seatings: one at 11:30 a.m. and another at 2 p.m. Enjoy over-the-top performances by Noel Leon paired with a delectable menu. Afterwards, check out the sexiest Sunday T-Dance in SoBe with local DJs working the turntables. When the T-Dance ends, the BAR CRAWL begins, take the party to MOVA to finish off the Sunday fun. SCORE: Stop by and test your vocals with Karaoke tonight! Doors open at 9 p.m. Still happening upstairs, HIP SUNDAYS with Club Boi in association with Score offers a fabulous night of the best beats by DJs Gavin T & Diaz from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. TWIST: Get in for 2-4-1 happy hour from 1 to 9 p.m. & the free BBQ at 6 p.m. Afterwards, see one of the most scandalous shows you’ll ever witness with Pussila’s amateur strip contest. Upstairs DJ Paulie will be working it out on the main dance floor. At TWIST: “Never a cover...Always a groove.”

& Nicholas Torres with beats by house diva Justice Divine. Join Nathan in the Frolic Lounge for the Katy Perry The Complete Confection album release party with free CDs and prizes & DJ Bryan Zero’s fab beats on the main dance floor.

MOVA: It’s a SINsational Tuesday night at MOVA’s weekly Service Industry Night. Enjoy $50 bottles of Finlandia Vodka, $100 bottles of Grey Goose, and $7 premium well drinks while DJ AJ Reddy works the turntables. PALACE: Stop in for Palace’s 2-4-1 Absolut flavored cocktails till 4 p.m. Better than ever before on Ocean Drive and 12th Street, try it for lunch or a late afternoon snack, or just hang out at the bar with the locals. No matter what you’re in the mood for, Palace is sure to have it! SCORE: It’s Planeta Macho tonight, the hottest Latin Party in Miami Beach, featuring Divas del Amor and Latin beats by award winner DJ George Ferrero. Watch amazing shows by Miami’s best female impersonators. Check out the dancers on the 2nd level hosted by Teresita La Caliente. Don’t miss this party - it’s South Florida’s Best Latin Party! TWIST: 2-4-1 Happy Hour from 1 to 9 p.m. on everything. Tonight TWIST presents Keeping It Real Fun With Daisy D. Get ready for ridiculous beats and $5 Jumbo Blue Long Island Iced Teas all night long. “Never a cover… Always a groove.”

KILL YOUR IDOL: Dustin Reffca presents GLITTER BOX MONDAYS- South Beach’s hottest Monday night party with manic beats by DJ Smeejay & DJ FR8-0 performing live. Don’t miss out on $1 PBR Beer, $2 Jello Shots, & $3 Jack Shots all night long! 222 Espanola Way.

MOVA: Stop by for MOVA’s weekly College Night Wednesdays, hosted by the Penny Back Boyz. DJ Daisy D will be working the turntables, while you enjoy $5 Finlandia cocktails or grab five Miller Lites for only $15 all night long.

MOVA: Get ready to be a star at MOVA’s weekly SHOUT karaoke party with VJ AJ Reddy. Test your vocals and enjoy half priced drinks all night long and $5 glasses of wine.

PALACE: Tonight Palace presents Elite Nights. Sit back and enjoy live music and hilarious comedy presented by the one and only Noel Leon. Sip on complimentary drinks from 8 to 9 p.m. and get through hump day with a night to remember, show starts at 8 p.m.

TWIST: Happy Hour 2-4-1 drinks ‘till 9 p.m. Then it’s Arrasando hosted by Marco Perez

THE MAGIC OF ROBERT ELIAS

JOHNNY’S MIAMI: Downtown’s only gay strip club features the hottest, most diverse men in Miami. Tonight it’s all about the hot hip-hop beats at B2M Service Station as DJs TPromix and Surreal turnout some of your fav beats. Hosted by Sushiman & CocoDorm.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25

SCORE: Swing by for one of the best happy hours in Miami Beach where all drinks are 1/2 price, followed by Video Freak where you can request your favorite music videos and enjoy $5 vodka cocktails, $7 martinis and $3 beers. No cover.

BY DJ FR8-O

TUESDAY, APRIL 24

MONDAY, APRIL 23

PALACE: Stop in for Palace’s 2-4-1 Absolut flavored cocktails all day, while enjoying RuPaul’s Drag Race viewing party, and don’t forget to enjoy a snack or two while enjoying the show.

TOP TRAX

SCORE: Come and spend a pleasant evening on one of Score’s outdoor couches as they host Martini Madness Night. A half-price Happy Hour runs till 9 p.m. TWIST: Sean Brady hosts the Sean Brady Show. Karaoke and tons of entertainment all night long. After getting your jam on, head over to the main dance floor to get fresh with TP Lords and DJ Felix. 2-4-1 Happy Hour from 1 to 9 p.m. on everything. “Never a cover... Always a groove.”

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ur community is legendary for spending our weekends in the clubs till the sun comes up. But there’s another side to the gay community that a lot of us aren’t aware of. More and more I’ve noticed the emergence of the “alterna-gay” – an alternative to the alternative lifestyle. The alterna-gay opts for pubs over clubs, plaid over Prada and rock over remixes. One of the newest additions to this musical revolution is international recording artist Robert Elias. Since he was 15 he has written for and toured with Latin artists like Marc Anthony, Alejandro Sanz, Jon Secada, Don Omar and Chayanne. Now he is finally ready to release his first English album, Magic City. To hear the passion and soul in his vocals and the incredible response from the crowds that pack his shows regardless of his sexual preference, you can see he’s nothing short of a star in the making. Get a sneak peek at some tracks from Magic City this Saturday, April 21. You’ll have a chance to meet this approachable artist yourself and may even be lucky enough to catch a live performance. What’s it like being a gay artist in a straight-dominated genre of music? I think as an artist it’s my responsibility to keep an open mind and embrace different ideas, people and styles of music. Of course, it’s harder to be a gay artist in the music industry. You have to work that much harder to make people see past that stereotype and really see you for what you have to offer as an artist and musician. I try not to let an image consume me. I’m here to make music. If I happen to break barriers along the way, then it’s even better. Some of the best singers in rock music have been the most flamboyant. Elton John, Freddie Mercury, George Michael, they’ve all broken that mold before me. I used to be turned down constantly by labels for being too expressive on stage or singing too much, too hard. Now, it’s why people come to my shows. They want to feel every inch of what I’m singing. I think part of being a great rock singer is making your presence just as big and loud as rock and roll is. Thankfully for me, I’m 6’4 and Cuban. Do you get many gay fans at your shows? I think gay fans are some of the most dedicated fans in the world. As an artist, if you don’t have gay fans you’re probably not gonna be around very long. I get a ton of gay fans at my shows! Thank God. Tell me about the new album, Magic City? Magic City is coming out this summer! My songwriting partner, Chris Alvy, and I, started writing for this album three years ago. Some songs were written in Chile, while I was on tour. Other songs were written here in Miami under the influence of many bottles of wine; then some songs were brought to me and I connected with them. It really is a tribute to whom I’ve blossomed into and Miami is a big part of that. Magic City Album Listening Party with Robert Elias Saturday, April 21 Kill Your Idol • 222 Espanola Way • Miami Beach 10 PM – 1 AM • No Cover


DAILY GRIND: MENTAL HEALTH

LOOKING GOOD

BY KEN HUNT

FLEX IN THE CITY

¿ORGULLOSO?

BY DR. GREGG A. PIZZI sta semana, se celebró el cuarto festival anual Orgullo Gay (Gay Pride) en Miami Beach. El tema de este año fue: “¡Celebremos los Colores del Orgullo!” El renombrado desfile, festival y otros eventos fueron organizados y sancionados por Miami Beach Gay Pride, una organización sin fines de lucro establecida por Alcalde Matti Bower como iniciativa del Miami Beach Gay Business Development Council. Quiero agradecer a los individuos y organizaciones que han hecho posible este tipo de reconocimiento de la comunidad gay y una celebración de esta magnitud. Han trabajado mucho para lograr lo que hoy día se llama Miami Beach Gay Pride. Desafortunadamente, no todo el mundo comparte el sentido de orgullo durante este tipo de evento. Me he estado preguntando toda la semana… Si el fin de semana pasado fue la celebración del Orgullo Gay, ¿por qué será que tantos gays me han comentado últimamente, “Evité ir a la playa el domingo,” o “Menos mal que estuve de viaje y no en Miami este fin de semana,” o “¡Qué horror—ni me atrevo a ir a South Beach durante el desfile gay!”? Estos comentarios a mí no me suenan como orgullo. Las frases anteriores no dan la impresión de una celebración de la cual todo el mundo se siente orgulloso, sino de algo que trae sentimientos negativos. ¿Para qué tanta negatividad? Creo que una gran parte de esta actitud hacia las festividades del Orgullo Gay se debe a pensamientos y creencias homofóbicos, o anti-gay. Mucha gente gay, lesbiana y bisexual, por desarrollados que sean, todavía llevan adentro actitudes negativas sobre la homosexualidad y sobre lo que significa ser gay o lesbiana. Las voces de los padres, los profesores, los sacerdotes, los rabinos y otras personas influyentes en la vida de un/una joven gay siguen entonando, años después, y pueden crear sentimientos de vergüenza que hacen casi imposible el sentido de orgullo para muchos miembros de la comunidad gay, lesbiana y bisexual. Las imágenes que frecuentemente se asocian con la celebración del Orgullo Gay implican una libertad que muchos homosexuales no disfrutan. Para algunos, la idea de vestirse con ropa del sexo opuesto, o la de andar en plena calle sin casi nada de ropa puesta, incitan miedo. Hay gente que piensa que no les queda más remedio que vivir en el ‘closet’…. Esto es, obviamente, el contrario del orgullo. También, hay gente gay que opina que la expresión de sexualidad tan abierta como la que se ve durante el desfile gay es inapropiada y le trae mala fama a la comunidad. Yo creo que hay muchas diferentes maneras de expresarnos, tanto como hay muchas diferentes maneras de vivir. Es importante reconocer que las acciones de ciertos individuos no representan al grupo entero, y que las acciones de un grupo no refleja a ningún individuo. Todo el mundo tiene derecho a expresarse de la manera que le guste. Si tú estás orgulloso de ti mismo, tu comportamiento lo reflejará y tu ejemplo tendrá efecto en tu alrededor. Y, las acciones de una sola persona orgullosa pueden ser tan fuertes como las de un grupo de millones. 22 | wire magazine | issue #16, 2012 | www.wireweekly.com | facebook | twitter

o who doesn’t like to see a great big flexed bicep or a back rippling with muscles? Flexing can do a lot of things – it can intimidate someone, attract someone and while some might think it’s just vain, the truth is that isometric flexing can make a major difference in your rate of muscle growth. When you do it with proper technique and in the right combination with progressive-resistance training, you can actually flex your way to a better physique. It’s important to do a full-body flex as often as possible, it means flexing your calves. Now, I know that when people ask you to “make a muscle” they are rarely asking for a calf shot. Many people focus on the “bar muscles”; that is, the chest and arms, which are the most visible in a crowded social setting. The point here is that a whole-body flex will result in muscle gains, balanced throughout the body. While flexing is often done in front of a mirror, you can achieve the same results while lying in bed before sleep. You may have heard of a form of meditation that produces a relaxed state by alternately flexing and stretching the individual muscles of the body. With this technique you start with one muscle (say, your right calf). Flex it for 10 seconds, then relax and stretch it for another 10 seconds. Now do your left calf in the same manner. Continue with the right quad, the left quad, and keep on going up until you reach your neck. Focus totally on the muscle in question, letting all of your thoughts and frustrations from the day float away. After you have flexed all of your muscles in this manner, you will immediately feel a sense of overall relaxation. Finish it off with 10 seconds of full-body flex, and fall off into sleep. This system not only produces muscle gain, but it actually promotes good sleep, which will result in greater and more sustained levels of growth hormone release throughout the evening. Whenever you flex, it’s very important to approach it with a positive frame of mind. Don’t short-circuit your potential for muscle growth with negative thoughts. The reason for flexing is not arrogance or vanity, but good solid muscular development. By flexing regularly and acknowledging your hard-earned gains, you’ll build confidence in your muscle-making abilities, which will lead to greater growth. Approach flexing as another part of your balanced-training program. Always find room for it at least once per exercise cycle. You can do it on your day off from the gym, or, if you find that you’re overtraining to the point where you’re still sore and feeling a bit depleted on the day you’re supposed to go back to work out, try taking the day off from progressive-resistance training and instead do some flex training. You’ll find that your muscles will respond to the attention. And who doesn’t like a little more attention? Ken Hunt is an AFI-certified trainer and fitness expert who owns New York and Miami’s Steel Gym. Steel Gym has been named the No. 1 gym in New York two years in a row by the American Fitness Institute. In Miami, Steel Gym is located at 5556 NE 4th Ct. 305.751.7591. www.SteelGym.com


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Wire Magazine Issue #16, 2012: Miami Beach Gay Pride Photo Album