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EDITOR IN CHIEF’S NOTE CAPTAIN GOOD LIFE'S CURAÇAO PARADISE ittle did I know that when I boarded my Dutch Antilles Express flight to Curaçao on Thursday of last week, to write a Get Wet Weekend 2012 Wire Magazine travel story, I would be embarking on one of the most amazing travel adventures of my life. From the moment Charla Nieveld, PR & Communications Officer of the Curaçao Tourist Board, picked us up at the airport, to Sunday when I looked at gorgeous Curaçao from the air and gave a nod to all the wonderful new friends I met, I was totally in love with Curaçao and its people. This Dutch Caribbean paradise is one of the three “ABC Islands” – Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao. Their rich European and African heritage represents over 50 nationalities, and the people of Curaçao speak Dutch, Spanish, English, and Papiamentu, their local language – a Creole dialect. The strong Dutch and European influence and sophistication is palpable everywhere – in the language skills of its people, the architecture of its colorful buildings, its fine dining, and the beautiful hotels and beaches. I stayed at the gay-friendly Floris Suite Hotel in Piscadera Bay. The Hotel is managed by Frank Holtslag, who was the general manager of three hotels in Miami Beach, the Sagamore, Edgewater South Beach, and Circa39 Hotel. The Floris' open-air lobby, lush gardens, and beautiful pool area reminded me of some of my favorite spots in Hawaii and Costa Rica. The hotel also has a fine dining restaurant – checkout this week's Dining article on page 7. I have wonderful stories that I will share with you when I write my travel article about Curaçao, including spending over half a day with Henry Abraham Obersi Jr., a.k.a. Captain Good Life, of Let's Go Watersports in Playa Santa Cruz. The eccentric, largerthan-life Captain Good Life took us on a wild adventure on the stunning blue waters of Curaçao that included a coastal ride on a banana boat, visiting several of Curaçao's best beaches from the ocean, and snorkeling into the stunning Blue Room Cave. Stay tuned to Wire Magazine for much more to come about Curaçao. The island is only 2.5 hours by plane from Miami. I flew direct on Dutch Antilles Express (DAE), and you can also fly on American Airlines. I plan to return soon to hang out with some of my wonderful new friends, and spend more time with Captain Good Life doing some diving! Cheers, Rafa Publisher & Editor in Chief rafa@wireweekly.com

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Pop Fever Thursdays

@ Score

photos by Henry Perez Get into it! Thursday nights at POP Fever in the Creme Lounge at Score with DJ Daisy D. Celebrating the release of Katy Perry’s A Part of Me DVD!

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DINING

BY RAFA CARVAJAL

DINING IN A DUTCH CARIBBEAN PARADISE Images Credit: Rafa Carvajal

just returned from an amazing trip to the island of Curaçao in the southern Caribbean Sea just off the coast of Venezuela. This Dutch Caribbean paradise is one of the three “ABC Islands” – Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao. Their rich European and African heritage represents over 50 nationalities, and their people speak Dutch, Spanish, English, and Papiamentu, their local language – a Creole dialect.

LA BAHIA SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE AT THE OTROBANDA HOTEL

My dining experience in Curaçao was as diverse and rich as its culture. There was plenty of fresh and healthy bounty from the sea, as well as many savory dishes prepared with chicken, beef, lamb, pork, pasta and vegetarian ingredients. Many of the restaurants offered a unique blend of Caribbean and Continental ambience and cuisine, and the quality of my dining experiences in Curaçao exceeded my expectations from the moment I first arrived and had Keshi Yená (Dutch cheese filled with stewed chicken, raisins and vegetables) accompanied with Caribbean rice for lunch at La Bahia Seafood & Steakhouse at the Otrobanda Hotel & Casino in Willemstad, Curaçao's capital. KESHI YENÁ

I stayed at the gay-friendly Floris Suite Hotel in Piscadera Bay. The Hotel is managed by Frank Holtslag, who was the general manager of three hotels in Miami Beach, the Sagamore, Edgewater South Beach, and Circa39 Hotel. Sjalotte, the Floris' restaurant, is a well-known fine dining dinner destination for both visitors and residents of Curaçao. The open-air seating in the lush Floris gardens reminded me of some of my favorite spots in Hawaii and Costa Rica. I particularly enjoyed the delicious combination of tasty fresh ingredients and the sophisticated blending of Caribbean and European influences in Sjalotte's menu, along with their superb list of wines. I started my dinner with a delightful French Onion Soup prepared with a very high quality and scrumptious cheese – the European influence was palpable. For my main course I had a delicious Surf & Turf with Lobster accompanied by Roasted Vegetables. My steak was prepared medium to perfection, the lobster was very yummy, and the vegetables were fresh and roasted to a crispy consistency that motivated me to eat all my veggies!

Sjalotte Surf & Turf with Lobster

Curaçao is only 2.5 hours by plane from Miami, so I highly recommend taking a four-day weekend to paradise. You will love the island, its people, and the food. Sjalotte, Floris Suite Hotel, Piscadera Bay, Willemstad, Curaçao

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KEN'S QUICK TIPS BY KEN HUNT

NOTHING BEATS A GREAT PAIR OF LEGS ome of you might remember that catchy advertising slogan from many years ago. Although the saying might be old, the message is spot on. Legs are an important part of any workout routine. And, while we all know that doing legs is good for us, many people just ignore them. Here are a few facts you should know about working out your legs. Think of your legs as your power stations – they provide the impetus for activity from the moment you get out of bed until you go to sleep at night. They are fundamental to your mobility; working out your legs is beneficial to many aspects of life. And working legs has a big effect on upper body muscle growth. It doesn't exactly pump testosterone upward, but with legs being the body’s biggest muscle and all the other muscles it takes to do heavy squats, it causes the biggest release of testosterone and HGH. These anabolic hormones travel throughout the body and rebuild the chest and tricep muscles you worked out yesterday as well as your legs. Anyone who has done heavy squats knows they work way more muscles than just the legs. Another reason to work out your legs is that increased muscular strength and endurance will help you go about daily life with more energy. As Human Movement notes, the greater your endurance, the longer you can work without feeling fatigue. Strong legs allow you to get through your chores, fitness program and social life more enjoyably and efficiently. Simple choices like taking stairs instead of elevators can quickly boost your leg power. One of the key reasons you get injured is because your muscles or tendons are weak. If you work out your legs, you help avoid the risk of sprained ankles, twisted knees and muscle soreness that results from inactivity. Athletic Training and Sports Medicine notes that it is important to work out your whole lower body together, including core, pelvic region and legs. Keeping your base strong with regular exercise gives you more mobility and reduces the risk of injury. Strong legs are vital to sport-specific fitness, as they provide the impetus and power for running, jumping and turning. Robert Price, author of The Ultimate Guide to Weight Training for Running, recommends strength training for building stamina, explosive power and strength. By using exercises like squats, lunges, step-ups and plyometric jumps, you condition your calves, quads and hip flexors, giving you a strong base for athletic activity. Cardio exercise like running and biking increases muscular endurance too. Your muscles weaken as you age, which means you feel more tired performing everyday activities. Working out your legs helps fight fatigue, enabling you to maintain a normal routine. Another important benefit of working out your legs, according to Bending the Aging Curve, is that it reduces the risk of falls. Not only does it improve endurance, making you less likely to stumble from tiredness, but it sharpens your reflexes and helps you keep your balance.

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LOOKING GOOD


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BY ANTHONY JAPOUR, MD

n the year 1900, life expectancy was only 35 to 40 years. Today, the life expectancy is 100 years or more! Along with the trend toward increasing longevity over the last one hundred years, the global population has increased from one billion at the dawn of the twentieth century to nearly seven billion people living on earth today. So how does a modern Health and Wellness Program look today?

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Today, a Health & Wellness Program begins with a complete head-to-toe evaluation with diagnostic studies such as blood tests to assess bone marrow function, cholesterol metabolism, liver and kidney function, sex hormones together with noninvasive tests such as ultrasonography, cardiac stress tests, EKG, PET-CT scans as appropriate— all to detect early abnormalities that can be treated before symptoms arise. It includes regular eye exams, dental check-ups, a yearly dermatologic evaluation (for those of us living full time in a sunshine state), age-appropriate screening for cancer including mammograms and colonoscopy, and bone densitometry for osteoporosis.

Anthony Japour, MD is a post-graduate trained and former HIV/ AIDS Researcher and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. Presently Dr. Japour is a Health & Wellness Physician at Elite Medical Group at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center campus. You can schedule an appointment to see Dr. Japour at aj@elitehealth.com 10 | wire magazine | issue #40, 2012 | www.wireweekly.com | facebook | twitter

As we may lead more active and productive lives over the course of time, preparing for good health begins today. Moreover, as we see limits of medical technology in sustaining of good health, people must decide for themselves what defines health and wellness. With that in mind, each person is therefore responsible for making choices about their health and well being according to goals. The Wellness Inventory (Figure 1) (www.wellpeople.com) was created by wellness pioneer John W. Travis, MD, MPH, who opened the first wellness center in the U.S. in 1975 after completing his preventive medicine residency at Johns Hopkins. Twelve dimensions of health provide the foundation of the Wellness Inventory. A Whole Person Assessment includes a series of wellness statements such as, “I protect myself from safety hazards by wearing seatbelts, using smoke detectors in my home, not riding in a vehicle with a drunk driver, etc.” These are followed by how true the statement is and how satisfied you are with answers you provide giving a sense of your motivation to change. The Program offers guidance and tools to transform your new awareness into lifestyle change and a renewed sense of health and wellbeing. In Gene Stone's international best-seller, Secrets of People Who Don't Get Sick (Workman, 2010), Stone profiled 25 people and their “secrets” to not getting sick.


HEALTH & WELLNESS

THE WELLNESS INVENTORY

MAINTAINING OPTIMAL HORMONE LEVELS NATURALLY Testosterone replacement is a hot topic on local talk shows, men’s magazines and a popular subject around the water cooler with men 35-60. In recent years it has become medically accepted to give males testosterone replacement to boost their vitality and overall health. Studies show that low testosterone causes a variety of lifestyle diseases including heart disease and diabetes. So the question is, does hormone replacement prevent disease and act as the fountain of youth?

Figure 1 These include such things as good genes, chicken soup, Vitamin C, yoga, spirituality, lifting weights, and what I described as the health benefits of probiotics. Whereas antibiotics are used to kill bacteria, probiotics bring good bacteria in the body and help stimulate and support the body's immune system. One unifying observation Stone made is that whatever it is that they did about it they made a daily commitment. Pharmaceuticals play an important component for serious illnesses such as HIV, Hepatitis C, and cancer, among others. However, I am a strong believer in preventive approaches to maintain optimal health through behavioral modifiers, exercise, nutrition, life coaching, rest, life-long learning and social connectedness. Prevention has long been proven to be important in health and wellness. A good example is having your teeth cleaned at least every six months to prevent gum disease and cavities. Several species of bacteria that cause gum disease have been found in plaque in the arteries of the heart. While a direct correlation between gum disease and heart disease is still being studied, regular dental care may benefit your heart as well.

Well its not that simple. Bill Cortright, the COO and Wellness Director of EliteBioFit at Elite Health, has worked side-by-side with doctors for the last 20 years administrating hormone replacement therapy and creating hormone replacement protocols. Cortright is the author of The Stress Response Diet, a book that teaches a hormone balancing diet and the medicinal purpose of food we consume. He explains, “When a patient at Elite Health has a low testosterone test I work handin-hand with the medical doctors in order to truly analysis the patients results. Most doctors will look at the total testosterone and depending on the level will make the decision to treat. At Elite Health we do things a little differently. We never treat patients with one low-test result. We want to see WHY the testosterone is low. We also want to know WHY the patient is symptomatic. When looking for that WHY factor we will look at the following. • Many patients can be symptomatic of low testosterone with a normal Total Testosterone level. This happens when the testosterone gets bound and the body cannot use it. Simple blood test measuring sex hormone binding globulin and a testosterone calculator will give us a clear picture. Many times this can be fixed through proper diet. • Making sure that the patient is getting quality sleep each night. Sleep Apnea is a major cause of low testosterone. At Elite we have home sleep studies to rule this out. We measure how the body is handling stress and recuperating. • We review the patient’s current diet. It’s vital to have a diet that keeps the body in a positive nitrogen balance so we can recuperate on a daily basis. This is a key for healthy testosterone levels. • We run several tests on the patient to see how their body handles stress both at rest and during action. This allows us to build an exercise program to help the patient’s body to become anabolic, naturally increasing the testosterone levels. • We will evaluate if we can add some simple supplements that will naturally improve the patient’s bio-available testosterone.

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The reason we do everything possible at Elite to avoid giving the testosterone replacement and bringing it up naturally is once you start testosterone in most cases you cannot stop. I have found that when doctors don’t follow the patient closely, many times they will end up with lower levels of testosterone than when they started. Once we have evaluated the patient and put them on a lifestyle program we will simply measure the results. If the patient does everything correctly and the hormones don’t come up, then you can safely say that testosterone is the answer.

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Bill also makes it clear when doing HRT there is no one method that is right. It’s important to test the patient every 4-6 weeks to make sure the treatment is giving the patient optimal hormone levels. Lifestyle factors such as the proper diet and exercise play an all-important role in how the HRT will work. Healthy hormones are the key element for longevity and a lower biological age. As Bill Cortright says, “It doesn’t matter how old you are, it only matters how well your body produces energy. In other words you can be 50 years old and if you are producing energy like a 35-year-old who cares?”


HEALTH & WELLNESS

BY ANTHONY JAPOUR, MD Image Credit: Copyright Dash - Shutterstock.com

SUNSHINE STATE, SUNSHINE VITAMIN Surprisingly, even though we live in the Sunshine State with lots of sun exposure, many of us are either Vitamin D insufficient or worse, Vitamin D deficient. Thankfully, a simple blood test can diagnose the problem and I highly recommend you get a Vitamin D level checked on your annual physical exam. A normal level of vitamin D is defined as a 25OHD concentration greater than 30 ng/mL, however a value closer to 50 ng/mL may be better. Vitamin D insufficiency is defined as a 25OHD concentration of 20 to 30 ng/mL (50 to 75 nmol/L). Vitamin D deficiency is defined as a 25OHD level less than 20 ng/mL (50 nmol/L). Sun exposure is the most common source of Vitamin D but sunscreen with SPF 30 or more limits Vitamin D absorption from the sun. Why is Vitamin D important? Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is involved in almost every process that occurs in the body. But, the most important job for vitamin D is to maintain a healthy level of Calcium and Phosphorus; namely, to form strong bones. Together with Calcium, Vitamin D also protects us from developing Osteoporosis. Among its other roles in the body, the vitamin aids in promoting cell growth, reducing inflammation, improving immune function and brain health. Recent studies suggest that Vitamin D may also help protect you from high blood pressure, some types of cancer and several autoimmune diseases. A publication in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that monthly supplementation with 50,000 IU of Vitamin D(3) in HIV positive youth seemed adequate to treat vitamin D insufficiency. How to get more Vitamin D? Although very few foods are naturally rich in vitamin D, it can be found in cod liver oil, fatty fish, egg yolks, cheese and fortified milk. The vitamin can also be produced when the sun’s ultraviolet rays kiss the skin, which trigger a cascade of effects that yield vitamin D. It’s said that 5-30 minutes of sun exposure between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. twice a week, without sunscreen increases Vitamin D levels. If you are diagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency you might consider a daily nutritional supplement of 2000-5000 IU per day. I recommend rechecking Vitamin D levels after 3 months of supplementation to see your progress.

Age

Male

Female

Pregnancy

Location

0–12 months*

400 IU (10 mcg)

400 IU (10 mcg)

1–13 years

600 IU (15 mcg)

600 IU (15 mcg)

14–18 years

600 IU (15 mcg)

600 IU (15 mcg)

600 IU (15 mcg)

600 IU (15 mcg)

19–50 years

600 IU (15 mcg)

600 IU (15 mcg)

600 IU (15 mcg)

600 IU (15 mcg)

51–70 years

600 IU (15 mcg)

600 IU (15 mcg)

70 + years

800 IU (20 mcg)

800 IU (20 mcg)

RDAs for vitamin D are listed in both International Units (IUs) and micrograms (mcg). Institute of Medicine, Food and Nutrition Board. Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 2010. 12 | wire magazine | issue #40, 2012 | www.wireweekly.com | facebook | twitter


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TOP TRAX

BY DJ FR8-O

NO DOUBT

Push and Shove Their Way Back to the Top

Let the Dancefloor be Your Runway

@ Discotekka photos by Henry Perez

Fashion Icon TP Lords led the night as "Let the Dancefloor Be Your Runway" brought out the fashion gurus and fashionistas for a non-stop night of dancing, with sounds by DJ Cindel at downtown's largest gay dance party, every Saturday at Discotekka! wen Stefani and the boys are back! After a decade-long timeout, No Doubt has finally released their first album since their double-platinum masterpiece Rock Steady. Even after all these years, the band stuck to the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” philosophy and reunited with Rock Steady producer Mark “Spike” Stent to deliver their best collaboration yet, Push and Shove. Following the insane success of their previous album, the bandmates took a much needed sabbatical to spend quality time with their families and work on side projects like Gwen’s Love.Angel.Music.Baby. and Sweet Escape. But it wasn’t long before they got the itch to work together again and in 2008 the writing spree began. The three-year production, delayed by tour dates (Paramour, Katy Perry), due dates (Gwen’s second baby) and just plain writer’s block, has finally spawned a collection of fresh new tracks flaunting the melting pot of genres we’ve missed so much from the pride of Orange County (no, definitely not the housewives). Push and Shove explodes with its first single “Settle Down”; a smokin’ hot opener fueled by a dancehall bassline, electric guitars, Middle-Eastern influences and sparked of course by Gwen’s oneof-a-kind vocals. The track instantly sets the tone for a non-stop celebration of all

the reasons we love No Doubt. It’s obvious that pop radio isn’t the only place the band plans to take over during their return. The high energy follow-up single “Lookin Hot” will soon be the next club anthem of the fall. So you’d better get your cha-cha heels ready, boys and girls! “One More Summer,” “Gravity,” and “Undercover” take us back to No Doubt’s days of love stories wrapped in pop-rock. As for the epic title track, the fearless foursome joins forces with reggae icons Busy Signal and Major Lazer to serve up major perfection. Even the slow jams “Easy,” “Undone,” and “Sparkle” shine in their own unique way. Whether it’s new wave, light rock or reggae, Gwen slips into each genre as effortlessly as a studmodel into a Speedo. It’s no secret that the sign of a truly great album is when you can listen to it from start to finish without reaching for that unforgiving skip button. It’s a whole other story when you can do it on repeat. No Doubt not only take their comeback to the next level with Push and Shove, they prove that you don’t need to follow cheesy gimmicks or pop trends to do it. With so many veteran artists trying to make their way back to the top this year, there’s no doubt they’re gonna have to push and shove pass Gwen and the boys to get there.

If you’re a recording artist, musician or producer and would like your work featured in TOP TRAX, hit me up at alfredo@wireweekly.com 16 | wire magazine | issue #40, 2012 | www.wireweekly.com | facebook | twitter

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FLIX

BY KEVIN WYNN

MORE FUN THAN FOCUS Directed by: Martín Sastre Cast: Natalia Oreiro Mirella Pascual Mike Amigorena Diego Reinhold Rossy de Palma Alejandro Tous Jeannette Rodríguez Melina Petriella

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atalia, the titular heroine of Martin Sastre’s film Miss Tacuarembó, is a showbiz wannabe who’s fixated on (among other things) fragrance. When she first lays eyes on hunky Enrique (hunky Boris Bakst), a co-worker at Cristo Park, a Vatican-approved, Catholic-themed amusement park, she’s enraptured by his eyes and his scent (Polo by Ralph Lauren), instantly in love.

credits. Miss T isn’t just any movie. It’s very nearly every movie.

Like his heroine, writer/director Sastre has a fixation: On film. Miss T is Sastre’s first feature, and the man seems to have decided that if he’s going to make a movie, dammit, he’s going to make every kind of movie.

In keeping with the too-much-is-notenough spirit of the film, Natalia Oreira plays a dual role. She’s winning and beautiful as Natalia, and as Natalia’s childhood tormentor Candida, a dour religious fanatic. Oreira has a spitfire malevolence worthy of Glenn Close or Jane Lynch. As the cheesy diva of Argentina’s top reality show Rossy de Palma (a genuine Almodovar artifact, having appeared in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Matador and Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!), is one of the film’s great delights, hamming it up in a manner Pedro would never have countenanced.

Thus Miss T, the story of Natalia’s lessthan-fabulous adventures as a singerdancer with frequent detours into her deeply conflicted childhood, is a melodrama that’s also a camp satire, a horror movie that’s also a sweet film about childhood and also a light-footed musical. Sastre borrows from home movies and reality shows, from music videos and telenovelas (meaning actual footage from an actual telenovela, Cristal, a Venezuelan hit from the mid-1980s) and even tacks what look like audition videos onto the very end of the film, after the

That’s its biggest problem: Miss T is less than the sum of its parts. Thematically and stylistically the film is strongly reminiscent of Pedro Almodóvar’s early work, but Sastre doesn’t have Almodóvar’s manic focus. Sastre doesn’t know when to stop. This movie overflows.

Miss T may be rough at the edges, its focus may stray, its story line might not always be absolutely clear, but its delights are many. Sastre pushes it – and, in the end, he gets away with it.


I AM MY OWN WIFE

BY ANTWYONE INGRAM

I AM MY

OWN WIFE Images Credit: Justin Namon

ire Magazine catches up with director Stuart Meltzer to discuss Don Wright’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-Winning Play I Am My Own Wife. Called “The most stirring new work to appear on Broadway” by The New York Times, Meltzer brings you a beautifully woven experience that tells the heartwarming and triumphant true story of German transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf who prevailed against the barbaric regimes of the Nazis and Communists in East Berlin. The one man show, premiering at the intimate Carnival Studio Theatre (Ziff Ballet Opera House) is part of the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Light/ The Holocaust & Humanity Project, a community-wide awareness initiative spanning over three months that will “promote the protection of human rights against bigotry and hate through the arts, education, and public dialogue.” Come enjoy this tale of courage, perseverance and acceptance as the Arsht Center launches its 2012-2013 Theater Up Close Series with I Am My Own Wife.

"Never Throw Stones in Glass Houses” Stuart Meltzer

What inspired you to direct I Am My Own Wife? I Am My Own Wife is an awe-inspiring true story that ignites a reaction from the audience. I love that. I never saw a production of it, I only read the play and I felt a desire to tell Charlotte von Mahlsdorf's story to new generations of theatregoers. What message do you want audiences to take away from this show? I'm not sure if there is a message. The play is constructed with two journeys, Charlotte con Mahlsdorf's and the playwright Doug Wright. By this I mean that I Am My Own Wife is a one-man play with the actor playing many roles. One role is Doug Wright. His journey and ultimate choice was to pose all the facts about Charlotte's life and let the audience decide. One message is never go throwing stones in glass houses. What made you choose Carbonell Award-winning actor Tom Wahl to fill the role of Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf? Tom and my partner Michael McKeever are very, very good friends. About 9 years ago, very early in my relationship with Michael, I met Tom. One dinner party, I asked Tom if he ever wanted to do I Am My Own Wife, I thought he would be perfect in the part. That was almost nine years ago and fast-forward to today and I still think he is the best choice in South Florida for the role. Tom is a consummate professional. Understands comedy. Versatile. He is very much like Elena Maria Garcia - only with testicles. Not to mention he is dreamy to look at. Do you think I Am My Own Wife will cause more controversy than it will inspire, or vice versa? The play was an enormous hit in New York. It received the Tony Award, and the Pulitzer Prize, among other decorations. The play inspires me. I was doing research for the world of the play. I love that kind of stuff. I went to a website discussing Nazi Concentration Camp labeling. Like the yellow star was for Jews and the pink triangle for homosexuals, etc. This kind of branding stirred something in me because it made monsters out of different kinds of people- because of their sexuality, religion and political beliefs. Uh, to me that sounds a lot like the GOP of today. I don't think I am over-reacting. I think it is the premise of FOX news.

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Sunday T Dance @ Palace

photos by Henry Perez Palace divas pack a punch every Sunday at the Palace Brunchic and T Dance with the most outrageous shows. Don’t miss the hottest spot on the ocean, with the sexiest people in town every Sunday on Ocean Drive.

MOUNTAIN MEN

BY DANE STEELE GREEN

all may have only just begun, but that only means that winter isn’t so far off — yes, yes, boo-hoo-hoo; the sooner you get your head around it, the better. Now, when we Floridians hear “the white stuff,” our thoughts naturally turn to sand, but for our hardy cousins in Europe, it means snow. So much so that come March, France rocks the Alps each year with the continent’s biggest gay skiing event. March may seem a bit distant, but the European Gay Ski Week packs them in so fast that it pays to book months in advance. After years in Les Bergers, in 2011 the European Gay Ski Week (“Altitude Without Attitude”) moved to the premier resort town of Alpe d'Huez, a stone’s throw from Grenoble. The EGSW is for all levels of snowmanship, from black-diamond daredevil to first-time frolicker, and for a week creates the closest thing to a gay ski village France has ever seen. Most accommodation runs up and down the spine of the town, Avenue de Jeux; I recommend booking a room at Le Cristal De L’Alpe — wow. For you Google Earthers, Alpe d'Huez is dead-center in the Oisans region of the French Alpes, and is the main resort in the Massif des Grandes Rousses region. The town is split into a number of sectors or “quartiers”: Quartiers des Bergers, Quartier des Jeux (centered around the Avenue de Jeux), and the atmospheric old town of Quartiers des Viel Alpe. Because the weather is almost always clear (300 days, on average), the resort has the nickname of l'Isle au Soleil, or “the sunny island”. Not all the draws are on a mountain; if the cold proves too much, the Palais de Congress et Sport on the Avenue de Jeux, between Quartiers des Bergers and Quartiers des Jeux, a very well equipped gym, an indoor pool, a hamman and many other indoor sports to keep you…occupied. The town once hosted Olympic bobsledding (in 1968), so you know the place has its “street cred.” By day, the virgin powder of the Alps beckons; at night…well, let’s face it, the only thing “virgin” at that point will be a snowbird’s nose, and even it blows. The parties kick off in the afternoon, hosted by the crème de la crème of Europe’s gay clubs, and range from pulsating pool parties to down-and-dirty dance floors. TO VIEW ADDITIONAL PHOTOS FROM THIS & OTHER EVENTS VISIT: WWW.WIREWEEKLY.COM 19 | wire magazine | issue #40, 2012 | www.wireweekly.com | facebook | twitter

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NIGHTLIFE & ENTERTAINMENT

MOVA: Weekly SHOUT karaoke party TWIST: Fresh with TP Lords, Karaoke with with DJ Miik, choose from 250,000 songs. Sean Brady and fab beats by DJ J Felix. Half-priced drinks and $5 glasses of wine all night long.

bidden Room” for 21 and up partygoers. Doors open at 11 p.m. 950 NE 2nd Ave. PALACE: Palace Drag Race hosted by the audacious Missy Meyakie LePaige starting MOVA: Happy Hour 3 - 9 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. with appearances by RuPaul’s by FLASH Saturdays with the hottest mu- Drag Race Season 4 contestant, Latrice THURSDAY OCTOBER 4 sic videos and visual entertainment by VJ Royale!! Divas in drag receive $4 Absolut Chris Racine and VJ Barry Browder till 3 cocktails all night long! MOVA: Into fashion? MOVA previews a.m. $9 Grey Goose cocktails all night. and parties with the hottest local and naSCORE: Happy Hour with all drinks half tional designers and boutiques! $6 Fin- PALACE: “Drags Gone Wild” Hosted by price, followed by Video Freak where you landia cocktails and $4 Miller Lites all Tiffany Fantasia and cast starting at 6 p.m. can request your favorite music videos and Special guest DJ starting at 4 p.m. night long. 1625 Michigan Ave. enjoy $5 vodka cocktails, $7 martinis and $3 beers. No cover. PALACE: Stiletto Nights with fierce drag SCORE: BIGGER Saturdays presents La Factoria, featuring legendary DJ/Producer shows by host Missy Meiyakie and speTWIST: Pop Mondays with Nathan in the cial diva cast members. Show at 6 p.m. Abel. Hosted by Alex Prieto. Free drink video bar and Arrasando Latin Talent w/ with paid admission until 12:30 a.m. Weekly drink specials all night. 1200 Poizon Ivy. Hosted by Marco Perez and Ocean Drive. TWIST: Happy Hour 2-4-1 with Tommy VJ Nicolas Torres in Bar Five. Sounds by SCORE: Pop Fever Thursdays featuring and the locals from 1 - 9 p.m. on every- DJ D-STU! DJ Daisy D. Cher Lloyd Sticks & Stones thing. MUSCLE BOY Saturdays. Incredible TUESDAY OCTOBER 9 CD Release party. No cover! Open Bar til beats by DJ Mika. 11:30 p.m. $6 Long Island Ice Teas. 727 Lincoln Road.

TWIST: Seven different bars, DJ Mika, stiff drinks, and beautiful dancers. DJ Adora hosts Sabroso in Bar 5! 2-4-1 special on everything till 2 a.m. “Never a cover... Always a groove.”1057 Washington Ave.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 5 MOVA: Edison Farrow’s HYPE Fridays. Hosted by Pussila with beats by DJ Bryan Zero. $7 Finlandia drink specials all night. No cover. “Where the men go out in South Beach on Friday nights!” PALACE: Drag Madness with fierce shows by some of South Beach’s most spectacular drag performers! Hosted by TP Lords. Double Cross Vodka Friday’s with shows starting at 6 p.m.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 7

MOVA: S.I.N. Tuesdays. Service Industry Night. $7 Stoli cocktails, $50 Finlandia and $100 Stoli bottle specials.

MOVA: Sucia Sundays with DJ AJ Reddy and sexy Go-go dancers. Open bar from 9 - 10 p.m. $3 Threesome Shots, $4 Miller PALACE: “Dine with the Stars” hosted by Lites, $5 Red Headed Slut Shots and Her- Daisy Deadpetals starting at 7 p.m. fearadura, and $6 Finlandia. No cover. turing a full roster of impersonators and show-stopping performances. Special PALACE: South Beach’s most legendary guest hosts and performances every week, drag brunch. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. with two with dinner specials starting at $19.95. seatings: 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Hosted by Noel Leon. Afterwards, check out Sun- SCORE: Planeta Macho, the hottest Latin day T Dance and Divas on the Dance Floor Party in Miami Beach, featuring Latin beats with special guest DJs and performances by award-winning DJ George Ferrero. starting at 4 p.m. TWIST: 2-4-1 Happy Hour from 1 - 9 p.m. SCORE: Karaoke night! Doors open at 9 on everything. TWIST presents Keeping It p.m. Upstairs, HIP SUNDAYS, in associa- Real Fun with beats by DJ Sushiman. Get tion with Club Boi 2.0, featuring hip-hop, ready for ridiculous beats and $5 Jumbo house, and R&B beats by DJs Gavin T & Blue Long Island Iced Teas all night long. Diaz from 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. “Never a cover. Always a groove.”

TWIST: Steamy Sundays in the Garden WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 10 Bar featuring Pussila’s underwear contest; the winner gets $100. Shirtless guests re- MOVA: Weekly College Night Wednesceive a free cocktail! “Never a cover...Al- days, hosted by the Penny Back Boyz. DJ ways a groove.” Daisy D will be working the turntables, $5 Finlandia cocktails and five Miller Lites for TWIST: Free Happy Hour BBQ at 6 p.m. MONDAY OCTOBER 8 only $15 all night long. Beats by DJ D-STU. Enjoy seven different bars, stiff drinks, & beautiful dancers. KILL YOUR IDOL: Dustin Reffca presents PALACE: Join the one and only Poizon “Never a cover... Always a groove.” Glitter Box Mondays - South Beach’s hot- Ivy and Noel Leon as they host Burlesque test Monday night party with sparkling Wednesdays, a sultry, sexy and seductive SATURDAY OCTOBER 6 guest appearances, DJs Smeejay, FR8-O "feast for your eyes." Show starts at 7 p.m. DISCOTEKKA: Downtown’s largest and & Maximus 3000. $1 PBR Beer, $2 Jell-O SCORE: Martini Madness Night. A halfonly gay dance party, now with a “For- shots & $4 vodka all night! 222 Española price Happy Hour runs till 9 p.m. Way. SCORE: Filthy Gorgeous Fridays with a live performance by American Idol finalist Kimberley Locke, with sounds by international DJ Willy G.

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ARTS, CULTURE & FILM

ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER: Doug Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife, a true story about German transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf who survived the Nazi and Communist regimes in East Berlin. BASS MUSEUM OF ART: Unnatural, a group show focused on the conflict between the natural and unnatural in society, science, and other aspects of life. Showcasing 24 artists and artist teams. Thurs – Sun thru November 4. DESIGN FOR A LIVING WORLD: An exhibition that includes works from designers like Isaac Mizrahi and Kate Spade, at Coral Gables Museum thru October 26. FILLMORE MIAMI BEACH: CircX, the circus-burlesque hybrid troupe, will celebrate it’s ten year anniversary putting on a dashing show featuring sensual acts of dance, tumbling, and cabaret. 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. Tickets $35 - $75. MIAMI ART MUSUEM: Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks, is the first solo exhibition from the NY-based artist. His broad selection of work, including sculptures, paintings, and videos force viewers to confront the truth and fictions about racial identity. Running thru November 4. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART: Trading Places II as part of the Knight Exhibition series showcases the works of 5 Miami artists: Dona Altemus, Onajide Shabaka, Magnus Sigurdarson, Rick Ulysse and Antonia Wright. Runs thru November 11. THIS AND THAT: Unconventional Selections From the Permanent Collection: Taking unconventional art to a new level in an attempt to challenge visitors’ perceptions of art and beauty. At the Frost Art Museum until October 26. WEAM: The Magic of Marilyn, a showcase of 27 rare Marilyn Monroe photos by Bruno Bernard at the World Erotic Art Museum thru Sunday, November 30.


OCTOBER 4 - 10 COMMUNITY

cans whose ancestors came from Central & South America, Spain, Mexico and the SIMPLY BARBRA: Presented by The Phi- Caribbean. lanthropy, Arts, and Culture Program at The Betsy South Beach, the show will benefit the Arthur Cores Esophageal Research Cancer Foundation and bring you a oneof-kind experience with Steven Brinberg, impersonating the legendary Barbara Streisand. Tickets are $50, which includes two glasses of bubbly. October 7, 8 P.M. 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. SOUTH BEACH MEN’S SHOW: A fashion show that will feature beautiful men in designs from M by Mario Lopez, Mundo Unico, and Frank Dandy among many others. Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Dr. Tickets are $30. SPARKLE: SPARKLE: The The 16th 16th Annual Annual Miami Miami RecRecognition ognitionDinner Dinnerproduced produced by by the the National National Gay Gay and and Lesbian Lesbian Task Task Force Force benefiting benefiting many many organizations organizations serving serving the the MiamiMiamiDade DadeLGBT LGBTcommunity. community.Join Jointhe theTask Task Force Force for for aa glamorous glamorous evening evening of of recognition recognition and and aa lavish lavish silent silent auction. auction. Hosted Hosted by by LeLevar var Burton. Burton. Held Held October October 66 at at the the SparSparkle kle Ballroom Ballroom in in the the Fontainebleau Fontainebleau Miami Miami Beach. Beach.4441 4441Collins CollinsAve., Ave.,Miami MiamiBeach Beach UNITY COALITION’S CELEBRATE ORGULLO: A LGBT Hispanic pride festival with dance contests, a LGBT leadership conference, music, dance, art, celebrities, food, drink and folklore. Join in on the fun between 11th & 12th street beaches in Miami Beach. Come celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of Ameri-

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DAILY GRIND

BY MICHAEL W. SASSER

"Those who pee in public are in the same category as rapists and child molesters. Huh?"

PUBLIC

URINATION

AND FLAGELLATION here is this guy and we will call him Bob. Bob is a real person, not named Bob, a high level administrator of sorts who in the past few months moved from his home state to an adjacent one for a terrific career opportunity. Now I don’t know Bob personally, but we have peripheral contact through work and shared acquaintances. Furthermore, some responsibilities of mine have prompted me to have to follow Bob’s recent, uh, misadventures.

ly because the employer did not want the embarrassment. Public urination meant a ticket a few years ago when supposedly society was more oppressive and less progressive. Today it is literally the end of the line, and Bob’s story illustrates this.

Although laws vary from state to state and even from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, there is some geographical variation here. But largely, public urination is synonymous now with exposing oneself in legal terms. That makes it a sex crime. From all reports Bob is a good guy who That places those who pee in public in has done well in his career and has been the same category as rapists and child well respected by his peers. Furthermore, molesters. owing to some professional involvement of his, Bob has no skeletons in his closet I’m not advocating public urination or that would prevent mid-level national se- any other activity that causes a guy to curity clearance. Bob isn’t famous, but he whip it out in public. Please. But there is is clearly not grifting by on the edges of an express difference between a sicko society either. Neither his identity nor his waving his Johnson around in a kiddie location is relevant. park and a tipsy executive unable to hold it and discreetly trying to relieve himself Bob’s story is a cautionary tale and it isn’t – in the vicinity of his partner and family! the first of its kind. You see, after accepting his new position, Bob and his family Sure I know man-haters who will attest that went out to celebrate. Apparently Bob there is no difference and that the punishhad a bit much to drink before leaving ment fits the crime. Rationally, though, it the restaurant in a fairly busy shopping is hard to imagine that Bob deserves to center. It is notable that he was not the be listed as a sex criminal, shunned like driver that evening. But Bob’s indulgence a Penn State coach, and governed by the did end up costing him. restrictions placed on society’s most ab horrent criminals, for peeing. Unable to come up with a better alternative, Bob took a whizz in a parking lot or Bob’s story is important because it shows adjacent to it, under cover of darkness what happens when efforts to protect soand not apparently in full view of people. ciety are instituted with no provision for But someone – security no less – did see common sense – when political correctwhat Bob had done. Today, Bob’s life, ness trumps logic. career and family are in shatters. Because of urination. Ask yourself, couldn’t most of us have ended up like Bob at one time or anSubsequent to the event, Bob was re- other? I can’t shake the feeling that as a lieved of his new position before ever society, we are driving off the sanity cliff. starting. It’s been kept hush-hush publical22 | wire magazine | issue #40, 2012 | www.wireweekly.com | facebook | twitter

Aqua Affair

@ The Red Room photos by Henry Perez

This year's affair celebrated the Aqua Foundation's scholarship recipients, and hosted a fabulous silent auction accompanied by light bites and sexy sounds!

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