ISSUE #06 | 06.29.23
DISPLAY UNTIL 07.26.23
OUR COMMUNITY: THE R HOUSE LOVE STORY OUT & ABOUT: MUMMIES OF THE WORLD
LIVING: KEEPING PETS SAFE IN THE GARDEN
PHOTOS: TWIST 30TH ANNIVERSARY
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
5. OUT & ABOUT: MUMMIES OF THE WORLD: THE EXHIBITION
Mummies of the World lets you view and learn about the mummified remains of 40 real humans and animals.
10. COVER STORY: CANADIAN MODEL JIMMY IZZARD
Meet Canadian model and firefighter Jimmy Izzard with beautiful photos by brilliant photographer David Vance.
16. OUR COMMUNITY: THE LOVE STORY OF R HOUSE WYNWOOD OWNERS ROCCO AND OWEN
We bring you the love story of R House Wynwood owners Rocco Carulli and Owen Bale.
19. LIVING: KEEPING PETS SAFE IN YOUR YARD
Learn how to keep your pets safe from several hazards they can encounter in your yard.
20. IN PHOTOS: TWIST 30-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Enjoy the photos from the TWIST 30-Year Anniversary.
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MUMMIES OF THE WORLD: THE EXHIBITION
subjects’ personal stories. It also features several state-ofthe-art multimedia stations spanning 4,500 years that teach you the histories and origins of the mummified remains and how they were made.
If you are looking for something interesting to do with friends and family, go check out Mummies of the World: The Exhibition currently on exhibit at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Miami. While you are there, be sure to enjoy all the other engaging exhibits the Museum has to offer, plus the Planetarium. Most of what the Frost Science Museum has to offer is also air conditioned, so it’s a very enjoyable and enriching experience during these very hot summer months. I recently visited the Museum with Timothy, a nine-year old boy who loves going there whenever he has a chance. It was a nice way to celebrate his birthday and teach him about the Mummies of the World.
This new Museum exhibition is the largest touring collection of mummified remains and associated artifacts ever put together. You will learn about the lives of ancient persons the world over, including Europe, South America, and Ancient Egypt. Mummies of the World lets you view and learn about the mummified remains of 40 real humans and animals, plus 80 rare artifacts that educate everyone about past cultures and civilizations, and the
According to Dr. Cassie Freund, director of science communication at the Museum, “this exhibition has proven to be one of the most popular exhibitions traveling the world. It has an engaging way of providing insight into the lives and cultures of these ancient people, which is important because these were real individuals with unique stories. We like to say, ‘Inside every mummy is a story waiting to be told.’ Mummies of the World tells thousands of years of captivating stories. Through modern science and technology, their secrets are now revealed.” After visiting The Exhibition with Timothy, I agree with Dr. Freund.
Mummies of the World shows you how mummification can happen both naturally and by willful practices from ancient times. The Exhibition also spotlights the scientific methods utilized to study mummified remains of people and animals. These methods include Computed Tomography (CT), DNA analysis and radiocarbon dating, which researchers and scientists use to learn about the cultures, history, and personal lives of the ancient people and animals currently on display at the Museum.
All Frost Science Museum tickets include admission to Mummies of the World: The Exhibition. Please go to frostscience.org/mummies for additional information and to purchase tickets. Also, remember that this 250,000square-foot museum has a lot to explore beyond Mummies of the World.
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PUBLISHER’S CORNER STAY INVOLVED & LOUD!
In this week’s issue of Wire Magazine, we feature model Jimmy Izzard, who works as a firefighter in the city of Montréal, Canada with beautiful photos taken by brilliant photographer David Vance. In Our Community, we bring you the love story of R House Wynwood owners Rocco Carulli and Owen Bale, who have been together for 12 years and married for ten. Rocco and Owen are a loving couple who has succeeded in the food and beverage industry through very hard work. They created and operate R House, a restaurant and bar with delightful food, tasty craft cocktails and fabulous drag shows.
In Out & About, we preview the new Mummies of the World: The Exhibition currently on exhibit at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. The Frost Museum is a great place for a visit with family and friends because there is a lot to see, and most of the exhibits are in air-conditioned areas. Our Living column is about keeping your pets safe from several hazards they can encounter in your yard, which you may not be aware of. We also bring you photos from the TWIST 30th Anniversary celebration that took place Wednesday of last week.
This week, I also want to motivate all our readers to continue celebrating Pride after the month of June. We must show up in numbers and ensure we are always counted because love and acceptance should rise above all discrimination against any members of our community. Although some politicians and bigots in our society want to take some of our rights away and prevent us from being proud about who we are, they are wrong and must be told so anytime we have a chance to say so. No one has a right to discriminate against LGBTQ people or to impose their religion on anybody. We are a country of laws with a Constitution and Bill of Rights that protect all citizens.
Part of staying involved is to closely watch what local, state, and national politicians preach, and what laws they are trying to codify to discriminate against our LGBTQ community. Those local officials and politicians need to be voted out. Any of their legislation or local ordinances designed to discriminate or violate our rights must be challenged in court. Remember that elections matter a lot, so make sure to vote in every election and to encourage anyone who loves and supports you to do the same. Our country’s history is full of examples where elections have made a difference in people’s lives for better or for worse. There have been other times in our nation’s history where the LGBTQ community had to stand up and fight for our rights. We must continue to do so now and into the future!
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JIMMYIZZARDBy Rafa Carvajal
Rafa Carvajal: Where are you from and where do you live now?
Jimmy Lavigne Izzard: I am from Montréal, Canada. I live on the south shore of Montréal in a city call Longueuil.
RC: What do you do for a living?
JLI: I am a fireman for the city of Montréal.
RC: How do you maintain your fit body?
JLI: I try to eat well every day. I also try to train twice a day when I can. I travel a lot, so sometimes it’s hard to maintain a fit body all year. My weight ranges from 188 to 205 pounds depending on if I have time to stick to my routine.
RC: What do you eat to stay in shape?
JLI: I eat veggies and good protein, such as fish, chicken, turkey and chickpeas
RC: What are the three exercises that you prefer the most?
JLI: Incline chest, leg press and all types of abs exercises.
RC: What do you enjoy the most about modeling for photography?
JLI: When you are working with nice people and the vibe is relaxed, with good music and everybody is just having fun while working and joking around.
RC: What is the biggest dream you would like to achieve?
JLI: To have a family and enjoy a good time with them and my friends.
RC: What is your favorite hobby?
JLI: To travel the world with my best friends. I also like riding a motorcycle, music concerts, going to the gym and video games.
RC: What are your handles for Instagram, Facebook and Twitter?
JLI: I don’t like social media. I do it only for modeling, otherwise it’s a waste of time. My handle on Instagram is jimmyizzard.
RC: Is there anything else you would like to share with Wire Magazine readers?
JLI: I appreciate your time and your interest in me. I wish you guys success and a happy time with your friends and family. Be safe :)
THE LOVE STORY OF R HOUSE WYNWOOD OWNERS ROCCO AND OWEN
that was the primary characteristic of Wynwood at that time. It reminded me of the art galleries in Provincetown. At the beginning, before we ever conceived of running drag shows at R House, we created R House as part restaurant, part art gallery. In the early days we sold many paintings to collectors over dinner on a Saturday night.
OB: For me, Wynwood reminded me of the hipster warehouse districts in East London where I used to live. When we started out, we were the fourth food and beverage establishment to open in the neighborhood. Since then, hundreds of venues have come and gone, but apart from Joey’s Italian, we are the longest-standing venue in all of Wynwood.
RC: What does ‘love is love’ mean to you?
In this issue of Wire Magazine , we celebrate Rocco Carulli and Owen Bale, the unique and loving couple who has succeeded in the food and beverage industry with R House Wynwood through very hard work and dedication to our community.
Rafa Carvajal: Tell our readers how you met and how long you have been together.
Owen Bale: We met while I was taking a mini-sabbatical from work in the UK and spending some well-deserved vacation time in Miami in 2011. We clicked instantly and were pretty much inseparable from then on despite living on separate continents at the time.
Rocco Carulli: As soon as I met Owen, I knew I wanted this guy to stick around for the long term. We’ve been together for 12 years now and married for ten. I never get bored of that British accent!
RC: How did your love story get started?
ROC: After we met in 2011, I closed up my summertime restaurant business in Provincetown, Massachusetts to embark on my new journey of opening my dream restaurant concept in Miami. In March 2013, while Owen was continuing to practice law in London, we broke ground with construction at the R House location and Owen expressed an interest in coming to Miami to help out with the project for a couple of months.
OB: In May 2013, I took another break from law and headed to Miami to help Rocco get his dream restaurant R House off the ground. Three months later, we traveled to NYC to tie the knot at New York City Hall as gay marriage was not yet legal in Florida. We both knew we were embarking on a very exciting adventure together!
RC: Why did you decide to open R House Wynwood in Miami?
ROC: I was drawn to Wynwood for the art gallery culture
OB: This is America, right? Land of the free? That's certainly the America that I bought into when I became a citizen last year. So, for us, ‘love is love’ is about the American value of freedom, the freedom to love whomever you choose without fear of judgment or persecution, something which we are still fighting for in 2023.
RC: What is your secret to working successfully together as a couple in the restaurant industry?
ROC: Our synergy is definitely our superpower! We have very different personalities and skill sets. I am the more creative character, I focus on our menu and beverage program, and guest experience. Owen has the legal and financial background, so he focuses on business planning, strategy and how to turn all of our ideas into a roadmap for a thriving business.
RC: What is the best part of operating R House together as a couple?
OB: No matter what, we always have each other’s backs. We are so lucky to have each other to talk over ideas, issues, plans with complete openness and transparency. Then we are always there to cheer each other on as we each
execute our plans in the different areas of the business. I can hardly believe it sometimes when I look back and see how much my life has changed going from working on the 27th floor of a corporate law firm skyscraper to being an owner of one of the most prominent restaurant businesses in Miami. It was definitely a steep learning curve to change industries like this, and I could have never done it without Rocco.
RC: What has been your biggest challenge operating R House?
ROC: Opening a restaurant in Miami wasn’t always smooth sailing. We have definitely faced our fair dose of challenges over the years from the Zika virus epidemic that attacked Wynwood in 2016, Hurricane Irma in 2017, and the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. Despite the hardships and interruptions to the business, we always persevered, understanding that R House had become more than just a restaurant to its community.
OB: R House is now renowned for our epic drag brunches. What most people don’t know is that Drag Brunch was the key factor that got us through our most challenging days during the Covid-19 pandemic. With our outdoor patio, we were able to offer a safe environment to customers. The brunches brought joy and positivity to the community at a time when it needed it the most. It was a defining moment as R House was officially crowned as home to one of the premier Drag Brunches in the whole USA and led to the launch of our new evening drag show experiences.
food, glamorous and chic surroundings, and groundbreaking drag entertainment that is sought after by both local die-hard fans and travelers from near and far. I could never have envisioned the effect R House’s drag brunch would have. People have come from all over the country and thanked us for providing this safe space and giving them the time of their life. Some of them were from places like the middle of Iowa and they'd never experienced a place like this, and that’s when we realized we were touching people’s hearts and spirits in a special way. That was also when we realized, this is something more than just running a restaurant.
RC: What do you enjoy doing when you take time off?
ROC: Time off? What’s that?! Jokes aside, we love to travel to see family in the UK, New Jersey and California, plus we always try to make it over to Mykonos in the summer to see Athena perform for her summer residency there.
OB: Believe it or not, despite having run over 1,000 drag shows, we love going to see other drag shows when we are off work. It’s nice to kick back and enjoy a fierce show as a guest, instead of always working the shows!
RC: Why is R House such a successful restaurant and entertainment venue?
OB: Our event producer and business partner Athena Dion calls it the ‘R House trifecta.’ Together, Athena, Rocco and I have worked day in day out to make R House the success it is today. Without any one of us, it would not be what it is today. We are all extremely hands-on, we live and breathe the R House brand and pour our hearts into creating a truly unique experience that goes beyond a simple brunch service. It's an experience that people never forget. We are truly fortunate to have each other as business partners and also as great friends.
RC: What do your patrons love the most about R House?
ROC: That would have to be our weekend brunches! We have curated an electrifying experience that offers great
RC: Is there anything else you would like to share with Wire Magazine readers about R House?
OB: R House is still dealing with the lawsuit initiated against it by the State of Florida in 2022 as part of the State’s recent actions to put limits on drag entertainment in Florida. Now more than ever, it’s important to visit us at R House and other drag venues to show your support. ROC: Watch this space for our refreshed nighttime experiences at R House launching soon, and even new R House locations on the horizon!
KEEPING PETS SAFE IN YOUR YARD
If you have pets that enjoy spending time outdoors, it’s important to make sure your yard is a safe place for them to be. Consider these hazards that can negatively impact the well-being of your furry friends.
Poisonous Plants: Some common plants can be dangerous for animals, causing anything from mild oral irritations and upset stomachs to cardiovascular damage and even death. For example, these are some of the toxic plants the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has identified as harmful for either cats or dogs: 1) Aloe can cause vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, anorexia and depression. 2) Azalea can cause vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, weakness, coma, cardiovascular collapse and death. 3) Burning bush can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and weakness, as well as heart rhythm abnormalities with large doses. 4) Caladium can cause burning and irritation of the mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting and difficulty swallowing. 5) Daylilies can cause kidney failure in cats. 6) Hibiscus can cause vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and anorexia.
Mulch and Compost: The decomposing elements that make compost good can be bad for pets, according to the National Garden Society. Keep compost in a secure container or fenced off area so pets can’t get to it. Cocoa mulch can be a particular problem for dogs. A byproduct of chocolate production, cocoa mulch can cause digestive problems and even seizures in dogs. Shredded pine or cedar mulch is a safer choice.
Fertilizer and Insecticides: The chemicals used to get rid of pests or make your lawn lush can be toxic to pets. Some of the most dangerous pesticides include snail bait with metaldehyde, fly bait with methomyl, systemic insecticides with disyston or disulfoton, mole or gopher bait with zinc phosphide and most forms of rat poison, according to the ASPCA. Follow all instructions carefully, and store pesticides and fertilizers in a secure area out of the reach of animals.
You can find more tips for keeping pets safe in your yard at eLivingtoday.com.