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The Grates have changed their line-up, spent two years in New York and released what is possibly their best album. Get The Wire Mag tomorrow to find out more.

Helmet is happy to stay undefinable and unfashionable, Guillemots get intense, and the Vines discuss their frontman’s struggle with autism.

Plus, gig reviews, CD reviews, comps, gig guide, movies, arts, gadgets, fashion and more.

The Wire Mag. Get it every Thursday in The West Australian.

This week in The Wire Mag we chat to the most heavenly of all super groups, Seeker Lover Keeper.

We examine the X-Men franchise, tipping the fifth instalment, X-Men: First Class, as one of the best.

Plus, revealing interviews with Cake, Foster the People and Joan As Police Woman.

And the usual social snaps, gig guide, reviews, news and more.

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HEY MAMA!

By DJ FR8-O

Our mothers do so much for us. From the moment we’re conceived, they nurture, feed and protect us. They comfort us when we’re sad or scared, celebrate our tiniest achievements and teach us right from wrong (sometimes the hard way). They even let us borrow their clothes and heels when we feel like turning the living room into our own private disco. Or was that just me? Much like our mothers, our favorite songstresses also have a way of erasing our fears, teaching us a few things and making us smile when we’re down. So it’s no surprise that some of them went on to become mothers themselves.

DONNA SUMMER
When she wasn’t busy reigning over all disco-dom, Donna Summer reigned supreme in the eyes of her three beautiful daughters – Mimi, Brooklyn and Amanda. All three girls started out singing backup for mommy until Mimi and Brooklyn felt the sting of the modeling and acting bug. Amanda kept on singing, eventually becoming half of the folk-pop duo Johnnyswim with her handsome hubby. “She’d be so happy for our success together,” Amanda said about her mother’s impact on her career. “We’re following in the footsteps of her and my father [songwriter Bruce Sudano].”

GLORIA ESTEFAN
In between sold-out world tours and record-breaking conga lines, Gloria managed to line up a little time for motherhood too. Her kids, Nayib and Emily Marie, got a taste of the family business at a very young age with Emily rocking the drums during Gloria’s 2008 Farewell Tour when she was just 14 years old. After an impressive solo performance, Gloria joked to the crowd “Well what did you expect from a little girl who grew up being told that ‘The Rhythm Is Gonna Getcha?’”

MADONNA
Not all famous kids channel their mom’s passion for music, though. Madonna’s baby girl, Lourdes, focused her dreams on her love of fashion, partnering with MaMadonna on their aptly-named clothing line, Material Girl. However, when Lourdes left home for college last fall, the savvy businesswoman took it just like any other mom would. “It was an absolutely devastating experience, I have to say,” she confessed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “I fell into the deepest depression. And I’m always so happy when she calls me and she says, 'Mommy, I miss you’ or 'I need you to rub my head.’”

CHER
Sonny and Cher made history with their music in the '60s and '70s, but their only child, Chastity, made history in the '80s when she came out as a lesbian. She made headlines again in 2008 when she started her female-to-male gender transition. Since then, he’s become a voice for those who might not otherwise be heard. Now known as Chaz, the advocate for LGBT rights travels the country fighting for equality and raising awareness of the struggles that he and others like him are going through. Although it was tough for Cher to wrap her head around her little girl’s transition at first, all mothers come around eventually. In a 2013 interview, she said “We’re in the best place we’ve ever been since she was young. And I have to say 'she’ because Chastity was a 'she’ then. But it’s starting to be nice because we’re creating memories now and we’ve actually had the most fun together lately than we’ve had in forever.”   

With these celebrity broods all grown up and finding their own way far from the nest, it’ll be interesting to see what the next generation of pop moms will produce. Will Blue Ivy be as bootylicious as Momma Bey? Will Kelly Clarkson and River Rose be the next Judds? Will J-Lo’s Emme and Maximilian become the Latin Olsen twins? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure – with a mother’s love, anything is possible. Happy Mother’s Day!

If you’re a recording artist, producer or musician and would like your work featured in TOP TRAX, hit me up at abarrios@wiremag.com.

This article was originally published in Wire Magazine Issue 19.2015

GOING OUT CALENDAR OF EVENTS  MAY 21 - 27

NIGHTLIFE  AND ENTERTAINMENT

THURSDAY, MAY 21

HÔTEL GAYTHERING: ‘90s Gayside High Hits Party. 5 p.m. - midnight. Enjoy $7 Sex on the Beach, $3 Local Craft Beers and $5 well drinks. At 7 p.m., join in for inner space yoga. Donations are encouraged. #YoGay! Locals can enjoy great savings with a complimentary membership! Visit www.gaythering.com or sign up in person at the Hôtel. 1409 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach

MIAMI BEACH CINEMATHEQUE: At 7 p.m., Dior And I, a film by Frédéric Tcheng. for more information, visit www.mbcinema.com. 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

SCORE: WTF Thursdays – Mariah Carey #1 To Infinity Album Release Party. Performances by Daisy Deadpetals. Music by Aulden Brown. Hosted by The Ferro Bros. Sexy male go-go dancers, $6 vodkas, open bar 10-10:30 p.m. No cover. 1437 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

TWIST: Sabroso Thursdays! 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. 2-4-1 drinks til 3 a.m. DJ Adora & DJ Paulie, stiff drinks and beautiful dancers. “Never a cover… Always a groove.” 1057 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

FRIDAY, MAY 22

HÔTEL GAYTHERING: Hoppy Hour. 5-9 p.m. Enjoy $6 Claude Collins, $7 Alexander Beaverhausens and $5 well drinks. Then join Bears & Hares at 10 p.m. The animal house is open, welcoming bears & hares… and all other creatures. “On Fridays we wear flannel.” Visit www.gaythering.com for more information.

MIAMI BEACH CINEMATHEQUE: At 8:40 p.m., Timbuktu, a film by Abderahmane Sissako. For more info, visit www.mbcinema.com.

SCORE: Filthy Gorgeous Fridays. 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. Performances by Geraldine & Fernan D'Cute. Plus, sexy male go-go dancers. Open bar 10:30-11 p.m.

THE CABARET SOUTH BEACH: Live music from 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. 2-4-1 Happy Hour, 7-9 p.m. on beer, wine and well drinks. No cover. Visit www.thecabaretsouthbeach.com. 233 12th St., Miami Beach

TWIST: Always Packed. 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. 2-4-1 Happy Hour, 1-9 p.m. on everything. Music by DJ Mika. “Never a cover… Always a groove.”

SATURDAY, MAY 23

HÔTEL GAYTHERING: Latin Night - Café con Leche, 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. $3 Coronas, $6 Jupiña mojitos, $3 fireball shots & $5 Marterva Cuba Libres. Locals can enjoy great savings with a complimentary membership. Go online to www.gaythering.com or sign up in person at the Hôtel.

HOUSE: My Rules Saturdays for those who live on the edge, indulge in a nightlife experience like never before. Dress to impress and undress. Dress code enforced. 1915 NW Miami Ct., Miami

LIV: Sebjack & Mednas. For table reservations, call 305.674.4680. For tickets, visit www.livnightclub.com. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

SCORE: Bigger Saturdays. Featuring music by one of Miami’s favorite DJs, Troy Landon. Enjoy no cover & drink specials all night. Doors open at 10 p.m.

SPACE: Memorial Day Weekend. 10 p.m. Hideout presents Pavl Ritch on The Loft. Dyro along with Mark M take the legendary Terrace. For tickets, visit www.space.wantickets.com. 34 NE 11th St., Miami

THE MANOR: Confessions. 11 p.m. A 2015 White Fort Lauderdale Event. Featuring recording star Veronica, performing her hits “Release Me” & “Alive.” Music by celebrity DJ Young. No cover. For more info, visit www.themanorcomplex.com. 2345 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors

TWIST: Muscle Boy Saturdays. 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. 2-4-1 Happy Hour 1-9 p.m. on everything. Incredible beats by DJ Mika. “Never a cover… Always a groove.”

SUNDAY, MAY 24

HÔTEL GAYTHERING: Hoppy Hour. 5-9 p.m. Enjoy $3 bottleneck import beers all night. Locals can enjoy great savings with a complimentary membership. Visit www.gaythering.com or sign up in person at the Hôtel.

R HOUSE: Sunday Sauce Brunch Party. 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Featuring unlimited brunch appetizers and one main entree for just $35. Bottomless mimosas, Bye Joe sangrias & more for $22; both for just $52. Call 305.576.0201 for reservations. 2727 NW 2nd Ave., Wynwood, Miami

SCORE: Electric Sheep Sundays - Memorial Day Weekend Club Kid Power. 10 p.m. Sunday nights are back, featuring special performances. Featuring TP Lords. Music by DJ AJ Reddy. Drink specials. $1 cover.

THE MANOR: Memorial Day Weekend. 10 p.m. Gary Santis presents The 17th Annual Fort Lauderdale Event featuring drag star Pearl from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Starring celebrity DJ Tony Moran. Hosted by Kitty Meow. $20 all night for under 21, includes meet & greet with Pearl. For premium VIP room bottle service or more info, call 954.557.4279.

TWIST: 2-4-1 Happy Hour 1-9 p.m. on everything. Steamy Sundays in the Garden Bar at night. Pussila’s underwear contest: winner gets $100 bar tab. Music by DJ Josh Riptide. “Never a cover… Always a groove.”

 MONDAY, MAY 25

 HÔTEL GAYTHERING: Hoppy Hour. 5-9 p.m. Enjoy $5 margaritas and $6 Milton Coupes all night long. Locals can enjoy great savings with a complimentary membership. For more information, visit www.gaythering.com or sign up in person at the Hôtel.

TWIST: 2-4-1 Happy Hour 1-9 p.m. on everything. At night, VJ Nathan presents: Pop! Mondays. Sounds by DJ Sushiman. “Never a cover… Always a groove.”

TUESDAY, MAY 26

HÔTEL GAYTHERING: Hoppy Hour. 5-9 p.m. Enjoy $5 mojitos and $6 Fiona Lefleurs. At 7 p.m., join in for inner space yoga. Donations are encouraged. #YoGay! Locals can enjoy great savings with a complimentary membership! Sign up in person at the Hôtel or visit www.gaythering.com.

SCORE: Planeta Macho. Hosted by Teresita La Caliente, Marco and his HOT male dancers and music by DJ George Ferrero. $6 rum ‘n Cokes.

TWIST: 2-4-1 Happy Hour 1-9 p.m. on everything. Globoy Tuesdays with beats by DJ Mika. $5 Fireball shots. “Never a cover… Always a groove.”

 WEDNESDAY, MAY 27

HÔTEL GAYTHERING: Hoppy Hour. 5-9 p.m. $7 Absolut mules and $5 cinnamon toast crunch. Join in for Trivia/Gayme night with $2 PBRs and $3 fireball shots, 8 p.m. - midnight.  Visit www.gaythering.com or sign up in person at the Hôtel for a complimentary membership.

SCORE: Mad House Wednesdays featuring music and videos by DJ Aulden Brown. Hosted by Pussila. $6 vodkas. Open bar 10:30-11 p.m. No cover.

TWIST: Get Fresh with TP Lords & Josefina La Globos celebrating the 1st anniversary party! Sounds by DJ Alex Infiniti. “Never a cover… Always a groove.”

This article was originally published in Wire Magazine Issue 21.2015

Parkway Drive has taken hardcore from the backroom bar to the stadium and now they also grace The Wire Mag’s front cover.

This week we also speak to Cage the Elephant, Underoath and YellowFever.

You’ll also find a very special photo shoot that blurs the line between costume and fashion as we go backstage at Black Swan’s new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Last Word examines privacy in modern society and we’ve got all the usual giveaways, CD reviews and our round-up of the live and club scene.

The Wire Mag - get your copy in The West Australian every Thursday.

THE HONEN MATSURI - SPRING HAS SPRUNG... IN THE MOST UNIQUE WAY

By Dane Steele Green

You can always tell when it is spring in Japan: the birds are singing, the cherry blossoms are out, the penises are flapping in the breeze.

What?

It’s called the Honen Matsuri and it will blow your mind.

But be warned! This is one of those very Japanese scenes where what you see is not what you are seeing. The Honen Matsuri is actually an agricultural festival with a heavy dose of shamanism. The native religion, Shinto, is a nature-y, tree-hugging sort of affair; to ensure a bountiful harvest, every spring the male and female aspects of the Shinto universe must successfully “join” before the farmers start planting seed.

Not surprisingly, the male principle is manifested in the shape of a fully-erect penis – if penises were eight feet long and weighed 620 pounds. Hewn from a sacred log each year, it is then loaded on to a portable shrine carried on the shoulders of men 42 years old (an unlucky age for men, fertility-wise) and followed by a procession of 36-year-old women (the feminine unlucky age) holding arm-length phalli that spectators can rub for good luck. I’m not making this up.

This type of holiday-festival occurs all over Japan depending on when spring planting is to begin, earlier in the south, later in the north. One of the most famous is smack in the middle at Komaki, just a little north of the city of Nagoya. The story is similar for all of them: A god or divine hero successfully courts a goddess, but she stipulates that they cannot live together. Rather, whenever he wants to get marital, he must hoof it across town from his house to hers. The journey he takes is remembered today in the route of the penis procession; his house is the “male temple,” while hers is the “female temple” where all “joining” takes place.

And nothing like a good joining to get the party started. The penis parade is just the start of a daylong festival at the Tagata Shrine. The sake is free and flows like water, and a market has everything that can possibly be penis-shaped, from key chains to lollypops (!!) to surprisingly elegant flower vases. Along the way, you will meet a wild array of characters from Japanese myth, from red-haired “oni” to mischievous “tengu.” Have that camera ready because it gets so outrageous no one will believe you that this thing actually happens.

Steele Luxury Travel can assist you with all your travel plans. www.SteeleTravel.com

This article was originally published in Wire Magazine Issue 19.2015

CAPPADOCIA, TURKEY | AS ABOVE, SO BELOW

By Dane Steele Green 

Even if you have never heard of Cappadocia, there is a good chance you have seen it. And why not? This region deep in the heart of Turkey is one of the most fantastical on the planet.

Millions of years ago, volcanoes covered the entire region in several feet of ash. Over time, that ash solidified into a soft rock called tuff that erodes rapidly. Fast-forward through the eons and erosion has turned the landscape into a wonderland of gothic pinnacles, hoodoos and other fluid-looking formations.

And where nature left off, man picked up: Former generations – Hittites, Romans, Byzantines – carved whole communities into the tuff, and not just in ancient times. Kaymaklı, a village almost completely underground, was inhabited right up until 1923. The history, as much as the geology, turned Cappadocia into one of Turkey’s must-dos.

 So of course, all the must-doers must stay somewhere, and this is where the Gamirasu Cave Hotel steps in. A 12th century Byzantine Christian church forms part of the property, and, until recently, part of the hotel was still used by Christian monks. Much care has been taken to blend the historic facades with the natural curves and swells of the Cappadocian landscape to preserve its traditional style and appearance while tastefully blending in the utmost in modern conveniences. Exquisitely carved wood, Oriental carpets and soft linens are effortlessly paired with plasma TVs and WiFi. Who said old and new had to be at odds?

Like a lot of architecture that has the sun over it for most of the year, the Gamirasu is fairly modest from the outside. This is one of those places that saves all the razzle-dazzle for the inside, since that is where most of the action takes place. Its creators did not stray far from tradition. Most of the rooms of the Gamirasu are carved directly into the rock face and each “suite” is a fabulous window to the past of when going “underground” was the thing to do. It does a nifty job of keeping things cool. Cappadocia can get hot in the summers.

Not that you have to be a groundhog to go. Sun-loving guests have an azure pool to get their vitamin D hit and all but two of the restaurants are open-air, giving stunning views of the landscape. Take a quick look around and you’ll see just how extensive the underground cities got. I mean, they are everywhere.

 Our favorite hotel in Cappadocia is certainly the award-winning Museum Hotel. This hotel is certainly the most spectacular in the region. Featuring only 30 cave suites, the hotel offers amenities and service beyond a top luxury resort.  Their “living museum” concept certainly captivates their guests in the most luxurious way.

Steele Luxury Travel can assist you with all your travel plans. www.SteeleTravel.com

This article was originally published in Wire Magazine Issue 21.2015

HOT ‘N’ HEAR

By DJ FR8-O

Is it hot in here or is it just me? With Memorial Day Weekend breathing down our already sunburned necks, I think it’s safe to say that summer is officially here. Well, it’s not “officially” here, but tell that to the smorgasbord of Speedos on South Beach. Which means the dancefloor is about to get even hotter once the sun goes down! So, whether you’re lying on the sand or tearing it up at a pool party, make sure you pack these essential beats in your playlist – and don’t forget to hydrate!    

American Oxygen (Jasmin’s Dream Dub) – Rihanna

The latest teaser from Rihanna’s upcoming new album has arrived just in time to honor our troops this Memorial Day – those fearless soldiers who sacrificed everything to protect the American Dream. So when you find yourself breathing in Jasmin’s Dream Dub this weekend, make sure you raise ‘em up high and celebrate the men and women who fought for your right to party!      

Good Luck (Remix featuring Ana Matronic) - Bright Light Bright Light

As if having a kiki with Scissor Sisters wasn’t enough fun, the fabulous Ana Matronic has now teamed up with indie-pop divo Bright Light Bright Light (aka Rod Thomas) for his upcoming remix album due to drop this summer. The project will feature reworks of BLBL faves like this little house-y number. Good luck trying not to dance to it!

Hold My Hand (Chris Lake Mix) - Jess Glynne

The music gods above heard my prayers and have given us the first single from Jess Glynne’s upcoming debut solo album. The powerhouse diva is finally breaking out of the guest vocalist closet and moving into her own spotlight starting with this track, awesomely remixed by the genius that is Chris Lake. 

I Want You (Tom Stephan Vocal) - Air Supply

This is not your mama’s Air Supply! Well, maybe it was, but not after Tom Stephan got done with them. With Tom’s sick electro-house rework, the ‘80s balladeers are practically unrecognizable, but still ready for some peak-hour “Air” time.

Mr. Put It Down (DJ Drew & Mayeda Club Mix) - Ricky Martin ft. Pitbull

It was only a matter of time before two of Miami’s sexiest Latin men “hooked up.” Although we shouldn’t be surprised that one of them is Pitbull, since he’s collaborated with literally everyone. I am, however, about to wet my pants in anticipation of Ricky’s upcoming English album due later this year. I’m even more excited that DJ Drew & Mayeda whipped up this funktafied remix perfectly for the Sunday fun-day or early evening crowd.  

Stronger (Max Sanna & Steve Pitron Remix) - Clean Bandit ft. Olly Alexander

Just add this cut to the trail of other insanely addictive dance anthems this group has released this year. This time they teamed up with Olly Alexander, the lead vocalist of yet another dance force to be reckoned with, Years & Years. On this mix, Olly goes from a purr to full-on diva wail faster than you can say “Let’s Get Soakin’ Wet.”  

Summer of Love (Extended Mix) - Dannii Minogue

Here to usher in the new season, Kylie’s baby sister is back with what’s set to be this summer’s official anthem. There’s already a cooler full of remixes on deck. But sometimes you just can’t beat the original – unless you tag on a few extra minutes like on this sizzling extended mix.

If you’re a recording artist, producer or musician and would like your work featured in TOP TRAX, hit me up at abarrios@wiremag.com.

This article was originally published in Wire Magazine Issue 21.2015

MICHAEL MINA 74 GOURMET BURGERS

By Rafa Carvajal | Photos provided by Michael Mina 74

I love burgers, so when I heard that Michael Mina 74 (MM74) Chef Thomas Griese had created four special gourmet burgers for National Burger Month, I had to stop by for a tasting. MM74 has a delightful menu and Thomas’ four burger creations are delectable additions. I sampled the Coast to Coast Burger with an East Coast inspired chorizo blend patty topped with fresh avocado (very California), MM74’s signature American cheese, crisp bacon and a sunny side-up egg; and the Chili Mac & Cheese Burger with Chef Griese’s mom’s homemade chili recipe, macaroni terrine, baked cheddar cheese and Kumato tomato. Both were delicious.

The Beignets with Macallan 18-year-old Scotch whisky, butterscotch, and caramel; and the Strawberry Tres Leches shortcake with macerated strawberries and Zacapa rum were very delectable for dessert. MM74 also has a great cocktail program and I particularly enjoyed the two I had with my dinner, the Samba Pa Ti with aged cachaça liquor, passion fruit, Chinese five spice and lime; and El Torero with Macallan 12 year old Scotch whisky, Carpano Antica, Peter Heering cherry and Grand Marnier.

The two other gourmet burgers Chef Griese created for National Burger Month are the Spicy Ahi Tuna Burger, with ahi tuna steak, ponzu sauce, sesame seeds, house made pickled ginger, compressed cucumbers and wasabi aioli; and the Indy 500 Burger, with a perfectly blended patty packed with crispy onion rings, special spicy sauce and dill pickles – which was inspired by Chef Griese’s upbringing in Lafayette, Indiana.

I spoke with Chef Griese during dinner and asked him about his burgers, being a chef and MM74.

Rafa Carvajal: Tell our readers about your burgers for National Burger Month.  

Thomas Griese: Our burger program already has a great following, so we wanted to recreate four burgers during the month of May and rotate them each week to give customers something new to try. Each week has a theme it follows. The first week was Latin influenced because of Cinco De Mayo.

RC: How did your life experiences inspire your burger creations?

TG: The Chili Mac & Cheese Burger was inspired by a chili mac and cheese recipe my mom used to make when I was a kid. My birthday is at the end of May. My dad would always take me to the races at the Indy 500 and they have a burger there that reminded me of growing up in a small town in Indiana with giant onion rings on top.

RC: Why do you love being a chef so much?

TG: I think it’s very rewarding at the end of the day. I love to create and chefs are men and women of the soil. We’re very close to how things are raised and grown and this brings me internal satisfaction. I like the fact that I can make people smile by enjoying the food I create.

RC: What makes Michael Mina 74 a great restaurant to dine in and to enjoy special cocktails?

TG: It’s a social dining experience you get that’s unlike any other in Miami. It’s the only one to offer an American dim sum cart service that encourages guests to go outside the box and try new things, while enjoying a shared dining experience with multiple bites rather than one dinner. It’s very fun and interactive, which works well in Miami.

RC: Tell our readers about your menu and specialty cocktails.

TG: The menu is very interactive with tableside dishes, very eclectic options ranging from Moroccan Short Ribs to crispy rice with Hamachi, as well as classics like Lobster Pot Pie, and whimsical forward thinking dishes such as the Miso Sea Bass. There’s a little bit of everything, lots of cultures – a global influence. We make everything for our cocktails in-house, from our own ice cubes with flowers in them, to fizzy, carbonated drinks, to punches on tap.

RC: What are the top three most popular items on your menu?

TG: Ahi Tuna and Hamachi Poppers, the Tokyo Ribs and the MM74 Signature Burger.

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

TG: Check out our Social Hour every day from 6 to 8 p.m. with $8 select cocktails, wine and beer specials and complimentary bites.

Michael Mina 74. Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

This article was originally published in Wire Magazine Issue 21.2015

Naughty, By Nature Phallic Rocks

By Dane Steele Green

The ancients were not quite as squeamish as we are today about what archeologists call “ithyphallic symbolism.” That’s a very fancy way of describing the phenomenon of seeing a naturally occurring feature and, because of its taller-than-it-is-wide shape, giving it attributes related to or of a penis. Such locales abound the world over. Curiously, cultures that had nothing to do with each other came to the same conclusions about this funny-shaped rock or that funny-shaped tree, proving that a good penis truly can bring the world together. For example:

Love Valley

Gotta love the name! This vale in the Cappadocia region of Turkey is a fairyland of fluid-looking natural “towers,” the result of millennia of erosion of a soft kind of rock called tuff. But some tuff is harder than others and so resists wear better. If that harder layer is on top of the spire, it results in a tower having a bulbous top and a narrower neck, looking exactly like a… well, you know.

Kodachrome Basin State Park

Oh. My. God. I don’t even know where to begin with this one. This park in Utah has geological features similar to many parks in the American West, like Monument Valley or Bryce Canyon. One spire, nicknamed “Big Stoney,” however, takes the cake. Just Google it. It is unbelievable.

Grandfather Rock

A formation on the popular Thai island of Koh Samui, the shape is unmistakable. “Hin Ta” to the natives, it is actually a popular spot for photo-opping honeymooners.

Gunung Mulu National Park

Now it is getting hardcore. Unlike the features I mentioned above, this one is a stalagmite that eventually grew to the ceiling in Lang’s Cave in Borneo. What is the big deal? The way nature worked it, this ithyphallic column grew straight into a very suggestive-looking cleft in the cave’s roof. You can take it from there.

Cock Rock

Don’t give me that look; that’s just what they call it. Located in the astoundingly well-named Arizona town of Carefree, this stone is the odd-man-out in that it shows nature in a…um…a “state of relaxation.”

Iao Valley

This valley in Maui is a perfect example of how something can look totally innocent from one angle, and totally something else from another. The famed Iao Needle is actually where a mountain range comes to an end. It looks like a wall of rock when viewed from the side. But look at it from the end and it looks just like a man part. The Hawaiians thought the same thing, just so you know. The Needle is said to be the man part of the god Kane.

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This article was originally published in Wire Magazine Issue 20.2015

WHAT THE FLOCK?!?

By DJ FR8-O | Photos courtesy of Dustin Reffca

Whatever happened to Sundays past when our “day of rest” consisted of tanning all morning, cocktailing the afternoon way and tearing up the dance floor all night? Sure, we’ve still got the first two steps securely locked into our weekly ritual, but for far too long there’s been something vital missing from our Funday trifecta – until now. There’s a new Sunday night party in town and it’s got all the boys flocking to Score every week! Electric Sheep is the brainchild of South Beach party shepherd, Dustin Reffca and it’s bringing Sunday baaaaack! Dustin’s parties have been legendary in the SoBe scene for over a decade, including his previous Sunday gathering, CLICK and Glitter Box Mondays, which will be celebrating its fifth anniversary this summer. Now that Reffca has partnered with Score on his latest and greatest production, I wanted to check in and find out what other shockers he’s got planned for our Sunday nights.   

DJ FR8-O: How did you come up with the name Electric Sheep?

Dustin Reffca: I really wanted a night that would be set apart from others at Score. The name, theme and performers really seem to do that.

DF: What makes this party so different?

DR: It’s a performance-driven party, but incorporated with great, fun music. Throughout the night, there are many pop-up shows and club kid go-go dancers.

DF: Who are your main entertainers?

DR: Our weekly performance cast is Athena Dion, Juleisy, Rubber Child, Lisa Limbaugh, Chyna Hilton, Glitter and our resident DJ Sushiman.

DF: Do you have any special guests lined up for future dates?

DR: Yes, we have many things lined up. We already had Trixie Mattel from RuPaul’s Drag Race for the Grand Opening, Mizz Cori and Haus Of Piss. There are several other unique and special performers lined up for the future.

DF: What should we wear?

DR: The night goes to all extremes, with the best club kid couture to beachwear if you just happened to be beach bar hopping all day.

DF: How do you like working with Score?

DR: Actually, I worked with Score before, over 10 years ago. I had a Wednesday night party there called Rubber. It’s great to be working with the Score family again!

DF: What else should people know about Electric Sheep?

DR: Sunday nights are back!

This article was originally published in Wire Magazine Issue 20.2015

A SEASIDE FARM TO TABLE FEAST

By Rafa Carvajal 

I love good food and dining seaside. One of my favorite childhood memories is spending time on my grandpa’s small yacht “El Huracán” and having dinner seaside with my parents at the Costa Rica Yacht Club’s restaurant in Puntarenas after a day out on the ocean. My recent seaside dining experience at Sea Level Restaurant & Ocean Bar at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, paired with masterfully crafted Funky Buddha beers, reminded me of those bygone childhood days and some of the wonderful food I ate during many weekends on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

Some of South Florida’s most talented chefs put together unique special dinners in their restaurants showcasing some of the most delicious food you will ever taste — paired with special cocktails, wines and craft beers. I recommend going to some of these special dining occasions. Executive Chef Jason Connelly’s farm to Sea Level five-course craft beer dinner, in partnership with Funky Buddha Brewery, started with a Housemade Burrata and Palm Beach Heirloom Tomato with Sea Level garden chive pesto and grilled ciabatta bread paired with Floridian Hefeweizen beer; followed by Sebastian Inlet Clams with Benton’s bacon and Paradise Farms kale paired with On Top Blonde Ale beer.

For our main courses, Chef Connelly delighted us with a Miso Marinated Cobia with pork fried rice, celery root puree and citrus foam paired with Hop Gun IPA beer; plus a NY Strip Steak with black garlic compound butter, duck fat potato grilled broccoli rabe and Teena’s Pride cherry tomato paired with Doc Brown Ale beer. For dessert we enjoyed a scrumptious Chocolate Hazelnut Torte with Baileys and mascarpone cream paired with Barrel-Aged Muy Bonita Ale beer — one of the most amazing beers I’ve ever tasted!

If you enjoy dining by a beautiful beach while sipping on handcrafted cocktails, Sea Level Restaurant & Ocean Bar is a great alternative for dinner or lunch. A sampling of their delectable dinner menu choices includes Pineapple Chicken with white grits, broccoli rabe, chorizo and grilled pineapple salsa; Day Boat Scallops with boniato puree, fried brussel sprouts, golden raisins, quinoa-bacon gremolata and pea shoots; Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with haricot vert, roasted tomato and chipotle aioli; and Paella with mussels, crab, clams, shrimp, lobster tail, saffron rice, chorizo and onion.

This article was originally published in Wire Magazine Issue 20.2015

GOING OUT CALENDAR OF EVENTS  MAY 14 - 20

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

NIGHTLIFE  AND ENTERTAINMENT

THURSDAY, MAY 14 

HÔTEL GAYTHERING: ‘90s Gayside High Hits Party. 5 p.m. - midnight. Enjoy $7 Sex on the Beach, $3 Local Craft Beers and $5 well drinks. At 7 p.m., join in for inner space yoga. Donations are encouraged. #YoGay! Locals can enjoy great savings with a complimentary membership! Visit www.gaythering.com or sign up in person at the Hôtel. 1409 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach

MIAMI BEACH CINEMATHEQUE: At 8:45 p.m., IRIS, a film by Albert Maysles. Visit www.mbcinema.com for more info. 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

SCORE: WTF Thursdays - Spring Cleaning Party. Performances by Daisy Deadpetals. Music by Aulden Brown.  Hosted by the Ferro Bros. Sexy male go-go dancers, $6 vodkas, open bar 10-10:30 p.m. No cover. 1437 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

TWIST: Sabroso Thursdays! 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. 2-4-1 drinks til 3 a.m. DJ Adora & DJ Paulie, stiff drinks and beautiful dancers. “Never a cover… Always a groove.” 1057 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

FRIDAY, MAY 15 

HÔTEL GAYTHERING: Hoppy Hour. 5-9 p.m. Enjoy $6 Claude Collins, $7 Alexander Beaverhausens and $5 well drinks. Then join Bears & Hares at 10 p.m. The animal house is open, welcoming bears & hares… and all other creatures. “On Fridays we wear flannel.” Visit www.gaythering.com for more information.

MIAMI BEACH CINEMATHEQUE: At 8:45 p.m., Dior and I, a film by Frédéric Tcheng. For more info, visit www.mbcinema.com.

SCORE: Filthy Gorgeous Fridays. 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. Direct from Argentina, a special performance by comedian Diego Garcia Moyano. Visuals by Geraldine & Fernan D'Cute. Hosted by The Penny Back Boyz. Plus, sexy male go-go dancers. Open bar 10:30-11 p.m.

THE CABARET SOUTH BEACH: Live music from 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. 2-4-1 Happy Hour, 7-9 p.m. on beer, wine and well drinks. No cover. Visit www.thecabaretsouthbeach.com. 233 12th St., Miami Beach

THE MANOR: Bubble Gum Fridays - Celebrity. 11 p.m., A 2015 White Fort Lauderdale Event. A special performance by J. Tyler. Shows by TP Lords and Sasha. DJ JPS in the Main Room; DJ Miik in the Ultra Lounge. No cover before midnight, 21+; after midnight $7, 21+; $12 all night for under 21. $150 VIP Room Bottle Special. Visit www.themanorcomplex.com for more information. 2345 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors

TWIST: Always Packed. 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. 2-4-1 Happy Hour, 1-9 p.m. on everything. Music by DJ Deanne. “Never a cover… Always a groove.”

SATURDAY, MAY 16

HÔTEL GAYTHERING: Latin Night - Café con Leche, 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. $3 Coronas, $6 Jupiña mojitos, $3 fireball shots & $5 Marterva Cuba Libres. Locals can enjoy great savings with a complimentary membership. Go online to www.gaythering.com or sign up in person at the Hôtel.

HOUSE: My Rules Saturdays for those who live on the edge, indulge in a nightlife experience like never before. Dress to impress and undress. Dress code enforced. 1915 NW Miami Ct., Miami

LIV: Laidback Luke & Mednas. For table reservations, call 305.674.4680. For tickets, visit www.livnightclub.com. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

SCORE: Bigger Saturdays. For the first time in the USA, direct from Spain, LOL Kamasutra. Music by superstar DJ Isaac Escalante. Dancers, visuals and performers. Open bar 11-11:30 p.m.

THE MANOR: Eye Candy, DJ Daniel Kristopherre. 11 p.m. Specialty acts, dancers and performances. $3 well drinks 11 p.m. to midnight. No cover. $150 VIP Room Bottle Special.

TWIST: Muscle Boy Saturdays. 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. 2-4-1 Happy Hour 1-9 p.m. on everything. Incredible beats by DJ Mika. “Never a cover… Always a groove.”

SUNDAY, MAY 17

HÔTEL GAYTHERING: Hoppy Hour. 5-9 p.m. Enjoy $3 bottleneck import beers all night. Locals can enjoy great savings with a complimentary membership. Visit www.gaythering.com or sign up in person at the Hôtel.

R HOUSE: Sunday Sauce Brunch Party. 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Featuring unlimited brunch appetizers and one main entree for just $35. Bottomless mimosas, Bye Joe sangrias & more for $22; both for just $52. Call 305.576.0201 for reservations. 2727 NW 2nd Ave., Wynwood, Miami

SCORE: Electric Sheep Sundays - Glamour. 10 p.m. Sunday nights are back featuring Athena Dion. Music by DJ Sushiman. Drink specials. $1 cover.

TWIST: 2-4-1 Happy Hour 1-9 p.m. on everything. Steamy Sundays in the Garden Bar at night. Pussila’s underwear contest: winner gets $100 bar tab. Music by DJ Paulie. “Never a cover… Always a groove.”

MONDAY, MAY 18 

HÔTEL GAYTHERING: Hoppy Hour. 5-9 p.m. Enjoy $5 margaritas and $6 Milton Coupes all night long. Locals can enjoy great savings with a complimentary membership. For more information, visit www.gaythering.com or sign up in person at the Hôtel.

TWIST: 2-4-1 Happy Hour 1-9 p.m. on everything. At night, VJ Nathan presents: Pop! Mondays. Sounds by DJ Josh Riptide. “Never a cover… Always a groove.”

TUESDAY, MAY 19

HÔTEL GAYTHERING: Hoppy Hour. 5-9 p.m. Enjoy $5 mojitos and $6 Fiona Lefleurs. At 7 p.m., join in for inner space yoga. Donations are encouraged. #YoGay! Locals can enjoy great savings with a complimentary membership! Sign up in person at the Hôtel or visit www.gaythering.com.

SCORE: Planeta Macho. Hosted by Teresita La Caliente, Marco and his HOT male dancers and music by DJ George Ferrero. $6 rum ‘n Cokes.

TWIST: 2-4-1 Happy Hour 1-9 p.m. on everything. Globoy Tuesdays with beats by DJ Mika. $5 Fireball shots. “Never a cover… Always a groove.”

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20

HÔTEL GAYTHERING: Hoppy Hour. 5-9 p.m. $7 Absolut mules and $5 cinnamon toast crunch. Join in for Trivia/Gayme night with $2 PBRs and $3 fireball shots, 8 p.m. - midnight. Locals can enjoy a complimentary membership! Visit www.gaythering.com or sign up in person at the Hôtel for a complimentary membership.

SCORE: Mad House Wednesdays featuring music and videos by DJ Aulden Brown. Hosted by Pussila. $6 vodkas. Open bar 10:30-11 p.m. No cover.

TWIST: Get Fresh with TP Lords & Josefina La Globos! Sounds by DJ Alex Infiniti. “Never a cover… Always a groove.”