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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.

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GOING OUT CALENDAR OF EVENTS  MAY 28 - JUNE 3

NIGHTLIFE AND ENTERTAINMENT

THURSDAY, MAY 28

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 8:30 p.m., Timbuktu, a film by Abderahmane Sissako. For more information, visit www.mbcinema.com. 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

SCORE: WTF Thursdays – Entourage 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 29

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.

HOUSE: The Silver Party. One-year HOUSE Anniversary. You are cordially invited to Mark’s 107th birthday bash. Doors open at 10 p.m. Celebrity guests and DJs. Capacity crowds expected. Call 866-my-houze or visit www.housenightclub.com to RSVP. 1915 NW Miami Ct., Miami

MIAMI BEACH CINEMATHEQUE: At 9:15 p.m., Clouds Of Sils Maria, a film by Olivier Assayas. 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

THE MANOR: Bubble Gum Fridays – RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Finale Party. 11 p.m., Shows by Serena Chacha & Lashauwn Beyond. 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 Bill Hallquist. “Never a cover… Always a groove.”

SATURDAY, MAY 30

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: The Silver Party. One-year HOUSE Anniversary. You are cordially invited to Mark’s 107th birthday bash. Doors open at 10 p.m. Celebrity guests and DJs. Capacity crowds expected. Call 866-my-houze or visit www.housenightclub.com to RSVP.

LIV: Morten & Mednas. For table reservations, call 305.674.4680. For tickets, visit www.livnightclub.com. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
SCORE: Bigger Saturdays. Direct from Madrid, Spain, Thiago Oliveira. Hosted by Ryan Work. Enjoy no cover & open bar 11-11:30 p.m. Doors open at 10 p.m.

SPACE: Summer at Space Kick-Off Party. 10 p.m. Vanjee & Patrick M on the Terrace. ALX, Allan Gallego & Crowd Controlol on the Loft. For tickets, visit www.space.wantickets.com. 34 NE 11th St., Miami

THE MANOR: Saturday Night. 11 p.m.  Direct from Spain, Diego Larvelo. Specialty acts, dancers and performances. $3 well drinks 11 p.m. - 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 31

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. 10 p.m. Sunday nights are back, featuring special performances. 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, JUNE 1

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, JUNE 2

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, JUNE 3

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! Sounds by DJ Alex Infiniti. “Never a cover… Always a groove.”

This article was originally published in Wire Magazine Issue 22.2015

PRIDE AROUND THE WORLD

By Michael W. Sasser

Most Americans by now are well aware of the advances made by the LGBT community, and on its behalf, in the areas of marriage equality and general acceptance in the rich tapestry that makes up life in the United States.

Fewer people are perhaps aware that, while much of the world might still be less than welcoming – and even openly hostile – to both its own LGBT citizens and visitors, progress is still being made in places all over the globe. As demonstrated by every summer’s various Pride festivities in even the most far-flung parts of the globe, more and more LGBT people are making their presence known and pursuing justice and equality. Pride is hardly limited to the United States or even to the West. Voters in Ireland just approved gay marriage in a national referendum with over 61% of people voting yes.

Pride observances around the world also present travelers the opportunity to glimpse the rich diversity of cultures while celebrating a distinct commonality.

Following is a sampling of international Pride sites and observances, for your travel consideration and also as a reminder of the global nature of the movement for fairness and equality.

Amsterdam

July 25 - August 2

www.amsterdamgaypride.nl

It should come as no surprise that Pride in Amsterdam is one of the largest Pride observances in the world, and also one of the city’s biggest parties of the year. Although the celebration takes place from July 25 - August 2, the major events take place in the window between July 31 and August 2. The highlight of the Amsterdam Gay Pride weekend is the famous Canal Parade on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 1. Where most parades use automobiles, Amsterdam features boats – 75 spectacular decorated boats with beautiful guys and gals will sail from 2-6 p.m. through the Prinsengracht and Amstel River. More than 350,000 spectators routinely take in the Canal Parade. Another highlight for the party crowd is the international circuit party Rapido at Paradiso. It lasts until 2 a.m. and revelry even continues late at the Rapido After at Hotel Arena.

Antwerp

August 3-9

www.antwerppride.com

Although Antwerp has only been hosting a Pride event for less than a decade, the late summer festival has become a vibrant one, and organizers cite beautiful and friendly Antwerp as one of the gayest cities in Europe. The Pride festivities include all sorts of theme parties – such as a “Sneakers and Sportswear Party,” a “Latin Party” and a naked and underwear party. A “Wave Festival” of booths and entertainment follows the actual march on August 8. Dubbed “King And Queens,” the Festival’s Extravaganza party is considered a Pride highlight and takes place at local leading club Café d'Anvers.

Berlin

June 21-27

www.csd-berlin.de

Known by locals as CSD Berlin (Christopher Street Day), and by the rest of us as Gay Pride Berlin, the festivities are now spread over a week and offer around 200 events. Berlin’s ‘Christopher Street Day’ offers one of the most eclectic Pride celebrations in Europe. Events include shows, exhibitions, lectures, films, concerts and plenty of partying. One highlight, the glitzy CSD Gala has been taking place since 2011, and is organized in cooperation with the Friedrichstadt Show Palace. The Berlin Gay Pride Parade commences in Kurfürstendamm at the corner of Joachimstaler St., winding its way past Nollendorfplatz, and eventually ending up at Brandenburg Gate after passing through the city’s beautiful park, Tiergarten.

Brighton-Hove

August 1-2

www.brighton-pride.org

This year sees one of the UK’s biggest Pride festivals mark 25 fantastic years of Pride in the city and is widely anticipated to be one of the biggest Pride celebrations in the city to date. To mark this important milestone, the event theme this year is Carnival of Destiny. With more than 160,000 participants and spectators, the Brighton Pride Community Parade is a sensational celebration of every aspect of the LGBT community and supporters. The Community Parade is the spectacle of the year and a chance to join with others in what is the liveliest, most colorful, uplifting and empowering visual showcase in the city.

Budapest

July 3-12

www.budapestpride.com

Budapest might not seem like the most obvious site for an LGBT cultural festival to observe Pride, but 2015 will witness a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film and cultural festival for the 18th time. The weeklong Budapest Pride Film and Cultural Festival offers theater performances, film screenings, discussions, concerts, parties and more. This year, the Pride Parade is scheduled for Saturday, July 11. The Parade is followed by a picnic in City Park, stage performances, live music and various speeches. The march will start at 4 p.m.

Dublin

June 19-28

www.dublinpride.ie

Ireland’s largest Pride event is a festive occasion with a number of facets. This year, it will be an even greater celebration because Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote on May 23, 2015. The Pride Village is central to Ireland’s Pride and will take place at Merrion Square. Participants will enjoy live acts and speeches from some of the most influential people and organizations in Ireland. Assembly for the June 27 Parade will start at 12 noon and the Parade will begin moving through Dublin at 1:45 p.m. It will start at the Garden of Remembrance at Parnell Square, and proceed through the streets of Dublin. Clever costumes are encouraged but revelers should remember that drinking in the streets during the Parade is illegal.

London

June 21-28

www.prideinlondon.org

Main events for the weeklong Pride observance in London take place on June 27 – the city’s biggest one-day event and one of the world’s largest LGBT celebrations. The Pride Arts Festival brings culture into the fold, showcasing London’s varied LGBT cultural scene throughout the week. The Pride in London Parade runs from Baker Street to Whitehall, via Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, beginning at 1 p.m. on the 27th, with a theme of Pride Heroes this year. Also on June 27, Trafalgar Square hosts Pride’s main stage with live entertainment and community stalls. Pride in the Park wraps things up on the 28th in Vauxhall, with entertainment, community stalls and sports events, and much more.

Los Angeles

June 12-14

www.lapride.org

Not surprising for Los Angeles, every year, LA Pride’s Festival entertainment lineup features a diverse collection of talent ranging from Grammy Award winning singers to hip-hop heavy weights and pop divas to nostalgic classics. With Christopher Street West (LA Pride’s presenter) celebrating its 45th Anniversary of LA Pride this year, the Festival’s entertainment lineup is set to deliver another rocking year of performances — one that may be the most exciting to date. This year’s Festival highlights will include performances from singer-songwriter and pop rock sensation Kesha, along with super group Fifth Harmony and Tamar Braxton, who will all hit the Festival’s Delta Air Lines main stage between June 12-14! Latin superstar Ana Barbara headlines the Latino Carnival stage.

Madrid

July 1-5

www.madridorgullo.com

By far the largest gay parade in Spain, with around two million people taking to the streets, the Madrid Orgullo (orgullo is the Spanish word for pride), has interestingly turned into a grand fiesta for the city. The event’s last weekend comes complete with a parade more political oriented than most, and hot social spots such as the terrace at Roommate Oscar and the pool at El Lago de Casa de Campo. Thursday the 2nd features La Carrera de Tacones, the classic stiletto race, and the edgy Kluster @ Chango. The July 4 Pride Parade is followed by DJs and live acts at Plaza Chueca and Plaza Callao. On Sunday, July 5, the closing party at La Riviera is considered by many to be the event’s main social event.

Montréal

August 10-16

www.fiertemontrealpride.com

This year’s program is designed around three key components: community activities, cultural events and festivities. However, new this year is the first Peace Concert, which will be presented on Tuesday, August 11 on the TD Music Stage, at the Place Émilie-Gamelin in the Quartier des spectacles, thus offering one more night of free entertainment to festival-goers. Out of the 80 events held during the festival, Montréal Pride offers, among other activities, a photo exhibition, theater, conferences, literature, entertainment, music, parties, sports and much more! Many visitors’ favorites will also be back in 2015, including the first edition of the highly anticipated show Et si l’amour. Once again this year, Montréal Pride will present its three flagship events: Community Day on Saturday, August 16, along Sainte-Catherine Street East in the Village, the ever-popular Pride Parade, presented by Viagra, on Sunday, August 16, at 1 p.m. and the iconic T-Dance, at Place Émilie-Gamelin.

New York City

June 21-28

www.nycpride.org

Near the heart of where the modern LGBT equality movement began at Stonewall, New York’s Pride celebration has been one of the most significant in the world since its launch some 45 years ago. Countless official and unofficial parties and events in conjunction with Pride will set the stage throughout the city in several burroughs, including the LGBT Pride Rally, March, Pridefest and Dance. This year’s theme is Complete the Dream, in recognition of the dreams of LGBT people and the dreams of all people seeking liberation from injustice. Highlights include the Wednesday June 23 Family Night, complete with a screening of Finding Nemo; the June 26 NY Pride Rally; Fantasy, a burlesque mascarade party, new this year; and the VIP Rooftop Party on June 27 at Hudson Terrace featuring world-class DJs. Also on June 26, the Pride Rally is among the largest in the nation.

Oslo

June 19-28

www.oslopride.no

Pride in Oslo is a combination of culture and celebration and organizers proudly point out that many major events are free. The three main pillars of the Oslo Pride are: Pride House (free entrance at the political arena at the House of Litterature June 19-21); Pride Park (free shows, concerts and more at Spikersuppa – in the middle of the city – June 24-27); and the Oslo Pride Parade (June 27). In addition to headliner Kate Boy, Oslo Pride presents concerts, shows and club concepts all free in Pride Park, and including: Enjoy Tooji, Erlend Bratland, DJ Strangefruit, Sandra Kolstad, Fay Wildhagen, Kildaphew, Girls From Last Night, Kappekoff, Stig Gusto, Melodi Kvasi Grand Prix, SCORE, X-dolls, Dj Lady Luck, DJ Strangefruit, DJ Lisa & Lisa and many, many more.

Paris

June 27

www.gaypride.fr

While some might be surprised that Pride in Paris takes place on but a single day, there is something else to consider when it comes to the vibrancy of the French LGBT community. There will be some two dozen Pride observances nationwide in France, some of which have already taken place, and events continue through July in Nice. The largest celebration, though, is in the City of Lights. Plenty of officially sanctioned and unofficial events take place both before and after the actual day of Pride, but the centerpiece is the festive Parade and entertainment following it. Typically, the route takes in plenty of scenery and brings together a festive and freewheeling crowd.

Rome

June 7-13

www.romapride.it

Spread out over an entire week, the Roma Pride is one of the Great Events of “Roma Capitale” and promises to be one of the most important events to be held in the Eternal City. A Pride Park will be open daily, from 6 p.m. until midnight, and will feature shows, exhibitions, lectures, films, debates and concerts. Also, many parties are being organized throughout the week. The final weekend will be the highlight of the Roma Pride: On Saturday, June 13, the Gay Parade will start from Piazza della Repubblica, and finish at Piazza Venezia, in the very heart of the city. The Roma Pride Closing Party is also a must attend event.

San Francisco

June 27-28

www.sfpride.org  

The SF Pride Celebration will be held over the weekend of June 27-28, in downtown San Francisco at the Civic Center — at the foot of San Francisco’s historic City Hall where Harvey Milk once stood and addressed Pride-goers over 30 years ago. With more than 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than 20 stages and venues, the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation. The Celebration at Civic Center is setting for the Main Stage, which has been host to incredible world-class entertainers. The famed Parade, themed Equality Without Exception, kicks off at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 28 at Market & Beale and ends at Market & 8th Street in downtown San Francisco.

Sydney

June 12-29

www.sydneypride.com

The Sydney Pride Festival 2015, “Live. Love. Be.” will launch at Stonewall Hotel on Wednesday, June 12 and run until June 29. This Sydney Pride festival will include events throughout Sydney that are fun and affordable for everyone. The events will raise much-needed funds for charity and showcase the Sydney community and its achievements. The festival will feature art, cinema, trivia, debates, sports, fundraising activities and club events across Sydney.

Tel Aviv

June 7-14

www.gaytlvguide.com

With a gay scene that competes with all gay capitals around the globe, an amazing beach, good weather, great food and other attractions in the country like Jerusalem and the Dead Sea, Tel Aviv is definitely a scenic setting for Pride. Pride Week starts on June 7 and will have events throughout the week until Sunday, June 14. The Pride Parade takes place on Friday, June 12. The annual Parade day will start at 10 a.m. with a big happening in Me'ir Park (Gan Me'ir), with music, drag shows and speeches. The parade will kick off with specially designed floats, marching groups uplifting music and countless participants and spectators. Departing from the garden, the Parade will go through Tel Aviv and end with the famous Beach Party, which will be held from 3 p.m. until sunset.

Toronto

June 19-28

www.pridetoronto.com

Pride Week in Toronto is one of Canada’s premier arts and cultural festivals and one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world. Pride Week features 10 days of world-class arts and cultural programming, community activities, one of the world’s largest street festivals, Pride Parade, Dyke March, Trans Pride, family programming, Blockorama, Fruit Loopz youth program and much more. Toronto’s historic Gay Village becomes a pedestrian-only party zone filled with fist-pumping music, bustling crowds, vibrant costumes and of course plenty of cute guys and gals. Many bars are open until 4 a.m. or later, so revelers can keep the party going all night long. Otherwise, there is no shortage of LGBT-friendly lounges, restaurants and open spaces to mix and mingle with other people in a comfortable environment. The 10 days of revelry culminate in the annual Toronto Pride Parade – the largest and most anticipated event of its kind in Canada.

Vienna

June 16-21

www.viennapride.at

Vienna’s distinct culture dominates even the summer Pride celebration. Every day during the observance, the Pride Village opens at 11 a.m., featuring tents with a wide range of catering and information booths. Until 10 p.m., participants can let their minds wander in the midday sun with a DJ lineup, enjoy culinary and sensual pleasures or relax and sip cocktails in an exquisite environment. Numerous bars and clubs have their stalls to meet all appetites for information or cravings. Many educational and cultural programs take place over the course of the entire observance. Parties also abound in a non-threatening and beautiful environment. Still, the culmination of Vienna Pride is the Pride Parade. Warm up at town square for the brisk walk that will introduce new visitors to Vienna and provide a glimpse at some of Europe’s most beautiful architecture. Even though it’s a Pride event, one would be foolish to visit this spectacular city without seeing the architecture and cultural sites and enjoying one of the great cuisines of Europe.

This article was originally published in Wire Magazine Issue 22.2015

El artista de storyboard se presentó en el marco del Creativafest 2015 para hablar sobre el proceso creativo de Hora de Aventura

Fotografías por: Melina Cisneros

Hace unos días se llevó a cabo el Creativafest 2015 en la Sala Maya del World Trade Center, Ciudad de México. Bajo el marco de este festival dedicado a la creatividad (y a las escuelas especializadas en cine y animación que buscaban reclutar nuevos estudiantes), se presentaron artistas y ‘genios’ de distintas grandes productoras como Disney, Nickelodeon, Ubisoft, Dreamworks y Cartoon Network.

Entre los creativos se encontraba Jorge Gutierrez, caricaturista, ilustrador y director de ‘El Libro de la Vida‘, una producción de Guillermo del Toro. Asimismo, se presentó Gary Trousdale, director encargado de producciones como ‘La Bella y la Bestia‘ y ‘El Jorobado de Notre Dame’; Alex Hirsch, quien es el creador de la (increíble) serie Gravity Falls para Disney XD (antes Disney Channel); y más elementos importantes de distintos estudios famosos a nivel mundial.

Sin embargo, entre tanto ‘genio’ resaltaba el nombre de Kent Osborne, escritor y artista de storyboard que ha trabajado en series como Bob Esponja, Phineas y Ferb, Flapjack y por supuesto Hora de Aventura. Todas las series donde ha trabajado Osborne han sido reconocidas por su estilo de escritura, además de que han llevado un nivel de entretenimiento para caricaturas que no sólo puede ser disfrutada por niños, sino por adolescentes y adultos por igual. Esto se debe a la complejidad con la que trabaja sus arcos de historia y los temas que llega a tocar en sus episodios.

Hora de Aventura, sin duda, desde su lanzamiento hace más de cinco años (con su fachada tierna y superficial) ha cautivado a todo tipo de público con una estructura sólida y guiones que rompen con lo convencional. Honrando tanto a series de hace pocas generaciones, así como a todo un bagaje cultural que engloba un sin mil de influencias literarias, cinematográficas y cómicas, se ha logrado posicionar como una de las series (y obras audio-visuales) más complejas y ‘milagrosas’ fuentes de entretenimiento de la actualidad.

Osborne ha sido parte, ya sea como escritor o como artista de storyboard, desde el inicio y ha participado en la mayoría de los mejores episodios de la serie como: ‘Susan Strong‘, ‘Video Makers‘, ‘Shh!‘ o los más recientes ‘The Mountain‘, ‘The Visitor’, y ‘Jake The Brick‘. Este último fue el ejemplo que presentó el artista durante su presentación en el Creativafest.

‘Jake The Brick’ es el episodio número 20 de la sexta temporada de la serie, que aún está por finalizar. El episodio cuenta la breve historia de Jake, quien quiere tener la experiencia de caerse con el resto de los ladrillos de una pequeña casa que está por derrumbarse. Finn lo visita y le deja un Walkie-Talkie para que pueda comunicarse, pero Jake se rehúsa aunque le aburra ser un ladrillo. Para evitar el aburrimiento comienza a narrar lo que observa a su alrededor, mientras Finn y más personas pueden escuchar lo que dice, lo que convierte el episodio en una narración sobre un conejo y su lucha contra un ciervo (algo cretino), que busca dejarlo sin hogar.

El proceso para llegar a una historia como ésta al inicio, según Osborne, es presentando un dibujo. Alguien del equipo de artistas y escritores llega con un dibujo de los personajes, y ese dibujo va circulando por todos para generar una historia grande. Cada quién escribe un párrafo y el que sigue debe continuar la historia, siguiendo hasta tener dos páginas. De esas, elimina lo innecesario y comienza a crearse una estructura sólida que cuente con los elementos de una historia “convencional”.

Posteriormente, se comienza a desarrollar el arte visual. En esta parte Osborne mostró al público (conformado principalmente por jóvenes de entre 16 y 20 años), el boceto principal de la animación, donde después de generar los dibujos, se mide con tiempo y con el audio grabado la duración del episodio y de cada una de las tomas. Durante este proceso, queda lo primordial de la animación, sólo las imágenes que permitirán crear el resto de lo visual y finalizar con el desarrollo.

A pesar de que su presentación duró relativamente poco y estuvo interrumpida por distracciones que fueron parte de algunas fallas organizacionales por parte de los encargados del Creativafest, Osborne expuso muy bien el proceso que hizo parecer fácil y rápido para las personas que no estuvieran relacionadas con este tipo de animación, pero que en realidad es un proceso que requiere una producción dedicada.

Para la parte final de su presentación mostró el episodio en su totalidad, y por parte de Kamite Comics, (quienes tenían su stand en el evento) regaló unos cuantos cómics de Adventure Time a algunos fans que contestaron bien preguntas que el escritor hizo.

El Creativafest, por su parte, a pesar de tener personalidades importantes y una gran asistencia (gracias a las escuelas que difundieron el evento), tuvo sus deficiencias que tuvieron que soportar los presentadores. Además, pocos stands del evento daban la sensación de ‘festival’, y daba la sensación de que era más bien una ‘feria informativa’ sobre escuelas de animación y cine.

Pero las mismas personalidades ‘salvaron’ el festival con una actitud positiva y tratando de tomar con humor las fallas del evento, ya que se notaron filas esperando el autógrafo de Kent Osborne, Alex Hirsch, Gary Trousdale y Jorge Gutierrez, quienes siempre mostrando una sonrisa complacían a sus pequeños fans.

Kent Osborne y el proceso creativo de Hora de Aventura
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

Stellar cover on the new @Wired mag that arrived today. Celebrating 40 years of Industrial Light & Magic. Closeup on their IG. #Wired #ILM

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.

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HOUSE CELEBRATES AND PERSERVERES: A FIERY CHAT WITH MARK LOWE

By Rafa Carvajal | Photos provided by HOUSE

Nightlife impresario, artist and designer Mark Lowe set out to transform Miami’s nightlife scene with the creation and opening of HOUSE. I caught up with Mark before this weekend’s one-year anniversary celebrations to find out how he and his HOUSE are doing.

Rafa Carvajal: Congratulations on your 1st anniversary of HOUSE. Tell us about your upcoming anniversary party.

Mark Lowe: Thank you so much! Three and a half years of torturous construction and misery. A HOUSE built on blood, sweat and tears. It better be amazing, right? The anniversary is the Silver Party, a seven-year tradition carried from Living Room. This year also celebrates my 107th birthday! As always with HOUSE, it will be a great big shit show of a HOUSE party.

RC: What will be the best part of your anniversary party?

ML: The fact that we’ve made it to the anniversary. No, really! The fact that we’ve made it to the anniversary!

RC: Will you have any special guests or performers at the anniversary party?

ML: If I told you, I’d have to tie you to a chair and abuse you until after the anniversary! I’m passionately committed to the idea and vision of a private HOUSE party. That means reveal nothing! That being said, absolutely! I promise amazing people and your platinum HOUSE key.

RC: How does it feel to have achieved your dream of opening HOUSE and reaching the one-year mark?

ML: It feels like swimming in a saltwater whirlpool filled with 17 bull sharks, and 1,000 pounds of bloody chicken parts tied behind my back.

RC: What has been the most rewarding part about opening and operating HOUSE in Miami?

ML: The fact that so many people from all over the world have felt truly connected to each other and embraced HOUSE. We’ve been written up globally and the design has been heralded, which is very personal to me; Travel and Leisure voted HOUSE Top 5 in the first five months; and being nominated Best of Miami last week. Each and every space has energy that’s both positive and negative. So many times we don’t even understand why we like or dislike a space, and how that truly affects our moods and emotions. As a designer, I practice design from a feng shui perspective. The smell, the feel, and the visual are all incredibly important and affecting. HOUSE has a very powerful and palpable warmth and energy. We live in a world of instant connection with texting, selfies, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc. But truthfully, we’re deeply disconnected. People don’t talk anymore. I can honestly say that HOUSE is a space that makes people talk, and grandma beating you with a 13-inch dildo doesn’t hurt either!    

RC: What has HOUSE meant for the Miami nightlife and entertainment scene and for the gay community this past year?

ML: HOUSE has had a huge impact on Miami nightlife. The fact that you have a venue in an untapped and untouched area that has 2,000 people on Friday and Saturday nights is shocking. The fact that you have a venue that has essentially zero marketing, solely based on word of mouth, and which has truly never existed. To see properties across the street that sold for a million dollars three years ago, now trading hands for $12-$20 million is a testament to HOUSE as an entity and its effects on the neighborhood. With regards to nightlife and the gay community, I’ve always chosen to push boundaries and break new ground. I don’t want to exist in the safe lane on the highway. When Living Room opened, my “straight” competitors used my sexuality as a weapon against me. Open-minded straight people came by the thousands and didn’t give a fuck. When my gay competitors used my business decision to have a “straight” night as a weapon against me, thousands of LGBTQ clients proudly walked through the heterosexual masses.

At the end of the day for me, it has never been about gay or straight. It was about changing people’s minds and connecting. I would throw in girls on a gay night and boys on a straight night. Nobody is going to tell me I have to stay in Wilton Manors or South Beach where I belong. I belong wherever I decide, and we are stronger united. Those who choose to hide in the dark need to step into the light, in full view of everyone. That’s how true change is affected.

RC: Who are some of the famous celebrities who have visited HOUSE this past year?

ML: HOUSE is private and I respect the privacy of all our key holders. Many of our key holders are famous, but we don’t use them for promotion or discuss who they are. Celebrities feel comfortable at HOUSE because of the no picture policy in the main room, and because they’re free to be who they are with no judgments or negativity. I will give you some initials though, B, JL, KK, KW, CK, AC, WL, EI, LD, MC, RM, LG, etc., etc. I’m looking forward to BJ and most excited for M.

RC: How has business at HOUSE been since the last time you were interviewed by Wire Magazine?

ML: The last time was the opening, so a lot. I’ve never seen this level of repulsive behavior and sleazy tactics. I’ve been in this business over fifteen years, so I’m not under any false illusions, but Miami nightlife is a slime pit. There are four big fish that dominate nightlife in the city. HOUSE is hands down the most beautiful and detailed nightclub in Miami, and it’s in an area that’s literally exploding in value. They are supposed to own HOUSE, I am not.  

RC: What have been the biggest challenges you have faced operating HOUSE?

ML: Competitors have been the source of all the challenges. Navigating the blatant targeting, politics, homophobic bigots, and loss of a CU (certificate of use) has been a total nightmare. Prior to opening, we were aggressively targeted by downtown clubs that attempted to sue to prevent us from even opening. After opening, the net spread wider to the Beach. Between the dozens of anonymous complaints, noise complaints from nonexistent neighbors, constant assaults on our plumbing and the final slam of CU loss, it’s been torturous. Four and a half years ago, we did our measurements and due diligence with the City. In January, they pulled our CU based on an incorrect distance measurement from the school. We were effectively shut down and the damage was catastrophic. Never mind that we turned it in correctly and that it went through department after department and approval after approval.

We filed an injunction on the basis that millions of dollars were invested based on those approvals. The City allowed us to continue until settled, but the damage was done. It spread like wildfire that we were closed and our business decreased by 50 percent. The lack of a CU effectively paralyzes a business. You can’t book events because who’s going to have faith or any guarantee that a business will stay open. You can’t get quality promoters because why leave a venue that’s open for one that essentially isn’t. It’s damage across the board because no nightclub of this size can function on one solid night. We are still settling to this day and we look close to an agreement, but only time will tell.

The only non-anonymous targeting was from one woman and a small religious group. This woman, prior to our even opening, publicly stated we were dark, evil, sinful, immoral and gay. Her group said we were damaging the youth of the neighborhood, threw holy water on our doorstep and called our guests sodomites who need to burn in hell. We are an asset to any neighborhood and crime has decreased dramatically. Since when is being gay considered worse than crack dealers, prostitutes and shootings? The fact that we’ve had to bend over at City request to appease this woman is disgraceful and that day is over. The lesson for the competitors who paid her off is simple: Make sure you don’t hire a bigot to do your dirty work.

RC: I understand there have been some unexpected complications, unrelated to traditional business concerns. Tell our readers about those.

ML: Obviously, the CU loss is enormous. There’s a very calculated attack on Wynwood and its growth. We are on the literal border of Wynwood in the Omni District, but because of our size, we are considered the biggest threat. Downtown wants to retain its power and dominance. Period!

RC: In your opinion, do you feel there is an orchestrated effort to prevent the success of HOUSE? If so, why do you think that is?

ML: Absolutely 100 percent. The true answer is simply greed, competitors and property value. The value of HOUSE being closed or in someone else’s hands is extremely lucrative. The fact that the property values have exploded and that we have a 20-year lease is of enormous value to certain people.

 RC: In your opinion, who do you believe is involved in this orchestrated effort?

ML: The former owner of Space, Louis Puig, and the Opium Group. Louis was looking at the vacant spaces next door and on the other side of HOUSE to open a supper club. His intention was to combine those two spaces with HOUSE to form a mega club. He then approached the Opium Group to get involved. It made sense because of their relationship at Space. The only problem is HOUSE would have to be closed. He believed by doing a secondary entrance on the other side he could beat the distance requirements. Unfortunately, when re-measured, the distance was still short from his planned entrance by a large margin. That meant that if HOUSE closed, the property would revert back to manufacturing [use] unless the existing CU could be transferred. Because the CU is grandfathered, the City is willing to work with us based on years of work, money and liability, but it has to stay with HOUSE. The CU is solely under my name, so that makes it more complicated.

 RC: Can you explain the lawsuit with investors in HOUSE and the landlord?

ML: Yes. I found out three individuals related to HOUSE approached Louis behind my back to sell. I conceptualized and created HOUSE 10 years ago and own the brand. Every minute detail is mine. These individuals are purely silent and have no involvement whatsoever. They were investing in my vision. The only way to transfer that CU is to remove me from my own operating agreement. It’s expected in this business that competitors will be capable of anything, but people inside the business is harder to swallow. Obviously, it’s upsetting because HOUSE is so much a part of me. However, I’ve learned not to take it personally. That CU has value and anyone attached would be a target. It’s not even about me. These individuals have done everything in their power to internally and externally crush HOUSE and sabotage any potential success. It’s all about greed.

 As for the landlord, I had a great relationship with him for almost four years. When people began looking at the space surrounding HOUSE, that changed. We’ll leave it at that.

RC: How are you attempting to address and rectify the situation?

ML: You face it head-on and recognize that karma has a way of delivering its power. When you maliciously set out to hurt or damage people, it comes back on you tenfold. I’m a spiritual person and a lot of the individuals involved have darker spiritual natures. Without getting into religious specifics or judgments, these practices exist. What people fail to recognize is that wishing ill on someone is like a mirror in the sunlight. You end up blind and burned.

RC: What impact are these factors having on your business today and the achievement of your overall objectives with HOUSE?

ML: The impact changes nothing. When you sit down to map out your life and embrace your destiny, it’s important to dream big. You dream so big that these things that appear to be insurmountable are tiny little roadblocks and annoyances. I’m relentlessly driven and ambitious, and HOUSE is my vision. Ten HOUSE-based nightclubs in Miami, Las Vegas, LA, NYC, Brazil, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and Macau. Ten HOUSE-based restaurants and hotels – a global nightlife revolution. Nightlife is cyclical and the current EDM bubble will eventually burst. You need to have a venue that breathes life and loyalty outside of the celebrity guest or DJ. Whatever country or culture you’re from, we all seek a place of comfort to call home. A place where you can escape from life’s daily stresses and struggles and feel truly welcomed. There’s nothing that expresses that more than your HOUSE.

RC: What are your top three dreams you would like to achieve with HOUSE in the upcoming year?

ML: World domination and the first nightclub/hotel on Mars! Seriously, I see it as a 10-year achievement. I was fortunate enough to sign an LOI with a global partner that recognizes my vision and concept. I truthfully couldn’t have dreamed of an entity that I respect and admire more, so that’s my goal. To conquer the world a second time for them and a first for me!

RC: Is there anything else you would like to share with Wire Magazine readers and the rest of the world?

ML: I’m so thankful to those who have stood by my side and supported me. My partner Maddie has been extraordinary. I have never met another man or woman with the balls she has. She is a force of nature, and she has a world to conquer. My other partner Sebastian is amazing. Hands-down one of the smartest people I know. I’m so proud of the man he is and what he’s accomplished. I can’t wait to see what he will become. Alexandre, you are amazing. You push me to the limit and you are capable of anything. Marilyn and Ricky, thank you. Danny and Abraham, you were there from Living Room and still there now. Thank you!

 The choices we make in our lives should always be longterm ones focused on a big picture. When I decided to open my first nightclub, I took two years to build myself as a promoter first. That foundation has carried me through thick and thin, good and bad. The LGBTQ community has been my backbone and thousands of people have become the family I never had. You are so creative, powerful and unstoppable. There is nothing you can’t do. The only reason for my existence and the existence of HOUSE is you. That’s why HOUSE was built to be your HOME.

 Now come celebrate your damn birthday!

* The views, opinions or positions expressed by interview subjects of Wire Magazine are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or positions of Wire Magazine, its staff or publisher.

This article was originally published in Wire Magazine Issue 22.2015

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