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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.

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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.

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

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DESTINATION: VIETNAM FIRST AMONG-EQUALS

By Dane Steele Green

VIETNAM

FIRST AMONG EQUALS

You may have heard the buzz, and from a source that nobody saw coming: “Vietnam legalized same-sex marriage!”

This isn’t exactly the case; LGBTQ weddings are still unrecognized. In legalese, “decriminalizing” something does not make it legal; it is just decriminalized. It has to be legally legalized to be legal (commence headache). However, the powerbrokers in Hanoi decriminalized having a gay wedding ceremony and bestowed certain rights, such as property and child-raising, to gay couples.

Legally legalized gay marriage or not, this is a huge step in the right direction on a continent that, from Israel to Japan, doesn’t recognize same-sex relationships. With that, it’s time to look at Vietnam.

Long a darling in the more hoity-toity travel mags, Vietnam, or to be more proper, “Viet Nam,” has some of the most striking landscapes on Earth, from the eerie geology of Ha Long Bay to the surreal mountains of Ninh Binh. You will most likely start in either the capital of Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City (historical Saigon). The two cities are on either ends of the country. Hanoi is in the far north and “HCMc” is in the deep south. So if you do both over land, voila!, you see the whole country, plus finds like the imperial capital of Hue and glittery up-and-coming Da Nang.

Of them all, Ho Chi Minh City (whose tongue twister of a name is often shortened to just “the city”) is probably the gayest one, having the most clubs and bars and genuine gay scene. For a little M4M nightlife, Centro is the best club in town and lets everybody know it with ear-splittingly loud music that can be heard a block away.

You might be surprised to see how European HCMc is, thanks to the invading French, who made what was then Saigon the capital of the French Indochina colony. As the capital of the former South Vietnam, it is inevitable that you’ll run into some sort of monument to the Vietnam War in HCMc. The War Remnants Museum is the best.

War memorials and Second Empire architecture aside, sites to see include a quartet of pagodas: the Jade Emperor Pagoda (built by the Chinese), Thien Hau Pagoda (dedicated to a sea goddess), Quan Am Pagoda (the oldest in town) and Phung Son Tu Pagoda (for the god of happiness). Finish with a tour through the Mekong River delta and a swing through the Museum of Vietnamese History, whose gardens alone are worth the admission, and you can say you’ve done the city.

For more information, go to utopia-asia.com/vietsaig.htm and www.vietnamtourism.com/en. Contact Steele Luxury Travel for help planning your Vietnam excursion.

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

This article was originally published in Wire Magazine Issue 13.2015

GOING OUT CALENDAR OF EVENTS MARCH 19 - MARCH 25

CALENDAR OF EVENTS  

NIGHTLIFE AND ENTERTAINMENT

THURSDAY, MARCH 19

HÔTEL GAYTHERING: Hoppy Hour. 5-9 p.m. Enjoy $3 local craft beers, $6 Gordon Gingers 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 9 p.m., The Duke Of Burgundy, a film by Peter Strickland. Visit www.mbcinema.com for more information. 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

SCORE: WTF Thursdays 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. featuring crazy’nes by Daisy Deadpetals. Music & videos by DJ Aulden Brown. 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, MARCH 20

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.” For more info, go online to www.gaythering.com.

MIAMI BEACH CINEMATHEQUE: At 9:10 p.m., Girlhood, a film by Céline Sciamma. For more information, visit www.mbcinema.com.  
SCORE: Filthy Gorgeous Fridays. 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. Let’s Rock-Da-House with SoBe’s most daring divas “Queen Cabaret” Geraldine & Fernan D’Cute. Plus, sexy male go-go dancers. Open bar 10:30-11 p.m. Music & videos by Deejay AB & MAC. Hosted by The Pennyback Boyz.

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 for more info. 233 12th St., Miami Beach

THE MANOR: Music Showcase Weekend. 11 p.m. Shows by TP Lords and Sasha, starring special guests DJ Leonvice & DJ Xkuse. Hosted by 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. www.themanorcomplex.com. 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, MARCH 21

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 at Miami’s newest hotspot, HOUSE Nightclub. 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: Dirty Dutch Metamorphosis Presents: Chuckie (Extended Set) and Mednas. For table reservations, please call 305.674.4680. For tickets, visit www.wantickets.com. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

SCORE: Bigger Saturdays celebrates the birthday of Miami’s favorite DJ & producer, Abel. Special performance by American Idol Season 4 finalist Mario Vázquez, performing his latest single “Señorita Linda” & his No.1 hit “Gallery.” Enjoy the first level video bar with no cover & drink specials all night. Doors open at 10 p.m.

SPACE: Stereo Productions Annual Showcase. 10 p.m. Miami Music Week begins at Club Space as Chus & Ceballos, alongside Technasia, Stefano Noferini, Dosem, Rafa Barrios, Adrian Hour, David Herrero, Patrick M, Anthony Attalla, Victor Vera, Oscar L, Vidaloca & Piem, Leonardo Gonnelli and Koutarou.A take over the Terrace and Loft for the Stereo Productions Showcase! For tickets, visit www.space.wantickets.com. 34 NE 11th St., Miami

THE MANOR: Music Showcase Weekend, 11 p.m. Featuring DJ Codychase & DJ Diego Laruelo. Special performance by (We Are) Nexus, performing their hit “They’ll Never Stop Me” & more. $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, MARCH 22

HÔTEL GAYTHERING: Hoppy Hour. 5-9 p.m. Enjoy $3 bottle neck import beers all night. Locals can enjoy great savings with a complimentary membership. For more information, go to 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. Get both for just $52; it’s a great deal! Featuring great music from some talented local DJs. The party keeps going with drink specials from 4-6 p.m., so you can dance off your brunch, or just come late and get your night started early. Call 305.576.0201 to make your reservation for brunch today! 2727 NW 2nd Ave., Wynwood, Miami

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. Plus, Gay Pride’s Official Fundraiser starring Adora & The Divas of South Beach, hosted by Marco Perez. Shows begin at 11 p.m. Music by DJ Paulie. “Never a cover… Always a groove.”

MONDAY, MARCH 23

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, MARCH 24

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! Visit www.gaythering.com or sign up in person at the Hôtel.

SCORE: Score celebrates Winter Music Conference + Miami Music Week, featuring a very special booking, the acclaimed French DJ Trio APOLLONIA + DJ EBALI. Advance tickets are available at www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?673835.

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, MARCH 25

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: Celebrate the Winter Music Conference + Miami Music Week with an impressive lineup to make this evening come a full techno circle. The evening features Chris Liebing, Marcel Dettmann, Radio Slave and Drumcell. Advance tickets are available at www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?654501.

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

ARTS

ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER: Trust, through March 29 at the Carnival Studio Theater. Academy Award nominated screenwriter and director Paul Weitz brings this story about Harry, an unassuming guy who becomes an overnight millionaire but struggles with dissatisfaction. When an impulse visit to an S&M club brings together two lost souls, Harry is left questioning everything he thought he knew. Presented in partnership with Zoetic Stage. Tickets start at $45. For tickets and info, visit www.arshtcenter.org. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

COMMUNITY

THE SILVER CIRCLE: Group of “mature” LGBTQ individuals meets weekly to discuss current events and affairs affecting the ever expanding world of sexual identity and to share personal experiences. Mondays from 3-5 p.m. (first Monday of each month from 7-9 p.m.) in the Library at Hôtel Gaythering. Meetings are open and free of charge. For more information, contact larry@silvercircleclub.com.

This article was originally published in Wire Magazine Issue 12.2015

FORMULA E MIAMI EPRIX: RACE HEATS UP DOWNTOWN MIAMI STREETS

By Rafa Carvajal

This past Saturday, Miami was center stage of the world for the FIA Formula E Miami ePrix in a racetrack built on the streets of downtown Miami. I attended the race, invited by TAG Heuer, the world’s number one manufacturer of luxury timepieces inspired by sport, the official timekeeper, official watch and chronograph and technical founding partner of the new Formula E Championship – that also debuted it’s new TAG Heuer flagship store in Miami’s Design District with a party this past Friday.

Before the race, I had the pleasure of sitting down for an interview with Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag to ask him some questions about Formula E, the cars and his choice of Miami as one of the cities from around the world hosting a race.

Rafa Carvajal: How is TAG Heuer keeping time for the Miami ePrix?
Alejandro Agag: TAG is responsible for the timing of the race. It is very important. It’s much more complicated than it seems because we need a whole loop of cables and sensors all over the circuit. It needs to be installed for 24 hours. They need to do it very quickly and take it away because we need to leave the city as fast as we can after the race. We disappear the day after tomorrow.

RC: Can you tell us more about the Formula E cars?

AA: There were no cars. This was a bit of a chicken and egg situation with this championship. We wanted to get an electric racing championship, but there were no electric racing cars. There were no cars because there were no championships and there were no championships because there were no cars. We said OK, we will create the cars. We will design the cars and make them available to the teams, so we are sure the teams have cars when we start racing. So that’s what we did.

One of my competitors, but friend, a great engineer, Fred Vasseur took the challenge with me and said let’s do it. I said I’ll look for the money and you look for the technical parts and we did that. He found McLaren. We looked all over the world for technology. We found it in Formula 1. Actually, Formula 1 has the best technology for electric cars. Formula E is like a child, technology-wise, of Formula 1 because the motors come from McLaren, the inverter comes from McLaren, the ACU electronic system comes from McLaren, and the batteries, which are the heart, come from the Williams Formula 1 team. We brought them all together to create the Spark. So that is the car we have, the Spark-Renault, and all the teams use the same car.

In February, two years and one month ago, we put on our website the first drawing with pencil of the car. Not even designs. Three months after, we had the first prototype. We tested it and one month later we started producing the 40 cars. It was crazy.

RC: Are you planning to monetize that into the consumer market? That is an incredible way to design a car.

AA: Well, that intellectual property belongs to us, but it is specific for racing. What we want is for all the manufacturers to come in and start with that – so, to develop technology here that they can use on road cars.

RC: How is your relationship with Tesla?

AA: Well, I love Tesla, it is fantastic, but they do not want to race for the moment. I had a meeting with Elon Musk back a year and a half ago, talking about Formula E, and he knew everything already. Basically, his line of reasoning is ‘I want to focus on my road cars,’ especially because he is doing a new model now and cannot distract some of his engineers to go racing. Which is very sad. We would love to have Tesla. I think it’s a brand that has been amazing for electric cars. They just make electric cars more exiting and better, so I will keep working on it to try to bring them onboard. I think they are fantastic cars and he is a genius and visionary and I would love to have him here. I’ll try to invite him to the next race in Long Beach, not so far from his place, and see if we can get him there and start convincing him.

RC: BMW?

AA: BMW. Yes. They are our partners. Our safety car is BMW, our medical car is BMW, and now they are looking into coming in and racing. The safety car is hybrid. It is a plug-in hybrid, so you can go only on electricity 100 percent, or you can go with combustion. The medical car is the i3, full electric. They are really cool.

RC: Do you sacrifice speed for technology in Formula E?

AA: Well, it’s a balance always. The immediate answer is yes. Our priority is technology. This is not a race about speed, it’s a race about technology. First we improve technology and later we will have more speed. The priority is to get the better technology because it is through technology how we will succeed. Technology is the name of the game here. We put the priority on technology because that will deliver faster cars, cheaper for the people and more efficient.

RC: Have you ever driven an electric race car?

AA: The first time was here on Tuesday. It was super fun. It was incredible actually. I did about 10 laps at the Homestead racetrack. I had never driven a single-seat race car before.

RC: Why did you choose Miami as a location for one of the Formula E races?

AA: Because we like to go to cities where people want to go, and we want to go to Miami. We love this city. So we came and were really welcomed. It was very easy. Everyone was open to the idea. We had a lot of help. We have been working with Miami for about two years to put this together. We had to obtain 163 different permits for the race.

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

AA: Welcome to Formula E. Enjoy the racing!

This article was originally published in Wire Magazine Issue 12.2015

GOING OUT CALENDAR OF EVENTS MARCH 26 - APRIL 1

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

NIGHTLIFE AND ENTERTAINMENT

THURSDAY, MARCH 26

HÔTEL GAYTHERING: Hoppy Hour. 5-9 p.m. Enjoy $3 local craft beers, $6 Gordon Gingers 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 9 p.m., Girlhood, a film by Céline Sciamma. Visit www.mbcinema.com for more information. 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

SCORE: Winter Music Festival. 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. The two brands that best represented the heart of Ibiza’s underground in the last few years bring their sounds to Miami’s number one underground club. Room 1: Next Wave, will feature Petre Inspirescu, Francesco Del Guardia and Alexandra. Room 2: tINI & The Gang, will feature tINI, Mathew Jonson live, Bill Patrick and Randall M. To purchase tickets, visit www.scoretradewmc.com. 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, MARCH 27

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.” For more info, go online to www.gaythering.com.

MIAMI BEACH CINEMATHEQUE: At 9 p.m., It Follows, a film by David Robert Mitchell. For more information, visit www.mbcinema.com.  

SCORE: Ellum + Maeve. 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. Two separate parties in one great night. Room 1:  debuts Mano Le Tough’s imprint Maeve on the second Friday night of conference/music week featuring The Drifter. Room 2: features hometown favorites and a special addition for a Trade takeover by the imprint, Ellum! Featuring Maceo Plex, Danny Daze And Shall Ocin. To purchase tickets visit www.scoretradewmc.com.

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 for more info. 233 12th St., Miami Beach

THE MANOR: Bubble Gum Fridays - Spring Break Beach Party, 11 p.m. Shows by TP Lords and Sasha, starring special guest artist Skye Stevens performing his hits “Pass The Keys” and “Takes All Night”. 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. www.themanorcomplex.com. 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 Brian Reyes. “Never a cover… Always a groove.”
SATURDAY, MARCH 28

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 at Miami’s newest hotspot. 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: Birthday Bash! Erick Morillo with special guest Oliver Heldens. For table reservations, call 305.674.4680. For tickets, visit www.wantickets.com. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

SCORE: Get Physical + In The Mood. 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. Two rooms one great party. Room 1: featuring Maya Jane Coles, M.A.N.D.Y, Catz N Dogz, Bob Moses, Paolo Rocoo and Renato Ratier Room 2: features Nicole Moudaber and Skin. To purchase tickets, visit www.scoretradewmc.com.

SPACE: Gareth Emery’s exclusive five-hour set. 10 p.m. Prepare yourself as one of the true modern masters of uplifting progressive sounds takes over the legendary Terrace for what will be a smashing five hours. For tickets, visit www.space.wantickets.com. 34 NE 11th St., Miami

THE MANOR:  11 p.m., Recording Star Amuka performing her hit “Appreciate Me” & more. Featuring DJ Daniel Kristopherre. $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, MARCH 29

HÔTEL GAYTHERING: Hoppy Hour. 5-9 p.m. Enjoy $3 bottle neck import beers all night. Locals can enjoy great savings with a complimentary membership. For more information, go to 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. Get both for just $52; it’s a great deal! Featuring great music from some talented local DJs. The party keeps going with drink specials from 4-6 p.m., so you can dance off your brunch, or just come late and get your night started early. Call 305.576.0201 to make your reservation for brunch today! 2727 NW 2nd Ave., Wynwood, Miami

SCORE: A Desolat Miami. Desolat returns to Miami with a showcase packed with a couple of secret surprises. Featuring Francisco Allendes, Guti, Livio & Roby, Martin Buttrich, Robert Dietz, Yaya and a very special guest! Get your tickets at www.scoretradewmc.com

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, MARCH 30

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 Angel. “Never a cover… Always a groove.”

TUESDAY, MARCH 31

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! Visit www.gaythering.com or sign up in person at the Hôtel.

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, APRIL 1

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: Miss Miami Beach Gay Pride Pageant & Silent Auction, honoring TP Lords. Sounds by DJ Sushiman Lords. Hosted by Tiffany Fantasia, Adora and Peter Morales. Special guest performers. Doors open at 9 p.m. - pageant starts promptly at 10 p.m. Tickets available at www.miamibeachgaypride.com

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

ARTS

ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER: Trust, through March 29 at the Carnival Studio Theater. Academy Award nominated screenwriter and director Paul Weitz brings this story about Harry, an unassuming guy who becomes an overnight millionaire but struggles with dissatisfaction. When an impulse visit to an S&M club brings together two lost souls, Harry is left questioning everything he thought he knew. Presented in partnership with Zoetic Stage. Tickets start at $45. For tickets and info, visit www.arshtcenter.org. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

COMMUNITY

THE SILVER CIRCLE: Group of “mature” LGBTQ individuals meets weekly to discuss current events and affairs affecting the ever expanding world of sexual identity and to share personal experiences. Mondays from 3-5 p.m. (first Monday of each month from 7-9 p.m.) in the Library at Hôtel Gaythering. Meetings are open and free of charge. For more information, contact larry@silvercircleclub.com.

This article was originally published in Wire Magazine Issue 13.2015

DESTINATION: EUROVISION

By Dane Steele Green

EUROVISION

PLEASE DON’T STOP THE MUSIC

It is heralded as “the most watched, loved, hated, talked about, campiest, overdressed entertainment show in the world.” Welcome to Eurovision.

A showcase of spectacle (which more than often trumps the talent), Eurovision is a song-of-the-year contest that began all the way back in 1956 as a way to heal post-World War II Europe. Jump to today and it is the largest battle of the bands on the planet. Participant countries have their own national singing competitions beforehand and those winners head to the international sing-off that is “Eurovision.” Ironically, it is more than just Europeans hitting the stage; any country in the European Broadcasting Union and its transmission areas has a shot at the gold. Asiatic countries such as Israel and Azerbaijan regularly participate and singers can come in from abroad to represent EBU countries.

While most critics tend to write Eurovision, and the songs off as monumental fluff, the contest is immensely popular and has some notable success. ABBA can trace their conquest of the world thanks to winning in 1974 with “Waterloo.” In 1988, a gawky Canadian teenager with bad hair whom nobody ever heard of sang under the French flag and blasted everybody else right off the stage. Her name was Celine Dion.

To be sure, Eurovision is not a gay event. At least, on paper. De facto, it is one of the gayest contests outside of Rentboy’s Man of the Year and is a major round-house punch for LGBTQ rights, a fact chiseled into stone when Austrian drag-queen-with-a-beard Conchita Wurst came out on top last year.

Per contest rules, the winner’s country hosts the following contest, so this year, on May 19, 21 and 23, all eyes will turn to the Imperial City of Vienna to see who will fill Wurst’s stilettos. Don’t worry about needing Google Translate. While Eurovision is a veritable Tower of Babel when it comes to languages, most of the songs are sung in English – even if the singers can’t actually speak a word of it, they learn the sounds phonetically.

Now for the practical aspects: Eurovision is a ticketed event, so do not think you can just waltz right in. Vienna itself isn’t known for being cheap, and Eurovision is guaranteed to jack up the prices. Start booking your hotels now. Lucky for you, organizers have a pre-selected, and fairly exhaustive, list of locations on the website where you can set up shop.

For more information, go to eurovision.tv. Steele Luxury Travel is glad to assist with your travel planning to Vienna and beyond.  

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

This article was originally published in Wire Magazine Issue 11.2015

Kay layo man kaayo ko sa saksakanan og daghan pud kaayo ang mapandol basta mag extension wire ko, pwes, i-scotch tape ang wire sa salog bi. Wala naju’y mapandol. Hahaha. 🔌 #socket #wires #hardWorkWork (at General Education Department Faculty Room)

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.

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RAFA'S PICKS: MUSIC FOR ALL TASTES

By Rafa Carvajal

Fleetwood Mac

March 21

American Airlines Arena

601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami  

www.Aaarena.com

Fleetwood Mac is a British-American rock band that originated July 1967, in London.
They have won countless awards, including the Grammy Hall of Fame Award back in 2003. The band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. They have been performing to sold-out shows throughout North America and have recently added 11 more dates to their On With The Show tour, including a quick stop in Miami at the American Airlines Arena. They are currently performing with their five-star lineup, including Christine McVie who rejoined the band after a 16-year absence. You don’t want to miss Fleetwood Mac’s charismatic energy in a live performance; after all it is what has catapult them to their legendary status.

The Pearl Fishers

March 12 & 14

Au-Rene Theater  

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale

www.Browardcenter.org

This opera takes place in ancient times on the island of Ceylon. It conveys the story of a fisherman who pursues a beautiful priestess with an enigmatic past. Little does he know that his best friend is also his rival in love. It is a simple, yet erotic, love story about honor, jealousy, and communal duty endangering the lovers’ growing bond with the risk of death just around the corner — who are unbound from fate by the exposure of a long hidden secret. Beautifully adorned with lovely melodies, rich nocturnes, rhythmic dances, and robust choruses The Pearl Fishers is coming to the Au-Rene Theater in Fort Lauderdale this week.  

The Cleveland Orchestra: Carmina Burana

March 26-28

John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall

Adrienne Arsht Center

1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

www.Arshtcenter.org

If you happen to be a fan of classical music, you are in for a treat! The Cleveland Orchestra Miami season concludes with Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana – a grand cantata about lust, love, the gratifications of drinking, as well as the intensified moods induced by springtime – conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero. Even if you do not know the title, you will recognize the music. It opens with “O Fortuna,” well known in conjunction with sports commercials and movies. See these remarkable artists and experience an extraordinary concert at the beautiful Knight Concert Hall.

This article was originally published in Wire Magazine Issue 11.2015