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south oridas lgbtq magazine dec|jan 1617 vol. 10 pa l e tt e Bright, Gay Santurce LGBTQ Health and Aging Holiday Gift Guide Tarell McCraney and Moonlight Oskar Torres Does Dcor Stargazing & more... THE BOY NEXT DOORRichard Quint: Philosopher, Skater, Jack of all Trades

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005 palette dec|jan 1617letter GETTING CLARITY We nally made it. Though 2016 certainly tried its best, we have seen it through even if a little banged up, bruised and apprehensive for the future. After what felt like an interminable campaign season that got downright weird at times, the November elections had one last surprise. Like most, we were caught off guard by Donald Trumps win and are now left wondering what this means going forward. While the incoming president cannot take back hard-earned rights like the repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell or the momentous decision that brought marriage equality, a number of organizations are mobilizing, From top: Choupette and Karl Lagerfeld (portrayed by photographer Carina Mask) at Wicked Manors; behind the scenes at The Dish shoot In addition to our new advisory board, we are also proud to announce that starting with the February/March 2017 issue we will be partnering with the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. CLARITY will continue intact as a member-driven publication with news and advertising by and about our nearly 600 member businesses, says Steve Adkins, president and CEO of the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The magazine will be presented in its entirety within the pages of Palette Our members will provide content for the articles that you have come to respect and enjoy. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this issue. Its fun, festive and full of helpful ideas. We had a fantastic time hitting Wicked Manors (as you can see above), and so did all the other crazy, quirky, creative people who appear in our social pages. Something else were buzzing about: Moonlight If you havent seen it already, you should. Our interview of Tarrell McCraney, the playwright whose work was the basis for the movie, offers some great insight on the lm. If youre looking for a week-long vacation somewhere new and fresh, take a short plane ride to San Juan, Puerto Rico to explore the Santurce neighborhood. Youll be glad you did. While youre out, dont forget to tweets us @palettelgbt or drop me a line at ethan@miamiherald.com. We look forward to hearing from you. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook as well. Stay Gold, Ethan Duran Creative DirectorFrom top: hristina Mendenhall; Carina Mask taking him at his word for the many divisive things he has said. Others, are taking a wait-and-see approach, stuck in a holding pattern, witholding judgment until he is in of ce. Though most of us are still stunned, this doesnt change our daily reality, and many of us have a lot to look forward to in the coming year. We are particularly excited to announce that we have a new advisory board (see page 10). A number of committed members of the community signed up to support our ongoing mission to properly re ect the local LGBTQ presence both in its place and in uence on our region. We have aimed to challenge ourselves since we started this project, and this new effort is in keeping with that spirit. @ palettelgbt @ palettelgbt PaletteLGBTFollow Us:

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006 palette dec|jan 1617contents 026 lgbtq health & aging An increasing number of lgbtq folks are hitting the crossroads between health and aging, and that affects us all. 032 richard quint The young wanderer literally reaches the end of the road and the pot of gold on the other side of his rainbow. 036 a ray of moonlight Playwright and Miami-native Tarrell McCraney discusses the movie Moonlight 040 this seasons gifts No matter who you have jotted down on your nice or naughty list, there are plenty of playful, beautiful and fanciful gifts to suit the occasion. 048 bright, gay santurce From provocative murals and delightful dishes to a sizzling nightlife that rede nes the term after hours San Juan, Puerto Ricos Santurce neighborhood is a red hot destination that is just a short ight away. on the cover: Richard Quint photographed by Andrew Printer in Key West.FEATURES Courtesy of La Concha Resort

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008 palette dec|jan 1617contents 012 in tune Celebrate the end of 2016 by looking back at the books and music that made it a great year. 014 statement pieces Put a little sparkle in your wardrobe this holiday season with metallic looks that shimmer and shine. 016 chez moi Local interior designer, Oskar Torres, curates this issues selection of products meant to help you create a relaxing ambience to take on the season. 018 get cultured Renowned artist Jose Alvarez D.O.P.A. gets back to basics with his exhibition of sketches entitled Krome. 020 the dish Three chefs + Three dishes = One ne way to impress guests at your next dinner party. 024 after hours Instead of squinting in the dim lighting of a night club, open your eyes to the brilliant splendor of a dark sky. 054 scoreboard While running has long been a form of excercise for some and a hobby for others, it has become a decidedly more social activity in recent years. 056 health check Meal delivery is a great way to stick to a regimen. Here is a review of the options. 058 serious business If you missed last years inaugural Gay8 Festival, Jos Cardona and Damian Pardo answer a few questions about what you can expect this time around. 060 the scene Were you there? Find out who was at this years Star Wars Night at Marlins Park, Fantasy Fest in Key West, Wicked Manors and Broward Houses Studio 54 Party. 064 out & about Mark your calendar! Art shows, concerts and other activities will keep us outdoors this holiday season. DEPARTMENTS From left: Pamela Littky; Christine Mendenhall; Kyle Eriksen 012 020 064

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EDITORIALEDITORIAL DIRECTOR DESIRE BLANCO SUPERVISING EDITOR SOLE SASTRE MANAGING EDITOR ROSA CALDERN SENIOR EDITORS CHRISTINE BORGES CAROLINA CARDONA DIGITAL EDITOR VANESSA MARTIN CONTRIBUTING WRITERS SHAYNE BENOWITZ RICK KARLIN WYATT MYERS GREGG SHAPIRO JUSTIN TRABERTART & DESIGNCREATIVE DIRECTOR ETHAN DURAN SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER CARLOS MARTIN GRAPHIC DESIGNERS JESSICA BECERRA-ORTIZ EDWIN CRUZ LOURDES FERNANDEZ CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS CARINA MASK CHRISTINA MENDENHALL ANDREW PRINTER CONTRIBUTING ILLUSTRATORS SEAN LATTRELL BARBARA POLLACK-LEWIS Visit us online at miamiherald.com/palette | Follow us PaletteLGBT @ palettelgbt @ palettelgbt A special publication produced by south f loridas lgbtq magazineADVERTISING SALESMIAMI HERALD VICE PRESIDENT OF ADVERTISING SAMUEL BROWN MIAMI HERALD ADVERTISING MANAGER KRISTINA SCHULZ-CORRALES MIAMI HERALD ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES DAISY ABREU MAURICIO LESMES HCP MEDIA SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF ADVERTISING EWALD FUCHS HCP MEDIA IN-FLIGHT PUBLICATION SALES DIRECTOR CRISTIANA GLASSFORD HCP MEDIA GLOBAL SALES DIRECTOR OF LUXURY ACCOUNTS LISA MAGNUS HCP MEDIA BUSINESS DEVELOPERS ANDREW BERMAN KIM KERNER TEPPER BEN VIGIL SALES OPERATIONS MANAGER JEANIE SCHOONMAKER MARKETING & COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS DIRECTOR LOURDES M. ALVAREZ EVENTS & PARTNERSHIPS DIRECTOR RIC BANCIELLANATIONAL SALESRIVENDELL MEDIA NATIONAL AD RESPRESENTATIVES 212.242.6863MIAMI HERALD PRESIDENT & PUBLISHER ALEXANDRA VILLOCHHCP MEDIA PRESIDENT & PUBLISHER MARISA BEAZELKEYNOTER PUBLISHER RICHARD TAMBORRINO Advertising, sales and distribution information: 305.376.2801 kcorrales @ miamiherald.comPRODUCTIONHCP MEDIA CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER GIOVANNA SANCHEZ HCP MEDIA PRODUCTION DIRECTOR LUISA ZELAYA-MORILLO ADVERTISING SERVICES COORDINATORS DAYAN AGUDELO YVONNE CLOUD ELIZABETH RINDONE PROJECT COORDINATOR INGRID MARTINEZPALETTE ADVISORY BOARDHOLAM ALVAREZ ANTONETTI ROBERT BOO JOE CARDONA RICHARD GRAY RODRIGO HENG-LEHTINEN ROW ILIESCU SUSAN KENT JASON KING ELAINE LANCASTER TONY LIMA ARIANNA LINT CARMINE MARTORILLI RAQUEL MATAS, ESQ. JUAN OVES JR. THOMAS RYAN SUSANNA TADDEI GISELA P. VEGA 010masthead contributors

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palette dec|jan 1617 GET CONNECTED Steve Rothaus covers LGBT issues in South Florida and is also the Miami Herald s assistant community news editor. Dont forget to check out Steve Rothaus Gay South Florida News in the Miami Herald and at miamiherald.com and follow his Twitter account, @SteveRothaus for the latest information about our community. Steve Rothaus: Carl Juste; Lawerence Ferber: Benjamin ZhangANDREW PRINTER Originally from England, Andrew is an artist, writer and photographer. Andrews arts coverage has been recognized with three Press Club awards. His video-work has been broadcast internationally, and his photography is included in several national and private collections. He currently lives in Key West. keywestphotoworks.com SHAYNE BENOWITZ Shayne is the Hotels and Travel editor for Miami.com and a frequent contributor to the Miami Herald. Shes also the Miami destination expert and a hotel critic for Londons Daily Telegraph. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune and Charlotte Observer, as well as Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida and Aventura magazines. JULIE BALTER Julie is a writer, yogi and calculated risk-taker. Her career has included everything from her 10+ years as a Screen Actors Guild Florida Branch executive to her current role for LGBTbased marketing campaigns, such as Kiss for Equality. Shes a former yoga instructor at Prana Yoga in Miami, the blog creator of Yogi After Forty and a contributing writer for Elephant Journal. yogiafterforty.com BARBARA POLLAK-LEWIS Barbara is an illustrator, painter, animator and published author who lives and works in San Francisco with her small family and their multiple pets. With over 20 years experience in the eld, she has illustrated articles and book covers, designed cards, posters, computer games and apps for the kids and teens markets and worked on advertising campaigns and products. In her free time, she enjoys painting, making soup and collecting cookbooks and other artifacts from the 1950s and 1960s. freckleshop.com GREGG SHAPIRO Entertainment journalist Gregg Shapiro is the author of Lincoln Avenue (Squares and Rebels Press, 2014), GREGG SHAPIRO: 77 (Souvenir Spoon Press, 2012), Protection (Gival Press, 2008) and the forthcoming short story collection, How to Whistle (Lethe Press, 2016). Shapiro lives in Fort Lauderdale with his husband Rick and their dog k.d. LAWRENCE FERBER Born and raised in New York, travel and arts journalist Lawrence Ferber has written for National Geographic Traveler, CondeNastTraveler.com, Islands Magazine, Fodors.com, The New York Post, Passport Magazine, Time Out New York and many other publications and websites. He co-wrote the 2010 gay romantic comedy BearCity, and his hobby photo project, I Am A Tourist IG: @iamatouristblog and facebook.com/iamatouristblog chronicles tourists across the globe.@iliketogetthatthere

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012in tune takes readers back to New York during the early days of the AIDS crisis and provides a view from deep within the trenches, while shining a light on what has become possible. Night Sky With Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016), the full-length debut collection by lauded poet Ocean Vuong deserves all the praise it has received including a Whiting Award. It is now on its second printing, a remarkable feat for a book of poetry. A portrait of loss, focused on the death of friend and writer Denise Gess and the end of his relationship with his partner the writer Mark Doty, Paul Lisicky s The Narrow Door (Graywolf, 2016) is an intimate and emotionally charged memoir. Jim Colucci s irreverent Golden Girls Forever (Harper Design, 2016), subtitled An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai pays homage to one of Miamis favorite foursomes Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia. With his book, Colucci invites readers on a guide tour of the wicker wonderland. Soon to be a movie with a screenplay by Chris Weitz Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality (William Morrow, 2016) by Pulitzer Prizewinning investigative reporter Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefell, is called the de nitive accountof the dramatic and previously unreported events leading up to Obergefell v Hodges, the milestone case regarding the legalization of same-sex marriage. Probably the only other rst lady who could have been the rst female president, duty-bound Eleanor Roosevelts relationship with feisty campaign reporter Lorena Hickock is given close scrutiny in Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady (Penguin Press, 2016) by Susan Quinn Proli c South Florida-based lesbian writer Julie Marie Wade had Heres a look at the best LGBTQ books and music of 2016. YEAR IN REVIEW by GREGG SHAPIRO Theres no denying that 2016 was an exceptional year for queer writers and musicians. The year delivered veritable feast for the eyes and ears. New voices Ocean Vuong and Garth Greenwell and established writers Jacqueline Woodson, Paul Lisicky and Julie Marie Wade thrilled readers with their storytelling. Musically, 2016 found queer favorites such as Tegan and Sara, Rufus Wainwright and Bob Mould continuing to hone their craft, while relative newcomers including Car Seat Headrest, Brandy Clark and Anohni surpassed expectations. Great Reads What Belongs To You (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2016), the debut novel by writer Garth Greenwell is a dazzling achievement. The author tells the story of an American teacher living in Bulgaria who gets involved with a young hustler. Spanning 40 years, from the early 1980s to the early 2020s, writer Tim Murphy s epic third novel Christodora (Grove Atlantic, 2016) From top: Car Seat Headrest; the best queer reads of 2016 Car Seat Headrest: Anna Webber

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palette dec|jan 1617 a banner year with the publication of two books the poetic essays collection Catechism: A Love Story (Noctuary, 2016) and the experimental six-poem collection SIX (Red Hen Press, 2016). National Book Award-winning African-American lesbian memoirist and young-adult novelist Jacqueline Woodson s adult novel Another Brooklyn (Amistad, 2016) reminds us that the story of August, her family and close friends Sylvia, Gigi and Angela, are a memory, one as unforgettable as this book. Hot Tracks Times are changing in Nashville and Brandy Clark an award-winning country singer-songwriter, is living proof. Her second album (and majorlabel debut), Big Day in a Small Town (Warner Brothers), not only rmly establishes her as the reigning queen of story songs (Broke, Daughter, Three Kids No Husband and Homecoming Queen), but as an artist who is equally comfortable with a tear-jerking ballad (You Can Come Over) as she is with a full-on dance track (Girl Next Door). Car Seat Headrest aka musician Will Toledo, comes across like the lovechild of Beck and Jonathan Richman on his exhilarating second album, Teens of Denial (Matador). Rocking out like he means business on Destroyed By Hippie Powers, Fill in the Blank, Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales, Unforgiving Girl (Shes Not An) and Connect the Dots (The Saga of Frank Sinatra), Car Seat Headrest takes listeners on a new kind of joyride. Queer twin duo Tegan and Sara s electro-powered Love You To Death (Rhino/WB) is s nostalgia by way of the 21st century, particularly on tracks like Stop Desire, the dramatic White Knuckles, break-up ballad X, the retro strut of U-Turn and the dreamy Hang On to the Night. Anohni formerly the androgynous Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons, has made her transition complete with her inspiring solo debut album Hopelessness (Secretly Canadian). The music is primarily focused on electronics and experimentation, especially on Degrees, Drone Bomb Me, Watch Me, Execution and Obama. Rufus Wainwright fans got a special treat in 2016. First, the gay messiah released Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets (Deutsche Grammophon), his musical homage to the Bards 400th anniversary, in which he seamlessly combines an opera xation with his pop passion by featuring guest vocalists Anna Prohaska, sister Martha Wainwright, Florence Welch, Carrie Fisher, William Shatner and Helena Bonham Carter. Then, his eponymous 1998 debut album and 2001s Poses were reissued as double LPs on 180-gram vinyl by Geffen/UMe. Combining the best (and most rocking) elements of his previous bands Husker Du and Sugar Bob Mould has found a groove and hes sticking with it on Patch The Sky (Merge), from gentle opener Voice In My Head to the walls of sound on The End of Things, You Say You, Daddys Favorite, Black Confetti, Pray For Rain and Losing Time. With Your Dying Wish Come True (jimandralis.bandcamp.com/ releases), Jim Andralis of gay post-punk sensations The Isotoners fame, released one of the best solo debut discs of the year. The track For a Minute or Two, alone, is enough to justify that statement. case/lang/veirs is only 1/3 queer, but thats enough to earn this hipster trios self-titled debut (Anti-) a spot on this list. The repower of singer-songwriters Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs has resulted in one of the most satisfying collaborations in recent memory. Stellar tunes include the splendid album opener Atomic Numbers, the girl-group pop of Delirium, the glorious harmonies of I Want to Be Here, the enchanting Best Kept Secret, the propulsive Down I-5, and the delicious Honey and Smoke. From top: 2016s musical highlights; Anohni Anohni: Alice OMalley

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014statement pieces Shimmer, shine and sparkle your way through the season. You undoubtedly have a number of events and gatherings coming up, so pick up a few pieces that will make you the brightest person in the room without being gaudy. Metallics are always a big hit in the winter, and though in South Florida we dont of cially see a drop in the mercury, we can certainly invoke our own kind of cool with a healthy dose of silver, gold and bronze. A handbag here, a T-shirt there, a shoe with the right kind of pop, whether youre dressing for the after-work of ce party, your kids school holiday show or a friendly get-together, you will be able to pull off that effortlessly put-together look with just a dash of precious metal. ALL THAT GLITTERS 1. The Gene Handmade Wood Bowtie: Graf tti Key West; 721 Duval St.; 305.295.0003; graf ttikw.com 2. Ilka Ursula bag in Black with Stars: Boho Hunter; 184 NW 27th St., Miami; 786.558.4486; bohohunter.com 3. Miansai Anchor on Chain Bracelet in Sterling Silver: The Webster; 1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305.674.7899; thewebster.us 4. Gentleman Octopus Flask: Golden Bar; 3092 Fuller St., Coconut Grove; 305.444.4474; golden.bar 5. Jean Paul Gaultier Vintage Burgundy Metallic Silk Blazer: C. Madeleines; 13702 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach; 305.945.7770; cmadeleines.com 6. Lauren Moshi Emmalyn shortwhere to buy 23 1 4 5 F d r nb tn-t-dtf rt f Gnf if, hnmadf ob nb llf Gr K W!

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palette dec|jan 1617 DARE TO LOVE YOURSELF AS IF YOU WERE A RAINBOW WITH GOLD AT BOTH ENDS. Aberjhani sleeve V-neck t-shirt: MVM Miami; 2119 NW 2nd Ave.; 305.573.4885; mvmmiami.com 7. Emmanuelle Kahnh EK1000 Sunglasses: D-Koncept; 2085 NW 2nd Ave.; 786.534.8480; d-koncept.com 8. Bond No. 9 New York, Beaches: Babal Miami; 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; 305.538.0777; ilovebabalu.com 9. Taj Jacket in Copper: Style Ma a Wynwood; 2324 NW 5th Ave.; 786.801.0319; stylema a.us 10. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Metallic High Top: Nordstrom, Dadeland Mall, 7239 N Kendall Dr., Miami; 786.709.4100; nordstrom.com f C"uc#s hvf t"f Mid$s tuc% 6 9 7 8 10

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016 palette dec|jan 1617chez moi Start with the basics. Mute your cell phone and put on a comfy robe. Light a scented candle and pour yourself a delicious cocktail. Get your favorite playlist going and relax on your couch with a nice plush pillow. No one said gift giving had to be a stressful experience! Treat yourself with kindness if you want to do the holidays the right way this season. We are here to help with the details, so enjoy these relaxing tips. Not only are they super easy to follow, but theyll get you right in the spirit of making your list and even checking it twice. Cheers SEASON OF GIVING Interior designer Oskar Torres is on a quest to help you decompress this holiday season.by OSKAR L. TORRES where to buy Hvng &t'leb ()s *r IKEA, Bl+nglfs nb t"f S. Reg/s N Yr0, O1kr T2 h$s 3 4de$s h t &t'lf 5tr h67iday g8 -gvng +9incf. 2 1. Wool Plaid Throw Lambswool: CB2, Lincoln Road Mall; 1661 Jefferson Ave., Miami Beach; 305.672.5155; cb2.com 2. Barbra Streisand Encore: Barnes & Noble; 152 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305.446.4152; bn.com 3. Bose Soundlink Red Speaker: Target, The Shops at Midtown Miami; 3401 N Miami Ave., #100; 786.437.0164; target.com 4. Somabar Robatic Bartender:somabarkickstarter.com 5. iPad Pro: Apple, The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale; 2388 E Sunrise Blvd.; 954.331.4501; apple.com 6. Red wool appliqu antique textile pillow: Antique Textiles Galleries; 1314 E Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.451.9480; antiquetextilesgalleries.com5 1 3 6 4

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018get culturedThey say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the stories behind these images tell so much more. by JULIE BALTER rfrrrntbtImade the long drive from New Jersey to Miami with college mortarboard tassels dancing from the rearview mirror, eagerly awaiting my adulthood. When I-95 ended, I pulled into a left turn lane and heard a hard slam on a car horn, demanding me to move on. It startled me, but as far as my welcome to Miami went, thats as bad as it got. Jose Alvarez moved to Fort Lauderdale from his native Venezuela by way of a student visa. As a gay man in Caracas, hed been harassed by the police. They pointed a gun at his head and said they would arrest him. Living in fear for his safety, Alvarez ed to South Florida, where he attended art school in Fort Lauderdale, met his partner and became a successful artist. A few years later, he was arrested anyway. See, he was not really Jose Alvarez. He was (and is) David Orangel Pea Arteaga, an immigrant with an expired visa who took on a false identity, so he was imprisoned for two months at Krome Detention Center. Correction: He was detained. According to U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Kromes captives are not prisoners. They are administrative detainees. Nonetheless, their circumstances resemble those of high-security penitentiaries. They are held against their will under 24-hour surveillance, searched frequently and are denied the guarantee of legal counsel. And as far as their welcome to South Florida went, thats really as bad as it got. But while Jose Alvarez was detained, he stumbled upon a story. He was asked by fellow inmate to sketch his portrait, and then he has asked by another and another and another. He learned about men who risked their lives to reach the U.S. Many were smuggled by coyotes cartels that charge high prices for border passage and leverage unspeakable violence for debts. Others were sons who searched in elds for de ated soccer balls to turn into shoes; men who stepped over dead bodies in the desert; husbands who left behind pregnant wives, harassed by political extortionists; fathers who labored to send money back to their families. Today, 30 of Alvarezs portraits are on exhibit at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. At rst glance, the ballpoint pen drawings look like police composite sketches. But theres more to them. Alvarez, who now goes by Jose Alvarez D.O.P.A., has shaded souls into his work. These men, who are missing the identity of a country along with their basic rights, carry their stories in the slacks of their eyes and the shadows of their jawlines. Stare into their faces and you will see bottomless poverty, gang violence, guerrilla warfare, systemic suffering. These portraits, in their museum frames, quietly present narratives that acknowledge sacri ce. Yet however honored they are on museum walls, they are nonetheless encased in glass. Some have disappeared, deported before Alvarez could nish the portrait. He calls these men the ghosts. Meeting each man eye to eye, as you catch your re ection in the glass its not dif cult to imagine how you could be him if you were brave enough or scared enough to risk everything to run some place new. Before leaving the museum, you can also make a pit stop at the lobby, where one of Alvarezs larger-than-life paintings takes up 30 feet of space. Splashy psychedelic colors and playful images of plants and owers frolic frivolously on the mural. Take a sel e and a moment to appreciate the contrast. Sometimes it takes a day at the museum to realize that things are never black and white; there is more than one side to every story. And that is as good as it gets. ttb rfrtrtr palette dec|jan 1617

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020the dish Whether for a holiday party, family reunion or friendly gathering, its always good to know how to whip a show-stopping dish. JUICY MORSELS OF ADVICE by SHAYNE BENOWITZ We tapped three top South Florida chefs to help us create a three-course menu thats sure to impress if youre entertaining at home. Best of all, you wont nd these dishes on the menus at their restaurants, so youll truly be creating a one-of-a-kind meal. For Starters Seared sea scallops with short rib marmalade and cherry juice habanero foam by Chef Sean Brasel of Meat Market As chef and owner of Meat Market an upscale, contemporary steakhouse with locations in South Beach, Palm Beach and San Juan, Puerto Rico Sean Brasel Christina Mendenhall (2)circles and crown with the short rib marmalade. The advanced home cook with a siphon gun handy can give Brasels cherry habanero foam a whirl. Otherwise, garnish the plate with endive and orange segments. The tostini is perfect for absorbing the liquid jus of the scallop, says Brasel. The citrus and bitter greens cut through the rich fat and sweet and sour avors of the scallop and marmalade to cleanse the palate. Main Feature Veal meatballs with pancetta, shallots, northern white beans and escarole by Chef Toby Joseph of Wild Sea at the Riverside Hotel Chef Toby Joseph grew up in Boston in a large Italian family that was always cooking hearty bean soups and meatball soups. Never a fan of red sauce, Joseph created this veal meatball dish as an alternative, with broth and olive oil. Theres no tradition to the dish, so you can really make it with anything, Joseph explains. Prepared in a Dutch oven, it can be made four to ve days in advance, and reheated by simmering on the stovetop. You cant overcook the dish, he says. The meatballs are made with ground veal, pancetta and panko breadcrumbs, and then sauted in a pan until theyre seared on the outside. Joseph prefers shaping them into an oblong, quenelle shape. Its a conversation piece, he says. Top, from left: Chef Toby Joseph, Chef Eileen Andrade and Chef Sean Brasel. Bottom: Chef Toby Josephs veal meatballs. enjoys playing with surf and turf combinations. I love the idea of a mixed grill, he says. Brasel applies this concept to a one-bite appetizer thats full of avor. Using a super hot cast iron skillet, he sears scallops in butter and duck fat. Getting a hard sear is key. It really brings out the delicate, sweet avor of the sh, he says. This is an excellent dish for entertaining at home since, aside from the scallops, it can be prepared ahead of time. The short rib marmalade made with cranberry juice, cherries, red wine vinegar and veal stock can be stored in the refrigerator weeks in advance. When it comes to plating, place the seared scallops atop toasted baguette slices cut into small

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palette dec|jan 1617 The broth is prepared on the stovetop with pancetta, escarole and great northern white beans before the meatballs are added and the Dutch oven is placed in the oven at 300 degrees to slow cook over two hours. I love the earthy avors, says Joseph. You can really smell the aroma in the kitchen. The dish leaves plenty of room for improvisation. He explains that its already light, but you can substitute the veal for ground turkey or chicken for a lower calorie alternative. It can be served with the broth on its own or poured over spaghetti or penne. Joseph prefers topping it with a dollop of fresh ricotta and a generous dusting of parmesan cheese. Sweet Endings Cinnamon sugar buuelos with sazerac syrup and whipped lemon cream by Chef Eileen Andrade of Finka Table & Tap For Chef Eileen Andrade, owner of Finka Table & Tap, buuelos are a nostalgic holiday dessert that brings back childhood memories. I grew up making them with Carina Mask (3) my grandma, she says. Its an interactive family recipe. The traditional Latin American dessert common in many Cuban households gets an updated, playful twist with Andrades recipe. Made of yucca and Spanish boniato (sweet potato) and deep fried in canola oil, Andrade prepares hers with anise and dusts them with cinnamon and sugar. Instead of the gure-eight shape used in the traditional Cuban preparation, Andrade tests her creativity bending hers into pretzels. What party is complete without a cocktail? When it comes to hosting, Jason Cotter, director of food and beverage at Fort Lauderdales Riverside Hotel, prefers a festive punch spiked with vodka. You can recreate his Merry Ginger Punch at home using two parts vodka (he prefers Titos), two parts ginger beer, one part Cointreau and one part simple syrup. Garnish your punch bowl with freshly sliced orange and grapefruit wheels, and youre ready to party.Dont Forget the Punch Thats the fun part, she says, explaining that you can make them any shape you like. While typically prepared with a sugar syrup, Andrade adds a boozy touch, playing up the anise avor with a sazerac syrup made of Redemption Rye and Pernod Absinthe. The addition of homemade whipped lemon cream merengue adds a bright, fresh note that balances the dish. Since buuelos can be served hot or cold, theyre perfect for preparing ahead of time when entertaining at home. Clockwise from top: Chef Eileen Andrades cinnamon sugar buuelos; Jason Cottors Merry Ginger Punch; Chef Sean Brasels seared sea scallops

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What a beautiful, sparkling, fun event in support and celebration of the inspiring and successful work of Equality Florida. Under the glow of a full harvest moon, B Ocean Resort unveiled sleek, elegant remodeling and a glamorous new beachfront ballroom. 500 attendees enjoyed delicious cocktails, sumptuous culinary delights, and dancing. e highlight of the night was the annual presentation of the Voice For Equality Award to superstar Martina Navratilova, the rst major professional athlete to come out at the height of her career. Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smiths annual state of the state address provided inspiration and the conviction that the path forward to full equality is within our grasp with continued and intensied strategic eorts.Mark your calendars! Equality Florida will celebrate i ts 20th Anniversary in 2017 in Miami at Nobu at Eden Roc on March 12th and in Fort Lauderdale at the Broward Gala on November 12th. Equality Florida would like to thank the dozens of volunteers, including Board, Steering and Host Committee members, and the hundreds of sponsors of the Broward Gala that make so much of the work and the tremendous progress towards equality possible. MARTINA NAVRATILOVAOUR 2016 VOICE FOR EQUALITY HONOREEAs one of the rst major athletes to come out publicly in 1981, Martina rocked our world and paved the way for countless others to live their lives fully-with dignity and authenticity. A south Florida shero, Martina is a committed advocate for LGBT rights, and constantly uses her celebrity as a megaphone, promoting the ideals of equality and fairness for all! Martina shows us, better than anyone that, except in tennis, LOVE WINS!

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024 palette dec|jan 1617after hours Sean Lattrell There were only two questions as the world barreled toward the new millennium: Would Y2K induce a technoapocalypse? and: What are you doing for New Years Eve? My then-husband and I launched a perfect plan. Whether the world was to explode in blissful celebration or total annihilation, wed bypass Miamis bright lights and big parties and get ourselves back to the garden: Everglades National Park. It would be just us, the gators and allegedly NJ Governor Christine Todd Whitman, who was rumored to be camping there, too. That night something unexpected appeared before me: a million, trillion stars, brighter than all the strobe lights on South Beach, more plentiful than the glitter dust of every drag queen. As the clock struck midnight, nothing really changed, and yet everything had shifted. The world didnt end; my marriage eventually did. But that New Years Eve what I gained was an irrevocable understanding of something much greater than our human presence here. I also discovered what many astronomers have always known. When it comes to stargazing, South Florida is one of natures favorite nightclubs. Here is a shortlist of some of our most stellar hotspots, and they are just outside our main cities! Constellations in The Keys Every February, one of the biggest star parties in the world converges on Big Pine Key ,roughly 30 miles north of Key West. About 650 international amateur astronomers gather to witness a 360-degree view of the heavens under consistently clear skies. The headliner is the Southern Cross Constellation, after which the Southern Cross Astronomical Society (SCAS) is named. Big Pine Key is one of the few places in the United States from where you can see this heavenly sight. The little island is consistently ranked as one of the best star-viewing spots in the country. The SCAS -sponsored weeklong event also includes workshops, speakers, and contests. Best of all, proceeds are directed to humanitarian causes. A Little Dipper from Miami You can admire the beautiful people on South Beach, or you could orbit south of the city to observe some of the hottest celestial bodies at one of the largest, free weekly events in South Florida. Every Saturday night, SCAS breaks out its best equipment at Bill Sadowski Park and Nature Center in Palmetto Bay. Glimpse the heavens through the largest public telescope in Miami-Dade; afterward, spread out a blanket in the park, snuggle in for a close encounter and converge with a tight-knit community of curious neighbors and amateur astronomers. Broward Big Dark-Sky Extravaganza To experience the stars just as I did during my nighttime stint in Everglades National Park youll want to visit an identi ed darksky viewing location. In Florida, there are only eight, and one of the best is located on the border between Broward County and the glades. Forewarning: Youre about to embark on a star-trekking expedition like few others. The Fox Astronomical Observatory is located inside Browards Markham Park which itself is located on a dirt road off Alligator Alley. For the rest of the winding road map, visit sfaaa.org Dont worry, you wont need a secret handshake for admittance, and Im pretty sure neither the aliens nor alligators will bother to abduct you. However, you should come equipped with your sense of once-ina-lifetime adventure. Because when you think about it, we really dont know when the world will end. In the immortal words of Prince quite possibly the brightest star of all my best advice is this: Party like its 1999, in whatever way the heavens move you. Turn the lights down low. Really low. And sit back for a night show youll never forget. SUPERSTARS by JULIE BALTER

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LIVE LONG AND PROSPEREVERYONE IS GETTING OLDER, BUT SOME OF US HAVE A HARDER TIME OF IT.BY CARINA MASK ILLUSTRATION BY BARBARA POLLAK-LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRISTINA MENDENHALL

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ASa group, the LGBTQ community has overcome a tumultuous history marked by stigma and discrimination. Its been a little over 40 years since the American Psychiatric Association (APA) took homosexuality off its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSMMD), and the social environment has changed dramatically since that decision. Its dif cult for many in younger generations to fathom, but not too long ago it was common practice to institutionalize, force conversion therapy upon and even chemically and/or electrically sterilize people for homosexual behavior. Further back, Nazi Germany systematically tried to exterminate gays and lesbians, along with Jews; Cubas Public Ostentation laws supported draconian measures to deal with homosexuals in the community; and even in places where the laws dont speci cally sanction the mistreatment of LGBTQ people, just the suspicion of THIS PAGE: CHRISTOPHER MATTHEWS, SENIOR SERVICES SPECIALIST AT THE PRIDE CENTER; INSET: SEMINAR AT THE PRIDE CENTER. OPPOSITE PAGE: JIM LOPRESTI, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AT SUNSERVE 028

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being gay, lesbian or transgender could lead to dangerous, possibly deadly consequences. Against this backdrop, it is completely understandable that many LGBTQ seniors are not comfortable letting their health care providers know about what theyve come to consider their personal information. However, sexual orientation and gender identity are important to disclose to physicians and health care professionals, sometimes even life saving. It is crucial that doctors are also trained to provide culturally sensitive and appropriate services. GROWING IN NUMBERS Jim Lopresti, senior clinical supervisor and the director of education at SunServe says its imperative for patients to become visible if they want health care organizations to provide quality care. He is also aware that unfortunately in the LGBTQ community, the exact opposite happens. It takes a certain vulnerability, a letting down your guard to become visible. We need to become vulnerable and visible, he says. On our end, we have the responsibility to the LGBT community to tell them to be visible. If were going to get quality care, it is because we need it. There are more than 39 million people in the United States that are 65 years or older, approximately 1.5 million of these people identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. As the baby boomer generation gets older and more people retire, it is estimated that this number will more than double by 2030. As of now, we can only make estimates about what part of that population identies as LGBTQ; there simply are no federal health surveys that include questions regarding sexual orientation or gender identity. This growing population needs accessibility to competent and understanding health care providers, especially considering that when compared to its heterosexual counterpart, the LGBTQ community has lower rates of health insurance coverage; higher risk of cancer due to delayed testing, among a number of other factors; higher risk for depression and suicide; greater risk of drug and alcohol abuse and dependence; a higher percentage of mental health disorders; and a generally greater tendency toward engaging in high-risk behaviors. LIVING BEYOND HIV Christopher Matthews, the senior services specialist at The Pride Center in Wilton Manors, recently held an event called Maturing with HIV, during which a panel of doctors and social workers discussed the specic medical concerns and psychosocial issues with which people living with HIV are most commonly confronted. Premature aging happens even if you keep [HIV] in check, says Dr. Marah Lee of Lifeway Medical. Diabetes, hypertension, neuropathy, kidney disease, dementia, heart WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO THE LGBT COMMUNITY TO TELL THEM TO BE VISIBLE IF WERE GOING TO GET QUALITY CARE, IT IS BECAUSE WE NEED IT. Jim Lopresti, Senior Clinical Supervisor & Director of Education at SunServe palette dec|jan 1617

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disease, different cancers and osteoporosis can all happen 10 to 20 years before their HIV-negative counterparts. Once considered a death sentence, HIV has become a manageable disease, thanks in large part to medical advances made in the early 1990s. Highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) helped those who are HIV positive add another 30 to 50 years to their life expectancy. That success is a testament to the dedication of countless medical professionals, but it also brought about a new set of obstacles. While its true that this group of people is now living longer, until very recently there was no such thing as a long-term study on the HIV positive population. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have both publicly stated that the increasing number of Americans who are HIV positive and aging is a public health concern. HIV infection causes a chronic in ammation throughout your entire body. This is what causes premature aging, disease and a weakened immune system, says Dr. Lee. Researchers at NIA have estimated that approximately 50 percent of those who are HIV positive have HIVAssociated Neurocognitive Disorder. Whether that involves the loss of ne motor skills, language, information processing, memory or attention de cit, the result is the same: diminished quality of life and increased risk of depression, which causes its own set of problems. A study at the University of Pittsburgh utilizes comprehensive brain imaging techniques, such as MRI, to compare the brain activity of HIV-positive men who are on HAART treatment with that of HIV-negative men. Degeneration of small blood vessels in the brain might be one of the causes for the cognitive impairment. The tests ARIANNA LINT, FOUNDER AND CEO OF ARIANNA CENTER 030

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seem to point to structural changes that may take place in the brain within the rst few months of infection. Access to this kind of information and specialized care are especially important in Florida, which according to Care Resource has the third highest rate of new HIV infections in the United States. AN AGE TRANSITION The 2011 national study titled Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, carried out by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, surveyed 6,400 participants to examine the social effects that are specic to the transgender population. The persons who are the most [at] risk are the T, says Lopresti. Most trans men have not had hysterectomies or phalloplasty. That person still needs pap smears. They are at risk for several types of cancer, including cervical cancer. But this trans man isnt about ready to let that be known. Arianna Lint, founder and CEO of the Arianna Center is all too aware of the difculties of being an aging transgender person and echoes those concerns. We face different barriers with health. Everyone in the transgender community is very unique, she says. I am talking not just about my community, but myself. If the medical industry is just now coming to terms with an increased need some might say demand for more personalized service, nowhere is this more necessary than with the transgender community. The complex medical histories of transgender individuals are compounded by very narrow social readings of gender-related health concerns. Personally, I am 43. My ID shows that I am female; [but] my insurance doesnt cover prostate exams, nor does it cover any male medications, says Lint. Not many agencies or doctors understand or know how to deal with a 40-something Peruvian or Latina transgender woman walking into their ofce to get a prostate exam. ADDITIONAL FACTORS The LGBT community started to come together more and more for gay rights, then Stonewall and then AIDS happened, says Matthews. A large swath of men and women died. A whole part of our community is gone. An often-neglected aspect of care for the aging relates to social and emotional care. For the aging LGBTQ community who came of age before widespread social acceptance and marriage equality the social network is fragmented, especially since this particular generation lost many friends and partners to the AIDS crisis. How do we take care of each other? asks Matthews. How do we bring together the older and maturing LGBT community in talking with the Gen-X and Gen-Y. We all have needs. How do we connect? Intergenerational programs aimed at increasing understanding and improving quality of life already exist. In Deventer, Holland, the Humanitas nursing home offers students the opportunity to live rent-free in a small apartment within the home in exchange for at least 30 hours a month of being good neighbors.As part of a effort to encourage social interaction and stave off isolation and loneliness, students are invited to participate in different activities such as celebrating birthdays, watching sporting events and just being there to strike up conversation. Many have found that they too are beneting from the interaction. How do we really begin to respect and honor the generations before us? asks Matthews. We dont have extended families as much. We connect via phones and texting, but we need to be present Community centers, like the Pride Center at Equality Park, Pridelines and the Jewish Center for Senior Living offer opportunities for all members of the community to become engaged by acknowledging and embracing the various stages of life. Aging is an inevitability and we can learn how to age gracefully from our predecessors. WE FACE DIFFERENT BARRIERS WITH HEALTH. EVERYONE IN THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY IS VERY UNIQUE. I AM TALKING NOT JUST ABOUT MY COMMUNITY, BUT MYSELF. PERSONALLY, I AM 43. MY ID SHOWS THAT I AM FEMALE; MY INSURANCE DOESNT COVER PROSTATE EXAMS, NOR DOES IT COVER ANY MALE MEDICATIONS. Arianna Lint, CEO/Founder of Arianna Center and Translatin@ Coalition Florida Chapterpalette dec|jan 1617

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richard quinttext/photos by andrew printer an immense joy

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Key West. Its the southernmost city in the continental United States. Its closer to Cuba than it is to the nearest Wal-Mart and Its the end of the road for all sorts of eccentric characters and inveterate wanderers. It isnt too much of a stretch to say that Richard Quint is one of them. Quint, 31, has lived here for around seven years. Like many in the service industry he works several jobs. He helps manage a popular caf, choreographs music and lighting twice a week at the 801 Cabaret and, most conspicuously, is the effervescent host of the naked pool parties at Island House Gay Mens Resort. Quint is just one of thousands of locals who cater to the vacationing public, part of the wallpaper of waitresses and bartenders and hotel clerks toiling away against a backdrop of turquoise water and poinciana trees. Every one of them surely has an interesting story, but Quint distinguishes himself from the crowd. Where others worry and moan about the humidity or the traf c he seems to always be happy. He is of mixed race, so his warm brown complexion often sets him apart from the pink and orange034 tan torsos lounging by the pool. He skateboards everywhere, weaving left and right, often while scrutinizing a dogeared book. Look closely and the text is likely to be something surprising for a sunny place like Key West: Friedrich Nietzsches Thus Spoke Zarathustra the Book of Job Martin Heideggers works on language or the lectures of Gilles Deleuze. Key West is chock full of characters like this: retired people, immigrants, millionaires, gay men, literary women. Theres something about this small dot of land at Mile Marker 0 that suits some people perfectly. Quint clearly ts. I was born in Manhattan but grew up on a horse farm in northwest Indiana, he reveals. He speaks in a noticeably formal manner. I tell him that his delivery reminds me of William Buckley. Thankfully Quint isnt appalled. I speak this way because I read out loud, he explains. Words are extremely important to me, so I say them. Over time Ive come to speak in a certain way all the time, I suppose. I learn that Quints AfricanAmerican mother died in a car crash when he was four. Thats when he and his two siblings went to live with his fathers family in Indiana, where his paternal grandmother raised them. My grandmother is the cornerstone of my life, he says. Everything I am today is because of her. He unpacks this a little, tells me that she comfortably described their surroundings as redneck. She understood they were dark-skinned children living in a racist society, and she was clearly going to guide them through it. Quint recounts a pivotal moment in her childhood. At age 12, his grandmother who had been happily living alongside suburban Chicagos African-American community questioned an elder of the church as to why all the gures in Christianity were white. The elder replied that the blacks were in the cages on Noahs Ark with the rest of the beasts. Upon hearing this she abandoned her religion. Quint went on to take a similar stance against Christianity, too a position he says has softened over the years. Ultimately, and essentially, Quint concludes, my grandmother taught me one thing that has been of supreme importance: The act of questioning is a kind of power. Quint, who is thoroughly in his element asking questions and probing assumptions, could discuss the subject for hours and would, if it werent for a boss who gently reminds him that he has a tray of Jello shots to serve. He promptly leaps out of the pool and strides to the bar, t, handsome, leaner by the month (no meat and now no

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dairy) and absolutely comfortable moving through the world without clothing. Quints grandmother is also responsible for introducing him to Key West. She would drive us down from Lake Hill Downs our horse farm in northwest Indiana to another family farm in Ocala, Florida, he explains. She has an adventurous spirit and was usually compelled to take the road all the way to the end. His rst visit was when he was just 7 or 8, he says, but it wasnt until New Years Eve when he was 13 that the town made an impression on him. The towns gay energy struck me, he says. We were on Duval, and I saw and understood my attraction to mens bodies. The experience remained tucked away in a memory bank until Quint was in his 20s. In between, he went to the University of Indianapolis, graduating cum laude with a degree in philosophy. After graduating he wanted to travel. First he went to Hawaii and then spent time vagabonding his word, not mine through the West, jumping trains, invoking Jack Karouacs quintessential road trip. His road brought him to Key West in 2010. I enjoy the intimacy [in Key West], he says. I like the close-knit sense of family, the community. I love it. But I dont think I will be here forever. Quints grandmother is 79, and her devoted grandson is condent he will return to his family soon. The long delayed decision to attend graduate school looms closer, too. We agree that students of philosophy dont really need a diploma, but Quint wants to teach inner city children, the incarcerated and homeless. For that he needs school. Despite the slippery boundaries ever-present in a party town, Quint maintains a remarkably disciplined work ethic. He insists on writing, mostly poetic verse but also essays, for several hours each day. I must make time for everything, he explains. Human interaction is vital, but I cant devote myself entirely to social activities. Ive grown to know Quint over the past three years, watching him at work and sharing numerous long conversations. He treats everyone with the same bright, openness. I rarely see him angry or down. We are in a bar for a nal meeting, a gaudy place with a burlesque vibe. Peppered across the room are a handful of afternoon drinkers. Outside, the street is hot and bright. I ask Quint about his seemingly constant, undisturbed happiness. His face becomes neutral. Ive come to live in a place of immense joy, he says. Whats surprising is that he doesnt struggle to nd the answer. Its right there. He adds, All my other feelings and emotions are simply nudging the supremacy of joy into place. There are 25,000 stories in Key West. This is just one of them. mygrandmother taught me one thing that has been of supreme importance: the act of questioning is a kind of power.palette dec|jan 1617

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Its no exaggeration to say you havent seen anything like Moonlight (A24). Written and directed by Miaminative Barry Jenkins, Moonlight is based on a short play by Miami-native TARELL MCCRANEY Presented in three separate chapters, it tells the heartrending story of Chiron as a child, teen and adult growing up in Miamis Liberty City neighborhood. Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders and Trevante Rhodes portray the three ages of Chiron exceptionally well, and the supporting cast which includes Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monae, Naomie Harris and Andr Holland are equally outstanding. That sound you hear? Thats welldeserved Oscar buzz. I spoke with Tarell McCraney about the movie. Congratulations! What does the favorable response the movie has received mean to you? Thank you, rst of all. I dont think any of us expected the response were getting...a lot of this has been a passion project. I wrote the original script as something that was more of a personal exploration. I think [director] Barry [Jenkins] got involved because he could personally see himself there and wanted to tell a story about Liberty City. We kind of didnt think past just doing that. What was the process of adapting your short play, In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue into the movie like? The original piece that was sent to Barry was a script that I had been playing with since about 2003. The version he got was one that I was trying to gure out whether I could turn into a limited series or something. We were both working with a group called The Borscht Film Festival here in Miami. Theyre based in Wynwood mostly underground and indie lms and shorts. I sent them Moonlight because I graduated from New World School of the Arts with a few of the people. It was a little longer than they could use; so they put it away. Then they were working with Barry on a short called Chlorophyll ...They didnt introduce us, per se, but they did put the Moonlight script in Barrys hands. What was it like working with Barry? I think one of the things that was important to Barry right away was to preserve the voice of the piece. I think the piece is so specically about queer identity. He respected that and wanted to keep that there. In that sense, there was never any conversation about diminishing or amplifying it in any stereotypical way. We just wanted it to exist. Also, its a funny story, because I think most people want to characterize it as a story about a man living on the Please say something about the beautifully intimate scene on the beach between Chiron and Kevin. Again, its one of the scenes where Barry really preserved the nature of it from the original and left it there, allowing the actors to take it to where it really needed to go. What I love about this process is that everyone came to the table wanting to be as true and authentic to the moment as possible. I think it paid off in that way... Remember, we have to hold that in our heart for another decade. That is a dening moment of his [Chirons] life, and it is extraordinarily beautiful.palette dec|jan 1617 I THINK THE PIECE IS SO SPECIFICALLY ABOUT QUEER IDENTITY. HE RESPECTED THAT AND WANTED TO KEEP THAT THERE.down-low, which is actually not what the piece is about. Its about a guy who only wants to be with one person. Its kind of a true love story...Hes [Chiron] never with anyone else, and I think its different when you say that someone is living a lie and you say they are going and doing other things. But he wasnt. Thats the powerful thing. Most of Moonlight is set in Miami. Why was that important? I think the signicance of the setting is that its a Miami that we rarely get to see. What we usually see is the powdered beaches and jiggly things in bikinis both male and female. I think one of the important things about it is that we show that there is immense beauty to the city, as well as immense poverty and other urban issues that major cities have. In that way, I think Miami can connect with other cities in a way that it normally doesnt. Moonlight features breathtaking performances. What was it like working with the cast? I cant say enough about this cast. I love them like family. And I know they get tired of me. I send them random texts, and I hit them up on Instagram, Guys! Thanks so much! Alex Hibbert and Jaden Piner, who are from Miami and in school right now, theyre not with us because theyre in class. Theyre extraordinary and I love them so much because they remind me so much of me growing up in this neighborhood, in this community. Mahershala is so generous with his time and gave himself to this role. Naomie, who didnt have a lot of time on-set, but she worked so hard to get it done. Andr is one of my closest friends, so its a little disingenuous to say I love Andr. I mean, I do love Andr, and I think hes one of the best actors of our generation, but dont tell him I said that.

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Like, way too early. Its a hot Thursday evening in San Juan, approaching midnight, and popular LGBTQnightclub Circo is barely getting started. A millennial lesbian in clingy, velvety bellbottoms belts out a karaoke version of Celine Dions Because You Loved Me on a small stage while a handful of friends look on, supportively, nursing cocktails. Hoping for a glimpse of San Juans outrageously talented drag queens in action two standouts, Rochelle Mon Cheri and Queen Bee Ho, appeared in the excellent 2014 documentary, Mala Mala I saunter across the street to Scandalo. A slick space where RuPauls Drag Race contestants April Carrin, Kandy Ho, and Nina Flowers have ruled, I nd myself the sole patron. Come back around two or three, a local advises. Wow. Boricuas party and perform late! Alas, I have morning commitments, so a more extensive San Juan club crawl will need to wait for the of cial weekend. Most of these LGBTQ bars are within San Juans Santurce neighborhood, a vibrant, edgy, walkable district thats home to a creative, entrepreneurial hipster population. Their boutiques, restaurants and bars, along with street art that rivals and sometimes bests what you nd in Wynwood, make for a dynamic setting. The Puerto Rico Queer Filmfest takes place right here in November; openly gay Puerto Rican pop star, Fofe Abreau, calls Santurce home; and Fall 2016 saw the opening of ber-hipster food park Lote 23, with vendors including El Baoricua transgender chef Paxx Molls inventive, Asian-Rican fusion bao spot. Im staying about a 15-minute walk from Circo in Santurces beachfront subdistrict, Condado. This tourist-friendly enclave of boutique hotels, sprawling resorts, hip restaurants and upscale shops is where San Juan Gay Pride 2017 Puerto Ricos 27th annual LGBTTIQ Pride march will kick off. While gay tourists and locals congregate and sun all year on Condado Beach, the districts Lawrence Ferber Ive hit the bars too early. 050

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Parque del Indo will set the scene for the annual festival. Im happy to discover that gay bar Oasis is just around the corner from my hotel, the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. The adjoining ice cream shop, Gelato & Co., is a bonus treat. The Morning After The next morning, from my balcony, I take in an astonishing view of ocean-blue sky and, well, ocean. The white sand beach and crystalline waters are already peppered with swimmers and sunbathers. I make my way toward Calle Loza, a strip thats incredibly popular with local foodies. Old San Juan may be a charming sightseeing destination, but the chefs and staff who From top: REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo; Lawrence Ferber; Miguel Gandia work restaurants there beeline for Santurce when they want to be fed right. One of Calle Lozas anchors, Chef Mario Ormazas Caf Tresb is a converted, yellow shipping container thats been decked out with outdoor patio seating. It specializes in deliciously made, locally sourced seafood staples like ceviche, squid empanadillas and the especially popular sh tacos. Spoon Food Tours, founded by Brooklyn expat Paulina Salach, offers a Santurce and Miramar route that includes stops on Calle Loza. Opened in summer 2016, the sister venue next door, Caf con C, is a small craft coffee and design item shop thats hard to miss, thanks to its mural of a levitating woman. The coffee is lovely, with beans and bottled Campen cold brew sourced from the excellent local roasters at Hacienda San Pedro, which has its own cafe that is also worth a visit. Located a few doors over from that eatery, designer Anthony Quintanas shop houses his sexy line of mens hybrid swimwear-underwear which boasts UVA protection to boot and the Museo de Arte De Puerto Rico, home a comprehensive survey of the commonwealths artists and output. If you have a sweet tooth, Double Cake, a block down, makes some of the citys best artisanal pastries, from Puerto Rican palette dec|jan 1617

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specialty quesitos (cheese twists) and traditional cupcakes to their original fusion creation: the iced, donut-like ponas These are only available on Wednesdays, and avors change weekly.Meet The MuseBesides the aforementioned Museo de Arte De Puerto Rico, theres a wealth of multimedia contemporary work and provocative exhibitions, including queerthemed. MAC aka Museo de Arte Contemporneo de Puerto Rico is a former school that hosts several oors worth of exhibition space. Some of the work is disturbing. A whole room is devoted to dangling hangman nooses; theres an oversized portrait of a legless baby with cut-outs where the arms go, a macabre tourist attraction. Taking pictures is forbidden, and staff members will stalk you with irksome intensity to ensure you dont violate the policy. Fortunately, theres no such restriction on Santurces plentiful, eyepopping street art, which is especially plentiful along Calle Cerra, between Avenida Juan Ponce de Leon and Calle Las Palmas. During Octobers annual Santurce International Urban Arts Festival entire buildings and lots are transformed into stunning installations, many of which remain long after the festivities end. Several restaurants and bars like the steampunk-ish, hipster watering hole, Psycho Deli and small but excellent weekend crafts market, Mercadillo de la Cerra, also make this street a requisite stroll. Santurces creativity has certainly in uenced its culinary scene, which is downright exciting at the moment. Many of its movers and shakers are gay, although Im asked not to name names in print unless I get each chefs individual permission rst. A stubbornly pervasive culture of machismo means that many prefer to keep their sexuality private. Architect turned farmer-restaurateur Tara Rodrguez Besosa is an exception. The proudly out, charismatic lesbian espouses an organic, farm-to-table ethos and runs the vegetarian caf-grocery El Departamento de la Comida, which moved from Santurce to nearby Santa Teresita to be closer to its producers. El Baoricuas Moll once worked for Besosa, as well as with Puerto Rican 052

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culinary innovators like Jose Enrique (at his buzzing namesake venue), Iron Chef s Roberto Trevio and, the father of modern Puerto Rican cuisine, Alfredo Ayala. Tasty and soulful though still under the radar Puerto Rican cuisine, or cocina criolla is the result of a melting pot of inuences, including African, Spanish, Japanese and the native Tano. Im soon addicted to mofongo a garlicky mashed plantain dish thats typically served with chicken or shrimp. I also love the arroz con gandules a avorful rice mixed with pigeon peas. I learn to prepare the latter at Atelier, a cooking school within Condados amazing Cocina Abierta restaurant. That restaurant, along with the Michelin starworthy 1919 at the ve-star grand dame hotel, Condado Vanderbilt, are utterly fabulous and well worth a visit. Chef Ral Correa pushes the envelope with inventive cocina criolla creations like yuca-ricotta gnocchi in calabaza cream sauce and poached halibut with a wafe fashioned from root vegetable our at Zest and MIST Rooftop Bar & Kitchen. His goat cheese and pumpkin cream Neapolitan pizzas can be found at his Lote 23 stall, Doroteas. Jose Santaellas namesake restaurant, housed in a historic colonial building, serves awlessly upscale cocina criolla.Queen Of The BallConveniently across the street from Jose Santaellas is La Placita, a plazacum-nightlife zone packed with insanely busy bars some little more than a stall in a wall and clubs, including the kitschy, unpretentious El Patio de Lila. Fortunately, this place is jumping as early as 8 p.m. on weekends, serving as the ideal kickoff spot for a Saturday night bar crawl. After taking in a few karaoke performances, I head to the misleadingly named Tia Marias Liquor Store, which is actually just a bar. You can buy liquor anywhere anytime anyway, a local quips. Its true, just like in Las Vegas. Entering the narrow space, one can expect plenty of head turning from the very local male crowd. Across the street, marked by rainbow ags hanging from a balcony, is the open mind lesbian club, Palace. Blink and youll miss the entrance to accurately named Zal Si Puedes Mini Bar (which translates to leave if you can). It caters to a 40-plus male crowd and its young admirers. Im surprised to nd drag queens performing here, too, given both the tight space. Try to catch Warhola Pop, who pays colorful tribute to the likes of Tim Burton and Keith Haring. One of Santurces newest dance clubs, Temptation, requires a security pat down to enter, but boasts a large dance oor and a sizeable, dimly lit backroom area for patrons to step away from the action for some private time with partners, friends or the alternately hunky/twinkish go-go boy dancers. These dark rooms are common in Santurces bars and clubs, and nowhere is this more so than SX. There are several areas within the club, one of them a completely dark space for when faces and names are the least of your concerns. The place has a palpable, sexed-up vibe, with themed and fetish events. Several posters indicate that Ive arrived on a bear party night titled Woof Nights, but it seems like the cubs and otters are rst to arrive (it is only 1 a.m. after all). As I enter a hallway to another section of the club, an otter who resembles hipster rocker Darwin Deez, wearing Puerto Rican ag athletic shorts, swings in front of me with a irtatious hola. Come late morning I arrive at rustic Gallo Negro for brunch. Well regarded as much for its always changing AsianRican fusion menu as for its mixologist creations, I sample chef Mara Mercedes Grubbs delicious langostino mac n cheese, smoked salmon and Johnnycakes and an eggs Benedict made with sofrito hollandaise sauce and smoked ham. En route to the beach for a nal bit of sun, my Uber stops at a light. Out from the sidewalk pops a woman in striped leggings. What is she selling? I wonder. Instead, she starts to juggle. Very Santurce, no? says the driver. Lawrence Ferber (4)palette dec|jan 1617

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054 palette dec|jan 1617scoreboard by LYNARE ROBBINS Even if you are a beginner, you could realistically prepare for a 5k event. Running three times a week over a period of two months and incorporating cross training into your regiment can get you into the right shape to compete and also be a way of meeting people from all walks of life. The Health Bene ts In addition to the obvious bene t of getting in shape, running can serve as preventative medicine. Recent research indicates that running raises the levels of good cholesterol, helps the lungs function at optimal levels, boosts the immune system and lowers the risks of developing blood clots, along with other bene ts that help reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack. Running is also a great stress reliever, a great way to clear the mind. When you feel good, that feeling extends to your level of con dence and self-esteem. Plenty of research shows that including regular exercise in your routine can combat depression. While running, the brain secretes endorphins, which reduce the perception of pain and heighten positive feelings. This is what runners mean by a runners high. The euphoric feelings, triggered by endorphins, are often experienced during a run. Running in Packs In South Florida, there are many running groups for those who wish to tap into all these bene ts. There are two local chapters of Frontrunners, the LGBTQ running and walking club with with a worldwide presence: the Miami Frontrunners and Frontrunners of Fort Lauderdale The Miami Frontrunners group meets every Wednesday for its at early evening run. There are people at all levels of tness in the group. frontrunnersfortlauderdale.org/ Miami The Frontrunners of Fort Lauderdale schedules two runs a week: Sundays and Wednesdays. frontrunnersfortlauderdale.org Managed by an international steering committee and regional directors, the International Frontrunners will hold its annual general meeting and run during the World OutGames Miami event, which will take place from the last week of May through the rst week in June. frontrunners.org/EN/index.php Competitive Spirit In addition, there are a host of running events that take place throughout South Florida and each has its own theme, related charity and vibe. The Insane In atable 5K is scheduled for December 17 lzf / iStock by Getty Images For runners its nally time to come out and play. BORN TO RUN The importance of cross-training Pushing through it Making it fun Sticking to a plan The importance of rest Switching sides Going over the hill Changing things upRunning? Keep in Mind in Central Broward Regional Park in Fort Lauderdale. As its name suggests, in atables are involved. insanein atable5k.com The Miami Jingle Bell Jog will take its merry holiday vibe to Tropical Park the following day. jinglebelljog.net/miami As part of the celebrations that take place over Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend, the 2016 Human Race will kick off on January 16 at Charnow Park in Hollywood. humanracesouth orida.org Farther south, the 19th Annual Key West Half Marathon & 5K Run events are scheduled for January 15 and will take off from the Key West Historic Seaport at the foot of Margaret Street in Key West. keywesthalfmarathon.com The World OutGames Miami 2017 will host 5k and 10k races for a global audience, and registration is currently open for those who are interested in participating. outgames.org/sports/races-5k-10k If you are on the fence about running in an event because you fear you are not in shape, remember, the body can be conditioned with regular exercise and practice. Enlisting the help of a personal trainer could help you achieve your goals and give you the tools and knowledge needed on how to train.

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056health check palette dec|jan 1617 BRING HOME THE BACON This is indeed the season of plenty. From the multiple gatherings and seemingly endless lists, to the crazy traf c at shopping malls and increasing stress, many of us wake up on New Years Day, bleary-eyed, reeling from a hang over that has more to do with the frenzy than the bubbly. Food in particular is completely in its element this time of year. Some people diet prior to the season, understanding that it becomes something of a free-for-all; others choose to worry about it after the madness. But theres a way of having your proverbial cake and eating it, too. Meal delivery services have come a long way from the days of cantina the weekly catering offered by numerous small Cuban restaurants to many timestrapped households. Now you can order anything from safe standbys suitable for the whole family to paleo, gluten-free fusion dishes that look great on Insta. You can regain control of your meals by ordering them ahead of time and giving yourself room for the festivities, or give someone the gift of not having to worry about whats for dinner. Ready to Go A number of local companies prepare meals daily and deliver the days selections right to your doorstep or of ce very early in the morning. Breakfast? Done. Lunch? Bagged. Dinner? No need to defrost anything. One of the most popular companies, Deliver Lean, bills itself as a gourmet meal delivery service. Like most, its website features an online ordering portal where you can customize the menu to your liking mixing and Barbara Pollak-Lewismatching meal plans that include Cl assic, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free and Organic Protein. Other companies like Fit2Go, Shape Lovers and Catered Fit hone in on the diet aspect of the service, providing customers a number of options that are low-fat, low-sugar, low-carb or a combination of these. Born Foody and Yummy in My Tummy take the concept a step further by targeting the pickiest of eaters: kids. Most services include snacks and offer other goodies like cold pressed juices and even cold brew coffee. Do It Yourself A slightly different take on this concept is meal kit delivery. Businesses like Plated, Blue Apron, PeachDish, ChefD, Purple Carrot, HelloFresh and Terras Kitchen take the stress out of coming up with avorful, healthy, varied meals, and do so by providing what is prettymuch a fool-proof kit with everything you might need ready to go. Whether you are single and have a dif cult time shopping and cooking for one, or part of a busy family with multiple tastes and restrictions, the meal kits can undoubtedly improve your dining repertoire the variety is something customers often rave about. Recipes that might sound intimidating, become easy to follow, as all the ingredients are provided and prepped in their appropriate quantities. Proteins arrive packed over ice and other ingredients come in individual packages, so they are ready to add. While some companies, like Plated and Blue Apron, require a little more slicing and dicing than others, the concept is pretty much the same, and the ingredients themselves tend to be fresher and higher-quality than what you might nd in the regular produce section at your local grocer. The services make for a great activity or a thoughtful gift for foodie friends, newlyweds or a family with a new baby. Whether pre-made or part of a kit, meal delivery services are a great way to eat healthy and well.

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(Literally)The Wait Is Over We asked the community, and you answered. You wanted conveniently located urgent care centers staffed by expert doctors from UHealth the University of Miami Health System. Well, the wait is over. Now, you can have access to renowned experts right in your neighborhood at our brand-new urgent care centers. JacksonUrgentCare.com Jackson Health System is proud to be recognized as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. Introducing Our New Urgent Care Centers Our charges for medical services are less than the charges for comparable medical services at Jackson Memorial Hospital. 2016: 2017:

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058 palette dec|jan 1617serious business Damian Pardo and Joe Cardona Gay8 Festival Organizers After learning a boatload about how to plan and run a successful festival from the ground up, Damian Pardo and Joe Cardona the team behind the Gay8 Festival is gearing up to make it happen once again. Q: Describe the Gay8 festival. Damian: The Gay8 Festival is a great uni er for all communities. Its a music, food and culture festival that welcomes all. It is hosted by the LGBTQ community, but is not restricted to any group. We all have fun sharing a good time. Q: How did you come up with the idea for the festival? Joe: The issue of connectivity was always an underlying motivator if not promulgator for the idea. What I mean by connectivity is: Miami is perhaps the most diverse city in the U.S. however it may very well also be the most segregated. Damian and I wanted to bridge some of those spaces that exist between the different communities, and we thought what better way to do it than to bring people together and share good music, art and food in the heart of Miami Little Havana? Q: What can attendees expect at this years event? Damian: This years attendees can expect some of the same magic that we had last year plus some more offerings such as the best Miami sandwich competition, celebrated lecturers at the Tower Theater, more culture, a Wedding pavilion. Weve worked really hard at adding more fun, insightful, enjoyable things to do. An important addition this year is that we will be partnering with two additional organizations on an anti-gun violence theme. First, we will be making a direct contribution: 10 percent of the QA & Gay8 Festival organizers, Damian Pardo and Joe Cardona Carina Mask gross proceeds of our awards reception will go to the RJT Foundation an organization founded by the mothers of the victims of gun violence in Miami Gardens. I think we are doing a good job of linking communities in Miami by joining hands in Little Havana with the AfricanAmerican community against gun violence, particularly since African-American communities are disproportionately affected. Also, as part of an anti-gun violence theme, we will be debuting a tribute to the Pulse Nightclub victims in the Tower Theater. It will be installed by The Stonewall National Museum and Archives. Q: List a few things that should not be missed at Gay8 Festival 2017. Joe: You definitely dont want to miss our music stage and our DJs. We have some of the best music offering of any festival. Our food venues are terrific as well. We also have free historical walking tours and some of the best LGBT themed films screening at the Tower Theater all day (courtesy of MiamiDade College and the Miami International Film Festival). Damian: I would say dont miss our comparsa which is like a carnival-style parade down Calle Ocho, led by Martyring Alexis Fernandez, who happens to be on our board of directors. It was magical last year and promises to be spectacular this year.

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060the scene STAR WARS NIGHT AT MARLINS PARK Back by popular demand, the Marlins hosted the 3rd Annual Star Wars Day at Marlins Park, inviting all rebels, Sith lords, Jedi masters and Wookies to come and play. Participants got special Star Wars section seating for the game against the Detroit Tigers and a Star Wars-themed Marlins item to mark the occasion. Clockwise from top left: Stormtroppers unite Tina Harris, Laura Gibson and Emily Baron Alfred L. Smith, Chad Benitez and Alessandra Santos Marisol Martinez, Yoanna Martinez and Juan Carlos Martinez Allie Thompson and David Higa Melissa Hernandez and Joseph Guerra BROWARD HOUSES STUDIO 54 PARTY Held at Hunters Nightclub in Wilton Manors, Broward Houses second annual disco extravaganza treated the lively crowd to prizes for best dancer and best dressed. All proceeds from the event went to The SMART Ride 2016, which raises funds to support a number of HIV/AIDS programs. Clockwise from top left: Mark Hunters and Bruce Howe Lester Ramirez Maglio, Stacy Hyde, Stephanie Miller and Ralph Ramirez Maglio Vandy and Secrek Frances Herrera, Lance Colby Hatch and Marleen Bracero Kevin Murdock and Carlos Prado Lori Wadelli and Joyce Nunnally Mark di Corcia, Naomi Winters, Robert Bullock (manager of development at Broward House), Jon Jones and Jack Sargent Star Wars Marlin Park: Carina Mask; Broward House Studio 54: Coco Alarcon

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palette dec|jan 1617 KEY WEST HEADDRESS BALL Presented by the Key West Business Guild, the 34th Annual Headdress Ball was held at the Truman Waterfront. Wild, wacky, clever and inventive head creations were sported by contestants from all around the county and beyond, who competed for the $3,000 rst place prize. Clockwise from top left: Emcee for the evening, Tom Luna Winner of Headdress Contest, Virginia Wark Faith Michaels, Maya Montana and Inga Brian Hilla, Kathy Jones, Jody Rae Campbell and Dan Barris Kai Schrade and Andy Celli Amanda Stifer, Linda Adams, Revonne Carter and Shannon OToole Ashley Hoyt Key West Headdress Ball: Andrew Printer; Wicked Manors: Christina Mendenhall WICKED MANORS The largest local Halloween Street Festival Wicked Manors had a theme that was particularly chilling this year: Political Nightmare. Well over 15,000 costumed participants attended the block party, whose dragtastic emcee, Miss Misty Eyez, hosted ve costume contests. Clockwise from top left: A League of Their Own Christopher Boase and Robbie Ciccia Abigail Pandiscio and Tracy Bailey Denise DAngelo, Michael Dangelo and Luca Pontes Jason Harbie and Christopher Ray Warner Christian Thornton and John Skicki Paul, Manny, Adelaide and Augustus

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064 palette dec|jan 1617out & about CALENDAR OF EVENTS JanuaryChasing Rainbows: A Tribute to Judy GarlandAventura Arts & Cultural Center Jan. 7 aventuracenter.orgJazz Age Lawn Party South BeachJan. 13-15 jazzagelawnparty.comGay8 Festival Calle Ocho, Little HavanaJan. 15 gay8festival.comEugene OneginZiff Ballet Opera House Jan. 28Feb. 4 arshtcenter.orgMiami Marathon and Half MarathonJan. 29 themiamimarathon.comFebruaryDesign on a Dime Miami The Moore Building Feb. 3 housingworks.org/eventsWorld Cancer Day 5K Run/Walk to End CancerHuizenga Plaza, Fort Lauderdale Feb. 4 housingworks.org/eventsDecemberWorld AIDS Day Dec. 1Art BaselMiami Beach Convention Center Dec. 1 artbasel.comArTEA at Super ne! Miami Dec. 3 super ne.worldBarbara StreisandBB&T Center, Sunrise Dec. 3 thebbtcenter.comPOSH 2016 (Paws Often Steal Hearts) 5th Annual Florida Keys SPCA FundraiserAudobon House & Gardens, Key West Dec. 7 fkspca.orgGay Mens Chorus of South Florida Holiday Concert with Linda Eder Seminole Hard Rock Hotel, Hollywood Dec. 11 seminolehardrockhollywood.comIts Only a PlayWaterfront Playhouse, Key West Dec. 13Jan. 7 waterfrontplayhouse.org Here is a selection of the many events taking place in South Florida. Visit miamiherald.com/ palette for an up-to-date listing of events! Paula PoundstoneKey West Theater Dec. 22 thekeywesttheater.comAHF Presents My Big Funny Peter in Stuff Me for the Holidays!Amaturo Theater, Fort Lauderdale Dec. 28 mybigfunnypeter.comJustin Bieber Fontainebleau Hotel & Resort Miami Beach Dec. 31 fontainebleau.comGods, Pharohs & Queens New Years Eve CelebrationThe Manor Complex, Wilton Manors Dec. 31 themanorcomplex.comNew Years Eve Shoe DropBourbon St. Pub, Key West Dec. 31 bourbonstpub.com epa european pressphoto agency b.v. / Alamy Stock Photo

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