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palette south oridas lgbtq magazineoct|nov 2017 vol. 15 A CUT ABOVEAnabel Ruiz has crafted a beautiful lifeSMART Ride Roller Derby Queens Drag Yourself to NYC Celebrate Orgullo The Miami Book Fairs LGBTQ O erings & more... CLARITY Inside


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022 the ride of your life When South Floridas most beautiful season sets in, its time to don the cycling gear and join the SMART Ride. 028 anabel ruiz This inspired local artist discovered that sometimes the quickest way to your truth and your art is around the world and back.034 enrique santosKnown for his bombastic style and playful antics, Enrique Santos takes a moment to discuss more serious matters.036 roller derby queensFar south in a part of Florida known more for mini-malls and sprawling homes than fierce competitions, the Vice City Rollers add an exhilirating dose of spice to suburban life.042 new york minutesWhether you are one of the many former residents who now live here, a frequent NYC traveler or completely uninitiated, there is something to see and do at all times in the Big Apple, the LGBTQ city that still never sleeps. rfr ntb br n brFEATURES 002contents paletteoct|nov 2017


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012 reviewsMarch to the beat of your own drum with selections that are sure to entice you.014 arts & cultureThe Miami Book Fairs annual literary fest treats us with readings, interviews and other events, featuring contemporary authors, including Armistead Maupin.016 home dcorOskar Torres offers advice on how to make your space pop with colorful accessories.018 after hoursCelebrate Orgullo is back with a tribute to the incomparable Sara Montiel.019 tech & gadgetsGet the kids a new kind of gadget one without a screen or indulge in these artistically playful devices yourself. 020 diningIf you crave creativity on your plate, in your glass and on the walls, look no further than the Wynwood Arts District.048 editorial columnDating is not easy. Daniel Shoer-Roth offers his experience while considering the many challenges and pitfalls.050 health & wellnessWith all the oral care products in the market, its easier than ever to protect those pearly whites and your gums, too! 052 local getawaysHead to St. Petersburg, famous for housing a masters works and much more.054 q & aMichael Legg, desk clerk and concierge at the legendary La Te Da hotel in Key West, shares his recommendations.065 social eventsWere you there? Find out who was at SAVEs Trans Justice Rally, Tropical Heat and Poverellos bowling fundraiser.068 nal thoughtsTransgender Day of Remembrance is about contributions as well as losses. DEPARTMENTSrfrrntbfrffntrrnn 012 020 052 004contents paletteoct|nov 2017 56 FRAMED 57 EYE FOR DESIGN 58 THE ART OF LIVING 59 HISTORIC AND REFINED 60 INSPIRED SPACES 62 SPOTLIGHT: JESPER SOERENSEN 64 ECLECTIC FINDS 055 CLARITYOn the cover: Claire Lardner and Christine Sweeny, Certi ed Picture Framers and owners of FrameWorks (Corporate Partner Member of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce), photographed by Marta Neira of Marta Neira Photography at their store in Coconut Grove.




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Within this issue of Palette we have the great pleasure of publishing the nal edition of our CLARITY Business Magazine for the year. The successful partnership between Palette and CLARITY was the direct result of the MiamiDade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerces more than 20-year relationship with the Miami Herald. From the outset, our mutual goal has been to showcase stories that are relevant to our community and feature the best of what we have to offer. And our very best is indeed whats been in full display since Hurricane Irma tore through our area. On the streets and across neighborhoods in Broward and Miami-Dade fallen trees have been lifted, power has returned and neighbors, friends and families have come together to clean up and get back to a sense of normal living. That same drive and support extends down through communities across the Keys, still in dire need of assistance. Often said to be just a short drive away but a world apart, this last storm proved how easily the island chain could be cut off from the rest of us and how much our efforts really make a difference. With this issue, Palette celebrates the artistic events and creative people in our region, as well as the ongoing efforts of organizations like SMART Ride, which raise funds that go directly to the neediest among us. CLARITY continues to provide its members with news and advertising by and about our nearly 600 member businesses. Through our combined effort we hope to offer the local LGBTQ community the strength of a uni ed voice, along with broader market reach. But we also appeal to our readers and advertisers to support us. As Hurricane Irma just underscored, we are all in this together. It is only thanks to regular, committed advertiser support that we can continue to provide the caliber of reading material youve come to expect from our publications. I want to thank you for a great year. Well be back in the spring! Sincerely, Steve Adkins President and CEO @ @ rf rfntbtttttffttffttttftfttrtfnnfttttf ttftntttttftttttfttttftntttf ttftttttf rntbr 008letter paletteoct|nov 2017


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A mong witty observations, erotic visuals and contagious dance tunes, these selections have one message in common: nd your own truth and follow it. Award-winning gay writer Tim Federle, returns with Life Is Like a Musical: How to Live, Love, and Lead Like a Star (Running Press, 2017), a self-help book/memoir that lives up to its titular claim. Federle, who describes himself as perhaps the most prototypical snarky gay teen who ever lived, incorporates personal anecdotes from his theater career over 50 quick chapters. Your dream role will likely change a few times, but the fun happens on the way to creating it, he quips. Additional insights include, condence is overrated and courage is underrated, being gracious is an easier skill to master than being brilliant, never get so self-serious that you turn down the chance to break into song and dance like everyones watching, soon they actually will. Federle extols the virtue of unbroken eye contact and being a nodder, not a yawner, as well as having the audacity to belong in the room. With a name as recognizable as his homoerotic images, visual artist Tom of Finland (aka Touko Laaksonen) is an LGBTQ icon. The legendary artists life is the subject of Dome Karukoskis biopic Tom of Finland. The lm revisits pivotal moments of Laaksonens life as portrayed by Pekka Strang from his time as a World War II soldier exploring his attraction to men (and the inuence the military had on his artwork) to his worldwide success as an artist. In doing so, it also traces Laaksonens complex artistic development after the war. Living with his sister Kaija (Jessica Grabowsky), who gets him a job as an illustrator at the ad agency where she works, he begins to secretly draw provocative pictures of muscled men in an out of uniform. Besides sharing an apartment, the siblings also share romantic interest in a gorgeous gay dancer they take in as a boarder Nipa (Lauri Tilkanen). Ultimately, the men fall in love (despite Kaijas best efforts), and Nipa becomes an especially powerful inuence, encouraging Laaksonen to continue creating while seeking out ways to share his art. Their romance is one of the most charming elements of the story, while its sense of history reects the changing views regarding homosexuality throughout the 20th century. Tom of Finland is screening as part of the OUTshine Film Festivals Fort Lauderdale edition. For more information, visit r Featuring the soaring falsetto vocals of Jimmy Somerville, along with Steve Bronski and the late Larry Steinbachek on keyboards and percussion, Bronski Beat rst caught listeners attention with the groundbreaking dance single Small Town Boy. That track, one of the most powerful coming out songs ever recorded, was on the bands seminal 1984 debut album The Age of Consent. Somerville departed shortly thereafter, but Bronski kept his namesake band going on and off for years. Its been two decades now since we last heard from them, but Bronski Beat is back with two new members for the double disc rerecording and expanding of The Age of Reason (SFE/Cherry Red). New lead vocalist Stephen Granville does an admirable job covering Somerville, and there are also new tunes, such as a cover of Sylvesters Stars and the tribute track Flower for Dandara, written for murdered trans-woman Dandara dos Santos. 012reviews rfn tbbr bbbb tbr nrrrn rb rtrf by GREGG SHAPIRO These selections will give you license to sing, draw and hum along to your own beat. paletteoct|nov 2017


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014arts & cultureArmistead Maupin reveals his own odyssey in Logical Family A Memoir one of the works showcased at this years edition of the Miami Book Fair. by DANIEL SHOER ROTH The legendary author of the bestselling Tales of the City series loves to polish his work until it shines and then sprinkle it with rich details. Even in the early 1970s, when he landed a job at the AP Bureau in his new hometown of San Francisco, a veteran editor said to him, Ive got my eye on you. People tell me youre lazy and you talk too much and you waste too much time polishing the stories. Certain about not changing his distinctive style, he quit within the month. I dont put anything down that I am not absolutely happy with, he says. With such a deliberate approach, its no surprise that it took him a few years to write Logical Family A Memoir, a moving and brutally honest portrait of his evolution from being a con icted youth brought up in a conservative Southern family to becoming a groundbreaking writer and gay rights pioneer in 1980s San Francisco. People always tell me that I am a good fast read, but a good fast read is a very slow write, says the 73-year-old novelist, one of several LGBTQ authors featured at the 2017 edition of the Miami Book Fair. In order for language to ow through the readers head at a certain speed, the writer has to be conscious of rhythm and make every effort not to bore the reader, says Maupin. What you leave out is as important as what you put in. Although he has extensively drawn from real-life experiences to craft his ctional accounts and characters, as hes grown older hes felt the need to sort out aspects of his own experience. It required me to be honest and that is especially challenging to a storyteller, because we always want to make things better, he admits. There is a need for modesty. There was also the everchallenging task of reconstructing scenes from events that occurred long ago. No writer can claim to remember conversations from 40 years ago, but you can recreate the spirit of the conversations, he says. My job is simply to bring the reader into my life, encountering sensual items, smell and taste, and tiny details that draw a larger picture. Some memories of the Old South were painful. He recalls his mothers concern about his delicate appearance in his early teens. She once told him he shouldnt hang out with his friend Eddie because he was a little bit sissy, thinking that if the two were seen together people might get the wrong idea. Maupin eventually broke free. My life story reverberates with a lot of people, because theyve been through the same experience; men and women who have been raised in a hyper-religious, hyperconservative atmosphere, and theyve had to break away from it and form their own logical family. Forming a new, nonjudgmental family creates the kinds of bonds that make sense to many in the LGBTQ community. It re ects our common experience and validates our connections and aspirations. This message goes further than just celebrating the connections we make. Dont think you are going to nd total happiness on your iPhone. Meet people. Talk to them. Look into other peoples eyes; look into their hearts. Be your true self; dont try to be something you arent, he says. Thats the only way youre going to nd real love in life. Keep your heart open in an honest way. rfn tbffn b paletteoct|nov 2017


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018after hourstech & gadgets Unity Coalition| Coalicin Unidas annual Celebrate Orgullo festival features thoughtful collaboration with local artists, musicians and activists to highlight the contributions of LGBTQ Latinas and Latinos during Hispanic Heritage Month. The festivals seventh edition, which takes place October 1 this year revolves around legendary singer and actress, Sara Montiel. She was iconic to the gay Hispanic world, says festival organizer Herb Sosa. Probably there isnt a Hispanic drag queen in any bar that hasnt interpreted Sarita Montiel. She used her celebrity status and international recognition to protect the gay community under the dictatorship of [Francisco] Franco when no one was talking about LGBT rights. She was very outspoken and supportive. Long before Penelope Cruz, Montiel was the rst Spanish actress to conquer Hollywood. Her sensuous beauty and magni cent voice fueled a 30-year lm career, complete with a trail of famous lovers and husbands. In her twilight years, she shared some of those memories with Alberto Rivas, a multidisciplinary artist who became her personal photographer. Sara was my teacher, my artistic godmother and my con dante. She was a [sel ess] woman who taught me that in this life one always has to be true to oneself, says Rivas. His stunning images will be on display during the SARA GALA, the highlight of the festivals programming which promises a celebration of art, music and glamour at the Coral Gables Womens Club. Javier Montilla, author of ltimos das con Sara Montiel ( The Last Days with Sara Montiel), a ctionalized account of the actress life, will read excerpts from his book at the gala, which will also feature performances by the Miami Gay Mens Chorus and local drag queens, Envee and Vinna Rouge. Montilla is also scheduled to participate in the Rhythm, Rhymes and Writing workshop at Pridelines, along with Caridad Moro-Gronlier and other LGBTQ Latino authors. As part of its celebration, the festival highlights a number of local artists in exhibits throughout the month of October at venues throughout the city, including the HUB@LGBT Visitor Center, Pridelines and MMM Gallery. This years festival coincides with Unity Coalition|Coalicin Unidas 15th anniversary. Seven years ago, then Miami Beach mayor, Matti Herrera Bower, convened LGBTQ leaders to create an event to draw together Latin Pride and Hispanic Heritage Month. The party continues, but now its inside a bus. On Oct. 7, three buses hosted by drag performers Adora, TP Lords and Ann Anatomic-Lords will each take ticket-holders to an artists studio, all culminating in Little Haitis Fountainhead Studios for a gathering of live pop-up music and art performances. r f nf tbf by DANIEL SHOER ROTH Celebrate Orgullo pays homage to screen icon Sara Montiel through a series of evening events.


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Dizzying murals and contemporary art galleries may have put Wynwood on the map, but the neighborhood is swiftly transforming into one of Miamis hottest foodie destinations. by SHAYNE BENOWITZ From James Beard Award-winning chefs and omakase tasting menus to made-to-order donuts and breweries fueled by bao buns, the dining landscape is as vibrant and colorful as the neighborhood itself. Gathering Place The brainchild of Harvard Business School alum Della Heiman, Wynwood Yard is like a test kitchen moveable feast with pop-rf ntbt 020dining up restaurant concepts and food trucks situated on a gravel lot with overhead string lighting. Anchored by a central bar with picnic benches throughout, diners can divide, conquer and gather with their fare (everything from ice cream to mac n cheese). A good place to start is Heimans own Della Test Kitchen serving a variety of vegan bowls with ingredients like black coconut sticky rice, adashah, marinated kale and avocado. For a more formal dining experience, Charcoal Garden Bar + Grill is the rst full-service restaurant at The Yard specializing in grilled farm-to-table fare, ranging from branzino to fennel sausage. The venue hosts a wide variety of events and performances, keeping the vibe lively and communal, ranging from the weekly Reggae Sunday party to essential oil workshops and yoga classes. Next up? The concept is expanding to Miami Beach with North Beach Yard. 56 NW 29th St. 305.351.0366 Philly Imports When you set foot inside Federal Donuts youll wonder how you ever lived so long without fried chicken and donuts. In June, Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook, the James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur duo, chose Miami as the rst location outside of their native Philadelphia to open the casual eatery. A month later, they doubled down with Dizengoff, an Israeli hummusiya, next door. Both spots have swiftly become cult sensations. You can sample the avors of both in a single visit. Start at Dizengoff and order one of their creamy hummus bowls served with hearthbaked pita, a chopped Israeli salad and pickles. They come with a choice of toppings that change daily, ranging from merguez lamb sausage to fava beans and onion schug. Then head next door to Federal and share a fried chicken sandwich topped with American cheese, dill pickles and spicy rooster sauce on a squishy Martins Potato Roll. For dessert? A made-to-order hot fresh donut dusted with cinnamon and brown sugar. Dont forget to take home a half-dozen fancy donuts for good measure (think, guava poppy, lemon meringue, black and white and blueberry mascarpone). 250 NW 24th St. 305.573.9393 | 305.573.9292


paletteoct|nov 2017 Chef-Driven When Chef Bradley Kilgore opened Alter in 2015, he gave Wynwood its rst serious, chefdriven restaurant. Fortunately, the dining experience is relaxed and convivial inside an intimate industrial space guided by an expert waitstaff. A Food & Wine Best New Chef and James Beard Award Best New Restaurant seminalist, Kilgore and Alter have cemented their place in Miamis gastronomic landscape with some of the most original and ambitious dishes in town. Experience Kilgores cuisine with a ve or seven course tasting menu and wine pairing highlighting dishes like the uke mosaic made with Indian spices, tomato hollandaise and coconut and the lamb ribeye with koji salt and hijiki buttered cabage. The charming outdoor bar is still the best kept secret in Wynwood, serving creative craft cocktails and elevated bar bites like an Iberico burger with chorizo mayo and fried brioche umami balls. 223 NW 23rd St. 305.573.5996 Asian Inspiration Since opening last February, KYU has swiftly become one of rrrfntbrr fr r nrf nthe hottest seats in town, serving a diverse menu of beautifully executed pan-Asian cuisine inspired by Chef Michael Lewis world travels. With a vertical garden exterior wall and a minimalist, yet chic industrial interior, the scene is buzzy and sophisticated from lunch to happy hour and dinner. A James Beard Award Best New Restaurant seminalist and named best restaurant in Florida by Time, its the kind of place where you want to order one of everything. A few recommendations: cauliower drenched in shishito-herb vinaigrette and goat cheese, hamachi with white ponzu and green chili, Thai fried rice stone pot, Korean fried chicken, red snapper with brown butter-white miso We could keep going, but you get the idea, right? 251 NW 25th St. 786.577.0150 Brews & Bao Buns Adding to Wynwoods evergrowing brewery scene, Veza Sur Brewing Co. opened in August with some heavy-hitting collaborators. Helmed by Germanborn brewmaster Asborjn Gerlach, their signature beer is a Brazilianstyle Chopp, an ice cold lager poured with a creamy foam top designed to drink through. Start with a beer ight to sample their brewed-on-site creations, ranging from the crisp Latin Lager to the Blood Orange Gose, Guava Sour and Coffee Porter, then pick your pint from there. You can also opt for an original beer cocktail created by Bar Lab, including a refreshing michelada. The spacious front patio is anchored by Pubbellys Baja Bao food truck where steamy bao buns stuffed with crispy mahi-mahi, Korean BBQ steak or lechon asado will denitely soak up the alcohol. 55 NW 25th St. 786.362.6300




024SMART Ride volunteers help on the ground and also with the logistics of the event, including offering their expertise in sponsorship, fundraising, training, administration and more. as a community, are far from content with our current lot. In spite of achieving milestones, many of us are all too aware that as a group we continue to experience persistent struggles and stigmatization. And yet, more than 30 years after the AIDS epidemic obliterated a large swath of our patchquilted family, it could be argued that in large part we have become quite complacent within our everyday lives. In our increasingly homogenized (if not harmonized) world, many of us have managed to live openly with our partners, exude a sense of comfort and even achieve success in our workplaces. We attend LGBTQ lm festivals, sing in a gay chorus group or play on the queer softball team. But just beneath our seeming communal comfort, HIV lingers large, especially here in South Florida, where the rate of new HIV diagnosis is three times the national average. For many, it seems the disease has been shoved back WE,


paletteoct|nov 2017 inside the closet. Some would even argue that our ght for the quality of our living rights has replaced the ghts of those infected with HIV. But Carmine Martorilli, one of the founding members of SMART Ride (Southernmost/HIV Ride) has not forgotten, and neither has his partner Robert Poster. Both Martorilli and Posters former partners died from AIDS. Though both tested negative, they both felt the need to do something with that experience. Martorilli, who is now 83, joined SMART Ride when there were just over 100 participants. Today, there are more than 400 who actively and annually participate in the second largest bicycle ride for AIDS in this country. It is also the only fundraiser of this magnitude to give 100 percent of its proceeds back to direct support services for the disease. I felt it was my duty as a person who didnt catch it to do everything I could to help an organization seeking to nd a cure and directly help people living with AIDS and HIV-infection, says Martorilli. Same for Bob. I met him when he came onboard to give whatever help he could. The event takes place every year in South Florida, right around midNovember. Whether your donation is nancial, as a volunteer or both, you can manage your gifts so they can be put to use in the best way possible for immediate use by the most marginalized and critically in need.I FELT IT WAS MY DUTY AS A PERSON WHO DIDNT CATCH IT TO DO EVERYTHING I COULD TO HELP AN ORGANIZATION SEEKING TO FIND A CURE AND DIRECTLY HELP. CARMINE MARTORILLI


026Miami and Broward lead new cases of infection, and ages 15-24 are highest rate getting infected, notes SMART Ride founder Glen Weinzimer. These folks never saw the worst of this disease, and it takes all of us to stand up, educate, assist and make a difference. Those living with HIV today may appear to look good in outward appearances when compared with the 1980s death sentence, and so it doesnt get the same level of concern. But within our Florida communities, we need to speak up so as to avoid another pandemic.SHIFTING LIVESSMART Ride is a 165-mile community bike ride that takes place over two days, starting at the University of Miami campus and ending in a massive parade through Key West with a closing ceremony at White Street Pier. The annual ride began in 2003 with a vision of making a direct impact with its fundraising mission. In order to assist those living with and at risk for HIV, the organization was committed to ensuring that 100 percent of the proceeds it raised would be channeled back to AIDS service organizations for direct-implementation services (as opposed to administrative costs and overhead). In its rst year, the SMART Ride organization raised $169,000 and realized its goal of full return. Since the events inception, it has exceeded annual goals, with more than $8.5 million allocated for direct care, social services, pharmaceutical care, dental assistance and education at seven Florida service organizations. We recently helped the client [of one our service organizations] diagnosed with CMV retinitis, a rare eye disease. It causes blindness, and was more common with AIDS patients in the 1980s, says Weinzimer. Today, with treatment funding inaccessible to this agency, SMART Ride stepped in and was able to cover the cost of treatment as well as ancillary care, such as transportation. The goals for this event have been auspicious from the outset, the outcomes are measurable and, more importantly, have a tangible impact: To date, the organization has raised more money than any other event of its kind has in the State of Florida $7.3 million over 12 years.GET MOVING If youre feeling inspired to ride South Floridas most famous route to the Keys, awesome! Understandably it may be more of a physical commitment than the average Sunday cycler may want to take on. The good news is that you are still a prime candidate for crew and fundraising, the kind of work Martorilli did for many years. Some 200+ crewmembers are responsible for caretaking during the two-day trek. Their primary responsibility is to help riders stay safe. It does, indeed, take a village to support this life-af rming journey. Duties include setting up camp at midway point, establishing and providing medical support, and pit stops. Over 50 percent of participants are SMART Ride virgins, who are nonetheless determined to bike the full distance the sheer gratitude of having the gift to be alive and be able The opening Dedication Ceremony takes place at the Lakeside Patio Stage at the University of Miami the night before riders head out.


paletteoct|nov 2017 Riders can register individually or as a team, with many teams representing various companies, bars and restaurants, nonprots and other groups. to do. The SMART Ride website offers comprehensive suggestions for a training regimen. If youre thinking youd like to but are afraid youre not up for the rigor, SMART Ride makes it a point to remind everyone that it is a ride, and not a race. You can develop your stamina in training over time at a pace youre comfortable with. Kurt Arthur, who has individually raised over $7,000 during his four-year riding stints, generally rides 30 miles twice a week. Closer to the ride he adds a few century rides and doubles his weekly ride. Riders also commit to raising $1,250. In the social media age, this has become much easier. Achieving something really hard physically is really rewarding, says Arthur. Fundraising gets easier as you get older; hopefully, your friends have more money. I reward all my donors with a haiku about them (posted on Facebook). Its a lot of fun and can be really hard if you dont know the person well.The ride culminates in a parade through Key West, complete with police escort. Fittingly, the parade ends at the AIDS Memorial on White Street Pier.And, of course, SMART Ride depends on community sponsors and individual donors as its lifeblood. That pretty much leaves no one immune from supporting in someway. Folks like Martorilli who in his octogenarian years no longer volunteers for crew actively fundraise. He and his team work to help the Rosies team, which is sponsored by Rosies bar in Wilton Manors. They also travel to Key West every year to greet the arriving cyclists. However, if you have the means, Martorilli gushes that participation is a life-changing experience. There is a fun factor when gays put things together, adds Arthur. Its bittersweet, memories of friends who have passed, humor and [the] resilience of those of who have survived the epidemic. The gay community survived an existential crisis and emerged stronger for it. Riding 100 miles in a day seems like a small tribute.




paletteoct|nov 2017n everyday speak, we refer to the easy, disposable or lacking thought as cut and paste. It simply refers to what we do so often to simplify our lives in a digitized world when lling out documents, inserting images into presentations or trying to salvage work. Its rote. Cookie cutter. Far from creative. Enter: the collage artist. Walking into Anabel Ruizs Hialeah studio, you enter a completely different kind of world. A quick scan of the scene provides a visual sampling of her process, in scattered bits and pieces. Beautifully crafted faces hang on white walls. Made of countless magazine clippings, arranged and superimposed to create the features, highlights and contours of several womens faces. The canvases are layered, alive. I make an initial pencil drawing on canvas, and I proceed to layer paper cuttings, she explains. The paper cuttings are usually from fashion or other types of magazines, depending on the subject matter. I use scissors or rip the paper with my own hands in some cases. She ri es through magazines, hunting for the perfect colors, textures and words, gathering pieces that have a connection with what she is trying to create. Sometimes the ow is seamless. I dont know whether I am making these choices or if I am just an added element in a process, she admits. In painstakingly putting together just the right cuttings, Ruiz crafts not just faces, but mood and emotion. Anabel Ruiz creates collage art pieces out of her Hialeah studio.


032Everyday, without them knowing, I choose to work with the greatest publishers, the most superb designers, the most diverse models, says Ruiz. [Its] an in nite world of pleasure. First Cut In the 1970s Cuba was a place in ux. There was still a lingering romance with the idea of the revolution, but the veneer had begun to crack, peel and fall throughout society piece by piece. Ruiz was born in that wilting paradise populated by an impossibly resourceful population that remained upbeat despite the many hardships they lived and the many more they saw coming their way. By age 9, her parents packed up and left Cuba. They moved their three daughters Cristina, Rita and Anabel to Madrid, where the family would spend the next ve years. While in Spain, her father was able to secure a scholarship for her at a private Catholic school. That is where her lifelong relationship with art began. Her education included learning the great masters, which she emulated, but her own art was mostly a self-taught affair. I get inspired by what invokes an emotion within me, she says. I am not afraid to say I get inspired by beauty. By the time Ruiz was 14, her parents moved once again, this time to Miami. I have always been very intentional about having a universal heart. Learning other languages, reading about different cultures, befriending people outside my own tribe, she says. South Florida is a place that provides a perfect setting for that intention to ourish. Diversity happens here. We need to stay true to that. The Order The creative ame was lit, but the voices that insisted she think practically won out. Ruiz graduated from Southwest Miami High School, went on to Miami Dade College and then nished her studies at the business school at Florida International University. Following the sound, well-intended advice she got from loved ones may have made nancial sense and, of course, it pleased her loving family, but it also left her feeling rudderless. She knew she could make a living, but felt desperately lost and without purpose. She set off on a quest of self discovery immediately after completing her studies, deciding to become a nun. From left: Florida Woman; Aida on Silver; Ayme Nuviolarf


paletteoct|nov 2017Ruizs existential journey would lead her to two separate congregations the rst in Miami and the other in Ftima, Portugal. Over eight years, she became consumed with the creation of countless works of art, as well as essays on the subject. Bound by vows of obedience, chastity and poverty, all this work was completely anonymous. I cherish the time I spent in both orders, says Ruiz about her experience. Religious life aside from nurturing my own spirituality helped me nd myself and accept who I am. I am very happy that I left, but I dont regret any of it either. It was a kind of sabbatical that ripped her away from the dayto-day long enough to let her nally learn to channel her own artistic energy. Many of her pieces currently grace the walls of churches, convents and the homes of private church patrons. By 2011, she returned home, ready for a new future in which her art would be a reection of the self-acceptance she had achieved. But in many ways she was back at square one, too. I came back to my hometown, having to start from zero, and my nancial priorities did not leave much room for art supplies, she says. I remember going to a local art supply store and leaving a bit disheartened. I couldnt afford oil paints or other materials. Determined not to let the reality of her situation get her down, she went home to think. A stack of magazines reminded her of two collages she had made in college one for a school project and the other at her mothers request. I decided to use the colors contained within the pages as my palette. I drew a carrousel horse and began to cut and glue colorful shapes on top of it on a canvas board, she remembers. That piece sold at the shop where it was to be framed. Surprised and exhilarated, she took the experience as a sign that she was nally on the right track. Sticking to It Ruiz has come to a place of acceptance, both of her calling and her own sexuality. I came out to my parents ve years ago, a year after I left religious life, and I was single at the time, she shares. But I think the most important person to come out to is yourself. She currently lives in Coconut Grove with her partner and their two dogs, Toby and Sammy. I think coming out is an ironic phrase, she says. What it really is, is being honest about a lie we have been trying to live, having mercy with ourselves in a life of constant judgment and shutting out the gossip with courage and pride in who we are. Comfortable in her own skin, its tting that she specializes in collage. The intricately designed pieces she makes are crafted, layer upon layer, to reveal beautiful women, super heroes and animals like amingos and boldly colored sh. The women are the most striking. From a pale geisha with onyx-black hair to a mocha-skinned Havanera in a headdress, all the cuttings come together to create fully realized humans. Although two-dimensional, dont fool yourself these collages arent silent. They are immensely vocal, she says. They express my personal freedom. In the short time Ruiz has been creating art publicly, her work has been recognized and showcased at fairs from SCOPE Miami Beach to Spectrum Miami. Blink Group Gallery showcased her work at the latter and she is going to participate at that event again this year. Her pieces have traveled beyond South Florida, too, thanks to the ardent promotion of Elizabeth Reyes, curator and president of Blink Group Gallery. Earlier this year, she exhibited work at the 2017 LA Art Show. Through Art NXT Level she was also happy to be included in Layered, an exhibit curated by Chicago artist and creative entrepreneur Sergio Gomez at 33 Contemporary Gallery. Locally, Ruiz participates in Art on Palm, the monthly art fair that takes place every third Friday in Hialeah. Mayor Carlos Hernandez is strongly promoting the arts and culture in his city, and I am honored to be included. Ongoing projects include an array of monthly artistic events that she helps organize with friends Ignacio Font and Jean Blackwell at Warehouse 4726 in the Bird Road Art District. From spiritual to spirited, Anabel Ruiz has cut her own path and crafted a beautiful life out of every piece of it.




paletteoct|nov 2017 paletteoct|nov 2017 so I am very careful to lter what I say, what I dont say, how I say it, and to make sure that I am leading by example, especially given the challenging times that immigrant and LGBT communities are facing. As a country, we progressed greatly in domestic issues under the Obama administration. A lot of those steps forward are now being threatened. Coming out must have been difcult for a Spanish-language radio host speaking to conservative audiences. It was denitely much more complicated because of the machismo that exists in the Latino community and its conservative values. Are people going to like me less? Are people going to stop listening to me? But the day I introduced Obama at the Fillmore, I said to myself, I need to explain why am I doing this. For the rst time, I identied myself publicly as a member of the LGBT community. Do you receive a lot of hate messages because you are out? Yes, in social media. Some people think that it is cool to call you with expletives and titles; unfortunately that has become acceptable. So if there is a topic dealing with sexuality or politics, they just nd it easy to insult this guy because he is homosexual. There is just no respect. panish-language radio fans in South Florida know Enrique Santos all too well. His outrageous on-air antics are the stuff of local legend he and a colleague once successfully telephoned Fidel Castro pretending to be Hugo Chvez. His audience has also witnessed his very personal journey from shock jock in a show that showcased sexist and homophobic humor to proud member of the LGBT community. Since coming out, the beloved CubanAmerican radio host has also become an icon for the gay Latino community. Youve been labeled a shock jock. How has that changed? Ive had different phases; we live and we learn. I ran for mayor of Miami in 2005, and some of the stuff that I have done may be considered controversial. But Ive always considered what I do real and with a purpose. Im much more mature today. Radio has changed and evolved, and I have a great sense of responsibility when I am behind a microphone. How did you come to represent Latino millennials, the undocumented and the LGBTQ community? I remember when I was a kid listening to radio and the impact it had on me, SAnd when you are on the air? I am happy to say that on the radio its real; its live. And Id say 99 percent is positive, and people get what we are doing: empowering them. In addition to your weekday show Tu Maana, you recently crossed over to English-language radio. A lot of Latinos my age and younger enjoy listening to Spanish music, but they feel more confortable speaking in English. My two-hour weekend program On the Move with Enrique Santos airs on more than 100 iHeartMedia stations. Last year, you joined forces with iHeartMedia to launch iHeartLatino, where you serve as chairman and chief creative ofcer. I am extremely excited about my growth as a brand on the Spanish side and on the English radio stations with this new project, but I am much more excited about what we are doing for our language, our music, our artists. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Anything that I put my mind [to] and say I want to accomplish I end up accomplishing. In 10 years, I hope to have health, and whatever I am doing, I hope that its helping others obtain their goals and their dreams. VOLUME by DANIEL SHOER ROTH






038In 038 In the 2009 lm Whip It, a young, small-town rebel, played by Ellen Page, falls madly in love with womens roller derby after stumbling on her rst bout thats derby speak for a typical 5-on-5 match. Its not hard to understand why: fearless women kicking ass on roller skates. Hell yeah! Pages character is so inspired that after the bout, she approaches Hurl Scouts skater Maggie Mayhem, played by Kristen Wiig, and says, I just want to tell you all that youre my new heroes, to which Mayhem replies Its your rst time here? Well put some skates on. Be your own hero. Call it instant sisterhood. Its not entirely clear if art is imitating life or life is imitating art as it relates to the movies portrayal of this alternative


rfntbnbrfntbnpaletteoct|nov 2017 Opposite page: Jessica Shakesfear Giraldo. This page: Bout against Swan City (2). sport. But in the case of the Vice City Rollers Miamis rst and only womens roller derby team the word hero accurately describes every single one of the 20 or so female skaters who, on a recent Wednesday afternoon, were circling the Suniland Roller Hockey Rink on S.W. 152nd Street, just south of The Falls. The rink is really an aged, outdoor space, which means the Vice City Rollers a squad of ladies of varying ages, sizes, nationalities and orientations, representing all walks of life are sweating their way through their usual two-hour practice in the Magic Citys searing heat. At 6:30 p.m., its still a sti ing 88 degrees. All around, everything is wilting except their resolve and determination. Theyre a colorful bunch what with their psychedelic tights, patterned socks, elaborate tattoos and body piercings aplenty. This particular practice session is attended mostly by fresh meat the rookies. Round and round they go with a volunteer coach leading a series of practice drills. The women take turns pushing and pulling conga-esque lines of their teammates six, seven or eight skaters deep. They round the oval track countless times perfecting their crossover turns, stops and starts, and are schooled on how to deftly weave in and out and around one another without triggering a multiple human pile up. Water breaks are relatively frequent and always welcome. This grueling routine is repeated, on average, four times per week, weather permitting. A couple of the new recruits, red faced and exhausted, are clearly struggling. And ironically, thats what sparks the erce camaraderie and collaborative nature of this full-contact, hyper-competitive and physically aggressive sport. Its the veterans of the group, with cheeky pseudonyms such as Kraken Skulls, Power Puff, Velociraptor, Blink 1SK8E2 and Harley Quinn, who encourage the newbies to roll with the proverbial punches. Yes, every Vice City Roller must pay her dues both guratively and literally. Roller Derby has been part of the American sports landscape since the 1880s. During the early 2000s, the sport experienced a renaissance of womenonly, women-owned leagues that span the globe (more than 1,200 worldwide).


040 Two teams of ve skaters each circle a at track trying to earn points by passing their opponents. Players engage various maneuvers blocking, jamming, walling and whipping to name a few all of which are made trickier and more intense on skates. A derby bout is played in two periods of 30 minutes each with a 15-minute halftime. To be sure, this rough and tumble pastime, where bruises are affectionately referred to as derby kisses and collisions and falls are a given, is not for the faint-hearted. Its Hell on wheels so to speak. Whats not to love? You get to hit people, 38-year-old derby veteran, Rachele Harley Quinn Huelsman admits unabashedly. Like, sorry, she deadpans because shes really not sorry. The sport demands copious amounts of physical and mental toughness. She should know having had surgery twice to repair a torn ACL/meniscus. And yet, there she is back at it without fear practicing moves shes done thousands of times. Quinns been skating artistically since age 10 and competing in roller derby bouts since 2007. By day, the outspoken Connecticut native is the director of alumni relations for Gulliver. Nothing if not dedicated. We push them [fresh meat]. We ask a lot of them, says Jessica Wilma Shakesfear Giraldo, a poetry lover and an IT professional at a big downtown Miami law rm who also dubs as the teams secretary. You earn your [derby] name. And you earn your spot, Shakesfear says referring to the 10 or so fresh meat who This page: The Vice City Rollers at the Swan City bout Opposite page, clockwise from top left: Kristen De La Ruthless De La Rua, Nicole Tear N Teaseher Hermann, Jessica Shakesfear Giraldo and Keren Velociraptor


paletteoct|nov 2017 partake in a six-week, paid course to learn the basics of roller derby. The more we see you out here putting forth the effort, the more welcoming and accepting were going to be. In fact, social acceptance is one of the Vice City Rollers, a 501 (c) 3 nonprot, stated missions. So is female empowerment, providing a supportive environment and repeating body positive mantras, all of which make the sport attractive to women of all stripes including the LGBTQ community. Founded in 2011 by Miami lesbian and nine-year derby veteran, Kristen De La Ruthless De La Rua, the Vice City Rollers counts 12 openly gay members of the LGBTQ community among its ranks of approximately 50 people 30 skaters and 20 volunteers. Nicole Hermann Robleto, Tear N Teaseher in the rink, is a 20-something Miami-Dade College lm student and out lesbian whose derby name is based on her favorite director, Quentin Tarantino. She expressed a deep appreciation for an environment that encourages her to be who she is. My heart is full, for sure, being on this team. Theyre so loving and accepting and they show nothing but love and compassion for all situations. They listen to you. Theyre really a family. Harley Quinn, who is straight, shared a similar sentiment. The great thing about derby is that you have an automatic community when you play it, she said. People take you in. Everyone is super supportive of each other not only in derby life but in personal life. Shakesfear says the team is a group of sisters, and her support network, and keeps her coming back. Well that and the challenge of the sport. On a macro level, the relationship with the LGBTQ community is reciprocal. The sports governing body, the Womens Flat Track Derby Association, has issued an ofcial gender statement, which reads that it is, committed to inclusive and antidiscrimination practices in relation to all transgender women, intersex women and gender expansive participants, and aims to ensure that all skaters, volunteers, and employees rights are respected and protected. Back at the Suniland Roller Hockey Rink, Shakesfear points out that that athletic ability, while appreciated, is not a prerequisite to join the sport. Skates are the great equalizer, she says. Theres a learning curve. Theres also no substitute for dedication and tenacity. And its the blood, sweat, tears and months worth of training that makes the Vice City Rollers highly watchable. Its not some staged thing, Harley Quinn insists. What to expect. The sportsmanship, sense of accomplishment, and general excitement in the air when a bout is happening is totally contagious and makes every game an awesome time, every time, says superfan and number one volunteer, Cristina Critty Mazarredo. The thrills of slamming into each other and putting their skills to the test seeps into the fans in a way that I havent seen in other sports. Fresh meat Jennifer Red Miguel, a redhead who easily tops six feet in her skates and says shes pushing 50, doesnt mince words. Youre gonna see some sick women kicking ass. Its exciting. Theres food trucks. Theres lady on lady action, which is extremely hot, she says, producing a round of hoots from her teammates standing nearby. Its a great time. It gets a little rowdy sometimes but its family friendly. And with a name like the Vice City Rollers, youre sure to get hooked. The season runs from January through September, but Fresh Meat classes begin immediately after the last bout of the season and run throughout the year. With ticket prices setting you back $10-12, planning for a night of derby action is a no brainer. To sign up for Fresh Meat classes or nd out more about the team, visit




Its late June, and a throng of bemused tourists look on from the now iconic red TKTS staircase as a tall, lanky cappuccino-skinned queen glistening, toned arms exposed through a cobwebpattern black tank, and donning a straw hat along with several strands of beads and amulets commences an impromptu ballroom-style kiki. He twirls, waacks, and sasses, bellowing, Dont ignore me!!! It really is impossible. Tourists heed his call, pausing their own sel e frenzies to take photos and videos. Miss Thang spots me taking pictures with my zoom lens and struts forward, striking poses, bumping into a visibly annoyed local businessmen who has the misfortune of passing through circa rush hour. Legendary! Queerness is truly everywhere in NYC, and Times Square serves as a southern border for Hells Kitchen, currently the gayest neighborhood of all. Its chock-a-block with gay bars, the clothing shop TAGG (think: LGBTQ Urban Out tters with poppers and lube) and famous queer faces. I spot Andersen Cooper at least twice (his boyfriend, Ben Maisani, owns the local gay bar Atlas Social Club), and it seems a couple of RuPauls Drag Race alumni perform on a weekly basis at some bar or other (ditto for the fabulous NYC/Brooklyn club kids that served erceness in Katy Perrys now legendary SNL Swish Swish performance). So, where should you begin when taking a decidedly gay NYC vacay? For a Hells Kitchen-adjacent location, the W New York in Times Square, with its chic, renovated lobby in 2015; slick, innovative and functional, the budgetfriendly, Japan-inspired Yotel; and the equally wallet-appealing Pod Times Square, are great places to set yourself up. If you happen to be a last-minute type, I strongly recommend using the Hotel Tonight app, for its sometimes shockingly good bargains during nonpeak dates (were talking under $90 for 4-star stays). Theater fans take note: an OffBroadway revival of Harvey Fiersteins Torch Song Trilogy, directed by Moises Kaufman and starring Michael Urie, runs through November 19th at the Tony Kiser Theater, while October 7th sees the opening of director Julie Taymors 044IS BURNINGTIMES SQUARE PARIS Kiki, the queen of Times Square


paletteoct|nov 2017 Broadway revival of David Henry Hwangs gender-bent romance, M Buttery, starring Clive Owen. How many cities can boast a contemporary art gallery, dedicated exclusively to LGBTQ work on par with Wynwoods slickest spaces? Sohos is exactly that, with both an impressive permanent collection and visiting exhibits. October through January sees a themed retrospective by groundbreaking lesbian lmmaker/multimedia artist, Barbara Hammer. The Metropolitan Museum of Arts Anna Wintour Costume Center annual exhibition and its legendary May gala are renowned, but The Museum at FIT (the Fashion Institute of Technology) is criminally underrated. Check out its Expedition: Fashion From the Extreme, dubbed the rst large-scale exhibition of high fashion inuenced by clothing made for survival in the most inhospitable environments, which is running through January 6, 2018. Fashionistas will also ip for Dover Street Market, a seven-oor store curated by Comme des Garcons Rei Kawakubo and located in the bizarrely not-a-fashion-hub, largely residential neighborhood of Murray Hill. Loaded with cutting edge (and insanely pricey) clothing including limited runs from cult urban brands (e.g. Supreme, Gosha Rubshinskiy) and young designers its like a funhouse in layout and design. Another destination-worthy, underthe-radar gem is Keith Harings racy 1989 mural, titled Once Upon A Time, which decorates a second oor restroom in the West Villages LGBT Community Center (Haring died the following year of AIDS). Also check out the Centers Bureau of General Services Queer Division, aka BGSQD, a bookstore and art gallery that started as a roving, crowd-funded pop-up. Youll nd an outstanding selection of books, obscure queer zines, small press publications, comics and art collectibles. On the way out, grab a coffee from the outstanding, socially conscious craft java spot, Think Coffee. A few blocks away, the striking, angular NYC AIDS Memorial is a ne place to sit and reect or chat. Christopher Streets 1992 Gay Liberation Monument by George Segal, depicting a pair of lifesized same-sex couples, is another must. A brand new monument dedicated to the LGBTQ community and victims of 2016s Pulse nightclub massacre, designed by artist Anthony Goicolea, is in the works. Located at the waterfront Hudson River Park, its glass-embedded boulders will emit prism-like rainbows. The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is a must-see for anyone visiting the city (the latters extensive underground exhibit is powerful and heartbreaking). Nearby, the year-old Oculus Spanish architect Santiago Calatravas $4-billion shopping center and train station has quickly become one of the citys most ridiculously photogenic spaces.


046 Hungry? Swing by Brook eld Place for its outstanding secondoor urban market (just dont call it a food court, though we all know it is). Youll nd branches of the excellent Mighty Quinns BBQ, Umami Burger and Cambodiansandwich spot Num Pang. Urban markets are all the rage lately, and are especially handy for families with children or friends with divergent cravings thanks to their numerous vendors and options. Adjacent to Grand Central Station, Urbanspace Vanderbilt is a treasure with 20-plus vendors, including chewy dough pizza at Robertas and bonkers-good fried chicken sandwiches at Delaney Chicken. Opened in June, Brooklyns 40-plus vendor DeKalb Market Hall features a branch of the world famous Katzs Deli (yes, youll miss the Lower East Side locations When Harry Met Sally orgasm table, but not its festering tour groups and lines). There are also excellent From top: the Urbanspace Vanderbilt food hall; imposing and stately, The Campbell Bar is a throw back to another offerings: Bunsmiths succulent pork jowl bao, as well as Bunkers ban xeo stuffed crpe and bnh mi are insanely good. One of my favorite recent meals was at Williamsburg, Brooklyns Llama Inn, where former Eleven Madison Parks Peruvian chef, Erik Ramirez, pushes his homelands food into brightly avored and textured post-modern territory (bonus: its a few blocks to local gay hipster bar, Metropolitan!). Back in Manhattan, celeb lesbian chef April Bloom elds gastropub deliciousness rules at Spotted Pig and at the Michelin-starred The Breslin in the ACE Hotel, which is also home to her John Dory Oyster Bar. Other places I tried this summer and would merrily revisit: Im haunted by La Pecora Biancas gramigna a chewy, al dente einkorn wheat pasta with pork sausage, garlic, broccolini and chili akes. The spot is contemporary, airy Italian. I also loved the crunchy gringo and soft lamb tacos at Street Taco,


paletteoct|nov 2017 a vintage Volkswagen van serving as a partial open kitchen. A ballyhooed May 2017 opening, the eye-popping, yet hidden away Grand Central Station bar, The Campbell is set in the former turn-of-the-last-century ofce of wealthy railroad exec John W. Campbell, and its straight out of The Great Gatsby. This spot is more about the cocktails than the food: The Bull Shot is a carnivores bloody Mary, fashioned with beef broth (its intense), while the gin-based thyme Collins is refreshingly tasty. Into wine? Le Bernadins three-yearold sibling, Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, is incredible and thoroughly contemporary NYC, with expertly curated vino ights and tasty bites. What about drinking in gay bars, you ask? First, check Time Out NYs LGBTQ section for the weeks line-up of special nightlife events and parties. Gaycities New York is also a good source for full bar/club listings. The densest concentrations of bars are in Hells Kitchen and the West Village. The formers Industry is a 21st Century favorite for dancing and great music (but, says my unexpurgated friend, shitty drinks), with a quirky Moulin Rougemeets-London-lounge look. Across the street, the two-level Therapy is favored for cocktails, chat, and weeknight entertainment. Tuesdays feature YouTube song parody diva, Sherry Vine. Flaming Saddles lacks steers but not queers its country/cowboy theme seems to only extend to the music. Cozy by comparison, perpetually busy Posh keeps its music and vibe poppy, while Rise is especially popular among millennials, thanks to resident drag queen Peppermint (of RuPauls Drag Race Season 9 fame), who appears every Monday. You can also expect surprise performances, dancing and pop tunes while there. The West Villages Stonewall Inn designated the countrys rst national LGBTQ monument no less is home to a piano bar/dance club called The Monster. Cozy bear dens Tys and Rockbar, and enduring albeit refreshed lesbian institution Henrietta Hudsons are all dependable and fun, as are West Chelseas multi-level The Eagle, the East Villages Nowhere Bar (a haunt of From left: One World Trade Center; Dover Street Market, the seven-oor fashion destination curated by Comme des Garons Rei Kawakubo in Murray Hill.The Magnetic Fields Stephin Merritt and other gay media luminaries), and Chelseas gay sports bar Boxers. Mind you, its not a bar, but theres another stop local LGBTQs and Broadway queens in the know ock to when out late: Schmackarys. Beloved by the likes of Kristen Chenoweth, Megan Mullally and Michael Urie for its decadent cookies and brownies the toasted marshmallow-topped Schmore, hello! its the place to pick up something sweet, chance a celeb sighting or just wind down an days worth of New York minutes. One night I waited in line behind Mad Mens Bryan Batt. Hes tall! Seems like some NYC nights you get a kiki, and on others you are happy to get a cookierfnttbtrftrtbrfnttbtr


048editorial column paletteoct|nov 2017Fear of intimacy is a major obstacle when trying to make connections in South Floridas body-obsessed gay culture. by DANIEL SHOER ROTHSome days I wish Id been born a few centuries earlier. As far back as the Middle Ages and through much of the 19th century really being doughy and pasty was considered beautiful and fashionable, a sure sign of health and wealth. It makes for fun small talk in the steam room of the South Beach gym I frequent, while surrounded by scores of gay men with chiseled beach-ready bodies. I imagine that to them, my pale Rubenesque gure is at out unappealing. As I swipe through the pro les of local men on the various gay dating sites and apps, I cant help but think there is an obsession with body image that shows a marked preference for the gymt, muscular and masc sexy dudes. The apps are too sexually focused for me; many users show off their tanned physiques in designer underwear. Basic dialogue is not required before nude pictures are solicited or unlocked. The scene is similarly devoid of what I consider substance at many bars and clubs, where bulky muscles and plate-size pectorals seem all too often to be the de ning and most coveted quality about a person though at the very least people cant be ltered out by their stats in this setting. Who knew wed get to a point when the local bar would offer more opportunities to establish authentic romantic connections? I admit, when I was younger and in better shape, I had my fair share of one-night stands and no-strings-attached sex. Even today, I too get easily caught up in aesthetics. I am attracted to men for their looks while being painfully insecure about my own. Yet I know that, at least for me, a xation on physical appearance is not as signi cant as an individuals intellectual, emotional and spiritual qualities. Its whats on the inside that really counts. Unfortunately, gay American culture has set and promotes unrealistic standards of beauty, and this is particularly true in South Florida. As a result, many gay men unsatis ed with their perceived physical imperfections become xated on drastic measures to meet these impossible standards, frequently resorting to performanceenhancing drugs, plastic surgery and all manner of less invasive cosmetic procedures. Experts agree that this preocupation with looks can result in lowered trust and intimacy within relationships, and, as it turns out, lack of intimacy is actually a common problem among gay couples. Beneath the surface, we often struggle with self-esteem and doubts about being romantically lovable no doubt a result of long-standing societal rejection, discrimination and stigmatization since childhood as well. And like many people across the spectrum, there may very well be a part of us fearing long-term commitment, too. In my case, I had to stop blaming my single status on others. I dont control them. My own insecurities are what has really been holding me back from experiences, including dating and building relationships. I have not been eager or willing to drop my own defenses and inhibitions, in short to become vulnerable. And yet, I long for intimacy, which demands that kind of vulnerability. While I may not be outgoing in the dating scene, I do strive to be friendly, caring and grateful with those around me. This makes me approachable, so I often attract guys who are lonely or searching for new friends. I dont mind. I just have to see it for what it is: an opportunity. It recently happened at the gym. A gay man who recently moved from New York introduced himself, and ever since we greet each other. He came up to me one day while I was trudging along on the treadmill. Can I ask you a personal question? he said softly. Could you recommend a place in Miami to get Botox?


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050health & wellness paletteoct|nov 2017 by WYATT MYERS Lets face it, were all busy. Between the demands of our jobs, families and social lives, it can feel impossible to squeeze in anything. Unfortunately, one area that often gets neglected is the basic need to look after our teeth and gums. After all, at the end of an exhausting day it can be easy to just leave the brushing and ossing for the following morning, right? Brushed Off Lee Robert Cohen, DDS, a periodontal surgeon in Jupiter, Florida, says the reality is that its well worth the few minutes it takes twice a day to give your teeth and gums the attention they deserve for various reasons. The most important thing you can do to preserve your tooth and gum health as you age is stay vigilant about your oral health, says Dr. Cohen. Brushing twice daily, flossing everyday, as well as regular visits to your periodontist for a comprehensive periodontal evaluation can preserve your teeth and gums and keep your smile healthy.Stress & Dental Health Whats more, recent research indicates that the busier you are the more important being vigilant about your dental health may actually be. Thats because stress can actually have a dramatic negative effect on the teeth and gums. A recent study found that stress plays a huge role in oral health, says Dr. Cohen. Stress decreases the saliva ow in our mouths, and as saliva helps us ght cavities and other bacteria that lives in the mouth, it can actually produce more plaque. Flossing: Still Important One thing that has negatively impacted dental health recently, notes Dr. Cohen, is the widespread reporting in the media that ossing is not as important as previously believed. This has led to many people abandoning ossing, which has not been a positive development for tooth and gum health. Brushing your teeth alone does not remove plaque that is below the gum line, he says. There are over 500 types of bacteria that can live below the gum line. Flossing daily removes this plaque and keeps your gums healthy. With so much focus on the beauty of the skin and body, its easy to overlook your teeth and gums. But devoting time to proper dental care is critically important at every age. rfffn tfb rrrf r brfn fbr r fr fnrnr f ff


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052local getawayCharacterized by graceful parks, broad streets and a lively arts scene, St. Petersburg is the ideal destination for South Floridians in search of a little culture. by ANDREW PRINTERUnlike its rambunctious Atlantic counterpart, Floridas gulf coast stretching from Sarasota in the south right up to Pensacola in the panhandle distinguishes itself with its easier pace, spectacular sunsets and serious arts cred. St. Petersburg, home to seven arts districts each with a distinct avor, is arguably the epicenter of all the cultural activity. The Edge District, for example, is a bohemian neighborhood noted for its craft beer scene and for being home to the countrys largest selection of mid-century modern furniture. The Warehouse District, along 22nd Street South, is home to a number of artists studios that are accessible to the public and open late every second Saturday for a monthly art walk. rfntrfrbfrn tnnnnnfrrBut the lions share of the citys artistic action takes place in the Waterfront Museum District, which is home to both The Dal Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, cultural cornerstones within the community. This district is as good a place as any to set off on a sublime adventure. Home to a remarkable permanent collection of works by the legendary Spanish surrealist the most comprehensive outside of Europe The Dal Museum has long been an institution in St. Petersburg. It solidi ed its standing as such upon opening its new awe-striking, Dal-inspired building in 2011. This October, the museum is highlighting the creative relationship between Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dal, friends and collaborators that set Paris ablaze with their groundbreaking vision. Prepare


paletteoct|nov 2017 rrrf ntbt btbbtn ftn embraces the citys rich AfricanAmerican Heritage, and the latter is where you might nd artists and writers sipping coffee or tea. Art is not just a body of work that a scholarly decisionmaker schedules for a cultural institution. Strolling the streets and people watching can be just as inspiring, as is the enjoyment of the regional cuisine. Similarly, art isnt limited to at pictures on walls. Its spoken, sung and often performed in unlikely spaces. The third SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival returns in October, once again showcasing work by artists from around the world. A corresponding festival involves bicycle tours along with a diverse range of community projects. This is just a sampling of what St. Petersburg has to offer tourists of all stripes, but especially those with artistic inclinations. Have fun and may the force be with you.featured in the rst seven lms of the series. Other districts worth visiting include the Central District, a nest of artists studios and galleries; and Grand Central District, characterized by antiques stores and home to Haslans, Floridas largest new and used bookshop. Deuces Live and M.L. King North are two emerging arts neighborhoods. The former yourself for a vivid display of haute couture gowns, paintings, drawings and objets dart. Farther up the waterfront, the Museum of Fine Arts has served as a magnet for creative minds and their patrons since 1965. Starting in November, Star Wars and the Power of Costume offers a close examination of the captivating process of costume design, displaying up to 60 iconic outts rb


054q&a paletteoct|nov 2017Front Desk Clerk and Concierge at the La Te Da Hotel in Key West Michael Leggs position as front desk clerk and concierge for the famous La Te Da hotel on Duval Street puts him smackdab in the middle of the islands arts community. Originally from Germany, he and his husband moved to Stock Island in the Lower Keys in 2016. Leggs partner had been recruited by City Hall to help develop public transportation and biking options on the densely built island, and the move was ideal for Legg, as an avid cyclist and in many other ways.Q: What brought you to Key West?A: The rst time I visited Key West in 2011 I said I would live here one day. Five years later my husband and I did it.Q: What are the pros and cons of riding a bike every day? A: Well, cycling everywhere keeps me in excellent shape. You really feel as if you are part of the island when biking around, and you see so much more thats going on. For me there are no cons. I have never had a drivers license. I have biked everywhere all my life.Q: Visitors come to Key West from all over the world. Where do you direct guests who are interested in the arts visual or performing? A: Obviously, La Te Da Piano bar, which is open 7 nights a week. Plus our cabaret shows, local theaters such as Red Barn, Waterfront, the Key West Theatre and the Tropic Cinema. My best advice: Walk down Duval street and when you hear the right music, go in. Live entertainment is everywhere.Q: What happens at La Te Das famous Crystal Room? A: Christopher Petersons Eyecons and Randy Roberts Live! Great cabaret. Great impersonators. And, no lip-synching.Q: What do you and your partner do for entertainment?A: The newly refurbished Key West Theater is a great new asset to the community.Q: Whats your favorite place on the island to get a bite to eat? A: I can waste away an entire afternoon sitting at Blue Macaw r r fntb or Schooner Warf listening to live music.Q: Some might say the arts in Key West happens on the street, all year round. What are some of the more notable street events? A: Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade in May. Its human-powered art sculptures, and its amazing. The best street event, however, is the Locals Parade/Masquerade March.Q: Key Wests high season gets into full swing in the fall. Are there any events that visitors might enjoy? A: Id suggest looking at exhibition openings at The Studios of Key West and theater openings at the Waterfront and the Red Barn. Of course, Fantasy Fest and Goombay Fest both happen in October.Q: You live on Stock Island. Tell us something about Key Wests closest neighboring island community. A: The word on Stock Island is that we are the Brooklyn of Key West. Lots of popular restaurants are there such as Hog sh, Chicos, Roostica, De Lunas, and the Rusty Anchor is open again. New Marina hotels like The Perry have opened and theres Safe Harbor Art Studios behind Hog sh Bar and Grill. by ANDREW PRINTER




Todays consumers are not moving to apartments for shortterm housing. They are actively choosing apartment living for the convenience, amenities and alignment with their lifestyles. Young and mid-career professionals value a work-life balance that allows them to advance their careers while living in a beautifully landscaped community without worrying about lawn care; enjoying a luxurious pool without having to deal with the maintenance; and getting to work, restaurants or attractions around town without depending on a car. As with most real estate, location is key. In the Miami area, being on or physically active. For many, its not just about staying t, but about combining tness with fun, engaging group activities. State-of-the-art tness centers with the newest equipment, onsite yoga, and Pilates and kickboxing classes, along with easy access to parks and waterfront trails are no longer perks. Theyre musts. Workout buffs might consider properties like Bay Parc Apartments in Miami, which boasts an onsite boutique cardio boxing gym. The apartments are conveniently located within walking or biking distance of nearby services, retail and restaurants, so residents can stay t while being environmentally friendly, too. Culture is another driving factor for renters, and easy access to the rich, vibrant and diverse arts and entertainment scene in the greater Miami area is a must. Whether taking in dance, opera or concerts at the Arsht Center or keeping the night spontaneous with a stroll along the many bars, restaurants and shops that line the streets of South Beach, residents relish the chance to relax and play close to home. While many renters may not have children, creating a home for their pets is an important factor. With the unconditional love and companionship offered by four-legged friends, its only tting that they are fully welcomed and cared for in their owners apartment community. Doggie day spas, grooming centers and dog parks are becoming staples of many apartment complexes and pre-requisites for residents. Consumers ought to expect more from their apartment homes than just updated bathrooms and stainless steel kitchen appliances. While the appearance and comfort of an apartment surely remains paramount, choosing a living space that offers a better lifestyle requires looking for the perfect neighborhood and amenities for your needs and desires. Catherine Keeter Regional Property Manager Bay Parc Plaza & Flamingo South Beach Corporate Partner Member of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commercerfrntclose to the water with a panoramic view trumps all other settings. Renters seeking highly coveted locations have a number of great options, including the Flamingo South Beach, a resort-style community with picturesque views of Biscayne Bay. Apartment dwellers often get perks beyond resort-style pools. The Flamingo, for example, also features private cabanas, poolside service and a tiki bar. Many who have actively chosen South Florida as their home, want to be transported to a vacation-like setting just steps from their home on a daily basis. Beyond atmosphere, roughly 70 percent of greater downtown Miami residents describe themselves as The Art of LivingFINDING AN APARTMENT HOME IN SOUTH FLORIDA GOES BEYOND LANDING A PLACE WITH GREAT CLOSET SPACE.By Catherine Keeter 056


rfntbfrfI am often asked, What exactly is Blue Chip Art? To keep it simple, it is art that generally appreciates in value over time. A resale market exists, so if you want to sell a work you acquired at a later time, there is another collector, art dealer, auction house or gallery that may be interested in buying your work. Like any investment, an increase in resale value is not guaranteed. The value can uctuate up and down for a host of reasons, including current trends and fashion. Blue chip artists include wellknown names such as Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko and Roy Lichtenstein. But like many investments, artists can quickly fall out of favor. A good rule of thumb is to genuinely like what you are buying. You may end up owning it for quite a while. Bridging various artist communities and providing greater exposure for its artists in new markets, the Williams McCall Gallery promotes the rich Intelligent FindsLOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS SHOWCASE WORK THAT COULD BECOME WORTH WAY MORE THAN THE FILM, CANVAS OR PAPER ON WHICH IT LIVES.varietyof talent found in the U.S. and around the world.You can nd a unique mix of emerging, mid-career and established artists at the gallery. Williams McCall began offering selected blue chip works a couple of years ago. The gallery quickly became a gateway for new and experienced collectors seeking ne art for investment purposes. This added another dimension to its roster of offerings, and it was positively received by collectors. Those interested in building their collections should heed a few points of advice: Work with a reputable art gallery or art advisor; know what you are buying; keep in mind that the condition of a piece is key; take care of your art; and insure it. A Wharton and Harvard graduate, Gail P. Williams enjoyed a successful career as a media marketing andnancial services executive. Deciding the time was right to pursue her dream of owning an art gallery, she By Gail P. Williamsopened the Williams McCall Gallery in February 2012. By the following year, the gallery was recognized inthe Best New Art Gallery category by the Miami New Times and Miami Sun Post in their Best of 2013. Williams is a former Board of Trustees member of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, theoldest continuous art colony in America. She currently serves on its Nominating Committee. Dawn McCall is a globally respected business person, recognized for building and managing international brand leaders in the media space. After a successful career with Discovery Communications where she served as president of Discovery Networks International McCall was invited to join the U.S. State Department. Most recently she returned to Miami, where shekicked off a career in international business with the launch of Discovery Networks Latin America, serving as its general manager. McCall also is also currently the Vice Chair of the Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council. Truly loving Miami and the South of Fifth neighborhood, both Williams and McCall are proud to have established its rst art gallery. Gail P. Williams Gallery Owner Williams McCall Gallery Corporate Member of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce GAYBIZMIAMI.COM october.november


Housed in one of the most historic buildings in Coral Gables built in 1922 by the towns founder, George Merrick the boutique property known as the Hotel Colonnade recently completed an $18 million renovation, which granted it with the perfect blend of modern and classic South Florida design. The renovation revealed 157 spacious guest rooms with modern, four-poster beds and expansive seating areas, featuring bright pops of color and contemporary original art. Guests now enjoy a new lobby bar with creative craft cocktails, plus a sleek, adult-focused game room thats ideal for unwinding and cutting loose. Hotel Colonnade celebrates the history of travel and the luxury of The Colonnade also boasts a lush rooftop pool, 24-hour concierge services and more than 23,000 square feet of exible and natural light-lled meeting space. Enjoying all the perks of being right in downtown Coral Gables home to some of the citys best restaurants, art galleries and boutique shopping the Colonnade is also just a short distance away from downtown Miami, South Beach and the Wynwood Arts District, making it an ideal place to stay for business and leisure travelers alike. Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables Corporate Member of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commercerffexploring a new destination in style while offering an intimate, celebratory experience in the heart of Coral Gables. Spirited travelers, adventure-seekers and work-hard-play harder weekend warriors will nd an experience evocative of bold whimsy and exotic elegance at the newly re-imagined hotel. With dashes of European elegance, sophisticated social spaces and an unparalleled location right on Miracle Mile, Hotel Colonnade is unlike any other property in Miami. The artistry extends beyond the walls with the classic, amid a distinctive dining ambience of its various eateries, including the Aragon Caf, House: A Town Kitchen & Bar, Cream Gourmet Expresso and even the lobby bar. Historic and RefinedSET IN THE HEART OF CORAL GABLES, THE HOTEL COLONNADE PAYS HOMAGE TO THE CITYS RICH HISTORY WHILE REFLECTING MIAMIS CONTEMPORARY CULTURE AND MODERN DESIGN. 058


rfMiami is known for its gorgeous beaches, diverse culture, thriving nightlife and restaurant scene. It is, after all, one of the most popular vacation destinations in all of the United States. However, in recent years, Miamis burgeoning arts scene has sparked a modern, cultural renaissance. Miami has transformed into one of the worlds hottest art destinations, thanks to the various art fairs, galleries, staged performances and the increasingly popular street art scene. Right at the center of Miamis artistic and cultural landscape lies Atton Brickell Miami. The hotel is the premier U.S. agship property of Atton Hotels. Aside Eye for DesignATTON BRICKELL MIAMI OFFERS A TASTE OF MIAMIS DYNAMIC ARTS SCENE.from its close proximity to the best art venues around, its modern design and dcor elements provide guests with a taste of the citys dynamic arts scene. Rising gracefully amid the busy streets of Greater Downtown Miami, Atton Brickell Miami brings Latin elegance to the heart of Brickell, offering the perfect enclave of convenience, comfort, efciency and breathtaking views. A light and airy lobby features a geometrical shapes and textures. The creative space provides both intimate and social zones, as well as furniture that is as comfortable as it is eye-catching. The venue is comprised of 275 spacious guest rooms, each furnished with comfortable desk spaces, bedding and other in-room necessities allowing travelers to truly unwind. Enhancing the experience further, the rooms also boast breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay and the Brickell skyline and feature images of Simpson Park, a nature reserve that is located steps away from the property. Atton Brickell Miami also offers a variety of food and beverage options including a full-service Peruvianinspired restaurant. The property is also Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certied as a result of its various environmental initiatives, which include a recycling program for guests and a waterless AC system, among others. With a modern, lifestyle approach that blurs the line between business and pleasure, a stay Atton makes the perfect trip for any art acionado.By Claudia Di Gino General Manager, Atton Brickell Miami Claudia Di Gino General Manager Atton Brickell Miami Corporate Partner Member of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce GAYBIZMIAMI.COM october.november


Spotlight: JESPER SOERENSENGENERAL MANAGER AT THE SHORE CLUB SOUTH BEACHMORGANSHOTELGROUP.COM/ORIGINALS | CORPORATE PARTNER MEMBER OF THE MIAMI-DADE GAY & LESBIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 060 Please share with a bit of your personal background. I was born and raised in Denmark. I grew upwanting to explore and travel the world, so I leftDenmarkin 1996 to embark [to the] U.S.A., Nicaragua and London. Irst spent 10 years in the U.S.A. (Miami and LA). After that I was six months inNicaragua, and nally I moved to London where I spent 10 years. Work offered me an opportunity again in the United States, and in 2013 I moved to Miami for the second time, where I currently [reside]. Prior to 1996, I went to school for four years to become a hair stylist, and laterworked as a spa manager in Los Angeles whileworking as platform artist for hair care companies and traveled all over the United States. With this job I was transferred to Miami in 1999 where I opened my own salon. This led me to beingintroduced to hospitality through a good client of mine. Being adventurous, I took a job at a prominent hotel in Miami which led to a position in London.I learned everything about hotels and worked my way up through various departments to become the General Manager I am today at the Shore Club. Do any interesting guest stories stand out in your time as General Manager of the Shore Club South Beach? There are so many great stories about amazing guests and staff members and what goes into guest experience, but our hotel motto is towe never kiss and tell. I will say though its never boring and you learna lotabout different people and certainly about your own abilities to adapt and learn. SBE (formerly Morgans Hotel Group) the Shore Club and you have a history of support for diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Do you see that support being sustained? Ian Schrager, Morgans Hotel Group and now SBE arepioneers in hospitality. Diversity and inclusion are ourstrengths. We embrace whats different and see it as a strength and an opportunity todevelop someamazing individuals for our hotels and restaurants throughout the world. Denmark has a history of embracing diversity. What is one thing that we here in the U.S. could adopt? I feel an open mind and no judgement will get everyone far in life. Its natural curiosity to explore without putting limitations on yourself or trying to t in withwhats identied as normal in society.Denmarkis a very happy place and it fosters openminded, kind and ambitious individuals. Shore Club is a Corporate Partner Member of the Chamber. What makes the Chamber worthy of support? MDGLCC reects what I stand for and what I rmlybelieve in. Its in the willingness to help and reach out to motivate, grow andbelievein yourself and [that] everyone on the planet has a place and a purpose without prejudice.


rInspired SpacesWITH SOME THOUGHT AND A LITTLE CREATIVITY YOU CAN BRING TASTE AND ARTISTRY TO ANY LIVING SPACE.By Adrienne MooreSouth Florida has a mind-boggling number of sources for ooring, furniture, contractors, artwork and accessories, among countless other offerings. This can be stressful for those unfamiliar with the market, or a pleasure for those getting the help of a professional to guide them. Designers spend their lives securing the best contractors and vendors to deliver high-quality goods, exceptional nishes and service. In the end, the interior designers reputation is bolstered or tarnished by the clients satisfaction. An interior designer plays many roles including psychologist, business negotiator and artist. Homeowners and large commercial operations alike have differing concerns, whether they have a strong sense of style or have no idea about where to start a project. Tapping into a clients taste and elevating it, while developing a cohesive, timeless design concept is no simple task. Imagine a homeowner who has grown tired of the mellow pink polka dot motif in their home and wants to have it refreshed. By the end of the new project, that homeowner may love the clean lines, and timeless beauty of the dramatic conservative with an edge styled home, but its the process in the middle that can become messy without a designer. Style can be trendy, timeless, tacky or tasteful. For example, Frank Lloyd Wrights designs from nearly a century ago remain relevant because of their clean lines and organic use of space. These are almost universally viewed as timeless and tasteful. Regardless of a projects style or scope, an interior designer can help avoid trends that will make a space feel dated quickly. Clients sometimes can have strong sentimental ties to pieces theyve collected. Making the decision about what to keep a major challenge. An interior designer can provide a cohesive vision that helps make it easier. From navigating the ever-growing international art market to forging relationships with local galleries and artists, an interior designer often has the ability to negotiate the best price, and also arrange delivery and installation as part of the deal. Its wonderful if you purchase a piece of art that appreciates in value, but seasoned curators will tell you never count on that. Buy what you love! With a designers trained eye you can add wow factor, pops of color and perfect lighting the masterstrokes that will transform your space. Adrienne Moore Interior Designer and Owner Corporate Member of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce GAYBIZMIAMI.COM october.november


partner/owner in the business, bringing her experience as a successful attorney to the shop. The pair have been together since they met on a blind date in Miami Beach in the fall of 1996. Prints and posters from catalogs were the hospitality industry artwork standard in the 1990s. Seeing an opportunity to provide custom imagery at a fraction of the price, Sweeny and Lardner purchased their rst wide format printer in 1999. Today they offer wide format printing services with four printers, cutting edge software and alternative, innovative substrates for artwork printing and framing. Throughout their history, Sweeny and Lardner have maintained a constant eye toward future development. Both have also earned the prestigious industry designation of Certied Picture Framer, awarded by the Professional Picture Framing Association. Less than ve percent of all picture framers in the country hold this designation. Their commitment to continued personal development in their chosen trade has allowed them to enjoy consistent growth for more than two decades. The two women are proud of their reputation througout South Florida for exemplary framing services and for their constant and continued support of local charities, community events and school arts programs. Married since 2004, the couple has raised two extraordinary daughters, who are currently high school students in the prestigious visual arts program at New World School of the Arts. Both Sweeny and Lardner are extremely proud of their family, for which they had to overcome many legal and social obstacles, their family is, as Cris Mom says the most normal queer family you could ever meet! They remain active and involved in their church, South Miamis Riviera Presbyterian and are committed to being a shining example of what is possible.FrameWorks was launched over two decades ago when Christine Sweeny moved to Miami and opened frame shop Kennedy Studios in Coconut Grove in 1989. The original business she opened with her father was rebranded as FrameWorks and moved to its current corner on Commodore Plaza in 1995. At the time, Sweeny was a sole retail operator. Now, the company employs 22 people, many of whom have been with the company for over 15 years. A year after the rebranding and the move, Claire Lardner became an equal Framed!By Claire Lardner GAYBIZMIAMI.COM october.november 2017062 A DIVERSIFIED, WOMANOWNED, COMMERCIAL ART CONSULTING AND FRAMING COMPANY, FRAMEWORKS CASTS A SHADOW WELL BEYOND ITS COCONUT GROVE LOCATIONChristine Sweeny and Claire Lardner Certied Picture Framers and Owners FrameWorks Corporate Partner Member of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce



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