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Miami’s got TWO exciting theater projects that you can catch this weekend and the next couple weeks.

Miami Motel Stories is an immersive theater experience in the historic Tower Hotel that takes the audience through nine different plays in different hotel rooms. It opened last weekend and already sold out of its second-floor tickets.

Fortunately you can still buy tickets to the first floor, an interactive exploration of Little Havana where the actors engage with the audience, doing things like serving up cafecitos from the ventanita. Plus, more shows will be added soon, so if you’re feeling the FOMO, follow Juggerknot Theater Company on Facebook to find out when they’re available.

There’s also Miami New Drama’s interpretation of Our Town, which captures life in a small town in New Hampshire in the early 1900s. In its version, one of the main families speaks Spanish at home, while another speaks Creole. While most of the play is still in English, the nod to our trilingual city is pretty special.

All this excitement means one thing: Miami’s theater scene is on the up.

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WHAT’S NEW IN THE 305

Unwanted visitor. The last of the fall king tides begins today and will last through the weekend. But meteorologists say that with no rain or crazy wind in the forecast, this one won’t be nearly as bad as October’s tides. (Miami Herald)

Pump the brakes. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez was all about rail when he ran for re-election last year. But now he’s swooning over high-tech buses (aka Bus Rapid Transit) that will have many of the functionalities of trains without requiring the costly, permanent rail they have to run on – and he’s pitching them hard. (Miami Herald)

GTFO. Six Miami firefighters got the boot this week for hanging a noose over one of their black coworker’s family photos, and drawing “lewd” images all over them. Eleven others were “relieved of duty” with pay and the rest who were assigned to the station were transferred elsewhere. (Miami Herald)

Is it August 2018 yet? We’re nowhere near the end of the primary races for the U.S. Congress District 27 seat, which Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is leaving next year. But it sure does feel like it. This week the Miami New Times digs into who the candidates have been raising dinero from. There’s a whole lot of donors that progressives are not happy about.

Your burning question answered. Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine was wearing Adidas NMD R1 Primeknits when he announced his campaign for governor. (Palm Beach Post)

Code red. Zoning code changes sound like snooze-town, but there are some coming down the pipe in the City of Miami that could really shake things up. The zoning board approved a change that will allow micro-units in certain areas, plus eliminate or lower parking requirements. The zoning board is also working on legislation governing pop-up businesses like the Wynwood Yard to make them easier to run. PLUS, the city is considering allowing developers with projects near the Underline (and who give money to the linear park) to build higher buildings. That could fast track the exciting public space project. (The Next Miami, Miami Today, The Real Deal)


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VOTING IS SEXY

There’s no reason to wait forever to vote on election day (which is Tuesday). Early voting polls are open today and through the weekend. Still not sure what’s going on? Lucky for you, we’ve got voter guides for both City of Miami and Miami Beach. Find your nearest early voting location for Miami here and for Miami Beach here. And be sure to tag us with your sexy “I voted” sticker.

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THAT’S ALL FOR TODAY.

Have a fab weekend.