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Today is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death. As the whole country watches the Parkland students speak truth to power and take politicians to task, there are a lot of us thinking about Dr. King’s legacy of civil disobedience.
Here in SoFlo, the Dream Defenders are honoring him with a “funeral procession,” discussion of his life, and celebration of community. Co-director Phillip Agnew said the idea for the event came from learning the history of King’s time in Miami, when he worked on the “I Have a Dream” speech at the historic Hampton House.
“We hope people come away with a reverence and appreciation for the role this city played in the civil rights movement,” Phillip says.
Wanna join in? They’re meeting at 3 p.m. at the African-American Research Library up in Broward and hitting the road south on I-95 toward Miami.
The ride will finish at the Belafonte Tacolcy Center in Liberty City for more discussion of King and his legacy. And at 7:05 p.m. – the time when King was pronounced dead in 1968 – there will be a moment of silence, followed by a celebration of community with food and music.
Find out more about the ride and how you can sign up here.
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Hoppy times. It’s not just your happy hour haze talking – Miami’s microbrew scene really is exploding, with 36 microbreweries between Homestead and Palm Beach. The American Craft Brewing Industry contributes more than $67 billion to the U.S. economy every year, and $3 billion of that comes from right here in SoFlo, according to SFBJ. Here’s the buzz on what’s behind the boom. (SFBJ via CBS)
Epic. Ninja Lounge in North Miami has a new addition: A 1,300-square-foot virtual reality arena in which you can feel what it might be like to walk a snowy ledge on top of a mountain or fight a zombie. It’s not the first VR experience in the 305, but VR Park is definitely the most epic. (Miami New Times)
That’s not how this works. Given that sea level rise and climate change affect all of us, it seems totally reasonable that a climate change activist can expect to go to a meeting of the City of Miami’s sea level rise task force and be treated with respect – even if she’s criticizing public officials pretty hard. But apparently that’s not the case in the City of Miami’s Sea Level Rise Committee – a board member recently berated an activist to the point that she left a meeting in tears. It’s prompting a big discussion on inclusivity within the committee – the only female member is also the only black member of the commitee. (Miami New Times, WLRN)
Remember this guy? We know you’ve all been waiting for an update on the driver who tried to drive away from a bad crash last month – but was thwarted by a vigilante/good samaritan who took a sledgehammer to his car. Repeatedly. The video went viral for it’s WTF-ness and the driver, Maxwell Lagutenko, is facing a couple felony charges. Meanwhile, the man who leapt out of his van to whack the hell out of his car remains chargeless and anonymous. (Miami Herald)
Clean break. If you’re a longtime Marlins fan, you probably noticed that someone’s been missing from the home games: “Marlins Man” Laurence Leavy, who has held season tickets for prime seats behind home plate for 25 years running. Turns out he and the new management couldn’t reach an agreement on ticket prices. Miami New Times says that refusing to negotiate with Leavy on ticket prices is yet another example of Derek Jeter trying to make a solid break with the team’s Jeffrey Loria era.
Take notes. Are you a woman looking to step up your Miami civic leadership game? (Or a man who wants to make sure he’s not standing in the way?) This podcast is full of tips and insights from an all-star panel of local women on how to take your seat at the table. (Florida Action Cast)
Ruh-roh. It’s no secret that the epic Frost Museum of Science had a bit of a cash flow issue while under construction – at some points there were doubts about whether it would ever open. But it did, and it’s been going gangbusters, with almost 1 million visitors before its first birthday. Turns out, though, that the construction isn’t actually finished, and the museum is being sued by its main contractor for allegedly holding back payments and not actually finishing the construction. (Miami Herald)
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🎶 Monica Mancini Live in the Design District! Kick off the weekend with a FREE Monica Mancini & Frost School of Music concert in the Design District’s Palm Court on Friday, April 6 at 6 p.m.
🎞 3/30-4/6: Watch as much Wes Anderson as you can handle (Wynwood)
🏡 4/15-29: See what happens when top interior designers take over the Deering Estate (Cutler Bay)
🎤 Enjoy some spoken word poetry and music at open mic night (Allapattah)
📵 Put your phone down and enjoy a meal (Wynwood)
🎲 Play bingo with your ladies (South Beach)
🍷Test how well you know your wine (Design District)
🚘 Discuss the sharing economy and our cities (Allapattah)
🎤 Belt it out at karaoke for music nerds (Wynwood)
🏳️🌈 Visit the PAMM for free and celebrate Pride (Downtown)
👖 Upcycle your denim and jam at a silent disco (Little River)
🌃 Dance under the Stars on Giralda Avenue (Coral Gables)
🎧 Pod Saves America hits the 305 (Downtown)
🎸Get folksy with Keith Johns at the Yard (Wynwood)
🎷Enjoy a day of jazz on the lawn (Liberty City)
🚲Bike the Underline (Various locations)
🛠Get your inner maker on at the Maker Faire (Downtown) through 4/8
🚣Jam, eat, and drink on the historic Miami River (Downtown)
🖼Follow a local artist’s journey back home (Opa-locka)
🏳️🌈The Miami Beach Pride Parade. ‘Nuff said. (South Beach)
✍Make your own comics (Pinecrest)
🍖Grill and chill at the BBQ Festival (Wynwood)