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THE ETERNAL QUESTION
WHAT IS IT? A non-scientific, psychological evaluation of the kind of person you are based on what high school you went to in Miami-Dade County.
WHY IS IT A BIG DEAL? It’s one of those things that isn’t ever really explained, but you know it once a person announces their particular alma mater. It can reflect or validate something about their personality, their friend circles, how they ended up at the college they chose (note: college choice hardly ever holds the same weight in these convos) and how they ended up in their profession. The phenomenon even factors into how some folks view politicians.
And if that person went to your rival high school, it could potentially ruin a friendship. We should all probably grow up and leave high school in the past, but that’s not as fun.
USAGE: “Oh, you went to Belen? Hmm. What? Oh, nothing that’s just… interesting.”
We’ll be rolling out more Miamipedia entries soon. In the meantime, hit reply or email [email protected] to tell us any other suuuper Miami terms, phrases and people we should include.
WHAT'S NEW IN THE 305
Democratic debate days. The Democratic candidates for governor (Just FYI they are: Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham, Chris King and Philip Levine) had their third debate and while their backgrounds are a bit different, they mostly agree on things like opposition to private prisons, criticism of the federal response to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and a desire to break up the Republican foothold in Tallahassee. Ultimately, the event was more discussion than debate, but election day is still far away and we’re sure the gloves will come off soon. (Miami Herald)
Looking to make a mark. Saima Farooqui is hoping to make history by becoming the first Muslim to serve in the state legislature. She’s campaigning for a state house seat in District 96, a mostly Democratic stretch of Broward County that includes Parkland– home of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. It will be uphill battle for the political newcomer, though. She’s competing against a Democratic incumbent who’s raised about $27,000 compared to Saima’s $1,583 in campaign donations. (Miami Herald)
Same bookstore, new building. If you’ve followed the saga of the Bookstore in the Grove you might be wondering what exactly happened and if the store was able to survive its ownership changes. Well, good news! The store has opened in a new space that’s about a six-minute walk away from the old location. The new owners said they wanted a new space that was more accessible to Grove locals and visiting book lovers alike. (Miami.com)
Thai food after dark. Speaking of an ongoing saga, chef Phuket “Cake” Thongsodchaveondee has had an eventful few years in Miami. The Cake Thai location in Wynwood closed last year and his restaurant Gaijin Izakaya shut down earlier this year. But now, Cake is partnering with B Bistro + Bakery to take over the bakery’s space to offer dinner and late night Thai food. The concept is set to start June 29 so get your appetites ready. (Miami New Times)
More rough industry news. The Miami nightlife and hospitality industry is still reeling from the death of popular bartender John Lermayer and now sadly, there’s more bad news. Cook Andrew Alessi, was found dead in his Miami Beach apartment Monday night. He worked at 27 Restaurant and Bar, the restaurant attached to the Broken Shaker, and police are unsure of what led to the 30-year-old’s death. (Miami New Times)
When keeping it 💯 goes wrong. In an effort to keep up the appearance of solving “100 percent” of burglaries in the small village of Biscayne Park, the former police chief and two cops tried to frame a teenager for committing four burglaries. And they would’ve gotten away with it too if not for…well, federal prosecutors. The chief and the cops were charged this week with violating the 16-year-old’s civil rights. The police wrote made-up stories on police reports and arrested the teenager without a lawful reason. No bueno. (Miami Herald)
Want to enjoy some brunch and also tap into some holistic health practices? Look no further than the Awake & Aware cinema program. This Saturday O, Cinema is partnering with Agni Miami for a multi-faceted event that will include meditation, a sound bath, Ayurvedic cuisine and a screening of the film “The Doctor from India.”
The event will close out with a Q&A featuring filmmaker Jeremy Frindel. You can find all the details and grab tickets here.
OUR PARTNER EVENTS
🎶 Friday: Jam with “The New Schematics” (Wynwood)
🗣 Friday: Watch “Woodpeckers” and chat with one of the movie’s stars (Overtown)
📽 Saturday: Grab some brunch, meditate and watch a film on holistic health (Miami Beach)
🎥 Saturday: Catch a martial arts cult classic (Overtown)
🖼Tuesday, June 26: Enjoy some food, drink and music while bidding on art (Miami Beach)
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🎥 Catch a film at the American Black Film Festival – through Sunday (Various locations)
🎸 Slow it down at Veza Sur Unplugged (Wynwood)
🌃 Watch La La Land under the stars (Midtown)
🍷Enjoy an open mic and sip some wine at Las Rosas (Allapattah)
📽Attend a screening of “Papa Machete” and hear from filmmakers (Downtown)
🏙 Discuss how urban planning and architecture can fight inequality (Downtown)
🎞 Dive into Pablo Escobar’s love affair in this film (Little Havana)
✨ Take it back at Frost’s Laser Night, ft. Beyoncé and Stranger Things (Downtown)
🍫Tour Miami’s newest chocolate factory (Little Havana)
💪Get in a HIIT workout at Museum Park with a little yoga (Downtown)
📽Learn about black queer A/V production and catch a film screening (Design District)
🎶Catch RÜFÜS DU SOL at the Fillmore (Miami Beach)
🏳️🌈Attend a panel on LGBT literature at Books & Books (Pinecrest)
🦀Treat your pop to drinks and a crawfish boil at the Broken Shaker (Miami Beach)
🕵Take a citywide tour of Miami’s crime history (Downtown)
🏳️🌈Attend a comedy night and fundraiser for Pride month (Little Haiti)
THAT’S ALL FOR TODAY
But if you missed our event discussing climate change and its potential impact on hurricane season you can check out our livestream of the workshop here.
– The New Tropic