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Speeding toward the weekend like… (📸: @woosupreme)

CRUNCH TIME

This is it, folks. Early voting locations open today at 11 a.m., and this weekend is your last chance to vote before Election Day on Aug. 28 (when there might be all the lines).

Here’s the info you need on where to get that done. Tomorrow and Sunday, early voting goes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. All you need to vote is your driver’s license or some other form of valid government-issued ID.

And this afternoon at about 1 p.m. we’ll be doing a Reddit AMA on the Miami subreddit to answer any lingering questions you have about the election. Find us over on r/Miami, and be sure to take one last look at our voter guide before you hit the polls.


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WHAT'S NEW IN THE 305

OMG. Animal researchers just discovered something terrifying: a small number of Burmese pythons and Indian pythons in the Everglades have bred and given birth to a hybrid python that could live not just in the swampy marsh where Burmese pythons thrive, but also in the higher, dry areas where Indian pythons like to hang out. Only 13 of the 400 pythons studied had this hybrid genetic marker, but still. Eep. (Miami Herald)

Axe it out. If work has you feeling some type of way lately, a new Downtown spot might be just what you need: EXTREMEAXE, our first axe-themed bar and lounge. You’ll be able to fling hatchets at the wall, and then have a beer – or do that in the reverse order, which is… mildly concerning. But we’re still gonna try it.  (Miami Herald)

Speaking of mildly concerning… For more than a year, the Florida East Coast Railway has been quietly transporting highly flammable liquified natural gas on its tracks, which run through eastern Miami-Dade County (the same tracks that Brightline uses). FEC is the first company in the country to transport LNG by rail, and although nothing has happened in the year-plus that the FEC has been doing this, some experts say it’s a super dangerous gamble to allow it, especially because of how densely populated the area is. (Miami Herald)

Back to the drawing board. The Constitutional Review Commission spent more than a year drafting state constitutional amendments that will appear on the November ballot. Now, a group of former state legislators and other officials are trying to throw all of them out, arguing that they’re “confusing” and “misleading.” Seven of the amendments already drew other legal challenges, and judges ordered two of them off the ballot, but the state appealed the decision. If the amendments are thrown out, that means they won’t appear on the November ballot. Those placed on the ballot by petition, like Amendment 4, won’t be affected. (Orlando Sentinel)

Not okay. Immigration lawyers are fighting yet another sketchy ICE practice here in SoFlo. When unaccompanied minors turn 18 in the Homestead shelter for children, the federal immigration agency is quickly packing them off to jail in Broward, and local immigration lawyers are not having it. They’ve already filed lawsuits to get several of those 18-year-olds released to relatives or guardians, but what they really want is to stop the agency from sending them there in the first place. They say it’s illegal. (Miami New Times)

We knew this was coming. It’s not exactly a secret that wealthy Venezuelan business owners and former government officials have hidden millions stolen from their government’s coffers in South Florida real estate, which has had the fun side effect of helping to make Miami’s housing market super unaffordable. This week, the U.S. took action. Federal prosecutors froze hundreds of millions of dollars in assets belonging to nine Venezuelans, charging them with money laundering to the tune of more than $1 billion. Most of those assets were listed in other people’s names. (Miami Herald)

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EVENTS

OUR PARTNER EVENTS

🕉 Saturday: Do a yoga scavenger hunt with Athleta on Lincoln Road –  (South Beach)

🍽️Monday: Learn more about Miami’s only wellness-focused food hall (Allapattah)

🍳Wednesday: Whip up nature-inspired food with Chef Ilde Ferrer (Wynwood)

🎥Friday, Aug. 31: Catch the horror classic “Santa Sangre” (Wynwood)

🍗Thursday, Sept. 6: Take a food, drink, and music tour through Overtown – sold out (Overtown)


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AROUND TOWN

TODAY

🛏️Have a slumber party and learn about science at the Frost Museum (Downtown)

😂 Get some laughs in (and free croquetas) at Backroom Sessions’ comedy night (Westchester)

🗣️Catch comedian Hasan Minhaj at the Olympia (Downtown)

👗 Learn all about fashion – through Saturday (Design District)

 

TOMORROW

💪Learn how to disrupt your city (Downtown)

🤤Taste the best flan and croquetas in the 305 (Flagami)

📚Celebrate the 6th anniversary of Bookleggers (Wynwood)

🎶Catch an end-of-summer cabaret concert (Palmetto Bay)

🇵🇷 Catch Puerto Rican star Residente (Wynwood)

🖼️Join Laundromat for an art studio crawl (Little Haiti)

😎Splash around at the Secret Garden pool party (Upper East Side)

🕺Dance to some funk and soul music at Las Rosas (Allapattah)

 

SUNDAY

🎸Party for the launch of Sweat Records Records (Little Haiti)

🌕Dance it out at the Full Moon Drum Circle (North Beach)

🎥Catch a screening of Age of Innocence (Coral Gables)

🧘Do some yoga with a view at Vizcaya (Coconut Grove)

 

MONDAY

🌊Talk climate change as the Freedom to Breathe tour stops in (Coconut Grove)

🗳️ Talk voting rights restoration and Amendment 4 (Downtown)

🎶Bring your own records to 27 Restaurant (Miami Beach)

 

TUESDAY

💻Catch the best local web series at “I’m Not Gonna move to L.A.!” (Downtown)

✂️Learn how to sew from drag queen Queef Latina (South Beach)

🎵Jam to African bass music at World Music Tuesdays (Wynwood)

 

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag @thenewtropic on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with a New Tropic membership.


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THAT’S ALL FOR THE WEEK.

But we’re pretty excited to slap some of these oh-so-Miami stickers on our Insta stories this weekend, and we bet you will be too once you take a look at them. Have a great, Instagrammable weekend.

– The New Tropic


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