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🦀Here’s a chance to eat all the seafood you can handle.

Throwback to last year's South Beach Seafood Festival.
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Interested in starting an art collection but not sure where to start? That’s where Commissioner comes in. Commissioner is a quarterly subscription-based art program that brings together Miami’s artists, the art world and those new to both.

Their first artist is Typoe. Go on a journey with him as he forages around the 305 for items for his artwork amid the detritus of other people’s lives.

“You can just learn a lot, even if you never talk to anyone, just by seeing what we use and how we consume things,” he says. “I am always talking to myself every day, as crazy as that sounds. … What is this? Who owned this? There’s just so many questions I’ll never have answers to.”

Do we have your attention? The good news is you can swing by “Tired of Eating Pigeons” – his first solo show in Miami in five years – in the Miami Design District through Oct. 27.

The bad news: Both of Commissioner’s subscription options are sold out, for now. But stay tuned right here for other opportunities to engage with the featured local artists. And for now, get to know Typoe.

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Mighty Michael. Hurricane Michael strengthened overnight and is poised to hit the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 hurricane today, the strongest storm to hit the area in a decade. It’s expected to make landfall near Panama City this afternoon. Forecasters are warning of a dangerous storm surge all along the coast and more than 18,000 people have evacuated. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the storm today, and will be updating with information on how to assist with the recovery once it has passed. (Miami Herald, WLRN)

11th hour scramble. Yesterday, the last day of voter registration in Florida before the Nov. 6 election, was a rocky one. The state’s online registration portal got glitchy, probably due to high traffic, prompting groups focused on voters’ rights to threaten to sue. And as Hurricane Michael bore down on the Panhandle, Florida extended the registration deadline by one day in those counties affected by the storm. For the Florida Democratic Party, though, that wasn’t enough – they sued, saying one day was an insufficient extension. (Miami Herald)

Home run. No surprise: Sports bring in a whole lot of cash in South Florida. But it’s not really about the teams, or how well they play. Turns out the biggest money makers are the stadiums they play in, especially when it comes to Hard Rock Stadium, Miami’s premier sports venue. Those venues get rented out for all kinds of things, from other sporting events to concerts – and the payoff is big even when win totals are low. (Miami Herald)

Props. Still buzzing from the Third Horizon Film Festival’s good vibes? You’re not the only one. Filmmaker Magazine gave rave reviews of the third annual festival, which went down the last weekend of September, as did the attendees, many of them from the Caribbean themselves. They said the festival made them feel seen. (Filmmaker)

Messy fix. Miami-Dade County’s prison system is a mess. Several prisons are falling apart, and Commissioner Esteban Bovo is worried that some of them are in such bad shape that they’re opening the county up to the risk of a lawsuit. He’s proposed a very Miami solution: a public-private partnership. Bovo wants to bring in a private investor to build a new prison for the county, who would then make annual payments to the investor. Privatization of the prison industry has been a controversial topic in the U.S. the last few years, but Bovo is adamant this isn’t privatization. Just something very close to it. (Miami New Times)

Cheers. The annual release of the World’s 50 Best Bars had some good news and some bad news for South Florida this week. The Broken Shaker, which has been on the list for years, dropped off it entirely, slipping down to No. 60. But Sweet Liberty, which has also been up there the last couple years, moved up to No. 21. It was a bittersweet victory, because founder John Lermayer passed away earlier this year. He was honored as an “industry icon” at this year’s awards ceremony. (Miami.com)

Things to do


🌱Now through Oct. 15: Restaurant week hits The Yard with a prix fixe menu for plant-based foodies (Wynwood and other locations)

🍹Thursday, Oct. 18: Chill at Charcoal’s Tiki Thursdays (Wynwood)

✊🏿Friday, Oct. 19: Learn how black politicians transformed Atlanta at the Black Lounge Film Series screening of MAYNARD (Overtown)

🦀Tuesday, Oct. 16 – Saturday, Oct. 20: Kick off stone crab season with South Beach Seafood Festival, an epic week of pop-up cafes, fresh seafood, open bars, live music, culinary demonstrations, and more (Miami Beach)



🍿Catch “Say Anything” on the big screen (Brickell)

🎲Play bingo with Miss Toto (Wynwood)


🎞️ Catch a film at the GEMS Film Festival – through Sunday (Little Havana)

🎶Immerse yourself in the music at the Listening Den (Little River)

🎻Nu Deco is back with a genre-bending performance ft. Cory Henry – through Saturday, but Saturday is sold out! (Wynwood)

🎞️Talk film, race, and identity with Victor Jafa (Downtown)

✏️Sip an adult beverage and make adult sketches (South Beach)


🎷Catch some jazz at the Historic Hampton House (Brownsville)

🎇Watch Hocus Pocus under the stars (South Miami)

🎸Jam at a tribute to the Grateful Dead at the Fillmore (South Beach)

🧟Go to Zombie Prom (Downtown)

🤣Laugh it up at Villain’s weekly TGIF show (Little Haiti)


🍎Celebrate local food and farmers at the Redland GrowFest (Redlands)

🍺Drink plenty of beer at Grovetoberfest (Coconut Grove)

🎇Get a little spooky with a screening of Hocus Pocus (Wynwood)
🎶Celebrate the magic of the 305 at CultureFest (Downtown)

😱Get spooked at this lineup of classic horror films at Nite Owl – through Sunday (Design District)


🚴‍Explore the history of Shenandoah, one of Miami’s oldest neighborhoods, by bike (Brickell/Shenandoah)

🎸Get down at the Yard’s Reggae Sundays (Wynwood)

🎞️Catch a screening of Hitchcock’s “Rope” (Wynwood)

🗳️Brunch and fill out your ballot (Allapattah)

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.


But if you’re hyped about Nu Deco’s first show of the season, which opens tomorrow night, you better get your hands on tickets fast. They’ve already sold out their Saturday night show, and do you really want to wait until December next show to experience this magic? ✨

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