🎨How not to be overwhelmed by Art Basel
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🎨How not to be overwhelmed by Art Basel

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Miami Art Week and Art Basel are finally here folks. But before we jump into all the best galleries, fairs, exhibits and parties, we want you to take a deep breath and remember this: Basel is a marathon, not a race.

That’s why we’ve put together highly curated daily itineraries beginning on Wednesday so you can make the most of your Basel adventure. So whether you only have an hour to explore Wednesday night or an entire day on Sunday, we’ve got you covered.

Check out our guide to Art Basel 2018 here.

We also have tips on living the VIP life on a budget, and a roundup of some of the best spots to keep your Instagram popping all week.

And stay tuned for a Facebook Live crash course on how to critique art happening on Friday afternoon so we can really appreciate the hard work of our Basel artists and exhibitors (because we know it’s not just about the parties).

And finally, we want to hear from y’all about your Basel experience. So while you’re out exploring the scene this week, we want to know:

What’s a piece of art you’ve seen at Art Basel that you just can’t stop thinking about?

Call us at (786) 529-7534 so you can describe it to us and tell us what it made you think or feel.

We’ll save your voicemails and use the best, most entertaining ones for a Basel video wrap-up highlighting the most out-there art that got presented this year.

Happy Baseling!

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When you think of edgy urban art and culture Broward County does not usually spring to mind. But we found one neighborhood pocket over there that’s being transformed by beautiful mural art. Thanks to local Jill Weisberg, what was once an overlooked part of downtown Hollywood has been made over with more than 24 murals in a three-block radius.

Now, y’all know we are ride or die for the 305 😎 … but this 954 stuff was pretty impressive. See for yourself.

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A peculiar power plant. Gov. Rick Scott and his cabinet members approved a new FPL power plant in Dania Beach that will burn natural gas and be operational by 2022. What’s unique about the plant? A portion of the structure, which is near Port Everglades and connected to the ocean by a canal, will be built a little more than 11 feet above sea level to offset rising seas. Environmental activists have criticized the plan arguing that the plant will emit harmful greenhouse gases and will still face the threat of sea level rise. (Miami Herald)

Now what? Amendment 4 goes into effect in less than two months, and officials around Florida say they still don’t understand the process for restoring voting rights to felons. The ACLU says the amendment’s concise language is “self-executing” — meaning people should be able to show up at their county elections site and register — but many election officials are waiting on  the state legislature to issue guidelines. (WLRN)

Going up? Wynwood’s transformation from a warehouse district and artist hideaway to a trendy destination neighborhood continues with the announcement that three parcels have been purchased by an international investment firm with a history of building sleek hotels in urban areas. Zoning rules in the area allow buildings up to 12 stories. (Miami Herald)

Basic needs. Florida House Rep. Shervin Jones filed a new bill last week that would require correctional facilities to make “health care products” — basic toiletries that include menstrual hygiene products — available to incarcerated women. Jones, who represents Broward County, said he pushed for the legislation after hearing horror stories of what female inmates endure to obtain basic necessities. (Orlando Weekly)

Kickbacks for Khaled? DJ Khaled is learning that honesty is the best policy when it comes to promoting products on social media. Khaled agreed to pay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commision $152,725 after allegedly receiving $50,000 from Miami-based cryptocurrency company ContraTech and failing to disclose the payment to his followers. (Miami New Times)

Hold on to your flower crowns. The four-day Okeechobee Fest is taking a break next spring, despite drawing sell-out crowds the last two years. The parent company behind the event, Soundslinger LLC, hasn’t revealed the reasoning behind the hiatus but says Okeechobee will be back in 2020. (Miami New Times)

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Our Partner Events

🖼️Today – Sunday, Dec. 9: Check out the work of emerging Miami-based contemporary artists at Prizm’s Art Fair (Multiple Locations)

🎨Wednesday – Sunday, Dec. 9: Explore the latest edition of Raw Pop Up in a historic abandoned department store. Get 20% off if you use this link. – Corrected date (Downtown)

📹Today – Thursday: Learn from innovators and experts in media, technology, and art at the FilmGate Interactive Media Festival (Downtown)

💃Thursday: Catch Disco Soul ft. Gavin Turek & Yoli Mayor at the Yard (Wynwood)

📽️Friday: Watch a special Art Basel edition of Black Lounge Films with this screening of “Through A Lens Darkly” (Overtown)

🧘Saturday, Dec. 8: Find your center with Innergy Meditation and remain present this Basel season (Miami Beach)

🍽️Thursday, Dec. 13: Enjoy dinner and a movie as the Wynwood Yard and O Cinema team up for this special series  (Wynwood)

🎄Thursday, Dec. 13: Celebrate the wonder of the holidays at the biggest startup party in the Magic City (Little Haiti)

🎭Today – Sunday, Dec. 23: Immersive theater meets historic motels, during Miami Motel Stories (MiMo)


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Around Town


🏳️‍🌈Party with some of Miami’s best drag performers at Kill Your Idol (South Beach)

🎵Catch electronic artist Porches at Kindred Miami (Brickell)


🔥Watch the Heat take on the Orlando Magic (Downtown)

🍪Bring the family to hang with Santa Claus on National Cookie Day (Kendall)

♀️Celebrate women innovators at this X Miami party (Downtown)


🍻Dance and check out some art at this happy hour (Wynwood)

🎄Catch “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” on the big screen (Brickell)

🎺Listen to some jazz from the French Horn Collective (Downtown)

😋Nom on all the things at this food truck festival (North Bay Village)


🎉Join in the grand opening of the new community space The Urban (Overtown)

🌊Celebrate the Miami River at a screening of “Water!” (Cutler Bay)

⚡Hunt for Pokemon at this hip-hop themed meetup (Allapattah)

✊Check out the opening night of (F)empower’s futuristic exhibit “2040” (Liberty City)

🐶Bring your pup to get a pic with Santa Paws (Brickell)


🎉Celebrate the 7th anniversary of Gramps (Wynwood)

🛌Catch a new-age version of a classic at “Sleeping Beauty Dreams” (Downtown)

🎶See the Zarabanda band live at the Normandy Fountain (North Beach)

🎸Take a break from Basel at this Jacuzzi Boys show (Allapattah)

📵Dance the night away at this phone-free party (Wynwood)

🎤Catch Emily Estefan live in the Jungle Plaza (Design District)

📻Party with DJ Jazzy Jeff at Foxhole (South Beach)

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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We’ve got two pairs of VIP tickets to the kickoff party for Raw Pop Up, a multi-sensory experience in an abandoned department store, happening this Wednesday.

We’ll give them away to a reader who introduces at least one new subscriber to The New Tropic today. 💪

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We’ll draw the winners at random today at 6 p.m., and announce them in tomorrow’s newsletter.

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