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(📸: New World Symphony)


At a recent ornament decorating event on Lincoln Road, we asked a few South Floridians about their fav Christmas songs. Here are their recommendations: @toni_from_mia likes Bing Crosby and David Bowie’s “Little Drummer Boy,” @27th_ave jams out to “All I Want for Ismas” and @barkhaus celebrates the vocal stylings of Mariah Carey.

If you’re having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit, the New World Symphony is here to bring you a dose of cheer with its upcoming Sounds of the Season musical program, set for Dec. 14.

Fellows will dress in their elf-y best (think gingerbread men and instruments decked out in wrapping paper and twinkling lights) while playing holiday classics. You’ll hear pieces like “Carol of the Bells,” selections from “The Nutcracker” and “Chanukah 5776.” Fun fact: “Chanukah 5776” was commissioned by NWS from Sam Hyken, a NWS alumnus and co-founder of Nu Deco Ensemble.

Check out this festive playlist from Lolo at Sweat Records before turning up the cheer with the New World Symphony next Friday!

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There’s plenty of beautiful and thought-provoking art on display across the city during Art Basel — and many of the installations would serve as the perfect backdrop for a fire Instagram post or Facebook profile pic.

Lucky for you, we’ve compiled seven spots that are sure to give you the perfect setting to rack up those likes. From interactive art to dope murals, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to force your friends or significant other to take plenty of selfies.

Once you’ve nailed those perfect snaps, we’ve got the rest of your day planned with our curated itinerary, so don’t stress. And head here to check out our full guide to Miami Art Week.

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Not an art installation. A construction contractor accidentally broke a sewage pipe earlier this week in the area of Northeast Second Avenue and 30th Street — not far from the Design District and Wynwood, and plenty of Art Basel-goers. The spill from the sewage pipe also went into storm drains that let out into Biscayne Bay, so local officials are warning folks to avoid swimming or boating between the Venetian and Julia Tuttle causeways. (Miami Herald)

If you want to stop being polite… and start getting real, then you’ll have your chance this Saturday. The “Real World” is still a thing on MTV, and the network is having an open casting call at Burger and Beer Joint on South Beach this weekend. The new season will air some time next spring. (Miami.com)

Better luck next year. Drivers expecting to get their usual refund through the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority’s “Frequent Driver’s Rewards Program” won’t be so lucky this year. Because the agency reduced tolls this year, they don’t have the usual surplus they need to pay drivers who signed up for the rewards program. The program usually provides a refund check for folks who pay more than $100 in tolls, and the agency said that anyone who’s registered will remain eligible for the refund in 2019, if there’s enough funding. (Miami Herald)

We’re saying “Bah Humbug” at the Beach. A new ranking puts our state very close to the bottom when it comes to Christmas spirit — 48th, to be exact. CenturyLink compiled the list using web activity like Christmas music streaming and searches for holiday movies. Maybe it’s because we’re too busy basking in all that winter sunshine? (WPLG)

A notable Basel browser. Among the tourists checking out Art Basel fairs this weekend will be Tom Perez, head of the Democratic National Committee, as the committee considers Miami as the host city for the 2020 national convention. Local officials from Miami-Dade County and the cities of Miami and Miami Beach plan to shuttle the DNC chairman to multiple exhibitions and landmarks like Joe’s Stone Crab and the AmericanAirlines Arena. (Miami Herald)

Things to do


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

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

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

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

🖼️Through Sunday: Check out the work of emerging Miami-based contemporary artists at Prizm’s Art Fair (Multiple Locations)

🎨Through Sunday: Explore the latest edition of Raw Pop Up in a historic abandoned department store. Get 20% off if you use this link. (Downtown)

🍽️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)

🍰Saturday, Dec. 15: Feast on baked goodies from local vendors and your vote for your favorites (Wynwood)

🎁Tuesday, Dec. 18: Have yourself a merry time at this Miami social impact holiday celebration (Wynwood)

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


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

🍴Grab breakfast at this urban garden exhibition (Wynwood)

⚡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)

🌳Take in the sights at this one-day art exhibition at the Kampong (Coconut Grove)

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

😎Drink and dance the day away at Basel Playa (Mid Beach)

🎶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)

🕺Jam at a Basel edition of Peach Fuzz (Mid Beach)

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

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


🎅Grab breakfast and a photo with Santa Claus (Brickell)

🎁Watch “How the Grinch stole Christmas” on the water (North Miami Beach)

📻Party at a Basel-edition of Fool’s Gold Day Off (Wynwood)

🎸Catch some folk tunes at the Barnacle (Coconut Grove)

🌈Join the Wigwood crew and drag queen Queef Latina at 777 International Mall (Downtown)

🏥Get a check up and other free services at this health fair (Liberty City)

🎥Take a Basel Batman break at this screening of “Batman Returns” (Coral Gables)

💪Check out a women-only arm wrestling tournament (Little Haiti)

🎻See Christian McBride live at the Pinecrest Gardens (Pinecrest)


♀️Party at this showcase of women artists, chefs, bartenders and DJs (Mid Beach)

🎻Check out a hip-hop orchestral performance (Coral Gables)

🐶Bring your pups and meet other pet owners at this dog walking event (Brickell)

⛵Drinks some beers and vibe to yacht rock at this holiday toy drive (Doral)

🎵Close out Basel at this Afro-Caribbean party (South Beach)

🎄Hear Christmas carols at the “Harmonies for the Holiday” concert (Palmetto Bay)


🎸Catch Miami’s own Pterodactyl playing live at Lagniappe (Midtown)

🍺Celebrate the first day of Concrete Beach’s “12 Days of Cerveza” (Wynwood)

🖌️Get artsy at this painting night at Topgolf (Miami Gardens)

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.


It wasn’t mentioned in most of the stories about the Knight Foundation’s $37 million investment in local arts organizations, but local website The Plantain got some support too — in the form of a $40 gift card to Pinecrest Bakery. 😂

The card is only good on weekdays, but the editor of Miami’s favorite satire site seemed honored by the support: “This is exactly the type of community support our organization needs to survive.”

We’ll catch y’all tomorrow.

– The New Tropic

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