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🚗How safer driving could get you paid

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Somehow Art Basel week has already flown by, but the action will only pick up over the weekend. So take another deep breath, and then check out our breakdown of the fairs and events to hit up tonight and through the weekend. Pro tip: Bookmark the page, keep it pulled up on your phone’s browser, or just go old school and print it out (no judgment).

Want to enjoy the festivities without breaking the bank? Don’t miss our tips on how to be a broke Basel VIP. And if you’re all about getting those likes, then check out our list of the seven most Instagram-ready spots around town.

You can find our full guide here. Don’t forget to tag @thenewtropic in your IG pics as you explore the city.

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If Basel’s got you inspired to make the leap from art admirer to art collector, our partners at Commissioner have some great advice from one of Miami’s most accomplished gallerists and dealers (who was just featured in The New York Times, btw).

Earlier this month, Commissioner’s collectors and patrons gathered in Miami for a master class on how to build an art collection with gallerist and art dealer David Castillo, whom you can meet this week at Art Basel Miami Beach. Catch a glimpse into our intimate session in the gallery surrounded by the work of artist Xaviera Simmons from her recent solo show, Sundown.

The conversation was wide-ranging and informative, touching on points about the business of art, how to value collections, and what artists to watch. The biggest takeaways? Figure out what you like, what you can afford, and start by buying what you love.

Watch a video of the conversation here.

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Think you’re a good driver? Don’t we all? A new program from a pair of MIT professors puts that theory to the test by tracking hazardous behaviors like cell phone use, hard braking and speeding — and uses cash prizes to incentivize drivers to stop doing those things. That approach could be especially useful here in Miami, where distracted driving causes upwards of 12 collisions per day. (Miami Herald)

Calling for a closer look. Dozens of U.S. senators and congressional representatives, including Sen. Marco Rubio, are calling for an investigation into Palm Beach multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s 2008 plea agreement. The outcry follows a series of stories from the Miami Herald that examined how Epstein served only 13 months in jail after allegedly molesting and sexually assaulting dozens of underage girls. (Miami Herald)

Mistakes were made. The fallout continues over the response to the Feb. 14 Parkland shooting, with a new report about what went wrong expected to reach the governor and state legislature by Jan. 1. The Broward County police captain who was tasked with the response to the incident has already resigned, and more personnel shake ups are likely to follow. (WLRN)

Forever is a mighty long time. A wide-ranging slate of city projects are in the works for early 2019, thanks to the $400 million Miami Forever bond issue that voters approved last year. Nearly half of the pot is supposed to go toward climate-related mitigation efforts, like seawall upgrades and one-way drainage valves. More than $75 million will go toward improving parks and other cultural centers, and another $15 million will fund projects to create affordable housing. (Miami Herald)

More Broward battles. Brenda Snipes, Broward County’s former elections supervisor, says she intends to dispute the governor’s suspension order, which could end up in a trial before the Florida Senate. In the meantime, a self-analysis prepared by the county points to equipment breakdowns, staffing shortages, and procedural violations as the main contributors to the chaos that ensued on Election Day and in the recount process. Her replacement, Pete Antonacci, was officially appointed yesterday. (Tampa Bay Times, Miami Herald)

Music to our ears. The headliners for next year’s Jazz in the Gardens music fest include a mix of old-school and newer school R&B and soul artists.  Lionel Richie, En Vogue, Jagged Edge and The O’Jays will serenade Hard Rock Stadium at the two-day event in March. Advance ticket sales start at 10 a.m. today. (SouthFlorida.com)

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Our Partner Events

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

🧘Tomorrow: 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 percent 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 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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Around Town


🎉Celebrate the seventh 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)

🌟Listen to an orchestral performance of holiday songs (Pinecrest)

⛵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)


🎄Listen to an orchestral performance of holiday songs (Coral Gables)
🗣️Hear storytellers talk about their instincts at The Moth’s StorySLAM (Downtown)

🎥Catch a screening of “Mixed Nuts” at the Hotel Gaythering (South Beach)

🍝Enjoy some great pasta for $10 at Fratelli la Bufala (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.


Don’t forget to let us know what memorable stuff you’re seeing at Basel by giving us a call at (786) 529-7534 and leaving a voicemail describing what it made you think or how it made you feel.

We’ll round up some of those thoughts in a video next week. Be safe out there this weekend, folks.✌️

– The New Tropic

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