❄️ How Antarctica inspired this Miami artist
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❄️ How Antarctica inspired this Miami artist

Do you know your home's elevation above sea level? Click the GIF to learn more.
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Meet this Miamian: Xavier Cortada

WHAT HE’S DOING: Xavier Cortada wants to make climate change impossible to ignore, no matter how hard you might try. He’s created the Underwater Homeowners Association, a participatory art project with a canvas the size of Miami-Dade County.

He’s reprinted his Antarctic ice paintings as yard signs and added numbers to them to indicate how many feet of melting glacial water must rise before your home is underwater.

Xavier invites folks to display the yard signs on their property and all over Miami-Dade County so people have to confront the issue everyday.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED: FIU students created a web app to help you figure out your home’s elevation.

Hear more from Xavier Cortada in our video profile.

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What Miami is talking about

If you’ve been following the Earth Week Challenge we mentioned earlier this week, then you may know today is “Trashy Thursday.”

Today’s challenge asks folks to reduce the waste they create, because Miami’s been pretty trashy for a while. Excess trash has had a damaging and deadly impact on marine life, and in some cases the trash problem has been so bad you can see it from space.

Andrew Otazo is at the frontline of efforts to clean up the 305, specifically trash in Key Biscayne’s Bear Cut Preserve. In the past few years, he’s removed nearly four tons of trash from the preserve, and he wants some help.

In a Your View on our website, he says Miami needs a wake-up call, and suggests that residents can play a part even if they don’t grab gloves and trash bags.

A few of his tips: Ask your favorite local businesses to switch to compostable products. Bring your own bags to the grocery store. And ask your bartender or barista to keep the straw when they make your drink.

Read more about his mission, and his tips, on our website.

In other news…

Another big event is moving from Downtown Miami as the idea to bring a Formula One race to Biscayne Boulevard has been scrapped. Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens are the newest potential location for the event. (Miami Herald)

Miami Beach leaders seem focused on taking the 305 back to the prohibition days. Mayor Dan Gelber has circulated a flyer for a Memorial Day party to illustrate the kind of wild partying the city wants to curtail. One little issue? The advertisement is for a party that’s not even happening in the city of Miami Beach. (Miami New Times)

If you remember the drama over ballot signatures and counting mail ballots from last November’s election, we’ve got good news. Earlier this week, state lawmakers continued discussion on a bill that would give elections workers more time to count mail ballots, and voters more time to fix signature issues. (Tampa Bay Times)

Things to do

Our Partner Events

🎸Tomorrow: Catch Unlimited Devotion’s Grateful Dead tribute sounds one more time at the Yard (Wynwood)

🌊 Tomorrow – Saturday: Hear from experts and dynamic speakers at the CLEO Institute’s climate symposium (North Miami)

🎸Saturday: Groove to Brooklyn-based funk band Turkuaz at the North Beach Bandshell (North Beach)

🌈 Through Sunday: Catch a diverse slate of films focused on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experiences at the Outshine Film Festival. (Various locations)

✌️ Through Saturday, May 11: Take your own mindfulness challenge in the fourth annual Cushion Crawl, which includes 21 meditations in 21 spaces around Miami (Various locations)


Want to partner with us? Here’s how that works.

Around town


💪 Check out the FLEX party featuring DJs and pole dancers (Allapattah)

🚮 Join a street cleanup featuring an augmented reality mural (Wynwood)

😋 Get your nom on at this food truck and music fest (North Beach)

🎥 See “Purple Rain” on the big screen at the Fillmore (South Beach)


🎺 Hear a jazz tribute to Miles Davis at Selina Brawlers (Wynwood)

🎷 … or jam to some jazz at the Hampton House (Brownsville)

💋 Do the time warp at this screening of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” (Design District)

🕺 Dance the night away to some ’80s and ’90s tunes (South Beach)

🖼️ Check out Haitian art and culture at the new exhibit “PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince” (North Miami)


📚Celebrate books, authors, and readers at Independent Bookstore Day (Coral Gables)

🎻 Catch the New World Symphony’s wallcast season finale (South Beach)

🎧 Browse records at the monthly Miami Record Fair (Wynwood)

🖌️Check out The Wolfsonian’s poster design challenge addressing HIV/AIDS (South Beach)

🐟 Go on a fossil reef snorkel adventure (Key Biscayne)

🕺Dance to Puerto Rican reggae band Cultura Profética (Wynwood)


🎭 Catch the musical “Viva La Parranda” at the Colony Theatre (South Beach)

🗣️ Learn about history and listen to poetry by the Art Prevails Project collective (Key Biscayne)

🎙️ See the Postmodern Jukebox put a spin on pop hits (Downtown)

👯Watch contemporary ballet “CASK” by Alma Dance Theater (Miami Beach)


🗣️Join a town hall to discuss Miami’s tourism industry (Downtown)

🍽️ Enjoy a five-course, farm-to-table dinner with Chef Allen (Coral Gables)

💪Take part in a fitness challenge at the Wodapalooza Fitness Festival (Downtown)

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag @thenewtropic on Instagram.

That’s all for today

Make it a great Friday Jr., folks!

– The New Tropic

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