🎶 Get ready for Miami’s newest music fest
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🎶 Get ready for Miami’s newest music fest

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What’s up in Little Havana

Over the past few weeks, we’ve had a chance to explore Little Havana, one of Miami’s oldest neighborhoods. And we have learned a bunch from new and old business owners and locals about the neighborhood’s history, and how residents are looking to preserve that past as the area moves into the future.

We highlighted a chocolate factory that would make Willy Wonka blush, learned the story of one of the neighborhood’s oldest businesses, the Los Pinareños Fruteria fruit stand, made a stop by the family-owned Old Station Cafe coffee shop, and more.

Head to our website to check out these stories, and to learn more about Pequeña Habana.

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The cast of “Viva La Parranda!”
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Go to this: ‘Viva La Parranda!’

Their drumming and vocals will transport you to a small village in Venezuela.

Miami New Drama presents the world premiere of “Viva La Parranda!“, a musical filled with the Afro-Caribbean music of Betsayda Machado and members of La Parranda El Clavo.

The show is part documentary, part musical. It tells the triumphs and struggles of eight acclaimed Venezuelan musicians who have been friends for 30 years.

“Every time I listen to this band, I get this feeling that I’ve been lifted a couple of inches from the ground,” director Juan Carlos Souki said.

Learn more about the musicians, whose work has been named by The New York Times as one of the best albums in 2017 — and pick up a pair of tickets today. The musical is on stage at the Colony Theatre through May 19.

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What Miami is talking about

As the state Legislature heads toward the end of session, numerous bills are making waves here in Miami.

That list includes legislation that would ban “sanctuary cities” and require local law enforcement to comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, efforts to complicate Amendment 4’s restoration of voter rights, and a bill that would keep local governments from testing out potential affordable housing solutions like rent control and inclusionary zoning.

Protesters responded to the various bills by protesting in Tallahassee at the Government Center in Downtown Miami, and in Hialeah, in conjunction with May Day.

But there is some hope for local governments and school districts. A controversial plan to allow teachers to be armed in schools was approved yesterday, but it would still require school district approval — and Miami-Dade school district leaders don’t support the idea.

Meanwhile, a potential five-year ban on allowing cities to ban plastic straws may not have the support of Gov. Ron DeSantis.

In other news…

A new music festival is coming to South Beach. Miami Beach Pop is set for November and will happen on the beach between Fifth and Tenth streets. The lineup and full details are TBD for now. (Miami New Times)

The spread of toxic blue green algae blooms significantly damaged marine life and the state’s economy for most of last summer, but as the legislative session winds down, environmentalists are lamenting the lack of action to punish or restrict the actions of polluters. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

This year’s eMerge Americas came and went pretty quickly. The event featured some innovative new tech solutions, including a napkin that can detect if harmful drugs have been placed in a drink, a robotic solution to mass producing floral arrangements, and oh yeah — Pitbull was there. 😎 (Miami Herald)

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Things to do

Our Partner Events

🎸 Today: Catch Sol + The Tribu performing live at the Yard (Wynwood)

🎲 Thursday: Check out a political party and find common ground as part of 10 Days of Connection (Little Havana)

🎉 Tomorrow – Sunday: Celebrate Wynwood Yard one more time in its current space, at Yardfest (Wynwood)

🗣️Wednesday, May 8: Come hear and share stories about second chances for 10 Days of Connection (Little Havana)

✌️ 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)

🌴 Saturday, May 11: Check out local DJs at Life House Little Havana’s “El Vinyl” tropical party (Little Havana)

🎥 Saturday, May 11: Catch a free outdoor screening of Spike Lee’s classic “He’s Got Game,” as part of the Black Lounge Film Series (Overtown)

🖼️ Saturday, May 11: Check out the work of more than 250 artists across Miami-Dade in Fountainhead’s inaugural edition of “Artists Open (Various locations)

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Around town


🎉 Celebrate Haitian Heritage Month at the PAMM’s free community night (Downtown)

👯 Party with some of Miami’s most fabulous at Double Stubble (Wynwood)

🎶 Check out Connan Mockasin live at The Ground (Downtown)

😋 Nom on some pizza and check out a latte-art competition (Coral Gables)

🤝 Play political bingo and find common ground at this 10 Days of Connection party (Little Havana)

🎥 Watch the documentary “No Small Matter” and join a convo about kids’ futures in Miami (Coral Way)


🖼️ Celebrate First Fridays at the ICA Miami (Design District)

📷 Check out the closing party for this black Miami photography exhibit (Opa-locka)

🎥 Bring the fam to this outdoor screening of “Coco” (Midtown)

🎸Catch some live music at the Normandy Fountain (North Beach)

🎨 Check out the Seven Fires art exhibition — Through May 19 (Design District)

🙏 Get a little more zen with this guided meditation (Buena Vista)

👊 Get a dose of MMA fighting by FNT and dance music by III Points (Little Haiti)


🍪 Do some baking at the historic Montgomery Botanical Center (Coral Gables)

🚮 Join this zero-waste beach clean up and drink free beer (Virginia Key)

👾 Check out a Star Wars-themed roller derby showdown (Miami Springs)

🎮 Test your Super Smash Bros. skills at this tournament (Wynwood)

📷 Check out this exhibit showcasing life in Cuba during the ’30s and ’50s (Downtown)

🎥 Catch a late-night screening of “Spaceballs” (Coral Gables)


🌱 Nom on a vegan brunch at MUCE (Little Haiti)

🛍️ Shop local at the Giralda Plaza Market (Coral Gables)

📚 Bring the family to the Little Haiti Book Festival (Little Haiti)

♨️ Enjoy some BBQ by the pool at Shaker Sundays (South Beach)

💃 Party at the Yumbrella Food Hall to the sounds of PALO! (South Miami)


👯 Cheer on drag performers at this 2000s-themed showcase (Allapattah)

🤓 Test your smarts at this trivia night at Mama Tried (Downtown)

🍝 Celebrate 10 years of Joey’s with a special $10 menu (Wynwood)

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

When does hurricane season start, again?

Technically we shouldn’t have to start thinking about buying bottled water in bulk until next month, but there’s a tropical “disturbance” out there that could become stronger over the weekend.

Either way, we can expect a decent amount of rain starting tonight. ☂️

Stay dry, Miami. We’ll see you tomorrow.

– The New Tropic

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