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What’s up in Little Havana: Life House

Life House Hotel is Little Havana’s first boutique hotel, and it’s not just for travelers. It’s for locals who want to live like they travel here. The courtyard feels more like a backyard with its plants, hammock, and edible garden.

The cafe, Parcela, offers a modern take on Latin cuisine—inspired by the neighborhood—with vegan and vegetarian options and, of course, a “ventanita.” It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the rooftop bar and restaurant will be up and running later this year.

QUOTABLE: “It’s beautiful to be part of the future that is remembering the roots of a beautiful community with so much history.” —Francisco Viñas, Parcela’s chef de cuisine

Hear more from Francisco in our video profile.

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Churromania of Little Havana is bringing tasty goodness to Calle Ocho on May 29. But if you don’t want to wait, you can get an early taste test of some delicious churros at our Living in Little Havana event. Get your ticket now and join us on May 15 for churros, chocolate, small bites, arts & culture, and more!

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What Miami is talking about

The 2019 legislative session wrapped over the weekend, and several bills will have a big impact on the local level. We’ve spent the past few weeks touching on some big items, like the two bills that are creating hurdles in the rollout of Amendment 4 and creating a “sanctuary city” ban.

But there were plenty of other significant (and slightly random) pieces of legislation that were either approved or denied amid all the other big-name drama, and debates over the $91.1 billion budget.

Just a few examples: A bill that would’ve required parental notice and consent for abortions was dropped, and a plan to prevent bundling of constitutional amendments (see: oil drilling and vaping) was also unsuccessful.

And as far as some of those controversial items that were approved? Groups like the League of Women Voters are appealing directly to Gov. Ron DeSantis asking him not to sign them into law.

In other news…

It’s well documented that climate change has put our planet in a dire situation, but a new United Nations report shows that the problem is even more severe than many scientists and experts feared. More than 1 million species of plants and animals face a heightened threat of extinction due to pollution caused by humans. (Associated Press)

And speaking of reports … the Connect Capital Miami report on our city’s affordable housing crisis shows that about 60 percent of renters in Miami are cost-burdened — meaning that they spend more than 30 percent of their income on their rent. But the report has some good news, too: It identifies solutions for creating 12,000 new affordable housing units by 2024. (Miami Herald)

The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is celebrating its launch here in the 305 — but not with a fashion show or a photo shoot. Instead models, magazine staff, and industry insiders will be participating in a panel discussion on female empowerment, diversity, and inclusion. We’ll let you judge if that gets them enough points on the wokeness scale. (Miami New Times)


Things to do

Check out this event from our advertiser, Center for Social Change / Smart Miami.

🚦 Transportation Camp Florida 2019 Turn transportation ideas into action. Hear, interact and collaborate with Florida transportation leaders at #TCAMPFL19.

Our Partner Events

🗣️Tomorrow: Come hear and share stories about second chances for 10 Days of Connection (Little Havana)

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

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

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

🖼️ Saturday: 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


🥃 Dance to R&B, dancehall and hip-hop at the Brown Liquor party (Downtown)

🎤 Unleash your inner rock star at this live band karaoke night (Miami Beach)

📖 Find out what made Dr. Seuss tick at Books & Books (Coral Gables)

💡 Dream up the next big idea for the Public Space Challenge at this workshop (Overtown)


👽 Immerse yourself in a mixed-reality world with Filmgate & Miami XR (Downtown)

🗣️ Speak your mind at Words & Wine Open Mic at Las Rosas (Allapattah)

🎶 Groove to the sounds of Jorja Smith and Kali Uchis at the Fillmore (Miami Beach)

🐶 Stroll and sip with your pup at a roving yappy hour (South Miami)

⚽ Cheer on the Miami FC at the first game of the 2019 U.S. Open Cup (North Miami)


🎵 Hear the Nu Deco symphonic suite of legendary producer Timbaland — through Saturday, May 11 (Wynwood)

🎸 Jam to bilingual femme alt-rock trio, Las Nubes (Upper East Side)

🌊 Talk climate change at this happy hour (Key Biscayne)

🍷 Sip wine paired with bites at Game of Wines (Coconut Grove)

💃 Learn to swing dance at Dance Band Night at the Bandshell (North Beach)


🎶 Catch hip hop heavyweights like Migos and Travis Scott at Rolling Loud — through Sunday, May 12 (North Miami)

🎨 See an art show with various artists celebrating the intersection of art and design at the Growth exhibition (Wynwood)

🎥 Catch the film “Every Cook Can Govern” and a discussion of the book “The Black Jacobins” (Overtown)

🎸 Catch Interpol at the Fillmore (Miami Beach)

💆 Elevate your vibration at an ecstatic dance party and cacao ceremony (Miami Beach)


🎥 Watch “Clerks” at a special late-night screening (Coral Gables)

🎶 Boogie to the soulful electro sounds of Rüfüs Du Sol (Downtown)

🧘 Get zen at free outdoor yoga at Giralda Plaza (Coral Gables)

🎵 Nod your head to the sounds of rapper Murs at Gramps (Wynwood)

😮 Look in awe at otherworldly wearable art and performance at Kikimora’s open studio party (Allapattah)

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

One more thing…

If you’re worried about getting caught in the rain tonight, then maybe consider staying in to watch a local teacher compete in the “Jeopardy” Teachers Tournament.

Matthew Bunch, a teacher at AcadeMir Charter School Middle, wrote about his experience on the show (no spoilers though!), and his appearance airs tonight.

And this is the day we’ll see you in your inbox again: What is tomorrow? 🤓

– The New Tropic

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