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What Miami is talking about

Most of us in the 305 let out a collective sigh of relief when hurricane season finally ended this past weekend. But it’s still going to take several months, if not longer, for folks impacted by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas to breathe easy again.

Storm recovery is still ongoing and at least one utility company estimates that it will take until next June for residents in Grand Bahama to have safe, drinkable tap water. Many folks in Grand Bahama and the Abacos are living and working out of tents, and hundreds of people are still missing following the devastating September storm.

And while Florida was spared from a direct hit this year — and for the first time since 2016 — the aftermath in parts of the Bahamas is a constant reminder of what we could have faced. Head here if you want to donate to the recovery and relief efforts.

In other news… 

Could the Palmetto’s toll lanes be going away already? We’re still a long way from that reality, but it’s the goal of two state lawmakers. The pair  filed bills to do away with the fairly-new paid express lanes and to eliminate any new tolls on 305 highways. Oh, and in case you’re curious, Florida’s legislative session kicks off on Jan. 14. (Miami Herald)

III Points is changing dates again. The music festival was set to happen in February 2020 but organizers announced that the concert event will instead go down in May. It will also be reduced from three days of music, art, and installations to a two-day party. (Miami New Times)

And a bit of sad news. Alejandra Agredo, a young transit advocate known for her strong opinions about the 305’s public transit options, died just before Thanksgiving. Miami-Dade police haven’t offered up many details, but family members say she died by suicide. (Miami Herald)

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Showing love through art

By now, you’re probably familiar with our Miami-themed illustrations — like that time we made Miami’s hierarchy of needs, or when we shared ways to survive the zombie apocalypse. As a new, exclusive member benefit, we’re illustrating our members’ life stories. That’s right, we’re helping our members become the hero of their very own digital comic book. It’s not too late to join the fun!

All you have to do is head here to become a member.

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Get your camera ready

We dropped our Art Basel and Miami Art Week guide yesterday with tips on how to make the most of Art Basel without blowing half a paycheck. Now we want to share some tips on how to transform this year’s exhibits and galleries into your own photo studio.

Our hope is that folks will head out there and really hear from artists and appreciate the loads of fine art happening all over the city this week, but we know there’s a lot of folks looking to add some spice to their Instagram stories or to finally update their Facebook profile pics.

Head here to check out some of our picks for where to snap some great pics (heh) during this year’s Basel festivities.

Join us on Dec 3, 6:30pm-8:00pm, Main Gallery, Conversation on Psychology of Art and Visual Experiences. Free & open to the public! Learn More ».
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Events

Things to do

Today

😋 Enjoy a plant-based dinner, and dance performance by GoPra, at a Basel edition of Chef Allen's farm-to-table series (Coral Gables)

🍾 Sip on champagne at the 9th annual Art Africa Arts fair VIP preview and brunch (Overtown)

🎨 Explore workspaces and chat with artists during private viewings at Fountainhead Studios (Little River)

Tomorrow

🖼️ Stroll through the free opening day of the Prizm Art Fair (Downtown)

🎶 Rock with legendary rapper KRS-One at Churchill's (Little Haiti)

🎨 Bring the kiddos to check out work from young artists at KidsBasel, through December 6 (Wynwood)

🎨 Take a nap at the Black Power Naps/Siestas Negras installation offering rest as a form of reparations (Downtown)

Thursday

🎨 Explore "About to Happen" a site-specific installation by Chilean artist, Cecilia Vicuña, at MOCA (North Miami)

💔 Immerse yourself in stories of love lost at this local exhibit, through December 8 (Upper East Side)

🎨 Sip some cafecito and tour artist studios at Bakehouse (Wynwood)

🎶 Kick-off Art Basel with Eduardo Castillo and The Sacred Space Miami and experience a transformative musical journey. Early bird tickets available for a limited time. (Sponsor)

Friday

🗣️ Join a panel conversation at Succulent: Recipes for Architectural Consumption (Wynwood)

😋 Nom on all the croquetas at Croquetapalooza (Tamiami)

🎶 Jam to the sounds of Mr. Twin Sister at the Ground (Downtown)

Saturday

🎶 Bring the kiddos to a performance of "Ayiti, The Pearl of Antilles," by Inez Barlatier and her family band (Miami Shores)

🚲 Join Dade Heritage Trust on the next Winter Walk: The History and Architecture of Brickell. Sign up today. (Partner)

💪 Catch all the action at the South Florida League of Lady Arm Wrestlers 2019 Tournament (Little Haiti)

Sunday

💃 Party at Ball & Chain to the sounds of Afrofuturist, DJ Jigüe and Arthur Baker featuring live percussion (Little Havana)

🎶 Enjoy some smooth jazz, lo-fi and instrumental hip-hop sounds at Bento Box (Allapattah)

Monday

🎭 Watch a series of short plays on climate change (South Beach)

🎤 Sing your heart out at the Let's Sang karaoke night (Wynwood)

See the diversity of the visual arts locally, nationally and internationally, and celebrate the black diaspora, at the Art of Black Miami. Learn More ».
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That’s all for today

We’ll catch you tomorrow, Miami!

— The New Tropic

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