Party for none. We took a deep look at what Miami Gardens and the 305 are actually getting out of the “Big Game” and in short: not as much as you might think. But Miami Beach leaders are extra frustrated because they pumped $1.5 million toward recruiting the game and were promised a free concert on the Beach that never came to be. (Miami Herald)
Calling out Carollo. The whispers started after the infamous Miami commission meeting that ended prematurely earlier this month, and now a group of residents have officially launched a petition drive to remove Commissioner Joe Carollo from office. They cite his controversial past and recent drama on the dais as big reasons for the recall push. (Miami New Times, Miami Herald)
What’s the best way to the Beach? It’s a question facing elected officials at the county and city level as they consider a train that would link the mainland to Miami Beach. A controversial monorail proposal would be cheaper to operate, according to a recent study, but would likely have fewer riders. Meanwhile the same study found that extending the current downtown Metromover to the Beach would attract more riders but also cost about $630 million to build. (Miami Herald, Miami Today)
More money for Miami startups. Yesterday the Knight Foundation announced a big financial boost for eight local startups by pledging more than $1 million in grant funding to support the companies. (Refresh Miami)
OK, one more Super Bowl related story. This one is about a major effort from Miami’s airport workers to draw attention to their fight for higher wages. The workers are nearing the end of a six-day hunger strike and have rallied at Miami International Airport as thousands of tourists arrive for the super festivities. (Miami Herald)
Love live music and a cool breeze? Lucky for you, we have two tickets to give away to the Ground Up Music Festival that starts on Feb. 14 at the North Beach Bandshell. It’s a three-day dive into funk, soul and world music that brings together musicians and music fans alike. Enter to win by sharing this unique link with your buddies and get ’em to sign up: https://thenewtropic.com/invitation/*|UNIQID|*/?campaign=327176
For every person you get to sign up, you’ll get an entry. Good luck, music fans!
The bread will rise again this weekend at Bakehouse Art Complex.
Dade Heritage Trust, Miami’s leading organization for historic preservation and celebration, will be hosting a Baking in Historic Places event there tomorrow. (FYI: The nonprofit has been on a roll lately and their events quickly sell out, including ones like this, so you knead to pick up tickets soon for their May baking event at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.)
The Bakehouse site has an interesting history as one of Miami’s first industrial bakeries and now as a location for artists’ studios. We chatted with their acting director, Cathy Leff, to find out more about the future of the location, which will include affordable housing for artists.
Check out Dade Heritage Trust’s upcoming events on their site, including exploratory neighborhood walking and biking tours.
🗣️ Learn about how your brain works at this Future Forum conference (Key Biscayne)
💃 Dance at a free, 3 day DJ fest at Coyo Taco featuring sets by A-Trak, Carnage and Chromeo through Feb. 2 (Wynwood)
🎼 FREE WALLCAST EVENT: New World Symphony and Miami City Ballet come together to perform a celebration of Stravinsky and Balanchine. Learn more (Sponsor)
🎶 Party with former Patriots star Rob Gronkowski, Diplo, Kaskade, Rick Ross and Flo Rida at this all day fest (North Beach)
😅 Sweat at this training camp sponsored by Lululemon that ends with a Super Bowl-themed tailgate (Edgewater)
😋 Eat your way through "The Last Bite," a new epic food market at Regatta Park (Coconut Grove)
😋 Nom at the Seafood Festival (South Dade)
🏈 Hunker down for the game at this free tailgate and watch party (Brickell)
😋 Savor some spice at Boxelder's third annual Chili Cook off (Wynwood)
📼 Hear from FIU’s vice president of engagement at Mixtape Mondays (Sweetwater)
🎥 Catch a screening of the modern version of "Les Misérables," through Thursday Feb. 6 (Coral Gables)
🤣 Get your laugh on with comedian Michelle Buteau, live at Gramps (Wynwood)
🤝 Meet hiring managers from Perez Art Museum, Adrienne Arsht Center and more at this Career Fair (Downtown)
🎸 Catch Whitney live at The Ground (Downtown)
🌱 Learn about growing plants in containers at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (Coral Gables)
🍻 Catch artists-to-watch Eladio Carrión and Mariah play a free show at Gramps in Wynwood with refreshments courtesy of Genius and Acura. RSVP now as spaces are limited for this 21+ event! (Sponsor)
🎥 Watch a screening of "Liberty in a Soup," a documentary on the tradition of eating soup joumou on Haitian Independence Day RSVP now for free entry (Sponsor)
🎶 Celebrate 4 years of the local radio show, Local Love Live on Shake 108 FM, at Bar Nancy (Little Havana)
🗣️ Join Diane Rehm of NPR's Diane Rehm Show for a reading from her new book, "When My Time Comes" (Downtown)
🎨 Join WLRN's Nadege Green in conversation with local filmmakers, Terence Price II and Faren Humes, as they discuss using film to represent and redefine Miami's black communities (Sweetwater)
If you’re passionate about bike safety and/or the climate crisis, you should know about two meetings coming up on Monday. In the morning, the folks from Transit Alliance Miami plan to speak up at Miami Beach’s Neighborhood and Quality of Life Committee meeting at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall.
It will be the latest step in the group’s Safer Venetian Causeway campaign, an effort to get protected bike lanes on the roadway after a cyclist was struck and killed by a driver there last August. Head here to learn more about their efforts.
And at 6 p.m. in the city of Miami, the climate resilience committee will host its second meeting of 2020 at City Hall. Head here for details and to find the meeting agenda.
We’ll catch you next month, Miami! 😉
— The New Tropic