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👀 All Eyes on Tropical Storm Isaias

We would much prefer a Flandemic to any of the other crises we’re dealing with right now.

💧What Miami is talking about

Miami’s Villain Theater will be bringing The Flandemic! to online audiences as part of its fifth-anniversary celebration on August 15. Besides sending up the city’s COVID-19 response crisis and offering some locally-sourced laughs, the virtual production is doubling as an invitation for donations to the Villain Theater. Like many independent institutions, the local comedy hub is facing hard financial times and possible closure in the face of the pandemic. Set your calendars and make sure to tune in via Villain’s YouTube channel.

If you were planning on getting tested for the ‘rona this weekend, you might want to adjust your calendar: all state-operated testing sites have been closed in anticipation of Tropical Storm Isaias. Per a press release from the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the sites are expected to reopen by next Wednesday morning at the latest.

Although this week was rife with developments about the dispersal of CARES Act funds among Miami workers, businesses, and cultural institutions, many local mayors are claiming they’ve been had. As reported by the Miami Herald yesterday, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez is being criticized for purportedly shortchanging cities on access to federal relief money. “I’m never aware of a time where this has happened before, with cities standing so united,” said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, backed by counterparts from Hialeah, Doral, North Miami Beach, Coral Gables, and other cities. “The disrespect, the lack of honesty … has led us to a point where we have no faith and confidence in the [county] government.”

The newest entry in O Cinema’s virtual cinema series — Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful — opens today. If you’re interested in learning more about the influential fashion photographer at the center of the documentary, O Cinema will also be hosting a free online Q&A with filmmaker Gero von Boehm and actress Isabella Rossellini tomorrow at 4 p.m.

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Events

Things to do

Today

🎨 Immerse yourself at a large scale art installation at Locust Projects, by appointment only through August 15 (Wynwood)

🎶 Groove to a live performance by the amazing singer songwriter Inez Barlatier (Online)

Tomorrow

😅 Stretch under the full moon at the Deering Estate during this yoga class (Palmetto Bay)

🌱 Pick up a rare plant and support the Alzheimer's association (Kendall)

🎥 Watch a screening of Goonies with your quaran-team at Car Pool Cinema (Wynwood)

Sunday

🖍️ Drive-thru to pick up a donation of free school supplies for your kiddos (North Miami)

🤓 Test your smarts during this virtual trivia game night (Online)

Tuesday

💪 Join this free entrepreneurial summit focused on empowering women, through August 6 (Online)

🗣️ Delve into South Florida's past and present with historian, Paul George (Online)

💃 Learn Afro-Cuban dance moves with Marisol Blanco during this free dance workshop (Online)

Thursday

🗣️ Speak up at this virtual town hall with local leaders about how environmental justice affects students (Online)

✌️ That’s it for this week and the month of July

Be good, stay safe, and we’ll share a laugh about all of this madness next week.

Take care,

—   Zach and The New Tropic

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