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📷 MIQUEL SALOM: ICTUM OLIM IV

The Deering Estate presents ICTUM OLIM VI, an exhibition of alumitypes (tintypes on aluminum foil) by artist Miquel Salom through April 10.

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😬 Jake Paul’s move to Miami is no prank

Although we wish it was.

Happy Friday, Miami!

Before you rush to check your closest calendar, we’ll save you the trip: It’s actually Thursday and the first of April. Sorry, couldn’t resist getting at least one April Fools’ gag in there. 😜

With that out of the way, let’s check in on one of our favorite subjects of these here New Tropic intros: the weather. Miami’s set to see some showers today, but it’s looking like things will be a breeze heading into the weekend. And we do mean that literally, since the coming cold front is projected to bring record lows to parts of Florida. Here in Heat country, we’re expected to have lows in the 60s with temps generally hovering around the 70s. If all holds out, it sounds like we’ll have the perfect weather for safe, socially distanced Easter egg hunting. 🐰

But until the weekend comes, there’s a lot of ground to cover in today’s newsletter. So let’s hop right to it. 🐇 (Again, sorry. 😬)

💧 What Miami is talking about

The moon was caught slippin’ — or would that be sliding? — outside the Adrienne Arsht Center. 🌝 | Want to see your own picture in this space? Tag either #thenewtropic or @thenewtropic to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @char_superstarr)

💡 They say capitalism breeds innovation, which might be why Miami-Dade’s top elected officials have been looking to rebrand the 305 — which already has its own assortment of problems to deal with, from stark income equality and climate change to substandard public transportation — as a new top-tier tech hub.

It only makes sense then that the brightest of minds would be attracted to the Sunshine State. We’re talking about creative, ingenious folks who’re standing at the ready to solve the world’s problems through cunning, grit, plus a whole lot of cash and coding. Y’know, people like *checks notes* YouTube star Jake Paul

The 24-year-old influencer recently relocated from LA to Miami to focus on his transformation from an extremely online rascal into the “biggest prize fighter in the world.” And when he’s not training or throwing maskless yacht soirees, Miami New Times reports he’s already making himself at home among the Magic City glitterati by pouring his money into a startup. The project, Anti Fund, will reportedly finance “internet culture” and empower the next generation of influencers. 🙃

Obnoxious online personalities or not, there’s a lot to be wary of concerning local officials’ designs on turning Miami-Dade into Silicon Valley Southeast. A recent Twitter thread by 305 native, entrepreneur, and ex-Facebook and Google employee Michael Sayman put things pretty succinctly: “I’m surprised how little time the Silicon Valley folks have spent reaching out to actual people from Miami (outside of mayor Francis) when it comes to learning about the city.” Enough said.

In other news…

⚾️ Speaking of Miami’s increasingly venture capitalist sheen, the Miami Marlins’ home is now known as loanDepot Park. The venue formerly known as Marlins Park joins the FTX Arena as the latest local sports institution to be renamed after less-than-obvious picks in a multi-million dollar deal; its namesake is a financial services company originally based in Southern California. It’s not all bewildering developments though: The Marlins are hosting frontline healthcare workers free of charge during today’s opening day game, a practice that’ll continue for the duration of the 2021 season. (WPTV / MLB.com)   

📢 Attention Miami creatives: You have until Friday night at 11:59 p.m. to apply for Locust Projects’ Wavemaker Incubator Grant. If you need assistance assembling your application, office hours are open today between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for 15-minute sessions to help you put your best artistic foot forward. (Locust Projects via Instagram)

✏️ O, Miami Poetry Festival’s 2021 edition kicks off today. The annual celebration of the written word’s infinite creative possibilities runs through April 30; you can learn more about this year’s itinerary by checking out its website or the following Instagram page. You’ll also be hearing much more about it within this newsletter very soon — be sure to keep your eyes peeled. 👀 (O, Miami via Instagram)

Promotion from Knight Foundation

🎉 Knight New Work 2020 winner: Najja Moon

How’s this for a simile? Sideline bench is to pew, as playbook is to hymnal? 

Former athlete turned artist, Najja Moon believes art is utilitarian. Her work connects two seemingly different worlds – the church and the arena – by meditating on the spirit of community that exists within their walls. 

In her upcoming project, The Huddle is a Prayer Circle, she will be creating an immersive installation and interactive performance encompassing sound, scripture, and movement.

Watch Najja’s Q&A with The New Tropic

🗓 Throwback Thursday: Miami’s first Black police chief

(📸: @thenewtropic)

🕚 This week’s throwback turns the clock back several decades into Miami’s history… and to just last week. Miami New Times recently shared a profile on Clarence Dickson, the first Black man to serve as the city’s chief of police. He was promoted to the position in 1985, and the Miami Police Department renamed its police academy in his honor last week. The profile by New Times staff writer Alexi C. Cardona traces the Palatka native’s rise through the ranks as well as the racism he faced within the force. (Miami New Times)

Tomorrow

🔮 Step into the colorful world of Miami artist Julian Castro during his debut art show and event series "Wet Paint" taking place April 2 through April 4 (Little River)

🎧 Tune in to the April edition of ICA Miami's First Friday series featuring musical guests DJ NF and Nídia (Online)

🐈 Get moving for a worthy, furry cause with the Humane Society of Greater Miami's Walk for the Animals (Online)

👑 Help the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU crown *The Shabbos Queen* during this queer virtual Friday night extravaganza (Online)

Saturday

🚶 Take an intimate walkthrough of Locust Projects' installation "HOW TO: Oh, look at me" alongside its artistic architect GeoVanna Gonzalez (Miami Design District)

🖌 Soak in work by Miami creative Typoe and other artists at Primary's new exhibition "Can't Wait to Meet You" — on display April 3 through May 29 (Little River)

💃 Learn from Delou Africa Dance Ensemble as they take you on a cultural journey through West African dance, music, and history (Online)

🎭 Enjoy a charmingly whimsical staged story of being true to oneself in the face of adversity (Little River and Online)

Sunday

🖼 Check out the opening of Miami artist William Osorio's new exhibit "Margins of Truth" at LnS Gallery — on display March 17 through May 21 (Miami)

Monday

♻️ Envision a more resilient 305 with Miami Dade College's virtual five-day Sustainable Cities Symposium taking place April 5 through April 9 (Online)

Tuesday

🐊 Learn just how crucial the Everglades is to Florida's ecosystem during the Families For Everglades virtual event (Online)

Wednesday

🌲 Meet like-minded conservationists, sip on cocktails and learn how you can get involved during The Young Everglades Patrons inaugural event (Online)

🌊 Hear all about climate resilience in South Florida and the Caribbean during the University of Miami's inaugural Coastal Resilience Symposium (Online)

Thursday, April 8

👛 Join The Women's Fund Miami-Dade for its annual fundraiser Power of the Purse featuring speakers Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Jane Fonda, Aja Monet, and others (Online)

🗣 Get educated on the Sunshine State's history of racial violence during "Strange Fruit in Florida," the latest episode of The Black Florida & Voices of Change webinar series (Online)

☝️ One more thing...

Let’s finish today’s newsletter off by bringing things full (climate) circle: On Wednesday we posed the question “If ‘New Yorkers are used to competent public transit,’ why come to Miami?” Reader Briana B. provided the perfect response:

“Because we're over incompetent NYC weather.”

Hard to argue with that! 💥 Thanks for sharing your wit with us Briana — if any other readers would like to share their gift of gab, consider this a reminder that our inbox is always open. 😉

Stay frosty,

Zach at The New Tropic

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