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🏀 An iconic Miami Heat moment makes it to the big screen

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Welcome to Wednesday, Miami.

We know it’s hump day, and we want to help you get over it with as light a lift as possible. Perhaps you could even stand to take a break by shutting off all of your gadgets and trying something new — this week is International Dark Sky Week, and the Tropical Audobon Society is hosting a free online webinar tonight at 6:30 p.m. to talk about light pollution, its impact on Florida wildlife, and how you can help.

It’s always good to develop constructive routines, especially when it concerns Florida’s natural wonders. And speaking of good routines, here’s your newsletter for today…

💧 What Miami is talking about 

Magic City, windy palm trees. 🌴 | Want to see your own picture in this space? Tag either #thenewtropic or @thenewtropic to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @xplore_your_city)

🕯️ Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings passed away yesterday following a years-long bout with pancreatic cancer. Hastings was serving his 15th term in the U.S. House of Representatives and had made history as a civil rights attorney before becoming the first Black man to serve as a federal judge in Florida. (Miami Herald)

🍻 With Miami-Dade’s pandemic curfew coming to a close and the ever-increasing availability of the COVID-19 vaccine, we’re sure many of you are eager to plan a romp to all of your favorite bars. Just in time for National Beer Day, here’s The Infatuation Miami’s roundup of the best bars around town including Mac’s Club Deuce and Lagniappe. (The Infatuation Miami)

🎶 A stretch of Northwest 14th Avenue in Liberty City has been renamed after legendary Miami soul singer Betty Wright. The rechristening took place on Monday to honor the late artist, who passed away last May at the age of 66. You can read a thoughtful remembrance of Wright’s multi-decade career, influence, and timeless songs at the following NPR link. ➡️ (NBC 6 South Florida / NPR Music)   

🏀 In case you missed it, the trailer for the new Space Jam movie features a reference to one of the most iconic moments in Miami Heat history. You might recognize Lola Bunny’s celebratory stance — I’m a child of the ‘90s, how could I not remember these characters’ names? — as a recreation of Dwyane Wade’s iconic, arms outstretched moment as LeBron James dunked right behind him. Feelings about cynical nostalgic cash-ins aside, we’re always happy to see acknowledgments of Heat greatness on-screen. (Miami New Times)

Promotion from Knight Foundation

🎉 Knight New Work 2020 winner: Jose Veliz

Multicultural composer Jose Veliz creates interactive compositions that allow audiences to become part of the music. 

“My objective is to engage new audiences through unique experiences that expose music from a different perspective in the hopes of developing further understanding and appreciation for all music.”

His upcoming project, Music United, removes the barrier of performer and audience. 

This original interactive musical experience lets you control cross-genre music in person and remotely. The composition is performed across different rooms and streamed together creating a unified piece.

Watch Jose’s Q&A with The New Tropic

🌊 + 😎 = Seasy

The grilled Branzino is a signature dish at Seasy. (📸: @seasycoralgables)

Seasy is a portmanteau of the words “sea” and “easy,” and the new Mediterranean restaurant more than lives up to its name. The Coral Gables eatery is committed to using only the finest of ingredients while affordable but no less savory selections of Mediterranean fare.

Want to visit the Miracle Mile’s must-taste Mediterranean destination and see what the fuss is all about? Enter here for your chance to win a $100 gift card to Seasy — good luck!


🌲 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)


🍝 Savor tasty pink pasta sauce and snag IG-worthy pics by reserving a table at Alla Vodka Pop-Up Shop between April 8-10 (Wynwood)

😂 Crack a smile and share some chuckles with comedian Kaycee Conlee during the latest Laughter in the Gardens (Pinecrest)

🎻 Check out free live music by Trio Wolfe — an all-female violin, cello, and percussion ensemble — at Bal Harbour Shops presented by Arsht Center Performances (Bal Harbour)

👛 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)


⚖️ Join the Dade County Bar Association along with keynote speaker Mayor Francis Suarez at the 11th Annual Bench and Bar Conference (Online)

📸 Take a virtual tour of downtown Miami with curator Carl Juste and photographer C.W. Griffin as part of the exhibition "Urban Tranquility: Photographs by C.W. Griffin" (Online)


✏️ Immerse yourself in a comprehensive one-day boot camp detailing tech design work during BrainStation’s Intro Day (Online)

💙 Celebrate Autism Awareness Month with the Miami Children's Museum during this drive-thru event — up to 200 families will receive free sensory goody bags on a first-come, first-serve basis (Watson Island)


🎹 Enjoy an afternoon of swinging piano, sultry vocals, and sassy humor with Grammy-nominated artist Judy Carmichael (Cutler Bay)


🌴 Take a psychedelic sonic voyage with Tropico Virgo's monthly residency at Melinda's (Downtown)

😂 Have a laugh with Dana Mauro, the guest on this week's edition of "Random Questions with Larry Fields" (Online)

☝️ One more thing…

Shout-out to @onlyindade for documenting and archiving the sights you’ll, well, only find in Dade: This notice about no high heels on the playground is definitely a local treasure.

See you tomorrow,

Zach at The New Tropic

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