Plus, bars for sharpening social skills and more 305 booze news.
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Plus, bars for sharpening social skills and more 305 booze news.

Welcome to Tuesday, Miami.

Chalk it up to a weeklong hair of the dog following National Beer Day or something in Veza Sur’s brews, but today’s news is all about booze. And for good reason: After the last year, it’s only natural that alcohol — the cause of and solution to all of life’s problems — would be on the tips of everyone’s tongues.

The New Tropic will return with your regularly scheduled news roundup tomorrow, but until then, let’s rhetorically wet those whistles…

P.S. Keep scrolling for our spotlight on a very 2021 event with O, Miami to check out this Thursday.

💧 What Miami is talking about 

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🍸 Florida is one step closer to making to-go alcohol a permanent treat. By a landslide vote of 38-2, the Florida Senate approved a bill last week making it legal to order booze with takeout food and delivery orders. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order last year temporarily allowing this practice to assist businesses that weren’t allowed to operate at the time. There’s a companion bill currently working its way through the House. It’ll need to pass there as well before it can be sent to the governor to hopefully be signed into law. Sláinte! (Miami Herald)

🚫 In less positive booze news, Churchill’s Pub had its liquor license suspended last month. It’s the latest development in the ongoing dispute between Churchill's operations manager, Franklin Dale, and the bar's landlord, Mallory Kauderer. Dale was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery last month after allegedly assaulting someone at the beloved Little Haiti watering hole. (Miami New Times)

🍻 With more and more vaccines circulating in Miamians’ immune systems, the prospect of resuming life as it once was is becoming increasingly tempting for many. However, if you’ve held it down at home for the duration of the last year, the idea of socializing at bars might still send a shiver down your spine. Thankfully, The Infatuation Miami has come through with a list of comfortable restaurants and drinking destinations for folks slowly dipping their toes back into societal waters. (The Infatuation Miami)

💉 A Miami Beach bar has debuted new drinks celebrating the COVID-19 vaccines available in the 305. Lolo's Surf Cantina is serving the cheeky beverages in syringes through Cinco de Mayo; the offerings include "La Fieyzer," "La Jota y Jota," and "La Vacunita." (Miami New Times)

✏️ O, Miami paints everyday objects in a new light with Odes in Isolation

O, Miami is helping folks find magic in the little things with the workshop “Keeping Wonder Alive: Odes in Isolation.” (📸: @omiamifestival)

We’re continuing our month-long look at this year’s edition of O, Miami by thinking small, specifically, anything that can fit in your abode. This Thursday, the annual poetry festival is hosting “Keeping Wonder Alive: Odes in Isolation.” The workshop invites you to pen tributes to the household items you’ve spent close time with over the last year.

Then, you’ll be invited to craft short videos such as this one featuring your written word and corresponding imagery of the piece’s subject matter and associated objects. The workshop was conceived by poet Melanie Almeder along with psychotherapist and community-based artist Elia Khalaf as a means of instilling renewed appreciation for the creature comforts we’ve clung to amid the pandemic.

Khalaf spoke to The New Tropic about the origins of “Keeping Wonder Alive” and the art of imbuing magic into the everyday.

What inspired the creation of “Keeping Wonder Alive: Odes in Isolation” for O, Miami 2021? 

Elia Khalaf: This project was envisioned in response to our everyday lives in quarantine. As we worked and studied from home, our relationships to household items changed. Naturally, we felt fatigue and stress in isolation. That’s why “Keeping Wonder Alive” hopes to restore a sense of amazement through poetry and art as we write odes praising household objects. The workshops turn ordinary objects into extraordinary elements, seen through the mindful lens of poetry. We were deeply inspired by the work of Pablo Neruda, who was full of awe at the beauty of objects around him. We hope our participants will enjoy their home world anew, reconnecting to a sense of gratitude, mindfulness, and fun! 

What can participants expect from the workshop?

The program starts with a series of generative community workshops conducted remotely. Participants are guided on a creative journey through a number of prompts designed to practice mindfulness and to foster a sense of wellbeing at home. Then, writers are invited to turn their odes into narrated videos with their everyday object of choice as protagonist. In the wonder of 2021, poetry can mean a TikTok video of blueberries rolling out of the box at home, or an Instagram reel showcasing cooking pots and pans as engines of transformation and non-stick triumph. The hashtags of #odesinisolation and @omiamifestival are thus creating a virtual homey space where we can all share the metaphorical cup of sugar.  

What would you like people to take away from “Keeping Wonder Alive: Odes in Isolation”?

After the workshop, we would love participants to walk away with a newfound sense of wonder and a refreshed perspective. In previous sessions, participants signed off stating, “we will never see spatulas and croissants the same way!” We also hope this project develops a sense of connection and socialization despite physical distance as our poets experiment with words in a safe and playful environment. 

“Keeping Wonder Alive: Odes in Isolation'' starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 15; get your tickets here. You can learn more about O, Miami by visiting the festival’s website and social media channels.

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🌴 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)


🎼 Listen to an IlluminArts panel discussion highlighting the rich repertoire of music by Black composers (Online)

🤓 Get inspired with three amazing, motivational stories of failure (Wynwood)


🎥 Lay on a blanket under the big screen at SoundScape Park and enjoy a screening of "HOW TO: Oh, look at me," a short experimental dance film directed by multi-disciplinary artist GeoVanna Gonzalez (Miami Beach)

👂 Perk your ears up for a performance by master percussionist Rajesh Bhandari during the April edition of North Beach Social at the North Beach Bandshell (North Beach and Online)

🌸 Stop and smell the fabric flowers during the debut of artist Pangea Kali Virga's sustainable floral fiber art exhibition at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden (Miami Beach)

🖼️ Take a look at Jon Henry's "Stranger Fruit" and Jorge Cabieses' "Constructions and Cancellations," the newest exhibitions displaying at Dot Fiftyone Gallery (Little River)


🍿 Celebrate O Cinema's 10th birthday and the 50th anniversary of "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" with an outdoor screening of the classic Gene Wilder film (North Beach)

🎶 Bust a move with Spam All-Stars at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden (Miami Beach)


🐯 Spend the morning with HistoryMiami Museum and learn about endangered animals from across the globe (Online)

🌎 Celebrate Earth Month with a yoga class and beach cleanup (Miami Beach)

🏡 Check out Deering Spring Contemporary: Homecoming, a new exhibition at the Deering Estate exploring what makes a house a home (Palmetto Bay)

🐊 Enjoy an afternoon in the park with Cross-Pollination, a dance and composition collaboration by Artists in Residence in Everglades (Homestead)

☝️ One more thing… 

If today’s newsletter worked up your thirst, consider quenching it next weekend during Tripping Animals' Irie Jungle Beer Festival. The Doral brewery’s craft beer festival is returning on Saturday, April 24 after taking last year off, and there’ll also be a series of themed events celebrating participating brewers in the days leading up to it.

The meaning may have changed since March 2020, but the message remains the same: Drink responsibly, friends.


Zach at The New Tropic

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