Plus, DeSantis’ controversial anti-protest bill becomes law, and a new restaurant is poppin’ champagne with chicken parm sandwiches.
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👀 Where to find your Miami munchies today

Plus, DeSantis’ controversial anti-protest bill becomes law, and a new restaurant is poppin’ champagne with chicken parm sandwiches.

Hi Miami — welcome to Tuesday.

We wanted to start today’s newsletter off with some wholesome news: graduation season is underway, and Florida colleges are far closer to something resembling normalcy than they were at this time last year. The Miami Herald has a rundown of how Sunshine State universities are commemorating students’ matriculation, and many of them involve in-person ceremonies — within reason, of course.

We genuinely love to see it, folks! The rest of today’s newsletter doesn’t strike quite as positive of a note, but is important all the same. Read on for more...

💧 What Miami is talking about

Consider treating yourself this week with some Japanese ice cream courtesy of @taiyakinyc and @1800lucky. 😋 | Want to see your own picture in this space? Tag either #thenewtropic or @thenewtropic to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @rd_amy)

🗣 Yesterday, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the state’s controversial “anti-mob” bill into law. In the governor’s own words, the legislation “prevents local government from being able to defund law enforcement" and enacts harsher legal penalties against protestors deemed to be violent. The bill is a direct reaction to last year’s nationwide protests against police brutality and killing of George Floyd. Activist groups like Dream Defenders have been joined by elected officials such as Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and Orlando State Rep. Anna Eskamani in denouncing the measure. (CBS Miami)

🍾 A new local business is touting itself as “the world’s 1st sandwich and champagne shop.” Champs and Heroes is the latest venture by Jourdan Binder, the man behind Miami staples like The Anderson and Broken Shaker. The concept features ‘90s-inspired iconography and an array of appetizing menu items like ”The Bird,” a chicken parm sandwich that we can safely assume was named after basketball legend Larry Bird. It’s open for business today, and you can get your order in right at the link. ➡️ (Champs and Heroes)

🎨 ICA Miami is inviting young creatives to sign up for its summer art program. Virtual Portfolio Prep is a two-week online initiative designed to assist middle and high school students aspiring to further their arts education. There is no cost to attend, and applications are due on June 14 for high school students and July 5 for middle schoolers. (ICA Miami via Instagram)

🛳 One of the cruise line industry’s head honchos believes Floridians will be sailing the seven seas again sooner rather than later. Royal Caribbean International CEO Michael Bayley says the overall success of the United States’ COVID-19 vaccination campaign could result in voyages resuming as early as this summer. Gov. DeSantis recently filed suit against the Centers for Disease Control with the aim of forcing the federal agency to let cruise lines resume business as usual. (WLRN)

✏️ O, Miami invites you to be unafraid of “Calling on Ancestors”

Ashley M. Jones and Monica Sok are two of the poets leading this intimate O, Miami workshop. (📸: @omiamifestival

The New Tropic’s latest look at O, Miami’s 2021 programming — you can see the last two features here and here — is for anyone who’s still trying to process the events of the last year.

As the world becomes increasingly acclimated to COVID-19 and more and more people become vaccinated, it’s understandable that many are itching to resume life as they once knew it. Miami-Dade’s curfew is gone, concerts are creeping back into our lives, and Instagram is littered with maskless folks mugging it up for the camera. 

But for some, all of the above is easier said than done. Even the most outgoing of pre-March 2020 social butterflies have had a hard time processing that the day where we no longer need to shelter in our cocoons could be closer than once imagined. Compound the pandemic with a fragile social order, ever-worsening climate emergency, and increasingly oppressive political atmosphere, and you have a recipe for an anxiety disaster.

“Calling on Ancestors: Exploring Tenderness in Turbulent Times” is a workshop about finding stable grounding amid precarity. This Saturday’s event will see six poets walk participants through “ethical loneliness” by asking introspective questions and inviting guests to ponder their relationship to their ancestors.

Two of the facilitators, Ashley M. Jones and Monica Sok, took the time to answer The New Tropic’s questions about this weekend’s workshop as well as what attendees can expect from it.

What inspired the creation of Calling on Ancestors for O, Miami 2021? Was there a specific intent behind it? 

We've been thinking about tenderness in our poetics a lot, especially in the pandemic. We're considering intimacy, both on the page and in the act of community — how does it ask for vulnerability, how does it lead to resource sharing? For us, this intimacy starts with our ancestors, who we each call upon in our writing practice and in our daily lives. We wanted to offer this to the community through O, Miami to create space for collective healing, using poetry.

What can people who sign up for Saturday’s workshop anticipate from the event?

The program consists of a poetry reading and conversation on April 17th and an intimate workshop on April 24th. During the reading, we’ll each read our poems and open up a discussion about how we call on our ancestors in our craft as poets. In the workshops, participants can expect to read and analyze published works which connect to themes including ritual, social justice, history, and personal history, and they’ll also be guided through a generative writing exercise. We hope that those who attend the reading and/or the workshop are able to enter a vulnerable space with us. 

What would you like people to take away from their workshop experience?

We hope to share some of our tools and inspirations with our participants and to offer them prompts to create original work. They will also receive a packet with poems and questions for exploration which they can keep and use in the future.

Calling on Ancestors: Exploring Tenderness in Turbulent Times starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 24; 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 part in an outdoor cornhole competition complete with drink specials hosted by the Miami Cornhole League at EST. 33 (Brickell)


🍹 Shake 'n make a winning tequila cocktail at this workshop-meets-competition where you'll transform a basketful of ingredients into a first-place drink (Doral)

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

🎙️ Meet the creative team behind the upcoming production of "The Turn of the Screw" at IlluminArts' Open House (Online)

🐊 Tune into AIRIE Asks featuring Yukio Suzuki + Juraj Kojs (Online)


😋 Join the Sustainable Supper Club at PAMM for the delicious Alfresco Earth Day Dinner (Downtown)

💚 Hear tales of Florida's national parks while sipping on cocktails delivered straight to your door during Parktails, a virtual evening hosted by The Alliance for Florida’s National Parks (Online)

☀️ Celebrate Mother Earth this Earth Day with morning yoga and meditative reflection at the Brickell City Centre Terrace (Brickell)

🖌️ Educate your child about climate change through an interactive children’s art studio at ARTivism Studio by Planet Patrol (Brickell)

😀 Observe Earth Day virtually with The Everglades Foundation (Online)


😋 Get a free della bowl during this BOGO Friday at Doral Yard (Doral)

🎥 Drive-in to the opening night of OUTshine Film Festival for an outdoor screening of "Potato Dreams of America" (North Miami)

👀 Ogle at the musicality of The Oteil Burbridge Trio on Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24 at the Bandshell (North Beach)


🎩 Join Miami Design Preservation League for "Deco Speakeasy: World Art Deco Month Celebration," an interactive online show celebrating jazz and South Beach's most iconic aesthetic (Online)

📸 Bring your camera for a free, outdoor photowalk and learn tips from an experienced female photographer (Miami Design District)

🎙️ Join renowned jazz vocalist Brenda Alford and her quartet for a charity concert benefiting the Homestead Soup Kitchen (Liberty City)


💞 Watch Brenda Alford and her band's performance from the comfort of your own home — all proceeds will be donated to Feeding America and to the Carole Robertson Center for Learning (Online)

Tuesday, April 27

😋 Create a special Earth Day edition della bowl at home during this cooking class with Chef Julie Frans and Debris Free Oceans (Online)

☝️ One more thing… 

You didn’t really think we’d go this whole newsletter without referencing 4/20, did you?  We don’t know what cheeba you’re chiefin’, but you thought wrong! Should you find yourself craving a little somethin’ somethin’, make sure to check out Miami New Times’ rundown of special food and drink specials taking place today. And if you’re trying to space out with some tunes, III Joints is staging a happening scene over at Space Park.

Be well,

Zach at The New Tropic

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