Plus, more controversial state legislation and a new overseer at GableStage.
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🔥 Flavortown heats up South Florida

Plus, more controversial state legislation and a new overseer at GableStage.

Hi Miami: It’s Tuesday.

Today’s newsletter has some very good news if you or someone you know skews younger and has been anxiously awaiting the COVID-19 vaccine. Plus, we've got more hubbub out of the Florida House as Guy Fieri sets his sights on the Sunshine State…

💧 What Miami is talking about

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💉 Last Friday we shared our excitement over the news that the age eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine is dropping to 18 very soon. The change comes on Monday, April 5 but we’ve since learned that even more people will be able to get their shot than previously thought. Starting next week, Floridians as young as 16 will be able to make appointments to receive the in-demand doses. However, due to existing regulations, teens will only be able to receive the Pfizer vaccine — you can learn more at the link. ➡️️ (Miami Herald)

🔥 Flavortown is taking over South Florida. Literally: Guy Fieri's Flavortown Kitchen has opened several locations in the region. The new restaurant concept by the “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” host has yet to open any spots in Miami proper, but something tells us the Magic City’s culinary scene will continue to get by until that changes. Miami New Times food editor Laine Doss says the menu “is heavy on items that sound tasty if you're a frat boy who just did a hefty bong rip.” (Miami New Times)

🗳 The Florida House continues to be extremely “on one” following the passage of the state legislature’s controversial anti-protest bill last Friday. That same day saw the governing body also pass a bill allowing concealed weapons to be carried at religious institutions that share space with schools, and state reps now seem to be taking aim at constitutional amendments. A pair of proposals approved yesterday seek to make it harder for citizen-led initiatives to make it onto voters’ ballots. As recounted at the link, citizen-led initiatives have spurred several Florida voter-approved constitutional amendments in recent years, including legalizing medical marijuana and restoring voting rights for felons. (WLRN / News Service of Florida)

🎭 Local theater institution GableStage has tapped a new face to help set its scene. Starting Thursday, April 1, Bari Newport will be serving as the new producing artistic director of the Coral Gables venue. Her predecessor, Joseph Adler, served in the role for more than 20 years; sadly, he passed away from pancreatic cancer in April 2020. (Artburst Miami)


🗣️ Join a conversation with Margaret Cho for I'm not a Virus: A Teach-In on Anti-Asian & Asian American Racism, presented by FIU (Online)

💃 Practice solo jazz moves to swingin' music in a new session of free weekly dance classes (Online)


🖼 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)

🎥 Watch three new documentaries on how Miamians faced challenges exacerbated by COVID-19 at Pass the Mic (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)


💃 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)

Tuesday, April 6

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

☝️ One more thing...

Miami Beach got a shout-out for all of the wrong reasons over the weekend from “Saturday Night Live.” The comedy show’s sketch about the 305’s spring break brouhaha “joked” — emphasis on the quotation marks there — about partygoers starting a “fourth wave” of COVID-19 infections. The quote from host Maya Rudolph that seems to be going around most is “We’re so close to the end, let’s ruin it!”

We’re gonna take a glass half full perspective here and say even in strange times like these, at least we can still count on Miami to command national attention. 😁

Take care,

Zach & The New Tropic

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