Plus, the ‘Real Housewives of Miami’ return and how to celebrate Pride past June.
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🎬 Surveying Miami’s summer cinema offerings

Plus, the ‘Real Housewives of Miami’ return and how to celebrate Pride past June.

By Juan Barquin

Aruba, Jamaica, Ooh I Wanna Take Ya…

Bermuda, Bahama, how are you doing pretty mamas? It’s Juan Barquin, back at it again and hoping that this newsletter takes you on a tropical journey off the Florida Keys to a place called Kokomo. That’s where I want to go to get away from it all, preferably when Kermit the Frog is singing about it. I promise there’s a reason for my Caribbean-themed opening, and it’s not just that I wish I was getting a full-body tan at Haulover Beach instead of writing indoors. Let’s get into it:

🗣 What Juan is talking about 

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What are you supporting this week?

THIRD HORIZON FILM FESTIVAL! I truly cannot emphasize enough how great this local film fest — which showcases new films and filmmakers from the Caribbean and its diaspora — is. While I’m hoping to do some formal journalistic coverage of the fest myself, I’m also looking forward to sitting back and enjoying some of its offerings virtually. I’d encourage all Miamians with a passion for cinema to do the same. 

Third Horizon screened several of its features around town over the weekend — including Liborio, She Paradise, and Studio 17: The Lost Reggae Tapes at the Nite Owl Drive-In along with Stateless at the Perez Art Museum Miami — but you can still catch several of these flicks from the comfort of your home. Be sure to check out the THFF website's schedule for more details to start mapping out your movie itinerary — you have until July 1st to watch things! Hop to it! 

What’s your favorite piece that you wrote recently?

I’d like to take a moment to highlight not only myself, but one of the best shows currently streaming on HBO Max that you may have missed out on: Veneno. It’s an excellent series about Cristina “La Veneno” Ortiz Rodriguez, a trans woman who worked as a Spanish television personality, and I can comfortably say it’s one of the best examples of a queer biopic done right.

I was lucky enough to interview one of the stars of the show, Lola Rodriguez, for the online LGBTQ+ outlet them. Rodriguez plays Valeria Vegas — the author of Cristina’s biography ¡Digo! Ni puta ni santa. Las memorias de La Veneno — on the show, and I spoke to her in commemoration of her inclusion with the website’s Now List 2021. We spoke about her experience as a trans performer and her journey towards finding her breakthrough role.

What are you up to this week? 

Honestly, I’m just trying to close out Pride month with some cool queer stuff. I’ve missed spending time with other queers, so I’ve been bouncing back-and-forth between bingo at Hotel Gaythering (where I informed everyone that RuPaul fracks, much to everyone’s surprise) and enjoying Double Stubble at Gramps. 

And even if you missed out on PAMM’s Pride Month on Film series (which featured excellent film choices that you should seek out on your own), there are still Pride Tours taking place all the way through September. 

What Miami Instagram account should everybody follow?

Although it’s under tragic circumstances, the Miami Herald has done a great job of using its IG page to share updates on the Surfside condo collapse as the situation develops. 

What are you listening to this week? 

Sparks! You know, I’d heard some Sparks songs in the past, so this isn’t necessarily a new thing, but since I watched Edgar Wright’s pretty decent documentary (it didn’t need to be more than two hours long with so many talking heads!) about the band at Sunset Place this past week, I’ve been on a roll exploring the duo’s deep discography.  While everyone recommended Kimono My House and Angst in My Pants, I’ve found myself most enamored with No. 1 in Heaven, Gratuitous Sax and Senseless Violins, and Lil’ Beethoven. 

You can still catch Wright’s doc, The Sparks Brothers, playing in town this week if you’re interested in learning more about the band.

🎉 We have a winner!

One lucky New Tropic reader will be enjoying this view of Brickell City Center at EST. 33. (📸: @est.33_miami)

Congrats to Thomas P. for winning a $150 gift card to nosh at EST. 33 Thai Craft Brewery & Kitchen plus a private brewery tour led by their Master Brewer Todd Space. Cure your FOMO and check out the Brickell City Center eatery’s outdoor patio and sip on one of its signature craft beers brewed in-house — happy hour starts at 3 pm!

Read on below to learn more about our next giveaway. Here's a hint: It'll keep you on your P's and Q's in a wild way! 

Promotion from Third Horizon Film Festival

Cutting-edge cinema from the Caribbean and beyond

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Promotion from Miami Dade College Foundation

🏆 2021 MDC Alumni Hall of Fame: Cesar Larancuent

Since the start of the pandemic, Cesar F. Larancuent has focused his efforts on coordinating the transportation of face masks, cleaning necessities, and critical medical supplies around the globe.

Larancuent, who received his bachelor’s in supply chain management from Miami Dade College, has worked closely with both public and private institutions in the logistical planning and distribution of PPE equipment, hospital medical supplies, and other essentials.

He and his team have worked to deliver tens of thousands of day-to-day necessities.

For his achievements, he is a 2021 Miami Dade College Alumni Hall of Fame: Heroes Edition honoree.

Watch Cesar’s story on The New Tropic’s Facebook

😮 A new giveaway for you

G is for giveaway, which you’ll want to enter to win this beautiful print of The Florida Alphabet! 😍 (📸: @studiocpl)

This week, five lucky readers will win a print of Miami-raised artist Alex Leshansky’s interpretation of the alphabet through a very Florida filter. 🐊 Enter now for your chance to win a 12” x 16” illustration of our state’s diverse wildlife, complete from A to Z! 


😃 Hear how you can become an Arsht Center volunteer and learn what it's like to work with one of Miami's premier cultural institutions (Online)


👋 Network with fellow Miami food and beverage entrepreneurs (Wynwood)

🚮 Take part in a Trashy Tuesday sunset beach cleanup at Watson Island Marina(Midtown )


🚺 Visit the opening of the exhibit experience WOMANISH in Miami (Wynwood)

♻️ Get a general overview of Miami-Dade County's Climate Action Strategy and learn what your neighbors had to say about envisioning a green, carbon-free 305 (Online)


🎥 Watch a Third Horizon Film Festival-hosted screening of buzzed-about feature film "Bantú Mama" at Nite Owl Drive-In (Downtown / Online)


🎶 Blast to the past with Questlove's electric, joyous music documentary "Summer of Soul" at Gables Cinema(Coral Gables)

🎼 Enjoy an evening of patriotic music celebrating Independence Day(North Beach Bandshell)

🇺🇸 Celebrate July 4 with an in-Person Independence Day Unity Concert with vocalist Lauren Carter(Miami)

🌇Set sail for Stiltsville at sunset during this guided boat tour led by local historian Cesar Becerra (Key Biscayne)

☝️ One more thing… 

And now I’d like to sign off with a notice about my excitement that Real Housewives of Miami started filming again during Wynwood Pride (it is hilarious watching various Housewives talking about Wynwood when they visit Miami, by the way) and the rumor that Paulina Rubio is joining the cast

Needless to say my little queer latinx heart is fully ready for this (and hoping that it’s better than the original three seasons pre-cancelation). 


Juan B.

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