Plus, Muhammad Ali in Miami Beach and mask mandates.
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Plus, Muhammad Ali in Miami Beach and mask mandates.

Hello and welcome to Thursday, Miami.

Yesterday we lead things off by tackling Miami’s bid for World Cup greatness. We subsequently heard from several New Tropic readers who shared their thoughts on our fair city hosting the biggest event in soccer. Here’s what Christina S. had to say about whether or not we’re ready to step up to the pitch:

“Like the Olympics, World Cups have actually been the excuse and opportunity to update local infrastructure in the cities where they have taken place. There’s no reason for our Global City not to do so as well especially now that we have some first-class leaders at the helm of our City and County.

“And — frankly — I would love to see the Red Devils (best team in the world) win right here in Miami!”

Thanks for weighing in, Christina. While The New Tropic can’t speak on the prowess of Belgium’s national team, we feel more than comfortable commenting on the excellence of the country’s musical exports.

Meanwhile, Stan F. struck a similar tone:

“Hosting the World Cup in Miami would be a total dream, but our current infrastructure makes this the worst idea ever! Silver lining.... this is a great opportunity to turn that around over the next 5 years in preparation for the influx of the international community that will be joining us for the tournament. Hopefully our local politicians can figure that out, which I have total faith in, of course.”

In any case, while we wait to learn if the World Cup is coming to Miami, here’s another sports-related development already taking place…

💧 What Miami is talking about

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🏀 Get ready to start referring to the AAA as the FTX: The AmericanAirlines Arena might be renamed the FTX Arena as soon as tomorrow. FTX, a cryptocurrency exchange, has reportedly negotiated a 19-year, $135 million-dollar deal to sponsor the home of the Miami Heat. County commissioners will decide whether or not to seal the deal during a meeting tomorrow. (Miami Herald / WPLG Local 10)

😷 Miami-Dade vs. the state of Florida: Despite Gov. Ron DeSantis’ orders undermining municipalities’ mask mandates and rules for curbing the spread of COVID-19, the county is still enforcing pandemic-related regulations. According to Miami New Times, police, code enforcement officers, and park rangers are continuing to hand out masks to anyone not seen wearing one, and non-compliant businesses can still expect to receive citations. (Miami New Times)

🎉 The North Beach Bandshell has been busy with a spate of exciting announcements in recent days. The outdoor concert venue — which has been successfully hosting both socially distanced shows and livestreamed performances with The Rhythm Foundation — will be the site of The Outlet this Saturday. The event is a benefit for Buddy System Miami’s Community Fridge Program and features merch for sale and performances broadcast at The Bandshell also announced yesterday that the opening and closing nights of this year’s Miami Jewish Film Festival will be held there in April. (North Beach Bandshell via Instagram)

🗓 Throwback Thursday: Muhammad Ali in Miami

(📸: @thenewtropic)

📷 If you want a real throwback of a Thursday, HistoryMiami Museum is currently hosting a photo exhibit titled "Muhammad Ali in Miami: Training for the 'Fight of the Century.'" The collection shows the legendary boxer — who sporadically lived in Miami neighborhoods including Overtown — training in Miami Beach and occupying a city that’s long since changed. The exhibit is running through August 29 — the shot of him standing outside Wolfie’s is a must-see. (Miami New Times)

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Cuban-born and Miami-based choreographer Melissa Cobblah Gutierrez sees dance as a means to understand the many layers of the human experience. 

Hear how nature, heritage, and emotion serve as the inspiration for her newest project, CuBlack: Invisibilized No Further! A dance film and performance that deconstructs the “invisibilized” oppression of Blackness inside the Cuban community and investigates how it has impacted its population in Miami.

Watch Melissa's live Q&A with The New Tropic

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🖼 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)

🗣️ Explore rising above resilience and the pursuit of equity for women around the world during this virtual panel spotlighting five trailblazing Miami women (Online)


🔍 Hear from HistoryMiami Museum’s resident historian Dr. Paul George about the past of Hollywood Boulevard and other local landmarks (Online)

🎸 Join Miami band Jaialai in celebrating their new EP "As Sweet As I Was" as part of the Live on the Plaza concert series (Downtown)

💡 Take part in MiamiEdTech's collaborative #SheCanLead Stem Mentorship Workshop detailing how young women can get a leg up on starting their STEM career (Online)

🎷 Check out singer Melanie Charles' genre-bending sounds during the latest installment of Jazz at MOCA (Online)


🎤 Answer the age-old question of "to beat or not to beat" with this improvised Shakespearean hip-hop experience (Coral Gables)

🏖 Help Miami visual artist Haiiileen, ARTECHOUSE, and Surfrider Miami out with a community beach cleanup (Miami Beach)

🎭 Enjoy a funny yet heartrending musical at the Sandrell Rivers Theater about fathers, daughters, and a dance (Liberty City and Online)

🎨 Experience performances by Miami artists addressing women's authority over their bodies during the exhibit "MY BODY, MY RULES" at Pérez Art Museum Miami (Downtown and Online)

💃 Shake your hips during a socially distantced outdoor dance performance from Siudy Garrido Flamenco Company (Cutler Bay)


🎶 Bring the kiddos to a live orchestral performance of The Purple Palace, narrated by Neil Nelson at Pinecrest Gardens (Pinecrest and Online)


😅 Fit some last-minute Monday cardio into your schedule with a new four-week session of Solo 20's free Charleston dance classes with All Swing Miami (Online)


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

☝️ One more thing...

We’ve previously featured Miami-born and based cartoonist Alec Castillo in The New Tropic, and we’re happy to do so again: The animator is back with a new series of videos featuring his character Espumita. Anyone looking for distinctly Miami-flavored laughs can look forward to new installments on The Plantain’s IG page.

Take care,

Zach & The New Tropic

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