Plus, a new condo is set to scrape the sky and Miami residents are feeling the heat from climate change.
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🔻 Party planning for III Points’ big return 

Plus, a new condo is set to scrape the sky and Miami residents are feeling the heat from climate change.

By Zach Schlein

It’s Thursday.

And in case you couldn’t tell from today’s subject line, I — hi, Zach here 👋 — have a bad case of weekend brain. That is, my mind’s a little preoccupied at the moment with what Friday and Saturday have in store. More specifically, I’m counting the seconds until Yves Tumor’s performance at III Points — among many, many others — since it’s somehow been a year and a half since Florida had any major music festivals. 🙃

With that said, you won’t find anything lacking about today’s newsletter: There’s still plenty happening in Miami, and last I checked, it’s still my job to round it all up. 🤘

Without further ado...

💧 What Miami is talking about

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🔻 It’s been a long time coming, but III Points is finally back. The two-day music festival kicks off tomorrow, but attendees can start planning their itineraries today: the set times for Friday and Saturday are out, as are multiple guides to this weekend’s must-see acts. Consider this your reminder to protect your ears, stay hydrated, and check out the local talents who make Miami a city worth dancing in. 💃 (Miami New Times / Ocean Drive)

🏗 A local church and real estate developers have cleared the path for a new high rise in Brickell. Earlier this week, First Miami Presbyterian Church voted 68 to 42 in favor of reaching a deal with 13th Floor Investments to construct a new residential tower next to the church. According to real estate website The Next Miami, the church will remain in place and receive compensation including “an upfront payment of $48 million in cash, plus 15% of condo sales, estimated to bring another $125 million in the future.” The Miami Herald reports that the building will stretch for 80 stories and be “one of the tallest in Miami.” (Miami Herald / The Next Miami)

✍️ Sharpen your pencils and have some paper handy: There’s a lot of big things brewing around O, Miami right now. The annual celebration of the written word is currently accepting applications for a paid fellowship opportunity as well as proposals for next year’s edition. Submissions for the latter are due on Monday, Nov. 1, and you can learn more about both via the poetry festival’s Instagram page and links at the following page. ➡️  (O, Miami via Linktree)

🍍 A Little Havana favorite is reopening its doors. After a year away, Ball & Chain shared a statement yesterday announcing that it plans on returning in the very near future. The online post made mention of the lawsuit brought by the bar’s owners, Mad Room Hospitality, against the City of Miami; the suit alleges the city engaged in “unlawful conduct aimed at destroying” the popular after-hours hub. (Ball & Chain via Instagram)

🌊  While climate change legislation stalls nationally, Miamians are feeling its impact at home. A recent Miami New Times report details how sea level rise is already harming disabled residents as flooding, increasingly frequent freak weather events, and poor public infrastructure mucks up transportation around town. (Miami New Times)

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🎷 Jam to tunes produced by 88.9 FM WDNA Serious Jazz at Wynwood Walls (Wynwood)

👩 Celebrate Wonder Woman Day at The Bass and check out "Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman," a work by video and installation artist Dara Birnbaum examining feminity through the titular superhero icon (North Miami)

💃 Put on your dancing shoes and sway to the rhythm during Salsa Night at InterContinental Miami (Downtown)

🗣 Tune in for a chat with renowned oceanographer and author John Englander as he speaks with futurist architect Reinaldo Borges about climate change and approaches to protecting South Florida's fragile environment (Online)

🎨 Meet incomparable artist and unsung creative legend Philip Smith during a virtual conversation with Chana Budgazad Sheldon, executive director of MoCA North Miami (Online)

🎵 Listen to LateNightJiggy’s latest release, "Guitarra," complete with a live performance at Veza Sur as part of the concert series Sounds of the City (Wynwood)


👂 Treat your ears to some live soul and jazz courtesy of MaddJazz and Johnny Walker at Lagniappe (Wynwood)

👻 Ring in scary season and summon the Halloween spirit during Haunted Circus Miami — runs Friday, Sept. 17 - Sunday, Oct. 31 (Westchester)

💡 Reimagine social spaces as sites of artistic creation with Oolite Arts' new exhibiton, "Common Space" — on display Wednesday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Jan. 23 (Miami Beach)


🕯 Join creative Loni Johnson for a workshop to build small altars as offerings to your ancestors as part of her exhibition "Remnants" at Locust Projects (Miami Design District)

💚 Take a scenic stroll through Florida's natural wonders and visit Big Cypress National Preserve for the annual Swamp Celebration — Saturday, Oct. 23 & Sunday, Oct. 24 (Ochopee)

💿 Hit the dance floor with Detroit house legend Omar S at ATV Records (Downtown)


🚶 Learn about Miami's past up close and personally during this season's Surfside Historical Walking Tours with Dr. Paul George, HistoryMiami’s resident historian (Surfside)

📚 Swing by Time Out Market Miami for a Children’s Pumpkin Decoration Workshop and Community Book Swap (Miami Beach)

🎉 Boogie down with the birthday boy as CHKLTE celebrates his big day by taking over the decks at ATV Records — presented by Un_Mute (Downtown)

🔎 Set out on a seasonally scary scavenger hunt for charity presented by Women for Success and Clutch Burger (Coral Gables)

🌊 Leave Collins Park nicer than you found it by helping out with Clean Miami Beach's latest volunteer cleanup (Miami Beach)


🍃 Join Locust Projects for a Virtual Roundtable with Jessica Segall, a Brooklyn-based artist working in sculpture, performance, and video, and Dehlia Hannah, curator and philosopher of nature (Online)

⛓ Delve into the darker side of dance music and get ready for Halloween with the latest edition of Salem featuring Jovi, Klauss, Souls Departed, and more on DJ duties (Downtown)


📸 Hear photographer Robert Andy Coombs discuss his craft and career trajectory during a virtual tour of the Frost Art Museum's exhibit "Robert Andy Coombs: Notions of Care" (Online)

🗣️ Connect with Miami Tech at Freehold (Wynwood)

🇨🇺 Take a close look at Cuba's architectural legacy around the world during this talk with Victor Deupi and Jean-François Lejeune, authors of the new book "Cuban Modernism: Mid-Century Architecture, 1940–1970" (Miami Beach)

🏆 Watch Oolite Arts' Virtual Awards Ceremony and meet the winners of this year's edition of The Ellies (Online)

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