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Plus, the latest on cool cultural happenings around the 305.

By Juan Barquin

It’s Monday.

And there is just one thing that I, Juan Barquin, need. Yes folks, Halloween has walked on by and I don’t care about Thanksgiving, so I just want you to read this New Tropic newsletter, more than you could ever know. Make my wish come truUuUuUuUuUuUue, all I want for Christmas is… to tell you what’s happening in Miami.

🗣 What Juan is talking about

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What should you be aware of in Miami?

Election Day! It’s tomorrow! I can’t offer you any advice on who to vote for, because I myself am a bimbo who will inevitably vote for whoever people in Miami refer to as a communist (but is more often than not actually just a semi-moderate liberal instead of y’know, anyone with convictions or of actual political use to their would-be constituents).

Anyway, voting is important and you should absolutely be helping to decide who should serve as mayor of Miami and whether or not the county should incorporate another city. Here’s the Miami Herald Voter Guide if you need some help. There’s also this guide put together by the folks at Engage Miami.  

What’s the arts buzz in South Florida right now?

The wonderful Oolite Arts just announced the most recent winners of The Ellies, Miami’s Visual Arts Award, and I’m proud to say I’m one of them. I’d like to wish a massive congratulations to everyone who won this year — including some very good friends of mine — and wish everyone the best of luck in bringing their cool art projects to life. I’ll be reviving my old series Flaming Classics in a new, fresh way, so stay tuned for that. 

Any cool film festivals going on this week? 

There is! Miami Film Festival will be kicking off their latest edition of Gems this Thursday with a pretty neat variety of movies that will likely color what awards season is going to look like in the coming months. You can check out their whole lineup here, but I’ll go ahead and recommend my most anticipated bunch: Parallel Mothers, Sundown, The Worst Person in the World, and Great Freedom

What other films are going on around town?

Well, Tower Theater and O Cinema will both be showing Pablo Larraín’s very unique Princess Diana biopic Spencer this weekend, and I’d love to recommend that haunting little picture. 

O Cinema will also be showing Gus Van Sant’s Mala Noche on Wednesday, Nov. 3 as part of their MBC Interactive Archive Project. Gables Cinema has Wes Anderson’s latest, the delightful The French Dispatch, playing all week, as well as special screenings of Whelm, Gundam F91, Breathless, and Arrebato coming soon. 

Also, I may be getting ahead of myself, but one of my favorite films of the year, Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy, opens on Friday, Nov. 12th and I am incredibly excited to revisit it. 

Any good snacks around town?  

So I recently discovered a new favorite store that is actually based locally despite only shipping their wares, and I am absolutely hooked on their candy. Destino Farms sells Delta-8 THC Edibles (as well as Distillate and Smokeables) and I’ll be honest when I share that my personal favorite are the Watermelon Rings (although you should probably buy some non-THC rings on the side if you want to eat more than one at a time). 

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📍 Preparing our neighborhoods for the next decade

The New Tropic is hosting an exciting panel discussion with three leaders who are championing their neighborhood business improvement districts and a business exec who continues to innovate.

Joining us: 

• Cynthia Seymour, Executive Director, Coconut Grove BID

• Manny Gonzalez, Executive Director, Wynwood BID

• Tim Schmand, Executive Director, Lincoln Road BID

• Sven Vogtland, Co-Founder of Coyo Taco and 1-800-Lucky

Our chat will help shed some light on the role of a BID (Business Improvement District), their impact in our communities, and how they help enhance the quality of life for our residents and businesses.

Join us Tuesday, Nov. 9 at noon


💛 Celebrate Diwali at Oasis Wynwood (Wynwood)

🏵️ Join the DIA DE LOS MUERTOS celebration with RUTA DE OFRENDAS and attend two hybrid talks (in person or virtual) to learn more about this ancient Mexican tradition, the Catrina makeup everybody likes to wear, and the different ofrenda altars (Little Havana)


🍸 Grab your business cards and head over to Mamey to network and mingle (Coral Gables)


🗣 Join the Boss Babes Social Club Featuring Disabled Diaries at The Lincoln Eatery(Miami Beach)

😀 Learn how to create a self-portrait using objects and craft a modern vanitas from the things you keep (Miami)


💆 Dance, stretch, and meditate with free classes at Wellness @ THesis(Coral Gables)

📚 Attend the grand opening of South Florida's newest independent bookstore, Sweet Haven Books, located in Historic Cauley Square (Miami)


🎥 Watch the heartwarming film "Duty Free" as part of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center's Indie Flicks series — screening Sunday, Nov. 7 through Wednesday, Nov. 10 (Online)

👋 That’s it for me today

Thanks for reading all the way to the end — see you back here in two weeks.


(Gossip) Juan B.

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