Plus, the Miami Dolphins’ best dance moves and more on the fight to keep rent affordable.

🍽️ A chance for Miami to cook up its most appetizing cuisine zines

Plus, the Miami Dolphins’ best dance moves and more on the fight to keep rent affordable.

By Zach Schlein

Friday is finally here, Miami.

Hope everyone enjoyed a bit of pep in their step after yesterday’s lovely weather. It was a welcome change from the showers that soaked Miami earlier this week, and fortunately, it looks as though things will remain breezy for at least most of the weekend; you might want to have a raincoat on hand come Sunday.

In the meantime, let’s see what’s happening around Miami heading into the weekend…

💧 What Miami is talking about


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Residents of a Hialeah apartment complex are protesting against a dramatic rent increase that could leave many homeless. The building’s tenants demonstrated on Wednesday night to decry the $650 increase proposed by the property’s owner, Eco Stone Group. Per the Miami Herald, the real estate company purchased the building from its previous owner in late December and gave residents little notice before raising the monthly rent by 65%. Rachel Rubí, a lifelong resident of the building, said the cost of rent has been steadily increasing for years and is pricing out families who can’t keep up with the ever-climbing rates. “We have been living calmly in here. We never thought that gentrification would ever get to us,” she said. (Miami Herald / CBS Miami)

💃 The Miami Dolphins’ season might be over, but the team’s memorable victory dances are forever. You can relieve the 2021-22 season’s highs and take notes for your own choreography by checking out sports writer Ryan Yousefi’s roundup of the team’s best dance moves right here. 👉 (Miami New Times)

🍽️ Do you have a knack for whipping up mouthwatering food stories? The fine folks at EXILE Books have an appetite for cuisine-themed zines and are inviting Miami creatives to send submissions to their online “Zine Pool.” The local champions of all things print are looking for zines pertaining to “food, cooking, eating, and any other ‘digestible’ topics” to be included with their next ZINE FETE SET. More information and the submission link can be found right here. The entry deadline is March 1, so don’t get too caught up seasoning your zine that you miss the chance to properly serve it up. (EXILE Books via Instagram)

➡️ Florida legislators are speeding ahead with the state’s redistricting process. According to the Miami Herald, “The full Senate Reapportionment Committee is expected to vote out its map as early as Thursday and the bills could come for a vote of the full Senate next week.” Advocacy groups like the League of Women Voters and The Fair Districts Coalition have voiced concerns that the state Senate’s proposed map packs Black and Hispanic voters into concentrated districts and doesn’t fully account for population changes reflected in the 2020 Census. (Miami Herald / Florida Politics)

🍺 Miami Beach commissioners are working out the particulars of the city’s new 2 a.m. booze ban. Officials are weighing several options for how to enforce the ordinance approved by voters last November, some of which include exceptions for certain businesses such as enclosed hotel bars. Local 10 says “The commission could vote on an ordinance as soon as next month, which could go into effect by Spring Break.” (Local 10)

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Things to do


🔊 Boogie down with superstar DJs Mike Servito and Terence Tabeau during the latest edition of Miami’s long-running Free Acid party at ATV Records (Downtown)


🍫 Savor sweet treats and greenery during Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s 15th Annual Festival of Chocolate — Saturday, Jan. 15 and Sunday, Jan. 16 (Coral Gables)

🍓 Take a bite out of a fruity tropical history tour and scavenger hunt during the Redland Riot Road Rallye (Redland)

🛍️ Kick off the new year with local vendors and live music at the open-air community event Market @ THesis (Coral Gables)

🎨 Celebrate creativity during the 71st Beaux Arts Festival of Art — Saturday, Jan. 15 and Sunday, Jan. 16 (Coral Gables)

🍽️ Enjoy a farm-fresh lunch served by Chef Niven Patel and Outstanding in the Field at Holman's Harvest Farm (Loxahatchee Groves)


🎼 Enjoy the glittering, harmonic sounds of The Polish Wieniawski Orchestra and a symphony spanning classic works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and more(Cutler Bay)

🍷 Sip quality wine and enjoy esoteric sounds supplied by Artime and Mutant Pete during the latest Tropico Virgo at Margot (Downtown)


😋 Relish a flavorful feast during World Famous House of Mac's weekly BOGO Monday special — this week it's the local hot spot's World-Famous Five Cheese and Smoked BBQ Chicken (Doral)

☝️ One more thing… 

🗓️ Monday marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an occasion to celebrate the late civil rights leader’s life and legacy. Be sure to check out the array of ways you can celebrate in South Florida (here’s one list and another to get you started) and uphold the example Dr. King set in pursuing equity for all people. The fight to guarantee justice and freedom for all is a lifelong task and one that each of us — as members of a community as large and diverse as Miami-Dade — ought to prioritize every day.

Be kind out there and see you back here next week,

Zach at The New Tropic

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