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The Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

Friday: Animate South Florida.
Friday: Animate South Florida. Courtesy of Animate South Florida
click to enlarge Thursday: On Your Feet! - PHOTO BY MATTHEW MURPHY
Thursday: On Your Feet!
Photo by Matthew Murphy

Thursday

It's rare to see a semblance of everyday Miami life in books or movies. Popular depictions cast the Magic City as a sea of drug cartels and corrupt businessmen. On Your Feet! hits closer to home as a tale of Cuban immigrants integrating into U.S. culture and as a chronicle of the music and careers of Gloria and Emilio Estefan. With two Cuban mothers driving the plot and more than 20 musical numbers from the iconic Latin superstars, this new Broadway production will hit several levels of nostalgia feels. 8 p.m. Thursday through October 15 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org. Tickets cost $29 cost $200.

No one has celebrated Christopher Columbus on Columbus Day since elementary school, so act like a grownup and spend your weekend at Socavivor Raw. With seven parties spanning five days, you probably won't be able to walk after this weekend, but it should be worth it. Get some sun at Rise & Shine at Virginia Key Beach Park, rep your heritage at the Flag Night Party at Revolution Live, and wind through the night to a bevy of Caribbean artists and DJs at Rockwell and Space. 11 p.m. Thursday through Monday at various locations; 786-319-1477; socavivor.com. Admission varies by event and ranges from $20 to $175.

New Times' Iron Fork returns for its tenth anniversary with more than 50 of the city's top restaurants offering savory bites and sweet delights. A special lounge for VIP ticketholders will offer complimentary drinks from Estrella Damm, Voga Italia, and Barton & Guestier, along with exclusive food from BLT Steak and BLT Prime. VIPs also get early admission for an extra hour of food and fun. The popular chefs' battle will see Brian Nasajon of Beaker & Gray and Santiago Gomez of Tacology take the stage in a duel of fire, knives, and a little trash-talking for the coveted "Skillet of Excellence." 6 p.m. Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami; 305-571-7579; newtimesironfork.com. Admission costs $50 to $80 online and $60 to $90 at the door.

click to enlarge Friday: Animate South Florida. - COURTESY OF ANIMATE SOUTH FLORIDA
Friday: Animate South Florida.
Courtesy of Animate South Florida

Friday

Your favorite high-school YouTube celebs have finally come full circle. Mimi Davila and Laura Di Lorenzo of "Chongalicious" fame are teaming up with Jenny Lorenzo, AKA Abuela, for possibly the most Miami thing ever: Chonga Girls and Abuela. Local mainstay Have-Nots Comedy is hosting the crew for one night of parody that feels more like your cousin's quinceañera than you'd probably like to admit. Your eyebrow game may have evolved and your jeans may be looser, pero like, this shit is still gonna be fire. 9 p.m. Friday at Magic City Casino, 450 NW 37th Ave., Miami; 305-649-3000; magiccitycasino.com. Tickets cost $20 to $40. Read more about Chonga Girls here.

The fact that we're swimming in advertisements and design makes it hard to appreciate the art itself, so seeing it in an art museum can help reframe the craft. Tragically killed during the Holocaust, Julius Klinger was an Austrian designer who masterfully implemented simple design elements to transform modern print culture. His works will be presented in tandem with "Double Vision," a Klinger-inspired reworking of the Wolfsonian's lobby by Viennese design studio Seite Zwei. 10 a.m. Friday through April 1, 2018, at the Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-1001; wolfsonian.org. Admission costs $10.

A lot of conventions will host celebrities and vendors and costume competitions, but Animate South Florida is taking it further. Not only can you embody your favorite character, but you can also watch your favorite heroes and villains duke it out in the Fantasy Super Cosplay Wrestling ring. Aside from meeting fellow gamers and fans, you can play against them on contemporary and vintage consoles during tournaments. And why not get served grub by a group of adorable maids at Cafe Kira Hoshi? Suit up for more than 450 hours of your favorite anime, gaming, and cartoon fandom. 1:30 p.m. Friday and 10:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Miami Airport Convention Center, 711 NW 72nd Ave., Miami; 954-399-1330; animateflorida.com. Tickets cost $15 to $125.

Nearly ten years after its debut in Fort Lauderdale, the newly christened OUTshine Film Festival (formerly the Gay & Lesbian Film Festival) is bringing a new round of LGBTQ flicks to Broward. Works of note include Chavela, which follows the life of Mexican singer and lesbian (and alleged lover of Frida Kahlo) Chavela Vargas; The Feels, where the joint bachelorette party of a lesbian couple takes a turn for the worse when one bride-to-be admits she's never had an orgasm; and Close Knit, telling of the heartwarming bond between a trans stepmother and an 11-year-old girl. 6 p.m. Friday, 2:45 p.m. Saturday, and 12:45 Sunday at various locations; 305-751-6305; outshinefilm.com. Prices vary per event; tickets to regular screenings cost $13. Read more about OUTshine Film Festival here.

The exact origins of Munich's Oktoberfest are disputed, but the success of the event has to do with the 7.7 million liters of beer served. Sam Adams Octoberfest won't boast quite that much beer, but rest assured there will be food, games, and enough suds for a beer dunk tank. This year, the Wynwood Dome will project the stony walls of a medieval German castle for that authentic, beer-fermenting feel. 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, and noon Sunday at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami; thisisoctoberfest.com. Tickets cost $8 to $15.

Nobody does movies quite like the Italians. From Fellini's time to today, they do weird and funny with pizazz. This Friday through next Tuesday, XV Cinema Italy Miami will take over the classic Colony Theatre with ten award-winning films, including In Guerra per Amore and I Babysitter. And if you don't speak the language, the English subtitles will say it all. A rooftop opening cocktail will take place at the Gale Hotel, and the closing party will happen at Cibo Wine. The fest will give you a chance to explore Italy and South Beach and enjoy how and with whom the two intersect. Friday through Tuesday at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; cinemaitaly.com. Tickets cost $12.

Since 2007, Safe has been promoting the kind of techno and electronic music that grownups can enjoy. Safe 10 celebrates the music promoter's tenth birthday with two nights of beats from underground artists Ben UFO, DJ Richard, Lawrence, and Mystic Bill, plus collaborations like SSS (with Terence Tabeau, Artime, Anshaw Black, and Diego Andrés), Optimo (with JG Wilkes and JD Twitch), and Secretsundaze (with Giles Smith and James Priestley). 10 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday at Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-456-4613; electricpicklemiami.com. Tickets cost $20 to $45.

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Liz Tracy has written for publications such as the New York Times, the Atlantic, Refinery29, W, Glamour, and, of course, Miami New Times. She was New Times Broward-Palm Beach's music editor for three years. Now she plays one mean monster with her 2-year-old son and obsessively watches British mysteries.
Contact: Liz Tracy