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The 21 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

Thursday: La Piscina.
Photo by Gigi De La Torre
Thursday: La Piscina.


In any biz — especially in the movie biz — it's all about who you know. Finding a place to schmooze with the bigwigs in an atmosphere that's equal parts professional networking and tropical partying could make your career. So the founders of the Grand IndieWise Convention decided to craft the perfect weekend of workshops, pitch sessions, films, and parties for every stripe of emerging filmmaker in the hopes of building a community in South Florida. Highlights include appearances by actor Luis Guzman and producer Cemi Guzman, as well as a yacht party in South Beach and screenings in Aventura. Thursday through Sunday at various locations, based at the Ramada Plaza Marco Polo Beach Resort, 19201 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach; 305-999-5910; Admission costs $25 to $849.

In conjunction with the exhibit "On the Horizon," which focuses on contemporary Cuban art from Pérez Art Museum Miami's permanent collection, PAMM is screening La Piscina, the debut film of Cuban director Carlos Machado Quintela. In this slow-moving, dreamy film, four teenagers with different disabilities spend a day taking swimming lessons, eating lunch, and lounging by a public pool in Havana. But what could be an idyllic scene is troubled by the inner worlds of each character. 7 p.m. Thursday at Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-375-3000; Admission costs $16.

Telemundo isn't just for your abuelita's telenovelas. Each year, the Spanish-language network asks fans to vote in 20 categories for their favorite musicians, actors, songs, and films in the Premios Tu Mundo. It's the only viewer-juried awards show of its kind in Spanish-language media, so you probably won't find a #PremiosTuMundoTanBlanco thread on Twitter. But you will get a chance to watch glamorous stars such as Carmen Villalobos saunter across the stage, as well as musical acts CNCO and Ozuna perform. Les Twins will also make an appearance with the same moves that caught Beyoncé's attention. 8 p.m. Thursday at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; Tickets cost $30 to $40.

click to enlarge Friday: Croquetapalooza. - COURTESY OF BURGERBEAST
Friday: Croquetapalooza.
Courtesy of BurgerBeast


Pittsburgh has pierogis, New York City has pizza, Chicago has hot dogs, and Miami has croquetas. If you were raised in the 305, you should be a connoisseur of those little fried logs of meat dough. To fulfill the duty of such a noble calling, head to Croquetapalooza to judge the croqueta competition. There's also a frita showdown, booze from local breweries, and cafecito to fuel your mission of discerning the best croqueta in the Magic City. With 15 restaurants competing, it will be no easy task, but we believe in you, Miami. 7 p.m. Friday at Magic City Casino, 450 NW 37th Ave., Miami; 305-649-3000; Admission costs $40 in advance and $50 at the door.

If you think Miami is South Florida's only destination for world-class DJs, you are mistaken. J. Phlip, AKA Jessica Phillippe, is bringing her "acid booty-tech bass" creations to Fort Lauderdale. As part of Claude VonStroke's Dirtybird label and beyond, J. Phlip has released more than 30 projects. One of her mixes is titled "It's Like Bjork Meets Die Antwoord With a Bit of Classical." If that doesn't pique your interest, do you even like music? 9 p.m. Friday at Cash Only, 15 W. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-299-3295; Tickets cost $13.30.

Hunger 4 $uccess Entertainment is organizing the all-ages Summer Waves party, featuring performances by local rappers Yung Simmie and Mareezy, alongside DJ Seizure. You can expect macho trap and the kind of even-paced, minimalist hip-hop in the vein of other South Florida artists. Food and drinks will fuel the party into the wee hours. 9 p.m. Friday at H2 Studios, 5111 NW 159th St., Miami Lakes; 516-732-1110; Tickets cost $15 to $45.

There was a time when baby-faced white boys with husky voices seemed to rule the airwaves, whether they wielded rebellious, sneering attitudes or softboi crooner vibes. Lifehouse's "Hanging by a Moment" is practically the epitome of the latter, while Switchfoot skirts the love songs for inspirational nice-guy fare. These bands share much more than names that combine two seemingly unrelated worlds, so if you're into the mellow rock of sensitive dudes with longing looks, bring an extra pair of panties to throw at the stage for this show. 7 p.m. Friday at Bayfront Park Amphitheater, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-358-7550; Tickets cost $14 to $173.