Weekend in Miami: Croquetapalooza, the British Invasion, and Lykke Li

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Although Hispanic Heritage Month ends on October 15, there’s still time to celebrate the culture with food, drink, and all sorts of merriment, including blogger Burger Beast’s Croquetapalooza at 1pm on Sunday, October 12 at the Magic City Casino. There, you can politely stuff your face with some of the best–and most original–of the city’s fried faves from Islas Canarias, Gilbert’s Bakery, and Sergio’s, among others—as well as croqueta-inspired dishes from Pincho Factory, Daddy’s Grill Cafe, and Ms. Cheezious. For the competitive types, there’s an eating contest and a competition to find the best flan in Miami. It’s flantastic, which is their portmanteau, not ours, though we agree.

Feed Your Head

Over at the Miami Children’s Museum, you can feed your heads with a family-friendly and (mostly) fat-free celebration of Hispanic heritage from 10-6 on Saturday, October 11, including some calorie-burning flamenco dancing. There will also be storytelling of folk tales from several Latin American countries, arts and crafts projects hailing from all over the world, a music session and yes, even some traditional Hispanic food to help expand the palate and perhaps the waistline.

British Invasion

For a cultural infusion of a decidedly British nature, HistoryMiami’s Family Fun Day on Saturday, October 11 takes a look at the British Invasion–the cultural one of the 1960s, rather than the military one of the 1770s–with free activities involving the original bugged-out boy band of all time, The Beatles. In conjunction with HistoryMiami’s newest exhibition, “Ladies and Gentlemen . . . The Beatles!” , the museum is throwing a jolly good afternoon of celebration and rock music as well as Anglophlic craft activities and games that as far as we know have nothing to do with pints of beer.

Cultural Cocktail

From retro to au courant culture, the III Points Music Art & Technology Festival fuses the aforementioned into a three-day gathering of musical and arty performances that may or may not involve the letters E, D, and M, among other things. Beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday, III Points sprawls out into over 35 different venues in arty Wynwood, each, say the organizers, “featuring unique and interactive events that incorporate music with technology, art with technology, music with art, or a mix of all three.” Sounds like quite a cultural cocktail. Among the performers expected at this funky fest: Flying Lotus, aka Steven Ellison, an LA-based electronic music producer, Jamie Jones, the frontman of the band Hot Natured and someone who some consider to be the leader of the new sound of house music, Duke Dumont, a London-based producer and DJ, and Lykke Li, a Swedish indie pop singer/songwriter who somehow makes the fusion of folk and hip hop sound as smoothe as a Reese’s Cup.

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