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Miami Weekend Guide: Miami Gay And Lesbian Film Festival, Houdini, Polo World Cup, Afrobeta, And Grand Prix

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MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS
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All that beautiful weather this week was wasted on work days. As the clouds amass overhead, plan for Miami nights and days spent indoors.

The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival opens Friday with extensive programming in movie theaters all over South Florida.

Chicago thespians get freaky with death-defying tricks in the Arsht Center's studio theater, and Michael Tilson Thomas gets royal at the New World Center.

Also check our weekly Indie Cinema Film round-up for arthouse movies playing locally and click on our Around Town live blog for nightlife and event updates.

Miami Gay Lesbian Film Festival
Friday through May 6
Area Theaters
Tickets: $9 to $40

The 14th annual Miami and Gay Lesbian Film Festival opens Friday night with Kawa, a Kiwi movie based on the novel "Nights in the Gardens of Spain" by Witi Ihimaera. See it at the Colony at 8:30 p.m. See the full festival program here.

Death and Harry Houdini
Through May 20
Arsht Center's Carnival Studio Center
Tickets: $50

Chicagoan Nathan Allen’s "Death and Harry Houdini" is the story of the famous magician and his life-long war against Death. It features the deadly escape The Water Torture Cell, performed by award-winning magician Dennis Watkins.

Bluebeard's Castle
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
New World Center
Tickets: $70 to $110

Famed conductor Michael Tilson Thomas is in town to conduct "Bluebeard's Castle" with mezzo soprano Michelle DeYoung. Images of the castle will be projected onto the New World Center's impressive curved acoustical "sails," which line the performance hall.

Miami Beach Polo World Cup
Through Sunday
South Beach between 20th and 22nd Streets
VIP Admission: $130

Catch horses and polo players on the sandy beach this weekend for the Miami Beach Polo World Cup. It's free to watch the matches, but there's a hefty price tag to watch from inside the VIP tent. Find the schedule here.

Afrobeta
Saturday, 11 p.m.
Grand Central
Tickets: Free

Cuci Amador and Tony Smurphio AKA Afrobeta in honor of their 10-track 'mixtape' called "Wig Party" play a free show at Grand Central. Download "Wig Party" here.

John Dahlbäck
Saturday, 11 p.m.
Mansion
Tickets: $30

Swede DJ John Dahlbäck will be joined by Nadia Ali to deliver electro, tech, and house to Mansion.

Grand Prix of Miami
Sunday, 1 p.m.
Homestead-Miami Speedway
Tickets: $30

Last year's champions Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas burn rubber for victory in Sunday's Grand Prix of Miami.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified Afrobeta's new album. It is called "Wig Party."