Going into its fourth year, III Points looks stronger and more stunning than ever. The three-day, Wynwood-based music, art, and technology festival boasts a hearty lineup of national and international musical headliners, from LCD Soundsystem to M83, Thievery Corporation, Method Man, and Red Man. But music is only one of the fest's three legs. Artistically speaking, the biggest attraction at Mana Wynwood (318 NW 23rd St., Miami) will be local performance and visual artist Aileen Quintana's 6,000-square-foot interactive installation — the world's first vaporwave mall. Itself a stage where experimental locals Otto Von Schirach, Virgo, Rat Bastard, and others will play, it'll be a trippy, multicolored sensory overload that pays homage to everyone's favorite dying shopping centers. Technologically speaking, III Points 2016 plans to outdo itself with an immersive virtual-reality experience — a collaboration between Fusion and NASA that takes participants on the most realistic exploration of Mars' surface ever experienced. III Points kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday evening. Three-day general-admission tickets start at $155; Foresight Passes, which come with front-of-stage access and private bathrooms, cost $299. Single-day tickets run $70 to $135. Despite Hurricane Matthew, all events will run as scheduled. Visit iiipoints.com.
Last season, the Theatre at Arts Garage enjoyed two of its biggest audience and critical hits to date with Sex With Strangers, a steamy play that lived up to its title, and Smoke, which was set at a New York fetish party. If the producers of this edgy Delray Beach company are assuming, by opening their 2016-17 season with a play called The Mystery of Love and Sex, that we'll line up for tickets just because of the carnal provocations of its title, well, they're right. The theater has stoked its brand on speaking about and effectively presenting fornication onstage, making up in adventuresome theatergoers what it loses in prudish walkouts. To that end, matters of the heart and libido form the backbone of The Mystery, an ensemble comedy about a white Jewish girl from the American South who takes her longtime friendship with a black Christian boy to the next level — much to the chagrin of her conservative parents, whose own union is on the verge of collapse. This critically acclaimed study of the laws of attraction in a pluralistic century was written by Bathsheba Doran, a veteran screenwriter of Showtime's Masters of Sex — a show that, like the Theatre at Arts Garage, blends intellect with the pleasures of the flesh. The production runs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday from October 7 through 30 at 180 NE First St. in Delray Beach. Tickets cost $35, or $10 for students. Call 561-450-6357 or visit artsgarage.org.
Twice a year, one festival offers films that satiate the queer community's desire for representation onscreen. That fest is MiFo: LGBT Film Festival, recently split into two fests for Miami and Fort Lauderdale. The Fort Lauderdale edition will kick off Friday, when audiences of all persuasions can gather for more than a week of films and events until October 16. This edition of MiFo will feature 50-plus films from around the world. Launching the festival will be the opening-night feature Strike a Pose, a documentary that explores the current lives of the seven young male dancers who joined Madonna on her Blond Ambition Tour 25 years ago. The "Centerpiece" film on October 13, King Cobra, is an audience-puller, boasting a cast including James Franco, Christian Slater, Keegan Allery, Molly Ringwald, and Alicia Silverstone. Find the rest of the feature lineup on mifofilm.com. Screenings and events will be held at the Classic Gateway Theatre (1820 E. Sunrise Blvd.), Cinema Paradiso (503 SE Sixth St.), C & I Studios (541 NW First Ave.), and Gallery of Amazing Things (481 S. Federal Hwy.). An elegant opening-night event will take place Friday at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale (1 E. Las Olas Blvd). Currently, the film festival is still on despite Hurricane Matthew's attempts to postpone it. Call 305-751-6305 or visit mifofilm.com.
It's that time of year again: Put on your brightly feathered, jewel-studded headpiece and pon di road to the Fair Expo Center (10901 Coral Way, Miami) for the Miami Broward Carnival (MBC). A celebration of all things Caribbean, the fete will feature live music from some of the best groups of the islands, including Trinidad and Tobago's Kes the Band, the "Queen of Soca" Alison Hinds, and the Bahamas' Julien Believe, among other heavy-hitters. Soca, reggae, and calypso aside, there will be typical Caribbean grub and a massive street parade featuring more than 15,000 masqueraders and grand-marshaled by Stacy Ann Rose of the HBO series Ballers, Third World's Cat Coore, and R. City. Going on its 32nd year, the Miami Broward Carnival committee has worked on "providing critical opportunities to the Caribbean people of South Florida to share the Caribbean culture, promote cultural exchange, and build economic cooperation" in the community. And after more than three decades, MBC has done just that — and become one of the largest Caribbean festivals in the region. Join the rager this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets cost $30 to $100 plus fees via miamibrowardcarnival.caribtix.com. Visit miamibrowardcarnival.com or call 305-653-6198.