At Visual Eyes at Mizner Park and Real Eyes on Atlantic Avenue, licensed optometrist Aaron Evans oversees full-service optometry centers and an inventory of more than 1,500 designer frames from makers such as Gucci, Ray-Ban, and Chanel. The staff uses state-of-the-art technology, including the optomap retinal scan, to examine eyes. The optomap produces full-color, high-definition images of the retina without dilating the eye, which can help reduce blurriness and sensitivity to light after the exam. The doctors prescribe appropriate lenses such as single-vision, bifocal, or progressive, with available add-ons such as Transitions lenses or scratch-resistant coatings. They also stock more than 400 varieties of sunglasses, enough for a gang of 50 spiders protect their eyes and look uniquely cool at the same time.
A nationally sourced all-star roster of professional singers, Seraphic Fire weaves complex vocals and dynamic performance into a shimmering audio-visual tapestry. Their popular Christmas program features English, Spanish, and American carols, sung with classical poise and seasonally appropriate gusto. Patrons can fill their ears amidst flickering candlelight, and enjoy sweeter sounds than those produced by well-intentioned but atonal door-to-door carolers and traveling reindeer choirs.
A full week of fan-friendly events, the Battle of Florida culminates in a clash between two all-star football teams, showcasing NFL-draft-eligible collegiate players with direct ties to the Sunshine State. Leading the North Florida squad will be living legend and second-winningest coach in college football history, Bobby Bowden, whose resumé includes 300 victories and two national championships with the Florida State Seminoles. Coach Howard Schnellenberger captains the South Florida faction with equally impressive credentials, having been a key part of four collegiate national titles, two Super Bowl champions, and one undefeated season in tabletop electric football. On game day, fans can opt to enjoy a VIP tailgate party, where live music, a fresh spread of eats, and pep talks from retired tackling dummies combine to warm up gridiron engines.
Within the storied walls of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino waits Passion Nightclub, a two-level oasis of bright neon lights and hot DJs. In the seven years since the club first opened its doors, it's hosted such musical acts as Lady Gaga, DJ Pauly D, LMFAO, and at least three New Guinea singing dogs?not to mention the three DJs who keep the crowds dancing at all times, spinning EDM music.
Each of the club's five rooms boasts its own independent sound system and VIP bottle section, which offers top-shelf vodka, tequila, cognac, and champagne bottles.
In a mixed repertory concert, Boca Ballet Theatre’s troupe of dancers flutters and floats across the stage to the choreography of co-artistic director Dan Guin. "Spring Fever" borrows from both classical and contemporary ballet and elicits awe throughout the 520-seat theater with dazzling jazz flourishes, speedy costume changes, and dancers who solve Rubik's cubes with their feet. Guin’s “Bubblin’ Over” strikes modern chords as dancers twirl and pirouette to music by Grammy Award-winning crooner Michael Bublé, and comedic folly injects new life into Ballet Russes’ classic “Graduation Ball.” The lively production also marks a world premiere of Guin's new original work, “Voyage Classique.”
At the Allianz Championship, 78 top Champions Tour pro players drive, chip, and putt along the undulating Old Course at Broken Sound for a $1.7 million purse. On February 11, during the second round of championship play, last year’s winner, Tom Lehman, defends his crown on a battlefield framed by Florida maple trees, traversed by stone bridges, and strewn with legendary foes such as Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Fuzzy Zoeller, and an ogre that never replaces its divots. Formidable bunkers and water carries balance the picturesque appeal of the course's cleverly designed greens and chase off any wandering landscape painters.