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.
Maestra Sebrina Mar?a Alfonso is much more than a music director waving a wand. She's a visionary who built an entire symphonic empire from the ground up. She's an ambassador of classical music whose tireless efforts have enriched the culture of the Florida Keys. Plus she was the first Cuban/American conductor to lead the National Orchestra of Cuba, and she's conducted an entire concert underwater. Beat that, Leopold Stokowski.
But before the South Florida Symphony came to full fruition as what CBS Radio calls a "world class orchestra," it began as the Key West Symphony Orchestra, which was no small task to assemble in land made of long chains of islands. Yet Alfonso's passion for building an orchestra in the lair of parrotheads was a smashing success, attracting international guest musicians, grateful audiences, and plenty of acclaim. And having accomplished her mission of culturally overhauling the Keys, the Maestra moved to Fort Lauderdale and caught lightning in a bottle twice with the South Florida Symphony. The new SFSO attracts the top symphonic talents and renowned guests artists, and blankets Key West to Palm Beach with the mellifluous power of classical music.
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.
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.