Sol Box Fitness Club keeps itself lean: inside, you won't find crowds gathered around rows of shiny new equipment?the focal point of the room is the full-sized boxing ring, surrounded by cement floors and walls covered in professional graffiti. That's by design; the studio is a place where you come to focus solely on technique and fitness. During semi-private sessions, trainers teach students actual boxing techniques and proper body mechanics, such as how to throw punches, land jabs, and dodge t-shirt cannons. All the while, there's a soundtrack of funk, jazz, and hip-hop to keep up the energy levels. Above all, the atmosphere emphasizes hard work, positive energy, and lots of sweat to produce results?everything else comes secondary.
The Haitian Heritage Museum celebrates Haitian culture through exhibits and community programs. The exhibits depict Haitian history since 1804, visiual arts and architecture, and the lives of great contributors to the culture. The museum's signature program, Ayiti Expose, fosters awareness for the culture in workshops at local public schools. Additionally, museum-sponsored book fairs and poetry readings target local families throughout the month of May.
Different languages, customs, and traditions separate one country from the next. But there's one thing places around the globe share a passion for: booze. On January 25, Miami's historic Moore Building transforms into a melting pot of spirits, showcasing hooch from a dozen countries.
Here, attendees don't need plane tickets or jetpacks to cross borders—they simply stroll from one station to the next, sipping more than 100 vodkas, tequilas, sakes, beers, whiskeys, and other alcohols along the way. At each stop, staffers stamp the attendees' provided passports, which they can use to claim a gift bag at the end of the night or to take a trip to Canada. But the evening's drinking serves a higher purpose than just getting schnookered, as proceeds from the event will be poured back into Ronald McDonald House Charities.
In 1980, Harry and Darlene Kelton moved their houseboat to the Pelican Harbor Marina and discovered an injured brown pelican. Without the aid of animal-care experience, they removed a fishhook from his mouth and rehabilitated him. This led them to form the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station in their shed. With the help of volunteers and trained staff, the seabird station rescues, treats, and rehabilitates sick and injured wildlife, and promotes their preservation with educational programs and research efforts. The center specializes in brown pelicans, most of which are entangled in fishing tackle, but will treat any animal brought in for care. In 2007, they treated 87 bird species and 39 mammals, nonmigratory birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
In the heart of Miami’s Wynwood art district sits a repurposed Drug Enforcement Agency facility, which today holds one of the world’s largest privately-held contemporary art collections. The 45,000 square foot space is the work of Donald and Mera Rubell and their creation of the Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation, which has put the collection on view for all to see. Since 1993, the Rubell family has been sharing their collection of works from such world-renown artists as Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. The collection also offers a lecture series, a special partnership with the Miami Dade-County Public Schools and complimentary audio tours on Saturdays.
O Cinema is one of Miami’s most celebrated independent movie houses. Its goal is to provide an offering of films that otherwise might not be seen in Miami – foreign features, independent movies, artsy shorts and stunning documentaries. The Wynwood location of this small Miami chain is more diminutive than your usual cinema multiplex, but the art house feel makes you feel closer to the film itself. There are actually three different screening areas throughout the facility, and on those ever-present warm nights the O Cinema team might even put together a free outdoor screening. And, since the theater is located in Wynwood, there’s an adjoining space for art installations right on site.