The Marlins take the field at Marlins Park: an eco-friendly, 37,000-seat facility equipped with a retractable roof, plexiglass fish tanks behind home plate, and a vibrant sculpture in left-center field that kicks into motion for Marlins home runs. Born in 1993, the Florida Marlins quickly established themselves as contenders in the National League, taking home World Series titles in 1997 and 2003. And today, after some light rebranding to go along with the new stadium, the rechristened Miami Marlins aim to continue traditions new and old, expand their list of Hall of Famers, and train the stadium’s fish to stealthily intercept batting signals.
For the 28th time, the Mexican and Colombian national soccer teams meet in an international friendly that promises a full plate of kicking, head butting, and overhead shirt waving. Led by coach Manuel de la Torre, Mexico returns stateside for another match, prepping for this summer's World Cup qualifying in the CONCACAF region. Last year, an average of 73,000 El Tri faithful thronged U.S. stadiums to witness the powerful shots and celebratory post-goal Charleston dancing of Javier “Chicharito” Hernández, who last season netted 20 goals while playing striker opposite Wayne Rooney for Manchester United.
Featuring professionals who have performed with the Ringling Bros. and Cirque du Soleil, South Florida Circus Art School offers classes that meld strength, beauty, and gravity-defying grace. With each 60-minute aerial or acrobatic session, students will learn posing fundamentals and physical training to solidify core strength. The aerial-silks or trapeze classes include stretching and strength building while relieving stress in astronauts wistful for low-gravity environs. During the master-level Russian-acrobatics class, bodies flip, fly, and reenact a tumble dry amid a fun, light-hearted environment.
The Women's International Film & Arts Festival is a nonprofit organization that features the work of talented females each year during women's history month. With women representing only 7% of film directors, this creative collaboration exposes unheard artists by showing 50 films over the course of five days. Pull at your heartstrings by attaching a puppeteer to your body or by catching Forget Me Not, a modern-day love story about a free-spirited woman and a passionate musician with a tragic secret. The gripping tale of In The Name of Freedom, by Isabel Cueva, chronicles the tale of an American soldier in captivity who's life changes forever after meeting another prisoner. This women-centric film festival is sure to send visitors on an artistic rollycoaster that's infinitely preferable to the abstract rollycoasters featured at avant-garde amusement parks, which are mostly just picnic tables.
The members of PAN Performing Arts Network bring a range of backgrounds to their international collective: some are experienced musical composers, guitarists, and singers, while others are established teaching artists and actors. Their expertise allows them to gather all the arts under one roof with an annual performance season and more than 40 regular classes each week. These classes span instruction in dance styles such as ballet, modern, Afro-Haitian, and Irish step, as well as training in creative movement, acting, instrumental music, and voice. Instructors tailor their classes to the needs of beginner through advanced-level adults, children, and children disguised as adults. They also provide classes suited to senior citizens and students with special needs.