With the improved U.S. Team, this year more Americans followed the FIFA World Cup than ever before, and while Americans might be new to soccer obsession, the rest of the world eats, sleeps, and breathes the sport. The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood is offering a primer course in soccer mania with a screening of the documentary Pelada, which follows two former college players through 25 countries as they discover how the world really plays soccer away from the bright lights of professional fields. Miami FC soccer team merchandise will be raffled off at Thursdays opening reception. Aficionados will be able to meet current Miami FC players as well as hear spoken-word poems by Fort Lauderdale Strikers legend Ray Hudson. Hmmm, dont know who that is? Thats OK. Americans are still new to this soccer sorry futbol thing, but were learning. Be at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center, 1770 Monroe St., at 6:30 p.m. for some soccer 101. Tickets cost $8 for center members and $10 for nonmembers. Call 866-811-4111, or visit artandculturecenter.org or hc-pac.org.
Thu., July 8, 6:30 p.m., 2010