Street Soccer

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 Thursday’s 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, don’t know who that is? That’s OK. Americans are still new to this soccer — sorry — futbol thing, but we’re 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
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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