More than 400 people are expected to participate in the seventh annual Wendy Walk Miami (5K) for liposarcoma cancer research. The event — which offers music, food and auction/raffles — begins at 10 a.m. April 17 at Palm Island Park in Miami Beach.
The Wendy Walk was founded in 2010 by the children of Los Angeles resident Wendy Landes as she battled the rare (and currently incurable) form of soft tissue cancer. Wendy died in 2013 at age 58, but the walks have continued and expanded.
To date, Wendy Walks in Los Angeles, New York, Park City and Miami — as well as two fitness events and a pop-up dinner party in Miami Beach — have raised about $2.5 million for research, receiving support from celebrities including Matthew Perry, Sugar Ray Leonard, Katie Couric and Patrick Dempsey over the years.
Co-chairs for the Miami Walk are Michael and Stephanie Rosen (Wendy’s brother and sister-in-law) and their children, Alec, Kayla and Sierra Rosen of Hibiscus Island, Miami Beach, and Emily Carter, director of programming for Wendy Walk.
“This is the fourth year that we are hosting this walk without Wendy. However, the Wendy Walk continues to expand locally and nationally in the fight against all sarcomas,” Stephanie Rosen said. “We are so proud that the next generation has stepped up and is taking a leadership role in these events.
DOGA: A NEW FORM OF EXERCISE
Yes, it’s yoga for you and your dog. Certified yoga instructor Brian Cohen and his dogs (Lulu, a rescue mutt; and TT, an American Eskimo) will host the class from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. April 3 at Love Life Wellness Center, 584 NW 27th St. in Wynwood.
Cohen, 31, a resident of Brickell, has been teaching doga since July 2015. He plans to hold monthly classes at Love Life.
“There is nothing like the bond one can have with their dogs, and doga deepens that bond,” Cohen said.
He says the most common concern is that the dogs won’t stay calm or nearby. Cohen says participants need not worry.
“Your dog does not need to stay next to you the whole time, or at all. Think of it as an off-leash dog park where we are going to do yoga.”
He says the only requirements for dogs are that they are up-to-date on their rabies shots, are socialized with people and dogs, trained and peaceful.
Cost to participate is $20 in advance (before March 31) and $30 at the door. Space is limited.
After class, dogs can play together while humans enjoy shopping from local vendors and/or lunch at Love Life Café (not included in price).
EPIC OPERA MAKES FINAL STOP IN MIAMI
Miami will be the final stop of a five-city U.S. operatic production of The Passenger. The epic opera was written more than 40 years ago by Auschwitz survivor Mieczyslaw Weinberg. It is a story about the Holocaust and trying to overcome feelings of de-humanization as well as striving to maintain hope in a desperate situation.
Fully staged for the first time in 2010 at the Bregenz Festival in Austria, the opera became a huge success with both European and American audiences and reviewers.
Now, Miami-based Florida Grand Opera (FGO) is bringing the production to the Adrienne Arsht Center for five performances: April 2, 3, 5, 8 and 9, following recent shows in New York, Houston, Chicago and Detroit.
“Our ‘Made for Miami’ series each year presents an opera that is focused on an issue-related topic that is relevant — and will resonate — with one of our many diverse segments of the Miami community,” said Susan T. Danis, general director/CEO of the FGO since 2012. “By selecting engaging topics, we are striving to reach broader audiences and overcome the previous stigmas associated with the art form.”
As for this production, the singers are mostly international. Principal artists come from seven different countries, while the majority of chorus singers and orchestra members are local. All singing is done without amplification, in seven different languages, while simultaneous translations in English and Spanish are projected above the stage.
Founded in 1941, the Florida Grand Opera is the oldest continuing performing arts organization in Florida — and the seventh oldest opera company in America, according to Danis. “In 1964, a little-known tenor by the name of Luciano Pavarotti made his American debut at the Miami Dade Auditorium for Greater Miami Opera, which became the FGO in 1994,” she said.
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