Calendar for the week

Subtropics 10 New Music Festival: See Thursday.
South Beach International Art and Design Fair: See Friday.
Grand Prix of Miami: See Friday.

sunday
march 15
Fusion vs. D.C. United: Sick to death of football, baseball, basketball, and hockey? Looking for a different team to whom you can pledge your undying loyalty? Major League Soccer returns to South Florida (yes, believe it or not, we did have soccer here many moons ago) with the Fusion. Armed with a slew of world-class players such as Marco Etcheverry, Alexi Lalas, Jaime Moreno, and Eric Wynalda, the Fusion kicks off its season against current Major League Soccer champs D.C. United today at 4:00 p.m. at the modernized and enlarged Lockhart Stadium (5301 NW Twelfth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets range from $10 to $30. Call 888-387-4664. (NK)

Dresses for Humanity: An Exhibition of Dresses of Diana, Princess of Wales: Seven months after the death of Princess Diana, anything connected to her continues to hold certain people in thrall. Mauren Rorech, owner of a Tampa fashion company, acquired thirteen of Diana's gowns at a June 1997 auction. A few months later, after the princess's death, Rorech bought one more at a Boston auction. Hoping to raise $100 million to contribute to Diana's favorite causes, Rorech is sending her collection on a two-year, twenty-city tour. She'll then donate them to the charity she established, the People's Princess Charitable Foundation, which will make them available for any purpose Diana's sons choose. The highlight of the exhibition: the navy blue velvet Victor Edelstein-designed number Diana wore when she twirled around the dance floor with disco king John Travolta at a White House dinner. The exhibition runs through April 12 at the Lowe Art Museum (1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables). Admission is $21.50. Call 284-3535 for hours. (NK)

Subtropics 10 New Music Festival: See Thursday.
South Beach International Art and Design Fair: See Friday.
Grand Prix of Miami: See Friday.

monday
march 16
Miami Heat vs. Detroit Pistons: It was Friday the 13th of February the last time the Heat met the Pistons -- make that the last time the Heat beat the Pistons. (After eight straight victories against Detroit, it's getting to be a habit.) That night Heat center Alonzo Mourning scored an amazing 39 points. Then the jinx kicked in: Small forward Jamal Mashburn, a.k.a. "Mash," lived up to his nickname, mashing his right thumb in a fall and sustaining a serious fracture. Mashburn, who had been averaging nineteen points in his previous five games, is probably out for the season. Nevertheless, the Heat is still leading the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division. At 7:30 p.m. at the Miami Arena (721 NW First Ave), the Pistons chug back into town. Will Miami experience victory number nine over Detroit and sacrifice another top player in the process? At least it's not another Friday the 13th. Tickets range from $15 to $60. Call 530-4400. (NK)

South Beach International Art and Design Fair: See Friday.
Dresses for Humanity: An Exhibition of Dresses of Diana, Princess of Wales: See Sunday.

tuesday
march 17
Opening Day at Hialeah Race Track: Looking for a way to spend that big raise? Tax refund burning a hole in your Bermudas and you haven't even received it yet? The best place to blow plenty of ducats is the magnificent Hialeah Race Track (2200 E. Fourth Ave., Hialeah). Built in the 1920s, the park (listed in the National Register of Historic Places), used to house a jai alai fronton, an amusement park, and the first greyhound track in the United States. The place is still a lot of fun. From now until the end of May, thoroughbred racing (including the Widener Handicap and the Flamingo Stakes) takes place every day of the week except Thursday. Entertainers such as Albita, Roberto Torres, and the Village People will perform free concerts. And who can resist all those great giveaways like baseball caps and ice cream? Today starting at 11:30 a.m. you'll be treated to free admission, exhilarating horse racing, and of course, the ever-present flamingos stepping daintily about the park. Call 885-8000. (NK)

Rolling Stone Covers Tour: What can we say about this formerly sacred cow? Rolling Stone has lost a bit of its edge (okay, a lot), it takes itself way too seriously as the self-described "definitive source of music and information and popular culture trends," and it kisses a lot of mainstream music butt. The magazine has remained pretty consistent in one regard, though: good -- sometimes great -- photography. Today through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the University of Miami's Whitten University Center (1306 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables), take a look at 30 years' worth of the mag's spectacular covers, featuring the work of prominent photographers such as Annie Leibovitz, Richard Avedon, Herb Ritts, and Mark Seliger. Also on display: drawings, paintings, and illustrations from the magazine; audio and video presentations; and memorabilia from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's permanent collection. Admission is free. Call 284-2318. (NK)

Dresses for Humanity: An Exhibition of Dresses of Diana, Princess of Wales: See Sunday.

wednesday
march 18
ArtCenter-South Florida's Thirteenth Anniversary: Many people consider the number thirteen bad luck. (See Miami Heat vs. Detroit Pistons, above.) Not the people at ArtCenter-South Florida (1035 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). The center just entered its teens and the staff is throwing a big fiesta and an exhibition to commemorate the occasion. Tonight at 7:00 dance to the sounds of a DJ, feast on food from various Miami Beach establishments, then raise a glass and raise your eyes toward the work of thirteen lucky artists -- Jorge Pantoja, Carolina Sardi, Karina Chechik, Jens Diercks, Jorge Vera, Christina Ferre, and Jeannie Taylor, to name a few -- whose work was chosen for this show. Tickets for the bash cost $13 for members, $50 for nonmembers, and $75 for nonmember couples. Call 674-8278. (NK)

Subtropics 10 New Music Festival: See Thursday.
Dresses for Humanity: An Exhibition of Dresses of Diana, Princess of Wales: See Sunday.

Rolling Stone Covers Tour: See Tuesday.

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