Loews loves dogs. The hotel chain has a reputation with the canine crowd for taking care of its four-legged friends. (Other pets are welcome as guests, but this party's just for the dogs.) Tonight the Loews Miami Beach Hotel (1601 Collins Ave.) has joined paws with Warner Bros. Pictures and dating Website promotional partner PerfectMatch.com to host the Must Love Dogs Mutt Mingles for singles and their fur buddies. As romance-seeking dog lovers sip on "Mutt-inis" and "Bark-eritas," pampered pups can munch on the Bow Wow buffet or indulge in a "paw-icure." You can also participate in pet personality profiling, enter to win cool prizes, and maybe even meet someone who really gets your tail wagging. Put on your best collar and head to the Loews from 6:00 to 8:00. Tickets cost $15 for people; pets are free. Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Greater Miami and Adopt-A-Pet's Second Chance Fund, which supports the care of sick and injured homeless pets. Call 305-695-4598, or e-mail email@example.com to RSVP. (LO)
The recent blockbuster version of H.G. Wells's 1898 classic War of the Worlds proves an important point in the world of science fiction -- what's old can be new again, and its reincarnation can be just as scary. At this evening's lecture, The Evolution of Science Fiction, Tim Sullivan, author and cofounder of the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, will trace the history of this often misunderstood genre and explain the differences between sci-fi and fantasy. The discussion begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Admission is ten dollars. Call 305-535-2622, or visit www.wolfsonian.org. (PEGY)
Summer is winding down for most students at the University of Miami. For Miami Hurricanes football players, the steamy season whizzed by in a blur of practice scrimmages. Canes fans, football season is just around the corner. Usher it in at Summer CanesFest. The proud members of your favorite football team will be there, along with coach Larry Coker, who will gladly respond to team-related inquiries at a question-and-answer session. Have your memorabilia autographed, enjoy tasty stadium treats, and buy your season tickets and team apparel early so you'll be ready to tailgate at the Orange Bowl well ahead of time. The excitable mascot Sebastian the Ibis will be flapping about, ready to take pictures with the little ones. Show your school spirit today at 2:00 p.m. at the Knight Sports Complex, 5821 San Amaro Dr., Coral Gables. Admission is free. Call 305-284-2263, or visit www.hurricanesports.com. (PEGY)
An afternoon of angling is the perfect summertime activity to share with friends, and when it's paired with a fundraising effort for the Miami Children's Museum, you can feel good about giving something back to the young ones. Ultralounge presents its first annual "Catch for Kids" deep-sea fishing tournament today beginning at 12:30 p.m. Teams will sail out to catch what they can and then return for a fish fry and clambake (5:30 p.m.) and Shabby Chic Beach party (7:00 p.m.) at the Bayside Hut (3501 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne). Registration is $500 per team. Admission to just the beach party is $75 in advance, $100 at the door. Call 305-724-6764 by July 28 for tournament registration, or call 954-648-7717 to RSVP for the party. (LO)
We hope you're not going to go back to school like that. The beach-blown bed-head look was fine for lounging by the pool and chillin' on the couch, but you really need a trim to reveal your dapper self while cruising the locker-lined hallways this fall. Today through August 15 you can get yourself a stylish new do while giving a haircut during the Hair Cuttery's seventh annual Share A Haircut campaign. No, they won't make you pick up the clippers or work your magic Edward Scissorhands-style; for every haircut purchased by children and teenagers up to age eighteen, Hair Cuttery will donate a haircut to an underprivileged child. (In Miami-Dade County, the donations will benefit children served by the Florida Department of Children & Families.) Do your part to help the company reach its nationwide goal of donating 55,000 haircuts to children who could really use the boost in self-confidence a good styling can give. Call 1-800-874-6288, or visit www.haircuttery.com to find the nearest location. (LO)
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The late, great Robert Nesta Marley is remembered as the king of reggae, the prophet who preached Rastafarian revolution to legions of fans. The lyrics of "War" were taken from a speech given by His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I. "Forever Loving Jah" expressed Marley's undying belief that the Ethiopian emperor was in fact Christ reincarnated. "Jah Live" reaffirmed Marley's faith after Selassie's passing, defying critics of the leader's religious doctrine. According to Jamaican-born writer Geoffrey Philp, author of Uncle Obadiah and the Alien and Benjamin, My Son, Marley's work was given extra depth by his reliance on chakras -- the centers of energy in the human body that are recognized in Eastern philosophy. Philp will shed light on the reggae legend's chi connection when he presents Bob Marley: Natural Mystic of the Seven Chakras, an interactive multimedia lecture tonight at 7:00 at the MIAMIntelligence center, 2000 S. Dixie Hwy., Miami. Admission is ten dollars. Call 305-860-2499, or visit www.miamintelligence.com. (PEGY)
Is there an easier television game show than Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? On The Price Is Right, if you don't know the going rate of Gold Bond medicated foot powder, you leave with a big bag of nothing. On Wheel of Fortune, your futile stabs at guessing the right answer are only rewarded with a dazzling smile from Vanna White. But Millionaire begins with the kind of questions a chimp could answer, and gives you three lifelines to save yourself. South Florida residents will have an opportunity to answer the obvious question at the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Million-Dollar Movie Week auditions. If you're obsessed with the Internet Movie Database, and you annoy your friends with constant movie quotes, your useless trivia could win you big bucks. Come on down to Monarch Dodge, 2000 N. State Rd. 7, Lauderdale Lakes. Auditions begin at 9:00 a.m. and end promptly at 4:00 p.m. Sorry, early birds -- no one will be allowed to line up prior to 8:00 a.m. Visit www.millionairetv.com for more information. (PEGY)
By Lyssa Oberkreser and Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik