Boca Raton Magazine the Leader.Staff Picks: Indulge and Pamper2016-05-06T12:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong>New York Grilled Cheese Co.</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.6_disco_fries.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Georgette Evans, Senior Account Manager</em></p> <p>“The grilled cheese choices are all wonderful, but you must try the Disco Fries (or in Canada, better known as Poutine). They’re waffle fries topped with cheese bits and house-made beef gravy—it’s sinful!”</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a> // 493 N. Federal Highway // 561/277-0777)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Eleven Spa Delray</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="253" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.6_eleven_spa.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“I recently visited Eleven Spa Delray, and all I have to say is WOW. With beautiful artwork dressing the walls, a shallow wading pool full of inflatable swans, a collection of serene and private treatment rooms and a fully stocked, luxurious locker room, it’s unlike any spa I have ever seen. There are even clothes and beauty products for sale when you first walk in. You should definitely consider taking mom here for Mother’s Day—or any other day, for that matter.”</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a> // 1440 N. Federal Highway, Delray Beach // 561/278-1100)</p>Derby Days and Brunch Bests2016-05-06T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.6_oceans_234.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Dress for the Derby, and sip mint juleps on the ocean</strong></p> <p>The women should wear their best Derby hats, and everyone should be ready for some mint juleps, as Oceans 234 celebrates the Kentucky Derby on May 7. The horses will run on the screen at Oceans 234 <em>(234 N. Ocean Blvd., Deerfield Beach, 954/428-2539)</em> at 11:30 a.m., and you can cheer on your favorite while sipping on complimentary mint juleps and nibbling on passed hors d’oeuvress—if you dress in your Derby best. Watching the biggest horse race oceanside is the best of both worlds.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.6_wpb_first_watch.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>A first, but not a last: First Watch for brunch</strong></p> <p>It’s brunch time already, with the weekend looming. We discovered a new, fun place to brunch, with good food and coffee. It’s First Watch, a national chain with restaurants in 17 states, but it’s a chain with a difference—they use fresh, seasonal, local produce, and you can tell that from their menu.</p> <p>They also sell their own coffee, and the reason is that it’s that good. Oh, and they serve pots of coffee, not just cups. In Palm Beach County alone, there are locations in Boca Raton (two), West Palm Beach (I’ve been twice to the new one at the Palm Beach Outlet Mall, pictured), Wellington and Jupiter. There are also complimentary newspapers to read and wifi access. They only serve breakfast, brunch and lunch, and they’re open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The first restaurant opened in 1983 in California, so these should stick around awhile. Dishes include “The Healthier Side” (the avocado toast, $8.49, is terrific), “Egg-Sclusives,” omelets and frittatas, “Power Bowls” and from the griddle. I think the lemon ricotta pancakes are in my future, too. They have sides and small plates, salads, sandwiches and lunch special combos. Did I mention it’s fresh? It tastes that way.</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>The King of the Portrait2016-05-06T09:41:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>Among the legendary portrait photographer Arnold Newman’s contributions to the still image was this idea: that “photography is very unreal. You have to take a three-dimensional world and reduce it to two dimensions. You take color and reduce it to black-and-white. And you arrest the flow of time. There are many things that are very false about photography. You must recognize this, and build on it, and then maybe you will have art.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="208" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/1082051250.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p>This quote, taken from the book <em>Interviews with Master Photographers</em>, is not a minor observation. It essentially calls out the notion, persistent since the dawn of photography, that the camera is a neutral recorder of reality, providing a split-second snapshot of life in the moment. Other visual artists even adopted the term “photorealism” to describe paintings and drawings that attempted to simulate reality as a camera might.</p> <p>By contrast, Newman’s images were proudly, carefully, emotionally, majestically staged, offering no pretense of objective <em>veritas</em>. They were most certainly art, with their creator’s imaginative hand either illuminating or obfuscating the personalities of his sitters, wresting autonomy over likenesses of some of the world’s most powerful people: presidents, prime ministers, world-class painters, choreographers, writers and musicians.</p> <p><img alt="" height="295" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/x13277-004-55c93107.jpg.pagespeed.ic.3qcr_d6yf6.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>“Arnold Newman: MasterClass,” running now at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, surveys more than 200 of his images, each of them confined in small- to medium-sized frames that reward intense scrutiny. Though Newman shot for publications like <em>Fortune, Life</em> and <em>Newsweek</em>, it becomes clear, through this flowing, representative and cohesive collection, that the vanity of his subjects and the dictates of commercial publication always fell secondary to the precise plans, elaborate schemes and spontaneous whims of his camera eye.</p> <p>His greatest contribution, though he disliked the term, is the concept of “environmental photography”—of liberating his sitters from formal settings and shooting them in their studios, their workplaces, their habitats, the weird geometry of their daily lives. Thus we see abstract painter George Mathieu gazing intensely at the lens astride a furious painting that, it seems, he has just completed. Franz Kline and Frank Stella appear small against the vastness of their art, suggesting, accurately, that the work itself speaks more volumes that its creators possibly could. Henry Miller sits in front of a whiteboard scrawled with paragraphs, scribbles, doodles and random lines that seem to offer a peak into the great writer’s cluttered, restless mind. A portrait of science journalist William L. Laurence says it all: He’s plugging away on a typewriter in front of an image of the universe, merging the professional and the cosmic.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/newman_andy_warhol.jpg" width="280"></p> <p>These works mentioned above are presented under the subhead “Signatures.” “MasterClass” continues with other such categories—“Weavings,” “Lumen,” “Geometries,” “Rhythms”—that speak to different facets of Newman’s genius. But all could easily fall under environmental “signatures,” so consistent was his vision through his 40-plus years in darkrooms. That said, some pieces are more playful than others. Andy Warhol’s portrait exists as a disembodied head with X-ray eyes, cut and pasted onto a canvas as if from a magazine. With Allen Ginsberg, a vast world of literature is refracted through the lenses of his glasses. Subverting the verticality of his frame, Newman presented architect I.M. Pei as a small headshot inside an open horizontal strip in an otherwise pitch-black building. Salvador Dali’s portrait is almost overshadowed by an expressive ceiling wire dangling beside him. For the most part, these are not images its subjects would prefer as publicity photos, which makes them all the more memorable.</p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/pd51514577_1830_2162195b.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>In fact, some suggest concern, anxiety, even melancholy. In the section “Sensibilities,” Newman aimed to show the “chinks in the armor” of his powerful sitters. This is apparent in the unspoken tension between choreographer Hanya Holm and her son Klaus, and in the furrowed brow of sculptor Anthony Caro. Artist Jean Arp looks reticent, almost embarrassed, peeking from behind his sculptures, and Jasper Johns stands in front of a sculpture of a fork which, thanks to Newman’s darkly comic play with dimensionality, appears to be slicing through the artist’s neck, Frankenstein-style. In a two-shot, Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz come across as solemn and off-guard, respectively, as if they’re in mourning.</p> <p><img alt="" height="502" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/dfe6b8e7642aa6bf8f77b1fa61eb17f4.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Newman clearly admired the human face as much as Chuck Close, whose South Florida exhibition I reviewed <a href="/blog/2016/04/29/close-inspection/" target="_blank">last week</a> on this site. He even saw faces in some of his early, searching exteriors of houses, such as the anthropomorphic “Door and Objects,” from 1938. But he was more imaginative to the possibilities of the forehead, ears, eyes and mouth than arguably any other portraitist.</p> <p><img alt="" height="513" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/1082051034.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p>Why, then, did so many of his sitters—from Pablo Picasso to Truman Capote, from Bill Brandt to Joan Miro to Henry Miller—obscure their faces with their hands? Perhaps Newman advised them to do so or, more likely, their surfeits of celebrity fell away under the pressure of posing for a fellow-artist, replaced by a literal self-effacement. In other words, they were, for a brief moment, regular humans.</p> <p><em>“Arnold Newman: MasterClass” runs through July 3 at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Admission costs $10-$12. Call 561/392-2500 or visit</em></p>Fashion Forward: festivals and a giveaway2016-05-06T08:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p>Spring is in the air, summer is around the corner, and that can only mean one thing—it’s festival season. Whether you’re headed to Bonnaroo, Governor’s Ball or Lollapalooza, we can pretty much guarantee you’ll be adorned in fringe, floral and crochet from head to toe.</p> <p>So, make your way to Apricot Lane <em>(located in Delray Marketplace, 9169 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach) </em>for all of your festival fashion needs—and if you mention "festival fashions with apricot lane," you'll receive 20% off your purchase.</p> <p>We’ll also be giving away a fabulous fringe purse on Instagram, so stay tuned for that!</p> <p>And in case you’re wondering just how festival ready Apricot Lane really is, check out a few items they have in store.</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/photo_2_(2).jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>(top: $56, shorts: $66, necklace: $18) </p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/photo_2.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>(top: $32, shorts: $42, necklace: $22)</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/photo_1_(1).jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>(romper: $86, necklace: $14)</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/photo_3.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>(top: $32, pants: $38, bag: $62, necklace: $24)</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/photo_2_(1).jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>(top: $38, shorts: $38, necklace: $22)</p>Help for sober houses, new opposition to the Wildflower plan and other items of news and note2016-05-05T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="150" src="/site_media/uploads/entrance3-150x150.jpg" width="150"></h3> <h3>Sober House help on the way?     </h3> <p>To frustrated politicians in South Florida cities trying to keep sober houses from ruining neighborhoods, the federal delegation that visited Delray Beach on Monday must have looked like the cavalry.</p> <p>       They work for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Gustavo Velasquez is the assistant secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. Jeanine Worden is the associate general counsel for Fair Housing. Working with others, they could bring long-awaited relief to cities that consider themselves under siege from sleazeball sober home operators who exploit recovering addicts and turn quiet streets into drug shooting galleries.</p> <p>       That relief would be a rewrite of the 1999 joint statement by HUD and the Department of Justice (DOJ) that, under the Fair Housing Act as it applies to “group living arrangements,” local governments are prohibited “from making zoning or land use decisions or implementing land use policies that exclude or otherwise discriminate against protected persons, including individuals with disabilities.” Among those considered disabled are persons in recovery from substance abuse.</p> <p>       In 2007, Boca Raton lost a four-year fight in federal court to restrict sober houses to areas zoned for multi-family housing and to hospital districts. In 2012, Delray Beach settled a lawsuit by the Caron Foundation, which had set up sober houses in beachside mansions. Though the 1999 statement said the Fair Housing Act “does not pre-empt local zoning laws,” neither Boca nor Delray nor any other South Florida city has wanted to try a similar ordinance without a change in the statement.</p> <p>       Credit U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, for making Monday’s meeting happen. Frankel’s district runs from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale. It likely includes more sober houses than any other in the nation.</p> <p>       A year ago, after consulting with Velasquez and others, Frankel wrote to HUD Secretary Julian Castro and Attorney General Loretta Lynch. U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, who also represents Palm Beach and Broward counties, signed the letter. It contained questions on “topics that are not adequately addressed” in the 1999 joint statement. Basically, it was an SOS message to Washington from South Florida.</p> <p>       Monday’s itinerary began with a tour for the HUD delegation of sober house-plagued neighborhoods. Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein, who was on the van, said they drove past “52 houses in the first 15 seconds.” How does he know? “You know.” Glickstein would say only that the stretch is on Swinton Avenue south of Atlantic Avenue.</p> <p>       Later came a roughly two-hour meeting for the HUD administrators with city officials from Riviera Beach to Hollywood. Unfortunately, that meeting was closed to reporters. A news conference followed, but Velasquez left after making a statement and did not take questions.</p> <p>       Still, Frankel said the visit “shocked” Velasquez. As Glickstein said, when HUD and DOJ issued that statement, there were no sober houses. Now, they’re all over Delray Beach. They’re throughout South Florida, but no one knows for sure how many there are. Anyone can set one up.</p> <p>       At the meeting, Frankel said, “No one said, ‘no sober homes.’ “ The goal is “finding a balance” and ensuring “assimilation” of sober houses into neighborhoods. In some cases, that has happened. In too many cases, it hasn’t.</p> <p>       The Delray Beach Drug Task Force has tried to strike such a balance, so good sober house operators can provide a necessary service. Frankel correctly called her effort “consumer protection.” Those in recovery are vulnerable. Marc Woods, Delray Beach’s chief rental inspector, says parents in distant cities paying for their children’s supposed care “have no idea what’s <em>not </em>going on.”</p> <p>       Frankel said lawyers for HUD and DOJ would review the proposed changes to the statement. Boca Raton officials know how important it is for both to agree. The Department of Justice filed a related lawsuit in the city’s case, raising Boca’s legal costs from $1.8 million to $2.3 million. Frankel said the changes could be ready by August.</p> <p>       Among the issues will be location of sober houses and capacity. “It’s not about the number of houses,” Glickstein said. “It’s about the number of beds.” Frankel said she and city officials were “clearly told” that the Fair Housing Act allows cities to “deny a public accommodation when it changes the character of the neighborhood.” She said, “We want to empower local governments.”</p> <p>       If successful, this approach will be quicker and more practical than asking Congress to change the Fair Housing Law. First, the current Congress—with its far-right Freedom Caucus—can’t do anything productive. Second, this Congress would try to strip legitimate protections from the Fair Housing Act.</p> <p>       HUD officials understand the danger of opening up the law. Frankel’s talk of filing legislation may have helped to encourage the department to set up Monday’s meeting.</p> <p>       Of those HUD officials, Glickstein said, “I don’t think they understood how powerless we are.” Delray Beach and other cities now can produce the “evidence” of harm that U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks said was lacking when Boca Raton brought its lawsuit. Perhaps the sleazy operators are nervous. Let’s hope that they are even more nervous in August.</p> <h3>Boca loses building head</h3> <p>Boca Raton is losing the city’s top building official because of. . .health insurance.</p> <p>       The son of Development Services Director Ty Harris needs an expensive drug that the city’s self-insurance health plan doesn’t cover. Harris told me Wednesday that he has exhausted all his appeals with the carrier, and so must get a job where coverage includes the drug. Harris intends to stay in the area because he told his son that he wouldn’t move him again so soon. Harris joined Boca nearly a year ago, coming from Charlotte County.</p> <p>       Harris’ departure is a loss for the city. Boca Raton had been processing building permits faster, which has been a city council priority for years. The search for Harris took roughly two years. Now Boca must start over, because of nothing related to Harris’ work—just his insurance.</p> <h3>The anti-restaurant posse</h3> <p>A group of Boca Raton residents is proposing an ordinance that would prevent the city from leasing the Wildflower property for a restaurant.</p> <p>       Of course, the proposed ordinance doesn’t say that. It says, “All city-owned land adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway shall only be used for public recreation, public boating access, public streets, and city stormwater uses, only.” Perhaps the second “only” is meant for emphasis.</p> <p>       The Wildflower property is two-plus acres along the Intracoastal at Palmetto Park Road. For more than two years, the city and Hillstone Restaurant Group have been negotiating a lease and site plan. Nearby residents oppose the idea, fearing more traffic. Having failed to persuade the city council, they propose this ordinance.</p> <p>       To have the council consider the ordinance, the petitioners need to collect signatures from 1,209 registered voters—15 percent of the turnout in the last city election, which took place 14 months ago. The supervisor of elections must verify the signatures from voter rolls.</p> <p>       If the petitioners succeed, the ordinance would go to the council at its next meeting. The city attorney’s office would review the ordinance, and the council would vote on whether to place it before the voters.</p> <p>       The timetable is tight. The council has just one meeting in June and July. The ballot language deadline for the primary election—when voters will decide whether to raise mayoral and council salaries—is June 24. For the November general election, it’s Aug. 26.</p> <p>       Like the Florida Supreme Court and state constitutional amendments, the council could reject the ordinance because it is legally flawed and/or deceptive. As noted, the proposed ordinance disguises its true intent. The petitioners want Boca Raton to use a $7.5-million piece of land for basically nothing, rather than lease it for a project that would more than return the city’s investment and provide a gathering spot within walking distance of all the new downtown residences.</p> <p>       This is all the more reason for city staff to prioritize its review of Hillstone’s new proposal and get it to the council no later than that June meeting, if not sooner. Cities have sovereign immunity, but Hillstone would not go quietly if this ordinance blocked a project on which the company has spent a considerable amount of money.</p> <h3>Tax increase change in plans</h3> <p>       The Palm Beach County Commission finally got smarter about the proposed sales tax increase.</p> <p>       On Tuesday, the commission approved 5-2 a new plan that would eliminate $161 million for economic development and cultural projects. The one-cent increase over 10 years now would provide $1.35 billion for the school district, $810 million for the county and $540 million for cities, all for infrastructure improvements.</p> <p>       The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County had inserted itself into the program, claiming that the cultural component would increase support for the overall plan. Instead, the cultural money became controversial.</p> <p>       Only through legal maneuvering could private arts groups be eligible for this public money. The cultural council’s board decided which groups would get the money, most of which would have gone to Boca Raton and West Palm Beach. That displeased commissioners from districts whose residents would be paying, not getting.</p> <p>       As for that “economic development” money, it got into the plan after the Legislature included no new money in the state budget for Enterprise Florida. Nothing, however, prevents the county from allocating incentive money to corporations as needed.</p> <p>       Commissioner Steven Abrams represents Boca Raton and Delray Beach. He had voted against the previous iterations. He supported the new one. As Abrams said Wednesday, the proposed ballot language hadn’t mentioned culture. To him, that meant the culture piece was a problem, not an asset.</p> <p>       If the school board approves the new version, which would bring the schools more money, the county commission will take a second, final vote on May 17.</p> <p>      </p> <p> </p> <p>       </p>Web Xtra: Deconstructing the Dish2016-05-04T14:25:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p class="Body">Pizzaholics know that Tucci’s makes some of the best and tastiest pies around. I too love the pizzas that come out of Albert Aletto’s coal-fired oven, but lately my taste buds just can’t stop jonesing for one of his other creations, the kind of lusty, soul-satisfying dish you don’t find much on restaurant menus anymore—sautéed escarole with cannellini beans and sausage.</p> <p class="Body">There are no culinary sleights of hand here, just quality ingredients prepared simply and with care and presented in all their unpretentious, uncomplicated glory. Honestly, it doesn’t get much better than that.</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/bm_tuccis-2.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="Body"><strong>ESCAROLE &amp; BEANS WITH SAUSAGE</strong><strong></strong></p> <p class="Body"><strong>Albert Aletto, chef-owner, Tucci’s</strong><strong></strong></p> <p class="Body">6 cloves garlic, peeled</p> <p class="Body">1 ounce red onion, thinly sliced</p> <p class="Body">Olive oil</p> <p class="Body">6 ounces cooked cannellini beans with liquid</p> <p class="Body">1 to 1-1/2 heads escarole, woody stems trimmed and leaves chopped in large pieces</p> <p class="Body">2 links sweet Italian sausage</p> <p class="Body">1/2 cup chicken stock (optional)</p> <p class="Body">Salt and pepper to taste</p> <p class="Body"> </p> <p class="Body">Toss garlic cloves with olive oil, place on a sheet pan and roast in a 350- to 400-degree oven until soft and caramelized. Set aside. Place sausages on sheet pan and roast in oven, turning occasionally, until done, approximately 20-25 minutes. Let cool and slice thinly.</p> <p class="Body">Add olive oil to pot, sauté red onion until soft, seasoning with salt and pepper. Add cannellini beans and liquid to pot and sauté until heated through. Add escarole and toss to coat with oil and wilt slightly. Taste and season with salt and pepper if necessary. If mixture seems dry, add chicken stock or additional bean liquid. Add sliced sausage, heat through and serve.</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="422" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/bm_tuccis-125.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body"><strong>CHEF’S TIPS</strong><strong></strong></p> <p class="Body">It’s okay to use canned beans if you don’t feel like taking the trouble to cook dried beans from scratch. Just be sure not to cook them to mush.</p> <p class="Body">Don’t worry if your garlic cloves get a little charred in the roasting process. Caramelization improves their flavor.</p> <p class="Body">Use a deep pot to cook the escarole in, as a large volume of greens will overflow a sauté pan and make it difficult to cook all the pieces evenly. Don’t cook the escarole too much, though. It should be wilted but still retain some texture.</p> <p class="Body">If you can’t find escarole in your local market, kale or bok choy make good substitutes.</p> <p class="Body">It’s worth searching out premium Italian sausages. Aletto says some supermarket brands are more fat than pork. In a dish this simple, every ingredient counts.</p>Concert Review: The Smashing Pumpkins at Broward Center2016-05-04T10:39:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>If you have difficulty keeping up with the latest shenanigans of Billy Corgan and company then you’re not the only one. The Smashing Pumpkins have certainly had more than their fair share of trials and tribulations amongst a plethora of internal problems over the span of the group’s history, which unbelievably covers almost three decades. They’ve survived a constant revolving gaggle of band members, with one sole permanent survivor—Corgan.</p> <p><img alt="" height="294" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/re2_0921.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><em>(Photos by Ron Elkman)</em></p> <p>This weekend, The Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale was the seemingly inapt venue for the alternative rock band’s final show of its “In Plainsong” tour. But, supported by indie singer-songwriter Liz Phair, the setting was actually ideal for this concert.</p> <p>Even with prior warning of the show being more of an acoustic/electro nature, I was still slightly unprepared for the four opening songs being played entirely solo by Corgan, who had wandered onto the stage a little earlier in a grey suit and hat, barely being noticed by fans.</p> <p>The sound, however, was pretty spectacular, considering it was just one musician for the first segment. Corgan’s powerful acoustic guitar playing and unmistakable voice were enjoyable and thought-provoking across cuts like “Tonight, Tonight”and “Stumbleine,” but they did lack the familiar full-band luster. Those expecting to hear the aggressive, sprawling thrashing of a typical Pumpkins concert would have been disappointed during this portion. </p> <p>An earnest cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” saw the introduction of talented touring guitarist Jeff Schroeder, who added a somewhat classical element to the rendition and songs that followed. The atmosphere changed frequently along with the backdrop. With four artistic settings, the group managed to affect the ambience considerably, with subtle yet well-designed lighting effects.</p> <p><img alt="" height="504" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/re2_1242.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p>After playing songs from “Adore” and “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,” Corgan announced that “Siamese Dream” songs were coming up, and proceeded to slam an audience member that was wailing out the name of his favorite hit, “Disarm.” “There’s always some stupid person, shouting out stupid things at every show,” he remarked.</p> <p>The remaining members of the touring group, Katie Cole, Sierra Swan and, much to the delight of the crowd, original band member Jimmy Chamberlin, took their spots and treated the fans to a section of seven songs from the popular “Siamese Dream” album. “Spaceboy,” “Today” and “Soma” were particularly memorable, inducing the dreamy, nostalgic moments one would hope for. As it turns out, Corgan finished this segment with an interesting solo organ performance of “Disarm” which reminded me that I should have been in church earlier that Sunday and every Sunday prior.</p> <p>Thankfully the band plugged in the power (at least for Schroeder’s guitar) and for the remainder of the show performed as one might expect. At one point, Liz Phair joined the stage, as well as Corgan’s niece, Ava, to add to the harmonic values. Rousing covers of Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” and the Rolling Stones’ “Angie” were particularly well done. </p> <p>When “1979” was played with vigor, the whole theater rose to its feet (for the first time that night, I might add). This was a far cry from the last “Smashing Pumpkins” concert I saw, which was standing-room only: You had to be seriously concerned with the odd flailing foot to the head.</p> <p>On the whole, this show was an oddly artistic and interesting experience—a subdued beginning with a crescendo of an ending. The predictably unpredictable Corgan leaves me wondering what he will be up to next.</p> <p>SET LIST</p> <p>Cardinal Rule</p> <p>Stumbleine</p> <p>Tonight, Tonight</p> <p>The World's Fair</p> <p>Space Oddity (David Bowie cover)</p> <p>Thirty-Three</p> <p>Jesus, I/Mary Star of the Sea (Zwan cover)</p> <p>Mayonaise</p> <p>Soma</p> <p>Rocket</p> <p>Spaceboy</p> <p>Today</p> <p>Whir</p> <p>Disarm</p> <p>Sorrows (In Blue)</p> <p>Eye</p> <p>Saturnine</p> <p>Identify (Natalie Imbruglia cover)</p> <p>1979</p> <p>Stand Inside Your Love</p> <p>Pinwheels</p> <p>Lily (My One and Only)</p> <p>Knockin' on Heaven's Door (Bob Dylan cover)</p> <p>Malibu (Hole cover)</p> <p>The Spaniards</p> <p>Angie (the Rolling Stones cover)</p>New Local, Eco-Friendly &amp; Fabulous Fitness Clothing Line2016-05-04T09:00:00+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/<p><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Have you ever felt like staying at home but ended up going out anyway because you wanted to show off your new outfit? I know I have. Now imagine feeling that way about your fitness clothes and going to workout even when you don’t feel like it!</p> <p>Being a Green Goddess, I believe in three things—feeling good, looking good and keeping our planet in a good shape. And I like to feel this way during all of my daily activities, including fitness, because when it comes to exercising, I also want to look fabulous during the whole process. </p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.4_military_hippie_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Unfortunately the fitness clothing industry so far has been incredibly wasteful in the whole process, from manufacturing to overconsumption—not to mention that most brands have been keeping with the same theme of styles. Their clothes wear out so fast; they quickly end up in landfills that are full already.</p> <p>This is why I’m so excited about <a href="" target="_blank">Military Hippie</a>—a local, Boca-based company that makes quality fitness clothing that will last through tough workouts and stay strong during years of wear, giving you better value out of your purchase.</p> <p><img alt="" height="397" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.4_military_hippie_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>All of their tees, tanks, sweatpants and sweatshirts are made from natural organic cotton, which offers natural benefits like breathability, antibacterial effects, UV protection and biodegradability. Their yoga wear is manufactured with cutting edge sustainable processes that reduce waste and leave less harmful chemicals on your skin and in the environment. They even use recycled polyester for their yoga pants.</p> <p>"Just like the food you eat, the clothing you choose to wear can make a difference to your body and the environment,” says, Karolyn Fox, founder of Military Hippie. “Choose better products and live a healthier and more sustainable life!"</p> <p>And if you think this new line of fitness clothing is boring or earth-crunchy, think again. Their pieces are absolutely gorgeous and fun to wear. And with all honestly, I now wear their yoga pants to lounge around, not just to workout. After all, it feels good to feel comfy and look fabulous!</p> <p><strong>Use COUPON CODE </strong><strong>BOCA20 to get 20% off!</strong><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><em><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</em></p> <p><em>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</em></p>Charity golf tourney to benefit animal rescue 2016-05-04T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Here’s your chance to play golf on the course of a beautiful South Florida country club, while raising money to establish a sanctuary for dogs and other animals that have been abandoned in the Everglades.</p> <p>Believe it or not, it’s not uncommon that people abandon their dogs in the Everglades. The domesticated animals are left to fend for themselves in Florida’s wild. </p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.4_eddy_with_one_of_the_dogs_he_rescued.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Miami resident Eddy Alvarez, who has patrolled the Everglades for decades, has been feeding, rescuing and finding homes for abandoned dogs, cats and other pets. Alvarez only recently started receiving dog food donations for the 50-60 dogs he sees and feeds daily. For the most part, Alvarez has paid out of pocket for the animals’ food, veterinary care and more.</p> <p>His established 501(c) 3 charity <a href="" target="_blank">Eddy's K-9 Rescue</a> needs a facility to continue helping these animals. Sounds like help is on the way, and Fit Life readers can get involved.</p> <p>Max's Grille is holding a golf tournament at the Seagate Country Club (3600 Hamlet Drive, Delray Beach), on Sunday, May 22 to benefit Eddy’s K-9 Rescue and the proposed new animal sanctuary.</p> <p>Tickets are $125 per person or $500 for a foursome. A buffet lunch will be served at noon, and the shotgun start is at 1:30 p.m. The event will feature an awards ceremony, happy hour and raffles post-tournament. The lucky hole in one winner (if there is one) will win a two-year lease for a new Porsche, courtesy of Champion Porsche. Other sponsors include Max’s Grille, Premiere Beverage, Republic National and The Seagate Club.</p> <p>Eddy’s K-9 Rescue sanctuary, if it becomes a reality, will house up to 50 dogs, 50 cats, horses, birds, reptiles, cows, chickens, goats and more. The charity has a fundraising goal of $75,000. To help make that happen, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. To sign up for the 6th Annual Max’s Grille Charity Golf Tournament, visit Max’s Grille on <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, follow on Twitter <a href="" target="_blank">@MaxsGrille</a> or call 561/368-0080. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p><strong><em>About Lisette</em></strong></p> <p><em>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p> <p> </p>Great Getaways 20162016-05-03T11:46:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>Looking for a great summer travel package? Check out these Florida resorts that offer great discounts for Sunshine State residents.</p> <p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/delray_sands_resort.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">DELRAY SANDS RESORT</a> </strong>(2809 S. Ocean Blvd., Highland Beach, 866/790-2198)</p> <p>Find your beach escape at Delray Sands Resort, located in the upscale enclave of Highland Beach, between Boca Raton and Delray Beach. With a coveted setting and exceptional amenities, Delray Sands is the ideal destination for those looking for a tranquil beachfront retreat. Latitudes offers ocean views and an irresistible menu of modern coastal cuisine and is also home to a legendary Sunday Brunch, which is consistently voted among the top brunches in Palm Beach County.</p> <p>Florida Residents, plan your summer escape and save up to 20% with Delray Sands Resort’s exclusive Florida Resident offer. Book online.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/edgewater_beach_hotel.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">EDGEWATER BEACH HOTEL</a>, </strong>(1901 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples, 866/624-1695)</p> <p>Escape to Naples’ only All-Suite Resort, the newly renovated Edgewater Beach Hotel, situated directly on seven miles of white sand beach. Recreational activities include beach cabana service, bike rentals, scuba/snorkeling, paddleboard and kayak rental, sailing and windsurfing, two heated swimming pools and a modern Fitness Center. Private yoga sessions and in-suite massages can also be arranged.</p> <p>Get away this summer and enjoy spectacular beach sunsets that are just a two-hour drive from Boca. There’s no reason to wait when Florida residents can save up to 20% off the best available rates. Book your stay online.</p> <div> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/amara_cay_resort.jpg" width="490"> </p> </div> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">AMARA CAY RESORT</a>, </strong>(80001 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, 305/664-0073)</p> <p>Relax on the private beach, lounge on a hammock or under a thatched hut, and stroll along the pier. Worship the sun on the elevated sunning beach, protected by a private seaside dock. Sip a cocktail next to the luxurious pool, or dip into a whirlpool. Let the waterfront setting set the stage for you to explore the clear waters, sandy beaches and breathtaking sunsets. The Sport Fishing Capital of the World is an equally appealing spot for divers and snorkelers, thanks to a colorful variety of shallow coral reefs and shipwrecks.</p> <p>Florida Residents, save 20% on your getaway to Amara Cay Resort. The laid-back luxury resort is a short drive from Boca Raton, and it offers the easy elegance of the Keys, with a private beach, on-site watersports facility, fine Italian dining and a casual rum bar.</p> <p><img alt="" height="310" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/jupiter_beach_resort_&amp;_spa.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">JUPITER BEACH RESORT &amp; SPA</a>, </strong>(5 N. A1A, Jupiter, 877/389-0571)</p> <p>Surround yourself in natural beauty at the Palm Beaches’ best kept secret, Jupiter Beach Resort &amp; Spa, located on a 1,000-foot stretch of beach on the quiet side of Palm Beach county. From the pristine beach and oceanfront pool to pampering spa treatments, everything you need to create your ideal vacation is here. The resort is also just minutes to shopping and entertainment centers.</p> <p>Florida residents can save up to 40% this summer! Book online.</p> <p><img alt="" height="297" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/four_seasons.jpg" width="490"> </p> <div dir="ltr"> <div><strong><a href="" target="_blank">FOUR SEASONS RESORT</a>, </strong>(2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, 561/582-2800)</div> <div>  </div> <div> <div>It's time to unwind, have a little summer fun and focus on the most important people of all--you and those around you. Here at this beach chic paradise, you and your loved ones will feel like the most important people on earth. And now, you can enjoy rates exclusively for you. </div> <div> </div> </div> <div>For $195, escape for just the day to enjoy a 50-minute spa treatment, then enjoy a leisurely lunch and relax on the full-service beach for as long as you wish. Available select dates now through Sept. 30 with valid Florida identification card. Florida resident rates include valet parking and wifi. </div> <div> </div> <div><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/seagate_hotel.jpg" width="490"></div> <p><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/12546/%20http:/;utm_medium=Listing&amp;utm_campaign=SHG419202016GreatGetaways" target="_blank">SEAGATE HOTEL &amp; SPA</a> </strong>(1000 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 1-877-57-SEAGATE)</p> <p>Treat yourself to the ultimate staycation. Only The Seagate Hotel &amp; Spa offers the amenities of a luxury resort, with the intimate feeling of a private retreat. Enjoy championship golf, oceanfront dining at the private beach club and relaxing treatments at the award-winning spa. Spend your vacation where the options are endless.</p> <p><img alt="" height="241" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/biltmore.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>BILTMORE HOTEL </strong></a>(1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, 855/969-3080)</p> <p>Graced with effortless beauty and sophistication, The Biltmore Hotel is Miami’s national historic landmark. A favorite of world leaders since its opening in 1926, the hotel offers a restored Donald Ross 18-hole, 71-par championship golf course; tennis courts; the largest hotel pool on the East Coast of the United States with private cabanas; a European spa and a renowned fitness center. The hotel’s dining destinations feature four restaurants including the award-winning Palme d'Or and Fontana, a traditional Italian restaurant.</p> <p>Book the Florida Resident Rate and Save $100 per day in value.</p> <p><img alt="" height="323" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/waterstone.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>WATERSTONE RESORT &amp; MARINA </strong></a>(999 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, 561/368-9500)</p> <p>Florida Residents can now experience two relaxing nights at the beautiful Waterstone Resort &amp; Marina, plus a $25 credit towards food and beverage at one of the two exciting restaurant options, including Boca Raton’s only ‘on-the-water’ dining experience.  At Boca’s newest, 4-Diamond luxury boutique hotel, all 139 of the spacious guest rooms feature a large private balcony with breathtaking views of the water and the perfect balance of stylish hospitality and casual comfort.</p> </div>Summer Dining Specials and Events2016-05-03T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.3_deck_84_outside.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Summer specials lining up already!</strong></p> <p>It’s beginning to feel like summer, with temps already climbing up to the high 80s. Thankfully, we still have a few cooler breezes hanging around. And also thankfully, we’re starting to see some of our area’s famed summer dining specials cropping up already.</p> <p>Case in point: The Rapoport Restaurant Group of eateries is trotting out some great-value deals, starting this week through September.</p> <p>From Sunday through Thursday at Bogart’s <em>(Premier Level Cinemark Palace 20, 3200 Airport Road)</em>, Henry’s <em>(16850 Jog Road),</em> Burt &amp; Max’s <em>(9089 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach)</em> and Deck 84 <em>(840 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach),</em> plan on finding some good dining deals. Here are the details:</p> <p>Kids eat free (one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entrée) at all four restaurants from Sunday through Thursday. Really, you can’t beat that—and the kids love it, too.</p> <p>On rotating nights from Monday to Thursday, buy half-price bottles of wine with an entrée, and that means on Mondays it’s Burt &amp; Max’s, Tuesdays it’s Henry’s, Wednesdays it’s Deck 84 and Thursdays it’s Bogart’s Bar &amp; Grille.</p> <p>Prix-fixe dinners: Henry’s is featuring a three-course menu daily from 5 p.m. to closing for $20 per person.  New this year, Deck 84 (pictured) has a three-course meal Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., starting at $22.</p> <p>Look for extended happy hours and the 10 for $10 lunches. </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.3_maxs_harvest_exec_chef_eric_baker.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Summer’s Second Annual Chef vs. Chef dates announced</strong></p> <p>Speaking of summer, the 16-week Second Annual Chef vs. Chef competition will kick off on June 15. The first competition will start at 9:30 p.m. on June 22, at Max’s Harvest <em>(169 NE 2<sup>nd</sup> Ave., Delray Beach)</em> and will be held there each Wednesday. The emcee of the competition will be Executive Chef Eric Baker of Max’s Harvest (pictured). These events pit South Florida chefs against each other, and the winner moves on to the next week’s competition, with the last chef standing as the winner. Each week, competing chefs are each given three secret ingredients, and they must prepare two to three dishes within an hour. Judges decide the winner. The events are open to the public (for a $10 donation), include music and commentary, and benefit the Milagro Center. Mark your calendar!</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Boca charts a plan, real estate market on a roll and other items of news and note in the city2016-05-03T09:19:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="167" src="/site_media/uploads/12494752_1099484206782057_2997563795700243955_n.png" width="450"></h3> <h3>Boca’s strategic planning issues    </h3> <p>The biggest difference between this year’s Boca Raton goal-setting session and last year’s is that it’s no longer called a goal-setting session. Mayor Susan Haynie told me Monday that it’s now “strategic planning.” That’s because so many “goals” hung around for lack of completion.</p> <p>       That’s also the case this year. As City Manager Leif Ahnell’s recent “action update” noted, among the holdover issues are downtown parking, the waterfront plan, the 20<sup>th</sup> Street student district and the downtown Pattern Book, which the city seemingly has been working on the since first Bush administration.</p> <p>       Still, there’s also been progress on past priorities. Boca opened a communications office, and I can report that it’s much easier to get information. The city is approving permit applications faster and has moved those employees into their own space at the old library. Relations with the Boca Raton Airport have improved.</p> <p>       Much of this week’s session will focus on speeding up other holdovers. Haynie said the city is ready to hire a consultant who will inventory all the property the city owns along the Intracoastal Waterway and recommend ways to increase public access. “We have so much,” Haynie said, “and we’re just not using any of it.” Councilman Mike Mullaugh said, “We want to open up the waterfront to all Boca residents.”</p> <p>       Current projects, however, won’t wait for that study. Momentum is building for a makeover of Lake Wyman Park four years after neighborhood opposition killed an earlier version. Design work could start in July on Phase 2 of Hillsboro/El Rio Park. Negotiations continue for a Hillstone restaurant on the former Wildflower property. Haynie would like to have that issue before the city council in early June. Otherwise, it would have to wait until fall, to ensure maximum public comment.</p> <p>       Newer council members want to target current goals, not just add new ones. Scott Singer wants “to focus more in completing what we started last year than re-ranking a list of projects.” One of Jeremy Rodgers’ goals is an “execution plan” for current items. “All goals,” he said, “should have milestones in place within the first quarter, with tentative dates through completion.”</p> <p>       In addition to waterfront land, the council wants to develop a plan for all the other city-owned land, notably the cluster of City Hall, the police station, the community center and surrounding athletic fields. City Hall is almost a half-century old, and the staff has outgrown it. Recent flooding showed the structural problems. Haynie points out that smaller cities have more elaborate community centers. Boca Raton needs to decide how to use that land for the next 50 years, what the effects will be—displaced fields?—and how to pay for the resulting plan.</p> <p>       Other items, in no particular order:</p> <p>       • Levels of service. Haynie said Ahnell worries about the number of adult congregate living facilities in Boca. ACLFs demand more emergency management services than other residential. With forecasts of rapid growth in off-campus housing for college students, the city must prepare for the effect on police services.</p> <p>       • Annexation. Haynie said the city will consider adding neighborhoods in what she calls the “northern tier”—Le Lac, Newport Bay and St. Andrews Country Club. With the city having annexed Royal Palm Polo, Haynie said, Boca could “square off” its northwest boundary.</p> <p>       • Transportation. This issue goes beyond downtown traffic and parking. Rodgers wonders how Boca “will develop” around the second Tri-Rail stop north of Boca Center. That development itself could be in for big changes that include new residential units marketed to those who use public transit.</p> <p>       • Economic development. Boca Raton must hope that Office Depot stays—at least in some form—but plan as if some or all of those 2,000 jobs will be gone in the next few years. Though the city is becoming a draw for tech start-ups, Rodgers—who works for IBM—said there’s still “too much Del Boca Vista, not enough birthplace of the personal computer and best place to start your business.”</p> <p>       This year’s goal-setting/strategic planning session will take place at the Municipal Services Complex on Northwest First Avenue. Public sessions are from 1 p.m. to 4:30 on Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 on Thursday and 8:30 until noon on Friday, with an afternoon session if the discussion spills over.</p> <h3>South Florida real estate market update</h3> <p>       It’s no surprise that the South Florida real estate market is better than the national real estate market, or that the Boca Raton-Delray Beach market is better than the South Florida market. Thanks to <em>The Washington Post</em>, however, we know just how much better.</p> <p>       The <em>Post </em>this week published an interactive article on how much home prices have changed since 2004, as the real estate bubble was swelling. In this area, prices peaked in late 2005, sank during the financial crisis of 2008, and have been rising since 2010. The premise of the <em>Post </em>piece —headlined “The Divided American Dream”—is that while some of the country’s 19,000 ZIP codes have more than recovered, others are flat or worse.</p> <p>       Nationwide, the typical single-family home was worth 14 percent more in 2015 than it was in 2004. Not surprisingly, the coastal sections of South Florida have performed best. In ZIP code 33432, which includes Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club and the section south of Glades Road and west of Dixie Highway, prices are up 21 percent, or about $110,000 on average.</p> <p>       In the next ZIP code to the west—33486, to Military Trail—prices are up 17 percent. In 33433, west to Lyons Road, the increase was 15 percent.</p> <p>       ZIP code 33431, which runs generally from A1A to St. Andrews Boulevard between Yamato and Glades roads, saw an increase of 15 percent. The increase was the same for ZIP code 33434, from St. Andrews to State Road 7. In 33487, Boca’s far northeast, prices rose 14 percent. The worst performer was 33496, was the far northwest. The increase there was just 7 percent.</p> <p>       Delray Beach’s four ZIP codes run the length of the city from east to west. The city’s numbers support those who believe that real estate is all about location.</p> <p>       In ZIP code 33483, from A1A to Federal Highway, prices rose a whopping 29 percent—or roughly $186,000 on average. In 33444, between Federal Highway and Interstate 95, the increase was 19 percent. In 33445, from I-95 to Military Trail, prices went up 10 percent. In 33484, between Military Trail and Lyons Road, prices were flat.</p> <p>       Not surprisingly, the town of Palm Beach has recovered nicely. Prices there are up 62 percent since 2004 —or roughly $740,000 on average. And think of the jump if Donald Trump becomes president.</p> <h3>Tax roll predictions</h3> <p>       Those higher prices are reflected in the preliminary tax rolls that Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits announced last week.</p> <p>       Nikolits estimates that Boca Raton’s property tax roll will rise from $19.6 billion to $20.6 billion and Delray Beach’s from $8 billion to $8.7 billion. Delray’s increase would be higher on a proportional basis—9 percent compared to 5.2 percent—but no municipality had a higher overall increase than Boca’s $1 billion. Palm Beach was next at $900 million. Boca Raton’s base is nearly twice the amount in West Palm Beach, the county’s largest city.</p> <p>       The appraiser’s office releases preliminary totals now, so that cities and the county can start work on their budgets. Final numbers come out July 1.</p> <h3>Insurance commissioner</h3> <p>       State Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, won’t be sending Gov. Rick Scott a Christmas card this year. Or maybe ever.</p> <p>       On Friday, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater wanted to make Hager the state’s insurance commissioner at a salary of $190,000. But in picking a commissioner, the governor and the CFO have to agree. Scott didn’t want Hager, just as Atwater didn’t want Scott’s favorite, Jeffrey Bragg, who had run the federal flood and terrorism insurance programs.</p> <p>       I never understood Atwater’s push for Hager, beyond the fact that they’re both from Palm Beach County. Despite Hager’s successful sponsorship this year of legislation that requires life insurers to make sure that all beneficiaries from a policy have been paid—we needed a law for that?—Hager has spent most of his life working for the insurance industry. During the Cabinet debates, Atwater stressed consumer needs more than Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.</p> <p>       Scott and Atwater settled on Deputy Insurance Commissioner David Altmeir. As for Hager’s future, he’s term-limited in 2018, when term limits also hit Palm Beach County Commissioner Steven Abrams. One can assume that Hager is considering a county commission run.</p> <h3>Sober house issue heating up again</h3> <p>       On Monday, Delray Beach hosted a meeting of federal and local officials to discuss sober houses. The office of U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, facilitated the nearly daylong event.</p> <p>       Delray and other cities are seeking a change in the 1999 federal statement that has made it nearly impossible for local governments to regulate sober houses. I will have more about this on Tuesday.</p> <p> </p>The Week Ahead: May 3 to 92016-05-03T09:02:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>TUESDAY (TODAY)</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/file.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Cypress Hill</strong></p> <p>Where: Revolution Live, 100 Nugent Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $27.50 advance, $29 day of show</p> <p>Contact: 954/449-1025, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It’s been 25 years since Cypress Hill released its debut album, and the four-piece hip-hop group is celebrating this quarter-century milestone with a tour that draws heavily from its exciting freshman and sophomore albums. The band’s storied and ongoing career (its 10th album will be released this year) includes its distinction as the first Latino-American hip-hop artists to reach platinum status in album sales. Cypress Hill also helped blur the lines between rap and rock, with guitars and drums often assisting the group’s bass-heavy rhythms and unusual samples, all of it connected by vocalist B-real’s high nasal pitch. As for the lyrics, they continue to make artists as disparate as Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson proud: Cannabis is a favorite and repeated subject of discussion. Special guests Jelly Roll will open the show. </p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/cinco-de-brickell-crowd-shot.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Cinco de Mayo Brickell</strong></p> <p>Where: Mary Brickell Village, 901 S. Miami Ave., Miami</p> <p>When: 2 to 11 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10 general admission, $29 for “fiesta party pack”</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Billing itself as Miami’s biggest Cinco de Mayo festival, this annual daylong celebration may be the closest experience South Floridians have to visiting Mexico without actually crossing the border … or at least visiting the Mexico of tourist brochures. Bring your favorite sombrero and slap on a moustache if you don’t already have one. There will be music at two DJ stages, live mariachi bands and Mexican dancers, authentic Mexican beer, tequila shots and premium margaritas. And when they say “premium,” they mean it: Deep-pocketed imbibers can partake in a $200 margarita called “The M,” which touts everything from Herradura Seleccion tequila to its Persian limes and ultra-pure bamboo salt. </p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/shortcuts6.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Short Cuts 6”</strong></p> <p>Where: Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25 individual, $15 group rate</p> <p>Contact: 561/347-3948, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When author and writing coach Joyce Sweeney launched an inaugural short-play collection “Short Cuts” at no cost to the public in 2010, she was “testing the waters” to see if there was an audience hungry for new work for local playwrights. When 150 attendees turned up at the show’s unorthodox theater space—The Loft, a Boca venue that hosts weddings and bar mitzvahs—she knew she was onto something. The following year, she incorporated as a theater company, The Playgroup LLC, and has since presented a new “Short Cuts” every year at various black box spaces. The sixth edition marks Sweeney’s first in its generously sized new home at the Willow Theatre. The outrageous and the absurd link several of this year’s selections of comedies and dramas. Among the eight plays: God and the Devil debate the relocation of a difficult soul in “Bob is Cast Out of Hell;” aliens named Sushi and Kale consider the merits of Earth in “Best Planets to Retire On;” and a suppertime rendezvous takes a turn for the strange in “Guess What’s Coming to Dinner.” It runs through May 15.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/realistic_joneses_24x36_copy_2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Realistic Joneses”</strong></p> <p>Where: Thinking Cap Theatre at the Vanguard, 1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35</p> <p>Contact: 813/220-1546, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The sort of effusive praise that <em>New York Times</em> theater critic Charles Isherwood lavished on the 2014 Broadway premiere of “The Realistic Joneses” doesn’t occur often—so expectations are high for the South Florida regional premiere of Will Eno’s award-nominated ensemble piece. The title refers to a pair of next-door neighbor couples, both bearing the last name “Jones” and both with their peculiar reasons for living in this particular community. The inability of educated, grown humans to communicate with each is central to this strange, darkly comic work, which often has the feel of connected “SNL” sketches, complete with blackout scene endings. Eno himself says that it reads like a “sitcom broadcast from a weirder, more melancholy world.” Margaret Ledford will direct Mark Duncan, Casey Dressler, Noah Levine and Gretchen Porro in Thinking Cap’s production, which runs through May 22.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/bill-burr.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Bill Burr</strong></p> <p>Where: Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40-$85</p> <p>Contact: 800/745-3000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Nothing is off limits for this decidedly un-P.C. Massachusetts comedian with nearly 25 years in the standup biz. All races, sexes, genders, creeds, faiths and body types are fair game for this incendiary comedic voice, who, like fellow provocateurs Louis CK, Bill Hicks and George Carlin, has a an ability to hold a grimy mirror up to society—especially the parts we don’t want to look at. As his career has graduated from brick-and-mic clubs to theaters and concert halls, so has his acting work, with roles ranging from “Breaking Bad” to “Maron” and “The Heat” to his credit. He also hosts one of the funniest podcasts on the Net. But for Burr at his rawest and most unhinged, his tours are where it’s at. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you.</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="284" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/joelmchale_facebook.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Joel McHale</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., Suite 250, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday</p> <p>Cost: $35 with a two-drink minimum</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-1812, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For 11 years, E! Network’s “The Soup” provided a half-hour of weekly sanity amid a television landscape populated by celebutants, simpering competition-show losers, raging housewives and brain cell-killing teenybopper programming. Which is why its finale, in December of last year, was a sad day for TV—an institution which now has one less opportunity to laugh at itself. But at least its snarky, sarcastic host is still roaming the countryside, if not the weekly airwaves. Joel McHale remains a subversive, pop-culture skewering voice who, when not touring his reference-heavy standup act, tends to appear in the most unexpected places: the “X-Files” reboot, for instance, where he played a poker-faced parody of conspiracy radio host Alex Jones, and “Deliver Us From Evil,” a big-budget supernatural thriller. This weekend’s four shows only at the Palm Beach Improv provide an unusually intimate opportunity to see him at a distance that’s as close as, well … your home television.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="251" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/impractical-jockers1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The Tenderloins</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $53.75-$250</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The four-piece comedy troupe known as the Tenderloins are adept at making strangers—and themselves—outrageously uncomfortable. It is, in fact, their day jobs, as the stars of the hit truTV series “Impractical Jokers.” The hidden camera comedy follows the Tenderloins—aka Joe, Murr, Q and Sal—as they perform public pranks that even they have no knowledge of prior to the beginning of the stunt. Which means spontaneity always trumps rehearsed action, and that improvisation, a major element of the comedians’ backgrounds, plays into the success or failure of each prank. In recent weeks, one Tenderloin embedded himself into a feminist panel only to disagree with everything the activists said; another volunteered for an invasive medical procedure during a health seminar. The guys are often the butts of their own jokes, and this self-effacement has helped elevate “Impractical Jokers” over most hidden-camera schadenfreude. At their live tour, the Tenderloins will present a multimedia showcase of live comedy and videos, much of it never seen before.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="226" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/17092_full.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Don Pasquale”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $21-$225</p> <p>Contact: 800/741-1010, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Following the fiery tragedy and historical drama of its previous two productions (“Norma” and “The Passenger”), Florida Grand Opera has decided to let us exhale and share a few laughs with its season closer. Gaetano Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale,” considered the apex of the 19th century <em>opera buffa</em> movement, is also one of the great Italian comic operas of all time. Charting the machinations of a miserly, reclusive bachelor with a penchant for cats; his scheming nephew; and the nephew’s lower-caste paramour; “Pasquale” has entered the standard repertoire, but you probably haven’t seen a version like this: Updated by Scottish Opera in 2014, this production is set in Rome at the cusp of the Swingin’ Sixties, and its lurid cartoon sets evoke Looney Tunes as much as “La Dolce Vita.” It runs through May 14.</p>SunFest Reviews: The Joy Formidable, Bastille2016-05-02T10:49:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><em>[Editor's note: The Week Ahead will run on Tuesday this week.]</em></p> <p>“It’s quite a lovely evening, but that’s common here, isn’t it?”</p> <p>This sentiment, expressed by the Joy Formidable’s Ritzy Bryan, reached a consensus on the JetBlue stage at SunFest this past Friday: Both her band, which hails from Wales, and Bastille, which is based in London, couldn’t contain their joy of playing a perfect rainless springtime gig in paradise, with palm trees fronting the stage and a nice breeze drifting from the Intracoastal.</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/tjf2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>We’re glad they escaped the European climes too, because both offered exhilarating performances for the eclectic West Palm Beach audience. The Joy Formidable, playing to a fairly small but passionate crowd, performed an exciting—if not always sound-balanced—eight-song set with material dating to its 2008 debut.</p> <p>Bryan is a beautiful and charismatic frontwoman with a distinctive voice, but seeing the Joy Formidable live serves to remind audiences of her proficiency with the ax: She channeled her inner Hendrix with the snaky “Last Thing On My Mind” before slaying us with the big, Sabbath-style riffs of “Maw Maw Song,” with its deft use of an onstage gong. The song ended, as so many great Joy Formidable performances do, with a sonic blitzkrieg and light show, with strobe effects functioning like lightning among the thunder of drummer Matthew Thomas’ percussion.</p> <p>The Suzanne Vega-esque “Liana” proved to be the closest song in the set to a ballad (it would have been a treat to hear “Silent Treatment,” but oh well), and it’s likewise a stronger, more urgent tune in a live setting than on record. The group sent us away with its raucous, traditional closer “Whirring,” during which Bryan butted her head into the chest of bassist Rhydian Dafydd and he pushed her forehead with his hand in return, like some sort of Inuit mating ritual. By the time the song collapsed into a sea of feedback, both Bryan and her mic stand had hit the floor. The set, though noticeably short, presented a band that clearly loves what it does, performing at the peak of its primacy.</p> <p><img alt="" height="190" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/bastille.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Bastille took the stage next, eliciting a sea of red glow sticks bobbing to the dance beat. The four-piece electropop sensations played almost everything from their debut “Bad Blood,” along with a smattering of B-sides, covers and new material—which generally moved with a darker, crunchier texture than the poppiest songs on “Bad Blood.” Daniel Smith proved to be a self-deprecating frontman, suggesting a potential bathroom break/beer run before playing the aching ballad “Oblivion.” But those who did leave the spots during the song missed quite a sight: the glow of hundreds of cell phone cameras—replacing the lighters from rock shows of yore—swaying to the slow beat like rhythmic fireflies.</p> <p>Smith energized the crowd by using all of the stage and then some—perching on an upraised plank, climbing into the audience, thwacking the massive drum kit at center stage. The group’s two remixed covers, of Corona’s dancehall classic “Rhythm of the Night,” and TLC’s “No Scrubs,” added a nice amount of variety to the set list. </p> <p><strong>The Joy Formidable set list</strong></p> <p>The Greatest Light is the Greatest Shade</p> <p>Little Blimp</p> <p>Passerby</p> <p>The Last Thing on My Mind</p> <p>Maw Maw Song</p> <p>Cradle</p> <p>Liana</p> <p>Whirring</p> <p><strong>Bastille set list</strong></p> <p>Flaws</p> <p>Laura Palmer</p> <p>Send Them off</p> <p>Things We Lost in the Fire</p> <p>These Streets</p> <p>Blame</p> <p>Oblivion</p> <p>The Currents</p> <p>Bad Blood</p> <p>Of the Night</p> <p>Laughter Lines</p> <p>Hangin’</p> <p>Icarus</p> <p>The Draw</p> <p>No Angels</p> <p>Snakes</p> <p>The Weight of Living, Part II</p> <p>Pompeii</p>Cinco de Mayo specials and more2016-05-02T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.2_roccos_tacos_molcajete.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>With Cinco de Mayo signaling the beginning of the summer heat, keep cool with <strong>Rocco’s Tacos’</strong> celebrations, known for their music, food and drink specials. This year, owner Rocco Mangel will be popping up at various festivities and is sure to dance on the bar as usual. Each location in SoFla (Boca Raton, Delray Beach, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Fort Lauderdale) will have its own show. Live music will be at Boca (Euphoria playing) and Fort Lauderdale (Suenalo). The fun starts at noon on May 5.</p> <p><strong>Salute Market</strong> <em>(5530 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens)</em> will have, starting at 4 p.m., $5 margaritas and $3 El Presidente beers, and the regular menu that includes the Molcajetes, with seafood or meat. Live music starts at 7 p.m. Food includes street tacos, ceviche and more.</p> <p><strong>Rosalita’s Tex-Mex Grill</strong> <em>(5949 Congress Ave., Atlantis, 561/964-5747)</em>, a fun, bright, large restaurant with a devoted following, will celebrate May 5 starting at 5 p.m., with live music from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The 24 Karat Margaritas are popular for a reason; enjoy specials, entertainment and complimentary valet parking. </p> <p><img alt="" height="644" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.2_table_26_chef_joe_ferro.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>“Dine for a Cause” Wine Series: Table 26</strong></p> <p>For the third year, Table 26 <em>(1700 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, 561/855-2660)</em> will host its “Dine for a Cause” series, a monthly, four-course wine dinner event benefiting a different non-profit each time. On May 9 at 6:30 p.m., Executive Chef Joe Ferro (pictured) and Sommelier Andre Trevieso will work with Ruinart Winery, and the event will benefit 211 Helpline. </p> <p>Other event dates and info:</p> <p>June 13-Nickel &amp; Nickel winery, benefiting Compass</p> <p>July 11-Caymus Vineyards, benefiting Loggerhead Marine Center</p> <p>Aug. 8-Banfi Vintners, benefiting Lighthouse Artcenter</p> <p>Sept. 12-Paul Hobbs Winery, benefiting Place of Hope</p> <p>Oct. 17-Trefethen Family Vineyards benefits Big Dog Ranch Rescue</p> <p>The cost for each of the dinners is $195 per person, and includes everything.</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Close Inspection2016-04-29T14:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>Decades before HD televisions penetrated every home in America, Chuck Close produced photographs staggering in their high-definition vividness, often with little more than a Polaroid camera and artistic gusto at his disposal. The NSU Art Museum’s “Chuck Close Photographs,” a comprehensive survey of the New York artist’s restless, career-long grapple with the medium and its offshoots, offers 86 images dating back more than 50 years. Absorbing yourself in the exhibition is like listening to a composer’s variations on a theme: Close’s being the human face, in all of its complexity and simplicity, distinction and sameness, wildness and predictability.</p> <p><img alt="" height="142" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/close1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Though Close shot many of his subjects in profile or at an angle, the quintessential Close portrait—or “head,” as he called them early on—is a face staring directly at the viewer in front of a blank background, an act of inherent confrontation. Close has spoken of photography’s ability to “fix a detail that the human eye could not record.” Indeed, his photographs invite an almost dermatological scrutiny of facial minutiae that, if studied so closely on a public street, would earn a slug to the nose or a four-letter request.</p> <p>Note, in his famous piece “Phil” (that would be Close’s friend Philip Glass, before he achieved notoriety as a composer) the subject’s creased forehead, his stubble, the bags under his eyes, the single askew hair in his eyebrow. In “Stanley,” the face’s outsized, almost aviator glasses dwarf his beady eyes, and in “Joe,” it’s hard to look at anything except for the man’s unruly cowlick. “Bob,” taken in the late 1970s, is a product of the subject’s time—buck-toothed, mop-topped and still sporting Buddy Holly glasses after they went out of fashion but before they came into fashion again.</p> <p>Close’s photos are, among other things, time capsules of the era in which they were shot, providing uncritical assessments of the period’s eyewear, hairstyles and dental care. Then there’s the expressions his figures project. Some offer half-smiles, skepticism or mild anxiety, but the best ones are emptied of mental baggage, representing one of those rare split seconds when they are between thoughts. This, too, goes a long way in defining the images as objective documents, stripped of their creator’s opinion.</p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/close2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The exhibit makes little distinction between the private and public figures who have sat for Close over his half-century career: All received the same treatment and hyper-particular sense of detail, down to every pore on their skin. That said, his image of a decidedly pre-presidential Hillary Clinton, circa 1999, is stirring in its confidence and magnetism; not even the marketing team for her current campaign has produced an image of the candidate that is this aesthetically pleasing. A portrait of Bill T. Jones (pictured above) likewise stresses his best attributes, his face and chest contoured, chiseled, as streamlined as his choreography.</p> <p>And then, just like that, the exhibit takes an adult turn, away from faces and toward the flowers and nudes that would, for a time, seduce the artist. Ironically the flora carries a more sexual charge. Even Georgia O’Keeffe would marvel at the reproductive subtext of his vivider-than-life diptych “Anthurium” (pictured below), with the flower’s phallic spadix protruding from the center of heart-shaped, sanguine petals. Full-figure nudes of men and women, divided into triptychs or more, slice the bodies into de-eroticized segments, but staring at them still makes spectators feel a bit like voyeurs.</p> <p><img alt="" height="510" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/close3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>These were departures for Close, bumps on an otherwise consistent road through the human face—each “head,” for Close, an opportunity for artistic exploration, reproduction and reinvention, on formats ranging from daguerreotypes and Woodburytpes to tapestry and painting. His achievements are all the more impressive when you realize he’s made most of them while enduring a series of challenges: attention-deficit disorder, face blindness and a spinal artery collapse that has left him paralyzed since 1988.</p> <p>The NSU exhibition mentions none of these ailments, focusing entirely on Close’s transcendent corpus. But they are worth noting. Speaking about photography, Close has said that while it’s the easiest medium to produce an accidental masterpiece, it’s the “hardest medium in which to have a distinctive personal vision.” If he had stopped in, say, 1975, he would have already achieved one; that he’s still innovating, despite his disadvantages, is nothing short of an inspiration.</p> <p><em>“Chuck Close Photographs” runs through Oct. 2 at NSU Art Museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Admission costs $5-$12. Call 954/525-5000 or visit</em></p>Fashion Forward: Mother&#39;s Day Gift Guide2016-04-29T13:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p>Not sure what to get mom for Mother’s Day? Let us help you. We’ve compiled a list of some suggestions that she’s sure to love.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_david_yurman.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>David Yurman, Town Center at Boca Raton</strong></p> <p>Is mom in need of some bling? You can't go wrong with this necklace or one of these rings.</p> <p><a href=";item=r12863d88dpedi&amp;source=plp" target="_blank">Solari Bypass Ring with South Sea White Pearl and Diamonds in 18K Yellow Gold</a>, $1,900</p> <p><a href=";item=r12818d88dpedi&amp;source=plp" target="_blank">Solari Bypass Ring with South Sea White Pearl in 18K Yellow Gold</a>, $975</p> <p><a href=";item=n12637d88adi&amp;source=plp" target="_blank">Belmont Double Link Necklace with Diamonds in 18K Yellow Gold</a>, $3,600</p> <p><img alt="" height="336" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_toms.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>TOMS Floral Stripes, <a href=""></a></strong></p> <p>These colorful and cute shoes scream springtime, and they're available in women's, youth and infant sizes, so she can match her little loved ones.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Women’s Classics</a>, $55 </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Youth Classics</a>, $38 </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Tiny TOMS Crib Alpargatas</a>, $32 </p> <p><em>With every pair of shoes you purchase, TOMS will give a new pair of shoes to a child in need.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="524" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_kate_spade.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><strong>Kate Spade, Lord &amp; Taylor, Mizner Park</strong></p> <p>You known she'll love this bright, floral arm candy.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Small Harmony Floral Leather Tote</a>, $248</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_athleta.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Athleta, Town Center at Boca Raton</strong></p> <p>Make mom fashionable while she exercises with the help of Athleta apparel. The brand recently launched its Athleta Girl line, with coordinating colors and styles, so mom and daughter can sweat in style together.</p> <p><a href=";pid=489051142" target="_blank">Criss Cross Sweatshirt</a>, Athleta, $69 </p> <p><a href=";vid=1&amp;pid=243420002" target="_blank">Chit Chat Shortie</a>, Athleta Girl, $24</p> <p><a href=";pid=212391002" target="_blank">Vivid Sonar Capri</a>, Athleta, $74 </p> <p><em><img alt="" height="655" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_ann_taylor.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><strong>Ann Taylor, Town Center at Boca Raton</strong></p> <p>This skirt is tropical, fun and flirty. It's perfect for mom to wear when you take her to brunch.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Pineapple Maxi Skirt</a>, $129</p> <p><img alt="" height="371" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_aveda_facial.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>BONUS</strong></p> <p>Bring mom to<strong> Aveda </strong>at The Gardens Mall for a complimentary, 20-minute Mother’s Day facial.</p>Staff Picks: soft shell crab and a snack box2016-04-29T12:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong>Trattoria Romana</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="332" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_trattoria_romana.jpg" width="490"> </strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Margaret Mary Shuff, Publisher</em></p> <p>“Right now, I urge you to not miss the delicious soft shell crabs at Trattoria Romana—one for an appetizer; two for dinner! One was more than enough for me because they’re giant-sized, deliciously seasoned and perfectly cooked. Go while they’re fresh and in season!”</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a> // 499 E. Palmetto Park Road // 561/393-6715)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Snack Box</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="282" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_snack_box.jpg" width="490"> </strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“Ever wondered what types of cookies they’re eating in Finland or what crackers they enjoy in Thailand? Try The World brings snack foods from all over the world right to your door in its convenient Snack Box. It’s the Birchbox of international snacks and the most delicious mail you’ll ever receive. You can choose every month or every other month delivery, and if you fall in love with a foreign snack or want to sample other flavors, simply order that specific snack from the online shop.”</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p>Mother&#39;s Day Dining: More Options2016-04-29T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>Haven’t made Mother’s Day reservations yet? Get on it! Here are some more suggestions:</p> <p><strong>Palm Beach County</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_pinon_grill_french_toast.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Pinon Grill </strong><em>(6000 Glades Road, 561/391-7770)</em>: From 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., a Mother’s Day brunch includes dishes such as the skillet scrambler, the crab Benedict, the Pinon thick-cut French toast (pictured) and more. Another feature is bottomless mimosas for $15.</p> <p><strong>Rafina Greek Taverna</strong> <em>(6877 SW 18<sup>th</sup> St., 561/409-3673)</em>: From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Mother’s Day, the restaurant will offer specials such as Chilean sea bass ($35), lamb chops ($32) and fresh Lavraki (Branzini) ($30).</p> <p><strong>Salute Market</strong> <em>(5530 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/425-5651)</em>: Three seating times, at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., will feature a Mother’s Day meal, with a live DJ and complimentary mimosa. The prix-fixe buffet brunch is $34 per person, $16 for children under 12, with $6 Bloody Marys and $5 Salty Dogs, Screwdrivers and Mimosas. </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_okeechobee_steakhouse.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Okeechobee Steakhouse </strong><em>(2854 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561/683-5151)</em>: Known for its free birthday-day steak dinners, this long-time West Palm Beach restaurant is adding a special Mother’s Day dish, the Surf &amp; Turf (pictured), for $49.99. It’s available the entire week of Mother’s Day (May 2-8) during regular dining hours.</p> <p><img alt="" height="320" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_avocado_grill_eggs_benedict.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Avocado Grill </strong><em>(125 Datura St., West Palm Beach; 561/623-0822)</em>: Special Mother’s Day brunch creations are on the menu here, including the petite filet steak and egg, eggplant Parmesan, the crab Benedict (pictured) and a Maine lobster salad. Dine during regular brunch hours. </p> <p><strong>Bogart’s Bar &amp; Grille </strong><em>(inside Cinemark Palace 20, 3200 Airport Road)</em><strong>:</strong> The first 75 moms through the door for lunch or dinner on Mother’s Day will receive gift bags with coupons or gifts from other local companies, such as Boomers, Palm Beach Confections, Elements Massage, Deborah James and more. Come during regular hours.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_hoffman's_chocolates.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Hoffman’s Chocolates </strong><em>(5250 Town Center Circle; 561/750-0021)</em>: Because they are so much fun, we had to include the chocolate high heels from Hoffman’s Chocolates. There are other shops in Greenacres, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, Plantation, Weston, Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale, too. The heels are $29.95 each, and they come in milk chocolate with nuts, dark chocolate with white chocolate drizzle and white chocolate with a milk chocolate flower. Don’t get us started on the purses or butterfly boxes available, but do buy one for Mom.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Broward County</strong></p> <p><strong>Beauty &amp; the Feast Bar/Kitchen </strong><em>(inside the Atlantic Hotel &amp; Spa, 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954/567-8070)</em><strong>:</strong> A Mother’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is $49.95 per person, $29.94 for children 10-14 and $19.95 for children under 10. It includes wild berry silver dollar pancakes, classic Benedict, French toast, gulf shrimp and more.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Miami-Dade County</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_caviar_russe_caviar_dish.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Caviar Russe </strong><em>(inside Four Seasons Tower, 1441 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305/902-6969)</em>: Newly opened this month, the Caviar Russe caviar brand (pictured) and importer now has a restaurant, bar and boutique in town. For Mother’s Day, from noon to 4 p.m., a prix-fixe menu is $95 per person and includes a mimosa or Bellini. The restaurant is intimate, with only 35 seats, and dishes include smoked salmon, lobster salad, steak and eggs, berries and cream and more. Reservations required. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p> <p><strong><br></strong></p>Get Hair That&#39;s Irresistibly Long2016-04-29T08:00:00+00:00LL Scene/blog/author/llscenegirls/<p class="normal">Lindsey here! Yes, I’m getting real with you guys today. After abandoning my lifelong dream of being a <em>blonde</em> in November 2014, I was immediately faced with thin, brittle, disgusting hair. My monthly highlight and single processing appointments finally got the best of me. It also probably doesn’t help that I quit the blonde life <em>cold turkey </em>and went from a <em>Marilyn</em> to a <em>Jackie</em> during one hair appointment—no one to blame but myself. Did I mention that I also decided to do this the month before two of my best friend’s weddings? <em>Sorry gals...</em></p> <p class="normal"><em><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_irresistible_me_1.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p class="normal">After countless months of biotin, <em>prenatal vitamins</em>, haircuts, hair serums, no crease hair ties, oil treatments and deep conditioning, <a href="" target="_blank">Irresistible Me</a> answered my prayers. Sure, my new hair care remedies were starting to work(ish), but I’m the kind of person that needs instant gratification. (<em>Nothing happens overnight, Lindsey!)</em> Well, it actually can. It was never the <em>length</em> of my hair that bothered me. It was the lack of hair that bothered me. I’ve had a long relationship with hair extensions...glue-ins, tape-ins and clip-ins from every company out there, so I was excited to see what Irresistible Me had to offer. As a PR guru, I was immediately impressed with the packaging and branding of Irresistible Me. <em>“Irresistible Who? Irresistible Me!”</em> ...genius.</p> <p class="normal">Based in the Fashion District of NYC, Irresistible Me prides itself on the ability to master and consult clients on the ideal color and length that matches their lifestyle, needs and personality. Let me just be frank—this is some high quality hair. The signature clip-ins are 100% human Remy hair that you can’t find anywhere else. I have never felt “clip-in” hair this soft and bouncy, which makes curling my hair so much fun!</p> <p class="normal">I get it. It can be a little scary to buy hair extensions online when you can’t compare the color in person. Did I mention they have a ton of lengths and about a million colors to choose from? They also have a 6-minute “color choosing” video tutorial with expert tips on how to choose the correct color for your hair—jet black, natural black, chocolate brown, medium brown, light brown, ash blonde, golden blonde, honey Blonde, platinum blonde, white blonde, ginger, light red and rosewood. The woman in the video walks you through every single color while spotlighting the quality and versatility of each piece of hair.</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="340" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_irresistible_me_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">Want full red carpet curls or sleek mermaid hair? You have a million sizes to choose from: 14”, 16”, 18”, 20”, 22”, 24”. There's a size for any look you’re trying to pull of.</p> <p class="normal">If you’re toying around with the thought of buying hair extensions, pull the trigger and never look back. Like I said, I’ve been around the block with hair extensions, and this is the best quality hair I have ever seen. Yes, you can quote me on that. The clip-ins are comfortably light, so you don’t have to worry about your track showing (eek!) or having it lay too heavy against your scalp. Whether you’re looking for length or a little volume, Irresistible Me will answer your hair dreams.</p> <p class="normal"><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>About Lindsey &amp; Lilly</strong></p> <p class="normal">Lindsey Swing &amp; Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of <a href="">LLScene</a>, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to "20-30 somethings" looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they're fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey &amp; Lilly will continue to enjoy being "dog moms" to Bentley &amp; Duke. </p>Review: Alfiére’s Mediterranean Bistro 2016-04-28T10:00:00+00:00Shaina Wizov/blog/author/Shaina/<div>Hotel restaurants sometimes have quite the stigma, but that game has changed in recent years as more and more hotels are realizing that their guests’ experiences should extend past the comfortable rooms, complimentary continental breakfast and state of the art fitness centers—it should 100% include dining in-house, a mere elevator ride away from their cozy beds.</div> <div> </div> <div>I recently had the opportunity to stay at The Westin Fort Lauderdale—only 10 minutes from downtown restaurants, shopping and entertainment—and try the hotel’s restaurant, Alfiére’s Mediterranean Bistro. Alfiére’s recently went through a menu renovation and now features a SuperFoods menu with dishes made from healthy ingredients rich in nutrients and antioxidants—not to mention they taste really freaking good! While I enjoyed everything, there were two stand-out dishes that definitely deserve your attention.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Coastal Crab Cakes:</strong> A pan seared jumbo lump crab cake with lemon garlic aioli and a radish salad. I’m from up north, where crab cakes are plentiful and always delicious. I’m pretty picky when it comes to the crab-to-filler ratio. Basically, get rid of the filler! You don’t need it, and it makes such a difference in the taste and texture. This crab cake fit the bill, and was especially delicious thanks to the accompanying lemon garlic aioli. It was a perfect flavor pairing!</div> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.28_alfieres_mediterranean_bistro.jpeg" width="490"></p> <div><strong>Sesame Soy Glazed Ahi Tuna Salad:</strong> sesame soy glazed Ahi tuna with young spinach, edamame, tear drop tomatoes and diced sweet potatoes, all tossed in a pomegranate ginger dressing. It was one of the most interesting and delicious salads I’ve ever tasted, and it was a perfect marriage of ingredients—the flavors, the textures and even the colors. It was absolutely beautiful, and it tasted just as amazing as it looked. I could eat a salad like this every day and not be bored.</div> <p>Read the <a href="" target="_blank">full review</a> on Take A Bite Out of Boca. </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Shaina was born and raised in South Jersey; she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in journalism and media studies. After moving to Boca, Shaina created her own food blog, which has only enhanced her passion for cooking, baking, sipping and savoring her way around South Florida. Shaina is involved in many of the region’s food and wine festivals and events. Follow Shaina’s foodie adventures every other Thursday at—and on her own blog, <a href="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</p>The FAU Tracy case, CRA talks, the insurance commissioner impasse and other items of note in Delray and Boca 2016-04-28T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="240" src="/site_media/uploads/wptv-james-tracy_1450353443161_28545386_ver1.0_320_240.jpg" width="320"></h3> <h3>The Tracy case     </h3> <p>Not surprisingly, James Tracy’s lawsuit against Florida Atlantic University is a conspiracy theory.</p> <p>       Tracy is the self-proclaimed conspiracy theorist who on his personal blog—Memory Hole—questioned whether the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing happened. In January, FAU fired Tracy, not for his preposterous ideas but for allegedly failing to submit his Report of Outside Employment or Professional Activity Forms. The letter from Vice Provost Diane Alperin claimed that FAU needs the forms to “address potential, actual or perceived conflicts of commitment or interest.” Obviously, the forms would cover Tracy’s work on the blog.</p> <p>       Before we get to the lawsuit itself, there’s the question of venue. Attorney Louis F. Leo IV of Coconut Creek filed the action in federal court, although FAU is a state institution. Leo argues that because federal sources provide more revenue for FAU than state government, a federal court should hear the case that FAU violated Tracy’s constitutional rights.</p> <p>       That argument is a stretch. Federal court can be a tempting venue because judges have law clerks, and cases can undergo a more thorough review. Attorneys also get their fees awarded if they win. But I would expect FAU to seek to have the case moved to state court if FAU can’t get it dismissed.</p> <p>       Tracy argues that faculty union representatives conspired with FAU administrators to deprive him of his right to free speech. In so doing, they “trampled on their own long-standing principles of academic freedom.” FAU hired Tracy in 2002. He received tenure in 2008. Once professors receive tenure, it is very difficult to fire them, even for cause.</p> <p>       As I read the lawsuit, Tracy contends that academic freedom at FAU protects him even when he’s writing a blog that isn’t affiliated with FAU. The lawsuit claims that Memory Hole features Tracy’s “independent research and analysis on (sic) current events,” with the sources of that research unspecified. The university contends that Tracy couldn’t separate his private postings from his day job. The Memory Hole disclaimer first mentioned that the site was not affiliated with FAU. At FAU’s request, Tracy changed the disclaimer to say that the website was not linked to any “institution or entity.”</p> <p>       This controversy began with Tracy’s “theory” of the December 2012 Sandy Hook School shooting. After questioning the Boston Marathon bombing four months later, Tracy went on to “theorize” that the government also staged the September 2013 Washington Navy Yard shooting and the December 2015 San Bernardino massacre. Tracy’s alleged harassment of the parents of a Sandy Hook victim got into the pages of the <em>South Florida Sun-Sentinel</em>, and away things went.</p> <p>       Based on the lawsuit, Tracy isn’t backing down. It refers to “an alleged mass casualty in Newtown.” Tracy hasn’t bothered to file the grievance to which he is entitled. One can see why he chose Leo after reportedly firing his first lawyer. Leo’s profile on the Medgebow Law website notes that he founded People Over Politics. The content on the group’s website is way farther to the left than Bernie Sanders and includes an article touting the discredited link between vaccines and autism.</p> <p>       If FAU President John Kelly claimed on a personal blog that the 1969 moon landing didn’t happen, the trustees would have to fire him. Academic freedom is no more absolute than the First Amendment. Tracy casts himself as the victim. The families of those who died in the tragedies Tracy disputes would argue otherwise.</p> <h3>CRA workshop</h3> <p>       The April 12 workshop may have been the turning point in the relationship between the Delray Beach City Commission and the Community Redevelopment Agency.</p> <p>       For nearly two years, that relationship has been under review, at least from the commission’s standpoint. For all the redevelopment success downtown, added tax revenue from that success has stayed within the CRA, creating a backlog of needs outside the CRA’s large boundary. The CRA decided how to spend that money. Since the CRA doesn’t expire until 2045, no relief seemed in sight. Disputes over the iPic project and the look of Old School Square exacerbated the commission’s frustration.</p> <p>       But Mayor Cary Glickstein called the April 12 meeting “productive.” In an email, he said, “We are now aligned to design, quantify and complete fundamental aspects of our lower-income neighborhood plans as a priority. Hopefully, in the near future folks will not be asking their mayor, ‘Why are all the alleys east of Swinton (Avenue) paved but not west of Swinton?’ “</p> <p>       Commissioner Jordana Jarjura agreed, saying that City Manager Don Cooper and CRA Director Jeff Costello are working to “identify what the CRA can handle in terms of capital improvements and maintenance and other items within the CRA’s boundaries so the commission can concentrate on the rest of the city’s infrastructure needs.”</p> <p>       For all the hum on East Atlantic, many parts of Delray Beach have unmet, basic needs. Cooper and the commission want to address those needs through the Capital Improvement Program, which requires money. The city-CRA effort will seek to use both agencies’ revenue as widely as possible—what Glickstein calls “fungibility.” Previously, he said, “It was the CRA tail wagging the dog.”</p> <p>       Cooper called the meeting “positive. . .a first step in addressing the Osceola Park, Northwest/Southwest neighborhoods public improvements in a complete project.” His main takeaway? “This approach will make city funds available for uses in other areas of the city,” not just downtown.” Which has been the goal.</p> <h3>Boca’s 5<sup>th</sup> Avenue intersection</h3> <p>       The Boca Raton City Council had hoped this week to discuss recommendations for improvements to the intersection of East Palmetto Park Road and 5<sup>th</sup> Avenue. The city’s spokeswoman said the new target date is June 13, when the council meets as the Community Redevelopment Agency. The intersection is on the eastern edge of the CRA boundary.</p> <p>       Boca’s traffic consultant, Calvin Giordano, has held two meetings with the public. The company will present options to the council. In an interview, Mayor Susan Haynie said the options likely would include bringing back turn lanes, split phasing of the traffic signals and adding a lane on Palmetto Park west of Fourth Avenue.</p> <p>       Unfortunately, Haynie said, the city can’t add a normal, long westbound right-turn lane onto Fifth Avenue. The configuration of the bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway doesn’t provide enough room. Haynie said the city could create a “modified” turn lane, but it would be very short and offer minimal help.</p> <p>       Palmetto Promenade, the nearly 850,000-square-foot mixed-use project, is rising on three blocks just west of the intersection. The council wants to put a restaurant on the former Wildflower property. It’s on the northeast corner of the intersection. The council will want to hear recommendations on which the city can act quickly.</p> <h3>Ethic complaint invoice</h3> <p>       According to a city spokeswoman, Boca Raton paid Tallahassee lawyer Mark Herron $10,000 for his work on the ethics complaints against Councilman Robert Weinroth and Deputy City Manager George Brown. The complaints stemmed from their appointment last year to the Boca Raton Airport Authority Board. Each case cost $5,000.</p> <p>       BocaWatch Publisher Al Zucaro filed the complaints. He had argued that Weinroth and Brown should have paid for their own defense. Surely Zucaro would have felt differently if an iffy complaint to the Florida Commission on Ethics had been filed against him when he served on the West Palm Beach City Commission.</p> <p>       Though he suffered a high-profile loss, having made a big deal publicly about filing the complaints, Zucaro is lucky in another way. There have been calls to make the complainant pay the official’s attorney fees when the ethics commission finds no probable cause, as happened with Weinroth and Brown. Zucaro could have lost and been out $10,000. Instead, the public will pay.</p> <h3>Sales tax wish list for Delray</h3> <p>As of last week, Delray Beach’s list of projects for revenue from the proposed county sales tax increase is $600,000 lighter.</p> <p>       City commissioners approved the purchase of a mobile command vehicle for the police department. Chief Jeffrey Goldman told the commission that the vehicle would allow the department to respond more effectively to “large-scale incidents” and natural disasters and would be used during “tactical operations.” Goldman said Boca Raton and Boynton Beach have them.</p> <p>       Delray Beach had listed roughly $30 million in projects. Under the plan to raise the tax from six cents to seven cents for 10 years to pay for infrastructure improvements, the city would get roughly $3 million a year. City Manager Don Cooper said Delray has not updated the list, and the county has not asked for a new version. Boca Raton has not compiled a list because the city has no backlog of capital projects.</p> <p>       County commission votes on whether to put the proposal to voters in November – and in what form – are scheduled for May 3 and May 17.</p> <p>The insurance commissioner stalemate</p> <p>       After Tuesday, it appears less likely that state Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, will leave office early to become Florida’s insurance commissioner.</p> <p>       For the second time, Gov. Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater disagreed on who will succeed Kevin McCarty and become the state’s most important appointed official. Scott and Atwater must agree and get a third vote from Attorney General Pam Bondi or Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.</p> <p>       At last month’s meeting of the governor and the Florida Cabinet, Scott wanted Jeffrey Bragg, who has run the federal flood and terrorism insurance programs. Atwater wanted Hager. At Tuesday’s meeting, Scott against proposed hiring Bragg, but none of the other three second the motion.</p> <p>       The four may meet by phone on Friday to continue the discussion. Hager will get the job only if Scott comes around to Atwater’s thinking. I’m hearing that the expectation is for a compromise candidate.</p> <h3>Five-acre score</h3> <p>       Last week, I should have noted that Delray Beach has finalized its acquisition of nearly five acres on Lake Ida. I had written previously how Delray swooped in a year ago when Boynton Beach fumbled the deal to buy the surplus land from the county.</p> <p>         The property is just north of Lake Ida Park, which the county owns. The hope is to turn the site into a greenway. There are difficulties in doing so, but having this nice slice of property in the public’s hands instead of seeing more homes go on it is heartening. Credit Taylor Levy and the others who donated money to make the purchase happen. Paired with the city's fast reaction, it made for a true public-private partnership.</p> <p> </p>The Week Ahead: April 27 to May 22016-04-27T10:47:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>WEDNESDAY (TODAY)</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.216594.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Bridges of Madison County”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $32–$72</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><em>The Bridges of Madison County</em>, James Waller’s 1992 novel, has not aged well. Though it sold more than 50 million copies worldwide, it’s been torpedoed by critics, who decry its sentimental pabulum and bored-housewife erotic fantasies. Ben Brantley, of the <em>New York Times</em>, recently dismissed it as “50 Shades of Vanilla.” But Waller’s tale of a repressed Italian wife in 1960s Iowa who engages in an affair with a hunky <em>National Geographic</em> photographer on assignment has enjoyed an artistically vibrant afterlife, first as a more-nuanced Clint Eastwood film and then as a 2014 Broadway musical that’s now on tour. Romantic longing in a small Midwestern town—without 76 trombones, anyway—doesn’t exactly scream for stage lights and playbills. But composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown transformed the intimate romance into a splashy big-ticket production on the strength of his score—an eclectic goulash of styles ranging from folk and country to pop and opera—and a plum, demanding role for any leading lady. The show, which went on to win two of its four Tony nominations, concludes the Kravis Center’s 2015-2016 Kravis on Broadway series. It runs through Sunday. </p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="201" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/sail-away_web.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening reception of “Lit”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cornell Museum at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7 to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5 suggested donation</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>First there was “Bling,” then there was “Wild,” now there is “Lit.” I’m sensing a pattern with the Cornell Museum’s recent exhibitions: collective shows that encompass their themes in the single word of their titles. Such is the case as well with “Lit,” a literally illuminating exhibition in which 16 internationally recognized contemporary artists employ light to convey their messages. Examples range from the fiber-based installations of Miamian Alex Trimino to the found-object sculptures of Sam Tufnell, the neon light art of Olivia Steele and the dynamic art of Meryl Pataky, whose work evokes the periodic table. Additional artists include Tony Abbott, Carol Prusa, Frank Hyder and Claudia Meyer. The show runs through Aug. 28.</p> <p><img alt="" height="83" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/pb_sot.png" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: “Science on Tap”</strong></p> <p>Where: The Brass Tap, 950 Congress Ave., Boynton Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-1988, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The South Florida Science Center’s “Science on Tap” series has long combined two of our favorite things: scientific insights and brews. In the monthly series set in local bars, an expert in a specific field will speak (in layman’s terms) to an audience of science enthusiasts as they imbibe and immerse in the topic du jour. This week, the topic couldn’t be more appropriate for the setting: Matt Stetson, head cidermaker at West Palm Beach’s Accomplice Brewery and Ciderworks, will speak about “Fermenting Science: The Chemistry Behind Alcohol,” so that we all can <em>really</em> know what we’re drinking.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/frank-caliendo-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Frank Caliendo</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $37.50-$47.50</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>What do Charles Barkley, Barack Obama, Robin Williams and George W. Bush have in common? They all fall under the bottomless purview of master impressionist and our generation’s Man of a Thousand Voices, Frank Caliendo. Celebrity impersonations encompass a busy niche of a standup comedy, but nobody does them better than Caliendo, who not only matches the celeb’s voice but captures his mannerisms, posture and facial expressions—and provides them with an original comic conceit to boot. He’s even known to do the entire cast of “Seinfeld.” But for this tour, in spirit of our demented election season, expect to see copious examples of Caliendo’s latest public target: Donald J. Trump. Stick around for a post-show Q&amp;A.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/20142606-mmmain.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “Green Room”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cinemark Palace 20, 3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton, and other theaters</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: Varies per theater</p> <p>Contact: 561/395-4695</p> <p>This furious, palm-sweating horror film is a throwback in more ways that one. It echoes the early ‘80s in its anarchic grindhouse aesthetic and the culture it depicts: the nascent hardcore punk scene, where bands played in front of dwindling audiences in stifling dives in the middle of nowhere to pay for gas money and not much else. “Green Room” is about one such band, the Ain’t Rights, who, on a tip from a fellow-punk in the Pacific Northwest, accept a matinee gig at a shady venue outside Portland that turns out to be a Neo-Nazi skinhead bar run by—improbably but convincingly—Patrick Stewart. When the band happens to notice a corpse in the green room on their way out the door, the film becomes a brutal standoff, with the left-wing punks fearing for their lives and the fascist owners trying to protect their operation at all costs. “Green Room” is old-fashioned in the sense that its heroes and villains line up in crisp black and white, but shades of grey aren’t necessary when the stakes are this high, the action this full-throttle, the film’s inside-punk sense of humor this remarkably consistent, even when times get really, really bloody. Needless to say it’s not for everyone, but it’s a helluva genre pic.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/mi0003967845.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Chris Isaak</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45-$75</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The last we heard of Chris Isaak, he was touring a holiday show, and prior to that, supporting his 2011 tribute to the Sun Records artists, like Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, who inspired him. It’s been a good six years since he released an album of original music, but the wait ended late last year with “First Comes the Night,” a twangy, classically inflected return to form for this foremost, country-crooning chronicler of love, lust, heartbreak, and doing bad, bad things. He’s in full-on Orbison mode through much of the record, which has earned critical acclaim and wide appeal from his fan base. The triple threat actor/singer/television host will likely provide plenty of funny anecdotes in between “First Night” songs, vintage hits and rollicking covers.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="193" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/smashingpumpkins_header.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Smashing Pumpkins and Liz Phair</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $49.50-$79.50</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Word is Billy Corgan, the Pumpkins’ notoriously crotchety frontman, has been in good spirits on his band’s intimate new “In Plainsong” tour, which sees a tight version of his durable group performing acoustic-driven versions of hits and obscurities dating back three decades. Expect to hear solidly stripped-down renditions of deep cuts from “Siamese Dream,” selections from the Pumpkins’ more-esoteric post-2000 oeuvre, Zwan and Billy Corgan solo material, and even a smattering of well-curated covers from David Bowie to Natalie Imbruglia. And I can’t urge this enough: Show up early for the opening act. This is indie rock legend Liz Phair’s first U.S. tour in six years, and it could always be her last South Florida show. Her set list is appreciably vintage, with material taken largely from her first three masterpieces released in the ‘90s. </p> <p>MONDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/morton.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Jeffrey Morton lecture</strong></p> <p>Where: FAU’s University Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25</p> <p>Contact: Tickets available at student union box office</p> <p>As an esteemed professor of political science at FAU and a fellow at the Foreign Policy Association, Dr. Jeffrey Morton knows his geopolitics better than just about anyone in our area. He has published 20 books, articles or research papers on topics ranging from laser weapons to depleted uranium to the Arab Spring, ensuring that he is a sober voice on world affairs and military might in an election season that has been anything but sobering. So there’s no better time to cut through the rhetoric and appreciate the analysis of an expert, which is why Morton has been lecturing since March on various topics of international interest. Two lectures remain—on May 2 and 9—with Monday’s talk addressing Belgium as Europe’s potential “New Epicenter of Terrorism” and the May 9 address focusing on the Philippines.</p>Charlie’s Story Telling Tent Opens at the Boca Raton Children’s Museum2016-04-27T09:00:00+00:00Michelle Olson-Rogers/blog/author/michellerogers/<p>Remember that scene from the movie “The Holiday,” where Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and his two little girls go lie down in the kids’ special fairy tent? Sigh… Now Boca has its own version of that magical, ethereal space at the <a href="" target="_blank">Boca Raton Children’s Museum</a> called Charlie’s Story Telling Tent, which opened to museum visitors on April 16.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.27_charlies_story_telling_tent_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The “Once Upon a Time” tent was just a hope, prayer and a local <em>Imagineer’s</em> sketch last July when plans for the special exhibit were revealed at a summer fundraiser for the Boca Raton Children’s Museum. Now it’s a reality.</p> <p>Florence Fuller Child Development Center supporter and former board president Peggy Henry stepped forward to name the storyteller tent for her daughter Charlie, in honor of her high school graduation. Once Henry was on board, other sponsors stepped up to help fund the creation of the tent.</p> <p><img alt="" height="872" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.27_charlies_story_telling_tent_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>A canopy of shimmering gold covers a cozy, carpeted space complete with pillows and other sensory items. A sparkling chandelier along with gossamer butterflies hanging inside the tent is the centerpiece of the project, completing the fairytale feel of the space.</p> <p>Daily storytelling is featured inside Charlie’s Story Telling Tent at the Boca Raton Children’s Museum. Children are also encouraged to read to each other inside the special space. Find out more <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. <strong></strong></p> <p><strong>•••••••• </strong></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em><strong>, </strong></em><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options—as well as a weekly MOMpreneur spotlight! A MOMpreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em><em></em></p>5K to Honor Fallen Firefighter2016-04-27T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>In 2012, Delray Beach firefighter Eric Patrie lost his battle to brain cancer. He was only 37, and he was a 13-year Delray Beach Fire Rescue veteran.</p> <p>In his honor and to raise money to help Patrie’s family and other firefighters and their families who are battling cancer, the Delray Beach Firefighters’ and Paramedics’ Benevolent Fund is holding the 4th Annual Firefighter Eric Patrie 5K on May 14. The 3.1-mile race starts at 7 a.m. at 340 S. Ocean Ave. in Delray Beach.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.27_firefighter_5k.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>The cost to run or walk the 5K is $30 for adults and $20 for kids 13 years and younger. Proceeds go to Delray Beach Firefighters’ and Paramedics’ Benevolent Fund.</p> <p>There’s lots on tap at this event. Children can participate in a free quarter-mile kids’ run (starting around 8:15 a.m.), face painting and checking out firetrucks. Families can enjoy a pancake breakfast and more.</p> <p>Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to sign up,  or visit the run’s <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>. For more information, contact the race director at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p><strong><em>About Lisette</em></strong></p> <p><em>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Review: Kaori by Walter Martino2016-04-26T12:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p>If ever there were Seven Wonders of the Culinary World, the seven courses of the Journey of the Senses Explorer tasting menu at <a href="" target="_blank">Kaori by Walter Martino</a><em> (1250 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 786/805-6006)</em> would comprise the whole list. Each course was more extravagant than the next—featuring Italian and Japanese elements in the most innovative combinations, all presented like works of art.</p> <p><img alt="" height="307" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.26_kaori_3.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Kaori offers a 360-degree cinematography dining experience—complete with scenes of butterflies fluttering from one wall to the next, amongst other visually stimulating animations.</p> <p>But seriously, back to the food. The masterful concoctions owe their origins to Chef Walter Martino, who was formerly a private chef in Ibiza. He earned the title “Million Dollar Chef” after the Prince of Dubai purchased his plate for one million Euros. Now, he’s set up shop in Brickell to transform your average meal into an unforgettably indulgent evening.</p> <p><img alt="" height="417" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.26_kaori_1.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>The tasting menu started off with sea bass and mango ceviche accompanied by Stracciatella (a creamy Italian cheese). Next came the vegetable tempura, served inside a golden embellished life-sized purse—yes, you read that correctly.</p> <p><img alt="" height="514" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.26_kaori_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>And just when my eyes and my stomach were whisked away into a state of euphoria, then came the sushi tree blooming with elegance and deliciousness. Kaori’s take on sushi rolls swaps rice for lettuce wrapped around either raw tuna or salmon with cucumber and avocado, or two types of Italian meats with Stracciatella and a balsamic drizzle. </p> <p>Course four offered true Asian and Italian fusion in the form of sushiotto—a collection of seafood and risotto pairings. From shrimp on a bed of saffron risotto to salmon atop Gorgonzola risotto to tuna on black squid risotto, my taste buds were frenzied. And so, entered the palate cleansing lemon Sorbetto with edible gold flakes. It was the epitome of refreshing—and just what I needed before I attempted to tackle courses six and seven.</p> <p>All of the dishes up until this point had been flavor-packed yet oxymoronically light—until it was pasta time. Served side by side was a trio of raviolis: pear and Gorgonzola with pistachio sauce, lobster stuffed black squid pasta doused in Stracciatella sauce and Osso Buco stuffed traditional pasta with a red sauce. </p> <p>After the savory overload, it was time for dessert—another trio, of course. Dispersed between a coffee and a vanilla beignet was a slice of chocolate mousse cake that was creamy and rich and the perfect final bite.</p> <p>The seven-course paradise took my mouth and my mind through a whirlwind of sensations, all washed down with a cucumber and sage cocktail. Needless to say, I’ll be back soon.</p> <p><em>Kaori by Walter Martino is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 6 p.m. until midnight.</em></p>Mother&#39;s Day Dining: Broward and Miami2016-04-26T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><strong>BROWARD COUNTY</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.26_brimstone_woodfire_grill_frittata_espanola.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Brimstone Woodfire Grill </strong><em>(14575 SW 5th St., Pembroke Pines, 954/430-2333)</em>: Starting at 11:30 a.m., a brunch includes dishes such as the frittata Espanola (pictured), thick-cut French toast, Brimstone’s Best Pancakes, bottomless mimosas and more.</p> <p><strong>Grille 401</strong> <em>(401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954/767-0222)</em>: A Mother’s Day brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. features crab cake Benedict, steak Benedict, granola-encrusted thick-cut French toast, steak and eggs and more. Oh, and paired with bottomless mimosas.</p> <p><strong>Indigo</strong> <em>(620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954/467-0671)</em>: One of two restaurants inside the well-known Riverside Hotel (the other is <strong>Wild Sea Oyster Bar &amp; Grille,</strong> also offering a Mother’s Day brunch), Indigo will have a large brunch, including malted Belgian waffles (oh boy!), eggs Benedict, Maine lobster salad, salmon, barbecue ribs and more. Both venues will serve from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Brio</strong> <em>(various locations from Palm Beach County to Broward to Miami)</em>: Brio has added some dishes for a special Mother’s Day meal. Included are frittata al forno, berries &amp; cream French toast, surf &amp; turf, Gorgonzola lamb chops and more. All locations will be open on Mother’s Day from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for these dishes, as well as the regular menu. Reservations recommended.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>MIAMI-DADE COUNTY</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.26_cypress_tavern_hangar.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Cypress Tavern</strong><em> (</em><em>3620 NE 2<sup>nd</sup> Ave., Miami, 305/520-5197)</em>: Headed by James Beard Award-winning chef/restaurateur Michael Schwartz, this Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch kicks off the restaurant’s weekly Jazz Brunch (normally on Saturdays, starting May 14), with The Marcus Grant Jazz Trio. The prix-fixe three-course brunch includes dishes such as the grilled hangar steak with fried egg (pictured), lobster avocado toast, French toast and more. The cost is $49 per person (half off for children under 12), and hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. </p> <p><strong>Fontainebleau restaurants, Scarpetta and Vida</strong><em> (4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 877/326-7412)</em>: For brunch in a luxurious and historic setting, try either the Scarpetta Italian-inspired buffet brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ($75 per person, $37.50 for children under 12), which includes Italian meats and cheeses, a frittata station, carving station, seafood over ice, pasta station and dessert selection. Vida, an American brasserie, offers brunch from noon to 3 p.m., $68 per person, $34 for children under 12 (free for under 4), and includes an omelet station, tapas, raw bar and carving station, wood-stone oven pizzas, charcuterie and desserts.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.26_traymore_chef_loaisiga.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>The Traymore Restaurant and Bar</strong> <em>(2445 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/695-3600)</em>: An unlimited breakfast bar from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. is included for a Mother’s Day brunch here inside the Art-Deco Metropolitan by COMO hotel. Chef de Cuisine Juan Loaisiga (pictured) is lining up house-made patisserie, yogurts, Florida fruits, quiches, shrimp, cheeses and salads, Maine lobster toast, braised short rib and more. Cocktails include the Met Breakfast Martini, the English Garden and the Traymore Mimosa. The cost is $55 per person, which includes the buffet and one entrée from the three-course brunch menu.</p> <p><strong>Tuck Room</strong> <em>(3701 NE 163<sup>rd</sup> St., North Miami Beach, 786/563-7061)</em>: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., light bites are available, and an Ultimate Mimosa Bar will be featured.</p> <p><strong>The Dutch</strong> <em>(2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305/938-3111)</em>: A complimentary glass of champagne will be given to all mothers on Mother’s Day. </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.26_mandarin_oriental_miami.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Mandarin Oriental Miami</strong> <em>(500 Brickell Key, Miami, 305/913-8358)</em>: La Mar, in the Mandarin Oriental Miami resort (pictured), is offering a Peruvian brunch for Mother’s Day that includes unlimited champagne and cocktails, along with egg-topped lomo saltado, Peruvian-style sushi rolls, an Anticucho Grill with grilled skewers, empanadas, sliders, whole fish and more. Open from noon to 3:30 p.m., the prix-fixe brunch costs $85 per person, $35 for children 6 to 12.</p> <p><strong>BLT Prime</strong><em> (4400 NW 87<sup>th</sup> Ave., Miami, 305/591-6606)</em>: During regular hours, a prix-fixe three-course dinner menu on Mother’s Day is $65 per person, and includes dishes such as tempura soft shell crab, Wagyu NY Strip or grilled prawns, chocolate crème brulee and more. </p> <p><strong>Apeiro Kitchen &amp; Bar</strong><em> (3252 NE 1<sup>st</sup> Ave., Miami, 786/800-5389)</em>: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., this location and the one in Delray Beach (14917 Lyons Road) will offer a Mother’s Day brunch. Each location has different dishes, with Miami offering stracciatella, bouillabaisse and rib eye, among others; Delray offers mezze rigatoni, swordfish and rib eye, among others. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Update on Delray heroin-sober house issue, Staples-Office-Depot merger and Boca high schools rock2016-04-26T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="295" src="/site_media/uploads/9627554841_995ba7a7f3_o.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Delray’s heroin problem</h3> <p>Numbers don’t always tell everything. With what Police Chief Jeffrey Goldman calls Delray Beach’s heroin “epidemic,” however, numbers tell a lot.</p> <p>       In an interview Monday, Goldman said Delray Beach experienced 195 drug overdoses all of last year. During the first three months of this year, he said, there were 163. Fifteen people have died from drug overdoses in 2016—11 of them from heroin.</p> <p>       Given those numbers, Goldman “challenged” the narcotics unit to craft a response. The resulting Operation Street Sweeper has made 28 arrests as of Monday for heroin dealing. “There are still more out there,” Goldman said. Between January 2015 and March 2016, the city has made 109 heroin arrests.</p> <p>       No issue generates more talk in Delray. The department has received “lots of complaints” about open drug sales. Happening where? “Everywhere,” Goldman said. “There is not one neighborhood that is not affected.” One of those arrested was giving out free heroin. Goldman said the arrests haven’t revealed any organization behind the dealing. “Entrepreneurship,” he said glumly.</p> <p>       There is no question why dealers are targeting Delray Beach. The city is home to what Goldman estimates—no doubt conservatively—about 200 sober houses, known formally as recovery residences. Their occupants are addicts who have completed treatment and want to live where they supposedly receive support to stay clean.</p> <p>       The intent may be good, but sleazy operators have infested Delray Beach and other South Florida communities. They bleed as much money as possible from patients and then dump them. Because of a 1999 finding by the federal departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development that those in recovery are disabled, local governments can’t regulate sober houses. Operators don’t even have to register.</p> <p>       Delray Beach draws sober houses because of the climate, the city’s popularity and the availability of jobs on Atlantic Avenue. Sober house residents—especially those in badly supervised operations—are vulnerable to pushers.</p> <p>       The unanswered question is why the epidemic has happened now. “I’m scratching my head on that,” Goldman said. It’s been nearly a decade since <em>The New York Times</em> labeled Delray Beach as the sober house capital of Florida.</p> <p>       One theory is that the successful crackdown on pill millsz—clinics that trafficked in painkillers—caused a resurgence in heroin. Like oxycodone, it’s an opioid. Those who had abused painkillers—or taken some of their parents’ supply—found a new high.</p> <p>       Whatever the reason, Goldman said the department needed to take “a new approach.” The arrests are just one part. Goldman acknowledges that many dealers won’t be off the streets very long. “That’s a whole other issue” in the criminal justice system.</p> <p>       If there’s profit in dealing drugs, however, there’s more profit in gaming the sober house system through needless drug tests that insurance companies have been paying. Though that scheme is not a normal priority of local police, Goldman said he is meeting today with the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office to learn how the department can undertake the “time-consuming” work of investigating insurance fraud.</p> <p>       The department also is checking for repeat overdoses at the same address. “If you have three or four,” Goldman said, “what the hell are you doing?” In some cases, officers have discovered that absentee owners didn’t know to whom their houses were being rented.</p> <p>       “It is very difficult to police this population,” Goldman said. Other numbers underscore his comment. Of the roughly 20,000 police reports in 2015, the department estimates that 6 percent related to sober houses. Another 500 to 600 calls, Goldman said, don’t lead to reports but are tied to “this industry.” Parents in distant states are asking about children living in sober houses. Officers chasing sober house complaints can’t deal with other public safety issues.</p> <p>       Delray Beach and other cities need help from above. Last year, the Florida Legislature prohibited treatment centers from referring patients to sober houses that hadn’t voluntarily registered with the state. This year, however, the Legislature backed off a bill to regulate sober house marketing practices, which include offers of free rent. Instead, a state attorney’s task force will study the issue.</p> <p>       At the federal level, the Florida congressional delegation meets Thursday to discuss the state’s heroin problem. U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, who represents Delray, will meet with city officials on May 2. The heroin epidemic is nationwide, but it’s hardly come up during the presidential campaign.</p> <p>       Though the department’s recent actions have encouraged him, Goldman calls them “a very small start to a big problem.” Goldman guesses that Delray Beach has “thousands” of sober house beds. Until the federal government closes the sober house regulation loophole, Delray Beach won’t even know the actual numbers it’s dealing with.</p> <h3>Height limits and chabad in Boca</h3> <p>       At tonight’s meeting, the Boca Raton City Council likely will approve a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist in trying to address a political problem.</p> <p>       It began last year, when the council approved Chabad East Boca on Palmetto Park Road near the beach. Many neighbors opposed the project. Some have channeled that opposition into lawsuits seeking to overturn the approval.</p> <p>       The zoning category for that section of Palmetto Park Road is B-1. The height limit is 30 feet, but applicants can get up to 50 feet if they meet certain conditions. Chabad East Boca would be about 40 feet, to accommodate its exhibit hall. After the vote, Mayor Susan Haynie asked city staff to examine zoning designations that allow commercial development next to single-family-home neighborhoods.</p> <p>       The proposals before the council would limit buildings in B-1 areas to 30 feet. Throughout the city, however, no project in a B-1 area is above 30 feet except for Chabad East Boca. The chabad approval lasts two years, but the clock hasn’t started because of the lawsuit.</p> <p>       Development Services Director Ty Harris notes that no developer has a “right” to 50 feet—just the right to ask for it. The changes also would modify height rules in the other affected areas, most of which are along Second Avenue in the north end of the city and on Dixie Highway and Federal Highway south of Camino Real. The new rules could affect redevelopment of those properties.</p> <p>        Even if the council backs the changes, the action likely would not mollify the chabad’s harshest critics. Even success in court might not do that. The political problem would remain. Haynie has noted that beachfront neighborhoods declined the city’s offer several years ago of a zoning change. Those with the loudest voices, though, can have the shortest memories.</p> <h3>Staples-Office Depot merger</h3> <p>The Staples-Office Depot merger is now up to U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, and one news report suggested that Sullivan is leaning toward Staples.</p> <p>       Testimony in the bench trial ended this month. The Federal Trade Commission is seeking to block the $6.3 billion merger of Staples and Boca Raton-based Office Depot on the grounds that it would reduce competition for large, corporate buyers of office products. Sullivan will rule on Staples’ motion to dismiss the FTC’s lawsuit.</p> <p>       Staples’ attorney called no witnesses, saying the government had failed to prove its case. According to a report in <em>Bloomberg News</em>, Sullivan seemed to agree. He asked why the agency excluded ink and toner from its calculations as to how the merger might affect prices.</p> <p>       If Sullivan rules for the government, Staples will call off the merger. Either way, there will be uncertainly over Office Depot’s presence in Boca. Staples would keep the new company’s headquarters in Massachusetts. Some jobs might remain here. If the merger fails, all the Office Depot jobs would stay, but there would be questions about how many jobs the company keeps. Both CEOs say the merger is necessary to compete with discount retailers.</p> <h3>Boca’s high schools still ranked</h3> <p>       <em>U.S. News and World Report</em> began rating colleges years ago. The magazine now also rates high schools, and three area schools did well on the new list.</p> <p>       Boca Raton High School ranked 42<sup>nd</sup> in Florida and 622<sup>nd</sup> nationally. Spanish River came it at 46<sup>th</sup> and 665<sup>th</sup>, while Atlantic High ranked 72<sup>nd</sup> and 970<sup>th</sup>. The list includes roughly 21,500 high schools. <em>U.S. News</em> bases its rankings on such categories as Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate offerings, graduation rates compared to the national rate of 68 percent and test scores of African-American and Hispanic students compared to similar groups in that state.</p> <p>       The highest rankings in Palm Beach County went to Suncoast High School in Riviera Beach—ninth and 57<sup>th—</sup> and Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach—10<sup>th</sup> and 66<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p>Pay raises and special elections for council vacancies?</p> <p>       One proposed charter change for Boca Raton—to raise salaries for the mayor and council members—will be on the Aug. 30 state primary ballot. Tonight, the city council will start discussing another.</p> <p>       Councilman Scott Singer has proposed an ordinance under which mayoral and council vacancies that arise mid-term would be filled by special election, not by the council choosing someone to serve until the next scheduled election. The special election would take place roughly two months after the seat became vacant.</p> <p>       As with the zoning issue discussed earlier, this seems like a solution in search of a problem. The council last filled a seat by appointment in late 2008, when Peter Baronoff resigned because of his wife’s illness, and that vacancy occurred shortly before a scheduled election.</p> <p>       In that instance, the council chose Mike Mullaugh from about 20 applicants. Mullaugh was elected without opposition in 2009 to complete the two years left on Baronoff’s term and without opposition to a full, three-year term in 2011. He won a second, final term in 2014 against three opponents.</p> <p>       One can use Mullaugh’s case to argue that a council appointment gives someone an edge in the next election. And, of course, there has been recent criticism from meeting regulars that the council doesn’t sufficiently involve the public in decision-making. An election just to fill a vacancy, however, would cost between $80,000 and $100,000, according to City Manager Leif Ahnell’s memo to the council. Would that kind of money make sense for a solution in search of a problem?</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Five SunFest Acts Not to Miss2016-04-25T14:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><em>[Note: The Week Ahead will be posted on Wednesday this week.]</em></p> <p>Here at <em>Boca</em> magazine, we’re all for expanding your musical horizons. That’s why, instead of focusing on the major headliners of this week’s SunFest—your Duran Durans, your Meghan Trainors, your Alabama Shakeses—we’re spotlighting five notable undercard acts that have headlined clubs in the past, or will headline them in the future. All offer plenty of reasons to show up early.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="246" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/secretweapons_ny04.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>1. The ‘90s are certainly back, if they ever left to begin with. The Brooklyn indie duo <strong>Secret Weapons</strong> marries the shimmering, incandescent polish of Backstreet Boys pop with the ubiquitous electro-pop of today. Guitarist Danny Rocco and vocalist Gerard Lange formed the band in secret (hence the name) for a full year before revealing their project to friends and co-workers—upon which time Epic Records signed them. Judging by the timeless infectiousness of debut single “Someone New,” which rocketed through the social media and has been performed on “The Today Show,” Secret Weapons’ forthcoming LP will be a hit in dancehalls and bedrooms the world over. See them open for Duran Duran, at 7 p.m. April 27.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/holcomb.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>2. If you watch any televisions dramas, you probably know the music of <strong>Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors</strong>, even if you don’t <em>know</em> you know them. The group’s music has been featured in more than 40 series, from “House” and “Justified” to “Criminal Minds” and “America’s Got Talent.” Holcomb’s sound, with its gentle Americana simplicity and accessible folk-rock, is cut from a similar cloth as Miami’s own Iron &amp; Wine, with lyrics drawn from the most relatable elements of human experience. Holcomb and his band, which includes wife Ellie, are supporting their critically acclaimed ninth album, “Medicine.” They open for Train, at 7 p.m. April 28.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/ajoyformidable-e1458953169743.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>3. The trends in indie rock today point in three directions: thumping, arguably sterile synth- and electro-pop; fragile, near-whispered folk that could crumble at the presence of an amplifier; and sloppy, punk-inflected garage rock. There isn’t much room in the tent anymore for a bombastic rock band like Wales’ <strong>The Joy Formidable</strong>, a reality the group been working to its hard-touring advantage for nearly the past decade. Led by charismatic frontwoman Ritzy Bryan, the band’s mantra seems to be “go big or go home;” on its new album “Hitch,” nine of the 12 tracks run longer than five minutes, each constructed with dynamic solos and building to crescendos that turns the amps up to 11. No matter what venue the Joy Formidable plays, it seems too small to contain them; let’s see how they’ll fill the JetBlue stage at 7:30 p.m. April 29, opening for Bastille. Look for a review of their set next week at</p> <p> <img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/tumblr_meh1s2paj51qzxlbn.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>4. A staple of any self-respecting teenager’s album collection in the mid-to-late 1990s, Los Angeles’ <strong>Goldfinger </strong>fused the alienation and melodrama of youth with plenty of good humor, trumpet blasts and kick-drums. Pop-punk and third-wave ska get plenty of flak from the hipster establishment as being poor replacements for the original movements, but Goldfinger transcended the herd: Its first three records are bona fide classics and still constitute much of the set list in the group’s current, semi-retired incarnation. Indeed, Goldfinger barely tours anymore, and the SunFest gig is the only one on its calendar, so enjoy this rare and nostalgic treat at 2:45 p.m. April 30, when the band opens for Flogging Molly.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/desktop.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>5. It takes a certain skill to re-construct pop earworms from their effective foundation and re-build them in completely different genres, but the insanely talented <strong>Scott Bradlee</strong> possesses a unique ear for re-invention. He fell in love with jazz, like many people did, when he heard “Rhapsody in Blue” for the first time at age 12, and as an adult pianist/arranger, he’s been transforming modern pop tunes into genres more evocative of the time of Gershwin. With assistance from superstars of the contemporary jazz scene, his Postmodern Jukebox project has reimagined Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River” as ‘50s R&amp;B, Elle King’s “Exes and Ohs” as ‘30s jazz and Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” as vintage swing. Prepare your best Charlestons, lindies and jitterbugs for a set that will likely include retro takes on Guns N Roses, OutKast, Beyonce and many more, beginning at 3 p.m. May 1.</p>Mother&#39;s Day Dining: PBC2016-04-25T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="738" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.25_spoto's_crab_cake_benedict.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Spoto’s Oyster Bar </strong><em>(4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/776-9448)</em>: From 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., brunch has dishes such as “Because I Told You So” stuffed French toast, “Eat Everything on Your Plate” eggs Benedict, the “Call Your Mother” crab cake Benedict (pictured), plus more. I’m partial to the “You’re My Favorite” mimosa. Reservations recommended.</p> <p><strong>Bistro Ten Zero One</strong><em> (1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561/833-1234)</em>: From noon to 4 p.m., a prix-fixe meal is $45 for adults, $27 for children 4 to 12, and includes salads, seafood, charcuterie, carving stations with roast beef and turkey, and more—with unlimited Prosecco and mimosas. </p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.25_pistache_duck_waffles.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Pistache </strong><em>(101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561/833-5090)</em>: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a prix-fixe brunch includes appetizer, entrée and dessert, for $55 per person. Dishes are updated versions of favorites, such as the <strong>roasted duck &amp; waffles—</strong>poached eggs, spicy grain mustard maple syrup (pictured), salmon en croute and steak frites. Then there are the desserts: crepes Suzette, profiteroles, pudding Breton, and you get the point.</p> <p><strong>PB Catch</strong> <em>(251 Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-5558)</em>: From 4:30 p.m. to close, a complimentary glass of wine or champagne will be given to mothers celebrating their special day.</p> <p><strong>Prosecco Café </strong><em>(4580 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/622-3222)</em>: From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a Mother’s Day menu includes the OMG! Omelet, warm spinach salad, corned beef Benedict and the French kiss (a lush meal for two). </p> <p><img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.25_cafe_boulud.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Café Boulud</strong> <em>(in the Brazilian Court Hotel, 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-6060)</em>: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a large buffet features themed stations, as well as selections from Chef Boulud’s Le Voyage dishes, such as Vietnamese Caramel Glazed Mahi and Oaxacan Braised Pork. The cost is $95 per person; $42 for children under 10. Reservations recommended.</p> <p><strong>III Forks Prime Steakhouse</strong> <em>(4645 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens (with a Hallandale Beach location, too), 561/630-3660)</em>: A three-course brunch or dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dishes include choices of salads, red snapper, tenderloin or fire-roasted red pepper chicken, and dessert. The cost is $48 per person; $18 for children 12 and under. </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.25_vic_angelos_salmon_benedict.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Vic &amp; Angelo’s</strong> <em>(4520 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/630-9899)</em>: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a $39.95 per person ($16.95 for children 12 and under) prix-fixe brunch include eggs Benedicts (pictured), prime rib and turkey carving stations, a raw bar, an omelet station, salads, desserts and more, along with bottomless Bloody Marys or mimosas for $10 per person. And mothers receive a complimentary glass of champagne or mimosa and a red rose.</p> <p><strong>Sundy House</strong> <em>(106 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, 877-439-9601)</em>: You’ll be charmed by this site, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been extremely popular for its food for a long time. The Mother’s Day buffet is from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and it costs $75 per person. Reservations required.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.25_temple_orange.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Temple Orange, Eau Palm Beach</strong> <em>(100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, 561/533-6000)</em>: If you’re looking for beautiful surroundings (pictured), a champagne garden and a strolling violinist for Mother’s Day (sounds good to us!), try this special brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $115 per person and $25 for children 5-12. Dishes include braised Moroccan chiken, Florida red snapper, sweat pea &amp; mint ravioli, an extensive salad bar, cheese and charcuterie, muesli and yogurt, fruit, smoked fish, raw bar, carving stations, omelet station and lots of pastries.</p> <p><strong>Tanzy Restaurant</strong> <em>(301 Plaza Real, 561/922-6699)</em>: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., brunch will be served, featuring an Ultimate Mimosa Bar.</p> <p><strong>Little Chalet</strong> <em>(485 N. Federal Highway, 561/325-8000)</em>: Mothers receive a complimentary Blooming Champagne Cocktail on Mother’s Day. The drink is made with strawberry rhubarb marinade drizzled on the bottom of a champagne glass, a drop of St. Germaine Elderflower liqueur and filled with Nicolas Feuillatee Brut Champagne, garnished with an edible wild hibiscus flower. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Movie Review: &quot;Elvis &amp; Nixon&quot;2016-04-22T14:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/el1_3355463b.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>“Elvis &amp; Nixon,” which opens today, is what happens when a feature film is adapted from a single photograph and not much else. The legendary, almost mythical image of President Nixon clasping hands with Elvis Presley in the White House in December 1970 is the only document that such a meeting took place: Nixon hadn’t yet reached his paranoid stage of recording every conversation in the Oval Office.</p> <p>And, as director Liza Johnson and screenwriters Joey and Hanala Sagal and Cary Elwes reveal in their skimpy movie based on the encounter, there just isn’t enough there there. There is no dramatic thrust in this formless vanity project, and what little plot exists seems xeroxed from a <em>Smithsonian</em> article from 2010. The rest is fanciful tabloid fodder, a movie as inconsequential as a gossip column, the cinematic equivalent of clickbait.</p> <p>But hey, at least it’s got some great actors who respect their legendary characters enough to find the human beings underneath the exaggerated public personae. Michael Shannon’s Elvis, who admittedly sounds more like Michael Shannon than Elvis, is first seen watching “Dr. Strangelove” in Graceland and shooting one of his televisions with a gold-plated gun. Fed up with his ostentatious lifestyle while the rest of the country is plunging into an abyss of war, crime and drugs, he hops a plane to Los Angeles and meets longtime friend and music executive Jerry Schilling (Alex Pettyfer), corralling him onto a flight to Washington, D.C. with the intent of meeting the president and obtaining a badge to become a “federal agent at large”—the King’s way of serving his patriotic duty by covertly busting hippies for drug possession. Elvis and Nixon, it seems, had more in common than you’d think.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/17elvisnixon1-master675-v2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>It takes a little arm-twisting on behalf of the president’s staff, but eventually, the meeting does take place, with Kevin Spacey hunching his back and simulating the alopecia necessary to embody the foul-mouthed Republican. The men bond over Dr. Pepper and hating the Beatles, and they commiserate over negative press. Their underlings discuss the pluses and minuses of lives basked permanently in the presence of gods. Elvis signs some black-and-white glossies, and everybody, including the movie’s audience, gets to go home.</p> <p>That “Elvis &amp; Nixon” proceeds generally conflict-free is an inconvenient fact that, in the annals of art-house esoterica, isn’t particularly important, but in a big-budget studio picture can result in an awfully pointless evening at the movies. Despite its three writers, the film just isn’t funny enough to sustain its nonstarter of a premise, and its awkward stabs at contemporary relevance (“This thing with the Iraqis and the Syrians will go away in a couple weeks,” Nixon advises his staff) feel like just that.</p> <p>Mostly, it’s a museum piece, a moving exhibition of meretricious interiors, loud clothing, shag haircuts, copious sideburns and period funk tunes. As for the rest of the music, Edward Shearmur’s score is as anonymous as Johnson’s direction—the kind of innocuous public-domain muzak that a call center might use as its on-hold music. It’s an appropriate metaphor for the entirety of “Elvis &amp; Nixon:” You spend the whole movie waiting for something to happen.</p> <p><em>"Elvis &amp; Nixon" is playing at Cinemark Palace and Regal Shadowood in Boca Raton, Muvico Parisian in West Palm Beach, the Classic Gateway Theatre in Fort Lauderdale, and Regal South Beach in Miami Beach.</em></p>Staff Picks: Delightfully Delicious2016-04-22T12:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong>JAQUA</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="233" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.22_jaqua.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“Who says you can’t have your cake and smear it on your body, too? Yes, you read that correctly. JAQUA, a natural bath and body brand, has a delicious line of buttercream frosting products that will leave you smelling and feeling like a cake. I tried the body butter—it’s fluffy and smooth, exactly like icing.”</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Lemongrass</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="452" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.22_lemongrass.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Mandy Wynne, Production Manager</em></p> <p>“I'd been wanting to try the Asian Bistro Lemongrass in Fort Lauderdale for some time, so during my sister's last visit, we decided to stop in for lunch. We were pleasantly surprised at how clean and contemporary the interior decor was, and the staff was super friendly. After trying the spicy lemongrass soup—a delicious concoction of seafood, rice noodles, tomatoes, mushrooms, scallions and fresh cilantro, all enveloped in a spicy, lemongrass broth—I'd found a meal that I now like to have on a weekly basis. My sister (a foodie) was completely taken back by the ample serving of the sushi sashimi lunch (image shown), which was extremely tasty and beautifully presented. She insisted on returning three more times during her stay! This has to be one of my favorite places to dine, most conveniently at the Royal Palm Place location on my way home from work. Each time I visit, I find a new favorite, and for a $9.95 sushi lunch, you can't beat that!”</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a> // 101 Plaza Real S. // 561/544-8181)</p> <p> </p>Cocktails, Fundraisers and New Restaurants2016-04-22T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>With a lot of food and fundraising events on the calendar (love those!), we thought we’d share.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.22_oak_bistro.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Bringing aid to pets in need: Oak Bistro and Wine Bar</strong></p> <p>At Oak Bistro and Wine Bar <em>(11051 Southern Blvd., Royal Palm Beach, 561/753-6217)</em> on April 23, from noon to 2 p.m., you can have brunch and a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary—as long as you bring in a donation to help the furkids at Christie’s Critters &amp; Pet Haven Rescue. The items most needed are pet beds, toys, towels, sheets, bleach, laundry detergent, paper towels and trash bags. If you bring in a case or bag of Life’s Abundance Dog or Cat food, you get bottomless mimosas. Help save pets, and eat and drink well, too!</p> <p><img alt="" height="728" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.22_jardin_owners.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>New restaurant Jardin added to Clematis Street scene</strong></p> <p>Opening on April 25 in downtown West Palm Beach is restaurant Jardin <em>(330 Clematis St., 561/440-5273)</em>, from newlywed chefs Jordan Lerman and Stephanie Cohen (pictured). They will feature everything from appetizers to entrees, dessert and after-hours selections. They use locally sourced ingredients and will change the menu with the seasons. Dishes are from $8 to $38. Both classic and creative cocktails are on the menu, too, along with local craft brews and a wine list. Lunch is served daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner served nightly starting at 5 p.m. </p> <p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.22_oceana_coffee.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Florida photo exhibit, fundraiser: Oceana Coffee</strong></p> <p>Stop by Oceana Coffee Lounge <em>(150 N. US Highway 1, Tequesta, 561/401-2453) </em>and take a gander at the artwork by Florida nature enthusiasts, Benji Studt and Sam Farkas, on April 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. These photographers are donating 10 percent of the sales from their artwork, along with Oceana’s restaurant sales that night to Friends of Jupiter Beach, a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping Jupiter’s beaches clean and dog-friendly. Oceana Coffee Lounge is known for small-batch specialty coffees. Owners Amy and Scott Angelo roast all their own coffee and have a large, popular, well-deserved fan base. </p> <p><img alt="" height="370" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.22_old_arcade.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Continuing the <strong>history of cocktails on April 25 at The Old Arcade inside Caffe Martier</strong> <em>(411 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 954/410-3177)</em> is Mixology 104, focusing on the Tiki Movement, with cocktails Corpse Reviver #2, the Zombie and the Mai Tai. At $40 per person, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., you get a history lesson and some tasty drinks. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Fashion Forward: Fashion Overload2016-04-22T08:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p><strong><img alt="" height="613" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.22_nobe67.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>NOBE67 pop-up</strong></p> <p>Fashion meets art at NOBE67. The pop-up shop in Wynwood opens today with a launch party from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., featuring DJ YSL and cocktails by Jane Pop Up Bar. You’ll find items from designers like Charles Philip Shanghai, Marieclaire St. John, Manebi, Moda Zeta, Gelareh Mizrahi, Palme D’Or Swimwear, Dauntless-New York and more. NOBE67 will remain open until May 8.</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a> // 2245 NW 2<sup>nd</sup> Ave., Miami)</p> <p><img alt="" height="613" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.22_ivy_park.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>IVY PARK</strong></p> <p>Topshop and Parkwood Athletic have joined forces to bring you the latest active wear brand, IVY PARK. The line boasts business owners and co-founders Sir Philip Green and Beyoncé—you know it must be fabulous if Queen B is involved. The items range in price from $24 to $265. SHOP IVY Park at Nordstrom at Town Center at Boca Raton.</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.22_tamara_comolli.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Tamara Comolli</strong></p> <p>German fine-jewelry designer Tamara Comolli has traveled the worldwide to find the most precious and unique gemstones, but you don’t have to venture too far for her elegant jewelry—she has a boutique right along Worth Avenue. Shop her latest “Fairy” collection that features rings, necklaces and more.</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a> // 150 Worth Ave. #115, Palm Beach)<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="392" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.22_louis_vuitton.jpg" width="490"> </strong></p> <p><strong>Louis Vuitton America’s Cup</strong><strong> </strong></p> <p>Louis Vuitton launched a new line this month, Louis Vuitton America’s Cup, to embrace lifestyle and leisure. It’s nautically inspired and includes clothes, bags, shoes, sunglasses and more. Shop the collection at Louis Vuitton at Town Center at Boca Raton. </p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><img alt="" height="322" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.22_delray_orchids.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Downtown Delray Orchid Giveaway</strong></p> <p>Gift your mom a beautiful orchid this Mother’s Day. The Delray DDA is giving away orchids from April 30 until May 7 to all patrons who collect $200 worth of receipts from the boutiques, art galleries, gift shops, spas, salons and fitness studios in downtown Delray. The orchid stations will be in front of Hands Stationers <em>(325 E. Atlantic Ave.) </em>and Petite Connection <em>(1049 E. Atlantic Ave.)</em>.</p>Ethics charges dropped, sales tax &amp; other items of news and notes2016-04-21T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/253x450.jpg" width="253"></h3> <h3>Ethics charges dropped</h3> <p>Boca Raton Deputy City Manager George Brown and Councilman Robert Weinroth are off the Boca Raton Airport Authority board, and as of Wednesday the Florida Commission on Ethics is off their backs about their brief service on the board.</p> <p>       Last May, the council put Weinroth and Brown on the seven-member board as two of the city’s five appointees. The vote for Brown was unanimous. The vote for Weinroth was 3-2, with Weinroth in the majority.</p> <p>       After the appointments, BocaWatch Publisher Al Zucaro (above) filed complaints with the Florida Commission on Ethics against Weinroth and Brown. Weinroth, Zucaro alleged, had illegally nominated and voted for himself to secure “special private gain”—presumably the whopping $100 board members receive for attending each monthly meeting. (Weinroth said he had been unaware of the salary, and never accepted it.) Brown, Zucaro alleged, could not “serve two masters”—the city and the authority.</p> <p>       City Attorney Diana Grub Frieser had stated that neither appointment posed a conflict. The finding by the ethics commission validates that position. The commission found no probable cause that Weinroth “violated the voting conflict law” or that Brown “had a conflicting employment or contractual relationship due to his public duties on the (airport authority) board coupled with his employment with the city.” The decision came last month, but the commission formally announced the decision Wednesday.</p> <p>       As Mark Herron, the lawyer for Weinroth and Brown, pointed out in his response to the complaint, the appointments did not arise out of secret dealings. During its May goal-setting session last year, the city council collectively expressed frustration at the authority. Council members complained about what they considered to be communication problems, bad spending decisions and the slow pace of work on a customs facility.</p> <p>       Herron added that City Manager Leif Ahnell suggested that if council members wanted more accountability, they could choose a staff member and one of their own for two upcoming appointments. Days later, the council did so. The action was unusual, and it generated worries that the council was moving to take over the airport, which the city once ran. Authority board members expressed puzzlement at the complaints.</p> <p>       Soon enough, however, it became clear that Weinroth and Brown were focused on the goals the council had discussed. Citing progress, Weinroth and Brown resigned from the authority in December and February, respectively. The council replaced them with two traditional board members. All that remained were the ethics complaints.</p> <p>       Zucaro, of course, is a regular—and often off-base— council critic. He denied that the complaints were frivolous or politically motivated, but he undercut his case by arguing that the city should not hire an outside lawyer at taxpayer expense to defend Weinroth and Brown. They were acting as “individuals,” Zucaro said, and should pay their own legal bills.</p> <p>       In fact, cities regularly and correctly defend officials accused of such complaints. Doing otherwise would discourage people from running for office. An ethics complaint could become a political weapon, not a needed check on abuses. When the council voted to provide the lawyer, Jeremy Rodgers noted that without the knowledge of city support in such issues Boca Raton would “run out” of people willing even to serve on boards.</p> <p>       Knowing that an unfavorable result was coming, Zucaro this week wrote a sore-loser post for his website. Zucaro complained that he traveled to Tallahassee for the commission’s Friday discussion but was not allowed to speak. Absent such “bias,” Zucaro wrote, he could have provided “additional clarity.”</p> <p>       Actually, the system for investigating ethics complaints against public officials is the same as the system for investigating complaints against judges. Once the complaint is filed, the Judicial Qualifications Commission staff takes over. It’s the best way to ensure an unbiased investigation.</p> <p>       Weinroth said Wednesday that he is relieved “to have the commission ratify the actions taken by the council. The actions which were the subject of Mr. Zucaro’s complaint were political. . .He is certainly entitled to disagree. . .but that doesn’t make those actions unethical or illegal.”</p> <h3>Delray votes yes on sales tax                             </h3> <p>       The Delray Beach City Commission’s vote Tuesday night in support of Palm Beach County’s sales tax proposal didn’t matter, but the discussion was interesting.</p> <p>       Next month, the county commission will decide whether to put a one-cent, 10-year increase on the November ballot and, if so, how to distribute the money. In its current form, the proposal allocates 18.5 percent—roughly $500 million—to the county’s 38 municipalities. Cities that include at least 51 percent of those living in the county’s 38 municipalities had to support the proposal for the county commission to take that final vote.</p> <p>       The proposal has become controversial because the current version includes $161 million for cultural organizations and other “economic development.” The county’s cultural council has maintained that adding money for museums and such will enhance support for bridge repair and road paving. But the council has been selective and secretive about which groups would get the money.</p> <p>       Tuesday night, Commissioner Mitch Katz said he’s heard complaints about Delray Beach’s Spady Museum not being on the list. He joined the unanimous vote in support of the proposal; Delray Beach stands to get about $3 million a year. Katz and his colleagues, though, are unhappy that the cities’ share will be based on population, not amount of sales generated. Under a “point of sale” formula, Delray would get more. State law prohibits it.</p> <p>       Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie said the city will not take a vote. The county has its 51 percent. Haynie said the city asked the county to address the council on the plan, but was told that “they don’t have anyone who can do it.”</p> <p>       As for Haynie’s personal view of the tax plan, “I have trouble supporting it because we are a border city, and it will negatively affect our businesses.” The sales tax in Broward is also 6 percent, though Broward may put its own one-cent increase on the ballot to finance transportation improvements.</p> <h3>Uptown Atlantic</h3> <p>       Applause broke out Tuesday night when the Delray Beach City Commission gave final approval to Uptown Atlantic. Next come “shovels in the ground,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said.</p> <p>       In my preview of the vote, I wrote of the importance that the Fairfield Inn has had on West Atlantic Avenue redevelopment. Former Mayor Jeff Perlman countered on social media that Atlantic Grove was actually the first significant development. Like Uptown Atlantic, Atlantic Grove is a mixed-used project. It predated the Fairfield project, but I would maintain it is less important in terms of what it means to future West Atlantic development. </p> <p>Atlantic Grove borders the tennis center. Fairfield Inn is closer to Interstate 95 than to Swinton Avenue. As Mayor Glickstein said, the hotel broke through the perception that businesses can’t succeed if they are farther west on Atlantic. I would go with the current mayor’s assessment over the former mayor’s.</p> <h3>Atlantic Crossing</h3> <p>       On Tuesday, I wrote about Delray Beach’s latest move in the Atlantic Crossing lawsuit. I said the lawsuit seeks $25 million in damages for what the developers claim is the city’s failure to give the project timely approval.</p> <p>       An Atlantic Crossing representative emailed to say that the most recently amended lawsuit, which the developers filed in January, asks for damages “in excess of $25 million.” The representative added that a consultant whom the developer hired “estimated the damages to be over $40 million.”</p> <p>       Tension between Delray Beach and the developers increased two weeks ago, when the city commission voted 3-2 to deny Atlantic Crossing’s appeal of its site plan rejection. That plan included an access road to the project from Federal Highway. A city consultant liked the road. The commission majority on April 5—Mayor Glickstein and commissioners Mitch Katz and Shelly Petrolia—didn’t. Tuesday night, the commission unanimously moved to take back public alleys that had been conveyed to Atlantic Crossing.</p> <p>       Edwards Companies Vice President Don DeVere said in a statement that the commission “could have continued settlement discussions to provide additional benefits to the neighborhood, and to eliminate the city’s risk of damages, estimated at $40 million. Mayor Glickstein and Commissioners Petrolia and Katz decided they didn’t want to take that path, but chose to litigate instead.</p> <p>       “Since the city declined to approve the site plan modification, there’s no way we can continue with that plan. That leaves only one option -- to move forward with the litigation and to develop the project in accordance with the already approved plan, which doesn’t include the added access drive.”</p> <p>       In addition to increasing the amount of alleged damages, the latest version of the lawsuit increased the rhetoric. The lawsuit refers to “commission regime change” in March 2013, when Glickstein and Petrolia were elected after criticizing the approval of Atlantic Crossing three months earlier. The lawsuit further claims that Glickstein is acting out of spite because he tried and failed to develop the same property west of Veterans Park.</p> <h3>Condolences</h3> <p>Condolences go out this week to Boca Raton City Councilman Scott Singer and his family. Singer’s mother died Monday at age 70. The funeral was Wednesday.</p> <h3>Correction</h3> <p>In writing recently about Chabad East Boca, I said the Golden Triangle neighborhood had opposed the project. Golden Triangle Homeowners Association President Andrea O’Rourke told me this week that while some residents might have opposed it, the group took no position on Chabad East Boca.</p> <h3>And more…                               </h3> <p>       Speaking of Ms. O’Rourke, there has been speculation that she would run for the Boca Raton City Council next March—either against Scott Singer or for the seat of term-limited Mike Mullaugh. O’Rourke told me that she will not run for the council. I asked if she was willing to say that on the record. Her response: “On the record.”</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Concert Review/Q&amp;A: Darren Criss2016-04-20T14:00:00+00:00Kevin Studer/blog/author/kevinstuder/<p>The audience at Parker Playhouse received quite a treat Tuesday night with the final performance of the Broadway Concert Series, which featured actor and musician Darren Criss with curator and accompanist Seth Rudetsky, whose own show can be heard on Sirius XM’s On Broadway station. The pair brought both laughs and talents into theater with a combination of discussion and performance. </p> <p>Currently on Broadway in the musical “Disaster!”—which he co-wrote with Jack Plotnick—Rudetsky was the first to take the stage. Though he was slightly heartbroken as this was the first night he was missing “Disaster!,” and his understudy was going on for him. However, Rudetsky said he was dedicated to this series and made sure that he came to the show. </p> <p><img alt="" height="482" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/darren-criss.png" width="361"></p> <p>As Criss first entered the stage, screams of teenagers and young adults alike resounded through the auditorium, which is not usually the norm for a Broadway concert. Nevertheless, “Glee” fans came out to see the star of the hit FOX musical series. And it helped that Criss started the show with “Something’s Coming,” which his character, Blaine Anderson, performed on the show.</p> <p>Also in attendance were fans of StarKid, the incredibly popular theatre company that Criss helped create at the University of Michigan. Criss is known for writing and starring as Harry Potter in “A Very Potter Musical” and its two sequels. During the show, Criss mentioned that he is currently working on writing the next StarKid production while also joking that he only gets fame after starring in roles that Daniel Radcliffe performed first—a nod to his Broadway debut replacing Radcliffe in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”</p> <p>Criss and Rudetsky hammed it up while they chatted between songs in a set of chairs on the opposite side of the stage from the piano that Rudetsky used for performances. They talked about everything from Criss not being Jewish or Italian, as he often gets mistaken for (he’s actually Filipino and Irish), to how Criss never actually wanted to do musical theatre but ended up there anyway.</p> <p>One thing that both men seemed passionate about was the talent that is on Broadway and how even though performers seem to come out of nowhere, they’ve been exceptional for many years and it just takes one role to make a person.</p> <p>As they were mentioning this fact, they brought up the example of how two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster was a chorus girl for many years and was brought out to play Millie in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which cemented her star status. Rudetsky also mentioned that he worked on the revival of “Grease” in 1994 and audiences were so mad when Rosie O’Donnell, who played Rizzo, would be out and her understudy would be in. The understudy was Megan Mullally, who is now a two-time Emmy winner for “Will &amp; Grace” but was unknown at the time.</p> <p>The story echoed for Criss. He had auditioned for many Broadway shows, including “Once,” “American Idiot” and “The Book of Mormon” but didn’t get any of the roles. However, as soon as he appeared on “Glee,” he was offered the short engagement in “How to Succeed...” without an audition.</p> <p>Throughout his performances, Criss brought plenty of his personal stories into the music. He sang his first audition song, “Where is Love?” from the musical “Oliver,” in his current vocal range, but then jokingly switched the key to his 7-year-old self halfway through the performance. Later in the show, he performed “Welcome Home” from “Fanny,” which was the first musical he was ever in, and closed the show with “If I Were A Rich Man,” his first starring role in high school.</p> <p>Perhaps the highlights of the night were “Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm” and “Wicked Little Town” from Criss’ two starring Broadway roles in “How to Succeed…” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” Criss shared anecdotes from his time from both shows before performing. Hilariously, though, Criss forgot the lyrics halfway through the latter song, but played it off saying it was bound to happen because he cannot even remember the lyrics to songs he’s written.</p> <p>Before the show, <em>Boca Raton</em> was able to speak one-on-one with Criss.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/cf6xsywusaapyxq.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Your first claim to fame was "A Very Potter Musical," which featured your original music and lyrics. Would you ever write a Broadway show or try to take one of the StarKid ones to Broadway?</strong></p> <p>First of all, it gives so much joy to talk about StarKid. It was such a pivotal part of my life of how I got to where I am. To apply some TLC to those would be great actually and workshop them. That would be down the line, but writing something original is something that is very much a priority for me.</p> <p><strong>Well, your song "Not Alone" from “A Very Potter Musical” has been performed at many Trevor Project events and has really inspired people. How does it make you feel that your music could've saved someone or changed a life?</strong></p> <p>It’s amazing. People tell me this all the time, and it’s difficult to wrap your brain around. The gratitude is mutual, and it’s a very overwhelming feeling. I find myself at a loss of words for how incredible that is.</p> <p><strong>You're a big advocate for many causes. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make a change in the world?</strong></p> <p>Well it’s a big world out there, and there are so many things to be done. You don’t have to go to the other side of the world to help. There are plenty of people around. Think small with a lot of heart, and you’d be surprised of the butterfly effect that has. </p> <p><strong>You've said that you're more of a pop performer but fell into Broadway. How did that happen?</strong></p> <p>Well I agree, but that to me is a misnomer. I use that as shorthand during performances for audience members who aren’t familiar with the earlier part of my career. I think the real keyword here is a contemporary singer. Most importantly, I’ve never considered myself a singer. I was always an actor who could sing when I needed to. Anything along the way has been a fun thing to do when there is a guitar or a piano around.</p> <p><strong>Now you said you’re not a singer, but “Glee” fans have been waiting for a debut album. When can we expect that from you?</strong> </p> <p>I always get that question, and the answer is I don’t know. I’m too much of a perfectionist I guess. At this point, it’s become a joke that it’ll never happen. One day it’ll appear. [The fans] will be over it by the time it comes out. </p> <p><strong>This summer we're going to see you take on Prince Eric in “The Little Mermaid” at the Hollywood Bowl. What are you most excited for in this production?</strong> </p> <p>I’m probably most excited to see Sara Bareilles [who is playing Ariel] do her thing. Out of all the things I’ve had the chance to do, I’ve never had as big of an immediate reaction explode upon phone and email than this particular show. It has stood the test of time because there are always going to be children watching it for the first time.</p> <p><strong>Is there a dream Broadway role you'd like to play?</strong></p> <p>I feel like “Hedwig” was such a dream for me that any part is hard to top it. I love “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” I could never really sing that show, but I feel in a couple of decades, I’d be down to take on the D’Ysquith family [the eight roles Jefferson Mays originated on Broadway]. </p> <p><strong>SET LIST</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>Something’s Coming (from “West Side Story”)</p> <p>Where Is Love? (from “Oliver”)</p> <p>I Love Betsy (from “Honeymoon in Vegas”)</p> <p>Welcome Home (from “Fanny”)</p> <p>The Streets of Dublin (from “A Man of No Importance”)</p> <p>I’d Rather Be Sailing (from “A New Brain”)</p> <p>Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm (from “How to Succeed Without Really Trying”)</p> <p>Wicked Little Town (from “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”)</p> <p>If I Were A Rich Man (from “Fiddler on the Roof”)</p> <p> </p> <p>Encore:</p> <p>You and Me (But Mostly Me) (from “The Book of Mormon”)</p>How to eat healthy for Passover2016-04-20T10:00:00+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/<p><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Passover is just a few days away, and many people find themselves with three big challenges: (1) Strict dietary restrictions, (2) Eating too much at nightly dinners for the whole week and (3) Jewish mom’s guilt for not finishing your plate. </p> <p>While some may think these three challenges can escalate to a dietary disaster, I am here to share my Z-tips on how to breeze through the week and come out happy, satisfied and not too-stuffed!</p> <p>To avoid a caloric extravaganza and still stay Kosher for the holiday, I invite you to try my three Z-tips as well as three simple recipes.</p> <ol start="1"> <li>Make your own healthy dishes, and bring them to the gathering to share with the family. If they push their food on you, you will now have the arsenal to do the same, and as a bonus, you will introduce your family to a healthy dish that you discovered.</li> <li>Indulge in family bonding time, not just eating. Yes, it is true that we often gather around food to feel close to our loved ones, but I suggest focusing on the conversations and family time more than the food. Once the physical hunger is satisfied, focus on filling yourself up with love and joy from spending time with the family instead of a third helping of the casserole.</li> <li>If all else fails and you overeat, take plant-based digestive enzymes to help you digest the food. </li> </ol> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.20_passover_diet.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Quinoa Mac &amp; Cheese with Meatless Meat</strong></p> <p>(Did you know that quinoa is actually a seed, not a grain, and therefore is Kosher for Passover. It is also high in protein.)</p> <p> </p> <p>1 package Ancient Harvest gluten-free quinoa macaroni</p> <p>1 package of Beyond Meat soy-free crumbles</p> <p>2 cups cheddar daiya cheese (dairy-free)</p> <p>2 tablespoons vegan butter (I like Earth Balance–it’s dairy-free and soy-free)</p> <p>1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk</p> <p>Pinch of smoked salt</p> <p>Pepper to taste</p> <p> </p> <p>Cook macaroni according to the package. Set aside when cooked.</p> <p>In the same pot, combine cheese, butter and almond milk. Add smoked salt. Cook on medium/low heat to melt the cheese, and then add the meatless crumbles.</p> <p>Mix everything together and enjoy!</p> <p>Watch this <a href=";" target="_blank">video</a> to see how to make it. </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Smoked Faux-Salmon Dip</strong></p> <p><span> </span></p> <p>2 cups of almonds</p> <p>1 cup of walnuts</p> <p>2 carrots, juiced (save pulp and juice separately)</p> <p>½ sweet onion</p> <p>2 cloves of garlic</p> <p>2 tablespoons sundried tomatoes (soaked for 2 hours)</p> <p>2 soaked dates</p> <p>½ cup lemon juice</p> <p>¼ cup carrot juice (more or less to your taste)</p> <p>2 tablespoons smoked paprika</p> <p>2 tablespoons nori flakes</p> <p>1 teaspoon kelp flakes</p> <p>1 teaspoon smoked salt</p> <p> </p> <p>To serve with:<br> Cucumber slices</p> <p>Red repper, quartered</p> <p> </p> <p>Place nuts in a food processor, and add herbs and salt to process until smooth. Add the rest of ingredients and continue processing until you get a thick paste. Serve on cucumber slices or in red pepper quarters. Garnish with parsley.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Easy Chocolate Mousse</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>2 ripe avocados</p> <p>½ cup coconut nectar</p> <p>½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder</p> <p>½ cup vanilla almond milk or coconut water</p> <p>½ teaspoon salt</p> <p>1 tablespoon vanilla extract (optional)</p> <p>Coconut shavings for decoration</p> <p> </p> <p>Blend first six ingredients in a Vitamix (or other high-power blender). Garnish with coconut shavings and enjoy!</p> <p><br> Watch the <a href="" target="_blank">video</a> to see how to make it. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><em><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</em></p> <p><em>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</em></p>Color Run and Cancer Screening2016-04-20T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.20_spodak.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Free oral cancer screenings</strong></p> <p>To commemorate Oral Cancer Awareness Month (April), <a href="" target="_blank">Spodak Dental Group</a> <em>(3911 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach)</em> is offering free oral cancer screenings until April 28. </p> <p>This is not just for the dental practice’s patients. Anyone in the community can schedule a free oral cancer screening.</p> <p>Spodak Dental Group is offering the free screenings on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.</p> <p>According to practice press information, “There will be roughly 50,000 people who will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year, and the fastest growing segment of the [oral cancer] population are young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals. The screenings are painless and take less than 10 minutes.”</p> <p>To book your appointment, call 561/498-0050.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.20_tropicolor.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>The Color Run, April 23</strong> </p> <p>It’s almost time for the Color Run, a 5k (3.1 miles), at Huizenga Park <em>(1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale)</em>.</p> <p>“New this year is a limited-edition participant kit, Tropicolor Zone on course and an amped-up finish festival featuring Rainbow Beach, music, dancing, photos and more!” according to the Color Run press information. “Also, the Color Run is giving back to the community by teaming up with the local non-profit organization, Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale to shine a light on their extraordinary work.”</p> <p>And, there’s more to color runs than running. Race participants will be entertained with island-style music and bathed in colors and island scents as they make their way along the Las Olas Blvd. course.</p> <p>The Saturday, April 23 event starts at 7: 30 a.m. Individual entry costs $39.99. For more information or to sign up, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p><strong><em>About Lisette</em></strong></p> <p><em>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Uptown Atlantic update &amp; other items of note in Boca and Delray2016-04-19T10:02:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="166" src="/site_media/uploads/00-700-copy-3.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>Uptown Atlantic update </h3> <p>At tonight’s Delray Beach City Commission meeting, Uptown Atlantic likely will get the last of its required city approvals. If the project stays on its current schedule, we will know soon if Uptown Atlantic can fulfill its promise of helping to transform West Atlantic Avenue.</p> <p>       If the changes on East Atlantic seemed impossible to imagine 30 years ago, the chances for West Atlantic seemed even more farfetched. In the summer of 1986, riots after the Roots Festival closed 15 blocks of West Atlantic. When the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency got around to a plan for West Atlantic, residents learned that the plan envisioned uprooting most of them.</p> <p>       So the city started small on West Atlantic, with government projects: the south county courthouse, the police station and the fire station. Delray Beach also spruced up the area. The first significant private investment, however, didn’t happen until the Fairfield Inn opened in the 900 block of West Atlantic.</p> <p>       The hotel, Mayor Cary Glickstein said, broke down the “perception barriers” and showed that “there can be sustainable economic success” on West Atlantic, whose neighborhoods are poorer than those along East Atlantic and have more minority residents. Glickstein said the hotel’s occupancy is “exceeding expectations.”</p> <p>       Uptown Atlantic would take up the three blocks east of the Fairfield Inn. The nearly $40 million mixed-used project would include 112 apartments, about 43,000 square feet of commercial and retail space, 17,300 square feet of office space and another 6,000 square feet of restaurant space. City officials and members of the West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition (WARC) hope that a grocery store would take up much of that retail space. West Atlantic residents lack easy access to a chain grocer.</p> <p>       “That’s the biggie,” WRAC Chairwoman Joycelyn Patrick told me on Monday. She said the developer, Equity Enterprises USA, is “close to selecting a grocery store—or having a grocery store select them,” but she is “not at liberty to reveal any names.”</p> <p>       The CRA assembled the roughly 6-acre site, which Equity Associates would buy for $1 million, with the payments spread over six years. The grocery store is one aspect of the Community Benefits Agreement that is part of the transaction.</p> <p>       Other parts of the agreement involve local hiring for construction work and helping existing business owners with rents in the commercial space. Patrick said Equity Associates has been “more than cooperative” with WRAC. She calls the Community Benefits Agreement a potential model for such projects. The developer also has agreed to make 22 of the apartments workforce housing, with prices to match.</p> <p>       Several other items comprise the Uptown Atlantic approval list. The commission must accept a fee in lieu of some parking spaces, allow changes to setback rules, finalize the plat, convey some public alleys and sign off on the development agreement. The commission gave preliminary approval two weeks ago, so tonight’s debate isn’t expected to be controversial.</p> <p>       Though Delray Beach has encouraged West Atlantic redevelopment, the city also has wanted to make the project fit as well as possible. The commission blocked an earlier parking plan. Critics feared that overflow cars from Uptown Atlantic would crowd neighborhoods to the south. The CRA chose Equity Associates in November 2013. The company first hoped to be completing construction by October of this year.</p> <p>       Still, city officials want very much for this project to succeed. Delray Beach allowed a density increase from 12 units per acre to 18 units. The CRA allowed the developer to spread out the land payments. The hope is for Equity’s financial payoff to create a community payoff. WRAC hopes that Uptown Atlantic will help to rebrand that section of Delray as “The Set,” after the historic West Settlers neighborhood.</p> <p>       The drawings show colorful, Key West-style buildings. The eastern edge of Uptown Atlantic would be just three blocks from where the busy courthouse and tennis center face each other. City Commissioner Shelly Petrolia said Uptown Atlantic would bring “some of the amenities of East Atlantic to West Atlantic.” Glickstein said property values around the project location have increased, in anticipation of success.</p> <p>       Patrick praised Equity Associates for being “more than cooperative.” She would like the Community Benefits Agreement to be a model for similar projects. Equity Associates has agreed to do good as it develops Uptown Atlantic. Delray Beach hopes just as much that the developer does well. If Equity can make money on West Atlantic, more companies will follow.</p> <h3>And more on Atlantic Crossing</h3> <p>       Also on tonight’s commission agenda is another sign that Delray Beach is in what City Attorney Noel Pfeffer calls “litigation mode” when it comes to Atlantic Crossing.</p> <p>       Last August, the commission put the developers on notice that city might try to take back public alleys it agreed to convey as part of the project. Tonight, the commission will vote to exercise that right, claiming that the developers have not met their obligations under the 2009 agreement related to the property.</p> <p>       As with all things Atlantic Crossing, the issue is complicated. Basically, a lawyer is holding the deed to the property in escrow. With the commission’s vote tonight, Delray Beach will say that it wants the deed back. The lawyer—who is just holding the document—won’t turn it over because Atlantic Crossing would object.</p> <p>       So off to court the city and developer will go, unless they agree to settle Atlantic Crossing’s $25 million lawsuit. Up will go the chance of Delray Beach filing a counterclaim. And there will sit the property that the commission approved for development in December 2012.</p> <h3>Pfeffer replacement search</h3> <p>       That potential lawsuit underscores the need for Delray Beach to quickly find a replacement for Pfeffer, who is leaving at the end of May for a job with a Fort Lauderdale firm. The city attorney will supervise the outside firm handing the Atlantic Crossing litigation.</p> <p>       To that end, Chief Purchasing Officer Theresa Webb recommends that Delray Beach hire not the low bidder but the higher bidder—about $25,000—among three firms that would recruit applicants to succeed Pfeffer. The choice is on tonight’s city commission agenda.</p> <p>       Webb recommends S. Renee Narloch &amp; Associates “due to the critical nature of this recruitment and the compressed timeline. . .” Also, Webb said, Narloch can finish by mid-May, is based in Florida (Tallahassee) and just completed two other city attorney recruitments.</p> <h3>Boca’s new traffic engineer</h3> <p>       Just as Pfeffer’s successor will have to ramp up quickly, so will Boca Raton’s new chief traffic engineer.</p> <p>       That would be Maria Tejera, who started just in time to make a presentation at last week’s report on implementation of downtown open space rules. Tejera has an impressive background. She worked most recently as a traffic engineer for Palm Beach County, and prior to that worked for the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council and a private traffic consultant.</p> <p>       Tejera succeeds Doug Hess, who had the job for 31 years. Among Tejera’s big early issues will be recommendations from the city’s consultant for improvements to the intersection at Northeast Fifth Avenue and Palmetto Park Road.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Beachy Cocktails and Wine Dinners2016-04-19T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><em><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.19_pbcatch_shack.jpg" width="490"></strong></em></p> <p><strong>It’s the Bash at The Shack: PB Catch</strong></p> <p>With temperatures going up, sometimes the hours can move by so slowly that you want to scream. For me, that signals a 4:30 p.m. stop at PB Catch Seafood &amp; Raw Bar <em>(251 Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-5558),</em> where the lounge and raw bar open at that time Monday through Saturday. Starting April 23, The Shack is back at this excellent restaurant, which means the lounge area is transformed into a beach bungalow, with a seasonal bar menu and summer cocktails to match the décor. This was a hit last year, so plan on stopping by to sample, or join the staff at the summer event series: April 23: The Bash at the Shack; May 28: New England Clambake; June 8: World Oceans Day; June 25: Spain; July 23: New Orleans; Aug. 27: Mexico; Sept. 24: Jamaica; Oct., 22: Cuba.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.19_cafe_bould_sommelier_jeremy.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>It’s a Burgundy tour with wine dinner at Café Boulud</strong></p> <p>Here’s another chance to taste some very good wines paired with equally good food. We love wine dinners! Café Boulud <em>(301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-6060)</em> will host a Burgundy wine dinner on April 21, starting at 6:45 p.m. Chef Rick Mace will serve a four-course dinner, and Chef Sommelier Jeremy Broto-Mur will pour wines and discuss the all-important terroir in the Burgundy region. If you love pinot noir and chardonnay, this is a must-do dinner. Reservations required.</p> <div><span style="">Reception:</span></div> <div><em><span style="">Domaine Roland Lavantureux, Chablis, ''Vieilles Vignes''  2014</span></em></div> <div><span style=""><br></span></div> <div><span style="">Watercress veloute, </span><span style="">stingray oyster, caviar, nasturtium</span></div> <div> <div><em><span style="">Bruno Colin, Chassagne-Montrachet 2013</span></em></div> <div><span style=""><br></span></div> </div> <div><span style="">Porcini ravioli, </span><span style="">nettle, pancetta, pecorino</span></div> <div><em><span style="">Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur, Volnay 2013</span></em></div> <div><span style=""> </span></div> <div><span style="">Duck “salmis,” </span><span style="">black garlic, spring onion, dandelion</span></div> <div><em><span style="">Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy, Gevrey-Chambertin 2011</span></em></div> <div><span style=""><br></span></div> <div><span style="">Plum and Chocolate,  a</span><span style="">pple granite</span></div> <div> <div> <div><em><span style="">Traditional Kir, Edmond Cornu Bourgogne Aligote 2013 &amp; Lucien Jacob Creme de Cassis </span></em></div> </div> </div> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>The Week Ahead: April 19 to 252016-04-18T14:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/darren-criss-images.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Darren Criss</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $46.50-$126.50</p> <p>Contact: <a target="_blank">954/462-0222</a>, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Gleeks and Starkids rejoice! Actor and singer Darren Criss—best known for his roles as Blaine Anderson on “Glee” and Harry Potter in “A Very Potter Musical” and its sequels—will take over Fort Lauderdale Tuesday night with his renditions of popular Broadway songs. After thrilling audiences at Carnegie Hall with fellow Broadway performer Betsy Wolfe (“The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” “The Last Five Years”), Criss is bringing his solo act to South Florida. Criss wowed audiences on Broadway in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” winning the Award for Favorite Replacement for each role, and is sure to not disappoint. With a guitar or a piano at hand, watch for Criss to perform stripped-down performances of some of today’s biggest Broadway hit tunes and some of his original theater work. <em>—Kevin Studer</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/iggy-josh-770.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Iggy Pop</strong></p> <p>Where: Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $64.50-$105</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-7300, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>You’ve got to hand it to Miami resident Iggy Pop: He’s 68 years old, and despite the inherent flabbiness of old age, he still performs shirtless and stage-dives (he was reportedly the first performer to do so, back in the late ‘60s). One of the few punk pioneers still alive and still recording music, Pop is supporting Post Pop Depression, his new collaboration with Queens of the Stone Age, an appropriately heavy nine-song set of foul-mouthed head-bangers rooted in Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd. It’s Pop’s 17<sup>th</sup> album, but don’t expect a career’s worth of music at his hometown show this week: This tour’s set list pulls almost exclusively from “Post Pop Depression” and the twin masterpieces he recorded with David Bowie in 1977, The Idiot and Lust for Life. He isn’t playing anything by the Stooges, but hey, you can’t have it all.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="208" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/1082051250.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “Arnold Newman: Master Class”</strong></p> <p>Where: Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10–$12</p> <p>Contact: 561/392-2500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Photographer Arnold Newman was the Annie Leibovitz of his day: You weren’t a notable celebrity, artist or leader until you sat for him. And sitting for Newman didn’t just mean posing like a monarch, with the light accentuating your best side. Newman introduced the now commonplace concept of “environmental photography,” or immersing the subject in his or her natural habitat, without ornamentation. This process resulted in iconic images of Igor Stravinsky, in which the composer’s tiny head is dwarfed by the abstract shadow-like presence of his grand piano; John F. Kennedy staring pensively from a balcony in the White House, with the building’s pillars towering behind him; Woody Allen in bed scribbling into a notebook, pausing to meet the camera’s eye; and Truman Capote in a literally self-effacing gesture, reclining in a chair with a straw hat and his right hand covering half his visage. Newman’s famed public-figure portraits, which include Bill Clinton, Salvador Dali, Marilyn Monroe and countless others, form the bulk of “Master Class,” the first museum survey of his work since his 2006 death.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/black-box-series-kid-like-jake-95.jpeg" width="250"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “A Kid Like Jake”</strong></p> <p>Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20</p> <p>Contact: 561/586-6410, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In this award-winning play by Daniel Pearle, the unseen 4-year-old title character expresses a preference for what another character describes as “gender-variant play.” Which is a fancy 21<sup>st</sup> century way of saying that Jake likes to play with dolls instead of action figures, and prefers to dress up as Disney princesses for Halloween instead of pirates. “A Kid Like Jake” is set in the elite world of the Manhattan uber-rich, where Jake’s parents, Alex and Greg, are attempting to secure placement for their son in the borough’s most exclusive private schools. But as their boy’s Cinderella fixation deepens and his behavior grows more erratic, the parents and administrators begin to wonder if Jake’s “gender variances” are a cause for concern. This smart and relevant play, which explores issues of tolerance, gender fluidity and the nature-versus-nurture debate, will enjoy its Florida premiere courtesy of the Lake Worth Playhouse’s Stonzek Black Box series. The productions runs through May 1.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/david_sedaris_web.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: David Sedaris</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $68.89-$77.43</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The skeleton of a murdered pygmy, a first colonoscopy, memories of a father’s uncouth dinnertime attire. What do these subjects have in common? They all inspired stories in Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, the latest collection of memoirs and fiction from best-selling humorist—and, arguably, America’s premier essayist—David Sedaris. The NPR personality, former Macy’s department store elf, and notorious picker-upper of other people’s trash will read selections from Let’s Explore in this exhaustive book tour celebrating its paperback release. Sedaris also will offer all-new recollections, open the floor for a Q&amp;A and and sign books. </p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/nofx.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: NOFX</strong></p> <p>Where: Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $24</p> <p>Contact: 954/449-1025, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>NOFX rose to prominence in the mid-90s punk revival that included Green Day and the Offspring, ultimately selling more than 8 million albums without the help of mainstream radio airplay or major-label distribution. These days, its snotty vocals and three-chord skate-punk shredding sounds as influential as it is derivative, and its music is significantly more provocative than it used to be. In defiance of the brevity of traditional punk, NOFX’s signature song, 1999's “The Decline,” runs 18 minutes and takes up an entire EP. Alas, it’s not being played on the band’s current tour, but plenty of classics dating back to the early 90s are.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="193" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/534329ac7fbfe15c4726d413dd26dec6.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Wellness, Fashion, Art, Food &amp; Wine</strong></p> <p>Where: 40 Day Reset, 307 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 1 to 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/558-3239</p> <p>The diversity of activities at this intimate wellness fair in Royal Palm Place is evidenced in its name, where complimentary wine and light vegan bites will served amid a full day of scheduled speakers and events. It begins with a rejuvenating yoga session at 1 p.m. with a session guided by MuzeWear’s Denise Zullo, and continues with a lecture on breathwork and stress reduction by hypnosis expert and <a href="" target="_blank">Healthy Minds Practice</a> founder Dr. Yafi Yair at 2 p.m.; a lecture on “Sound, Color, Light Healing and Meditation” by Jan Kinder at 2:45 p.m.; a fashion show fundraiser at 3:30 p.m.; and a workshop on “Your Body Without Limits” by fitness consultant Dr. Scott Hoar. </p> <p>MONDAY, APRIL 25</p> <p><img alt="" height="235" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/360_br10q_1221.jpg" width="360"></p> <p><strong>What: “An Evening with Garrison Keillor”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40-$60</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Keillor is one of the few modern radio hosts for whom the word “controversial” is never desired. Though the longtime host of NPR’s vintage variety show “A Prairie Home Companion” will be retiring from his perch behind the microphone at the end of this season, he remains a foremost progenitor of Minnesota nice, a nostalgic relic of the era when radio waves were a portal to the imagination. He’s also a best-selling author and storyteller whose comedic and sonorous lectures jump from his childhood to wry comments on the news of the day to, if you’re lucky, freeform poetry and a cappella music. All that’s missing is rhubarb pie.</p>Spring Specials2016-04-18T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="479" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.18_spoto's.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>A dog’s special night at Spoto’s Oyster Bar</strong> </p> <p>You and your cuddly canine can sip and sup together for National Pet Parents Day (of course, there’s one of those!) on April 24 at Spoto’s Oyster Bar <em>(4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/776-9448).</em> From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., if you bring your canine kid to dinner, you’ll get a complimentary glass of house wine with your entrée, and your fuzzy friend will get either a Bow Wow Burger or Chow Hound Chicken treat. Bring some dog or cat food to donate to Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic &amp; Ranch in Jupiter, and you’ll receive a $15 gift card for your next visit. It’ll be a good night out for the fur kids! </p> <p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.18_beaker_and_gray.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>A ‘Game of Thrones’ menu: Beaker &amp; Gray</strong></p> <p>From April 18-24, “Game of Thrones” fans can celebrate the return of the popular HBO show, with themed dishes at Wynwood’s Beaker &amp; Gray restaurant <em>(2637 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305/699-2637). </em>The show’s starting its sixth season on April 24, so for lunch, feast on a Valyrian Grinder ($14; village bread, pulled mutton, Valyrian mushroom and wildfire). Dinner features Ribs of the North ($17; lamb ribs, dragon fruit and wild berries). The drink is Manticore Venom, and dessert is Red Wedding Donuts. The regular menu will also be available, with beautiful dishes such as the cauliflower, bacon, queso fresco and yuzu (pictured).</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Banned Books, Odd Architecture, Erased Love2016-04-15T14:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>Electronic media comes and goes, but books are forever.</p> <p>That seems to be the point of Ruben Millares’ Art &amp; Culture Center exhibition “Mother Pages.” The artist’s primary medium is a bedraggled paperback copy of Ray Bradbury’s <em>Fahrenheit 451</em>, a title that is hardly incidental to his mission statement. It is, after all, a banned book about banned books.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/sf-hollywood-art-culture-center-ruben-millares-mother-pages-20160406.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Like the tomes burned in Bradbury’s dystopia, Millares destroyed his copy, but for more cerebral means: He smothered its pages on and around the exposed guts of computer circuitry—knobs, gears, bands, bulbs, plugs, cylinders, circuit boards. These elements are organized in vitrines, under glass, like museum pieces or scale models. Also included in the gallery is a collage of the remnants of <em>Fahrenheit</em>, the pieces unused in the installations—brilliant pages painfully, and indiscrimately, damaged.</p> <p>“Mother Pages,” the most interesting of the five exhibitions the A&amp;CC unveiled last weekend, opens up a myriad of interpretations. Does it represent a Pollyanna’s view of the future, where books will not out only outlive their digital contemporaries but literally bury them under their words, despite evidence that each generation reads less print media than the one before it? Does it suggest its own dystopian future, where books are little more than relics of a bygone era, encased in glass and as inaccessible as the Ark of the Covenant?</p> <p>If you’re not sure what you’re looking at, the materials in “Mother Pages” resemble bomb-making equipment recovered from a lunatic’s bunker. By engulfing them in Bradbury’s words, can the piece be saying that books themselves are as powerful and influential as weapons?</p> <p>“Mother Pages” implies all of this and more, and its unique presentation—in the dimly lit second gallery, with black curtains separating the space from the other exhibitions—suggests an exhibit whose very ideas are secretive, dangerous or contraband. It’s quite an accomplishment.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/sf-hollywood-art-culture-center-ruben-millares-mo-20160406.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>In the main gallery, the work of Nereida Garcia Ferraz is no less implacable, if more vibrant. A Havana-born émigré who relocated to the U.S. in 1970, Ferraz works in media including painting, photography, sculpture and video, most of which are on display in the A&amp;CC’s exhibit “As Close As You Want.”</p> <p>It’s an interesting title for an exhibit whose works do seem to change perspective and meaning when viewed up close—where they become abstract expressions of lines of color—and from afar, where they offer visions of modern metropolises and architecture that radiate with a primitive, if motley colored, wonder. Her paintings feel brightly askew, like the cubist structures in “After Night Sound,” and the angular, postmodern edifices of “Inside/Outside” and “City After City.” It’s a way of seeing the world that is fully removed from objective reality, pulsating instead with the illogic of dreams.</p> <p>“As Close as You Want” is an inviting, generous exhibit that offers an all-encompassing view of the artist’s personality through a simulation of her studio. In addition to the paintings, there are cardboard maquettes of buildings in the gallery’s center, many of which reappear in “60 Etudes,” a series of small, square visions of buildings, chairs and other objects, which may or may not manifest again in her paintings. “Morning Prayers” is a series of hypnotic mandala-like vortexes drawn in walnut ink on antique paper, adding a spiritual component to the dreamlike modernity of the artist’s oils.</p> <p><img alt="" height="256" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/invite_familairs_didot.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>On your way out of the Center, don’t miss Jean-Paul Mallozzi’s “Familiars,” an exhibit full enough to present the artist’s coherent theme but small enough to leave you wanting more. Love between two men is seen is both tender and verboten in the majority of the graphite drawings and oil paintings, which focus on the embraces of male figures whose faces—and by association identities—are erased and replaced with nebulous paint smudges. At a time when LGBTQ rights are continually being erased in courts, it’s pretty sobering stuff.</p> <p><em>All of these exhibitions and more run through May 29 at Art &amp; Culture Center, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood. Admission costs $7 adults and $4 students, seniors and children. Call 954/921-3274 or visit</em></p>Staff Picks: Pamper Yourself2016-04-15T12:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong>Peaceful Body Massage</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.15_peaceful_body_massage.jpg" width="490"> </strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em> </p> <p>“I recently decided that I needed a massage so I booked an appointment with Colleen, a licensed massage therapist, at Peaceful Body located in Pineapple Grove in Delray. She did a lovely job focusing on areas that needed it the most, and the room was very tranquil with relaxing music playing in the background. I definitely left feeling more peaceful, content and stress free. 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The national chains are now in the competition, and the latest to join that list is the Hilton West Palm Beach, which opened in January. </p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.15_manor_interior.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>There are several Hiltons in the city; this is the one connected to the Palm Beach Convention Center (600 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561/231-6000). The design is contemporary and edgy, and that carries through to the bar and restaurant spaces (Manor interior pictured). A parking garage is being built, so for now, parking is by valet only.</p> <p>Before a show at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (across the street), we had dinner with friends at Manor, the Hilton’s restaurant. The signature chef is Matthew Byrne, best known both for his previous role as Tiger Woods’ personal chef and for Kitchen, his current, popular West Palm Beach restaurant. He’s overseeing the menu with Executive Chef Miguel Santiago. Santiago has worked for Hilton since 2013 and for various hotels and resorts all over the U.S., which included cooking for several presidents when he was in Washington D.C. He’s passionate about the farm-to-table concept, and his menu reflects that inspiration.</p> <p>We went at 6 p.m., with an 8 p.m. opening curtain, and parked at the Kravis’ parking lot, then walked to the Hilton. Our service was excellent, and the food was, too. We tried the heirloom tomatoes and burrata for a starter ($13); then dinner entrees included the seared scallops ($29) and the wild salmon mignon ($26), among others. The restaurant wasn’t crowded because, while the hotel was full of convention-goers, we saw them streaming to a company banquet elsewhere in the hotel.</p> <p>The cocktails were very good, and I want to return to sample the Galley bar area, which has one of the largest and most inviting fire pits I’ve ever seen. It has a nice view of the pool and garden area, too—very Zen. </p> <p>After dinner, we took one of the free-ride cart services available in the area and got back to the Kravis in plenty of time for the performance. We’re sure to repeat our Manor experience again!</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>IV Therapy Makes You Feel Good As New2016-04-15T08:00:00+00:00LL Scene/blog/author/llscenegirls/<p>What in the world were you girls doing with those IVs in your home? We’ve been getting this question for the past couple of weeks, and now we’re here to tell you all about it. We were introduced to Dr. Lena Edwards and IV2You while filming a news segment with CBS12, (thanks to Pinnacle Advertising &amp; Marketing Group!) After hearing the benefits of IV Therapy, Lindsey and #SceneGirl Jess were excited to experience everything this treatment had to offer.</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.15_iv_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Promoting the anti-hangover remedy to go hand-in-hand with St. Patrick’s Day, Lindsey and Jess were treated with the “2 Revive - IV Hangover Therapy.” IV2You’s “Hangover Therapy” gives partiers the opportunity to enjoy a big night out without having to pay for it the next day. We’ll just say this: IV2You is a LIFE CHANGER. We were immediately overcome with an explosion of hydration and vitamins. The hangover therapy includes IV fluids containing electrolytes, B vitamins and magnesium, all of which can be depleted with alcohol consumption. Extra fluids are given to help with the dehydration, which usually accompanies other hangover symptoms.</p> <p>If you are really down, choose from one of their add-on therapies: anti-nausea medication, anti-inflammatory medication and/or anti-heartburn medication. As we get older, we’re starting to notice that our hangovers tend to linger a little longer than they used to, but now we have an instant remedy! There’s a reason why Sofia Vergara had IV Therapy vans outside of The Breakers throughout her wedding weekend…</p> <p>After a long bachelor party weekend in Costa Rica, Lindsey scheduled Dr. Edwards to come to her home to treat her husband, Blake and the bachelor himself, Joe. After receiving an entire IV bag, it was as if the bachelor party never happened!</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.15_iv_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Not a big drinker? Good for you! IV Therapy isn’t just about treating and preventing hangovers. Dr. Edwards can customize an IV bag to your everyday needs. IV2You offers potent formulas to help with stress, anti-aging, energizing, strengthening, beautifying and relaxation.</p> <p>Needles may freak some of you out, but rest assured, Dr. Edwards is a medical doctor with years of experience practicing the benefits of IV Therapy. Not only is she a complete professional and pioneer in her field, Dr. Edwards is so much fun to be around. She explains the process of customizing the IV bags to ensure you’re comfortable with everything she’s doing. It’s easy to assume an experience like this would be on the pricey side, but it’s really not. Pricing varies upon treatment, but our ‘hangover remedy’ IV was just $129, which includes Dr. Edwards coming to your home and administering the IV.</p> <p class="normal"><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>About Lindsey &amp; Lilly</strong></p> <p class="normal">Lindsey Swing &amp; Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of <a href="">LLScene</a>, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to "20-30 somethings" looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they're fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey &amp; Lilly will continue to enjoy being "dog moms" to Bentley &amp; Duke. </p>Review: Saquella Cafe2016-04-14T10:00:00+00:00Shaina Wizov/blog/author/Shaina/<div>If you’ve spent any time in Downtown Boca, I’ll bet money that you’ve stopped into Saquella Cafe for breakfast—or maybe just for coffee or a taste of one of their delicious house made desserts. While Saquella might be best known for its early morning fare and delectable sweets, there’s a lot more behind the doors of this establishment, which opened in Boca in 2005 all because of one man’s belief that “if you want something done right, do it yourself.” When Owner Abraham Sekeral—Avi to his friends—couldn’t find quality cappuccino anywhere in the area, he decided to take matters upon himself and bring locals a little taste of what he discovered during his travels to Italy—and we are SO grateful that he did!</div> <div> </div> <div>But that’s not all he brought to us Boca locals. An in-house bakery and made-from-scratch kitchen also came along with the package. Saquella is a great spot for breakfast or lunch, but now that they've launched a new dinner menu spearheaded by Executive Chef David Fogel and his team, you might as well eat all three meals of the day here!</div> <div><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.14_saquella_cafe_1.jpeg" width="490"></div> <div>The Mediterranean Sampler is a MUST-TRY. It’s incredible, and it's basically “me on a plate.”</div> <div>It's a gorgeous display of roasted cauliflower, zucchini, eggplant and red peppers surrounded by hummus, tomato salsa, falafel, tahini and grilled pita. That alone would be good enough for me for dinner!</div> <div><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.14_saquella_cafe_2.jpeg" width="490"></div> <div>As if I wasn’t overwhelmed with so many of my favorite things already, I also tried the Goat Cheese Croquettes. Creamy goat cheese enveloped in a crispy coating, with a sweet fig jam sitting on top, served with crostini. Goat cheese and fig is a heavenly combination. The sweetness of the figs balanced out the tanginess of the goat cheese, and the textures of each ingredient all played well together.</div> <div><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.14_saquella_cafe_3.jpeg" width="490"></div> <div>Popular entrees include the Quinoa Crusted Salmon (a dish that’s not on the menu, but regulars know is always available). There’s also a Salmon Burger made with wild-caught salmon, cilantro and citrus, topped with a grilled artichoke-lime aioli, avocado and arugula, on a challah bun—made IN-HOUSE! I love me some good challah bread, as well as a good meatless burger—I think that’s a well known fact—and this one left a lasting impression. I loved the texture and absolutely adored the grilled artichoke-lime aioli. The flavors were fantastic. The best part? You won’t find french fries as a side option at Saquella. Instead, the burger is served with the most perfectly roasted fingerling potatoes. I couldn’t stop eating them one by one, sneaking another when no one was looking. They had just the right amount of crispness to the skin, and the potato wasn’t the least bit mushy. You can have your french fries—I’ll take these fingerlings any day!</div> <p>Read my <a href="" target="_blank">full review</a> on Take A Bite Out of Boca. </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Shaina was born and raised in South Jersey; she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in journalism and media studies. After moving to Boca, Shaina created her own food blog, which has only enhanced her passion for cooking, baking, sipping and savoring her way around South Florida. Shaina is involved in many of the region’s food and wine festivals and events. Follow Shaina’s foodie adventures every other Thursday at—and on her own blog, <a href="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</p>Boca Ballroom dancers announced2016-04-14T09:56:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="582" src="/site_media/uploads/bbb.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>Drum roll, please. The George Snow Scholarship Fund just announced the fearless eight community leaders who will dance at the Ninth Annual Boca’s Ballroom Battle August 20 at the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club.</p> <p>This highly anticipated event—the highlight of the summer—is patterned after the “Dancing with the Stars” television blockbuster, and pairs Boca brave hearts with professional dancers from Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Boca who learn a choreographed routine in a matter of months—and then perform it in front of 750 of their closest friends and neighbors.</p> <p>Those of us who have done it know what it takes—and it is not for the faint of heart.</p> <p>Each dancer raises money that benefits the good work The Foundation does in awarding scholarships to kids who really need them, which makes all the angst worth it in the end.</p> <p>So here they are, our intrepid dancers of 2016. We wish them all the best and we’ll be there cheering them on! (P.S. It’s never too early to sign up for a table or sponsorship—visit for details.)</p> <p><strong>2016 DANCERS</strong></p> <p><strong>Donna Biase</strong>- Co-Founder, Best Foot Forward Foundation</p> <p><strong>Dan Davidowitz </strong>- CIO &amp; Portfolio Manager, Polen Capital</p> <p><strong>Alex Eremia, </strong>– Vice President, General Counsel, Boca Raton Regional Hospital</p> <p><strong>Peter Gary – </strong>CEO/Founder, Pinnacle Advertising &amp; Marketing Group</p> <p><strong>Bonnie Halperin - </strong>Entrepreneur, Visionary, Philanthropist, Volunteer</p> <p><strong>Stacey Packer-</strong>Community Champion, Volunteer and Mother</p> <p><strong>Doug Paton, - </strong>Chief Operating Officer, Flagship Solutions Group</p> <p><strong>Samantha Vassallo – </strong>Senior Vice President, SunTrust Private Wealth Management</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p>Final Swank Farm dinner April 242016-04-14T09:26:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="960" src="/site_media/uploads/13007381_10209335871302607_3707252063191732463_n.jpg" width="445"></p> <p>You know it’s the end of the season when it’s the final farm dinner out at Swank Farm. And this season has been stunning, with innovative themes and menus, great music, beautiful décor under that big pole barn and the simple magic of a long communal table full of new and old friends.</p> <p>We had a farm to market dinner (with fresh local goods for sale as a bonus!), we had an Argentine barbecue and a Chinese New Year. We had an Oscar-themed dinner, and the always spectacular diner en blanc, just last weekend. And that was just a few of them. There is always an element of delight as the theme unfolds course by course, and the sun slips down over the treetops and the music plays on, and farm owners and hosts Jodi and Darren Swank mingle and make sure all their guests are happy and taken care of.</p> <p>The Swank Farm dinners are still one of the highlights of our winter season, and we hate to see them end.</p> <p>There are a few tickets left for this year’s last dinner, which is all about the piggy—featuring Jarod Higgins, executive chef, at Cut 432, Chris Miracolo, executive chef, S3, Fort Lauderdale, Julia Ning, chef/owner, Station 5 at Table &amp; Bar, Miami, David Bouchard from the Cooper manning the bar, and others. Music will be by the popular Hootenanny and tickets are $160 each. The event is from 5 to 9, and rain or shine.  For tickets and more information log on to <a href=""></a></p> <p>This is your last chance this season to get down on the farm for some seriously great food and company!</p>The Week Ahead: April 13 to 182016-04-13T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="260" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/ep-310169893.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Pentatonix</strong></p> <p>Where: BB&amp;T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30.75-$80.75</p> <p>Contact: 954/835-8000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The rebirth of a cappella music, thanks to the “Pitch Perfect” franchise and television’s “The Sing-Off,” has opened up a profitable career path for progenitors of a genre formerly relegated to the fringes of university concerts and niche record labels. And Pentatonix, which has appeared in both—and won “The Sing-Off”—is the most aspirational a cappella group yet, comprised of a quintet of multicultural Texans whose members have mastered the spectrum of the pentatonic scale, from Kevin Olusola’s beatboxing and vocal percussion to Kristin Maldonado’s soprano lead. Together, they’ve conquered the Internet with more than 1 billion accumulative YouTube views worldwide for their imaginative music videos. Expect a fun light and stage show and a mix of Pentatonix originals and stunning covers by the likes of Ariana Grande and Imagine Dragons during their current world tour. </p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="264" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/dscn0730a.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Murdered to Death”</strong></p> <p>Where: Evening Star Productions at Sol Theatre, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20 adults, $10 students</p> <p>Contact: 561/447-8829, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Back in October, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre opened its handsome production of “The Mousetrap,” the Agatha Christie play that defined the archetypal whodunit. Now, Evening Star Productions is presenting the ultimate spoof of Christie’s well-oiled formula. The first in Peter Gordon’s “Inspector Pratt” trilogy, the deadpan “Murdered to Death” is set (of course) in an English country manor house presided over by a widowed proprietor and her dowdy caretaker. The cast of characters is filled with the usual suspects from many a dime-store paperback and “Masterpiece Theatre” episode: the haughty art dealer and his moll, the retired colonel with a stiff upper lip, the local gossip turned amateur sleuth—and let’s not forget the butler—all of them spouting puns and malapropisms. Rosalie Grant will direct a 10-piece cast of professionals in a production that will run through May 1.</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/lovepiano.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “I Love a Piano”</strong></p> <p>Where: The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $70-$75</p> <p>Contact: 561/995-2333, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Irving Berlin, who lived to a whopping 101, dominated the music industry for at least 40 of those prolific years, crafting literally thousands of pop ditties, 20 complete Broadway scores, and plenty of movie songs, generating standards from all of them. “I Love a Piano,” one of only two musical revues authorized to use the entire Berlin archive, features more than 60 of the songwriter-composer’s most iconic hits, along with its share of more obscure compositions. Berlin himself is not a character: The protagonist of this thinly plotted confection is an upright piano, whose life we follow from factories to concert halls, from 1910-1950, the period of Berlin’s ascendency and industry dominance. A cast of six triple-threat entertainers follows the piano through nine distinct periods, from “Tin Pan Alley” and “The Depression” to “Stage Door Canteen” and “Summer Stock.” It runs through May 15.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/1159529-blake-shelton_russ-harrington-617-409.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Tortuga Music Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Fort Lauderdale Beach</p> <p>When: 1 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $199–$899</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Last year, this environmentally conscious country-music jamboree sold out its star-studded weekend, prompting organizers to add a third day and even more performers for its fourth-annual incarnation. Thousands of toes will line the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach for another unassailable lineup of country and roots music, headlined by “The Voice” prankster and tabloid bait Blake Shelton, three-time Grammy-winning actor-singer Tim McGraw and Arizona singer-songwriter Dierks Bentley (“Drunk on a Plane”). But the deeper you delve into the lineup, the more genre variation it contains: The indefatigable Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, the hip-hop/funk/reggae fusers Michael Franti &amp; Spearhead, the sensational alt-rock siren Elle King (“Exes and Ohs”), and the Jacksonville blues-rock outfit JJ Grey &amp; Mofro will join country singers like Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Kip Moore, Chris Janson and at least 17 other artists. And when you buy tickets, know that you’re helping to save our oceans: Tortuga has donated more than $250,000 to the nonprofit partners in its “Conservation Village.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="449" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/goblinmarket.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Goblin Market”</strong></p> <p>Where: Outre Theatre Company at the Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $30</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Every year, Fort Lauderdale’s edgy Outre Theatre Company will present a stripped-down concert version of a daring musical—testing the waters of its adventurous audience with anticipation of a full production down the line. This year’s concert production is “Goblin Market,” co-written by Polly Pen, the actress-composer who adapted “Bed &amp; Sofa” (also produced by Outre) from an obscure Russian novel. This time it’s a lush Victorian poem by Christina Rossetti that inspired Pen and co-writer Peggy Harmon, transforming her poem “Goblin Market” into a tactile and emotionally intense theatrical experience about two sisters who return to an adolescence of fantasies both dark and light, terrifying and beautiful. They encounter goblins and faeries, which may or not be projections of psychosexual neuroses; you’ll just have to see this challenging musical, starring Shelley Keelor and Kristen Long with music directed by Caryl Fantel, to find out. Sabrina Lynn Gore will direct the production, which runs for this one weekend only. </p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="208" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/david-cross.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: David Cross</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $26–$36</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If David Cross’ only accomplishments were his Emmy-winning writing of “The Ben Stiller Show” and his trailblazing HBO sketch series “Mr. Show With Bob and David,” he would still earn more than a footnote in the pop-culture history books, for helping hatch the genre we now identify as “alternative comedy.” But the actor-comedian, who also co-starred on “Arrested Development,” is most in his element on the stand-up stage, where he satirizes the form’s clichés, challenges his audience’s perceptions on religion and politics, and isn’t afraid to be deadly serious when the mood is right. That Cross is including South Florida on his 2016 tour route is rare enough, but a Cross date <em>anywhere</em> is a welcome surprise, given that he hasn’t toured in five years. In a press release, Cross promises to bring his “patented, fart-inducing laugh winces to a town near you”—a tease that undersells his gifts with trademark sarcasm. Few comedic voices remain so cerebral, original and scathing. Judging by the title of the tour—“Making America Great Again!”—he’ll once again hold nothing back.</p> <p>SATURDAY AND SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/hatsume.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Hatsume Fair</strong></p> <p>Where: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10-$15, free for museum members and children 3 and younger</p> <p>Contact: 561/495-0233, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Flights from West Palm Beach to Japan are not for the impatient among us: if you’re lucky, you’ll make it in 16 hours with only one layover, and it’ll run you upwards of $2,000. Luckily, the Morikami brings Japanese culture, fashion and food to Palm Beach County audiences all year long—and there’s never a better time to explore it than the museum’s annual Hatsume Fair. Celebrating the first bud of spring, the 37th annual festival is the Morikami’s grandest annual shindig. It offers two runway contests—one for costumes culled from the worlds of anime and Japanese folklore, and another for contemporary Japanese street fashion—plus a pair of our region’s best taiko drumming groups, martial arts demonstrations ranging from karate and jiujitsu to aikido and budokai, a plant sale, Asian and American food vendors, a beer garden and a sake station. Last year, there was even a karaoke DJ in the Morikami Theater, providing audiences the opportunity to channel their inner Bill Murray in “Lost in Translation.” The Far East never felt so close by.</p>Mad About Mother&#39;s Day2016-04-13T09:00:00+00:00Michelle Olson-Rogers/blog/author/michellerogers/<p>It’s the final countdown…to Mother’s Day on May 8, that is! This is one of the (<em>very</em>) few celebratory days each year when a mom can (<em>try to</em>) take a step back from her needy (<em>but wonderful</em>) family and responsibilities, relax, enjoy and feel (<em>somewhat</em>) guilt-free about it to boot!</p> <p>You can sign me up for it all: sleeping in, coffee in bed, a long hot shower without interruption, brunch outside. I may even go a little crazy and book myself a nail appointment or massage in the afternoon. Because I can’t remember the last time I actually had either…</p> <p>Now it’s up to you, Boca dad to make it all happen. Remember, your day is in June.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.13_tanzy_mimosas.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Massage and manicure, check! Now let’s talk about the mother of all brunches. I want to celebrate, and that means bubbles and lots of ‘em! Time to take the whole family downtown to <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Tanzy</strong></a> in Mizner Park so I can indulge in their ultimate Mother’s Day “mom-mosa” bar. While you wrangle the kids, I plan on personalizing my bubbly beverages with fresh orange, strawberry, passion fruit, blood orange and yuzu juice. I don’t even know what yuzu is, but goshdarnit, I’m trying it because it’s my day, and I ordered the unlimited mimosa package for $24.</p> <p>Wait a moment. You forgot that you needed to take the kids to buy a Mother’s Day card and gift? Not a problem because <strong>Lord &amp; Taylor</strong> is right across the street, and the shoe department is conveniently on the first floor and very stroller friendly. Why, those <em>Brian Atwood</em> sandals on display DO have my name on them! Thank you family!</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.13_le_macaron.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Let’s not forget about some post-shopping dessert. Madagascar black vanilla and salted caramel macarons from <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Le Macaron</strong></a> are just what this Boca mom is craving. Calories don’t count on Mother’s Day, right?</p> <p>However you decide to celebrate Mother’s Day this year, just remember that you deserve the best! And during the other 364 days of the year, those kiddos that you brought into the world are pretty much the best gift of all.</p> <p><strong>•••••••• </strong></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of </em><a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em><strong>, </strong></em><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options—as well as a weekly MOMpreneur spotlight! A MOMpreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em><em></em></p>Run from the Rays2016-04-13T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.13_start_line_and_rotc.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Lace up locals! It’s time for the <a href="">Run from the Rays 5k</a>. It’s the fourth year for this local race, which brings attention to sun safety and raises money for charities that provide melanoma and other skin cancer screenings, treatment, education and research.</p> <p>First, let’s get to the nuts and bolts of the upcoming event. It’s Sunday, April 24, at 7 a.m. at the Spanish River Athletic Complex <em>(1370 Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton)</em>.</p> <p>Participants can choose among the 5K (3.1 mile) run/walk, one-mile run/walk for people 17 and older or the kids’ (16 years and younger) one miler. The 5K is $32.50; adult one-miler is $22.50; and kids’ run is $17.50—all of which include a $2.50 online signup fee. </p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.13_4_checks_boys.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Now, for the local angle to this running event. Boca Raton residents Fran and Nathan Nachlas, a Boca Raton facial plastic surgeon, decided to help their son Jake start a meaningful community project in 2012. At the time, Jake was a freshman at Pine Crest High School. </p> <p>“Our daughter Hannah was at NYU and was very interested in dermatology. Combine that with the work that Nathan does with reconstructive surgery on patients after cancer removal, and the fact that his mom's brother passed away at age 50 from melanoma, made it an easy decision that raising awareness about sun safety and about early detection and treatment of melanoma and other life-threatening skin cancers would be our cause,” Fran Nachlas tells the Fit Life.</p> <p>The Nachlas family founded the non-profit foundation SafeSun, recruited two more Pine Crest families to join in the charity’s mission and made sun safety a priority.</p> <p>“Our first Run from the Rays 5k was held in April of 2013, and, from the beginning, we had incredible community support. Over the past three years, with the generous support of many individuals and businesses in the community, we've given $100,000 to the charities we have supported,” Nachlas says. “We chose our charities carefully because we wanted to cover all bases: education about sun safety; research for a cure; early diagnosis and treatment for those unable to afford it.”</p> <p>Among the charities that have benefited: the dermatology clinic at The Caridad Center in Boynton Beach, The Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation, Dermatology Medical Missions, Moffitt Cancer Center's dermatology research (which partners with Boca Raton Regional Hospital's Lynn Cancer Center), New England Melanoma Foundation and One Fund Boston.</p> <p>The last charity, One Fund Boston, has a special significance to the couple. </p> <p>“…Nathan and I were running the Boston Marathon at mile 25.9 when the bombs went off, just six days before Run from the Rays,” Nachlas says.</p> <p>Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to sign up or donate to the Run from the Rays cause, or call Race Director Fran Nachlas,-SafeSun, at 561/350-5110. Runners and walkers can pick up their race packets from April 16-22 at the <a href="" target="_blank">Runner's Edge</a> store in Boca Raton.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p><strong><em>About Lisette</em></strong></p> <p><em>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>The no-growth crowd keeps at it and other issues of note2016-04-12T12:45:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="226" src="/site_media/uploads/aerial.jpg" width="341"></h3> <h3>The noise goes on  </h3> <p>On Monday, Boca Raton’s no-growth crowd couldn’t argue the facts or the law. So they just argued.</p> <p>       As I reported Friday, city staff had determined—after four months of research—that over nearly three decades Boca Raton has correctly applied the open space requirements for downtown projects. The issue arose last fall during yet another review of the city’s downtown architectural guidelines. City Manager Leif Ahnell noted a 2003 memo from the city’s then-downtown director to planners about how to apply the rule that 40 percent of downtown projects must be “ground to sky” open space. That requirement is in Ordinance 4035, which the city adopted in 1992 to govern downtown redevelopment.</p> <p>       The no-growthers pounced. BocaWatch publisher and presumed 2017 mayoral candidate Al Zucaro stated that “paper shredders” must have been running, to destroy evidence of the city giving breaks to developers. A few weeks later, Boca Beautiful President John Gore ran an ad in the <em>South Florida Sun-Sentinel</em> headlined “Breaking the law in Boca.” Gore later appeared at a meeting to lecture city council members on the importance of following Ordinance 4035.</p> <p>       In fact, there was no cover-up and no law-breaking. On Monday, staff members walked city council members— meeting as the Community Redevelopment Agency board— through the history of downtown redevelopment in general and Ordinance 4035 in particular. Here’s one interesting finding: New downtown projects have less to do with heavier traffic in Boca Raton than transportation issues in Delray Beach and northeast Broward County.</p> <p>       Yet the no-growthers couldn’t admit to being wrong n open space. So they changed the argument.</p> <p>       I have referred to the open space flap as a “manufactured controversy.” Ahnell and the council asked for this needlessly long review, which distracted Boca from other business, to placate the no-growthers. Let’s see how that worked out.</p> <p>       On Monday, Gore agreed that the controversy had been “manufactured.” Absurdly, however, he said the controversy had been “manufactured by you,” meaning the council. “You started the fire,” Gore said. “We just turned up the heat.” Actually, Boca Beautiful and BocaWatch were the firebugs.</p> <p>       Unable to claim victory on open space, Gore moved the goalposts. In a new <em>Sun-Sentinel</em> ad today, headlined “Enforce the law in Boca,” Boca Beautiful now claims that the city is ignoring Addison Mizner-like design guidelines “to maximize profits for developers.” The ad offers no examples, referring only to “ugly concrete monstrosities rising on Federal Highway and Palmetto Park Road.” The previous Boca Beautiful ad called for a moratorium on downtown development. This ad demands that the city “enforce Boca’s architectural design guidelines.”</p> <p>       Zucaro didn’t speak at Monday’s meeting, leaving early after chatting with Gore. Zucaro did find time, though, to post three new rants on the BocaWatch website. One states falsely that nothing on the public record supports the claim that the council in 2009 bought the Wildflower property for use as a restaurant.</p> <p>       In fact, there was discussion at the meeting about whether the property contained restrictions on outdoor dining. Then-Mayor Susan Whelchel said the council hoped to buy an additional smaller, adjoining parcel to the north for use as a park.</p> <p>       Having forced the staff to produce the downtown report, which is large enough to crash some computers, the council finally fired back at the no-growthers. “When you make statements that we are ‘destroying’ this city,” said Robert Weinroth, “what city are you talking about?” Referring to other cities begging for downtown redevelopment, “Jeremy Rodgers said, “I’d rather have the ‘problem’ we have than the problem they have.”</p> <p>       Susan Haynie criticized the no-growthers for basically calling Boca Raton’s elected officials and administrators “liars.” Scott Singer noted that no one had challenged the accuracy of the study, which reported that only one downtown project—Townsend Place, where Gore lives—is out of compliance with open space rules. “One mistake,” Singer said, “doesn’t amount to lawlessness.”</p> <p>       But one defeat, however embarrassing, won’t silence the no-growthers. Their noise is all about the March 2017 city election, when the mayor’s job and two council seats are up. At this point, they don’t have a case on the law or the facts. So they will argue. And sometimes lie.</p> <h3>Delray’s pension issue</h3> <p>       Public safety pension reform in Delray Beach is not quite done, but the city is getting close.</p> <p>       The city commission did approve three-year contracts with the police and fire unions that will mean big savings in pension benefits over 30 years. According to Chief Financial Officer Jack Warner, the estimated savings from the police contact is $21 million. Because the fire contract also redirects $1 million annually from firefighter cost-of-living adjustments to the city’s unfunded pension liability, Warner estimates the total savings at $45 million.</p> <p>       Delray Beach, however, also wanted to change the police-fire pension board. It makes decisions on investments. Bad decisions reduce the fund’s assets. The city must make up any shortages. In its two most recent reports, the LeRoy Collins Institute at Florida State University rated Delray’s police-fire pension fund ‘F.’</p> <p>       Currently, the city appoints four members of the pension board, and the fire and police unions each get two appointments. Under the new contracts, the police and fire funds will be separate. The city will choose two members, the respective union will choose two members, and those four will choose the fifth. The swing vote thus will have to be a compromise choice.</p> <p>       Mayor Cary Glickstein, city commissioners and city officials have complained regularly about the fund’s poor investment returns. Warner points out that a one-percentage point improvement in return for the $150 million fund would be worth $1.5 million a year. Better returns would augment the savings from the contracts.</p> <p>       City Attorney Noel Pfeffer told me that the funds will be split, and new boards chosen, as soon as the fund’s actuaries issue impact statements for the changes. At a recent meeting, Pfeffer told the commission that the police union had agreed to the change in return for the city extending its contract an additional year—to Sept. 30, 2018. The fire contract still expires on Sept. 30, 2017.</p> <p>       At some point, Delray Beach may want to propose the more dramatic shift from a traditional defined-benefit pension to a defined-contribution pension. The savings might be even greater, but pushing for that now would have been too much. The town of Palm Beach instituted similar drastic reform in 2012, and the result has been high turnover in the police and fire departments.</p> <p>       As in Boca Raton, Delray Beach worked with the unions to get pension reform that protects the public yet keeps salaries and benefits competitive. High morale among cops and firefighters also protects the public.</p> <h3>Money talks and the CRA</h3> <p>       Delray Beach city commissioners and Community Redevelopment Agency board members will hold another workshop meeting today. Based on the backup material, the subject, not surprisingly, will be money.</p> <p>       All additional property tax revenue from downtown development goes to the CRA, not the city. But the need for downtown services such as police and fire-rescue come from city departments. With needs also growing outside the downtown, the commission would like the CRA to pay more of the downtown services bill.</p> <p>       The agency already pays for some downtown police officers. In a March 31 letter to City Manager Don Cooper, Police Chief Jeffrey Goldman predicts that the department will need to add 14 sworn positions and six civilian positions over the next three years. One topic up for discussion will be what Mayor Cary Glickstein calls “fungibility”—moving money from one source to another.</p> <p>       CRA Director Jeff Costello said the agency wants to work with the city on ways to shift costs. It’s budget season already, even though the fiscal year is barely half over. Today’s meeting needs to be productive.</p> <h3>Scottism of the month</h3> <p>Gov. Rick Scott says a lot of funny things without meaning to be funny, but one of the silliest was his suggestion that Yale University should consider moving to Florida because some Connecticut legislators wanted to tax earnings from Yale’s $25 billion-plus endowment. The tax never did happen.<br>        To the governor, Yale is just another business in a state with a Democratic governor. As a Yale official noted, however, the university, the city and the state “have been on common ground to great mutual benefit for 300 years.”</p> <p>       Presumably with a straight face, Scott said Yale “would add yet another great university to our state.” No disrespect, but no college in Florida is on Yale’s level. Indeed, Scott has offered no plan to raise the level of higher education in Florida. If anything, he has lowered it.</p> <p>       In 2012, Scott approved creation of Florida Polytechnic in Lakeland. The Legislature had approved the unneeded 12<sup>th</sup> university as a gift to retiring state Sen. J.D. Alexander, who lives in Lakeland. Alexander persuaded Scott that Florida Poly could be another Georgia Tech. Instead, Florida Poly just missed its first deadline for accreditation. Florida Poly drains money from Florida Atlantic and the other 10 state universities.</p> <p>       By creating a great higher education system, Florida also would have a better chance of creating great jobs. Leave most out-of-state recruiting to football coaches.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Bourbon Dinners and Anniversary Parties2016-04-12T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="610" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.12_the_cooper_bourbon_and_cigar_pairing.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>The Cooper bourbon/cigar dinner</strong> </p> <p>Sit down to a five-course dinner, have a nice glass of bourbon, light up a cigar and enjoy the evening at The Cooper <em>(4610 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/622-0032) </em>for a “Bourbon and Cigar Pairing Dinner” on April 18. The bourbon is from Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky; the cigars are from Ashton Cigars/Dominican Republic by Smoke Inn, and the guest speaker is David Ahearns, bourbon specialist with Republic National Distributing Company. Along with dinner (which includes a whole suckling pig!), every diner will receive three Ashton cigars. The cost is $92 per person, not including tax/gratuity. </p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.12_tryst_hangar_steak.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Tryst 7-year anniversary party</strong> </p> <p>The seven-year itch is striking Tryst, the Delray Beach gastropub, but the only thing they’re itching to do is complete another seven years with the same success they’ve had to date. So celebrate with Tryst <em>(4 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/921-0201)</em> on April 22, as they host a “7-Year Anniversary Party,” starting with a free, open bar from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Yes, I said free. If you have dinner there, with menu items like the hangar steak (pictured), you’ll receive a complimentary glass of bubbly. Live music begins at 10:30 p.m., too. Sounds like a heck of a party!</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Concert Review: Pearl Jam at BB&amp;T Center2016-04-11T14:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><em>(Editor's note: The Week Ahead will run on Wednesday this week.)</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="285" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/re3_0432.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><em>(Photos by Ron Elkman)</em></p> <p>After a 20-year hiatus from Broward and Miami-Dade, Pearl Jam returned to South Florida this past weekend to launch its eagerly awaited 2016 North American Tour with an impressive 32-song set list. Led by frontman Eddie Vedder, the group played tirelessly and with raw aggression for almost three hours, taking the massive crowd back to the days when flannel shirts were in style for the <em>first</em> time. Guitarists Mike McCready and Stone Gossard, bassist Jeff Ament and drummer Matt Cameron all delivered performances worthy of their rock-legend status.</p> <p>Friday’s tour kickoff at the BB&amp;T Center in Sunrise took a grand total of 12 minutes to sell out. Those lucky enough to purchase face-value tickets or begrudgingly reach deep into their pockets for the ludicrous resale prices arrived in droves of thousands—all happy, smiling and reminiscing about previous concert experiences.</p> <p>Once the Seattle-based band appeared, fans were treated to an emotional rollercoaster of an evening.  After a minute or two of riffing, the raucous opener “Go” kicked in. Any fears of a poor performance began to subside. It all came together, with Vedder’s infamous voice unmarred by the considerable span of years. McCready, Gossard, Cameron and Ament all played their hearts out; the sound was nearly impeccable.</p> <p><img alt="" height="543" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/re3_0892.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Songs from the debut album “Ten” through Pearl Jam’s latest release “Lightning Bolt” were played with precision and met with relentless enthusiasm from the crowd.  Old favorites such as “Alive,” “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town,” “Black,” and the requested “Given to Fly” mingled among countless lesser-played songs, including “Footstep,” “Porch,” and “Help, Help” which was last played live in September 2011. Given this year’s electoral climate, a political moment of sorts was somewhat expected, and during “Do the Evolution,” Vedder danced around in a Trump mask. Every word of the megahit “Even Flow” was chanted by the masses, and heck—we even got to sing “Happy Birthday” to McCready, who celebrated his 50th last week. </p> <p>In typical Pearl Jam style, the band covered a few select songs: Van Zandt’s “I am a Patriot;” “Surrender,” in a brief tribute to Cheap Trick’s induction into the Rock &amp; Roll Hall of Fame; and The Who’s “Baba O’Riley,” which would have made even Roger Daltrey impressed. The cover of Wayne Cochran’s “Last Kiss” prompted Vedder’s venture into the crowd, where he looked to be teetering precariously along seats in a lower-level section to the left of the stage.</p> <p><img alt="" height="310" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/re3_0303.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The thrashing drums and rip-roaring sounds of both guitarists kept the near-capacity arena of fans on their feet throughout the evening. Once in their early 20s during the band’s first tour, the majority of the concertgoers were now middle-aged, some bringing their children along for their first concert experience.</p> <p>“Last time we performed in Fort Lauderdale was 1996. You weren’t born yet,” Vedder joked, pointing out a few youngsters in the audience, followed by a couple of older guests in their 90s, and then took a moment to acknowledge several birthdays. It was not something you’d expect from the lead singer who, like his fans, has obviously matured over the years. He laughed about telling a story that would make no sense at all, and then proceeded to reflect on how earlier he was brushing his teeth in the hotel and saw an old man who appeared to be judging him in the sink’s reflection—lightheartedly noting that perhaps the crystals in his toothpaste may not be flavoring after all. He finished the oration by warning people about keeping an eye on their drinks and to be wary of any strange substances that could get slipped into them.</p> <p>Sounding more like a concerned dad then a legendary rock star, and eschewing his traditional long curly locks, Vedder still wears a plaid flannel shirt. Twenty-five years later—and luckily, for the one of the pioneers of grunge—they are back in style once again. But unlike the flannel shirts, it was a privilege to experience the return of Pearl Jam. </p> <p><img alt="" height="535" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/re3_0788.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>SET LIST</p> <p>1. Go</p> <p>2. Mind Your Manners</p> <p>3. Corduroy</p> <p>4. Given To Fly (<em>for Shawn Thorton-Panthers hockey player)</em></p> <p>5. Help, Help</p> <p>6. Deep</p> <p>7. Nothingman</p> <p>8. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town</p> <p>9. Severed Hand</p> <p>10. Unthought Known</p> <p>11. Sirens</p> <p>12. Surrender-(Cheap Trick {one chorus of the song only})</p> <p>13. Evenflow</p> <p>14. Amongst The Waves</p> <p>15. I Am Mine</p> <p>16. Swallowed Whole</p> <p>17. Who You Are</p> <p>18. Do The Evolution</p> <p>19. Why Go</p> <p>FIRST ENCORE</p> <p>20. Yellow Moon</p> <p>21. Footsteps</p> <p>22. Last Kiss (Cochran)</p> <p>23. Black</p> <p>24. Comatose</p> <p>25. Lightning Bolt</p> <p>26. Porch</p> <p>SECOND ENCORE</p> <p>27.  Light Years (dedicated to Tim “Skully” Quinlan and his wife and children)</p> <p>28. Betterman</p> <p>29. Alive</p> <p>30. Baba O’Riley (Townshend)</p> <p>31. I Am A Patriot (Van Zandt)</p> <p>32. Indifference</p>StarChefs and new dining options2016-04-11T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.11_niven_patel.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>See StarChefs rising stars and help Feeding South Florida</strong> </p> <p>As if you needed proof that the foodie scene in South Florida is one of the hottest topics in the U.S., here come the StarChefs awards. The trade magazine announced the 2016 South Florida Rising Stars Awards, which stretch from Jupiter to the Keys, and came up with 22 top names. That’s after visiting more than 100 chefs, pastry chefs, bartenders, sommeliers, restaurateurs and artisans.</p> <p>Included are familiar restaurants such as Café Boulud (Chef Rick Mace and Sommelier Jeremy Broto-Mur), Michael’s Genuine (Chef Niven Patel, pictured), Valentino Cucina Italiana (Chef Jimmy Everett), artisans Zak Stern of Zak the Baker, Steve Santana of Taquiza and more. Both the complete list and tickets to the April 13 Rising Stars Gala at Marlins Park can be found <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. The cost is $95 per person, and VIP tickets are $125. The ceremony is at 6:30 p.m., followed by a tasting gala from 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to Feeding South Florida food bank.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/4.11_burlock_coast.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Brunch and Happy Hour start at Burlock Coast</strong></p> <p>Add this Saturday and Sunday venue to your list: Burlock Coast <em>(1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954/302-6460)</em> is now serving brunch from noon to 5 p.m. on the weekends, as well as dinner. And the Happy Hour drink specials are $6 each, along with $6 bar bites, Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.11_glass_vine_interior.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Glass &amp; Vine opens in Coconut Grove</strong></p> <p>Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli is at the head of the kitchen at the newly opened Glass &amp; Vine <em>(</em><em>2820 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove, 305/200-5268), </em>which offers a nice garden-like venue (pictured), and plates that should be shared, such as Florida Stracciatella (charred cabbage, black truffle, egg and potato), or lamb ribs, grilled duck breast and more. Dinner is served nightly, starting at 4 p.m.</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Concert Review: Beirut, Troker at North Beach Bandshell2016-04-10T06:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>With some reservations, it’s fair to say that Miami Beach’s annual, venerable Transatlantic Festival fulfilled its mission of celebrating Miami as a musical crossroads of Europe and the Americas this past Friday at North Beach Bandshell—thanks to two bands making their regional debuts.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/img_0417.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Mexican jazz fusionists Troker offered a molten, exciting opening set. On most of the tunes by this Guadelejaran sextet, saxophone and trumpet kept rhythm amid staccato drums, noodling bass and a DJ adding loops and effects. The lead vocalist/saxophonist engaged the crowd with high-pitched call-and-response wails and addressed the audience mostly in Spanish.</p> <p>Toward the end of the set, the group’s blissful cacophony reduced itself to the sound of two drumsticks clacking against each other and, soon after, a chorus of three cowbells aligned at the front of the stage, building back up to an explosive climax. It was medicine for ailing ears—the soundtrack to a nonexistent film I’d very much like to see.</p> <p>Troker’s level of energy and audience participation frankly could not be sustained by the headliners. The long-awaited Miami debut of Santa Fe’s Beirut was breezy and note-perfect, but its lack of urgency felt like a come-down after Troker’s magnetism. Perhaps Beirut’s music, which demands careful listening in intimate spaces to be best appreciated, doesn’t lend itself easily to the concert experience. Whatever the reason, an invisible barrier between the artists and the crowd certainly existed.</p> <p><img alt="" height="428" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/beirut.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The set was closer to museum piece than a performance, so quiet that the voices of audience members around me easily eclipsed Zach Condon’s low-key vocals. Even the group’s sparse crowd banter was hushed and retiring, with only trumpeter Kelly Pratt adding any site-specific distinction: He was raised in Kendall, and spoke briefly about the pleasures of returning home.</p> <p>That said, the songs had the effortless polish of their studio recordings, and the set list, consistent with previous shows, was an egalitarian mix of the band’s four LPs and one EP. Condon switched from what appeared to be mandolin, flugelhorn, trumpet, keyboards and ukulele throughout the set, with the acoustic warmth of the latter satisfying the die-hards on early favorites “Elephant Gun” and “Postcards From Italy.”</p> <p>The performance hit its stride with the dancy and jubilant “No No No,” followed by the euphoric brass of “Postcards” and the harmonic beauty of “Fener.” Beirut’s encore touched on its myriad world-music influences, reaching South America, the Balkans and French cabaret pop. Yet I couldn’t shake the fact that the band was simply going through the motions. “Thanks for giving us such a good excuse to come down here,” Condon remarked mid-set. I’m just not sure I believe he really wanted to be there.</p> <p><strong>Beirut set list:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Scenic World</li> <li>Elephant Gun</li> <li>East Harlem</li> <li>As Needed</li> <li>Perth</li> <li>Santa Fe</li> <li>The Akara</li> <li>No No No</li> <li>Postcards From Italy</li> <li>The Peacock</li> <li>Fener</li> <li>The Rip Tide</li> <li>The Shrew</li> <li>My Night with a Prostitute From Marseille</li> <li>So Allowed</li> <li>Nantes </li> </ol> <p>ENCORE </p> <ol> <li>???</li> <li>The Gulag Orkestar</li> <li>Mausoleum</li> <li>The Flying Cub Cup</li> </ol>Q&amp;A: Kate Valentine2016-04-08T15:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p>Kate Valentine founded Kate Spade with her husband Andy Spade before they were even married. The couple sold the company in 2006, but they’re back on the fashion scene with new brand Frances Valentine—created with friends Elyce Arons and Paola Venturi. <em>Boca Mag </em>caught up with the bubbly and refreshing Kate at Nordstrom at Town Center at Boca Raton on April 7 to talk about all things fashion, and of course, Frances Valentine.</p> <p><em><img alt="" height="356" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.8_kate_spade_4.jpg" width="490"> </em></p> <p><em>How did you get started with fashion?</em></p> <p>It’s funny—I always did love it—never imagined going into it, but I love fashion. My mother used to take me to vintage stores before I could drive. I remember Ralph Lauren was doing a navy pea coat, and I kept saying,  “I want a navy pea coat.” My mother said, “There’s this great one at Ralph Lauren,” and I said, “I want a real one from the army/navy store.” So, she took me to the army/navy store, and that was the beginning. Then I started going to vintage stores—one in particular in Kansas City called Past Times—and I would buy all of my short, little leopard coats and my little lime green kid gloves. I adored it. But really, I was a journalism major. When I moved to New York, I ended up at Conde Nast at <em>Mademoiselle Magazine. </em>When I interviewed, they said that they had something in the fashion department but not in the articles department, so I probably wouldn’t want it. I was like “It’s a job. I want it.” After five years of doing that, I ended up as the Senior Fashion Editor over accessories. After that, my husband Andy and I decided to start Kate Spade before we were married. Then we got married, and started the company. Elyce and I have been best friends since we were 18, and she and a friend came on as partners. This time around, Elyce and I, and Andy are all back together.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>What have you been up to in the time between selling Kate Spade and starting Frances Valentine?</em></p> <p>Working, a lot. I have a daughter. She’s in fifth grade. She just turned 11.  After the years at Kate Spade, which I loved, I really wanted a break and to spend some time with my daughter. I knew how much went into that, and I didn’t want to miss those years. Now, she’s getting to an age where she has a lot of homework, tennis two days per week, lacrosse two days a week—so what am I going to do? I decided to go back to work.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>What is it like working with your husband?</em></p> <p>I adore it. He’s really one of the few people who I would absolutely need his opinion on things. We bounce everything off of each other. In terms of opinion, I trust his—a lot.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Why handbags and shoes?</em><em> </em></p> <p>First time around, I started with bags. This time, it’s really focused on shoes. We’re dipping our toe into handbags. We’re slowly developing as I’m getting warmed up into more of a collection. Right now, it’s item driven. The shoes, and even our distribution are very limited right now because I feel like we’re tiptoeing back in. Some people expected us to blow it out, and I just feel more comfortable easing in. I’m not doing things because I have to; I’m doing them because they make sense to me.</p> <p><img alt="" height="577" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.8_kate_spade_2.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>What is similar/different between Kate Spade and Frances Valentine? Has your style changed?</em></p> <p>I’m still the same person. I haven’t gotten older—I’ve evolved from one age to the other. I think your tastes do change a little bit. What you’re wearing at 10 isn’t what you’re wearing at 18, and so on. At the same time, there’s a thread of things that I happen to like. I think I’ve simplified them. I’ve really played great attention to signature pieces of hardware—like the geodesic dome heel, the martini glass heel and the little buckle. I’m focusing on being clean. It’s a lot about the architecture of the shoe. I love that—making sure there’s a modernity to it, that it's something versatile but also always a surprise.</p> <p><img alt="" height="333" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.8_kate_spade_1.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>What is your favorite piece in the collection?</em></p> <p>The Bella style, which is the one with the geodesic dome. I just think it’s very clean, and then you look at the heel and think, “Oh, that’s great.” It’s a very simple shoe, but there’s a little lift to the simplicity of it—a spirit, a smile.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>What inspires your designs? Do you just wake up some mornings with ideas?</em></p> <p>Yes, and honestly, it’s crazy! When I was on spring break in Jacksonville trying to get a massage, I swear I was looking for paper and a pen. When you have a moment to think. I don’t design by themes; it’s really more by mood. I’ll look at the collection, and there’s a cohesiveness to it that keeps it clean and edited, but not so tightly edited that it looks overly merchandised. It has to have a reason for being, and hopefully an interesting reason for being.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>What advice would you give someone that’s interested in fashion?</em></p> <p>I don’t think whether or not you’ve had experience in it matters at all. For me, it’s a sensibility. Be willing to work really hard; it really is true. I would make sure that what you’re doing isn’t already out there. It’s about creating something that isn’t out there. That’s what I think has been our success and the success of most designers out there—doing something that’s identifiably theirs.</p>10 Movies to Check Out at Palm Beach Film Fest2016-04-08T14:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>With dozens of world, national and Florida premieres screening at theaters from Boca to West Palm Beach for the next seven days, the Palm Beach Film Festival offers an overwhelming embarrassment of riches in a myriad of categories, from documentaries to student films, underground horror flicks to uplifting romances. To help you navigate the multitude of titles, we perused the lineup and, hopefully, extracted this handful of gems. For the complete schedule, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/isaac_broyn_the_closer_movie_filmcourage_5.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>10. The Closer</strong></p> <p>So you enjoyed last year’s “The Big Short” and “99 Homes,” and you mostly understood them, right? But if you can’t get enough dramas about the rise and fall of avaricious banksters involved in the subprime mortgage crisis, “The Closer” should satiate your schadenfreude with a tale of three best friends who make a fortune on the backs of the poor, only to face their inevitable comeuppance.</p> <p><em>Screens at 1:30 p.m. April 9 at Cinemark Palace in Boca and 2 p.m. April 12 at Palm Beaches Theatre in Manalapan</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="320" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/avatar.jpg.320x320px.jpg" width="320"></em></p> <p><strong>9. Poor Behavior</strong></p> <p>The jury is very much out on this world-premiere comedy-drama, but it makes our list because of the pedigree of its writer-director: Theresa Rebeck, the prolific playwright and TV scriptwriter whose credits include the plays “Mauritius” and “Seminar” and the series “Smash” and “L.A. Law.” Based on her 2011 play of the same name, “Poor Behavior” is one of those slow-burn, single-room, marriage-collapsing sort of films, in which two couples’ vows are put to the test over a fraught weekend in the country.</p> <p><em>Screens at 1:40 p.m. April 10 and 1:10 p.m. April 11 at Muvico Parisian in West Palm Beach</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/ce84jjyxiaa8mnk.jpg" width="400"></em></p> <p><strong>8. Pin Up! The Movie</strong></p> <p>Miss Rockwell De Vil, Ginger Rose and Bang Bang Von Loola aren’t the names of strippers or rejected Disney villains. To the contrary: They are modern incarnations of the pin-up girl, a form of chaste but suggestive modeling that peaked with Bettie Page and Bunny Yeager. Kathleen Ryan’s new documentary, shot over two years of interviews and performances with modern masters of the cheesecake photo, traces the movement’s cultural history, its surprising feminist conception and its rebirth.</p> <p><em>Screens at 8 p.m. April 9 and 4:25 p.m. April 13 at Cinemark Palace</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/hqdefault.jpg" width="400"></em></p> <p><strong>7. Prisoner X</strong></p> <p>“Paranoia—it’s the greatest weapon there is.” So says a prominent character in this sleek, dystopian and propulsive Canadian thriller set in a secret government prison in which genetic experimentation and mind control are par for the course. Still, CIA agent Carmen Reese hasn’t seen anything quite like her latest case: the time-traveling terrorist on whom the world (naturally) hands in balance.</p> <p><em>Screens at 9:30 p.m. April 8 at G Star Studios in West Palm Beach and 8:15 p.m. April 11 at Muvico Parisian</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/silver-skies.34.05_pm.png" width="400"></em></p> <p><strong>6. Silver Skies</strong></p> <p>“Silver Skies” is an endangered species: an ensemble dramedy offering complex roles for actors of a certain age. It’s set in a 55-and-older community whose development is sold from under them, with plans for it to be rebuilt into condos, to the chagrin of its eccentric and opinionated residents. Palm Beach’s own golden movie god, George Hamilton, leads a cast that includes Valerie Perrine, Alex Rocco and Barbara Bain, in PBIFF’s Closing Night Film.</p> <p><em>Screens at 7 p.m. April 14 at Cinemark Palace</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="394" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/static1.squarespace.jpg" width="400"></em></p> <p><strong>5. Ovation</strong></p> <p>“Ovation” is the landmark 20th feature by Henry Jaglom, a director of dogged distinction whose improvisatory, cinema verite style hasn’t changed much since his 1971 debut. Loose, micro-budgeted and insider-y, “Ovation” is his latest vehicle for his recurring lead Tanna Frederick, reprising her role as actress Maggie Chase. Maggie is transitioning from film to stage acting at the expense of her bank account—and it doesn’t help that a murder may have been committed on the set of her struggling play. But as usual with Jaglom, plot is secondary to character, and action is subservient to language.</p> <p><em>Screens at 6:10 p.m. April 13 at Muvico Parisian</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/norman_lear_large.jpg" width="400"></em></p> <p><strong>4. Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You</strong></p> <p>No matter where you stand politically, television wouldn’t be the same without the contributions of showrunner Norman Lear, whose series “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons,” among others, were arguably the first sitcoms to present the American home as it existed in the real world, in all its strifes and contradictions. This illuminating documentary about Lear’s life and career includes contributions from Rob Reiner, Jay Leno, George Clooney and more.</p> <p><em>Screens at 6 p.m. April 8 at the Palm Beaches Theatre</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/" width="400"></em></p> <p><strong>3. The Adderall Diaries</strong></p> <p>In PBIFF’s Centerpiece Film, James Franco, taking a sojourn from his bailiwick of self-referential comedies, plays real-life author Stephen Elliott, a formerly successful novelist broken by writer’s block and an Adderall addiction whose discovery of a high-profile, true-crime case becomes more than just a writerly obsession. It forces him to reassess his relationship with his vindictive father, played by Ed Harris. Christian Slater and Amber Heard round out the stellar cast.</p> <p><em>Screens at 7 p.m. April 9 at Muvico Parisian</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/tt4362644.jpg" width="296"></em></p> <p><strong>2. Ctrl Alt Delete</strong></p> <p>A luminous tech-savvy thriller in the vein of Michael Crichton and “Mr. Robot,” James B. Cox’s crowd-funded indie demystifies the romance of 21st century hacking. A group of hacktivists breaks into an office building’s server and holds its system administrators hostage, only to find out that they need these “sysadmins” to help them escape when they uncover an artificial superintelligence bent on taking over the Internet.</p> <p><em>Screens at 3:25 p.m. April 11 at Cinemark Palace</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/the_phoenix_incident.jpg" width="400"></em></p> <p><strong>1. Phoenix Incident</strong></p> <p>The real-life phenomenon of the Phoenix Lights—one of the most notorious UFO sightings in modern history, seen by thousands of witnesses (including the state’s governor) over Arizona and Mexico in 1997—inspired this crafty science-fiction docudrama. Stock footage of relevant people and material is intercut with writer-director Keith Arem’s mockumentary story, blurring the line between fact and fiction and between government conspiracy and alien visitation. Whether you’re familiar or not with the sighting in question, “Phoenix Incident” promises thrills and subversive style.</p> <p><em>Screens at noon April 12 at Muvico Parisian</em></p>Staff Picks: We&#39;re Talking Technology2016-04-08T12:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong>Audio Books</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="312" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.8_audio_books.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Lori Pierino, Art Director</em></p> <p>“Attention: Commuters! For us commuters, the spring brings a welcome relief, as the ‘car movers’ are loaded with the snowbird vehicles and heading north. But even so, I-95 is still a parking lot at times. Audio books are what keep me sane! I download to my iPod and play through my car stereo system. A few of my favorites: A Land Remembered by Patrick D. Smith; The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah; The Kitchen House: A Novel By Kathleen Grissom. Additional hint: Borrow from the Palm Beach County library for free! With a great fiction novel I (almost) look forward to the drive!</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>iPhone SE</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="440" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.8_iphone_se.png" width="490"> </strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“The newest release by Apple is the iPhone SE—and I’m loving it. If you’re like me, and you have small hands, you probably resisted the iPhone 6 because of its size. I’ve been pleasantly coexisting with my inferior iPhone 5 amongst a sea of 6’s, but Apple has brought the speed and quality of the 6 to a smaller, 4-inch version. Great things really do come in small packages.”</p>The open space controversy is (hopefully) laid to rest2016-04-08T11:41:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="160" src="/site_media/uploads/townsexterior.jpg" width="240"></h3> <h3>The open space issue    </h3> <p>Boca Raton’s Great Open Space Controversy is now officially a manufactured controversy.</p> <p>       On Thursday, the city posted the backup material for Monday’s Community Redevelopment Agency meeting. On the agenda is a discussion of how the city has applied open space rules for downtown projects since Boca’s Downtown Development Order took effect in 1988.</p> <p>       Unfortunately for conspiracy theorists who rushed to judgment in December, the review shows that the city pretty much has applied Ordinance 4035 properly over nearly three decades. Under the ordinance, 40 percent of projects must be “ground to sky” open space, though not necessarily public space.</p> <p>       According to the report, the city has issued 125 individual development approvals (IDAs) for downtown projects since 1988. Sixty-six expired without the project being built or were amended. Of the remaining 59, the city found miscalculations of open space in 11. With some, the number was high. In other cases, it was low.</p> <p>       After the staff recalculated “to correct for consistency with the open space requirements,” all but one project was found to not be in compliance. That is Townsend Place (above), the condo on Mizner Boulevard just south of Royal Palm Place. Townsend Place counted the pool deck as open space, which would be acceptable if the deck were at ground level. Instead, it’s above ground level.</p> <p>       Overall, according to the report, the 59 projects contain about 1.8 million square feet of open space—26.3 percent more than Ordinance 4035 requires.</p> <p>       There is irony in Townsend Place being the only non-compliant project. A resident of Townsend Place is John Gore, president of Boca Beautiful. The group has taken out two ads in the <em>South Florida Sun-Sentinel</em> that criticize the city council for allowing too much downtown development.</p> <p>       The headline on the first ad was “Breaking the law in Boca.” It accused the city of ignoring the open space rules of Ordinance 4035. City officials, the ad said, “condoned CHEATING.” The ad further stated that “developers have been substituting concrete for open space.”</p> <p>       Unless Gore has evidence that I don’t suspect he has, those claims are false. So is the claim in Gore’s second ad that what is being built downtown is less than half of what is planned.</p> <p>       Regular council critics—with an eye on the 2017 city election—have used such hyperbole for months. It started when city staff discussed a 2003 memo from the city’s downtown chief explaining how to interpret the open space rule. To the critics, the memo was a smoking gun. In fact, there wasn’t even a gun, much less smoke.</p> <p>       The memo didn’t change city policy. It sought to explain it for new staffers. City Manager Leif Ahnell, however, does recommend a change in the memo.</p> <p>       The first section deals with the definitions of open space. The second deals with how to apply the rules to multiple buildings on one site. The third deals with whether the open space standards are regulations or guidelines. Ahnell recommends retaining the first two sections but reversing the third. The open space rule, he writes, clearly is “regulatory.”</p> <p>       In a proper world, all this would have been handled routinely. Instead, in an attempt to placate a few critics whom the report likely won’t placate, the open space issue became a dangerous distraction from city business.</p> <p>       I will have more next week after the CRA meeting.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Sit Down and Have a Glass2016-04-08T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.8_spanish_sardine_by_salute_market.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>A Spanish food and wine dinner: Salute Market</strong> </p> <p>Salute Market <em>(5530 PGA Blvd., 561/425-5651)</em> in Palm Beach Gardens is scheduling all kinds of events and adding to the foodie choices, which is a good thing. On April 12, there’s a five-course Spanish Food &amp; Wine Dinner, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., that includes dishes from cheeseboards to a Spanish Sardine (pictured), shellfish, filet tournados and more. Wines range from a Brut Rose to a tempranillo, a Numanthia “Termes” Tinta de Toro and a sherry. The cost is $80 per person, and reservations are needed. </p> <p><img alt="" height="283" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.8_buccan_wine.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Buccan’s Tastings at the Table features Duckhorn Vineyards</strong> </p> <p>Pull up a seat at the community table at Buccan <em>(350 S. County Road, Palm Beach, 561/833-3450)</em> on April 11, for the complimentary monthly Tastings at the Table event. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Buccan gives pours from some wine faves, and this month the glasses will be filled with delicious Duckhorn Vineyard vino. There are complimentary hors d’oeuvres and guest speakers. After the tastings, the restaurant has Wine On Mondays, which means the featured wines will be half-price and paired with select menu items. It’s a pairing that sounds great for a Monday evening out. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Fashion Forward: nails and (swim)suits2016-04-08T08:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.8_opi.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Spring Nails</strong></p> <p>Spring into the season from head to toe—or should we say from fingernail to toenail. OPI’s Infinite Shine Spring and Soft Shades Spring collections are the perfect edition to your seasonal looks. Find these colors at Ulta, Dillard’s and <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.8_the_tux_shop.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>The Tux Shop</strong></p> <p>Calling all millennial men: The Tux Shop in Palm Beach Gardens has a new suit collection called “Generation Y’er.” Suit up in slim silhouettes and sophisticated tailoring. (Photo credit: Krystal Zaskey Photography)</p> <p><img alt="" height="340" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.8_toxic_sadie_2.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Toxic Sadie Swimwear</strong></p> <p>Looking for a bathing suit that will make you stand out? Toxic Sadie is pulling out all the stops to bring you unique swimwear that is sure to make a statement—and the best part is that it’s all designed and manufactured just south of us in Miami. Check out <a href="" target="_blank"></a> for all-new styles. </p>The Atlantic Crossing vote: What Happened2016-04-07T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="343" src="/site_media/uploads/8.27_atlantic_crossing.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>The Atlantic Crossing vote    </h3> <p>Going into Tuesday’s Delray Beach City Commission meeting, the best guess was that the vote on Atlantic Crossing would be 3-2. But which way? Which three?</p> <p>       After three hours, it came down to Mayor Cary Glickstein. Commissioners Mitch Katz and Shelly Petrolia had said they would deny Atlantic Crossing’s appeal of its site plan rejection. Al Jacquet and Jordana Jarjura were ready to grant the appeal, which would have amounted to approval of the site plan and might have led to a settlement of Atlantic Crossing’s lawsuit against the city.</p> <p>       At first, it seemed that Glickstein would vote with fellow lawyers Jacquet and Jarjura. His job, Glickstein said, was “to manage growth but also risk.” The lawsuit asks for $25 million in damages. “It does this city, “Glickstein added, “no good to litigate.” But then he said that problems related to the project—almost all of then involving traffic—“have not been solved to my satisfaction,” and he became the third vote to deny the appeal.</p> <p>       The immediate reaction from Atlantic Crossing was predictable. In a statement Wednesday, Edward Companies Vice President Don DeVere—Edwards is the joint venture partner with CDS International Holdings—said the commission majority “decided that they would rather litigate than work together and follow their own rules. They missed this opportunity to resolve the issues and allow this great project to move forward.”</p> <p>       Similarly, Glickstein began his comments Tuesday night by speaking of  “missed opportunities.” He recalled meeting in December 2013 with Atlantic Crossing planner Michael Covelli and then-City Attorney Terrill Pyburn. Glickstein told Covelli that if the developers would add an acceptable access road from Federal Highway—on the west side of the project—“You could have a permit by summer.” Such a road—called Atlantic Court—had been in the original plan. It was not in the revised site plan the city commission approved in January 2014.</p> <p>       Instead, nearly two years passed before Atlantic Crossing redrew that new site plan to include a one-way access road. In January, the Site Plan Review and Appearance Board (SPRAB) rejected the first version after a city consultant criticized it. The consultant liked the second version. So did the site plan review board.</p> <p>       Edwards said, “We made every change that the city's traffic consultants and staff asked for, and they concurred that the revised plan was a good one and that it met the city's regulations.” Residents who live near the site, however, argued that the regulations don’t take into account the potential traffic impact, and that safeguards are inadequate if Atlantic Crossing violates one of the 78 conditions that would go with approval. The suggestion that the city’s code enforcement staff could resolve any problems quickly got a big laugh from the crowd.</p> <p>       “What the commission majority wanted,” Edwards said, “was not what they asked of us. But in an interview Wednesday, Glickstein said the problem with the access road is not that it’s only one-way—some residents had wanted two-way access—but that “it would look like a service alley. It just has to look like a street.” One person described the road Tuesday night as a “driveway.” Glickstein said, “It’s about what functions best,” adding that the traffic consultants took a too-narrow view. He noted that the original plan included a deceleration lane approaching the entrance from Sixth Avenue.</p> <p>       To fully understand Glickstein’s vote, however, means returning to that commission meeting of Jan. 21, 2014. The issue was whether the commission should hear private appeals—from residents—of the favorable recommendation two months earlier by SPRAB of the new plan for Atlantic Crossing.</p> <p>       Glickstein and Petrolia had been elected 10 months earlier, having campaigned as reformers who criticized Atlantic Crossing as being too intense for the site. They voted to consider the appeals. Jacquet, Adam Frankel and Angeleta Gray voted for the site plan.</p> <p>       In his remarks at the time, Glickstein noted what he considered Atlantic Crossing’s internal traffic problems and the potential “harm to neighborhoods” that made up 30 percent of Delray’s tax base. He said cars waiting for valet parking could back up onto Atlantic Avenue. He called the plan “deeply flawed.” The project, Glickstein said, “has no margin for error.”</p> <p>       Much of what Glickstein said then sounded like what we heard Tuesday night, down to questions about the valet parking. Like many of the neighbors, Glickstein said in 2014, “I support the project.” Rather than NIMBY—Not In My Backyard—they were QUIMBY—Quality In My Backyard.” Bruce Leiner, whose Harbour House condo unsuccessfully challenged the project in court, said Tuesday that recent changes have resolved “99 percent” of his issues. “We are prepared for war,” he said, “but we come in peace.”</p> <p>         Glickstein’s frustration in 2014 was the “reluctance” of Atlantic Crossing to address the city’s issues. He expressed the same frustration to me on Wednesday, complaining that the developers maintained for so long that they couldn’t return an access road to the plan. Events showed, however, that they just didn’t want to. Atlantic Crossing’s action created “a level of distrust.”</p> <p>       Though Glickstein said “the significance of the deficiencies is compelling,” disliking the project would not be grounds to reject the site plan. He also believes that “the legitimacy of the city’s (legal) case is compelling.”</p> <p>       What happens now? For the moment, both parties likely will focus on the lawsuit, which has a trial date in October. Motion rulings over the next few weeks would allow Atlantic Crossing and the city to assess their chances. The case might even get sent back to state court from federal court, a shift that would reduce the amount of damages Atlantic Crossing could collect.</p> <p>       A trial, however, would further delay construction—for at least a year. One theory I’ve heard for Atlantic Crossing’s attitude and multi-lawyered approach is that the developers all along have wanted to secure approval for the highest use, and then flip the project. If that theory is wrong, the smart move would be for Atlantic Crossing to turn Tuesday night’s defeat into an opportunity—and not miss this one. Atlantic Crossing then could finally spend its money on construction—not lawyers.</p> <h3>How the change came about</h3> <p>       One more thought on Atlantic Crossing:</p> <p>       If I had to pick the key pivot point between the developers and Delray Beach, it would be last August.</p> <p>       The city was trying to negotiate a resolution to the access road issue. Atlantic Crossing had sued in June, but the tone from the developers was moderate.</p> <p>       On Aug. 21, however, Atlantic Crossing planner Michael Covelli sent the city a hostile letter. Failure to schedule a needed hearing on the project, Covelli wrote, “will continue to further cause Atlantic Crossing to incur monetary damages.”</p> <p>       Note that the letter didn’t come from a lawyer. It didn’t go to the city attorney. It went to Planning and Zoning Director Tim Stillings. From the city’s perspective, the letter was a stealth attempt to prevent Delray Beach from making any claim to an alley the city had abandoned for Atlantic Crossing. If Delray hadn’t responded within five days from the date of the letter, that claim would have been at risk. The city’s position in the lawsuit would have been weakened significantly.</p> <p>       After he saw the letter, City Attorney Noel Pfeffer called an emergency meeting of the city commission that beat the five-day deadline by less than an hour. The commission gave Pfeffer authority to notify Atlantic Crossing that the city was seeking to take back the alley, on the grounds that the developers had failed to meet conditions attached to the abandonment of the property.</p> <p>       A month later, Atlantic Crossing filed its amended lawsuit seeking that $25 million. If the letter was meant as a tactic, it backfired.</p> <h3>Pfeffer exits</h3> <p>       His action on that letter is just one of the reasons Delray Beach will miss Noel Pfeffer.</p> <p>       The city attorney announced in an email Tuesday to commissioners that he is resigning at the end of May to join the Fort Lauderdale firm of Conrad &amp; Scherer. Pfeffer told me Wednesday that he got a “great offer” and will be closer to home. Pfeffer worked for many years in the Broward County Attorney’s Office and still owns his Fort Lauderdale house. Not surprisingly, he will specialize in government law.</p> <p>       Since the city attorney oversees the private firm handling the Atlantic Crossing lawsuit, Pfeffer’s departure comes at a bad time. Two other members of the five-lawyer office also are leaving soon. One is the most senior associate, Michael Dutko. Pfeffer said he would fill one of those vacancies before he leaves.</p> <p>       I have interviewed dozens of city attorneys, and Pfeffer is one of the best. He steered the Auburn Trace negotiations to a very favorable result for Delray Beach and oversaw negotiations that resulted in police and fire pension reform. He stabilized the office when he came in mid-2014. Most important, Pfeffer told the commissioners what he believed they needed to hear.</p> <p>       “It’s a huge loss,” Mayor Glickstein said. “He has such a great understanding of the issues, and he has been unfairly maligned” by some commissioners and residents. The commission will be lucky to find someone as good.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p> <p> </p>Dramaworks Opens Studio Theatre2016-04-06T14:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>Remember the old Palm Beach Dramaworks location on Banyan Boulevard—the shoebox-sized space near the train tracks, where you could see every pore on the actors’ faces no matter where you where sitting? That intimacy will be retained in the company’s latest expansion of its brand: the 35-seat Diane and Mark Perlberg Studio Theatre on the second floor of Dramaworks’ lavish Don &amp; Ann Brown Theatre, which enjoyed its ribbon-cutting Tuesday afternoon.</p> <p><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/rc3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><em>(Photo by Nanique Gheridian)</em></p> <p>The black box space will accommodate Artistic Director William Hayes’ latest creative venture. It will provide a home for the Dramaworkshop, a program of world premieres entering its second year. Like Lou Tyrrell’s Theatre Lab at FAU, it will provide an indispensable outlet for playwrights to receive their first inchoate productions of new works, at an affordable cost to the public.</p> <p>The first Dramaworkshop “developmental production” in the new theater is Jennifer Fawcett’s “Buried Cities,” opening April 8 for a two-weekend run, complete with a top-notch professional cast, costume design, sound design and scenic design.</p> <p>“As a regional theater producer, I have the responsibility to develop new work and new voices,” Hayes says. “There are not nearly enough opportunities to encourage playwriting.”</p> <p>The Dramaworkshop is the result of three years of planning and some $400 thousand in startup funding. Prepared to have to persuade new donors to provide the seed money, Hayes found that no solicitation was necessary: Funds came quickly and efficiently from eight of the company’s valued contributors, who wanted to be a part of the project.</p> <p>The venture has since become a labor of love. With no literary department to peruse the 150 scripts submitted for Dramaworkshop’s second year, Hayes enlisted a de facto lit committee, comprised of actors and directors, who read scripts and offered their assessments for a modest stipend.</p> <p>The process of producing these plays is flexible. It will vary based on the playwright’s methods and needs. To that end, Hayes has not announced a season of Dramaworkshop plays yet, but he hopes to mount a second show in the fall.</p> <p>“We’re starting slow,” he says. “It’s my hope to do three or four productions a year, starting by year two or three. I need to figure out what my shop can handle. It has to be a little freer in the scheduling; I don’t see it being a season of shows. You don’t know how quickly a show will get ready, because it’s a living document, and they’re developing it. [Playwrights] all have different styles, and it’s my job to provide the most productive environment for them to be creative.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="628" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/dws6.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><em>(Photo by Samantha Mighdoll)</em></p> <p>As for “Buried Cities,” the Perlberg Studio Theatre will open with a bang—perhaps literally. The play deals with the aftermath of a home break-in, in which a couple, which is expecting its first child, is robbed at gunpoint. It will star Ethan Henry, Margery Lowe, Joe Ferrarelli and Katherine Amadeo.</p> <p>“It deals with guns and violence, but it’s much deeper than that,” Hayes says. “There’s no bigger topic, and it’s something I’m pretty passionate about.”</p> <p><em>“Buried Cities” runs April 8-17 at Palm Beach Dramaworks’ Studio Theatre. Tickets cost $25. Call 561/514-4042 or visit</em></p>3 Simple Z-Tips for Better Health2016-04-06T09:00:00+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/<p><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>April 7<sup>th</sup> is the World Health Day, and this year the focus is on diabetes. Did you know that type 2 diabetes can be reversed with the right dietary and lifestyle changes? Whether you or someone you know is struggling with diabetes, in this blog I will share 3 easy Z-tips that anyone can use to get healthier and happier. </p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.6_sugar.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Reduce Sugary Junk Food</strong>. It may be easier said than done, but it is one of the biggest challenges for those who are struggling with type 2 diabetes. If you are ready to take a step towards health but don’t want to sacrifice taste, simply start by swapping unhealthy, processed sweet snacks for cleaner ones. </p> <p>For example, try this <a href="" target="_blank">mint chocolate smoothie</a> instead of a high-fat, high-sugar conventional milk shake. All the sweetness comes from bananas and coconut water, and your body will also get nutrients it needs. Do keep your portion to a small cup as it still has sugar (even though it is from a natural source). However, this decadent drink is much better than any processed shake.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="349" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.6_protein.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Reduce Animal Protein.</strong> While many people believe that diabetes is only a sugar problem, they don’t know that eating high-fat animal protein can also have a negative impact on the disease. That’s because your intake of fat affects your whole metabolism, including how you metabolize sugar.</p> <p>Try substituting high-fat beef with plant-based protein. For example, enjoy this easy <a href="" target="_blank">chili-stuffed baked potato</a> that is loaded with protein, fiber and is absolutely delicious. You will never know it has no meat and is cholesterol-free! </p> <p><img alt="" height="308" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.6_exercise.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Get Moving.</strong> You probably already know that exercise is good for you, but do you actually follow through with it? If you find yourself struggling with fitness, then try a new approach.</p> <p>Instead of making yourself suffer through crazy workouts your friends and family seem to enjoy, find out what actually works <em>your</em> bio individuality by taking the <a href="" target="_blank">8 Colors of Fitness Test</a>. This simple quiz will help you find an exercise program that actually works for you, so you can truly enjoy the process! </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><em><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</em></p> <p><em>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</em></p>Yoga Expo comes to Fort Lauderdale2016-04-06T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>More than 11,000 people attended the first Yoga Expo held January 2016 in Los Angeles. Next on tap is Fort Lauderdale as part of the expo’s seven-city tour. </p> <p>Master teachers are travelling from around the world to the Broward Convention Center <em>(1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) </em>on April 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to lead more than 150 classes and workshops at the <a href="" target="_blank">Yoga Expo</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.6_yoga_expo_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>For $25, participants gain all-day access to unlimited classes and workshops. Attendance is free for children younger than 12 years. </p> <p>Attendees can experience different yoga, meditation and fitness practices and sample local sustainable food and drinks. Local teachers will be among those showcasing their studios. Class registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.</p> <p>To get your ticket, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p><strong><em>About Lisette</em></strong></p> <p><em>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Web Xtra: Healthy Eating2016-04-05T10:52:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong>Zucchini Pomodoro</strong></p> <p>Courtesy of Darbster</p> <p>8020 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, 561/586-2622,</p> <p> </p> <p>3-5 fresh zucchini, spiral or shredded with attachment on food processor</p> <p>Toss with lemon juice, olive oil and salt/pepper.</p> <p> </p> <p><span>Sauce</span></p> <p>8 to 10 plum tomatoes</p> <p>1 teaspoons capers</p> <p>3 tablespoon lemon juice</p> <p>1/4 cup olive oil</p> <p>1 teaspoon ground fennel seed</p> <p>1 cup sun-dried tomatoes </p> <p>Mix all ingredients together in a food processor/blender- pulse chop for coarse – which is better for shredded or smaller "pasta" or blend well, adding olive oil  at the end for a smooth, silky sauce. This is better for spiralized vegetables.</p> <p> </p> <p><span>Top with Vegan Parmesan Cheese</span></p> <p>1/4 cup raw cashews</p> <p>1/2 teaspoon sea salt</p> <p>1/2 teaspoon nutritional yeast</p> <p>Blend in a coffee grinder to achieve a crumbly, grainy Parmesan consistency.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Glossary of Healthy Terms</strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>All Natural</strong></p> <p>A common food label without comprehensive binding federal regulation covering its use or defining it. It can mean different things to different companies.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.5_acai_bowl.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Certified Organic</strong></p> <p>If you see the “USDA Organic” or “Certified Organic” seal on your food, the item must have an ingredients list and the contents should be 95% or more certified organic, meaning free of synthetic additives like pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and dyes, and must not be processed using industrial solvents, irradiation, or genetic engineering, according to the USDA. The remaining 5% may only be foods or processed with additives on an approved list.” Also, certified Organic Foods are also non-GMO.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Gluten</strong></p> <p>A naturally occurring protein found in wheat, barley and rye that helps food hold together.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Gluten-Free</strong></p> <p>Of food or a diet that does not contain gluten.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Gluten-Intolerant</strong></p> <p>When a person produces an abnormal immune response to gluten for wheat and related grains during digestion. Celiac disease is the most well known form of gluten intolerance.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Gluten-Sensitivity also called gluten intolerance</strong></p> <p>Can sometimes be confused with Celiac disease or as a food allergy.  People with gluten-sensitivity experience celiac disease symptoms after eating gluten but don’t have the damaged intestines</p> <p> <img alt="" height="345" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.5_eggs.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Local Food Movement </strong></p> <p>A movement to connect food consumers and food producers from the same geographic region and to create a network where food is grown/produced processed and sold within a certain area. The area isn’t monitored or defined so it can vary.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Locavore</strong></p> <p>“A person who bases their diet on foods that are grown or produced in the geographic region where they live, are in touch with the seasonality of their food systems and seek to cultivate relationships with local producers and processors,” Jessica Prentice, The Lexicon of Food</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>GMO</strong></p> <p>GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms and refers to a food product that has been altered at a gene level. Generically modified foods can also be described as genetically engineered, genetically manipulated or genetically altered</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Organic Farming vs. conventional vs IPM (Integrated Pest Management)</strong></p> <p>Organic farming is a method that uses natural inputs to enhance soil fertility. Nothing is used that might prove harmful to the air or the soil.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Slow-Food Movement</strong></p> <p>An international movement promoted as an alternative to fast food, devoted to preserving traditional and regional cuisine and encouraging farming characteristic of the local ecosystem. The motto is good, clean and fair.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.5_tomatoes.png" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Vegetarian</strong></p> <p>A person who does not eat meat.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Vegan</strong></p> <p>A strict vegetarian who consumes no animal food or dairy products and abstains from using animal products. A person may eat vegan and not be a vegan.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Wheat Allergy</strong></p> <p>A rare type of gluten sensitivity.</p> <p> </p> <p>Courtesy of LiveScience, The Lexicon of Food and</p>Web Xtra: Deconstructing the Dish2016-04-05T10:46:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p class="Body">If bacon is the best thing that ever happened to the pig, then Bruce Feingold’s balsamic butterscotch onions have to be the second.</p> <p class="Body">The chef-partner of Delray’s delightfully eclectic Dada <em>(52 N. Swinton Ave., 561/330-3232)</em> created this inventive porcine complement as a riff on his mother’s caramelized onions. Always served with pork chops and “always overcooked,” Feingold says. At Dada, they’re also paired with pork chops—here cooked moist and juicy—themselves a whimsical homage to another childhood culinary staple, Shake ’N Bake seasoned coating.</p> <p class="Body">In its two years on the menu, Feingold’s Shake-N-Bake pork chops with balsamic butterscotch onions has become one of the restaurant’s most popular dishes, so much so that the chef wouldn’t dream of taking it off. It would almost be like banishing bacon.</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="601" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.5_bruce_feingold.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body"><strong>Shake-n-Bake Pork Chops with Balsamic Butterscotch Onions</strong><strong></strong></p> <p class="Body">Courtesy of Bruce Feingold, chef-partner, Dada</p> <p class="Body"> </p> <p class="Body">For chops:</p> <p class="Body">8 5 oz. heritage pork chops (about 1/2 inch thick)</p> <p class="Body">Sprinkling of Dada Meat Rub (recipe follows)</p> <p class="Body">2 eggs, beaten</p> <p class="Body">Flour and breadcrumbs</p> <p class="Body">For onions:</p> <p class="Body">4 to 5 onions, diced</p> <p class="Body">4 T. butter</p> <p class="Body">3-1/2 T. J&amp;B scotch</p> <p class="Body">6 T. balsamic vinegar</p> <p class="Body">3/4 brown sugar</p> <p class="Body">1/2 cup + 3 T. heavy cream</p> <p class="Body">1/2 t. vanilla extract</p> <p class="Body">Salt and pepper to taste</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.5_pork_chop.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body">Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in skillet, add brown sugar and mix until it gets the consistency of wet sand, then bring to a boil to dissolve the sugar. When mixture is completely smooth add cream and simmer for a few minutes to blend the flavors. Add salt and pepper. Remove from heat and reserve.</p> <p class="Body">Melt 2 tablespoons oil in another skillet and begin to caramelize the onions over medium-low heat. When onions start caramelizing, add the scotch, balsamic vinegar and vanilla extract and continue cooking until onions are soft and golden-brown and all liquid has been absorbed. Add caramelized onions to caramel mixture, stir to combine and cool. Reserve.</p> <p class="Body">Dust pork chops with Meat Rub, then toss with flour, dip in beaten egg and coat with breadcrumbs.</p> <p class="Body">Heat saute pan or cast iron skillet, add 2 tablespoons oil. Add pork chops and cook over medium heat, then flip chops and put skillet in low oven to finish cooking. Total time should be four to five minutes.</p> <p class="Body">Reheat balsamic butterscotch onions and serve with pork chops, mashed potatoes and vegetable.</p> <p class="Body"> </p> <p class="Body"><strong>Dada Meat Rub</strong><strong></strong></p> <p class="Body">3 T. Lawry’s Seasoned Salt (w/o MSG)</p> <p class="Body">3 T. garlic powder</p> <p class="Body">1 T. black pepper</p> <p class="Body">4 T. kosher salt</p> <p class="Body">2 T. dried thyme</p> <p class="Body"> </p> <p class="Body">Mix all ingredients together and reserve, saving leftovers for another use.</p>Spring Specials2016-04-05T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>Because Tuesday is special (Hey, you survived Monday, right?), here are some good specials going on somewhere near you…</p> <p><img alt="" height="349" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.5_caffe_luna_linguini_vongole.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Late evening, half-priced drinks with dinner: Caffe Luna Rosa</strong></p> <p>Stayed at the office way too late? Did that afternoon meeting turn into I-can’t-believe-it’s-9-and-I-haven’t-eaten? Caffe Luna Rosa <em>(34 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, 561/274-9404)</em> feels your pain and is doing something nice for you. If you order dinner after 9 p.m., your wines by the glass, or beer or cocktail will be half-off, and they’re also ordering special premium wines and liquors at discounted prices. Put that special with an order of the yummy linguini vongole piccolo (pictured, and one of my faves) and you’ve got a good reason to stay out late. </p> <p><img alt="" height="321" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.5_bonefish_rockefeller_cobia.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Spring menu includes wood-grilled fish dishes: Bonefish Grill</strong></p> <p>It was the mouthwatering Rockefeller Cobia, made with wood-grilled fish and topped with sharp, creamy spinach and lump crab (pictured) that made me really glad spring was here. It’s part of Bonefish Grill’s new spring menu (available at all locations), along with some new spring drinks: a fresh grapefruit martini, and the wild orchid Hawaiian martini with Cruzan Guava rum, pineapple juice, coconut water and desert pear. Bring it, spring!</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.5_epb_breeze_ocean_kitchen.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>National Beer Day means some specials on tap: Eau Palm Beach</strong></p> <p>While April 7 is the true National Beer Day, we’re finding specials overrunning our draft glasses, not limited to that one day—and that’s a good thing. One of the events will be a local tap takeover at Eau Palm Beach Resort &amp; Spa <em>(100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, 561/540-4924)</em> on April 9, from noon to 5 p.m. at the seaside Breeze Ocean Kitchen, and a beer social from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Temple Orange Mediterranean Bistro. The free (free!) beer tastings at Breeze will include four local brews (like Twisted Trunk, pictured) that rotate each hour. The beer social at Temple Orange costs $65 per person and includes six small plates paired with local beers. Reservations are required. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Atlantic Crossing showdown tonight and other burning issues in Boca and Delray2016-04-05T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="343" src="/site_media/uploads/8.27_atlantic_crossing.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h2>Breaking news: Delray Beach City Attorney Noel Pfeffer surprised the city commission Tuesday with a letter of resignation. He gave no reason. I will have more about this on Thursday</h2> <h3>Atlantic Crossing Showdown </h3> <p>The Delray Beach City Commission decides tonight whether Atlantic Crossing will come out of the ground or go to court.</p> <p>       Technically, Item 8A on the commission meeting agenda is the developers’ appeal of the Site Plan Review and Appearance Board’s Jan. 27 denial of Atlantic Crossing’s plan. Practically speaking, however, this is the biggest vote since a prior commission approved Atlantic Crossing in December 2012.</p> <p>       Many residents criticized the project as being too large for the two blocks on the north side of Atlantic Avenue west of Veterans Park. Only Al Jacquet remains from that 2012 commission, and he voted against Atlantic Crossing. The wrangle over the project led the developers to file a lawsuit, claiming that the city has unfairly delayed final approval and seeking $25 million in damages.</p> <p>       The city has no legal leverage to make Atlantic Crossing smaller. The commission, though, asked the developers to include an access road to the north along Federal Highway—Northeast Sixth Avenue—with the idea of easing traffic at the main entrance at Atlantic and Northeast Seventh avenues. Such a road was in the original site plan but not in the version the commission approved in January 2014.</p> <p>       After months of back and forth, Atlantic Crossing added the road. The city’s consultant concluded that the road actually would make traffic worse, and city staff recommended denial by the site plan review board.</p> <p>       Since then, however, Atlantic Crossing has reconfigured the road to make it function more as a helpful roundabout within the project. The consultant liked the new version, as did the site plan board. So here’s how things could go tonight and afterward.</p> <p>       Scenario A: The commission votes to grant Atlantic Crossing’s appeal, thus blessing the site plan with the access road the city’s own staff and consultant support. The city negotiates a settlement with the developers. The lawsuit ends, and the developers start building.</p> <p>       “The window is open” for a settlement of the lawsuit, City Attorney Noel Pfeffer told me. Pfeffer and the commission held an executive session meeting on the lawsuit last week. “I am cautiously optimistic.”</p> <p>       Scenario B: The commission rejects Atlantic Crossing’s appeal. The lawyers take over. Delray Beach and the developers gear up for a federal court trial starting in October. The city countersues, claiming that Atlantic Crossing has not met its own obligations, and seeks to retake the roads and alleys it conveyed to the developers and without which the project won’t work.</p> <p>       Based on what I’ve read and heard over the last year, the city’s countersuit wouldn’t be frivolous. As good lawyers know, however, any litigation is risky. The developers’ approach sometimes has puzzled me—making nice one moment, baring fangs the next—but the developers’ biggest legal advantage is that commission approval in 2012. The western block of the site, where demolition has occurred, also will remain an eyesore until someone builds on those three-plus acres.</p> <p>       Atlantic Plaza’s current plan calls for: 343 residential units—261 rentals and 82 condos; 83,000 square feet of Class A office space; and 76,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. There would be almost 1,100 parking spaces. Six buildings would comprise the project.</p> <p>       I can appreciate the feelings of some residents and commissioners who wish the project were different. Mayor Cary Glickstein, for example, worries that Atlantic Crossing effectively would wall off Veterans Park. Critics believe that then-City Manager David Harden rushed the project to secure a vote on the project before he retired. Still, rejecting Atlantic Crossing’s appeal would place a big bet on Delray’s outside legal team. Commissioners who vote against Atlantic Crossing might think that a trial still would not be inevitable. After the developers cooled off, they could come back to the city. Delray could get a better deal. A lawsuit is also risky for the developers.</p> <p>       An Atlantic Crossing representative points out that the project “met more than 70 conditions imposed by the city for approval.” Others are attached to the new site plan, related to potential backups from traffic stacking up on Seventh Avenue. The representative said Atlantic Crossing came “back to the table on the site plan modification even though the project was approved more than two years ago.” Parking space “meets or exceed the city’s requirements.”  </p> <p>       Though a trial would be six months away, the work could ramp up quickly. A status report on the lawsuit is due to U.S. District Judge Don Middlebrooks on Wednesday.</p> <h3>Changes at Arts Garage</h3> <p>       Delray Beach wanted to see change before giving a new, long-term lease to Arts Garage. On Monday, that change started.</p> <p>       According to a news release, President and CEO Alyona Ushe will leave Arts Garage. The group’s parent company, Creative City Collaborative (CCC), also contracts with Pompano Beach for programming at that city’s amphitheater and a cultural center set to open next year. Ushe will work full-time in Pompano Beach, having split her time between Pompano and Delray.</p> <p>       CCC expanded without consulting the city, from which Arts Garage leases space in Pineapple Grove. The move angered the commission, which cited poor communication as one reason to deny Arts Garage’s request for a 10-year lease. Most likely, the new lease will be for a maximum of five years. The commission tonight will extend the lease, which expired last month, until September while negotiations go on.</p> <p>       Ushe’s departure is not a surprise. The commission clearly did not want her to retain full control of Arts Garage, despite the group’s critical programming successes. An audit noted serious management problems. The release said “Ushe and the Arts Garage board had open and honest conversations about her managing venues in two cities simultaneously. . .”</p> <p>       In an email, Mayor Glickstein said, “Most successful ventures evolve from concept development to sustainable business platform. Alyona was integral to the success of moving this from embryonic idea (five years ago) to relevant performing arts venue. Building on that initial success by expanding its role in the community is now the goal; perhaps more music education for kids without access, which engenders more family support for a taxpayer-supported organization.</p> <p>       “Like most artistic enterprises, the Arts Garage should be managed in dual roles: financial acumen/oversight and urban programming/music education expertise that mirrors our community demographics.”</p> <h3>Big FAU donation</h3> <p>Florida Atlantic University still isn’t ready to break ground on the Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence, but a new, $5 million donation toward the project has brought that day closer.</p> <p>       Over the weekend, FAU announced the gift from Bobby and Barbara Campbell. The university remains short of the $45 million to $50 million for the entire complex, which FAU will build just west of the football stadium. A spokeswoman, however, said the Campbells’ donation will allow FAU to start architectural and engineering design.</p> <p>       The Campbells had been FAU donors, but not to the athletic department. They had donated money for a soccer complex at Lynn University.</p> <p>       Like many self-made philanthropists, Bobby Campbell didn’t attend college. His family was too poor. Still, he’s managed to get by. Campbell is chairman and CEO of Boca-based BBC International, a footwear distribution company that he started after working for Kinney Shoes. According to the trade publication Footwear News, BBC ships 40 million pairs of shoes each year to 70 countries.</p> <h3>CRA director gets a pat on the back</h3> <p>       The board of the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency has given Executive Director Jeff Costello praise and a raise.</p> <p>       Based on their individual evaluations of Costello, board members collectively increased his salary 5 percent, to nearly $140,000. Costello had received a roughly 20 percent raise in January 15, when the board picked him to succeed long-time director Diane Colonna.</p> <p>       The vote was 4-2. The dissenters had wanted Costello to complete a self-evaluation before deciding on the raise. The majority sentiment, as one board member expressed it, was that the raise should depend “on what we say, not what he says.” The CRA board is scheduled to hold another joint workshop with the city commission next Tuesday.</p> <h3>New hire</h3> <p>Also at tonight’s meeting, the Delray Beach City Commission will approve an especially timely hire, given all the controversy surrounding police departments.</p> <p>       One of Delray Beach’s assistant city attorneys also functions as the police department’s legal advisor, even working out of the department. City Attorney Noel Pfeffer said the duties include prosecuting municipal ordinance violations, representing the code enforcement board and handling all forfeiture actions. The attorney, Pfeffer said, also “handles all civil litigation aris ing from police activity,” provides legal training and guidance for police officers and reviews warrants and probable cause affidavits that go to the state attorney’s office.</p> <p>       Pfeffer said he received 175 applicants to replace the previous advisor, who took a position with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. He chose Lawonda Warren, who has worked since 2014 in the statewide prosecutor’s office of the Florida attorney general and was a county prosecutor for the previous five years.</p> <h3>Boca’s new deputy mayor</h3> <p>At its organizational meeting last week, the Boca Raton City Council named Mike Mullaugh deputy mayor. Mullaugh is term-limited in March 2017. The council gave the same status to Constance Scott for her final year.</p> <p>       The council also kept Scott Singer as chairman of the Community Redevelopment Agency. He gets congratulations and condolences. Singer must run the CRA meeting of April 11, when the members will discuss the staff report on implementation of downtown open space requirements. The meeting starts at 1:30, and it could stretch well into the cocktail hour.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>The Week Ahead: April 5 to 112016-04-04T14:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="434" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/avery_sommers.jpg" width="350"></p> <p><strong>What: Avery Sommers</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $29</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The versatile singer-actress Avery Sommers has been a linchpin of South Florida theater for decades. She first appeared at the Kravis Center nearly 20 years ago, in a production of “Chicago,” and her cabaret sets have delighted audiences at Maltz Jupiter Theatre and Palm Beach’s Colony Theater, where she’s enjoyed frequent bookings since 2008. And just last month, she closed Arts Garage’s sensational musical “The Devil’s Music,” in which she embodied, to a boisterous tee, the pioneering blues siren Bessie Smith. Now, this star of Broadway’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “Showboat” is back in front of the microphone at the Kravis’ Dreyfoos Hall, lending her rich tenor and big personality to smooth selections such as “Feeling Good,” “Just One of the Those Things” and “I Love Being Here With You.” </p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="168" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/img_1311.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Palm Beach International Film Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Muvico Parisian 20, 545 Hibiscus St., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $12 for film only, $25 for film and party</p> <p>Contact: 561/362-0003, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This year marks major organizational changes from the venerable Palm Beach International Film Festival, which celebrates its 21st year with dozens of world, national and Florida premieres. The festival now has a new home base—the Palm Beaches Theatre, formerly the location for Florida Stage—and a new CEO, Jeff Davis, a veteran movie and musical producer who aims to expand the PBIFF’s networking and education opportunities. Entries from around the world include Wednesday night’s opening movie, “Money,” a world premiere by award-winning Spanish director Martin Rosete. It’s a crime thriller set in the Hamptons and starring “Twilight” hunk Kellan Lutz. Members of the cast and crew will be attending the film and its after-party at the cinema’s second-floor lounge. For a guide to some of the most promising films on this year’s PBIFF slate, visit later this week.</p> <p><img alt="" height="475" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/8604993-large.jpg" width="380"> </p> <p><strong>What: James Carville</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50.85</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When he was a chief architect of Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, James Carville wrote three bullet points on a sign hanging in his staff’s Little Rock headquarters: “Change vs. more of the same,” “The economy, stupid” and “Don’t forget health care.” Twenty-four years later, these fortune cookie-sized fragments of political insight remain key factors into which candidate assumes the Oval Office and which one spends the next four years on memoirs and talk shows. The middle meme, “It’s the economy, stupid,” has become such Beltway gospel it may as well have originated with Moses. Known for his thick Louisiana accent and self-deprecating humor, Carville—aka the “Ragin’ Cajun”—has continued to enjoy an eminent position on campaigns both here and abroad, advising leaders ranging from England’s Tony Blair and Israel’s Ehud Barak to Afghanistan’s Ashraf Ghani.  Still a staple of the cable-news chattering class, the longtime husband of GOP political strategist Mary Matalin must possess nimble skill at separating his personal and professional lives; hopefully he’ll discuss both at this timely election-year lecture.</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/bb-grand-tasting-overview-from-stage-ii-3661jpg.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Boca Bacchanal</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, and private residences</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $125-$325</p> <p>Contact: 561/395-6766 ext. 101, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Acclaimed chefs from Washington DC, Tampa, Virginia, Texas, South Carolina and our own backyard of Fort Lauderdale will be dishing regional and national specialties at this festive annual fundraiser for the Boca Raton Historical Society &amp; Museum. These top toques will join premier vintners from the around the world for once-in-a-lifetime culinary pairings at private residences and venues this Saturday night. Three are sold out as of this writing, but tickets remain for posh dinners at the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club, and the homes of Bobby &amp; Barbara Campbell and Joyce &amp; Thom DeVita and Joni &amp; Al Goldberg. But first, on Friday, at the Amphitheater, Bacchanal guests can enjoy delectable cuisine from 30 local restaurants and offerings from many of the same vintners, while listening to “DJ violinist” Timothee Lovelock and watching fashion demonstrations from Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton. This favorite foodie event often sells out, so if you don’t purchase tickets ASAP, you might miss out.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="263" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/56061838_10-w600-h500.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Lake Worth Reggae Fest</strong></p> <p>Where: Bryant Park, 6 S. Golfview Road, Lake Worth</p> <p>When: Begins at 6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday</p> <p>Cost: $15-$65</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For its 18th year, the Lake Worth Reggae Fest is expanding its pedigree, with two headliners culled from the top ranks of the reggae world, and a new, larger stage near the Intracoastal erected to accommodate them. Matisyahu (pictured), the eclectic reggae-rocker who integrates Orthodox Jewish themes into his best-selling, beatbox-heavy albums, is the featured performer on Friday night, and Grammy-winning Jamaican mainstays Black Uhuru will bring more than 40 years of reggae and dub dominance to Saturday’s show. Other acts include The Hip Abduction, Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds, Sammy J, John Heinrichs, The Ellameno Beat, Spred the Dub, The Badda Skat Band and Roots Shakedown. Up to 10,000 people are expected to attend.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/ml-metro-729-beirut-20121108100545225684-620x349.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Transatlantic Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $22.09-$53.74</p> <p>Contact: 305/672-5202, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This one-of-a-kind music festival produced by Miami’s Rhythm Foundation derives its name from the organizers’ mission: to present Miami as “a true modern transatlantic capital, a crossroads of the Americas and Europe.” To that end, the Foundation has selected acts that represent mergers of genres, nations, and rich musical heritages. Friday night’s headliner, the indie-rock sensations Beirut, will play its landmark first Florida concert ever. The Santa Fe group, fronted by erstwhile one-man-band Zach Condon, has immersed itself in styles ranging from Balkan folk to French chanson melodies to baroque ‘60s pop, styles united by Condon’s dreamlike vocals and an eclectic palette of instrumental color, from horns and mandolin to ukulele and glockenspiel. Opening act Troker comprise one of the hottest groups in Guadalajara’s underground jazz scene, with an exciting sound combining funk, metal, jazz and mariachi music. Saturday’s headliner, New York’s EMEFE, hybridizes influences from Fela Kuti to the Beach Boys in its danceable blend, and will play alongside opening acts Psychic Mirrors and Chantil Dukart. </p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/delray-affair-crowds.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Delray Affair</strong></p> <p>Where: Downtown Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/279-0907, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Long before South Floridians had any other reason to stop in the sleepy outpost known as Delray Beach, they still came in droves for the Delray Affair, the prescient art festival that first spread its canvas across Atlantic Avenue in 1962. More than half a century later, it’s still growing strong, it’s still stopping traffic, and it’s still a marathon for organizers, artists and attendees alike: a sprawl of 12 city blocks that proudly bills itself as the largest arts and crafts festival in the southeastern United States. Visitors can expect to view and purchase work by artists and crafters from 30 states and 12 countries, with a special emphasis on the fun and the funky. There also will be live music at two beer gardens all weekend long (one at Old School Square’s outdoor amphitheater, the other at Seventh and Atlantic) and a Family Fun Zone, complete with a mobile video arcade, mobile golf inflatables, face painting and a dunk tank. </p> <p>SATURDAY AND SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="178" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/theatre-lab-square-graphic.jpg" width="250"></p> <p><strong>What: Reading of “Red, White, Black and Blue”</strong></p> <p>Where: Theatre Lab at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $20</p> <p>Contact: 561/297-6124, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It’s safe to say that playwright Michael McKeever is on a roll. Fresh off three shows that have achieved unanimous critical acclaim and either won or been nominated for major Carbonell awards—those would be “Moscow,” “Clark Gable Slept Here” and “Daniel’s Husband”—South Florida’s most exportable playwright returns with the first public reading of his new work. “Red, White, Black and Blue,” as its title suggests, explores the blood sport that is “the upside-down world of modern American politics.” You can say that again. In a topsy-turvy election season that is splitting both political parties apart, McKeever’s play—about the first black female president of the United States, who ascends to the highest office in the land after a national tragedy—should be a witty and zeitgeist-capturing political satire. Professional actors will bring the skill and emotion of a full production to this reading, and will join the playwright for a discussion after each performance.</p>50 Ocean’s spring menu features Jack Honey, Buffalo creations2016-04-04T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>Start with a “Honey, I’m Home!” and add some sea devils, then some wahoo “tonnato,” move onto a buffalo ribeye, maybe a Kurobuta porterhouse and end with a hand-shaken coconut daiquiri or some to-die-for sea salt caramel gelato.</p> <p><img alt="" height="527" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.4_honey_cocktail.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Enjoy a spring-menu dinner at 50 Ocean <em>(50 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach; 561/278-3364)</em>, gazing at the waves while eating Executive Chef Blake Malatesta’s dishes made with locally sourced food (Okeechobee pigs, Clewiston beef, for example), drinking cocktails created by Mixologist Millie Wilkinson, and just generally having a terrific time.</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.4_buffalo_ribeye.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>A bit of detail: “Honey, I’m Home” (pictured, courtesy of Gyorgy Papp) combines Jack Daniel’s Honey, crème de cacao, pineapple juice, and crème de banana; sea devils are local deviled eggs stuffed with smoked salmon mousse and fried Ipswich clams, with bacon and mascarpone; the “tonnato” is an Italian-style fish spread, capers and lemon dill aioli on a grilled truffle baguette. The Kurobuta porterhouse is a grilled heritage black pig dish that’s tender and unforgettable, as is the buffalo ribeye (pictured, courtesy of EMA), which is served with sweet potato gnudi, butter bean Florentine and coffee-onion jam.</p> <p>And of course, there’s more, but that should be enough to make this seaside restaurant a must on your next trip to dinner.  There’s a reason Chef Blake won the recent countywide Feast of the Sea competition, and it’s all on the plate. The moon shining on the waves outside your window is just icing on this cake.</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>&#39;Still/Moving&#39; Plumbs Collector&#39;s Eclectic Psyche2016-04-01T14:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/_jg_5745.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>“Still/Moving,” the second part of the Norton Museum’s two-pronged exhibition of the collection of local arts patron Beth DeWoody, is less whimsical than last year’s predecessor, “The Triumph of Love,” which focused on contemporary art and sculpture. But it’s arguably more impactful.</p> <p>Like any great exhibit of a personal collection, “Still/Moving”—which derives its name from its two mediums, photography and video—is both random and controlled. Rather than surveying a century of art or offering a meditation on the zeitgeist, “Still/Moving” derives its meaning from the collector’s personality and politics, as they are shaped and defined by the decisions of Norton curator Tim Wride and curatorial assistant Rachel Gustafson.</p> <p>Certainly, Wride had an enormous trove of material from this generous and eclectic collector, culling 200 pieces from an estimated 3,000-plus photographs and videos—from Robert Capa to Cindy Sherman, Diane Arbus to Cecil Beaton, Robert Mapplethrope to Bernd and Hilla Becher. The result is selection of works that, as the curator’s statement expresses, “take risks and also demand a bit of risk from the viewer.”</p> <p>This statement applies most prominently to DeWoody’s affinity for provocative nudes, like Nobuyoshi Araki’s untitled Polaroid of a naked woman bound in a dark room, leaving the morbid backstory to our imagination. DeWoody is drawn to works in which the human body, at its most elemental, is as mysterious as an abstract painting and as fungible as putty—from Andre Kertesz’s classic fun-house distortions of the human form to Mapplethorpe’s modernist vision of the male profile and Mason Rader’s “Be Good!,” which merges three bodies into a pretzel and carries with it a feminist subtext.</p> <p>Indeed, Wride’s theme-driven journey through DeWoody’s collection reveals a collector unafraid to engage spectators on issues of race, gender and sexuality, clustered among more benign—but no less compelling—areas of interest such as architecture, fashion and celebrity. There are works that directly confront homelessness, prostitution, gun violence and third-world poverty, finding visual poetry amid the squalor. Such juxtapositions are central to the works’ success: Nathaniel Mary Quinn’s video “Simply Beautiful” artfully counterbalances sounds from battlefield carnage atop images of disadvantaged African-American youth, and lays jaunty cartoon theme music over shots of vacant inner-city buildings. It’s a potent statement of rage from the front lines of Black Lives Matter.</p> <p><img alt="" height="315" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/crewdson_efl_guide_800.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Not that middle-class comforts are any consolation. Skepticism over the supposed pleasures of the American dream manifests in Gregory Crewdson’s untitled high-def print of a bus driver beckoning a child from a sidewalk outside her home at night, a work of ambivalence that, to my eyes, implies menace lurking underneath the manicured lawns of suburbia. James Casebere’s “Subdivision With Spotlight” is a photograph of the artist’s miniature model of a planned community, with its soul-crushing assemblage of uniform Stepford homes. And Jen O’Malley’s “The Attic” is another creepy Polaroid, an image of a shadowy stairwell that will look ominous to anyone who’s seen her share of horror films.</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/img-1000558-o-groove-inesgotavel-do-red-hot-chili-peppers.jpg" width="300"></p> <p>Most of these artists’ names might not be familiar to most viewers, and their discovery is one of the excitements of “Still/Moving.” Even works chosen by established artists are generally less iconic and therefore fresh; the Chuck Close photo in the show is not an extreme close-up of a face but of a sunflower. The Andy Warhol sextet of identical, color-tinted images is not of Mao but the Red Hot Chili Peppers, shot in the twilight of the artist’s career. “Still/Moving” engages even the familiar in new contexts, thereby forming novel relationships to the work around it.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/431183612_1280x720.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>As a cinephile, though, I was most drawn to the videos in the exhibition, particularly the experimental collages that repurpose, and redefine, clips from film history. Johan Grimonprez’s brooding agitprop “Doubletake” finds a correlative in the films and persona of Alfred Hitchcock, who creatively peaked in the 1960s, with the Cold War panic of the era and its doom-laden bluster about a nuclear winter. Phoebe Collings-James’ mesmerizing mash-up “The Descent” is a work of giddy film-history deconstructionism, with nine miniature screens simultaneously projecting images of characters descending steps forward and backward, drawing parallels between “The Battleship Potemkin,” “The Untouchables,” the animated “Cinderella,” “The Exorcist,” “Paranormal Activity,” “American Psycho” and more.</p> <p><img alt="" height="298" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/unnamed-72.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>But if the sign of a great collector is her ability—unconscious, perhaps—to select art that will not only stand the test of time but presciently forecast it, then it doesn’t get better than Nelson Hallonquist’s “Gesticulations of an American Icon.” The artist cherry-picked guttural sound effects from vintage Bill Cosby comedy routines, stripped them of context, and glued them together in an incoherent montage of lunatic gibberish. In 2008, when Hallonquist exhibited the work, it must have been seen as a hilarious re-appropriation of an artist’s craft. Now, knowing what we do about Cosby’s extramarital activities, it’s astonishing how much of the comedian’s human beatboxing sounds aggressive, territorial and downright predatory.</p> <p>Bravo to DeWoody for what is at least a happy accident of discovery, if not a prophetic purchase—and to Wride for including it in this naked, voluminous peak into a collector’s psyche.</p> <p><em>“Still/Moving” runs through May 15 at the Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Admission costs $5 students and $12 adults. Call 561/832-5196 or visit</em></p>Staff Picks: Seasons of Love2016-04-01T12:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong>“Diego and Drew Say I Do”</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="353" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.1_diego_and_drew_say_i_do.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by John Thomason, Managing Editor</em></p> <p>“Back in the ‘80s, “Tony N Tina’s Wedding” established an enduring formula for immersive theater: It was a play that unfolded in and around a live audience in a cabaret setting, with members of the crowd playing the roles of wedding guests at an Italian-American nuptial bash. Now, a new show has updated this paradigm for the era of marriage equality. In “Diego and Drew Say I Do,” which opens this weekend at the Broward Center’s Abdo New River Room, ticket-buyers will become attendees at the ceremony of a Southern-bred groom and his Puerto Rican spouse—a pairing that will introduce such colorful supporting characters as an ex-boy-band singer, an uptight wedding planner and a diva in drag, with adventurous audience members invited to interact with the cast. And, like a real wedding, there’s food! The $59.50 ticket price includes a feast integrating both characters’ culinary traditions, including arroz con pollo, homemade cornbread, shrimp and grits and wedding cake.”</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a> // 201 SW 5<sup>th</sup> Ave., Fort Lauderdale // 954/462-0222)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Seasons 52</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="295" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.1_seasons_52.jpg" width="490"> </strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“My family and I try to maintain a healthy diet, which often means preparing our meals at home—but sometimes we don’t feel like cooking. If you’re like us, where should you go? Thankfully, Seasons 52 offers delicious dishes that won’t make you feel guilty afterward. The menu changes seasonally, offering the freshest, in-season menu items. If you need to indulge a little after a savory meal, the mini desserts are the perfect bite-sized sweet-tooth satisfiers.”</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a> // 2300 NW Executive Center Drive // 561/998-9952)</p>Not Your Average Dining Experience2016-04-01T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>It’s April Fool’s Day, so here are a couple of events that aren’t the usual, but they sound like a lot of fun!</p> <p><em><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.1_cena_by_michy's_michelle_bernstein.jpg" width="490"></strong></em></p> <p><strong>Miami’s Michy celebrating 10 years in true style</strong></p> <p>If in 2006, you wondered what the fuss was about when Michelle Bernstein and husband/partner David Martinez opened Michy’s in Miami, well, we’re sure you figured it out a while back. After 10 years of success in all kinds of ways, Michy <em>(6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305/759-2001),</em> now re-launched as CENA by Michy in 2015, is the grand dame of Miami’s Biscayne Corridor and has attracted a lot of other talent to fill foodie needs. </p> <p>Because of her 10<span style=""> </span>year anniversary, on April 6, Michelle Bernstein is bringing in alums and guest chefs Lindsay Autry (soon to have her own restaurant on Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach), Timon Balloo, Jason Schaan, Berenice de Araujo and Sarah Sipe to prepare a five-course dinner, with wines paired by former Michy’s sommelier Allegra Angelo. This special event is $150 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Buy tickets <a href=";date=2016-04-06" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p>To go along with that celebration, every night from now until April 9, CENA by Michy will have a different menu special from the restaurant’s history books. Sounds like a perfect time to visit.</p> <p><em><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.1_serenity_garden_tea_house.jpg" width="490"></strong></em></p> <p><strong>Have Pinot Envy in a pop-up wine dinner at a teahouse</strong></p> <p>For those in the know, the Serenity Garden Tea House &amp; Restaurant is a zen haven. Tucked away just south of the Norton Museum at 316 Vallette Way <em>(561/339-2444),</em> just off Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach, you enter another world that helps lower your blood pressure. The teas are heavenly; the food terrific, and now there’s a wine dinner there. Oh, yes, please.</p> <p>On April 7, Chef Michael Ober will present a four-course dinner featuring seared diver scallop, snapper filet, pork tenderloin roulade with tapenade and bacon, and a black cherry mousse, all paired with pinots. Try a Yamhill Rose (pinot noir), a Yamhill pinot blanc, a Biggio Hamina Pinot Noir and a Torti Pinot Nero. The cost is $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Tea-rrific!</p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Fashion Forward: Spring Style2016-04-01T08:00:00+00:00LL Scene/blog/author/llscenegirls/<p class="normal">The clocks have been set back, the houses have been cleaned and you just decided to renew your gym membership. Ladies, get out those pastels, we’re officially preparing for SPRING!</p> <p class="normal">As always, our trusted partnership with <a href=";U=1110041&amp;M=9953&amp;urllink=" target="_blank"></a> did not disappoint us with their newest spring collection. We’re seeing florals, mixed prints and our favorite pantone colors.</p> <p class="normal">Your #SceneGirls take seasonal style very seriously, so without further adieu, here are some of our favorite Lulus looks this spring!</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/jack_by_bb_dakota_hildy_peach_print_maxi_dress.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="normal"><a href=";b=54838&amp;m=9953&amp;afftrack=&amp;urllink=www%2Elulus%2Ecom%2Fproducts%2Fjack%2Dby%2Dbb%2Ddakota%2Dhildy%2Dpeach%2Dprint%2Dmaxi%2Ddress%2F280902%2Ehtml" target="_blank">Jack by BB Dakota Hildy Peach Print Maxi Dress</a></p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/glamorous_little_larkspur_mauve_suede_pencil_skirt.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="normal"><a href=";b=54838&amp;m=9953&amp;afftrack=&amp;urllink=www%2Elulus%2Ecom%2Fproducts%2Fglamorous%2Dlittle%2Dlarkspur%2Dmauve%2Dsuede%2Dpencil%2Dskirt%2F301662%2Ehtml" target="_blank">Glamorous Little Larkspur Mauve Suede Pencil Skirt</a></p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/delightful_surprise_light_blue_skater_dress.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="normal"><a href=";b=54838&amp;m=9953&amp;afftrack=&amp;urllink=www%2Elulus%2Ecom%2Fproducts%2Fdelightful%2Dsurprise%2Dlight%2Dblue%2Dskater%2Ddress%2F307152%2Ehtml" target="_blank">Delightful Surprise Light Blue Skater Dress</a></p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="345" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/way_she_moves_blush_heels.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="normal"><a href=";b=54838&amp;m=9953&amp;afftrack=&amp;urllink=www%2Elulus%2Ecom%2Fproducts%2Fway%2Dshe%2Dmoves%2Dblush%2Dheels%2F303252%2Ehtml" target="_blank">Way She Moves Blush Heels</a></p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/bloom_it_may_concern_ivory_and_pink_floral_print_dress.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="normal"><a href=";b=54838&amp;m=9953&amp;afftrack=&amp;urllink=www%2Elulus%2Ecom%2Fproducts%2Fbloom%2Dit%2Dmay%2Dconcern%2Divory%2Dand%2Dpink%2Dfloral%2Dprint%2Ddress%2F306392%2Ehtml" target="_blank">Bloom it May Concern Ivory and Pink Floral Print Dress</a></p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/jack_by_bb_dakota_aerona_blue_print_romper.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="normal"><a href=";b=54838&amp;m=9953&amp;afftrack=&amp;urllink=www%2Elulus%2Ecom%2Fproducts%2Fjack%2Dby%2Dbb%2Ddakota%2Daerona%2Dblue%2Dprint%2Dromper%2F307682%2Ehtml" target="_blank">Jack by BB Dakota Aerona Blue Print Romper</a></p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="522" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/design_language_pink_and_turquoise_ankle_strap_heels.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="normal"><a href=";b=54838&amp;m=9953&amp;afftrack=&amp;urllink=www%2Elulus%2Ecom%2Fproducts%2Fdesign%2Dlanguage%2Dpink%2Dand%2Dturquoise%2Dankle%2Dstrap%2Dheels%2F291902%2Ehtml" target="_blank">Design Language Pink and Turquoise Ankle Strap Heels</a></p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/glamorous_vida_bonita_dusty_blue_maxi_dress.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="normal"><a href=";b=54838&amp;m=9953&amp;afftrack=&amp;urllink=www%2Elulus%2Ecom%2Fsearchresults%3Fsearch%5Fin%5Fdescription%3D1%26q%3DGlamorous%2520Vida%2520Bonita%2520Dusty%2520Blue%2520Maxi%2520Dress" target="_blank">Glamorous Vida Bonita Dusty Blue Maxi Dress</a></p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/mink_pink_nothing_like_the_wild_blue_floral_print_romper.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="normal"><a href=";b=54838&amp;m=9953&amp;afftrack=&amp;urllink=www%2Elulus%2Ecom%2Fproducts%2Fmink%2Dpink%2Dnothing%2Dlike%2Dthe%2Dwild%2Dblue%2Dfloral%2Dprint%2Dromper%2F305202%2Ehtml" target="_blank">Mink Pink Nothing Like the Wild Blue Floral Print Romper</a></p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/nixon_kensington_leather_rose_gold_and_navy_watch.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="normal"><a href=";b=54838&amp;m=9953&amp;afftrack=&amp;urllink=www%2Elulus%2Ecom%2Fproducts%2Fnixon%2Dkensington%2Dleather%2Drose%2Dgold%2Dand%2Dnavy%2Dwatch%2F288992%2Ehtml" target="_blank">Nixon Kensington Leather Rose Gold and Navy Watch</a></p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/shift_and_shout_coral_red_multi_print_shift_dress.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="normal"><a href=";b=54838&amp;m=9953&amp;afftrack=&amp;urllink=www%2Elulus%2Ecom%2Fproducts%2Fshift%2Dand%2Dshout%2Dcoral%2Dred%2Dmulti%2Dprint%2Dshift%2Ddress%2F306432%2Ehtml" target="_blank">Shift and Shout Coral Red Multi Print Shift Dress</a></p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="522" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/woodzee_joshua_tree_ebony_wood_gold_sunglasses.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="normal"><a href=";b=54838&amp;m=9953&amp;afftrack=&amp;urllink=www%2Elulus%2Ecom%2Fproducts%2Fwoodzee%2Djoshua%2Dtree%2Debony%2Dwood%2Dgold%2Dsunglasses%2F294862%2Ehtml" target="_blank">Woodzee Joshua Tree Ebony Wood Gold</a></p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/global_gallivant_ivory_and_blue_print_maxi_dress.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="normal"><a href=";b=54838&amp;m=9953&amp;afftrack=&amp;urllink=www%2Elulus%2Ecom%2Fproducts%2Fglobal%2Dgallivant%2Divory%2Dand%2Dblue%2Dprint%2Dmaxi%2Ddress%2F298652%2Ehtml" target="_blank">Global Gallivant Ivory and Blue Print Maxi Dress </a></p>Review: The Rusty Hook Tavern2016-03-31T10:00:00+00:00Shaina Wizov/blog/author/Shaina/<div>Waterfront dining is one of my favorite parts about living in Florida, and there are certainly a great number of places to choose from for this kind of experience. Whether you’re right on top of the sandy beaches, overlooking the beautiful blue ocean from high above, or sitting with a perfect view of the Intracoastal, you’re in for a treat. I’m used to Boca and Delray views of the Intracoastal, and I often forget there are way more coastal views in South Florida to check out.</div> <p>The Rusty Hook Tavern <em>(125 N. Riverside Drive, Pompano Beach, 954/941-2499)</em> is situated alongside the Sands Harbor Resort and Marina. Its seaside decor makes it ideal for visitors when they want to feel like they’re on vacation by the water, and boaters are even welcome to drive on over and tie up their boats while they come in for a bite to eat or grab a couple drinks. There’s even a private area, just one flight of stairs away from the main dining room, perfect for hosting your own party or event. The Rusty Hook Tavern is run by a trio who met while working together under Gordon Ramsay (yes, THE Chef Ramsay) at the Boca Raton Resort restaurant Cielo.</p> <div><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.31_rusty_hook_tavern.jpeg" width="490"></div> <div> </div> <div>The restaurant has introduced its new daily fresh catch section to their menu, and has also jumped onto the Sunday Brunch bandwagon, with a buffet of brunch favorites as well as bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys and Rose wine. But back to dinner—aside from the new fresh catch menu, there have been other revisions made to the menu as well, including one dish that must be tried by anyone and everyone reading this: the Wicked Tuna Nachos.</div> <p>The moment these nachos hit the table, I just about dove right in. Crispy tortilla chips piled high with fresh tuna poke, smooth and creamy pureed avocado, a flavorful cabbage slaw and a delightfully spicy aioli that really brought everything together. Of course, using the chips as a vehicle for that incredible mix of ingredients was yummy, but I was perfectly fine using my fork to shovel bite after bite into my mouth. I’d go back again solely for a plate of these nachos paired with one of The Rusty Hook Tavern’s creative cocktails. (Fun fact: Their bar manager, Kareem, was a competitor in Bar Brawls.) The Marrakesh cocktail made with campari, elderflower, cranberry, rose water and topped with Prosecco, is exactly the drink I’d order along with my Wicked Tuna Nachos. You know if there’s elderflower and Prosecco involved, I’ll come running! Read my <a href="" target="_blank">full review</a> on Take a Bite Out of Boca. </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Shaina was born and raised in South Jersey; she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in journalism and media studies. After moving to Boca, Shaina created her own food blog, which has only enhanced her passion for cooking, baking, sipping and savoring her way around South Florida. Shaina is involved in many of the region’s food and wine festivals and events. Follow Shaina’s foodie adventures every other Thursday at—and on her own blog, <a href="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</p>More flak from the anti-development forces &amp; other updates from Boca and Delray2016-03-31T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/blueprints.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>Boca Beautiful skimps on the facts      </h3> <p>Boca Beautiful has taken out a second deceptive ad to rail against downtown development.</p> <p>       Two months ago, the group ran an ad in the <em>Sun-Sentinel </em>and headlined it “Breaking the Law in Boca.” The ad stated that the city had “condoned cheating” by developers on how much open space they provided at their projects. Boca Beautiful President John Gore, however, could offer no evidence of this “cheating.”</p> <p>       The new ad, which ran Tuesday, is headlined “Construction = Destruction.” It states that “the Boca Raton we know and love is being ruined by a blight of new construction and traffic.”</p> <p>       As the saying goes, however, you’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts. The ad claims that “what’s being built now is less than half of what is planned for the ‘new’ downtown. LESS THAN HALF!”</p> <p>       The clear implication is that more than 50 percent of the downtown remains up for development. That is false. According to the city’s report this month on Ordinance 4035—the order that governs downtown development—only 17.4 percent downtown space remains up for approval. The rest has been used or allocated to projects that have been approved but haven’t been built. Examples: Phases 2 and 3 of Via Mizner.</p> <p>       In 1988, Boca Raton set the limit for downtown development at 8 million square feet. That number was based on all projects being office space, which has the highest impact on traffic. The percentage remaining can vary, depending on what developers propose. Residential projects generate less traffic, and thus may count less toward the 8 million square foot cap.</p> <p>       Gore told me that he “stands by what I said” in the ad. The problem is that he bases his calculation on an assumption: The city council will “go above” 8 million square feet because the developers will want to build more. His statement about “what is planned” for downtown refers to “what the developers are planning.” He bases that assumption on meetings with Royal Palm Place’s James Batmasian and others.</p> <p>       Mayor Susan Haynie said, “I do not agree with Mr. Gore’s assumption.” Batmasian, she said, did recently submit plans to convert some Royal Palm Place retail space to residential, but city staff sent back the plans.</p> <p>       Though some conversion may occur, Haynie said, much of that remaining square footage probably will go to the proposed Mizner 200—which would replace Mizner on the Green—the Winn-Dixie plaza along Camino Real and to Boca Raton itself. City Hall is in the downtown, and the city is assessing plans for all its properties. That new report confirms that those three areas have the most remaining available downtown square footage.</p> <p>       The ad questions whether Boca Raton will have the road capacity to adequately handle a built-out downtown. That’s a legitimate question. It’s also one the city is studying, though a more developed downtown obviously brings more traffic. It was easy to get around downtown Boca in 1980. No one, though, could credibly argue that Boca was healthier in 1980.</p> <p>       In truth, most criticism about downtown is coming from a comparatively small group of residents. Most live in the Golden Triangle north and west of Palmetto Park Road and Northeast Fifth Avenue, the intersection for which the city and a consultant are devising changes to improve the flow of traffic. Other critics live across the bridge on the barrier island.</p> <p>       Their chief grievances are local: approval of Palmetto Promenade, the three-block mixed-use project just west of the intersection, and Chabad East Boca, near the beach. They also oppose using the Wildflower property for a restaurant, and try to perpetuate the myth that the council in 2009 paid $7.5 million for the site to create a 2.2-acre park.</p> <p>       All these grievances, plus city politics, will bring the April 11 Community Redevelopment Agency meeting to a rolling boil. City staffers are set to present their review of how the city has applied those open space guidelines since Boca adopted Ordinance 4035 nearly three decades ago.</p> <p>       If the review absolves the city, the regular council critics likely won’t accept the finding. Some may call for an outside review, which would waste money and essentially tell the staff that the council doesn’t trust them.</p> <p>       But that’s where Boca is, even if most residents aren’t following the politics. BocaWatch Publisher Al Zucaro, who I hear is reaching out to homeowner associations as he contemplates challenging Haynie next year, already has found the council guilty of ignoring Ordinance 4035’s open space requirements. A recent letter from the Riviera Civic Association, which opposed Chabad East Boca, claimed that the city has “ignored” the ordinance since 2003. Evidence? They don’t need no stinking evidence.</p> <p>       At a recent meeting, one of the regular critics accused the council of trying to “bend us to your will,” the “us” being the public. He claimed that the council forces residents to sue. State and federal lawsuits are challenging the Chabad East Boca approval. He proposed a new system under which citizen groups would review all development proposals. Naturally, the groups he suggested for participation were Boca Beautiful and Boca Watch.</p> <p>       As the speaker surely knows, there is citizen review already: the Community Appearance Board, the Planning and Zoning Board and the council itself. And as the speaker berated the council for “citizen exclusion,” Haynie gently reminded him that the council had allowed him double the usual—generous—five minutes during “public requests.”</p> <p>       In the 2014 and 2015 elections, the outspoken anti-development candidates lost. In addition to the mayor’s seat, two council positions will be on the ballot next year. The outsider campaign for the 2017 election has begun. Like the Donald Trump campaign, it’s long on emotion and hyperbole and short on facts.</p> <h3>MIA Jacquet</h3> <p>       Like Boca Raton, Delray Beach had no elected positions on the 2016 ballot. The city commission, however, does hold an organizational meeting every year at this time. That happened Tuesday night.</p> <p>       At the meeting, the commission named Al Jacquet to succeed Shelly Petrolia as vice mayor and made Jordana Jajura deputy vice mayor. Since the vice mayor runs the meeting if the mayor can’t be there, Mayor Cary Glickstein will want to continue his excellent attendance record.</p> <p>       Jacquet has missed, or been late for several key meetings in the last two years. In March 2014, during his last stint as vice mayor, Jacquet presided over a meeting at which the commission approved a bailout for the developers of Auburn Trace. Delray’s chief financial officer and then-city attorney blasted the deal as very unfavorable for the city. The vote happened with Glickstein and Petrolia out of town.</p> <p>       Fortunately, a vote two weeks later—with Glickstein and Petrolia present—rescinded the deal. Jacquet was absent. If Jacquet had prevailed, Delray Beach could not have concluded this year the deal to sell Auburn Trace, make the city nearly $1 million and free up another $4 million for affordable housing initiatives.</p> <p>       Stay healthy, Mayor Glickstein.</p> <h3>Boca to choose deputy mayor</h3> <p>       The Boca Raton City Council will hold its own organizational meeting tonight. Like the Delray commission, the council will choose a deputy mayor.</p> <p>       Unlike the Delray commission, however, the Boca council also acts as the community redevelopment agency. The council designates one member as the chairman, who runs the CRA meetings. That has been Scott Singer.</p> <p>       Nothing prevents the council from naming the mayor to also run the CRA meetings, but Haynie said sentiment has been to divide the two roles. The choice takes on added meaning this year, however, because the new chairman will get to run that open space meeting in 12 days. Don’t send the winner any congratulations.</p> <h3>And the Arts Garage vote</h3> <p>At its meeting Tuesday night, the Delray Beach City Commission will vote whether to extend until Sept. 16 the lease of the city space in Pineapple Grove to Creative City Collaborative, the parent organization of Arts Garage. The group’s three-year lease expired March 16.</p> <p>       The extension is designed to allow the city and the collaborative to work out a new lease. The city commission wants Arts Garage to make management changes and improve communication with the city before approval of a new lease.</p> <p><strong><br></strong></p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Lauderhill Opens Performing Arts Center2016-03-30T14:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/12795350_1684553495165930_339610085598601438_n.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The city of Lauderhill has hosted events at its glitzy new performing center since February, but don’t feel out of the loop if you didn’t know about it yet.</p> <p>The 1,200-seat proscenium venue, which cost $14.9 million to construct, has suffered its share of setbacks—from a leaky roof to visual impediments to the auditorium’s sight lines—that have delayed its opening from mid-2014 to this year. With the kinks sufficiently ironed out, the venue has opened 2016 with major productions from the touring musical “Saturday Night Fever” to the dance extravaganza “Stomp,” providing underserved West Broward patrons with an arts-and-culture mecca next to Central Broward Regional Park. With <strong>Boyz II Men</strong> and <strong>En Vogue</strong> slated to perform April 23 at the venue’s official Grand Opening celebration, you can expect to hear plenty more about the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center in the near future.</p> <p><img alt="" height="422" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/543853a4-ad3a-d753-c17cd19218de2db9.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>And in the meantime, the Center is continuing to fill its calendar amid its soft opening. The family-friendly <strong>“Berenstain Bears Live!”</strong> musical tour swings by April 10, and the very un-family-friendly comedian <strong>Bob Saget</strong> brings his expletive-laden show to the venue April 15. <strong>“The Acrobats of Cirque-tacular”</strong> will feature aerialists, acrobats, contortionists and jugglers showcasing their death-defying blend of artistry and athleticism on April 24. On May 7, expect a <strong>Caribbean-style Mother’s Day concert</strong> featuring the music of Jack Radics, Christopher Williams, Black Diamond Band and Sons of Mystro.</p> <p><img alt="" height="213" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/pac_nightweb.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>This eclectic lineup shows that the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center is attempting to reach all demographics, from the city’s African-American population to families, from niche comedy to mass-audience musicals and circus spectacles. And it looks like the LEED Gold-certified space is large enough to accommodate just about anything it wants: In addition to the main theater, the Lauderhill PAC features a black box space, an art gallery, a 10,000-square-foot community library, rehearsal spaces and front-of-the-house food and drink amenities. When we’re able to visit, we’ll bring back a full report. It is located at 3800 N.W. 11th Place in Lauderhill, and the box office can be reached at 954/777-2055 or</p>What I’m loving at Disney this spring2016-03-30T09:00:00+00:00Michelle Olson-Rogers/blog/author/michellerogers/<p>Last November, my family and I sprung for annual passes to Walt Disney World. Let’s just say that we’re getting our money’s worth—typically making the trek up to Orlando about once per month with our 2.5-year-old. The interesting part about seeing Disney this way (and this often) is that you really experience how they keep the theme parks fresh and interesting for frequent visitors like Florida residents. The seasonal changes are impressive and allow park goers to enjoy something new each visit, even if it’s on a monthly basis. </p> <p>Here’s the <em>Boca Mom Talk</em> on my favorite things happening at Walt Disney World this spring!</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.30_hollywood_studios_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Hollywood Studios</strong></p> <p>Ever heard of a little movie franchise called “Star Wars?” Disney Hollywood Studios is going all out to capitalize on the success of the recent film release to push their new “<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Star Wars Launch Bay</strong></a>.” You can meet fan favorite characters such as <em>Kylo Ren</em> or <em>Chewbacca</em> (my husband and daughter enjoyed this equally), view props and costumes from the movies and even celebrate the <em>Star Wars</em> saga with a behind-the-scenes short film screening in the <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Launch Bay Theater</strong></a>.</p> <p>Kids (ages 4-12) can sign up for Jedi training and participate in a crowd-pleasing show called “<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Trials of the Temple</strong></a>.” Under the tutelage of the Jedi, the “recruits” learn how to use the Force—and their wit—to wield lightsabers against a surprise Star Wars villain on stage.  </p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.30_hollywood_studios_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>But my favorite part of “Star” Wars taking over Hollywood Studios is the fireworks show at the end of the day. There are few things better than watching rockets explode mid-air to a rousing John Williams score. “<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Symphony in the Stars</strong></a><strong>”</strong> is absolutely stunning and will even be updated and renamed “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” with additional visual bells and whistles come summer.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.30_epcot_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Epcot</strong></p> <p>Spring is literally in the air at Epcot with their <a href=""><strong>International Flower &amp; Garden Festival</strong></a> in full swing through May 30. You and your family can work to get your Fresh Epcot passport stamped at every garden destination and outdoor kitchen throughout the park, marveling at the amazing character topiary creations along the way.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.30_epcot_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>With <em>Soarin’</em> on hiatus until summer and the <a href=""><strong><em>Frozen</em></strong><strong> ride not yet open in Norway</strong></a>, you really need a good reason to head over to Epcot with little ones. The Flower &amp; Garden Festival is it. There are fun play areas especially for kids and amazing gardens to explore—not to mention, live entertainment each weekend! This festival is also sure to satisfy adult appetites, at least until the <a href=""><strong>Epcot International Food &amp; Wine Festival</strong></a><strong> </strong>arrives on September 14.   </p> <p>It boggles my mind how often the parks constantly change and that they will never really be “finished.” And no, we still haven’t managed to hit every ride and show, even after visiting 5+ times! However, I know after our last visit, we definitely had a little extra “spring” in our step, and we can’t wait to go back. Enjoy your visit to Walt Disney World this season!</p> <p><strong>•••••••• </strong></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em><strong>, </strong></em><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options—as well as a weekly MOMpreneur spotlight! A MOMpreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em><em></em></p>Free health and wellness event features Dr. Oz and Suzanne Somers2016-03-30T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Host of <em>The Dr. Oz Show</em>, Dr. Mehmet Oz, is the featured guest at the WPBF 25 Health and Wellness Festival on April 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens. Television actress Suzanne Somers is the event’s special guest.</p> <p>It’s free to attend the annual festival, aimed at educating the community about health and wellness. </p> <p>Dr. Oz will lead a panel discussion with local medical professionals and focus on the top health issues affecting South Floridians—from the Zika virus and skin cancer, to diabetes and heart disease.</p> <p><img alt="" height="637" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.30_suzanne_somers_1.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Suzanne Somers, singer, author, lecturer, health advocate and entrepreneur, will share her advice for better aging and healthier eating. She’ll share secrets for looking young, as well as, on a more serious note, talk about her cancer scare, alternative therapies and simple everyday tips for a healthier lifestyle.</p> <p>“Imagine a new way to age,” Somers says in an event press release.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.30_mrs_and_dr_oz.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Dr. Oz’s wife Lisa Oz, bestselling author and <em>The Good Life Magazine</em> editor-at-large, will be on hand to share recipes, present a live cooking demonstration and offer health eating advice from the Oz family home and her new cookbook “The Oz Family Kitchen.”</p> <p>And from our community, dozens of local health and wellness experts will be stationed throughout the mall to answer questions and promote products, procedures and services.</p> <p>WPBF 25 fans can meet and take pictures with their favorite news anchors, and kids can have fun at the events kids’ zone.  </p> <p>For a lineup of health and wellness festival events, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p><strong><em>About Lisette</em></strong></p> <p><em>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Mexican food in South Florida2016-03-29T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.29_cantina_artist.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>New West Palm Beach Mexican restaurant opening: Banko Cantina</strong></p> <p>This Mexican restaurant and tequila bar is slated to open in mid-April (and is hiring now). It will occupy a 1921 landmark building in downtown West Palm Beach. Built originally for the American National Bank, the three-level structure was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1997, and sits at 114 S. Olive Ave. Some of the original wood will be used for the tabletops, as well as the chandeliers and tiles.</p> <p>Co-owner and restaurateur Sam Sanchez, who also has restaurants in Chicago, will have Chef Seth Kirschbaum creating the menu. They promise to use locally grown and harvested produce and fish when possible, with desserts made in-house and tortillas from the northern region of Mexico. Kirschbaum’s name may sound familiar—he’s also been chef at Darbster and Sublime.</p> <p>Along with some eye-catching art (pictured), the restaurant will have a rooftop bar, lounge, some private dining space and 130 seats in the main dining room. </p> <p><img alt="" height="193" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.29_tacocraft_s_miami_rendering.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Mexican street food-inspired venue to open in Miami: TacoCraft</strong> </p> <p>Speaking of new places to try Mexican dishes, look for the new TacoCraft taqueria &amp; tequila bar in South Miami to open in May (rendering pictured). It will be at 5829 SW 73<sup>rd</sup> St. Its sister restaurant, ROK:BRGR, is already across the street. These two restaurants already have locations in Fort Lauderdale, in Himmarshee Village, and have been hits there. And there’s a plus for late-night partiers: The taco window will be open on weekends until 4 a.m.! </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Last week&#39;s floods, iPic traffic woes &amp; the Delray dog beach issue 2016-03-29T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="640" src="/site_media/uploads/floodfirstfloor.jpg" width="480"></h3> <h3>Flash flooding</h3> <p>After the financial crisis, many South Florida homes were “underwater” regarding their mortgages. For a while Thursday night, it seemed that many homes in Boca Raton might be “underwater” regarding. . .water.</p> <p>       According to the National Weather Service, nearly six inches of rain drenched the city from late afternoon into early evening. Weather tracking has become so advanced that the Channel 5 meteorologists were able to plot the system’s path across Boca almost neighborhood by neighborhood. Many side streets were flooded. There was water in Town Center Mall and City Hall (above).</p> <p>       Fortunately, problems in most areas didn’t last long. According to a city spokeswoman, however, flooding at Southwest Second Street and Southwest Ninth Avenue closed that area on Friday and Saturday. Ninth Avenue is a popular outlet in the southwest section. Just to the north, there was flooding in Old Floresta.</p> <p>       Despite the downpour that happened in barely three hours, most problems stemmed not from the rain itself but from bad timing and inattention.</p> <p>       Flood control in South Florida is a three-tiered system. The South Florida Water Management District maintains the largest canals. Then come canals of local drainage districts. For southern Palm Beach County, that’s the Lake Worth Drainage District.</p> <p>       At the bottom, and too often overlooked, are neighborhood storm drains that direct water into—and later up—through the system. If those drains get blocked, flash flooding can result.</p> <p>       Many trees, especially oaks, have been dropping leaves. It’s that time of year in South Florida. With those oak leaves comes oak pollen. On Thursday night, storm drains in tree-heavy neighborhoods got clogged. It happened in my southwest neighborhood. Suburban flotsam covered the drain. After I raked it off, water began pouring in.</p> <p>       A similar issue caused the flooding at City Hall. The spokeswoman said leaves had clogged drains on the second-floor flat roof. Water leaked into the second floor, and from there down to the first-floor section where people wait to ask about building permits.</p> <p>       In 1999, Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene moved up the center of the state. The wet quadrant was on the east, and South Florida got the kind of rain we last saw with Tropical Storm Isaac in 2012. It was the ultimate stress test for municipal stormwater systems.</p> <p>       Boynton Beach’s failed. Flooding was so bad that the city soon after levied a stormwater fee to upgrade the drainage system. The investment has paid off.</p> <p>       For now, the spokeswoman said, Boca administrators don’t believe that Thursday’s rain exposed any systemwide weaknesses. It’s true that such heavy rain in such a short time could tax any system. All neighborhood associations, however, should check that their drains and canals are clear. Water can rise faster than it takes to remember even where the drains are.</p> <h3>Old library, new use                                   </h3> <p>       The rain-related disruption at Boca Raton City Hall sped up one change that will affect many of the people who do business with the city.</p> <p>       Because of flooding on the first floor, those who deal with development permits are working in what normally is the waiting area, near the city council chambers. Soon they will move not back to their old space but to new offices in the former downtown library.</p> <p>       For some time, Boca has been reviewing its use of all city facilities. With early voting having moved to the new downtown library, the city considered what to do with the old library across the street from the police station.</p> <p>       Answer: the library will house, among other departments, the permitting staff and the building inspectors. Code Enforcement also will shift. All those employees—about 75 in all—will be on the first floor. The city is adding 20 parking spaces north of the building, bringing the total at the site to about 100. Some administrative offices will take up the second floor.</p> <p>       The plan had been to move the employees next month. Instead, a city spokeswoman said Monday, the move could begin next week. Interior work at the old library is nearly done, and it would make no sense to return employees to space they would be leaving very soon.</p> <p>       The move makes sense. Though the city said recently that the average wait time for a permit has been cut roughly in half over last year, it will be now be easier for contractors and homeowners to meet with city staff. Permit delays had vexed Boca Raton for years. The city has not determined which departments will take over the City Hall space vacated by the permitting staff.</p> <h3>iPic traffic concerns</h3> <p>       As I reported, though the Delray Beach City Commission has given final approval to the iPic project, worries about traffic problems linger. Critics fear that the theater/office/retail complex could create a chokepoint on Southeast Fourth and Fifth avenues near Atlantic Avenue.</p> <p>       Though the city, correctly, will monitor traffic, a stronger force may be at work.</p> <p>       During one debate over the project, iPic CEO Hamid Hashemi pointed out that his company’s market is higher-income residents who aren’t used to waiting. If traffic spoils their trip to iPic in Delray, they will go to the company’s theater in Boca or to a competitor. “We can’t let them be upset,” Hashemi said. If he doesn’t upset “them,” the project will be less likely to upset the critics.</p> <h3>Trial dog beach?</h3> <p>       In a roughly 100-page report, Delray Beach’s Parks &amp; Recreation Department is recommending a trial program for a dog beach. At a workshop meeting that probably will take place in May, however, City Manager Don Cooper will tell the city commission that he opposes the staff recommendation.</p> <p>       Responding to requests from dog lovers, the commission asked the staff to consider the idea. The recommendation is for a six-month program in an area between 100 yards and 300 yards wide next to Atlantic Dunes Park at Linton Boulevard.</p> <p>       The report notes several favorable factors: the stretch is the widest public beach in Delray, there are two parking meters, there’s a single entrance/exit that would make it easier to monitor compliance and there are bathrooms. People could bring dogs only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The fee would be $30 per dog for city residents.</p> <p>       Cooper bases his opposition on four points:</p> <p>       -- Many people wouldn’t know that the dog beach had limited hours and was restricted to a certain area. As a result, it could take as many as two police officers and two park rangers to monitor the program. Cooper believes that the report underestimates the number of staff the program would require.</p> <p>       -- It would take more time than the report estimates to pick up dog waste from the beach.</p> <p>       -- Administrative costs “will put an additional burden on staff.”</p> <p>       -- The program would be starting as Delray Beach rebuilds the beach promenade and installs new parking meters. Cooper believes that adding the dog program would “jeopardize the successful outcome of the beach projects,” which are commission priorities.</p> <p>       Though Boca Raton, as the report points out, has a successful dogs-on-the-beach option, Cooper raises good points, especially on timing. Cooper also is probably right when he says in his March 2 letter to the commission that there will be “significant pressure” to approve the program.</p> <p>       It’s also worth nothing that Cooper says he doesn’t want to proceed “at this time.” The dog beach might turn out to be a good idea that just has to wait.   </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>The Week Ahead: March 29 to April 42016-03-28T14:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="283" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/sb50-dick-druckman.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening reception of “Super Bowl, Super Pix: Inside Images of Super Bowl 50”</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Photographic Centre, 415 Clematis St., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 6 to 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/253-2600, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Even diehard pigskin enthusiasts must admit that this year’s defense-driven Super Bowl wasn’t the most exciting NFL finale in league history. But the still images of wire photographers Dick Druckman, Paul Kitagaki Jr. and Paul Kuroda paint a more exciting picture of the Panthers/Broncos matchup, finding the hi-def poetry amid the tackles, huddles and End Zone celebrations. The three syndicated photographers will share their work at this free exhibition at the Palm Beach Photo Centre, which runs through April 30. In addition, visitors can check out the Centre’s extended survey of the legendary sports photographer Walter Iooss Jr., recipient of this year’s FOTOmentor award. Iooss has shot more than 300 covers for <em>Sports Illustrated</em>, capturing the essence of athletes including Michael Jordon, Muhammad Ali and Tiger Woods. This show also runs through April 30.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/dsc_3684.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Smoke”</strong></p> <p>Where: Theatre at Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>“What’s the most f***ed-up thing you’ve ever done?” One doesn’t pose such a question if one isn’t prepared for a provocative answer, and the questioner will receive one, and much more, in this edgy comic thriller from playwright Kim Davies. A 31-year-old intern with an uncertain future and a soon-to-be college dropout, only 20, meet in the kitchen of an uptown New York sex party. Kinky transactions are happening in the other rooms, but Davies keeps her action confined to the kitchen, where these outcast souls, connected by their predictions for leather, engage in carnal storytelling and sexual mind games. They play dangerously with knives, and they smoke too much—and with that smoke comes plenty of emotional, psychic fire. Nipping at the kinky heels of transgressive plays such “Venus in Fur” and “Trust,” “Smoke” examines shifting tides of power and sexuality, capping Keith Garsson and Genie Croft’s first libidinous season as the Theatre at Arts Garage’s co-artistic directors. It runs through April 17. </p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="192" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/mcb-msnd-openbarre.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $25-$114</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469,<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This is the cherry on top of Miami City Ballet’s current season, the most exciting show of the year because it’s homegrown in the best way possible. The company will reimagine George Balanchine’s full-evening ballet<strong> </strong>“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” discovering new avenues to explore in Shakespeare’s timeless comedy of fairies, amateur actors and a sparkling marriage. In a statement, Lourdes Lopez calls Balanchine’s ballet, set to the music of Felix Mendelssohn, “perhaps the most brilliant narrative ballet of the 20th century,” and it will look both fresh and hyper-local in MCB’s hands. Two international artists with Miami ties will help to stage “Midsummer” as a reflection of South Florida: Costume and set designer Michele Oka Doner, and playwright/director Tarell Alvin McCraney, the latter known to GableStage audiences for his inventive “edits” of Shakespeare works like “Hamlet” and “Antony and Cleopatra.” When it premiered in New York in 1962, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” featured a leading performance from future MCB founder Edward Villella, making this production both nostalgic and progressive—a fitting conclusion to its 30<sup>th</sup> anniversary season. </p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="292" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/haridconservatory.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Harid Conservatory 25th anniversary concert</strong></p> <p>Where: Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail</p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/237-7000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Harid Conservatory currently specializes in a dance curriculum, but prior to that change of focus, it occupied the same prestigious role that the Lynn Conservatory of Music now holds: as a beacon of orchestral and chamber music for emerging talent the world over. The Harid will celebrate 25 years of providing tuition-free scholarships to the best and the brightest with this special performance by Harid’s music alumni from the classes of 1991 to 1999. Marking the second reunion of these orchestra professionals, the concert will gather 18 graduates from California, Colorado, New York, Uruguay, Canada and more, for a program that will include selections from Bach, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Mozart and others. Be sure to arrive early enough to snatch a good seat: The show is first-come, first-served. It will be followed by a light reception in the lobby.</p> <p><img alt="" height="240" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/c700x420.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Passenger”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $21–$225</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This controversial opera by Mieczyslaw Weinberg is surely the only operatic work based on a radio play written by a concentration camp survivor. In 1959, Zofia Posmysz’s harrowing “Passenger from Cabin 45” premiered in Polish radio and was novelized a few years later. Weinberg, who lost most of his family in the Holocaust, adapted the story as an opera in the late ’60s, but its provocative subject matter ensured that it remained unperformed for 40 years. “The Passenger” is set on a luxury ocean liner, where a diplomat’s wife, who was once a warden at Auschwitz, thinks she spots a survivor among the vessel’s passengers. The encounter resurrects memories of pain and shame, and, with the aid of a staggering three-tiered set, the time-shifting action rotates between the opulence of the cruise ship, the squalor of a death camp, and a male chorus in the middle attempting to make sense of the unimaginable. Sung in no less than seven languages, from English to Yiddish to Czech, this South Florida premiere with a 10-piece cast is being justifiably hyped as one of the don’t-miss musical events of the season. It runs through April 9. </p> <p>SATURDAY AND SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="262" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/screen-shot-2014-10-20-at-4.41.55-pm.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Rockfest ‘80s</strong></p> <p>Where: Markham Park, 16001 W. State Road 84, Sunrise</p> <p>When: 1 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $99 per day, $169 for two-day pass</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Eighties rock, in all of its cheesy arena-ready bombast, has aged better than its original detractors would have thought. In a 21st century pop soundscape of sterile electronica and pampered, Auto-Tune’d millennials, the idea of hair-sprayed middle-aged men in spandex turning their amps to 11 and receiving devil horns and bras from ecstatic audiences of the same age seems, in its complete lack of coolness, to be counter-culturally cool. None of the 20-plus acts in this inaugural celebration of ‘80s rock could headline the kind of mega-halls they played in their prime, but together, they constitute quite an assemblage of important, decade-defining acts you may not have realized are still alive and kick-drumming: Saturday welcomes Bret Michaels (pictured), Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Night Ranger, Warrant, The Romantics, John Waite, Firehouse and others; Sunday features Paul Rodgers, Ace Frehley, Ratt, Slaughter, Winger, Sebastian Bach, Quiet Riot and more. Attendees can also enjoy a vendor village, food booths, a muscle car show and an ‘80s Dance Party. </p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/writ.png.crop_display.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Screening of “Written on the Wind”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cosford Cinema, 5030 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5</p> <p>Contact: 305/284-4627, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Released in 1956 and sharing themes with that year’s more grandiose “Giant,” Douglas Sirk’s “Written on the Wind” has outpaced the James Dean classic among cinephiles thanks to the lurid frankness of its director’s bold style. Sirk’s films explored the seedy underbelly of American life in the economically prosperous but morally bankrupt ‘50s. “Written in the Wind” is certainly no exception, chronicling the downfall of Robert Stack’s impotent, alcoholic oil magnate, his long-suffering wife (Lauren Bacall), his childhood friend and present-day threat for his wife’s affections (Rock Hudson), and his nymphomaniac sister (Dorothy Malone). An exercise in censorship-baiting subversion from its choice of music to its double-entendre visuals, “Written on the Wind” is a film that is, as the narrator in its trailer suggests, “woven of the raw realism of life itself.” It will screen on 35mm as part of the Cosford’s ongoing Sirk retrospective.</p> <p>MONDAY, APRIL 4</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/9-les-miserables.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Carbonell Awards ceremony</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$35</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Regional theaters from South Miami to Jupiter have been nominated for awards in 20 categories in South Florida’s answer to the Tony Awards. Among musicals, Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s production of “Les Miserables” (pictured) leads the nominations in its genre, vying for the top award against works such as Slow Burn’s “Big Fish,” Actors’ Playhouse’s “Ragtime” and the Maltz’s “Billy Elliott.” Among plays, Michael McKeever’s world premiere “Daniel’s Husband” garnered the most nominations, from Best New Work to Best Production of a Play to Best Actor in a Play; it will vie against productions such as Palm Beach Dramaworks’ “Buried Child” and the Maltz’s “Glengarry Glen Ross.” I was honored, once again, to be among the judging committee for this year’s awards, but with a cone of silence strictly enforced, I’ll be just as surprised as anyone when the winners are read. The ceremony, aka “theater prom,” always offers an entertaining theatrical love-fest, complete with comedic and dramatic renditions of songs from the five musicals nominated for Best Production.</p>Boca Bacchanal and mixology classes2016-03-28T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="393" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.28_boca_bacchanal.jpg" width="590"></p> <p><strong>Boca Bacchanal Wine &amp; Food Festival back in Mizner Amphitheater</strong></p> <p>It’s time for the 14<sup>th</sup> Annual Boca Bacchanal Wine &amp; Food festival on April 8 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Mizner Park Amphitheater. There will be more than 30 restaurants for sampling, which is a lot of nibbling on good bites, and a whole lot more wine tastings from vintners representing wines from around the globe. Tickets are $125 per person. <a href="" target="_blank">Click</a> or call 561/395-6766. Included is live music from DJ Violinist Timothee Lovelock and a fashion show and car tours from South Florida BMW Centers. The festivities continue April 9 with the Boca Bacchanal Vintner Dinners, which pairs top chefs preparing meals and vintners showcasing wines at exclusive dinners in private Boca Raton residences. Tickets for the vintner dinners are $325 per person. </p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="351" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.28_the_old_arcade_2.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Mix and learn: A world tour through cocktails</strong></p> <p>I had dinner with a friend the other night, and she ordered a Rob Roy cocktail. I hadn’t heard anyone talk about that drink in decades. It’s like a Manhattan, but made with Scotch whisky.</p> <p>The classic cocktails are clearly in vogue again, so the cocktails and mixology classes held at the Old Arcade inside the Caffe Martier <em>(411 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 954/410-3177)</em> are right on time. The classes cost $40 per person, and they explore the history and recipes of both older classics and newer twists on classic drinks. Try Cocktails 101 on April 4 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and delve into the Manhattan, the Old Fashioned and Sazerac, with history about New Orleans/Paris and New York.</p> <p>Mixology 102, on April 11 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., will focus on the Golden Age, Prohibition, High Society and the Disco Era, with the Bees Knees, Martini and Daiquiri drinks.</p> <p>Mixology 103, on April 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., goes international, with the history of drinks from Italy, Brazil and Peru, and eyes the Negroni, the Caipirinha and the Pisco Sour. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Staff Picks: cheesy goodness and a boho boutique2016-03-25T12:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong>Tap 42</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.25_tap_42.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Georgette Evans, Senior Advertising Account Manager</em></p> <p>The oven baked shrimp mac &amp; cheese at Tap 42 is amazing! It’s full of shrimp, mushrooms, bacon and lots and lots of cheese, with a Parmesan herb crust. It's a meal in itself, but the signature burger and fries are pretty tast,y too. And they have a huge selection of beer.”</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a> // 5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton // 561/235-5819)</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Viva Lola Boutique</strong><strong></strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.25_viva_lola.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em></p> <p>“Hidden away behind Atlantic Ave. (next to Ace Hardware) is a cute, unique gypsy-looking cottage filled with fabulous finds! It's really boho heaven! They sell shoes and boots by Karma of Charme (trust me, you will fall in love with this brand if you love boho), yoga wear by Hallow + Plank and lots of fashionable items emblazoned in skulls (LOVE)! It's my newest favorite local boutique in Delray Beach. Go check it out!”</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a> // 54 SE 6th Ave., Delray Beach)</p>All About Wine2016-03-25T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>We’re all about wines today, specifically the award-winning wines chosen recently by the American Fine Wine Competition, a national event always held in South Florida. Here are upcoming venues and events that feature these amazing wines. </p> <p><strong>The Main Event: The American Fine Wine Competition Charity Wine Gala</strong> – On April 8, at Fort Lauderdale’s Hyatt Pier 66 <em>(2301 SE 17<sup>th</sup> St., Fort Lauderdale)</em>, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., meet the winemakers in the Tasting Room, where they will pour wines prior to dinner. The dinner highlights all of the competition’s awarded wineries (more than 700), and awards are given to six “Best of the Year” winemakers that night. For more about the AFWC, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. The cost is $300 (<a href="" target="_blank">advance tickets only</a>). </p> <p>Leading up to the gala, Strategic Importers has worked with restaurants in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties to highlight some of the award-winning wines in tastings and wine dinners. Here are some of the events featuring Veedercrest Wines and owner/winemaker Ron Fenolio, of Napa, Calif. The winery is a leader in Napa Valley, and is known for its chardonnay winning over French chards at the infamous 1976 Judgment of Paris tasting. </p> <p><img alt="" height="292" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.25_bianca_at_delano.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>April 3: At the</strong> <strong>Bianca at Delano restaurant</strong> <em>(1685 Collins Ave., Miami, <em>305/674-5752</em>)</em> – Featuring the winery’s 2012 chardonnay, 2012 sauvignon blanc, the 2007 zinfandel, the 2009 cabernet sauvignon and the 2005 cabernet sauvignon, this is a wine dinner to drool over. This is the first in a series of winemaker/chef wine dinners. Tickets are $500 per couple, and are available <a href="" target="_blank">online</a>. </p> <p><img alt="" height="664" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.25_la_ferme.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>April 5: At</strong> <strong>La Ferme </strong><em>(9101 Lakeridge Blvd., Boca Raton, 561/654-6600)</em> - A five-course dinner includes pouring the 2005 Library cabernet, and a special 2007 Pym Rae cabernet sauvignon will be raffled that evening. The cost is $110 per person, including tax and gratuity. </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.25_rusty_hook.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>April 6: At</strong> <strong>The Rusty Hook Tavern</strong> (125 N. Riverside Drive, Pompano Beach, 954/941-2499) - The reception starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by a four-course dinner at 6:45 p.m. Wines include the 2012 sauvignon blanc, the 2012 chardonnay, the 2009 merlot and the 2007 zinfandel. The cost is $82 per person, including tax and gratuity. Reservations are necessary. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Q&amp;A: Gayle Kirschenbaum2016-03-25T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><img alt="" height="224" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/49321-848x475.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>“Did you ever feel you were born into the wrong family?” So asks filmmaker Gayle Kirschenbaum at the outset of her initially tragicomic, and ultimately inspiring, documentary “Look At Us Now, Mother!” (opening today in South Florida).</p> <p>A diaristic portrait of the director’s fraught lifelong relationship with her mother, the film combines 50 years of family videos with newly shot footage of Gayle and mom Mildred, now retired in Boca Pointe (the country club makes a few familiar cameos in the film). Kirschenbaum spelunks a childhood filled with emotional and psychological degradation from a mother who picked at every nit she should, from her daughter’s “flat chest” to her big hair to her allegedly oversized nose to her inability to find a husband. Now in her twilight years, despite Gayle’s attempts to reconcile their past, Mildred has blocked all of it away, hiding behind a veil of selective amnesia and dark humor: “Why don’t you waterboard me, and I’ll confess,” she jokes.</p> <p>Kirschenbaum’s journey through healing traces back three generations—through attempted suicides, arranged marriages, battles with depression and the passing of a beloved pet—before finally reaching catharsis. Shaping decades of tumult into a narrative, “Look at Us Now, Mother!” is, quite literally, film as therapy. And as Kirschenbaum reveals to <em>Boca</em> magazine, it’s more than just a film.</p> <p><strong>When you began this project, did you have storyboards, or an outline, or a narrative in mind, or was it more of an open slate, and you’ll see where it goes?</strong></p> <p>I had a mission in mind. I wanted to make a movie that would help people. None of this was meant to be: I, like you, have told other people’s stories in television and documentaries and TV shows <em>[Kirschenbaum’s producing credits include original series for A&amp;E, Court TV, HBO and the Discovery Channel]. </em>I never really thought I would do my own.</p> <p>But it was through the reaction of a funny short film that I ended up making called “My Nose,” about mom trying to get me to have a nose job, and people standing in line telling me their stories, that I realized, Oh my God, so many people are hurting. It doesn’t matter how famous or rich you are, or any of that stuff. If you were hurt as a child by someone close to you, invariably a parent, and you haven’t forgiven that person, it’s hurting you and nobody else.</p> <p>People thought the nose film was brave, but it was really light and fluffy. And I thought, you know, I’m going to ask mom if she’ll come on this journey. And I knew at this point she was funny, she was smart, she was out there. She’s an exhibitionist, and she loves attention at all costs. [In an early review], the <em>Washington Post </em>said that if you have a mother like Gayle Kirschenbaum’s, you’d better get yourself into psychoanalysis. And she read it and went, “great, bad press is better than no press!”</p> <p>I knew she had a thick skin, and I’m an open person. I have this archive that my father started shooting in the ‘50s. I took over when he finished, and I felt this need. I thought, who else is going to do this? I didn’t know what the outcome would be, but I knew that there would be a journey and that it was well intended. I had done work already and was continuing to work on my journey to forgive her.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/cdn.indiewire.psdops.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>How many hours did you spend watching over these old videos looking for insights?</strong></p> <p>I don’t know. I can’t judge the hours. In the end, between the archival footage and my footage I shot over the years, we had over 200 hours of footage. But I did not sit and watch everything. I watched all the 8-mm footage for sure. But I didn’t watch every single piece of footage. I brought on helping hands to organize it, and it came together in the edit room. [As it happened], I recut the whole thing, brought in the humor and lightened the abuse. I say it’s “abuse light,” because there was no reason to vilify her. That wasn’t the point of the film.</p> <p><strong>You certainly did a good job at that. I went into the movie with no expectations, and I ended up laughing and crying.</strong></p> <p>Yes, that was my mission, so thank you! That’s the signature of my work. I like to take people on emotional journeys, but I do like to leave them with laughter. That’s why you should stay through the credits. It’s been at umpteen festivals here and abroad, and they usually turn the lights on during the credits, and I have to tell the theaters, “keep the lights down! There’s a surprise at the end.”</p> <p><strong>Was there ever any resistance to framing films around your life? Because you have to be vulnerable in front of a camera, and I don’t think everybody could do that.</strong></p> <p>No. In fact, I had to argue with my colleagues. People who were really smart and talented were saying, “pull out the scene where I’m fighting with my mother, and she’s screaming that I’m making a film about her, right when I’m having that surgery.” So many people said, “take it out, you don’t look good, it’s not necessary.” And it’s like, wait a minute. I’m a flawed individual. I did not grow up untouched by what happened to me. You need to see I am flawed. You need to see that I lost it. I’m not making a vanity film. I’m making a film to help people, and I need to be who I am. Of course, I never expected that I would be sharing these intimate moments with the world, but it was not even a question for me. I couldn’t care less. It’s all out there.</p> <p><strong>How did your mom feel about the presence of the cameras, while it was filming?</strong></p> <p>She was getting frustrated with it, but she kept going. She got used to it, and when she got tired of it she’d scream and cover the lens.</p> <p><strong>What does your mom think of the film now?</strong></p> <p>She first saw it in a private screening with about 100 people at NYU Tisch [School of the Arts]. I have a lot of friends that teach at the film school there. We flew mom up, and it was a huge standing ovation. She comes down to the stage and tells the audience, “I never knew I was such a bitch!” She was very good-humored about it all. I have to applaud her, because I don’t know anyone else who has a mother that would be willing to do this, and who is as funny and smart as mine. Her brain is sharp, and her tongue is sharp.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/2689473225.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Have you found that your story has resonated with other mothers and daughters and helped them heal?</strong></p> <p>Yes. It’s huge. We are swamped. The Q&amp;A gives me an opportunity to talk to people and tell them about forgiveness, and how you get there, and why you get there. I teach a class on seven steps on how to do that. I notice, just as a person in life, that when you’re an open person, people feel safe to be open with you. So my film is so open that by the time people get done with the screening, they are thinking about their own life. People come back and see it over and over again, and they say, “I saw things in it the second time I didn’t see the first time.” I’ve heard mental health professionals say this should be required viewing for everybody in the mental health field.</p> <p>And it’s not just meant for mothers and daughters. Men wait in line to talk with me, they’ve got a story to share. I think I’ve made a universal film here that hits all genders from female to male and everything in between—even the LGBTQ communities. It seems to resonate with all nationalities. It’s about human beings, and who we are, and how things get passed on through generations. And the message is forgiveness. You have to do it for yourself. </p> <p><strong>Have you adopted another dog?<em> [Note: Chelsea, Kirschenbaum’s beloved shih tzu and the subject of her 2004 directorial debut “A Dog’s Life,” has passed into Doggie Heaven].</em></strong></p> <p>No. I’m just working like a fiend here. I’ve been so consumed and I’m traveling so much. I look forward to quieting down, passing the distribution baton to others, because I felt this film is the centerpiece of a movement—my book is next, and the initiative we’re going to launch, and we’re putting thought leaders together to focus on this theme of forgiveness and healing, especially between mothers and daughters. I’m working my butt off here. I look forward to finding the right people I can pass the baton over to, and getting my time back to do what I’m meant to do, which is to keep creating on this.</p> <p><em>“Look at Us Now, Mother!” opens today at Regal Shadowood and Living Room Theaters in Boca Raton, The Last Picture Show in Tamarac, and Movies of Delray. Gayle and Mildred Kirschenbaum will offer Q&amp;A sessions following screenings of the film at 12:30 and 3 p.m. March 25 at Movies of Delray, and at 4:45 and 6:45 p.m. March 25 at Living Room Theaters at FAU. Q&amp;As will continue throughout the weekend and the following week. Visit the movie’s website for complete details.</em></p>Fashion Forward: Beauty and Jewels2016-03-25T08:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p><img alt="" height="404" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.25_firming_peptide_milk.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Skin Sensation</strong> </p> <p>Nourish your skin with Dr. Dennis Gross’ new Firming Peptide Milk. The product contains collagen amino acids, peptides and ceramides to hydrate the skin and give it a contoured and lifted look. Simply apply under your makeup or before bed. Find Firming Peptide Milk for $42 at Sephora at Town Center at Boca Raton starting March 26.</p> <p><img alt="" height="337" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.25_bronze_goddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Bronzed and beautiful</strong></p> <p>You don’t have to wait for the summer sun to kiss your skin bronze. Estée Lauder has launched a new Bronze Goddess Summer Glow collection that will leave you glowing. The collection, which includes two new palettes, a new multi-tasking lip and cheek essential, a luxurious liquid illuminator and cult favorite bronzers, is available for a limited time only at Estée Lauder counters and on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="481" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.25_david_yurman.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Your jewelry. Yurman.</strong></p> <p>It’s officially springtime, and David Yurman is celebrating with rich, bright stones. The new silver and gold pieces feature the yellows, greens and blues we associate with this time of year. Find the perfect addition to your accessory collection at David Yurman at Town Center at Boca Raton.</p>FAU has its work cut out, Delray&#39;s next big issue &amp; other news of note2016-03-24T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="239" src="/site_media/uploads/john7hn1oqzgufa5pbu7wy6kij1z9z82o90w1cnwdrplf1h018aze5dv5yyrul3hv8n2ik3edmdelidxealyqhrc-ihgk4vmz9exe6oqldl_9gfhsrd0ibaggq7yavcyggdnm1xggmusu0gnpupel-cio2_um6lqpovwv4bi=w426-h239-p.jpg" width="426"></h3> <h3>Kelly’s report card </h3> <p>Apparently, John Kelly has done the hard work. Ahead lies the really hard work.</p> <p>       In just two years, Florida Atlantic University’s president has injected not just a sense of energy but also a sense of urgency. A high-school football player, Kelly would appreciate the comparison between his attitude toward students and that of legendary football coach Bear Bryant toward his players: Be good or be gone.</p> <p>       Based on the metrics of the Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System, FAU was the most improved of the 11 state universities between 2013-14 and 2014-15. The previous year, FAU scored 37 points out of a possible 50, with five being the highest for each metric. Last year, FAU got 84 out of a possible 100, tied with the University of Central Florida for top score. One can imagine the private smirking within some FAU offices while reading that the University of Florida scored 82 and Florida State 68.</p> <p>       One also imagines, however, that the smirking was momentary. In the data-driven system that is nearing the end of its third academic year, universities get points for doing well and for improving. Example: FAU got a full 10 points in Academic Progress Rate—freshmen getting to their sophomore year with a 2.0 Grade Point Average or higher—not because the rate of 72 percent is all that good, but because the rate increased six percentage points.</p> <p>       FAU deserves a lot of credit for that improvement. The university has added counselors, and they practically stalk students who are in danger of falling behind or aren’t keeping up. Technology upgrades allow administrators to target students for help before they get in too deep.</p> <p>       Soon enough, though, improvement alone won’t be enough. Kelly will have to take FAU to good, and then to very good. Riding on those annual scores is performance money from the state. Do badly, as FAU did early in that first year, and universities can lose money. The new reports came out at last week’s meeting of the Board of Governors.</p> <p>       FAU’s biggest challenge is improving the rate of graduation within six years. Between 2008 and 2014, it was 45 percent. Between 2009 and 2015, it was 48.4 percent. FAU got six out of 10 points for improvement, but none for excellence. The graduation rate at the University of Florida is 86.5 percent. UF got 10 points for excellence.</p> <p>       Still, Kelly and his team are shaping up the roughly $300 million enterprise that is FAU. The university is awarding more degrees, and more degrees in the fields of science, math and engineering. More students are graduating without having wasted time and money on superfluous courses. It’s also happening as the share of money per student from the state is shrinking and the share from tuition and fees is rising. More about that later.</p> <p>       In its report to the Board of Governors, FAU states its desire to become “the country’s fastest-improving public research university.” Of the $11.4 million in performance money FAU will receive for that good report card, Kelly will put $5.7 million toward faculty raises and most of the rest toward raising the rate of academic progress and graduation. Kelly knows that FAU soon won’t be competing against the others but against FAU.</p> <h3>And a long-overdue meeting</h3> <p>       Since that report card has put the FAU Board of Trustees in such a good mood, now would be a good time for the trustees to schedule that long-delayed meeting with the Boca Raton City Council to talk about the 20<sup>th</sup> Street student district and other mutual priorities.</p> <h3>The Trump-FAU connection</h3> <p>       Speaking of FAU, among Donald Trump’s foreign policy advisers is a former FAU professor.</p> <p>       During his meeting Monday with <em>Washington Post</em> editors and reporters, Trump got a question about whom he relies on for guidance. He named Walid Phares and others. According to FAU, Phares was an adjunct professor from 1994 until 2003, when he became an associate professor of political science. He left FAU in April 2006, although he was scheduled to lecture last month at the Florida Society for Middle East Studies at Florida Atlantic University.</p> <p>       <em>The New York Times</em> called Phares, who has written four books on the Middle East, “perhaps the most prominent of the group.” The article added that Phares “is regularly accused by Muslim civil rights groups of being Islamophobic and of fear-mongering about the spread of Sharia law.” Trump has called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States.</p> <p>       In interviews, Phares—who has been an analyst for Fox News—regularly criticizes the Obama administration’s policies on the Middle East and counter-terrorism. This week, he found time to criticize Obama’s Cuba policy. As an adviser to Mitt Romney’s campaign, Phares was seen as a neoconservative. Trump, however, favors a far less interventionist approach.</p> <p>       Foreign policy experts mostly reacted to Trump’s disclosure by questioning the advisers’ credentials. Phares is listed as the provost of BAU International University in Washington, D.C., “which aims at providing a unique and invaluable opportunity to train world citizens who possess the necessary tools for living up to our global vision,” according to its website.</p> <p>       <em>The Washington Post</em> reported that during Lebanon’s civil war, “Phares, a Maronite Christian, trained Lebanese in ideological beliefs justifying the war against Lebanon’s Muslim and Druze factions,” according to former colleagues. The <em>Post</em> also reported that Phares “was a close adviser” to a Lebanese warlord. In the early 1990s, Phares obtained a doctorate at the University of Miami, and then wound up at FAU.</p> <h3>The next big Delray scuffle</h3> <p>       It may not happen until May, but the next big development fight in Delray Beach is looming.</p> <p>       At a recent city commission meeting, residents of the Tropic Isle neighborhood south of Linton Boulevard and east of Federal Highway turned out to criticize the proposed expansion of Delray Place. The retail-restaurant project at Federal and Linton that features Trader Joe’s wants to expand on an adjoining parcel to the south.</p> <p>       Tropic Isle residents fear traffic congestion if the city approves the expansion, and they have a record of success when it comes to opposing development. In 2010, Walmart wanted to put a store on the 6.5-acre site that had been home to Ralph Buick. After Tropic Isle protested, the proposal died. The property remains vacant. It sold in late 2013 for $6.5 million, about $3 million less than the purchase price in April 2008, BTC (Before The Crash.)</p> <p>       With Delray Place, I’m told that the problems are parking and traffic circulation. Expanding to the south could address those problems. Based on what commissioners told the folks from Tropic Isle that night, however, the burden of proof for the property owner will be especially high. Suffice to say that the Tropic Isle residents went away reassured, at least for now.</p> <h3>Congressional races</h3> <p>We may be nearly a year into the presidential campaign, but an early sign of the area’s congressional races hit mailboxes in Boca Raton this week.</p> <p>       U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch began introducing himself to new voters. Deutch needs to do this because of developments last summer.</p> <p>       Deutch represents District 21, which includes most of southwest Palm Beach County and part of Broward. Deutch’s fellow Democrat, Lois Frankel, represents District 22, the coastal area from Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale. Last year, though, the Florida Supreme Court found the current congressional map to be unconstitutional and approved a new map proposed by plaintiffs who brought the successful lawsuit over the Fair Districts Amendments. Voters approved them in 2010 to prevent gerrymandering.</p> <p>       The new District 22 ends at Highland Beach and has much more of Broward. District 21 still includes the areas west of Boca Raton and Delray Beach—including Deutch’s home in Boca Falls—but it now has much of the current District 22, including Frankel’s home in West Palm Beach. Both new districts still favor Democrats.</p> <p>       Party leaders wanted to avoid a Deutch-Frankel primary. Obviously, one incumbent had to yield. That turned out to be Deutch. You can assume that Frankel made clear her wish to retain West Palm Beach, where she was mayor for eight years. So Deutch shifted from the district where he lives to the district where he does not live.</p> <p>       Legally, there’s no problem. Florida requires only that members of Congress be registered to vote in the state. Politically, it probably will come up in the campaign, but Deutch can credibly argue that the new map was beyond his control and that it makes no sense to move when the Legislature will draw another map in six years.</p> <p>       At this point, two Republicans have filed papers to run in District 22. Two others have filed to run in District 21. The qualifying period is June 20-24.</p> <p>      </p>Help the Wick Provide Live Music2016-03-23T14:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/thewicks.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>For three seasons, the Wick Theatre has spared no expense on its lavish productions, from its ambitious, award-winning choreography to its ambitious casting—the latter often comprised of familiar faces from Broadway and television history. But there’s one element that has been persistently missing: the presence of a live orchestra adding immediacy, excitement and grandeur to the musicals.</p> <p>Musical tracks may be technically flawless, but they’re also as sterile as an mp3 in an age of increasingly warm vinyl. By providing music live under the direction of a seasoned musical-theater conductor, an orchestra pit would elevate the Wick to a higher level.</p> <p>Hence the Wick’s upcoming, two-day gala “funraiser,” titled “Some Enchanted Evening,” on April 2-3. If enough funds are raised, the Wick will be able to afford the expensive installation of an orchestra pit and a partial fly loft. The theater also hopes to afford vital upgrades to its telephone and computer networking systems.</p> <p>“The first three years were years of exploration for us,” said Wick founder and executive producer Marilynn Wick, in a statement. “We needed to test the waters and see if the community was committed enough to support the programming we visualized. After three highly successful seasons, we are confident that the support is there and now we are committed to sustaining this operation through a well-planned, long-term fundraising program.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/headshot2_lg.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The gala costs $200 on April 2 and $95 on April 3, and attendees will receive a grand soiree for their generosity. Both days will feature a Costume Museum tour and concert by Nat Chandler, star of the Wick’s recent “South Pacific” (hence the “Enchanted Evening” theme), who will perform a revue of Broadway favorites, many from previous and future Wick shows. Saturday’s higher-ticketed event also includes drinks, dancing, dinner-by-the-bite and a decadent dessert array. For more information, call 561/995-2333 or visit</p>Guiltless Easter Sweets2016-03-23T09:00:00+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/<p><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Easter is around the corner, and many are stocking up on their favorite sugary snacks. As a Green Goddess, I am not a big fan of such foods, but I’m also the first to admit that cutting out sugar and sweet food is not fun.</p> <p>I love sweets, and even when I learned how damaging processed sugars are, I was still resentful about giving them up. Fast-forward 6 years, and here I am, enjoying all the desserts that I love.</p> <p>How is that possible? The key to having your cake and eating it too is in the ingredients, or as I like to call them–foods that love your body! Just like you don’t want to have a relationship with a person who abuses you, why would you want to have a relationship with foods that makes you feel bad afterwards? </p> <p>To find out if the dessert is good for you, ask yourself the following two questions:</p> <p><strong>Can I read and understand <span style="">every</span> ingredient on the label?</strong> It is crucial to read labels because even if something says “all natural” on the front, it may not be the case once you read the ingredients. Not all sweets are created equal, and conventional ones can often be full of ingredients that are not even considered “food.” Rule of thumb: If you can’t pronounce them, how will your body know what to do with them? Your health is too important to sacrifice for a few minutes of taste. Don’t settle for less. Choose foods that love you back.</p> <p><strong>Is there any other benefit to this food besides its sweetness?</strong> Don’t settle for less. Choose foods that give you the biggest bang for your nutritional buck. Get sweets that have antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and enzymes that are naturally found in unprocessed and unheated foods. Do keep in mind that when foods are heated over 115 degrees, enzymes and vitamins can die. Anything that is considered “raw vegan” still has those nutrients intact and is a better choice than something processed.</p> <p>Two of my favorite better-for-you sweet treats:</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.23_jodis.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Jodi’s Bites:</strong> These are locally made delicious sweet treats that you don’t have to feel guilty about. They are bite-sized (hence the name), rich and chocolaty, so you can feel satisfied and practice portion control at the same time. Find them <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="197" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.23_amys.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Amy’s Organic Candy bars:</strong> Find healthier alternatives to your favorite candy bars. They’ve got chocolate, nougat, caramel, nuts—you name it! And best of all, they are available at our local Whole Foods Market! Check out the full lineup <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p><strong>Better-for-You, Homemade Gluten-free S’mores</strong> </p> <p>If you are looking to make bite-size desserts for your Easter table and want to incorporate marshmallows and chocolate into them, then check out this easy better-for-you s’mores cups recipe!</p> <p> </p> <p>Ingredients: </p> <p>1 package Enjoy Life gluten free honey graham cookies</p> <p>3 tablespoons organic butter</p> <p>Organic chocolate chips</p> <p>Organic marshmallows </p> <p> </p> <p>In the food processor, process graham cookies with butter until well combined. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tin with muffin paper cups. Scoop the batter, and add to the bottom of each cup, pressing down to make it stick together. <br> <br> Add chocolate chips on top of the batter, and cover up with marshmallows. Bake for about 7-10 minutes or until marshmallows get a little golden brown. Cool down, and enjoy!</p> <p>Here is a <a href="" target="_blank">video</a> to show you how it is done.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><em><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</em></p> <p><em>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</em></p>Cancer survivor shares yoga’s positive impact2016-03-23T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Boca Raton yoga studio Yoga Journey <em>(fifth floor of the Wyndham Hotel, 1950 Glades Road, 561/479-7819)</em> has started offering the yoga4cancer (y4c) program for yoga instructors who want to learn more about how yoga can help students who have or had cancer. The program’s developer is breast cancer survivor, author and master yoga teacher Tari Prinster. </p> <p>I asked Prinster to share her story, so that it might help others impacted by cancer. Yoga instructors interested in the program will also find answers about how to get involved.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.23_tari_prinster_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Tari Prinster is 72 years old. She tells the Fit Life that she lives in New York City and Stowe, Vt., and has been an avid athlete all her life. She has been a yogi for the past 25 years.</p> <p>“I became a yoga teacher after my breast cancer diagnosis in 2000,” Prinster says. “I used yoga as a powerful tool to manage the daily challenges of my cancer treatments (surgery, chemo and radiation), as well as the side effects and lifelong vulnerabilities they create.”</p> <p>Prinster’s work was featured in the documentary film, “YOGAWOMAN,” which premiered in 2010. This award-winning yogi presents at conferences, including Yoga Journal Live-Miami. Her book, “<a href="" target="_blank">Yoga for Cancer: A Guide to Managing Side Effects, Boosting Immunity, and Improving Recovery for Cancer Survivors</a>,” was published in November 2014.</p> <p><img alt="" height="358" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.23_tari_prinster_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>The Fit Life: Would you share with readers how yoga helped you through treatment and in recovery?</em> </p> <p>Prinster: A cancer diagnosis is like falling off a swing as a child—the shock, hitting the hard ground, that thud sound, then the gasp for air, all in a split second. The word “cancer” pried loose my hold on life, and time seemed to stop.</p> <p>During my treatment, I found that yoga was the only exercise that I could do and wanted to do. Although I didn’t know why at the time, it helped me physically and emotionally throughout my surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation. And, ultimately, yoga played the lead role in taking me from active treatment to maintaining my new normal.</p> <p>I learned to use two yoga tools—gifts, really—to prepare myself for my oncology journey: breathing and meditation. Chemotherapy made me anxious, but it also produced new fears, such as damage to healthy cells and a further loss of personal control.</p> <p>In the past, I had underestimated meditation. Now, meditation let me rest my mind whenever I chose, especially in the chemo chair. I could monitor my thoughts, which helped me sleep at night. I felt in charge again! With breathing and meditation, I was growing emotionally stronger, giving myself a way to strike a bargain with my treatments. </p> <p>I also learned that an active yoga practice was possible and vital to my recovery. Restorative, gentle, or “chair yoga” was—and often is—the recommendation for cancer patients and survivors. This wasn’t fulfilling for me. I found that an active yoga practice charged me with energy, enabling me to live life and enjoy my days during treatment.</p> <p>I wasn’t the only one noticing the effect of yoga on my recovery. My oncologist would remark how well I was responding in my chemotherapy trial. Neither of us knew why, but we had our suspicions. We wanted to know more about yoga for cancer, so we could help other survivors. This was the beginning of my research on y4c methodology, my book and the next chapter of my life.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>The Fit Life: Your practice and teachings are research-based. Could you point my readers in the direction of one important study and share its findings?</em></p> <p>Prinster: Here are two. To start, everyone’s cancer and treatment plan will be different. Often, the side effects of cancer and its treatments can be debilitating and long term. In addition, each individual survivor comes to a yoga practice with personal needs. Some common to every survivor are: anxiety, fatigue, bone loss and, surprisingly, weight gain. Weakness due to surgeries, or inactively, is also frequent. Plus, the fear of recurrence never subsides.</p> <p>Yoga reduces stress. No one doubts that a cancer diagnosis causes stress. The reverse—stress causes cancer—is not yet established. What we do know from recent research is that yoga provides emotional benefits and teaches positive ways to manage stress. Studied as a relaxation technique, yoga improves cortisol levels and psychological measures of stress, wellbeing, fatigue and depression. In a 2009 <a href="" target="_blank">study</a> conducted by National Institute of Health, after 10 weeks participants reported a positive difference in aspects of mental health such as depression, less anxiety, improved sleep and feelings of resilience over the control group.</p> <p>Yoga builds bones. Bone loss and fragile bones are a common side effect of treatments. Osteoporosis and osteopenia are concerns for cancer survivors who would like to avoid medicating for such conditions. For 60 years, we have known that weight-baring exercise builds bone. Most aging Americans are told to go to the gym and lift weights. Loren Fishman, MD, <a href="" target="_blank">researched yoga for osteoporosis</a> showing 85 percent improvement in yoga practitioners over control groups. </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.23_tari_prinster_3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>The Fit Life: It says in your press release: “The common misconception is that cancer patients are fragile and need lots of rest,” says Prinster. “But the research supports an active practice to heal the body and reduce recurrence.” Could you elaborate for readers who might not be familiar with yoga practice?</em></p> <p>Prinster: After treatments, patients are told to go home and take it easy. Caretakers and family members coddle the cancer survivor into a sedentary attitude, not recognizing that the body has evolved to move, as well as to rest. Movement is one essential, natural way to keep the immune system strong and unfriendly to cancer.</p> <p>Our bodies were designed to move and, when we do so, we massage organs and detox body systems like the heart, lungs and lymph system. Lack of movement endangers both the body and the mind.</p> <p>Cancer survivors do need to be aware of specific movement in response to treatments, surgeries and other changes in the body. A trained yoga teacher will know this and know how to modify a yoga practice to match a survivor’s needs. </p> <p> </p> <p><em>The Fit Life: The press release </em><em>says you are “founder of yoga4cancer, a unique yoga program rooted in science is launching online March 14 in partnership with Boca Raton studio, Yoga Journey.” What does it mean that you’re launching online?</em></p> <p>Prinster: Since 2005, the y4c teacher trainings have required 45 hours of study in a classroom setting over five days. This was both time-intense and expensive. In 2015, a nationwide online program was launched, meaning the bulk of study hours (30 hours) could be completed over eight weeks at home, minimizing expense and maximizing comprehension. A weekend ‘hands-on’ practicum session completes the training in different locations convenient for the participant. In addition to the convenience of online study, participation is not limited to one location. People from all around the world have registered.</p> <p>Yoga Journey has partnered with y4c to host one of the weekend practicums. Yoga teachers wanting to be trained to teach safely to the specific needs of cancer patients and survivors can <a href="" target="_blank">register</a> for the training to be held in the Yoga Journey’s studio. Study starts any time after March 14 and finishes with a weekend in Boca Raton on May 13-15.</p> <p>By May 10, there will be 20 more y4c trained teachers in Florida. Their names and contact information will be listed online. </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.23_tari_prinster_4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>The Fit Life: What is your goal with yoga4cancer, and how might my readers benefit?</em></p> <p>Prinster: At first glance, the idea of yoga for cancer patients undergoing treatment and now in survivorship seems obvious—a logical step. What better way to manage anxiety, gain strength, increase flexibility and create feelings of wellbeing! It seems like everyone knows yoga is good for you, whatever the style or flavor.</p> <p>Yoga is not one-size-fits-all, and there are some very clear differences to be considered. So what kind of yoga for someone touched by cancer is best? Y4c is good, of course. Most important is to find a yoga teacher or yoga therapist who is trained to understand your needs.</p> <p>Cancer survivors come to my classes with high expectations. They come with fear, doubts and questions about both cancer and yoga. And they come with a desire to know how and why yoga will help them be healthy and stay cancer-free. They come to yoga as people wanting to feel whole and normal again, not just as cancer survivors. They bring life challenges, not just cancer challenges.</p> <p>My goal is to see more and more cancer patients and survivors in yoga4cancer classes and more y4c trained teachers working in hospitals, clinics and yoga studios around the world.</p> <p>My first wish would be to see every hospital and oncology clinic start wellness programs, usually called CAM (complementary and alternative medicines). I would want them to understand that not all yoga is the same, and to require that anybody who teaches yoga to cancer patients and survivors has specialized training. My second wish is to have insurance coverage for the services of certified, trained yoga teachers.</p> <p>To learn more about y4c classes or find a y4c-trained teacher in your area, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p><strong><em>About Lisette</em></strong></p> <p><em>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Charity and Cooking2016-03-22T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>We love it when charity and cooking combine to produce wonderful meals that benefit great causes. There’s some coming your way, so get your calendar out!</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.22_hampton_forks_duck_confit.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Cellar &amp; Chef supports Place of Hope at Hampton Forks</strong></p> <p>On March 24, join Hampton Forks’ Chef Chris Marshall, as Place of Hope is honored with a pairing of the restaurant’s food and wines from Art + Farm Winery from Napa (provided by Bulletproof Wine &amp; Spirits). Sit down at 6:30 p.m. at Hampton Forks <em>(185 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter, 631-276-1197)</em> and enjoy serious food (like the duck confit, pictured courtesy of <a href="" target="_blank"></a>) and wine in a casual venue for a great cause. The cost is $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the cause. Seating is limited. For reservations, call Place of Hope at 561/775-7195.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.22_cooper.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Chomp on delicious meals at The Cooper and help Autism Speaks</strong></p> <p>Partnering with Autism Speaks, the Max Restaurant Group, and The Cooper Craft Kitchen &amp; Bar <em>(4610 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/622-0032) </em>will be hosting “Max Lights It Up Blue” on April 3 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. You can attend a Sunday brunch with Bloody Mary bar, as well as lunch and dinner options, with family-friendly creations from Executive Chef Adam Brown. The Cooper and Max’s nine other restaurants across the U.S. will be donating 10 percent of the day’s sales to help benefit the Autism Speaks Palm Beach County chapter and New England chapters. </p> <p><img alt="" height="489" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.22_shake_up_4_nkh.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry: Kravis, West Palm Beach</strong></p> <p>On April 14, start with some great bites from co-chairs Chefs Lindsay Autry, Zach Bell, Clay Conley and Tim Lipman and add wine curated by Master Sommelier Virginia Philip and a few craft cocktails. Have all the proceeds go to No Kid Hungry, and you’ve got an amazing night! This is the annual Taste of the Nation, which returns to the Kravis Center <em>(701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561/832-7469)</em> and stands to be just as popular as in past years. A live auction will have unique culinary prizes (a Grand BBQ experience, Dine for a Year or a Tiki River Cruise &amp; Private Dinner), and there will be live music, dancing, cooking demos and more. General admission for 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. is $125 per person. VIP tickets are $200 and allow early entry at 6 p.m. Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> for tickets.</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Mizner at 25, Delray updates and that sales tax question2016-03-22T09:25:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/mizner-park-shopping-boca-raton-city-downtown.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Mizner at 25  </h3> <p>As Mizner Park turns 25, there is more change within the project and potential change looming that could further reshape downtown Boca Raton.</p> <p>       In the space between the west-side parking garages that once housed Ruby Tuesday’s will be Junior’s, a Boca branch of the Brooklyn restaurant that is famous for cheesecake. It will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Replacing Jazziz on the southwest corner will be Ouzo Bay, from the company that operates a restaurant of the same name at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The fare is upscale Greek/Mediterranean in what a Baltimore publication called a “chic bar atmosphere.”</p> <p>       Home furnishings, General Manager Andrew McKinney said, has become “a strong category” at Mizner Park. Coming to the space south of Truluck’s is Sugarboo Designs, which describes its stores as “Dealers in Whimsy.” The company has four locations, three in Georgia and another in Alabama. Another new tenant will be Planet Blue, the California-based women’s ready-to-wear clothier. In all, McKinney said, Mizner Park’s newest tenants will take up 30,000 square feet. That’s nearly 13 percent of the retail space.</p> <p>       As McKinney deals with the daily duties of managing Mizner Park, his bosses at General Growth Properties’ corporate office in Chicago have other decisions. GGP owns Mizner Park’s retail and office buildings and the four parking garages. In seven days, the option for GGP to buy from the Community Redevelopment Agency the ground under the office and retail buildings on the west side of Mizner Park takes effect. A year from now, the option will kick in for the land on the east side.</p> <p>       In both cases, the offer also includes the land under the garages. Options to buy the east-side office tower and the Lord &amp; Taylor property become available in 2020.</p> <p>       In an interview Monday, McKinney said, “My assumption is that those options will be exercised.” GGP manages 125 properties. In “most cases,” McKinney said, the company is an owner and operator. As of Monday, the city had not heard from GGP regarding its intentions.</p> <p>       For those who visit Mizner Park, the sale wouldn’t mean anything. Indeed, the company would have even more reason to make the project as successful as possible.</p> <p>       For the city, however, the sale would mean lots of money. Technically, the money would go to the CRA, which then could use it for any downtown work. If GGP exercises all the options, the money would be considerable.</p> <p>       Boca Raton approved Mizner Park in the hope that it would help to create a new downtown. That is happening, though the character and dynamic won’t become apparent until the new housing units are completed and occupied.</p> <p>       McKinney wonders, for example, whether many of those new residents will walk or take trolleys to Mizner Park. If that happens, there may be less discussion about a fifth garage at the park. “I’ve heard that talk,” McKinney said, “but where or how could you put that?”</p> <p>       McKinney came to Mizner Park in May 2013. His timing was good. The iPic theater had opened a year earlier, and was on the way to becoming a fitting draw for Mizner Park. Recall that the AMC theater in the same space was an early, popular spot. Later in 2013 came Lord &amp; Taylor, across the street to the east. McKinney said it has become a draw for retail. Mizner Park’s website lists iPic and Lord &amp; Taylor as the anchor tenants.</p> <p>       Unless and until GGP exercises those options, the ground leases with the CRA remain in effect. Mizner Park, McKinney said, “is going really well. The tenant mix is as strong as it’s ever been.” Without Mizner Park, there likely would be no new downtown. Decisions by GGP and the city in the next four years will determine Mizner Park’s role in shaping that new downtown over the project’s next quarter-century.</p> <h3>Delray gets an internal auditor</h3> <p>       Last week, Delray Beach voters approved creation of an internal auditor who will report to the city commission, not city staff. I asked City Manager Don Cooper to explain what happens now.</p> <p>       In an email, Cooper said the commission must first decide formally whether to hire the auditor, “which I expect they will do.” When that happens, the city’s human resources department “will prepare a job description and a salary range based upon that description.” The commission can solicit applications directly or ask a private firm to do the work. Finally, the commission must “determine job functions, amount of staffing and parameters for the position.”</p> <p>       I agree that the commission will fill the position. If that happens, however, it will be a tricky hire. All manner of Delray political types might want to apply, however marginal their qualifications. The correct hire would be someone who has no record of involvement with the city, whose findings thus would be credible. Commissioners would undercut the reason for the position by filling it with someone who has a political agenda.</p> <h3>Office Depot-Staples update</h3> <p>       On Monday, a federal judge began hearing the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) request for an injunction to block the merger of office-supply retailers Staples and Boca Raton-based Office Depot. The two CEOs, however, began firing three days earlier.</p> <p>       In an open letter, Staples’ Ronald Sargent and Office Depot’s Roland Smith said that in seeking to kill the $6.3 billion deal, the FTC “cherry-picked a few facts to fit its narrative" and conducted a "flawed analysis of the marketplace" based on a "deep misunderstanding of the competitive landscape” created by Amazon and other online competitors. This debate is not about individuals buying printers and ink. It’s about business customers. Sargent said Staples has agreed to sell off some contracts if the deal goes through, to reduce chances of the merged company dominating the business market.</p> <p>       In a court filing last month, however, the FTC argued that combining the two largest retailers would decrease competition and raise prices. The FTC will present testimony from business executives that they save money by pitting the companies against each other. The FTC said that a poster in Sargent’s office shows one company or the other as the preferred vendor for 94 of the Fortune 100 companies. According to the FTC, the merger would produce a company 15 times larger than its closest rival.</p> <p>       The ruling obviously has big implications for Boca Raton. The merged company would be headquartered in Massachusetts. Sargent has not said how many—if any— jobs would remain in Boca Raton.</p> <h3>Sales tax</h3> <p>       Today, the Palm Beach County Commission will decide whether to ask voters in November for a one-cent increase in the sales tax over 10 years. The tax would raise an estimated $2.7 billion for infrastructure projects.</p> <p>       Cities would receive a share of the revenue. For today’s meeting, most cities submitted a list of projects on which they would spend the money. Boca Raton did not submit a list. As reported here previously, the city has no infrastructure backlog.</p> <p>       Delray Beach, though, has plenty on the city’s wish list. The biggest item is $18 million for street maintenance; the city did not give details. The second-biggest item is $4.6 million to replace the fire station on Linton Boulevard. The city is seeking land for a replacement.</p> <p>       Other notable requests include $3 million for public seawalls, $3 million for upgrades to Marine Way, which routinely floods, and $2.5 million toward expansion of the city’s reclaimed water system. Even to skeptical voters, those sounds like infrastructure.</p> <p>       Delray officials, however, also included $200,000 to buy take-home cars for crime scene investigators “to ensure prompt response time.” The city included $600,000 for a mobile command vehicle and $130,000 for a waterway patrol boat. Is that necessary “infrastructure?”</p> <p>       Most interestingly, Delray would spend $400,000 on surveillance cameras and a license-plate recognition system “to reduce crime in high-tourist areas.” I don’t recall the commission making such a policy decision. Commissioner Shelly Petrolia said Monday that the topic has come up. Because of the cost, though, the discussion didn’t go any further. It now has gone further.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p> <p> </p>The Week Ahead: March 22 to 282016-03-21T14:03:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/screen-shot-2014-07-13-at-12.54.15-pm.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Bullets Over Broadway”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $27-$67</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href=""></a></p> <p>Woody Allen, having long conquered cinema, standup comedy, short stories, plays and jazz music, has most recently expanded his creative palette to include musical theater. “Bullets Over Broadway,” adapted from his award-winning 1994 crime comedy of the same name, premiered in New York in 2014 and went on to earn six Tony nominations. The musical retains the film’s Depression-era plot—a young playwright’s mob-funded Broadway debut is complicated when he’s forced to cast a gangster’s screechingly untalented moll—while integrating jukebox hits from the Jazz Age, including “Tiger Rag,” “Let’s Misbehave” and “I’m Sitting on Top of the World.” Virtuoso director-choreographer Susan Stroman helmed this vintage showbiz ship, whose touring edition plays the Kravis through Sunday.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="226" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/image513878x.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: J.C. Watts</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50.84</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>J.C. Watts is a man of firsts—a star footballer and politician who became one of the first children to attend an integrated elementary school. He attended the University of Oklahoma on a football scholarship and enjoyed a successful career in the Canadian Football League, and later became the first African-American in Oklahoma to win a statewide office seat, when elected to the state’s Corporate Commission in 1990. He would go on to serve four terms in Congress as a Republican, delivering his party’s official response to Bill Clinton’s 1997 State of the Union address. He retired in 2003 but remains an active political commentator, urging his party to better address issues affecting the African-American community. His preferred 2016 candidate, Rand Paul, is out of the race, but he’ll surely have a few pointed opinions about the remaining presidential aspirants at this lecture, part of Broward College’s annual speaker series.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="240" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/new-order-010.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: New Order</strong></p> <p>Where: Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 8:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $68.50-$86.50</p> <p>Contact: 800/745-3000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In 1980, the industrious Joy Division musicians Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Peter Hook didn’t wait long after the suicide of their charismatic frontman Ian Curtis before dusting off their instruments—and adding copious synthesizers—to reform as New Order just months after Curtis’ death. The group, now sans Hook, has achieved the kind of worldwide success that likely would have eluded Joy Division’s brooding post-punk style. Brighter, shinier and dancier without foregoing its former project’s hard edges and ominous lyricism, New Order recorded many of the most iconic hits of the ‘80s, like “True Faith,” “Bizarre Love Triangle” and “Blue Monday,” the latter becoming the best-selling 12-inch single of all time. The group’s ninth album, last year’s “Music Complete,” surprised naysayers with a still-relevant new batch of infectious, disco-tinged electropop tunes, many of which will be played alongside old favorites and Joy Division classics at this rare tour appearance.</p> <p>THURSDAY TO SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/web1_copy_xcomedy_images_piff.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Piff the Magic Dragon</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: Show times vary</p> <p>Cost: $25</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-1812, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Everybody needs a gimmick, and John van der Put wears his. The London-bred magician performs as Piff the Magic Dragon, where his stage apparel is a green dragon suit that looks no more elegant than a child’s Halloween costume. In it, he “breathes fire,” delivers deadpan quips, and orchestrates illusions with an unusual assistant: his Chihuahua, Mr. Piffles, adorably attired in his own dragon couture. Currently living in (where else?) Las Vegas, Piff’s idiosyncrasies have elevated him from fringe festivals and corporate retreats to Radio City Music Hall, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the 10 million viewers of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” where he lasted to the summer 2015 finale. Once you get past the green tail and bug-eyed pooch, Piff’s repertoire has a sturdy familiarity to it, relying on playing cards, levitation, vanishing objects and impossible reveals. But the tricks proceed with a Rube Goldberg-like complexity, each one a feat of dexterous engineering.</p> <p>THURSDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="196" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/the_graduate.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Courtyard Cinema series</strong></p> <p>Where: Cinema Paradiso, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: Sunset each day</p> <p>Cost: $5 general public, $3 FLIFF members</p> <p>Contact: 954/525-3456, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Why wait until summer for outdoor movies? The weather is perfect, and so is Cinema Paradiso’s newly installed outdoor projection system, ensuring that the titles screening at the theater’s new Courtyard Cinema series will look just as good in the breezy spring air as they would in the air-conditioned auditorium. The four movies showing this weekend are gathered under a “Date Night” theme: Mike Nichols’ generation-defining masterpiece “The Graduate” (March 24), Richard Lester’s grown-up Robin Hood romance “Robin &amp; Marian” (March 25), the frothy Broadway adaptation “Mamma Mia!” (March 26) and the iconic ‘90s hit “The Bodyguard” (March 27).</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/casino_royale_main_image_category.jpg" width="250"></p> <p><strong>What: “Grunge and Glamour”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $100</p> <p>Contact: 561/571-8510, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Aside, perhaps, from Marco Rubio, no South Florida institution has had a rougher 2016 than Arts Garage, which has had to overcome challenges ranging from leasing to funding. More than ever, this embattled cultural touchstone for South Palm Beach County needs your help, and this fifth-annual fundraiser is the snazziest way to support it. This year’s “Grunge and Glamour” is the Garage’s first-ever casino night, which will feature blackjack, slots, poker, roulette and craps, along with catering by Sazio and live music by Latin singer Cachita Lopez and The Devil’s Music Band. The $100 donation grants attendees 5,000 in gaming chips, and prizes will be awarded at the evening’s close. All donations and proceeds will benefit children’s education and programming. </p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="345" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/ministers.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “A Minister’s Wife”</strong></p> <p>Where: GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $57-$60 ($42-$60 for future performances)</p> <p>Contact: 866/811-4111, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Coral Gables’ premier theater company, GableStage, rarely produces musicals, but when it does, the results are unforgettable: The company’s dark and expressionistic “Adding Machine” won six Carbonell nominations in 2009. Director Joseph Adler is hoping for more of the same with “A Minister’s Wife,” a musical adaptation of the classic George Bernard Shaw play “Candida” with music by “Adding Machine’s” composer Joshua Schmidt. Shaw’s pointed comedy about marital manners and mores, about a young poet whose infatuation with the title character throws an aristocratic marriage into turmoil, will transform into an inventive and acclaimed chamber musical. The <em>Wall Street Journal</em>’s Terry Teachout was especially effusive in his praise for the New York production, going so far as to proclaim that it “improves decisively on its source material.” Adler’s all-star cast includes Jim Ballard, Laura Hodos, Leah Sessa, Shane Tanner and Christian Vandepas, and it runs through April 24.</p> <p>MONDAY, MARCH 28</p> <p><img alt="" height="598" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/1414876484683_wps_59_sophia_loren_italian_film.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: An Evening With Sophia Loren</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $39-$165</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>One assumes Sophia Loren emerged from the womb with supermodel looks; even at 81, she remains the kind of actress that even Hollywood’s crack special-effects crews would find impossible to uglify. The teenage beauty pageant winner launched her movie career at 15—playing roles such as “Girl Kidnapped” and “Secretary of the Dictator”—and she hasn’t stopped acting for 60 years. Along the way, she made history as the first woman to win a Best Actress Award for a foreign-language movie (the classic “Two Women”), starred in the international breakthrough “Marriage Italian-Style,” and famously turned down the advances of Cary Grant, favoring Italian film producer Carlo Ponti instead. Now, the Emmy and Golden Globe winner, who has never acted onstage, will ply the boards on this national speaking tour, which promises an intimate conversation, film clips and an audience Q&amp;A.</p>Delicious wines and cuisine to match2016-03-21T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.21_new_cafe_boulud_dining_room.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Wine dinner, two new sommeliers: Café Boulud</strong></p> <p>Try a four-course meal on March 24 with five wines, as Café Boulud <em>(301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-6060) </em>welcomes two new sommeliers, Chef Sommelier Jeremy Broto-Mur and Sommelier Imre Papp. The wines chosen by Broto-Mur and Papp will be from all over the globe, and Executive Chef Rick Mace and Pastry Chef Alex McKinstry will work magic with the meal. There’s a 6:45 p.m. reception and a 7 p.m. dinner. The cost is $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. </p> <p><img alt="" height="424" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.21_clark_bowen.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Pairing the Old World vs. New World wines: db Bistro Moderne</strong></p> <p>If you’re a fan of Café Boulud on Palm Beach, here’s another Boulud restaurant—db Bistro Moderne <em>(255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305/421-8800)</em>—with a promising wine dinner on March 23. New Executive Chef Clark Bowen (pictured) will pair Old World French vs. New World American vino that includes a wine from each side and of the same varietal with each course to compare winemaking styles with the food pairing. What a great idea! The four-course dinner starts with a 7 p.m. reception, followed by a 7:30 p.m. start that includes crab salad, pan-roasted salmon, beef bourguignonne and a flan duo. The cost is $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Ana Mendieta Goes Back to Nature2016-03-18T14:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><img alt="" height="270" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/mendieta-portrait.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>If nature was Ana Mendieta’s canvas, her body was inevitably her subject. A former painter who abandoned brushes because the medium wasn’t “real enough,” Mendieta thought art should project the power and magic of ancient, primitive art. She managed to achieve this through what was then a modern genre—video art—in which her body and its residue haunt the landscapes of places like Cuba, Mexico, Iowa and Key Biscayne.</p> <p>The NSU Art Museum’s “Covered in Time and History,” a survey of 21 bold and courageous films Mendieta completed in the 1970s and early 1980s, offers her bite-sized visions of all of these places and the imprint she left on them. The length of most of these videos doesn’t exceed an average YouTube clip, and most employ fixed cameras with no edits and no sound. But they run a gamut from serene to uncomfortable, calming to distressing, and sometimes both at once.</p> <p>Many are so nakedly voyeuristic you want to look away. In “Blood Inside Outside,” she stands nude in front of Old Man’s Creek in Iowa, smearing what appears to be blood on just about every inch of her body, like a painter applying a primer or, more spiritually, like an adult revisiting the womb. In “Creek,” she lies corpselike in the same flowing river, her body have subsumed itself into nature’s landscape.</p> <p>This conjoining of human and nature—of both being living embodiments of an ecosystem—also manifests in her staggering “Burial Pyramid,” which at first appears to be a static shot of rocks and weeds, until the rocks in the center of the mound start bobbing up and down. It turns out Mendieta buried herself under the stones in a kind of makeshift earthen coffin, and with each powerful inhale and exhale, her body reanimates a little bit more, shaking off her sepulcher.</p> <p><img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/haley-2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Mendieta didn’t enforce meanings on most of her videos, allowing them to be influenced by the spectators’ own experiences and perceptions. But in a few specific cases, the rage of the videos’ provenance speaks volumes. In two of the harshest videos in the show, Mendieta reacted to the rape and murder of a fellow University of Iowa student. In “Moffitt Building Piece,” she placed blood and viscera on the sidewalk outside a local storefront and surreptitiously recorded the reactions of passersby—many of whom walk by the grisly evidence as if it’s an everyday occurrence, others offering curious glances but barely breaking their stride.</p> <p><img alt="" height="307" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/gp_1199_-_sweating_blood.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>“Sweating Blood” is a lengthy close-up of Mendieta’s face in which, finally, a trickle of blood descends from the part in her hair as if from a phantom wound. The museum pairs this video with her series of six still images of her face caked with blood, presented to simulate crime scene photographs. It’s hard to stomach this portion of the show for very long, but that, of course, is the point.</p> <p><img alt="" height="274" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/ana_mendieta_untitled.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>But in more works than not, Mendieta’s presence is felt without her physical body. In her “Silueta” series, she created silhouettes of her body in grass, sand, dirt, even fire, and let her camera record these ephemeral sarcophagi until nature washed them away or the last embers dissipated in the wind. Analyses of Mendieta’s work have pointed to its references to Santeria and ritual practices from her native Cuba, but there’s no mention, in this exhibition, of the tragic elephant in the room. Mendieta died before her time, at age 36, when she fell from the window of the 34<sup>th</sup> floor Greenwich Village apartment she shared with husband and artist Carl Andre. Andre’s role, or lack thereof, in her death remains a subject of controversy in the art world, and her death is an eerie postscript to her famous Sileuta videos, which seem, in retrospect, like rehearsals for transfiguration—the body’s immersion into nature made permanent.</p> <p><em>“Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta” runs through July 3 at NSU Art Museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Admission runs $5-$12. Call 954/525-5500 or visit</em></p>Staff Picks: dairy, meat and Deepak Chopra2016-03-18T12:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong>Heritage Hen Farm</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.18_heritage_hen_farm.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em></p> <p>“This alternative and holistic farm offers the freshest dairy products around! With around 24 breeds of free-roaming, happy hens that are fed sunflower and flaxseeds, you really get the best tasting eggs you've ever had (I refuse to purchase grocery-chain-store eggs ever again!) They also offer raw milk, butter, yogurt, kefir and cheeses created in small batches. Visit their Tres Fresh Farm Gate Shop Tuesday through Friday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.” </p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a> // 8495 S. Haverhill Road, Boynton Beach // 561/767-9000)</p> <p> </p> <p><br><strong> Publix Ready-to-Cook meatballs</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="312" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.18_meatballs.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Lori Pierino, Senior Art Director</em></p> <p>“My ‘Italian’ husband is the chef at our house. He used to make meatballs from scratch until we discovered the Publix Ready-to-Cook meatballs. Find them in the meat section with the other Ready-to-Cook selections. Just sauté them in a pan, or bake in the oven until brown, and add to you favorite sauce. They are delicious—almost the best I have had and much less time consuming than making them from scratch!”</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Deepak Chopra</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.18_deepak_chopra.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by John Thomason, Managing Editor</em></p> <p>"The last time this best-selling spiritual guru visited South Florida, in 2014, he packed B'Nai Israeli to capacity and beyond, with 1,600 people turning out to listen to the Indian-American physician wax philosophic about metaphysics and the nature of consciousness. It's only natural that after such a resounding turnout, Chopra will speak at an even larger venue this time, the Broward Center's Au-Rene Theater, on Saturday night. He'll take the stage at 8 p.m. to discuss his latest book “Super Genes,” in an alternative-medicine-themed lecture that will address "the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social wellness." </p> <p>(Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale)</p>Easter Dining Options2016-03-18T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>Spring into the Easter holiday by making reservations for brunch or dinner. Here are some suggestions:</p> <p><strong>Palm Beach County</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.18_tuna_avocado_spring_roll.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Avocado Grill </strong><em>(125 Datura St., West Palm Beach, 561/623-0822)</em></p> <p>From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 27, the Easter brunch menu includes egg dishes (all kinds of Benedicts), small plates (tuna avocado spring roll, pictured), salads (salmon and pesto-crusted chicken breast) and large plates (avocado and crab toast, short rib stuffed jumbo shells) and more.</p> <p><strong>Bistro Ten Zero One</strong> <em>(1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561/833-1234)</em></p> <p>This Easter brunch has seating at noon and 2 p.m. The menu includes both sweet and savory dishes, such as snow crab, Belgian waffles, red snapper with corn and leek fondue, plus more, and unlimited Prosecco and mimosas. The cost is $45 for adults and $27 for children 4 to 12.</p> <p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.18_iii_forks.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>III Forks</strong> <em>(4645 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/630-3660, pictured)</em></p> <p>Here’s a three-course dinner on March 27, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost is $48 for adults and $17 for children 12 and under. The menu includes salad, entrée and dessert, as well as tea and coffee. Regular menu items are also available. The same three-course dinner will also be featured at the Hallandale location <em>(501 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach, 954/457-3920)</em>.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Broward and Miami-Dade counties</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.18_french_toast.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Beauty &amp; The Feast Bar Kitchen</strong> <em>(601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954/567-8070)</em></p> <p>This oceanfront resort (in the Atlantic Hotel &amp; Spa) has Easter brunch planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost for the all-you-can-eat buffet that includes dishes such as French toast (pictured) is $49.95 for adults and $29.95 for children under 10. </p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.18_steak_benedict.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Grille 401</strong> <em>(401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954/767-0222)</em></p> <p>Here’s an Easter Sunday brunch with bottomless mimosas from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dishes include crab cake or steak Benedict (pictured) and the granola-encrusted thick-cut French toast, to name a few.</p> <p><strong>Wild Sea Oyster Bar &amp; Grille</strong> <em>(620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954/467-2555)</em></p> <p>This restaurant is in the Riverside Hotel, and it’s hosting an Easter brunch on March 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dishes include caramelized banana brioche Fresh toast, a lobster omelet, fish sandwich and more.  </p> <p><strong>Indigo</strong> <em>(620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954/467-0671)</em></p> <p>Also at the Riverside hotel is an Easter brunch at Indigo, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plus, the Indigo is serving a classic Easter dinner starting at 5 p.m. that includes Easter ham and braised lamb shank, as well as sweet dishes and more. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p> <p><strong><br></strong></p>Fashion Forward: getting ready for the wedding2016-03-18T08:00:00+00:00LL Scene/blog/author/llscenegirls/<p class="normal">Being that wedding season is in full swing, we thought we’d change it up a bit this week and share an important part of a bride’s wedding day: her “getting ready” playlist! The big day is nearly a month away, and you’re starting to think you’re “that bride”—micromanaging vendors, obsessing over timelines and fighting over seating (ah, the seating arrangements!), so a wedding day playlist is the least of your worries. That said, wedding playlists are usually brushed aside in the details leading up to your wedding day, but you won’t want it to be.</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.18_wedding_playlist_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">Lindsey’s mom has a wedding day tradition with all of her #SceneGirls. On the day of their wedding, she calls them in the morning and blasts “Going to the Chapel” (for an uncomfortably long amount of time), but it’s so sweet, and we love it!</p> <p class="normal">This single playlist shapes the entire mood of your wedding day, so you really don’t want to forget about it. We’ve all dreamed about the songs we would hear on the days of our weddings (or maybe that is just us). These are the songs that you’re going to be listening to while you and your girlfriends primp and pamper all day. Make it fun!</p> <p class="normal">Don’t have time to make an entire playlist? We highly recommend the Pandora Stations under: Michael Buble, Nora Jones.</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="346" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.18_wedding_playlist_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">These are some of our favorites!</p> <p class="normal"> </p> <p class="normal">“Going to the Chapel” by the Crystals</p> <p class="normal">“All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles</p> <p class="normal">“(Today I Met) The Boy I’m Going To Marry” by Darlene Love</p> <p class="normal">"Dancing in the Moonlight" by Toploader</p> <p class="normal">“Clique” by Jay Z &amp; Kanye</p> <p class="normal">"Drunk in Love" by Beyoncé and Jay Z</p> <p class="normal">"I Do” by Colbie Caillat</p> <p class="normal">“Aint No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye &amp; Tammi Terrell</p> <p class="normal">“You Drive Me Crazy” by Britney Spears</p> <p class="normal">"Kiss Me" by Sixpence None the Richer</p> <p class="normal">"Wishin' &amp; Hopin'" by Dusty Springfield</p> <p class="normal">“Umbrella” by Rihanna &amp; Jay Z</p> <p class="normal">“Feels Like Home” by Chantal Kreviazuk</p> <p class="normal">“Everything” by Michael Buble</p> <p class="normal">“Save The Last Dance For Me” by Michael Buble</p> <p class="normal">“Wouldn't It Be Nice” by the Beach Boys</p> <p class="normal">“Single Ladies” by Beyonce</p> <p class="normal">“Mercy” by Duffy</p> <p class="normal">“With a Little Help From My Friends” by The Beatles</p> <p class="normal">“I’ll Be There” by the Jackson Five</p> <p class="normal"> </p> <p class="normal"><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>About Lindsey &amp; Lilly</strong></p> <p class="normal">Lindsey Swing &amp; Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of <a href="">LLScene</a>, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to "20-30 somethings" looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they're fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey &amp; Lilly will continue to enjoy being "dog moms" to Bentley &amp; Duke. </p>Savor the Avenue honors Historical Society2016-03-17T14:27:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="320" src="/site_media/uploads/480x0_100_1_c_ffffff_2f605bf7fbadf556311fdef925bd8843.jpg" width="480"></p> <p>Last chance for Delray romance!</p> <p>Monday night is the eighth Savor The Avenue—a five-block long dining table (with over-the-top table décor) down the center of Atlantic Avenue featuring a four-course dinner served by Delray’s finest restaurants—hosted by <em>Delray</em> and <em>Boca</em> magazines and the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority.</p> <p>We’ve told you how magical its is, and 1,100 people will experience it this year. DDA head Laura Simon says there are a few seats left, and now is your last chance to snag one of them.</p> <p>Plus, this year the event will benefit the Delray Beach Historical Society, an organization that is committed to preserving the city’s past through innovative events and exhibits all year long. The Delray Beach Historical Society, under the direction of powerhouse Winnie Diggans Edwards, is at the corner of N.E. First St. and N. Swinton Ave. and consists of three restored houses. Cason Cottage Museum is a house museum reflecting South Florida family lifestyle of the period 1915-1935. The 1926 Florida Bungalow houses administrative offices, exhibit space and the Porch Gift Shop. The 1908 Hunt House (ESW History Learning Center &amp; Archives) houses exhibit space, curator's office, conference room and portable classroom space. An archives storage building is attached. (See more at <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.)</p> <p>The group is always finding new ways to celebrate Delray’s unique heritage, from a farming exhibit and harvest dinner to a surfing exhibit (above) and holiday events—it’s a worthy recipient as this year’s Savor the Avenue proceeds, and we’re proud to honor its work.</p> <p>The eighth Annual Savor the Avenue is Monday, March 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature 18 of Delray’s best restaurants at a table that is 1,300 feet long, stretching from Swinton Avenue to U.S. 1.  </p> <p>For more information on available seats, call 561/243-1077 or click <a href="">here</a>. </p> <p> </p>Theatrical drama at the City Commission meeting2016-03-17T11:49:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="421" src="/site_media/uploads/ipic-theaters-delray-beach-750xx4892-2752-0-2.jpg" width="750"></h3> <h3>Theater drama</h3> <p>Delray Beach may not do everything right, but Delray Beach does do drama.</p> <p>       Tuesday night’s final city commission vote on the iPic project could have been straightforward, if passionate. Instead, things went off-script from the start.</p> <p>       Attorney Bonnie Miskel, who represents iPic, began by asking that the commission delay a vote on three waivers for the site plan and approval of the plat for the theater-office-retail project just south of Atlantic Avenue. Miskel said iPic CEO Hamid Hashemi couldn’t attend.</p> <p>       Miskel also noted the absence of Commissioner Al Jacquet. He voted for the project last August and loomed as the potential swing vote Tuesday if Mitch Katz and Shelly Petrolia voted no. A 2-2 tie would mean that the waivers would fail. In late January, iPic donated $1,000 to Jacquet’s campaign for Florida House District 88.</p> <p>        City Attorney Noel Pfeffer advised the commission that applicants often request postponements. As it became clear that Katz and Petrolia didn’t want to grant Miskel’s request, Pfeffer essentially warned them that they could invite a due process lawsuit by treating iPic differently than another developer. Katz wanted a six-month delay. He and Petrolia ignored Pfeffer’s warning and voted to deny the request. Mayor Cary Glickstein and Commissioner Jordana Jarjura, who are lawyers, voted yes. Miskel lost, 2-2.</p> <p>       Nearly two hours into the meeting, however, Jacquet arrived. Jacquet missing the meeting wouldn’t have been news. He wasn’t on the dais when the commission chose Don Cooper to be manager and when the commission decided on the trash-hauling contract. Jacquet is term-limited in a year, and he’s unopposed at the moment for District 88. Having come late, Jacquet left early. His attendance record makes him the Marco Rubio of the Delray commission.</p> <p>       As for Hashemi, he also showed up. How awkward it would have been for Miskel if Hashemi had arrived to hear that the commission had delayed the vote.</p> <p>       Ultimately, the commission approved the waivers— with Jacquet joining Glickstein and Jarjura in support. Had Jacquet not shown, Glickstein or Jarjura could have voted down the project, and then, having been in the majority, asked to bring back the item when Jacquet was there and been part of a different majority.</p> <p>       The commission asked Pfeffer to attach about half a dozen conditions to the development agreement. Example: the city will get back the alley it abandoned if construction never begins. Example: the city wants iPic to guarantee that the company’s headquarters will be part of the project for at least five years and cover at least 20,000 square feet.</p> <p>       Yet before the final vote, Glickstein griped—with some justification—about how events have bumped along since the Community Redevelopment Agency first sought to place a project where the library and chamber of commerce once stood.</p> <p>       Glickstein criticized the lack of communication between the CRA and the commission on the CRA’s wishes for the site. The CRA board chose iPic more than two years ago with great fanfare. The public, however, remains split on the project. The agency’s process, Glickstein said, “created a lot of the problems.”</p> <p>       The mayor also criticized iPic for “amateur moves” as the company sought approval that “made this worse than it needed to be.” One of those moves was the request Tuesday night for delay. Less use of PR firms and more direct communications, Glickstein said, would have served iPic better. He warned iPic to be vigilant about keeping public parking available during construction and overseeing traffic control on Southeast Fourth and Fifth avenues.</p> <p>       That said, Glickstein is correct that the project holds great potential for downtown. Though some find the design “a little jarring,” the building could become “an iconic structure.” Ipic now moves on to obtaining permits. More drama surely awaits.</p> <h3>Jacquet donors</h3> <p>       In addition to that $1,000 contribution from iPic, Jacquet has received serious money from someone else who has business before the Delray commission.</p> <p>       That would be Steve Michael, president of Hudson Holdings. Michael wants to redevelop the former Worrell properties—including the Sundy House—along Swinton Avenue near Atlantic Avenue.</p> <p>       Michael and his related business entities have given Jacquet $5,000. According to his most recent campaign finance report, Jacquet has raised $30,150.</p> <h3>And one more</h3> <p>              Another contribution to Jacquet stands out in a different way. He got $1,000 from fellow commissioner Jarjura.</p> <h3>Match Point lawsuit</h3> <p>       Delray Beach has dropped the flag on another lawsuit that seeks to void a big contract.</p> <p>       Previously, it was the trash-hauling contract. The city succeeded, and got a new, cheaper deal.</p> <p>       This time, it’s the contract with Match Point to run the annual men’s pro tournaments at Delray’s tennis center. As with the trash contract, the current commission argues that a previous commission broke city rules by not seeking bids. The contract began in 2005 and runs for 25 years. Delray Beach pays Match Point about $1.5 million annually.</p> <p>       Jamie Cole, a lawyer based in Fort Lauderdale, represents Delray Beach. He also represented the city against Waste Management. He is representing the city in the Atlantic Crossing lawsuit.</p> <p>       Match Point claims that there was no need for competitive bidding because no other company could have staged the event. The city counters that there are only a few exceptions to the requirement to bid contracts of more than $15,000, and none apply to Match Point.</p> <p>       The lawsuit, which was filed this week, is short and straightforward. The attached contract, however, provides some interesting information. As in: 75 international flags must be displayed at the annual Association of Tennis Professionals events.</p> <p>       No trial date has been set.</p> <h3>Boca Airport Authority seats</h3> <p>              Last year, the Boca Raton City Council sent two minders to check out the Boca Raton Airport Authority. The council must be satisfied that they accomplished their mission.</p> <p>       Citing communication problems, the council named one of its own—Robert Weinroth—to one vacant authority board vacancy and Deputy City Manager George Brown to another. Weinroth already had left. Next week, the council will choose a replacement for Brown.</p> <p>       Those appointments made some people nervous about a possible takeover, but there’s no talk of that now. Both sides say communication is better. Three residents with no political background have applied for the vacancy. (Memo to applicant William Helwig: You’re applying to the city council, not the city “counsel.”)</p> <p>       Whomever the council appoints will serve only until June, when terms end for all five seats the council appoints. (The county commission appoints the other two.) If the June appointments are routine, we will know that the council and the authority have brought the controversy in for a landing.</p> <h3>Budget blues  </h3> <p>       At a recent meeting, Mayor Glickstein thanked state Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, for getting two Delray Beach projects into the state budget. Glickstein won’t feel the same way about Gov. Rick Scott.</p> <p>       On Tuesday, the governor announced his intention to veto at least $200-million-plus of member projects. One is $125,000 for the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency to create a business incubator. The governor didn’t actually issue his veto message. He just told reporters what he has picked out so far.</p> <p>       Scott did not single out an even larger request from Delray Beach, for $300,000 to expand the city’s use of reclaimed water for irrigation. Last year, Scott vetoed millions in local water and sewer projects. Given the important goal in this case, Scott should not block the appropriation.</p> <p>       Money for beach renourishment in Boca Raton almost certainly will survive. Florida Atlantic University has $4.5 million for its Life Science Initiative and related building at the Jupiter campus. Both amounts, however, are less than what FAU requested. FAU also has $750,000 for its own business incubator—Tech Runway. Scott vetoed a $1 million appropriation for the project last year.</p> <p>       And, like last year, the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization had to issue a news release reassuring South Floridians who live near the Florida East Coast Railway that Scott’s veto of $10 million in railroad safety money won’t affect the “quiet zone” planned for the FEC corridor.</p> <p>       Safety improvements at grade crossings will obviate the need for trains to blow their horns. The plan is still to have the quiet zone in place when All Aboard Florida begins operating next year. Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie told me that will happen “at no cost to the city.”</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p> <p>        </p>Review: EaThai2016-03-17T10:00:00+00:00Shaina Wizov/blog/author/Shaina/<div>There’s no shortage of places to grab Asian cuisine in South Florida—but there IS a shortage of places where you can get a meal as unique and delicious as you can at the newest Thai restaurant to hit the area, EaThai <em>(1832 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach, 561/270-3156)</em>. Restaurant owner, So, prides himself on serving “classical Thai cuisine with a modern ambiance to appeal to everyone from the Thai traditionalist to the first time Thai diner.” He wants every guest to leave feeling as though they’ve had a true Thai experience—and that was definitely the case after my recent dinner there.</div> <p>There were so many dishes I have never seen on any other Thai menus. Of course, there’s your typical Pad Thai and Papaya Salad, but many of the other dishes were totally new to me. When you visit EaThai, have an open mind and give everything a try—you will not be disappointed! And be ready for a little heat—So likes it’s hot and spicy, so many of the dishes are going to leave your mouth on fire!</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.17_horseshoe.jpg" width="490"></p> <div>Start off with the “Horseshoe,” an interesting sweet treat that I almost would rather have for dessert, but it works well as an appetizer. A slice of tangerine is topped with caramelized peanuts, coconut and radish to make for one absolutely delicious bite. And yes, they’re basically small enough to eat the entire thing in one bite.</div> <div> </div> <div>Pad Thai lovers needn’t leave without giving the Skinny Pad Thai a try. The dish is made with bean thread noodles instead of traditional rice noodles, a sriracha tamarind sauce and uses NO oil. I loved the flavors and the texture of the noodles. This is a dish I’d definitely go back for.</div> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.17_shrimp_ceviche.jpg" width="490"></p> <div>If you’re into things as hot and spicy as So is, opt for the Shrimp Thai Ceviche. Raw tiger shrimp is topped with a fresh chili-garlic puree. Since everything is made to order in the EaThai kitchen, you can definitely request to dial down the spice a bit, but for this dish in particular, the spice is part of its essence. I’d imagine that no matter how much they dial it down, it’s going to have a kick. The quinoa salad was also pretty spicy, but nowhere near as much as the ceviche. It was a beautiful, tasty dish made up of lime leaves, long beans, lemongrass, cucumbers, pomelo and bean sprouts.</div> <p>Side dishes you must try: Thai Omelette and Sriracha Fried Rice. Yum! The portion sizes at EaThai are great for sharing, which is a good thing because you’re definitely going to want to try more than one dish! Grab some friends and get ready to experience Thai food unlike anywhere else. Read my <a href="" target="_blank">full review</a> on Take A Bite Out of Boca.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Shaina was born and raised in South Jersey; she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in journalism and media studies. After moving to Boca, Shaina created her own food blog, which has only enhanced her passion for cooking, baking, sipping and savoring her way around South Florida. Shaina is involved in many of the region’s food and wine festivals and events. Follow Shaina’s foodie adventures every other Thursday at—and on her own blog, <a href="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</p>Q&amp;A: Colin Mochrie, Improv Extraordinaire2016-03-16T14:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><em>"Whose Line is it Anyway?" stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood will flex their improvisational chops Friday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, with a night-long showcase of "Whose Line?" greatest hits and new sketches, all of them based on spontaneous audience input. I spoke with Mochrie in 2014 about his improv legacy, his extraordinary live show with Sherwood, and the mousetraps they just can't can't seem to avoid.</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="309" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/cb.gif" width="400"></p> <p>You may not know the name Colin Mochrie, but you certainly know the bald guy from “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” the hilarious and influential improv comedy series that ran on ABC from 1998 to 2006.</p> <p>Other cast members came and went: Stephen Fry, Greg Proops, Phil LaMarr, Wayne Brady. But Mochrie was its most steadfast voice, appearing on every episode in the show’s eight-year run. It’s no surprise that when the CW revived the show in 2013, Mochrie jumped right back into the fray, joining Brady, Ryan Stiles and a rotating series of special guests for a higher-budgeted mix of classic improv games and a few inspired new ones.</p> <p>Mochrie didn’t stay quiet during the seven-year “Whose Line?” hiatus. For the past several years, he’s toured the world with “Whose Line?” alum Brad Sherwood, performing live, improvised comedy shows whose centerpiece involves two blindfolds and some 270 mousetraps arrayed on the floor and dangling from the ceiling.</p> <p>This “Evening With Colin and Brad” has already enjoyed an acclaimed DVD release and has been performed around the world but, of course, every show is completely different from the one before it, and South Florida will receive its own version on Friday at the Broward Center. Mochrie was gracious enough to chat about the show and his craft with <em>Boca Raton</em>.</p> <p><strong>What are some of the various set pieces that you’ll be working with in this show; I know about the mousetraps, but what else?</strong></p> <p>It depends on the theater. We get a feeling of what the place is like and try and figure out games. We usually do the sound effects game, where we have audience members come up and supply the sound effects. We have a game called Fill In, where we have eight people onstage, and they fill in the end of our sentences and help us out that way. We’ve started doing living scenery, where we have audience members be all of our props in the scene. Whatever the final lineup will be, it’s going to involve audience members being onstage and helping us out.</p> <p><strong>Does it ever happen where you take a request from the audience and think, damn, what are we going to do with <em>this</em>?</strong></p> <p>That does happen sometimes, but the beauty of improv is that you just see where it goes. Brad and I have gotten to the point where we have absolutely nothing in our minds. We have nothing planned, so every suggestion will take us places we haven’t expected. We had a simple one like pizza, which you’d think is kind of vague, and it ended up being a great scene. So we’ve learned not to worry what the audience gives us; we just jump in there, commit to it, and it usually works out.</p> <p><strong>So your mind is like a blank canvas, and you don’t know what paint is going to go on it.</strong></p> <p>Yes. It’s taken years to get to that point, to be able to trust yourself and trust the person you’re going onstage with, to not have anything planned: “We’re just going to go up there and see what happens, and it’ll work out.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="520" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/1297715475562_original.jpg" width="347"></p> <p><strong>How do you and Brad rehearse for a show like this?</strong></p> <p>The beauty is, we’re both really lazy, so we don’t have to do anything. We’ve actually spent most of our energy the past 10 years in coming up with ways to make the show so far out of our comfort zone that there’s no way we can rehearse it. We used to spend a lot of time to figure out what we’re going to ask for for this particular scene. Now we just have a bunch of suggestions on cards to ask the audience, and whatever comes out comes out; we don’t have to worry about what suggestion goes with what game. We’re almost at the point now where we can do the show without us actually having to be there.</p> <p><strong>What’s the weirdest request you’ve played with at one of these shows?</strong></p> <p>The beauty and the curse of improv is that once a show is gone, it’s kind of gone forever, unless it’s being televised. There’s only one suggestion I can remember over the 10 years that we’ve done it. We asked for an occupation, and we usually get gynecologist or proctologist, and this person used their occupation, which was a lactation expert. That was so much fun to play, because we’d never had that before, we don’t know a lot about it—we just had the general facts down—and it was a really fun scene. It kept us on our toes and got our energy going. We’re always looking for ways to get suggestions like that, things we’ve never had before, and yet somehow sparking the scene.</p> <p><strong>Is there stuff on this tour that for whatever reason wouldn’t fly on “Whose Line?”</strong></p> <p>Some of the things we do may not fly, just because of time constraints. On “Whose Line?”, everything has to be basically three- to four-minute segments. In our show, the shortest scenes are 10 to 15 minutes, because we don’t have to worry about doing all the jokes, ending quickly, and getting to the next thing. We really try to make the scene have a beginning, middle and end. Aside from that, everything’s fair game.</p> <p><strong>I’ve seen clips of the mousetrap game. Is that as painful for you guys as it looks?</strong></p> <p>Yes. We’ve tried to get it out of our running order, but every time we’ve made the choice not to do it at a certain place, people get upset we’re not doing it. They love to see us in pain. We’re trying to figure out ways to do it and make it different for us. After a while, you just go … “this is the way we end every show; we walk on mousetraps, hurt ourselves, and leave?” </p> <p><img alt="" height="192" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/m_colinandbrad_mousetraps-web.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>You’d think that you’re hurting yourselves in the same spots so many times that eventually the spots become numb, and you don’t feel it anymore.</strong></p> <p>You’d think that, but we always manage to find new places!</p> <p><strong>Jumping back into the “Whose Line?” revival in 2013 … what was that like for you after seven years?</strong></p> <p>I was quite surprised that it felt as relaxed as it did. I think part of it was that it’s the same production crew, a lot of the same people who worked on the ABC version behind the camera and on the soundstage. So it really was like coming home. Ryan said it was like we took a long lunch break. We fell right back into it again. There is a bit of a worry when you try and recapture something you did so well the first time around, but this worked out beautifully. And what’s great about “Whose Line?” is that it doesn’t take a lot of time. We’re in the midst of shooting right now; it takes a couple of weekends, and we’re done. It never gets to that point where we get sick of each other. We always look forward to seeing each other, goofing around for a couple of days, and then we’re off.</p> <p><strong>Did you find that there was a lot of demand for this show after it went off the air?</strong></p> <p>Yes, there was. I don’t think anyone ever really knew how popular the show was, partly because when we were doing the Drew Carey version, we were up against “Survivor” and “Friends,” two of the most popular shows of the last century. But people were taping it and watching it; we found during our tour that our audiences were getting younger. And we realized it was because of YouTube. People who weren’t born during the ABC version were now catching up on the show on the Internet, and that was probably part of the reason the CW figured there was something there. </p> <p><strong>Of course, the wave of the future is that traditional television will be unnecessary; we’re pretty much at the point where you can call up whatever you want, whenever you want, on your computer, hook it up to your TV, and watch it that way.</strong></p> <p>Yeah, it’s tough for me, because I was one of those kids, growing up, for whom television was my friend. At this age, I certainly don’t watch it the way I used to. My son I don’t think watches television at all; everything he gets is on the computer or through Netflix. It’s very odd.</p> <p><strong>Lastly, have you found that being a talented improviser has come in handy elsewhere in life, in terms of reacting quickly to crises and things like that?</strong></p> <p>No. I’d like to say yes, that it’s become my superpower. I still can’t win an argument with my wife. I’ve never been able to talk my way out of a parking ticket or anything. I guess maybe in the big picture, improv has helped me in that I’ve learned to accept things rather than plan ahead, because there are certain things in life you <em>can</em> plan, like vacations and things, but a lot of times you just have to go with the flow. So I’ve sort of learned that, and my wife and I talk about using the rules of improv in our real lives, where you accept things, you say yes to things, because it leads you into an adventure.</p> <p><strong>Improv is a positive philosophy, isn’t it, because the answer is never ‘no’?</strong></p> <p>Yes: You’re supposed to listen, you accept people’s ideas, you build on those ideas, you work with people. We’re trying to get that into our lives.</p> <p><em>Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets run $35-$115. Call the box office at 954/462-0222 or visit</em></p>Easter happenings for families2016-03-16T09:00:00+00:00Michelle Olson-Rogers/blog/author/michellerogers/<p>I can’t believe I’m actually saying this: I miss the “Elf on a Shelf.” Any excuse to threaten my child into exhibiting good behavior for more than 30 days—sign this Boca mom up! Now it’s Easter season, and your new excuse for minimizing your child’s bad behavior a la “Elf” (or “Mensch on a Bench”) is finally here—and his name is Mr. Bunny.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.16_easter_eggs.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Now where to meet him?</p> <p>Here’s your Boca Mom Talk on where and when the Easter Bunny will be making his South Florida appearances in style.</p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.16_town_center_bunny.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Follow the Bunny Easter Photo Experience at Town Center at Boca Raton</strong></p> <p>Not only can you meet and get your children’s (or pet’s) annual photo taken with Mr. Bunny this year in the Nordstrom wing of the <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Town Center mall</strong></a><strong> </strong>(through March 26), you can also follow him and his Easter happenings on <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a>. Don’t worry; print photos are still available for purchase for the grandparents, and there’s coffee nearby to help you survive the inevitable long line.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.16_hoffmans_bunny.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Get your Chocolate Bunny Shopping Done at Hoffman’s Chocolates</strong></p> <p>On March 19, stop (and shop) at <a href="" target="_blank">Hoffman's Chocolates</a> in Greenacres between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to take a complimentary family photo with the Easter Bunny! Mr. Bunny will also be sharing foiled chocolate eggs with the kids. In support of mommy multitasking, be sure to fill your baskets while you’re there visiting their impressive (and tempting) chocolate store!</p> <p><em>(5190 Lake Worth Rd. Greenacres // 561/967-2213)</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="565" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.16_oceans_234_bunny.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><strong>Brunch with Bunny on the Beach at OCEANS 234</strong></p> <p>Hop down to Deerfield Beach on March 20 in your favorite spring sundresses for <a href=""><strong>OCEANS 234’s</strong></a> Bunny Brunch on the ocean! Enjoy a delicious beachside brunch from 10 2 p.m. and complimentary family photos with Mr. Bunny himself. Reservations are encouraged for this one-day-only event.</p> <p><em>(234 N. Ocean Blvd. Deerfield Beach // 954/428-2539)</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="296" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.16_waterstone.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><strong>Enjoy 360° Views of Boca Raton at the Waterstone’s Easter Sunday Brunch</strong></p> <p>On Easter Sunday, March 27, children can play, color their own Easter eggs and meet Mr. Bunny at one of the most sophisticated family brunches in town at the <a href=""><strong>Waterstone Resort &amp; Marina</strong></a>. Held in the Atlantic Ballroom at the top of the hotel, this decadent brunch will feature carving stations, omelets and seafood galore from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are encouraged.   </p> <p><em>(999 E. Camino Real. Boca Raton // 561/368-9500)</em></p> <p>Have a happy Easter Boca Raton!</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of </em><a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em><strong>, </strong></em><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options—as well as a weekly MOMpreneur spotlight! A MOMpreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>Walk in the mall to build Parkinson’s awareness2016-03-16T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>April is Parkinson Disease Awareness Month, making it the perfect time for the American Parkinson Disease Association Optimism Walk in Boca Raton. The April 17 walk aims to build awareness and raise funds for the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), which is the country's largest grassroots Parkinson’s organization charged with helping to improve quality of life for the more than one million Americans with Parkinson's and their families.</p> <p><img alt="" height="404" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.16_walk_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The 2016 Optimism Walk South Florida is part of a nationwide movement to put an end to Parkinson’s. This is not a race. You might not even have to train for the event. The local Optimism Walk starts at 9 a.m. near the Saks Fifth Avenue entrance at Town Center at Boca Raton <em>(6000 Glades Road). </em>Participants will do a short walk (less than a mile) in the shopping center. </p> <p>There will be no trophies for speed, but the top three individual fundraisers will receive prizes.</p> <p>Everyone’s invited to bring friends and family affected by the disease. There will be music, vendors, educational opportunities and more. </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.16_walk_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Marcus Neuroscience Institute is the local presenting sponsor of the walk.</p> <p>Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to register, or contact Denise Jordan at 800/825-2732 or</p> <p> </p> <p>Some background:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">APDA</a> has a dual mission to Ease the Burden – Find the Cure. To Ease the Burden, APDA offers services and support for people with Parkinson’s and their families through a nationwide network of chapters, information and referral centers, as well as support groups. To Find the Cure, APDA funds centers for advanced research and awards grants to fund promising research toward discovering the cause(s) and finding the cure for Parkinson’s.</p> <p>In the U.S., there’s a new Parkinson’s diagnosis every nine minutes. There are 60,000 Parkinson’s diagnoses annually.</p> <p>Parkinson’s disease is the 14th leading cause of death in the U.S. and is estimated to cost our country at least $14.4 billion annually.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p><strong><em>About Lisette</em></strong></p> <p><em>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Wine, beer and cebiche2016-03-15T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><strong><img alt="" height="384" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.15_biggio_hamina.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Wine dinner pairs Biggio Hamina and Rhythm Cafe</strong></p> <p>Join the winery folks from Biggio Hamina in McMinnville, Oregon, on March 24 as they pair their wines with Chef/Co-Owner Ken Rzab’s food at Rhythm Café <em>(3800 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, 561/833-3406), </em>for the year’s first wine dinner there. Starting at 6:30 p.m., for $75 per person, the menu features poached salmon (with a Riesling), coconut linguine (with a Gewurztraminer), savory basil pesto crepe (with a Pinot Noir), Poitrine de Poulet Sauvage Champignon Chasseur (with another Pinot Noir) and a risotto cake with a red wine. Call Tuesday through Sunday between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. for reservations.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="236" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.15_brass_tap.jpeg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Beer tasting at The Brass Tap</strong></p> <p>For the beer lovers, there’s a six beer tasting at The Brass Tap <em>(950 N. Congress Ave., Suite J100, Boynton Beach)</em>, on March 16. From 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., sip beers that represent “a range of seasonal styles.” Learn about color, aroma and flavors. Space is limited to 20 people, so reserve <a href="" target="_blank">online</a>. </p> <p><em><strong><img alt="" height="486" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.15_la_mar_chef_diego_oka_anticucho_grill.jpg" width="490"></strong></em></p> <p><strong>Learn to cook cebiche: Mandarin Oriental Miami</strong> </p> <p>Travel through Peru on March 18 with Executive Chef Diego Oka (pictured) from La Mar at Mandarin Oriental Miami <em>(500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, 305/913-8358)</em>, as he demonstrates the traditional cebiche, with the cooking technique of marinating fish in lime juice, and a selection of causas (mashed potato topped with seafood). The class, which costs $100 and lasts from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., includes a cocktail lesson about making Pisco Sour, too. Reservations are needed. Coming up on the schedule: Springtime flavors on April 9 with Chef Murray of Azul.</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>iPic is ready for its close up2016-03-15T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/red-carpet.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>iPic up for vote</strong></p> <p>With a favorable vote tonight from the Delray Beach City Commission, the iPic project will be able to seek building permits.</p> <p>After the long, sometimes emotional debate, a favorable vote almost would seem anticlimactic. The issue before the commission is not the project itself but three technical waivers from the city’s Land Development Regulations. The commission must find that the waivers would not hurt the neighborhood or public facilities in the area, would not create safety problems and would not amount to a special privilege.</p> <p>Unless something surprising comes up, the commission will approve the waivers. Approval could enable iPic to obtain building permits by the end of the year, which has been the company’s goal. Boca-based iPic would move its headquarters to the project, filling some of the office space.</p> <p>If this is the commission’s last action on Fourth and Fifth Delray, it won’t be the most important. That vote came last August, when the commission allowed a movie theater downtown, granted extra height and abandoned an alley. After that, iPic had to address the commission’s concern about making the project work for the spot between Southeast Fourth and Fifth avenues where the library and chamber of commerce once stood. Mayor Cary Glickstein told the developer to “deflate the tire.”</p> <p>From the perspective of city planners and the Site Plan Review and Appearance Board, the deflation has happened. IPic bought a small, adjoining property to help with traffic and reduced the number of theater seats. If the commission approves the waivers, staff would certify the state plan and record the plat – which the Planning and Zoning Board approved unanimously on Feb. 22—with a landscaping agreement that also is on tonight’s agenda. IPic will place and maintain some plantings on Fourth Avenue, which would be the main entrance to the project.</p> <p>Though some residents may urge the commission to reject the waivers, in hopes of killing the project, that won’t happen. The commission made the correct decision seven months ago. If the commission decides that the fit still isn’t quite right, the plan will go back for further review and tweaking. Either way, it will be built. The project will bring a new, helpful element to downtown Delray Beach. Next up: the premiere.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>And next up: Atlantic Crossing</strong></p> <p>Speaking of big projects in downtown Delray, I’m told that the Atlantic Crossing site plan will be on the commission’s April 5 agenda. Depending on the outcome, the commission could take the vote that finally allows the project to proceed or write the latest chapter in a lawsuit.</p> <p>The new site plan got unanimous approval from the city’s advisory board. Though the recommendation is not binding on the commission, the plan does include an access road from Federal Highway. The commission had asked the developers to include such a road, though the commission never agreed on what type of road. The developers’ choice is a one-way outlet, and a city consultant said the road would improve traffic flow within the project.</p> <p>If the commission approves the plan, it could clear the way for Atlantic Crossing to begin seeking permits for the project that was approved more than three years ago. The developers are suing Delray Beach, claiming that the city has improperly delayed final approvals. One could theorize that the lawsuit then might end.</p> <p>I would expect the commission to meet in executive session—no reporters—on the lawsuit before April 5. Either way, the Atlantic Crossing vote will be a big deal.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Union shelves tax bid</strong></p> <p>Leaders of the union that represents Palm Beach County’s firefighters and paramedics may be greedy, but they aren’t stupid.</p> <p>Last week, Local 2928 of the International Association of Firefighters dropped its campaign to put a one-cent sales tax increase on the primary ballot in August. Call the move a strategic retreat.</p> <p>Next week, county commissioners will decide whether to put a separate sales tax increase on the November ballot. Revenue would go to the county, school district, cities and cultural organizations. Commissioners had made clear that they considered the firefighters proposal unhelpful competition. Voters might approve one tax increase. If two were on the ballot, both likely would fail.</p> <p>Union leaders got the message. More important, though, the firefighters’ proposal was terrible. It had nothing to do with improving fire-rescue service. It had everything to do with improving the chances of firefighters and paramedics getting higher benefits.</p> <p>As the union explained it, a drop in property taxes that finance fire-rescue services would offset the higher sales tax. But Tax Collector Anne Gannon told the commission that even she isn’t sure how the swap would work. The swap would be all the more problematic in cities like Boca Raton and Delray Beach that have their own fire-rescue departments.</p> <p>It’s not the first time that the firefighters union has proposed this sales-tax swap. Given its political influence, the union likely will try it again, at which time the idea will look no better.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>And another bad idea</strong></p> <p>Officials in Boca Raton and Delray Beach were happy that another bad idea from the firefighters union died in the Legislature.</p> <p>Senate and House bills would have established the presumption that any cancer case involving a firefighter of paramedic was work-related. The change would not have applied just to new hires. According to the Florida League of Cities, roughly 40,000 firefighters who work for local governments would have been included—grandfathered, in the legal sense.</p> <p>Such a change could have caused dramatic increases in workers compensation rates for cities. The Senate version got an early, favorable committee vote in November, and the sponsor was Jack Latvala, one of the chamber’s most powerful Republicans.</p> <p>The League of Cities, however, pushed back and secured changes. The legislation was narrowed to include just four cancers “where there was some evidence” of a link to service as a firefighter or paramedic, said Craig Konn, a League of Cities lobbyist. The presumption would have applied only to employees who had been tobacco-free for at least five years.</p> <p>Still, the league didn’t support the legislation. Also, the cancer link has not been established. Finally, a related study by the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is not complete. The Senate version never got a floor vote. No House committee even heard that chamber’s version. As with the county sales-tax plan, however, the issue probably will return. The firefighters union is persistent.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>The Delray-Highland Beach merger</strong></p> <p>Today’s fire-rescue theme continues with the question of whether Delray Beach will continue to provide service for Highland Beach. To recap:</p> <p>The 15-year contract between the municipalities expires on Sept. 30, 2017. No later than 18 months before that date, Highland Beach must notify Delray Beach if the town wants to renew the contract. That deadline is March 31, but an item on tonight’s Delray city commission meeting agenda would extend the deadline to May 30 and possibly beyond.</p> <p>Delray Beach has proposed adding a 20 percent administrative fee to any contract extension, supposedly to cover costs above the service itself. Highland Beach got cranky and talked about finding a new provider or forming a consortium with other small, barrier island towns. Delray Beach City Manager Don Cooper angered his bosses by presuming that they wanted to continue the contract at all.</p> <p>Delay would give both sides time to exhale. Delray Beach needs to consider what would happen if the city had only one fire station east of the Intracoastal Waterway, as would be the case if the contract ended. Highland Beach needs to consider whether the town could get a better deal from another large city or would want the expense and hassle of forming a new, multi-municipality department.</p> <p>Highland Beach Manager Beverly Brown told me Monday that the town commission will decide on March 29 whether to extend the deadline. The commission will make no policy decisions. “We’re looking at a lot of options,” Brown said. She offered no specifics.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Special consideration?</strong></p> <p>My final note for today is an item that shows why Delray Beach—like Boca Raton—considers itself exceptional.</p> <p>As noted earlier, if voters agree in November to raise the county’s sales tax, some of the money would go to the county’s 38 cities. The split would be based on population. Boca Raton ranks second, after West Palm Beach. Delray Beach ranks fourth, after Boynton Beach.</p> <p>But what if that split were based on how much sales tax each city generates? With all its Atlantic Avenue bar-restaurant mojo, Delray Beach would produce far more revenue than Boynton and could get more money and disproportionately more than smaller cities. So city officials asked if that could happen.</p> <p>The answer, they will find out tonight, is that it couldn’t. County Commissioner Steven Abrams, who represents Delray and Boca, said state law specifies that split on sales-tax revenue. But, hey, you can’t blame Delray Beach for asking.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>The Week Ahead: March 15 to 212016-03-14T14:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/20610370_knmctb.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of the Capitol Steps</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Capitol Steps are as consistent as Tax Day and the annual Woody Allen movie: This group of humorists, founded in 1981 by Capitol Hill staffers with funny bones, has existed for 35 years and released exactly 35 albums. That’s because the Steps have an endless and constantly renewing wellspring of material with which to slice, dice and skewer: American politics. You could argue that the comedy of this year’s election season writes itself, but that only puts more pressure on the Capitol Steps to provide inventive yuks not found on “The Daily Show” or Colbert. Relying heavily on song parodies and spoonerisms, the group is supporting its latest album “Mock the Vote,” a tour that includes rock anthems by Republican presidential hopefuls and a classical ballet from President Obama. See them through March 27.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/shan_he_gu_ren_mountains_may_depart_still.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Screening of “Mountains May Depart”</strong></p> <p>Where: Movies of Lake Worth, 7380 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $12, includes popcorn and beverage</p> <p>Contact: 561/968-4545, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This tri-structured Chinese epic directed by Jia Zhangke doesn’t have a full South Florida release date yet, so that’s ever more reason not to skip this special sneak peak. A competitor for the Palm d’Or at last year’s Cannes Festival—and fresh off screenings at this month’s Miami International Film Festival—“Mountains May Depart” chronicles a Chinese family over three periods of time, each of them separated by more than a decade: 1999, 2014 and 2025, with the final period set in Australia. If Jia’s previous body of work is any indication (he directed “Unknown Pleasures,” “The World” and “A Touch of Sin,” among other international successes), the film will be as much a meditation on an increasingly modernized and globalized China as it is the characters living, and loving, inside of it.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/rancid.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Rancid</strong></p> <p>Where: Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $28-$30</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When guitarist Tim Armstrong and bassist Matt Freeman formed the California trio Rancid in 1991, the formula was fairly simple: Take the ska-punk rhythms of their pioneering first band Operation Ivy and throw in the political consciousness and driving guitars of The Clash. The band emerged at just the right time, earning its place in an American punk revival that also included Green Day and the Offspring. Best known for the hits “Ruby Soho” and “Time Bomb” from its platinum 1995 album “…And Out Come the Wolves,” Rancid has remained a consistently rewarding and drama-free band for more than 20 years, with eight studio albums to its credit and a new EP due later this year. But this tour is all about “… And Out Come the Wolves,” which celebrated its 20th anniversary with a vinyl reissue in 2015. The group has been playing all 19 tracks of the album straight through, along with an encore of favorites from its other albums.</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/copywrite2015_©_vmastudios_3_28_15_fmg_bb_11254.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Bacon &amp; Bourbon Fest</strong></p> <p>Where: Downtown Delray Beach</p> <p>When: Noon to 11 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20 per day</p> <p>Contact: 561/279-0907, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Downtown parties come and go in this jam-packed events season, but it looks like this one’s a keeper. Combining a primal love for pig meat with an equally powerful preference for barrel-aged whiskey, the Bacon &amp; Bourbon Fest debuted last year and went on to receive no fewer than 10 awards. Comfort-food concoctions like the Forever Roasted Bourbon BBQ Pork &amp; Bacon Sandwich will be served alongside such palate-confusing desserts as a Bacon Ice Cream Sundae with Bourbon sauce, over a menu that spans from grandmother’s homemade delicacies to the latest farm-to-table innovations. Because poker goes so well with the titular offerings, this year’s fest will see the debut of a Texas Hold‘em Tournament, with winners taking home specialty bourbon and proceeds benefiting area nonprofits. There also will be a limited number of specialty vendors; a backyard games center with cornhole, bocce ball, Jenga, checkers and more; live blues bands; and a series of seminars design to enhance your appreciation of bourbons, ryes and whiskeys.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="398" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/misha_dichter_credit_j_mulligan_2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Boca Symphonia Weekend</strong></p> <p>Where: Boca Country Club (17751 Boca Club Blvd., Boca Raton) and Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School (3900 Jog Road, Boca Raton)</p> <p>When: 11:30 a.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: Varies per event</p> <p>Contact: 561/376-3848, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>As usual, the Boca Symphonia is extending its spring “Connoisseur Concert” this Sunday afternoon into a weekend-long festival of events for music lovers of all ages. Festivities begin Friday morning with an exclusive 11:30 a.m. orchestra rehearsal and benefit luncheon at Boca Country Club, and continue with a “Meet the Orchestra” session complete with the popular “instrument petting zoo” for kids on Saturday morning. At Sunday’s concert at the Roberts Theater, expect to hear famed conductor Gerard Schwarz lead piano soloist Misha Dichter (pictured) through selections from Beethoven, Ives and Mendelssohn. If you can’t catch the performance Sunday, the Symphonia will perform an encore show March 22 at Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/ariadne.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Ariadne Auf Naxos”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $25–$195</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-7888, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Greek mythology and slapstick comedy share an unexpected connection in this pioneering opera by German composer Richard Strauss. Having already established himself as one of the 20th century’s great composers on the strength of “Salome” and “Elektra,” Strauss upended operatic tradition with “Ariadne Auf Naxos,” arguably the first work of its kind to be structured as a self-reflexive “opera within an opera.” The first act is set backstage in the home of a Viennese aristocrat, where a burlesque troupe and an opera company is each preparing for a performance in front of gathered dignitaries. Arguments over which group will perform first are halted over the revelation that both must perform simultaneously in the interest of time. Act II is the madcap result, in which burlesque clowns cavort around gods, nymphs and sorceresses, challenging conventions by merging “high” and “low” art forms. “Ariadne” can be jarringly funny and light on its feet, impressive traits for an opera that climaxes with a plunge into the “realm of death.”</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/it8a0065.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Delray Granfondo Garneau</strong></p> <p>Where: Veterans Park, 802 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7 a.m.</p> <p>Cost: $100-$115</p> <p>Contact: 561/289-9052, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Competitive riders and casual cyclists alike have helped turn this annual race into a spring tradition. Beginning and ending at Veterans Park, bicyclists will pedal the 62.5-mile course at their own pace, enjoying picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean from State Road A1A. They’ll have plenty of help along the way, from mechanical support and police escorts to complementary food and refreshments offered before, during and after the Granfondo (which is Italian, by the way, for “big ride”). Participants also receive a custom Granfondo jersey, free massages, goodie bags, event medals, and beer and wine. The event’s organizers have added a new option this year: Noncompetitive participants with a poker face can join the “Gambler Ride.” Instead of a timing chip, they’ll receive one playing card at the start, three more during the route and one at the finish line, with the best hands earning prizes. If your cards stink, you can always stick ‘em in your spokes; either way, you’ll enjoy the atmosphere and camaraderie at what has been called a “big rolling party.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="484" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/big-emma.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening today of “Chuck Close Photographs”</strong></p> <p>Where: NSU Art Museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: Noon to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5-$12</p> <p>Contact: 954/525-5500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Preeminent portrait photographer Chuck Close has been paralyzed from a spinal artery collapse since 1988, but it hasn’t prevented him from producing innovative work over what is now a 40-year career. The NSU Art Museum’s survey will showcase nearly 90 images from this recent appointee to President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, from his hyperrealistic “portrait paintings” of the human face to his intimate daguerreotypes and monumental tapestries based on Polaroids. Amazingly, this is the very first comprehensive museum survey of Close’s grand-scale yet intimate art, and it runs through Oct. 2. </p> <p>MONDAY, MARCH 21</p> <p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/delray-savor-the-avenue-2011-0031.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Savor the Avenue</strong></p> <p>Where: Downtown Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 5:30 to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Varies per restaurant</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-1077, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Last year, the sky didn’t fall when omens of turbulent weather prompted Savor the Avenue to postpone everyone’s favorite foodie event from its traditional Thursday night slot to the following Monday. In fact, people seemed to like it—enough for event organizers to schedule this year’s eighth-annual incarnation on a Monday night for the very first time. As always, however, 16 of Delray’s finest restaurants will serve specially curated four- or five-course meals atop Florida’s longest dining table in the middle of Atlantic Avenue. Many of the limited number of tickets are already sold out—if you wanted Salt7, 32 East, Caffe Luna Rosa and a few others, you’re out of luck—but tickets remain for Rack’s Fish House &amp; Fat Rooster, Vic &amp; Angelo’s, Solita, 50 Ocean, Max’s Harvest/Social House and more. Check the menus <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. $3 from each ticket purchase benefits the Delray Beach Historical Society.</p> It’s easy being green! More St. Paddy’s specials2016-03-14T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.14_the_little_chalet.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Jameson and a cucumber martini: The Little Chalet</strong></p> <p>To wet your whistle on St. Patrick’s Day, try a Jameson Fig Old-Fashioned (pictured), or go green with an Effen Cucumber Martini from The Little Chalet <em>(485 S. Federal Highway, 561/325-8000).</em> The Old-Fashioned is prepared tableside, and here’s the recipe: Jameson Irish whisky, 3 oz.; Martini &amp; Rossi sweet vermouth, ½ oz.; Angostura bitters, 3 dashes; fig jam, 1 tablespoon; ginger ale ice cubes, 4 cubes; hickory grilling plank. Combine and drink!</p> <p><strong>Irish fest in the garden: Bistro Ten Zero One</strong></p> <p>On March 16, Bistro Ten Zero One <em>(1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561/833-1234)</em> will host a pre-St. Paddy’s party in the garden. For $60, you’ll get drinks, music and dishes such as a shamrock salad (asparagus, snap peas, arugula and celery), shepherd’s pie, roasted leg of lamb with Guinness braised carrots and Irish roasted salmon. Advance RSVP required.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.14_burger_bar_irish.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>A holiday between two buns: Burger Bar’s highlight</strong></p> <p>This week at Burger Bar <em>(4650 Donald Ross Road, Palm Beach Gardens, 561/630-4545)</em>, go for the St. Patty’s Day Burger as the burger of the week—a hefty choice with prime beef patty, sliced corn beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing and grilled marble rye bread ($15.50). It sounds like a party on a bun to us. </p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.14_tea_time.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Afternoon Tea Under the Palms: Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club</strong></p> <p>As if we need another reason to stay at the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club <em>(501 E. Camino Real, 561/447-3000)</em>. Now guests can combine a classic tradition from across the pond with a unique twist in Afternoon Tea Under The Palms. This is afternoon tea with a Boca touch, with miniature blue crab rolls, warm cheddar biscuits with shaved prosciutto and cotton candy. We said it was different! And with the Single Origin Sri Lankan loose leaf teas of Dilmah, or sparkling wine or Champagne, of course. This is for guests only, and the cost is $50. Please save us a seat!</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Movie Review: &quot;Knight of Cups&quot;2016-03-11T14:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>As audience members, we’re used to a certain kind of motion picture, one that complies with accepted rules regardless of genre: characters with an understandable psychology, a plot that moves in a discernable direction, a story with a beginning, middle and end, and editing that forms a coherent procession of images. Something like 95 percent of movies distributed in American cinemas adhere to these strictures, and the ones that don’t are often subject to the same scrutiny: If they fail to provide any of these comforts, they fail to be successful products in a consumer marketplace.</p> <p><img alt="" height="227" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/sm_2553387_02_201502271031579293.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Terrence Malick’s rapturous “Knight of Cups” (opening today at Cinemark Palace 20 in Boca) doesn’t belong in that 5 percent so much as it inhabits the .1 percent of American movies, a film so staggeringly experimental that its very existence in multiplexes is astonishing to behold. It not only fails proudly and spectacularly on all of these fronts of cinematic predictability; it’s also a veiled critique of the marketplace of the movie-industrial complex—the rotten, art-squelching business that forces such formulas on us in the first place.</p> <p>And, because he’s Malick, he managed to fill his two-hour meditation on Hollywood’s vapid soullessness with genuine Hollywood stars. Christian Bale plays Rick, but he might as well be nameless: Aside from some voice-over musings lifted from the 1678 Christian allegory <em>The Pilgrim’s Progress</em> and other arcane texts, he’s a cipher who barely speaks. He’s a restless and bored screenwriter and, like the tarot character that gives the film its name, he is adrift without the excitement of a new stimulation, preferably from the fairer sex.</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/knight_of_cups_malick_14-620x413.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Fragments from his life proceed in eight splintered chapters, most of them named after tarot cards that speak to the section’s symbolism: “Judgment,” “The Tower,” “Death.” In one, he listens to rants and raves from his troubled brother (Wes Bentley) and father (Brian Dennehy) in the aftermath of his other brother’s apparent suicide. In most of the others, he idles his time at lavish Gatsby-like parties and loses himself in the company of gorgeous women—models, actresses, strippers and physicians played by the likes of Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman and Imogen Poots, among others—only to remain alone by the end of the segment, his happiness ungraspable. He’s like the dog we see diving into one of the film’s many pools, lunging at a tennis ball just of reach.</p> <p>Some of the scenes surely take place in the past, but to ascribe linearity to this tone poem is to consign yourself to two hours of suffocation. Audiences need instead to ride the continuum—to float wide-eyed on this flowing river of a film, through all of its unexpected tributaries. Increasingly unshackled by narrative, Malick has wandered further into the wilderness with each film he has made, and “Knight of Cups” almost makes his groundbreaking “Tree of Life” look like a Clint Eastwood prestige picture.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/007c102b31420b8850f5d6980bc4b8856874aea1ba3542e434ca041947a2ad7bff1e2b30306b075f66ab311a966e87a6.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>That said, precedents exist. Viewers versed in art-house cinema will notice shards of Fellini’s “8 ½,” Rossellini’s “Voyage to Italy,” Lynch’s “Inland Empire,” Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty” and especially Godfrey Reggio’s “Koyaanisqatsi” in Malick’s palette of influences. But the resulting style—of rich visual contrasts; a symphonic, multi-tracked soundtrack; camera movements that hurtle and glance and deflect rather than film anybody head-on—is singularly Malick’s own, pure and distilled.</p> <p>To impose meaning on it all almost seems gauche, akin to enforcing figurative logic on a Rothko or a Kandinsky. But for those grasping at straws (or their own hair) on the way out of the auditorium, the tarot card connection helps. So does the director’s lingering gaze on the trappings of Hollywood excess—the monstrously sized pools and backyard bacchanalias, the skyscraping towers of conspicuous consumption, the incessant industry jargon and pretentious prattle about ketamine parties and vacations to Sarajevo, the endless supply of toothpick-like L.A. bodies parading across the screen, the omen-like earthquakes that disrupt the privileged sterility of this ersatz city. Hardly anybody talks to each other in “Knight of Cups,” but Malick doesn’t need to spell out his commentary; the images are enough to suggest a modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah waiting for their divine extinction.</p> <p>Mostly, though, Malick’s most modernist film—in both setting and aesthetics—offers a vision of Hollywood, Los Angeles and the world that resembles nothing we’ve seen before. “Dreams are nice, but you can’t live in them,” one of Rick’s girlfriends tells him. But Malick does, for two uncompromising hours, and that’s why “Knight of Cups” is so ravishing. </p>Staff Picks: Delray and Fort Lauderdale spots2016-03-11T12:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong>Steak 954</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="296" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.11_steak_954.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“What could be better than a trio of ice cream sandwiches? Let me tell you—not many things. At Steak 954, the chef surprises you with unique cookie and ice cream combinations you won’t find just anywhere. I had red velvet cookies with cream cheese ice cream, churro cookies with Mexican hot chocolate ice cream and, my favorite, honey cookies with green tea ice cream. The honey cookies were sweet and sticky, and the ice cream had that earthy matcha flavor. I can’t wait to go back to find out what other flavors the chef has up his sleeve.”</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a> // 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale // 954/414-8333)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong> Hudson at Waterway East</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.11_hudson.png" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>“Hudson’s has an outdoor bar that is gaining serious traction with residents and visitors alike. Deck 84 used to be the only waterfront hotspot, and it still pulls in the numbers (and an alarming mob of tourists), but we’re gravitating these days to Hudson’s daily “Social Hour” from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with two-for-one drinks and Sunday Funday specials—not to mention the mahi tacos, roasted chicken, rosemary cheese grits and a few other menu favorites.”</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a> // 900 E. Atlantic Ave. #22, Delray Beach // 561/303-1343)</p>The happiest of hours: new food, new drinks and new ideas2016-03-11T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.11_mo_bar_sushi.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Unlimited sushi on Tuesdays: Mandarin Oriental, Miami</strong></p> <p>The only thing better than good sushi at a happy hour is unlimited good sushi per person for just $25. Starting March 14, you can find that on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the MO Bar + Lounge in the Mandarin Oriental <em>(500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami)</em>. The expanded happy hours are true for the rest of the weekdays, which feature light bites (at $5 for 5 bites) and special cocktails. Select wines will be $8/glass, and beer will be $6/glass.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.11_pizza_craft_artisan_pizzeria.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>It’s a block-long happy hour: Downtown Fort Lauderdale</strong></p> <p>Himmarshee Street in Fort Lauderdale now has a two-for-one, block-long happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. That means five venues will have bar bites that are all less than $10 (the short-rib sliders sound great!), and with your first drink purchase, you get a wooden chip good for a free second drink.  We’re hoping this block-long idea catches on.</p> <p>The participants:  <strong>Himmarshee Public House</strong> <em>(201 SW 2<sup>nd</sup> St., Fort Lauderdale, 954/616-5275)</em>; <strong>Rok:Brgr</strong> <em>(208 SW 2<sup>nd</sup> St., Fort Lauderdale, 954/525-7656)</em>; <strong>TacoCraft</strong> <em>(204 SW 2<sup>nd</sup> St., Fort Lauderdale, 954/463-2003)</em>; <strong>Pizza Craft and Apothecary</strong> <strong>330</strong> <em>(330 Himmarshee St., Fort Lauderdale, 954/616-8028)</em>.</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Fashion Forward: new products and new shops2016-03-11T08:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p><strong><img alt="" height="536" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.11_origami_owl.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Origami Owl</strong><strong> </strong></p> <p>You can customize your jewelry with all of your favorite things, thanks to Origami Owl. The Spring 2016 collection introduces flower, travel, wedding and outdoorsy charms—and now you can even add emojis to your creation. Find an <a href="" target="_blank">independent designer</a> near you, or simply order <a href="" target="_blank">online</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.11_birdcage.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Birdcage</strong><strong> </strong></p> <p>Next week, Lord &amp; Taylor in Mizner Park is welcoming Birdcage, a contemporary shop-in-shop. Birdcage will have it all—clothing, footwear, jewelry, handbags, candles, soaps, trinkets and more. To celebrate, Lord &amp; Taylor is hosting a special event in the store on March 19 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p><img alt="" height="526" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.11_ahava.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>AHAVA</strong></p> <p>So long are the days of aging and wrinkles. AHAVA has introduced its latest creation: Dead Sea Crystal Osmoter X6 Facial Serum. The product is intended for women ages 50+ to increase the skin’s firmness, reducing the appearance of deep wrinkles. In just two weeks, you’ll start seeing the difference. Pick up this miracle serum at Lord &amp; Taylor in Mizner Park or order <a href="" target="_blank">online</a>.</p>Savor The Avenue coming up!2016-03-10T14:35:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="473" src="/site_media/uploads/delray_beach_pic_2.png" width="315"></p> <p>It’s that twinkly early spring feeling—with dreamy evenings and light breezes—so it must be Savor The Avenue time. This is one of Delray’s preeminent events hosted by <em>Delray</em> and <em>Boca</em> magazines and the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority— a five-block long dining table (with over-the-top table décor) down the center of Atlantic Avenue featuring a four-course dinner served by Delray’s finest restaurants.</p> <p>It’s an evening that feels magical, European, full of tinkling glasses and twilight, new friends and old. In short, it’s the event we wait all year for—and it’s coming right up.</p> <p>The eighth Annual SAVOR THE AVENUE is Monday, March 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature 18 of Delray’s best restaurants at a table that is 1,300 feet long stretching from Swinton Avenue to  U.S. 1. This award-winning culinary event will serve more than 1,000 attendees and the good news is that you can still be one of them!  </p> <p>Although the event is always sold out, there are some seats left at the following restaurants: 50 Ocean (561/278-3364), Taverna Opa (561/303-3602) Max’s Harvest (561/381-9970), Solita (561/899-0888), Tryst (561/921-0201), Rack’s Fish House &amp; Oyster Bar (561/450-67180) and Fat Rooster (561/266-3642). Please call the restaurants directly to make your arrangements, and don’t wait—seats are almost filled!</p> <p>For more information, call 561/243-1077 or visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Bon Appetit!</p> <p> </p>Delray&#39;s festival issue, more on Chabad zoning and update on Office Depot merger2016-03-10T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/image042.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>Take back Delray  </h3> <p>The theme at Tuesday night’s Delray Beach City Commission workshop was: Take Back Delray.</p> <p>       But it wasn’t exactly the sort of “take back” you hear in political campaigns. Commissioners want to take back Delray from the special events that they believe flood the city with outsiders at the expense of residents, closing streets and hurting businesses.</p> <p>       And we’re talking some of the biggest, most entrenched events. Start with Delray Affair, scheduled for April 8-10. The event, Mayor Cary Glickstein said, began “as a way to help business owners,” by bringing customers downtown. “Now, none of them want it.”</p> <p>       Move to the Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Fest, which closed A1A along the public beach for two days last November. Glickstein called the event “honky-tonk,” and asked, “We closed down A1A for this?”</p> <p>       In an interview Wednesday, Commissioner Shelly Petrolia agreed with Glickstein that, after sober houses, nothing angers Delray Beach residents more than “huge events in the center of town,” usually the Old School Square area. Petrolia said she gets “accosted at Publix” by residents wanting the city to do something. “Delray Affair was never out of control. It is now.”</p> <p>       Delray’s first attempt at something—after two commission goal-setting sessions—was the staff proposal presented at the workshop to formalize the system for approving events and charge organizers enough for the city to recoup its costs, notably public safety.</p> <p>       Glickstein, however, expressed frustration that the proposal contained insufficient “culling” of events. No festival, he said, is “sacrosanct,” despite its longevity. “I like where (the proposal) is going,” Glickstein said. Still, he envisions the need for some “collective pain” among event organizers to accomplish the commission’s goal of shrinking the event schedule and shifting some locations. Supporters of those big events, Glickstein complained, argue that they are getting residents in other cities “out of their homes” and into Delray Beach. The events, however, “are keeping our residents in their homes.”</p> <p>       Garlic Fest, Petrolia griped, closed the city’s main intersection of Atlantic and Swinton avenues “for a Ferris wheel.” She is “frustrated that (commissioners) have to be the bad guys” and suggested that city staff didn’t try hard enough to hear from homeowner associations.</p> <p>       Nancy Stewart is a senior partner of Festival Management Group, which produces Delray Affair, Garlic Fest, the Wine and Seafood Festival and next week’s Bacon &amp; Bourbon Fest. Her complaint is that the commissioners haven’t communicated sufficiently with her organization.       The company is on the committee that prepared the proposed ordinance. “We have made major changes in the interim,” Stewart said, before any ordinance would take effect. She cites increased security as one example.</p> <p>       Stewart called Tuesday night’s comments “disheartening. We’ve been looking at reinventing how we do things, but we can’t move immediately.”</p> <p>       Another topic at the workshop was redevelopment of Congress Avenue. As part of the plan, some commissioners have suggested moving large events west. Stewart finds the Congress alternative “exciting,” but said the area doesn’t have the amenities of Old School Square and that moving would mean added costs.</p> <p>       If residents are mad that events have overwhelmed the city, Stewart is annoyed that events she said have helped to create the new downtown are now unwelcome. After the Bacon &amp; Bourbon Fest, Stewart said, she will respond to the commission.</p> <p>       In an email Wednesday, City Manager Don Cooper said, “I think the direction was to proceed in the direction we are with additional modifications. I believe the commission would like to see recommendations on number and size, type of the events and additional measures” to address residents’ complaints. “(The commission) would like us to build in some incentives to move events to different locations away from Old School Square and the Central Business District to other areas of the community.</p> <p>       “The commission understands that this will take some time, and some things will work and some things won’t, but the goal is to lessen the negative impacts and reduce the inconvenience to the community.”</p> <p>       Cooper is right that not every idea will work, but he may be overstating the commission’s patience.</p> <h3>Boca’s Chabad zoning   </h3> <p>       If that debate in Delray was passionate, last week’s debate in Boca Raton of a zoning ordinance was tortuous.</p> <p>       Let’s call it the Chabad East Boca Ordinance, just to make things clear. The city council approved the chabad’s synagogue/exhibit hall last summer for a site near the ocean on Palmetto Park Road, angering residents of the surrounding Riviera and Por La Mar neighborhoods. The approval has provoked state and federal lawsuits.</p> <p>       In response, the council asked staff to review the commercial zoning designations for properties that adjoin single-family areas. By trying to placate the noisy opponents, however, Boca risked annoying owners of other properties throughout the city with similar zoning.</p> <p>       For now, though, that threat seems small. The ordinance would reduce the maximum height allowed on those properties under certain conditions from 50 feet to 30 feet. Development Services Director Ty Harris, who has a law degree, told the Planning and Zoning Board that no current project is seeking the 50 feet.</p> <p>       The proposal had gone to the board in January. Last week, it was back. Two members liked the ordinance. Four others believed that it was too sweeping and voted against recommending it to the council for approval.</p> <p>       Then the maneuvering began. It was clear that a majority of board members wanted to avoid angering property owners on the mainland—they opposed the ordinance—but wanted to please residents who live on the barrier island and supported the ordinance. The board thus voted to send a memo to the city council asking, in essence, for the ordinance to apply just to the properties in question that are east of the Intracoastal Waterway.</p> <p>       So tortured did the discussion became that City Attorney Diana Grub Frieser, who usually doesn’t take the lead at planning and zoning meetings, intervened at various points. The chairman of the Riviera homeowners association bizarrely compared the proposed ordinance to the Affordable Care Act and asked that it be “unbundled” to protect just his territory.</p> <p>       The issue now goes to the council. Expect at least an equally tortured debate.</p> <h3>Office Depot-Staples merger</h3> <p>       The Federal Trade Commission isn’t budging on its attempt to block the Staples-Office Depot merger, which means that Boca Raton could know very soon whether the city will lose its largest private employer.</p> <p>       Just before this planned merger, Office Depot merged with Office Max. The new company stayed in Boca, not Office Max’s headquarter town of Naperville, Ill. If Staples and Office Depot combine, however, the headquarters will shift to Framingham, Mass., Staples’ hometown. It is unclear if any employees would remain at the Office Depot complex on Military Trail north of Yamato Road.</p> <p>       As <em>The Boston Globe</em> reported last week, Staples CEO Ronald Sargent announced that the company laid off 1,000 employees between November and January. Sargent defends the merger as necessary for the company to compete against discount and online office product retailers. The FTC counters that combining the top two companies in the industry would decrease competition and thus raise prices for businesses. Staples and Office Depot control 70 percent of that market.</p> <p>       The FTC is seeking an injunction to block the merger. If the regulators and Staples can’t work things out— Staples already has ended certain contracts—a federal judge will hear the commission’s request for that injunction on March 21 and rule by May 10. Sargent has said Staples would give up on the merger if the company loses.</p> <h3>Police body cameras      </h3> <p>I have one more note on Delray Beach’s test program for police body cameras.</p> <p>       Delray has 156 sworn officer positions. Roughly 100 are uniformed. A spokeswoman said the department has not decided whether plainclothes officers will wear the cameras. The program will begin with 20 officers, and expansion will depend on how much money the department gets to buy the equipment and store the tapes. Full implementation would take three to five years.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Theater Review: &quot;Chicago&quot; at West Boca High School2016-03-09T14:00:00+00:00Kevin Studer/blog/author/kevinstuder/<p>“Better than Broadway” is a plaudit you’d expect to hear after a national tour of a popular theatrical piece, or maybe after a particularly stellar regional production. But this phrase is not one often attributed to a high school show.</p> <p>Yet this is exactly what audience members are saying after experiencing Kander and Ebb’s “Chicago” at West Boca High School.</p> <p>“Chicago” is a familiar show, having won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical and continually playing in New York since, making it the longest-running American musical ever. The 2002 film version was quite a success as well, winning Best Picture at the Academy Awards and earning Catherine Zeta-Jones a coveted golden statue.</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/image11.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The show follows fame-hungry Roxie Hart (Carolyn Castillo) as she lands herself in Chicago’s Cook County Jail after killing her lover, Fred Casely (George Said), who wanted to end their relationship. At the prison, Roxie meets one of her idols, Velma Kelly (Alexia Assuncao), and is jealous of her fame. But Roxie soon sees her name in the spotlight with the help of her silver-tongued lawyer, Billy Flynn (Ryan Lim). Throughout the show, both Roxie and Velma vie for the attention of the press—and of the audience.</p> <p>Unlike many school productions, “Chicago” benefits from an intricate set designed by professional scenic designer Sean McClelland. While “Chicago” is often performed on an almost bare stage, this two-story set allows for the action to be seen in a different way. A prime example is the opening number of the show, “All That Jazz,” which also features Roxie and Fred’s love affair and subsequent murder. While other versions have staged all of the action on the same playing field, McClelland’s set allows Roxie and Fred’s story to take place on the second tier, while Velma’s performance occurs on the first.</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/image14.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Lighting designer Jose Santiago brings the set to life by covering the stage’s proscenium with lights, while a second proscenium of lights appears just within the set. As audiences walk into the show, they will also be met with a beautifully lit “Chicago” marquee that matches the playbill and most logos that viewers will have seen for the show.</p> <p>The perfect combination of both set and light coalesces in arguably the most intense number of the show, “Cell Block Tango.” Resembling the movie more than most stage productions, the number spotlights each individual scorn wife as she performs her part, while ensemble members appear behind cells draped in red lighting at the emotional climax of the song.</p> <p>However, it is director Lance Blank and choreographer Angela Morando who should be singled out for the vibrancy of the show. Morando captures the essence of the Bob Fosse numbers and executes them with style and a bit of “razzle dazzle,” including the silks used by performers in the number of that same name. Under Blank’s direction, the students’ passion flows through their performances while hitting each cue.</p> <p><img alt="" height="486" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/image9.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Assuncao and Castillo both prove to be triple threats with acting, singing and dancing, which makes it slightly difficult to decide who to watch when they share the stage. Lim makes quite the impression as Billy, though with a little less swagger and power than were embodied in Richard Gere’s film performance. This Billy makes viewers like him more than previous incarnations, when he is a character that you love to hate.</p> <p>But acting-wise, one of the best performances comes from Aaron Avidon, who plays Roxie’s faithful and lonely husband, Amos Hart. His performance is heartbreaking, especially when his exit music fails to play when he leaves for the final time, and makes it easy to sympathize with a usually annoying character.</p> <p>I would like to take a moment to give a special nod to the entire ensemble, without whom the production would be much less spectacular. These actors do not miss a cue and know just how to give a little more to the show while not taking away from the principal actors. And, for a high school show, the ensemble bares a considerable amount of skin alongside costumes that match the Broadway production, which is not something that audiences should take lightly. High school is famous for body shaming, so seeing the actors fully confident in their skin deserves major recognition.</p> <p>Opening night ran with almost no technical or acting issues. Assuncao unfortunately lost her hat during her final number, but continued without issue. The only other noticeable issue was when Avidon’s voice cracked at the end of “Mister Cellophane,” but his dedication to the song and performance made this mistake easily forgettable.</p> <p>West Boca’s “Chicago” is a performance not to be missed and will have you begging for more. All tickets are only $15, but with an opening night audience of more than 500 people, I suggest you arrive early. Final performances run at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Call 561/672-2066 or visit</p>Get Lucky with Greens2016-03-09T09:00:00+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/<p><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Why wait for St. Paddy’s Day for green to bring you luck? I say, let dark leafy greens make you feel like a million bucks starting today by adding more of them to your diet. Here are some great facts about greens, as well as recipe and suggestions for incorporating them into your daily routine. </p> <p>First of all, why eat greens? Greens are nutritional powerhouses. They are rich in Vitamins A, C, E and K. They also have loads of fiber, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous and zinc.</p> <p> </p> <p>Benefits of eating greens include:</p> <p>- Blood purification with chlorophyll (the component that makes greens green)</p> <p>- Cancer prevention</p> <p>- Improved energy</p> <p>- Improved circulation</p> <p>- Stronger immune system</p> <p>- Improvement of intestinal flora</p> <p>- Improved liver, gall bladder and kidney function</p> <p>- Mucus reduction and clearing up of congestion</p> <p> </p> <p>Side effects of eating greens:</p> <p>- May affect thyroid function IF eaten in excess</p> <p>- Patients taking blood-thinners should to consult their doctors for proper consumption of greens. You can usually have greens without any problems if you stick to the same times and amounts each day. </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Z-Tip:</strong> I believe in balance and in having foods in moderation. There is no perfect food on the planet, and even the best foods can have negative side effects if they are eaten too often. Just like clothes, variety and bio-individual fit are the two keys to feeling and looking your best.</p> <p><strong>How to know if Greens are good for you?</strong></p> <p>Because of our bio-individuality, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to food. Just like when we try on clothes, we often need to “try on” greens to find out how they make us feel. As a rule of thumb, I suggest going for regular blood tests to find out your thyroid numbers. Then adjust your greens intake accordingly.</p> <p><img alt="" height="656" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.9_green_margarita.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>GREAT GREENS </strong></p> <p><strong>KALE</strong>. Kale is one of the most nutritionally dense foods available. It isn’t particularly delicious plain, but it’s perfect for making chips, blending with fruit smoothies or adding to salads and massaging with olive oil or avocado. (Superfood Kale Smoothie recipe is below.)</p> <p><strong>COLLARD GREENS</strong>. Collards share the first place with kale for their nutritional density. I like to use these instead of tortillas to make wrap sandwiches with them. For example, you can spread hummus onto the dull side of the leaf, add sprouts, avocado, purple cabbage and shredded carrots, then roll everything into a tasty and healthy wrap.</p> <p><strong>SWISS CHARD</strong>. Swiss chard is another fabulous green, nutrient-rich vegetable, but you have to be a little cautious with it as it contains oxalic acid. This particular acid can deplete calcium from bones and teeth, which may lead to osteoporosis. I suggest not eating it raw, but instead, cooking it with something rich like oil, tofu, seeds, nuts or beans. This will help balance the effect of the oxalic acid.</p> <p><strong>BOK CHOY</strong>. Bok Choy is my favorite green vegetable to juice. It is very close in nutritional density to kale and collards, but it has much more liquid in it. When I am in a rush and want to make a quick juice, I put a few Bok Choy leaves through a juicer along with some pineapple and cucumber. You get a great-tasting beverage in minutes, and the effects are much better than coffee.</p> <p><strong>PARSLEY</strong>. Parsley is a great herb to accessorize any meal, whether it is a light salad or a hot spaghetti squash. The two main benefits of parsley are its power to support your kidneys and its ability to help you detox from heavy metals. If you find yourself eating a lot of animal protein and/or if you often eat tuna, I suggest adding parsley to your daily diet. </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Superfood Green Smoothie</strong></p> <p>1 cup chopped kale or baby spinach</p> <p>1 ripe banana (frozen is best)</p> <p>1 cup frozen strawberries (cherries or blueberries can also be used)</p> <p>1 cup vanilla sweetened almond milk</p> <p>1 cup water</p> <p>Ice </p> <p>Blend all the ingredients in the blender. Put in your favorite glass, and enjoy!</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><em><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</em></p> <p><em>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</em></p>Celtic 4-miler to kick off St. Patrick’s Day Parade2016-03-09T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Start your celebrating of St. Paddy’s day with the Celtic 4-miler on March 12 at Huizenga Plaza <em>(32 E. Las Olas Blvd.)</em> in Fort Lauderdale.</p> <p>The four-miler starts at 7:30 a.m. and takes runners on a course east on Las Olas Blvd. to the Intracoastal; then, back to Huizenga Plaza and the site of the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Festival.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.9_celtic_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>If four miles is too much, how about a two-mile “Stretch of the Legs” walk or a kids’ “Catch the Leprechaun and his pot of gold” one-mile fun run?</p> <p>The parade starts at noon, which gives runners plenty of time to get out of their running clothes and into proper St. Patrick’s Day attire. Before the parade, runners and their support crews can enjoy vendors, food, beer and Irish music.</p> <p>All-day parking in one of the city's parking garages is $5. Enjoy onsite vendors, food, beer and Irish music all day and into the wee hours of the night.</p> <p>Registration for the Celtic 4-miler is $38. Prices vary according to the event. To register or to find out more, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/">here</a>. </em></p> <p><strong><em>About Lisette</em></strong></p> <p><em>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href=""></a>.</em></p> <p> </p>Festival of the Arts Recap: Fareed Zakaria2016-03-08T14:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/16-025_rstolpe_058.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Last night, at Festival of the Arts Boca, Fareed Zakaria schooled us. The crown jewel of the festival’s 2016 Authors &amp; Ideas programming and the host of the smartest public-affairs program on CNN, Zakaria spoke for an hour, extemporaneously and without notes. He opened with a bit of humor, congratulating the jam-packed Mizner Park Amphitheater audience as a “battle-hardened group of policy wonks” who have chosen his lecture instead of “the greatest reality show in American history,” meaning the 2016 presidential race.</p> <p>After a pointed joke about Donald Trump’s recent riff on his own, <em>ahem</em>, manhood—he compared Trump’s gutter verbiage to the famous political axioms of Roosevelt and Kennedy—Zakaria launched into a winding but measured discussion on global trends and America’s future, one that befit his status as an elder statesman of radical centrism in an environment of political polarization. He presented new perspectives on the rise of Islamic extremism—and the inflated threats of such beliefs on American society—the positive global trends bubbling under the service of pessimistic headlines, and the unsung dynamism of the American economy and even our much-maligned political system.</p> <p>Patriotic without ever being jingoistic, Zakaria’s speech touched our brains and hearts, and accomplished a feat that almost no talking head on television or raging voice on radio has achieved in 20 years of punditry: He made us feel good about the country we live in. Here are a few highlights.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/140325151239-fareed-zakaria-profile-large-169.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>On the fracturing of the Middle East:</strong> The East Asian modernization project worked, and the Middle Eastern modernization project failed. Why did it fail? Because what started out with such promise, these new republics made independent from the British and French, ended up morphing into dictatorships very soon. Not only were they politically repressive, but they were economically repressed, corrupt and dysfunctional. What you had was political repression and economic stagnation. Then you had a very strange phenomenon, which was that oil money started gushing in in the 1970s. You’d think it would enrich and modernizing these societies—and it did in a very weird way. It allowed them to buy modernity, consume it, without ever being able to produce it. They could buy the Cadillac—they couldn’t figure out how to make it. That strange kind of modernity reinforced the basic problem in the Middle East, which was that you had a ruling elite that was too powerful and a society that was too underdeveloped. </p> <p><strong>On the rise of Islam:</strong> The one place that Middle Eastern countries could not ban was the mosque. And the one language they could not censor was the language of religion. So all the discontents from these regimes began to channel themselves into the mosque. And Islam became the language of political opposition.</p> <p><strong>On growing Middle Eastern discontent:</strong> The one place where nothing had changed was the Middle East. It’s the one place where you could make the case that actually for Middle Eastern women, being alive in 1995, you were less free politically, economically and socially than you were in 1955. There had actually been regression in this part of the world. That reality is something most young people felt very deeply. And being young, you feel that discontent much more greatly.</p> <p>The peak year for America’s youth bulge was 1968, the year of maximum social upheaval in the United States. The Middle East is going through a youth bulge of world historical proportions. By some measures, 65 percent of the Middle East is under the age of 30. So these societies are teeming with young people living under this political stagnation and finding, for some of them, a recourse through this language of political opposition and extremism that manifests itself in radical Islam. As the regimes felt this, they pushed back harder. They repressed more. And that made the opposition more extreme and more violent.</p> <p>The modern-day Islamic terrorist movement has almost all been birthed in the jails of the Middle East. Al Qaeda was born in the jails of Egypt. The current leader was jailed because the group he belonged to, the precursor to al Qaeda, had been banned. ISIS was born in American prisons in Iraq. The head of ISIS was in an American prison camp, and it was there that he met fellow jihadis and some of Saddam Hussein’s old generals, and they formed this unholy alliance that is ISIS.</p> <p>But it is intersecting with another trend that’s taking place in the Middle East, which is that these regimes turned out to be so repressive that they were very brittle and fragile. Look what has happened as the American invasion of Iraq and the Arab Spring have dislodged so many of these regimes, from Iraq to Libya to Yemen to Syria. What we see is a common pattern: You get rid of the guy at the top, and you scratch, and you notice there’s really no state there. Underneath this guy, there were no administrative institutions that could maintain social order. Then you notice underneath the state, there is no civil society that could maintain political, social cohesion of some kind. And it turns out under that, there’s really no country.</p> <p><strong>On the formation of the Middle East:</strong> These countries were created, arbitrarily and artificially, by the British and French, in 1919, after World War I, almost on the back of a napkin. The city of Mosul, which ISIS now controls, was originally meant to be in Syria. It’s currently the second-largest city in Iraq. The reason it is in Iraq is because the British prime minister, in the conference in 1919, complained to the French president and said, this isn’t fair—Mosul should be in Iraq. We deserve another big city. The president of France said, all right, you can have it. They redrew the line at the table.</p> <p>When you face that kind of collapse of political order and you do not have deep loyalties to an ancient sense of nationhood, what ends up happening is you need to protect yourself. You need to find some group to protect you. You regress to your older identities that you’re more sure of. Identities that are 1,000 years old, 5,000 years old: as a Shia, as a Sunni, as an Arab, as a Turkman, as a Kurd, as a Syrian. And those identities have reasserted themselves in this political vacuum.</p> <p>On the threat of radical Islam: We do face a threat. It is real. These organizations mean ill to Americans. But when you combine the realities of the fact that these groups are constantly under pressure—ISIS faces pressure from the Turks, the Iranians, the Russians, the Assad regime, the Jordanians, the Saudis and the US—you have this reality, which is that in the United States since 9-11, the number of people who have been killed by Islamic terrorists is 45. In the same period, the number of people who have died from gun homicides, for example, is 150,000. We live in a world of risks and dangers, and it is equally important, when you think about this kind of danger, to put it in some historical, political perspective—to react but not overreact.</p> <p><strong>On positive global trends:</strong> There is a difference between what makes the headlines and what goes on, day to day, that doesn’t make the headlines. Here’s what hasn’t made the headlines: Latin America is now a continent transformed. In the ‘70s, you could have described it as a land of juntas and dictatorships; it is now by and large a continent of countries that embrace markets and trade and have rejected that old revolutionary past. Net migration from Mexico for the last three years has been zero; if anything it is slightly negative. If you look at Africa, more and more countries have embraced the market, embraced trade, have held elections. If you look at Asia, what is remarkable is how much good news is out there. Even in China, you have a country struggling to find a way to improve its economy, more toward consumers and less toward state involvement. These are all, generally speaking, the kinds of trends we have hoped for in the world. These are the dominant trends.</p> <p><strong>On America’s recovery from recession:</strong> It has been a difficult and complicated time, and the recovery has been both slow and uneven, but ask yourself this: You can compare the United States to some idealized version of what it should be, or you can compare it to every other country in the world, and ask yourself which deck of cards what you rather have? The United States has the most dynamic economy in the world, without question. In the areas and industries of the future, it is totally dominant, probably in a way it has never been before.</p> <p>America is the only large, rich country in the world that is going to be demographically vibrant—by which I mean a healthy mix of young people who can work hard and earn money and pay taxes, and retirees. In every society, that balance has to be maintained. Everywhere else, you’re in a demographic death spiral of one kind or another. In five years Italy will basically look like Florida. You can’t have a country that is entirely a retiree state. Other European countries are not far behind.</p> <p><strong>On America as a beacon for the world:</strong> The United States takes in 1 million legal immigrants a year. Forget all the noise you’re hearing on the campaign trail. That’s all about illegals. We take in 1 million legal immigrants a year, which is more than the rest of the world put together. We assimilate them well, and that is a crucial reason why the United States is going to be vibrant moving forward.</p> <p><strong>On our increasing energy independence:</strong> Ten years ago, the United States was producing 1 million barrels of oil a day. Today it is producing 9 million barrels of oil a day. Today the United States is the largest producer of liquid hydrocarbons in the world. This is a complete transformation that’s taken place in one decade, and it’s largely a story about technology. We have achieved a kind of high-tech mechanism to extract hydrocarbons from the ground, and that has transformed American industry in many ways.</p> <p><strong>On U.S. governmental inefficiency:</strong> American government actually works better than most people think. We had a test in 2008-2009, almost a Great Recession. The United States has succeeded more than in any other country in the world. This is indisputable. We’re growing twice as fast as Europe, four times as fast as Japan. The United States reacted to the problems fast and early—it fired on all cylinders with monetary stimulus, fiscal stimulus, reform and recapping of the banking sector—and it did it all in four to five months.</p> <p>When did the United States do this? In the worst possible moment in the American political cycle. What is the easiest moment in which to have the system crack? Let’s have a massive global economic crisis in the last few months of a lame-duck president who has become very unpopular because of a war that went very badly. And let’s have the crisis take place and unfold in the lame-duck three months between the election and inauguration of the new president.</p> <p>Maybe that’s what the founders wanted: Most of the time, the government does nothing, which is good, and then there’s a momentous crisis in which it springs into action, saves the situation and then goes back to dysfunction and gridlock.</p> <p>I don’t think this is optimal, but it’s one way to run a country.</p>Christine A. Moore trunk show2016-03-08T11:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p>Whether you're a Derby fan or an elegant tea party goer, you won't want to miss Christine A. Moore's trunk show at Nina Raynor <em>(1031 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/276-5714) </em>on March 9. Stop in to peruse these custom-made statement hats created by the "Milliner of the Triple Crown."</p> <p><img alt="" height="420" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.8_christine_a_moore_hat.jpg" width="490"></p>Savor the Avenue and St. Patrick&#39;s Day2016-03-08T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.8_savor_the_avenue.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Dine and sip at 8<sup>th</sup> annual Savor the Avenue</strong></p> <p>Join one of the longest dining tables in the U.S., as a five-block-long dinner sits down on March 21 for the 8<sup>th</sup> annual Savor the Avenue that benefits the Delray Beach Historical Society. With 18 of Delray’s restaurants participating, the food will be noteworthy, and the 1,000 bottles of wine will help pull the night together!</p> <p>Restaurants dishing up meals include 32 East, 50 Ocean, Cabana Nuevo Latino, Caffe Luna Rosa, City Oyster &amp; Sushi Bar, Cut 432, Lemongrass, Max’s Harvest, Max’s Social House, Gary Rack’s Fat Rooster, Rack’s Fish House &amp; Oyster Bar, Rocco’s Tacos, Salt 7, Solita &amp; Mastino Delray, Taverna Opa, The Office, Tryst and Vic &amp; Angelo’s.</p> <p>Ticket costs vary. Reserve by calling the restaurants directly. The deadline to reserve for the four-course dinner and wine pairing is March 18. </p> <p><img alt="" height="486" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.8_green_beer.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Going green with St. Patrick’s Day specials</strong></p> <p><strong>Irish Fest</strong> takes over downtown West Palm Beach from March 12 to 13, and for a $5 admission, you’ll hear a lot of Irish music along with your green beer and cabbage dishes. Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> for more info. </p> <p>On March 17, join one of the <strong>West Palm Beach Food Tours,</strong> where you learn about the local history and partake in 11 food and drink tastings from area restaurants. It’s a “leisurely 3-hour, 1.5 mile walk with plenty of air-conditioned stops along the way.” Sounds like a perfect St. Patrick’s Day! Tickets are $65 for adults and $45 for children ages 12 and under. The tour lasts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get $10 off with the discount code: To buy tickets, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> or call 866/736-6343.</p> <p>To coincide with the March 12 <strong>Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day parade</strong>, here are two offers from restaurants along the parade route. </p> <p>At <strong>32 East</strong> <em>(32 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/276-7868)</em> from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., there’s an Irish buffet planned, limited to 100 guests, at $52 per person, with corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie and more. Tickets are available online and include a complimentary drink, along with Irish whiskey toast. </p> <p>At <strong>Tryst</strong> <em>(4 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/921-0201),</em> there will be live music from Octogato and menu specials beginning at 11 a.m.—including food and drink specials such as $5 left hand milk stout drafts, $10 irish car bombs, $4 green Bud Light, $7 Tullamore Dew shots and more. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Scrutiny on Boca&#39;s open space and Delray&#39;s festival schedule2016-03-08T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="352" src="/site_media/uploads/ar13046431085325.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Space case     </h3> <p>The Boca Raton City Council will hear the downtown open space report on April 11, when the council meets as the Community Redevelopment Agency.</p> <p>       A city spokeswoman confirmed the date Monday. City staff members have been reviewing whether Boca Raton has properly applied the 1988 ordinance providing that 40 percent of downtown projects must be open space, though not necessarily public space.</p> <p>       Late last year, City Manager Leif Ahnell told the council about a 2003 memo from the city’s then-director of downtown projects. Robert George titled his memo “Interpretation of Open Space under Downtown Development Order, Ordinance 4035,” which some council critics immediately portrayed as evidence of an attempt to undermine the ordinance, which the city approved in 1988 and voters updated in 1993.</p> <p>       In fact, said the city’s then-CRA director, George Camejo, Robert George wrote the memo as a guide for newer employees in the Development Services Department. Staff members have spoken with Camejo as part of the review. George, who has since died, was described to me as one of the most honest people ever to work for Boca.</p> <p>       As noted earlier, this strikes me as a manufactured conspiracy by people already upset about downtown development. If the staff report concludes that the city has applied the ordinance properly, don’t expect that to quiet the critics.</p> <h3>Traffic woes</h3> <p>       For a change, the Boca council spent Monday afternoon talking a traffic issue unrelated to downtown.</p> <p>       Despite the griping about downtown congestion, real or imagined, Boca’s biggest two-way traffic chokepoint is the intersection of Glades and Airport roads. Drivers on Glades or leaving Interstate 95 are trying to get downtown to work or home from work, to Florida Atlantic University, to Boca Raton High School, to University Commons, to entertainment spots on Airport Road and to Town Center Mall. There are several rush hours, and they aren’t always during normal weekday commutes.</p> <p>       The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) wants to widen Glades Road from six lanes to eight lanes between Butts Road, just east of the mall, to 13<sup>th</sup> Avenue, at the main entrance to Florida Atlantic University. Boca Raton’s comprehensive plan, however, calls for no lane widening, though the city acknowledges the congestion.</p> <p>       Two years ago, the council opposed the state’s original lane-widening plan for Glades Road. FDOT representatives presented the new plan to the council at Monday’s workshop meeting. It was a lovefest.</p> <p>       As Doug Hess, the city’s traffic engineer, explained, the state would use an “innovative design” to bring the new lanes over Airport Road and thus eliminate the city’s earlier concerns. Mayor Susan Haynie thanked the FDOT representatives for making the modifications.</p> <p>       The project would require three new bridges over I-95 and the CSX Railway tracks. There also could be “substandard loop ramp geometry.” In plain English, drivers could face some really tight turns getting on and off the highway.</p> <p>       Technically, Boca Raton couldn’t have stopped the project, but the state probably wouldn’t push any major work onto a city that didn’t want it. The agency has lots of other projects that local governments want.</p> <p>       In 2011, Boca Raton successfully fought the county’s attempt to widen Palmetto Park Road from I-95 west to St. Andrews Boulevard. Neighbors objected. County Commission Steven Abrams, a former mayor, recalled Monday that for all the disruption the project would have raised the level of service from an F only to a D-minus.</p> <p>       The Glades Road project, however, doesn’t run along residential areas. And as Councilman Robert Weinroth said before the meeting, there is no certainty that the new I-95 interchange at Spanish River Boulevard will divert enough traffic to make Glades and Airport significantly better.</p> <p>       Boca now will ask the Palm Beach Metropolitan Organization, which sets transportation priorities for the county and which Haynie chairs, to make the project part of the I-95 work that will add express—meaning toll— lanes. Hess said linking the project could move it up from 2022 to 2017 or, more likely, 2018. The Spanish River Boulevard interchange is scheduled to open in the fall of 2017.</p> <h3>Delray special events review</h3> <p>       Tonight, the Delray Beach City Commission gets its first look at the plan for approving special events.</p> <p>       The problem of having too many events, of course, is one that many cities would love to have. Delray Beach’s downtown has become so popular that event organizers want to be there. Over and over, especially between October and May. As with other issues, Delray Beach has been approving permits—many requiring road closures and city expenses—as they come, with no set procedure. City Manager Donald Cooper’s plan covers 12 pages and was compiled after seven months of work.</p> <p>       The commission wants to reduce the number of major events—which would be defined as drawing more than 10,000 people, lasting one day or more, costing the city more than $20,000 and closing a road—around Old School Square and the Central Business District. Other commission priorities have been to allow no new events in those areas for the next two years due to expected construction and to close Atlantic and Swinton avenues “only for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Veteran’s Day Parade, Holiday Parade and Delray Affair and when public safety requires street closings,” Cooper wrote. The commission also wants a food truck policy.</p> <p>       Cooper proposes a new Special Events Office that would handle most requests, with employees moving over from the Parks and Recreation Department. The commission’s only role—after passing the ordinance—would be to approve new major events. Cooper and city staff would deal with everything else. Money for special event-related city services would be in the budget.</p> <p>       The goal, Cooper wrote, would be for the city to recover all costs associated with special events. There would be four categories—Major, Intermediate, Minor and Run-Walk-Bike. The policy would take effect Oct. 1.</p> <p>       There’s a certain amount of bureaucratese in the proposal, but some is inevitable. Delray Beach, with good reason, is trying to formalize what has been informal. And for those who might be wondering, here’s the proposed definition of a “special event”:</p> <p>       “Any planned meeting, activity, gathering, or group of persons having a common purpose, design, or goal, and any other similar event, that is to occur on City-owned or controlled property or that overtly impacts the municipality requiring support of city staff, financial, and /or other resources. Events include but are not limited to: a festival, fundraiser, theatrical exhibition, concert/musical performance, public show and/or entertainment, runs, walks, or races, parades, sporting events, and transient amusements or other exhibition and/or outdoor gatherings.”</p> <p>       I would expect a passionate discussion. The new policy might help some events and hurt others. The commission, however, probably can’t achieve its goals without upsetting someone.</p> <h3>The Congress Avenue initiative</h3> <p>       As Delray Beach is trying to get people off Atlantic Avenue, the city also is trying to get more people onto Congress Avenue. That effort is the subject of the other item on tonight’s workshop agenda.</p> <p>       The Congress Avenue Task Force will present its report. Chaired by former Mayor Jeff Perlman and comprised of business and civic folks, the task force wants Delray to develop a 10-year plan for improving the 4.1 miles west of I-95 and east of the E-4 Canal.</p> <p>       In Boca Raton, the report notes, Congress is a corporate hub. In Boynton Beach, Congress is the city’s main commercial/retail area. In Delray Beach, Congress is more of a six-lane “thoroughfare,” with people eager to get north or south.</p> <p>       Redeveloping Congress into Delray Beach’s “Next Great Street,” as the report advocates, would mean slowing the speed limit, beautifying the road and creating a new identity, among many other things. Obstacles include “housing, crime and code” problems.</p> <p>       Many of the suggestions are predictable: speed up city approval of projects in the area; “jumpstart” development of the former Office Depot headquarters; seek to create “transit-oriented development” around the Tri-Rail station; leverage new attractions like Saltwater Brewery.</p> <p>       The report spends considerable time urging the city to work with the county on its aging, south-county government complex just south of Atlantic Avenue. If the county commission places on the November ballot a one-cent sales tax increase for 10 years and voters pass it, $40 million-plus would go toward a new complex. If that money isn’t available, the county has no alternate plan.</p> <p>            Tom Lynch, another former mayor, has suggested changing the Community Redevelopment Agency boundaries to add part of Congress Avenue and remove areas that have redeveloped. The task force doesn’t include that idea, but the commission should not reject it without at least discussing it.</p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p>        </p>The Week Ahead: March 8 to 142016-03-07T14:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/article-2198357-14d61e59000005dc-545_634x423.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Michael Hayden</strong></p> <p>Where: Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free for members, $35 nonmembers</p> <p>Contact: 561/655-7226, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When it booked former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden as part of its lecture series many moons ago, the Society of the Four Arts couldn’t have predicted just how newsworthy his appearance would be. In his recent media rounds for his new book <em>Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror</em>, Hayden has made the bold claim that generals in a Trump Presidency might break rank and reject their Commander-in-Chief’s orders, should those orders break with Geneva Conventions. His book itself is filled with assertions no less controversial, calling the NSA under Bill Clinton “brain dead” and in shambles just as al Qaeda began plotting the 9-11 attacks. There is no better time than now for the astute audience at the Four Arts to listen to the retired four-star general speak on “A Troubled World,” and engage this provocative intelligence warrior in a spirited Q&amp;A. A book signing will follow in the Four Arts King Library.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Meccore String Quartet</strong></p> <p>Where: Flagler Museum, 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $70</p> <p>Contact: 561/655-2833, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This alternately playful and sober Polish quartet has “strung” together an impressive resume in just nine years of existence. Since 2007, the award-winning quartet has performed at such rites of passage at the Budapest Spring Festival, Festival Radio France Montpellier and the National Philharmonic Warsaw. It even became the first-ever Polish string quartet to perform during the ceremony on Holocaust Remembrance Day in the German Bundestag. This tour, with its rare Palm Beach engagement, arrives on the heels of a celebrated 2015 American jaunt that saw the group sell out of its debut CD and perform celebrated interpretations of three vastly different musical periods. Tuesday’s performance will show off the group’s range and its immaculate technique on Beethoven’s String Quartet in C minor, Haydn’s String Quartet in C major, and Sibelius’ String Quartet in D minor.</p> <p>TUESDAY TO SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="208" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/2151___selected.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Kultur Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: FAU’s Wimberly Library, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: Varies per event</p> <p>Contact: 800/564-9539, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>FAU’s celebration of all things Jewish and cultural concludes its eighth eclectic year this week. At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, audiences are invited to “Laugh Your Tuchas Off” with Avi Liberman (pictured), a standup comedian from Israel who has proven to be a crossover success at American comedy clubs from coast to coast. At 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Klezmer Company Orchestra’s Aaron Kula, no stranger to discovering disparate musical connections, will lecture on the secret musical relationship between African-Americans and Jews in his multimedia presentation “Yiddish, Blues, Blacks &amp; Jews.” At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, opera singer Anthony Merdechai Tzvi Russell will perform a soulful set of Yiddish opera music; at 2 p.m. Friday, Columbia University’s Miriam Hoffman will discuss her extensive background in Yiddish theater; and at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the fest concludes with a set by the Brian Potts Vibraphone Quartet, which will feature new arrangements of Israeli, Russian, Hungarian and Chassidic melodies.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="331" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/beauposter.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Beau Davidson</strong></p> <p>Where: VA Medical Center, 7035 N. Military Trail, Riviera Beach</p> <p>When: 11 a.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/422-8262</p> <p>Music has been a part of Beau Davidson’s life almost since birth: The Memphis prodigy learned piano at 4, picked up popular music by year, and turned heads as a finalist for his city’s Mid-South Fair Youth Talent contest—the same event that spawned the careers of Elvis Presley and Justin Timberlake. Now 34, Davidson is an Emmy-nominated country-music heartthrob, occasional actor and political activist who has emerged as a prominent advocate for veterans’ issues. He often performs his inspirational, patriotic music for nonprofit organizations ranging from the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon to the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee, and his performance in West Palm Beach is no exception: This “mini concert” will raise awareness of issues facing veterans.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/a-271470-1149868388.jpeg.jpg" width="300"></p> <p><strong>What: Roger McGuinn</strong></p> <p>Where: Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $57-$77</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Not many musicians are influential enough to lend their names to an instrument, but Roger McGuinn isn’t most musicians. The C.F. Martin guitar company’s HD7 Roger McGuinn Signature Edition, which purports to capture his ultra-compressed “jingle-jangle” guitar sound, is a testament to this singer-songwriter’s decades of artistry. McGuinn has been active in the music business for 60 years, ever since he discovered a recording of Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel.” After climbing the studio ladder as a sideman for Judy Collins and other folksingers—and working as a Brill Building songwriter-for-hire for $35 a week—McGuinn formed The Byrds, whose fusion of folk, rock, jazz and country helped create the genre we now call Americana. Songs like “Turn! Turn! Turn!,” “Eight Miles High” and “Mr. Spaceman” have become the standards of their generation, and at 73, McGuinn still captures their harmonic, youthful spirit in his solo shows. The hefty ticket price for McGuinn’s concerts is rewarded in his generous set lists, which often exceed 30 songs and include covers by like-minded influencers from the Beatles and Bob Dylan to Joni Mitchell and Tom Petty.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="229" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/fifty-shades-of-hillary-778x445.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Fifty Shades of Hillary”</strong></p> <p>Where: Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $39.22</p> <p>Contact: 954/344-5990, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Surely, in the august and dignified electoral process of our cherished democratic republic, a candidate’s sex life is completely off-limits, right? Hold your guffaws, please—or, better yet, save them for this timely world-premiere musical comedy from Coral Springs’ own Punchline Theatre Company. “Fifty Shades of Hillary” promises a look at the likely Democratic presidential nominee “like you’ve never seen her before,” imagining bedroom proclivities replete with whips, handcuffs and S&amp;M fantasies. In between, the former Secretary of State will share life stories from her Arkansas origins through her eight years as First Lady and her role in the Benghazi tragedy. It likely won’t sway anybody’s vote one way or another in advance of Florida’s primary, but it’ll provide more even humor to an already knee-slapping campaign season. It runs through April 3.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="298" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/violethour3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “A Violet Hour: A Modern Medea”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Scorned women have been unleashing hell on their perpetrators for decades on the Silver Screen, from “Carrie” to “Fatal Attraction” to “Kill Bill.” But Sissy Spacek’s telekinetic teenager and Uma Thurman’s grave-escaping assassin have nothing on the original female avenger, Euripides’ Medea, a spurned barbarian whose reaction to her husband’s new trophy wife climaxes in a bloodbath worthy of Tarantino himself. “Medea” shocked and offended audiences when it premiered in Greece in 431 BCE, and it’s lost none of its ability to provoke in the centuries since. World-class directors have helmed stage and screen adaptations, with the Broward Center’s own Outre Theatre Company joining the ranks with this modern-day interpretation of the ancient tragedy. Outre’s managing director, Sabrina Lynn Gore, will play the title character, and she hopes to infuse the part with fresh complexity. “We are not simply focusing on the ‘scorned woman out for revenge’ story,” she says. “There are a lot of underlying politics within the story that will be more prominent. We want to examine all the nuances and facets of the story that really make her final decision more complicated and powerful.” The show runs through March 27.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/headshot-_final_j&amp;n-024-2-2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Neshama Carlebach and Josh Nelson</strong></p> <p>Where: Congregation B’nai Israel, 2200 Yamato Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $36-$150</p> <p>Contact: 561/241-8118, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Josh Nelson and fellow musician Neshama Carlebach have been called the “prince and princess of Jewish music” for good reason. They are each formidable crossover talents on their own, with Carlebach following in the footsteps of her famous rabbi father, Shlomo Carlebach, with a sound that combines pop, gospel and Broadway; and Nelson bringing his classical training to a musical palette that includes rock, jazz and world music. Together, they form a uniquely multicultural duo that speaks to the broad appeal of Judaism, and their shows capture the singular uplift of their very different Jewish journeys. This will be Nelson and Carlebach’s only public show in South Florida, the first in our area since the Mizner Park Israel Fest last May.</p>Wine tasting: Virginia Philip2016-03-07T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>We’re going to let you in on the latest about wine tasting events that bring great wines, good info, good prices, a classy venue and a noted master sommelier together: the Virginia Philip Wine Shop &amp; Academy <em>(101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561/721-6000)</em>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.7_wine.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>At a recent tasting featuring the Albet i Noya Spanish wines, I tasted six wines: a Brut Natural Reserva, the Xarel-lo, a Barranc dels Closos Blanc, a Tempranillo, a Barranc dels Closos Negre (pictured) and the truly yummy 2009 Marti Reserva. June Ordaz, from the Albet i Noya Vineyards in Sant Paul D’Ordal, Spain, introduced the pioneering organic vineyards (planted 40 years ago!) and the very good wines they produce. </p> <p>Upcoming tastings:</p> <p>March 8 – South African Safari, $35</p> <p>March 16 – Wines of the Finger Lakes, with owner/winemaker Justin Boyette of Forge Cellars, $35</p> <p>March 23 – A Tasting Through Barolo, with Piedmont wines, $40</p> <p>April 28 – Mitchell Wines of Clare Valley Australia, $35</p> <p>Space is limited. For reservations and more information, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>, or stop by the well-stocked store, and find some new favorites, too.</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Eighth Annual Boating &amp; Beach Bash this Saturday2016-03-07T06:00:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="218" src="/site_media/uploads/kidslide3.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>It’s that time of year again! Our friends Jay and Lowell Van Vechten and their growing posse of dedicated volunteers are poised to stage the Eighth Annual Boating &amp; Beach Bash for People with Disabilities, simply known as “the Bash.” The nation’s largest free, one-day event for people with special needs, the Bash will take place Saturday, March 12, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., at Spanish River Park, 3001 S.R A1A, in Boca Raton.</p> <p>The Bash has always been a ticket to fun and R&amp;R for people with disabilities and their caregivers through boat rides, barbecue, games and lots of great activities, but this year there is a growing emphasis on health and well being. “We’re excited to offer educational opportunities, health assessments and sporting events at this year’s Bash,” Jay Van Vechten, Executive Director of the American Disabilities Foundation, states. “Our hope is to inspire guests in recognizing the true potential of their abilities, instead of focusing on their disabilities.</p> <p>Here’s what’s on tap:</p> <p>• Among the myriad new activities planned for this year’s Bash, guests and their caregivers with neuro-muscular challenges, such as Parkinson’s disease, will have an opportunity to learn dance techniques from Boca Ballet Theatre professionals</p> <p>• On Spanish River Park’s expansive oceanfront beach, the City of Boca Raton will provide roll out mats for the day to make the beachaccessible for those using mobility devices. There will be games under the direction of former New Orleans Saints NFL Linebacke RayShipman, manager of Adaptive Sports and Recreation at Memorial Rehabilitation Institute.</p> <p>• Professional swim instructors and lifeguards on hand from Boca’s YMCA Aquatics Program will help guests swim and enjoy gentle surfing experiences close to shore. A team from Dive Heart—a scuba diving group that takes people with disabilities diving in the waters around South Florida—will also be on hand.</p> <p>• For those unable to participate in any of the beach activities, Michigan Lake Products will construct an accessible viewing stand for the day, placed close to the dunes for wheelchair users can park.</p> <p>There is much, much more (there always is), from wheelchair basketball to boat rides, action heroes, face painters, a kids’ “Fun Zone” and more!</p> <p>This is the feel-good event of the year—we ‘ll see you there!<em></em></p> <p><em>For more information or to make a donation, visit the Bash website ( or call 561/715-2662. Further information is also available by mailing the Bash at: The American Disabilities Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 99, Boca Raton, FL 33429</em>.</p> <ul> <li> </li> <li> </li> </ul>Staff Picks: a gastropub and a new way to experience music2016-03-04T12:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong>Tap 42</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="551" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.4_tap_42.png" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“I loved Tap 42 in Fort Lauderdale, so you can imagine how happy I was when one opened up right here in Boca Center. Whether you’re looking for brunch, dinner or drinks, Tap 42 is bound to have something to satisfy your craving. I definitely recommend the Blazin’ Cucumber cocktail—it’s refreshing and a bit tangy. If you’re hungry, the Crispy Asian Calamari appetizer and the Avocado Turkey Burger are must-tries.”</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a> // 5050 Town Center Circle #247 // 561/235-5819)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>SubPac</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="342" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.4_subpac.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Logan Freedman, Social Media &amp; Digital Manager</em></p> <p>“I absolutely love the SubPac unit. SubPac gives a tactile-base experience when you’re listening to music. It’s a vest that you wear, and it recreates the feeling of standing in a crowd at a musical festival—you feel the bass in your chest. SubPac also works with a non-profit to give units to deaf people, allowing them to experience music.”</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p>Drink creative cocktails for a great cause2016-03-04T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>Join in the month-long cocktail fundraising campaign for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. You can drink some creative cocktails and contribute to a good cause because proceeds from these cocktails are being donated. We’ve mentioned the Avocado Grill’s special cocktail before, and now we have a list of the other participants. Also in competition are Grato, Tryst, Funky Buddha Brewery, Pistache French Bistro, Max’s Harvest, Max’s Social House, Oceana Coffee, The Cooper and Salute Market restaurant. The Social House (Lake Worth) and Earth &amp; Sugar are offering a special dessert/cocktail pairing for the cause. </p> <p><img alt="" height="498" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/tryst_shakeup4nkh_ancho_thai_daisy.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Some of the drink concoctions are: Andro Thai Daisy (Tryst, pictured) with Yaxche Tearoom chai tea infused Maestro Dobel silver tequila, Ancho Reyes chili liquer and grapefruit peel; Blood Orange Manhattan (Pistache); Cooper Cooler (The Cooper) with St. Augustine vodka, honey, orange and lemon; SOS (Sun Over Sand – Grato) with tequila, pineapple, Florida orange, mango and ginger; Social House Spritz (Social House) with prosecco, Aperol, orange juice and an orange twist.</p> <p>There will be two winners—those who raise the most money—and they will compete head to head in a final round on April 14 at the Kravis Center, where Palm Beach’s Taste of the Nation takes place. </p> <p>So start exploring and experimenting by tasting these innovative drinks, and know that you’re helping feed hungry children. </p> <p><strong>Sunday brunch addition: Grato starts serving March 6</strong></p> <p>Grato <em>(1901 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561/404-1334)</em> has been constantly packed since opening in January. Now Sunday brunch is sure to be popular, too, starting March 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On the menu are dishes such as lobster Benedict, a potato and fontina frittata, bourbon French toast and more. Top those off with a frozen Bellini or a blood orange mimosa, and your Sunday is complete.</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Fashion Forward: NYFW Recap2016-03-04T08:00:00+00:00LL Scene/blog/author/llscenegirls/<p class="normal">The LL Scene girls are back from New York Fashion Week with a lot to report on! Despite the bitter cold temperatures against our South Florida bodies the entire weekend, we had one of the best weekends to date. Once again, we were frolicking around NYC during one of the coldest weekends of the year. Florida girls can’t hang.</p> <p class="normal">On to what really matters—the fashion. All we have to say is wow. There wasn’t a show that didn’t blow us away this year. Today, we’re recapping some of our favorite shows and what you can expect to see hitting the department stores in the fall. </p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="710" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/llscene.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal"><strong>Amanda Perna</strong></p> <p class="normal">If you haven’t noticed, we just LOVE the House of Perna and, of course, designer, Amanda Perna. Right off the runways from Delray Fashion Week, Amanda invited us to her Style Fashion Show at Gotham Hall during NYFW. We were beyond impressed with her venue selection, as it portrayed beauty, elegance and a bit of medieval architecture. This served as the perfect backdrop for Amanda’s Fall/Winter collection, which was nothing short of perfection. Popping against the runway, each one of her pieces was as impressive as the next. One of our favorite pieces had to have been the hot pink furry boots. They are EVERYTHING. </p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="531" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/house_of_perna.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="657" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/house_of_perna3.png" width="490"></p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="637" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/house_of_perna5.png" width="490"></p> <p class="normal"><strong>Cristina Ruales</strong></p> <p class="normal">Inspired by nature versus architecture, you will notice Cristina Ruales’ Fall/Winter collection speaks to the everyday commuter with a sense of style. She showed dark rugged pieces followed by delicate wintery looks that can be worn by anyone. We’re all about her line, and we can’t say enough good things! Here are some of our favorite looks from her upcoming lookbook.</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="320" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/fullsizerender-4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/unnamed-2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/unnamed.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">Photo Credit: Robin Merchant/Getty Images</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Christian Siriano</strong></p> <p class="normal">There aren’t enough words in the dictionary for us to describe our thoughts about Christian Siriano’s Fall/Winter collection. Since his debut on Project Runway, we have always supported Siriano and his vision for high fashion. Siriano’s Fall/Winter collection uses volume, texture, soft fibers and masculine undertones in shape and silhouette. Menswear-inspired suits and tailored evening pieces balance it out. Staying true to his inspiration behind the line, Siriano continues to remain loyal to his feminine clients while introducing them to innovative creations of our time, as well. Who wouldn’t trust this mastermind? We’re basically obsessed with everything he showed this year.</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/look_09_scarf_textured_crepe_shawl_collar_d.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/look_22_cable_knit_printed_bell_sleeve_blouse_cable_knit_printed_tiered_ball_skirt.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/look_32_alpaca_faux_fur_tiered_coat_cable_knit_printed_turtleneck_s_tripe_wide_leg_trouser.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">Photo Credit: Dan Lecca</p> <p class="normal"><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>About Lindsey &amp; Lilly</strong></p> <p class="normal">Lindsey Swing &amp; Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of <a href="">LLScene</a>, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to "20-30 somethings" looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they're fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey &amp; Lilly will continue to enjoy being "dog moms" to Bentley &amp; Duke. </p>Movie Review: &quot;Whiskey Tango Foxtrot&quot;2016-03-03T14:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>Confusion reigns in Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s latest film, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” and it’s an appropriate emotion for the movie’s fractured setting: the Afghanistan War, circa 2003-2006. This is where an American news operation dispatches Kim Barker (Tina Fey), a bored desk reporter with no war-zone experience but whose status as a member of the “childless and unmarried” newsroom personnel makes her an ideal candidate for a three-month embedment in Kabul.</p> <p><img alt="" height="223" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/sk7cpbvwhmodcjgwulazqhyapnmpi6du1gos8wrunwinitzf01cz9enpwq7y9akn.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The first half-hour of “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”—we might as well abbreviate it “WTF,” for good reason—is an intermittently amusing fish-out-of-water comedy pivoting on its protagonist’s learning curves and cultural naivety, from fashion faux pas to misused terminology to forced desert bathroom breaks (it’s based on the memoir by the real Kim Barker). Even when “WTF” is at its strongest, though, you wish it were more sophisticated in its humor, which fails to rise above the jarring baseline of colorful Farsi profanity delivered by unlikely sources.</p> <p>But the understandable confusion of day-to-day life in the “Kabubble,” as her fellow-journos dub it, gives way to a curious confusion in the movie itself. Is it a hard-R rom-com disguised in war fatigues? Is it a drama about finding yourself amid the multicultural strangeness of Kabul nightlife? Is it a thriller predicated on the addictive rush of war-zone immersion? Or is it a comment on our collective ignorance of a war the media has long consigned to oblivion?</p> <p><img alt="" height="218" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/whiskey-tango-foxtrot.png" width="400"></p> <p>Only the last of these directions justifies this rickety movie’s existence, and it’s one brick in an unsteady foundation. As Kim familiarizes herself with the region’s customs and personalities, she begins to prefer the stunted limbo of war correspondence, where nothing much happens, and even if it does, the American public is disinterested in hearing it. Similar shards of harsh truth pierce through the feces-stained air of the movie’s Afghan waystation, like the moment when a group of locals mistake American Marines for Russians (the previous nationality of soldiers to attrition themselves in this desert quagmire), or when a troop, following an explosion of a truckful of suspected Taliban, callously quips, “hearts and minds—the two best places to shoot somebody.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/whiskey_tango_foxtrot_sd2_758_426_81_s_c1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Mostly, though, “WTF” meanders. Extraordinary actors disappear skillfully into an ensemble that includes Alfred Molina as a lascivious Afghan attorney general, Martin Freeman as a smug Scottish photojournalist and Billy Bob Thornton as a folksy colonel, but their characters are less flesh-and-blood people than archetypes fitting like colors in the rainbow of Kim’s self-actualization.</p> <p>The movie runs 111 minutes but feels twice as long because of its tonal incoherence. It lumbers, sparklessly and shapelessly, toward an increasingly didactic denouement that substitutes lacerating reality with pat comfort. We’ve heard enough times that war is hell, but it’s still a more honest conclusion than this movie’s shaky summation: War is Enlightenment.</p> <p><em>"Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" opens in South Florida theaters and across the nation Friday, March 4.</em></p>Review: Tony D&#39;s2016-03-03T10:00:00+00:00Shaina Wizov/blog/author/Shaina/<div>It’s rare for me to venture outside of my Boca/Delray bubble, but when a potentially good meal is calling my name, how can I say no? There are a bazillion restaurants here in South Florida, and new ones are popping up here and there everyday. Sometimes it’s hard to decide which ones are worth giving a shot—they need an it-factor, something that makes me feel like I can’t miss out on this particular dining experience. New to Fort Lauderdale is Tony D’s, an Italian eatery hailing from Rochester, New York. When it comes to Italian cuisine, New Yorkers are pretty much on point. That was the it-factor that drew me in—and so was a picture of one of their pizzas I saw on their Instagram account. I didn’t know what else to expect from Tony D’s, but I had a feeling it was going to be pretty good.</div> <p>The restaurant itself has a great vibe. The huge open-air bar provides more than enough space for someone to host a party or event, and with a prime location not far from the beach, it’s bound to be a hit spot with locals and visitors alike. A fresh basket of bread hit the table along with that classic olive oil-parmesan spread for dipping we all know and love. This one, however, was one of the most flavorful olive oil dips I’ve ever encountered. I wanted to completely submerge my piece of bread in it until it was thoroughly soaked through—but that would have looked gluttonous, and although it was hard, I refrained.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.3_tony_d.jpg" width="490"></p> <div>My absolute favorite dish of the night was nothing crazy, over-the-top or even that pretty to look at. But it was perfect, nonetheless. A true test of an Italian restaurant lies in how they prepare the simplest of dishes. Take Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe—thin spaghetti with pecorino romano and black pepper. Does it get any simpler than this? I think not. It may be simple, but when done well, it is certainly not lacking in the flavor department—perfectly cooked al dente pasta and a balanced amount of salty pecorino and black pepper. Tony D’s did it right and got two thumbs up from me, and everyone at my table as well.</div> <p>Tony D’s is located at 3300 NE 32nd St. in Fort Lauderdale. They offer a “$7 until 7” happy hour menu from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. All wines by the glass are 50% off, wines by the bottle are 25% off, and cocktails of the day and flavored Bellinis are $7. To read my full review, visit <a href="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>. </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Shaina was born and raised in South Jersey; she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in journalism and media studies. After moving to Boca, Shaina created her own food blog, which has only enhanced her passion for cooking, baking, sipping and savoring her way around South Florida. Shaina is involved in many of the region’s food and wine festivals and events. Follow Shaina’s foodie adventures every other Thursday at—and on her own blog, <a href="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</p>Delray gets Narcan, Chabad goes before city council again &amp; other notes2016-03-03T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="220" src="/site_media/uploads/heroin.jpg" width="341"></h3> <h3>The Big H     </h3> <p>While Republican presidential candidates savage each other, Delray Beach shows why those candidates should be talking about a problem that is savaging communities.</p> <p>       At a news conference on Tuesday, the city announced that 32 police supervisors will begin carrying kits of naloxone, the drug that can reverse what otherwise would be a lethal overdose of heroin. The Delray Beach Fire-Rescue Department has been using the drug—77 times this year—but sometimes police officers get to a victim first. Naloxone can keep someone alive long enough for first responders to get the person to a hospital.</p> <p>       Suzanne Spencer, director of the Delray Beach Drug Task Force, said her organization obtained a grant that will pay for 200 “kits” of naloxone, which is marketed under the trade name Narcan. Delray Beach is only the second agency in the state to use the drug—after the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office—but it joins many others around the country. In just the last week, police in Harrisburg, Pa., reversed three overdoses. They saved the life of one man by giving him four doses of the antidote in nasal spray form. That’s what Delray Beach will use.</p> <p>        According to Police Chief Jeffrey Goldman, there have been roughly 50 heroin overdoses in Delray Beach this year. Two factors explain the dangerous trend.</p> <p>       First, Delray is home to an unknown but large number of sober houses, known formally as recovery residences, where people live after receiving treatment for drug and/or alcohol addiction. Heroin dealers prey on the vulnerable. Second, as Spencer says, heroin use is becoming more “mainstream.” It’s not confined to back alleys.</p> <p>       For the middle-class, say Spencer and others who fight drug abuse, heroin has replaced the prescription painkillers that became a scourge in the last decade. Like oxycodone, heroin is an opiate. Addicts have traded one high for another. Heroin dealers have replaced the pain clinics that law enforcement shut down. Heroin likely is responsible for spikes in HIV cases in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Spencer worries that the same will happen in Palm Beach County, along with more cases of hepatitis.</p> <p>       Though the Food and Drug Administration approved the nasal spray version only three months ago, naloxone has been part of the anti-drug abuse effort for two decades-plus. It has been controversial. Opponents, including officials in the George W. Bush administration, worried that easily accessible naloxone would give addicts no reason to seek treatment. Supporters argue that saving lives is the priority. Accidental drug overdoses now kill more Americans each year than car accidents.</p> <p>       Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein supports Goldman’s decision. “I was happy to learn,” he said an email, “that they are using whatever tools are made available to them to stem the problem, which is becoming a national crisis, and they are spending their time speaking with and working with other law enforcement and our drug task force partners.”</p> <p>       A Boca Raton Police Department spokeswoman said, “We have evaluated (using naloxone), but we did not have a significant number of overdose cases to warrant the expense.” The department will “revisit” the issue if the number of cases spikes.</p> <p>       Among those who have run for president, only Jeb Bush has addressed the topic of drug abuse—with a story about his daughter’s addiction. The resurgence of heroin affects many parts of the country, but since Donald Trump and Marco Rubio have such strong Florida ties, you’d like to hear their thoughts on the problem, rather than exchanges about spray tans and small hands.</p> <p>       Specifically, you’d like to hear Trump, Rubio—and Hillary Clinton—say they would seek to change the 1999 federal finding that has prevented cities and counties from regulating sober houses. On April 5, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, is supposed to address the Delray Beach City Commission. Frankel, though, does not supervise the departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development that issued the finding. It classified those in recovery as disabled, and forbid any attempts to regulate where they live.</p> <p>       Ironically, this inability to regulate probably hurts those in recovery. It treats good and bad sober house operators equally. Meanwhile, drug overdose deaths went from between 12 and 14 per 1,000 residents in Palm Beach County 13 years ago to more than 20 per 1,000 in 2014.</p> <p>       Asked if heroin overdoses happen with those who live in sober houses, Glickstein said, “We know that many do, but (it’s) difficult to track and officially report because of an irresponsible lack of regulation that would help us reduce human suffering, abuses and fatalities by lessening what has become easy targets for scavenger dealers peddling this poison.”</p> <h3>Chabad changes on the docket</h3> <p>       If Chabad East Boca loses its development approval, the congregation may not be able to build its preferred synagogue/exhibit hall on East Palmetto Park Road.</p> <p>       The Boca Raton City Council approved the project last summer, but lawsuits in federal and state court seek to overturn that appeal. Construction has not started on the site of the former La Vielle Maison restaurant.</p> <p>       Meanwhile, the city’s planning and zoning board at its meeting tonight will consider changes to Boca’s Code of Ordinances that would affect the property where Chabad East Boca wants to build. Among other things, the changes would remove the allowance for extra height in B-1-zoned areas, where only a residential street separates permitted commercial development from single-family homes. The chabad site is zoned B-1.</p> <p>       Last July, the council agreed that the chabad could exceed the 30-foot height limit for the location by 10 feet, to accommodate infrastructure for the exhibit hall. The code allows the added height if a project meets certain conditions. After the contentious meeting, Mayor Susan Haynie proposed that the city study changes to such areas where, the mayor acknowledged, there isn’t much buffer to protect residents.</p> <p>       Haynie told me Wednesday that she and other council members were surprised by that aspect of the code. “I have no idea where it came from.” The proposal before the planning and zoning board, Haynie said, would “close that height loophole.” It also would forbid extra height in areas with similar zoning.</p> <p>       Planning and zoning board members, however, will have to consider whether the changes would amount to an illegal “taking” of value from the property. The council would have final say in any code changes.</p> <p>       If the litigation or any other factor delays Chabad East Boca past the current life of the development approval— two years—and the council doesn’t extend the approval, the congregation would have to reapply. But if the city had changed the zoning, the project couldn’t have the extra height that the congregation said was necessary.</p> <h3>All Aboard update</h3> <p>       We haven’t discussed All Aboard Florida lately, but Mayor Haynie also told me Monday that the company has notified the city that it soon will be unloading equipment for adding a second track in the Florida East Coast Railway corridor. The track is necessary to accommodate the 32 daily Miami-Orlando Brightline passenger trains that All Aboard Florida plan to start running next year.</p> <p>       Before that happens, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Palm Beach County and other cities along the corridor want to establish a “quiet zone,” so the trains don’t have to blow those loud horns. That will mean adding safety improvements at all grade crossings to prevent cars from driving around barricades.</p> <p>       Haynie said the city had hoped to complete the accompanying legal documents for the quiet zone by now, but the work has been delayed. The documents cover such issues as maintenance and liability, and each city has unique issues to work out.</p> <p>       In Boca’s case, one reason for the delay is that the city operates its traffic signals. The only other municipality in the county to do so is the town of Palm Beach. “We do it better,” Haynie said. Which makes for extra work regarding traffic signals at grade crossings.</p> <h3>Atlantic Crossing review</h3> <p>       As predicted here Tuesday, the latest version of Atlantic Crossing will go before Delray Beach’s Site Plan Review and Appearance Board at a special meeting on Monday.</p> <p>       In January, the board rejected a previous version because a city traffic consultant concluded that an access road out of the project to Federal Highway would cause more traffic problems than it solved. The new version resolves those issues to the consultant’s satisfaction.</p> <p>       Procedurally, however, the board must review the new site plan. My guess is that the board will recommend approval, after which someone will appeal. The city commission will make the final decision.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Tastemaker: Jeff John2016-03-02T14:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p class="p1">Jeff John would much rather talk about his second live music experience than his first one. That’s because for his first concert, John, the eldest of four children, took his younger siblings to see pop stars Tiffany and the Backstreet Boys. “I’ll never live that one down, will I?” he jokes.</p> <p class="p6"><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/jeff_john.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p6">For John, owner of beloved South Florida music venue Revolution Live, his affinity for live performances was solidified during his second show, when he saw rockers Skid Row and the BulletBoys perform. Since then, the Lynn University graduate has gone from concert-goer to concert-giver, opening up the Fort Lauderdale nightclub in 2004 and welcoming hundreds of thousands of fans annually. </p> <p class="p6">The venue, which partners with entertainment company Live Nation, has welcomed acts from The Wailers to Katy Perry to Lady Gaga. With its 1,000-person capacity, Revolution Live is South Florida’s largest venue at the club level. It was even chosen as the ideal musical backdrop for the 2012 film “Rock of Ages,” which featured actors Tom Cruise and Julianne Hough. What’s in store for live music fans? John gives us his insights.</p> <p class="p5"><strong>Crossover music:</strong> “You’re going to see more crossover acts than ever before. People like Taylor Swift and the Zac Brown Band could have been considered purely country acts back in the day, but now they’ve expanded their sound to incorporate other genres. They’ve diversified. Today, it’s not as if the traditional cowboy or cowgirl are the only people listening to country. You see all types of people listening to this mixture of<strong> </strong>Southern rock and country.” </p> <p class="p5"><strong>Increase in popularity: </strong>“With all those crossover successes, that opens the way for more people to come out to these live performances. That’s because there are naturally more fans. Ten years ago, there weren’t ‘cross-country fans’; they were <em>country</em> fans. Now, you have people like Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton and Zac Brown; they aren’t just wearing cowboy boots. They are wearing diamonds and looking good.”</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Breaking records:</strong> “Live music is probably at an all-time high in South Florida right now. More and more people are getting into it, realizing that there’s really no true substitute to seeing your favorite band live. With people like us, and cool venues down in Miami, there are so many options to have a night focused on live music.”</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Collaboration sensations:</strong> “Beyond just having more diverse music these days, you’re going to see a lot more cross-collaboration between segments. For example, you have Justin Bieber, Skrillex and Diplo as this year’s biggest collaboration. Pop and electronic musicians are fusing together to create a new sound, and as a result, you’re going to see a lot more diversified music coming out.”</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Music festivals: </strong>“This evolution in music allows [events] like Tortuga Music Festival to happen, with its multiday concerts on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Tortuga was so successful last year, despite having what some may have thought were classic country acts. But if you look closely, they weren’t the traditional country acts. People like Kenny Chesney appeals to a wide base. Same with Luke Bryan, who is so widespread now.” </p>All Hail the Bacchanal!2016-03-02T12:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p class="p1">The revered <strong>Boca Bacchanal</strong>—celebrating its 14th year—will take place April 8 and 9 in Boca Raton. Opening night features the return to Mizner Park of the popular Grand Tasting, with the lavish private vintner dinners set for the following evening.</p> <p class="p1">Cendyn owners and local community leaders Charles and Robin Deyo will chair this year’s Bacchanal.</p> <p class="p1">“Boca Bacchanal is the premier wine and food event in our area, and the mission-driven results have a significant impact on the great work the Boca Raton Historical Society provides for education and historic preservation,” Robin says. “We are thrilled to help make the event a huge success!” </p> <p class="p1">The stars of the weekend, as always, will be the guest chefs. Here’s who will be stirring it up in the kitchen.</p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="502" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/charleston_robertcarter_byrickmckee.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Robert Carter, executive chef</strong></p> <p class="p2"><strong>Barony Tavern, Charleston, S.C.</strong> </p> <p class="p2">Carter has spent more than 25 years in the fine-dining arena. He attracted national attention for his work in Charleston, but his résumé also includes stints in Key West, Walland, Tenn. (at the renowned Blackberry Farm) and Dallas. Every career move has significantly influenced Carter’s love affair with good food, and Barony Tavern captures the best of each culinary experience. </p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="620" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/paula_dasilva_new.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Paula DaSilva, chef/consultant</strong></p> <p class="p2"><strong>3030 Ocean, Fort Lauderdale </strong></p> <p class="p2">DaSilva, a native of Brazil, has lived in America more than 25 years. Her culinary background began in Massachusetts, working in her family’s Brazilian restaurant. After moving to South Florida, her parents opened two restaurants. DaSilva attended the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, earning an associate’s degree in culinary arts. DaSilva began her culinary career at 3030 Ocean in 2000 and appeared on season five of the popular FOX reality cooking show “Hell’s Kitchen” with Gordon Ramsay. Following a successful run at Miami Eden Roc’s 1500°,  DaSilva returned to 3030 Ocean. DaSilva has received several awards and was invited to be a guest chef at the James Beard House in New York City. </p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="408" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/raffaele_dall.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Raffaele Dall’Erta, chef</strong></p> <p class="p2"><strong>Hamptons Restaurant, Sumter, S.C.</strong></p> <p class="p2">Dall’Erta was born and reared in Milan, and attended culinary school at Vallesana in Northern Lombardy. His formal education was followed by apprenticeships, which led to positions in top Italian kitchens including Don Lisander and La Rondine. In addition, he has worked in such world-renowned restaurants as The Fat Duck in the United Kingdom and Per Se in New York. Prior to joining Hamptons, he came from the renowned Inn at Little Washington, where he served as executive sous chef for more than 11 years. Hamptons has been honored with Open Table’s Top 100 Best Restaurants in America in 2012 and 2014. </p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="537" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/chefmichaelscott.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Michael Scott, </strong><strong>executive chef</strong></p> <p class="p2"><strong>Northwood Club, Dallas</strong></p> <p class="p2">The California-born Scott was reared in the foodie destination of Carmel Valley and a Sausalito houseboat community, working in local restaurants since age 13. Scott got his big break at Teppan Taiko Japanese Restaurant. He worked at Sushi Gen under a five-year apprenticeship, including training with master chef Shoji Yano in Shinjiku, Tokyo. After returning to the states, Scott held top positions at many fine restaurants, opening Beverly’s Restaurant in Athens, Texas in 2004. In 2005, Scott became the executive chef at Northwood Club.</p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="463" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/chris_clime_headshot.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Chris Clime, executive chef</strong></p> <p class="p2"><strong>PassionFish, Reston, Va., and Bethesda, Md.</strong></p> <p class="p2">Clime graduated from Rhode Island’s Johnson &amp; Wales University after high school; he began his culinary career at the five-diamond Woodlands Resort, and as a private corporate chef for executives and guests at The Masters golf tournament. Clime then began working for Jeff Tunks at DC Coast, followed later by a chef de cuisine position at Tunks’ Acadiana, his fourth restaurant, inspired by the rich culinary tradition of southern Louisiana. Clime became executive chef at PassionFish in 2008, and is now helming the kitchen of its second location in Bethesda, which opened in September 2015. </p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="612" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/greg_baker_head_shot_high_res.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Greg Baker, chef</strong></p> <p class="p2"><strong>The Refinery, Tampa </strong></p> <p class="p2">Baker, from Clearwater, returned to his “hometown” after a stint in Portland, where he became immersed in the farm-to-table movement. He is credited with transforming the Tampa Bay area’s culinary scene when he opened The Refinery with his wife, Michelle, in 2010 in the historic neighborhood of Seminole Heights, Tampa. His menus incorporate classical French technique with Florida’s rich cultural history. Among numerous awards and press, The James Beard Foundation named The Refinery as a semifinalist for Best New Restaurant in 2011 and named Baker a semifinalist for Best Chef South in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.</p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="478" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/dc_coast_jeff_tunks.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Jeff Tunks, chef/owner</strong></p> <p class="p2"><strong>PassionFish, Reston, Va.</strong></p> <p class="p2">PassionFish is the next generation of Tunks’ flagship restaurant DC Coast, taking its tri-coastal seafood theme to a global level. The cuisine of PassionFish represents the bounty of the world’s oceans with a progressive, modern approach. Tunks has opened District Commons and Burger, Tap &amp; Shake—sister concepts that highlight fine American cuisine—followed by Fuego Cocina y Tequilera. In August 2014, Tunks opened his latest venture: Penn Commons, an all-American tavern in the Chinatown/Penn Quarter neighborhood of D.C. Tunks has received numerous awards and is chair of the Southern Food &amp; Beverage Museum. </p>Web Xtra: Deconstructing the Dish2016-03-02T10:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p class="Body">There’s a reason they call bread the “staff of life.”</p> <p class="Body">From Biblical times onward, cultures throughout the world have relied on bread as a crucial part of their diet. Little wonder, then, that wasting bread was, if not quite a sin, a very foolish thing to do.</p> <p class="Body">Some of the world’s most iconic dishes evolved from cooks determined not to let a single crumb of the staff of life go unused. The Italian panzanella and ribollita. Migas and gazpacho in Spain. The German dumplings called semmelknoedel. Garbure in France. Even our own bread-based stuffing for the Thanksgiving turkey.</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="381" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.2_decontructing_the_dish_3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body">And for everyone with a sweet tooth, bread pudding. At its simplest chunks of stale bread soaked in custard, its origins go back to at least the 11th century. Long a staple of Southern and New Orleans cuisines, bread pudding is now tricked out with everything from fruits and nuts to white chocolate. And that’s before we get into fancy sauces.</p> <p class="Body">This version, from cook Hilda Lear of Boca’s Best BBQ (9181 Glades Road, 561/488-9688) and chef/partner Nathan Gibson, is an eggless take on a classic.</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="343" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.2_decontructing_the_dish_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body"><strong>BREAD PUDDING WITH HONEY WHISKY SAUCE</strong><strong></strong></p> <p class="Body">For pudding</p> <p class="Body">2 loaves white bread, cubed (about 16 cups)</p> <p class="Body">3 ounces almond paste</p> <p class="Body">2 cups heavy cream</p> <p class="Body">1 ounce vanilla extract</p> <p class="Body">1 cup brown sugar</p> <p class="Body">1/2 pound butter</p> <p class="Body"> </p> <p class="Body">For sauce</p> <p class="Body">1 cup condensed milk</p> <p class="Body">1 cup heavy cream</p> <p class="Body">2 teaspoon vanilla extract</p> <p class="Body">1/4 cup honey</p> <p class="Body">1 shot whiskey</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="574" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.2_decontructing_the_dish_2.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="Body">For pudding: Melt butter, then mix with remaining ingredients, place in oven-proof baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 40 minutes.</p> <p class="Body">For sauce: Place all ingredients in saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and reserve.</p> <p><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.2_decontructing_the_dish_4.jpg" width="490"></p>A la carte education2016-03-02T09:00:00+00:00Michelle Olson-Rogers/blog/author/michellerogers/<p>When did choosing what to learn at school and when to learn it become a “thing”? The list of custom amenities and services available to our Boca Raton children seems to be growing by leaps and bounds these days, and education is no longer off limits. The opportunity to craft a student’s schedule around a passion or priority such as a sport, technology or the arts is now a selling point of difference at select private schools in Boca Raton and beyond. And the concept is blowing my mommy mind.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.2_school.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Grandview Preparatory School</strong></a> in east Boca, for example, is launching a new <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Passion-based Learning program</strong></a> this fall. According to Director of Advancement, Alan Stob, “Our goal is to unlock passions within Grandview students. We provide experiences outside of the classroom meant to ignite these passions and incite a love of learning. Upper School students can work directly with advisors on campus to tailor their schedules in order to make the most of academic time spent on campus, while maximizing time spent training, rehearsing, or practicing a sport or an art such as theater or dance.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.2_swimming.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Block scheduling and dual enrollment were rather new concepts when I was in high school, but students and their millennial parents these days are asking for flexibility, and lots of it. Stob further elaborated, “Parents have been asking, and we wanted to be the Boca Raton school to have an answer for them. We are now willing and able to provide scheduling flexibility and broad curriculum options to students whose passions lie outside the walls of the school.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.2_north_broward.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Other schools, such as <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>North Broward Preparatory School</strong></a> in Coconut Creek, are also pushing their students to embrace their interests, encouraging them to pursue them both in and out of the classroom. Lower School Principal, Kathleen Malanowski, told us, “We love seeing what our students can accomplish through their academic studies like Mandarin, strings and robotics, but also through their extra-curricular endeavors.” </p> <p>For example, North Broward Prep’s hockey players go to the ice rink each morning before class and are then brought back to campus by bus after practice. Malanowski further stated, “Another one of our students is a U.S. Junior Figure Skating Champion, and accommodations are made for him to pursue both his academic and championship dreams.”</p> <p>Boca moms take note: a private school education might be more expensive these days, but it has certainly evolved since we were an active part of a student body. And if you have a little one like I do, then expect even more big changes to come before our kids enter middle and high school.</p> <p><strong>•••••••• </strong></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of </em><a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em><strong>, </strong></em><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options—as well as a weekly MOMpreneur spotlight! A MOMpreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>Free March Makeover2016-03-02T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Delray Beach businesses committed to helping clients feel better and look better will come together on March 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for <a href="" target="_blank">March Makeover: Feel Good, Look Good</a> at SloBody Studio <em>(209 NE 5<sup>th</sup> Terrace, Delray Beach, 561/400-0608)</em>. The event, which is free to the public, includes advice from fitness, wellness and nutrition experts, a presentation by a guest speaker, food, wine, raffles and giveaways, as well as product and service demos. Visitors can also expect discounted products and specials, individual vendor raffles, and the first 50 attendees will get an exclusive goodie bag with health and beauty samples and coupons.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.2_slolife_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Local infused yoga studio SloBody Yoga, is spearheading the event, gathering these Delray-based partners: Naked Hair Salon, the biostation, Greenlands Delray Beach, Nature's Way Cafe, <a href="" target="_blank">OrangeTheory Fitness Delray Beach</a>, Wine and UnWind (a unique experience, created to combine passions for yoga and wine), Peaceful Body Massage, Circe + SWAG Delray and Fleet Feet Sports Delray Beach.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/">here</a>. </em></p> <p><strong><em>About Lisette</em></strong></p> <p><em>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href=""></a>.</em></p>The Week Ahead: March 1 to 72016-03-01T14:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>TUESDAY (TODAY)</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/7652677_play-dc-matilda--kennedy-center_t9b1489fc.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Matilda the Musical”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $28-$80</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Contrary to common perception, there are still musicals being produced that aren’t based on movies. “Matilda the Musical” owes its origins to the Roald Dahl novel about a titular, imaginative 5-year-old who changes the lives of those around her while overcoming obstacles. The controversial humorist Tim Minchin reined himself in to provide the music and lyrics for this zippy and heartwarming story, and in 2012, “Matilda” went on to break the records for the most Olivier Awards won in its native England—and later score <em>Time</em> magazine’s coveted No. 1 Show of the Year on Broadway. This national tour and South Florida premiere runs through Sunday only.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/13-atxl1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The Zen Gala</strong></p> <p>Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30</p> <p>Contact: <a href=";majorcatid=10001&amp;minorcatid=1" target="_blank">;majorcatid=10001&amp;minorcatid=1#</a></p> <p>It’s probably too late to book a cabin on the Zen Cruise, the Cozumel-bound Royal Caribbean boat leaving South Florida on Thursday for a four-night confab of wellness and New Age activities. But tonight, for $30, you can experience a few audiovisual tapas from the cruisers’ vacation while remaining fully landlocked. The evening includes performances by Zen Cruise talent Trevor Hall (pictured), who integrates spiritual practices into his reggae-rock fusion sound; Dixon’s Violin, which utilizes an electronic looper to create a symphonic sound from just one stringed instrument; and Paloma Devi, a golden-voiced soul singer, dancer and yogini. A DJ, vendor booths and performance artists complete the activities.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="295" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/mi0003723721.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Vanilla Fudge</strong></p> <p><strong></strong>Where: The Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35-$55</p> <p>Contact: 561/395-2929, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Radio stations these days wouldn’t know what to do with the molten, heavy psych-rock of Vanilla Fudge, the legendary Long Island quartet that has existed, on and off, since 1966. But even in the group’s peak years, selling a lot of records—or, to be gauche about it, “moving a lot of units”—was never its top priority. Chiefly, its goal has been reinterpretation: taking well-worn pop nuggets and morphing them into psychedelic gold through a thunderous sound that anticipated heavy metal. In the mainstream rock world, there may be fewer songs less radio-friendly, and more sonically adventurous, than Vanilla Fudge’s nine-minute cover of Eleanor Rigby; ditto to its inspired takes on classics by Neil Diamond (“I’m a Believer,”) Donovan (“Season of the Witch,”) and The Doors (“Break On Through”), which have all turned up on recent set lists, along with its most famous cut, The Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” which could peel the paint off a wall.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="182" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/dp-men-are-from-mars-women-are-from-venus-at-the-city-theatre-i7.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Men Are From Mars/Women Are From Venus LIVE”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $55</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Men and women may never really understand each other—not completely—but you can’t blame John Gray for this communicative disparity. The relationship counselor has spent more than 20 years educating the world about the polarities between these two interplanetary species, to the tune of more than 50 million books sold and translated into 50 languages. He’s written some 20 books, mostly about gender differences, but it’s his pioneering, enduring original, <em>Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus,</em> that has inspired this new one-man comedy show in the vein of “Defending the Caveman.” Comedian Josh Hyman will star in a production that men and woman have agreed is equal parts hilarious and emotional—a good date activity, no matter what planet you’re from. It runs through Sunday.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/blog_entry_0830500001451378730.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Miami International Film Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Olympia Theater, 174 E. Flagler Drive, Miami</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30-$225</p> <p>Contact: 305/237-3456, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Spanish singer Raphael is a legend in his nation’s music industry and abroad, thanks to his inimitably theatrical performances—he acts out the content of his tunes, improvises lyrics depending on where he plays, and adopts affectations of bullfighters and flamenco dancers—as well as his bombastic songs. An active recording artist since the 1960s, the septuagenarian heartthrob is also an accomplished actor, as evidenced by the bustling comedy “Mi Gran Noche,” in which he plays a parody of himself on the evening of a tumultuous New Year’s Eve TV special. The Fellini-esque showbiz satire will open the 33rd annual Miami International Film Festival, with Raphael himself slated to make a rare appearance at the March 4 screening at Miami’s Olympia Theater. The higher ticket price will grant attendees admission to the opening night party at Miami’s historic Alfred I Dupont Building, which will simulate a lavish New Year’s Eve bash. The party runs until 12:30 a.m., and the festival continues through March 13.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="224" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/static1.squarespace.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Okeechobee Music Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: 20 minutes north of the city of Okeechobee, on State Road 7</p> <p>When: Music begins at noon</p> <p>Cost: $225–$599</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This inaugural festival is a bit of a hike from Boca—about an hour-and-a-half-long drive—but it promises to be worth the expense. Electronic, indie, classic rock and hip-hop acts will perform on five stages at this diverse festival in the middle of nowhere, with organizers touting the event as “a place for us to gather together amongst wondrous nature to celebrate the best in music, art and intersecting paths.” The eclectic lineup includes timeless hit-makers Hall &amp; Oates; Led Zeppelin’s dynamic front-man Robert Plant; Mumford &amp; Sons, the UK powerhouse rebounding nicely after a hiatus; the Internet-bred hip-hop sensation Kendrick Lamar; Big Grams, the sexy collaboration between electro-rockers Phantogram and OutKast’s Big Boi; the poetic alt-country sophisticates The Avett Brothers; and X Ambassadors, the alt-rockers behind the breakthrough hit “Renegades.” The full lineup runs just under 100 artists at the time of this writing, plus circus performers, an art fair, a “Yogachobee” wellness area and food vendors.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="226" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/arranged_with_strollers.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Kultur Festival 2016</strong></p> <p>Where: FAU’s Wimberly Library, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10 (prices vary for other Kultur events)</p> <p>Contact: 800/564-9539, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>FAU’s popular, eighth-annual celebration of Jewish culture will span eight days of concerts, films, author presentations, comedy programs and more. The fest opens Saturday with a screening of “Arranged” (pictured), a drama about the relationship about fellow-teachers—an Orthodox Jew and a Muslim—at a Brooklyn public school. It continues Sunday afternoon with the Klezmer Company Orchestra’s performance of Leonard Bernstein’s ultra-rare Jeremiah Symphony, complete with soprano Jovanca Jean-Baptiste singing the Hebrew text. On Monday, check out an equally rare live performance from Shtreiml and Ismail Fencioglu, who mix hard rock and improvisational noodling in a Balkan sound that integrates oud and harmonica; their program is titled “Jewish Roots &amp; Turkish Blues.” Check out next week’s “Weeks Ahead” for the rest of the Kultur festivities.</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/backstageatjammys.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: The Fab Faux</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $57-$117</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Beatles tribute bands are a dime a dozen, ranging from glorified karaoke acts to talented mimics in period regalia and mop-tops. The Fab Faux distinguish themselves from the herd of Beatle-maniacs by putting the focus squarely on the music: This is a peerless rock band, playing Fab Four tunes with enviable accuracy, and without the accoutrements of vocal imitation and cheesy wigs. Known for playing entire Beatles LPs in sequential order—and for performing the difficult, more obscure numbers the Beatles themselves never played live—the Fab Faux is led by TV personalities Jimmy Vivino, of Conan O’Brien’s house band, and Will Lee, of David Letterman’s CBS Orchestra. For this performance, the group will play “A Hard Day’s Night” straight through, followed by a set of mixed Beatles hits and deep cuts.</p>Martinis and Wine2016-03-01T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="617" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.1_avocado_grill_cuke_water_tini.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Enjoy a martini, help No Kid Hungry: Avocado Grill</strong></p> <p>March is magic month for a number of reasons: The weather is perfect, baseball spring training is here, there are foodie events galore, and you can drink amazing cocktails to help <a href="" target="_blank">No Kid Hungry</a>. Throughout the month, dozens of Palm Beach County restaurants will be competing for two coveted mixology spots at Palm Beach’s Taste of the Nation event on April 14 at the Kravis Center (Buy tickets <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>). The event benefits No Kid Hungry, which works to make sure no child is ever without food. Voting takes place when you buy a cocktail created for the Shake Up competition.</p> <p>For the Shake Up competition, Avocado Grill created the watermelon cucumber martini ($14). The proceeds go to No Kid Hungry. Chef Julien Gremaud will have dishes at the event, and he’s helping with the largest auction item of Taste of the Nation: the Grand Backyard BBQ Experience—a private chef’s dinner and pig roast for 15-25 people. </p> <p><img alt="" height="573" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/3.1_1001_christian_quinones.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Wine dinner features J. Lohr wines: Bistro Ten Zero One</strong></p> <p>A J. Lohr wine dinner is happening March 2 at Bistro Ten Zero One <em>(1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach),</em> where Executive Chef Christian Quinones (pictured) will serve a reception with sparkling wine, followed by a four-course dinner. The cost is $50 per person and includes dishes such as squab, hanging tenderloin and bread pudding, each paired with a wine. For reservations, click <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Atlantic Crossing bobs up again, fire department blues &amp; other items of note2016-03-01T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="343" src="/site_media/uploads/8.27_atlantic_crossing.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>Atlantic Crossing: the latest generation  </h3> <p>There is yet another version of Atlantic Crossing. It’s too early to be sure, but this latest change might be a sign of progress.                                 </p> <p>       To recap:</p> <p>       The first site plan for Atlantic Crossing included a two-way road called Atlantic Court that provided a way in and out from Federal Highway, on the west side of the project that adjoins Veterans Park. In January 2014, however, the commission approved a new site plan that didn’t include the road.</p> <p>       Residents who live near the property support an access road because they believe that it would ease traffic at the project’s main entrance: Northeast Seventh Avenue and Atlantic Avenue. Without such a road, the only other entrance would be from Northeast First Street, which is much more cramped than Atlantic Avenue.</p> <p>       Though a majority of the commission has agreed on the need for a road, the commission never settled on an option. So a city consultant chose a one-way road. Atlantic Crossing submitted a new site plan with the road. In January, the Site Plan Review and Appearance Board rejected that plan. City staff had recommended denial, based on a report by yet another consultant that the one-way road would exacerbate traffic problems.</p> <p>       Atlantic Crossing’s appeal of that denial is on tonight’s agenda, but a vote on the appeal may not take place. Atlantic Crossing has submitted a revised plan that addresses the consultant’s concerns, most of which focused on traffic flow within the project.</p> <p>       Atlantic Crossing attorney Brian Seymour notified Delray of the changes in a Feb. 10 letter. Two days later, the traffic consultant sent a letter to Planning and Zoning Director Tim Stillings. The new plan, the consultant said, “provides substantial site circulation improvements” and “the most reasonable on-site traffic circulation and site access.” Among other things, the changes would allow a straight shot from the valet parking loop to the outlet road to Federal Highway.</p> <p>       The commission tonight likely will not vote whether to grant or deny the appeal because Atlantic Crossing has changed the site plan that the advisory board rejected. The new version would go back to the Site Plan Review and Appearance Board, at which time the city staff probably would recommend approval. Of course, any individual or group then could file a new appeal.</p> <h3>New fire chief?</h3> <p>       Add another question to the future of the Delray Beach Fire Department: Who’s going to be the next chief?</p> <p>       Danielle Connor submitted her resignation last week. Her retirement will take effect May 31. The timing of Connor’s departure could not be worse.</p> <p>       With the city commission having decided not to consider contracting with Palm Beach County for fire-rescue services, Delray must upgrade its department. Just one example: The city must build a new station/training facility near the outdated station on Linton Boulevard.</p> <p>       A Feb. 19 letter from Connor to City Manager Don Cooper said, “The department is at a critical juncture.” Connor cited high turnover—40 employees in the last four years—and the impending retirement of 17 senior department officers.</p> <p>       Those uncertainties influenced Connor’s decision regarding the issue on tonight’s agenda: Should Delray Beach continue to provide service for Highland Beach? Connor recommends that Delray Beach end the contract and focus on “internal upgrades that will support long-term growth and self-reliability (sic).”</p> <p>       Delray’s contract with Highland Beach expires on Sept. 30, 2017. The town must notify Delray by March 31 of this year if it wishes to continue the agreement. Delray then has 60 days to decide on a renewal. The city has been Highland Beach’s fire-rescue provider since 1993.</p> <p>       In December, Cooper sent a final draft of a contract renewal, which the Highland Beach Town Commission approved. Cooper, however, hadn’t checked with his commissioners. A new draft contained an “administrative fee” of 20 percent above reimbursement for the service cost. The demand displeased Highland Beach. Tonight, the town commission will vote to rescind approval of that first contract. With regard to seeking a revised contract past next year, Town Manager Beverly Brown said Highland Beach would react to what Delray Beach does.</p> <p>       Delray commissioner Shelly Petrolia supports the administrative fee, to cover what she believes would be compensation for the time city administrators must spend to monitor the Highland Beach agreement. Not surprisingly, given their new scrutiny of all contracts, Delray commissioners generally believe that the agreement has favored Highland Beach at Delray’s expense.</p> <p>       Ending the contract would have consequences for both parties. Highland Beach would need another provider and might look to Boca Raton. Any new contract might be more expensive.</p> <p>       Delray Beach would have to absorb the 22 department employees deployed in Highland Beach. Connor notes in her memo that those “additional resources” in Highland Beach are “a definite benefit to our citizens and visitors.” They cut response times and serve as “secondary units” for emergencies in Delray.</p> <p>       Without the Highland Beach agreement, Delray would have just one fire station east of the Intracoastal Waterway, on Andrews Avenue. If the agreement with Highland Beach ends, Connor wrote, “we will have to further analyze our current response zones, staffing and apparatus deployment strategies. . .”</p> <p>       The decision would be hard enough if Connor were staying. It’s even harder now that she is going.</p> <h3>Goldman orders cameras</h3> <p>       Connor’s police counterpart has made a big public safety decision for Delray Beach.</p> <p>       Chief Jeffrey Goldman has approved a program to equip all officers with body cameras. According to a department spokeswoman, the first phase will involve 20 officers over six months. The department is seeking a vendor, with the goal of starting the program this summer. The date will depend on how quickly the department can buy the equipment and train the officers.</p> <p>       “The hope,” the spokeswoman said, “is to work out any issues or concerns before moving forward with full deployment.” That could come in two or three years. One of those issues will be a body camera policy.</p> <p>       When I interviewed Chief Goldman in January of last year, he wasn’t yet a fan of the cameras. He noted the cost of storing the footage. He wasn’t dismissive, but he was skeptical. That was before the recent string of officer-involved fatal shootings. Some were caught on camera. Some, like that of Delray Beach resident Corey Jones in Palm Beach Gardens, were not.</p> <p>       Since our conversation, the spokeswoman said, “the products have improved, policies have become more available, and we have had the opportunity to conduct a lot of research. We decided that the timing was right to move forward with a pilot program, which will lead to full deployment over the next few years.”</p> <p>       Boca Raton also is starting a body camera experiment. A department spokeswoman said Monday that the details are “being worked out.”</p> <h3>More on that</h3> <p>       On a related note, I wrote last week about the Palm Beach County sales-tax referendum that might be on the November ballot. Revenue from the one-cent increase over 10 years would go to the county, the school district, the cities and cultural organizations.</p> <p>       On the county’s list of priorities for money from the referendum is $27 million to equip all sheriff’s deputies with body cameras.</p> <h3>Puppy mill measure</h3> <p>       At the end of Delray’s commission agenda for tonight is first reading of an ordinance that would ban the sale of puppy-mill pets. Such mills, most of them in the Midwest, breed animals far more often than is safe.</p> <p>       Since the issue must come back to the commission, tonight may not draw the usual crowd that animal issues do. Or the advocates may appear. Their cause certainly is the right one.</p> <p>       As for the ordinance, it’s technical to the point of defining a cat—“an animal of the Felidae family of the order Carnivora”—and a dog—“an animal of the Canidae family of the order Carnivora. Fines for violating the ordinance would run from $400 to $500.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p> <p>       </p>Oscars Wrap-Up: Leo Finally Wins, and Other Great Moments2016-02-29T14:00:00+00:00Kevin Studer/blog/author/kevinstuder/<p><em>[Editor's Note: The Week Ahead will run on Tuesday this week.]</em></p> <p>After a year of incredible films—or incredibly white films, as host Chris Rock pointed out several times—the Oscars did not disappoint, and put on a spectacular show.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/oscars-2016-chris-rock.jpg" width="400"><br> <br> While there has been much controversy on the lack of diversity in nominations for the second year in a row, Rock handled it with class and ease, both during his opening monologue and throughout the show. He joked that there were at least 15 black people in the montage of the year’s film releases, and that the Oscars could be renamed the “White People’s Choice Awards.”<br> <br> Rock was not the only person to comment on #OscarsSoWhite. In a video montage of what some of this year’s nominated films would look like if they were populated by more African-Americans, Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg, “Saturday Night Live” comedian Leslie Jones and Tracy Morgan all also took part. But perhaps the strongest comment of the night came pre-show on the red carpet, in an interview between Robin Roberts and Kerry Washington.<br> <br> “I really respect and actually admire some of the people who are not here tonight,” Washington said, regarding some actors who decided to boycott the awards show. “But for me ... I felt like my voice was best used at the table.”<br> <br> Rock also took a moment in the opener to comment on gender inequality in film by questioning why there is even a distinction between male and female actors at the Oscars.<br> <br> “Robert De Niro’s never said, ‘I better slow this acting down so Meryl Streep can catch up,’“ the comedian joked.<br> <br> Lack of diversity aside, the awards show brought some emotional moments and, of course, the occasional snub and shock.<br> <br> George Miller’s epic action film “Mad Max: Fury Road” swept the technical awards, including Best Costume Design and Best Film Editing, proving that award-winning films can be a thrill from start to finish.</p> <p><img alt="" height="263" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/ryalnce.png" width="400"><br> <br> Alicia Vikander and Mark Rylance took the early acting categories as Best Supporting Actress and Actor for “The Danish Girl” and “Bridge of Spies,” respectively. Vikander was the favorite to win in her category, although she had stiff competition from “Steve Jobs” nominee Kate Winslet. Rylance, on the other hand, was quite the underdog in his category. Many were saying Sylvester Stallone would take the award for reprising his role of Rocky Balboa in “Creed,” a character which earned him an Oscar nomination an incredible 37 years ago.<br> <br> “I’ve always just adored stories—hearing them, seeing them [and] being in them,” Rylance said upon winning. “For me, to have a chance to work with one of the greatest storytellers of all time—Steven Spielberg—that’s such a great honor.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/1223220_1280x720.jpg" width="400"><br> <br> In between awards, multiple artists took to the stage to perform numbers from the Best Original Song category. Both Sam Smith and The Weeknd shined with their vocals, but it was Lady Gaga who, just a year after surprising audiences with her “Sound of Music” tribute, brought the audience to tears. Toward the end of the powerful performance of “Til It Happens to You” from the documentary “The Haunting Ground,” Gaga brought out a number of sexual assault survivors who stood together in solidarity. The audience gave a standing ovation as the cameras showed teary-eyed shots of Rachel McAdams, Steve Carell and Winslet, which made it all the more shocking when Smith’s “James Bond” theme took the prize.<br> <br> As the smaller awards were given out, plenty of jokes and thank-yous were given out. A highlight was when first-time winner and 87-year-old Ennio Morricone won Best Original Score for “The Hateful Eight” and recognized fellow nominee James Williams for his incredible 50th nomination, this time for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”</p> <p>Then came Louis C.K., who presented the award for Best Documentary Short and joked about how broke these specific filmmakers are. “This is documentary short film. You cannot make a dime on this,” C.K. started. “This Oscar is going home in a Honda Civic.”<br> <br> America’s new favorite star, Jacob Tremblay, was thrilled to be at the awards show. He could not contain his excitement when C-3PO, R2-D2 and BB-8 stumbled onstage, gave Rock praise for his role of Marty the Zebra in the “Madagascar” franchise, and was clearly thrilled when his “Room” co-star Brie Larson won for Best Actress.<br> <br> But no one—except maybe Winslet—could have been happier than when Leonardo DiCaprio finally took home an Oscar for Best Actor in “The Revenant.” While he should have won plenty of other times, DiCaprio didn’t mention the wait but instead tackled climate change.</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202016/leonardo-dicaprio-oscar-acceptance-speech-2016-video.jpg" width="400"><br> <br> “#ClimateChange action starts w/ electing leaders who’ll make brave &amp; vital changes needed to save our planet,” he tweeted after the show, following the lines of his acceptance speech.<br> <br> And the biggest award of the night, Best Picture, was perhaps the most unpredictable of the night. An award that normally has a clear winning going into the ceremony, it was a toss-up between “The Revenant,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Spotlight.” The latter, about the Boston Globe investigative team that uncovered the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, proved to be victorious.<br> <br> Producer Michael Sugar said, “This film gave a voice to survivors, and this Oscar amplifies that voice, which we hope will become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican. Pope Francis, it’s time to protect the children and restore the faith.”<br> <br> By the end, the Oscars proved that, although they definitely were not as diverse as they could have been, they were surely entertaining. It will be interesting to see what will happen with all of the controversy in a year’s time.</p>SOBEWFF in Fort Lauderdale2016-02-29T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>There were high winds, and at the end, a downpour to go along with them. But there was plenty of time for the many food stations, a smattering of bar stations and hundreds of foodies in attendance. And there’s only one celebrity Chef Robert Irvine.</p> <p>He was the star attraction at the opening of the Food Network  &amp; Cooking Channel South Beach Wine and Food Festival, which kicked off with Seaside Eats in Fort Lauderdale (not South Beach!) at the Bonnet House Museum. This was the first year events were included in greater Fort Lauderdale, and if the kickoff was any indication of the overall festival, things went swimmingly.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.29_seaside_eats.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>A sold-out event provided tasty bites ranging from Chef Toby Joseph’s monkfish with stone ground organic grits from Wild Sea Oyster Bar &amp; Grille to short rib sliders from Steak 854 to seared diver scallops from YOLO, and desserts from mini cupcakes to fresh doughnuts from Dandee Donuts. Chef Dewey LoSasso from The Redlander Restaurant at Schnebly Winery and Brewery (who brought the Miami tasting north) offered some of the most interesting combos, including a Piper beetle plant, also known as the bacon plant, with leaves that when crisped taste just like bacon—but without the meat or calories. (Note to self: Start growing this plant now!) The star dish of the evening was from Irvine, a whole roasted Queen snapper (picture courtesy of Lynn Kalber), with lobster in a tasty broth that had attendees asking for more.</p> <p>Irvine spent time greeting attendees and posing for photos, along with giving some food and wine advice to those around him. He was clearly having fun, and that makes all the difference. The Fort Lauderdale Series of SOBEWFF was a blast for everyone, and hopefully it marks the start of a beautiful friendship.</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p> <p> </p>A Guide to Festival of the Arts Boca2016-02-26T14:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><em>With Festival of the Arts Boca just a week away, now is the best time to secure tickets before they sell out. To help you navigate the culture-filled week, we revisit our preview blog, which originally ran in November when the lineup was announced.</em></p> <p>A rollicking rendezvous with Indiana Jones, a cerebral sit-down with a multicultural CNN anchor, and an English translation of a Mozart opera are among the highlights of Festival of the Arts Boca’s 10th anniversary event, which promises to be the most eclectic one yet. <a href="" target="_blank">Tickets are available now</a> for the festival, including these headlining events and speakers.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/raiders-of-the-lost-ark-di.gif" width="400"></p> <p><strong>March 4, 7:30 p.m.: “Raiders of the Lost Ark” with live orchestra</strong></p> <p>It’s hard to believe, but Steven Spielberg’s action-adventure landmark turns 35 in 2016. Re-experience the rolling boulder, airstrip fistfight and vortex of flame on the spectacular big screen where they belong, while Constantine Kitsopoulos conducts the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra through a performance of John Williams’ iconic score.</p> <p><strong>March 5, 7:30 p.m.: Mozart’s “Magic Flute”</strong></p> <p>“The Magic Flute” is currently the fourth-most-performed opera in the world, but chances are you’ve never seen a version quite like this one. The Festival’s very first foray into live opera honors Mozart’s wishes for the opera to be performed in the local language of the people, with Kitsopoulous penning this 90-minute English translation. International vocal superstars and local students alike will dramatize the composer’s operatic swan song about a smitten prince’s journey to rescue the Queen of the Night’s daughter.</p> <p><img alt="" height="280" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/herbalpert-lanihall.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>March 6, 7 p.m.: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall</strong></p> <p>Speaking of royalty, Alpert is one of the reigning kings of 20th century jazz. An abstract painter, philanthropist and record-industry executive, this generous polymath is a trumpet virtuoso responsible for nine Grammy Awards, 14 platinum albums and five No. 1 albums on the <em>Billboard</em> charts. At 80 years old, he is celebrating his 59th year in the music business in 2016. Lani Hall, Alpert’s wife and an emotionally charged Latin vocalist in her own right, will join her husband and their three-piece band for a jazz set studded with Brazilian melodies and classics from the American songbook.</p> <p><strong>March 7, 7 p.m.: Fareed Zakaria</strong></p> <p>As the host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” this trusted news analyst has been forecasting the world’s directions since at least 1992, when he became the managing editor of <em>Foreign Affairs</em>. He has since been published by the most respected news outlets in the country, from <em>The New York Times</em> and<em>Newsweek</em> to <em>Time</em> and <em>The Washington Post</em>; his best-selling books, meanwhile, have touched on subjects such as American imperialism and liberal education. A “radical centrist” in an ideologically divided media, Zakaria will speak about “Global Trends &amp; Hot Spots: The Next Security Crisis.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="290" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/robert_sapolsky.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>March 8, 7 p.m.: Robert Sapolsky</strong></p> <p>When it came to learning about human behavior, this wild-haired biologist and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow decided to embed himself with our closest neighbors: primates. At 21, Sapolsky flew to Africa to join a troop of baboons, methodically charting their everyday behaviors. He returned every summer for the next 25 years to study the same baboons, and his resulting book, <em>A Primate’s Memoir</em>, combines humor with profound observations about the human (and ape) condition. This connection to the animal kingdom resounds through his other books as well, from <em>Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers</em> to <em>Monkeyluv</em>, and will likely factor into his Festival discussion: “The Biology of Good and Evil.”</p> <p><strong>March 11, 7:30 p.m.: Joey Alexander</strong></p> <p>At 12 years old, this Indonesian jazz prodigy has already enjoyed a career of which most aspiring musicians can only dream: performing in front of Bill Clinton and Herbie Hancock, beating out more than 200 jazz professionals in an international improvisation contest in Ukraine, playing star-studded galas at Lincoln Center and the Apollo. Born with an intuitive ability that’s impossible to teach, Alexander has been tinkling the ivories since age 6, when he managed to perfect Thelonious Monk’s “Well You Needn’t” by ear, from listening to his father’s jazz records. Alexander will support his debut album “My Favorite Things,” with a little help from the Symphonia Boca Raton.</p> <p><img alt="" height="278" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/cirque-de-la-symphonie-houston-symphony-labor-day.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>March 12, 7:30 p.m.: Cirque de la Symphonie</strong></p> <p>Back by popular demand, this combination of cirque spectacular and bravura orchestral performance dazzled Festival audiences in 2014. Kitsopoulus will guide the Symphonia Boca Raton through rousing favorites from the classical and popular repertoires while aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen will supply the Mizner Park Amphitheater with gravity-defying derring-do, extraordinary feats of strength, physical comedy and more.</p> <p><strong>March 16, 7 p.m.: Joshua Bell and “The Four Seasons”</strong></p> <p>Unusually, the Festival will close on a Wednesday—as opposed to a Sunday—this year, to accommodate the busy schedule of its final headliner, violin superstar Joshua Bell. One of the very first virtuosi to take a chance on the Festival in its early years, Bell is a fitting closer for its 10th anniversary fest. With more than 40 CDs and countless television appearances to his credit, this “musician’s musician” is well poised to tackle Vivaldi’s epochal masterwork. This once-in-a-lifetime performance of “The Four Seasons” will also feature Jan McArt, the “First Lady of South Florida Theatre,” who will recite the composition’s accompanying poems, which explain what the music is intended to invoke.</p>Staff Picks: skincare and tacos2016-02-26T12:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>Eminence</p> <p><img alt="" height="345" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.26_eminence.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Lorraine Manfre, Account Executive</em></p> <p>“I have recently been using a facial cleansing and cream product called Eminence. It has changed my skin! I’ve always suffered with painful skin, irritated dry oily acne—and I'm 50.  I have used anything and everything since I was 16, and this product has been a game changer.” </p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p> </p> <p>Tacos Al Carbon</p> <p><img alt="" height="433" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.26_tacos_al_carbon.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Logan Freedman, Social Media &amp; Digital Manager</em></p> <p>“If you're a fan of Mexican food, you have to try Tacos Al Carbon. The best part is that it’s open 24/7! My personal favorite is the barbacoa three tacos with rice and beans special.”</p> <p>(4420 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth // 561/432-8474)</p> <p> </p>Bolay, chocolate Oscars and pizza making2016-02-26T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="296" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.26_bolay_bowl.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Build a bowl with new Bolay in Wellington</strong></p> <p>Opening today in Wellington is Bolay <em>(250 S. State Road 7)</em>, with a new concept for diners. Pick yummy ingredients for your bowl (including Peruvian quinoa, gluten-free cilantro noodles, smoky cauliflower, maple-roasted butternut squash and proteins such as ponzu tuna, Caribbean-spiced steak, lemon chicken and tofu) and top that with sauces, with side add-ons available. It’s a make-your-own dish from Outback co-founder Tim Gannon and his son, Chris Gannon. The menu aims at making good food very tasty, too. It’s casual dining, but healthful at the same time. You gotta love the new ideas! Bolay is open everyday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. </p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.26_eau_palm_beach_chocolate_oscars.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Because we had to share this: Oscar food bling!</strong></p> <p>Some things are just fun because they’re fun, and this is one of them. Eau Palm Beach Resort &amp; Spa <em>(100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, 561/533-6000)</em> is having an Oscars Social in its Stir Bar &amp; Terrace on Feb. 28 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Along with “The Revenant” cocktail (Nolet’s Silver gin, Solerno blood orange liqueur, lillet blanc and lemon), will be a complimentary champagne toast accompanied by these gorgeous little gems (pictured): dark chocolate mini-statuettes covered in edible gold! Everyone is a winner with these. </p> <p><img alt="" height="354" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.26_solita_mastino_pizza.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Private Press Pizza class: SoLita &amp; Mastino in Delray Beach</strong></p> <p>You can make a great pizza and eat it, too, with the help of Steven Dapuzzo, owner of SoLita &amp; Mastino <em>(25 NE 2<sup>nd</sup> Ave., Delray Beach, 561/921-8687). </em>You’ll learn all about the history of pizza before diving into the dough. It’s a fun way to spend two hours perfecting your wood-fire oven baking techniques, making a pizza and sipping on the glass of wine or beer that’s included with the $69 class. Sign up at Upcoming Pizza 101 dates: March 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; April 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and April 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Fashion Forward: shoes and nails2016-02-26T08:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.26_sam_edelman.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Sam Edelman at The Gardens Mall</strong></p> <p>The Gardens Mall welcomed the Sam Edelman brand with a 2,600 square foot store that opened on Feb. 6. The store, adorned with rose-colored brass, black leather, pops of green and vintage furniture, embodies the luxuriously stylish footwear that is Sam Edelman. It is positioned on the second floor between H&amp;M and Sephora. Stop in for all of your shoe, handbag and jewelry desires.</p> <p><img alt="" height="578" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.26_deborah_lippmann.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Life’s a beach on your nails</strong></p> <p>Deborah Lippmann is introducing her “Life’s a Beach” nail duo in May, just in time for sun, sand and summer fun. The bright pair will cost $17 and will be available at Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Sephora and <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>The sales tax referendum, real estate notes and a few meeting updates 2016-02-25T07:25:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="394" src="/site_media/uploads/white-figure-examining-tax.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Sales tax referendum     </h3> <p>Not surprisingly, the campaign for a November sales tax referendum in Palm Beach County is looking the worst of something from a committee.</p> <p>       That’s because the strategy is to get as many entities involved as possible. The county needs money for infrastructure work. So does the school district. Each has a good case. The gas tax that finances road and bridge repair hasn’t gone up in two-plus decades. During that time, cars and trucks have become more fuel-efficient. Meanwhile, the Legislature has shorted school districts on money for capital and construction projects.</p> <p>       But the county and school district worry, with good reason, that if each asked for money, both would lose. So the approach is one referendum. That means asking the cities to take a smaller share. It means granting the wish of the county’s cultural council to include cultural organizations. Though doing so would further decrease the share for all entities, the wider reach could increase the base of support and the chance of voter approval.</p> <p>       Some specifics finally emerged this week. The tax increase would be one cent—from six cents to seven cents —and would last for 10 years. The school district would get 45.5 percent, the county 28.5 percent, the cities 18.5 percent and the cultural groups 7.5 percent. Mayor Susan Haynie told me that Boca Raton’s share would be $4.8 million per year. Since the share depends on population, Delray Beach could expect about two thirds of that.</p> <p>       On Wednesday, the Palm Beach County League of Cities board voted to accept those percentages. The margin, though, was 8-7, reflecting the resistance in some cities to take so much less. In a straight county referendum, the cities would get 40 percent. Councilman Mike Mullaugh, Boca’s representative on the board, voted yes.</p> <p>       One reason Boca could be more comfortable with getting less is that the city has “no infrastructure backlog,” Haynie said. Boca has a 10-year capital improvement program toward which the money could go. If the referendum makes the ballot, all 38 cities likely would have to explain how they would spend money. The same goes for the county, school district and cultural council. Haynie said there would be an oversight committee.</p> <p>       As an elected official, Haynie couldn’t campaign for the referendum, but for now she has no position. “There’s a lack of information.” Boca offered no specifics at Wednesday’s meeting, Haynie said, because the city didn’t want to commit so early.</p> <p>       In an email, Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein said widening the reach could backfire. “I think the more hands you have pulling from the same pot, the less compelling this becomes to voters.</p> <p>       “Most people understand the need to reinvest in our schools, because the state is not doing enough, and in failing infrastructure. In both cases, our city would derive tangible benefits—assuming we receive our fair share of both local school spending and infrastructure dollars—and with separate pools of money specific spending is easier to understand, support and hold accountable.</p> <p>       “I think combining it or mixing essential services with cultural council needs will create too much confusion, and it may collapse under its own weight.”</p> <p>       The county commission would have to put the referendum on the ballot. County Administrator Verdenia Baker made the presentation to the League of Cities. Baker hopes to present her findings to the commission in March or April.</p> <h3>Real estate market status report</h3> <p>       Though the Palm Beach County real estate market remains healthy, one area executive believes that sellers in 2016 will have to be “more careful about prices.”</p> <p>       Bill Yahn is the South Florida regional vice president for New York-based Corcoran Group. The company is releasing its report for the fourth quarter of 2015. Countywide, Corcoran’s sales were down 4 percent from a year ago, but sale prices increased by 11 percent—to a median of $255,000—and homes were on the market for an average of 72 days, a decline of 16 percent.</p> <p>       For other headlines, Yahn cited an 18 percent increase in sales of townhomes and villas, especially in Delray Beach, though overall sales within the city were down 14 percent. Corcoran listed the St. George project on North Federal Highway. Yahn said it sold 45 units “before they turned a shovel.” He expects that trend for townhomes to continue, since many new projects are nearing completion. “Anything around the Atlantic Avenue corridor,” Yahn said, “is on fire.”</p> <p>       Corcoran’s total sales in Boca increased 6 percent, though the median price of $210,000 was well under Delray’s $285,000. Nationally, sales of new homes dropped 9.2 percent in January. Prices, however, increased 5.4 percent from 2014, according to the Case-Schiller Index. In South Florida—Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties—the increase was 7.1 percent.</p> <p>       Yahn agrees that the local market is “very strong,” but he cautions that prices are at their post-recession high. He predicts that the market will be trying to “find a balance” this year, which he why he offers that advice on sale prices. It’s his real estate version of the old Wall Street saying: Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered.</p> <h3>Short meetings</h3> <p>       Boca Raton city council members will not want voters to single out this week when they decide in August whether to raise salaries.</p> <p>       Monday’s meeting of the council acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency board lasted 15 minutes. So did the council workshop that followed. Tuesday’s regular council meeting was a comparative marathon at one hour and 40 minutes.</p> <p>       But there’s always a rebalancing. And as the council members would point out, other meetings also demand their time. As referenced earlier, Mayor Haynie and Councilman Mullaugh were at Wednesday’s Palm Beach County League of Cities meeting.</p> <p>Taxi cab compnaies</p> <p>       On Tuesday night, the Boca council took what likely is not its last vote regarding taxis and limousines.</p> <p>       Three cab companies are licensed to operate in Boca. Two have 50 cabs. The third has 20 and sought to add 30, but lost at an administrative hearing. The company appealed to the council, which by a 3-2 vote upheld the hearing officer’s denial. Jeremy Rodgers, Scott Singer and Robert Weinroth were in support, with Mayor Haynie and Council Mullaugh dissenting.</p> <p>       The hearing officer found that the third company had not shown that the city needs 30 more cabs. Actually, there’s no way to know how many drivers for hire work the city, given the current market. Uber, Lyft and other so-called transportation network companies (TNCs) operate illegally in Boca Raton and many other places. The Legislature is seeking to craft statewide rules that would pre-empt city and county regulation, but the House and Senate versions remain different with about two weeks left in the session. The mass murder in Kalamazoo, Mich., by an Uber driver could affect the debate in Tallahassee.</p> <p>       Ultimately, the solution could be zero regulation, which might produce chaos, or much stronger regulation, which the TNCs would ignore, leaving local governments to enforce it. I see this issue coming back to Boca Raton.</p> <h3>Cooper getting some pushback</h3> <p>The formal evaluation of Delray Beach City Manager Don Cooper won’t come until late spring or early summer, but he received an informal one two weeks ago in which the city commission expressed its collective frustration.</p> <p>       It came at the end of the commission’s Feb. 9 workshop meeting. Mitch Katz led off the complaints about the agendas for regular meetings. Jordana Jarjura complained that the backup material from staff is “not sufficient.” While acknowledging that she might be “one of the problems” taking up time—Jarjura regularly meets with Cooper on the Tuesdays of regular meetings—she said the material on which commissioners must base their decisions leaves “too many questions. We’re not hitting it.”</p> <p>       Cooper actually agreed that there’s too much “information at the last minute,” whether it’s from him to the commission or from staff to him. If information gets to Cooper belatedly, items can’t get on the agenda. That delays action by the city.</p> <p>       Apparently, the commission has the right read on this management issue. Cooper meets with department heads to craft the agenda. That scheduling process, he said, is “painful” and “not in satisfactory condition.” Cooper singled out the purchasing and planning departments as being late to provide information. Decisions on items from those departments comprise much of the agenda.</p> <p>       “We need some leadership here,” Commissioner Mitch Katz said. Cooper admitted that he may have been “trying to be too accommodating” of staff weaknesses. Al Jacquet said that while Cooper shouldn’t be “a bully,” he should be more demanding. Mayor Cary Glickstein repeated his complaint that too many administrative questions come to the commission as policy questions.</p> <p>       Shelly Petrolia used examples to show how management breakdowns frustrate the commission. Delray Beach wants to reduce the number of street festivals that require road closings. Petrolia was told at one point that options would be ready by last October. Cooper said “stakeholders”—festival organizers—have been late responding to requests for information.</p> <p>       The other example was the fire-rescue contract with Highland Beach. The town is mad because Delray Beach wants to charge more in a new contract. Highland Beach officials now believe that Delray wants to make a windfall from the contract. Meanwhile, Delray commissioners are peeved because Cooper presumed that they want to keep providing the service. In fact, there had been no such policy decision. “The whole matter,” Glickstein said, “was not handled professionally.”</p> <p>       Cooper sent a letter of apology to Highland Beach two days after the meeting. The contract is on the agenda for Tuesday night’s commission meeting. Cooper will get the direction that he admits he should have sought earlier. It is clear that the commission respects Cooper’s ability. It also is clear that the commission is impatient.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>SunFest Announces 2016 Lineup2016-02-24T14:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>SunFest organizers leaked their 2016 lineup a few days earlier than expected this week, and it promises to live up to its reputation as one of the most eclectic music festivals in the southeast. It features a handful of big-name headliners in rock, rap and R&amp;B, a slew of emerging alternative acts whose songs you know even if you don’t <em>know</em> you know them, and a few classic-rock throwbacks.</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/dd_music_photo_gal_56056_photo_2127577851_lr.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Duran Duran</strong>, one of the few New Wave standard-bearers to survive and thrive into the Aughts, will headline the Ford Stage on Wednesday, April 27, in support of “Paper Gods,” the group’s first album in five years. Over on the Tire Kingdom Stage, recent Grammy winner and “All About That Bass” songstress <strong>Meghan Trainor</strong> will prove why both her throwback music and body image have been an inspiration to millions.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/jason-derulo-so-you-think-you-can-dance-season-12-fox.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>On Thursday, April 28, <strong>Train</strong>, which can almost boast an annual residency at SunFest, will perform its sun-bleached pop-rock anthems and soulful ballads on the Ford Stage, while <strong>Jason Derulo</strong>, the rap producer-turned-crossover artist—and Miramar native—will sexify the Tire Kingdom Stage.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/deathcabforcutie_2014_dcfc_wearetherhoads_kr_1906-original.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Friday, April 29 will feature two of the more exciting indie bands of the past decade: <strong>The Bright Light Social Hour</strong>, the Austin-based art-rock collective turned band whose melding of dance, psychedelic and soul music continues to defy categorization; and North Wales’ raucous <strong>Joy Formidable</strong>, my personal favorite booking of this year’s SunFest, whose springy live show can slay you one minute and lull you into slumber the next. They open, respectively, for <strong>Death Cab for Cutie</strong>, the indie music darlings turned commercial music darlings led by the plaintive confessionals of singer-songwriter Ben Gibbard; and <strong>Bastille</strong>, the English electro-rockers behind “Pompeii” and “Of the Night.” Since both of these bands target the same audience, their competitive time slots is mystifying and unfortunate, but the scheduling gremlins ensure that decisions like this happen every festival.</p> <p><img alt="" height="236" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/zz_top2crop1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The full day of music on Saturday, April 30 is the fest’s classic pop and rock showcase, with sets from <strong>Salt N Pepa</strong> (yes, they still exist), perpetual heartthrob <strong>Rick Springfield</strong>, and the bearded blues rockers of <strong>ZZ Top</strong>. The South Stage’s diverse hip-hop/R&amp;B night includes <strong>Half Deezy, Devon Baldwin</strong> and <strong>G-Eazy</strong>, while <strong>Capital Cities</strong> and <strong>Fitz &amp; the Tantrums</strong> will perform roof-shaking alt-rock on the Ford Stage. Best of all? An afternoon set from the insanely talented <strong>Roots</strong>, on loan from their residency at “The Tonight Show.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/alabama.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The festival closes Sunday, May 1 with another of those frustrating set-time overlays, with the night’s three best acts performing simultaneously: recent Grammy winners and soul-infused rockers <strong>Alabama Shakes</strong>; the soaring, moody and progressive rock veterans <strong>Evanescence</strong>; and <strong>Walk the Moon</strong>, the infectiously cheerful quartet behind “Shut Up and Dance” and “Different Colors.”</p> <p>Other acts scheduled this year include <strong>Andy Grammar, Slightly Stoopid, Steve Aoki, Shovels &amp; Rope</strong> and <strong>Flogging Molly</strong>, along with the customary showcase of local bands.</p> <p>There’s enough here for <em>almost</em> everyone. The lineup looks prettier and shinier the more you delve into it, but it’s missing one element: essential indie rock. There’s nobody in the entire five-day slate that matches last year’s bookings of <strong>The Pixies</strong> or <strong>Wilco</strong> in influence and just plain skill. The many, many people who attended SunFest 2015 <em>only</em> for these bands have little reason to return.</p> <p>Then again, alt-music lovers who can’t handle the expense of Okeechobee Festival next month can enjoy a dance-y showcase closer to home. Overall, SunFest’s musical pulse and sensibilities are in the right place.</p> <p>For the complete schedule and lineup, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Saving Face: a local company’s good-for-you beauty products2016-02-24T09:00:00+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/<p><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>While I mostly write about food that we eat, in this blog I would like to talk about food that our body absorbs through skin. Did you know that skin is your largest organ, and whatever you put on it eventually gets into your bloodstream and can get to your other organs?  With that in mind, when it comes to skincare, my mantra is—“If I can’t eat it, I shouldn't be putting it on my skin.”</p> <p>Luckily, there is a great local company that is dedicated to providing you with organic products that are good for your skin and that make you look and feel fabulous.  Meet: <a href="" target="_blank">It's All Good Organics</a>. All products are handcrafted and made with wholesome, real ingredients and of course, with love. I tried several products and here are my fab four favorites that I want to share with you. </p> <p><img alt="" height="602" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.24_facial_cleanser.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Facial Cleanser</strong> - I have been using it daily for the last few weeks, and I’m loving it. The jojoba oils are great for moisturizing, the clay is a fantastic exfoliant, and the tea tree oil is rich in anti-bacteria and healing properties that can help repair skin issues.<br> <br> <strong>Face Toner</strong> – Unlike conventional toners, this one is actually good for your skin because it has no harsh chemicals. It is made with handcrafted organic rose water that softens and rejuvenates your skin, while organic witch hazel helps soothe and heal it.</p> <p><br> <strong>Face Serum</strong> - This little bottle of sunshine is made with calendula oil that can be used daily as face moisturizer. And did you know that calendula is known to brighten your skin and help stimulate the production of collagen? <em><br> </em><br> <strong>Eye Cream</strong> – I love this cream because it is rich in vitamins A, D and E and has fabulous skin-loving ingredients. For example, aloe helps hydrate your skin, castor oil helps with the natural production of collagen, Shea butter reduces inflammation and carrot seed oil tightens, nourishes and rejuvenates.</p> <p><img alt="" height="239" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.24_its_all_good_organics.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><em><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</em></p> <p><em>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</em></p>Local nursing students help in Guatemala2016-02-24T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Twenty-two students studying to be nurse practitioners at FAU left on Feb. 20 for a weeklong trip to Guatemala, where they and their professors are experiencing healthcare delivery in extreme poverty. The trip abroad took the registered nurses and faculty to one of the country’s most rural areas, Antigua—some 2,000 meters in the mountains.</p> <p>This is the first of two such journeys for Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing faculty and students. The U.S. students are caring for indigenous Maya, who have called Antigua home since 1960, following the 36-year-long civil war that killed more than 200,000 natives, according to an FAU press release.</p> <p>The experience could change these students’ professional lives, forever. The Maya make, on average, about $1 per day, which provides families (many with eight and nine children) small huts made of dirt and straw. The people cook on open fires, and they eat what they farm. Corn is their main food source. Animal protein is scarce, limiting the people’s intake of this protein source to once, maybe twice, a month. Access to water also is a problem, leaving the Maya to walk at least four miles each way to find a clean water source.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.24_guatemala.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>“As a result of their harsh and extreme living conditions, indigenous Maya are inflicted with a number of health conditions including type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, musculoskeletal problems, roundworms caused by parasites and malnutrition, which causes physical and cognitive growth issues in the children,” Dr. Rhonda Goodman, assistant professor of FAU’s College of Nursing and a board-certified family nurse practitioner, says in the release.</p> <p>Goodman has coordinated the outreach program in Guatemala for four years. The program, according to FAU, has provided healthcare access to 4,000 patients and saved countless lives. The American healthcare team sets up clinics and teams with local healthcare providers upon arrival in Guatemala. </p> <p>They have to rely on the basic necessities to provide medical care, including tongue depressors, stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, sterile gloves and glucometers. One of the most important supplies is acetic acid, or vinegar, to screen for cervical cancer. Vinegar takes the place of a traditional Pap smear and provides an effective way to screen for the human papilloma virus and cervical cancer in developing countries. It works like this: Vinegar applied topically turns precancerous tissue white but does not change the color of healthy tissue. Providers know right away if an area is pre-cancerous, and local physicians use a therapy to freeze the bad cells and prevent the disease from spreading. The procedure costs about $1 for each patient. </p> <p>“This is nursing at its most basic form,” Goodman says. “We treat our patients empirically by what we see, what we hear, what we smell and what they tell us. We don’t have X-rays, EKG machines, MRIs and any other equipment you would typically find in a clinic or healthcare facility here or in other developed countries.”</p> <p>Goodman’s good work goes on. She has established a collaborative network of partnerships with non-governmental organizations in Guatemala to create a network that helps to ensure follow-up care for those who need it. </p> <p>“It can be overwhelming,” Goodman says. “But I tell our future nurse practitioners just focus on one patient at a time.”</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/">here</a>. </em></p> <p><strong><em>About Lisette</em></strong></p> <p><em>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href=""></a>.</em></p>Dining on the water2016-02-23T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.23_eau_ocean_dining.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>New eatery opens on beach: Breeze Ocean Kitchen</strong></p> <p>Looking for someplace to take guests, where you can boast about the water temperature versus the minus-digits Northern wind chill? Here’s a fresh new face on the beach: Eau Palm Beach Resort &amp; Spa’s new restaurant, Breeze Ocean Kitchen <em>(pictured- Capehart; 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, 561/533-6000)</em> just opened. It has lots of outside space and some under cover, too, just in case a brief shower hits. The new menu has a ton of seafood dishes with Floridian flavors in the spices and Caribbean, Latin American and Asian highlights. From homemade chips and salsa to a chilled seafood platter and locally caught ceviche, we envision some nice hours spent on the deck by the sea. Breeze’s Open Kitchen is open for lunch at 11 a.m. Cocktail service begins at 5 p.m., and evening tapas and specialty cocktails are from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.23_deck_84_outside.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Reverse Happy Hours start at Deck 84</strong> </p> <p>We knew this had to happen at some point because happy hours are just too good to limit to early evenings. And this is also al fresco! Deck 84 <em>(840 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/665-8484) </em>has a Reverse Happy Hour Sunday through Thursday, from 8 p.m. until closing. At the bar and high tops, enjoy half-price wines by glass, liquor, beer mixed and frozen drinks, too. The regular happy hour, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, is still in effect. So, Deck 84 is pretty happy all the way around. As a bonus, Chef Jon Greening expanded the $10 lunch menu, which now includes special blend sliders, slow-braised pork shoulder sandwich, daily tacos and more. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Building up Boca and other news of note2016-02-23T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.23_mizner_200.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Mizner 200</strong></p> <p>Boca Raton has received the plans for Mizner 200. The project will look nothing its predecessor, and the difference is worth some discussion.</p> <p>As I had reported, Elad Properties wants to build a 384-unit condo project that would replace the 246-unit Mizner on the Green rental complex, which Elad also owns. Mizner 200 would be nine stories tall and would meet the 100-foot height limit for downtown projects submitted under Ordinance 4035.</p> <p>Indeed, Elad representatives tout Mizner 200 as a model downtown project. The setbacks in some cases exceed requirements. Rather than the required 672 parking spaces, Mizner 200 would provide 681. Elad promises adherence to the open space requirements of Ordinance 4035. The project would need just two technical deviations, for tandem parking—cars behind each other—and driveway spacing.</p> <p>At the city’s recommendation, Elad will go through a preliminary hearing to get comments from the Community Appearance Board before the project’s formal hearing. A letter to the city from Elad said the company “has and will continue to discuss” the project with neighbors along Mizner Boulevard. The project, the letter said, will be “consistent and compatible with existing and proposed development in the surrounding area.”</p> <p>But there will be a math question. Elad wants to add 138 units on that roughly 9-acre site. During the 1980s, Boca limited downtown to 8 million square fee of what planners call office-equivalent development. Office use is the most intense. A formula determines how much a developer can build when changing uses. A report from Elad’s consulting engineer calculates that there is enough office equivalent space remaining in that part of downtown for Mizner 200’s 384 units. Part of the city’s review will involve checking the consultant’s math.</p> <p>Nearly two years ago, Elad wanted to demolish Mizner on the Green and replace it with New Mizner on the Green—four towers of luxury condos averaging 300-plus feet in height. The supposed tradeoff would have been a deep setback from Mizner Boulevard. Elad proclaimed that the project would be like nothing Boca Raton had seen.</p> <p>The company was right on that point. No council member even introduced an ordinance to bring up the project for consideration. In one way, that was understandable. The towers would have been more than twice as high as rules allow even under Ordinance 5052, which permits downtown buildings up to 140 feet if they observe Boca’s still-in-progress architectural guidelines.</p> <p>Yet, even if the council had rejected New Mizner on the Green, the discussion might have touched on whether the building code is flexible enough to accommodate creativity. Though its representatives praise Mizner 200’s undulating design—a clear improvement over the existing look—the project would front Mizner Boulevard just like Mizner on the Green.</p> <p>So if residents of Townsend Place to the south, who objected so strongly to New Mizner on the Green, now complain that Mizner 200 would look wall-like, that complaint would be inconsistent and hypocritical. Elad notes, correctly, that the company now wants to build exactly what the rules allow. If the neighbors don’t like that, well, they asked for it.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong><br></strong></p> <p><strong>Building up Boca</strong></p> <p>Overall, building and renovation in Boca Raton continue at a fast pace.</p> <p>During the city’s budget year, which ended on Sept. 30, $401.5 million in projects went through the Development Services Department. Roughly $117 million of that went through during the last three months of the fiscal year. The total for the period from October through December was approximately $61 million.</p> <p>Overall, Development Services Director Ty Harris told me that the city continues to get permits approved faster than the pace that for years had drawn complaints from individual homeowners and major developers. The department’s recent average, however, may be higher because of two big projects that have been under review for about six months. Harris said the city has been awaiting information from the developers.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong><br></strong></p> <p><strong>But where?</strong></p> <p>Any developer seeking to build a large project in Boca Raton faces this problem: There isn’t much land left.</p> <p>There’s room for smaller-scale developments, of course. But the city council just approved University Village on nearly 80 acres north of Florida Atlantic University. That was the largest open site in the city.</p> <p>Here is the alternate strategy: Find property that’s open but being used as something else. Example: Boca Raton’s public golf course on Glades Road west of the Florida Turnpike. Yes, the city-owned course actually is outside the city limits.</p> <p>Boca-based Compson Associates and Miami-based Lennar Properties have been speaking with city officials about a sale of the course. The two parcels amount to nearly 200 acres currently zoned agricultural-residential. The value would be many millions if sold for development. The money would bring the city a windfall, and Boca still would have the city’s executive course at Red Reef Park.</p> <p>Boca finds itself in an enviable position. Though the course isn’t a moneymaker, it’s hardly a drain on the city. Boca officials can wait as the developers debate whether they want all or part of the land, how much mitigation would be needed after so many years of fertilizer use and how much they would be willing to pay.</p> <p>It’s part of a trend. Compson won approval from Palm Beach County to develop the former Mizner Trail Golf Course in Boca Del Mar. Developers are eyeing other private and public courses. Whether through a teardown (Mizner 200) or a conversion (the golf course), developers want that Boca brand.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong><br></strong></p> <p><strong>Good news for Arts Garage</strong></p> <p>Three days after a rough night before the Delray Beach City Commission, Arts Garage got some better news from the Community Redevelopment Agency.</p> <p>In a special meeting on Friday, the CRA board voted to give Arts Garage nearly $70,000 in programming reimbursement. The payment covers the period from last July to last September—the fourth quarter of the fiscal year. The CRA had withheld the payment because of questions about Arts Garage’s financial management.</p> <p>Though the group provided enough information for the CRA to release the money, there remains no financial agreement for the current budget year, which is well into the second quarter. Last year’s agreement brought Arts Garage almost $300,000.</p> <p>The CRA’s finance director recommended that the agency not approve any agreement until Arts Garage meets four conditions: submitting a full 2014-15 audit that addresses concerns in a management letter; securing a lease for its city-owned space through Sept. 30 or beyond; completing new policies and procedures; and completing a strategic plan.</p> <p>Arts Garage President and CEO said, “We are grateful to both the city and the CRA for their support, and we look forward to working with them to continue expanding the dynamic cultural force that Arts Garage has become during these past five years.” So, Arts Garage and its parent organization, Creative City Collaborative (CCC), however, got the same message that they received from the commission. CCC and the city are working on a new lease; the current one expires on March 15. The commission also wants a management shakeup.</p> <p>That may have started with a board shakeup. At its meeting Thursday, the board named Brian Rosen chairman. He had been vice chairman. Former Chairman Steve Michael, a principal of Hudson Holdings, remains on the board. Rosen told me Monday that the board is “trying to address” every issue the city and the CRA raised.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong><br></strong></p> <p><strong>City obstruction in Delray?</strong></p> <p>Atlantic Crossing has appealed a Delray Beach advisory board’s denial of a site plan that includes an access road from Federal Highway. The appeal should be on next Tuesday’s city commission meeting.</p> <p>The discussion should be interesting. The commission asked for an access road, without ever making a choice. A traffic consultant chose the one Atlantic Crossing submitted. City staff recommended denial of the plan because a separate consultant said the road would cause traffic problems instead of being a helpful outlet.</p> <p>If commissioners uphold the denial, Atlantic Crossing will cite it as one more example of city obstruction. The developers are suing Delray over what they allege is an attempt to kill the project. If commissioners reject the denial, they will have voted against the access road they asked for. Residents who oppose Atlantic Crossing also might object to that decision.</p> <p>In a statement Monday, Don DeVere, the vice president of Edwards Companies, said, “We continue to make every effort to work amicably with the city to get Atlantic Crossing underway.” <strong>   </strong></p> <p><strong><br></strong></p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p> <p><strong><br></strong></p>The Week Ahead: Feb. 23 to 292016-02-22T13:22:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>THURSDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="509" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/curtains.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Curtains”</strong></p> <p>Where: The Wick, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $70-$75</p> <p>Contact: 561/995-2333, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Even if it was a clunker, “Curtains” would have earned a place in musical theater history, as the last collaboration between composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb, who gifted our culture with “Cabaret,” “Chicago” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” among many others. Ebb died before the completion of “Curtains,” missing the opportunity to enjoy its Broadway premiere in 2007. The irony is that “Curtains” has the zing and zip of a show by a writer in his sardonic prime, not his twilight years. Described as a “backstage murder mystery musical comedy,” this self-referential tribute to the medium takes place during the opening night of a star-crossed musical called “Robbin’ Hood of the Old West.” When the show’s untalented leading lady is killed during her curtain call—she’ll be played by our own Kimberly Wick in this production—a detective who happens to be an expert in musical theater is summoned to solve the case. New York actor Tony Edgerton will make his Wick premiere as the detective, a role that turned David Hyde Pierce into a musical star on Broadway. The show runs through March 27.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="209" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/edp_thezombies_ps29416c.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The Zombies</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $37.50-$57.50</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>With the exceptions of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who and the Kinks, the Zombies are arguably the most important ‘60s British rock band to “invade” the U.S. In the course of just two albums released during that tumultuous decade, the group evolved from conventional mop-topped magnets for hysterically screaming teenyboppers to true artists, thanks to the 1968 psych-pop classic “Odyssey and Oracle,” whose singles “Care of Cell 44” and “This Will Be Our Year” have been covered repeatedly in the nearly five decades since its release. The Zombies flamed out shortly after that epochal record, reuniting in the ‘90s and achieving an unexpected, Lazarus-like re-emergence in the Aughts—though given that they’re called The Zombies, I suppose we shouldn’t be too surprised about their rise from the ashes. Original members Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone will perform at least 20 songs from both periods of their band’s existence, including such enduring staples as “She’s Not There” and “Time of the Season.”</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/30-11-2015-chi_e_la_doppiatrice_di_debbie_gibson_in_mega_python_vs_gatoroid.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p><strong>What: “Reunion: The Ultimate ‘80s Concert”</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $24.24-$48.50</p> <p>Contact: 800/745-3000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>A boatful of 1980s chart-topping pop stars and imaginatively hardoed New Wave bands will board Holland America’s Eurodam from Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, performing a few watery sets for the lucky, deep-pocketed nostalgists who booked staterooms in the inaugural “’80s Cruise.” Thankfully, the talent has proven kind enough to perform for us landlocked folks too. Debbie Gibson, who in 1988 broke records as the youngest female artist to write, record and produce a No. 1 single with “Foolish Beat,” will revisit her 25-year oeuvre, with support from five bands that have headlined festivals of their own over the years: space-age synthpop pioneers A Flock of Seagulls; retro-futurist dance-poppers Information Society; dancehall staples Wang Chung; “I Melt With You” one-hit wonders Modern English; and the freestyling nine-piece Nu Shooz.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/ad094dd7a77420af49ef97862e33a318.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Fall Out Boy</strong></p> <p>Where: Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45–$105</p> <p>Contact: 800/745-3000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When Fall Out Boy embarked on a four-year hiatus in 2009, it left the group’s millions of fans crestfallen, prompting many to assume that the band had broken up for good. But the fallout (sorry) from the Chicago quartet’s creative differences and its years of self-described “decompressing” resulted in an unlikely second coming: It’s no coincidence that a single from Fall Out Boy’s 2013 comeback album “Save Rock and Roll” was called “Phoenix.” Recorded in secrecy, with publicity photos depicting the band torching its back catalog in a bonfire, the album presented the world a Fall Out Boy 2.0, with less pop-punk angst and more dance-pop swagger. Its follow-up, 2015’s “American Beauty/American Pyscho,” has landed the group the kind of Top 40 success it never would have achieved had it stayed its original three-chord course, earning a torrent of new fans while alienating only the most recalcitrant emo purists. Nine months after packing the mainstage at SunFest, Fall Out Boy revisits South Florida for a comparatively intimate Hard Rock Live show, with special guests Awolnation. </p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="210" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/taylorspan.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Paul Taylor Dance Company</strong></p> <p>Where: Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach State College, 4200 Congress Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45</p> <p>Contact: 561/868-3309, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>An appearance by this internationally acclaimed company, whose founder danced under Balanchine and later taught Twyla Tharp, always promises to be a highlight of the regional dance season. The troupe’s 2015 dances spanned 45 years of choreographic ingenuity, and reviews lauded the dancers’ lyricism, muscularity and ambiguity. This special performance will feature selections slated for its March 2016 residency at Lincoln Center in New York, which includes the eclectic vaudeville homage “Also Playing,” the poetic Walt Whitman tribute “Beloved Renegade,” the neoclassical abstract masterpiece “Equinox,” the uproarious comedy “Offenbach Overtures” and the black-clad majesty of “Promethean Fire.”</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="192" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/mcb-yotr-864-415-1014x487.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Miami City Ballet Program III</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $20–$99</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Justin Peck, one of the hottest young choreographers to enter companies’ repertories in recent years, choreographs the most anticipated ballet of Program III. Enjoying its Miami City Ballet premiere, Peck’s “Year of the Rabbit” takes its score from an unlikely source: the pop composer and indie-music darling Sufjan Stevens, whose 2002 instrumental album “Enjoy the Rabbit,” inspired by the Chinese Zodiac, prompted Peck to choreograph his own interpretation of the astrological symbols. Stevens’ music will set the tone for Peck’s unorthodox movements, featuring 18 dancers and showcasing his 12-member corps de ballet far more than most choreographers. Another MCB premiere, Paul Taylor’s “Sunset,” plays like the haunting flipside to the shore-leave ebullience of the season’s earlier “Fancy Free,” addressing soldiers’ separations from their loved ones on the home front. The program’s final performance, the sly “Bourree Fantasque,” finds George Balanchine melding Russian dance, the tango and the can-can into his dynamic American formula.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/italian-fest-downtown-boca.jpg" width='400\" height='> </p> <p><strong>What: Italian Fest</strong></p> <p>Where: Sanborn Square, 72 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 4 to 10 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/393-7807, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>You can throw a breadstick down any main thoroughfare of Boca Raton and hit an Italian restaurant. Fettuccine Alfredo is practically a second currency here. But aside from framed posters from mafia movies on pizzeria walls, the spirit of Italian culture is less pervasive. That’s what makes this celebration of all things Italy so unique: The culinary favorites you’ve grown to love will be dished in downtown Boca (and will surely taste more of Europe than Olive Garden), but Sanborn Square also will resonate with the sights and sounds of Italy. Ray Massa’s EuroRhythms, whose repertoire ranges from polkas, waltzes and traditional Italian sing-a-longs to contemporary Italian pop hits from the ‘80s to today, will headline a live music lineup that also includes Tre Bella, a girl group specializing in three-part harmonies; Frank Todaro, a Frank Sinatra tribute singer; and Gianni Mennillo, an accordion world champion. Plenty if imported libations will available for purchase for the adults, and children can enjoy rides, face painting, a sketch artist and more.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/hqdefault.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta”</strong></p> <p>Where: NSU Art Museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 6 to 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free for members, $15 nonmembers</p> <p>Contact: 954/525-5500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For decades, Ana Mendieta’s premature death has overshadowed her remarkable life. In 1985, the Cuban-American artist died at age 38 from a fall from the 34th floor Greenwich Village apartment she shared with her husband, the minimalist artist Carl Andre. Andre was later acquitted for Mendieta’s death, a verdict that remains controversial to this day and draws attention away from her groundbreaking work, which charted disturbing new frontiers in performance art, sculpture and video. The Cuban exile, who at the age of 12 fled her home country two years after Fidel Castro’s coup, dealt with cultural displacement, violence and death throughout her oeuvre. Arguably the creator of the “earth-body” sculpture genre, she created more than 200 works of art using earthen material like mud, sand and grass, ultimately focusing on her own body and the blood within it. Her art married a contemplative study of nature with a vengeful feminism, and NSU Art Museum will showcase her video work with this compilation of the largest number of Mendieta films ever screened together in the United States. It runs through July 3.</p>New faces and new places2016-02-22T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>Some new faces and new places are here or due to open in the next couple of months. We are excited about trying out these menus!</p> <p><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.22_burger_beer_dish.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>‘Changing the burger game’: Burger &amp; Beer Joint, CityPlace</strong></p> <p>When every burger is named for a rock ‘n’ roll song, you know you’re in for a fun atmosphere. Burger &amp; Beer Joint has opened its sixth location at 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach. On the menu is the Hotel California Burger (pictured: beef, sharp cheddar, onions, fried egg, guacamole, jalapeno relish, cilantro sour cream) and the Hey Jude (chicken burger, bacon, Havarti cheese, avocado), among others. Try the brews that include Brooklyn Lager, Due South Caramel Cream Ale, Sierra Nevada Noon Pilsner and more. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. There’s also the Ten-Pound Mother Burger challenge, but that’s for another time.</p> <p><img alt="" height="184" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.22_jardin_clematis_logo.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Seasonal dishes, creative cocktails: Jardin to open on Clematis</strong></p> <p>Husband and wife chef team Jordan Lerman and Stephanie Cohen will open Jardin <em>(330 Clematis St., West Palm Beach)</em> in April. In the Via Jardin building and sporting a flower-filled courtyard, the restaurant will have fresh, seasonal cuisine and craft cocktails on the menu. Lerman and Cohen worked in New York and recently at Boca Raton’s Rebel House. The plan is to open for dinner and weekend brunch, with intentions to start lunch after that.</p> <p><img alt="" height="345" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.22_ouzo_bay.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>First Baltimore, now Boca Raton: Ouzo Bay opens this summer</strong></p> <p>You’ll have another eatery for Greek/Mediterranean later this summer, as restaurateurs Alexander Smith and George Aligeorgas open the second Ouzo Bay location in Boca’s Mizner Park. The other Ouzo Bay is in Baltimore, and the commitment to fresh food will travel to South Florida, too. Whole fish will be flown in from around the world, with grass-fed lamb, prime beef and organic chicken. Handcrafted cocktails and a wine list heavy on Greek wines are promised, too. Opa!</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Web Xtra: John Weisberg2016-02-19T15:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>In about eight months, John Weisberg will have carefully pressed and glued together 300 pounds of wood. Alone in his garage workshop, the Boca native will have finished constructing a version of an already unique musical instrument—a harpsichord.</p> <p>“I’ve made guitars, violins, ukuleles, mandolins,” Weisberg says. “This is what I do.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/bm_john_weisberg-56.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Well, that’s not all he does. At 27, Weisberg is continuing his undergrad studies in oboe performance at Lynn University’s Conservatory of Music. His burgeoning talent will be recognized by the Florida East Coast Chapter of the National Society of Arts &amp; Letters, which will award Weisberg (and several other students) with a scholarship on April 1 at the annual Red Rose Gala.</p> <p>That Weisberg would take to classical music is no surprise given his bloodline. His late father, Arthur Weisberg, was a famous oboist and conductor; his mother, Diane, is an accomplished violinist and teacher at Florida Atlantic University.</p> <p>The urge to build instruments, however, is all Weisberg’s. So why build instead of buy? John cites the expense and quality of today’s instruments—but also the education of creating instruments from another era.</p> <p>“It’s been a great experience learning about these instruments, modern and ancient, and being able to craft them and make them sound like what they would have sounded like all those years ago,” he says.</p> <p>Weisberg finished constructing his first piece in 2009. He had been teaching himself how to play guitar and was drawn to the ever-progressing style and sounds of the instrument.</p> <p>“I was surprised by some of the enormous stretches of change in style that 18th to 19th century guitar music had,” he says. “I started researching. Then I started to see how much or little I could spend if I just built my own. Many years, and over 100 instruments later, I know what I’m doing. I wouldn’t trade that time investment for anything.”</p> <p>When asked what instruments he eventually could play, he pauses and says, “Given time? I think I could play anything. I’m a professional oboist, but I do play guitar and piano. I played the sitar for a while. Violin was also tested out at one point.”</p> <p>Weisberg, who has performed with ensembles large and small at events throughout South Florida, credits Lynn’s conservatory and its professors for bringing out the best in him.</p> <p>“I think it’s a great program,” he says. “The department is doing everything right. They help a lot of [aspiring] musicians. They offer opportunities that just don’t exist at other schools.”</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>34th Annual Red Rose Gala</strong></p> <p><strong>When</strong>: April 1</p> <p><strong>Where</strong>: Mar-a-Lago Club, Palm Beach</p> <p><strong>What</strong>: The local chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters will once again raise the bar at its annual gala, bringing together students, mentors and music lovers from all backgrounds. In addition to recognizing deserving students with scholarships, the 2016 gala will honor noted American conductor Gerard Schwarz, Emmy- and Grammy-winning musician and conductor laureate of the Seattle Symphony. Boca residents Marilyn and Mark Swillinger are gala chairs; Brian Edwards and Alyce Erickson are co-chairs; and Patrick Park is honorary gala chair.</p> <p><strong>Tickets</strong>: $500 per person; call 561/391-6380 for details</p>Andy Warhol Lives On at Boca Museum2016-02-19T14:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>We’re supposed to accept that Andy Warhol died on Feb. 22, 1987, nearly three decades ago to the day. Like Elvis and Tupac, I’d rather not believe it. Though he hasn’t been spotted around the Manhattan haunts of his artistic primacy, his presence is felt everywhere, his legacy only deepening with time. From commercial galleries to museum shows to cinema retrospectives to magazine articles, neither Andy Warhol nor “Andy Warhol”—neither the man nor his cultivated public image—has ever gone away.</p> <p>His corpus as well as his influence looms so large over both cultural and art history that it’s virtually uncontainable within one retrospective exhibition. The Boca Raton Museum of Art seems to have understood this, programming not one but three Warhol-centered exhibitions in its ground-floor galleries, a multifaceted celebration timed to coincide with art-fair season. The three exhibitions—“Warhol on Vinyl,” “Warhol Prints From the Collection of Marc Bell” and “In and Out With Andy”—each speak to a different aspect of Warhol, and each one offers an equally valid starting point with which to immerse yourself in his life and art.</p> <p><img alt="" height="274" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/warholbackstage.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>I started with Andy the person. “In and Out With Andy” is a collection of black-and-white images shot by Bob Colacello, the official photographer for Warhol’s <em>Interview </em>magazine. Few had Colacello’s access to the Factory and the social parties Warhol attended with his celebrity friends, and few would have seemed less star-struck by the company than Colacello, who called himself an “accidental photographer.” His untrained eye and lack of deference for his subjects result in candid, off-kilter images of Warhol himself—munching on a scone in Naples one morning—and his endless entourage.</p> <p>Shooting on a pocket-sized 35mm camera and lingering unobtrusively in doorways and outside windows, Colacello captured Kevin Farley’s naked midsection, Fred Hughes bare-assed in front of a bathroom mirror, and Roman Polanski sporting the glassy-eyed looked off the heavily drugged. Warhol appears demystified in many of these shots; in most of them, he’s a social butterfly and all smiles, without the disaffected cool he projected when he knew was being filmed.</p> <p><img alt="" height="556" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/bc_carmenodile_p121.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>But the most importance aspect of “In and Out” is its revelation of the depth and breadth of Warhol’s Rolodex. We expect to see Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, but not so much Arnold Schwarzenegger and members of the Reagan Administration. It’s surreal to imagine Henry Kissinger and Paul Morrissey cavorting at the same party, but Warhol made no distinctions. Fame was all that mattered, whether you were a country singer or a countess—a philosophy that certainly imbued his artwork.</p> <p>Though Warhol’s oeuvre encompassed painting, printmaking, sculpture, film and even shoe illustrations, the Boca Museum recognizes that only one medium proved to be a consistent Warhol muse from his early days as a commercial illustrator to his death: album art. “Warhol on Vinyl” is a fascinating overview of an artist’s radical evolution as filtered through a chronological progression of identically sized 12-inch square canvases. It’s also a reminder of an art form our culture risks losing, as music consumption has (d)evolved from physical to digital collections.</p> <p>Warhol’s contributions to album art began way back in 1949, during his time as a commercial illustrator. These commissioned blotted line drawings for classical, jazz and ethnic folk records bear little resemblance to the signature style he would develop later. Most of them supplemented barebones text-driven covers with a drawing of an instrument; a Spanish-language instruction LP included a trio of sombreros.</p> <p>By 1954, however, you can see his imagination begin to flourish, with his graphically bold Thelonious Monk image—the word “Monk” fills the cover, each letter jutting at a jazzy angle. In 1955, his cover for a Count Basie album, with the Count looking askance as a cigarette dangles from his lips, made history as Warhol’s first celebrity portrait. Viewers will detect the embryonic form of his repetitive serial paintings—one image repeated in multiple hues—in his different-colored editions of Kenny Burrell’s “Blue Light.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/velvet-velvet_31.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>His unfettered brilliance fully flowered in the ‘60s and ‘70s, when he released a number of covers that were as interactive as they were innovative, breaking new ground that few, if any, album artists have managed to replicate since. Every music lover knows his iconic “Banana” cover for his protégés the Velvet Underground, but comparatively few have peeled back the banana to reveal the pink phallus underneath—a naughty treat for the lucky owners of the original edition.</p> <p>Soon after, he would create a functional zipper on the Rolling Stones’ appropriately lascivious cover for “Sticky Fingers,” with its close-up of a jeaned crotch: Pull down the zipper and you could see the underwear. For John Cale’s “Academy in Peril,” Warhol filled the cover with serial Kodachrome portraits of the singer-songwriter, which consumers of the album could cover up or reveal. Warhol didn’t just make attractive artwork that spoke to the bands’ sensibilities: He revolutionized an art form, turning album covers into movable sculptures.</p> <p><img alt="" height="397" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/jacek-3077.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Finally, “Warhol Prints From the Collection of Marc Bell” is a greatest-hits collections with which to send Warhol-ites homem as satisfied as ever by the breathtaking familiarity—the 20 variations of Campbell’s Soup Cans, the rainbow of Maos, the neon moonwalkers. It’s a cliché to re-iterate the obvious, but seeing these images out of context or on calendars or on websites hardly does them justice. Nobody—at least since Van Gogh—saw flowers like Warhol did, in all their psychedelic radioactive strangeness, and his “Flowers” series packs the most fragrant wallop when hung on a gallery wall in large frames. Equally stunning is his quartet of Queen Elizabeths, all the same but different, both honorable and disconcerting to the monarch, equal parts a tribute and freakshow.</p> <p><img alt="" height="494" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/jacek-3064.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Bell’s collection includes Warhol’s ahead-of-his-time “Ads” series from 1985, which not only revealed the artistic beauty in the corporate logos of Chanel, Paramount, Macintosh and others. It also captured the ubiquity of corporate branding in our everyday lives and shattered the distinctions between high and low art. The “Myths” series, from 1981, which hangs adjacent to “Ads,” delivers a similar message, elevating figures from popular culture into Warhol’s populist aesthetic: Superman, Dracula, Mickey Mouse, Santa Claus.</p> <p>But who’s that in the bottom right corner? It’s Warhol himself. Ever the self-reflexive re-appropriator, he was probably the first to receive the wisdom that three-plus decades of art history and analysis have posthumously concluded: That he has become as mythic as his subjects.</p> <p><em>All exhibitions run through May 1 at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Admission costs $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for students with ID. Call 561/392-2500 or visit</em></p>Staff Picks: iPic and Tuck Room2016-02-19T12:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong>The Tuck Room at iPic Miami</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="559" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.19_tuck_room.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em></p> <p>“I recently visited the new Tuck Room (tucked within the iPic theater) in North Miami Beach. I love the vibe! The unique atmosphere with beautiful work by local artists blended with the artful interior is the perfect backdrop for a place that offers bespoke cocktails and delicious bites. I recommend the spicy tuna hand roll to start, as well as, of course, the truffle fries. The roasted snapper was very tasty as our main course. The Tuck Room offers several handmade cocktails on tap including the yummy "lookbetternaked" margarita. Plus, they have a sugarcane press, which they juice on the spot for those fabulous mojitos they make! We then headed off to watch a movie. We were totally spoiled with the comfortable amenities in the theater. The entire experience was wonderful, and I highly recommend it for a night out for cocktails, dinner and a movie!”</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a> // 3701 NE 163<sup>rd</sup> St., North Miami Beach // 786/653-7061)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>iPic Miami</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.19_ipic_miami.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Mandy Wynne, Production Manager</em></p> <p>“Go for the movies, stay for the craft cocktails, or vice versa! Before a recent experience, the word "iPic" brought to mind a 3D cinematic adventure of average quality — boy, was I wrong! In reality, my first iPic visit was a real eye-opener: a premium setting, predominantly with the most comfortable reclining chairs that you can imagine. At full recline, snuggled up with a warm, fleecy blanket (that was provided along with accompanying pillow), I watched the movie "Dirty Grandpa" —which was hilarious by the way! The wait staff, appropriately named "Ninjas," crept quietly between rows, offering complimentary popcorn and supplying the patrons with delicious, craft cocktails and other tasty treats from the adjoining "Tuck Room." The only downside to the experience was that I had to crawl out of my cozy space and drive home. I've now been completely spoiled by iPic. Cinema-going will never be the same for this movie lover!”</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank">iPic</a> has South Florida locations in North Miami Beach and Boca Raton.)</p>New drinks and restaurants in Broward and Miami2016-02-19T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>Headed to Broward or Miami-Dade? Here are some new drinks that will start your weekend off in a fun way, and then there are some new places you need to know about, too! Happy Weekend!</p> <p><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.19_db_bistro_leah_manhattan.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Maplenut Manhattans and other creative drinks: db Bistro Moderne</strong> </p> <p>The db Bistro Moderne <em>(255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305/421-8800)</em> bartending gang has created some new inventions to help ease you into the weekend. Among them is Leah putting together the Maplenut Manhattan (pictured), and we bring you the recipe here, too.</p> <p>Maplenut Manhattan</p> <p>2 ounces bourbon</p> <p>1 ounce Carpano Antica</p> <p>¼ ounce Smoked Maple Syrup</p> <p>4-5 dashes black walnut bitters</p> <p>Shake ingredients vigorously with ice. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with maple-glazed walnut.</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.19_cantina_laredo_cabo_flip.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>National Margarita Day specials continue: Cantina Laredo</strong></p> <p>Speaking of drinks, National Margarita Day on Feb. 22 is fast approaching, and Cantina Laredo <em>(501 Silks Run, Hallandale, 954/457-7662)</em> is getting in on the action with $7 Cabo Flip margaritas (pictured). I love the inventiveness of this fresh lime margarita with Cabo Wabo Reposado, Grand Marnier Orange Liqueur and a lime boat full of tequila!</p> <p><img alt="" height="612" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.19_louie_bossi_popsicle.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Chill with the popular cocktails at Louie Bossi’s</strong></p> <p>The Popsicle cocktail (pictured) at Louie Bossi’s Ristorante, Bar &amp; Pizzeria <em>(1032 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954/356-6699) </em>will tickle your taste buds at the popular restaurant. Or try the pineapple martini, sgropino pear martini and a finale with the arrivederchi cocktail. Bene! </p> <p><img alt="" height="301" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.19_sushi_garage.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>New and renovated eateries: Sushi Garage, Oceans 2000</strong></p> <p>There’s Miami Beach, Miami proper, Wynwood and there’s Sunset Harbour, which just welcomed <strong>Sushi Garage</strong> <em>(pictured, 1784 West Ave., Miami, 305/763-8355)</em>. The restaurant features traditional Japanese food and drinks. It seats 100, and is owned by the restaurateurs Jonas and Alexandra Milla,  Juvia Miami Beach and Bonito St. Barth Chef Partner Sunny Oh. </p> <p>Take in the newly renovated <strong>Ocean</strong> <strong>2000</strong> restaurant at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort <em>(2000 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 800/525-6232),</em> sit seaside, and try one of the monthly “Evening Under the Moon” events, with a five-course prix-fixe menu that includes telescopes and visits from an astrologer!</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Fashion Forward: Society Sundays at The Polo Club2016-02-19T08:00:00+00:00LL Scene/blog/author/llscenegirls/<p class="normal">Society Sundays at The International Polo Club are the quintessential ‘See &amp; Be Scene’ events of the spring. Complete with wall-to-wall buffets, high fashion, endless champagne, specialty bars and celebrity sightings, what’s not to love? We were pleasantly surprised by the fashion; as women graced the greens in classic Lilly Pulitzer and floppy hats. They stood out in ‘not so Polo traditional’ looks that worked. Our goal was to find a happy medium between the two: preppy spring colors with a splash of LL Scene chic. </p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="543" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.19_polo_club_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">Upon arrival, we were escorted to a private table with front row polo viewing. The ambiance and service were nothing less than phenomenal, as each guest was treated like an A-list celebrity. Halfway through the match, everyone was invited onto the greens to stomp divots—better known as having a ‘Pretty Woman' moment, complete with complimentary champagne and ice cream.</p> <p class="normal">We expected the ‘after party’ to offer coffee and after dinner drinks, but it was quite the opposite! Down came the blackout curtains, and in came a Palm Beach dance party for the stars. It was our kind of after party; fully equipped with a DJ, flashing lights and cold cocktails. We walked down the red carpet to the VIP Lounge, where bottle service and gorgeous people were plentiful. Whether you’re a ‘Palm Beach Girl’ or a ‘Palm Beach Woman,’ we can guarantee that Sunday polo is the epitome of the high society dream you thought it would be, but less stuffy! </p> <p class="normal">The Polo Club offers a variety of ticketing options suited for any experience, but if you’re looking to get the most out of your Sunday, we highly recommend the Veuve Clicquot Airstream Lounge Brunch Package for Two. This package includes the Pavilion Reception, a lavish gourmet brunch, a complimentary bottle of Veuve Clicquot at your table and exclusive VIP Airstream Lounge or Veranda seating. Sunday Polo anyone? </p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="792" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.19_polo_club_4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">#SceneBoys</p> <p class="normal">The boys were a little reluctant when we told them about our Sunday Polo plans. They knew their outfits would be forced on them, and they would have to take a million pictures of the #SceneGirls. We immediately pulled out a “we told you so” as we walked up to the amazing buffet. With instant drink refills, #SceneBoy settings and polo matches, they were pretty happy with how the day unfolded. The after party was the biggest shock of all. By the end of the day, none of us wanted to leave. The next day, they were on the phone with their buddies bragging about their day and planning their next Polo outing. </p> <p class="normal"><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>About Lindsey &amp; Lilly</strong></p> <p class="normal">Lindsey Swing &amp; Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of <a href="">LLScene</a>, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to "20-30 somethings" looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they're fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey &amp; Lilly will continue to enjoy being "dog moms" to Bentley &amp; Duke.  </p>Bernie Madoff: Before and After2016-02-18T12:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p class="p1">In 2009, <em>Boca Mag </em>discussed Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme and how it tarnished the lives of his Boca Raton clients. Below is an excerpt from that feature:</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/madoff.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">In one portrait, the subject wears the devil’s guise, complete with high collar and a red skullcap. Horns protrude from his head, and he has a long, knife-sharp ear. His heavily lidded eyes look down, and his mouth is fixed in a tight, subtle grin. He appears, if not proud of himself, certainly satisfied with what he has wrought.</p> <p class="p2">In another portrait, he wears a different uniform: black and gray prison stripes, with matching cap. He seems more like himself (although some would argue the first rendering does him more justice); the face is fleshier, the features more lifelike. As in the first portrait, he looks down. A Mona Lisa smile crosses his lips. He seems strangely resigned to his fate. </p> <p class="p2">The jig is up.</p> <p class="p2">The artist has dubbed the 11-by-14-inch pastel drawings “Before” and “After.” A better title might well be “The Devil and Bernie Madoff,” for, in both cases, that’s who the subject is—Bernard Madoff, the architect of the biggest Ponzi scheme in history.</p> <p class="p2">The artist is Boca Raton resident Bernard Hoffman.</p> <p class="p2">“We invested with Madoff after my [in-laws] had been with him [as clients] for more than 20 years,” says Hoffman, speaking from his vacation home in Pennsylvania. “We didn’t have the kind of money [Madoff] was interested in, but my wife convinced him because of the family connections.”</p> <p class="p2">It’s a familiar story by now: investors being made to feel as if Madoff, the Midas of Wall Street, was somehow doing them a favor by taking them on as clients, when really all he was doing was taking them to the cleaners. Most investors never even met Madoff. They would invest their money through friends or relatives or as part of a hedge fund or other collective. Hoffman was an exception.</p> <p class="p2">“I wanted to see the man I was giving my money to,” he remembers, adding that Madoff preferred checks—no transfers of stocks or bonds, please. Hoffman delivered his money to Madoff’s New York City office in May 2006, and the two men met briefly. “He was magnificently well-dressed, well-groomed,” Hoffman says, “and extremely cordial.”</p> <p class="p2">Other than that initial impression, Hoffman remembers little of his interaction with Madoff that day. Nothing profound was said. Nothing memorable happened. Hoffman just handed Madoff his check, thanked him, and left.</p> <p class="p2">“I finally felt I was financially secure in my private life,” says the 78-year-old retired advertising executive, who declined to be photographed for this story. “Until my son called me [in December 2008] and told me [Madoff] was arrested.”</p> <p class="p1">That, too, is usually how it happened for Madoff’s investors. The end came not with a bang but a whimper. They got up one morning, poured themselves a cup of coffee, turned on the television and discovered they were a lot poorer than when they went to bed. </p> <p class="p1">Almost 50 years ago, Hannah Arendt, writing about the Holocaust, coined the phrase “the banality of evil,” in which she speculated that unspeakable evil could simply be the end result of a series of otherwise unremarkable acts; a man shakes your hand, pats you on the back, fills out some paperwork—or doesn’t—and then one day, your life is destroyed. For the perpetrator, it’s business as usual. For the victim, it can feel like being struck by lightning out of a clear blue sky.</p> <p class="p1">“It’s more of a psychological blow,” says Hoffman, who lost more than $700,000 with Madoff, enough that he needed help from his son to pay off his mortgage. “The biggest thing right now is fear of the future.” While he waits for the future to get here, Hoffman, perhaps trying to tell himself that he should have been able to see Madoff for what he was all along, draws portraits of his nemesis as Lucifer.</p>Review: Pat&#39;s Wine Bar &amp; Grill2016-02-18T10:00:00+00:00Shaina Wizov/blog/author/Shaina/<p>Nuzzled in the back of Royal Palm Place is a cozy little wine bar that’s bringing a taste of Napa Valley to downtown Boca. Pat’s Wine Bar &amp; Grill opened this past summer and has since made itself at home serving guests hand selected wines from all over the world and tapas-style small plates and entrees to pair with a glass of vino. A good glass of wine and tasty appetizers? This sounds like my kind of place!</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.18_pats_wine_bar_2.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>You can’t go wrong with a crisp glass of Sauvignon Blanc… add in a little truffle burrata and I’m in heaven. The burrata was accompanied by the most gorgeous vine ripened tomatoes I’ve seen in South Florida in quite some time. Each bite burst with flavor. The basil and aged balsamic only elevated them even more. I could have eaten an entire bowl of just those tomatoes and been happy. But… burrata. Better yet, truffle burrata. Can you even imagine how excited I was to dig in?! The essence of truffle could be found in every nook and cranny of this creamy cheese. Every single bite was better than the last.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.18_pats_wine_bar_1.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>Another one of my favorite bites were the tacos. On the menu, they come with grilled chicken, sweet onion, cilantro and housemade sriracha! Lucky for me (since I don’t eat meat), the owner, Pat, got in some fresh yellowtail snapper that morning and graciously offered to make me fish tacos instead. Yellowtail is one of my favorite kinds of fish, and it was cooked just right. The sriracha is a beautiful, delicious balance of sweet and spicy, and it tasted perfect with the fish! If you’re a taco lover, you’ll want to give these a try. Even better, they are only $2 during happy hour (Tuesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.)!</p> <div>Pat’s has a great selection of wines and appetizers perfect for grabbing a drink with girlfriends or even if you just need to wind down on your own after a long day. Pat’s Wine Bar &amp; Grill may be just what Downtown Boca needed.</div> <div> </div> <div>To read the full review, visit <a href="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>. </div> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Shaina was born and raised in South Jersey; she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in journalism and media studies. After moving to Boca, Shaina created her own food blog, which has only enhanced her passion for cooking, baking, sipping and savoring her way around South Florida. Shaina is involved in many of the region’s food and wine festivals and events. Follow Shaina’s foodie adventures every other Thursday at—and on her own blog, <a href="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</p>Arts Garage gets another chance, FAU looks for state money &amp; other items of note2016-02-18T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/devilsmusic.jpg" width="280"></h3> <h3>Arts Garage gets a reprieve—with conditions</h3> <p>Arts Garage may be getting favorable reviews from its patrons, but the notices Tuesday night from the Delray Beach City Commission were much more critical.</p> <p>       With its lease for roughly 10,000 square feet in Pineapple Grove expiring next month, Arts Garage wanted the commission to extend the lease for 10 years at the same, below-market rate of $800 per month. The group also wanted a purchase option at the end of the lease. Arts Garage offered nothing in return except to continue providing creative programming. To make its case, Arts Garage turned out many supporters, from as far away as Parkland and Atlantis. All spoke passionately.</p> <p>       The argument flopped. Showing more consensus than on many recent high-profile issues, the commission rejected the idea of a 10-year lease. The offer to Arts Garage likely will be more like three to five years. There will be new demands for improved management and accountability. The commission wants more programming aimed at minority residents who live west of Swinton Avenue and more diversity on the Arts Garage board, which includes no African-Americans.</p> <p>       That demand came from Al Jacquet, the commission’s only minority member, but others supported the idea, saying that an organization that accepts city money is obligated to serve the whole community. Those who spoke for Arts Garage were white and skewed older.</p> <p>       The new lease may contain a clause that allows the city to opt out if Arts Garage isn’t meeting its commitments. The lease almost certainly will contain a clause requiring city approval for any collaboration between Arts Garage and other groups that might share the property. And there probably won’t be a purchase option, to protect the city’s interest in a site that will be worth a lot in several years.</p> <p>       Jordana Jarjura called the 280 emails she had received in support of Arts Garage “a testament” to the programming. Jarjura, though, called it “a disservice to make this a conversation about whether you support the arts. . .I have to balance that with fiscal responsibility.”</p> <p>       Jarjura noted that aside from the subsidized lease, Delray Beach—with the Community Redevelopment Agency as the source—had given Arts Garage $1.4 million. Yet Arts Garage, she said, did not consult with Delray before expanding into Pompano Beach, which Jarjura described as “a direct competitor.”</p> <p>       Nor did Arts Garage adhere to the current contract, which stated that the group would buy the space for $2.5 million. Jarjura wanted to know why the group hadn’t even asked for small donations from patrons. Instead, she said, Arts Garage made raising money for renovations a higher priority. But as Jarjura pointed out, a benefactor paid for the renovations. Either way, Jarjura asked, “Why do you renovate property you don’t own?”</p> <p>       Mayor Cary Glickstein focused on management issues. He said 35 people had quit or been fired since the commission approved the lease three years ago. He noted that an auditor had called Arts Garage’s non-programming operations “a train wreck,” adding, “I have no confidence in the current management.” He wants a timetable for when Arts Garage will correct the problems identified in the auditor’s report.</p> <p>       Yet Glickstein spoke for most commissioners when he said, “I support Arts Garage.” Mitch Katz said he had received as many emails related to Arts Garage as he had on the iPic project. While most of those were “canned,” the Arts Garage emails were original. “If not Arts Garage,” Shelly Petrolia asked, “then what?”</p> <p>       City Attorney Noel Pfeffer said the commission could extend the current lease for up to six months, giving Arts Garage and the city time to negotiate the points that arose Tuesday night. If the Arts Garage board takes the commission’s comments as tough but constructive criticism, Arts Garage can become an even stronger cultural asset. That will require a new perspective from the board. “The optics from where we sit,” Glickstein said to the Arts Garage supporters, “are different from where you sit.” The board met Wednesday night. I will have more on this next week.</p> <h3>FAU budget requests</h3> <p>       Prospects aren’t encouraging for two of Florida Atlantic University’s key state budget requests.</p> <p>       FAU wants $7 million for Phase 2 of its Life Sciences Initiative at the Jupiter campus, in collaboration with Scripps Florida and the Max Planck Florida Institute. FAU also wants $14.7 million for a classroom building related to that program with the biotech heavyweights.</p> <p>       The House and Senate budgets include no money for the classroom building. The Senate budget includes $4.1 million for the Life Sciences Initiative, but the House budget allocates no money.</p> <p>       The university also is seeking $3.5 million for its Tech Runway program, a public-private collaboration that offers mentors and other assistance to fledgling entrepreneurs. According to the FAU website, the program is modeled on one at MIT.</p> <p>       Since Gov. Rick Scott dodges all questions except those about jobs, the mentoring program would seem to be one he would embrace. Last year, though, Scott vetoed $1 million for the program, citing a vague reason for doing so. The House budget proposes $1 million for the runway, and the Senate just $250,000.</p> <p>       While FAU seeks a comparatively modest investment to help the state and Palm Beach County maximize their massive investment in biotech, the governor and—for now —the Senate would give $250 million from next year’s budget to Enterprise Florida. The state’s job-recruiting agency could offer that money as incentives to companies seeking to expand or to move here.</p> <p>       Yet as multiple news reports have shown, Enterprise Florida vastly overpromises on jobs. Meanwhile, that quarter-billion would sit in a bank, rather than become an investment in Florida’s economy. Incentives can help in certain situations; Boca Raton has a $5 million fund of its own. But as Boca also shows, the best chance for the state to break out of its tourism-agricultural-construction economy is to cultivate entrepreneurs.</p> <h3>Boca beach restoration</h3> <p>       Prospects are much more encouraging that the Legislature will help Boca Raton with money to replace sand on the city’s beaches.</p> <p>       Boca is seeking the highest amount—$4.8 million—for its central beach project. The city also wants $158,000 for the mostly finished north-end work, $1 million for the southern portion and $392,000 for the Boca Raton Inlet. That money would augment beach restoration money from the federal government and county tourist tax revenue. With Delray Beach having recently completed a major project, the city wants only about $25,000.</p> <p>       Statewide, there are roughly $30 million worth of requests for beach and inlet management money. The Senate budget allocates $30 million and the House budget about $28 million.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Movie Review: &quot;Touched With Fire&quot;2016-02-17T14:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>“Touched With Fire,” the debut feature from NYU film school graduate Paul Dalio, is a disquietingly personal picture. Opening Friday in South Florida and chronicling the coupling of two bipolar poets (Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby) through a tumultuous year of starry manias and suicidal depressions, the film has an unassailable air of authenticity, because Dalio lived it. He shuttled in and out of psychiatric hospitals for five years battling the same condition, and parts of his own background as an underground slam poet in New York City’s rap scene directly inform Kirby’s troubled character, Marco.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/thumbnail_23688.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>We meet Marco—aka “Luna” in the poetry culture—in his dimly lit apartment, an almost over-the-top rendering of a madman’s self-imposed asylum: books cluttering the carpet with a hoarder’s logic, cryptic lunar symbols scrawled across torn pages of the <em>Village Voice</em>, paint peeling off the walls. When his father (Griffin Dunne) discovers that his son is off his medication, raving about the apocalypse and persisting on McDonald’s ketchup packets, he calls the police.</p> <p>Within a day, Marco is at psych facility, where he meets Holmes’ Carla, a fellow-poet with a more subdued mien, who has published a book of her work. She made the “mistake” of checking herself in after a manic episode the night before; we soon learn that her problems first manifested when she stared at the sun for so long she nearly blinded herself.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/720x405-twf-011444946855.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>So there they are, Carla and Marco, the sun and the moon, alone but for each other, ditching their meds for periods of orgasmic euphoria, accepting them for excruciating periods of deadened normality, and repeating the cycle. When Dalio films their manic episodes, the world looks as bright and vibrant as a Van Gogh; in their depressive periods, they seem to be treading water at the bottom of a vast ocean, unable to breathe.</p> <p>Dalio accurately captures the fundamental impossibility of their relationship, their wayward attempts to preserve the unsustainable, and the way they enable each others’ manic desires like drug addicts sharing needles. We root for them because they’re two people who love each other in sickness and in health, but we know their well-intentioned parents are always right, despite their frustrating inability to fathom their children’s realities. Holmes and Kirby, sporting exhausted, washed-out faces seemingly free of makeup, wear their illnesses in every frame like permanent scars.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/touchefrire.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>“Touched by Fire” functions best as a cautionary guidebook for the bipolar mind; after all, it was inspired by psychologist Kay Renfield Jamison’s award-winning nonfiction book of the same name, which explores the relationship between creativity and manic-depression across fields of music, visual art, literature and more. It’s a tougher sell to the public at large, because it’s not an entertaining romp through bipolar romance in the dynamic, caustically funny vein of “The Silver Linings Playbook.” Dalio, perhaps blinkered by his biographical connection to the material, is too close to the condition to find anything remotely amusing in its emotional seesaws, resulting in a bleak and humorless case study whose rhythms and plot points become as predictable as the lunar tides.</p> <p>There’s certainly a place for grim, well-acted, socially significant film-festival fodder like this. I don’t expect it to wind on many top 10 lists or cherished home-video libraries, but it’ll surely become a fixture in colleges of psychology nationwide.<em> </em></p> <p><em>“Touched With Fire” opens Friday at Regal Shadowood 16 in Boca Raton, AMC Aventura 24, and AMC Sunset Place 24 in South Miami.</em></p>Top Boca sports programs for your mini athlete2016-02-17T09:00:00+00:00Michelle Olson-Rogers/blog/author/michellerogers/<p>The countdown for the <em>Rio 2016 Summer Olympics</em> is on! And that has gotten me thinking about what type of spectator I’m going to be once my child chooses a sport or athletic activity to participate in. I grew up in a ‘basketball family’ and witnessed firsthand how many games my own parents (and even grandparents) sat cheering in the bleachers for over the years.</p> <p>Will my daughter pick swimming? Cheerleading? Basketball? Tennis? Soccer? Dance? Luckily, Boca Raton has several top quality sports programs to expose your kids to that should help you (and them) narrow the search. Here are two of my top picks!</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.17_sports_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Soccer Shots South Palm Beach County</strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Soccer Shots</strong></a><strong> </strong>(ages 2-8) is an engaging children’s soccer program with a focus on character development on and off the field. The coaches go through an extensive training program to become certified, and helicopter parents will be happy to find out they’ll receive a weekly summary of what their child is learning at practice.</p> <p>You might not think a two year old would pick up much at his or her games, but Soccer Shots’ developmentally engaging program was created under the guidance of childhood education specialists, professional soccer players and experienced and licensed soccer coaches. It’s never too early, in my opinion, to start laying the positive foundation of teamwork!</p> <p><img alt="" height="621" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.17_sports_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>C.O.B.R.A. (City of Boca Raton Athletics) </strong></p> <p>Do you think your child would make a killer volleyball player? How about an avid student of golf? The <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>C.O.B.R.A.</strong></a> program (ages 3+) based at Sugar Sand Park makes it easy for your child to try out several different athletic options through various leagues with only a seasonal commitment.</p> <p>Available sports include roller hockey, volleyball, golf, flag football, t-ball and basketball. There are even adult leagues if you find yourself wanting to get in on the team sport action.</p> <p>We’ll also bring the <em>Boca Mom Talk</em> on cheer, dance and gymnastics in an upcoming post. But until then, play ball!</p> <p><strong>•••••••• </strong></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of </em><a href=""><strong><em></em></strong></a><em><strong>, </strong></em><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options—as well as a weekly MOMpreneur spotlight! A MOMpreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>Free adventures in Palm Beach County2016-02-17T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Palm Beach County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management has announced 10 new adventures in its Spring 2016 Adventure Awaits series of events. These are opportunities for naturalist-guided tours and more through the county’s most beautiful natural habitats.</p> <p>And it’s free! All you have to do is show up and be ready to have fun. </p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/2.17_birds.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>The 10 events in this newly announced series go through May 2016 and include sunset hikes, cycling and paddling tours, an onsite nature photography skills class and one where participants explore and admire the night sky.</p> <p>“This series offers guided adventures through our natural areas, so that participants can feel comfortable returning to experience more of these places that make Palm Beach County so special,” PBC Environmental Resources Management director Rob Robbins said in a press release. </p> <p>Most of these events require registration, because space is limited. Each adventure offers a different experience—some are more geared to beginner level participants, while others are for experienced nature lovers.</p> <p>Look up all the upcoming adventures <a href="" target="_blank">here.</a> For specific events or to make a reservation, call 561/233-2400 or click <a href="" target="_blank">here.</a></p> <p class="Default"><strong>Here’s the schedule of events:</strong></p> <p class="Default"><strong> </strong></p> <p class="Default"><strong>Feb. 27 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. </strong></p> <p class="Default"><em>Dark Sky Festival – No RSVP required </em></p> <p class="Default">Okeeheelee Nature Center</p> <p class="Default"><strong> </strong></p> <p class="Default"><strong>March 11 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. </strong></p> <p class="Default"><em>Photography Workshop </em></p> <p class="Default">Pine Glades Natural Area</p> <p class="Default"><strong> </strong></p> <p class="Default"><strong>March 12 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. </strong></p> <p class="Default"><em>Sunrise Paddle – Kayaks provided </em></p> <p class="Default">Winding Waters Natural Area</p> <p class="Default"><strong> </strong></p> <p class="Default"><strong>March 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. </strong></p> <p class="Default"><em>Bike and Hike </em></p> <p class="Default">Loxahatchee Slough Natural Area</p> <p class="Default"><strong> </strong></p> <p class="Default"><strong>March 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. </strong></p> <p class="Default"><em>An Evening Under the Stars </em></p> <p class="Default">Pine Glades Natural Area</p> <p class="Default"><strong> </strong></p> <p class="Default"><strong>March 31 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. </strong></p> <p class="Default"><em>Sunset Hike </em></p> <p class="Default">Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area</p> <p class="Default"><strong> </strong></p> <p class="Default"><strong>April 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. </strong></p> <p class="Default"><em>Sunset Paddle – Kayaks provided </em></p> <p class="Default">Snook Islands Natural Area</p> <p class="Default"><strong> </strong></p> <p class="Default"><strong>April 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. </strong></p> <p class="Default"><em>Full Moon Night Hike </em></p> <p class="Default">Pondhawk Natural Area</p> <p class="Default"><strong> </strong></p> <p class="Default"><strong>May 7 from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. </strong></p> <p class="Default"><em>Sunrise Hike </em></p> <p class="Default">Cypress Creek Natural Area</p> <p class="Default"><strong> </strong></p> <p class="Default"><strong>May 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. </strong></p> <p class="Default"><em>Photography Workshop</em></p> <p class="Default"><em></em>Cypress Creek Natural Area</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/">here</a>. </em></p> <p><strong><em>About Lisette</em></strong></p> <p><em>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href=""></a>.</em></p>Grammys commentary: Swift, Trainor Prove That Haters Can Hate2016-02-16T14:00:00+00:00Kevin Studer/blog/author/kevinstuder/<p>Last night, the Grammys brought the best artists of the year together for some unforgettable performances: Here’s looking at Lady Gaga, the cast of “Hamilton” and the Carrie Underwood/Sam Hunt mash up. But it was truly Meghan Trainor and Taylor Swift who stole the show.</p> <p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/taylor-swift-2014-sarah-barlow-billboard-650.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>While Swift opened the show with her newest single, “Out of the Woods,” she had quite the night celebrating three wins: Best Music Video for “Bad Blood (featuring Kendrick Lamar),” Best Pop Vocal Album and Album of the Year, both for “1989.” Long past the days when Swift seemed so shocked every time she won an award, she humbly took the stage to speak about larger matters.</p> <p>“I want to say to all the young women out there—there are going to be people along the way who are going to try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame,” Swift said as she accepted the Album of the Year award. “But if you just focus on the work, and you don't let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you're going, you'll look around, and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there. And that will be greatest feeling in the world.” </p> <p>While it could be completely unconnected, these words came just days after Kanye West released “Famous,” in which he rapped about Swift. “I made that bitch famous,” West raps in his new song, which references his notorious interruption of Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards back in 2009. </p> <p>Many were upset that Swift took home the coveted Album of the Year award and took to Twitter shortly after to voice their anger that she beat out the likes of Alabama Shakes, Lamar, Chris Stapleton and The Weeknd.</p> <p>“I’m actually really upset @taylorswift13 won album of the year,” Twitter user @hailstorm208 said. “Really?! Pulling a Kanye here and saying @kendricklamar all the way!!”</p> <p>“Not sure how Kendrick Lamar’s album loses to Taylor Swift’s for album of the year when one is pure art and the other is literal trash,” added @siekres.</p> <p>But, in defense of the winner, “1989” was Swift’s official—and seamless—transition from country to pop. Few artists are able to achieve successfully transitioning from genre to genre, especially while still writing all of their own songs. With this album, and being the only woman to win this award twice, Swift proved that she is a musical force to be reckoned with.</p> <p><img alt="" height="261" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/meghan-trainor-660x430.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Music fans also took to Twitter to show their disdain for Trainor winning Best New Artist against Courtney Barnett, James Bay, Hunt and Tori Kelly. This award has set the path for many iconic careers as names like The Beatles, Cyndi Lauper, Maroon 5 and Adele took home the prize at their start.</p> <p>“Meghan Trainor really won a grammy for her 60s whites only diner jukebox music?” questioned @alcohorace.</p> <p>Twitter user @sarahfunkmaster also said, “Meghan Trainor beating Courtney Barnett as Best New Artist is bewildering.”</p> <p>But, like Swift, Trainor deserved this award without a doubt. Before “All About That Bass” became her breakout single, Trainor pitched it to many record executives hoping that the likes of Beyoncé or Adele might record it. However, producer L.A. Reid saw Trainor’s talent and made her record the song herself.</p> <p>Since the release of that song, Trainor has released a number of other hits, including the John Legend duet “Like I’m Gonna Lose You.” Holding her own against an artist of Legend’s caliber is not an easy task. Trainor was also featured alongside Boca Raton native Ariana Grande on Who Is Fancy’s song, “Boys Like You,” at the tail end of 2015.</p> <p>Even while releasing her debut album, Trainor has continued to be a respected songwriter in the industry. She helped write three songs on Miami-based girl group Fifth Harmony’s debut album, one of which she provided guest vocals for, and penned lyrics for songs recorded by Sabrina Carpenter and Rascal Flatts. Winning Best New Artist confirmed that Trainor is not just a vocalist, but also a multi-talented musician. </p> <p>Both Swift and Trainor, who have proved their talents with shows in Miami over the past two years, are talented women who can expect to be putting several more Grammys on their shelves for years to come. And while some people may be hating on them, the artists are clearly going to shake them off.</p>Med School Diary: Emily Senderey2016-02-16T12:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><em>As part of its ongoing “How Does It Feel?” series, </em>Boca Raton<em> asked Emily Senderey, a second-year med student at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at FAU, to share with readers what it’s like to pursue her White Coat dream. Here, Senderey discusses the challenges of dispensing advice to friends and family.</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="734" src="/site_media/uploads/emily_senderey.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>When I’m in a social setting and someone has the desire—or the minimal trust in me—to bring up a health concern, it’s like fireworks go off. Same thing when my old high school or college friends text me about medical issues they’re experiencing. This is my whole motivation for becoming a doctor—to help people.</p> <p>The challenge is that I’m not a doctor yet. I’m a student. Still, it’s difficult to hold back.</p> <p>After my first year at FAU’s College of Medicine, a family member came to me about a problem related to a module that we had just finished, so the material was fresh in my mind. The issue involved rectal bleeding; we had been trained to think “colon cancer” until proven otherwise when a male over 50 presents with this condition. I felt like I could provide some insight.</p> <p>It turned out that my “insight” completely missed the mark, thankfully. There is a transition from what you read in textbooks and how you view a condition based on clinical experience. This is why it’s difficult to give advice as a medical student; the diseases and conditions don’t read the textbook—and, in the beginning, we’re very textbook oriented.</p> <p>More recently, while we were doing our cardio rotation, I practiced taking my father’s blood pressure. It always ran a little high, so I asked him to see a physician; that wasn’t me trying to play doctor, that was just me being helpful as a daughter. His nurse practitioner immediately prescribed medication, which didn’t follow what we were being taught during our cardio module. You first make dietary and exercise changes, and then monitor the blood pressure. If it stays elevated, then you consider medication.</p> <p>Now what? I couldn’t say to my dad, “That nurse doesn’t know what she’s talking about.” My biggest worry was that my criticism would result in my dad not trusting his health-care team. Instead, I asked my dad to go back to the office before starting the medication; he saw a physician in the same practice and shared my concerns, and the decision was made to just monitor his blood pressure.</p> <p>So what’s my role? Does my lack of clinical experience prevent me from doing or saying anything? I was struggling with all this, so I spoke with the physicians at school and asked what to do when I disagree with the medical care my friends and family are being given.</p> <p>The feedback I received was that it’s a fine line. In the case of the blood pressure medication, what I did was OK. But it’s important to understand that medical students must be honest with themselves.</p> <p>We don’t know it all.</p>SOBEWFF tickets available2016-02-16T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>With the South Beach Wine &amp; Food Festival set for Feb. 24-28, and events going on in Miami Beach, Miami and Fort Lauderdale, we thought it would be sold out already. NO! There are some amazing tickets to be had, so jump on <a href=";linkID=img-sobe&amp;shopperContext=&amp;caller=&amp;appCode=%20" target="_blank">here</a> to find them.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.16_giada.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Feb. 25 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Join TV cooking star Giada De Laurentiis (pictured from 2015 fest) as she hosts more than 30 national big-name chefs serving dishes from various parts of Italy. The event will be held beachside at the Delano Hotel <em>(1685 Collins Ave.</em><em>, Miami Beach)</em>, and the cost is $150 per person. </p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.16_rachael_ray_john_cusimano.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Feb. 26 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.: The 10<sup>th</sup> annual Burger Bash, hosted by Rachael Ray (pictured with husband John Cusimano, from 2015) and judged by David Burtka, Neil Patrick Harris, Natalie Morales, George Motz and Marcus Samuelsson, will be at the Ritz-Carlton <em>(1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach).</em> Tickets are $250 per person. </p> <p>Feb. 26 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.: This is a big event with Wine Spectator providing more than 100 wines rated 90 points or higher, with food to match, all at the Fontainebleau <em>(4441 Collins Ave.,</em> <em>Miami Beach)</em>. The cost is $350 per person. </p> <p>Feb. 26 from 11:59 p.m. to 2 a.m.: End your night with Fireman Derek’s Midnight Breakfast at the National Hotel <em>(1677 Collins Ave., Miami Beach)</em>, hosted by social media star Chrissy Teigen. This features breakfast creations from firefighters all around Miami. Tickets are $95 per person.</p> <div class="post-content"> <div class="editable-original"> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p> </div> </div>Auburn Trace sale a windfall for Delray2016-02-16T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/sold-sign.gif" width="490"></p> <p>Auburn Trace pays off    <br>    Delray Beach’s calculated risk in the real estate market has paid off nicely.<br>    On Friday afternoon, after a few queasy moments, the city got word that the sale of Auburn Trace—the 256-unit, low-income housing complex—had closed. The price was $11.3 million. The deal makes Delray Beach whole—and then some.<br>    Nearly a year ago, the city commission voted to acquire the first loan on Auburn Trace from Iberiabank, which had foreclosed on the property in October 2014. Three months later, Auburn Trace, Ltd.—part of Delray-based Auburn Communities—declared bankruptcy.<br>    The move endangered the city’s second mortgage of roughly $4 million. During bankruptcy proceedings, City Attorney Noel Pfeffer advised the commission, Delray’s mortgage could have been “extinguished.” Though Iberiabank sold the loan to the city at a discount, Pfeffer acknowledged the “uncertain outcome” of the deal.<br>    We now know the outcome. Pfeffer told me Friday that Delray Beach made at least several hundred thousand dollars in interest payments from the Iberiabank loan. “It could be $1 million,” Pfeffer said, when final figures are in. Delray Beach also gets repaid, with interest, its $3.84 million loan from 1989. All told, Pfeffer said, “It could be $10 million-plus to the city.”<br>    That 1989 loan came from the federal government, in the form of a housing grant. Delray Beach does not have to repay Washington. The city can use the $4 million-plus for any use to which the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development agrees. “There’s a lot of latitude,” Pfeffer said. Example: Delray could use the money as a loan pool for low-income residents to buy homes.<br>    Pfeffer acknowledged that the city had good timing. Interest rates are very low, and the real estate market is strong. The transaction was not a distress sale, which would have forced down the price. The buyer is a New York investor that liked the financials. Auburn Trace is fully rented. The cash flow is good, and the debt service will be low. Delray Beach hopes that the buyer will upgrade Auburn Trace. Improvement, though, certainly wasn’t going to happen under the previous owner.<br>    Pfeffer credits Mayor Cary Glickstein with devising “a brilliant strategy,” calling on his legal and corporate background. Also credit Glickstein and Commissioner Shelly Petrolia for stopping in 2014 what would have been a bailout for Auburn Trace.<br>    With Glickstein and Petrolia out of town, then-City Manager Louie Chapman placed on the agenda a proposal from Auburn Trace to modify the city’s loan. The city would have received about $1 million but given Auburn Trace another $4.3 million loan, with no interest payments for eight years and final repayment terms unspecified.<br>    Current Commissioner Al Jacquet voted for that terrible deal. So did former commissioners Adam Frankel and Angeleta Gray. Fortunately, the proposal got a second vote. Glickstein, Petrolia and newly elected Jordana Jarjura reversed it. Jacquet missed that meeting. His political ally, Mack Bernard, had spoken for the original deal.<br>    Credit also goes to Pfeffer. He drew criticism at times, but the outcome vindicates his approach. Pfeffer called it “the right deal, made at the perfect time, well-conceived and well-executed.”<br>More chabad thoughts<br>    Here are more thoughts on the federal lawsuit filed last week that accuses Boca Raton of conspiring to help Chabad East Boca get approval for its synagogue-exhibit hall near the beach on East Palmetto Park Road.<br>    One theory is that the lawsuit is designed to delay the project so long that the chabad gives up. Applicants that get development approvals in Boca have 24 months to obtain building permits or lose the approval. Applicants can get exemptions for many reasons, including a slump in the economy. A lawsuit would seem to be a valid reason, given how long the case could be in federal court.<br>    Mayor Susan Haynie told me, however, that extensions are at the council’s discretion. But if the lawsuit prompted the chabad to seek an extension and the council rejected it, the action could prompt the chabad to sue the city. Still another theory is that the chabad will countersue the two federal plaintiffs. Other opponents are challenging the project in state court.<br>      Art Koski, who represents the federal plaintiffs, raised the conspiracy theory during a hearing on the project. He claims that to placate residents of the Golden Triangle, where the chabad first considered building, the city allowed a house of worship on the Palmetto Park Road site—at the expense of Riviera and Por La Mar residents—by expanding areas where houses of worship could go.<br>    Haynie said then, and did so again last week, that Boca Raton updated its ordinance concerning places of assembly to make the rules more consistent. Other cities had been sued successfully for discriminating against where houses of worship could operate.<br>    Only one street separates the chabad site, which is zoned for commercial use, from the neighborhood. After the One North Ocean controversy in the same beachfront area a decade ago, Haynie said, the city recognized the potential compatibility problem. “I knew what could happen.” Current rules “do not protect the neighborhood.” Yet the rules allow what Boca did in approving the chabad.<br>    Haynie said the city approached the Riviera Civic Association about changing the development rules to offer more protection, but found no interest.<br>Other development notes<br>    Haynie also told me that the city’s review of the new proposal from Hillstone Restaurant Group for the Wildflower property is focused for now on the increased size of the project. Though the addition is just 100 square feet, Haynie said the staff must redo its evaluation regarding traffic. The Development Services staff also remains tasked with producing a report on open space for downtown projects.<br>Atlantic Crossing plan review<br>    The agenda for tonight’s Delray Beach City Commission meeting has a lot of interesting items.<br>    One will be whether to accept the Site Plan Review and Appearance Board’s denial of the plan for Atlantic Crossing that added an access road. City planners recommended the denial, based on a consultant’s report that the road would make traffic worse, not better. Yet the commission has favored some sort of access road.<br>    If commissioners don’t accept the decision, they will go against the advice of their staff and could further irritate the developers, who have sued Delray Beach for allegedly stalling final approvals. But if commissioners accept the decision, they will contradict their collective desire for such a road—a road that Atlantic Crossing’s neighbors also have supported. Of course, they also might increase the chance of settling the lawsuit.<br>And iPic<br>    Also on the agenda is the Site Plan Review and Appearance Board’s approval—with conditions—of the plan for the iPic project. If the commission accepts the decision, as is likely, residents could appeal the approval. Either way, the issue probably will be one step closer to a final decision by the commission. IPic and Atlantic Crossing both could be on the March 1 agenda.<br>And Arts Garage<br>    After tonight, we should have a good sense of what the city commission wants to do with one of Delray’s cultural assets, Arts Garage.<br>    The group has been leasing roughly 10,000 square feet of city-owned space in Pineapple Grove for three years. The lease expires in a month. Arts Garage wants a 10-year extension at the current rate of $800 per month.<br>    Delray heavily subsidizes Arts Garage. A report to the commission from City Manager Don Cooper estimates the market rate rent for that space at between $300,000 and $500,000 per year, far above the Arts Garage rate of $9,600. The Community Redevelopment Agency allocated about $280,000 for Arts Garage in last year’s budget.<br>    Because Delray used tax-exempt bonds to build the parking garage that includes the Arts Garage space, the city can’t sell the property for more than $2.5 million or make more than $2.5 million annually in revenue.<br>    Cooper doesn’t recommend a sale. The city, he wrote, has two options: Lease the space to someone else at a higher rate for no more than five years, or extend the lease with Arts Garage at a rate the commission determines.<br>    If the commission chooses the second option, Cooper recommends an annual lease, to give the city “flexibility as to the disposition of the property.” Expect a long discussion as the commission tries to balance between helping Arts Garage and asking for more accountability.<br>Quiet zone<br>    Finally, Delray Beach tonight officially will commit the city to the plan creating a “quiet zone” that would silence those loud horns from the Florida East Coast Railway tracks.<br>    Safety improvements at the city’s 14 FEC crossings would remove the need for freight trains and the coming All Aboard Florida trains to sound those horns. The plan is to create a quiet zone from West Palm Beach to the Broward County line. All Aboard Florida expects to be running the new service next year.<br>    </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>The Week Ahead: Feb. 16 to 222016-02-15T14:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/zgjcdlok.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Bruce Springsteen</strong></p> <p>Where: BB&amp;T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $55-$150</p> <p>Contact: 954/835-8000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The 35th anniversary celebration of the release of Bruce Springsteen’s epochal 1980 double-LP “The River,” which began last year with a four-disc boxed set full of outtakes, continues with this once-in-a-lifetime River Tour. “The River” marked a turning point for Springsteen, combining his penchant for joyous roof-raisers with the dark, lonely autopsies of marriages, families and individuals that would flourish on 1982’s “Nebraska.” The indefatigable Springsteen and his E Street Band will perform the eclectic 20-track album in its original chronological order, which means that a number of deep cuts that haven’t been played in decades will share a spotlight with the more familiar “Hungry Heart” and “Fade Away.” Since he’s Springsteen, he won’t end the concert there: Expect to hear another dozen or so tracks that change every night, from mega-hits to fan requests to decisions Springsteen makes on the spot.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/brian_balogh.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Larkin Symposium on the American Presidency</strong></p> <p>Where: Kaye Auditorium at FAU Student Union, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday</p> <p>Cost: $35 for both days, $20 for either day</p> <p>Contact: 800/564-9539, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>With eight major candidates still vying for the highest office in the land this primary season, FAU’s annual Larkin Symposium on the American Presidency arrives with a sense of zeitgeist-y urgency this year, with two days of expert speakers offering students and local residents rich insights into presidential affairs. At Wednesday afternoon’s keynote address, university professor and nationally syndicated radio host Brian Balogh (pictured) will present a lecture titled “Shopper in Chief: Presidential Leadership in America’s Consumer Republic.” And on Thursday, 15 academic scholars from across the country will offer presentations organized into three separate panels, and will conclude with questions from the audience.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="256" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/lennononion0001r.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Lennon: Through a Glass Onion”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Australian actor-singer John R. Waters will peel back every layer of John Lennon’s personal and professional lives in this touching, song-filled theatrical tribute, which was nominated for a 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revue. In the 90-minute performance, Waters will perform a diverse array of Lennon songs from his solo and Beatle careers, including “Norwegian Wood,” “Jealous Guy,” “Woman” and “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” supplemented with a live piano accompanist and spoken-word context. Sporting an accurate Liverpudlian accent, he’ll share stories from Lennon’s writings, in which John expresses love for Yoko Ono, envy for Bob Dylan’s hipster-capturing coolness, and admiration for Paul McCartney’s musicality, among other topics. The show runs through Feb. 28 at the Kravis’s Persson Hall.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/beatriz-santiago-muñoz-salomona.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “Beatriz Santiago Munoz: A Universe of Fragile Mirrors”</strong></p> <p>Where: Perez Art Museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $12-$16</p> <p>Contact: 305/375-3000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The term “art cinema” only begins to describe the films and videos of Puerto Rican artist Munoz, whose visual experiments find common ground between documentary and fiction, film and theater, ethnography and performance art. Employing nonprofessional actors and spotlighting environmentally fragile milieus, Munoz’s films comment on subjects as complex as her approach, from an interview with a controversial Puerto Rican artist—interpreted through dance—to explorations of an anarchist collective in San Francisco and an indigenous burial ground in her native country. “A Universe of Fragile Mirrors” contains a new work, 2015’s “Marche Salomon,” and it runs through Nov. 13.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="307" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/passion-carousel-v3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Passion”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50-$55</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>A homely, ailing woman manages to cast an unbreakable spell on a young soldier in war-torn 19th-century Italy in this operatic, Tony-winning work from Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. The hauntingly complex chamber musical boasts all the themes of great theater—love, sex, obsession, illness, beauty, power and manipulation—from Zoetic Stage, the company that won a 2015 Carbonell Award for Best Musical for its production of Sondheim’s “Assassins.” The stellar cast includes Jeni Hacker, Amy Miller Brennan, Nicholas Richberg, Stephen G. Anthony and Clay Cartland, and with a docket of nearly 30 songs in one intermission-less act, they have their work cut out for them. The provocative musical runs through March 13.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="223" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/meytal.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: TEDx Boca Raton</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 5 to 10:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30 students, $75 general admission</p> <p>Contact: 561/251-7059, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The first-ever TED talk—a series of succinct lectures presented by smart people in the acronymic fields of Technology, Entertainment and Design—began as a one-off in 1984 in Silicon Valley, where presentations included a demonstration of the first Macintosh computer. Since 1990, it’s been an annual national conference of innovative thinkers whose lecturers have spanned from Bono to Bill Clinton. Beyond that, countless TEDx mini conferences, offering dynamic regional speakers in the spirit of the flagship brand, have sprung up around the world—some 15,000 and counting. Boca Raton’s version, founded in 2013 by self-proclaimed “TED groupie” Becky Woodbridge, centers on a theme of ingenuity, with 15 speakers ranging from artists to acupuncturists, entertainers to entrepreneurs, many from our hometown. Highlights of the program include Iranian-Canadian performance artist Amir Baradaran, Israeli drummer and YouTube sensation Meytal Cohen (pictured), transgender activist Gina Duncan and Boca Raton Tech Runway graduate Jan Bednar. Admission includes a dinner and after-party.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="226" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/11724_el_club_5.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “The Club”</strong></p> <p>Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Show times pending</p> <p>Cost: $6.50-$9.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/549-2600, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In this recent Academy Award submission from Chile, the sky is always overcast and the air is perpetually besotted with fog around a low-slung, yellow-painted house in a seaside Chilean town. The weather creates an atmosphere of gloom that is perfectly suited to the house’s inhabitants: a group of Catholic priests separated from their families and communities, forever repenting for unspeakable sins and lorded over by a former nun with her own controversial backstory. Their remote quasi-prison life is soon disrupted, however, when one of their victims materializes like a specter and prompts a guilt-ridden new tenant to place a bullet in his own skull—thus according new attention to the ex-priest “club” by Church management, which dispatches an upstart Vatican emissary to question everyone and everything. A brutal, graphic film in its language and implications if not its visuals, this unflinchingly dark drama is intended as a black comedy, but few laughs escaped the pall during my viewing. “The Club” is more of a cryptic chamber thriller that may offend card-carrying Catholics. It humanizes its pedophiles while, like “Spotlight” before it, saving its polemical ire for the Church’s vast institutional corruption. The movie is also playing at O Cinema in Miami Beach and the Tower Theater in Miami.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/3de5c22ece5478abb502172abf2640a2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Boca Raton Councours d'Elegance</strong></p> <p>Where: Boca Raton Resort and Club, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $500-$1,000</p> <p>Contact: 954/537-1010,</p> <p>If you haven't brushed up on your undergrad French in a while, the term "Concours d'Elegance," stands for "competition of elegance," and it's been around since the 17th century French aristrocracy. Back then, Parisians competed their immaculately presented horse-and-carriages against the transport of their well-heeled peers, and the tradition has continued through the centuries and evolved with the times, now focusing on vehicles with engines, several axles and bit more horsepower. These days, at least 15 "CDEs" occur globally, and Boca's version, which celebrates its 10th annual engagement this weekend, is considered the fastest growing Concours, and the most lucrative supporter of a charity. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County will be the beneficiary of funds raised at the three-day transportation lover's extravaganza, which includes Friday's hangar party and showcase of spectacular cars, jets, boats, motorcylces and more at the Boca Raton Airport; Saturday's gala dinner, auction and show at the Boca Resort, featuring a comedy set from car junkie Jay Leno; and Sunday's Concours judging session and awards ceremony. To support this growing event and its important charity, visit its website for tickets and information.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/151012080836791.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Dolphins Cancer Challenge VI Celebration Concert</strong></p> <p>Where: Sun Life Stadium parking lot, 347 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens</p> <p>When: 2 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50</p> <p>Contact: 305/943-6799, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For the past five years, cyclists from across South Florida have pedaled to points south in February, while raising invaluable dollars for cancer research in the process. Riders at their Saturday’s sixth-annual Dolphins Cancer Challenge will begin their routes in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Davie and Coral Gables, all of them ending at Sun Life Stadium. Since this inaugural fundraiser began in 2010, more than $11.5 million has been raised, including more than $2.8 million for this year alone. Whether or not you’re a rider, you can still support the cause for $50 by attending the 2 p.m. concert at the finish line with two of the biggest names in pop music from the Golden Age of the Lilith Fair tour: Melissa Etheridge and Sheryl Crow (pictured). For riders, of course, concert admission is included—though after pedaling 20 to 100 miles, we don’t expect you to dance.</p>Indian, Jewish and Mexican dining events2016-02-15T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>Planning ahead for a few nights of fun? Here’s a lineup for Feb. 20 and 21, with places from Palm Beach Gardens to Boca Raton:</p> <p><img alt="" height="572" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.15_indiafest.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Colorful, musical and lots of good food: IndiaFEST</strong> </p> <p>For the 13<sup>th</sup> year, IndiaFEST will hit the Meyer Amphitheatre in downtown West Palm Beach on Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. There will be entertainment (singing, dancing and yoga) and live cooking demos from Hopping Chef’s award-winning Chef Michael Swamy (pictured), along with Indian fashion, jewelry and more. This is hosted by the non-profict Palm Beach India Association, and it’s free.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.15_bistro_1001_garden_at_night.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Kosher garden party series: Caribbean dishes at Bistro Ten Zero One</strong> </p> <p>The busy Bistro Ten Zero One at the West Palm Beach Marriott <em>(1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach)</em> has a series of Kosher garden parties planned (Glatt Kosher/CHL under the supervision of the ORB), and the next one is a Caribbean-themed event on Feb. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. Plan to party under the stars (pictured), and RSVP <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/%20http:/!kosher-garden-party/c1ri4" target="_blank">here</a>. Dishes will include Guineito salad with local banana, Sancocho stew, flank steak, snapper with mango chutney and more. The cost is $40 per person. </p> <p><img alt="" height="736" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.15_rocco_rita.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>$5 Margaritas in honor of National Margarita Day</strong></p> <p>Tequila!! Yes, Feb. 22 is National Margarita Day (isn’t that every day?), and Rocco’s Tacos &amp; Tequila Bar is celebrating with $5 margaritas (pictured) from open until close. It’s a deal at all the locations: Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale—Orlando, too, if you’re headed that way. If you want to make Rocco’s Margarita at home, here’s the recipe:</p> <p><strong><span>Rocco's Tacos Margarita</span></strong></p> <p>2.5 ounces Camarena Silver Tequila</p> <p>1.5 ounces Triple Sec</p> <p>4 ounces Fresh Sour Mix</p> <p>Salt rim, shake well, pour over ice and garnish with a lime.</p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Theater Review: &quot;Frost/Nixon&quot; at Maltz Jupiter2016-02-12T14:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>In her curtain speech before last night’s opening of “Frost/Nixon” at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Director of Development Pam Dyar promised us “one of the greatest boxing matches of all time.” Yes, but do we need to endure so much exhaustive pre-fight banter?</p> <p>Peter Morgan’s 2006 bio-play about the epochal 1977 interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and a post-resignation Richard Nixon is never better than when its titular competitors sit in comfy chairs under hot and harsh lights, separated only by a table and a pitcher of water, and verbally bob and weave, hook and counterpunch. But the play is as quick at getting to the point as, well … an artfully dodging politician with his back against the wall.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/nixon3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>It’s hard to get around the dramatic hurdle that before the “boxers” hit the ring, we get an hour of thrill-less preamble. Competing narrators from the Frost and Nixon camps wax exposition, incidental characters are introduced and then mostly jettisoned, unnecessary meetings commence in unnecessary scenes.</p> <p>Thankfully, director J. Barry Lewis utilizes every color in his tech-design palette to streamline a plodding script. He shuttles us briskly from one scene to another with an array of clicks, pops, whooshes and other onomatopoeic elements from sound designer Marty Mets, whose transitions echo the relentless forward motion of cable news broadcasts. Set designer Anne Mundell’s bank of 12 television screens reinforce this sense of mass-media ubiquity while providing projection designer Brad Peterson a visual playground for the multitude of scene changes, from a London theater to the interior of a Pan Am plane to Nixon’s California villa to the “60 Minutes” studio.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/nixon1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The ostensible reason for so much lede-burying business is to further bold-face and underline the thesis that’s evident in every poster of “Frost/Nixon:” that the elitist U.K. celebrity and the conservative American ex-president are two sides of the same coin, the yin to the other’s yang, both scraping the bottom of career barrels and desperate for a little daylight. Holding the thematic highlighters are a bounty of fine and un-showy South Florida actors providing yeoman’s supporting roles—including Wayne LeGette as zealous muckraker James Reston Jr., Kenneth Kay as the more moderate journalist Bob Zelnick, Dave Scotti as the unctuous agent Swifty Lazar, and Jim Ballard as Nixon’s true-believing chief of staff, Jack Brennan.</p> <p>But the play’s ultimate success or failure falls, naturally, on the shoulders of its title fighters. Peter Simon Hilton’s foppish Frost and John Jellison’s humanized Nixon both channel their characters’ waning self-importance, with a propensity to tell jokes that only amuse themselves. But Jellison wins on points for his ragged charisma, traversing a 40-year history of mimicry and caricature and emerging with something that looks, sounds and feels authentic. Only his introductory scene is a little arch, wandering into Jimmy Stewart territory. Otherwise, his hunched shoulders, stooped gait and birdlike movements embody the disgraced leader in exile, likewise his studiedly unpolished delivery, full of meandering ellipses. An ornery charmer for most of the production, Jellison is also adept at channeling Nixon’s potty-mouthed id, as evidenced by one of the play’s key scenes—a drunken dial to Frost’s hotel room. Lewis and Jellison expertly stage this emotionally naked dialogue like a Shakespearean soliloquy: Hilton all but disappears from the stage, with Nixon submerged in an unforgiving spotlight at center stage, verbally logorrheic but physically and emotionally frozen.</p> <p><img alt="" height="320" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/nixon2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Finally, the interviews begin, and it’s the theatrical tour de force we’ve been waiting for. Without rising from their seats, the actors assume a spectrum of battle poses, from attack to surrender, their gestures and posture offering plenty of fodder for body-language experts. Lewis extends the boxing metaphor to the interview breaks, where the opponents retreat to their corners for a dry towel and encouragement from their managers. The onstage flat-screens offer competing camera angles, allowing spectators even in the back rows to analyze Hilton and Jellison’s every facial tic. It’s an intimate Q&amp;A rendered on the scale of a Madison Square Garden main event, realizing the reason for “Frost/Nixon’s” existence.</p> <p>That it takes a while to get there is an undeniable hazard for any company producing this play. But as with Frost, who suffered hours of Nixon’s filibustering before finally grilling him on Watergate and making history, patience is a virtue.</p> <p><em>“Frost/Nixon” runs through Feb. 21 at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. Tickets start at $55. Call 561/575-2223 or visit</em></p>Staff Picks: Mixology &amp; More2016-02-12T12:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong>Mixology</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="242" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/mixology.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>Picked by the <em>Boca</em> staff</p> <p>Get ready for the biggest craft