Boca Raton Magazine the Leader.Texas Roadhouse Coming to WPB2015-06-30T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="150" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/roadhouse.jpg" width="200">You can never be too rich or too thin... or have too many steakhouses. Or at least that’s how it seems in our little corner of paradise these days.</p> <p>To prove it, here comes another one. This time it’s the local outpost of <strong>Texas Roadhouse</strong>, a giant national chain of meateries that’s slated to open next month on Southern Boulevard just west of the turnpike in West Palm Beach. The vibe is casual, family-friendly; the look is faux-rustic roadhouse. (Go figure...)</p> <p>The restaurant’s specialty is Texas-size portions of Choice steaks, ribs, chicken, burgers and munchies for the kids. Prices are a very unsteakhouse-like moderate, with the most expensive cut, a 23-ounce porterhouse, selling for $25.99, and most steaks either under or near $20.</p> <p>The rest of the menu is all-American comfort food, from wings and Texas red chili to jalapeno poppers and fried pickles. A little online sleuthing reveals that the Roadhouse chain is known for its complementary rolls with cinnamon butter and peanuts.</p>Moving pictures and other burning issues2015-06-30T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/xpand_ipic.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>iPic News</h3> <p>iPic Entertainment, which wants to build a movie theater-retail-office complex in downtown Delray Beach, plans to offer the city a rewrite.</p> <p>The project—a 529-seat theater, about 8,000 square feet of retail, 42,000 square feet of office space and a 320-vehicle parking garage—would go where the city library and chamber of commerce once stood, between Southeast Fourth and Fifth avenues behind businesses that front onto Atlantic Avenue. A hotel once was planned for the site.</p> <p>The theater would face Fifth Avenue—southbound Federal Highway. The office-retail entrance would face Fourth Avenue. Most theater patrons and people going to the offices and stores, according to iPic President and CEO Hamid Hashemi—a subsidiary of iPic is the applicant—would use the parking garage on Fourth Avenue.</p> <p>The community redevelopment agency assembled the site. In August 2013, when the CRA chose the iPic project after marketing the site and agreed to convey the land once the applicant got permits, excitement followed. Delray Beach hasn’t had a movie theater since the closing of the Regal multiplex at Linton Boulevard and Federal Highway. The iPic at Mizner Park in Boca Raton, which opened in 2012, has been very successful.</p> <p>The theater proposed for Delray would be different. There would be no stand-alone restaurant like Tanzy. The restaurant would serve only the theater; Hashemi said he didn’t want to compete with existing restaurants in the area. There’s also no office or retail in Boca; there’s no need, because the theater has office and retail all around it. Many in Delray Beach liked the idea of a downtown theater. The city would be home to the corporate office of iPic, which has 11 theaters nationwide and plans to add nearly as many.</p> <p>Then a problem emerged. On the site is an alley that services those businesses on Atlantic. The north-south portion of the alley, which connects to an east-west portion, would become part of the project. Business owners pushed back against the loss of the alley, saying that they need it for deliveries. Some residents also questioned the request for extra height—from the maximum 48 feet to nearly 60 feet. In its report for the Planning and Zoning Board meeting last December, staff recommended approval based on the company meeting conditions about the alley. The item was postponed, and then was postponed again in April as the developer worked on a solution. The project is to come before the Planning and Zoning Board on July 20.</p> <p>The board will consider whether the city should allow use of the site for a movie theater—with the added height—and whether the city should abandon the north-south alley. As Hashemi noted in his emailed responses to my questions, the site plan will not be at issue before the board, so the company doesn’t have to discuss it. But he will present “a modified plan. . .to provide solutions that address any questions or concerns.”</p> <p>Hashemi added, “iPic will be presenting a plan that will actually give up land in order to assist property owners on Atlantic.” The plan, he said, would help move traffic and “improve how the current alleys work.” The company would buy “an adjoining property” to create “a pass-through for the alleyway that is being abandoned at the request of the (community redevelopment agency.)” The change would mean “additional alleys for (the businesses) to go east-west.” The city, Hashemi said, would gain three to four feet of alleyway “and iPic will be giving more than what it was getting in an effort to satisfy the concerns of our community partners.” If the city approves the plan, Hashemi said, the project will “provide continual traffic flow to local business owners and residents. . .” Because the company needed time to make the changes, it asked in April for a delay. It has until Oct. 26 to obtain the permits.</p> <p>The new proposal is not surprising. City commissioners had expressed to me their skepticism that iPic could satisfy the city’s and the business owners’ concerns about the alley with the first version of the project. Hashemi said the company all along has “sought out local and community input. . .” The planning staff again will make a recommendation for the Planning and Zoning Board before the July 20 meeting.</p> <p>Another issue, though, is emerging. Some residents and City Commissioner Shelly Petrolia have examined city records and are questioning not just whether the city should convey the alley but whether the city can do it. They are examining three city commission decisions, in 2004, 2012 and 2014. Hashemi referred questions about the legal issue to the CRA. Jeff Costello, the CRA director, told me “alley abandonment was always part of the plan.” Costello said the business owners “still will have access,” and the agency remains “an advocate for the project.”</p> <p>In Delray Beach, it’s always about a small road when it comes to a big project. With Atlantic Crossing, the issue is an access road to the project from Federal Highway. With Fourth and Fifth Delray, it’s about an alley. I will have more about the legal arguments before the Planning and Zoning Board meeting.</p> <h3>Trash talk</h3> <p>The late, great Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee used to call what he considered dull stories “room-emptiers.” You might consider trash a “room-emptier.” But stay for just a moment.</p> <p>Two things must happen when garbage disappears from your bin. It must be hauled away, and it must be disposed of. Sounds simple, right? In Palm Beach County, fortunately, it is. And it just got even simpler and more efficient.</p> <p>On Saturday, the county opened a nearly $700 million plant that will burn trash and turn it into energy. Emission levels will be low, thanks to the latest technology, and more burning means less trash in the county landfill—as much as 90 percent less. Most of the water for the plant will come from rain captured at the plant. There may be uses for recycled ash from the burning.</p> <p>If you think that the county deserves little credit for pulling off what the public might consider infield practice for local government, look at the mess that is trash disposal in Broward County. The county let a private company gain control of the waste-to-energy incinerators. When the amount of trash didn’t fit its business model, the company moved to close the incinerators. The landfill isn’t a serious option because it’s nearly full. Landfills smell. And there isn’t much room for them. The county considered the incinerator after justified criticism for trying to put a landfill near the Everglades.</p> <p>For seven years Broward will export trash to Palm Beach County’s new facility, until population growth brings it to capacity with local trash. Then Broward will have a problem. Thanks to a decade of planning, Palm Beach County already has its solution.</p> <p><strong><em>Randy Schultz</em></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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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> <p> </p>The Week Ahead: June 30 to July 62015-06-29T19:21:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/5358130-true-crime-writer-carla-norton-brakes-for-fiction.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>What: Carla Norton</p> <p>Where: Murder on the Beach, 273 Pineapple Grove Way, Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/279-7790, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This suspense author is drawn to humanity’s darker corners. Her first nonfiction book, the true-crime best-seller <em>Perfect Victim</em>, recounted the seven-year captivity and sexual slavery of a young woman referred to as “the girl in the box.” Norton then brought her experience documenting real kidnapping cases to her first novel, 2014’s <em>The Edge of Normal</em>, which introduced Reeve LeClaire, a fierce heroine who had suffered a similar ordeal as the “girl in the box” and is forced to revisit the trauma. In Norton’s newly released sequel, <em>What Doesn’t Kill Her</em>, the college-age Reeve must fend off her captor anew, as he has busted out of a psychiatric hospital with revenge on his mind. Norton will speak about and sign copies of <em>What Doesn’t Kill Her</em>, the second in a series that has earned comparisons to no less than Alfred Hitchcock.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="233" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/the-overnight-trailer-video.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>What: Opening night of “The Overnight”</p> <p>Where: Carmike Parisian 20, 545 Hibiscus St., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: Show times pending</p> <p>Cost: $8.25-$11.25</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-2310</p> <p>This ensemble dramedy is executive-produced (though not directed) by the Duplass Brothers, and it will appeal to the millenials and Gen-Xers who frequent their movies: It echoes their signature skill of dissecting modern relationships through an immersive scrutiny of fears and anxieties. Alex and Emily (Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling), parents of a young child and new to Los Angeles, meet a mysterious, overdressed, borderline creep in a public park (Jason Schwartzman) who immediately takes the friendless couple under his wing. It turns out he has a child too, along with a liberated French wife (Judith Godreche), and they enjoy a lifestyle that is, to put it mildly, alternative to Alex and Emily’s. “The Overnight” takes place entirely over one eventful evening, as a playdate/dinner party between these clashing couples gradually becomes a bacchanal. As something of an anti-date movie, “The Overnight” scales uncomfortable heights of realism and exposes unexpected vulnerabilities in its characters. See it if you dare, and expect it to spur plenty of discussion. If you can’t wait until Friday, the movie is already playing at AMC Aventura 24.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/f53c960c0245d33f2325b6777a21c21f.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>What: Opening night of “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence”</p> <p>Where: Lake Worth Playhouse’s Stonzek Theatre, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 2 and 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $6-$9</p> <p>Contact: 561/296-9382, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Though a prolific director of commercials in his native Sweden, Roy Andersson has made just five feature films in his four-decade movie career. But his features, especially the international hits “Songs From the Second Floor” and “You, The Living” have cemented his trademark style, which involves long takes, an unmoving camera, visually shocking images, and some of the most hilarious deadpan humor in world cinema. His latest film, the award-winning “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” is no exception. Its cryptic trailer intrigues us with its seeming plotlessness, but it actually follows a pair of salesman on an absurdist journey through the human condition—one that traverses time and space, including a 1940s beer hall and a sojourn with Sweden’s King Charles XII. It’s hard to describe in words, but the film boasts a 90 percent “fresh” ranking from, so believe the experts.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/georgemcohan.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p>What: Opening night of “George M! In Concert”</p> <p>Where: The Wick, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $100 ($55 thereafter)</p> <p>Contact: 561/995-2333, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>There is little George M. Cohan didn’t accomplish in his more than half a century in show business. Appropriately dubbed “the man who owned Broadway,” Cohan evolved, as a child, from one member of the Four Cohans vaudeville act, into the premier stage entertainer of his day: As a producer, composer, playwright, lyricist, actor, singer and dancer, he published more than 300 songs in his lifetime, including “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “Give My Regards to Broadway,” and he’s generally credited with pioneering the concept of the “book musical” and with cofounding ASCAP. The Wick Theatre will revisit his patriotic legacy with this concert production, which shares Cohan’s life story through the conduit of his timeless music. Susan Powell (pictured), aka Miss America 1981, narrates the musical journey and will be joined by a cast of 20, clad in the Wick’s customarily dazzling costumes. Saturday’s opening night ticket includes a 5 p.m. dinner, followed by the 8 p.m. show, but the musical alone continues through July 19.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/firework-2.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p>What: July Fourth Celebration</p> <p>Where: A1A and Atlantic Avenue, Downtown Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 4 to 9:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The City of Delray Beach’s July Fourth celebration promises to be one of the most eclectic in South Florida, and given its track record, we’re certain it will up to expectations. The live music, which runs from 4 to 9 p.m., is a well-curated, nonstop mix of original songwriters and tribute acts, including the award-winning virtuoso Mike Mineo, modern rockers The Kinected, and the Tom Petty tribute act The Petty Hearts. Kids can cool off at the Re-max Splash Zone, with its water slides and aquatic games, as well as at the Putt ‘n Around mini golf course and the Kid’s Corner, which features face painting and arts and crafts. Adults can relax over a cold one at BurgerFi’s Beer Garden; the restaurant is also hosting a burger-eating contest. End the night with the city’s fireworks display, preceded by a countdown with Mayor Cary Glickstein and accompanied by a performance by the No Bodies Crew.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/tumblr_inline_ngsna9ocdj1qfo293.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>What: Vans Warped Tour</p> <p>Where: Coral Sky Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 11 a.m.</p> <p>Cost: $38.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/795-8883, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>I know I’m getting older when I recognize fewer and fewer of the bands headlining this annual festival of all things punk, emo, hardcore and alternative. But at 20 years young, the Warped Tour has outlived many of its ‘90s touring-festival peers, changing along with the times. The Warped Tour acts I remember from my teenage years—Reel Big Fish, NOFX, Jimmy Eat World—have parted the waters for today’s top acts, like indie folk-rockers Never Shout Never (pictured), the synthesized pop-punkers Motion City Soundtrack, and the revered post-hardcore acts Silverstein and Pierce the Veil. Proof that the Warped Tour is actually maturing a bit? Among the 10 (!) stages, there is even an “Acoustic Basement” featuring less eardrum-splitting music and a “Reverse Daycare” tent for parents. More than 100 acts in total will take the stage.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/the.fixx-band-2012.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>What: July 4<sup>th</sup> Concert and Fireworks</p> <p>Where: BB&amp;T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise</p> <p>When: 5 to 10 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 954/747-4600, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This is the Fourth of July event for ‘80s music nostalgists. Co-headliners A Flock of Seagulls, they of the elaborate coifs and cheese-crusted music videos, still exist—or at least its flock leader, Mike Score, still tours under the name with three newer bandmates. The group’s complicated legacy goes deeper than its regrettable image, however. Listen to the music on the group’s pioneering 1982 concept album about an alien invasion; considering today’s everything-old-is-new again synth fetish, still sounds pretty fresh. The other headliner taking the stage on Saturday, The Fixx, is even better. The “Red Skies” and “One Thing Leads to Another” hitmakers have resisted the temptation to tour as a nostalgia act, with their sets containing a variety of tunes from their seminal 1982 debut “Shuttered Room” through 2012’s “Beautiful Friction.” Enjoy the food and beverage vendors in between sets, and stick around for the city of Sunrise’s official fireworks display at 9 p.m.</p>Fire It Up on the Fourth2015-06-29T11:54:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/cooperfourth.jpg" width="200">Want to celebrate the Fourth by lighting fireworks but not lighting up the stove? Here’s a couple of options. . .</p> <p><strong>The Cooper Craft Kitchen &amp; Bar</strong> (4610 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/622-0032) will be offering a pair of American comfort food classics from chef Adam Brown. There will be ancho chili-spiked barbecued St. Louis-style ribs, plus jalapeno-cheddar cornbread, slaw and fries. Also, a New England-style clambake featuring lobster, littleneck clams, Amelia Island shrimp, PEI mussels, chorizo, corn and golden potatoes (whew!). Oh, and for dessert? Hot fudge sundae with salted caramel, spiced pecans, whipped cream and Amarena cherries.</p> <p>For a beachfront bash, check out <strong>Boston’s on the Beach</strong> (40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, 561/278-3364). For $39 per person and $13 for kids, you get a barbecue buffet featuring honey pork ribs, herb-roasted chicken, burgers and dogs, plus six different sides and dessert. There will also be live music, a splash zone, sand sculpture contest and kiddie activities, along with fireworks at 9 p.m. Dinner hours are 4 to 9 p.m., and reservations are a must.</p>Boca After Dark: Tanzy2015-06-29T11:22:00+00:00Emma Grubman/blog/author/emmagrubman/<p class="Body"><strong>Where</strong>: 301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/922-6699</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/tanzy_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body"><strong>The lowdown</strong>: What this cozy Mizner Park restaurant/bar lacks in late-night sizzle, it makes up for in the kind of chic sophistication that fits Boca like a Jimmy Choo high heel. Upon entering, my friend and I were immediately struck by the elegant Amalfi Coast-inspired decor, including a “cocoon lounge” where guests can enjoy cocktails under a twisting canopy of interconnected tree branches. We opted to sit at one of tables just off the square-shaped main bar, which is cast in Italian-esque stone and warm, elegant wood. The crowd, at least on this Saturday night, seemed to skew toward middle-aged professionals, although we did notice a few families with their children. People were dressed a bit more conservatively than you see at a nightclub, but that doesn’t mean tighter, more revealing clothing would be out of place here. The bartenders and waitresses were attentive and knowledgeable, which added to the mature vibe in the room. The quiet undercurrent of piped in music helped to give the space an intimate feel, conducive to mingling, conversing—and enjoying the stellar roster of drinks created by Tanzy’s master mixologist, Adam Seger. For those seeking light bites to go with their wine or cocktail, the inspired menu features Parma (think prosciutto and bresaola) and Mozza selections.</p> <p class="Body"><strong><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/tanzy_3.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="Body"><strong>The intangibles</strong>: Innovation is the buzzword when it comes to the cocktails offered at Tanzy. Master mixologist and advanced sommelier Adam Seger has put together a menu that appeals to conservative and adventurous palates alike—from the Lemondrop Martini (the most popular drink according to our bartender) and extravagant mojitos to cocktails created with liquid nitrogen. Most drinks fall in the $13 to $18 range, a bit steep for our pocketbooks. But in the case of the Raz Berri frozen cocktail, guests also are paying for the show. Our waiter brought a whisk and bowl to the table and began mixing together the contents of Raz Berri (Grey Goose, Chambord, Yuzu Luxe, raspberry syrup and Prosecco) with the liquid nitrogen. In liquid form, nitrogen has cooling properties that chefs and mixologists around the world are incorporating into various creations. The chilled mix was piled high in my martini glass, topped off with more Prosecco and garnished with raspberries. The combination of flavors was unlike anything I’ve ever had, and the use of liquid nitrogen gave the drink an intense chill that you can’t get from simply blending contents with ice. While the flavor of the vodka was virtually invisible amidst the other contents, each sip lingered with a subtle taste of Prosecco. While the liquid nitrogen creations are usually $18, Tanzy does offer special deals—like happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m.—where you can try these indulgent cocktails as well as explore their vast beer and wine selection for discounted prices. </p> <p class="Body"><strong>Hours</strong>: Tanzy opens at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It closes at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and at 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.</p>A new show just for gamers gets its start in Boca2015-06-26T17:58:00+00:00Casey Farmer/blog/author/caseyfarmer/<p><img alt="" height="301" src="/site_media/uploads/eddie_mady_opg.jpg" width="450"></p> <p> “How can I do something that I really love?” Eddie Mady, (above) CEO of Mady Multimedia and now creator and host of the new video game entertainment show OPgamers, thought to himself nine months ago. After months of brainstorming and long hours of preparation, Mady posted the premiere episode of OPgamers to YouTube on June15.</p> <p>OPgamers (OP stands for “over-powered” for you novices in the gaming world) is an entertainment show that features the video game world’s “funniest and most epic moments,” according to Mady. In addition to Mady as the host, the show’s cast includes two video game fanatics, Heather and Jon, as commentators and DJ Romi, who keeps the audience, both in the studio and at home, entertained with her musical talents.</p> <p>In just one week, only promoting the show by sharing it with friends on Facebook, the pilot has garnered over 127 thousand views and nearly 200 comments. And the whole production took place in a small warehouse studio in Boca Raton.</p> <p>“I think you create your own luck,” said Mady, 43, a resident of Boca and avid video gamer since he was old enough to hold a controller. While his own TV show is a new experience for him, Mady is no stranger to the entertainment business; he works with his father and sister at their video production companies, Mady Films and Mady Multimedia, and was previously an emcee for private events for 20 years.</p> <p>The video game world is made up of millions of people, all with very different tastes, Mady explained. Therefore, OPgamers features varied video game content to reach the mass-market of gamers. Mady added that gamers also come from all different age groups and walks of life. Despite what many might believe, the average age of gamers is actually 34-years-old, and because of this, OPgamers has been developed as an adult video game show—not one for your 12-year-old brother who obsessively plays video games all day instead of playing outside.</p> <p>OPgamers has not found a network to call home yet, but Mady is weighing the show’s options now and wants to make a decision in the next two months. Depending on the network deal, Mady hopes the show will be a weekly 22-minute show, with 36 episodes a season—and revenues derived from advertising. Mady has also received offers from companies that want to sponsor OPgamers and produce merchandise for the show. Until a network deal is made, viewers can watch the pilot episode at The YouTube channel also contains video game- related comedy sketches.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Casey</strong></p> <p>Casey Farmer is a sophomore at Lehigh University studying journalism and business, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. Casey spends most of her time on the golf course, both recreationally and as a member of Lehigh’s team. Aside from golf, she loves iced coffee, Zumba and dogs. You can reach Casey at <a href=""></a>. </p>Movie Review: &quot;Ted 2&quot;2015-06-26T13:42:04+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>Even more than its predecessor, “Ted 2” lives between quote marks and inside parentheses. Everything in the movie (opening wide today) is a reference to something else, and global audiences not raised on a steady diet of American pop-culture might require footnotes to decipher the intricacies of co-writer and director Seth McFarlane’s screenplay.</p> <p><img alt="" height="169" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/5261174_4.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The references run high, low and headline-ripped, defying the typically tortoise-paced progression of movie distribution by riffing on Deflate-gate, Charlie Hebdo, Ferguson and Bill Cosby—not to mention perennial favorites Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber, Gollum and Star Wars, along with more intellectual benchmarks like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Busby Berkeley. So much of “Ted 2” derives its laughs, its charms and its retching lewdness from other sources that it should probably owe royalties to Perez Hilton and the Internet Movie Database. The plot, wafer-thin and as nutritionally empty as a diet soda, is merely a front for cultural re-appropriation—a framework designed to be jettisoned.</p> <p>It’s far from a Well Made Film in the traditional sense, but for viewers hip to McFarlane’s game, this hodgepodge delivers all the laughs its forebear elicited and more. McFarlane employs the “throw everything against the wall and see what sticks” strategy of a “Mystery Science Theater 3000” episode, where the jokes compound in such rapid succession that they can hardly be savored before the next one intrudes—a pleasant problem for any comedy.</p> <p>The film picks up where “Ted” left off, with the titular bear wedding his white-trash, fiancée Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth). A year later, their marriage is a shambles, leaving the couple with one option for survival: having a baby. Between Tami-Lynn’s infertility and Ted’s own lack, of, well … manhood, the prospect quickly proves impossible. Worse yet for Ted, a trip to an adoption service tips off the government to his status as a nonhuman, which results in the annulment of his marriage and the cancellation of his accounts.</p> <p>The fight for Ted’s personhood becomes a civil-rights <em>cause celebre</em> that looks back to slavery and presently to cases involving marriage equality. In Ted’s corner is his BFF John (Mark Wahlberg) and a rookie lawyer who accepts his case pro-bono (Amanda Seyfried).</p> <p><img alt="" height="210" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/18177566-mmmain.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The movie strains for more political relevance than the original “Ted,” but for a film containing the single grossest and longest sequence of spilled semen in motion-picture history—and whose climactic brawl is set at a Comic-Con—it’s hard to take it seriously as a statement movie. It fares far better as a straight-up comedy, and a particular type of comedy at that.</p> <p>“Ted 2” marinates in the winking, self-conscious kitsch of 1980s humor, updating it for audiences that know better. There’s a cheesy musical montage of the three protagonists hilariously prepping for trial by dancing on library tables and shooting spitballs in each other’s ears. In another musical interlude, set in the wilderness, animals from squirrels to penguins to lobsters frolic to hear Seyfried’s guitar-strummed lullaby. Another character delivers information to his superior by slamming a newspaper on his desk, with an article about Ted screaming at him in bold type, as if this item wasn’t already yesterday’s Twitter trend.</p> <p>Far all his 21<sup>st</sup> century reference points and foul-mouthed envelope-pushing, McFarlane reveals himself to be something of a sentimental nostalgist, as much a softy for earlier forms of entertainment as his longtime adult-animation rivals, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, I guess.</p>The Healing Road2015-06-26T11:27:00+00:00Cresonia Hsieh/blog/author/cresoniahsieh/<p class="Body">By her own admission, Chloe Dolandis had been living a charmed life. The singer/songwriter’s passion, persistence and rich, soulful sound had paved a road filled with milestones—from having former mayor Steven Abrams recognize Jan. 13 as “Chloe Dolandis Day” in Boca Raton back in 2004 to the release of her debut album, “Bring Back the Fever” in 2011.</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/dsc_0041.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body">But a period marked by a professional high also resulted in a series of personal lows for the Florida Atlantic University graduate, most profoundly, the death of her best friend, Tali. Over the next few years, Dolandis would endure further loss, including the death of family members and the end of a relationship.</p> <p class="Body">For the first time, Dolandis felt somewhat adrift, shaken by episodes of tragedy and heartbreak. But rather than putting her career on hold, the Boca resident continued to write and perform—and grow as an artist. This past June, Dolandis released an EP entitled “There’s More,” a raw five-song set that represents her most personal work to date.</p> <p class="Body">“It’s taken awhile to start feeling like I have healed,” the 30-year-old says. “[The pain helped to] shape me in a positive way. It could’ve destroyed me, but I wouldn’t let it.”</p> <p class="Body">Unlike her first album, “There’s More” bears a stripped-down feel that features only her voice and one other instrument in each song. Each number comes from the artist’s collection of songs that she wrote while dealing with the emotions and fallout of the past few years.</p> <p class="Body">The result is a collection of pieces inspired by the idea that there’s always more to life and to maturing.</p> <p class="Body">“So often as we live our lives, we’re so wrapped up in whatever we’re doing and whatever we’re thinking,” Dolandis says. “The idea that there’s a whole entire world out there, and beyond, is really important.”</p> <p class="Body">Dolandis attributes her inspiration for the album to Tali, to whom she officially dedicates “There’s More” on her blog. The EP’s fifth song, “Isn’t That Far,” is about how not even death can separate the pair.</p> <p class="Body">Dolandis and her band currently play locally at private parties and around South Florida. They play every Friday at <a href="">Whiskey Blue</a> in Fort Lauderdale. In addition, Dolandis will be the vocalist for the Florida Wind Symphony Jazz Orchestra at <a href="">FAU’s Big Band Hits from the Golden Age</a> concert this July.</p> <p class="Body">She hopes to write music for other artists in the future, go on tours and get some of her work on the radio. As for producing music, Dolandis says her fans can expect “that, and then some.”</p> <p class="Body">With Dolandis, there always seems to be more. <br><em></em></p> <p class="Body"><em>To download her new EP for free, visit <a href=""></a> and type in the code </em><em>“</em><em>theresmore.</em><em>”</em></p> <p class="Body"><strong>Did You Know?</strong></p> <p class="Body">Chloe Dolandis is the proud owner of more than 1,000 pig replicas.</p> <p class="Body">Dolandis received her first pig replica as a good-luck charm after snagging her first leading role at the Hollywood Playhouse—as Piglet in “Winnie the Pooh.” It soon became tradition for people to give Dolandis pig replicas when she performed or for special occasions. Today the collection remains at her parents’ house.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Cresonia</strong></p> <p>Cresonia Hsieh is a journalism junior minoring in business administration and Spanish at the University of Florida. When she's not writing a story or doing a photo shoot, she enjoys Netflix binge watching, trying out new restaurants and listening to others attempt to pronounce her last name. (Hint: It's pronounced "shay".) You can reach Cresonia at <a href=""></a>.</p>Staff Picks: Makeup, A Restaurant &amp; Relaxation2015-06-26T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>The Nature Nymph by Jane Cosmetics</p> <p><img alt="" height="529" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.26_jane_cosmetics.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“I got The Nature Nymph “Look in a Box” collection yesterday, and I absolutely love it. I’m a makeup novice, so this set is really helpful. It has lip gloss, eyeliner and two shades of eye shadow. The box even includes instructions for how to get the perfect look.”</p> <p>(<a href=""></a>)</p> <p>Arturo’s Ristorante</p> <p><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.26_arturos.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by John Shuff, Contributing Writer</em></p> <p>“If you’re into a romantic evening with dreamy piano music, coupled with tasty Italian cuisine, well then head to Arturo’s. You can’t beat the equation of good food plus great music, enhanced by the tuxedoed waiters who make this evening a lovely experience.”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11872/"></a> // 6750 N. Federal Hwy. // 561/997-7373)</p> <p>Foot Relaxing</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.26_foot_relaxing.png" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked By Bianca Romano, Marketing and Events Director</em></p> <p>“Foot Relaxing is my weekly indulgence. I look forward to this relaxing time away from the real world. You get the most amazing foot and neck rub, and at a very inexpensive price. If you haven't tried it yet, you are missing out!” </p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11872/"></a> // 6315 N. Federal Hwy. // 561/235-5319)</p>Fashion Forward: Celebrity Lips and Artistic Feet2015-06-26T06:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p><img alt="" height="427" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/kendall-jenner-estee-lauder-lipstick.png" width="490"></p> <p>Keeping Up With Estée Lauder</p> <p>Kendall Jenner is a fashion icon, and now you can be one step closer to harnessing her style. As part of her campaign with Estée Lauder, Kendall has launched her first <strong>Limited Edition Envy Matte Sculpting Lipstick. </strong>It’s called Restless, and it’s a vibrant orange-red. There are only a limited number available, so order <a href="">online</a> before it’s too late.</p> <p><img alt="" height="331" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.26_shoe_fetish_art_show.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="">Shoes For Show</a></p> <p>If the shoe fits, turn it into art? The Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery <em>(15 S. J St., Lake Worth) </em>is currently housing the “Shoe Fetish/Foot Fetish Art Show” until July 2. The exhibit features photos, paintings and sculptures that are all related to shoes or feet. Admission is free, and there is art for sale. </p>Atlantic Crossing sues, more golf course conversions, FAU comes up short in the budget &amp; more2015-06-25T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/aa_vp_thumb.jpg" width="323"></h3> <h3>Atlantic Crossing sues</h3> <p>A week ago, the Delray Beach City Commission and representatives of Atlantic Crossing basically agreed that the city would choose a preferred option for adding an access road back to the project, and the developers would try to make it work.</p> <p>On Wednesday, Atlantic Crossing sued Delray Beach. The action may be just part of the lengthy dance between the developers and the city over the access road. The notification letter says Atlantic Crossing “remains prepared to continue working with the city to achieve an east-west road” but must “protect its vested rights. . .” The letter notes that the Atlantic Crossing site plan—without the road—got approval from the Site Plan Advisory Board in 2013 and the commission in 2014.</p> <p>Delray Beach had been hoping to resolve this issue amicably by September. The lawsuit is not amicable, but it also may be merely an attempt to prod the city.</p> <h3>Boca Dunes: the next Mizner Trail?</h3> <p>It will not be “Mizner Trail: The Sequel” before the Palm Beach County Commission today, even if it feels much like that.</p> <p>Last year, it was Boca Del Mar where developers wanted to turn a golf course into housing. After a decade of trying, the developers got their way. The commission allowed 255 homes on the former Mizner Trail course that the owners had closed a decade ago. It was the south course in the massive Boca Del Mar community west of the city.</p> <p>Residents who looked out onto the course objected to the project. After the commission approved it, the residents sued. They got a hearing, lost, and decided not to appeal.</p> <p>This time, the course is Boca Dunes, west of Lyons Road between Palmetto Park Road and Southwest 18<sup>th</sup> Street. Again, residents with views of the course are expected to object when the matter come before the county commission, acting as the zoning commission. But there are key differences.</p> <p>Mizner Trail was part of Boca Del Mar, designated as open space as one condition for approval of the larger project. Boca Dunes—18 traditional holes and a nine-hole executive layout—is a self-contained course that was surrounded by homes as development sprawled west.</p> <p>Also, the developers—K. Hovnanian—don’t want to close the course, though it has been getting less play. They want to convert 41.5 acres of the roughly 153 acres to about 200 townhomes and keep the 40-year-old course open. In addition, Mizner Trail meandered through Boca Del Mar, bringing it close to many homes. At Boca Dunes, the homes mostly circle the course.</p> <p>Most important, the county can find no prior zoning for Boca Dunes. With Mizner Trail, a major legal argument was over that open-space designation and what it represented. Seven years ago, a judge ruled that the land had no development rights.</p> <p>In 2013, the commission allowed conversion of a course next to Century Village in West Palm Beach, despite much resistance from neighbors. Each of these cases is different, but the similarity is that even in South Florida more golf courses are hurting. If you live on one, don’t take the view for granted.</p> <p>Mizner Trail flip</p> <p>If you’re wondering when work will start on those homes at Mizner Trail, nothing will happen soon. As some speculated, the developer is flipping the property.</p> <p>Boca Raton-based Compson Associates has listed the 127 acres with CBRE. The listing notes that the former course offers “a rare opportunity to build a large-scale residential community in a high-barrier-to-entry location,” meaning that there isn’t much open land left near the coast.  CBRE will be taking offers through Tuesday.</p> <h3>Ag Reserve debate postponed</h3> <p>Those who favor and oppose allowing more development in the county’s Agricultural Reserve Area had been gearing up for a debate today before the county commission. They will have to wait.</p> <p>The issue is an amendment to land-use rules that would make smaller farms more attractive to developers and thus increase the potential of those farmers to sell out. The proposal involves changes to how land is set aside for preservation in that region voters taxed themselves to keep in agriculture.</p> <p>The proposal is less controversial than others that county staff had considered, but even this small change lost 12-0 when it went before the Palm Beach County Planning Commission. The result affirmed the strong public sentiment against thwarting the will of the voters that they expressed 16 years ago.</p> <p>County Mayor Shelley Vana, who is out of town this week, asked that the issue be postponed to the next meeting of the zoning commission, which is on July 30. A month’s delay, though, won’t change the sentiment.</p> <h3>The budget, aka FAU’s Big Chill</h3> <p>Florida Atlantic University did much better with the Board of Governments this year than it did with the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott.</p> <p>First, the Legislature did not include money in the state budget to build classrooms at the Jupiter campus for FAU’s biotech program. Then on Tuesday, Scott vetoed the $1 million appropriation for FAU’s Tech Runway, a program that helps entrepreneurs. It was an odd veto from a governor who supposedly backs investment that could lead to economic development. Scott said he vetoed the FAU money and other related appropriations because “they circumvent current established review processes and funding is available through other sources.”</p> <h3>Quiet zones still on the horizon</h3> <p>There must have been mild panic when city officials in Boca Raton and Delray Beach saw that one of the state budget items Gov. Scott vetoed Tuesday was $10 million for quiet zones on railroad tracks.</p> <p>By the time All Aboard Florida’s trains start running in 2017, there supposedly will have been enough safety improvements at crossings between the Palm Beach-Broward line and West Palm Beach that trains won’t need to blow their horns. In addition to 32 new passengers trains running daily, horns on the new Florida East Coast Railway freight engines are much louder. The Delray Beach City Commission voted to express concern that All Aboard Florida will have a “negative impact” on the city unless the company addresses the city’s concerns.</p> <p>By mid-afternoon Tuesday, six hours after Scott issued his veto message, the Metropolitan Planning Organization had sent an email to say that money for All Aboard Florida’s quiet zone comes from federal gas tax revenue, not the state budget. The money goes to the organization to pay for local transportation priorities. The organization said the governor’s veto would have “no effect” on quiet zones in Palm Beach County. On Wednesday, the Broward MPO chimed in that the veto would have no effect on the quiet zone in that county.</p> <h3>Correction</h3> <p>In Tuesday’s post, I referred to Boca Raton Community Hospital. It is, of course, Boca Raton Regional Hospital.</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> <p> </p>Seasonal Finds: You Say Tomato2015-06-25T06:00:00+00:00Amanda Jane/blog/author/amandajane/<p>Tomato is the perfect fresh ingredient to use in just about anything from salsa to sandwiches to Bloody Mary’s. It may surprise you to learn that the tomato is actually a fruit, not a vegetable. We have Mexico to thank for recognizing it as a food instead of just a plant. The fruit began to spread throughout the world following the Spanish colonization of the Americas. Today it is eaten in countless ways and incorporated into many dishes, sauces, salads and drinks. I personally love to sauté tomatoes into a warm pasta sauce. Mmm.</p> <p>Tomatoes come in too many classic and heirloom varieties to count. They are most abundant during their peak season in the summertime. To celebrate the first week of summer, I put together this gorgeous cherry tomato salad with dill cream dressing. The recipe uses cherry tomatoes, which are a small and rounded, ranging in size from a thumb tip up to the size of a golf ball. Cherry tomatoes can be red, yellow, green or black. At the local <a href="">Whole Foods in Boca Raton</a>, I picked up organic red and yellow varieties that taste so fruity I had to keep from popping the entire carton into my mouth (had to save some for the actual recipe).</p> <p>For this salad, I liked the idea of slicing the tomatoes into halves to give it a chopped salad texture. The contrast of the sweet tomatoes with the tangy cream and dill dressing is amazing.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="489" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.25_tomato_salad.png" width="490"> </strong></p> <p><strong>Cherry Tomato Salad with Dill Cream Dressing</strong><em> </em></p> <p><em>Makes two salad servings</em></p> <p><strong>Ingredients:</strong></p> <p>12 ounces red and yellow cherry tomatoes, halved</p> <p>2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream</p> <p>1 teaspoon fresh minced dill, plus more for garnish</p> <p>1 clove garlic, minced
</p> <p>Sea salt and pepper
</p> <p><strong>Instructions:</strong></p> <p>1. In a small bowl, whisk the cream, dill, and garlic.</p> <p><br>2. Place the cherry tomato halves into a large serving bowl, drizzle the dressing over them and toss.</p> <p><br>3. Season with salt and pepper and toss.</p> <p><br>4. Top with dill for garnish and serve.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Amanda Jane</strong></p> <p><em>Amanda Jane is the creator of the food blog <a href="" target="_blank">Seasonally Jane</a>, a creative space where she shares her love of seasonally inspired cooking through original recipes, photography and writing.  Seasonally Jane celebrates the use of peak-season fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on organic whole foods and unique ingredients. Amanda launched her blog in September 2014 and is based in Lighthouse Point.</em></p>Tastemakers of Delray Beach 20152015-06-24T15:48:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong>Purchase your Dining Passport for $30 (cash only) at any participating restaurant below. This passport entitles the holder to the tastings event on Wednesday, Aug. 5, and Thursday, Aug. 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., plus three months of savings from all participating restaurants. $1 of the revenue from each passport sold will be donated to <strong>a Delray Beach charity. For more information, call 561/243-1077</strong></strong></p> <p><strong><br></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">50 Ocean<br></a></strong><em>50 S. Ocean Blvd. •  561/278-3364</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="484" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/50ocean.jpg" width="490"></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantDescription">Floor-to-ceiling windows offering Delray’s most breathtaking ocean views, coupled with Chef Blake Malatesta’s delightful seafood-inspired menu await you at 50 Ocean. Indulge your culinary senses, or just enjoy a classic cocktail sitting at the most beautiful bar on the beach!</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantDescription"><em><strong>Shrimp Snow Cone: </strong></em>Chilled and grilled royal reds, smoked tomato granita, lemon-basil emulsion<br><em><strong>Delray Devil: </strong></em>Svedka jalapeño grapefruit vodka, ripe agave sour, soda, candied jalapeños</p> <p><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>Complimentary "Jar" with the purchase of two entrées/main plates (lunch or dinner). Not valid with any other offers.</p> <p><strong><br></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="">Burgerfi<br></a></strong><em>6 S. Ocean Blvd. <em>• </em> 561/278-9590</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="423" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/burgerfi.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantDescription">Burgerfi is a quick, casual burger joint featuring made-to-order burgers &amp; fries. Total scratch kitchen, which means everything is made in-house, including fresh-cut fries and hand-breaded onion rings.</p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>BurgerFi Slider: </strong></em>Double angus burger, lettuce, tomato, BurgerFi sauce<br><strong><em>Not Your Father’s Root Beer</em><br></strong><strong></strong></p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>10% off your check. Not valid with any other offers.</p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><strong><br></strong></p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/">Cabana El Rey<br></a></strong><em>105 E. Atlantic Ave. <em>• </em> 561/274-9090</em></p> <p class="STYLE3"><em><img alt="" height="445" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/cabanaelrey.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantDescription">Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014; ZAGAT 2015:  “Delicious” Nuevo Latin eats are the draw at this “colorful, vibrant” Delray Beach cantina well served by a “good” staff; festive drinks, including “authentic” mojitos and “thirst-quenching” sangria, “set the scene for a fun evening” including “people-watching” from the sidewalk seats.</p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Anticuchos: </strong></em>Marinated skirt-steak skewers topped with rocoto and red onion salsa<br><em><strong>Coconut Pisco Sour: </strong></em>Pisco, the national spirit of Peru, blended with fresh coconut and a silky lime sour</p> <p align="left" class="FOODDESCRIPTION"><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>One complimentary basket of Mariquitas (sliced plantains cooked until crispy, served with garlic mojo and avocado salsa). Not valid with any other offers.</p> <p align="left" class="FOODDESCRIPTION"><strong><br></strong></p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">Caffé Luna Rosa<br></a></strong><em>34 S. Ocean Blvd. <em>• </em> 561/274-9404</em></p> <p class="STYLE3"><em><img alt="" height="423" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/caffelunarosa.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantDescription">Caffé Luna Rosa is the oldest Italian restaurant in Delray Beach. Luna Rosa offers an ocean view dining experience where great food and a great environment come together.</p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Florida Lobster &amp; Crab Bisque: </strong></em>Homemade bisque with fresh lump crab and Florida lobster tail meat, finished with cream and sherry<br><em><strong>Rudi Wiest Hooked Riesling</strong></em></p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><strong></strong><em><strong>Passport Dining Offer: </strong></em>Free bottle of wine (house choice) with two entrées or two free bottles with four entrées. Not valid with any other offers. </p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"> </p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">Caffé Martier<br></a></strong><em>411 E Atlantic Ave. <em>• </em> 561/450-6169)</em></p> <p class="STYLE1"><em><img alt="" height="423" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/caffemartier.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantDescription">Caffé Martier is a European style bistro that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It features fresh and healthy cuisine with a gourmet Mediterranean flair, paired with traditional Italian-style coffee or award-winning craft cocktails.</p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Mangal BBQ Rib: </strong></em>Braised Kosher beef back rib in Mediterannean-spiced silan rub<br><em><strong>Whiskey Balsamic: </strong></em>Smoked whiskey, Laphoaig, balsamic vinegar, aromatic bitters, fresh red apple</p> <p class="RestaurantName"><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>15% off entire check Sunday through Thursday after 5 p.m. Not valid with any other offers.</p> <p class="RestaurantName"> </p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">Deck 84<br></a></strong><em>840 E. Atlantic Ave. <em>• </em> 561/665-8484</em></p> <p class="STYLE3"><em><img alt="" height="425" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/deck84.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantDescription">At Deck 84, legendary South Florida restaurateur, Burt Rapoport, brings casual waterfront dining to Atlantic<br>Avenue. This stylish American hot spot has picturesque views of the Intracoastal, a hopping bar, weekend brunch<br>&amp; outdoor seating.</p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Tuna Poke: </strong></em>Yellowfin tuna, sweet soy marinade toasted sesame, avocado, cucumber micro cilantro, crispy wonton<br><em><strong>Rum Runner w/ Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum</strong></em></p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>Half off bottles of wine on Wednesdays. Not valid with any other offers.</p> <p class="RestaurantName"> </p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">El Camino<br></a></strong><em>15 N.E. 2nd Ave. <em>• </em> 561/865-5350</em></p> <p class="STYLE3"><em><img alt="" height="477" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/elcamino.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantDescription">At El Camino, we are committed to offering the freshest organic and local ingredients, and we value local, artisan, indigenous and reclaimed offerings. We make our own tortillas, sauces and anything else possible from scratch. Our craft cocktails include house-made sangrias and agave spirits.</p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Barbacoa Taco: </strong></em>Cilantro, queso fresco, onions &amp; salsa borracha<br><em><strong>50/50: </strong></em>Best of both worlds: mezcal, blanco tequila, fresh lime &amp; agave nectar</p> <p align="left" class="FOODDESCRIPTION"><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>Free guacamole with purchase of any burrito, enchilada, fajita or taco entrée. Not valid with any other offers. </p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><strong><br></strong></p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">FY&amp;I<br></a></strong><em>9 N.E. 2nd Ave. <em>• </em>561/450-7402</em></p> <p class="STYLE3"><em><img alt="" height="465" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/fyi.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>We offer the most delicious frozen desserts to satisfy any sweet tooth, and we have something for the entire family. </em><em>Our creamy frozen yogurts come in fat-free, low-fat, dairy-free, no-sugar-added, and sugar-free varieties. We also carry </em><em>a variety of Italian gelato, over 20 flavors of ice cream and Dole soft-serve sorbet. FY&amp;I is located at the Pineapple Grove Archway between El Camino and the Office restaurant</em><em>.</em></p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Frozen Yogurt: </strong></em>Froyo in fat-free, low-fat, sugar-free, no-sugar-added and dairy-free varieties | premium ice cream | Italian gelatosorbet | no-sugar-added cookies **Kosher</p> <p><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>$1 off medium fro-yo. Not valid with any other offers.</p> <p><strong><br></strong></p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">Lemongrass Asian Bistro<br></a></strong><em>420 E. Atlantic Ave. <em>• </em> 561/278-5050</em></p> <p class="STYLE3"><em><img alt="" height="635" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/lemongrass.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantDescription">Lemongrass Delray Beach has been the place to go for Thai, Japanese sushi and Vietnamese cuisine since opening. All rolls and dishes are made to order. The notable wine and sake list provides the perfect pairing to any entrée.</p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Asian Shrimp Ceviche: </strong></em>Shrimp,  avocado, cilantro, jalapeños, tomatoes, onions, Asian lime dressing<br><em><strong>Cool Sake Martini</strong></em></p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>One free hot sake with purchase of $20 or more. Not valid with any other offers.</p> <p class="RestaurantName"> </p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">Mastino at Solita<br></a></strong><em>25 N.E. 2nd Ave. <em>• </em> 561/921-8687</em></p> <p class="STYLE3"><em><img alt="" height="408" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/mastinosolita.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p>Mastino at SoLita offers the traditions of Old World artisans who handcrafted wood-fired pizza, Italian street food, artisan small-batch beer, culinary cocktails and boutique wines. SoLita offers guests a place to call home with a unique experience that embraces casual comfort and sophistication. </p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Housemade Meatball: </strong></em>Served with San Marzano tomato sauce, fresh basil and ricotta cheese<br><em><strong>HousemadeItalian Sangria: </strong></em>A delicious variety of red wines, fresh strawberries, oranges, pineapple and blueberries, mixed with a variety of flavorful fruit liqueurs</p> <p class="STYLE3"><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>10% off entire check. Not valid on holidays or with any other offers.</p> <p class="STYLE3"> </p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">Max's Harvest<br></a></strong><em>169 N.E. 2nd Ave. <em>• </em> 561/381-9970</em></p> <p class="STYLE3"><em><img alt="" height="386" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/maxharvest.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantDescription">Food tastes naturally delicious when grown with care, harvested at precisely the right moment and delivered to our kitchen directly from the source. Fresh ingredients are a delight to the senses and the essence of great cooking. We hope you enjoy the sheer pleasure of seasonal, locally-grown ingredients and the simple, sophisticated flavors that result when you let the land speak for itself.</p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Florida Alligator Milanese: </strong></em>Peach Mmstarda, N’Duja vinaigrette<br><em><strong>Oaxacan Mistress: </strong></em>Illegal mezcal, Ancho Reyes liqueur, local tangerine, smoked jalapeño, cilantro</p> <p class="STYLE3"><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>25% off your entire lunch order (served on Fridays only from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.). Not valid with any other offers.</p> <p class="STYLE3"> </p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">Mellow Mushroom<br></a></strong><em>25 S.E. 6th Ave. <em>• </em> 561/330-3040</em></p> <p class="STYLE3"><em><img alt="" height="341" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/mellowmushroom.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantDescription">Mellow Mushroom is an eclectic, music-themed restaurant serving gluten-free &amp; hand-tossed pizzas, salads, sandwiches, vegan and vegetarian menu items. We have Sunday brunch, the best craft cocktail drinks around and trivia every Tuesday night. We are the host site in Palm Beach County for FSU football games. </p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Kosmic Karma Pizza Slice: </strong></em>Red sauce base with feta and mozzarella cheeses, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, roma Tomatoes with a Pesto Swirl<br><em><strong>Craft Beer: </strong></em>Sample of Saltwater Brewery’s Screamin Reels IPA </p> <p><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>15% off entire check. Not valid with any other offers.</p> <p><strong><br></strong></p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">Mussel Beach<br></a></strong><em>501 E.  Atlantic Ave. <em>• </em> 561/921-6464</em></p> <p class="STYLE3"><em><img alt="" height="315" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/musselbeach.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p>Home of 14 different flavors of mussels, imported daily from Prince Edward Island. Offering a variety of flavors—from creamy lobster bisque and spicy Fra Diavolo to Thai curry and many more—that will have guests demanding a second round. Mussel Beach also serves a variety of non-seafood dishes to satisfy your palate.</p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Mussel Mariniere: </strong></em>Shallots, garlic, onion, white wine, butter<br><em><strong>Benvolio Pinot Grigio</strong></em></p> <p class="RestaurantName"><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>15% off entire check. Not valid with any other offers. </p> <p class="RestaurantName"> </p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">The Office<br></a></strong><em>201 E. Atlantic Ave. <em>• </em> 561/276-3600</em></p> <p class="RestaurantName"><em><img alt="" height="425" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/theoffice.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p>“The Office” is a modern American gastropub, a place that is comfortable and where the food is as important as the drink. It's not quite a bar, not quite a restaurant. The Office features a casual-meets-refined atmosphere that welcomes beer drinkers and wine snobs, non-fussy eaters, and foodies alike. The Office is a charmed neighborhood watering hole.</p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><strong><em>Fried Green Tomato “B.L.T.</em>”: </strong>Tomato jam, crispy pork belly, +Saint Andreas Cheese, frisee<br><em><strong>Islamorada Sandbar Sunday: </strong></em>Craft American wheat ale</p> <p><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>15% off entire check. Not valid with any other offers.</p> <p class="RestaurantName"> </p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">Smoke BBQ<br></a></strong><em>8 E. Atlantic Ave. <em>• </em> 561/330-4236</em></p> <p align="left" class="FoodWineDescription"><em><img alt="" height="362" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/smoke.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantDescription">Smoke BBQ (, features authentic Kansas City-style, smokehouse BBQ—low and slow-smoked meats, including the best ribs in South Florida. Smoke features affordable entrée selections, a cool, casual “American backyard” design, a large craft beer selection, exceptional happy hour promotions, and a pitmaster whose BBQ credentials are world-renowned.</p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>12-Hour Smoked Pulled Pork Slider<br>Boulevard Brewing 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer</strong></em></p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><strong><em>Passport Dining Special</em>: </strong>20% off entire check (excludes happy hour and lunch specials; limited to four guests per table). Not valid with any other offers.</p> <p class="RestaurantName"> </p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">Taverna Opa<br></a></strong><em>270 E. Atlantic Ave. <em>• </em> 561/303-3602</em></p> <p class="STYLE3"><em><img alt="" height="401" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/tavernaopa.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p>Taverna Opa offers an unforgettable dining experience, with an inviting decor, superb ambience and spectacular Greek tastes. Our chef’s equally impressive authentic Greek and Mediterranean menu features fresh fish, grilled meats and vegetarian dishes complemented by an extensive wine collection. We offer such components as group dining, customized menus, and indoor and outdoor dining.</p> <p class="RestaurantName"><em><strong>Keftedes</strong></em> (meatballs)<br><em><strong>Spanakopita</strong></em> (spinach pie)<br><em><strong>Bougatsa</strong></em> (dessert)<br><em><strong>Kretikos</strong></em> (Greek red wine)</p> <p class="RestaurantName"><em><strong>Passport Dining Special</strong>:</em> One complimentary glass of Kretikos with purchase of lunch or dinner. Not valid with any other offers.</p> <p class="RestaurantName"> </p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">Vic &amp; Angelo’s<br></a></strong><em>290 E. Atlantic Ave. •  561/278-9570</em></p> <p class="STYLE3"><img alt="" height="352" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/vicangelos.jpg" width="490"></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantDescription">Vic and Angelo’s Coal Oven Enoteca is big-city rustic Italian dining in the heart of South Florida.With two convenient locations, “Restaurant Row” in Palm Beach Gardens and trendy Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, the best Italian in Florida is just around the corner.</p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Rigatoni Alla Bolognese: </strong></em>Slow-cooked beef ragu, chianti, hand-shaved reggiano<br><em><strong>Sycamore Lane Pinot Noir</strong></em></p> <p class="RestaurantName"><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>$69.95 dinner for two with a bottle of house wine. Not valid with any other offers.</p> <p class="RestaurantName"> </p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">Ziree<br></a></strong><em>401 W. Atlantic Ave. •  561/276-6549</em></p> <p class="STYLE3"><img alt="" height="470" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/ziree.jpg" width="490"></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantDescription">Ziree Thai &amp; Sushi serves authentic Thai food and the freshest sushi; many of the dishes are family recipes handed down through generations. Everything is prepared with the freshest ingredients of the highest quality all at reasonable prices. This, along with our excellent service, will make for a truly delicious and unique dining experience. </p> <p class="RestaurantName"><em><strong>Pookpui Salad: </strong></em>Shredded green papaya, carrot, shrimp, green bean, cherry tomatoes + sushi roll pairing<br><em><strong>Housemade Sangria</strong></em></p> <p><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>15% off entire check (dine-in only). Not valid with any other offers.</p>Science Center&#39;s Summer Exhibit Stings2015-06-24T09:00:00+00:00Chelsea Stromfeld/blog/author/chelseastromfeld/<p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/eww2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><em>(photos by Chelsea Stromfeld)</em></p> <p>Walking into the “Eww! What’s Eating You?” summer exhibit at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, very quickly had me itching and twitching. Entering what mirrored a vintage carnival, the public is greeted by an entranceway of eight-foot-tall structures with images of head lice, hookworms and fleas. Talk about inviting!! But by the end, I was intrigued enough to circle the room for two hours.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/eww1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The exhibit digs into the history and frightening facts of parasites from ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt to the creepy critters that use human hosts for feeding territories. The carnival of creatures included both preserved and live specimens presented in creative games, interactive booths and hands-on activities. Created by Dr. M. Lee Goff, who has built an impressive career forensic entomology, this site of parasites is a must-see sight.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/eww3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Family- and kid-friendly and perfect for those extraordinary children that enjoy learning about body-morphing Guinea worms, rash-causing hookworms, eye-invading Toxocara worms and blood-sucking leaches, the air-conditioned exhibit includes an extensive amount of information regarding the classification, diet and length of the scary ‘sects.</p> <p>Some of the exhibit highlights include the “Funhouse,” which explores the idea of head lice through the creation of an oversized human scalp with interactive hair follicles, a high-jump striker for children to test their leaping abilities compared to insects like jumping spiders and fleas, and microscopes to inspect tapeworms, planarians and human blood cells.</p> <p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/eww4.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Although the “Colon Crawl” and showcases of bristle worms and Chilean Rose Hair Tarantulas were not the most appealing areas in the room, the bouncy house and other children’s activities are great for a Saturday afternoon with the family. Just be sure to check your children’s clothing on the way out for any parasites or insects that just couldn’t resist.</p> <p><em>Admission to the Science Center, 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach, is $15 for adults, $11 for children ages 3 to 12 and $13 for seniors over the age of 60. Children under 3 and Science Center members are free. For more information, call 561/832-1988 or visit </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>. Like the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium on Facebook and follow it on Twitter @SFScienceCenter.</em></p> <p> <strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Chelsea</strong></p> <div dir="ltr">Chelsea Stromfeld is a junior at the University of Florida studying public relations and business administration, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. With an extensive set of interests, she loves to stay laughing, social, creative and active. Give her a camera, food or a person to talk with, and she is all set. You can reach Chelsea at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</div>High-tech sports recovery options2015-06-24T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Recovering from a long run, strenuous bike ride, boot camp, CrossFit class or some other intense sports activity? Well, you’re in luck.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.24_collage.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Sports recovery has gone high-tech, and local chiropractor Dr. Scott Hoar is holding an open house at his Boca Raton practice, so people can sample the newest sports recovery options at no charge.</p> <p><span>When:</span> The Sports Recovery Experience is Saturday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.</p> <p><span>Where:</span> <a href="">Health-Fit Chiropractic and Sports Medicine</a><em> (2900 N. Military Trail, Suite 220)</em></p> <p>Hoar says this is Fit Life readers’ opportunity to test physical recovery options. They’re helpful for professional and amateur athletes as well as people who suffer from arthritis or are recovering from surgeries.</p> <p>So, what can you sample? The high-tech recovery options that will be available during the open house are:</p> <p><em>CryoSauna therapy:</em> lowers the body’s temperature after a workout and enriches blood supply to organs and muscles</p> <p><em>Hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy:</em> delivers oxygen to the body’s tissues at 25 times the normal rate in order to decrease inflammation and promote healing</p> <p><em>Sports recovery boots:</em> help to rid the body of waste products and reduce post-exercise soreness</p> <p><em> Deep tissue laser recovery treatment:</em> a noninvasive way to reduce pain and inflammation</p> <p>Therapists will be on hand to offer Muscle Activation Technique (MAT) therapy, a manual therapy that helps to increase activation and stability of muscles and joints. Complimentary snacks will be provided.</p> <p>Due to limited space, be sure to pre-registrer <a href="">online</a> or by calling 561/997-8898.</p>Summer Vacation Education: Part 22015-06-24T06:00:00+00:00Michelle Olson-Rogers/blog/author/michellerogers/<p>Summer is in full swing Boca Moms, and although you may have filled your kids’ recent vacation days with <a href="/blog/2015/06/10/summer-vacation-education/"><strong>educational day trips</strong></a>, you’re probably personally craving a longer escape by now. </p> <p>Here are some special weekend trips you can take with your family for some fun and learning this summer within a few hours’ drive from Boca Raton. (Special thanks to <a href=""><strong>Bluprint Learning</strong></a> for helping to create this list.)</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.24_ringling_museum.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong><a href="">The John and Marble Ringling Museum of Art</a></strong></p> <p>Established in 1927 as a legacy to Marble and John Ringling (of <em>Ringling Brothers Circus </em>fame), the museum has an art gallery with over 10,000 pieces in its permanent collection. There’s also a circus museum, gardens and <em>Ca d’Zan</em>, the Ringling’s personal residence built in Venetian style in the early 20<sup>th</sup> century and restored in 2002. You can visit the museum daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. The cost is $25 for adults, $5 for students with ID, $5 for children ages 6-17, and children under six are free.</p> <p><strong>Boca Mom Tip:</strong> The estate is large, so plan on taking a full day to visit everything.</p> <p><em>(5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota // 941/359-5700)</em></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="361" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.24_clearwater_marine_acquarium.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="">Clearwater Marine Aquarium</a></strong></p> <p>Dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of marine life, this aquarium is probably best known as the home to Winter, the bottlenose dolphin that was rescued and outfitted with a prosthetic tail. Your kids probably know her from the movies <em>Dolphin Tale </em>and<em> Dolphin Tale 2</em>, which were partially filmed at the Aquarium.</p> <p><strong>Boca Mom Tip:</strong> The Aquarium offers special packages such as animal encounters, boat adventures and behind the scenes tours. The aquarium is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $21.95 for adults, $16.95 for children ages 3-12 and children under three are free. Check the website for full details before visiting. </p> <p><em>(249 Windward Passage, Clearwater // 727/441-1790)</em></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="243" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.24_dali_museum.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="">Dali Museum</a></strong></p> <p>Salvador Dali, the most famous artist of the Surrealist movement, has his namesake museum just across the state from Boca in St. Petersburg! The Dali Museum houses the largest collection of his works outside of Europe. The museum has an education and activities department that may be hosting a program during your visit. Check the <a href="">calendar</a> before you visit. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. The cost is $24 for adults, $17 for teens ages 13-17, $6 for children ages 6-12 and children under six are free.</p> <p><strong>Boca Mom Tip:</strong> If you’re already a member of the Boca Museum of Art, your admission to the Dali Museum is complimentary through the museum’s reciprocal privileges program!</p> <p><em>(1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg // 727/823-3767)</em> </p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.24_naples_botanical_gardens.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="">Naples Botanical Garden</a></strong></p> <p>Founded in 1992, this 170-acre site contains six cultivated gardens, 2.5 miles of walking trails, a 90-acre restored native preserve and a café. There is even a children’s garden and fountains that are interactive and educational. The garden is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays. The cost is $14.95 for adults, $9.95 for children ages 4-14, and children under four are free.</p> <p><strong>Boca Mom Tip:</strong> Bring your swimsuit (and your inner child) and splash in the fountains with your kids!</p> <p><em>(4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples // 239/643-7275)</em> </p> <p><img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.24_golisano.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong><a href="">Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples</a></strong></p> <p>Aimed at the younger learner (under 12), this children’s museum is highly interactive and encourages learning through play. There is so much for children to do that they can easily spend an entire morning immersed in the museum’s exhibits. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $10, and children under one year of age are free.</p> <p><strong>Boca Mom Tip:</strong> Go in the morning to avoid the afternoon crowds.</p> <p><em>(15080 Livingstone Rd, Naples // 239/514-0084)</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.24_ms._b_haven.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><strong><a href="">Ms. B Haven Fishing Charters and Eco Tours</a></strong></p> <p>Your trip to Naples would not be complete without a day on the water!  Ms. B can take you fishing in-shore to catch snook or off shore to catch shark and grouper, or she can take you on an eco-friendly tour of the waters surrounding Naples. Hours subject to change. A half-day trip for a family of four is $450 plus gratuity.</p> <p><strong>Boca Mom Tip:</strong> Book your trip in advance as weekends can get very busy.</p> <p><em>(550 Port o Call Way, Naples // 239/825-4292)</em></p> <p>Who’s heading to the west coast next weekend? Safe travels Boca moms!</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of <a href=""></a></em><strong><em>, </em></strong><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. </em><strong><em>Modern Boca Mom</em></strong><em> 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>Farmer&#39;s Table to Host Chef&#39;s Dinners2015-06-23T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/farmtable.jpg" width="200">As if <strong>Farmer’s Table</strong> <em>(1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, 561/417-5836)</em> couldn’t get any busier or more popular, the healthy-green eatery of Joey Giannuzzi and Mitchell Robbins will pair up with South Florida Food &amp; Wine to next month launch a quintet of guest chefs’ dinners, each focusing a different aspect of the local culinary scene.</p> <p>Dubbed “Turn the Table,” the special dinners will be held the first Tuesday of every month from July to November. Each of the first four will feature a different chef, with all four chefs collaborate on the final dinner. Each will also feature paired wines, a cocktail reception and donations to four different charities.</p> <p>Here’s the schedule:</p> <p>• Tuesday, July 7 – “A Farmer’s Forage” by Farmer’s Table. Executive Chef, Victor Malaric, will utilize ingredients sourced within 50 miles of Farmer’s Table paired with wines from the Constellation portfolio. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Dan Marino Foundation. The reception cocktail will be made with Ketel One Vodka.</p> <p>• Tuesday, August 4 – “Vegan Street Food” by Green Bar &amp; Kitchen. Executive Chef and co-owner, Charlie Grippo, will showcase his plant-based cooking style paired with vegan wines from Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Portfolio. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit FEED. The reception cocktail will be made with (vegan) Bulleit Bourbon.</p> <p>• Tuesday, September 1 – “A Taste of Florida Seafood” by Rebel House. Owner Michael Saperstein and Chef de Cuisine, Danielle Herring will highlight locally caught fish and shellfish paired with wines from theMichael David portfolio. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Kids in Distress. The reception cocktail will be made with Ron Zacapa 23.</p> <p>• Tuesday, October 6 – “Snout to Tail” by DADA. Executive Chef and co-owner, Bruce Feingold, will create a menu for pork lovers paired with single vineyard wines from Mira Winery. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Healthy Bellies. The reception cocktail will be made with Tequila Don Julio.</p> <p>The series will conclude with a cocktail reception on Tuesday, November 3rd where the four chefs will each prepare two courses for a total of eight courses along with cocktail, beer and wine bars. The exclusive brewery for the event is Saltwater Brewery.</p> <p>Cost of the first four dinners is $100 per person, with the finale priced at $150. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the restaurant at 561/417-5836.</p>FAU reclaims some cash, a word or two about felines and let the rains begin2015-06-23T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="253" src="/site_media/uploads/bvjpejm.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>FAU in the money</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Last week was a very good one for Florida Atlantic University in the world of higher education, which now resembles the world of law enforcement.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">For two decades, police departments have relied more and more on the Compstat method of tracking and preventing crime. The system, which started in New York City, uses real-time metrics. Captains undergo interrogations about why, for example, auto theft is up in their precincts. Police administrators in cities large and small use the numbers to assess performance and devise responses to problems.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">That’s how it is now for state university presidents in Florida when they appear before the Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System: Meet the goals, or lose money; show improvement, or lose money. The 11 presidents see their university’s metrics with those of their counterparts.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">At last week’s board meeting, FAU fared much better than it did a year ago, just three months after President John Kelly took over. Then, FAU lost $7 million for poor performance and got no additional money. Last week, FAU got back $3.5 million—the rest of that $7 million—and got $11.4 million in new money. The $3.5 million comes automatically; it was for last year. The $11.4 million depends on Gov. Rick Scott signing the 2015-16 budget, which he will do unless he wants to force a government shutdown next week. FAU also would get $3.5 million for a life-sciences initiative and $900,000 for Tech Runway, a public-private partnership to help start-up companies.<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Always, though, it’s about numbers. Board of Governors documents show that as of this academic year 75 percent of FAU bachelor’s degree holders were employed in the United States or continuing their education one year after graduating. That percentage aligns FAU with the systemwide average, and is one of the board’s key “performance funding metrics.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">On another key metric, though, FAU still fares poorly. The six-year graduation rate from 2009 through this year averaged 47 percent, better only than Florida A&amp;M and far below the statewide average of 72 percent. Kelly got the rate up enough in one year to help get back that $7 million. And FAU’s academic progress rate—moving students toward a degree—of 69 percent ranked last for this year and was 15 points below the statewide average.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As a New York police administrator said, however, Compstat is a tool based on “continuous improvement.” Kelly and his top administrators have targeted FAU’s weaknesses and begun to address them. The new money will add to the effort. FAU, for example, wants to raise the graduation rate to 50 percent by 2019.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It was addition by subtraction when Mary Jane Saunders resigned as FAU’s president in 2013, following her disastrous performance during the stadium naming-rights controversy. Looking at the problems Kelly—and his predecessor, Interim President Dennis Crudele—inherited, FAU had been managed badly. Florida’s new system leaves no room for that and no place to hide.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Feral cats<span>    </span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">This is a big week for wild cats.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">On the agenda for today’s Palm Beach County Commission meeting are several changes to rules regarding dogs and cats. The most significant is Animal Care and Control Director Diane Sauve’s plan for dealing with the growing feral cat population.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As a dog owner, I’ve long found it annoying that dogs have to be on leashes, but cats can roam. They leave their scat, they fight, and they ravage bird populations. Cat lovers, though, feed the feral felines, and they multiply.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">One solution, of course, is to trap the wild cats and euthanize them. Sauve wants to avoid that. She proposed a program with the acronym TNVR: trap, neuter, vaccinate, and return. The staff memo to commissioners refers to “community cats,” and the ordinance would allow them to be kept on private property with the owner’s permission. The memo refers to cat lovers as “community cat caregivers.” The county could seize cats that were a threat to public health or safety.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The League of Cities agrees with the approach. The county commission approved it unanimously on first reading. I agree it’s the compassionate and probably the most practical approach, but I still don’t get cat people.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">And bigger cats</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Meanwhile, today in Sarasota the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will hear a presentation on the Florida panther that includes a discussion of whether the species still should be classified as endangered, as it has been since 1968.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">A staff memo notes that the panther population is growing, though the supposed best estimate ranges between 100 and 180. An 80 percent margin of error is hardly scientific. The staff notes “higher levels of conflict” between panthers and humans and more “depredations”—panthers killing pets and livestock.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“As conflicts increase,” the presentation says, “social tolerance of panthers is strained.” A chart on panther population lists the “Maximum number that people will tolerate” and the “Minimum number to meet people’s desire.” The report blames the federal government—the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – for giving the state too little flexibility in “managing” the panthers.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Florida might need a genuine debate on the panther’s status. I wonder, though, about a genuine debate happening on a commission that includes a rancher, a utility executive, a lawyer, a real estate investor, a vice president of an agriculture conglomerate, a construction company owner and a recycling/trash hauler owner. Some have received awards from conservation groups; none has an extensive background in conservation.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It all reminds me of the continued push to “de-list” the manatee, a push that comes regularly from marine industries that don’t like “no-wake” zones. A false debate could turn a burgeoning success story into a reason to have fewer panthers.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Hospitals facing haircuts</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">With the Legislature’s approval last week of the new state budget, we see how much area hospitals will gain or lose in public money for treating Medicaid patients and the uninsured. Mostly, they will lose.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Bethesda Hospital in Boynton Beach, which gives more free care than any other south-county facility, loses about $1.86 million. That’s not good, but it’s better than the loss of more than $7 million Bethesda once faced during the House-Senate-Gov. Scott health care dispute. Boca Raton Community Hospital will lose about $705,000.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Both are non-profits. West Boca and Delray medical centers are part of for-profit Tenet. They will lose almost a combined $3 million. St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, which provides more Medicaid and charity care than any coastal hospital, will get about $6 million more. Everyone agrees that the state still lacks a long-term solution on health care financing.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Dry spell<span>     </span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Living in South Florida, with our average rainfall of 50-plus inches a year, it can be easy to think that drought is someone else’s problem—like Californians. We should remember, though, how quickly drought can come.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">May brought just half the normal rainfall—the smallest amount in seven years. According to the South Florida Water Management District, the rainy season begins around May 20 and lasts into mid-October. Fortunately, water levels throughout the district were at normal levels in May, giving us some cushion.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But the forecast is for a drier, hotter summer. Through June, we’ve had less than half our normal rainfall; for the year, we’ve had two-thirds of the normal amount. As of last week, according to the South Florida Water Management District, water levels in the conservation areas and Lake Okeechobee were acceptable. Without a pickup in rain, however, the dry season that begins in late October could be dangerously dry</p> <p><strong>About the auther<br></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: June 23 to 292015-06-22T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="218" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/castleinthesky.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Miyazaki!” retrospective</strong></p> <p>Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $11.50</p> <p>Contact: 786/385-9689, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Japan’s Hayao Miyazaki is one of a modern minority of animation auteurs—directors who leave their own indelible, individual stamp on their animated features. Often centering on determined young women, and regularly focusing on the struggles of pacifism in warlike environments, Miyazaki’s sensitive, intelligent masterworks have earned worldwide admiration, with Roger Ebert once suggesting that he may be the best animation director alive. Miyazaki has officially retired as of last year, but local audiences will have a chance to relive his greatest hits at this Coral Gables Art Cinema retrospective, which began last Friday and which continues through June 25. On Tuesday night, you can catch the adventure film “Castle in the Sky;” come back on Wednesday and Thursday for two of his rarest titles, the supernatural fantasy “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and the post-apocalyptic thriller “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.”</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/robotkingdom.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Japan’s Robot Kingdom”</strong></p> <p>Where: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $9-$15</p> <p>Contact: 561/495-0233, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When television host Morgan Spurlock decided to spotlight robots on his CNN show “Inside Man” earlier this year, one destination was obvious: Japan. The robotics industry is larger in Japan than in any other nation in the world. It already employs a quarter of a million industrial robot workers, in fields as varied as security guards and domestic helpers to primary school teachers and fashion models (the latter are programmed to pout, among other settings). Japan’s robot revenue is expect to exceed $70 billion by 2025, but as this fun and illuminating exhibition at the Morikami illustrates, androids have been a part of the culture long before these practical applications became technology feasible. Robots have enjoyed a rich residence in the minds of Japanese science-fiction writers and film producers for many decades, and “Japan’s Robot Kingdom” promises to explore this multifaceted field in all directions, from its pop-culture past to its innovations of the future. Visitors can even meet Paro, the Morikami’s very own therapy robot. While you’re there, you can also check out the sister exhibition “Morikami Menagerie: Creatures in Japanese Art,” which explores the fantastic creatures that have permeated Japan’s folklore. The exhibitions run through Sept. 13.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/goingplaces.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “Going Places”</strong></p> <p>Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5-$12, free for children and members</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-5196, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In today’s era of private jets, bullet trains, self-driving cars and—soon enough—private missions to Mars, it’s easy to take for granted the novel thrill of basic transportation in the mid-20<sup>th</sup> century. It was a period when trains evolved beyond the rickety steam engines that once connected east to west, when the automobile industry turned Detroit into Motor City, when commercial aviation made it accessible to see the world. Gregarious art collector Frederick Sharf and his wife Jean have long been obsessed with this particular transportation explosion, devoting a sizable chuck of their thousands of collectibles to this industrious period of travel history. Part-time Palm Beach residents and Norton trustees, the Sharfs will showcase their collection of more than 100 model cars, planes and trains at this edutaining exhibition, including concept cars, see-through model airplanes, light-up locomotives and my favorite name for a tether car, the spindizzy. The exhibition runs through Jan. 6, 2016.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="240" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/lovitz121.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Jon Lovitz</strong></p> <p>Where: Fort Lauderdale Improv, 5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: $30 with a two-drink minimum</p> <p>Contact: <a>954/981-5653</a>, <a href=""></a></p> <p>This nasally voiced staple of the golden years of Saturday Night Live (1985-90) helped craft some of the series’ most memorable characters—Hanukkah Harry, the Master Thespian, and Tommy Flanagan of the Pathological Liars Anonymous. Since graduating from late-night glory, his career has been uneven but marked by cult sensations: the deadpan cartoon “The Critic,” the black comedy “Happiness,” the final season of “NewsRadio.” As a standup, along with his friend Dennis Miller, he’s dipped into political humor at the risk of alienating some of his fans, but the Improv will surely have no problem packing them in for this weekend’s tour, which arrives a few short months after Lovitz’s inevitable return to our area in November for the Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/recommendation.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Recommendation”</strong></p> <p>Where: Artistic Vibes, 12986 S.W. 89th Ave., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15 to $20, free for audiences members younger than 25</p> <p>Contact: <a>305/562-5849</a>, <a href=""></a></p> <p>Miami’s Ground Up and Rising only produces plays during the sweltering summer months, but attendees can rest assured that its productions will be intimate, confrontational explorations of hard-hitting issues, rather than the lighthearted fluff that is most often staged during the off-season. First up this summer is “The Recommendation,” a play set at a top college, where a privileged white student with connections all the way up to NHL great Wayne Gretzky shares a dorm with a striving middle-class student of Ethiopian heritage. This uneasy clash of race and class is further compounded when the wealthy student winds up in prison, this time sharing a holding cell with a repeat offender. As one critic of a previous production wrote, “what follows is a delicate, volatile interplay whose consequences end up echoing over a period of years.” It runs through July 12 at the Artistic Vibes black-box space, then moves to an outdoor run at Miami Beach Botanical Garden for two weekends of free performances. </p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="322" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/edp_spiritofamerica_so01215.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Spirit of America concert</strong></p> <p>Where: Kaye Auditorium at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20–$42</p> <p>Contact: 800/564-9539, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When Duke Ellington wrote his jazz symphony “Black, Brown and Beige” in 1943, he viewed the 50-minute composition as “a tone parallel to the history of the Negro in America,” from slave ships through emancipation and the Second World War. Ellington’s longest work is rarely performed in its entirety—which makes it instantly appealing to Klezmer Company Orchestra conductor Aaron Kula, who lays claim as the only South Florida bandleader to perform it. “I try to do pieces that are either not done very often or overlooked, but are still great compositions from the American orchestral heritage,” he says. “I haven’t done ‘Black, Brown and Beige’ in five years, and it’s a great orchestral work by a crossover composer. Like the ballet that brings back repertory pieces, I’m bring this back after four years, because people deserve to hear it again.” The Ellington piece is one of several highlights of the orchestra’s 10th annual Spirit of America concert, which features another rare gem—the overture from Gershwin’s musical “Girl Crazy”—as well as compositions from Joplin and the Tin Pan Alley jazz movement.</p> <p>SUNDAY AND MONDAY (JUNE 28-29)</p> <p><img alt="" height="410" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/everything-is-fine-crispin-glover-3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Screenings of “It is Fine. Everything is Fine!” and “What is it?”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cinema Paradiso, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Often dubbed both madman and genius—terms that are certainly not mutually exclusive—Crispin Glover has cultivated an off-kilter persona unique among actors. His eccentricity has shone through nearly role he’s taken, from “Back to the Future” to “Willard” to “Alice in Wonderland.” It should come as no surprise that his work behind the camera, as co-director of these two features, is even more daring than his performances in front of it. “It is Fine! Everything is Fine!,” which screens Sunday night, is the offbeat, semi-autobiographical story of screenwriter Steven C. Stewart, whose cerebral palsy hasn’t diminished his psychosexual predilections. “What is It?,” which screens Monday, explores the psyche of a man with Down’s Syndrome as he obsesses over a pipe, salt and snails (actress Fairuza Balk voices a snail). Both need to be seen to be believed, both will be screened in their original (and rare) 35mm format, and both will be preceded by live hour-long slideshows with Glover himself, as he narrates in front of images of his own profusely illustrated books.</p>PBG Gets DIY Burger Joint on PGA2015-06-22T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="192" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/counterburger.jpg" width="200">If you thought “gourmet” burgers had jumped the shark, well. . . don’t go in the water any time soon.</p> <p>Latest evidence is just-opened <strong>The Counter</strong> (3101 PGA Blvd., 561/557-8515), a DIY burger joint that made its debut last week in The Gardens mall in Palm Beach Gardens.</p> <p>With locations in 10 states (four in South Florida) and four foreign countries, plus plans for new Counters in spots from Arizona to Qatar, the L.A.-based burger chain isn’t kidding around. They also aren’t kidding about the DIY part of the burger experience, with a remarkable selection of cheeses, sauces and toppings to garnish your patty, which itself comes in multiple iterations on multiple styles of bun.</p> <p>We’re talking 16 different cheeses, from herbed goat to jalapeno jack. Almost two-dozen sauces from peanut to sun-dried tomato vinaigrette, not to mention 45 assorted toppings ranging from carrot strings and dried cranberries to black bean salsa and sunnyside-up egg. If that sounds too daunting, there’s also a roster of house burger combos, from New Orleans-style Italian (with olive salad, black forest ham and provolone) to a chili cheeseburger with pickled smoked jalapenos, along with burgers made with bison, turkey, chicken, tuna and veggies.</p> <p>And if that’s too daunting, there’s a selection of burger-based salads, sammies, appetizers, and fries and such, plus craft beers, wines, mixological cocktails and adult shakes. Ronald McDonald’s nose may burst into flames at any moment.</p> <p> </p>Theater Review: &quot;The Book of Liz&quot; at the Vanguard2015-06-19T14:31:04+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>“The Book of Liz,” a dry and fringe-y culture-clash comedy by Amy and David Sedaris, is, at its most high-minded, a play about the marriage between faith and commerce. At its most elemental, it’s about cheese balls, the woman who bakes them, and the lives thrown into tumult when she abandons her community.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/liz2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Running through June 28 at the Vanguard in Fort Lauderdale, “Liz” is set among an Amish-like commune, where devoted Sister Elizabeth Dunderstock (Christina Groom) has been whetting the appetites of her flock as well as neighboring towns with her traditional and smoky cheese balls: spheres of herby gouda whose mere mention invokes Pavlovian enchantment. But when visiting Brother Brightbee (Scott Douglas Wilson) deigns to learn the recipe and bake the balls himself—and the church’s leader, Reverend Tollhouse (Matt Stabile), agrees—an offended Liz seeks comfort, for the first time in her cloistered existence, in the outside world.</p> <p>At this point, the play is already strange, but life beyond the milk-cows and buggies is even more surreal. Liz’s first encounter is with a Cockney-speaking Ukrainian immigrant selling roadside nuts in a Mr. Peanut costume (Elena Maria Garcia), who promptly finds Liz a job waiting tables at a Mayflower-themed chain restaurant called Plymouth Crock, which happens to be staffed almost entirely by recovering alcoholics. Meanwhile, back home, Brightbee’s cheese balls flounder, exports plummet, and the community’s entire economy is at stake.</p> <p>The Sedaris’ vivid quirk is in full flower in the “The Book of Liz,” but rarely do these humorists of the NPR-cranking wine-and-cheese set achieve full-bodied guffaws. If the play is never boring, it’s also never particularly riveting; at 100 unbroken minutes, the play could have ended well before Liz’s circuitous path to enlightenment reached its emotional payoff, and I probably would have been fine with it.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/liz1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The reason “The Book of Liz” is worth your time is the tireless work from four deft comic actors at the top of their game, all of whom embody multiple characters like second, third and fourth skins. Under astute direction from Mark Duncan, they all have a blast finding character distinction around the fringes of the script. Wilson plays Brightbee as a constipated, suspender-clutching gasbag of voluminous girth, and he’s even funnier as a bitter Plymouth Crock server with a Valley Boy accent, who combs his hair with a fork and uses a knife as a mirror.</p> <p>Garcia, who appears in plays all too infrequently, reminds us why she’s one of the region’s most talented and rubbery performers, turning the potentially cut-and-dry business of falling onto a beanbag chair or lifting a butter churn into opportunities for inspired physical comedy. There’s no better moment in the “The Book of Liz” than when Garcia’s Sister Butterworth, the commune’s notorious gossip, is subjected to a blind taste-test of Brightbee’s cheese balls. The scene becomes a tour de force of wordless communication, a cascade of emotion that transitions from pleasure to discomfort to revulsion to utter despair.</p> <p>Stabile brings the right amount of faithful gravitas to Reverend Tollhouse, but he’s best when embodying the eternally upbeat manager of Plymouth Crock, an effeminate Alcoholics Anonymous espouser who fills out the restaurant’s reservation book with a peacock-feathered pen. Groom, whose character requires her to sweat profusely her entire time onstage (there’s a significant reason for it), plays her sheltered outsider with an infectiously cheerful naivety that hides an inner ferocity. She also makes a fine comic impression as Brother Hesikiah, a blind, wizened, hunchbacked member of the community who is given the insurmountable job of tea server.</p> <p>The scenic design, by Alyiece Moretto, consists mostly of a pair of giant patchwork quilts embroidered with symbols of the show. You tend to forget it’s there, but it’s an imaginative and subtle through-line for the show’s many scene changes. A final kudo goes out to the costumes and props, credited to Casey Dressler and Nicole Stodard, who selected mismatched shades of black for Wilson and Stabile’s wigs and beards—an early indicator that the world of “The Book of Liz” is more than a little off.</p> <p><em>“The Book of Liz” runs through June 28 at the Vanguard, 1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $35. Call 813/220-1546 or visit</em></p>Staff Picks: tasty and thrilling2015-06-19T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>Monet Cafe</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.19_monet_cafe_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Margaret Shuff, Publisher</em></p> <p>“Looking for authentic and delicious French cuisine in a funky location? Try Monet Cafe located in the Garden Shops of Boca!  Chef Jean Louis has been plying his trade for fifty years, and Boca has enjoyed his talent for the past 25! From homemade pâté to ethereal crepes to homemade soups with Crunchy French bread, Monet Cafe has it all. It's only open for lunch, so get your table early because his tasty offerings keep this small space full. Open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.”</p> <p><em>(</em><em><a href=""><strong>monetcafe</strong></a></em> <em>// 7040 W. Palmetto Park Rd. #3 // 561/368-1740)</em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p>Mr. Robot</p> <p><img alt="" height="726" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.19_mr_robot.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by David Shuff, Web Department</em></p> <p>“An amazing new series from a network that usually plays it safe. Mr. Robot is a psychological thriller about a young IT professional who is a vigilante hacker by night. The series officially premieres June 24th, but the pilot is available on YouTube: <a href="">MR. ROBOT: Full Pilot Episode (New USA Original Series)</a>”</p> <p> </p> <p>Happy Hour at Truluck’s</p> <p> <img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.24_trulucks.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by John Shuff, Contributing Writer</em></p> <p>“If you want to kick off the weekend with gusto, try the happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Truluck’s in Mizner Park. It’s the best place to be in Boca between those hours, where the yummy small plates range between $6 and $10 and the booze is half price. You can’t go wrong. It not a one-off experience. Once you go, you will return again and again.”</p> <p><em>(<a href=""></a> // 351 W. Plaza Real // 561/391-0755)</em></p> <p> </p>Habit Burger to Debut in Delray2015-06-19T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="204" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/habitburger.jpg" width="200">One more way to feed our insatiable burger habit is the new <strong>Habit Burger</strong> (1801 S. Federal Hwy., 561/265-0934), which opens next Wednesday in the Delray Place shopping center just off Linton Boulevard.</p> <p>The Delray Habit is the first East Coast/South Florida location for the California-based chain, which operates 115 burger joints in four western states. It’s part of an ambitious expansion plan said to add several more Habits in South, Central and West Coast Florida cities in the coming year.</p> <p>Following in the footsteps of other “fast casual” eateries like Chipotle, Habit touts its fresh, high-quality foods prepared on-premises, from never-frozen burgers grilled over an open flame to fresh-made salads and dressings to trans-fat-free fries and onion rings.</p> <p>In addition to several styles of “Charburgers,” from teriyaki to avocado and cheese, there are also sammies made with house-marinated chicken and tri-tip, plus line-caught tuna, along with side and entree-sized salads. Habits also feature a complimentary condiment bar where diners can jazz up their burgers and sandwiches.</p> <p> </p>Fashion Forward: all about accessories: from shoes to watches2015-06-19T06:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p><strong><img alt="" height="590" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.19_sjp_shoes.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Strut like Carrie Bradshaw</strong></p> <p>Are you a “Sex and the City” fanatic? Do you wish you could be as stylish as Carrie Bradshaw? Well, now you can. Sarah Jessica Parker has released her NYC-inspired shoe collection, and this foot couture is exactly what you’ve been looking for to add a pop of color to your wardrobe. Shop Bloomingdale’s <a href=";cm_kws=sjp">online</a> to satisfy your SJP shoe fix, and look out for the official Bloomingdale’s launch party in September.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.19_tourneau.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Time to get a watch</strong></p> <p>Dad could use some new wrist candy this Father’s Day, and Tourneau is just the place to find it. In celebration of the company’s 115 years, Tourneau’s Friends and Family Event gives you 25% off select brands including Alpina, Baby-G, Ball, Baume &amp; Mercier, Citizen, Edifice, Frederique Constant, G-Shock, Hamilton and Longines. Shop in store <em>(175 Worth Ave., Palm Beach) </em>or <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11853/">online</a> using the promo code FFSE4103.</p>FAU student district underway, Boca&#39;s budget gains &amp; Atlantic Crossing&#39;s traffic issues2015-06-18T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="166" src="/site_media/uploads/fau2.jpg" width="343"></h3> <h3>FAU Student District</h3> <p>Florida Atlantic University President John Kelly wants everything done yesterday. Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie believes that one of Kelly’s priorities will take more like a year, which probably is a good thing.</p> <p>Kelly wants very much to create a student-centric district along 20<sup>th</sup> Street to Dixie Highway, in the process creating a new “gateway” entrance to the university. Though most people now reach FAU from Glades Road to the south, the eastern entrance once was the main gateway to the property. Kelly has said often that unlike other universities where he has worked there is no distinctive neighborhood adjoining FAU, such as High Street next to Ohio State University.</p> <p>Boca Raton officials also like the idea. Last week, Mayor Susan Haynie attended a presentation at FAU’s Ritter Art Galley of student renderings for what the area could look like. The students, Haynie said in an interview, <br> “have a very exciting vision.” She was glad to see that FAU envisions a district only one block south and north of Dixie. “I would have had pause,” Haynie said, “if they had wanted to go farther.” Also, the work by some of FAU’s architecture and urban planning students presumes nothing higher than three-story buildings.</p> <p>Haynie also was very impressed—and I agree—with the amount of research and outreach the students conducted. Frank Schnidman, of FAU’s School of Urban and Regional Planning, told me that the students know all the property owners in the potential district and the relevant mortgage information. They asked property owners to attend last week’s presentation, and some did. Because of what the students did, the city has a head start.</p> <p>From here, though, the city has to lead. Creating the district will require land-use and zoning changes. Haynie told me Wednesday that the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council will provide the city with a cost estimate for a study of the 20<sup>th</sup> Street corridor. The study could suggest some “zoning scenarios” for what most likely would be retail and residential geared toward students. The transportation portion of the study would be paid for through the Metropolitan Planning Organization. The city would pay for other items, such as zoning. The city council would have to approve the planning council’s proposal.</p> <p>The University Park apartment complex recently opened on 20<sup>th</sup> Street. Jerry’s Pizza and the nearby Jimmy John’s and Dunkin Donuts franchises obviously would continue to fit in any new design for the corridor. Some property owners, however, could be wary. The city, Haynie said, plans a “very significant public outreach and community involvement.” Haynie also believes that FAU should be responsible for policing.</p> <p>Kelly sees the 20<sup>th</sup> Street district as part of his effort to make FAU more of a traditional campus, and Schnidman said it’s also part of a wider effort to create a better relationship between the university and the city. FAU hired Kelly from Clemson, which <em>Princeton Review</em> just ranked as having the best “town-gown” relationship of any college in the country. Schnidman compared FAU to a “medieval town with a moat around it,” referring to the El Rio Canal. With a better relationship, he said, more city residents would know about, and come to movies at FAU’s Living Room Theaters, culture events and football games.</p> <p>Twentieth Street, Schnidman acknowledged, “is not going to be Harvard Square.” But Haynie and other city leaders agree with Kelly that the project has great potential benefits for FAU and Boca Raton. Investors already are checking out the area. Ideally, Haynie said, the city could be ready to vote on ordinances in a year. If the benefits come, even the famously impatient Kelly will consider the wait to have been worth it.</p> <h3>Jupiter’s biotech program</h3> <p>Unfortunately, FAU will have to wait at least a year on another priority: a building at the Jupiter campus for the new biotech program.</p> <p>Though legislators stuck many pet projects into the new state budget, FAU’s appropriation didn’t make it. FAU will continue to recruit students for the program, which the university will run in conjunction with Scripps Florida and the Max Planck Florida Institute. According to a Palm Beach County lobbyist, FAU did get $3.5 million from the state toward operating expenses for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. And at today’s Board of Governors meeting, FAU hopes to recover the rest of the $7 million it lost for poor performance in the 2013-14 academic year.</p> <h3>How Boca fared in the budget</h3> <p>Boca Raton did better than FAU in the last-minute—they’re always last-minute_budget negotiations.</p> <p>The city got $1.7 million toward beach renourishment from south of Red Reef Park to the Boca Raton Inlet. According to Assistant City Manager Mike Woika, the project is scheduled for this winter. Renourishment of the section to the north was completed this year.</p> <h3>Atlantic Crossing</h3> <p>You could sense frustration Tuesday as Delray Beach city commissioners listened to a presentation from representatives of Atlantic Crossing.</p> <p>The developers are proposing a new site plan that would return an access road to the two-square-block project from Federal Highway. The road, first called Atlantic Court, would help relieve traffic on Atlantic Avenue. Atlantic Court was in the original site plan, but then wasn’t when the commission approved it in January 2014. The road does remain on the plat.</p> <p>Only one commissioner, Al Jacquet, remains from the commission that in December 2012 approved Atlantic Crossing. Jacquet voted against it. This commission doesn’t much like Atlantic Crossing, but is stuck with it.</p> <p>As the presenter ran animated traffic simulations, you could see why residents of neighborhoods south of Atlantic Avenue and east across the bridge worry so much about traffic backing up on Atlantic. One speaker during public comment noted, correctly, that starting in 2017 All Aboard Florida trains will force 32 more gate closings at the Florida East Coast Railway tracks about three blocks west of the project. Another commented that most people will enjoy Atlantic Crossing, but those living nearby will “get screwed.” The new road will help, but no one on the commission said that it will be a big help.</p> <p>Rather than choose either version of the road proposed by the developers, the commission will ask for guidance from a traffic engineer. Because the road would be a minor modification, Mayor Cary Glickstein believes that by August or September the developers could obtain certification of the new site plan, final plat approval and approval of a development agreement.</p> <p>Shelly Petrolia summed up the commission sentiment by saying that while she doesn’t like the overall outcome—the size of Atlantic Crossing—getting the road back is “a victory,” which she credits to civic nagging by residents. Jarjura also probably is right that the developers must manage the flow of traffic from the garages. “We are making,” Glickstein said, “the best of the tough hand we were dealt.”</p>Concert Review: The War on Drugs at Fillmore Miami Beach2015-06-17T16:36:26+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>Midway through the set of the Everymen, the opening act for the War on Drugs’ summer tour, I must admit I was a little worried. The Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater felt cavernously open, with few seats occupied and a smattering of fans huddled near the stage. Could this really be the turnout for the band that released what many believe to be the best album of 2014?</p> <p>This turned out to be much ado about nothing. Once the lights dimmed at about 10 minutes after 9, and the band approached the stage backed by a mystical ambient overture, I was pleased as peach to see that I was standing in the midst of a packed and rabid house. Not only could the War on Drugs now fill a room the size of the Fillmore; they <em>needed</em> a stage like the Fillmore’s. Their appearance last night was a genuine production: Diffuse beams of light sliced through an atmospheric haze, while a series of identical abstract panels spread out behind the band like concave dominoes, shifting colors when appropriate.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/1933_hr_mu-war-on-drugs.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Yet the group betrayed its humble, lower-fi origins in its workmanlike performance, which eschewed rock-star bombast. Ever the bedroom folkie, frontman Adam Granduciel performed with eyes closed and downcast, though he certainly seemed to be in a better emotional place than he was when he conceived last year’s breakthrough masterpiece “Lost in the Dream.” He didn’t say much, but this being his first Miami performance, he lauded the city by considering it “one of the nicest places in America, for sure.”</p> <p>Visiting the Fillmore, it’s easy to agree with him. As usual, the venue’s sound mix was always solid and sometimes perfect, with nearly every instrument clear and identifiable. The saxophone seemed too buried to make out most of the time, but I’m sure I processed it on a subconscious level.</p> <p>It should come as no surprise that selections from “Lost in the Dream” dominated the set list, including a run of seven tunes in a row. Influences of other bands, whether overt or incidental, could be heard live as much as on record; the rollicking rouser “Red Eyes” still sounds like a lost Arcade Fire song, and “Eyes to the Wind” sounds more like Bob Dylan than Bob Dylan does. But for me, that song was perhaps the show’s blissful apex, a height it shared with the delicate, twangy, beautiful title track of “Lost in the Dream.” “Under the Pressure” was another visceral knockout, a song that meandered toward a hypnotic void before jolting us back to consciousness, like a lion woken from slumber.</p> <p>The War on Drugs has evolved considerably since its 2008 debut Wagonwheel Blues, a more ragged and witty album than the recent material, and Granduciel threw us a couple of bones from it, along with four from 2011’s “Slave Ambient.” The older songs, performed an ethereal sheen, sounded completely of a piece with the newer material, losing themselves in the dream.</p> <p>SET LIST</p> <ol> <li>Burning</li> <li>Arms Like Boulders</li> <li>Lost in the Dream</li> <li>An Ocean in Between the Waves</li> <li>Disappearing</li> <li>Red Eyes</li> <li>Eyes to the Wind</li> <li>Under the Pressure</li> <li>In Reverse</li> <li> Your Love is Calling My Name</li> </ol> <p>ENCORE</p> <ol> <li>Come to the City</li> <li>Best Night</li> <li>Comin’ Through</li> <li>Buenos Aires Beach</li> </ol>Patients static about statin medications2015-06-17T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Controversies surrounding statin medication use are being played out in the news, leaving people who have borderline or high cholesterol confused about whether or not they should be taking the cholesterol-lowering medications. I’ve asked one local expert, who has done substantial research on the topic, to put statin use in perspective for Fit Life readers. </p> <p>Dr. Charles H. Hennekens, researcher, physician, professor and senior academic adviser to the dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, coauthored an editorial in the May 2015 issue of the scientific journal “Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine.” In it, Hennekens refers to the latest body of evidence to help guide physicians in their use of statins for treating unhealthy cholesterol levels in patients.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.17_charles_hennekens.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Here’s what Hennekens had to say:</p> <p><strong>Fit Life:</strong> Statins have been in the news lately as being overprescribed. Could you comment?</p> <p><strong>Hennekens:</strong> The facts are that statins have net benefits from the highest risk patient who has had an occlusion in the heart or brain to the low risk subjects previously thought to not require the drug. In this wide range of [people], there is still underutilization of statins, which produce statistically significant and clinically important reductions in heart attacks and strokes, as well as deaths, from cardiovascular causes and total mortality.</p> <p><strong>Fit Life:</strong> The role of cholesterol in heart disease also seems to be evolving. Do you believe it is cholesterol or inflammation that clogs the arteries?</p> <p><strong>Hennekens:</strong> Atherosclerosis is the principal underlying cause and thrombosis [blood clots] is the principal proximate cause of occlusions in the heart or brain. Almost one in two men and women will die from these causes. In lay terms, inflammation initiates the damage and deposition of lipid in the plaques of the arteries and promotes the damage leading to a heart attack or occlusive stroke.</p> <p><strong>Fit Life:</strong> In a recent FAU press release, you address that clinicians should consider the ‘totality of evidence, which includes the entire risk profile of the patient as well as the benefits and risks of the drug’ when deciding whether to prescribe statins. Could you give me a real-world example of how clinicians should look at a person’s risk profile and benefits/risks of using statins?</p> <p><strong>Hennekens:</strong> Most risk calculators do not include such factors as obesity and physical inactivity. Thus, a patient who is a borderline candidate for a statin based on the risk calculator, who is obese and physically inactive, has a much higher actual risk than predicted. Further, most of the data, such as the landmark Framingham Heart Study, comprise middle class white populations, so blacks and Hispanics are also likely to have higher actual than predicted risks. Finally, family history of a premature event doubles the risk beyond the risk calculator prediction.</p> <p><strong>Fit Life:</strong> Are there strict definitions on what constitutes high cholesterol? Is it the ratio? The LDL? The particle size?</p> <p><strong>Hennekens:</strong> There are over 210,000 subjects randomized to statins and treated, ranging from the highest risk secondary prevention patients to lowest risk primary prevention subjects.  In these trials, there is no threshold for LDL below which statins do not confer a net incremental benefit.  These trials include placebo control as well as more versus less intensive statins. Thus, other modalities such as particle size may help clinicians who are not sure of what to do based on all the available evidence but, for the vast majority of subjects, LDL will suffice.</p> <p><strong>Fit Life:</strong> How much impact can diet have on cholesterol lowering? And are there some people with genetically high cholesterol who are immune to the benefits from diet?</p> <p><strong>Hennekens:</strong> Therapeutic lifestyle changes should be the mainstay of the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease, and diet is extremely important. The good news is that a proper diet can lower LDL by 30 to 40 percent. The bad news is that in clinical practice, a five percent lowering is usually achieved, creating the need for adjunctive therapy with a statin as the first-line drug for virtually all [patients] who require drug therapy.</p> <p><strong>Fit Life:</strong> Finally, what is one piece of advice you can offer my readers who are in their middle ages, reasonably fit and might have mildly high cholesterol? Should they jump on the statin bandwagon or ask specific questions before starting on the drugs?</p> <p><strong>Hennekens:</strong> The bad news is that most people prefer the prescription of pills to the proscription of unhealthy life styles. The good news is that a proper diet and increased physical activity will avoid the need for statins in many [people]. It is also true, however, that the statin will provide lifesaving benefits, even to those who do not practice the therapeutic lifestyle changes. The good news is that the U.S. is experiencing its greatest life expectancy ever. The bad news is that in the last decade, it is largely due to better living through chemistry, which means the judicious use of statins, aspirin, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors and receptor blockers, as well as beta-blockers. If you consume a healthy Mediterranean type diet, lose weight, increase daily activity to about a 20-minute brisk walk, avoid or stop smoking, control blood pressure and lipids and avoid or keep alcohol consumption to one drink per day, the quality and quantity of your life will be increased. </p>Breakfast the right way2015-06-17T06:00:00+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/<p><strong><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.17_oatmeal.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Mistake 1: You aren’t drinking plain hot water 30 minutes before your breakfast.</strong></p> <p>One of the best things you can do for your overall health is to move your lymphatic system by drinking plain hot water first thing in the morning. No tea, no lemon, no honey. Nada.</p> <p>By drinking plain hot water, you stimulate your lymphatic system without waking up your digestive system. This way you help your body clean house before it spends energy on anything else. Simply boil 16 to 32 ounces of plain water, pour into a cup and drink as you would drink coffee or tea. This easy technique can also help you go to the bathroom without any caffeine stimulation. You can start your main breakfast 30 to 40 minutes after you finish your water.</p> <p> <strong>Mistake 2: You’re having a one-course breakfast instead of two.</strong></p> <p>The word breakfast has two meanings – an action of breaking a fast and a type of food.  This is why I recommend making your first meal a two-course ritual.</p> <p>The first course of your breakfast should be about breaking the fast. This is the time when your digestive track is empty and your system can focus on absorbing nutrients. I suggest beginning you breakfast with something that will provide your body with a plethora of vitamins and enzymes as well as stimulate your liver to gently detox. For your first course, try:</p> <p><strong>Green juice</strong> – rich in liver-loving nutrients and blood-purifying chlorophyll</p> <p><strong>Shot of powdered greens with water</strong> – full of essential nutrients and rich in chlorophyll</p> <p><strong>Beet and lemon juice</strong> – great for liver health</p> <p><strong>Chia and lemon water</strong> – helps to gently detox the liver and cleanse the colon</p> <p><strong>Green apple</strong> – rich in fiber and pectin</p> <p><strong>Bowl of watermelon</strong> - stimulates lymph system and cleanses the colon (I suggest waiting 30 minutes after the watermelon to eat your second course).</p> <p>Once your digestive system is turned on, wait a little bit and ask yourself what you’re craving that will give you prolonged energy. For your second course, I suggest focusing on stimulating foods. One day it may be a green smoothie or a big fruit salad. Another morning you may find oatmeal or pasture-raised eggs most satisfying and energizing. The key here is to listen to your body and choose foods that it’s asking for.</p> <p><strong>Mistake 3: Your breakfast is the smallest meal of your day.</strong></p> <p>By having a small breakfast and trying to “save” calories, you can actually deprive yourself from much-needed energy and end up having strong sugar cravings later in the afternoon. Remember the good old’ saying: “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper?” It holds a lot of truth. Your digestive system is stronger in the morning because it has rested through the night, so it can process and assimilate nutrients more efficiently than when it has been working all day.</p> <p>When you indulge in a big breakfast, you not only nourish your body with long-lasting energy. You acknowledge that you deserve to eat food that your very smart body craves. You take your power back. When you say “Yes!” to yourself and nourish each and every cell with high-quality nutrition, you are setting yourself up for a day of energy, abundance and health!</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="" 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=""></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href=""></a>.</em></p>Dining Destinations for Dear Old Dad2015-06-16T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/brew-fathers-day.jpg" width="200">You treated Mom to a meal out on her special day. (You did, didn’t you?) Now it’s time to do the same for Dad on his. (Just so you don’t blow it, Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21.) Here’s a list of local restaurants that will help you celebrate. . .</p> <p>At <strong>Tanzy</strong> (301 Plaza Real, 561/922-6699) next to Boca’s high-tech iPic Theater they’re offering Dad a beer ‘n’ burger deal. For $19 he can chow down on the restaurant’s Boca Burger, 10 ounces of Angus beef, wood-grilled and topped with applewood-smoked bacon, smoked gouda, tomato and arugula on toasted rosemary focaccia. Also included is a flight of four beers, just in case Dad can’t make up his mind.</p> <p>Another beer sampler is on the Father’s Day menu at <strong>Hudson at Waterway East</strong> (900 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/303-1343). The view-rich Delray eatery will be pouring a flight of four different brewskis for $5, plus an array of half-priced drink specials from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dad can also check out the new menu from recently arrived chef (and <em>Hell’s Kitchen</em> winner) Paul Niedermann.</p> <p>A recent arrival in Palm Beach Gardens is <strong>The Cooper</strong> (4610 PGA Blvd., 561/622-0032), an artfully rustic farm-to-table restaurant. Bring Dad in for a meal on Father’s Day and he’ll get a $25 food voucher to use on a return visit. That way if he didn’t get to try The Cooper’s zatar-rubbed Faroe Island salmon, 16 oz. Delmonico steak or East Coast seafood cioppino the first go-round, he’ll get the chance on the rebound.</p> <p>If Dad’s a serious Brew Dude, take him to one of the coolest joints in South Florida. That would be <strong>Sybarite Pig</strong> (20642 State Road 7, 561/883-3200), Daniel Naumko’s edgy little spot in the wilds of West Boca. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. he’ll be dishing up a $27 prix fixe meal of Southern fried chicken with Hellswine gravy, biscuits, smoked collard greens, blackberry cobbler and some special craft beers.</p> <p>On the other hand, if Dad’s a more dress-up kinda guy, there’s always <strong>Cafe Boulud </strong>(301 Australian Ave., 561/655-6060) at the Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach. Chef Rick Mace is offering a three-course brunch for $36 per person from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. On the “Exploration of Florida BBQ” menu are locally raised grilled meats with house-made papaya barbecue sauce. There’s also an array of a la carte specials, and the restaurant will be serving its regular menu for dinner.</p>In Delray, more talk about Atlantic Crossing and Uptown projects2015-06-16T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/aa_vp_thumb.jpg" width="323"></h3> <h3>On the road again</h3> <p>There’s no backup material for Tuesday’s 5 p.m. special Delray Beach City Commission meeting on Atlantic Crossing, but here’s a reasonably informed look at what the city and the developers hope to get out of the meeting and how it could happen.</p> <p>The city wants the developers to put back into the project a road that would help with traffic. That road, Atlantic Court, was not in the revised site plan that the commission approved in January 2014. The developers apparently are willing to restore the road, and have put it into a revised site plan, which they have shown to some commissioners. But the developers don’t want to start over the approval process on the site plan. That would take time, and they already have an approved plan, even if some commissioners believe that the developers slipped that approval past them without adequate notice.</p> <p>So what to do? Commissioner Jordana Jarjura, who is a land-use lawyer, said Delray Beach has no “mechanism” in its code—as some cities do—for amending an approved site plan. The developers, though, could change the plan. But they first would want to hear what the public thought about their proposals.</p> <p>At regular city meetings, public comment comes at the beginning. Under the format of the special meeting, comment will follow the developers’ presentation. Having a meeting solely about Atlantic Crossing, Jarjura said, “will make it as transparent as possible,” which is important because “there’s been so much distrust.”</p> <p>True enough. Atlantic Crossing was rushed to approval in December 2012 under outgoing City Manager David Harden. The justified criticism remains that the mixed-use project is too big for the two blocks west of the Intracoastal Waterway on the north side of Atlantic Avenue. Mayor Cary Glickstein believes that the project effectively will cut off Veterans Park. The project would not get approved today.</p> <p>Nothing about the height and density, though, will change. If the city tried to change the project, a lawsuit would follow, and the city would lose. Delray Beach only can hope to make Atlantic Crossing more compatible. Thus the road.</p> <p>Originally, Atlantic Court was seen as providing two-way access from Federal Highway. Commissioner Mitch Katz said the plan developers showed him would allow drivers to go west on Atlantic Court from anywhere in the project, but that drivers entering from the east could go only to the parking garage. Katz said he was skeptical of the change, but now agrees with the developers.</p> <p>Katz said he’s “disappointed” that the developers didn’t make the proposal available on the Atlantic Crossing website before the meeting. “Based on the emails I’m getting,” the public will get its first look today. It also isn’t ideal that some seasonal residents—who might be some of the project’s biggest critics—will be out of town.</p> <p>Still, after all the division over Atlantic Crossing, if the commissioners, the developers and the public can come to reasonable agreement on a site plan, the meeting will have been a success.</p> <h3>And Uptown…</h3> <p>After discussing Atlantic Crossing, which is at one end of Atlantic Avenue, the Delray Beach City Commission will discuss a major project at the other end of Atlantic Avenue.</p> <p>That would be Uptown Atlantic. Like Atlantic Crossing, it’s a mixed-use project: 112 rental apartments, 17,200 square feet of office space, a 6,250-square foot restaurant and 44,000 square feet of commercial and retail development. It is proposed for the three blocks just east of the new Fairfield Inn on West Atlantic.</p> <p>To some, Uptown Atlantic sounds too much like the Delray Beach of the recent past, when the commission gave extra height and density—known as conditional uses—seemingly based more on politics than on what might help the city. Uptown Atlantic seeks a conditional use approval for 18 residential units per acre—a 50 percent increase. The new Land Development Regulations for the Central Business District prohibit such conditional approvals.</p> <p>Uptown Atlantic, however, was proposed before the city made projects subject to the new regulations. According to the staff report, Uptown Atlantic would generate a lot of traffic—3,000 trips per day. The report also notes that the project is “inconsistent with the objectives and policies” of the city’s comprehensive plan and land-use rules. It would back up to a traditional, single-family neighborhood. There may be setback issues.</p> <p>Yet Delray Beach has made redevelopment of West Atlantic a priority. The project would displace some old buildings and fill in some vacant lots. The staff report adds that Uptown Atlantic could lead to other redevelopment south of the project, which would help to “fulfill the city’s needs in terms of housing.” In May, the Planning and Zoning Board unanimously recommended approval. I’m guessing that the commission will agree.</p> <h3>One step closer to Houston’s</h3> <p>Boca Raton may soon enter the next stage of the effort to put a Houston’s restaurant on the old Wildflower property.</p> <p>Mayor Susan Haynie told me Monday that ordinances to allow the restaurant could come before the city council at its next meeting in late July, with public hearings to come in August. “There supposedly is a site plan,” Haynie said. The council would have to approve a site plan and a lease agreement for the city-owned property with Hillstone Restaurant Group. A study is underway to determine traffic solutions for the Northeast Fifth Avenue/Palmetto Park Road intersection. The restaurant would be on the northeast corner of that intersection, along the Intracoastal.</p> <h3>Congress caves</h3> <p>Last week, this area’s congressional representatives caved to organized labor and cast a vote that could hurt the United States.</p> <p>The issue was President Obama’s request for fast-track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Reps. Ted Deutch and Lois Frankel, both Democrats, voted against the measure. It had passed the Senate. The political story was that so many Democrats denied the president a legacy victory. The important story is that the House—if the vote stands—reduced American influence in Asia at a time when we need a heightened presence to counter China.</p> <p>The argument from unions is that the deal would cost the U.S. more manufacturing jobs. The sad reality is that even after 63 straight months of job growth, we have not replaced all of the factory jobs the economy lost during the recession. America’s growing industries rely on intellectual property, which the Chinese regularly steal. The Trans-Pacific Partnership—among 12 Pacific Rim nations—would strengthen the fight against such piracy, among other benefits. The deal would not include China.</p> <p>Deutch’s seat is as safe as any in Congress. Frankel has a near lock on hers. Neither would need to worry about a primary challenge in 2016 from the left. Voting for the trade deal would have been good policy and safe politics.</p> <p> </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p>              </p>The Week Ahead: June 16 to 222015-06-15T16:02:45+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/lanaregs-846.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Lana Del Rey</strong></p> <p>Where: Coral Sky Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $32-$160.60</p> <p>Contact: 561/795-8883, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This charismatic singer-songwriter from New York has strayed a long way from her singing origins, as the teenage cantor of her church choir. These days, the music of Del Rey—born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant—would scandalize all but the most liberal religious institutions. Her sound, which lays entrancing, melancholic vocals atop hip-hop beats, has led to her designation as a “gangsta Nancy Sinatra” and “Lolita lost in the ‘hood,” the latter speaking volumes about her sexualized, visually seductive videos. Her music is steeped in film noir and beat poetry, and her persona suggests the kind of leggy, dangerous dame most pulp detectives would benefit from resisting. The inclusion of Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful” was the best thing about Baz Luhrmann’s shallow “Great Gatsby” remake; at her first South Florida concert, expect to hear that as well as such Billboard smashes as “Summertime Sadness,” “West Coast” and “Born to Die”—the latter boasting a staggering 183 million YouTube views.</p> <p><img alt="" height="262" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6310241144_e2d1464660.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: The War on Drugs</strong></p> <p>Where: The Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $27.50</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-7300, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The War on Drugs do not make music for the instantly gratified. Their songs, especially on their astonishing 2014 LP “Lost in the Dream,” take a few listens, a quality set of headphones, and the capacity to lose yourself within them to fully appreciate. The album’s shortest song is just over four minutes; most clock in at around seven minutes of heavenly bliss, living wistfully on the folky, spacy border of Americana and psych-rock. The album was wrought from a soul-searching period in frontman Adam Granduciel’s life in which he contemplated suicide, ended a long-term relationship, quit smoking and drinking, and nearly quit eating. The result is a painstaking masterpiece that is both progressive and nostalgic, and a number of esteemed publications named it the No. 1 album of the year. We’re still hoping to hear a good deal of tunes from their previous albums as well, including the Dylan-influenced “Slave Ambient” and the eccentric folk rock of “Wagonwheel Blues.”</p> <p>WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="271" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/arn-radio-650x440.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Maltese Falcon”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20-$30</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When it was published in 1929, Dashiell Hammett’s <em>The Maltese Falcon</em> established many of the archetypes we associate with noir fiction: gritty atmosphere, terse and pulpy diction and dialogue, and characters like the jaded detective protagonist and the leggy femme fatale with a secret. In the film adaptation, which many cite as one of the greatest examples of the classical Hollywood art form, Humphrey Bogart epitomized the quintessential noir gumshoe Sam Spade. Of course, not everyone had the luxury of visiting cinemas back in 1941, and the novel’s inevitable radio adaptation debuted in 1943. Local audiences can revisit this period of audio inspiration at the latest installment of Arts Garage’s increasingly popular Arts Radio Network series. Professional actors, scripts in hands, will take on the shadowy thriller, supplemented by vintage, handcrafted sound effects.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/2db77e5bf-b62e-e363-d4042a6344943afb.jpg" width="300"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Into the Woods”</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Following on the heels of a sensational film adaptation in 2014 and a respectable Miami production earlier this year, Stephen Sondheim’s ambitious fairy-tale mash-up receives another run on the woodsy boards courtesy of Delray troupe Entr’acte Theatrix. The inventive narrative imagines characters from Brothers Grimm stories, including Cinderella, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood, converging in a magical woodland of possibility, all of them questing for different objects, brighter futures and reversed spells. The first act, while representing a choreographic handful, is inherently charming; it’s the darker second act that is more difficult to master. Let’s hope Entr’acte is up to the challenge in this limited production that closes June 28.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="255" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/iran_5.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “About Elly”</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>The best movie, so far, of 2015 was actually filmed in 2009 in its native Iran, only to be stuck in distribution hell for six years. Asghar Farhadi, the auteur behind the Academy Award-winning drama “A Separation,” crafted this brilliantly ambiguous ensemble mystery set at a seaside holiday retreat. A group of old friends and their children have gathered for some R&amp;R along with one wild card—a teacher who may or may not be single, brought along to meet a lonely fifth wheel. But when a child nearly drowns in the ocean, it sets off a narrative pivot that turns this genial comedy into a tragedy. Old wounds reopen and cultural biases crash to the forefront, along with the ceaseless waves of the nearby ocean. “About Elly” opened in Coral Gables back in May, in a super-limited South Florida run; don’t miss its encore run here in Boca.</p> <p>SATURDAY AND SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="234" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/app-phillip-phillips-1170x658-650x380.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Lauderdale Live</strong></p> <p>Where: Huizenga Plaza, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $39.50-$299.50</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Back in 2013, Lauderdale Live was the best music festival that nobody knew about. The outdoor, downtown Fort Lauderdale event attracted names as varied as Lyle Lovett, Huey Lewis, the Indigo Girls and Shovels &amp; Rope. Yet with a timid marketing campaign and poor timing (it ran in December, concurrently with Art Basel), audience response was underwhelming. After taking a year off to recuperate and change promoters, Lauderdale Live is rebooting this weekend as a summer festival, boasting an artist lineup of alternative rock and adult-contemporary powerhouses. Saturday will feature best-selling roots-rocker Phillip Phillips, singer-songwriter Ben Rector and American Idol winner Kris Allen, among others; Sunday will welcome eclectic cult rockers O.A.R., venerable pop-rockers Sister Hazel, “The Voice” heartthrob Luke Wade and New Orleans staple Dumpstaphunk.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/haiti_photography_art-museum-fort-lauderdale-1-1030x690.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “From Within and Without: The History of Haitian Photography”</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: $8-$12</p> <p>Contact: 954/525-5500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The title of this potentially illuminating survey of Haitian photography, “From Within and Without,” speaks to the breadth of images on display—some from native Haitians shooting within their borders, others from internationally acclaimed photojournalists and artists who have descended on the country to document ancient traditions and modern disasters. Curated by Haitian-American artist Edouard Duval-Carrie and featuring 350 works from the late 19<sup>th</sup> century to present day, the exhibit’s mix of documentary, commercial and official state photography includes vodou priests and elegant mansions, street-level poverty and the devastating rubble of post-earthquake life. What emerges through all of them is that the oldest nation in the western hemisphere is a unique, inextinguishable land that perseveres from every challenge thrown its way.</p>Guy Fieri&#39;s Burger Joint Opens at Coral Sky2015-06-15T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="215" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/363x390xguysburgerjoint.png.pagespeed.ic.360plvkbvk.png" width="200">A little slice of Flavortown has opened at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre (ne: Cruzan).</p> <p>That would be <strong>Guy Fieri’s Burger Joint</strong>, a walk-up concession featuring the Electric Haired One’s custom burgers and fries at the West Palm concert venue. One small part of the host of <em>Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’</em> rapidly expanding restaurant empire, the local Burger Joint is part of an effort by Coral Sky operator Live Nation to expand the range of food and drink at their various locations.</p> <p>The menu is limited to a handful of burgers and hand-cut fries, from the basic Plain Jane patty to the Real Cheezy Burger, which gilds the essential patty with S.M.C. (Super Melty Cheese), L.T.O.P. (Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Pickle) and Donkey Sauce (“Jacked up secret mayo sauce”), all slapped together on a garlic roll.</p> <p>Having eaten at Fieri’s Tex Wasabi’s eatery in downtown Santa Rosa, Calif., I can say with certitude that, as a chef, the Triple-D Dude is an excellent TV star.</p>Instagram Updates2015-06-13T10:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.8_kendra_scott_instagram_contest.png" width="490"></p> <p>Are you following @bocamag on Instagram? Don’t miss out on our latest Instagram contest giveaway. Simply like the picture, comment your name and tag a friend in your comment for the chance to win some beautiful <a href="">Kendra Scott</a> jewelry for both of you. The contest will end on June 30. <em>(Must be able to pick up jewelry from our office.)</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="237" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.13_hash_tags.png" width="490"></em></p> <p>Also look out for our new hash tags on Instagram and add them to your picture captions too. At the end of each month, we’ll repost our favorites.</p>Hitler&#39;s Least Favorite Danish Art2015-06-12T13:47:58+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><img alt="" height="459" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/warhorses2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Metaphorically, Asger Jorn was a bomb-thrower. His art and his opinions challenged cultural norms at a time they needed to be challenged, as the Nazi regime was beginning to take a foothold in Germany and beyond. From his perch as one of Denmark’s most radical modern artists, he defended kitsch by famously stating “the great work of art is a complete banality,” in effect beating Warhol to the punch by at least a decade. Even in 1933, he was upending establishments, publishing a book titled “Blasphemous Christmas Songs.”</p> <p>The public didn’t appreciate Jorn during his time—such is the fate of the counterculture innovator—and he didn’t sell much art. A documentary about his life is pointedly titled “Go to Hell With Your Money!”</p> <p>But more importantly, from a historical perspective, is that Hitler very much despised the ambiguity, the primitive imagery, and the flaunting of realist traditions in the art that Jorn and his Danish compatriots were creating in wartime Europe. To the art world, the “Helhesten” movement—named after a journal Jorn and colleagues published, which in turn is based on a Hellish symbol of a horse from Danish folklore—was an important flowering of abstraction and anti-realism that exploded concurrently with the rise of abstraction expressionism in the United States. For the Nazis, it was “degenerate art.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="565" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/warhorses3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The NSU Art Museum in downtown Fort Lauderdale happens to possess a trove of Danish art from pre- to postwar periods, and its current exhibition “War Horses: Helhesten and the Danish Avant-Garde During World War II” picks up where last year’s “Spirit of Cobra” show left off. Or, rather, it’s a prequel: The Cobra movement of experimental Scandinavian art rose from the ashes of the short-lived Helhesten. For those who remember the museum’s “Cobra” show, this one may feel like a bit of déjà vu; some of the artworks repeat, and like most revisitations of similar themes, it lacks the eye-opening sense of discovery that “Cobra” proffered.</p> <p>But what endures, compellingly, throughout “War Horses,” is the idea of an artistic community finding its identity. The artists in the “Helhesten” movement numbered at least baker’s dozen—their most famous exhibition, recreated in this exhibition, is titled “13 Artists in a Tent”—and their disparate temperaments pulled the work in opposing directions. Some favored pure abstraction, others integrated figures; some loaded their work with overt antiwar symbolism, others sidestepped literary readings of their art.</p> <p>The more you meander through “War Horses,” the more you’ll recognize the distinct approaches of certain artists: Else Alfelt created impenetrable abstract oils, with their woodsy thickets of paint; Egill Jacobsen, with his busy, sometimes overwhelming abstract paintings, was the most Kandinskyesque artist in the group; Jorn favored feverish charcoals and faux-childish paintings of fantastical creatures that tantalize us in their implacability.</p> <p><img alt="" height="629" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/warhorses1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The most impressive works are the ones that most directly offered, as one of the exhibit’s taglines suggests, “radical art as resistance.” Henry Heerup’s “War and Peace” is an epic canvas containing both of these opposites: a scene of pastoral family life interrupted by a giant pitchfork (like Heerup’s best work, it flaunts realist perspective), parachuters and warplanes. In Heerup’s “The Bombers,” planes descend kamikaze-style toward a two-headed figure, one head already slain, the other soon to join it. And it’s hard not to read Nazi symbolism into Pedersen’s “The Big One Eats the Little One,” an oil-crayon painting in which a colossal bird prepares to feast on a tiny one.</p> <p>Then again, Pedersen himself preferred the term “fantasy art” to describe his work, as opposed to the more academic “abstract art.” “Fantasy art” spoke more to the people, and “Helhesten” was nothing if not a people’s art movement. But the choice of “fantasy” also distances itself from the realities surrounding these artists. Could it be that this bold art was intended to be an escape more than a confrontation?</p> <p>I’m inclined to think it was both. “Helhesten” ultimately works on two levels, as childlike kitsch and political revolution. The hell-horse that dances in Pedersen’s ink drawings might forebode mythic doom. Either that, or a horse is just a horse.</p> <p><em>"War Horses" runs through Feb. 4, 2016, at NSU Art Museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Admission costs $8-$12. For information, call 954/525-5500 or visit</em></p>Staff Picks: avant-garde, adventure and a new chef2015-06-12T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong>EmKo</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.12_emko.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>“Avant-garde alert: EmKo is here, in the old ragtops location in West Palm, and you need to go there. Now. Self-described as a “multi-disciplinary art gallery dedicated to the enrichment of the community through art,” this way cool restaurant/gallery/ bar/coffee bar/sculpture garden defies categorization. We can say, however, that the vibe—and the design—is just as delicious as the food. Meet the next generation of hangout.” </p> <p><em>(</em><a href=""><em>emko</em><em></em></a><em> //</em> <em>2119 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach // 561/227-3511)</em></p> <p><strong>Turtle Walks at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="349" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.12_gumbo_limbo_turtle.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by John Thomason, Managing Editor</em></p> <p>"I recently enjoyed an essential South Florida experience for the first time: A Turtle Walk at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Hosted on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, this nocturnal summer staple includes an hour-long presentation on the sea turtles that inhabit Boca's beach—and the daily hazards they face—followed by a trip to said beach, across the street, where Gumbo Limbo's ATV drivers will hopefully spot an egg-laying turtle for your group to observe. It felt like a privilege, at once natural and magical, to watch this 800-pound creature that existed long before man drop something like 100 eggs in a single 15-minute process, then swim back into the primordial ocean. Nothing else beats it."</p> <p><em>(<a href="">g</a><a href=""></a> // 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton // 561/544-8605)</em></p> <p><strong>Hudson at Waterway East</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.12_hudson.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em></p> <p>“Impeccable food and service, not to mention the best view, is offered at the newly opened Hudson at Waterway East in Delray Beach. It's no wonder, since the Hell's Kitchen season 9 winner is their new executive chef! Everything we ordered was cooked to perfection. We tried the poached shrimp and crab cake appetizers, and our entrees included fresh local snapper and the best flatbread I've ever had with figs, spinach, goat cheese and truffle honey. Can it get any better than this!? In fact, it can, since Jude, the general manager, also has a knack for selecting the PERFECT wine pairing. Heavenly!”</p> <p><em>(</em><em><a href=""></a></em><em>  // 900 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // 561/303-1343)</em></p>Morton&#39;s Offers Summer Menu2015-06-12T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="154" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/mortonsteak.png" width="200">Sure, summer in South Florida means sun that can blister the paint off your car, humidity that feels like breathing mouthfuls of wet clay and the always-present threat of hurricanes.</p> <p>But it also means a special four-course summer menu at <strong>Morton’s</strong>. Through Friday, June 26, the national chain of steakhouses (including the Boca Raton branch at 5050 Town Center Circle, 561/392-7724) will be offering the $49 prix fixe dinner that lightens things up a bit in deference to the warmer weather.</p> <p>Appetizer choices include an ahi tuna tower, prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella or baked five-onion soup, followed by a choice of one of four salads. Entree selections include a six-ounce filet mignon, honey-chili glazed salmon and chicken Christopher (plus assorted sides), and desserts number individual souffles, Key lime pie and chocolate mousse.</p> <p>Get ‘em while they’re hot. . . and the weather isn’t hotter.</p>Fashion Forward: Summer Sales at Town Center2015-06-12T06:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p><img alt="" height="407" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.12_vs_semi_annual_sale.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The not-so-secret sale</p> <p><a href="">Victoria's Secret Semi-Annual Sale</a> kicked off this week with deals you don’t want to miss. Enjoy 25 to 50 percent off of more than 500 styles of bras and more than 700 styles of swimwear. Stock up on select panties starting at only $3.99, and take up to 50 percent off of select clothing and sleepwear. You can shop in store at Town Center <em>(6000 Glades Rd.),</em> or shop online and receive free shipping on orders $100 or more. The sale will last until June 29, so make sure to get all of your summer essentials this month.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.12_tommy_bahama_flip_side_promotion.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Buy it on the flip side </p> <p><a href="">Tommy Bahama</a> is offering a <a href="">flip side promotion</a> that is sure to satisfy your summer style needs.  For every $250 you spend in the store up until June 21, you’ll receive a $50 award to use later on in stores or online. The flip side awards expire on July 12, so be sure to head over to Town Center <em>(6000 Glades Rd.)</em> to shop some more before you miss the wave.</p>Boca and wealth, a college town grows and new faces in Delray2015-06-11T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/wealth.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>That Boca thing</h3> <p>Though it’s not news that Boca Raton is a moneyed city, new information shows how much Boca stands out.</p> <p>The Metropolitan Policy Program of the Brookings Institution just released a study of income distribution in American cities. Researchers created six levels, from households with incomes of $200,000 and above to those with incomes of less than $21,443. The definition of middle class was $41,110 to $65,952.</p> <p>In Boca, 13.3 percent of households are in that top level, nearly three times the national average. Another 19.6 percent of Boca households make between $106,000 and $200,000. The national average is 15 percent. A disproportionate number of households in both categories probably make closer to the high ends than the lows.</p> <p>That concentration at the top means that Boca Raton has only a slightly higher portion of middle-class households than other cities—21.6 percent to 20 percent. The other number that jumps out is at the other extreme. Boca has just 10.9 percent of households at the bottom, compared to 20 percent nationally. Even to some Boca residents, it may be a surprise to learn of even that many poor households. (The folks at Boca Helping Hands, however, would not be surprised.)</p> <p>If you’re looking to compare Boca Raton to other full-service cities, think Weston in Broward County, Stamford, Conn., Naperville, Ill., and Irvine Calif. Though it has a smaller population—about 70,000—Weston has a link to Boca: Arvida pretty much developed both cities.</p> <p>Despite that bulge at the wealthy end, however, Boca Raton is far from the national leader. That would be not someplace in Silicon Valley—though many of those cities are near the top—but Bethesda, Md. Amazingly, 34 percent of households in that Washington, D.C., suburb make more than $200,000 a year. Almost 32 percent make more than $106,000. The amount at the low end is negligible.</p> <p>Why? Over the last three decades, the lobbying and defense contracting industries in the Beltway have thrived. Lawmakers who once shared apartments with colleagues are making seven figures lobbying those former colleagues. In Arlington, Va., another capital suburb, nearly half the households make more than $106,000. When your government center gets richer than your innovation centers, something is wrong.</p> <h3>FAU District</h3> <p>There is new movement on the idea of turning Boca Raton’s 20<sup>th</sup> Street into a Florida Atlantic University student district and gateway to FAU.</p> <p>The university and the city have been talking for a while. The city council made it a priority at the 2014 goal-setting session. Then things lagged.</p> <p>Wednesday night, however, there was a presentation at FAU’s Ritter Gallery of renderings by architecture students showing what might be possible along the section of 20<sup>th</sup> Street that is east of the campus and west of Dixie Highway, spreading at least one block to the north and south and perhaps. In an interview, FAU President John Kelly—who loves the idea—said he wanted to hear first from students—“they’ll be the ones using it”—then from administrators. Those aspiring architects and students from the School of Urban and Regional Planning were happy to take on the project.</p> <p>Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie told me that she and Kelly will meet “in the near future to move the discussion from the students’ vision to actual property owners and the community at large.” I’m told that the meeting could happen in the next two weeks. FAU has hired former Boca Councilwoman Constance Scott to be the liaison to the city. After the Wednesday night discussion, Haynie said, “the ball is in our court to move this forward.”</p> <h3>Cooper Town</h3> <p>In the 1980s, the cry sometimes among Republicans was, “Let Reagan be Reagan.” In Delray Beach, the cry is, “Let Cooper be Cooper.”</p> <p>That would be City Manager Don Cooper, whom the city commission evaluated last week. All four commissioners— Al Jacquet left before the discussion—praised Cooper’s ability, and then told him to start showing more of it.</p> <p>Mayor Cary Glickstein and commissioners Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia hired Cooper last November. Jacquet and then-Commissioner Adam Frankel were absent. They expected major change after Cooper started work in January. They have seen improvement, but not enough, though they balanced their criticism with an acknowledgement of the problems Cooper inherited.</p> <p>“I am generally pleased,” Glickstein said, before adding that he thought Cooper had “underestimated the gravity of just about everything,” and thus had been “slow to respond.”</p> <p>Glickstein, who owns Ironwood Properties, has had a private-sector frustration with the pace of government change since taking office in 2013. Glickstein noted that he and Petrolia had urged Cooper to hire a second assistant city manager. Glickstein said he wants to see the Don Cooper who so impressively ran the goal-setting session just six weeks after taking over. “You were in charge.”</p> <p>Similarly, Jarjura said, “It’s unfathomable how (the city) has operated so long with the dysfunction we have. You have not had the team you need.” Petrolia called Cooper “the first guy willing to confront the issues.” Mitch Katz, who’s been the commission since March, told Cooper, “We want you to make the tough decisions.”</p> <p>Cooper’s job got even tougher when the city’s auditor flagged ethical and possibly criminal violations related to purchasing. Then he had to oversee a switch in trash haulers, which so far has gone well. Cooper has the commission’s backing—“110 percent in support,” Petrolia —and a demand to move faster.</p> <h3>City Attorney </h3> <p>There was more disagreement when the commission evaluated City Attorney Noel Pfeffer, who has been on the job about six months longer than Cooper.</p> <p>Glickstein said Pfeffer has done “a great job,” having “inherited a department in disarray.” Jarjura, who like Glickstein is a lawyer, pronounced herself “very happy.” Katz and Jacquet offered what Glickstein called “legitimate” criticism that Pfeffer sometimes hasn’t notified commissioners promptly about level developments.</p> <p>Petrolia was the outlier. “I don’t have the confidence” in Pfeffer,” she said, based largely on complaints about how the attorney has handled negotiations over Atlantic Crossing. It will be interesting to see what happens when that issue comes back to the commission on Tuesday.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong><em>Randy Schultz</em></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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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> <p>      </p> <p>       </p>Seasonal Finds: Summertime Watermelon2015-06-11T06:00:00+00:00Amanda Jane/blog/author/amandajane/<p>Watermelon is everyone’s favorite summer fruit, and it’s most certainly mine too!  I love to enjoy it raw or folded into a delicious cold soup like the gazpacho recipe below. Watermelon is great source of vitamins A and C, and it’s 92 percent water.  Its juicy qualities provide hydration, and its signature flavor is sweet and cooling.  With a hot South Florida summer looming, you can pick up a fresh in-season watermelon wherever you usually buy your fruit.</p> <p>Watermelons are generally at their peak from midsummer to early fall. This beloved fruit is grown on a vine-like flowering plant originally from Africa. The fruit itself has a smooth hard rind, usually green with dark green stripes, and a juicy interior flesh that is deep red to pink.</p> <p>Thanks to farmers and horticulturists, over the years hundreds of watermelon varieties have been developed. For example, ‘Little Baby Flower’ is a petite, pink-fleshed cultivar that ripens quickly and never exceeds four pounds. By contrast, ‘The Crimson Sweet’ is amply proportioned and famous for its sugary, bright red flesh. </p> <p>Because a watermelon’s flavor is so enjoyable in its raw state, this gazpacho recipe is the perfect vehicle to allow the fruit’s natural flavors shine. Gazpacho is a soup made of raw vegetables and served cold. It is widely eaten, particularly during the hot summers, because it is refreshing and cool. Fresh cucumber, red onion and tomato mix with the pureed watermelon to make the base of the soup, while cayenne pepper and dill prove a depth of flavor that will bump up your love of watermelon to the next level. </p> <p><img alt="" height="391" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/watermelon_gazpacho_recipe_.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Watermelon and Cucumber Gazpacho</strong></p> <p><strong>Ingredients</strong></p> <p>1 large tomato</p> <p>8 cups fresh watermelon, seeded and cubed</p> <p>½ English cucumber, peeled and minced</p> <p>2 tablespoons red onions, minced</p> <p>2 tablespoons lime juice</p> <p>1 tablespoon red wine vinegar</p> <p>¼ cup olive oil</p> <p>2 tablespoons fresh dill, minced, plus more for garnish</p> <p>1 teaspoon cayenne pepper</p> <p>¼ cup crumbled feta cheese</p> <p>Salt &amp; freshly ground black pepper to taste</p> <p><strong>Directions</strong></p> <p>1. Using a food processor, puree the tomato and watermelon. Pour mixture into a large mixing bowl.</p> <p>2. Add in cucumber, red onion, lime juice, vinegar, olive oil, dill and cayenne pepper. Mix to combine.</p> <p>3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.</p> <p>4. Pour the gazpacho into cups or small bowls and refrigerate for 30 minutes until cool.</p> <p>5. Garnish with extra dill and feta cheese before serving.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Amanda Jane</strong></p> <p><em>Amanda Jane is the creator of the food blog <a href="" target="_blank">Seasonally Jane</a>, a creative space where she shares her love of seasonally inspired cooking through original recipes, photography and writing.  Seasonally Jane celebrates the use of peak-season fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on organic whole foods and unique ingredients. Amanda launched her blog in September 2014 and is based in Lighthouse Point.</em></p>Movie Review: &quot;Gemma Bovery&quot;2015-06-10T16:20:43+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>There’s something in the air in the French provinces—a mix of natural beauty and professional boredom, of idleness and opportunity—that, so often in the movies, proves morally and even fatally intoxicating to the denizens of these quiet towns. Whatever this “something” is, Anne Fontaine’s “Gemma Bovery,” which opens Friday, crystallizes it. Adapted from a 1999 British graphic novel, which was itself a ludic riff on Flaubert’s <em>Madame Bovary</em>, Fontaine’s film can be frustratingly conventional in its storytelling grammar and confused in its sociological targets. But when it’s on, it skillfully shuffles between comic and sexy, dark and playful, before wending toward a triumphant finish.</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/98085-gemma-arterton---gemma-bovery-2014.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Fabrice Luchini, the bourgeois everyman of French cinema, delivers another effortless performance as Martin Joubert, a baker in Normandy whose traditional life and marriage is thrown into flux by the British couple that just moved into the fixer-upper next door: Gemma Bovery (Gemma Arteron) and her antique-restorer husband, Charlie (Jason Flemyng). A Flaubert scholar, Martin is taken by Gemma’s charm and her shapely figure, but especially by her name. Acting as her Virgil to the quaint pathways and quality breads of Normandy, he sees in her a bit of the restless, possibly adulterous housewife of her literary namesake.</p> <p>But is Martin the observer of these similarities, or the orchestrator of them? Is he creating a Bovary where there exists only a Bovery? I’m not sure Fontaine knows the answer, and this is where the film stumbles a bit, from a political perspective. The camera routinely caresses Arterton’s form, and her body seems to distract Fontaine as much as Martin. What begins as an interesting feminist commentary on the carnal delusions of the male imagination becomes a disappointing catalog of Gemma’s life imitating Flaubert’s art. A subject becomes an object, submitting her autonomy to the whims of predestination.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/gemma_bovery_still.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>But at least the movie is funny and engaging, every thorny step of the way. When a bee sting forces Martin to suck the “venom” from the back of an allergic Gemma, the scene is right out the Howard Hawks playbook in “Bringing Up Baby;” another moment, involving the sensual kneading of dough in Martin’s bakery, slyly satirizes “Ghost.”</p> <p>Elsewhere, supporting player Elsa Zylberstein, portraying a local snob, is blessed with some of Fontaine’s most cuttingly funny observations about upper-class pretentions. And by the morbidly winning climax, Fontaine finds closure in a deadpan joke. “Gemma Bovery” doesn’t always have a clear grasp of where it’s going, but it certainly knows how to land a punch line when it matters most.</p> <p><em>"Gemma Bovery" opens June 12 at Living Room Theaters in Boca Raton, Movies of Delray, Movies of Lake Worth, Silverspot Cinema in Coconut Creek, Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale, Cinema Paradiso in Hollywood, the Tower Theater in Miami, and O Cinema in Miami Shores.</em></p>Ride and Raise Money for Camp Boggy Creek2015-06-10T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p><em>The cause</em></p> <p>Not far from Orlando, you’ll find the wonderful Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis, Fla. Actor Paul Newman and General H. Norman Schwarzkopf founded the 232-acre camp in 1996. It’s a place where chronically and terminally ill children and their families can go for a week or weekend, have fun and forget about their troubles. Expert medical care teams volunteer their time to look after the kids while they’re there. Camp Boggy Creek makes sure that no child is deprived of the opportunity to experience the fundamental bonding that camp provides.</p> <p><img alt="" height="758" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.10_camp_boggy_creek.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This year, the camp will host its 5<sup>th</sup> Annual Challenge Ride on Sept. 12 to raise money and awareness. Camp Boggy Creek is free for children and their families, but thrives off of donations and grant funding.</p> <p>Boca Raton’s Alan and Lyda Karrh are helping to spread the word locally about Camp Boggy Creek, and they have formed a team for the ride. They named it Jacqueline’s Magnanimous Manatees in memory of their daughter Jacqueline Karrh.</p> <p>Camp Boggy Creek was her favorite place.</p> <p>“The camp provided a slice of heaven on earth for her—someplace she could go and forget about her medical concerns and hang out with other kids that were going through the same thing,” Lyda Karrh says. “She could run around feeling safe and free from judgment.” </p> <p>Jacqueline was born with a rare bone disorder, known as Klippel-Feil Syndrome. As part of this disorder, she had cleft palate, severe scoliosis, clubfeet and other bone anomalies. Jacqueline generally underwent two or three major surgeries each year, and her family would travel to San Antonio, Texas, twice a year for her back surgeries.</p> <p>“She weathered her medical procedures and surgeries like a trooper,” Lyda Karrh says, “but they would wear her down.”</p> <p>Camp Boggy Creek hosts children with illnesses like Jacqueline. She and her family attended the camp in 2007 and 2008. The physical, financial and mental pressures of constant medical care seemed to fade away for the Karrhs once they set foot on Camp Boggy Creek’s grounds.</p> <p>“We were able to meet other parents and compare notes on medical procedures and gain support from each other,” Lyda Karrh says. “The camp is therapeutic for both the child and family.”</p> <p><em>Have fun while making a difference</em></p> <p>You can help to raise money for Camp Boggy Creek by taking a road trip to Eustis and joining one of the rides. The rides include breakfast, on-course support and rest stops, as well as a post-ride celebration and lunch.</p> <p>Registration for the 60- and 40-mile rides is only $40, but riders must raise $250 to participate. There’s no fundraising requirement for the 15-mile ride, which is off-road, but riders must still pay the registration fee. </p> <p>The ride starts at Camp Boggy Creek <em>(30500 Brantley Branch Road, Eustis, Fla.) </em>on Sept. 12<em>.</em> You can join the Karrh’s <a href="">team</a>, or you can ride on your own or start another team.</p> <p>For more information, visit Camp Boggy Creek’s <a href="">website</a> or call 866/462-6449. You can also contact Lyda Karrh at <a href=""></a>.</p>Summer Vacation Education: Part 12015-06-10T06:00:00+00:00Michelle Olson-Rogers/blog/author/michellerogers/<p>School is out, Boca moms! Even though it’s summer vacation (and you can finally take a break from car line and lunch boxes), you might want to consider an educational spin on any family travel you embark on this season. Here are some places you can take your children for some fun and learning. (Special thanks to <a href="">Bluprint Learning</a> for helping to create this list.)</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.10_garl's_coastal_kayaking.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="">Garl’s Coastal Kayaking</a></p> <p>Your kayak tour guide will bring you and your family on a four-hour trip that will take you up close and personal with some of the Florida Keys’ native residents, and I don’t mean snowbirds. You will be introduced to many different ecosystems in the Everglades including Cypress domes, freshwater tributaries and coastal waterways. Considering the amount of personalized guiding, the price is a bargain in our opinion: $125 for adults and $95 for children 5+. The tour picks you up at <a href="">Robert is Here</a><strong>, </strong>located near the entrance of the Everglades National Park. Be sure to enjoy one of their delicious milkshakes or smoothies before you begin your trip!</p> <p><em>(19200 SW 344 St, Homestead // 305/393-3223)</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.10_coral_castle.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><a href="">Coral Castle</a></p> <p>Now, I know that Coral Castle is not in the Florida Keys, but it is a must see for any South Floridian. Built by a Latvian immigrant, this landmark is made entirely of coral, quarried right on site. Many believe he was helped by supernatural forces to move the gigantic stones, one weighing more than eight tons that is positioned in such a way that it only takes a finger to move it.  You can visit Coral Castle Sunday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. or until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The cost is $15 for adults 13+, $7 for children ages 7-12 and children under the age of 7 are free.<em> </em></p> <p><em>(28655 South Dixie Highway, Miami // 305/248-6345)</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.10_vizcaya.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><a href="">Vizcaya Museum &amp; Gardens</a></p> <p>This masterpiece lies on 180 acres overlooking Biscayne Bay. There is history and art and plenty of room for kids to run and roam. Vizcaya provides guests with an introduction to the Gilded Age of America. Feel free to visit any day except Tuesday between 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $18 for adults 13+, $6 for children ages 6-12 and children under the age of 6 are free.</p> <p><em>(3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami  // 305/250-9133)</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.10_miami_children's_museum.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><a href="">Miami Children’s Museum</a></p> <p>This small, interactive museum is perfect for young children. There are 18 exhibits to engage them and excite them to learn. And, on a hot summer afternoon, the museum is a perfect place for parents to get out of the sun while their kids are having fun! The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $18 for general admission, $14 for Florida residents and members and children under one year are free.<em></em></p> <p><em>(980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami // 305/770-3131)</em></p> <p>I’ll be sharing educational weekend trip ideas in my next <em>Boca Mom Talk</em> column. See you on the road, Boca Moms!</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of <a href=""></a></em><strong><em>, </em></strong><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. </em><strong><em>Modern Boca Mom</em></strong><em> 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>Train at Coral Sky2015-06-09T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>Coral Sky Amphitheatre in Palm Beach was graced with some incredible American rock icons on Sunday night. The show kicked off with Matt Nathanson, followed by The Fray, who both opened for Train as part of the Picasso at the Wheel Summer Tour. Train belted out some of their classics, including "Drops of Jupiter" and "Calling All Angels." Concert photographer Ron Elkman (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>) was in the house and sent us the following images. Look for Ron's work to appear regularly at <a href="/" target="_blank"></a> starting later this month!</p> <p><img alt="" height="572" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/re2_0210.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="311" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/re2_0575.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="353" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/re2_1289.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="212" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/re2_1649.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="285" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/re2_2116.jpg" width="490"></p>Chef vs. Chef Contestants Set2015-06-09T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="136" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/chefvchef.png" width="200">The battle lines have been drawn for the first annual Chef vs. Chef cooking competition, hosted by <strong>Max’s Harvest</strong> (169 NE 2nd Ave., 561/381-9970).</p> <p>More than a dozen local chefs have signed on to wage culinary warfare and determine whose cuisine reigns supreme in the bracket-style competition (think the NCAA playoffs) set to begin at Dennis Max’s downtown Delray eatery at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, (and continue for at the same time and place for 15 weeks until a winner emerges).</p> <p>Patterned after the edgy cable TV cook-off <em>Knife Fight</em>, the battles are all open to the public for a $10 donation, which will benefit the Boys &amp; Girls Club of Delray Beach. Drinks and munchies will also be available, at happy hour prices. There’s also a draw party for the chefs on Wednesday, June 3, at 9:30 p.m.</p> <p>Somebody tell Alton Brown. . .</p> <p> </p> <p>Here’s a list of the contenders:</p> <p>Bill Ring, 32 East</p> <p>Victor Franco, Oceans 234</p> <p>Kelly Randall, The Office</p> <p>James Strine, Cafe Boulud </p> <p>Jarod Higgins, Cut 432</p> <p>Chris Miracolo, S3</p> <p>Victor Meneses, El Camino</p> <p>Aaron Goldberg, Bogart’s</p> <p>Ben Burger, Burt &amp; Max's</p> <p>Blake Malatesta, 50 Ocean</p> <p>Che Frey, Henry's</p> <p>Danielle Herring, Rebel House</p> <p>John Thomas, Tryst</p> <p>Eric Grutka, Ian's Tropical Grill</p> <p>Bruce Feingold, Dada</p> <p>Adam Brown, The Cooper</p>(Not) towing the line, more doggie rescue &amp; other items of note2015-06-09T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<p><img alt="" height="348" src="/site_media/uploads/tow-truck-illustration-4017260.jpg" width="400"></p> <h3>Contracts</h3> <p>In Delray Beach, it’s always something about a contract.</p> <p>Three years ago, it was the trash contract. Off and on, it’s the beach services contract. Now it’s the city’s towing contract, for vehicles that are badly damaged in collisions, towed as part of code enforcement, etc.</p> <p>Delray Beach’s current contract is with Beck’s Towing of Boynton Beach. The contract is up, and bidding had been set to start early this month, based on a request for proposal from the police department.</p> <p>Then City Commissioner Shelly Petrolia, through a source she declines to identify, notified the staff of a Delray Beach police report from 2012. The investigation concerned complaints of fraud by the owner of a Delray Beach towing and custom car company. He and other “associates” would arrive at accident scenes and solicit work from victims, the report said, “under the umbrella of Beck’s Towing.” They would bill themselves as the “accident assistance team.”</p> <p>A Beck’s employee would tow the cars to Beck’s, the report said, for the contractual fee of $110. From there, however, towing fees to the body shops could be six or seven times higher. Such practices, the report noted, happened only when the victims had “adequate insurance.” The city began to receive numerous reports of “predatory towing.”</p> <p>In addition to the higher towing fees, the police report said, the “associates” referred victims to certain lawyers and chiropractors for “kickback fees.” Also, the report said, victims would be overcharged for work and in some cases the target of the investigation would “lien vehicles illegally.” Those soliciting victims sometimes arrived before the police, according to the investigation, and they never helped with accident cleanup.</p> <p>Petrolia’s timing was fortunate. The three-year contract proposal was so far along that the “cone of silence” was about to take effect. That happens when a contract has been written and has gone out for bid. After that, the city can make no changes, and only certain staff members can have contact with the bidders.</p> <p>The report led to the arrest of one man on three charges, two of them grand theft, in March 2013. In October 2013, the state attorney’s office declined to prosecute, a spokesman said. Yet a Delray Beach Police Department spokesman told me the investigation is continuing.</p> <p>After learning of the report, Petrolia met with City Manager Don Cooper, City Attorney Noel Pfeffer and Police Chief Jeffrey Goldman. Despite the failure to prosecute, Cooper said in an interview Monday that he found the police report “pretty disturbing.” The city is “reworking the contract.”</p> <p>Rather than one vendor, the city may rotate the work among as many as three companies. The city will “look at some requirements to ensure” ethical practices. Petrolia suggested that the city require companies to post a bond, payable if the company—or anyone connected with the company—engages in predatory practices. The city would define those practices.</p> <p>Another question, of course, is whether the police department’s legal staff that drew up the proposal knew about the 2012 report and/or any ongoing investigation. If the contract renewal was considered routine, the proposal could have gone out largely unchanged, and thus— consciously or not—written to favor Beck’s. Staff in any department can get comfortable with longtime vendors. Petrolia has contacted the Office of Inspector General, which advises local governments on contracts and bidding. In an email to Petrolia, Cooper said he wanted to make the contract “open and fair.”</p> <p>Cooper said he hopes to have the towing contract proposal finished by the end of this month or in early July. When I called Beck’s Towing on Monday, an employee told me that owner Steven Beck is recovering from surgery and won’t be back in the office for a month.</p> <h3>So far, so good</h3> <p>Cooper also said that Delray Beach’s shift last week to a new trash hauler was fairly smooth.</p> <p>Out of 45,000 pickups, Cooper said, Southern Waste Systems missed 600. Based on his experience overseeing a similar shift in Port St. Lucie, Cooper said the early results were encouraging. Any problems, he said, would show up in the first 30 days “for sure.” Anything that lingered through the first 90 days would be a problem.</p> <p>After extricating itself from the contract extension to Waste Management that a previous city commission awarded without bidding in 2012, Delray Beach put the trash contract out for bid. The new contract should save Delray Beach roughly $9 million over six years.</p> <h3>Tri-County expansion</h3> <p>An organization that has done much good in the Boca Raton community and beyond wants to do even more.</p> <p>According to a memo to the city council for tonight’s meeting from City Manager Leif Ahnell, the Tri-County Humane Society—which last year changed its name to Tri-County Animal Rescue—hopes to become “the largest, 100 percent no-kill regional animal rescue non-profit that operates 100 percent on donations.” The city once operated the facility on Boca Rio Road. It began as the Boca Raton Humane Society when the city bought the land from Palm Beach County in 1987. The city now leases the land to the shelter for $1 per year.</p> <p>Tri-County Animal Rescue, which serves Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties but in 2013 took pets orphaned by an Oklahoma tornado, wants to build a nearly 10,000 square foot facility to isolate newly rescued cats and dogs during assessment and treatment. Doing so requires amending the 30-year lease that took effect 10 years ago. Under city rules, that amounts to a sale of city property, which requires review by the Planning and Zoning Board. That will happen in July.</p> <p>The action is more technical than controversial. The shelter has approval for the site plan, and Ahnell recommends amending the lease. Also not in dispute is the sad fact that demand for such a shelter keeps growing. There remain too many irresponsible pet owners.</p> <h3>Hasner’s new gig   </h3> <p>Adam Hasner, who represented southeastern Palm Beach County for eight years in the Florida House and made unsuccessful runs for Congress, is in the private sector, though he’s still sort of in politics.</p> <p>Hasner is in charge of marketing and communications for People’s Trust, the Deerfield Beach property insurance company. Hasner said he had been helping with issues related to the company’s new building that faces Interstate 95, and was asked to join full-time. The job still brings him into contact with elected and unelected public officials, but for now active politics is in his past tense.</p> <h3>Wily coyotes</h3> <p>South Floridians regularly read about “coyotes” who smuggle illegal immigrants to this area. In the last week, though, the story in West Boca has been real coyotes.</p> <p>At least two have attacked pets. On Sunday, trappers caught one, though no one knows if it’s the animal that killed a dog. Understandably, neighbors are worried.</p> <p>Consider, though, that the attacks happened in neighborhoods so far west that they nearly abut the current Everglades border and are on land that was part of the aboriginal Everglades. When we push that far into Nature and Nature responds, who’s more to blame?</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> <p> </p> <p> </p>The Week Ahead: June 9 to 152015-06-08T16:01:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="270" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/chloe415.jpg" width="415"></p> <p><strong>What: Chloe Dolandis and Jason Pomerantz</strong></p> <p>Where: Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5</p> <p>Contact: 561/395-2929, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Not everybody can claim to have an entire day dedicated to them; that’s an honor usually bestowed on folks like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Christopher Columbus. But locally, at least, musical theater sensation and Boca native Chloe Dolandis received that distinction as a teenager in 2004, when the mayor of Boca Raton proclaimed Jan. 13 to be “Chloe Dolandis Day.” The honor came after Dolandis won Boca’s first-ever Rising Star competition, and since then, her star has shone ever brighter. The jazz singer, who is said to possess an “old soul,” has sung for Vice President Biden and performed alongside acts as varied as Billy Stritch and Pitbull. She’ll be joined in this hometown engagement by Jason Pomerantz, a New York-based singer-songwriter and composer whose skills as a pianist/vocalist has propelled him to venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland. For $5, this double bill sounds like a bargain.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="260" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/maikai_hukilau2011.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Hukilau”</strong></p> <p>Where: Fort Lauderdale venues including The Mai-Kai and The Wreck Bar</p> <p>When: noon to 1 a.m.</p> <p>Cost: Varies per event</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Apparently, reports of the Hukilau’s death were greatly exaggerated. Saved last year from its pending swan song and presented under new management, this celebration of all things tiki continues apace, transforming iconic Fort Lauderdale locations into vintage South Pacific tableaux, complete with Hawaiian garb, tiki totems, inventive rum libations, island music and more. This kitschy nostalgic powwow runs five days of shopping bazaars, symposia, dancing, live music, book signings, mermaid shows, happy hours and more. Live bands slated to perform include the legendary comedian/ukulele virtuoso King Kukulele, Honolulu imports Alika Lyman Group, local exotica rockers Gold Dust Lounge and surf guitar maestro Skinny Jimmy Stingray. Register Wednesday from noon to 6; at 4:30, you can enjoy a MeduSirena mermaid show at the Wreck Bar follows by a Pre-Party at the Mai Kai. And the fun continues throughout the week.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="285" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/book-of-liz-image1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Book of Liz”</strong></p> <p>Where: The Vanguard, 1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40 ($35 for the rest of the run)</p> <p>Contact: 813/220-1546, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Village Voice has called “The Book of Liz” “the world’s first Amish picaresque.” This oddball road comedy of self-actualization was indeed inspired by the Amish— only in this play, they’re called the Squeamish, and they thrive off the gourmet cheese balls baked by Sister Elizabeth Donderstock. But when Elizabeth’s feelings are hurt by an unappreciative guest, she flees the flock to find her purpose in life, only to find stranger characters, like a Cockney-speaking Ukrainian immigrant couple and a family restaurant run by recovering alcoholics. If this all sounds a little too out there, trust the playwrights: “The Book of Liz” is written by the great, highbrow humorists David and Amy Sedaris. Friday’s opening-night ticket includes wine and cheesecake, and automatic entry into a raffle for goodies including Sedaris books.</p> <p><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/ww_bio_photo.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening reception for “Wayne White: Art is Supposed to Hypnotize You or Something”</strong></p> <p>Where: Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St.</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 954/921-3274, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Quick: What do “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse” and the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight” music video have in common? In addition to being cultural touchstones for Generation X, they’ve both inspired award-winning work by the polymath Wayne White, a native Tennessean who has worked as an art director, puppeteer, set designer, animator, cartoonist, illustrator and banjoist. Tens of millions have viewed his kitschy, cosmic special effects for the Pumpkins’ video, and he won three Emmys for his work on “Playhouse,” Paul Reubens’ cult series. Lately, he’s been focused on his signature “word paintings,” which feature amusing, out-of-context word and phrases (like the one that gives this exhibition its title) painstakingly rendered over framed landscapes purchased at thrift stores. This exhibit, White’s first solo show in the United States, will feature previously produced pieces and some brand-new work, including a super-sized puppet head of Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, Florida’s governor from 1905–1909, in celebration of this year’s centenary of Broward County. The show runs through Aug. 23.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="162" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/bill_maher.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Bill Maher</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Starting at $35</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Some love him, some hate him, and others love his opinions but hate his arrogant demeanor. Still others may admire his un-P.C. pugnacity in attacking an issue but generally hate his opinions, which usually—but not always—fall on the far left end of our polarized political spectrum. A political commentator known for his controversial musings on religion, marijuana and culture as much as for his skewering of Republican intransigence and Democratic cowardice, Bill Maher was a standup comedian long before he became a fully informed political thinker. But the more informed he’s become, the more his standup has evolved, and he’s easily one of the most coveted comics on the circuit. With more than 30 years in the business—dating back to a bushy-tailed appearance on “The Merv Griffin Show,” circa 1984—his act has developed into a deftly memorized, 90-plus-minute cauldron of insightful observations, scabrous commentary and conceptual detours into relationships and pop culture. <em>NOTE: At the time of this writing, the show is currently sold out, so call the box office to inquire about last-minute cancellations.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="222" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/hunger.cb1.jpg" width="400"> </em></p> <p><strong>What: Screening of “The Hunger”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cosford Cinema, 5100 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5</p> <p>Contact: 305/284-4861, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Decades before there was “True Blood” and (god forbid) “Twilight,” Tony Scott released “The Hunger,” one of the early vampire thrillers to forge the connection between vampiric consumption and lust. This 1983 feature, which the Cosford is reviving in its original 35mm format, stars Catherine Deneuve as the regal vampiress Blaylock and David Bowie as her latest paramour, an 18<sup>th</sup> century cellist named John who has been living immortally through Blaylock’s blood—that is, until John begins to suddenly age at a rapid clip, and the couple seeks help from a radical anti-aging doctor (Susan Sarandon). Not particularly well received when it was released, “The Hunger” has built up a cult cachet in the intervening decades as a pioneering “postmodernist vampire movie” with a dynamic score that ranges from Bauhaus to Bach.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="270" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/589001_1_81_051315_115615.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Caribbean Village Music, Arts, Food &amp; Wellness Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Central Broward Regional Park, 3700 N.W. 11<sup>th</sup> Place, Lauderhill</p> <p>When: noon to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5.50 to $80</p> <p>Contact: 954/306-8668, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>June is Caribbean American Heritage Month, and the nonprofit Galleon Foundation is celebrating with this inaugural cultural festival at the corner of S.R. 7 and Sunrise Blvd. As its name suggests, the fest is all-encompassing, from a welcome parade to an arts and crafts area, Caribbean food, a celebrity cookoff, a “kids zone,” a health and wellness pavilion. Live music will be provided by artists from the Bahamas, Jamaica, Trinidad and Haiti, including Julien Believe, Shifta, Blade Martin, Toni Bella Blair and Code Red Band. Admission tickets will help support the Galleon Foundation’s cause, which is providing financial scholarships to economically disadvantaged students.</p>True Adds Dishes, Delivery2015-06-08T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="132" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/trueboca.jpg" width="200">Frank Hawkins claims to make the best crabcakes south of Baltimore (and he’s right). Now he’s added everybody’s other favorite crustacean to the menu of his tiny, charming restaurant, <strong>True</strong> <em>(147 SE 1st Ave., 561/417-5100)</em>, in Boca Raton.</p> <p>Look for shrimp steamed in beer with Old Bay seasoning, shrimp salad sliders and shrimp with crab and imperial sauce, plus his Homesick Soup, a tomato-based crab soup with veggies and Old Bay.</p> <p>Hawkins has also made getting his crab, shrimp, brisket sliders and other dishes a bit easier, obtaining use of the white parking spaces across the street in the RPP parking garage and signing on with Delivery Dudes to bring the good stuff to you. But eat in or take out, you really do need to check out his crabcakes.</p>New Kids at BB&amp;T2015-06-05T19:19:56+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>BB&amp;T Center in Sunrise was buzzing Thursday night as pop legends New Kids on the Block took the stage following opening acts Nelly and TLC. The Kids played their hits from the 1980s and '90s, including "Hangin' Tough" and "Step by Step." <em>C</em>oncert photographer Ron Elkman (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>) was in the house and sent us the following images. Look for Ron's work to appear regularly at <a href="/" target="_blank"></a> starting later this month!</p> <p><img alt="" height="257" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/re2_1217.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="273" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/re2_1132.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/re2_0029.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/re2_0574.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="348" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/re2_0315.jpg" width="490"></p>Five Plays to Anticipate in 2015-20162015-06-05T12:49:28+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>Back in April, we spotlighted five enticing musicals on the 2015-2016 cultural docket. Now, with most companies having unveiled their seasons, we’re looking at five plays that are sure to provoke. Mark those calendars now.</p> <p><strong>5. Angry Fags (<a href="" target="_blank">Island City Stage</a>, Nov. 12-Dec. 13, 2015, at the Abyss Theatre)</strong></p> <p>These purveyors of gay-themed theater will be fresh off arguably the strongest 2014-2015 theater season enjoyed by any South Florida company when they open what appears to be another string of potential hits. Topher Payne’s “Angry Fags” is an outrageous, anarchic slice of social commentary that imagines a world in which the gay-bashed among us strike back with rage of their own. American politics, bomb-building and pistachios figure into the story, but the play already had us at its punchy tagline: “An Oscar Wilde-meets-Fight Club fever dream.” To sweeten the deal even more, this will be the first play in Island City Stage’s expansive new home, the 70-seat Abyss Theatre in Wilton Manors.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="180" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/stripped-690x310.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>4. Stripped (<a href="" target="_blank">Zoetic Stage</a>, Nov. 5-22 at Arsht Center)</strong></p> <p>A clever double meaning defines the title of this brand-new play by Christopher Demos-Brown, one of South Florida’s handful of world-class playwrights (His “Fear Up Harsh,” in 2013, won two Carbonell Awards). One of the show’s protagonists, Masha, is a Russian immigrant, a mother and stripper—ahem, we mean exotic dancer—who, because of her profession, is consequently stripped of her child by the state. Taking an insider’s view of the complicated structure of child custody laws, the show features sympathetic characters including a government official and a pair of prospective adoptive parents. Demos-Brown wittily and movingly analyzes this complex situation from all perspectives. </p> <p><strong>3. Death of a Salesman (<a href="" target="_blank">New Theatre</a>, May-June 2016, at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center)</strong></p> <p>Who needs spoiler alerts? The conclusion of Arthur Miller’s titanic 1949 masterwork is revealed in its title, but that hasn’t dampened the anticipatory tingle every time “Death of a Salesman” shows up in a season. This has included four Broadway revivals, most recently featuring the final stage performance of Philip Seymour Hoffman. The play’s themes of the loss of the American dream, mental illness and income equality feel perennially relevant, and while New Theatre typically specializes in, well, new work, the company usually excels at each season’s token classic.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/its-only-a-play-2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>2. It’s Only a Play (<a href="" target="_blank">GableStage</a>, dates pending, at the Biltmore Hotel)</strong></p> <p>GableStage hasn’t announced its full season yet, but it did drop a few crumbs via carrier pigeon in efforts to woo subscribers. Last season, the company did such an extraordinary job with Terence McNally’s “Mothers and Sons” that we’re thrilled to find that Artistic Director Joseph Adler has booked another McNally work, the 2014 Broadway hit “It’s Only a Play,” which is up for a Tony this weekend. Just about every playwright, at one point another, pens a self-reflexive Theater About Theater play. In this case, the situation will be achingly familiar to anyone who has spent their creative energies on even one play: It’s set in a Manhattan home immediately following an opening night, as the actors, producer, director, playwright and gathered friends wait for the overnight reviews. The plot is thin, but McNally’s inspiration brings out the best of his caustic, scabrous wit.</p> <p><img alt="" height="620" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/egfb91bkxqks6eulnfggq1icm0njpfbgk2utzzkxfyw,-uhsyfj0njyg5urdlu1flcxbs81dffjllgjxgopkyf4.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>1. Long Day’s Journey Into Night (<a href="" target="_blank">Palm Beach Dramaworks</a>, Jan. 29-Feb. 28)</strong></p> <p>South Florida drama lovers have a lucky year ahead of them; between “Long Day’s Journey” and “Death of a Salesman,” they’ll have the opportunity to ingest two of the frequently short-listed considerations for Best Play of the Century. Eugene O’Neill based this four-act magnum opus at least in part on his own family, presented here as a mother, father and two sons, whose demons are loosed over the course of one sweltering night in August. As this story goes, when O’Neill was writing this granddaddy of all dysfunctional-family dramas, in 1940-41, the actions scraped so close to the bone that his wife would find him weeping over the typewriter. Prepare to be transported and shaken up.</p>Staff Picks: facial scrubs, farmers markets and fitness2015-06-05T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>Sugar &amp; Oats</p> <p><em><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.5_sugar_and_oats.jpg" width="398"></em></p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em></p> <p>“The most amazing GLOWING SKIN SCRUB you'll ever use! All products are handmade, vegan and cruelty-free which is a plus! This product is one of my absolute favorites. You can find this and more products from Sugar &amp; Oats online or locally at a select few boutiques or occasionally as a vendor at craft festivals.”</p> <p>(<a href=""></a>)</p> <p><br>Yellow Green Farmers Market</p> <p><em><img alt="" height="169" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.5_yellow_green_farmers_market.png" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>“The Yellow Green Farmers Market in Hollywood is worth the drive for the best field trip in memory. Imagine a massive metal shed filled with fresh produce, vendors selling everything from 80 million kinds of olives to essential oils, Cuban coffee, soups, fresh bread, hats and shorts and ukeleles made out of cigar boxes. Add in the Latin food stands‚ or a delish brunch at the Chill Bar, and you have a perfect South Florida day.”</p> <p>Open on Saturdays and Sundays only.</p> <p>(<a href=""></a> // 1940 N. 30th Road, Hollywood // 954/513-3990)</p> <p> </p> <p>Fitness in the Park</p> <p><img alt="" height="622" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.5_fitness_in_the_park.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em></p> <p>"A few weekends ago, I was in downtown Tampa for the 40th anniversary tour of one of my all-time favorite rock bands, Rush. The day of the concert, as we were walking along the riverfront en route to the arena, we came across a massive outdoor yoga class. Must have been 100 people, all downward-dogging it in unison. I was thinking how well an idea like that would play in our neck of the woods. Naturally, the universe sent me an e-mail from Delray Marketplace touting its "Fitness in the Park" series on the first weekend of each month. Join Circuit 7 trainer Joleen Damian at 10 a.m. this Saturday, and CrossFit coach Scott Lefferts at 10 a.m. on Sunday for free group sessions at the Marketplace Amphitheater."</p> <p>(14851 Lyons Rd., Delray Beach // <a>561/865-4613</a>)</p>Copperpoint Open and Rockin&#39;2015-06-05T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/copperpoint.jpg" width="200">I dropped into Boynton’s new(ish) <strong>Copperpoint Brewing Co.</strong> (151 Commerce Rd., 561/508-7676) last week and I think I just found my new local hangout.</p> <p>It’s not just the beer, which, btw, is great. But it’s the whole vibe of the place—the funky-rustic decor, the electric blues slamming through speakers, the good-timey crowd of craft beer aficionados, the friendly, enthusiastic staff. If you can’t have fun here, well. . . see your doctor.</p> <p>I sampled several beers off the rather extensive list scrawled on a blackboard above the bar but a couple really stood out. First was the espresso stout. I’m usually not a big fan of stout beers or espresso-flavored brews but this one was easily the best I’ve ever tasted. Despite its black ink at midnight color and bracing coffee flavor it was remarkably refreshing and light on the palate, with a creamy head and undercurrents of caramel-molassses.</p> <p>The other brew that was a real taste knockout was a blood oranged-flavored wheat. Served in a snifter that only accentuated its quality and uniqueness, it showed off the subtle, dusky flavor of blood oranges without being overwhelmingly citrusy. This is a special brew and I don’t know how long it will be available but if it’s on-tap at your visit it would be a shame not to down a glass (or two).</p> <p>Oh, and one more thing. Check out the men’s bathroom (let’s face it, you’ll have to eventually, anyway). The beer key urinals, copper trough sink and witty, tap-like pull-down faucet handle are all neat little design touches that say proprietors Matt and Laura Cox (not to mention Ed Carey Design) put a lot of thought into every detail.</p> <p> </p> <p>Who’d have thunk an obscure, half-deserted industrial area in Boynton Beach would become the new foodie hotspot?</p> <p> </p>Fashion Forward: free handbags and new home décor2015-06-05T06:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p><img alt="" height="485" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/brighton.jpg" width="391"></p> <p>Brighton up your wardrobe</p> <p>Everyone loves a free gift, and <a href="">Brighton</a> at the Gardens Mall <em>(3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens)</em> is happy to treat you to a fashionable one. Don’t miss out on your chance to receive a Summer Hearts mini bag (retail value, $50) with a purchase of $75 or more. The promotion ends June 7. Brighton is best known for its jewelry, charms and handbags.</p> <p><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/z_gallerie.jpg" width="640"></p> <p>Extreme Makeover: Z Gallerie Edition</p> <p>Your home should be as stylish as you are. <a href="">Z Gallerie</a> in Mizner Park<em> (327 Plaza Real Suite #315) </em>is revamping its look, and may have just what you need to complete your chic bedroom or fill that last empty shelf in your living room. On June 11 from 6 to 8 p.m., you can peruse Z Gallerie’s latest collection. Be one of the first 50 people to arrive, and you’ll go home with a gift bag.</p>FAU making changes and help comes to Boca&#39;s permitting process2015-06-04T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="239" src="/site_media/uploads/7hn1oqzgufa5pbu7wy6kij1z9z82o90w1cnwdrplf1h018aze5dv5yyrul3hv8n2ik3edmdelidxealyqhrc-ihgk4vmz9exe6oqldl_9gfhsrd0ibaggq7yavcyggdnm1xggmusu0gnpupel-cio2_um6lqpovwv4bi=w426-h239-p.jpg" width="426"></h3> <h3>FAU hopes for payday</h3> <p>Florida Atlantic University believes that it will get $3.5 million worth of good news this month.</p> <p>The Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System, meets in Tampa starting on June 16. At the meeting, President John Kelly and others will make their case that FAU has improved enough since a terrible assessment report last year that the board should release the rest of the money withheld for poor performance.</p> <p>At the direction of the Legislature, the Board of Governors now rates state universities based on 10 metrics, with five points being the top score in each metric. According to Kelly, they are many of the same metrics <em>US News</em> uses in its college rankings. Universities that score low or show inadequate improvement can get shut out of new money or even lose money. Those that do well get a larger share of any new money. The state calls it “performance-based funding.” The change stemmed in part from the Legislature’s wish to shift the story from its continual shorting of the universities and in part from a need to bring more accountability to higher education.</p> <p>For FAU, the initial Board of Governors report—covering the first half of the 2013-14 academic year—was disastrous. FAU scored just 24 of a possible 50 points. Of the 11 universities, only the University of West Florida did worse. Unless FAU could develop a plan for timely improvement and show that the plan was working, the university would lose nearly $7 million.</p> <p>In an interview last week, Kelly said he had heard something about the report during his interview with the FAU Board of Trustees in January 2014, but that he “got the news after I was hired.” He started work on March 1. So much for easing into the job.</p> <p>FAU didn’t just do badly overall. The university got zeroes in two vital metrics: the rate of graduating first-time-in-college students within six years and the rate of retaining students for their second year if their grade point average is at least 2.0. In its first report to the Board of Governors last June, FAU reported that 30 percent of freshmen began their second year with a grade point average of less than 2.0</p> <p>Some students come to college knowing what they want to do and wishing to get there quickly. Others, though, come without direction and tend to drift. FAU’s improvement plan especially focused on the drifters.</p> <p>The university hired 26 more advisers and improved training for all advisers. The national standard is one adviser for every 300 students. Previously, FAU had had one adviser for every 400 students. FAU wants the advisers to encourage, prod and in some cases discourage.</p> <p>In its second report to the Board of Governors, last December, FAU said it loses 75 percent of students who don’t declare a major by the end of their second year. “ I saw that when I applied (to be president),” Kelly said, “and I thought, ‘That can’t be right.’ But it is.”</p> <p>“This is a national phenomenon; it’s not just FAU,” said Provost Gary Perry, who basically is the chief academic officer. If a student drifts that long, Perry said, “The chances are that the student will never graduate from college.” Perry hopes to have all students declare a major when they start. “They don’t have to stay there,” he said, “but if they have a plan when they come in the door, at least they’re moving.”</p> <p>Advisers now work with students not just to decide on a major but to give up on a major if the student’s grades in that subject are poor. Once students choose a major, the university now more aggressively herds them toward a diploma. Kelly calls it “intrusive advising.”</p> <p>Commuter students especially can be isolated from these support services. Not only has FAU placed advisers in parking garages, they are there at night, trying to turn talk of excuse into talk of a solution. “A student might say, ‘Well, I would graduate, but I can’t get this course,’ “ Kelly said. “The adviser can say, ‘Let’s just check on that. Here, you can do this. We can move this, and you can graduate on time.’ And the kids love it.”</p> <p>FAU quickly raised its graduation rate from 40 percent to 45 percent, Kelly said, simply by identifying students who had enough credits to graduate but were still taking classes. “This is not a place to hang out,” Kelly said. Students who overstay their time or aren’t taking college seriously, he added, “deprive someone else of a place.” New software allows advisers to check on freshmen for early signs of trouble, such as low grades and poor attendance. Entering freshmen with grade point averages of between 3.0 and 3.29 must go into a program called Jump Start that is designed to better prepare them.</p> <p>Perry said the changes are so new that FAU doesn’t know the effect on the school’s retention rate. In the final 2013-14 report, FAU still got a zero in that metric. For the graduation rate metric, however, FAU got a 5. Overall, FAU went from 24 points to 37, which put the university in a cluster behind the University of Florida (44) and the University of South Florida (42).</p> <p>Accordingly, FAU says in its update to the Board of Governors that the university “can confirm that it has met every single final target as established by the university’s board of trustees and as approved by the Board of Governors. This monitoring report provides up-to-date data on the May 2015 expectations, as well as supplemental information, often showing progress beyond the established targets.” If the Board of Governors agrees, FAU will get the second $3.5 million and, as Perry said, “We will be out of the penalty box.”</p> <p>To make even greater progress, however, FAU wants to attract better students. “We can control the type of student,” Kelly said. “We can’t make them finish.” The overall grade point average of entering students has increased, but FAU’s report to the Board of Governor says the university will do more to direct those who, in Kelly’s words, are “ready for college but not for a university” to Palm Beach State College or Broward College. Roughly 70 percent of FAU’s student body is from Palm Beach and Broward counties, but the university expects that percentage to decrease as recruiting efforts target more students from outside the region and the state.</p> <p>One key change has been the combining of the admissions office, the registrar and the financial aid office into what FAU calls the Enrollment Management Oversight Committee. Incredibly, before the combination FAU was taking between 12 weeks and 16 weeks just to acknowledge an application. FAU now responds, the new report says, in 24 hours to 48 hours. The office contacts students who are nearing their final term but haven’t registered for the 15 credit hours to graduate. Previously, recruiters spent 80 percent of their time in the office and 20 percent visiting high schools. That has been reversed.</p> <p>Metrics alone don’t make for an education. Whatever the motivation behind Florida’s new approach to financing the universities, however, the metrics revealed an FAU badly in need of a management overhaul. Change is coming rapidly to FAU, which began in 1964 as a place for juniors and seniors and only began taking freshmen in 1985. As FAU seeks to give students more direction, FAU itself is going through a dramatic change in direction.</p> <h3>And a little more help from its friends</h3> <p>In our interview, Kelly told me that FAU remains far from raising all the money to complete the Schmidt athletic-complex that he announced last December with a $16 million gift from the Schmidt Family Foundation.</p> <p>According to Kelly, FAU still needs a gift of between $11 million and $14 million, a gift of $7 million and two gifts of $5 million. So does Kelly still expect that the project will be finished by his goal of December 2016?</p> <p>“Yes.”</p> <h3>How the health care dispute affects FAU                           </h3> <p>FAU’s main budget requests to the Legislature remain in doubt because of the dispute over health care.</p> <p>The university wants money for a building to house the new program at the Jupiter campus with Scripps Florida and the Max Planck Florida Institute. FAU also would like some additional money for program expenses. The rules for higher education money that I discussed in the first part of this post don’t apply to specialty programs that the Legislature believes could bring value to a university and a return for the state.</p> <p>If the Legislature doesn’t expand Medicaid in some form, and if the state has less money to compensate providers who treat the uninsured, the Legislature will have to make up some of that difference with general revenue. The amount will depend on how much the Legislature wants to spend on cell phone tax cuts.</p> <p>With the state’s fiscal year ending June 30, the Legislature faces a tight deadline. Getting a budget passed could mean a small group of legislators moving lots of money around. With luck, FAU’s requests will survive.</p> <h3>Finally! Help comes to the permitting process</h3> <p>Last year, the Boca Raton City Council made improvement of the permitting process a priority. From the chamber of commerce to neighborhood cookouts, the delay in obtaining permits is a common gripe.</p> <p>Yet there still had been no permanent director of the Development Services Department, which handles permitting, among other things. Former Director John Hixenbaugh resigned in April 2014 after just two years.</p> <p>This week, however, the city announced the hiring of</p> <p>Ty Harris for the position. He will start June 29. Since January 2014, Harris has been director of community development for Charlotte County, on Florida’s west coast north of Fort Myers. The department handles all the same work as Boca’s development services department.</p> <p>Harris has an interesting background. He’s a lawyer who also served as an assistant county attorney. A decade-plus ago, he was a land-use lawyer in private practice on this side of the state.</p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <p align="center"><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> 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>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. 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.</p> <p>Tags:</p> <p> </p>Boca seventh grader ups his game2015-06-03T20:33:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p>Thirteen-year-old <strong>Jordan Zietz</strong> is not your average Pine Crest School seventh grader. He recognized the hesitation among gamers regarding which gaming consoles to use, and like a true entrepreneur, he came up with a solution.</p> <p>Zietz created the company <strong>GameReef</strong> to allow gamers to rent both games and consoles. The company also donates games and consoles to children’s hospitals worldwide.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.5_boca_seventh_grader_ups_his_game_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>GameReef earned Zietz the title of finalist of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Southeast Saunders Scholars Regional competition. YEA! is a revolutionary class for middle and high school students that provides them with valuable insight on entrepreneurship. The program began in 2004 and hit Boca Raton four years ago via the Boca Chamber’s Golden Bell Education Foundation.</p> <p>It is no surprise that Zietz has exhibited the kind of entrepreneurial ambition YEA! looks for, considering the pioneering family he belongs to. His parents, Sam and Sheila, founded prominent financial technology company TouchSuite, and his older sister, Rachel, who also participated in the YEA! program, started Gladiator Lacrosse, a company that manufactures and sells quality lacrosse equipment, at the age of 13.</p> <p>Along with Zietz, Palm Beach Gardens’ Kayla Abramowitz, 13, secured her spot as a YEA! finalist for her non-profit organization, Kayla Cares 4 Kids, which provides Ronald McDonald Houses and children’s hospitals across the globe with educational and entertainment equipment and materials.</p> <p>These two entrepreneurs will attend the YEA! National Finals in D.C. on Monday, Jun. 8, to present their ideas in a “shark tank” for a chance to win business prize packages and college scholarships up to $50,000.</p> <p>Their competitors will include four winners from the Northeastern and Western Regional Saunders Scholars competitions whose entrepreneurial efforts include: custom book covers, unique ties, a mobile application to motivate students to learn and an online platform for high school jobseekers to find employment.</p> <p>For more information about YEA!, visit <a href=""></a>.</p>Movie Review: &quot;Love and Mercy&quot;2015-06-03T11:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>Brian Wilson’s life has been filled with tremendous triumphs, tribulations and tragedies, but it takes some screenwriterly sifting to know where to begin.</p> <p>The Wilson story is not a neat thrill ride of a narrative—it’s not a stratospheric rise followed by precipitous fall. It’s a more gradual, subtle and interior sort of decline, triggered not by the romantic temptations of booze, pills, money and temperament but by madness: the irrepressible noises in his head that helped create the best album in the history of American music while at the same time sowing his downfall.</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/love-and-mercy-700x466.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The sturdy, sensitively handled biopic “Love and Mercy,” which opens nationwide Friday, is centered on this duality, the inexplicable connection between genius and madness that has cemented the legacies and destroyed the health of so many talented artists. To convey this double-edged sword properly, director Bill Pohland and screenwriters Oren Moverman and Michael Allen Lerner skip right over the boring stuff, like the Beach Boys’ commercial development into a top-charting rock ‘n’ roll band, and present a parallel narrative of the two most significant periods in Wilson’s creative and personal lives.</p> <p>In one, it’s the mid-1960s, and the young Wilson (Paul Dano) is suffering the initial pangs of what appears to be mild schizophrenia while conceiving the baroque pop masterpiece “Pet Sounds”—which he pointedly predicts will be “the great album ever made.” In the other, it’s the 1980s, where the older Wilson (John Cusack), overmedicated and underexposed to the modern world, lives under the oppressive thumb of monstrous psychotherapist Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti) while awkwardly courting his future second wife Melinda (Elizabeth Banks), a former model who works at a Cadillac dealership in California.</p> <p><img alt="" height="221" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/love-and-mercy.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The ‘60s scenes will provide a trove of nostalgia and insight for Beach Boys fans, because they present the fractious recording of “Pet Sounds” with a documentary attention to detail, from Wilson’s strange and sometimes obtuse directions to the session musicians—performed in the movie by industry professionals—to the rough and unpolished results, snatches of colorful virtuosity awaiting the angelic voices of the Beach Boys choir. There is a sense that we have the privilege of eavesdropping on how the greatest sausage in popular music was made.</p> <p>Wilson was (and still is) an experimental composer in the body of pop singer, and “Pet Sounds” signaled the beginning of the end for the Beach Boys. “Love and Mercy” includes the inevitable moments of conflict between Wilson and Mike Love (Jake Abel), who is presented as the Beach Boys’ obstinate traditionalist. Wilson is essentially kicked out of his own family band, which leads to his crackup, his 3-year bed-ridden convalescence, and his aging, in seemingly little time at all, into the form of a lumpy John Cusack.</p> <p>“Love and Mercy” is really two movies in one, and Pohland seems torn between each direction: a conventional biopic narrative to educate nonfans, and an eccentric portrait of an artist in exile, which will better satisfy Wilson’s die-hards. You’ll probably like one approach more than the other.</p> <p>Because it proceeds in plot-heavy biographical signposts, the ‘60s narrative is less compelling than the character study of the later story; the broken man, as it were, is more interesting to watch than the breaking boy. This is due in large part to Cusack. The gangly, sweet nerd from all those ‘80s movies embodies the most deliberately uncharismatic rock star ever filmed. Because he’s such a wreck—socially awkward, prone to (justifiable) paranoia, monitored around the clock by avaricious handlers—Cusack’s Wilson is the most human of all the rock-biopic protagonists.</p> <p>If some of the movie’s actions seem rote, stagy and melodramatic, I’m inclined to give Moverman and Pohland the benefit of the doubt. The heated schism between Love and Wilson really did happen, and Giamatti’s doctor was, apparently, an unequivocally evil psycho. Wilson himself has praised the film’s historical accuracy, and I’m happy to trust the source. This may not be the Brian Wilson biopic everyone wanted, but it’s at least half a masterpiece, and probably more.</p>Dementia research progress2015-06-03T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>I worry about my memory. I’m guessing many of my readers do, too. </p> <p>Florida Atlantic University has announced that Dr. James E. Galvin, an accomplished dementia researcher and physician, is bringing his expertise to Boca Raton.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/6.3_galvin_2015.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Galvin will serve as associate dean and professor of clinical biomedical science for the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and as the medical director of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center.</p> <p>He will spearhead the development of new methods of care for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia patients in hopes of improving the quality of their lives and the lives of their families.</p> <p>Galvin also aims to construct a clinical research facility that will test the latest therapies and release them to market more quickly.</p> <p>“These can be devastating diseases,” Galvin says of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in an FAU press release. “We will work on how to detect the diseases as early as possible, make the most accurate diagnoses and initiate treatment at first sign of detection.”</p> <p>Before coming onboard at FAU, Galvin taught classes at New York University spanning the subjects of neurology, psychiatry, nutrition, population health, public health, nursing and education and human development.</p> <p>Prior, he was a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis and Hahnemann University in Philadelphia.</p> <p>Galvin has written three textbooks and more than 150 scientific manuscripts on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. His is credited for his extensive knowledge of “Lewy Body Dementia,” which results in the concurrent loss of thinking, memory, motility and demeanor.</p> <p>“Dr. Galvin is one of the most prominent neuroscientists in the country,” FAU President John Kelly says in an FAU press release. “He brings to FAU a research portfolio that is both broad and deep, and immediately elevates our neuroscience initiatives to a national level.”</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 dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>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>Snacks for any scenario2015-06-03T06:00:00+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/<p><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>June usually means two things – the start of summer travels and beginning of the hurricane season. To help you be prepared for both, I want to offer you my Z-tips for healthy, locally made snacks to stock up on. They are great to take with you on the road, to the airport or to enjoy when you are at home without electricity.</p> <p><img alt="" height="409" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/superfood_raw__85299.1410661546.1280.1280.jpg" width="250"></p> <p><strong>Get Your Greens On</strong></p> <p>I love my daily green smoothies, but they can be impossible to get when traveling or during a tropical storm. When you have limited resources and find yourself in need of a strong nutritional boost, I recommend going for powdered greens that can be mixed with plain water or nut milk. One of my favorite companies is Vero Beach-based Greens Plus because the Organic Raw Superfood Greens are full of immunity-boosting nutrients that your body will quickly absorb to give you some much-needed energy. You can buy them at any Whole Foods Market or online at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="120" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/imgres.jpg" width="419"></strong></p> <p><strong>Stay Strong With Protein</strong></p> <p>Did you know that flying can put a lot of stress on the body and affect your digestive system? When you’re flying, animal protein can be too hard for the body to handle, so instead stock up on Shanti Bars – a new line of delicious protein bars made fresh in Miami. One delicious 260-calorie bar boasts 17 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber and only 10 grams of sugar. I really liked the Turmeric bar, which also has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Check these bars out at <a href=""></a>.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="222" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/ginny-bakes-cookies-biscotti-bake-mixes.jpg" width="454"></strong></p> <p><strong>The Cookie To Live For</strong></p> <p>It’s hard not to give into our dessert cravings every once in awhile. I am a big believer in moderation and smart indulgences, so when I am in the mood for something rich, sweet and crunchy, I go for Ginny Bakes cookies. This Miami-based bakery specializes in non-GMO, organic and gluten-free treats that are to live for! These cookies are delicious and Ginny’s 2-cookie snack packs can help you practice portion control. For more information on where to find them, check out <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/greenthumb_bag-300x300.jpg" width="300"></strong></p> <p><strong>A New Take on Carbs</strong></p> <p>If you are like me, then you may want to snack during long road trips. To help you stay healthy and satisfy the need to snack, I suggest checking out Shawnee’s Greenthumb Popcorn. Created in Miami, this non-GMO popcorn is unlike any other on the market – it is superfood. Shawnee did an outstanding job loading this fiber-rich snack with spirulina (the most nutrient-dense food on the planet), nutritional yeast (rich in protein and vitamin B-12), garlic powder, cayenne powder (helps boost metabolism) and kelp powder (helps regular thyroid function).  Find it in the popcorn isle at Whole Foods or for other locations, check out <a href=""></a>.<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Foods to keep you hydrated</strong></p> <p>Whether you are flying and want to stay hydrated on board or you need a thirst-quenching snack while stuck at home during a hurricane, I suggest reaching for Florida’s oranges and grapefruits. Their high potassium content will help you keep your body’s fluid regulated and the vitamins and antioxidants can boost your immune system. Also, these fruits have a thick peel that makes them easy to transport and eat. NOTE: Grapefruits may interact with some medicines, so check with your doctor before eating them.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="" 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=""></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href=""></a>.</em></p>&#39;Hell&#39;s Kitchen&#39; Winner Now at Hudson2015-06-02T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/hudson.png" width="200">There’s a new top toque at <strong>Hudson at Waterway East</strong> (900 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/303-1343), the sleek modern American eatery with a prime spot on the Intracoastal in Delray Beach.</p> <p>He’s Paul Niedermann, who braved the hell of Gordon Ramsey and won season nine of the napalm-tongued British chefs TV series, <em>Hell’s Kitchen</em>. Niedermann’s experience, however, extends beyond foodie wars on the idiot box to such prestigious joints as the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables and Laurent Tourondel’s BLT Steak in New York City.</p> <p>At Hudson he’s in the midst of reworking the restaurant’s urban comfort food menu to give it more local focus and seasonality, and to bring it up to the level of its stunning waterfront location. The lunch menu has already been revamped, with Niedermann adding dishes like olive oil-poached shrimp, fig and goat cheese flatbread, and roasted local snapper. A new dinner menu will be unveiled on Wednesday, June 10.</p>Mizner on the Green not ready for prime time and other local issues brewing2015-06-02T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="311" src="/site_media/uploads/515321dba0419617.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Mizner on the Green</h3> <p>First, there was New Mizner on the Green. Then came a new version of New Mizner on the Green. For now, though, the new version is faring no better with the Boca Raton City Council than the old version.</p> <p>A year ago, Broward County-based Elad Properties proposed a four-tower luxury condominium project that would displace the New Mizner on the Green rental community on Mizner Boulevard across from Royal Palm Place. Elad offered to move any remaining tenants to one of the company’s other rental projects in the city. In an area where Boca restricts buildings to 100 feet in height, New Mizner’s towers would have averaged about 300 feet. Elad hired Daniel Libeskind, designer of the new World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, and billed the project as offering “extraordinary architecture that further elevates Boca Raton’s stature as a world-class city.”</p> <p>No council member, however, was willing to sponsor the amendment needed for the city to hold even a workshop, much less take a vote. So the project lingered, even after Elad brought Libeskind to address—and impress—Boca Raton Museum of Art patrons.</p> <p>Elad finally offered a smaller project, Sol-A-Mar, with buildings that would be 140 feet tall and were not Libeskind-designed but were intended to meet the city’s Interim Design Guidelines for downtown. Projects that follow the guidelines can get 40 feet extra in height.</p> <p>The Elad project, however, would be just outside the downtown boundary. To consider the added height, the council would have to expand the boundary. That would be a controversy in top of a controversy.</p> <p>Still, the discussion had been scheduled for last Tuesday’s city council workshop. City Manager Leif Ahnell informed the council that the item was on the agenda at the request of Councilman Robert Weinroth. Deputy City Manager George Brown had informed attorney Charles Siemon, who represents Elad, that the discussion would focus solely on the developers’ request to expand the downtown boundary to accommodate Sol-A-Mar and to increase the permitted number of stories from 12 to 13, with no increase in height beyond 140 feet. There would be no talk about the project itself.</p> <p>The discussion never happened. Merely scheduling the Sol-A-Mar item had generated hostile public reaction. Weinroth told me that he proposed it as a way to gauge sentiment before a full-blown presentation. “If there’s no consensus,” he said, “there’s no point in wasting the resources of the developer and the city.”</p> <p>Weinroth said he pulled the item because not all of Elad’s officials would have been “in place to make a presentation,” but he also acknowledged that there are “at best one or two” council members “who are willing to even talk about it.” Mayor Susan Haynie said the city still is reviewing the design guidelines themselves, given general dislike of The Mark at Cityscape, the first project under the guidelines to have been completed. She suggested, with good reason, that until the city agrees on changes to the guidelines, no one wants to talk about expanding the area where the guidelines are in place.</p> <p>The timing may not have been good, but the council probably will have to deal with Elad at some point. Elad’s parent company is the Israel-based Tshuva Group, named for Isaac Tshuva. He also controls the Delek Group, which in the last six years developed two massive natural gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.</p> <p>Tshuva is worth an estimated $2 billion. For all of Tshuva’s accomplishments, however, Elad misread the city from the start on this project. Where do things go now? ‘I don’t know,” said Siemon on Monday from California. “I imagine we’ll deal with that in the latter part of the week.”</p> <h3>Board members or power grab?</h3> <p>Boca Raton Deputy City Manager George Brown and Councilman Robert Weinroth take their seats today as new members of the Boca Raton Airport Authority Board. They can assume that their board colleagues and the airport staff will be both welcoming and skeptical.</p> <p>Though the airport is independent of the city, the city council appoints five of the seven board members. The county commission appoints the other two. Until last month, those council appointments had been, if not routine, far from controversial.</p> <p>That changed when the council passed over incumbents Bruce Benefield and Mitchell Fogel for Brown and Weinroth. Merely naming a top city administrator would have been news. Also naming a council member has given rise to speculation that the city seeks to take over the airport. While the vote for Brown was unanimous, the council approved Weinroth—who nominated himself—just 3-2. Susan Haynie and Jeremy Rodgers agreed. Mike Mullaugh and Scott Singer dissented.</p> <p>At last month’s goal-setting session, council members said the city should be more closely involved with the airport. Benefield, for once, had no idea just how much closer they meant. “I was surprised and disappointed” by not being reappointed,” he told me Monday.</p> <p>No council member has specified what changes the airport should make. Weinroth claimed that he would not be on the board “as a council member,” but it’s hard to see the move as anything else. “It could be read as a message,” he said. “That is not an incorrect interpretation.”</p> <h3>Atlantic Crossing discussion postponed</h3> <p>Tonight, the Delray Beach City Commission had been scheduled to hold a special meeting on the Atlantic Crossing site plan. Mayor Cary Glickstein has moved the meeting to June 16.</p> <p>Glickstein has been negotiating with Atlantic Crossings’ principals on having them return Atlantic Court to the plan. The road, which would provide access to the mixed-use project from Federal Highway to the west, was in the first site plan. It was not in the site plan the commission approved in January 2014, though it was not clear from meeting documents that the plan was at issue. Neighbors of Atlantic Crossing and city commissioners believe that returning the road would help with traffic.</p> <p>In an email, Glickstein said the delay was partly to better organize the meeting but also because the city’s engineering department “just got the conceptual plans” and “needed more time to weigh in.” The delay also will allow the city to “present better to the general public,” since the exhibits will involve such things as traffic animation.</p> <p>The commission will take no vote in two weeks, but Glickstein expects “a consensus vote on which of the site plans the commission prefers. I still hope to avoid litigation and allow (Atlantic Crossing) to proceed to (the Planning and Zoning Board) and then the commission for final plat approval and approval of a new developer agreement tied to the preferred site plan.”</p> <p>But Center for the Arts is on</p> <p>Despite that delay, the city commission won’t have a dull night. There’s a presentation on the future of the Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square and the evaluation of the city manager and city attorney. Expect City Manager Don Cooper to get lots of praise for his first roughly six months. Expect City Attorney Noel Pfeffer, on the job for about a year, to get mostly the same.</p> <h3>Web site sends message</h3> <p>Delray Beach has made a small but significant change to the city’s website.</p> <p>High enough that viewers see them when the page opens are links to Palm Beach County’s Office of Inspector General and Commission on Ethics. The county commission created both in 2009 as part of the anti-corruption effort.</p> <p>The city added the links after news broke two weeks ago of investigations by the Office of Inspector General and the State Attorney’s Office into allegations of what City Manager Don Cooper called “numerous purchasing violations.” The investigation has targeted nearly a dozen employees. The allegations go back a decade.</p> <p>Though Delray Beach’s auditor flagged this problem, employees and citizens can report complaints to the Office of Inspector General and Commission on Ethics. To do so, they just have to click on the links. If the inspector general’s office determines that the action could be criminal, it refers the case to the State Attorney’s Office while continuing to investigate matters within the inspector general’s jurisdiction.</p> <p>The county also displays the two links prominently on its website. Delray Beach recently withdrew from the lawsuit by cities challenging the method of paying for the inspector general. Boca Raton remains in the lawsuit. The links to the inspector general and the state attorney are not on the city’s website.</p> <h3>Correction     </h3> <p>In my post last Thursday about the Boca Raton City Council’s approval of added height for the Chabad East Boca project, I wrote that the city “prohibits” the added height unless it is “injurious” to the neighborhood. Obviously, I meant to say that the city “allows” the extra 10 feet of height.</p> <p><strong><em>Randy Schultz</em></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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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> <p> </p>The Week Ahead: June 2 to 82015-06-01T16:53:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>THURSDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/the-pool.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening of “The Pool”</strong></p> <p>Where: West Palm Beach Waterfront, 101 S. Flagler Drive</p> <p>When: 7 to 11 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/822-1515, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>No, that’s not a crop circle arranged by fabulous aliens on the grounds of the West Palm Beach Waterfront; all of those multicolored panels arrayed in concentric circles is a temporary art installation called “The Pool,” by artist Jen Lewin. Opening Thursday and running throughout the summer, it’s kinda like a giant Simon Says board, where kids (and kids at heart) can jump, run and play on the circles to make their own artistic formations. You need to see it to believe it, and it’s one of many free city-sponsored activities that continue the installation’s glow-in-the-dark theme, including miniature golf, bowling, badminton and ring toss. It’s West Palm Beach’s way of toasting 20 years of Clematis by Night, its popular Thursday evening community shindig.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="437" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/summer-shorts.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Summer Shorts”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For theatergoers, “Summer Shorts” represents the unofficial kickoff to summer in South Florida, a collection a curated short plays, most with a comedic bent and many already boasting national awards. And this year, the venerable annual program launched by Miami’s City Theatre celebrates 20 years of producing quality truncated theater, which together amounts to some 200 Florida premieres in two decades. The 2015 plays run a customarily wide gamut, addressing themes ranging from paranoid moms (“Mrs. Evelyn Foxy &amp; Her Low Orbit Anxiety”), lesbian marriage (“The Anthropology Section”), immigrant life in Miami (“Risen From the Dough”) and an eventful guy’s night out (“Mandate”). There will be at least one outrageous selection: Expect to encounter puppets in the corporate satire “Human Resources.” The stellar cast includes Elizabeth Dimon, Tom Wahl, Karen Stephens, Bechi Sylvain, Chasity Hart and Michael Uribe, and the show runs through June 28.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="283" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/littleshop.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Little Shop of Horrors”</strong></p> <p>Where: Slow Burn Theatre Company at West Boca Performing Arts Theater, 12811 W. Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$40</p> <p>Contact: 866/811-4111, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Before there was “Hedwig” and “Cannibal! The Musical” and “Song of the Living Dead” and “Toxic Avenger,” there was “Little Shop of Horrors,” the pioneering rock musical, a bloody horror-comedy that somehow remains perfectly family-friendly. Based on a 1960 B-movie by schlock maestro Roger Corman, “The Little Shop of Horrors” was adapted into a stage musical in 1982, which was later made into its own feature film, about a meek employee of a flower shop who discovers an unusual plant, names it after his unrequited beloved, and watches it grow … and grow … and grow, all the while feeding off—what else?—human blood and flesh. The show popularized tunes such as the title track and “Suddenly, Seymour,” and it has long been a bucket-list show for Slow Burn Theatre director/choreographer Patrick Fitzwater. Slow Burn’s final production in Boca Raton will feature a knockout cast of Mike Westrich, Amy Miller Brennan, Shane Tanner and Matthew Korinko. It runs through June 28.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="186" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/lisalampanelli582x270.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Lisa Lampanelli</strong></p> <p>Where: Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $44-$64</p> <p>Contact: 800/745-3000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Since roughly 2002, when she became one of the most coveted comics on the celebrity roast dais, Lisa Lampanelli’s act hasn’t evolved all that much—her material has remained a consistently shocking, hilariously abrasive crowd-driven insult act in the vein of Don Rickles and Bobby Slayton: Minorities, and pretty much everybody in the front row of her audience, beware. But a couple years ago, everything changed. The heavyset comic dropped 107 pounds thanks to gastric-sleeve surgery and a change in diet. She also got a divorce and changed her hairstyle into a Miley Cyrus coiffure. Last but certainly not least, her act evolved. It has turned personal, with more long-form stories about her transformative life events; now, many of her most wicked barbs are aimed at herself. While some of her bread-and-butter crowd work will endure, fans can expect to see a Lisa Lampanelli 2.0 on her “Leaner Meaner Tour” this weekend.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/news_thirdeyeblind.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional</strong></p> <p>Where: Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30.75-$45.25</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Back in 1997-1998, the five singles off Third Eye Blind’s self-titled debut album were everywhere—pop stations, rock stations, restaurants, supermarkets, the repertories of cover bands nationwide, and probably your CD collection, with no song more ubiquitous than the infectious “Semi-Charmed Life.” Another successful album, “Blue,” followed in 1998. But in the Aughts, Third Eye Blind dropped off the pop-music map, losing original members and releasing a pair of solid, mature but largely unheard albums. Attention has begun to return back to 3EB with the announcement of its fifth—and apparently final—album, “Dopamine,” and its strong leadoff single “Everything is Easy.” (The band isn’t breaking up so much as releasing songs piecemeal henceforth.) Expect the group’s cult to remain intact on this summer tour, though Dashboard Confessional—the primary project for Boca-bred singer-songwriter turned national emo-rock icon Chris Carrabba—will need no help packing the amphitheater on its own.</p> <p><img alt="" height="219" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/lastmetro.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Screening of “The Last Metro”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cosford Cinema at University of Miami, 5100 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 8:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5</p> <p>Contact: 305/284-4861, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Cosford Cinema will finish its run of the new Catherine Deneuve drama “In the Name of My Daughter” this Thursday, but on Saturday, fans of the actress might want to return to catch her in a rare 35mm screening of “The Last Metro,” arguably the biggest commercial hit from beloved French director Francois Truffaut. Released in 1980, and set during the Nazi occupation of France, it stars the ravishing Deneuve as a leading lady for a local theater troupe dealing with multiple crises at once: censorship from the Gestapo, the sheltering of her Jewish husband (whose directing duties she must take on) and a leading actor—Gerard Depardieu at his handsomest—who moonlights in the Resistance. This triumph of art over political adversity was one of three films Truffaut planned about backstage dramas in the performing arts: The great “Day for Night” dealt with the film industry, and “L’Agence Magique,” about life in a music hall, was never filmed.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="209" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/edp_israelidance_at16015.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Israeli Dance Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center’s Au-Rene Theater, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10-$50</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Israeli folk dancing isn’t limited to the performance halls and street fairs of Tel Aviv or the historic celebrations of Jerusalem—in fact, it spans countless nations, to which this annual festival attests. Sponsored by Festival Yachad, the Israeli Dance Festival enters its 19<sup>th</sup> year with this gala performance at the Broward Center. More than 500 young dancers will take the stage, hailing from dance companies based in Mexico, Brazil and Panama, in addition to, of course, Israel. State-of-the-art lighting, sets and costumes will supplement the dances, which are structured around the theme “Israeli Sheli,” or “My Israel.” Each dance will represent a different facet of Israeli life, from its traditions and culture to its food and history.</p>Rachael Ray Chooses Keys Chocolates2015-06-01T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="313" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/key-lime-pie-stick-copy-940x600.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>If, like many mainlanders, you’re planning a trip to the Keys now that the snowbirds have flown back to their northernmost coops, you might want to check out one of food maven Rachael Ray’s favorite sweet treats.</p> <p>Set to be featured in Ray’s magazine, <em>Every Day with Rachael Ray</em>, as one of her favorite 50 treats in 50 states, is the decadent Key Lime Pie on a Stick from <a href="" target="_blank">K</a><a href="" target="_blank">ey Largo Chocolates</a> (<em>100470 Overseas Highway, 305/453-6613</em>). The shop’s signature dessert is simply a wedge of rich, creamy Key lime pie on a popsicle stick that’s dipped in dark chocolate and frozen.</p> <p>Chocolatier and co-owner (with husband Bob) Kristie Thomas says the pie, made in-house, is composed almost exclusively of Florida ingredients, from the eggs to butter to Key lime juice. How the former Food Network star heard about it, Thomas doesn’t know, but after sending off a sample she got word a few weeks later that it was chosen for inclusion in the magazine feature.</p> <p>And if Key lime pie, frozen and chocolate dipped or not, just isn’t quite your thing, KL Chocolates has a wide variety of chocolate goodies, all made on the vivid pink-and-lime green premises. My advice: Get the truffles. These aren’t all the usual suspects chocolate truffles, but rather wicked-luscious little nuggets that are on par with those of such highly respected chocolatiers as Michael Recchiuti and Vosges.</p> <p>All that and a little R&amp;R in the Keys too. . .</p>Staff Picks: Mexican food and entertainment2015-05-29T10:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<div dir="ltr"> <p><strong>Casa Maya Grill in Deerfield Beach</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="292" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/casamaya.jpg" width="300"></strong></p> <div> <p><em>Picked by David Shuff, Videographer</em></p> <p>“This gourmet Mexican spot with sophisticated decor happily lacks the kitsch you find in many south-of-the-border restaurants. But where it really delivers is in the kitchen. My friend decided on some seafood tacos, which were amazing. I decided to try what Casa Maya is known for, its Mole sauce -- it's basically a chili sauce, the base of which is unsweetened chocolate, believe it or not. I went with the Mole Rojo Enchiladas; they were excellent and definitely worth a try. For dessert I went with the flan, and my friend decided on the Guava Cheesecake, which neither of us had ever heard of before. Guava and cheesecake, it turns out, is an amazing combination. Casa Maya Grill is located in the Cove Shopping Plaza on Hillsboro Blvd in Deerfield Beach, and is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.</p> <p>(301 S.E. 15th Terrace, Deerfield Beach // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Pat Benatar &amp; Neil Giraldo</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="354" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/ronelkman.jpg" width="452"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em></p> <p>When: May 21, 2015</p> <p>Where: Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood</p> <p>Photography by <a href="">Ron Elkman</a></p> <p>“Pat Benatar and husband Neil Giraldo, celebrating more than 35 years together on stage, treated an enthusiastic South Florida audience to an evening of greatest hits, including "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," "Love is a Battlefield," and "Promises in the Dark." For a review of the concert by Editor Kevin Kaminski, click <a href="">here</a>.”</p> </div> </div>The Boca Museum&#39;s Plumb Choice2015-05-29T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/blackandwhite.png" width="490"></p> <p>In “Rattles and Cherries,” one of many highlights in the Boca Museum’s inspiring exhibition of the performance-art videos of Shannon Plumb, the artist’s attempted soft-core exploitation film doesn’t go as planned. Clad in a nightie and a blonde bob wig, she reclines on a deco chair, attempting lascivious actions with fruit that inevitably fall flat—the dangling cherry that misses her meandering tongue, a banana that promptly falls apart after its protracted peeling, a watermelon that throws off her spatial balance.</p> <p>All the while, her baby wails off-camera, distracting her from the most unsuccessful striptease ever, until she has no choice but to breast-feed the child on camera: the un-erotic anticlimax of a hilarious personification of the mother-whore paradigm.</p> <p>Good-humored, self-effacing, and occasionally lacerating in her societal critiques, Plumb is an artist, provocateur and silent-film comedian who injects sly feminism into the deadpan avatars. She’s something like the love child of Buster Keaton and Gloria Steinam, with a dollop of Cindy Sherman and Chantal Akerman. She’s unafraid to look wild and silly onscreen, to make her travails the brunt of the joke. After all, in most of the videos in the Boca Museum’s “Shannon Plumb: What a Character” showcase, she fails at whatever task she tackles.</p> <p>In “Maximus,” she tries to woo a stoic dog in a park with every matter of treat and chew toy, but the pooch remains disinterested in every overture. In “Madison and E. 24<sup>th</sup> Street,” she plays a businessman, with a three-piece suit, moustache and briefcase overstuffed with papers (her male characters recall Carrie Brownstein’s parodic men on “Portlandia”), who tries in vain to hail a cab before giving up. In the hilarious “Sunbather,” in which she superimposes herself in front of a placid park scene, even arranging a beach chair becomes an insurmountable hassle.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/papercollection3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>In Plumb’s films, even the most banal actions provide an opportunity for choreographed high jinks and saucy satire, and her longest videos in the exhibition prove that she can extend her imagination beyond five-minute sketches. “Paper Collection” is a brilliant send-up of fashion shows, with Plumb embodying the models, the photographers and the judges, none of whom can successfully apply gloves to their hands, let alone wear high couture with any degree of conviction. “Olympics Track and Field” similarly takes the pomp and circumstance out of another international tradition, Olympic sports. In this 18-minute series, Plumb dons wigs that are even more hideous, attempts to fire a faulty starter pistol, and heaves a shot-put ball that clearly weighs nothing.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/red_race_still.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Some viewers can accept Plumb’s work on their comedic face value, but the films are deeper than their surfaces suggest. For one, she’s a deceptive nostalgist. Even though most of these movies date from the 21<sup>st</sup> century, they’re shot on grainy Super 8 film that suggests long-lost films from Warhol’s Factory. Some of her black-and-white selections are shot with the epileptic flicker of a reduced shutter speed, so that they resemble the kind of private films that used to project from turn-of-the-century nickelodeons.</p> <p>In “Tack or Musical Chairs,” she hand-draws a “chair” directly onto the celluloid in the manner of experimental film pioneer Stan Brakhage. Plumb’s movies take filmmaking back to year zero, and they can inspire even the most jaded creatives to ditch digital ease for more retrograde pleasures.</p> <p><img alt="" height="273" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/picture-16-640x357.png" width="490"></p> <p>Moreover, Plumb’s shorts are important because feminist commentary usually underlines her outsized farces. In “Woman With a Fan,” she dons a burqa and contorts herself this way and that in front of a fan. In this poignant and hilarious snapshot in time, her character liberates herself from the oppressive heat of her sanctioned modesty garb. In “Mother,” she channels motherhood’s constant torrent of everyday labor by tidying up a house that becomes cluttered and askew the moment she’s finished.</p> <p>I was especially fond of “High Wire Artist.” Plumb plays the titular circus entertainer, not only walking a suspended tightrope but doing it while jumping rope, balancing cocktail glasses and dodging obstructions—all in high heels! It’s perhaps her best metaphor for the impossible responsibilities and expectations of the modern woman.</p> <p><em>“Shannon Plumb: What a Character” runs through Aug. 23 at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Admission costs $10 seniors, $12 adults and free for students and children 12 and younger. Call 561/392-2500 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Meal Deals for Hungry Locals2015-05-29T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="456" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/meatmkt.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>It’s that time of year when snowbirds have flown back to their formerly frigid locales and area restaurateurs start offering deals to lure locals into their eateries.</p> <p>At Palm Beach’s swanky <a href="" target="_blank">Meat Market</a> (<em>191 Bradley Place, 561/354-9800</em>) they’ve dialed up something called Signature Steak Sunday, the chance to dig into either a half or full-sized portion of 16-ounce Prime New York steak, 12-ounce filet mignon or 16-ounce Prime ribeye, which you can dress up with anything from blue crab and bearnaise to seared foie gras. There’s also a daily happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. with $10 glasses of Veuve Clicquot Brut, $7 signature cocktails and munchies like Kobe beef sliders with bacon and gouda and a daily ceviche.</p> <p>At <a href="" target="_blank">Apeiro</a> (<em>14917 Lyons Road, Delray Beach, 561/501-4443</em>), the modern Mediterranean eatery in the Delray Market complex, they’re offering a three-course, $20 prix fixe dinner menu Monday through Thursday. Chef David Blonsky will be trotting out dishes like mussels with saffron cream and crostini, spiced lamb kabobs, branzino filet with aqua pazza sauce and herb oil, and a selection of house-made gelati. They’re also extending their happy hour from 4 p.m. to closing Sunday through Thursday for anyone who orders an entree at the bar, which means good deals on selected beers, wines and cocktails.</p>It&#39;s Official: the 2015 Boca Ballroom Battle is off and running2015-05-28T14:58:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="525" src="/site_media/uploads/ballroom-battle.jpg" width="300"></p> <p>So last night was the kick-off for this year’s Boca Ballroom Battle at M.EA.T Eatery &amp; Taproom at Cendyn, hosted by Charles and Robin Deyo. This is the evening that sponsors and former dancers and this year’s dancers all meet and mingle, undoubtedly sharing war stories from years past, encouraging the new class of 2015 to forge on, practice, and have fun.</p> <p>It’s the night that the upcoming Boca Ballroom Battle on Friday, August 28, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. becomes real for the dancers. In a little over two months they will be swirling and twirling and dazzling a crowd of 700 or 800 of us at the Resort as we crowd into the best party of the summer, and cheer on our favorites. That’s one more reason to love summer—at least for me—as I remember my year dancing. How scared I was, and how much fun it was at the same time. My dancing shoes may be tucked away now at the top of my closet, but sometimes I think I hear them talking to me, telling me to straighten up, point that toe, lift that chin and let the music do the rest. </p> <p>My shoes might be telling me how to dance, but they have no idea how important the dancing really is, and how much it benefits underserved kids who dream of going to college—despite what may seem like insurmountable odds. Last year, the Boca Ballroom Battle raised $224,000. Last year, The George Snow Scholarship Fund clocked in at $637,000 and sent 84 kids to college.</p> <p>I hear almost all the sponsorships are gone, and the tables will be next—get yours now by calling 561/347-6799 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p>And onward, you brave 2015 dancers (listed below)! We are cheering you on!</p> <p>Brian Altschuler, Executive Director of Human Resources, Boca Raton Regional Hospital</p> <p>Peg Anderson Greenspon, volunteer extraordinaire</p> <p>Elias Janetis, founder, MobileHelp</p> <p>Frank McKinney, real estate developer and bestselling author</p> <p>Holly Meehan, photographer, volunteer</p> <p>Chris Nichols, Founder and CEO, Nichols Wealth Partners</p> <p>Donna Parlapiano, Senior Vice President, Franchise Operations &amp; Corporate Real Estate, AutoNation, Inc.</p> <p>Wendy Sadusky, designing housewife</p>Chabad approval, Boca Watch, Auburn Trace and that very special session2015-05-28T12:51:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="338" src="/site_media/uploads/fl-boca-raton-chabad-city-council-20150410-1.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>The Chabad discussion</h3> <p>At 10:30 Wednesday night, many of the people in the Boca Raton City Council chambers were ready to kiss Councilman Mike Mullaugh.</p> <p>The council was four-plus hours into a hearing on the Chabad East Boca project. Speaker after speaker on both sides had said pretty much the same thing over and over—sometimes after beginning by saying that he or she agreed with what someone else had said. To steal from a review of the 1959 movie “Ben-Hur,” it was like being stuck at a railroad crossing while a long freight train trundled past. City staffers were fading. The three police officers were fading. You could see which way the vote was going to go. Finish it.</p> <p>After that interminable public comment period and a short break, Mayor Susan Haynie called for council comment on a motion to approve the added height—from 30 feet to 40 feet—for one part of the project, which will include a synagogue, a museum and a social hall. Mullaugh said, “I have heard no testimony, let alone evidence, that (the extra height) will injure” the surrounding neighborhoods on East Palmetto Park Road. Mullaugh pronounced himself ready to vote for approval. He had it right. Even better, he had it right in about 30 seconds.</p> <p>The council got there, voting 4-1 in favor—Jeremy Rodgers dissenting—but not before almost another hour had passed. Not before the council had attached more, mostly symbolic conditions to many conditions already attached to the approval. Not before more tortured discussion of legal fine points. Not before the council—mainly Scott Singer—tried to assure the often-unreasonable opponents that while council members understood their objections, the zoning rules gave them little choice.</p> <p>Naturally, given this drawn-out drama, Wednesday night’s decision likely isn’t the last one. As discussion started, City Attorney Diana Grub Frieser informed the council that the opponents—residents of the Riviera and Por La Mar neighborhoods—had appealed the Planning and Zoning Board’s May 7 approval of Chabad East Boca’s site plan. If the city determines that the appeal is reasonable, the site plan will go before the council, probably in July. You can assume that the city will find the appeal reasonable, if only to show that the city gave the opponents every possible chance.</p> <p>According to long-timers at City Hall, even such emotional issues as Boca Teeca in 2007—still unresolved—and Ocean Strand didn’t bring out the crowds Chabad East Boca has. For the congregation, there’s history here.</p> <p>Seeking a larger facility than the current one near Sanborn Square, the chabad first considered a site on Mizner Boulevard between St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church and First United Methodist Church. But neighbors in the Golden Triangle objected, and the council thwarted the chabad with new rules on parking.</p> <p>So now the congregation wants to build where the rules allow places of worship and allow the extra height under conditions to which Chabad East Boca has agreed. Rabbi Ruvi New, the congregation’s leader, referenced anti-Semitism only indirectly when he addressed the Planning and Zoning Board. Speaking to Boca Raton’s elected leaders, he was far less subtle.</p> <p>“At the dawn of time itself,” New began, using the story of Cain and Abel to illustrate the concept of “not in my backyard.” It was that kind of night.</p> <p>In 2008, New said, the cry had been “Save Our Neighborhood. From what?” New, of course, was asking rhetorically. In 2015, the rabbi continued, the cry is “Save Boca Beaches,” referring to the opponents’ website. “We are deeply offended by the notion that this city needs to be saved from what it is we will bring.”</p> <p>One critic, New recalled, objected because Boca Raton needs to look more like Aspen. New produced a slide of the new Aspen Chabad, which is about 22,000 square feet larger than what Chabad East Boca proposes. “We are sick and tired of being kicked around,” New told the council. “The law must prevail.”</p> <p>Then the opponents started in, and many of them made the chabad’s case by how badly they made theirs.</p> <p>Under city rules, the applicant and the organized opposition had 20 minutes to make their cases. One neighborhood leader wasted almost 10 of his 20 minutes arguing for 30 minutes. (His side eventually did get extra time.) He argued that the council should postpone its vote because the opponents hadn’t been aware that Wednesday was a vote only the height. Yet the council had delayed its vote by several weeks already, after opponents raised a technical point the first time around.</p> <p>Critics said the council had “ignored your own ordinances” and “turned a blind eye to the code.” Wrong on both counts. Another said “the legacy” of Boca Raton’s “pristine beaches has been passed to you.” How does a place of worship threaten the beach? Another said the project had been “cloaked in secrecy.” Right. At multiple public hearings. Still another said approval would turn the beach district into “another Miami Beach.” Then there was the opponent who said he could understand why Chabad East Boca wanted to expand, since Boca Raton “is 50 percent Jewish.” Later came the guy who advised everyone that despite his long beard, he isn’t Jewish. “More of a ZZ Top look.” He backed the project.</p> <p>The key point actually had come early, when City Traffic Engineer Doug Hess said the additional 10 feet for the museum/exhibit hall would have no effect on traffic. His testimony undercut all the complaints about traffic, some of which had nothing to do with the chabad and which were not at issue before the council. Nevertheless, Rabbi New agreed that he wouldn’t try to add a nosebleed section that might draw a few more visitors.</p> <p>The only credible point from the opponents was that while Boca Raton has granted added height to other houses of worship, they are on larger sites. Chabad East Boca wants to build on 0.8 acres. But that’s also why the approval comes with so many conditions.</p> <p>You could tell that the opponents are preparing for a lawsuit. They trotted out a lawyer, a planner and a traffic engineer. They had court reporters. Since the city code prohibits the added height unless it is “injurious” to the area, opponents spoke of “injury” and “being injured.”</p> <p>If Chabad East Boca loses, however, the congregation most definitely will sue. Boca Raton’s legal position will be much stronger if it is defending a lawsuit from the opponents, not Chabad East Boca.</p> <h3>And that long winded problem                                  </h3> <p>As Wednesday night’s hearing showed, Boca Raton should change its rules on public comment.</p> <p>The city allows speakers a generous five minutes. Many other cities allow three minutes. The added time might not seem like much, but when 50 speakers show up, you’ve added 100 minutes of comment—without adding any content to the debate.</p> <p>If people can’t make their point in three minutes, the point isn’t worth making. Abraham Lincoln made a lasting point at Gettysburg in 1863, and he did so in less than three minutes. Despite what some speakers believe, telling the council that they’ve lived in Boca for 40 years or run a business up North doesn’t give them any more standing. As noted, any organized opposition gets 20 minutes to make its case. Assume that the council members are judges. Good lawyers know that concise arguments beat long-winded arguments. Democracy in Boca Raton won’t suffer if speakers have three-minute limits.</p> <h3>Boca Watch</h3> <p>Al Zucaro, who operates the Boca Watch blog, has filed ethics complaints against Deputy City Manager George Brown and Councilman Robert Weinroth after the city council appointed them this month to the board of the Boca Raton Airport Authority.</p> <p>Zucaro notified the city of the complaints to the Florida Commission on Ethics. He appeared at Wednesday night’s council meeting to argue that Brown and Weinroth should pay for their own legal defense. At the recommendation of City Attorney Diana Grub Frieser, the council correctly hired a law firm to represent Brown and Weinroth. I’ve never known of a city that didn’t pay the legal fees in such cases when the charges are related to the work of elected and unelected officials. Otherwise, critics could bleed them with such charges.</p> <p>The appointments, though, continue to generate controversy as a policy move. I will have more next week.</p> <h3>Auburn Trace update</h3> <p>According to Mayor Cary Glickstein, Delray Beach remains on track to close Friday on the purchase of the first mortgage for the Auburn Trace housing project.</p> <p>The developer, Auburn Trace Ltd., is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. The city holds the second mortgage, having given up its first position years ago. That was a mistake by a previous commission; the developer wanted to obtain more financing. Delray gave Auburn Trace a nearly $4 million loan in 1988. Payments stopped a long time back. With interest and principal, the loan is worth about $4.5 million.</p> <p>By purchasing the first mortgage from Iberiabank, which has foreclosed on the property, Delray can better protect its investment and can try to find a new company to take over and manage Auburn Trace, which needs improvements. The city, Glickstein said, “will begin marketing in earnest after the closing.”</p> <h3>Special session</h3> <p>The Florida Legislature will come back in special session starting Monday. Though the main issue is the budget— they ended the regular session early without passing one— the issue driving the budget is health care.</p> <p>The Senate wants to expand Medicaid, Florida-style, and cover another 800,000-plus Floridians in addition to the 1.6 million who have obtained coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Gov. Rick Scott and the House oppose that plan. Everyone, though, worries about how much federal money Florida will receive for the 2016 fiscal year—it begins July 1—for coverage of the state’s uninsured population. To agree on a budget, the House and Senate must agree on that number.</p> <p>Getting health coverage for more Floridians would help the state. So would having healthier Floridians, since they would need less medical care. Some new reports look at both topics.</p> <p>Gallup Healthways just released its latest report on America and obesity. Not surprisingly, the survey ranked Hawaii and Colorado as having the lowest rates of obese people, which the organization defines as someone with a Body Mass Index of 30 or above. In Hawaii, they’re all surfing. In Colorado, they’re all rock-climbing.</p> <p>Florida ranked 15<sup>th</sup> lowest, which I found encouraging until I read that New Jersey—where the porcine Chris Christie is governor—ranked 16<sup>th</sup>. Still, we’re a long way from the perpetual bottom-dwelling Arkansas, Louisiana, West Virginia and Mississippi. South Florida—Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties—did even better, ranking 15-lowest among 100 metropolitan areas. The Sarasota-Bradenton area ranked eighth, with Fort Myers-Cape Coral ranking ninth.</p> <p>The rankings matter because obesity leads to so many other health problems, notably diabetes. Nationally, Gallup Healthways found, obesity is at a record high—27.4 percent. The Brookings Institution recently calculated that if all the Americans under 18 who are obese now stay that way, the cost to society could be $1.1 trillion. Florida parents, get your kids off their smart phones—at least for a couple of hours.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong></em><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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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>Seasonal Finds: Key West Pink Shrimp2015-05-28T07:00:00+00:00Amanda Jane/blog/author/amandajane/<p><img alt="" height="364" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/shrimp_cilantro.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Shrimp is a staple on my dinner table in the spring as the weather heats up and my body craves lean proteins.  Wild-caught pink shrimp are local to the Florida Keys and are most abundant during the spring months.  In many cases these shrimp are available at the local market just a day after being plucked from the ocean, ensuring the freshest possible product for you and your family.  Florida-raised shrimp can be found at stores across Boca Raton—from Whole Foods and Fresh Market to the local seafood market like Old Dixie Seafood.</p> <p>I have always felt that freshly fished seafood offers an unmatched quality and flavor in comparison to product that has been frozen for weeks or even months before consumption.  Pink Shrimp are known for their sweet, tender meat.  In having the convenient option to buy local shrimp harvested from the pristine waters of the Florida Keys—South Floridian’s have little excuse to buy frozen.</p> <p><em>Here’s a fun fact: nearly 85 percent of the pink shrimp harvested in the United States comes from Florida.  </em></p> <p>Key West Pink Shrimp have a beautiful pink color and they turn opaque after cooking.  Their shell color is a product of the coral sand in which they live.  Key West pinks are easy to distinguish as they have a bright pink color when raw, unlike other shrimp varieties whose colors range from brown, grey, or a dull translucent pink. </p> <p>In my recipe below you will find a classic sautéed shrimp with a kick of garlic and cilantro that amplify the sweet shrimp meat.  Trying adding these shrimp to salad, pasta, risotto, or just enjoy them plain—just don’t forget the fresh lemon slices! </p> <p><strong>Sautéed Pink Shrimp with Garlic and Cilantro</strong></p> <p><strong>Ingredients</strong></p> <p>1 tbsp. olive oil</p> <p>2 garlic cloves, finely diced</p> <p>1-pound Key West pink shrimp, peeled and deveined</p> <p>½ teaspoon crushed red pepper</p> <p>Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste</p> <p>2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice</p> <p>¼ cup loosely packed cilantro leaves</p> <p>Lemon wedges for serving</p> <p><strong>Directions</strong></p> <p>1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Add garlic, and cook until soft but not browned, 1-2 minutes.  Add shrimp, red-pepper flakes, salt and pepper.  Cook, stirring frequently, until shrimp are bright pink and opaque, about 3 minutes.</p> <p>2. Add lemon juice and cilantro leaves.  Continue cooking until most of the liquid has evaporated.  Remove from heat; season with salt and pepper.  Serve warm with lemon wedges on the side. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Amanda Jane</strong></p> <p><em>Amanda Jane is the creator of the food blog <a href="" target="_blank">Seasonally Jane</a>, a creative space where she shares her love of seasonally inspired cooking through original recipes, photography and writing.  Seasonally Jane celebrates the use of peak-season fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on organic whole foods and unique ingredients. Amanda launched her blog in September 2014 and is based in Lighthouse Point.</em></p>Movie Review: &quot;In the Name of My Daughter&quot;2015-05-27T12:45:50+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>In “In the Name of My Daughter,” the latest import from major French director Andre Techine, all the elements are in place for a great true-crime opus. In the mid-1970s, struggling casino executive Renee Le Roux (Catherine Deneuve) is being threatened by a rival magnate with mafia ties, who aims to level her business and its 350 employees.</p> <p>Renee has some help in her corner, or so she thinks, in the form of Maurice Agnelet (Guillaume Canet), an obsequious lawyer and “adviser” with intentions to shoehorn himself into her casino operation, should she keep the business. Complicating matters further is Renee’s aloof daughter Agnes (Adele Haenel), returning home after surviving a divorce, hoping to cash in her shares of the casino at a time when Renee isn’t ready or able to let them go. Meanwhile, she finds herself drawn too much to the shadowy, charismatic Maurice, launching an affair that ends in a tragic question mark that remains, to this day, unanswered.</p> <p><img alt="" height="255" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/nameofmydaughter2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Put three characters with opposing motivations in an environment this combustible—with the twin motivators of money and love picking through the ashes like vultures—and you’ve got an inherently compelling story. Thanks to powerful performances from its leads, Techine draws considerable traction from the case, which made national headlines in its day. Deneuve is usually sequestered in supporting roles of benign grandmas these days, but here she’s as elegant and commanding as she’s ever been.</p> <p>Haenel, though, who is regularly nominated for Cesar Awards in her native country, is the real standout here. Whether it’s engaging in an impromptu bit of African dance at Maurice’s behest, breaking in the bed at her new apartment with some uninhibited pogoing, or plunging deep into the waters of her local beach, she’s the very picture of reckless abandon. An adult with a child’s mindset, she’s the rapacious and unpredictable cog in the plans of both Renee and Maurice, and her portrayal is unflinching in its doomed conviction.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/cb8ee17c38178d501f0da57f64a9a52f_cannes-2014_1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Handsome and well constructed as the film is, however, it’s also exhaustingly talky and too low-key for its own good. It’s paced with the careful, patient dryness of filmed legal documents and transcripts (it’s based in fact on Renee’s memoir), not with the enveloping, pulse-quickening progression a thriller. An ill-advised courtroom denouement of sorts, set in 2005, reveals less about the lingering tragedy of the previous 93 minutes than it does the ghastly, unconvincing job of Techine’s makeup department. The story finally peters to an anticlimax followed by a lengthy postscript of information too complicated to skip over so blithely.</p> <p>By shining a pitiless spotlight on a 30-year-old scandal, In the Name of My Daughter is a worthy entry in the true-crime cinematic lexicon. But for American audiences unfamiliar with the case, a basic Google search may yield a more elucidating account. Techine has produced far wiser films about the human condition when he’s written them himself, but see this one for the performances and you won’t be disappointed.</p> <p><em>"In the Name of My Daughter" opens Friday at Living Room Theaters and Regal Shadowood 16 in Boca Raton, Movies of Delray, Movies of Lake Worth, The Classic Gateway Theater in Fort Lauderdale, Cinema Paradiso in Hollywood, and the Cosford Cinema in Coral Gables.</em></p>Research shows personality matters2015-05-27T08:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Florida Atlantic University researchers are looking into answering the fundamental questions of why people behave and feel the way they do.</p> <p>Researchers in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science in Boca Raton were among those who measured real-world effects of situations on human behavior. By studying 208 FAU students, their personalities and how they responded to various situations, researchers showed that personality predicts behavior.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/fausocialbehavior.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>“For decades, social scientists have theorized that human behavior is a function of the things inside of us — our personality — and the things outside of us — situations,” Ryne Sherman, Ph.D., an FAU assistant professor of psychology, said in a press release. “Until now, looking at both factors simultaneously has been hard to do outside the laboratory in a real-world setting.”</p> <p>In the study’s first phase, Sherman and colleagues used a tool called the HEXACO-60 to measure the broadest dimensions of personality: honesty-humility, emotionality, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness and openness to experience. For descriptions of those personality dimensions, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>“One would assume that if a person is honest and humble, then his or her usual response to a situation would be behavior that is honest and humble,” Sherman said in the press release. “And in the same way, if a person is extraverted then we would expect his or her behavior to be outgoing and sociable in situations.”</p> <p>Students in the study received eight text messages a day, for seven days. The messages helped to gauge their reactions to different situations at that moment. Students rated each situation indicating what they experienced and how they were feeling.</p> <p>“The key finding in our study is that our personalities and the situations we encounter predict our behavior independently and simultaneously at any given moment,” Sherman said.</p> <p>I asked Sherman a few questions about how we can take his research and apply it to our lives. Here’s what he had to say:</p> <p><em>Fit Life: Can readers better predict how they or their loved ones or coworkers might respond in any given situation? </em></p> <p>Sherman: Yes. Our study shows that personality does a good job of predicting how a person will typically behave in general across many moments in time, which is really important. At the same time, our study also shows that the characteristics of situations predict how a typical person will behave in a given moment in time. Taken together, this means that predicting how a particular person will behave in a particular moment in time requires (at least!) (a) knowing something about the person (i.e., his or her personality) and (b) knowing something about his or her situation.</p> <p><em>Fit Life: Does your research suggest that even a person whose personality is defined by honesty and humility can be deceptive in a situation? </em></p> <p>Sherman: Absolutely. One way to think about it is that your personality is your baseline -- how you typically behave. Everyone has a different baseline, but as people go about their day, they run into different situations that push and pull them away from their baseline. On average, we see that people behave like their baselines (i.e., their personalities), but at any given moment, situations can force a person away from his or her baseline.</p> <p>For those who want to know more, this study was published online April 27 in the <em>Journal of Personality and Social Psychology</em>. You can read the study’s abstract by <a href="">clicking here</a>.</p>Can you tell this Boca Mom how to get to Sesame Street?2015-05-27T07:30:00+00:00Michelle Olson-Rogers/blog/author/michellerogers/<p>Sunny day, sweepin’ the clouds away, on my way to where the air is sweet! And right now, the summer air is sweetest at the <a href="" target="_blank">Museum of Discovery &amp; Science</a> in Fort Lauderdale. This is where you’ll find friendly neighbors – and the brand-new <a href="" target="_blank">Sesame Street Presents: The Body</a> exhibit on display until Sept. 8.</p> <p align="center"> <img alt="" height="493" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/2015-05-22_14.32.25.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The <em>Sesame Street</em> Muppets exhibit presents an exciting collection of hands-on, interactive multimedia experiences that allow your kids to explore the human body and how to keep it healthy.  Each area has multiple activities that provide age-appropriate and exciting learning opportunities for children at a variety of developmental levels. And most importantly: it’s air-conditioned.</p> <p>I always find it a little suspicious when I (potentially) have more fun than my own child at a kids’ event or museum. But, that’s exactly what happened when we attended the exhibit’s opening day.</p> <p>IT’S REALLY SESAME STREET!!!</p> <p align="center"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/2015-05-22_14.29.40.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>That’s what I screamed in my head (or maybe out loud) when I saw the interactive <em>Sesame Street</em> set. Yes, <em>Oscar’s</em> trash can makes noise. The buzzers at the front door buzz. Some Muppets even greet visitors through the speaker!</p> <p>My daughter on the other hand was most excited about the <strong>Elmo’s World</strong> interactive play station. Here, younger kids can learn how to tie their shoes, visit Dorothy (<em>Elmo’s</em> pet fish) and dress <em>Elmo</em> up in various outfits on his magnetic wall. Our toddlers didn’t want to leave.</p> <p align="center"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/2015-05-22_14.12.01.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>But, there was so much more to see at <a href="" target="_blank">Sesame Street Presents: The Body</a>. Children of all ages have the opportunity to learn about their organs at <em>The Count’s</em> musical organ. They can practice hand washing and tooth brushing at <em>Ernie’s</em> Rub-a-Dub Tub. They can even learn about the complete process of digestion with <em>Oscar the Grouch.</em></p> <p align="center"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/2015-05-22_14.25.47.jpg" width="490">  </p> <p>It was a fantastic exhibit. My expectations were exceeded and all three kids we brought napped hard on the drive home. I’m glad that this Boca Mom found her way to <em>Sesame Street. </em></p> <p>The Museum of Discovery &amp; Science is located at <em>401 S.W. Second St., Fort Lauderdale // 954/467-0046</em>.</p> <p><strong>Admission Prices</strong></p> <p>Adults: $14.00<br> Seniors: $13.00<br> Child (2-12): $12.00<br> Child (1 &amp; under): No charge</p> <p>*IMAX shows and special rides are an extra fee</p> <p>Visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> for more information.</p> <p><em>This exhibit is a result of Sesame Workshop’s initiative, Healthy Habits for Life, created in response to the current childhood obesity crisis in the United States. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, and Thinkwell Design &amp; Production of Burbank, CA created this interactive experience that is locally sponsored by PNC Bank. </em><em></em></p> <p><em>Disclosure: Boca Mom Talk was given complimentary admission to the Museum of Discovery &amp; Science in exchange for publicity consideration. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  </em></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of <a href=""></a></em><strong><em>, </em></strong><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. </em><strong><em>Modern Boca Mom</em></strong><em> 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> <p><em><br></em></p>New numbers point to dollar signs &amp; other news of note2015-05-26T12:51:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3> </h3> <h3><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/economic-growth2.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Boom Time</h3> <p>Two sets of numbers last week showed how strongly Boca Raton and Delray Beach have come back from the Great Recession.</p> <p>Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits released his office’s estimates of the 2014 tax rolls for cities and the county. Higher tax rolls mean more revenue for local government, even if the tax rate doesn’t increase. Your tax bill is the millage rate multiplied by every $1,000 of assessed value.</p> <p>Example: If you own a home in Boca Raton that for 2013 was assessed at $400,000, you paid 400 multiplied by roughly 3.7, or about $1,480. If your home increased in value for 2014 by, say, $25,000, you will pay almost $100 more. To give residents a tax cut, the city council would have to lower the tax rate. To figure the bill in Delray Beach, use 7.5 instead of 3.7.</p> <p>As long as the increases are not bubble-driven, however, rising property values indicate a healthy economy. Values dropped sharply after the real estate bubble burst, but demand for good services didn’t. Local governments had to cut staff, reduce such amenities as library hours, raid reserves or do all three and more.</p> <p>Three years ago, Boca Raton’s tax roll was $16.4 billion, which even post-recession was a whopping number for a city with fewer than 100,000 residents. The new estimate, however, is $19.4 billion—the largest in Palm Beach County. That covers all property not exempt from taxes, such as non-profit enterprises. Properties worth less than $50,000 also don’t pay property taxes if the owner has filed for the $50,000 homestead exemption. Government-owned property also is tax-exempt. Two of Boca’s largest employers—Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Florida Atlantic University—don’t pay property tax. Of course, their payrolls and spending help to drive the local economy.</p> <p>Boca Raton’s tax roll thus has increased 18.3 percent in three years. That percentage would be impressive in a less-affluent city. In Boca, it’s staggering. One reason, of course, is the surge in high-end new construction and teardowns. Another, however, is all that activity downtown that many people criticize.</p> <p>Delray Beach’s new tax roll also reflects the post-recession pickup in building. Property values have increased nearly one-third in three years, to $8 billion. As in Boca, neighborhood residential is a factor. But so is downtown construction, which will intensify the debate over the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. Under Florida law, revenue from higher property values within a CRA’s boundaries—Delray Beach is one of the state’s largest such agencies—must stay within those boundaries. It can’t go to the city’s general fund for services outside the CRA, and the city commission believes that Delray has many public-works needs citywide. The 2014 population estimates from the Census Bureau, which also came out last week, put the property valuations in greater perspective.</p> <p>The count for Boca Raton was about 91,300. Boca remains the second-largest city in Palm Beach County, and from the recent percentages is gaining on West Palm Beach, which is at 104,000. West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio would note that her city also has a lot of downtown residential projects in the planning/approval stage.</p> <p>Yet Boca Raton’s tax base is more than double that of West Palm Beach, despite that small difference in population. Indeed, West Palm’s tax roll of $9.9 billion is only about $500 million higher than Palm Beach Gardens’, and the Gardens is barely half as large.</p> <p>The population estimate for Delray Beach is 65,000. For next-door neighbor Boynton Beach, it’s 73,100. Yet Boynton’s tax base is just $4.6 billion, an embarrassingly low figure compared to Delray’s $8 billion.</p> <p>What’s behind all the numbers? IBM may be mostly gone in Boca Raton, but the company’s large operation three decades ago established the city as a corporate presence. Cities without a significant business tax base must ask more of their residents. Obviously, Boca has lots of high-end housing, which helps to fatten the tax base. (Palm Beach has the county’s second-highest tax roll.) But the main difference between Boca and West Palm Beach is the corporate component.</p> <p>Let’s use that 30-year timeline to compare Delray and Boynton. The cities once were about equal. Through superior elected leadership and leveraging of unique assets – the public beach, Atlantic Avenue—Delray Beach left Boynton Beach behind. Boynton still is growing people, but the city isn’t growing enough business. Nor has it developed a downtown entertainment district. The commercial hub is Congress Avenue, west of Interstate 95.</p> <p>If there is a caution behind these encouraging numbers for Boca and Delray, it’s complacency. Cities can get set in their ways when things are going well. Or they can embrace the opportunity and the challenge of going from very good to excellent.</p> <h3>Chabad on the docket</h3> <p>Wednesday night, the Boca Raton City Council will decide whether to approve the Chabad East Boca synagogue/exhibit hall on East Palmetto Park Road.</p> <p>Some residents of the nearby Riviera and Por La Mar neighborhoods oppose the project—ostensibly for traffic reasons—and said so during a five-hour hearing three weeks ago before the Planning and Zoning Board. The board, though, voted 5-1 to recommend approval.</p> <p>Similarly, City Manager Leif Ahnell’s memo to the city council recommends approval. Ahnell notes the many conditions designed to reduce the traffic impact. Chabad East Boca has agreed to those conditions.</p> <p>Ahnell wrote: “Given that the location of the proposed place of public assembly abuts East Palmetto Park Road, which is designated, according to the city’s comprehensive plan, as an urban major arterial roadway, and given that the applicant is providing as a buffer a required 25-foot setback, a 6-foot-wall. . .along the adjacent residentially zoned district located on the south side of the subject property, and that the triangular portion of the subject property. . .will remain vacant, it is the opinion of city staff that the request for additional building height (10 feet for one building) is not injurious to surrounding property. . .”</p> <h3>Hotel at the Morikami</h3> <p>On Thursday, the Palm Beach County Commission will consider a zoning change to Morikami Park that would allow development of a hotel. Given how touchy this subject has been with neighbors of the park, the staff memo stresses that approval of the rezoning would not mean approval of a hotel.</p> <p>The county owns the 173-acre park, which is west of Jog Road and south of Addison Reserve. The park’s best-known attraction is the museum and Japanese gardens, which are on a parcel donated four decades ago by George Morikami. The museum and gardens opened in 1977. Two years ago, the county commission voted to accept bids for a hotel that would feature a traditional Japanese design, in hopes of drawing even more tourists and getting them to stay longer.</p> <p>The material for Thursday’s meeting does not say whether the county received any bids. The reference is to park “improvements” that would happen under an updated master plan. For a hotel to be part of any such “improvements” apparently would require a single zoning designation for all 173 acres. Now, there are two.</p> <p>The Zoning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the change last month. According to the backup material for Thursday’s meeting, some neighbors expressed concerns about “lighting, noise, increased traffic and deforestation” that might come with a hotel. Members of the Morikami Board of Trustees spoke in favor.</p> <h3>Gary Nikolits</h3> <p>Just before his office released those tax roll estimates, Gary Nikolits announced that he would not run in 2016 for a seventh term as property appraiser. The public can judge the quality of Nikolits’ service by how little attention the office has received.</p> <p>Few offices have more potential for corruption. Unethical appraisers could cut values in big voting blocs, such as condo communities. They could lower them for big contributors. One former Palm Beach County property appraiser, David Reid, went to prison for soliciting bribes: reduced property values in exchange for work on his home.</p> <p>Like Reid, Nikolits is a Republican who regularly won elections in a Democratic-heavy county. The similarities with Reid, however, end there.</p> <p>Nikolits has been scrupulously fair in his work. The same goes for the office itself. County Commissioner Steven Abrams chairs the county’s value adjustment board, which hears complaints from owners who believe that their property has been overvalued, thus raising their tax bill. “We track this county with others,” Abrams said, “and the rate of appeals is the lowest in South Florida. Abrams has served on the board for six years.</p> <p>Nikolits has joked about his physical and personality resemblance to Elmer Fudd. But in a county that has seen plenty of corruption, Nikolits has been a model for how a public servant should operate.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong></em><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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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> <p> </p> <p>       </p>Fly Us To The Moon2015-05-26T10:22:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="531" src="/site_media/uploads/frank-sinatra-500-05-112911.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>He’s off! Our favorite weatherman, Channel 5’s Steve Weagle, is on the road, biking from Sebastian to Boca for the Red Cross—and collecting big checks along the way for that charity. Speaking of checks, why not get one of yours out and plan on using it to buy a couple of tickets to this Friday night’s Red Cross fundraiser at Jazizz in Mizner Park?</p> <p>The “21 Club” event has a Rat Pack theme—all the great bad boys of the 50s and 60s with a tribute show paying homage to Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. and all that cocktail and cool they represented. We hear Steve Weagle himself will be honored, and there will be lavish dinner stations, a creative silent auction, dancing and unforgettable entertainment. </p> <p>Tickets to the 5<sup>th</sup> Annual South County Event are $200 per person and must be purchased in advance. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For tickets and more information, please contact Anna Erickson at 561/650-9105 or <a href=""></a>. You can also <a href="">click here</a> or visit the event's <a href="">Facebook page</a>.</p>The Counter Coming to PBG2015-05-26T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/counterburger.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Burger joints are the swinging doors of the restaurant business: they open and close so often it’s almost impossible to keep up.</p> <p>But hope—and hamburgers—spring eternal, and coming later this year to the <strong>Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens</strong> will be <a href="" target="_blank">The Counter</a>, a burger-centric eatery with franchises in nine states and four foreign countries, as close as Aventura and as far away as Saudi Arabia.</p> <p>Like all of these upscale burger joints, The Counter boasts about its locally source and sustainable ingredients, its all-natural beef (Angus, in this case). And it offers both a roster of house burgers, from a classic cheddar and LTO to Korean BBQ, plus bison, turkey, chicken and veggie patties. If you’re a DIY sort, you can build your own burger by choosing from more than a dozen cheeses, sauces and toppings, along with assorted different buns and sides.</p> <p>Also on the menu are various appetizers, salads and sandwiches (including DIY grilled cheese), also a lengthy list of cocktails, wines, craft beers, and adult and kiddie shakes. If the Aventura Counter is any indication, the local outlet will boast a sleek contemporary look, with tall industrial-style ceilings, a cool gray-and-white color scheme with blond wood accents, and white leather banquettes.</p> <p>Oh, and those burger doors swinging shut? Both Chuck Burger and CG Burgers in PBG are long gone.</p>The Week Ahead: May 26 to June 12015-05-25T12:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="296" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/ethan-hawke-in-good-kill.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Good Kill” screenings</strong></p> <p>Where: Cinema Paradiso, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 6 and 8:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $8-$10</p> <p>Contact: 954/760-9898, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>“I blew away six Taliban in Pakistan today. Now I’m going home to barbecue.” This line, spoken by drone operator Thomas Egan (Ethan Hawke) in the new war thriller “Good Kill,” speaks to the paradigm-shifting disconnect between today’s drone “fliers” and traditional combat troops. Technology’s ability to reign death on enemy combatants—and inevitably civilians—from the comfort of one’s computer is disturbing and, to put it mildly, ethically questionable. For Egan, a former fighter pilot who is now marooned behind the controls of a drone, his job leads to a crisis of conscience that affects his life at home as well as at the office. Andrew Niccol, lately of “Lord of War” and “The Host,” directs this intense and timely drama, which runs at least through Thursday at the Cinema Paradiso screens in Fort Lauderdale as well as Hollywood (that address is 2008 Hollywood Boulevard).</p> <p>WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/arts-garage---radio-theatre---casablanca.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Thin Man”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Every pair of bickering detectives from the Depression-era onward probably owes a debt to “The Thin Man,” Dashiell Hammett’s swan song novel, released in 1934 and promptly adapted into a now-classic film. The movie version cemented the stardom of William Powell and Myrna Loy as retired detective Nick Charles and his wife Nora, whose plans of settling down are disrupted by a pair of murders, linked to an old friend of Nick’s and the so-called “thin man” who vanished in their wake. Five sequels continued the saga of these wisecracking detectives until 1947, but it’s this landmark original that fans remember most. Arts Radio Network will revisit the 1936 radio version of the script, which will be read by professional actors and supplemented by vintage music and handcrafted sound effects.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="344" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/tony_capellan_mar_caribe_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening reception for “Poetics of Relation”</strong></p> <p>Where: Perez Art Museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $12-$16</p> <p>Contact: 305/375-3000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>A film about the construction of a Kenyan railroad, a sculpture of lighted metal palm trees and a sprawling installation of plastic and rubber sandals seem to have little in common thematically; but then again, neither do the countless cultures swimming among the diaspora of contemporary Miami. The carefully curated group exhibition “Poetics of Relation” features these works along with three others, all addressing issues of cultural identity and immigration in today’s global melting pot. Inspired by the cultural commentary of Edouard Glissant, the exhibit hopes to enhance the public’s understanding of place in modern society. It will feature painting, photography, landscape and sculpture by the likes of Zarina Bhimji, Hurvin Anderson, Yto Barrada, Tony Capellan, Ledelle Moe and Xaviera Simmons, and it runs through Oct. 18.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/1933-3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Legends of Old School” concert</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $59.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/393-7984, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Remember the ‘90s? Those quaint halcyon days of popular music where used-CD stores thrived, music videos still helped sell records, and conservative presidents fretted publicly about the menace of rap lyrics? The organizers of this event certainly remember those days, amassing some of the rap and hip-hop world’s trailblazing chart-toppers for a night of throwback jams. The lineup is a veritable who’s who of influential rhymers: pioneering all-female hip-hop trio Salt-N-Pepa, Palm Beach County’s own Vanilla Ice, Fort Lauderdale native and Latin freestylist Stevie B., controversial Miami rap group 2 Live Crew, best-selling R&amp;B sensations Color Me Badd, and Gucci Crew II, another Miami-bred bass group. Dress appropriately, which is to say sunglasses after 8 p.m. and backwards Yankees caps are more than welcome.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="150" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/daniels-husband-980x300.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Daniel’s Husband”</strong></p> <p>Where: Island City Stage at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30</p> <p>Contact: 954/519-2533, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Prolific South Florida playwright Michael McKeever’s latest work is also arguably his most personal, an initially funny and ultimately tragic drama about the fine line between civil unions and marriage. In “Daniel’s Husband,” Mitchell (Antonio Amadeo) and Daniel (Alex Alvarez) are a committed couple with differing views on marriage. Legally, they can now marry, but Mitchell is obstinately, philosophically opposed to wedlock. This fundamental disagreement starts to create a schism between them just as tragedy strikes one of them, and the reality of custody, hospital care and rights for unmarried couples comes to the forefront. Like most of Island City Stage’s outstanding selections, “Daniel’s Husband” is an LGBT-centered but universally appealing play, as anyone who attended its premiere reading at Lynn University earlier this year can attest. It runs through June 28, and don’t miss it.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="304" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/colin-jost-02.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Colin Jost</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Improv</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: $22, plus a two-drink minimum</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-1812, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Colin Jost is smarter than your average bear. The attractively coiffed and pearly-teethed comedian is a veteran of the standup circuit, but his peculiar brand of deadpan comedy has also made him a successful humor columnist in <em>The New Yorker</em>, and a skillful deconstructionist of his own craft. He once came up with a “formula” for the perfect joke, which he shared with the <em>New York Times Magazine</em> in 2014: “One tbsp. current events; 1/2 cup structure; 8 oz. white-guy dancing; 1/2 tbsp. freshly ground Bieber paternity test; Osama bin Laden to taste; garnish with ‘This guy knows what I’m talkin’ about!’” His ascent to the top of the “Saturday Night Live” writer’s room as well as his overtaking of one of the “Weekend Update” chairs following Seth Meyers’ ascendance to talk-show hostdom is a triumph of eccentric niche comedy in a series that had become too pandering to the masses. See him at his most unregulated at this rare weekend of standup shows.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/6a00d8341c2c8053ef00e54f334b9e8834-640wi.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Free Summer Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1806 N.E. Sixth St., Pompano Beach</p> <p>When: 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 954/519-5500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Arts Garage gets plenty of coverage on this website, but we don’t speak enough about Creative City Collaborative’s other cultural ventures in Broward County. There’s no better introduction to the CCC’s Pompano Beach initiatives than this free festival, which will provide, per its tagline, “bands, beers, eats and treats” to hundreds, possibly thousands of visitors. The Spam Allstars, South Florida’s famed mashup artists combining Latin, funk, hip-hop, dub and electronic music into their signature sonic cauldron, will perform, along with The People Upstairs, the veteran Florida progenitors of chill party-rock. The music runs from 5 to 8 p.m., while food trucks and vendors will provide nosh and wares, respectively. At 8 p.m., the amphitheater transforms into a Cinema Under the Stars for a screening of Clint Eastwood’s controversial box-office smash “American Sniper.” The movie is free, too, but you can reserve a seat at the event’s website.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/casavalentina.png" width='400\" height='></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Casa Valentina”</strong></p> <p>Where: GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40-$55</p> <p>Contact: 305/445-1119, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Harvey Fierstein knows from drag shows. A former female impersonator himself, the flamboyant actor, comedian and playwright donned a plus-plus-plus sized dress for his Tony-winning turn as Edna Turnblad in “Hairspray.” He also wrote the seminal “Torch Song Trilogy,” centering on a gay drag performer, and the book for “La Cage Aux Folles,” a lighter musical about the same. But “Casa Valentina,” which premiered on Broadway in 2014, is a new spin on this old standby: The men dressing in women’s garments are heterosexual. The title refers to an enclave in the Catskills, circa 1962, where straight men break from their cloistered family and professional lives to act as women—a favorite pastime that may become irrevocably altered when they receive an opportunity to share their secret with the world. Fierstein’s first play in nearly 30 years received rave reviews on Broadway; expect GableStage director Joseph Adler and his superlative cast of nine to do it justice. The show runs through June 28.</p>Another Egg Breaks in Delray2015-05-25T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="404" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/another-broken-egg-cafe-hatches-in-delray-beach-florida.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Breakfast junkies take heart, there’s a now an <a href="" target="_blank">Another Broken Egg Cafe</a> (<em>430 E. Linton Blvd., 561/276-7466</em>) open in Delray, the latest installment of an ambitious expansion that should see a dozen new cafes open throughout Florida in the coming years.</p> <p>Located in the Delray Place shopping center, the latest cafe joins a companion in Boca Raton, to be followed by cafes in Palm Beach, Coconut Creek and Fort Lauderdale.</p> <p>The Louisiana-based company injects a Southern-Nawlins influence into its breakfast and lunch offerings, with dishes like crawfish, shrimp and andouille sausage omelets and bananas Foster pancakes sharing menu space with everything from eggs benedict and breakfast tortillas to biscuits ‘n’ gravy and fried green tomato BLT.</p>Concert Review: Pat Benatar2015-05-22T15:07:00+00:00Kevin Kaminski/blog/author/kevin/<p><strong>Pat Benatar &amp; Neil Giraldo</strong><br>Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood<br>Photography courtesy of Ron Elkman</p> <p><img alt="" height="313" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/re1_0152.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p>Midway through her band’s spirited 90-minute set Thursday night at <a href="">Hard Rock Live</a> at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, Pat Benatar explained that she’s obligated these days to play the “Holy 14” songs from her catalog of 11 studio albums.</p> <p>“If I don’t,” said the woman born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski, “people will whine on Facebook.”</p> <p>Given the state of the record industry today, many groups would be happy with a run that resulted in a Quietly Revered 2 or 3, let alone a Holy 14 and a career that spans more than 35 years. All of which begs the question: Why isn’t Pat Benatar in the Rock &amp; Roll Hall of Fame?</p> <p>Since Benatar and husband/guitarist/songwriter/producer Neil Giraldo are having way too much fun on stage to worry about such trivial matters, allow me to do a little whining on their behalf.</p> <p>What is your problem, Rock &amp; Roll Hall? It’s not as if Benatar and Giraldo, whose 33-year marriage alone is deserving of an honor, don’t have the rock résumé. This isn’t Steve and Eydie at The Stardust. At Hard Rock Live, Benatar, whose classically trained voice sounds every bit as powerful and as compelling at age 62 as it was in her MTV heyday, tore through one hit after another—from the opening “Shadows of the Night” to a set-closing rendition of “Heartbreaker” that dovetailed into snippets from “Ring of Fire,” “Purple Haze” and the theme from “The Godfather.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="436" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/re1_1191.jpg" width="370"></p> <p>Unlike some of the Hall’s more questionable inductees, Benatar and Giraldo’s hits also happen to be rock songs (Did I somehow miss Donna Summer’s tour with the Rolling Stones?). As far as a body of work, consider this: Recent inductee Joan Jett landed nine singles on the Top 40 chart and delivered two platinum albums. Benatar recorded 15 Top 40 singles; produced a string of six consecutive platinum-selling albums between 1979-84, all of which charted in the Top 20 of the <em>Billboard</em> 200; and scored a No. 1 album in 1981 with “Precious Time.”</p> <p>Throw in the fact that she was an MTV goddess (“You Better Run” was the second video ever broadcast on the channel); that she inspired legions of young girls to chop their hair and wear spandex pants (as immortalized in the cafeteria scene in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”); and that “We Belong” is cool enough for Ricky Bobby (it plays over one of the final scenes in “Talladega Nights”), the criminals on the mean streets of “Grand Theft Auto” (it’s in the 2006 version of the game) and the cast of “Pitch Perfect 2” (where it appears twice) … and it would seem that the Hall is sadly remiss in failing to recognize the work of Benatar and Giraldo.</p> <p>All of this, of course, was neither here nor there at Hard Rock Live, where the parents of two adult daughters (hard as that is for some of us to believe) did what they do best, bringing great energy to their classics (“Promises in the Dark,” “Hell is for Children,” and “Love is a Battlefield” were highlights) and honoring their fan base with a few social media requests (including a stirring version of “One Love”).</p> <p>Maybe one day the Hall will get its head out of its Stratocaster and give Benatar and Giraldo their just due. They belong.</p> <p><img alt="" height="321" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/re1_1292.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Set List</strong></p> <p>Shadows of the Night</p> <p>All Fired Up</p> <p>Invincible</p> <p>We Live for Love</p> <p>One Love (Song of the Lion)</p> <p>Go</p> <p>Strawberry Wine</p> <p>Promises in the Dark</p> <p>We Belong</p> <p>Hell is For Children</p> <p>You Better Run</p> <p>Hit Me With Your Best Shot</p> <p>Love is a Battlefield</p> <p><strong>Encore</strong></p> <p>Everybody Lay Down</p> <p>Let's Stay Together</p> <p>Heartbreaker (with excerpts of Ring of Fire, Don't Slander Me, Purple Haze and "The Godfather" theme)</p> <p> </p>Staff Picks: a cleanse, a reception venue and a great spot in Delray2015-05-22T08:21:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong>Apura’s 3-Day Cleanse</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/apura_juice_cleanse.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em></p> <p>I just completed Apura Juicery &amp; Coffeehouse’s PurLean 3-day cleanse, which includes cold-pressed, organic juices, cold-pressed coffee and raw, vegan food. Wow – I feel so amazing I can't wait to do it again! I feel completely energized, have better mental clarity and feel lighter. Everything tasted so fresh and delicious too! I just love how incredible I feel. You can choose 1, 3, 5 or 21 days. Go to<a href=""></a> for more details.</p> <p>(22191 Powerline Road, Boca Del Mar // 561/430-3596)</p> <p><strong>DaVinci's of Boca</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/davincis_weddingreception.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Valentine Simon, Production Coordinator</em></p> <p>“After the months of tireless planning of my recent wedding, I can say the best decision I made for the day was to have the reception dinner at DaVinci's of Boca. Not only was the private dining room absolutely stunningly decorated (which allowed me to worry less about decorating it myself), but it also had amazing and attentive service from the moment my husband and I walked in, without appointment.  The service was impeccable until the very end of the event, as one of the servers happily helped us bring flowers to our car. Most notable for making our wedding reception perfect was the manager Eric. He was there to answer every little crazy bridezilla question and went out of his way to make sure we were happy at every moment. He made the experience light hearted and fun, and I was so happy he was the person to help. </p> <p>The one thing that I and everyone else can't stop talking about from that night is the outstanding quality and deliciousness of the food. All of my guests sat eating in awed silence as each course came out, one delectable bite after another.  My aunt and uncle who were in from Denver, and my mother and stepfather in from New York, said they would have to come back and eat there every time they were back in town. My best friend's mother and stepfather have already went back for dinner the weekend after! </p> <p>And everyone says that the bride and groom never eat at their wedding – but I must say, I CERTAINLY DID EAT! And I am so glad I did, because it was incredible.</p> <p>A million "thank yous" to Eric, and to everyone else at DaVinci's, for making our night so much more special than anything we could have expected. We are looking forward to coming back soon, time and time again.”</p> <p>(6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton // 561/362-8466)</p> <p><strong>Caffe' Martier</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/caffemartier.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>“What used to be Delray's venerable Arcade Tap Room (and a series of restaurants), is now Caffe' Martier, a European enclave and piazza in the middle of Atlantic Avenue—and our new go-to place for fresh light bites—and handcrafted fresh cocktails from Nico, the Greek mixologist.”</p> <p>(411 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // <a>561/450-6169</a>)</p>Morikami Hosts Sake Dinner2015-05-22T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/multi-colored-bottles.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Looking for something to do tonight?</p> <p>Check out what the <a href="" target="_blank">Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens </a>(<em>4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, 561/495-0233</em>) has cooking. It’s a seminar-tasting-dinner on Japanese rice wine, sake. Five different sakes from five different Japanese prefectures will be featured, along with a short talk on each by “The Sake Guy,” John Gauntner.</p> <p>Dinner will be a selection of bites from the Morikami’s recently renovated and upgraded Cornell Cafe. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and costs $55 for museum members and $75 for non-members. Get your tickets <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Weeding Out a Culture of Stench2015-05-21T10:20:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong>'s "City Watch"</p> <p><img alt="" height="346" src="/site_media/uploads/schultzhome-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Clearing the Air in Delray</strong>: The latest indication of how things have changed in Delray Beach came Tuesday afternoon.</p> <p>City Manager <strong>Don Cooper</strong> e-mailed a memo informing the mayor and the city commission of “allegations of numerous purchasing violations by city employees over multiple years dating back, as best as we can determine at this point, to at least 2006, and (involving) substantial amounts of money.” There is one criminal investigation, and Cooper said, “There may be others.” Investigations by the city, the Office of Inspector General and the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office are examining not only potential criminal charges but also violations of the county ethics code and the city code.</p> <p>Do the math, and you understand that the 2006 date means that what Mayor <strong>Cary Glickstein</strong> called “simple exploitation of systemic breakdowns of fundamental management-level control and oversight” went on for at least six years under former City Manager <strong>David Harden</strong>, who retired at the end of 2012. In his memo, Cooper referred to “a cultural and management processes that either ignored ethical requirements or were unaware of those requirements, but, in either case, are indicative of systemic failures to maintain high ethical standards ...”</p> <p>The first sign of trouble, however, didn’t come until after Harden left. Harden’s successor was <strong>Louie Chapman Jr</strong>. A year ago, the Office of Inspector General flagged an improperly authorized trash cart purchase on which Chapman and former Community Improvement Director <strong>Lula Butle</strong>r had misled the commission. That investigation revealed widespread purchasing problems, and the commission made fixing them a priority when it hired Cooper last November.</p> <p>Mission being accomplished. In his memo, Cooper said “a new purchasing department will be created and charged with all purchases over $2,500 and with the responsibility of enforcing all purchasing requirements, per commission direction. A complete review of policies and procedures will be undertaken to ensure Best Management Practices are implemented and followed, combined with training and annual evaluation of compliance.” The commission will get quarterly reports “as to compliance and changes made.”</p> <p>When it comes to city government, purchasing is as basic as it gets. It’s to management what street paving and trash pickup are to services. If a city can’t spend the public’s money properly, something is terribly wrong. Yet in Delray Beach, according to Cooper, the problem involves “allegations of employees or relatives of the employees doing business with the city” and “the chain of employees reviewing and approving the transactions.” Even as the investigations continue, it’s clear that Delray Beach had massive institutional failure.</p> <p>For those who have been watching, it doesn’t come as a big surprise. In Harden’s last years there was a sense of something off in Delray, despite the continued success of Atlantic Avenue and the demand for housing. Management and commissioners, though, didn’t want anyone looking.</p> <p>Harden resisted Office of Inspector General oversight. He argued that inspector general investigators should have to make appointments to speak with city employees. He argued that cities should be able to define “waste,” “fraud” and “mismanagement” as they saw fit. Harden argued in 2012 that Delray Beach didn’t have to put the trash-hauling contract out for bid. In a report triggered by a citizen complaint, the inspector general disagreed.</p> <p>This month, the inspector general issued a follow-up report. It concluded that because Delray used the office’s 2012 finding to challenge the contract and get a new hauler, the payoff to the city is $12 million. In 2012, Harden disagreed with the inspector general’s conclusion, claiming that because money went from residents to the hauler—Waste Management—and not directly to the city, the bidding rule didn’t apply. Using that argument, Waste Management lost without the case even going to trial.</p> <p>Cooper responded to the new OIG report by saying that “we appreciate the work that has been done on this matter and the savings that the City of Delray Beach has received as a result of your recommendations.” His attitude represents a dramatic shift.</p> <p>For the last two years, as reformers have joined the commission, there have been comments—some from people aligned with former county commissioner <strong>Mary McCarty</strong>—that these new elected leaders are too tough on city staffers. The theme came up in the mayor’s race this year, with talk that Delray Beach under Glickstein has become less civil.</p> <p>In fact, those accusations are bogus. Delray Beach needed change, and is getting it. That doesn’t happen without raising issues. The resulting change may not please some who once had influence but it’s benefiting residents. In an e-mail to Cooper late Tuesday, Commissioner <strong>Shelly Petrolia</strong> praised the new manager, saying, “You have my full support to do whatever is necessary to weed out this ‘culture’ of stench.”</p> <p>*******</p> <p><strong>To Finish or Not to Finish El Rio</strong>: Boca Raton’s Hillsboro El Rio Park is on the north side of 18th Street just west of the Florida East Coast Railway tracks. It has a baseball field and a soccer field. The rest of the park had been planned for the south side of 18th Street. Then came the recession.</p> <p>The city is studying whether to complete the park. A second public hearing is set for 6:30 p.m. next Thursday at the downtown library. The purpose, according to the city, is “to receive input and comment concerning the amenities to include in the development of the Hillsboro/El Rio park site.” The language could make it seem as though the city has decided to proceed with the park, which has drawn opposition from some residents of the Camino Lakes neighborhood across the El Rio canal west of the site. (Full disclosure: I live in Camino Lakes. I am not involved in any attempt to oppose or support the park.)</p> <p>In an e-mail, Mayor <strong>Susan Haynie</strong> said the city has made no decision to proceed. “(The hearing) is an effort to update the master plan so we can proceed with the study.” The master plan is a decade old. “We know from building (Fire Station 7, just east of the park site) the great expense of building structures on unstable soil due to the previous dump.” The park site used to be a city landfill. The city must close the soccer field sometimes because glass and other material percolate to the surface.</p> <p>“The other big question,” Haynie said, “is the boat ramp feature.” The original plan included a ramp. Here is where one park issue might become part of another.</p> <p>Silver Palm Park, at Palmetto Park Road and the Intracoastal Waterway, is Boca’s only launch site for motorboats. It’s very popular. It’s also across the street from the Wildflower property, which the city owns. The city council wants to work out a lease deal for a Houston’s restaurant on that property. That won’t happen unless the city and the operator of the restaurant can agree on a site plan that provides enough parking. The council also wants access for diners who arrive by boat.</p> <p>The council has been clear that accommodating the restaurant should not mean taking spaces from Silver Palm Park. But would things be easier if the city had another boat launch? Maybe at Hillsboro El Rio Park?</p> <p>Haynie said, though, that only a “non-motorized facility should be explored” at Hillsboro El Rio. Such a facility, Haynie said, could be eligible for a grant from the Florida Inland Navigational District. Haynie called the site potentially “a great location for launching kayaks, canoes and (stand-up paddle) boards.”</p> <p>The last major park Boca Raton built is the 85-acre Countess deHoernle Park—with its large athletic complex—on Spanish River Boulevard west of Interstate 95.</p> <p>********</p> <p><strong>The Panhandling Issue</strong>: Does it bother you, while you’re stopped a red light, when someone approaches your car and asks for money?</p> <p>Me, too.</p> <p>It’s not the giving. It’s not whether the person is representing a legitimate cause. It’s the worry about someone getting run over. Boca Raton has a panhandling law. Palm Beach County doesn’t, but after Tuesday the county may have one soon.</p> <p>The county commission voted unanimously to approve on first reading an ordinance that would prohibit people from “displaying information, soliciting business or charitable contributions and distributing materials or goods” on state and county roads in the unincorporated areas of the county. It would apply to people begging for themselves or raising money for, say, firefighters. A public hearing and second vote are scheduled for June 23.</p> <p>There are First Amendment issues with any such ordinance, but in a memo to commissioners County Attorney <strong>Denise Nieman</strong> said safety has become the overriding factor. A man was struck and killed this year, Nieman said, while standing in an Okeechobee Boulevard median near the entrance to Florida’s Turnpike. That area is one of the most congested in the county.</p> <p>The ban would apply only to roads with medians. Violators would be fined $500 and/or given 60 days in jail. The potential jail time will be an issue at when the issues come back to the commission. Should panhandling lead to a criminal charge? But what if the fine alone doesn’t stop the behavior? I’ll have more next month.</p> <p>********</p> <p><strong>On the Move</strong>: <strong>Mack Bernard</strong> finally returned my call asking about where he lives.</p> <p>The former Florida House representative and failed state Senate candidate is running for the District 7 seat on the Palm Beach County Commission. The district includes portions of Delray Beach. Bernard’s Delray Beach home, however, is not in District 7. Records show that Bernard also owns a home in Boynton Beach that is in District 7, but the mailing address for that residence is Bernard’s Delray Beach home, on which his wife is listed as co-owner. She is not listed as an owner of the Boynton Beach home. The mailing address for Bernard’s campaign is his law firm’s post office box.</p> <p>County commissioners must live in the district they intend to represent—not just when they are in office but also when they qualify to run for it. County commission qualifying isn’t until next June. Bernard, however, has opened a campaign finance account.</p> <p>On Wednesday, Bernard told me that by the qualifying period he and his wife would be living in the district. He didn’t specify where. Bernard said they are looking at other houses in District 7. “But we won’t be living in the Delray Beach home,” he said.</p>Memorial Day 5K Run2015-05-20T07:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>It’s almost time for one of my favorite local running events: the <strong>Boca Raton Road Runners’ 38th Annual Memorial Day Family Affair 5K Run/Walk, Youth Mile and Little People Races</strong>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/bocaraton_memoriaday5k.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>One of the reasons I like this race so much is that the first 200 people to cross the 5K finish line get a free pie! It’s a reasonably shaded course at a hot time of year. T-shirts are guaranteed for the first 400 who register, and the kids’ races are cute and easy to watch. After the races, there will be food, water, music and a bounce house.</p> <p>Start time is 7:30 a.m., Monday, May 25, at <em>900 Broken Sound Blvd, Boca Raton</em>. The youth mile starts at 8:30 and the little people races at 9 a.m. All kids get finishers’ medals.</p> <p>The entry fee for adults doing the 5K run/walk is $35 each person. (Note: there’s a $3 processing fee for signing up online). Registration for the youth mile is $5 and for the little people - it’s $1 each child.</p> <p>There’s still time to register <a href="" target="_blank">online</a> or in person at the Runner’s Edge store in Boca Raton (<em>3195 N. Federal Highway, 561/361-1950</em>) or at Running Wild in Fort Lauderdale (<em>2563 E Sunrise Blvd., 954/565-9400</em>).</p> <p>If you don’t want to run, there’s always the need for volunteers. You can sign up online for what you’d like to do on race day.</p> <p>For more information, including a course map, visit <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 dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>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>Inside the Reborn Theatre at Arts Garage2015-05-20T06:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>South Palm Beach County has lost four—count ‘em four—regional theater companies in the past year. Two moved to the Broward Center (Slow Burn and Outre), and we wish them well, and two others folded (The Women’s Theatre Project and Parade Productions).</p> <p>If there is a glimmer of cultural hope, it’s that we were poised to lose a fifth company, the Theatre at Arts Garage, until the venue’s president and CEO, Alyona Ushe, announced two new directors to fill the shoes of outgoing artistic director Lou Tyrrell.</p> <p>Tyrrell’s announcement, in March, that he would be leaving Arts Garage was not wholly surprising—audience numbers for his provocative and cerebral plays this past season had been dwindling—but it was certainly disappointing. Luckily, Ushe’s replacements are similarly respected in the South Florida theater community for mounting works that are both challenging and accessible. Beginning next month with a play reading and continuing with a full season in October, Keith Garsson, lately of the Primal Forces company in Fort Lauderdale, and Genie Croft, his partner in crime from Boca Raton Theatre Guild and, previously, the Women’s Theatre Project, will take over the Arts Garage reins.</p> <p><img alt="" height="636" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/keithandalyona.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><em>(From left: Genie Croft, Keith Garsson and Alyona Ushe)</em></p> <p>“Keith read something about Lou leaving, and he reached out to us in terms of seeing what kind of partnership we could put together,” Ushe recalls. “We got to talking, and it just felt so natural. What he’s envisioning and what he’s done so far is exactly along the lines of what Arts Garage is all about. I think he’s going to make a phenomenal addition to our team.”</p> <p>At the time of the announcement, Garsson’s Primal Forces was just cementing its brand as a purveyor of thoughtful, contemporary plays with a focus on the lingering impact of the ‘60s counterculture. In Fort Lauderdale’s Andrews Living Arts Studio, Garsson produced David Mamet’s “The Anarchist,” Lanford Wilson’s “Redwood Curtains” and a critically revered version of Dominique Morisseau’s “Sunset Baby,” which was nominated for a Carbonell Award. He says to expect more of the same when he takes over the Theatre at Arts Garage in October with Laura Eason’s steamy comedy “Sex With Strangers.”</p> <p>“We will continue to do more of the oddities that I liked doing [at Andrews], but without the limitations of the size of that stage,” Garsson says. Indeed, rather than trying to box ambitious shows into a small stage, Garsson will have the freedom, at Arts Garage, to choose between producing shows on the main stage and in an expanded black box space formerly occupied by the Puppetry Arts Center of the Palm Beaches.</p> <p>“Sex With Strangers,” about a 20-something male sex blogger who tracks down his idol, an obscure female novelist in her ‘40s, will kick off a season focused loosely on the inappropriate desires of lust. In January of 2016, Zayd Dohrn’s “Reborning” hugs the border between comedy, drama and thriller, in a story about a sculptor and his mysterious new client. “The Devil’s Music,” opening next February, dramatizes the last concert by the inestimable blues siren Bessie Smith; and Kim Davies’ “Smoke,” opening in March 2016, is a thriller set in New York City about the ludic possibilities of human sexuality.</p> <p>Garsson respects the achievements Tyrrell has made in establishing the Theatre at Arts Garage, but he says he’s approaching the season from a different perspective. “Lou, from what I know, was in a way the most daring of everyone, completely gambling on all-new material,” he says. “I am not that much of a risk-taker. I’m maybe 80 percent of the way there, taking material that hasn’t necessarily been seen in New York but maybe has been seen elsewhere—little-known works, along the lines of the old Ripley’s Believe it or Not.”</p> <p>Of Primal Forces/Arts Garage’s place in the South Florida theater scene, Garsson describes it thusly: “The Wick has the market cornered on the classics. Slow Burn’s got the market cornered on the offbeat recent musicals. Those two things do not interest me right now, as a producer. You’ve got Island City, which specializes in predominantly gay material. You’ve got people like Mark Della Ventura specializing in millenials. You’ve got Palm Beach Dramaworks specializing in the classics. There’s an empty area there for new stuff with a ‘60s feel.”</p> <p>“I think we’re growing,” adds Ushe. “Every season we’re getting bigger and better. I think with the selection of plays that Keith is putting out, it will help us reach younger audiences as well. They’re a little edgier. We’ll continue what we’ve been doing so far and build on top of it and try to get more folks aware of us. This is our mission. I think we’re getting there.”</p> <p><em>For more on the Theatre at Arts Garage’s 2015-2016 theater season, and to purchase season tickets, call 561/450-6357 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Memorial Day Dishes2015-05-20T06:00:00+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Memorial Day is just around the corner, and that means keeping your cool during hot and humid afternoon pool parties. While I don’t believe in sticking to one dietary theory all the time, I do find that seasonal eating can help us feel our best. Because our bodies are always looking for balance, your system has to work extra hard to maintain its internal temperature during extremely hot Florida days.</p> <p><img alt="" height="468" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/memorialday.jpg" width="485"></p> <p>With that in mind, cooling foods are the perfect way to keep your body balanced when you’re out in the heat. To help you enjoy the parties and save time in the kitchen, here’s a quick and easy recipe, plus a list of my top 10 cooling foods.</p> <p><strong>Jicama Salad</strong></p> <p>This summer skip the potato salad and try jicama instead. This root vegetable is very hydrating and has 1/3 the calories and double the fiber of the potato! If you’re note sold, note the other great benefits of this salad: avocado helps lower your blood pressure, cabbage supports your liver (that may be overworking if you are celebrating with cocktails) and red pepper helps boost your system with antioxidants.</p> <p>Salad Ingredients:</p> <p>1 cup of organic corn (frozen and thawed is fine)</p> <p>1 jicama root, peeled and julienned</p> <p>1 head of purple cabbage, sliced</p> <p>½ red bell pepper, diced</p> <p>1 avocado, chopped</p> <p>2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped</p> <p><strong>Dressing:</strong></p> <p>½ cup lime or lemon juice</p> <p>1 cup extra virgin olive oil</p> <p>2 cloves garlic</p> <p>2 teaspoons sea salt</p> <p>2 teaspoons chili powder</p> <p>2 teaspoons cumin powder</p> <p>Throw dressing ingredients together in a blender. Mix together with the jicama, pepper cabbage, corn and avocado. Garnish with chopped cilantro.</p> <p><strong>TOP 10 COOLING FOODS</strong></p> <p><strong>SAVORY</strong></p> <p>Cucumbers</p> <p>Tomatoes</p> <p>Bell Peppers</p> <p>Jicama</p> <p>Celery</p> <p><strong>SWEET</strong></p> <p>Watermelon</p> <p>Honeydew</p> <p>Grapes</p> <p>Oranges</p> <p>Mangoes</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>Eau Palm Beach Gets a New Chef2015-05-19T10:51:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/eauthomsen.jpg" width="300"></p> <p>Good news at <a href="" target="_blank">Eau Palm Beach</a>, the former Ritz-Carlton on the ocean in Manalapan.</p> <p>A year and a half after the transition, the swanky resort has hired an executive chef with the kind of culinary chops its high-end clientele expects. He’s <strong>Josh Thomsen</strong>, most recently chef-partner at Agricola in New Jersey with a resume that includes stints with such restaurant superstars as Michael Mina, Thomas Keller (French Laundry) and Joachim Splichal (Patina). Also from Agricola is chef de cuisine, Manlee Siu, who will take over the kitchen at Angle, Eau’s “fine dining” eatery.</p> <p>Frankly, it’s a move that should have come a long time ago. And next step is to continue upgrading  the resort; the whimsical Jonathan Adler redo has been a hit.</p>The Governor Scott crisis and lawyering up for Atlantic Crossing2015-05-19T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><span>The health and budget crisis  </span></h3> <h3><img alt="" height="316" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/screen_shot_2015-05-19_at_8.16.06_am.png" width="490"></h3> <p>You wonder if any staffers at area hospitals had to spend the weekend struggling not with a medical emergency but with a political emergency.</p> <p>Last Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott made a “request” to all of Florida’s hospitals for financial and clinical information going back to 2006. He wanted the information by Monday, for review by his <strong>Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding</strong> at its first meeting Wednesday. This would be the commission whose nine members include just one person from the health care industry—an orthopedic and reconstructive surgeon from Gainesville. In his form letter to hospitals and insurers, Scott asked for “information on your services, profits, costs and patient outcomes.”</p> <p>In roughly a month, Scott has turned his mismanagement of negotiations with the federal government over health care money into a political crisis and an attack on hospitals that support continuation of that money, known as the <strong>Low Income Pool</strong> (LIP), and expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Rather than referee a dispute between the Florida House and Senate over Medicaid expansion and that LIP money, Scott allowed the House to leave early. The session ended without a budget.</p> <p>A three-week special session will start June 1. It could last for three weeks. The new budget year starts July 1. The governor is rattling nerves with talk of a potential state government shutdown. Last week, as legislative leaders announced progress in their budget talks, he asked agency leaders for a list of essential services.</p> <p>Scott also has puzzled and annoyed hospital administrators with his idea that health care facilities should share profits to avoid the need for that LIP money. The share for hospitals is slightly more than $1 billion. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has told Scott since 2011 that the money would end unless the state found a better way to spend it than just reimbursing hospitals for emergency room care.</p> <p>The Obama administration wants to solve that problem by getting health insurance to more Floridians, which supposedly would reduce the use of emergency rooms for non-emergency care. Before 1.6 million Floridians signed up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act exchange, the state had the second-highest rate of uninsured. To cover nearly 900,000 more less-affluent Floridians, the state could use money from the Affordable Care Act, under a Senate plan that would call it the Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange, not Medicaid expansion. Scott and the Florida House, however, don’t want to approve anything related to the health care law, which the governor sued to overturn.</p> <p>The call for profit-sharing is especially odd, since Scott in his former life ran a for-profit hospital company and left with $300 million in stock when the board forced him out during an investigation that resulted in Columbia/HCA being fined $1.7 billion for Medicare and Medicaid fraud. The governor also has a law degree, but he ignored legal issues in asking hospitals to share the wealth.</p> <p>Boca Raton Regional Hospital, for example, is a non-profit, run by a community-based board. So is Boynton Beach-based Bethesda Health. But West Boca and Delray medical centers are part of investor-owned, for-profit Tenet Healthcare, which a national board oversees. Board members have different obligations to their institution based on the type of institution. What if sharing profits jeopardized bond payments? What about hospitals that— unlike those four—receive direct taxpayer support, not just Medicaid and Medicare money? What about Lakeside Medical Center in Belle Glade, which depends on the Health Care District of Palm Beach County—the only such agency in the state?</p> <p>Among the four area hospitals, the fight over Low Income Pool money and Medicaid expansion matters least to Boca Regional. According to the Senate, the hospital would lose $935,000 if the LIP money stopped and there was no Medicaid expansion. According to the governor’s figures, Boca Regional made $10.6 million in fiscal year 2014, a total margin of 3.1 percent. The bulk of Boca Regional’s revenue comes from Medicare, not Medicaid.</p> <p>West Boca and Delray have more to lose. In the same scenario—LIP money stops; the Legislature doesn’t expand Medicaid—West Boca would lose $2.5 million and Delray would lose $2.7 million. Their reported profits for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2013 were $7.6 million and $19.8 million, respectively.</p> <p>As I wrote last month, though, the fight matters a lot to Bethesda. The company provides a lot of care to uninsured patients, especially pregnant women, and could lose $7.2 million if that federal reimbursement money ends. Bethesda also has the most to gain from Medicaid expansion. Scott’s figures showed Bethesda’s 400-bed main hospital on Seacrest Boulevard losing just under $300,000 for the year that ended Sept. 30, 2014. Bethesda also owns an 80-bed facility west of Boynton.</p> <p>Scott did not order hospitals to send their information. One wonders, though, if he will keep a list of those that refused. The governor’s health care commission is not serious, but his capacity for trying to dodge blame and make villains of others is real.</p> <h3>Atlantic Crossing</h3> <p>Nothing goes easily when the Delray Beach City Commission discusses Atlantic Crossing. Wednesday night will not break that pattern.</p> <p>On the commission’s agenda is a recommendation from City Attorney Noel Pfeffer that Delray Beach hire land-use lawyer Debbie Orshefsky—in Pfeffer’s words—“for the task of reviewing the amended development agreement (with Atlantic Crossing) and any proposed settlement agreement with respect to this project.” Mayor Carey Glickstein and Commissioner Jordana Jarjura will agree. Commissioner Shelly Petrolia will not.</p> <p>It’s all a matter of perspective. Glickstein and Jarjura are lawyers themselves. Glickstein also is a developer. Jarjura is a land-use lawyer. With the goal of getting a site plan for Atlantic Crossing that includes the Atlantic Court easement and a development agreement that protects the city, Glickstein and Jarjura like the idea of hiring Orshefsky, who is nationally known and has spent her career representing developers, mostly in Broward County. Find someone who knows the tricks and the angles. “She would be a great card to have in our pocket,” Jarjura said. The bill would not be more than $15,000.</p> <p>Petrolia, however, sees Pfeffer’s recommendation of Orshefsky as too exclusive and as his latest in a pattern of controversial actions regarding Atlantic Crossing.</p> <p>Petrolia starts with the first development agreement that Pfeffer proposed last fall, having been hired in June. (Petrolia voted to hire him.) A lawsuit against Atlantic Crossing was active—the developers since have prevailed— and Petrolia believed that the agreement aligned the city with the developers regarding the litigation. Petrolia also noted the tumultuous Planning and Zoning Board meeting on Atlantic Crossing three months ago—the subject was a new plat—that Pfeffer aborted two hours in because the meeting hadn’t been properly noticed. She believes that Pfeffer all along has been timid in making the case that the city did not give up Atlantic Court in January 2014, when the commission approved a new site plan without the road.</p> <p>Now Petrolia disagrees with Pfeffer’s choice of Orshefsky because she prefers the Weiss Serota law firm that helped Delray Beach get out of the Waste Management contract, so the city could choose a different, cheaper trash hauler. Because of that work, Petrolia said, the firm “has the public’s trust to deliver good news or bad news” from negotiations over a project that so many Delray Beach residents dislike to varying degrees of intensity. If her previous concerns “shouldn’t give me pause for concern over your single recommendation,” Petrolia wrote in an email to Pfeffer, “shame on me.”</p> <p>The irony, based on my conversations Monday with Glickstein, Jarjura and Petrolia, is that all three want the same result: Atlantic Court back in the project and the city protected. Example: Atlantic Crossing’s parking will be underground. Glickstein wants the city indemnified if “a Sandy-like storm surge” floods that parking. “This is not just a land-use issue,” Glickstein said. “This is a risk-management issue.”</p> <p>Glickstein, Jarjura and Petrolia also all dislike Atlantic Crossing—too big, wrong spot—and would not have voted for it in December 2012. Delray Beach, Glickstein said, should have appreciated the location of the property and reduced the zoning years ago, at least the block east of Northeast Seventh Avenue that borders Veterans Park. All realize, however, that Delray Beach at this point can’t change the size and scope of the mixed-use project. Getting the road back in with no other surprises, Petrolia said, “would be worth a victory lap.” Petrolia wonders, though, why only Glickstein, Jarjura and Pfeffer have seen the new preliminary, revised site plan that includes Atlantic Court.</p> <p>Commissioner Mitch Katz shares Petrolia’s concern about the attorney choice, but he won’t be at Wednesday’s meeting. It was moved from Tuesday at the request of Glickstein and Petrolia, so they could attend a year-end concert at their children’s school.</p> <p>Petrolia and Katz are right that choosing an attorney—to buttress Glickstein’s negotiations with Atlantic Crossing—is on a tight schedule. But the city needs a resolution before too much more time expires and the city’s position weakens. There’s also precedent for a Palm Beach County city hiring a developers’ lawyer and making it work.</p> <p>When Nancy Graham was mayor of West Palm Beach, she hired Bob Sanders for the city’s legal department. He had been the builders’ go-to guy, even getting Palm Beach to approve the Esplanade—against all expectations. Sanders then helped West Palm Beach condemn and acquire the land that became CityPlace—also against all expectations. Graham wanted Sanders’ talent on her side, not against her.</p> <p>Petrolia makes a good case that Pfeffer moved too fast early on regarding Atlantic Crossing. His job, though, is to protect Delray Beach from dangerous legal exposure. Pfeffer is correct that Orshefsky’s qualifications are superb. Since Glickstein, Jarjura and Petrolia agree on the goal, you hope that even as they disagree they can work with Pfeffer on the best way for Delray Beach to get there.</p> <h3>Bridge alert!</h3> <p>If you plan to be in downtown Delray Beach tonight, leave early or plan your departure in a way that doesn’t involve crossing the Atlantic Avenue bridge.</p> <p>The city advises that the bridge will be closed from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Wednesday for maintenance and repairs. Alternatives are the George Bush Boulevard bridge to the north and the Linton Avenue bridge to the south.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong></em><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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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: May 19 to 252015-05-18T06:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="572" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/tumblr_n9y5pshn471shq3f9o1_500.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Chris Berman</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50–$112.10</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="http://http//" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>As an athlete, you know you’ve arrived in the big leagues when Chris Berman has turned your name into an elaborate pun. When he eventually retires, the ESPN anchor will be remembered as much for his oddball sense of humor as for his analysis. His sly, goofy, occasionally brilliant nicknames for players include LaMarr “Where Does it” Hoyt, Chuck “New Kids on” Knoblauch, Scott <strong>“</strong>Supercalifragilisticexpiala”<strong> </strong>Brosius and my personal favorite, Hideo “Ain’t Gonna Work On Maggie’s Farm” Nomo. It takes a singular sort of genius to come up with material like this, and it has helped keep the outspoken commentator on ESPN’s airwaves since 1979, making him one of the network’s longest-tenured employees. At this rare appearance, courtesy of Broward College’s 2015 Speaker Series, the broadcaster known affectionately as “Boomer” will discuss the early days of ESPN—when it was, in his words, “a startup run out of a trailer”—on through its status as the nation’s sports authority, more than 30 years later.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="330" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/20130129-steveearle-x624-1359484495.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Steve Earle &amp; the Dukes</strong></p> <p>Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $28</p> <p>Contact: 954/564-1074, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Not many country music stars would even think of hosting a radio program on the now-defunct liberal network Air America, but Steve Earle isn’t most country music stars. Growing up in San Antonio and Houston and later moving to Nashville, Earle gained his musical personality in these roots-music strongholds, worshipping at the altar of Townes Van Zandt and helping to invent the nascent genre of alternative country with his sensational debut, 1986’s “Guitar Town.” Since then, he’s released 14 other albums, surviving failed marriages, debilitating drug addiction and imprisonment in the process. The impressively bearded songsmith has turned much of this history of hard living into his fiction writing, his political activism and his timeless music, which has hopped genres from hard rock and psychedelic rock to bluegrass, folk and indie, with his die-hard fans expanding their musical consciousness along with him. He performs with his band The Dukes in support of their latest album, “Terraplane.”</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/harid-2007-416-80.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Harid 2015 Spring Performances</strong></p> <p>Where: Countess de Hoernle Theater, 5100 Jog Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $25-$30</p> <p>Contact: 561/997-2677, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>A classical Russian ballet, a Nina Simone tribute, and an excerpted dance from “The Sleeping Beauty” are among the selections at this annual showcase of the latest graduating class of the Harid, Boca Raton’s world-class dance academy. Four ballets, separated by a couple of intermissions, will provide a full program of surprises and repertoire favorites, opening with the U.S. premiere of “Miroirs,” Canada-based choreographer Mark Godden’s five-movement ballet to the music of Ravel. Next, the dancers will take on “The Garland Dance,” the “Sleeping Beauty” number associated with Aurora’s 16<sup>th</sup> birthday party. “It’s a nice piece for younger kids to get out their pointe shoes and show off their classical technique,” says Gordon Wright, director of the Harid. The program continues with Martin Fredmann’s “A Little Love,” which is performed to five Nina Simone compositions, and it concludes with “Paquita,” the Minkus ballet originally staged for the Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg. It features a pas de deux, numerous soloists and a corps de ballet. “It’s done fairly often by schools, because it’s such a good show piece for kids and gives them a variety of challenges,” Wright says.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="458" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/333.jpg" width="352"></p> <p><strong>What: Brazilian Voices</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$35</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Musical director Loren Oliveira and internationally acclaimed vocalist Beatriz Malnic formed the Brazilian Voices choir in 2001 with the goal of stimulating social change through the multicultural exchange of music, acting as ambassadors for their country’s beloved bossa nova and samba. Their work has paid off in numerous awards, with the group accruing such accolades as Best Brazilian Group in the U.S. and Best Brazilian Samba Show in the U.S. from the International Brazilian Press—all from its home base in South Florida. The group, whose roster of heavenly vocalists can reach up to 40 singers onstage at one time, has excelled at themed genre crossovers from jazz, lounge and Afrobeat to its “Women of Rock” program, complete with guitars and drums. The choir sings some of its tunes in English, but even in Portuguese, its members’ voices are irresistible.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="188" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/barefoot_in_the_park_category.jpg" width="250"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Barefoot in the Park”</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 N.W. Ninth St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 2 and 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30</p> <p>Contact: 561/272-1281, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Even theatergoers numbed to the ubiquity of Neil Simon comedies in South Florida can find reason to see “Barefoot in the Park” again. One of Simon’s most revered plays is also one of his most prestigious, originally running for three and a half years on Broadway, winning a Tony and helping to make a star out of Robert Redford; it has even been revived on the Great White Way twice since the turn of the 21<sup>st</sup> century, to great acclaim. Like “The Odd Couple,” it’s a comedy of culture-clashing pairs—two pairs, to be exact. A young newlywed couple, one of them free-spirited and the other more uptight, discover the emotional surprises only matrimony can bring, while dealing with the elders in their life: The wife’s long-suffering mother and the eccentric new neighbor in the New York City walk-up apartment. “Barefoot in the Park” runs through June 7 in this community theater production.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="317" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/evil-dead-ii-1987-04-g.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Evil Dead”</strong></p> <p>Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 11:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5</p> <p>Contact: 786/385-9689, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When it was unleashed to the world at the Cannes Film Festival in 1982, Sam Raimi’s “The Evil Dead” instantly attracted praise from none other than Stephen King, a tough sell when it comes to all things horror. Since then, the sky has been the limit for this movie turned multimedia franchise, a mix of grisly horror and black humor that returned $2.6 million on its $400,000 budget. It’s about five friends who gather at a cabin in the remote woods—a storytelling trope that has been Xeroxed countless times by low-budget horror auteurs—only to encounter a Sumerian version of the Book of the Dead and a tape recording of incantations. Pretty soon, as Wikipedia succinctly puts it, one character “is attacked and raped by demonically possessed trees,” and all Hell literally breaks loose. This is the movie that turned Raimi into a cult director and Bruce Campbell into a cult star, and this is your chance to see it for a discounted rate (plus free popcorn!), on its original 35mm projection format to boot.</p> <p>SATURDAY AND SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="406" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/delray_beach_craft_festival_910_medium.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Tennis Center, 201 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Events season in Delray isn’t over quite yet, but this Memorial Day tradition is one of the city’s last big hurrahs as spring melts into scorching summer. The Craft Festival celebrates its 18<sup>th</sup> anniversary at the cusp of downtown, where crafters from across the nation offer handmade wares for all price ranges, including paintings, jewelry, glasswork and pottery. Plus, there will be a Green Market with gourmet sauces, handmade soaps and live orchids.</p> <p>MONDAY, MAY 25</p> <p><img alt="" height="320" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/6350493eea10709ee65b1904bd9b5240.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Palm Beach Jerk and Caribbean Culture Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 W. Southern Blvd.</p> <p>When: 2 to 11 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25</p> <p>Contact: 561/247-1366, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This Memorial Day staple enters its 12<sup>th</sup> year of presenting the best in reggae music and Caribbean culture to South Florida audiences, and it hopes to top its record-breaking attendance of 2014. This year’s live performers include the Grammy-winning Jamaican artist Beenie Man (pictured), who has earned his distinction as the world’s “King of Dancehall;” Romain Virgo, a “lovers rock” singer who won a vocal competition at age 17 and has since topped many charts with his cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me;” Morgan Heritage, the reggae five-piece with 20 years’ experience; and British-born Maxi Priest, whose sound fuses reggae with R&amp;B. There also will be an art sale, a Kids Zone and plenty of food options, with vendors competing to win a “Jerk Cook Off” competition. </p>Max&#39;s to Host Chefs Battle2015-05-18T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="401" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/chefwars.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Chefs and foodies hankering for a little toque-to-toque combat will get their wish beginning Wednesday, June 17, when <a href="" target="_blank">Max’s Harvest</a> (<em>169 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561/381-9970</em>) hosts Chef vs. Chef, a battle of culinary gladiators modeled after the edgy cable TV cooking show, <em>Knife Fight</em>.</p> <p>Participating chefs will get a basket of “mystery ingredients” to use in the creation of several dishes, with the winners facing off against each other in a bracket-style competition, a la the NCAA college basketball tournament. A panel of foodies and press types will judge, with the overall winner getting an as yet unspecified grand prize and a portion of the proceeds going to a local charity.</p> <p>Ten bucks will get you into the peanut gallery for the competition so you can cheer on your favorite chef and find out whose cuisine reigns supreme.</p> <p>Interested chefs should email Honey Ackermann at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> and include their bio and contact info. A draw party will be held at the restaurant on Wednesday, June 3.</p>New Cinema Brings Luxury, Intimacy to Coconut Creek2015-05-15T06:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/silverspot-10.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>(The Silverspot lobby)</em></p> <p>In an interview with me several months ago, Randi Emerman, marketing director for the now brand-new Silverspot Cinema in Coconut Creek, forecast the theater as being “like iPic on steroids.” After touring the theater this week, just a few of days before its proposed grand opening Friday night, I would disagree with this analogy. I would argue that Silverspot is more like iPic on Quaaludes, and I say that as a compliment.</p> <p>The Mizner Park hot spot iPic, for all its innovative approaches to luxury moviegoing, can seem too dependent on the bells and whistles. Cinephiles who want to lose themselves in the movies don’t necessarily appreciate the full-service experience, with its regular interruptions from wait staff. This won’t happen at the more down-to-earth Silverspot, where, as CEO Francisco Schlotterbeck told the media this week, “to experience the movie is the most important thing for us.”</p> <p>To that end, food will not be served inside the auditorium—though guests can take in selections from the snack counter, which includes pizza, chicken fingers and the now-ubiquitous sliders. There will be no intrusions from the outside world, and even the packaging of the products, the interior design of each auditorium and the seats themselves are colored entirely black, wrapping up attendees in a comfy cinematic cocoon.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/img_0598.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Located in the Promenade, the burgeoning outdoor shopping, dining and banking center of Coconut Creek, the 11-screen Silverspot advertises itself as a boutique theater, but it does match the upscale standards of iPic in other ways. There is no box office, so guests are encouraged to purchase tickets online or at five electronic kiosks near the entrance, where they’ll buy assigned seats. The interior design of the lobby is minimalist-chic. A bar dispensing bottled beer, wines and cocktails greets you upon entry, and, as Emerman points out, “your wine bottle will fit in the cupholders” of the seats.</p> <p>And speaking of those seats: These lumbar-supported, hand-stitched pockets of leather heaven are justifiably one of Silverspot’s proudest calling cards. Every seat is like a first-class plane accommodation, and those prone to falling asleep in the middle of a film will find no impediment to their problem here.</p> <p>Emerman, who is also president of the Palm Beach International Film Festival, is most excited about the programming of Silverspot, which will screen independent and art-house fare in addition to top-grossing Hollywood titles. Concerts, ballets and operas will be simulcast, and Schlotterbeck is looking into streaming sporting events as well. Other mini film festivals, including a Shakespeare fest in the fall, will also distinguish Silverspot from its peers.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/silverspot-024.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>(The Silverspot lobby bar)</em></p> <p>The Coconut Creek location is the second Silverspot theater in Florida (the first has been operating for the past six years in Naples), and another is due in Miami Beach in the fall of 2016. Schlotterbeck brings more than 20 years of theater experience to this venture, which is on track to be the first LEED-certified cinema in Florida, and one of just 11 such cinemas in the country. By June, the theater’s attached restaurant, still unnamed but conceptualized by the acclaimed David Burke Group, will bring New York-style sophistication to pre- and post-movie dining.</p> <p>Combining sustainability with luxury isn’t always easy, but Silverspot hopes to pull it off, while attending to the entertainment and cultural needs of this underserved region in North Broward. Tickets will cost $14.50 for adults and $9.75 for children, with discounts for seniors and matinees, and with small additional fees for 3D movies. The theater will open to the public today at 4443 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek. For information and show times, visit</p>Smoke BBQ to Open in Lauderdale2015-05-15T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/smokebbq.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Where there’s smoke, there’s <strong>Smoke BBQ</strong>. And soon there will be a new Smoke BBQ in Fort Lauderdale.</p> <p>Yes, come this summer the folks behind the original Delray Smoke—certainly one of the best barbecue joints in South Florida—will bring their low ‘n’ slow ‘cue to the former Julian’s restaurant just off A1A. Unlike the Delray eatery, however, the Lauderdale Smoke will be counter-service only, eat in or take out.</p> <p>The menu will feature the same barbecue staples that have made the parent Smoke a favorite of ‘cue balls everywhere, from ribs and brisket to chicken and “burnt ends,” fatty, crusty, odd-shaped chunks off the brisket, usually tossed back in the smoker for a second go-round to fortify their flavor.</p>Staff Picks: two shops and an exhibition2015-05-15T00:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<div class="gmail_default"> <p><strong>Deconceptshop</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="236" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/deconceptshop.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Georgette Evans, Advertising Account Manager</em></p> <p>“This new Turkish home accessories store is wonderful. Beautiful mosaic lamps, colorful throw pillows and covers, intricate ceramics and table wear -- all imported, very unique and affordable in price. A must see for anyone looking to redecorate and looking for something new with a little flare.”</p> <p>(331 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton  // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>"War Horses" at NSU Art Museum</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/nsu.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by John Thomason, Managing Editor</em></p> <p>"None of the art on display at the NSU Art Museum's new ‘War Horses’ exhibition bears the Adolf Hitler Seal of Approval. Labeled as 'degenerate art' by the Nazi regime while it was embarking on its path of global destruction, the Danish ‘Helhesten’ movement (it translates to "Hell Horse") thumbed its nose at fascism with its groundbreaking, dynamic surrealist flourishes and childish whimsy. This exhibition includes more than 90 works from the courageous early '40s movement, including paintings and sculpture, and it marks the first museum exhibition of its kind in the U.S. ‘War Horses’ opens Sunday, May 17, and runs through Oct. 4."</p> <p>(1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale // <a href=""></a>)</p> <p><strong>Athleta</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/athleta.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Rebecca Valenza, National Account Manager</em></p> <p>“The new Athleta store in Town Center is awesome!  Here you’ll find very high quality lifestyle clothing that you can work out in, weekend attire, hangout attire and just live-able stuff. The staff is awesome. See Mickey or James and they will take care of you like family!”</p> <p>(<em>Located in Town Center at Boca Raton, between Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s)</em></p> <p><strong>Walk in their Shoes</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Freelance Web Editor</em></p> <p>"Do you have a pair of new or gently worn shoes you can afford to give away? If so, now is the time. From May 15-17, Town Center at Boca Raton is collecting new or gently used shoes for Dress for Success, an organization that helps women land employment opportunities. For every pair donated, the Diagnostic Centers of America will also donate $5 to a fund that helps women who otherwise can't afford it receive lifesaving mammograms. You can leave your donations at the DCA box behind the Starbucks kiosk between Macy's and Sears."</p> <p><em><em><a href="/blog/tag/staff-picks" target="_blank">For more staff picks, click here.</a></em></em></p> </div>Delray tidies up the Auburn Trace issue, and other news of note2015-05-14T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/02_128639692701209880640064075004080.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>Delray getting its house in order</h3> <p>Slowly but steadily, Delray Beach is trying to clean up the financial mess of the Auburn Trace housing complex and to make life better for those who live there.</p> <p>The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., just approved Delray Beach’s purchase from IberiaBank of the first mortgage on the 152-unit and the roughly 18 acres in the city’s southwest neighborhood. The FDIC had to sign off on the price because Iberia gave Delray a roughly $500,000 discount from the $4.7-million-plus price of the note.</p> <p>City Attorney Noel Pfeffer said the closing must happen by May 29. Once it does, Delray Beach will be the lead creditor with a claim on Auburn Trace Ltd., the entity that owns and manages the complex. It is a subsidiary of Delray Beach-based Auburn Communities.</p> <p>Twenty-six years ago, when a much different Delray Beach was trying to encourage any residential project, the city loaned the developer $3.84 million. With interest, the city’s stake is now between $4.2 million and $4.3 million.</p> <p>As Pfeffer explained to the city commission four months ago, Delray Beach’s position as second mortgage-holder had become riskier. Iberia foreclosed on the property last fall because Auburn Trace Ltd., had not been making payments to the bank or the city. The developer then filed under Chapter 11 for bankruptcy protection.</p> <p>Depending on how the bankruptcy plays out, Pfeffer said, Delray Beach—being secondary to the bank—could get less of its money or, in the worst case, the city could have its position “extinguished.” If Delray Beach is first in line, the city has much more protection, though Pfeffer acknowledged in January that the purchase is a “complex transaction with an uncertain outcome.” Auburn Trace also matters much more to Delray Beach than to IberiaBank, which has $16 billion in assets.</p> <p>As long as the fate of Auburn Trace Ltd., remains uncertain, however, so will the outcome for Delray Beach and for residents of Auburn Trace. The developer’s latest move is a proposed sale of the project to Miami-based The Related Group. The company is best known for building luxury and market-rate condos—including SOFA 1 and 2 in Delray Beach—but it also has a large affordable housing department. Related’s Long Ha told me, “We’ve done several of these projects.”</p> <p>According to documents submitted to the Palm Beach County Housing Finance Authority, Related—under an entity called PRH Investments—would buy Auburn Trace for $9.5 million. To make the purchase happen, the authority would authorize up to $9 million in financing that comes with what the authority’s executive director, David Brandt, says is a 4 percent federal tax credit that would provide between 20 percent and 25 percent of the equity. Last week, the housing finance authority board approved an “inducement resolution”—a placeholder action to make the financing available if the parties can work out a deal. Brandt said no government agency would be on the hook for the bonds, which private investors would buy.</p> <p>The sale to Related, though, depends on Auburn Trace satisfying its creditors. That depends on making Delray Beach happy, and not just about money. As Mayor Cary Glickstein told me Wednesday, “This is also a public policy issue.” He means the welfare of Auburn Trace’s residents and the city’s wish for a safe, attractive project.</p> <p>Auburn Trace’s first offer comes up way short on the money. I have confirmed that the developer offered Delray Beach $2.4 million, or roughly 60 percent of what Auburn Trace owes the city. Related would spend $25,000 in renovations on each Auburn Trace unit, and the complex would have gated access, among other improvements.</p> <p>Auburn Trace’s attorney, Bradley Shraiberg, said the developer is “offering an alternative to (the city’s) proposed plan treatment” in the bankruptcy action, meaning the city’s purchase of the Iberia loan. Shraiberg stressed that “no plan has been approved for the debtor to solicit creditors. We are in the middle of that approval process.”</p> <p>Not surprisingly, my sense from communicating with commissioners is that Auburn Trace has to raise that offer. “That’s obviously just a starting point,” Commissioner Jordana Jarjura said in an email. “If I were to support a deal, it would need to make the taxpayers whole and also address the poor conditions of the property.”</p> <p>Pfeffer said Wednesday that he has other questions. The offer “needs context.” The city needs a “full understanding of the entire loan financing and the ownership entity.” Pfeffer said the city will “solicit added information.” It also appears that Auburn Trace wants to satisfy the Iberia loan at the price the city negotiated.</p> <p>Delray Beach and the city’s bankruptcy lawyer, Robert Furr, didn’t hear until late last week about the possible sale to Related and the appeal to the Housing Finance Authority. The agency would have to approve the financing by June 30 because there’s only a certain amount available in this area of Florida for authorization by the end of the state fiscal year.</p> <p>Surprises from Auburn Trace’s developer are not new. Sixteen months ago, the developer proposed on short notice that it give Delray Beach seven months of payment on the first loan—roughly $1 million—in exchange for the city granting a second loan of $4.3 million. That plan lacked even more details. A first commission vote approved it. A second rescinded it. This followed years of concessions to the developers, including the city subordinating its interest so Auburn Trace could get more financing.</p> <p>Delray Beach’s exit strategy, Glickstein said, is “to protect the city’s position and not to be an operator” of a housing project. The city probably would love to have a company with Related’s resources renovate and run Auburn Trace. The developer’s plan for getting there, however, must align with the city’s interest.</p> <h3>Bernard is back</h3> <p>When the Delray Beach City Commission considered that earlier Auburn Trace proposal, lawyer/former state representative <strong>Mack Bernard</strong> argued for it. He was representing Auburn Trace. The city’s financial officer said it would have been a terrible deal for Delray Beach.</p> <p>Yet as Bernard runs for the Palm Beach County Commission, Delray Beach is providing much of his early financing. Bernard raised nearly $35,000 in April, having declared his candidacy after District 7 incumbent Priscilla Taylor announced her intent to run for the northern Palm Beach County-Treasure Coast congressional seat of Patrick Murphy. He’s running for the U.S. Senate next year.</p> <p>Roughly 40 percent of Bernard’s contributions in April were from Delray Beach. His law firm gave $1,000, as did Bernard’s wife. Through his Luna Rosa Restaurant and himself, Fran Marincola gave $2,000. City Commissioner Al Jacquet, a longtime Bernard ally, gave $1,000. So did former Delray Beach Mayor Tom Carney. Another $1,000 came from the developer of Atlantic Crossing and from the politically-connected Boca Raton law firm Weiss Handler &amp; Cornwell.</p> <p>One early question for Bernard is whether he lives in District 7. It’s a weird-looking thing, concentrated in central West Palm Beach and in Riviera Beach. Then it runs along the barrier island to Lake Worth, where it turns west to take in many minority neighborhoods south to Linton Boulevard. In 1988, when voters expanded the commission from five members to seven members, District 7 was added and drawn as a minority-access seat. An African-American has held it from the first election in 1990. Bernard is Haitian-American.</p> <p>According to the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office, Bernard has owned a house in Delray Beach’s Bexley Park neighborhood since 2005. That house is outside District 7, according to the county’s map. That house, which is listed in the name of Bernard and his wife, is in District 4, which Steven Abrams represents.</p> <p>Records also show that Bernard—in his name—last December bought a house in Boynton Beach just east of Interstate 95. That house is in District 7. The mailing address, however, is the house in Delray Beach.</p> <p>Palm Beach County’s charter requires that commissioners live in the district they represent not just once they are elected but when they qualify to run. Bernard has qualified to run in District 7. Two calls to Bernard’s law office Wednesday were not returned by deadline.</p> <h3>County Administrator                             </h3> <p>Predictably, the county commission went with an inside candidate to succeed County Administrator Bob Weisman, who is retiring in August after 24 years.</p> <p>That candidate is Weisman’s deputy, <strong>Verdenia Baker</strong>. She will become the county’s first female administrator and also the first African-American. Coming in second was Assistant County Administrator Shannon LaRocque.</p> <p>Commissioner Steven Abrams, who represents Boca Raton, Delray Beach and surrounding areas, said Palm Beach is a “well-run county” whose administration “doesn’t need to be blown up,” despite what all who interviewed them agreed were the strong qualifications of the four outside candidates. Two commissioners had an outsider as their top choice.</p> <p>Abrams ranked LaRocque first, not because of any problems with Baker—“Verdenia’s great”—but because “the main asset in that job is to be a problem-solver, and I’ve seen Shannon solve some of the most intractable problems we’ve had.” Abrams cited the county’s transit service for the disabled—since improved—the utility problems in the Glades that left residents drinking “brown water”—there’s now a regional water plant—and the convention center hotel—“which will open on time and under budget” after delays and infighting had set back the project for 15 years.</p> <p>The smart move would be for Baker to name LaRocque her deputy. As Abrams pointed out, many of the county’s veteran administrators soon will be retiring. The county will need lots of institutional knowledge and problem-solving talent.</p> <h3>More election snafus</h3> <p>Sigh. Even the choice of Baker made Palm Beach County look yet again like the election screw-up capital of the country.</p> <p>According to a memo from Assistant County Administrator Brad Merriman, the county’s search firm miscalculated the candidate rankings submitted by the commissioners. Priscilla Taylor ranked Baker first, not Michael Rogers. Fortunately, the mistake didn’t change the outcome. Baker still came out on top, but with four first-place votes, not just three.</p> <p>So we’re talking embarrassment, not crisis. Still, November 2016 will be here soon enough.    </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong><em>Randy Schultz</em></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 and </em><em>Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post. 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>Seasonal Finds: Baked Oysters2015-05-14T06:00:00+00:00Amanda Jane/blog/author/amandajane/<p>There are countless reasons to be grateful for living in South Florida—and having access to exceptional seafood is certainly one of them. Like other food categories, some seafood is at its best during specific windows of the year. Take the beloved oyster, which is at its plumpest and richest tasting during its prime time: spring.</p> <p><img alt="" height="382" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/sj-oysters.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>There are five species of oysters harvested or sold in the U.S.—Pacific, Kumamoto, Atlantic, European Flat and Olympia—encompassing some 150 varieties (based on where they live, the water they filter and how they are handled). Ultimately, the best-tasting oysters come from the cleanest water. Check your local seafood market for Florida-raised oysters for a truly local taste experience.</p> <p>Not only are oysters an immunity and energy-boosting treat packed with iron and B vitamins, but their shells are recyclable. Amazingly, oyster shells act as a great garden fertilizer. Their shells contain a high concentration of calcium, which produces strong, healthy plants and also balances the pH level of the soil. Simply crush the leftover shells and distribute them into the garden.</p> <p>Of course, there is also the popular myth that oysters are the ultimate aphrodisiac—but we’ll let you be the judge.</p> <p>The most common method of eating oysters is raw and chilled, with cocktail sauce and a squeeze of lemon on top. Another popular way to eat them is “Rockefeller” style, where the oyster is topped with various ingredients such as spinach or bacon—and baked in the oven.</p> <p>Keeping with this incredibly popular Rockefeller style as a guide, I created a seasonal recipe that sure to make your mouth water: <strong>Baked oysters with shaved asparagus and celery salt. </strong>In this recipe, seasonal spring asparagus and celery make for a super-fresh topping on the succulent warm oyster meat.</p> <p>This recipe is light, flavorful, and a total crowd pleaser—a dozen will not be enough!</p> <p><img alt="" height="493" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/seasonally-jane-oysters.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Baked Oysters with Shaved Asparagus and Celery Salt</strong></p> <p>Makes 1 dozen oysters </p> <p><strong>Celery salt ingredients</strong></p> <p>1 celery spear, finely minced</p> <p>1/3 teaspoon sea salt</p> <p><strong>Broiled oyster ingredients</strong></p> <p>1 garlic clove, minced</p> <p>2 tablespoons unsalted butter</p> <p>1/4 cup bread crumbs</p> <p>6 asparagus spears</p> <p>Salt and pepper to taste</p> <p>12 oysters, shucked</p> <p>1/4 cup white cheddar (shredded) or Parmesan cheese</p> <p><strong>Instructions</strong></p> <p>1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On large baking sheet, arrange oyster half shells meat-side up. Set aside. Combine celery and sea salt in small bowl and whisk together to create celery salt. Add additional salt to your liking. Place in refrigerator until ready to serve.</p> <p>2) Using a potato peeler, slice asparagus spears using upward motion moving toward the tip. Shred each spear and chop in half to create short strands that will be easy for chewing.</p> <p>3) In a nonstick medium saucepan over medium heat, sauté garlic until just turning brown, about 2 minutes. Add butter, allow to melt, and infuse with garlic, about 1 minute. Stir in breadcrumbs, shredded asparagus, season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine all ingredients, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat.</p> <p>4) Spoon quarter-sized scoop of asparagus mixture on top of each oyster. Place oysters in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, until golden. Remove from oven and top oysters with cheese and a pinch of celery salt. Serve immediately. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Amanda Jane</strong></p> <p><em>Amanda Jane is the creator of the food blog <a href="" target="_blank">Seasonally Jane</a>, a creative space where she shares her love of seasonally inspired cooking through original recipes, photography and writing.  Seasonally Jane celebrates the use of peak-season fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on organic whole foods and unique ingredients. Amanda launched her blog in September 2014 and is based in Lighthouse Point.</em></p>PB Catch to Debut Beachy Lounge2015-05-13T12:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/summershack.png" width="400"></p> <p>Swanky seafood house <a href="" target="_blank">PB Catch</a> (<em>251 Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-5558</em>) is adding a pair of flipflops to its tasseled loafers with the debut this Saturday of <strong>Summer Shack</strong>, a more casual, beachy reworking of its bar-lounge.</p> <p>The “coastal cottage-inspired” decor is said to give the space the look of “an island beach shack with a modern twist,” and will feature marine lighting, striped surfboards and other beachy accouterments. New staff outfits and a roster of tropical-style cocktails will also be unveiled, as well as a new Summer Shack Ale created by chef de cuisine Aaron Black.</p> <p>Black’s Shack menu will boast easygoing comfort food dishes ranging from shrimp po’ boys and yellowfin tuna tacos to fried chicken and grilled hanger steak. If beachfront casual isn’t your thing, never fear. The rest of PB Catch will remain the same.</p>A Time to Discover2015-05-13T09:00:00+00:00Michelle Olson-Rogers/blog/author/michellerogers/<p>With a sweltering summer looming—and only so many splash pads and air-conditioned play gyms in Boca Raton—moms are looking for ways to stay cool and keep their children entertained. Look no further than the <a href="" target="_blank">South Florida Science Center &amp; Aquarium</a>, which just launched its new Discovery Center by PNC Grow Up Great.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/2015-05-08_11.26.51.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This bright and airy learning space inside the West Palm Beach-based center is targeted to walkers up to age 5 and features a 20-foot water table, a wall-sized Lite Brite, a lounge area for parents, a reading nook and dress-up area—and much more!</p> <p>My 2-year-old aspiring scientists were engaged in the space from the beginning (albeit a little short for the water table) and loved interacting with all of the activities in the Discovery Center, as well as the exhibits around the museum.</p> <p><img alt="" height="488" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/img_0520.jpg" width="487"></p> <p>Cookie Monster cut the ribbon that officially opened the Discovery Center on May 8, but that wasn’t our only Sesame Street sighting that day. Be sure to purchase tickets to see Big Bird and Elmo in a special 22-minute planetarium presentation of “<a href="" target="_blank">One World, One Sky.</a>” The show description said ages 4 and up, but our Boca tots loved the show!</p> <p>Admission is $15 for adults, $11 for kids (3 to 12); planetarium shows are extra. The Science Center is a proud participant in Bank of America’s Museums On Us program, a monthly promotion offering Bank of America customers free access to select museums on the first full weekend of every month (Saturday and Sunday). Guest must present Bank of America card and photo ID.</p> <p>The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is at 4801 Dreher Trail North. Call 561/832-1988 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> for more information.</p> <p><em>Disclosure: I was given complimentary admission to the South Florida Science Center &amp; Aquarium in exchange for publicity consideration. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  </em></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of <a href=""></a></em><strong><em>, </em></strong><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. </em><strong><em>Modern Boca Mom</em></strong><em> 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>The Great River Race2015-05-13T08:30:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Calling all stand-up paddle boarders, canoers, kayakers and natural lovers. The <strong>13th Great Loxahatchee River Race</strong> is slated for this Saturday, May 16. It’s an opportunity for water lovers to test their skills on one of three options—a 1-mile recreational paddle, a 6-mile loop or 12-mile loop on the Loxahatchee River.</p> <p><img alt="" height="273" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/loxahatchee2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The race, hosted by Waste Water Management and Florida Paddling Trails Association, starts at Jonathan Dickinson Park (<em>16450 S.E. Federal Highway</em>) in Hobe Sound. The fee is $8 per person and $2 for parking. Attendees will enjoy a complimentary lunch; participants should bring their own beverages, but no alcohol (it’s not allowed in the park).</p> <p>If you don’t have a canoe or kayak, you can rent one at <a href="" target="_blank">Jonathan Dickinson Park</a>. To rent a stand-up paddle board or kayak, check out <a href="" target="_blank">Jupiter Pointe Paddling</a>.</p> <p>For more information, call 561/718-3890 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>The Real Prom to Remember2015-05-13T06:00:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="335" src="/site_media/uploads/get_involved.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>It’s prom season and I see so many of my friends going all out to outfit their kids—expensive gowns, hair and make-up and main-pedis, hotel accommodations—it’s a far cry from the good old days when proms were still actually held in the school gym, and no one would have dreamed of going somewhere to have an adult give you a smoky eye and a hair blow-out. But I digress. Regardless of my personal amazement at what proms have become, there is one I find pretty wonderful: A Prom to Remember, this Friday night at the Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale for teens aged from 12 to 19 who share one thing; they all have cancer.</p> <p>This is how organizer Brandon Opre tells the story:</p> <p>“When I realized that many teens suffering from life-threatening illnesses miss out on many of their high school memories, a thought came to mind. What if I came up a special event for these kids that they will cherish forever? High school prom is one of the big events of a teenager’s life, and had always meant a lot to me growing up, so what if we created this really cool prom for the kids? I bounced this idea off of several friends and people in the community; needless to say it gained momentum and my idea quickly became a reality.</p> <p>"At the beginning I figured we would invite all the cancer-patients in my local Fort Lauderdale area to this special Prom. Before long, I realized there are many other kids in the neighboring counties as well—I wanted to invite them all! With an entourage of community supporters rallying behind me, in 2009 we assembled more than just your usual Prom – we provided the ultimate prom experience for kids battling cancer. With that, A Prom To Remember was born and kids from all over South Florida were in attendance.</p> <p>“A Prom To Remember has quickly spread to other areas of the country, with Cleveland creating their first Prom in 2010. Other US cities will be launching events this upcoming year.</p> <p>“I am grateful for the support of our surrounding communities and hope to eventually provide A Prom To Remember for kids all across the country.”</p> <p>The Unforgettable Prom Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charity; contact Brandon if you want to help at: 877/385-7766</p> <p><strong>THIS YEAR'S PROM</strong></p> <p>Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale (1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale)</p> <p>When: Friday, May 15, from 7 to 11 p.m.</p> <p>Theme: Alice in Wonderland</p>Theater Review: &quot;Dames at Sea&quot; at The Wick2015-05-13T06:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>When I saw “Dames at Sea” at the Wick Theatre this past weekend, it came just five days after seeing the disastrous Broadway tour of “Anything Goes” at the Broward Center: Two cornball retro musicals set aboard ships. But the difference is vast and refreshing. The regional “Dames at Sea” is every bit as infectious and streamlined as the national “Anything Goes” was shrill and turgid.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/dames2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Premiering in 1966 in a tiny off-off-Broadway coffeehouse, “Dames” based its parodic narrative on the splashy, leggy Busby Berkeley movie musicals of the ‘30s, only with a sliver of their resources. The characters are deliberately stereotyped showbiz caricatures—pampered diva Mona Kent (Laura Hodos), brassy chorus girl Joan (Alison McCartan), small-town ingénue Ruby (Lindsey Bethea), the sailor and aspirational songwriter Dick (Alex Jorth), his shore-leave buddy Lucky (Blake Spellacy) and the grouchy, long-suffering theater director Hennesey (Gabriel Zenone). They collide backstage at a 42<sup>nd</sup> Street theater that just happens to be undergoing a demolition on their opening night, prompting the production to relocate onboard Dick and Lucky’s naval battleship.</p> <p>“Dames at Sea” is unabashedly insubstantial escapism, the kind that makes the Wick’s previous selections, “Oklahoma!” and “Man of La Mancha,” look like cerebral treatises. But under Michael Ursua’s imaginative and tonally consistent direction, this silly show radiates joy and uplift, simultaneously honoring and superseding its threadbare origins. Angela Morando-Taylor’s minimalistic, tap-driven choreography, performed in Act One in front of nothing by a propless brick wall, is punchy and captivating, while musical director Caryl Fantel, leading her exceptional three-piece band from her perch at the piano, conducts the show’s surprising wealth of styles, from Broadway pomp to ragtime, a Viennese waltz and a Latin-tinged tango.</p> <p><img alt="" height="346" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/dames1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The cast, absent a weak link, captures the ‘30s-musical ambience while frequently winking at a nonexistent camera. While the men are unassailably solid, there’s a reason the dames share the show’s title: Hodos skillfully milks every comic moment with extended beats and entitled mugging, while an effervescent Bethea imbues her naïve Ruby with big-eyed wonder and a chipmunk squeak. McCartan effortlessly embodies her wisecracking chorus girl, sharing with the equally fleet-footed Spellacy the show’s finest hour, the tap celebration “Choo-Choo Honeymoon.”</p> <p>Equally inspired is the Wick team’s technical vision, gussying up the show’s coffeehouse austerity with just the right amount of dazzle. A black-and-white credit sequence, echoing the vintage movie nostalgia of “Dames,” opens the production on the Wick’s newly installed projection screen. A shadow play invigorates Mona’s Act One number “That Mister Man of Mine,” and the scenic design for the battleship-set second act features a frontal view of the ship’s deck, complete with three confetti-spewing canons pointing toward the audience and smoke billowing from its twin funnels.</p> <p>This kind of lavish technical detail likely isn’t new to “Dames at Sea;” after nearly 50 years of small-scale productions, the show finally was scheduled to debut on Broadway last year. That didn't happen, yet. But after this charming interpretation, who needs Broadway?</p> <p><em>“Dames at Sea” runs through May 31 at the Wick, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. Tickets cost $63-$80. Call 561/995-2333 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Former Little House to Get New Life2015-05-12T14:08:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="219" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/littlehouse_(640x286).jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The former Little House of Boynton Beach, vacant since Chrissy Benoit shut it down last year, will become a pizza joint owned by the founder of Mastino Italian Soul Food in Delray Beach.</p> <p>The name and opening date are still up in the air, but Salvatore Campanile will reportedly turn out Neapolitan-style pizzas and other casual Italian dishes from the 800-square-foot space, the 1940’s-vintage former residence dubbed the Ruth Jones Cottage.</p> <p>Along with the one-time Little House, Campanile has also purchased the 96-year-old Oscar Magnuson House with the intent of turning it into a Mediterranean restaurant and grill. Both properties are on East Ocean Avenue in an area the city has long hoped to revitalize with new businesses. Maybe this time they’ll be successful.</p>When the Moon Hits Your Eye: Save the date!2015-05-12T10:50:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="457" src="/site_media/uploads/1803768-dean_martin_400x400-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Every summer I like to follow Channel 5 weatherman’s Steve Weagle’s bike ride for the Red Cross from Sebastian to Boca Raton —he always stops at my favorite places—Harry &amp; The Natives in Hobe Sound, Old School Square in Delray, and I always want to be there (instead of my couch) when people hand him one of those big old checks for the Red Cross. This year, the termination point in Boca has special significance—Mizner Park, and Jazziz, specifically, will be the location for the Red Cross’ 5<sup>th</sup> Annual South County event—the “21 Club.”</p> <p>And I, for one, love this idea.</p> <p>I was a kid when Dean and Sammy and Frankie tore things up from Miami to Vegas to Hollywood—but I loved the music, the cool, the whole 1950s and '60s attitude they brought to showbiz.  So sign me up for the May 29 event that will feature “21 Club,” a Rat Pack Tribute Show at Jazziz, complete with martinis and Manhattans, lavish dinner stations, a creative silent auction, dancing and unforgettable entertainment. </p> <p>“We’re excited to work with our committee, volunteers, and sponsors to create a different type of event that will enable us to showcase the work that we do every day across South Florida,” says Amy Mauser, regional chief development officer, South Florida.</p> <p>The event will also honor WPTV’s Chief Meteorologist and 16 year Red Cross supporter, Steve Weagle. We are not sure if he’ll wear a skinny tie and smoke Viceroys, but we’re happy he’ll be there with the other legends.</p> <p>Tickets to the 5<sup>th</sup> Annual South County Event are $200 per person and must be purchased in advance. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For tickets and more information, please contact Anna Erickson at 561/650-9105 or <a href=""></a>. You can also <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a> or visit the event's <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>.</p>The case for Chabad &amp; Australian pines on the chopping block2015-05-12T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/img_0231-2.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>The Chabad case</h3> <p>Thursday night surely must have been the first time that anyone speaking in Boca Raton City Hall had quoted George Washington’s letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island.</p> <p>Rabbi Ruvi New read portions of the 1790 letter on behalf of his Chabad East Boca congregation’s petition to build a synagogue, exhibit hall and social center at 770 E. Palmetto Park Road. The Newport congregation had written Washington to express support for his administration. Washington responded, in part, that the government should give “to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance. . .”</p> <p>That was the closest anyone came to raising anti-Semitism as Chabad East Boca had its do-over before the Planning and Zoning Board. Still, the inescapable issue is that a small group of Jewish people—a group that Boca Raton thwarted seven years ago when neighbors east of Mizner Park objected—seeks to build a house of worship on property where the city allows such a use and where city staff and now two reviews by an advisory board say the use is acceptable—including 10 feet of additional height for one building, known as a conditional use—but this time a new set of neighbors object.</p> <p>The chabad had expected city council approval on April 14, after the Planning and Zoning Board’s March 19 recommendation for approval. But a neighbor raised a technical point, which caused a second staff review. As before, the staff recommended approval by the Planning and Zoning Board. At Thursday night’s meeting, after five hours, the board agreed. The hearing lasted about an hour longer than the March 19 hearing. The vote for approval was 5-1 on the site plan and the added height, which was better than the 4-2 vote in March for the added height. Board member Kerry Koen, who voted for the site plan two months ago, this time voted no on the plan and the height.</p> <p>The city council chambers were full long before the 6:30 p.m. start of the hearing. The overflow went to the Community Center next door. Since the hearing was quasi-judicial and speakers testified under oath, Board Chairman William Fairman swore in the overflow via video.</p> <p>As with any hearing that lasts five hours, most speakers were saying essentially the same thing after about one hour. Chabad congregants—they sported red, white and blue T-shirts saying “We The People” and “Support 770”; many wore yarmulkes—said they would respect those in the Riviera and Por La Mar neighborhoods closest to the site at 770 E. Palmetto Park Road. Rabbi New said he had contacted the neighbors in March to set up meetings or speak by phone. Those neighbors, though, argue that the project would clog their streets with traffic and be incompatible with Boca’s “seaside village,” the area between the Palmetto Park bridge and the beach.</p> <p><em>Let’s take the traffic issue first.</em></p> <p>Palmetto Park is a county road, which means county staff must review the project to see if it would meet traffic performance standards for the road. The county has decided that the chabad would. The project had to undergo review as a tourist attraction, because of the planned “My Israel” exhibit. Doug Hess, Boca Raton’s chief traffic engineer, said at Thursday’s hearing that a retail or office project—both of which are allowed on the property— would generate more traffic.</p> <p>Chabad services, though, would draw people on Saturdays, when traffic on Palmetto Park picks up because of all the people going to the beach. Also, the exhibit hall would draw non-congregants, some of whom might come on buses.</p> <p>So city staff’s recommendation for approval hinges on Chabad East Boca taking several measures to ease the traffic impact. The Planning &amp; Zoning Board proposed and approved three others at the March 19 hearing. Another, which would limit the size of buses, was added Thursday night. The chabad would build an underground garage. Chabad East Boca is Orthodox, and some congregants will walk to services. The congregation couldn’t use multiple venues simultaneously and would have to limit attendance at High Holy Days services.</p> <p>The neighbors are not persuaded, saying that traffic can back up now on Palmetto Park Road, causing delays for drivers trying to turn west and go over the bridge. The neighbors envision congregants and visitors eschewing a left turn out of the chabad and turning onto Southeast Olive Way to navigate west to Spanish Trail, then north to Boca Raton Road and then right on Northeast Olive Way so they could make a right turn on Palmetto Park to the bridge.</p> <p>Board member Richard Coffin dismissed such a scenario by saying that such a roundabout trip covers half a mile. I made the trip, and he’s right. Coffin also was right to point out that the clearance on Spanish Trail under the bridge is a very low 7.5 feet.</p> <p><em>The other issue is that extra 10 feet of height above the 30-foot limit.</em></p> <p>Any such conditional use must meet several requirements in Section 28-102 of Boca Raton’s city code. The most pertinent is that the use is “compatible with present. . .development. . .in the area. . .”</p> <p>One neighbor tried to be diplomatic by saying, in essence, that Rabbi New has a great “vision,” but that he should build it somewhere else. The rabbi would respond that he tried to do so, only to have the city block him over new rules on parking.</p> <p>Let us assume that the most critical neighbors—those with the signs in their yards—would oppose any project, not just this particular house of worship. Let us assume that there is no “bigotry” or “persecution” at work. If so, they could be worried not just about Chabad East Boca but about Palmetto Promenade and a Houston’s restaurant that might open on the Wildflower property. Both sites are on the west side of the bridge, but both pose traffic issues; this summer a consultant will study the impact from a restaurant.</p> <p>Even accounting for those concerns, however, the city council—which will decide on Chabad East Boca at its May 27 meeting—can’t reject a project that fulfills the law just because neighbors don’t want it. One board member asked how the city would enforce the conditions attached to approval. The answer: The same way the city enforces similar conditions for <em>any other house of worship</em>. (Italics mine.) The neighbors have brought considerable passion to this issue, and they may also bring a lawsuit. They have yet to bring a persuasive case.</p> <h3>Judging the Judge</h3> <p>The Florida Supreme Court just did something that is fairly rare but more than fairly good: it rejected a plea deal for a judge who broke the law.</p> <p>On Nov. 5, 2013, Boca Raton police stopped Broward County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Imperato after she had attended a social function for judges and lawyers. According to police, Imperato’s car had been swerving so badly that it nearly struck another vehicle. At a red light, Imperato stopped six lengths behind another car.</p> <p>When the officer questioned her, Imperato first replied that she was a judge and refused to leave the car. She also refused a blood-alcohol test. Imperato was convicted of driving under the influence and of reckless driving. She got 20 days under house arrest, a year’s probation and $2,531 in fines and court costs.</p> <p>Her case went to the Judicial Qualifications Commission, which investigates judges accused of illegal and/or unethical behavior. If a JQC-appointed lawyer finds probable cause, a hearing is supposed to follow. It’s basically a trial. If the judge is found guilty, a recommendation for reprimand, removal or some other sanction goes to the high court.</p> <p>For nearly three decades, the commission has drawn criticism for seeking to cut deals with judges and avoid a full hearing. In the 1980s, the commission allowed a Palm Beach County judge with a drinking problem to hang on for 14 months so he could retire, though he was unfit to serve. Nothing became public until after the judge retired.</p> <p>In lieu of a hearing on Imperato, the commission recommended that she receive a reprimand, a $5,000 fine, a 20-day unpaid suspension and an alcohol evaluation. According to the JQC report, Imperato has been in counseling for a year and has been alcohol-free. All this supposedly would be in “the best interest of justice and sound judicial administration.”</p> <p>Actually, it would be in the best interest of Cynthia Imperato, who would keep her job without a public inquiry into what happened that night in Boca. The court disagreed. Unanimously. The justices kicked back the proposed settlement and ordered a hearing so that “in determining the appropriate sanction, (they) will be apprised of all the facts and circumstances bearing on the violation.” In other words: no secret deal for a judge.</p> <h3>Pining for the pines</h3> <p>What is it about Australian pines? Sure, it can eerily melodic when the wind curls through them, but the trees aren’t true pines. The state classifies them as weeds—noxious weeds, to boot—and as an invasive species, brought to Florida and planted as windbreaks. The irony is that Australian pines have such shallow root systems that they could turn into flying missiles during a storm.</p> <p>Yet on tonight’s Boca Raton City Council agenda is yet another plea to keep some of these high-class weeds, despite the city’s longstanding program to remove them. The petition comes from Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club, which opposes the decision of the Development Services Department—which the Environmental Control Hearing Board affirmed—that the club take out the row of pines at its marina. The city won’t issue a permit for work on the marina if the non-pine pines stay.</p> <p>The club makes five arguments for keeping the weeds, one being that they are “attractive and effective.” Not only does city staff swat those arguments away—pointing out, among other things, that the weeds are gone from Red Reef and Sugar Sand parks—the Environmental Control Hearing Board rejected the appeal of the staff decision, 4-0.</p> <p>Boca has been here before on Australian pines. Then-Mayor Susan Whelchel intervened when neighbors protested the county’s plan to remove the weeds from South Inlet Park. And in the 1990s Gulf Stream famously got the Legislature to approve a special exemption for the Australian pines that form a canopy over A1A.</p> <p>Of course, some year-round Floridians regard snowbirds as an invasive species. But they pay taxes, don’t ask as much in services, and usually are out of town during hurricane season.  </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong><em>Randy Schultz</em></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 and </em><em>Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post. 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: May 12 to 182015-05-11T15:23:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="241" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/built_to_spill_--_kelly_broich_2_.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Built to Spill</strong></p> <p>Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $26</p> <p>Contact: 954/564-1074, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Leave it up to Idaho indie rockers Built to Spill, on the day after the release of their latest studio album “Untethered Moon,” to play a show almost entirely composed of cover songs—with music from the Clash, Metallica and Neil Young—and with nothing from the new record. Then again, eccentricity and unpredictability, in terms of both set lists and album releases, is kinda Built to Spill’s thing. The five-piece group of guitar gods, whose sound marries indie-pop minimalism with long-form jam noodling, plays a different set every night, resurrecting tunes from its earliest records alongside its latest offerings. The masterful “Untethered Moon,” which one critic cited as the band’s best album since 1999’s seminal “Keep it Like a Secret,” is the group’s first in six years and is the first Built to Spill album with new band members Steve Gere and Jason Albertini, whose skills are well displayed on such furious epics as “When I’m Blind” and “All Our Songs.”</p> <p>THURSDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="254" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/magician.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Justin Willman</strong></p> <p>Where: Fort Lauderdale Improv, 5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: $20, with a two-drink minimum</p> <p>Contact: 954/981-5653, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If hosting a Scrabble-themed game show (the short-lived “Scrabble Showdown,” in 2011 and 2012) were Justin Willman’s only accomplishment, he would deserve a historical footnote for helping to democratize the greatest board game ever invented. Beyond that, he’s a full-blown renaissance geek whose various skills have made him a much sought-after talent in the fields of comedy, magic and television hosting. The Missouri native and longtime host of the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” began learning magic at age 12, after an attempt to impress local girls by riding a bicycle while wearing rollerblades led to the breaking of both of his arms. Magic became his recuperative therapy, and he’s never stopped; his style is to disarm you with seemingly spontaneous quips while performing invisible, and stunning, trickery. It has worked on celebrities from Hugh Jackman and Ellen DeGeneres to President Obama, when he performed at the White House in 2011. Catch both sides of Willman—the magician and the comedian—at this four-night stint in Hollywood, in a dazzling program that could only be improved by the addition of cupcakes.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="394" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/poster_show74.jpg" width="254"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $55-$77</p> <p>Contact: 561/514-4042, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Long before Judy Garland, Johnny Cash and Woody Guthrie enjoyed theatrical productions celebrating their life and music, there was “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” the 1986 show about Billie Holiday that arguably started the entire subgenre. Biography and concert blend in Lainie Robertson’s musical-play hybrid, as Holiday takes the stage at a seedy Philadelphia bar in 1959, just a few months before she would shed her mortal coil at age 44. In between performances of iconic tunes such as “Strange Fruit,” “God Bless the Child” and “I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone,” Holiday discusses her problems with men, her drug addiction, her musical influences, her fraught relationship with her mother, and the racism she had encountered on tour. It takes a special actress to pull off both the monologues and the indelible jazz vocals; let’s hope Dramaworks’ selection, Tracey Conyer Lee, can channel the same passion, pain and precision that Audra McDonald brought to the show’s 2014 Broadway premiere.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="536" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/cep1uo5w0aav7pm.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Betrayal”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Theater producers can’t stay away from this gut-wrenching Harold Pinter masterpiece for very long. It premiered in 1980, was revived on Broadway 20 years later, and was produced yet again on Broadway in 2013, in a celebrated production with Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz. Presented as a love triangle between a husband, his wife, and his wife’s lover, who is also the husband’s best friend, the play includes betrayals within betrayals, and it is presented in a reverse-chronological structure that is still radical to this day: It begins in 1977, as the affair has dissipated, and ends in 1968, amid the initial pangs of forbidden lust. Characterized by Pinter’s famously economic dialogue, complete with protracted pauses, the play has an autobiographical history, have been inspired by the playwright’s own seven-year affair with a BBC Television reporter. Zoetic Stage director Stuart Meltzer has promised a “fresh take” on this great drama, which stars top local actors Nicholas Richberg, Amy McKenna and Chaz Mena. It runs through May 31.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="254" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/club.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Book Club Play”</strong></p> <p>Where: Actors’ Playhouse, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45-$53</p> <p>Contact: 305/444-9293, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>You never know what various and sundry secrets will emerge when you get a bunch of smart people in a room to discuss “Moby-Dick” or “The Age of Innocence” or—God help us—“Twilight.” That’s the dramatic crux of Karen Zacarias’ “The Book Club Play,” a hit at regional theaters across the country, which makes its South Florida debut this weekend at Actors’ Playhouse. The play is set in the living room of affluent club leader Ana, who gathers her recalcitrant husband and four friends together for discussions that, inevitably, spiral into veiled resentments or uncomfortable truths. I’ve read the script, and it’s laugh-out-loud funny. With a cast this unimpeachable—Michael McKeever, Lela Elam, Paul Tei, Niki Fridh, Stephen G. Anthony and Barbara Sloan—expect the theatrical equivalent of a compelling page-turner. It runs through June 7.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/matt-shepard2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Screenings of “Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine”</strong></p> <p>Where: O Cinema, 9806 N.E. Second Ave., Miami Shores</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: $7.50-$11</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The greatest movie tearjerker of 2015 is likely not a product of Hollywood. It’s this devastating documentary, which revisits the 1998 murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard. Shepard was killed because he was gay, and his death became so much of a symbol and cause celebre for the tolerance movement that it’s easy to forget the flesh-and-blood person that sacrificed so much for awareness and, eventually, progress. Michele Josue, a close friend of Shepard’s, directs this personal and searching documentary, which digs through the emotional and physical wreckage of this galvanizing hate crime by interviewing fellow friends, family and even the bartender who served Shepard’s last drink. The ultimate result is, somehow, a moving study in forgiveness.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/israelfest-web.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Israel Fest 2015</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Thousands of attendees are expected to turn out at this celebration of Israel’s 67<sup>th</sup> anniversary of statehood, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. The event will feature a rare performance by multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Josh Nelson and his wife and fellow musician Neshama Carlebach—who have been called the prince and princess of Jewish music—as well as Pardes, a Jewish rock band that combines spiritual content with a dollop of Mediterranean and Hassidic influence. There also will be kosher food for sale, and children can enjoy a petting zoo, face paining and fun and games from the PJ Library of South Palm Beach County. The Boca Raton Museum of Art will even offer free first-floor admission to festival guests, in honor of its stunning exhibition by Israeli-born artist Izhar Patkin.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/edk.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Ed Kowalczyk</strong></p> <p>Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $32.10</p> <p>Contact: 954/564-1074, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The expected two-year hiatus of modern rockers Live, which was announced in 2009, soon became a permanent schism, resulting in one of the decade’s most acrimonious musical breakups, complete with a lawsuit. Singer Ed Kowalczyk has responded by dropping the Live moniker and striking out on his own as a solo artist, releasing three unassuming albums in the Aughts. But this year, he’s re-digging the Live well for this intimate acoustic tour in celebration of the 20<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Live’s iconic album “Throwing Copper,” which sold 8 million copies and put Kowalczyk on the musical map. The tour is awash in nostalgia, with vintage video clips kicking off the show and Kowalczyk performing “Throwing Copper” in its entirety, in sequence, including the bonus track. This means you’ll get to hear “Lightning Crashes,” “I Alone” “All Over You” and other tunes that, once upon a time, received regular rotation on that endangered species called rock radio.</p>Staff Picks: Food Always on Our Minds2015-05-08T09:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong>Fresh Hearts of Palm Salad at Cap's Place</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/capsplace.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>"Take a little motor launch over to this ca. 1928 landmark (on the National Register of Historic Places). Order fresh seafood and have a drink in the sloping old bar."</p> <p>(2765 N.E. 28th Court, Lighthouse Point // <a target="_blank">954/941-0418</a>)</p> <p><strong>Short Rib at Michael's Genuine Food &amp; Drink</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Freelance Web Editor</em></p> <p>"It's officially listed on the menu as 'slow-roasted and grilled harris ranch beef short rib,' but I call it the best short rib I've ever had. Not to miss when visiting Michael's trendy Design District restaurant."</p> <p>(130 N.E. 40th St., Miami // <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <center> <p>For more staff picks, <a href="/blog/tag/staff-picks" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> </center>Movie Reviews: &quot;The D Train,&quot; &quot;Felix and Meira&quot;2015-05-08T08:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>I think I can speak for most moviegoers when I say that we’re tired of the bromance—the now-tiresome subgenre of American comedy popularized in the 2000s and predicated on platonic love between straight men. There are only so many times we can watch Paul Rudd and Jason Segel or Seth Rogan or Jonah Hill or James Franco or Christopher Mintz-Plasse or Will Ferrell or Mark Duplass share hugs and bong hits before deja vu kicks in. For all its faults, Jarrad Paul’s debut comedy “The D Train,” which opens in most theaters today, is a new kind of bromance, one that finally takes the genre to its logical extreme—sexual intercourse between two brotastic guys, or at least two guys pretending to be brotastic.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/dtrain.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Jack Black plays Dan Landsman, a hapless square, professional pushover and married father of two, who works at an antiquated Philadelphia consulting firm and chairs his high school’s alumni committee by night. Desperate to be liked by his more sociable colleagues, he concocts a plan that is sure to win him kudos: To raise the committee’s woeful attendance for its forthcoming 20-year reunion, he’s going to convince their class’s most popular jock, Oliver Lawless (James Marsden), an actor who recently landed a national ad campaign in Los Angeles, to appear at the reunion and lend it celebrity cachet.</p> <p>Soon enough, Dan is on a plane to L.A., his clueless Luddite boss in tow (a winningly deadpan Jeffrey Tambor), to win over Oliver under the phony auspices of a business meeting. The events of Los Angeles are dramatic—Oliver, it turns out, is an insecure, bisexual cokehead—and the lies that follow compound like miles on a treadmill hurtling toward professional and personal disintegration.</p> <p>As the reunion looms, there’s a raw, uncomfortable sensitivity in the way Paul films the interactions between the two men, with the memory of their coitus burrowing far deeper into Dan’s psyche than he’d prefer. This discomfort underscores the continuing laugh lines and makes “The D Train” an admirably progressive look at sexuality in the 21<sup>st</sup> century.</p> <p>The more you think about it, though, the more nits become available to pick. Oliver’s surname “Lawless” is symptomatic of the film’s tendency for on-the-nose reductionism. Cliches, which are scant at first, pile up egregiously toward the end, when the credible reality Paul had built up collapses to accommodate his plot points. And even Tambor, who steals every scene as Dan’s technophobic boss (in an admittedly nice touch, there’s a 30-year-old Tab soda machine languishing in an office space the color of a ‘70s Buick), plays a character whose convenient naivety becomes too implausible to accept.</p> <p>There’s even, finally, a dreaded “I learned something today”-style montage that feels shamefully tacked-on—a treacly, insincere coda to a mostly genuine button-pusher of a film.</p> <p><strong> ***</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/b5edrjfieaaxpjv.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>The title characters in Maxime Giroux’s touching drama “Felix and Meira” don’t meet-cute, like many couples in the movies. They just meet because they’re both lonely, they both prowl the same haunt—a coffeehouse in their shared neighborhood in Quebec—and they share an affinity for art.</p> <p>Other than that, their lives couldn’t be more different. Felix (Martin Dubreuil) is a single, borderline-depressed fortysomething who has just watched his estranged father pass away, the old man’s lifelong regrets remaining unexpressed. The orthodox Meira (Hadas Yaron) is stifled in a dour marriage to a Hasidic man, and yearns to break from her family’s religious prohibitions.</p> <p>The movie is not, as this description suggests, a barrel of laughs. Its colors are the muted tones of lackluster lives, and at first, the film is demonstrably slow to the point of near-funerary proportions. But the more time you invest in “Felix and Meira,” the more it pays off, and the more its unhurried approach seems the only way to honor the gravity of a romance that buds amid insecurities and clandestine shame. When the courtship of modern-day Hollywood films consists of barroom glances that cut to romps in the sack, it’s pleasing to see a movie that regards patience as a sensual virtue.</p> <p>“Felix and Meira” also deserves credit for respecting the third character in this triangle, Meira’s husband Shulem (Luzer Twersky). He’s the gatekeeper of her cloistered existence, but he’s never demonized. When Meira strays from their marriage, Giroux recognizes the costs of her self-actualization as well as its benefits. Shulem becomes the movie’s most tragic figure, and in its most touching scene, he finds himself missing the affectations that used to bother him, just like any partner who takes someone for granted until she’s gone. This film is heavy on literary metaphors and symbolism, some more obvious than others, but their potency is only as effective as these three subtle, subdued and altogether brilliant performances. </p>Mother&#39;s Day Dining, Part III2015-05-08T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="291" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/mothers-day2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>And still more dining options for Mom. . .</p> <p>If Mom is trying to eat healthier, maybe you should take her to Boca’s still wildly popular <strong>Farmer’s Table</strong> (<em>1901 N. Military Trail, 561/417-5836</em>). A la carte brunch is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., dinner from 5 to 10 p.m., with (brunch) dishes as varied as goji berry-granola parfait and skillet-poached eggs with bacon and hollandaise and (at dinner) vegan shepherd’s pie and braised short rib with mushroom bordelaise.</p> <p>In the same lighter-healthier vein is <strong>Farmhouse Kitchen</strong> (<em>399 S.E. Mizner Blvd., 561/826-2625</em>), the former Table 42 in Boca’s Royal Palm Place. Brunch is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features a la carte specialties like cracked wheat toast with ricotta and crushed avocado and steak ‘n’ eggs with potato-squash hash. Dinner runs from 3 to 10 p.m. and boasts items like maple miso-glazed salmon and char-grilled skirt steak with kale pesto.</p> <p>Palm Beach’s swanky <strong>Cafe Boulud</strong> (<em>301 Australian Ave., 561/655-6060</em>) is hosting its typically elegant Mom’s Day buffet brunch. It’s $85 per adult, $45 for kids and goes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Think herb-crusted prime rib and raspberry-chocolate sacher torte. Dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. is a la carte, with choices like grilled local swordfish with parsley coulis and asparagus and rock shrimp risotto.</p> <p>A lavish buffet brunch is the deal at <strong>Bistro 1001</strong> (<em>1001 Okeechobee Ave., 561/833-1234</em>) in West Palm. Cost is $55 for adults and $27.50 for children. From noon to 5 p.m. Mom can chow down on an array of brunchables, from peel ‘n’ eat shrimp and fusilli pasta salad to roasted turkey with giblet gravy and seared grouper medallions to cookies, brownies and DIY ice cream sundaes from the ice cream sundae bar.</p>Updates: Atlantic Crossing, Trash, the Inspector General and Chabad2015-05-07T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/site-plan.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>MIA road in Delray</h3> <p>The dispute over a missing road in Delray Beach’s Atlantic Crossing project may end with a settlement that returns the road.</p> <p>At Tuesday night’s meeting, the city commission was prepared to hire an outside lawyer who would render an opinion as to whether the commission, as the developers contend, abandoned that road – Atlantic Court – when it approved a new Atlantic Crossing site plan in January 2014. Instead, Mayor Cary Glickstein revealed that he has been negotiating with the developers to reach a settlement that would restore Atlantic Court to the site plan in exchange for the end of litigation.</p> <p>Getting to that settlement could be tricky. The developers might have to sue the city, thus creating an instrument for a settlement. Discussions about lawsuits are exempt from the Sunshine Law and can take place in secret. Since the site plan is at issue, such a scenario could mean a discussion out of the public eye regarding a project that has been a major public issue. The city and the developers would have to resolve that issue.</p> <p>Still, restoration of Atlantic Court would represent a victory for residents who, as Commissioner Shelly Petrolia put it, “just would not let this die.” For those who have opposed Atlantic Court since a prior commission approved it in December 2012, Atlantic Court is the only possible victory at this point.</p> <p>A settlement would not make Atlantic Court smaller and perhaps more compatible with the neighborhood. Any attempt to modify the terms of what the commission approved in 2012 would be illegal. Nor would a settlement end fears that Atlantic Crossing, which will occupy two blocks on the north side of East Atlantic Avenue, essentially will cut off Veterans Park.</p> <p>But Atlantic Court could ease traffic problems by providing access to the project from the west. Return of the road would mean that Delray Beach had not given up a road and some alleys for Atlantic Crossing while receiving nothing in return. A successful settlement would show residents that “they have a voice,” Petrolia said.</p> <p>My sense from speaking with neighbors who opposed Atlantic Crossing is that they would accept a resolution that restores Atlantic Court. In return, Atlantic Crossing’s developers would be able to start construction with certainty. They also would sow some goodwill.</p> <p>After all the discussion, however, the commission did choose a law firm that to render an opinion if the settlement negotiations fail. Using the familiar “Untouchables” analogy, Petrolia said Glickstein “now will be going to a gunfight with a gun, not a knife.” The law firm—Weiss Sarota Helfman Cole &amp; Bierman—is the one whose opinion in 2013 helped the city void its trash-hauling contract with Waste Management and get a cheaper deal.</p> <p>Glickstein told me in an email Wednesday that he will next meet with the developers “when they have a more detailed plan. I believe they are working in good faith and diligently, as they understand the sense of urgency.” The hope is for a final decision at the June 2 commission meeting or at a special meeting near that date.</p> <h3>Trash refund</h3> <p>Speaking of that trash contract, the city commission overruled Delray Beach’s chief financial officer Tuesday night and ordered a full refund for customers who had been overcharged in the previous contract.</p> <p>The overpayments—which took place over 16 years for the purchase of trash carts in residential areas—amounted to $1.7 million. The recommendation was that the city keep $900,000 as a reserve fund to buy carts in an emergency. Commissioners noted that the new hauler, Southern Waste Systems, would be providing carts, and so they decided that residents deserved the full $1.7 million.</p> <h3>Another MIA item: Al Jacquet</h3> <p>Let us note for the record that Delray Beach City Commissioner Al Jacquet missed last week’s workshop meeting with Community Redevelopment Agency board members and staffers. The meeting became especially important when Mayor Cary Glickstein proposed a change in CRA boundaries that would mean less property tax revenue for the agency and more for the city. I will have more about this development next week.</p> <p>Jacquet also missed the commission’s February goal-setting session, as he missed the meeting last November at which commissioners chose City Manager Don Cooper and the meeting at which they chose a new trash hauler. Officially, Jacquet is term-limited in March 2017. Practically speaking, he seems to be halfway out the door.</p> <p>On the other hand, as some residents have suggested to me, the commission may work better without such an obviously uninterested member. Addition by subtraction.</p> <h3>Inspector General update</h3> <p>Predictably, the 13 cities suing over financing of Palm Beach County’s Office of Inspector General have decided to appeal last month’s trial-court ruling against them. Delray Beach has withdrawn from the lawsuit. Boca Raton remains a plaintiff. The city passed a resolution in October 2011 to join the litigation. Joining the appeal, Mayor Susan Haynie said, “required no action.”</p> <p>Roughly one year before the council approved that resolution, nearly 75 percent of Boca Raton voters told the city to give the Office of Inspector General jurisdiction over Boca and for the city to pay for it.</p> <h3>And Chabad</h3> <p>Not every meeting of the Boca Raton Planning &amp; Zoning Board features a law school professor who specializes in church-state issues. But tonight’s board meeting will be far from routine.</p> <p>Marci Hamilton won’t actually be at the meeting. Several beachside residents, however, have retained the woman who holds the Paul Verkuil Chair in Public Law at Yeshiva University’s Cardozo Law School. Their issue is the proposed Chabad East Boca synagogue that is proposed for East Palmetto Park road between the bridge and the beach. The project secured unanimous approval from the Planning &amp; Zoning Board in March and was before the city council on April 14, with a recommendation from city staff for approval. Then there was an apparent discrepancy about square footage, and the council asked for a second look.</p> <p>That delay has allowed neighbors to renew their opposition, based supposedly on traffic concerns, not that it would be a house of worship. “This was originally portrayed as a boutique” synagogue, Hamilton told me by phone on Wednesday. When neighbors heard of plans for Chabad East Boca’s “My Israel” museum, “It looked more like a tourist attraction,” making some neighbors envision tour buses regularly disgorging visitors and exacerbating backups that occur when the bridge opens. “There were multiple uses,” Hamilton said.</p> <p>In fact, the staff report anticipated 168 new vehicle trips each day. The city also attached conditions to the approval that are designed to minimize the impact from traffic. Architect Derek Vander Ploeg, who represents the Chabad, said the city limited museum attendance to 30 at one time, and that Rabbi Ruvi New estimates that museum attendance will be roughly 200 per month.</p> <p>According to Vander Ploeg, city staff had questions about four items related to operation. The new recommendation to the Planning &amp; Zoning Board, he said, will be the same as the first: to approve. The staff also remains fine with the additional 10 feet in height.    </p> <p>Some nearly homeowners have complained that they would like to see some other project on that site—770 East Palmetto Park Road—that would complement what residents see as a beach-oriented, mini-downtown. No one else, however, is proposing such a project, and the zoning allows a house of worship.</p> <p>As it happens, Thursday is a Jewish holiday, and Chabad East Boca already had planned a gathering. It now will be partly a rally, and the event will start earlier, so congregants can get to City Hall by 6 p.m. Expect a packed meeting, with emotions high. It will be a preview of what happens when the issue gets to the city council.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong><em>Randy Schultz</em></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 and </em><em>Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post. 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;Anything Goes&quot; at Broward Center2015-05-06T14:28:49+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/billy-hope.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>When you have trouble making out the first words that escape the actors’ microphones, you know you’re in for a long night. And the national tour of “Anything Goes,” at the Broward Center, is a very long night.</p> <p>Set aboard a luxury ocean liner and chronicling the madcap schemes and desires of its caricatured guests, “Anything Goes” is a proudly insubstantial musical, the kind of unabashed escapism that betrays its Depression-era origins (it debuted in 1934). The characters are outsized archetypes: Reno Sweeney (Emma Stratton), a brassy nightclub singer; her friend and potential love interest Billy Crocker (Brian Kinsky), a mid-level Wall Street drone with his heart set on Hope Harcourt (Rachelle Rose Clark), an engaged heiress; Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (Richard Lindenfelzer), Hope’s foppish foreign fiancée; Moonface Martin (Dennis Setteducati), a small-time gangster who has snuck aboard the ship with his slutty moll (Mychal Phillips); etc. The plot writes itself, entangling and orienting its romantically confused cruisers with about as much sense as a cubist painting. Suffice it to say it ends in three weddings.</p> <p>The sound problems are the show’s most immediate hurdle, and they instantly distract you from the story. The songs are by Cole Porter, and they’re far cleverer than the book’s clunky punch lines, but only if can make out all of Porter’s witty cultural references and deft wordplay. Instead, numbers like “You’re the Top” and “Friendship” are drowned out by the band, thanks to an uneven sound mix. There’s even tinny microphone feedback in some of the spoken dialogue. Forgive me for expecting that in a Broadway Across America production—and I don’t make it to most of these—at least the tech elements would be top-notch.</p> <p>These issues improve in the second act, but over-arching problems remain, namely the base-level pedestrianism of Kathleen Marshall’s direction and choreography. Audiences expecting to be dazzled (many of whom are still reeling from “Pippin,” after all) will endure a first act of largely unchallenging steps presented with an air of secondhand familiarity. It isn’t until the very end of Act One that an inspired tap number sets the deck ablaze.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/ag_7370_anythinggoes-resized.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The second act, which has about 15 minutes of story and 45 minutes of padding, has an opposite problem: Marshall tries too hard to elicit pizzazz, choreographing routines that far overstay their welcome, despite the considerable energy and sweat equity of its proficient leads and ensemble. This didn’t have to be the case: cornball as this material is, Marcia Milgrom Dodge directed a whizbang production for Maltz Jupiter Theatre in 2010 that featured inventive choreography and, moreover, was genuinely funny. Just compare her fleet-footed take on the jailhouse pop of Moonface’s “Be Like the Bluebird” to Marshall’s staid and boring interpretation.</p> <p>Stratton is well-cast as Reno Sweeney; she’s a triple-threat talent with a grand set of pipes and an inexhaustible stage presence, who is tasked with, and succeeds in, carrying a couple of group numbers all by herself. Paired with the meek Kinsky, however, she’s a man-eater, and her attraction to his nasally voiced broker is never convincing. She outdances him, too, and so does the lithe Rachelle Rose Clark. Kinsky’s movements are labored while theirs seem effortless, while his singing voice is, to be charitable, an acquired taste.</p> <p>Derek McLane designed the handsome set of a two-story ship’s exterior and its various boxy, wheeled-in staterooms, though even this has the flimsy appearance of expenses spared—some of the netted backdrop that suspends from the ceiling has large holes in it. Anthony Pearson’s lighting design is one of the show’s few unqualified successes; the shifting palette of colors illuminating from the portholes of the cabins sets a perfect ambience. In a production this misbegotten, I was thankful for whatever small triumph I could find.</p> <p><em>“Anything Goes” runs through May 17 at Broward Center’s Au-Rene Theater, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $30-$85. Call 954/462-0222 or visit</em></p>Good-For-You Beauty and Dental Products2015-05-06T08:30:00+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The skin is your largest organ – and whatever you put on it gets absorbed into your tissue, goes into you blood stream and then passes through your blood almost as if you just ate it. When it comes to beauty products, my rule of thumb is that if I wouldn't eat it, I shouldn't put it on my skin either. Here are my favorite products that won't make you sacrifice your health for beauty.</p> <p><strong>Skin moisturizer </strong></p> <p>For many years my #1 skin moisturizer has been coconut oil. Yes, the same coconut oil that I get from Nutiva brand to eat, I put on my skin. Coconut oil is rich in moisturizing fats that keep your skin soft and smooth. The only caveat is that excess oil can rub off on your clothes, so for best results, use coconut oil before going to bed.</p> <p><strong>Makeup </strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="381" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/jane-iredale.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>It may come as a shock, but conventional makeup products are not so pretty as they seem. They contain many harmful chemicals that can cause poor skin tone, loss of elasticity and even diseases.</p> <p>I suggest we stop suffering for beauty and get the best of both worlds. Jane Iredale is one of my favorite brands. It carries everything from foundations and mascaras to gorgeous eye shadows and sparkly lip glosses. All products are mineral-based, so they won't irritate your skin or clog your pores, letting your skin breathe. Best of all, because of that mineral base, they also work as sunblock! Check out the Jane Iredale difference at <span></span></p> <p><strong>Dental products</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="210" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/copy-of-icphoto-5-700x300.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Many people use fluoride-based toothpaste, thinking it’s good for our health. Unfortunately that may not be the case. Did you know that fluoride has been shown to act as an endocrine disruptor and has been linked to health problems like arthritis, thyroid disease, disrupted immune system and even dementia?</p> <p>Why take chances when you can have your strong pearly-whites with something better than fluoride? Meet the Miami-based Dr. Sharp Dentistry line of the cleanest products on the market. They’re fluoride-free, SLS-free, paraben-free and alcohol-free. They are made with natural ingredients that will give you strong, beautiful teeth without compromising your health. I love their attention to detail - even their Green Tea Dental Tape contains anti- inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><span></span></a></p> <p><strong>Deodorant</strong></p> <p>Because conventional deodorants contain harmful aluminum that has been linked to diseases like cancer and Alzheimer's, I suggest choosing a better-for-you option. Try a natural and very effective deodorant that’s made from coconut! Here is a link to a <a href="" target="_blank"><span>3-minute video</span></a> on how to make your own or you can simply buy one from Primal Pit Paste and don't sweat it. <a href=""><span></span></a></p> <p><strong>Haircare </strong></p> <p>Hair products are often overlooked when it comes to ingredients. After all, if we’re not putting them on our skin, why should we care? The problem is that we still handle hair products with our hands, exposing our skin to chemicals. Just recently, I tried the Giovanni haircare line and must say I was impressed.</p> <p>As a professional hair stylist, Arthur Giovanni noticed his hands getting irritated from conventional hair products. He decided to create his own line with products free of parabens, sulfate or animal by-products. Everything is manufactured in the U.S., and created with a base of vitamins, herbs, minerals, proteins and other nutrients. After one use of his hair products my hair was shiny and soft! <a href="" target="_blank"><span></span></a></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> <p><span><br></span></p>Mother&#39;s Day Dining, Part II2015-05-05T16:29:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="291" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/mothers-day2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>But wait, there’s more. . .</p> <p>Give Mom a brunch with a view at <strong>Hudson at Waterway East</strong> <em>(900 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/303-1343</em>), the sleek modern American eatery with killer Intracoastal views in Delray Beach. On Mother’s Day—Sunday, May10, for you calendar-impaired—they’ll be kicking off their brunch menu, so take Mom and nosh on dishes like crabcake eggs benedict and lobster club sammie, washed down with drink specials like bottomless pineapple-coconut mimosas.</p> <p>If Mom’s a music lover, there’s the 5th annual Jazz Brunch at Boca’s <strong>Pavilion Grille</strong> (<em>301 Yamato Road, 561/912-0000</em>). While the Deborah Paiva Jazz Duo churns out some tunes you and Mom can feast on an extensive brunch buffet for $45.95 for adults and $19.95 for the kiddies. There will be omelet, carving and salad stations, lots of Asian and Italian favorites, plus a dessert station and a DIY ice cream sundae bar. Unlimited mimosas for an extra $9.</p> <p>On the other hand, maybe Mom likes movies. Treat her to a chick flick and brunch or lunch at <strong>Bogart’s</strong> (<em>3200 Airport Blvd., 561/544-3044</em>) at the Cinemark Palace 20 theater in Boca Raton. She can eat before, after or even during the movie, brunching it up with chef Aaron Goldberg’s smoked salmon benedict, crispy french toast or blueberry and ricotta pancakes.</p> <p>For an upscale celebration, check out the impressive array of brunchables at <strong>Temple Orange</strong> (<em>100 S. Ocean Blvd., 561/533-6000</em>) in the tony Eau Palm Beach Resort &amp; Spa. For $85 per adult and $25 per kid you can hit up the made-to-order omelet station or carving station with prime rib and roasted turkey breast, or fill up on salad and sushi, cheese and charcuterie, cold and smoked seafood, and all manner of breakfast pastries and desserts.</p>Know Stroke Signs, Symptoms2015-05-05T08:30:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>May is National Stroke Awareness month. Delray Medical Center is among the hospitals in the Tenet Healthcare Florida system offering a free educational lecture about the signs and symptoms of stroke.</p> <p>Sharron Evans, a neuroscience nurse practitioner, will give the presentation on Thursday, May 7, at 10 a.m. at the South County Civic Center (<em>16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach</em>). To sign up, <a href="">click here</a> or call the medical center at 561/498-4440.</p> <p><img alt="" height="454" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/232650_brain_still.jpg" width="454"></p> <p>If you can’t make it, read on. This information could save your life and quality of life.</p> <p>Time is critical when recognizing and acting on the signs of stroke.</p> <p>“Each minute left untreated, a stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons,” says Marsha Powers, CEO of Tenet’s Florida Region in a Tenet press release.</p> <p>And the sooner treatment is started, the better the chance a person has to live and regain quality of life. To help you remember the warning signs for a stroke, use the acronym created by the American Stroke Association. It’s called FAST, and it stands for the following symptoms:</p> <p>• F is for facial weakness. Can you smile? Is your eye or mouth drooping?</p> <p>• A is for arm weakness. Can you raise both arms?</p> <p>• S is for speech problems. Can you speak clearly and can others understand what you say?</p> <p>• T is for time. Call 9-1-1 if you’re unsure about any of these signs or symptoms. And call quickly!</p> <p><em>Delray Medical Center is among the leading Comprehensive Stroke Centers in South Florida. The medical center has been designated as a Target: Stroke Honor Roll member by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.</em></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 dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>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><em><br></em></p>How The Mark got approved and items of note 2015-05-05T08:29:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/img_0223_rev.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>The Mark: Whose fault was it?</h3> <p>A whodunit played out last Thursday in the Boca Raton Community Center, except that the subject wasn’t a body— it was a building.</p> <p>That building is the Mark at Cityscape, the mixed-use project near the intersection of Federal Highway and Palmetto Park Road. It is the first project Boca Raton approved under the city’s Interim Design Guidelines, which were crafted with the goal of producing distinctive, stylish structures that set the city’s downtown apart.</p> <p>But as construction of the Mark neared completion—the developer, Ram Realty, just got the certificate of occupancy —residents and city council members began to complain that the Mark looked no better than structures approved under the old guidelines. Plus, the new guidelines allowed Ram more height in exchange for supposedly producing a project that is pleasing to the eye. Where was the public benefit?</p> <p>So the city’s consultant, Urban Design Associates, scheduled last Thursday’s daylong meeting to pick over the Mark and, in so doing, pick over the new guidelines. Mayor Susan Haynie, who was there as a spectator, summed up the general public sentiment when she told me, “If (the Mark) is what we get from the guidelines, there’s something wrong.”</p> <p>Haynie has a particular interest in the review, since she voted to approve the Mark. The other council holdover who voted for the project is Mike Mullaugh.</p> <p>Eric Osth of Urban Design Associates led the discussion. In language that often was aimed more at professionals than the public—“redevelopment paradigms”—Osth spoke of how his firm had created for Boca Raton a Pattern Book that would guide developers and create a skyline in the best tradition of Addison Mizner. Listening to this discussion of the test project for a better downtown, were, among others, city staffers, members of the Downtown Advisory Committee and architects.</p> <p>Then Osth began to critique the Mark. He said the walkways aren’t pedestrian-friendly. One lamppost is in the middle of a sidewalk. The building’s façade could look better in places. More variation in paint color would make the building look more inviting. Tinted glass in the ground-floor retail space will make people keep walking, rather than stop and look.</p> <p>Yet when the project came before the city council—acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency—on May 21, 2012, the backup material contained a letter to Susan Lesser, a senior planner for the city, from Osth. In the letter, Osth said his firm had reviewed the application and offered some suggestions. Yet the firm’s recommendation was to approve what then was called the Palmetto Park Mixed Use Building. Osth called it “a beautifully designed building and a positive addition to Downtown Boca Raton.”</p> <p>Council members also saw a 5-0 vote for approval by the Planning &amp; Zoning Board. They saw a 6-0 vote for approval by the Community Appearance Board, which is supposed to review the sorts of items Osth considers problems with the Mark. Council members saw a recommendation for approval from City Manager Leif Ahnell, based in part on the Development Services Department’s review of the project. It was the second version of the project, which is part of the roughly 9.5-acre site that also will include the Hyatt Place Hotel.</p> <p>Most of the discussion three years ago focused on the fact that the 208 residential units would be rentals. Council members asked whether the units would be upscale enough to fit Boca’s image. Like the UDA consultants, Haynie saw the project as helpful in accomplishing the city’s long-held goal of connecting Mizner Park and Royal Palm Place. Anthony Majhess, the only dissenting vote, said the project didn’t meet UDA’s guidelines, despite the consultant’s support. Majhess did express hope that the project would be complete before final adoption of the Pattern Book, so the city could make any changes. The Pattern Book, like the guidelines, has not been adopted.</p> <p>The most interested participant at Thursday’s meeting was Juan Caycedo, of RLC Architects. Caycedo designed the Mark, and had to sit while other participants performed an autopsy on a building that hasn’t opened.</p> <p>In an interview Monday, Caycedo defended his design by saying that the critical judgments are premature. “People make places,” he said. “Once you have activity, it will bring life.” When people and business arrive, Boca residents will see “a better pedestrian space.”</p> <p>Caycedo also revealed that some of what UDA’s Osth criticized were not his decisions. The developers chose the outside colors. Caycedo proposed clear glass for the first floor. The developers went with tinted glass. Osth also told me that he still considers the Mark a “beautifully designed building,” but that “there a lot of elements on the implementation side.”</p> <p>Thursday’s discussion identified no single perp in this downtown development whodunit. Still, if the Mark went all through this new process with new guidelines and has surprised in the wrong way, there at least is what Haynie called “disconnect” among the consultants—“UDA talked us into this contract,” Haynie said—city planners, advisory board members and architects. Osth did offer an idea that would seem automatic: regular, early meetings between architects and city planners after approval of a project. “Standard procedure in all cities,” Osth said. Caycedo likes the idea. Why hasn’t Boca Raton been doing that all along?</p> <p>Yet to be completed are two other projects approved under the new guidelines: Via Mizner at Camino Real and Federal Highway and the Hyatt Place Hotel, which drew much early praise last fall. Boca Raton will wait anxiously to see the finished products, because, as Haynie said, “If (the Mark) is a test case” of the Interim Design Guidelines and Pattern Book, “we miserably failed.”</p> <h3>Clarification</h3> <p>In my post for last Thursday, I might have given readers the impression that Boca Raton approved the Palmetto Promenade project – once known as Archstone – under the Interim Design Guidelines. The city adopted them in 2008 as Ordinance 5052. To be clear, the city approved Palmetto Promenade under the old guidelines, which the city adopted in 1992 as Ordinance 4035.</p> <p>Trash rebate?</p> <p>Apparently, not only will Delray Beach save money on the new trash-hauling contract when it begins June 1, some residents will get a refund.</p> <p>According to City Manager Don Cooper, Delray Beach collected about $1.7 million in excessive fees from 1997 to 2013 for carts used in residential curbside pickup. Cooper recommends keeping $900,000 for contingency, in case the carts must be replaced. The rest would go back to residential curbside customers. The city commission takes a first vote on the issue tonight.</p> <h3>A bold idea: Braves at FAU</h3> <p>One important local bill that did get through the Florida Legislature despite the House quitting early last week would allow work to proceed on a second spring training stadium in Palm Beach County. The complex in West Palm Beach, scheduled to open in 2017, will be home to the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, as Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter is home to the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals.</p> <p>The bill is technical; it changes the boundaries of the West Palm Beach Water Catchment Area so construction can start on schedule. The county is negotiating with the Marlins and Cardinals on stadium improvements that would keep the teams—and especially the many Cardinals fans who visit—at Roger Dean through 2045, roughly the lease period for the teams in West Palm Beach.</p> <p>When news of the new stadium deal broke, <em>The Palm Beach Post </em>reported, the Atlanta Braves expressed interest in bringing spring training operations back to the county. The Braves trained at West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium —since demolished—from 1962 until 1997. The Braves bolted for a better deal at Disney World, showing why governments in Florida seek long leases.</p> <p>The chances of the Braves returning are low, for many reasons. But there is one place in Palm Beach County with an existing stadium—Florida Atlantic University. The stadium seats only about 2,000 and would need more seats and other major upgrades. The Braves also would need a minor-league complex.</p> <p>That second stadium will take a large portion of the tourist tax revenue that finances projects whose goal is to draw visitors, but since FAU President John Kelly quickly has become known for thinking big, wouldn’t he at least want to ask, say, the county sports commission if FAU might have a role in going after the Braves?</p> <h3>South Florida less racist</h3> <p>Baltimore has become the latest city to face a gut check on the conditions of its poor, black residents. The examination won’t be any easier just because the mayor and police chief are African-American.</p> <p>With race on people’s minds, it may cheer you to know that based on a recently released study, South Florida is less racist on average than other parts of the country. Researcher Seth Stephens-Davidowitz based his research on a study of how often residents in the nation’s media markets use Google to search for the “N-word.” The rates were highest in parts of the Deep South—no surprise there —and through the Appalachians into New England.</p> <p>How credible is such research? Perhaps more than you might think. According to the <em>Washington Post</em>, Stephens-Davidowitz’s findings align fairly well with results from a study of racist Tweets by researchers at Humboldt State (Calif.) University.</p> <p>Stephens-Davidowitz put the country’s media markets into four groups, where he found that there was 1) much more racism than average, 2) more racism than average, 3) less racism than average and 4) much less racism than average. Palm Beach, Broward and Dade counties came in as less average.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong><em>Randy Schultz</em></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 and </em><em>Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post. 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: May 5 to 112015-05-05T06:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="385" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/w_carolprusa_delphys1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Carol Prusa Art Salon</strong></p> <p>Where: Armory Art Center, 1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-1776, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In her day job, Carol Prusa teaches painting at Florida Atlantic University. On her own time, as a working artist, Prusa contemplates the universe. Situating her work on the tenuous border between scientific inquiry and artistic expression, Prusa is most known for her acrylic hemispheres, some reaching five feet in diameter, created with silverpoint drawing and graphite, and illuminated by patterns of fiber optic lights. Inspired as much by Galileo and Hawking as any visual artist, Prusa explores what it means to create something from nothing, and her mesmerizing, greyscale spheres explore the infinite void of the astronomical unknown. She will discuss “the evolution of my visual language from inner space to expression in outer space” in this special artist’s salon titled “Fearful Symmetry: Sensing Space Inside and Out.”</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/neutral_milk_hotel2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Neutral Milk Hotel</strong></p> <p>Where: Olympia Theatre, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $46</p> <p>Contact: 305/374-2444, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>I’m still pinching myself about this one. Like most indie-rock fans, I thought I would never have the opportunity to see Athens, Ga. psych-folk legends Neutral Milk Hotel perform live. Shortly after the group’s dark and astonishing sophomore album, 1998’s “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea,” became a cult sensation, founder Jeff Mangum had something of a nervous breakdown and disbanded Neutral Milk Hotel, satisfying fans only through esoteric field recordings and session work with his musician friends. A few reunion dates began to appear at hipper cities than ours a few years ago, and now, nearly 20 years after the release of its debut album, Neutral Milk Hotel is playing its first and last South Florida show. The significance of this cannot be overstated. Whether or not you’re an aficionado of Mangum’s fuzzed-out, unconventional musicianship, surreal lyrics and oft-imitated warble, you owe it to yourself to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime event; a few scant tickets still remain at the time of this writing.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/ryan-adams.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Ryan Adams and Jenny Lewis</strong></p> <p>Where: Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50-$70</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-7300, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>One of the most respected musicians of the 2000s, Ryan Adams is also one of the new century’s prickliest and most prolific performers, an alt-country rock star whose bad side you’d best avoid. But when he’s on, which is almost all the time, there are few singer-songwriters more captivating—not to mention capable of releasing everything from stripped-down acoustic ballads to heavy-metal concept albums. The former Whiskeytown frontman has released 14 LPs since 2000, including his self-titled latest from 2014, not to mention the songs he’s recorded under his black metal moniker (Werewolph), his hard-rock handle (Sleazy Handshake) and his punk-rock side project (Pornography). The versatile tunesmith will bring along a solid headliner in her right, Jenny Lewis, the siren behind the indie rockers Rilo Kiley, who is supporting her second solo album “The Voyager.”</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="486" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/beerfest2015_new-logo_web.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave.</p> <p>When: 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35-$60</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922 ext. 1, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Budwesier, Coors and Miller may still dominate the American beer market, but it’s far from the oligopoly it used to be. The craft beer explosion has meant richer, fruitier, even chocolatier tastes for more-adventurous imbibers, to the point that drinkers now have a glut of options: At the end of 2013, there were 2,768 craft breweries in the U.S. When visiting a place like Vintage Tap or Boca’s Yardhouse, the options can seem overwhelming—which is where events like the Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest come in. Celebrating its fourth year as a fundraiser for the Center for the Arts, the event will feature an unlimited sampling of more than 100 craft brews, international beers and ciders from national and local breweries, with South Florida stalwarts Funky Buddha, Due South and Saltwater likely to participate. There also will be a wine tasting of nine distinct varietals, food vendors and music from a DJ and a live reggae/funk band. We recommend purchasing VIP tickets, which grant attendees a commemorative mug and an hour of advance access to the libations.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="209" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/edp_hhh_lionhero_mt46515.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Heroes of Hip Hop: The Lion Hero”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20-$40</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>First, it was a $987 million-grossing film; then it became the fifth-longest-running musical of all-time. Now, “The Lion King” has morphed into this new, and exclusively local, incarnation: a youth hip-hop dance extravaganza. The Weston-based Heroes of Hip Hop is a dance studio that teaches hip-hop dance to beginners, intermediates and advanced dancers, the best of whom receive the opportunity to showcase their talents at special events like this one, at the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theater. Elaborate face paint and costumes will bring the Disney franchise to new, streetwise life in this family-friendly dance version, as the energetic youngsters will play Simba, Zazu, Rafiki, Pumbaa and Timon. Whether Elton John’s sentimental music will be reborn with Timbaland beats remains to be heard.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="127" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/dames-banner.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Dames at Sea”</strong></p> <p>Where: The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $58–$62</p> <p>Contact: 561/995-2333, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>“Dames at Sea” has been called “Broadway’s biggest little musical,” because its origins were indeed small. When the show premiered off-off-Broadway in 1966—starring a then-unknown Bernadette Peters—its venue was Caffe Cino, a coffeehouse in Greenwich Village. With two pianos and a percussionist, a tiny stage and a cast of just six, the creators of “Dames at Sea” managed to parody and simulate a lavish blockbuster, taking as their inspiration the splashy, leggy, Depression-era entertainments of Busby Berkeley. As such, you’ll recognize the show’s deliberately shopworn archetypes, starting with the Broadway ingénue with “nothing but tap shoes in her suitcase and a prayer in her heart.” There’s also the temperamental diva, the sassy chorus girl, the Navy ship setting a la “Anything Goes,” the misjudged flirtations, and the wedding finale. “Dames at Sea” is an amusing homage best appreciated by those who have seen too many musicals, but in the decades since its inception, it’s managed to have its satire and transcend it too, becoming a genuinely expensive theatrical powerhouse. It runs through May 31.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="226" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/1412369545-bill_philipps_tickets.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Bill Philipps</strong></p> <p>Where: The Marriott, 4000 RCA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40-$75</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When Bill Philipps visited South Florida a year ago, he performed at Palm Beach Improv; and while can be a funny guy onstage, he’s not a comedian: He’s a psychic medium, translating messages from the dead at special events like this one. Ranked as a top medium on the website Best Psychic Directory, Philipps’ abilities began as a child and manifested most significantly following his mother’s death, which struck her when Philipps was 14. He says she visited him that very night, when his room became illuminated with varied colors of light. Years later, he honed his gifts with mediumship classes, and these days his schedule is booked for more than a year in advance, at $250 for 30 minutes. Taking your chances at this lower-priced gallery reading sounds like the potential for a great spiritual bargain.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="180" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/690x310-consil-3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Consul”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$229</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you’ve never been to an opera—or if you don’t think you like opera—then you owe it to yourself to see “The Consul,” the season-closing production from Florida Grand Opera. The 1950 debut from composer Gian Carlo Menotti, “The Consul” is devastating in an accessible, relatable way that conjures George Orwell: It’s sung in English and is set in an unidentified totalitarian country in Europe, where a secret police force is searching for John Sorrel, political dissident. Much of the drama involves efforts by John’s family to obtain visas to leave the country. Tenor and supporting actor Jason Ferrante says, “It’s very unspecific, and I think that was very appealing to Menotti. It’s funny that a piece that was relevant in 1950 is relevant in 2015, especially here in Miami, where issues of coming and going from one’s country are a hot topic right now.” Ferrante plays a magician who hypnotizes the consul’s secretary in a bravura 20-minute scene, and the production also stars Kara Shay Thomson, who recently played Tosca for FGO; and Keith Phares, who starred in “Mourning Becomes Electra” last year. “The Consul” runs through May 16.</p>Web Xtra: Small-Plate Splendor2015-05-04T10:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<h3>Check out the recipes from our fabulous food pictorial in the May/June issue.</h3> <p><strong>Steak Tartare Napoleon</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="402" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/steaktartare.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Courtesy of La Nouvelle Maison</em></p> <p>Executive chef Gregory Howell</p> <p><span>Ingredients</span></p> <p>4 ounces beef tenderloin</p> <p>1/4 teaspoon chervil</p> <p>1/4 teaspoon shallots</p> <p>1/4 teaspoon ketchup</p> <p>2 capers each</p> <p>1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard</p> <p>1/4 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil</p> <p>4 Spanish white anchovies</p> <p>1 hard-boiled chicken egg; separate white</p> <p>1 quail egg</p> <p>1/2 ounce American hackleback caviar</p> <p>4 cornichons each</p> <p>Sea salt to taste</p> <p>Black pepper</p> <p>Batard, sliced and toasted </p> <p>Chervil, chopped (garnish)</p> <p>Pimento d’espelette (garnish)</p> <p><span>Preparation</span></p> <p>Chop beef tenderloin into small dice and mix with salt, pepper, capers, shallots, extra virgin olive oil, ketchup, Dijon mustard. Cook quail egg sunny-side up, season and put aside. Toast and season sliced baguette (batard). Chop hard-boiled egg, mix with 1 chopped cornichon, salt and pepper. Arrange half steak tartare in a form and press gently and spoon caviar on top, finish with last of steak tartare. Lift off form to hold shape.</p> <p>Place sunny-side quail egg on top of tartare. Arrange chopped egg and cornichon mixture on plate. Place sliced grilled batard on plate. Sprinkle pimento and garnish with chervil and anchovy.  </p> <p><strong>19th Street Short Rib Tacos</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="429" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/tacos.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Courtesy of Farmer’s Table</em></p> <p>Executive chef Wilson Wieggel</p> <p>Serves 4</p> <p><span>Ingredients</span></p> <p>10 ounces barbecue-braised short rib, cooked and shredded</p> <p>8 each sprouted corn tortillas (organic and GMO free, available at Whole Foods)</p> <p>4 ounces romaine lettuce, finely chiffonade</p> <p>4 ounces green cabbage, quick tossed with fresh squeezed lime, chopped cilantro</p> <p>1 each ripe avocado, sliced</p> <p>For Pico de gallo</p> <p>2 ounces small heirloom tomato, diced</p> <p>1 ounce red onion, diced</p> <p>1 teaspoon jalapeño, diced</p> <p>1 teaspoon fresh-squeezed lime juice</p> <p>1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil</p> <p><span>Preparation</span></p> <p>Build tacos with warm tortilla, romaine on the bottom first to catch the juice from the meat. Add 1 ounce beef. Top with cabbage, pico de gallo and thin slice of avocado.</p> <p><strong>Fresh Crab Salad</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="384" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/crabsalad.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Courtesy of Waterstone Resort &amp; Marina</em></p> <p>Chef Matthew Mixon</p> <p><span>Ingredients</span></p> <p>1 can jumbo lump crab meat</p> <p>2 red bell peppers, small diced</p> <p>1 bunch fresh cilantro, finely chopped</p> <p>1 medium red onion, small diced</p> <p>4 fresh hearts of palm stocks, blanched and fully cooked</p> <p>1 fresh Hass avocado</p> <p>2 lemons, juice only</p> <p>2 fresh Florida oranges (1 for juice, 1 for garnish)</p> <p>1 fresh Florida grapefruit (1/2 for juice, 1/2 for garnish)</p> <p>2 fresh shallots, finely chopped</p> <p>4 tablespoons of good olive oil</p> <p>Salt and pepper to taste</p> <p>2 cups mixed greens (optional)</p> <p>2 cups fresh arugula (optional)</p> <p><span>Preparation</span></p> <p>Open crab meat, drain liquid and pour into large bowl. Place bell peppers, 1 chopped shallot, cilantro, red onion and hearts of palm into bowl. Use 1/2 juice from all fresh citrus and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Mix ingredients. Taste and season with salt and pepper.</p> <p>For dressing: Place rest of citrus juice and shallots in small mixing bowl. Whisk and slowly add rest of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.</p> <p>For plating: Use cookie mold and place in bottom of mold 1/2 of avocado. Smash with spoon until flat, then place crab salad mixture on top; smash until flat. Add citrus segments for garnish and drizzle dressing around plate.</p>Web Xtra: French Onion Soup2015-05-04T08:52:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<h3>Here’s the Deconstructing the Dish recipe from La Ferme’s Chad Ford.</h3> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/laferme.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>French Onion Soup</strong></p> <p>Chad Ford, La Ferme</p> <ul> <li>5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided</li> <li>3 pounds Vidalia onions (about 4 medium), halved lengthwise, peeled, and thinly sliced</li> <li>1 tablespoon vegetable oil</li> <li>1 teaspoon kosher salt</li> <li>1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper</li> <li>1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar</li> <li>1 1/2 cups dry white wine</li> <li>6 cups homemade <span>beef broth</span> </li> <li>10 sprigs thyme</li> <li>2 bay leaves</li> <li>1 baguette</li> <li>1 garlic clove, cut in half lengthwise</li> <li>2 teaspoons sherry, preferably Fino or Manzanilla</li> <li>4 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated (about 1 cup)</li> </ul> <p>In a large Dutch oven or other large pot, melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the oil and onions; cook onions are until softened, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Add the salt, pepper, and sugar; continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are deep golden brown and caramelized, reducing heat slightly if onions seem to be browning too quickly, 35 to 45 minutes more.</p> <p>Add wine and raise heat to high. Cook until almost all liquid has evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes.</p> <p>Tie thyme and bay leaves into a bundle with twine. Add broth and herb bundle to pot with onions. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook, uncovered, until broth is thickened and flavorful, 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Taste and adjust seasoning.</p> <p>Heat the broiler. Cut two 1/2-inch baguette slices for every serving of soup. Place baguette slices on a rimmed baking sheet and toast in oven until crisp and dry but not browned, about 1 minute per side. Rub one side of each toast with the garlic clove and set aside.</p> <p>Place ramekins or oven safe bowls on a rimmed baking sheet, add 1/2 teaspoon of sherry to the bottom of each, and ladle soup on top. Top each serving of soup with two garlic-rubbed toasts. Divide cheese among the servings, covering the bread and some of the soup. Carefully transfer baking sheet to oven and broil until cheese is melted and bubbling, 4 to 8 minutes. (Alternatively, if using regular soup bowls: Top each garlic-rubbed toast with some cheese and return to broiler to melt, about 2 minutes more. Divide sherry and soup among bowls, sprinkle with remaining cheese, and top each serving with two cheese toasts.)</p>Mother&#39;s Day Dining, Part I2015-05-04T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="291" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/mothers-day2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Christmas comes on Sunday, May 10, at least for restaurants. That, of course, would be Mother’s Day, when the National Restaurant Association says that some 80 million Americans will take Mom out for a meal on her special day, adding up to a pretty big chunk of the estimated $21 billion to be spent on Mother’s Day meals and gifts. So all this week we’ll be featuring local restaurants and their Mother’s Day offerings.</p> <p><strong>Off the Hook</strong> (<em>1956 N.E. Fifth Ave., 561/609-2915</em>). This new Boca Raton seafood house will be serving up a three course meal for $50 per person. Choices include starters like shrimp cocktail and clams oreganata, entrees like lobster ravioli and shrimp and crab-stuffed lemon sole, and either bread pudding or New York-style cheesecake for dessert.</p> <p>Boca’s elegant <strong>Waterstone Resort</strong> (<em>999 E. Camino Real, 561/226-3022</em>) will dish up a Mom’s Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $69 for adults, $30 for children. There will be made-to-order omelets, cedar plank salmon, lamb chops and ham, plus all manner of breads and pastries, salads, sides and desserts. Live Latin jazz too.</p> <p>In downtown Delray, Gary Rack’s ode to Southern cuisine, <strong>Fat Rooster</strong> (<em>204 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/266-3642</em>) will be offering both brunch (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and dinner (3 p.m. until the place shuts down). A la carte dishes include sweet potato pancakes and fried chicken ‘n’ waffles, also shrimp ‘n’ grits and short rib meatloaf.</p> <p>The black tie meatery in Palm Beach, <strong>Meat Market</strong> (<em>191 Bradley Place, 561/354-9800</em>), lets you fete Mom in style with a $45 prix fixe menu (and half-priced bottles of wine). Among the dishes in the three-course dinner will be avocado tuna tartare and tomato bisque, USDA Prime New York steak or half a roasted chicken, and lavender-white chocolate mousse.</p>SunFest Reviews: Hozier, Pixies2015-05-03T23:19:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><em>[NOTE: The Week Ahead will run on Tuesday this week.]</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/hozier-take-me-to-church-niall-muckian-650-430.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>When I arrived at SunFest on Saturday night and saw the massive sea of people watching Stone Temple Pilots (v. 2.0) perform their fatuous frat-rock singles to audiences that still remember ZETA, I had some hope that, maybe, if I showed up for Hozier 10 minutes before start time, I could still find a decent place to stand.</p> <p>How naïve. It may have been the Irish phenom’s first time headlining a festival—a fact he mentioned with gratitude and humility a couple of times during his set—but he carried an audience of thousands, packed as the far as the eye could see, through nearly every track on his self-titled debut and then some. From my vantage point, he was the size of certain Florida mosquitoes, but the distance didn’t dilute the power of his music, whose uniqueness and intensity increased in a live setting.</p> <p>Inevitably, half of those people showed up just to hear “Take Me To Church,” and they filed out like lemmings once he played it, but it was the deeper cuts that were most affecting, aided by a cellist and a pair of backing vocalists. He opened with the lovely and direct “Like Real People Do,” whose opening notes were met with a chorus of adolescent squeals not heard since the Beatles in ’64.</p> <p>“Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene” was driving and album-perfect, and a hypnotic version of “It Will Come Back” was aided by Hozier’s description of the song as “about doing the right thing, and cutting off all the ropes and letting go.” “To Be Alone” was Hozier’s zenith; this rousing blues rocker was thunderous and gut-punching, slaying everybody who was paying attention.</p> <p>Which certainly wasn’t everyone in my direct radius. For what it’s worth, of the three SunFest acts I attended this year, the Hozier crowd was the rudest, chattiest, most obnoxious and most self-absorbed, and they so ruined the intimate solo rendition of “Cherry Wine” that I abandoned by space in the boondocks for a spot in the hinterlands, a ZIP code away from the teeming masses.</p> <p><strong>SET LIST</strong></p> <p>Like Real People Do</p> <p>Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene</p> <p>From Eden</p> <p>Jackie and Wilson</p> <p>To Be Alone</p> <p>It Will Come Back</p> <p>Cherry Wine (solo acoustic)</p> <p>1 Thing (Amerie cover)</p> <p>Someone New</p> <p>Arsonist’s Lullaby</p> <p>Foreigner’s God</p> <p>Sedated</p> <p>Take Me to Church</p> <p>Work Song</p> <p> <img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/pixies.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The next day, I was back for the Pixies, inexplicably slated for a boiling 2:15 p.m. time slot when they obviously should have headlined the whole damn festival. It was my first time seeing the Pixies with bassist Paz Lenchantin replacing the irreplaceable Kim Deal, and she was most animated Pixie onstage; better yet, if you closed your eyes, you could almost trick yourself into thinking you were still hearing Kim.</p> <p>As is their wont, nobody in the Pixies spoke a word to the audience, playing for an hour and 15 minutes without so much as a 30-second break between songs. They performed what could almost be considered a dub mix of “Gouge Away,” extending the song in dancier directions. Played third in set list, it was followed by a string of vintage hits in whiplash succession, a true embarrassment of riches: “Head On,” “Wave of Mutilation,” “Where is My Mind,” “The Holiday Song” and “Nimrod’s Son,” the latter performed with a slowed-down second verse that lulled us into submission before taking us home with a furious finish. “Vamos” also differed from the album track, in that it provided a captivating solo for guitarist Joey Santiago, who set down his instrument and “played” it using only feedback pedals, for a spastic noise assault.</p> <p>The more the set list progressed, the more inaccessible it became for the casual fan, with harsh contributions like the ear-bleeding masterpiece “Rock Music,” deep cuts like the surprising “Trompe Le Monde” inclusion “Subbacultcha,” and one song even I didn’t recognize. Three tracks in a row from “Indie Cindy,” the band’s polarizing and overproduced comeback album, sounded like classic Pixies when played alongside their late ‘80s brethren, especially the anthemic head-banger “What Goes Boom” and the thrilling “Blue-Eyed Hexe,” on which Frank Black seemed on the verge of gloriously blowing out his vocal chords.</p> <p>But when it was all said and done, I think most us were just a tad disappointed—not at the Pixies so much as their unattractive timeslot, which capped their set list at 23 songs instead of the usual 30-33. When you think of the obvious fan favorites that somehow didn’t make the cut—“Here Comes Your Man,” “Gigantic,” “Monkey Gone to Heaven,” “Caribou,” “Velouria,” “Planet of Sound”—it’s easy to feel short-changed. There’s always next time, I hope.</p> <p><strong>SET LIST</strong></p> <p>U-Mass</p> <p>Bagboy</p> <p>Gouge Away</p> <p>Head On</p> <p>Wave of Mutilation</p> <p>Where is My Mind?</p> <p>Holiday</p> <p>Nimrod’s Son</p> <p>Break My Body</p> <p>Vamos</p> <p>Greens and Blues</p> <p>Subbacultcha</p> <p>???</p> <p>Rock Music</p> <p>What Goes Boom</p> <p>Blue-Eyed Hexe</p> <p>Magdalena 318</p> <p>Dead</p> <p>River Euphrates</p> <p>Isla de Encanta</p> <p>I’ve Been Tired</p> <p>Debaser</p> <p>Hey</p>Where to Party on Cinco de Mayo2015-05-01T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/April/cinco-de-mayo.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Fun, games and hot-and-cold running margaritas. . . that’s what’s on local restaurants’ menus for <strong>Cinco de Mayo</strong>. (Which, BTW, is next Tuesday.) Here’s a quick rundown on some of the festivities.</p> <p><strong>Rocco’s Tacos</strong> in Boca (<em>5250 Town Center Circle, 561/416-2131</em>), West Palm (224 Clematis St., 561/650-1001) and Palm Beach Gardens (5090 PGA Blvd., 561/623-0127) will be pulling out all the stops with their annual CdeM bash. At each location it begins at noon on Tuesday and continues until the wee hours with food and drink specials, live mariachi music, free tequila pours, prizes and DJs.</p> <p>At <strong>El Camino</strong> (<em>15 N.E. Second Ave., 561/865-5350</em>) in downtown Delray the party gets started at 11 a.m. and goes on until 2 in the morning. On-hand will be a DJ and mariachi band, plus cool special cocktails and a raffle giving away a VIP trip to the Key West Lobsterfest in August.</p> <p>Boca’s <strong>Tijuana Flats</strong> (<em>22191 Powerline Road, 561/465-2723</em>) kicks things off today with food and drink specials that continue through Tuesday. Look for $5.55 entrees with chips, culminating Tuesday with two tacos, chips and a drink for $5.49. One-dollar drafts, $2 bottle beers, $3 sangria and $4 wine too.</p> <p>The fiesta begins at 11 a.m. at <strong>Rosalita’s</strong> (<em>5949 S. Congress Ave., 561/964-5747</em>) in Atlantis and doesn’t stop until 11 o’clock at night. Drink specials and fun for the kiddies will be on tap, with face-painting and a magician along with margaritas big enough to take a bath in.</p> <p><strong>Uncle Julio’s</strong> (<em>449 Plaza Real, 561/300-3530</em>) in Boca is throwing a party too. This one starts at 4 p.m. and goes on until late, featuring dancing, a DJ and various drink specials. Satisfy your margarita fix.</p>Take 5: Jason Ferrante2015-05-01T01:45:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p class="p1">If you’ve never been to an opera—or if you don’t think you like opera—then you owe it to yourself to see “The Consul,” the season-closing production from Florida Grand Opera (<em>May 9–16 at Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</em>; <a href="" target="_blank"></a>).</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/take5ferrante3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">The 1950 debut from composer Gian Carlo Menotti, “The Consul” is devastating in an accessible, relatable way that conjures George Orwell: It’s sung in English and is set in an unidentified totalitarian country in Europe, where a secret police force is searching for John Sorrel, political dissident. Much of the drama involves efforts by John’s family to obtain visas to leave the country.</p> <p class="p1">“It’s timeless in its themes,” says tenor and supporting actor <strong>Jason Ferrante</strong>. “It’s very unspecific, and I think that was very appealing to Menotti. It’s funny that a piece that was relevant in 1950 is relevant in 2015, especially in Miami, where issues of coming and going from one’s country are a hot topic right now.” Ferrante, a 39-year-old Pembroke Pines resident whose Florida Grand Opera credits include “Rigoletto” and “Tosca,” has been gifted a plum role in “Consul,” as a magician who performs tricks and hypnotizes the consul’s secretary in a bravura 20-minute scene. He had to learn real magic for the part, including a disappearing/reappearing 8-ball trick, and making water and flowers materialize out of nowhere.</p> <p class="p1">It’s only the latest challenge from this tireless and in-demand Juilliard graduate, who runs a vocal studio by day and performs for opera companies across the country during season. During a rare period of downtime, the affable performer sat down with Boca Raton to discuss life as a professional opera singer.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Q1:  What kind of impact does a run of performances have on your voice?</em></p> <p class="p2">In the dream world, you’re feeling healthy, and you’re feeling rested. For me, on a good day after a couple of performances, my body feels more fatigued than my voice. It’s tired from acting and breathing and supporting the instrument. But the throat itself usually feels OK.</p> <div class="post-content"> <div class="editable-original"><center> <p class="p1"><em>To read the full story, pick up the May/June issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p> </center></div> </div>Break on Through2015-05-01T01:42:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p class="p1">On the third day of a recent trip to Tarpon Springs, Fla., my body was asleep but my mind was very much awake. It was about 10 in the morning on a Saturday at Temple Mound, a remote facility inauspiciously located among empty plots of land and auto-body shops. But at this spiritualist speakeasy, I was about to have my consciousness elevated, as part of a weekend retreat titled “Excursion Workshop Level I.”</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/hansenb141024_0082.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">I was sitting in the atmospheric home of Steve DerDerian, founder of Temple Mound, a sort of New Age B&amp;B amid his 17 acres of land. In his sprawling living room—bisected by a stone fireplace/bookshelf lined with texts about the afterlife, channeling, tarot, remote viewing and other metaphysical phenomena—I and six other participants reclined on comfortable chairs, covered by blankets and eyeshades, headphones blocking out everything except the tones piping through our mini mp3 players.</p> <p class="p1">We were listening to a selection from the vast library of Hemi-Sync recordings. The name, branded by metaphysical pioneer Robert Monroe, stands for Hemisphere Synchronization. Monroe discovered that when specialized audio tones called binaural beats are combined in a certain way, the brain will by synced into a “theta state” of high creativity and an awareness that extends beyond the physical world—ultimately causing us to use some 90 percent of our brains. When people claim to have out-of-body experiences or communication with their “spirit guides,” Hemi-Sync is a popular tool to get there.</p> <p class="p1">In my first Hemi-Sync experience, it was difficult to eschew logic, skepticism and self-consciousness. But eventually I went under, in a matter not unlike hypnosis. Nausea rippled through my body at one point—the only time, thankfully, in the entire retreat—which DerDerian suggested was caused by my brain not recognizing its paradigm shift. Soon enough, I was experiencing visions and sounds I wasn’t consciously creating.</p> <p class="p1">One, and only one, lyric from an obscure song by The Smiths became a recurring soundtrack to the fragmented visuals I encountered. I had a vision of my wife collecting shells on a beach, a scene that manifested in our physical reality later that evening—that phenomenon is called precognition. And most significantly, I heard myself asking a question I wasn’t physically asking or even thinking about: “Where is my wife’s wedding ring?” Her engagement ring had disappeared a couple of weeks prior, and she’d been combing our home for it ever since. An answer immediately arrived from some higher source: “The closet!”</p> <p class="p1">I vowed that, when I arrived back home, I would check our bedroom closet for the ring before I did anything else.</p> <div class="post-content"> <div class="editable-original"><center> <p class="p1"><em>To read the full story, pick up the May/June issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p> </center></div> </div>The Way We Were2015-05-01T01:34:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<h3>Travel back in time for a glimpse at the Boca of yesteryear -- through the eyes of residents who've seen their city grow by leaps and bounds.</h3> <p><img alt="" height="379" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/thewaywewere.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">It’s hard to imagine Boca Raton back then, when Glades Road divided Butts bean farm and Military Trail was the far western frontier of what was then a sleepy resort town. But long before IBM and Mizner Park and Town Center mall and Broken Sound, Boca was little more than a blip on the South Florida radar. In 1958, the best that the chamber could come up with as a marketing slogan was, “Boca Raton: The Different Florida Community.”</p> <p class="p1">One of the only things, in those days, that made us different was the then-Boca Raton Hotel &amp; Club (now the Resort &amp; Club), a crown jewel amid otherwise undeveloped Florida scrubland, miles of farms and a dormant city airport that, after its heyday as an Army Air Force training base during World War II, shut down in 1957.</p> <p class="p1">Still, enough people saw potential in Boca, including Northerners interested in seasonal escapes to the Sunshine State, to put the city on a slow road to expansion. The arrival of IBM in 1967—and, more specifically, the launch of the PC here in 1981—would kick that into overdrive.</p> <p class="p1">But what about the decades leading up to Boca’s turn in the tech spotlight—what about the 1950s, the ’60s and the ’70s? What was life like in Boca? Where did people shop? What did they do for fun?</p> <p class="p1">We asked longtime residents of the community to share their recollections of Boca—before it became Boca.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>KEN RONAN</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Boca wasn’t exactly the Wild West during the 1960s of Ken’s youth. But nearly every kid in town did own a gun—a BB gun, that is. “What parent in his right mind would get their kid a BB gun,” he asks with a hint of faux outrage. Such pellet guns, of course, were as much a part of life for Boca kids in that era as bicycling to school or congregating at the popular Teen Town. Now a partner at a Boca-based law firm that bears his name (Lavalle Brown &amp; Ronan), Ken shares a few memories from his childhood.</em></p> <p class="p1">‘‘I’m originally from Philly. My grandfather had a winter home in Hollywood, and he was doing some developing here in Boca. My dad moved us here in 1964 to do that. I was 7. Our car was jammed with four kids and a cocker spaniel, and [when we arrived in Boca] I thought it was magical. Bridges that went up in the air. Boats. Beautiful weather.</p> <p class="p1">“My fondest memory from that early time was the old [Royal Palm] polo grounds, which is where Chipotle and Houston’s are now. It was owned by the Oxley family. It was well attended on Sundays because I don’t think there was much else to do in town. I worked there shoveling the stalls and walking the polo ponies.</p> <p class="p1">“There used to be an old cable car that would go across Hillsboro Canal. We used to [ride our bikes] to 12th Avenue, then through this scrub brush to these dirt paths, probably where Military Trail is now. That’s how we got to the cable car; we’d ride it across and jump into the canal.</p> <p class="p1">“You know what’s really different now? The sea life. I used to be able to put on a mask, fins and snorkel and go out to the first reef and get all the lobster I wanted. You could spear all kinds of fish. There was a time of year when conch would march down the coast, and you’d just be littered with it. I don’t see conch out there anymore. I think it’s been fished out, for the most part.</p> <p class="p1">“I miss the small-town atmosphere [of Boca]. There’s a freedom in not having to lock doors that doesn’t exist anymore.”</p> <div class="post-content"> <div class="editable-original"><center> <p class="p1"><em>For more Boca memories, pick up the May/June issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p> </center></div> </div>Man of His Word2015-05-01T01:28:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p>Michael Grunwald can hold his own with policy wonks. He’s a seasoned journalist with stints at the Boston Globe , Washington Post  and Time  magazine. And he’s been honored for his national and investigative reporting.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/michaelgrunwald.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">However, most Floridians may know him best for his book, The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida and the Politics of Paradise , which started from a newspaper series about the Army Corps of Engineers and Everglades restoration and morphed into what is arguably one of the most compelling and detailed histories of Florida—filtered through the tale of its most precious resource, The Florida Everglades.</p> <p class="p1">It was a project that seemed like a long shot for a kid from Long Island whose idea of the Great Outdoors was the occasional tennis match. But it earned the Harvard grad serious kudos for his meticulous reporting—and the new distinction of historian—all before he’d turned 40.</p> <p class="p1">His next book in 2012, The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era , became a New York Times  best-seller. These days, Grunwald, now 44, is focused on his new job with Politico  magazine, his life in South Beach with wife Cristina and their two young children—and working on his slice backhand.</p> <p class="p1">We asked one of the featured authors at this spring’s Festival of the Arts Boca how he got to Miami—and what he was thinking about these days.</p> <p class="p1"><em>What attracted you to journalism?</em></p> <p class="p2">I always liked to write. I was always interested in the world, I guess. In college I wrote for the college paper. I wrote for the Boston Globe sports section over the summer when they had this amazing sports section. I just really liked it. I went to work for the Boston Globe after college, but I was not on sports anymore.</p> <p class="p1"><em>A recent quote of yours was that your “current media diet”—mostly links for your Twitter feed—is “more interesting, more substantive and more up to the minute than ever.”</em> <em>How do you square that observation with the state of traditional news media and how do you see its future unfolding?</em></p> <p class="p2">What’s depressing is that it’s hard for the people above my pay grade to figure out how to make all this great journalism profitable. But I am now at a place that is figuring that out; Politico is taking digital substantive stuff online and figuring how to make money. In fact, they have realized that they need to get better—that they won’t make more money by chasing clicks about Kim Kardashian, that they’ll make more money by chasing</p> <div class="post-content"> <div class="editable-original"><center> <p class="p1"><em>To read the full story, pick up the May/June issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p> </center></div> </div>Face TIme: Paul Jamieson2015-05-01T01:23:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>Among the safer bets on any given year at SunFest is that executive director <strong>Paul Jamieson</strong> will be nowhere near Flagler Drive when the gates to the annual outdoor music festival in downtown West Palm Beach first open. It’s not the potential bustle that keeps him out of sight.</p> <p><img alt="" height="335" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/paul-jamieson.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">In fact, it’s just the opposite.</p> <p class="p1">“Everybody who works here has recurring dreams,” Jamieson says. “Mine is that we open SunFest—and no one has come. I have this dream every year. So on the first day, after the gates open at 5, I won’t walk the grounds until after 7—because that’s my dream. If I go early and see no one there, I’ll be like …”</p> <p class="p1">Jamieson feigns a bout of hyperventilation.</p> <p class="p1">Given the weighty expectations on SunFest to produce year after year, it’s not hard to see why Jamieson’s subconscious kicks into overdrive come late April. As this year’s five-day event unfolds (April 29 to May 3) with one of its most star-studded lineups in the festival’s three-decade history, consider this: Unlike organizations that run year-round, SunFest has a combined 36-hour window to do its business.</p> <p class="p1">Come rain or shine.</p> <p class="p1">“My dad, before he died, came out to the festival for the first time,” says Jamieson, a native of Cook County, Ill. “He took a look around and said, ‘If it rains, you’re really screwed.’ Leave it to Dad to be here two minutes and put it all in perspective.</p> <p class="p1">“Yes, we live in a much riskier world compared to entities that are open all year. The pressure to perform is enormous.”</p> <p class="p1">For the past 20 years as executive director, Jamieson, along with a dedicated team of full-time staff and volunteers, has turned risk into reward in more ways than one. Last year’s attendance of 175,000 included people from 43 states and 23 foreign countries who traveled to South Florida just for SunFest. The estimated economic impact from that influx? Approximately $15 million.</p> <p class="p1">Along the way, SunFest has managed to nurture its community roots—among the some 2,000 volunteers are locals who’ve been with the event since its inception (in 1983)—while emerging as a heavyweight music festival with national cachet.</p> <p class="p1">“Our budget for talent alone has increased by $1 million since 2012 [to $2.5 million, part of a $7 million overall budget],” Jamieson says. “We’re not a Coachella or Bonnaroo, but we’re right there. We’re in the major leagues.”</p> <div class="post-content"> <div class="editable-original"><center> <p class="p1"><em>To read the full story, pick up the May/June issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p> </center></div> </div>Needle Points2015-05-01T01:19:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p>One way to soften a pesky facial line or wrinkle is with a medicine derived from a lethal toxin known to cause weakness—even paralysis. But that hasn’t stopped botulinum toxin, which is FDA-approved in three medicines for cosmetic purposes, from becoming one of the most popular age-defying treatments.</p> <p><img alt="" height="403" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/screen_shot_2015-04-30_at_10.03.43_pm.png" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Most know it as Botox; the other neurotoxins on the block are Dysport and Xeomin. All work equally well to reduce wrinkles and lines that make us look angry and older, but Botox grabs the bulk of the headlines. We asked Delray Beach dermatologist <strong>Thomas Balshi</strong> (<em>4665 W. Atlantic Ave., Suite B, 561/272-6000</em>, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>) and Boca Raton plastic surgeon <strong>Daniel Man</strong> (<em>851 Meadows Road, Suite </em><em>222</em>, <em>561/395-5508</em>, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>) for their insights into the Botox revolution.</p> <p class="p1">■ Pros: Botox is simple to administer and offers dramatic results, Balshi says. An in-office treatment involves injecting Botox straight into the wrinkled area—and then going about your day. All this, Man says, with minimal discomfort.</p> <p class="p1">■ Cons: Today’s botulinum toxin options last three to six months, before needing a re-do. Side effects from the preparations approved for cosmetic use are generally mild, “like injection site bruising or a headache afterwards,” Balshi says. While rare, worse things can happen. Improperly administered injections can result in cockeyed eyebrows, sagging eyelids, double vision and more, Man says. To avoid those, go to a doctor with experience, board certification and a good reputation.</p> <center> <p><em>To read the full story, pick up the May/June issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p> <center></center></center>The Difference Maker2015-05-01T01:13:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p class="p1">When <strong>Kate Kilian</strong> speaks, you listen—if you can keep up, that is.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/kate-killian.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">The 30-year-old chemistry teacher at West Palm Beach’s Oxbridge Academy talks at a dizzyingly rapid clip, each word racing against the next like horses at Churchill Downs. She answers questions like somebody who needs to be someplace, because she probably does: Her schedule would seem punishing if it weren’t so fulfilling.</p> <p class="p1">On Tuesdays after school, she assists some of her students in meeting with lonely seniors in nursing homes; on Wednesdays, her students coach a science team for children at the local Boys &amp; Girls Clubs; on Thursdays, she runs a tutoring program for kids at The Lord’s Place, the West Palm Beach homeless shelter, with about 20 of her students.</p> <p class="p1">Then there’s her monthly visits to the Quantum House at St. Mary’s Medical Center, where she provides food and comfort to parents whose children are undergoing long-term medical treatment. Through it all, she also manages to moderate Oxbridge’s Science Club, assist the head coach of the girls’ soccer team and run her own book club.</p> <p class="p1">“I’ve always believed that if you see a problem, you shouldn’t wait for somebody else to fix it,” she says. “It’s your responsibility to take care of it. And I enjoy doing it.”</p> <p class="p1">Kilian’s volunteerism, modeled after her parents’ selfless, global work in the medical field, isn’t limited to Palm Beach County causes. She’s spent her past two summers, and two of the past three winter breaks, in Cambodia, where she teaches English to enthusiastic pupils in the genocide-torn nation. She discovered the country’s need when she backpacked through it three years ago.</p> <center> <p class="p1"><em>To read the full story, pick up the May/June issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p> </center>Staff Picks: Special Occasion Picks + A Gastropub2015-05-01T00:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong>The Alchemist Gastropub &amp; Bar</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director </em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="526" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/alchemist.jpg" width="400"></em></p> <div>"A fantastic addition to downtown West Palm Beach, this gastropub offers exceptional food and drinks in a welcoming atmosphere. Exquisite homemade cocktails made by knowledgable bartenders who offer great service! Try the lobster poppers appetizer - YUM!"</div> <div> </div> <div>223 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></div> <div><strong><br></strong></div> <div><strong>Anthony's Runway 84</strong></div> <div> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>"Anthony's Runway 84 is my new special occasion pick. Imagine top-notch service the way things used to be, stellar classic Italian, and a retro rat pack atmosphere complete with a flamboyant airliner motif, white tablecloths and a maitre'd with two toned shoes and a great New York accent. Fly me to the moon."</p> <p>330 S.R. 84, Fort Lauderdale, <a target="_blank">954/467-8484</a></p> </div> <center> <p><em><em><a href="/blog/tag/staff-picks" target="_blank">For more staff picks, click here.</a></em></em></p> </center>Concert Review: Wilco at SunFest2015-04-30T13:41:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>Alt-country turned experimental rock darlings Wilco are known for playing marathon-like endurance tests approaching two and a half hours in length and upwards of 30 songs, with multiple encores. When they were slotted to play just an hour and a half on the opening night of SunFest, it didn’t seem like an realistic expectation of brevity—like asking Shakespeare to write just two acts of a play.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April/wilco-2012.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>And, indeed, Wilco ignored the schedule, taking us all the way to two hours and more than 25 songs generously plucked from its eight studio albums and its three-volume Woody Guthrie project, along with a smattering of obscure cuts and, most surprisingly, a gem from Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy’s legendary pre-Wilco band.</p> <p>Of all the group’s albums, only the sublime “Summerteeth” was shut out of the set, which is too bad—but it’s hard to quibble with the final selections, which flowed masterfully from poppy hits to spacey aural canvases to vintage alt-country and finally to fist-pumping sing-alongs. Wilco has timelessly resisting trending into any musical zeitgeist, and last night’s set reflected this diversity, transitioning from the jubilant, Beatlesesque pop of “Hummingbird” to the deliberate and difficult B-side “Panthers” to a thrilling, anarchic arrangement of “Poor Places,” whose music channeled the lyrics’ anxiety.</p> <p>Other surprises included a molten rock version of “Kamera,” which transformed from a quiet plea to a muscular demand, its music as pounding and insistent as anything released by The Fall. Three songs from Wilco’s first album, “A.M.”, turned up on the set list, catchy but often unplayed classics like “Passenger Side” and “Box Full of Letters” (which was my request, submitted via Wilco’s website the day before).</p> <p>Unsurprisingly, the “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” selections received a massive response, and no matter how many times I hear “Jesus, Etc,” it gives me chills, even in the humid open air. And “New Madrid,” the aforementioned Uncle Tupelo tune, nearly unleashed my floodgates with its ragged poetry, even though the speakers suddenly decided to become staticky during that performance.</p> <p>Tweedy’s banter was minimal last night, the better to cram as many songs as possible into the abbreviated set. Before announcing the title of the masterful “Hate it Here,” he said, “don’t take it personally—it’s not about you.” Earlier, referencing the Lenny Kravitz performance blaring from across the other SunFest stage, he thanked us for coming to see Wilco instead: “We realize you have many entertainment options on a night like this, so we appreciate you flying with us. You could say you’re ‘going our way.’”</p> <p>As much as eyes were on Tweedy, the show proved to be, foremost, a showcase for his band, which remains one of the best in the business. “Art of Almost,” a song that can only be fully appreciated in a live setting, bristled with brooding New Wave angst, and it climaxed in a blissed-out guitar frenzy from Nels Cline that generated some of the loudest applause of the night. Cline’s imaginative solos and inventive shredding—some of it recalling Thurston Moore, with whom he has shared stages—also elevated “Handshake Drugs,” “I’m the Man Who Loves You,” “Impossible Germany” and others. Not to be outdone, multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone’s Townshendian windmills helped make “Laminated Cat” and others an invigorating live experience.</p> <p>The set crashed to a close with the raucous punk-rock howl of “I’m a Wheel,” sending many of home beautiful and stoned, and setting a standard of quality—and quantity—that few other SunFest acts are likely to top.</p> <p><strong>SET LIST:</strong></p> <p>Handshake Drugs</p> <p>Kamera</p> <p>Walken</p> <p>I’m the Man Who Loves You</p> <p>Secret of the Sea</p> <p>Heavy Metal Drummer</p> <p>Hummingbird</p> <p>Panthers</p> <p>Poor Places</p> <p>Art of Almost</p> <p>Shouldn’t Be Ashamed</p> <p>Jesus, Etc.</p> <p>Born Alone</p> <p>Laminated Cat</p> <p>Box Full of Letters</p> <p>New Madrid</p> <p>Passenger Side</p> <p>California Stars</p> <p>Red-Eyed and Blue</p> <p>I Got You</p> <p>Impossible Germany</p> <p>Dawned on Me</p> <p>The Late Greats</p> <p>Hate it Here</p> <p>Monday</p> <p>Outta Mind Outta Sight</p> <p>I’m a Wheel</p>Is Boca missing the mark on downtown design?2015-04-30T08:22:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/img_0223_rev.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>Design missing the Mark?</h3> <p>Boca Raton has been trying to get the look of the city’s downtown right for 23 years. As a meeting set for this morning shows, the city still isn’t satisfied.</p> <p>From 8:30 until 3:30, the city’s consultant, Urban Design Associates of Pittsburgh, will lead a discussion about the Interim Design Guidelines that the city adopted in 2008— as part of Ordinance 5052—to encourage aesthetically pleasing development. The guidelines updated rules the city approved in 1992 as part of Ordinance 4035. That came four years after Boca Raton adopted its Downtown Development Order, which set a limit of 8 million square feet of “office equivalent” space downtown.</p> <p>The 2008 change offered developers a deal: Make your projects look the way Boca wants, and you will get to build higher, and thus make more money. But you’ll have to undergo more review. If you want to build under the old (1992) guidelines, you don’t get the added height but you also don’t have to wait for the added review.</p> <p>Specifically, buildings in downtown projects that use the 2008 guidelines can be 140 feet tall instead of 100 feet. The tallest building can go up another 20 feet to accommodate “tower elements or “mechanical enclosures,” as long as no one lives there.</p> <p>According to Deputy City Manager George Brown, the city passed the 2008 ordinance because people didn’t like the buildings they were seeing from the 1992 ordinance. “We heard that they were boxy, that they weren’t pedestrian-friendly, and that there wasn’t a sense of place.” Brown declined to offer examples of projects that annoyed residents and council members “because I don’t want to offend anybody.”</p> <p>The 2008 change came as the Great Recession hit and development stalled, so for several years no one could see if the change was working. Then came a post-recession flurry of approvals for added height under the guidelines. The Mark at Cityscape, which the council approved in May 2012, is the first to near completion. “They’re basically down to fixing the trees,” Brown said. As the project, with 208 apartments and 18,000 square feett of retail and office space, has taken shape, there has been a collective, “Huh?” from council members and residents I have spoken with.</p> <p>Their complaint is that the Mark looks ordinary, not distinctive—and thus is not worthy of the added height. Given that sentiment, the city council proposed today’s meeting as what Mayor Susan Haynie calls “a kind of after-action report.” Council members won’t participate, though some or all may attend.</p> <p>In their roles as board members of the Community Redevelopment Agency, council members will get a post-meeting report from Urban Design Associates on how, with the Mark, the design guidelines worked—or didn’t work. The consultant’s conclusions will address the question, as Brown put it, “Is there a lesson learned?”</p> <p>Based on what Urban Design Associates concludes, the council could ask for changes to the Interim Design Guidelines. Or the council could decide that the guidelines are working and make them permanent. Or the council could decide that the guidelines don’t help and drop them, going back to the rules adopted in 1992.</p> <p>There will be two public comment periods at today’s meeting, and they should be lively. Important as the consultant’s report will be, however, it’s also important to understand what won’t happen, no matter what Urban Design Associates concludes.</p> <p>Any changes to the guidelines would not affect projects the council has approved. That means Palmetto Promenade, formerly known as Archstone, on East Palmetto Park Road. That means Via Mizner, the residential project at Federal Highway and Camino Real on the southern border of what Boca calls the downtown. Obviously, that means the Mark.</p> <p>That also means the Hyatt Place hotel, which will be built just west of the Mark. When the council approved the hotel last September, though, council members and some residents gushed that the design guidelines had produced just the kind of project Boca Raton wanted. If the consultant believes that with the Mark the guidelines failed, one question will be why they worked for one project and not another.</p> <p>When Boca Raton updated its master plan in the last decade, the city asked Urban Design Associates to hold several public meetings and create a Pattern Book that would help the city implement the downtown design guidelines and realize those planning goals. The language from late 2010 is predictably lofty and optimistic:</p> <p>“The public response called for stronger pedestrian connections, human-scaled and articulated buildings, active street frontages and a dynamic skyline. In short, we want a remarkable downtown.</p> <p>“With these clearly established goals, the Pattern Book for Downtown Boca Raton presents tools that will allow developers, architects and residents to convert a collective vision into our new reality. Drawing on the tradition of American planning and carefully crafted design guidelines, we will redefine the character of Downtown Boca Raton as a timeless and progressive city.”</p> <p>Five years later, Boca Raton soon may determine if that language was prophetic or unrealistic. Either way, here’s one last thing to remember:</p> <p>Less than 20 percent of allowable downtown development space remains. The downtown that Boca Raton has is mostly the downtown that Boca Raton will have until the time comes to rebuild it. </p> <h3>The House goes home</h3> <p>On Tuesday, the Florida House quit on the state.</p> <p>In an unprecedented move, House leaders ended the legislative session three days early, leaving only the Senate in business and killing many bills. No one in Tallahassee could remember, or find any record of one chamber having a hissy fit and bolting.</p> <p>House leaders have refused to expand Medicaid, a move that would extend health insurance to roughly 850,000 working-poor Floridians. The Senate supports extending coverage, using money from the Affordable Care Act. The Senate would overcome Republican hostility to the law by obtaining a waiver from the Obama administration for a plan called the Florida Health Insurance Exchange Program (FHIX). It would use the same Medicaid expansion money and cover the same people, just with a different label and under different rules.</p> <p>Yet the House has refused, despite support for the plan from Florida’s major business groups. I wrote last week that the plan especially would help hospitals like Bethesda in Boynton Beach, which sees many uninsured patients— many of them pregnant women.</p> <p>Gov. Rick Scott, who favored Medicaid expansion two years ago, now opposes it. Like the House, it’s all about ideological opposition to the Affordable Care Act. He and House leaders believe, wrongly, that the Obama administration is withholding a decision on another source of health care money for the working poor—the Low Income Pool—to force Florida to expand Medicaid. This week, the governor sued the federal government over that issue, as if a lawsuit will help anything.</p> <p>In fact, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services want Florida to spend that Low Income Pool money better —and told the governor two years ago that the money would stop if he didn’t craft a better program. But Scott has taken no action.</p> <p>Loss of that Low Income Pool money and the failure to expand Medicaid would be a double blow to Bethesda. But the standoff matters to all area hospitals. Boca Raton Regional stands to lose about $1 million, Delray Medical Center about $2.7 million and West Boca Medical Center about $2.5 million.</p> <p>In its budget, the Senate included $2.2 billion from the Low income Pool and $2.8 billion for FHIX. The House included neither item. Worse, the House offered no plan even for replacing the Low Income Pool money, much less expanding health coverage. Senators are negotiating with Washington over the Low Income Pool money. That’s a better strategy than litigation.</p> <p>By leaving early, the House guaranteed that the Legislature won’t pass a budget. The state’s fiscal year ends June 30. The Legislature can meet in special session before then, but such a session will do no good until there’s some compromise. And right now the Senate is the only responsible actor in Tallahassee.</p> <h3>Sober house bill</h3> <p>Fortunately, the House did pass the “sober house” bill before quitting on the state. Boca Raton, Delray Beach and other cities that are homes to many of these recovery residences see the legislation as a first step toward running bad operators out of the business.</p> <p>The Senate passed the legislation last week, so it will go to the governor for what we assume will be his signature, since the two versions got only two negative votes. Any bills that had passed the Senate but had not received a vote in the House will die. Ironically, one of those bills dealt with state water policy and was the top priority of House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, who sent the chamber home early.</p> <p>Though Crisafulli said Wednesday that the House was ready to begin budget talks—so why didn’t he stay?—such standoffs usually get resolved only when a deadline nears. A special session to pass the budget and deal with health care might not happen until mid-June, two weeks before the end of the fiscal year and a potential shutdown of state government. In the meantime, all government agencies—school districts in particular—that can complete their budgets only after the state budget passes must wait.</p> <h3>Ag Reserve school </h3> <p>Last week, the Palm Beach County Commission allowed a school in the Agricultural Reserve Area. The decision showed that the county must make development in the reserve more restrictive, not less.</p> <p>Donna Klein Jewish Academy will have about 2,500 students. The school will be just north of Delray Marketplace, one of two “traditional marketplaces” allowed in the reserve under a plan designed to limit development and preserve farming.</p> <p>The school is allowed as an institutional use, and county staff recommended approval, but the school is another of the typical suburban projects that aren’t compatible with farming. As part of its current review of rules for the reserve, the county should consider whether to ban any more “institutional” projects.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong><em>Randy Schultz</em></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 and </em><em>Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post. 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>Movie Review: &quot;The Avengers: Age of Ultron&quot;2015-04-29T14:40:39+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>It’s a wonder any poor humans ever leave their houses in “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Then again, even staying inside is a hazard, when entire city blocks—people, cars, roads, buildings—are decimated as quickly and ruthlessly as you’d swat a fly on your kitchen table, and that’s just by the <em>good guys</em> having a aerial row. Throw in an extinction-level war launched by a psychopathic, megalomaniacal villain designed from artificial intelligence, and it sounds about time to grab the cyanide and prepare to be raptured.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/April/272836.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>But that’s life for all mankind and, and it’s a hard few days’ work for the sextet of bickering superheroes at the center of “Age of Ultron,” Joss Whedon’s rabidly anticipated sequel to his 2012 franchise debut, which opens Friday. The movie begins on an Avengers assignment already in progress: the raid of a Hydra outpost in chilly Sokovia, where the mad baron Wolfgang von Strucker has pilfered the all-powerful scepter—aka the movie’s McGuffin—and has been performing Mengele-like genetic experiments on humans. Fans of the Marvel-verse will recognize two of them: Russian twins Pietro and Wanda (Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen, the latter perhaps the only miscasting in this franchise), morally confused victims whose superpowers will eventually earn them the designations of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.</p> <p>Whedon already displays his signature self-conscious wit in this early action scene. While Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Hawkeye and the Black Widow are dismantling the ceaseless horde of nameless foot soldiers outside his compound, von Strucker asks his aid, “Can we hold them?” His aid responds, incredulously, “They’re the Avengers.”</p> <p>But the inciting incident of “Age of Ultron” doesn’t occur until the Avengers are back home, and it’s fueled once again by Tony Stark’s remorse for having created weapons of mass destruction. In a road to possible annihilation paved with good intentions, he secretly enlists Bruce Banner to synthesize an A.I. component from the scepter’s gem and apply it to his “Ultron” global defense program, to create a sort of Iron Dome around Planet Earth. But “Ultron,” voiced perfectly and sarcastically by James Spader, quickly becomes sentient and downright nasty, adopting a robotic form and using his increasing synthetic power to create endless copies of himself and plot humanity’s extermination.</p> <p><img alt="" height="239" src="/site_media/uploads/April/avengers-age-of-ultron-trailer-1-ultron-avengers-logo-620x370.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>“The Age of Ultron” sits squarely in a recent science-fiction trend—A.I. run amok—that includes “Transcendence,” “Lucy” and, to some extent, “Her.” But it’s a theme that’s at least as old as “2001: A Space Odyssey,” a movie from which the robotically savvy Stark apparently hasn’t learned.</p> <p>A guilty conscience remains Stark’s cross to bear, but all of the Avengers have the screen time to unpack personal baggage in “The Age of Ultron,” and that’s where Whedon’s writing really excels. Clint Barton wants to retire from Avenging to finally live in peace with his secret family, Thor continues to reconcile his duality as an earthbound god and, most poignantly, Natasha Romanoff and Bruce Banner’s pursuit of romance is stymied by the latter’s shame at his uncontrollable transformations into the Hulk, and the damage to civilian life that inevitably follows. This is why Whedon hired an actor of Mark Ruffalo’s caliber to play a character that received such short shrift in the first Avengers movie: Banner emerges in this second installment as the tragic soul and the moral compass of the Avengers, and Ruffalo’s acting chops lift Scarlett Johansson’s up to his level.</p> <p><img alt="" height="202" src="/site_media/uploads/April/avengers-age-of-ultron-hanging-out-party.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Ultron, quick on the uptake as he is, utters one of the movie’s key lines: “I have what the Avengers never will—harmony.” Indeed, the Avengers are as dysfunctional as Congress, a collection of clashing egos and motivations and approaches and psyches. Wracked by aforementioned insecurities, they constitute the most human of any of the modern superhero movie protagonists, and “The Age of Ultron” raises the genre’s bar for character development and backstory.</p> <p>Which isn’t to say that Whedon’s film is a reinvention; it’s still an action-driven, CGI-showered, unnecessarily 3-D spectacle that adheres to a certain rhythm shared by its Marvel movie kin (sans Ang Lee’s “Hulk,” always the exception that proves the rule). But it’s damned exciting—heart-racing, even—and most importantly, it’s actually <em>deep</em>. This side of a complete and risky reworking of the genre’s moneymaking formula, this film is as rich as these type of movies can get, and should be applauded by cinephiles, comic book lovers and general audiences alike.</p>Great Getaways 20152015-04-29T13:29:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p class="p1">Looking for a great summer travel package? Check out these Florida resorts that offer great discounts for Sunshine State residents.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Delray Sands Resort</strong></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/April/delraysandsresort_lowres.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Florida residents: find your beach escape at the ALL NEW Delray Sands Resort, located on the beach between Boca Raton and Highland Beach, and save up to 20% this summer! Outdoor and indoor oceanfront dining is available at Latitudes. Valid Florida ID required. Offer is based on availability and some restrictions may apply. View our web site to book your stay or for more information.</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Edgewater Beach Hotel</strong></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/April/pool15253_high.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Florida residents can save 20% this summer at Naples’ only All-Suite Resort located directly on the beach. All suites feature a private balcony, kitchen with a full size refrigerator and microwave, free Wi-Fi, and more. Book online with promo code “Resident”. Valid Florida ID required and restrictions may apply. Offer is valid through 9/30/15. Visit our web site to book your stay or for more information.</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Jupiter Beach Resort &amp; Spa</strong></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="310" src="/site_media/uploads/April/jupiterbeachresort_lowres.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Surround yourself in natural beauty at the Palm Beaches’ best kept secret, Jupiter Beach Resort &amp; Spa, located directly on the ocean in northern Palm Beach county. This summer, Florida residents can save up to 30% with our Florida Resident Rate! Visit our web site to view all of our offers or to book now.</p> <p class="p2"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p class="p2"><strong>Seagate Hotel &amp; Spa</strong></p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April/beach_club_-_poolside_copy.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Only The Seagate Hotel &amp; Spa in Delray Beach offers the amenities of a luxury resort, with the intimacy of a private retreat. Experience championship golf, oceanfront dining at our beach club, and relaxing treatments at our award-winning spa at summer rates beyond compare. FL residents enjoy 10% off room rates and a $25 resort credit* (Promo Code: DISFLA). Bookable May 1 – September 30, for stays June 1 – September 30, 2015. Based upon availability. Blackout dates may apply.</p> <p>For more information, <a href=";utm_medium=Online%20Listing&amp;utm_campaign=2015BocaMagGreatGetaways40483SHG%20" target="_blank">click here</a> or call 1-877-57-SEAGATE. The Seagate Hotel &amp; Spa is located at 1000 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach.</p> <p><strong>The Biltmore Hotel</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="467" src="/site_media/uploads/April/28065247-h1-signatureshot59.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The Biltmore Hotel is a national historic landmark located in the exclusive Coral Gables area of Miami. The 273-room resort includes 133 suites and features spectacular Mediterranean architecture over 150 acres of tropical landscape. 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><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Wyndham Deerfield</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April/hotel_pix_099.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Take advantage of our Staycation special of 20% off our best available rate from May 3 to September 30, 2015. Dine with us in your choice of three on-site restaurants; Café Med, Patio Bar &amp; Grill and Burger Craze. Cool off in our Gelateria featuring authentic Italian gelato. Enjoy deluxe accommodations, complimentary welcome beverage, suntan lotion, and discounts to local restaurants and attractions. Experience all the Wyndham Deerfield Beach as to offer this summer! Call 954-428-2850 today or <a href="" target="_blank">visit our website</a> to book your beach getaway.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>Relay For Life: May 22015-04-29T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Mark your calendars for the area’s first <a href=";utm_source=msn&amp;utm_medium=cpc&amp;utm_campaign=Relay+For+Life+%2D+Exact&amp;utm_content=Relay+For+Life+%2D+Exact&amp;utm_term=relay%20for%20life">Relay For Life</a> event, taking place this year in west Boca Raton on Saturday, May 2, at Olympic Heights High School (<em>20101 Lyons Road</em>). The global event is held by the American Cancer Society to honor cancer survivors, caregivers and volunteers.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April/relayforlife2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>More than 4 million people from 20-plus countries participate in Relay For Life to raise money for cancer research and care, as well as awareness. At each of the Relay For Life community event, teams and individuals gather at a school, park or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team has at least one participant on the track at all times.</p> <p>Joining Relay For Life is free. The concept is that teams get together and fundraise for the American Cancer Society. There’s also fundraising that takes place during the events. Another option, if you can’t physically be at the walk, is to make a donation.</p> <p>West Boca’s event starts at 12 p.m. and ends at 12 a.m. The organizers have planned activities throughout the 12 hours, including opening and closing ceremonies, tributes to survivors and caregivers and a luminaria.</p> <p><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/April/relayforlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>To sign up or make a donation for the May 2 event, go to West Boca Relay For Life, go to <a href="" target="_blank">Relay For Life West Boca Raton</a>. The event contact is Jennifer DeGruccio, who you can reach at 954/200-7533 or</p> <p>Other local Relay For Life events on later Saturdays in the month include one in East Boca Raton, starting at Mizner Park Amphitheater, May 9, and in Delray Beach, starting at Old School Square Park, May 16.</p> <p>To sign up for other local Relay For Life events, go to this <a href=";event_query=33431&amp;search_type=event">link</a>.</p>There&#39;s a Map For That2015-04-29T00:00:00+00:00Michelle Olson-Rogers/blog/author/michellerogers/<p>When it comes to navigating the world of creative and original gift giving, I don’t consider myself Christopher Columbus. We moms are busy, and the thought of trying to one-up another imaginative Boca parent at the next children’s birthday party makes me want to R.S.V.P. with a big N-O. </p> <p>I think this is why <a href=""></a> was invented—for parents like me who aspire to be unique, but are practical, time poor and prone to outsourcing.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April/yourlandmaps.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>My latest “crafty creation?” A <a href="">custom printed map</a> for my daughter’s 2nd birthday that highlights all that has been her “world” for the past year. </p> <p>Yes, you will find <em>Elmo Island</em> and <em>Cookie Monster Manor</em> among <em>The Torpey Islands</em> (her cousins’ islands) in Avery’s World. That’s what’s so different about this milestone gift from <a href="">Your Land Maps</a>. </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April/yourlandmaps2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This Etsy store is the brainchild of a retired cartographer now based in Sarasota, Florida.  Years ago, he drew a sketch map for his youngest son. On it was everything that came from the important things in his (then) 3-year-old’s life: his brothers and sister, the toys he played with, his mom, his dad, his steadfast refusal to ever take a nap, and even the way he pronounced words. It hung on his wall until he went to college. After many people asked for their own versions, Your Land Maps was born.</p> <p>Here’s how it works: After selecting and purchasing a map template, you will receive a worksheet guide and blank map so you can get to work filling out all that is important to your child. We made a list and then asked family members for their input. After sending the completed documents back, a full color draft version of our map with place names was sent to us via email for approval. A few tweaks later and we received our gorgeous, printed map in the mail to frame and hang.</p> <p>We love it, and best of all, our daughter now has a beautiful memory of toddlerhood hanging on her wall for years to come. And this Boca Mom is pretty confident she has her future gift giving strategy all mapped out…</p> <p><em>Disclosure: I was given a complimentary map from </em><em>Your Land Maps</em><em> in exchange for a review of the product. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider.</em></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><a href="/blog/tag/boca-mom-talk/" target="_blank">For more from Boca Mom Talk, click here.</a></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em><strong></strong>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of <a href="" target="_blank"></a><strong>, </strong>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for both 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> <p><em><br></em></p>Lafayette&#39;s Coming to CityPlace2015-04-28T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/April/lafayettes.png" width="490"></p> <p>The game of musical chairs that’s the restaurant scene at CityPlace will be getting authentically musical with the coming debut of <a href="" target="_blank">Lafayette’s Music Room</a>, a West Palm outlet of the Memphis original that in the 1970s was a go-to stop for musicians like Leon Russell, J.J. Cale and Billy Joel.</p> <p>Lafayette’s will slide into the old B.B. King’s space next to the Muvico theater and will feature live music—from solo pianists to local and national bands, blues to jazz to rock ‘n’ roll—seven nights a week.</p> <p>Also on the menu is “Southern food with an attitude,” which on your plate translates into dishes like shrimp &amp; andouille and Cajun crawfish pizzas, chicken ‘n’ waffles and jambalaya pasta, fried shrimp po’ boys and, of course, a thick, juicy burger. B.B. King’s had a rough go of it in CityPlace, but a place that serves good food with real music—not watered-down semi-pop dreck. . . Well, you just gotta love that.</p>Cooper off &amp; running, Boca&#39;s traffic woes and more2015-04-28T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="187" src="/site_media/uploads/cooper.jpg" width="121"></h3> <h3>Cooper off to a good start</h3> <p>Delray Beach City Manager Don Cooper had been on the job barely a month before he had to lead a daylong discussion in mid-February of the city’s goals. To Mayor Cary Glickstein, Cooper’s performance validated the decision he made last November with commissioners Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia to hire Cooper.</p> <p>“He really ran that meeting well,” Glickstein said in an interview. “What that tells me is that he assimilated a lot in a very short time.” This month, at a workshop, the commission “basically codified” those goals, Glickstein said. Among them are improvements to the city’s parking and public works systems.</p> <p>As I found in my survey of commissioners, Glickstein’s, Jarjura’s and Petrolia’s assessments of Cooper as he nears four months on the job are very similar. They praise Cooper for getting to know the city’s needs so quickly. They also want the manager to quickly surround himself with enough good people that Cooper can devote more of his time to the biggest issues.</p> <p>All three elected officials noted that Delray’s outward appearance masks the management problems they hired Cooper to fix. Glickstein compared Delray Beach to a finely restored “jalopy.” The outside looks great—Atlantic Avenue and surrounding areas, the public beach—but “look under the hood” when it comes to delivering services “and we’re not at the level where we need to be. He has seen what we need to do to get there.”</p> <p>In terms of management, Petrolia said of Delray Beach, “We’re a broken-up, broken-down machine.” Problems started in the last years of David Harden’s long tenure that ended at the end of 2012. In 2013 and 2014, Delray operated under one city manager whom the commission had to force out and an interim.</p> <p>Petrolia called Cooper’s work at the goal-setting “fantastic,” but she worries that Cooper “had a very limited understanding of what he was getting himself into.” She is concerned about an organizational chart that shows every key department reporting directly to Cooper. Like Glickstein, she wants Cooper to hire a second assistant city manager. “We’re not getting enough in the ‘Done’ box.”</p> <p>And as Cooper deals with all the expected issues, Petrolia said, “Every time we turn around, we find something else.” Example: Developers have been able to write a check to the city in lieu of adding workforce housing to their market-rate units. At a recent meeting, no one seemed to know exactly where in city government all those checks have gone. The commission has asked Cooper to find out.</p> <p>Jarjura is “pleased with the manager’s ability to quickly understand the issues we have,” and also praised his work at the goal-setting session. “Now it is time for him to focus on a strong support team—upper management, department heads and perhaps a retool of the organizational structure. It’s clear our issues are too big for one man to handle alone, and I would like to see us shift from reactionary governing to innovative, forward-thinking leadership.”</p> <p>Mitch Katz joined the commissioner just a month ago, so he didn’t want to make any broad assessments. He did say, though, that Cooper seemed “a little overwhelmed.”</p> <p>Yet Cooper also seems to be finding his way. He has made his first big hire. Tim Stillings will replace Dana Little as director of Planning and Zoning. Stillings holds that job in Wellington, where he also supervises the Building Department. Those are separate in Delray Beach, but Glickstein said the city might combine the two as part of management reorganization. Though Wellington is more of a suburban-style city than Delray, Glickstein said Stillings has experience in urban planning.</p> <p>Petrolia noted that Cooper brought all the department heads to the goal-setting session. She, Glickstein and Jarjura have complained about a management structure of “silos,” in which where there’s not much communication from department to department and from departments to the manager and commission.</p> <p>Another management failing especially has bugged Glickstein since last year’s Office of Inspector General report on former Manager Louie Chapman. The report found that Chapman had deceived the commission on a purchase of trash bins. After the report came out, it became clear that city employees’ understanding of purchasing policies differed from department to department.</p> <p>Glickstein said Monday that Cooper is moving to create a separate office that will handle procurement and manage contracts—“as is the case in most private companies.” Such a system, he said, would be “far more efficient” than having a purchasing staff in every department, “which is just not working.”</p> <p>On Wednesday, Cooper will be part of a commission workshop with the Community Redevelopment Agency. That will be his first public meeting with the CRA, which is part of the city but is separate from the commission and sometimes has its own ideas. His most important test will come next month, when Delray Beach switches trash haulers. Cooper went through such a switch when he was the manager in Port St. Lucie.</p> <p>Cooper will need to keep sprinting for a while. It will he progress if by year’s end he can slow to a run.</p> <h3>MIA easement</h3> <p>The Delray Beach City Commission has made the right decision in seeking an outside legal opinion on the missing Atlantic Crossing easement, but the decision is risky.</p> <p>To review, the first site plan for the mixed-use project west of Veterans Park contained Atlantic Court, which would provide access from the west off Federal Highway. The current plat also shows the road. In January 2014, the then-city commission approved a new site plan that does not show Atlantic Court.</p> <p>The developers, citing a favorable court ruling in a lawsuit brought by neighbors of the project, contend that in approving the new site plan, the city abandoned Atlantic Court, as the city had—willingly and knowingly—abandoned Northeast Seventh Avenue and other alleys for the project. Critics, including a majority on the current commission, argue that the city did not knowingly and willingly give up Atlantic Court 15 months ago.</p> <p>City Attorney Noel Pfeffer was not with the city at that time. Neither was City Manager Don Cooper. The agenda for that January 2014 meeting refers to the site plan but not to abandonment of Atlantic Court. So at its May 5 meeting the commission will hire a land-use lawyer to render an opinion.</p> <p>“We need an expert in the field,” said Commissioner Mitch Katz, who suggested the idea. Commissioner Jordana Jarjura agrees, as long as the review doesn’t last long. She raises a good point.</p> <p>Despite continuing public anger over Atlantic Crossing in general and the road in particular—critics say that the developers duped the city in order to change to a more profitable design—Delray Beach must resolve the Atlantic Court issue soon or face a lawsuit from the developers, who are moving ahead with demolition. The Planning &amp; Zoning Board last week gave preliminary approval to a new plat without Atlantic Court. As Jarjura said, “It’s time to bring finality to this divisive project.”</p> <p>If the lawyer believes that the city has a good case, the opinion could bring about a compromise on Atlantic Court—put it back in the plan—that the developers could offer themselves if they want to improve public perception of the project. If, however, the lawyer believes that the 2014 site plan approval covered Atlantic Court, the city “wouldn’t be left with a lot of other options,” Katz said.</p> <p>Petrolia would like to hire a lawyer from the same firm that in 2013 concluded that Delray Beach could sue to avoid its trash contract. That opinion led to a rebidding of the contract, and savings in the millions. Since the firm once brought good news, Petrolia’s theory is this: “Who better to deliver bad news, if that’s what the ruling is, to people who are ready to lynch somebody?”</p> <h3>Same sex marriage on the docket</h3> <p>The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments today regarding the constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriages. The lead case is from Ohio, and it has been consolidated with three others from Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee. They make up the U.S. 6<sup>th</sup> Circuit Court of Appeals, which in November ruled that trial court judges wrongly struck down marriage bans in those states. The plaintiffs have appealed. Other appeals courts have ruled that the bans are unconstitutional.</p> <p>In Florida, judges at the federal and state level – including one in Palm Beach County—also have ruled that this state’s ban is unconstitutional. Opinion among legal analysts is divided on how the court might rule. One option is that the justices could say that same-sex marriage is a matter for state courts, after which the two cases from Miami-Dade and Monroe counties that the 3<sup>rd</sup> District Court of Appeal consolidated would be up for review by the Florida Supreme Court.</p> <p>Interestingly, according to the Pew Research Center, opinion also remains divided among Americans as to why people are gay or lesbian. In the center’s most recent poll, 42 percent of respondents said being homosexual is “just how someone chooses to live,” while 41 percent of respondents said people are “born gay or lesbian.” Yet that’s a big change from the late 1970s, when almost 60 percent said homosexual was a matter of choice while about 15 percent said people were born gay or lesbian.</p> <h3>Boca traffic woes  </h3> <p>There’s never a shortage of traffic issues in Boca Raton. One of the most persistent is the intersection of Northeast Fifth Avenue and Palmetto Park Road.</p> <p>At Monday’s city council workshop, Mayor Susan Haynie said the intersection poses the biggest traffic challenge in the city—now. That’s without construction of Palmetto Promenade and its nearly 400 apartments just to the west. That’s without the Houston’s restaurant the city hopes will occupy the Wildflower site across Fifth Avenue to the east.</p> <p>A resident presented his own ideas to the council on Monday. Among those ideas was removing the traffic light —backups can be long after the bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway has closed—and rerouting westbound drivers headed for Federal Highway. Beginning in June or July, a consultant will conduct a three-month study that also will produce recommendations.</p> <p>Council members asked Boca Raton Traffic Engineer Doug Hess about the resident’s suggestions. His hesitation and body language suggested reluctance. Hess noted that rerouting traffic means potentially annoying other people. He acknowledged, however, that Boca Raton had four-laned nearby Mizner Boulevard to avoid widening Federal Highway, and that the “volume never developed.” Mizner thus might be able to take more cars.</p> <p>Haynie reminded Hess and everyone else that the Camino Real Bridge will be closed for nine months next year for improvements. The traffic study will be complete in early fall. So might a lease with the company that wants to operate the Houston’s. The need for a solution at Fifth and Palmetto is developing quickly.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> 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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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 28 to May 42015-04-27T13:46:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/April/pippin-2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Pippin”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25 to $85</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When it’s done right, theatrical drama and Cirque du Soleil spectacle find perfect harmony in “Pippin,” Stephen Schwartz’s 1972 musical about a restless young prince searching for the meaning of life. Originally choreographed by Bob Fosse, the show’s wafer-thin plot is secondary to the legendarily ravishing choreography and the carnivalesque ambience. The tour of the 2013 Tony-winning revival captures much of the exciting pulse that drew audiences to the first “Pippin,” before the show become watered down by decades of unlicensed and amateur productions. There are pole dancers, hoop spinners, jugglers, contortionists, acrobats and knife throwers, not to mention romance, meta-theatrical comedy and an endless phalanx of inventive costumes, in a show that needs to be seen to be believed. It runs through May 3 only.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="220" src="/site_media/uploads/April/static1.squarespace.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Piano Slam 7</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free, but reservations recommended</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The streetwise tradition of slam poetry receives a jolt of concert-hall elegance at this exceptional youth program, now in its seventh year at the Arsht Center. The concept is this: Aspiring middle- and high-school poets listened to a piano composition, then wrote a poem inspired by the music. The best pieces, selected by an acclaimed literary jury, will be performed by their writers onstage, this Thursday, backed by a live music mash-up: Piano duo Yoo &amp; Kim will mix Mozart, Rachmaninoff and Bach with hip-hop beats by DJ Brimstone 127. Teo Castellanos, one of Miami’s most talented theatrical exports, will direct the production.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April/adult_beginners.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Adult Beginners”</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 to $9.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/549-2600, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>A dynamite cast will, hopefully, help this independent comedy explode. Writer/actor Nick Kroll plays a narcissistic entrepreneur who crashes and burns, loses boatloads of money for his clients, and finds himself bunking with his estranged pregnant sister, brother-in-law and their 3-year-old son, who supposedly have it all together, whatever “it” is. The movie has been called “holistic,” “insightful” and “sensitive” in early reviews, tapping the same family-centric, seriocomic vein as last year’s “The Skeleton Twins.” That terrific cast includes Bobby Cannavale, Joel McHale, Jan Krakowski, John Charles, Bobby Moynihan and Mike Birbiglia.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="239" src="/site_media/uploads/April/ggmain.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Gilbert Gottfried</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50 ($100 for VIP tickets)</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Last season, on “Celebrity Apprentice,” Gilbert Gottfried had the hilarious, unmitigated audacity to compare Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler … to Donald Trump’s face! It should come as a surprise to no one that Gottfried didn’t last much longer on the hit NBC series; getting fired for un-P.C. barbs is kind of his thing. Just ask Aflac, which ended Gottfried’s lucrative tenure as its spokes-duck after he tweeted off-color jokes about the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. But for fans of the screechy-voiced comic, his ruthlessness at pillorying such sacred cows continues to ensure packed comedy clubs wherever he performs, in an act that is old-fashioned in its approach and cutting-edge in its content. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/April/1428827587_10641140_970732866279627_2717284194529923393_n.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 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>For a man who appears on our $20 bills, you may not know a lot about Andrew Jackson. But if you believe the 2009 cult musical “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” our seventh president was a complicated bad-ass with a wicked temper, a populist streak, a rather unfortunate relationship with Native Americans, and an ability to tell an intransigent Congress to stick it where the sun doesn’t shine (the White House’s current occupant could learn a thing or two from this latter tendency). Somewhat embellished and purportedly a lot of fun, “Bloody Bloody” includes such songs as “Populism, Yea Yea!” and “Crisis Averted.” It’s driven by a propulsive emo-rock score played by a band that performs on the same stage as the actors, and it should be a perfect fit for Outre Theatre Company, which specializes in challenging, offbeat work. It runs through May 17.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="280" src="/site_media/uploads/April/sleepingbeauty.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Boca Ballet Theatre’s “The Sleeping Beauty”</strong></p> <p>Where: FAU’s University Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $25-$35</p> <p>Contact: 561/995-0709, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Back in 1890, it was hard to go wrong with “The Sleeping Beauty,” a ballet that married the talents of heavy hitters in music composition (Tchaikovsky), choreography (Marius Petipa) and storytelling (it’s based on the classic fairy tale by Charles Perrault). By 1903, it had become the most popular ballet in the Imperial Ballet’s repertory, having been performed 200 times in just 10 years. The three-act epic is centered on the eternal struggle between good and evil, as represented by the Lilac Fairy and Carabosse, respectively, and each of them dances a signature leitmotif. Other characters include the Queen, King Florestan and Aurora. See why this ballet continues to enchant generations young and old at this Boca Ballet Theatre production staged by Co-Artistic Director Dan Guin. The production will feature guest artists Bridgett Zehr of the National Ballet of Canada and Nehemiah Kish of the Royal Ballet of London.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/April/ww1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Fort Lauderdale Fringe Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward College’s Willis Holcombe Center, 111 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: Noon to 10 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5 to $10 per play</p> <p>Contact: 954/201-6884, <a href=""></a></p> <p>It’s hard to believe, with its rich tradition of art fairs, book fairs, film festivals and music fests, that South Florida has never had a fringe festival—a collective showcase of original plays, running from 15 minutes to an hour or more, presented in an unjuried, uncensored, cost-effective manner. Broward College has finally taken the initiative to launch the inaugural Fort Lauderdale Fringe Festival, offering one-day-only productions of more than 20 plays featuring top theater professionals, and artist-directed by Carbonell nominee Vanessa Elise. The plays run a fascinating gamut from small ensemble comedies to solo shows (like Casey Dressler's "The Wedding Warrior," pictured) about real-life experiences, from dance productions to improv comedy shows—there’s even a Spanglish musical and a play performed in the style of Japanese Noh theater. The works will be performed on three black box-style indoor theaters, while outside, musicians will play for tips at a free street fair, which includes food trucks and vendors. Support this event and, with any luck, it will expand to more days and more artists in the years to come.</p>No Oak, No Kidding. . .2015-04-27T11:23:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="530" src="/site_media/uploads/April/chamisalpn.jpg" width="300"></p> <p>I don’t often do blog posts about wine. Almost never, really. But over the weekend I tasted a wine that was so good and so different. . . well, I just can’t help myself.</p> <p>If you at all pay attention to what’s happening in the wine world, you’ve probably heard of (or even helped perpetuate) a growing boomlet in unoaked Chardonnays. The idea is that by not fermenting or aging Chardonnay in oak, like virtually every Chardonnay in the world (okay, the cheap stuff typically goes for wood chips), you let the natural aromas and flavors of the grape stand out. No oaky-toasty overtones, no creamy vanilla, just the pure expression of Chardonnay.</p> <p>And now someone has done the same with. . . wait for it. . . Pinot Noir. That would be Chamisal Vineyards, the first winery to plant in California’s Edna Valley and one of the state’s leading proponents of oak-free Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs.</p> <p>I’d never tasted an unoaked Pinot before, and the winery’s <strong>2013 Central Coast Pinot Noir</strong> delivered such bright, fresh and lively red cherry-cranberry-plum flavors balanced by tangy yet subtle acidity that I practically polished off the bottle before dinner. Some say it’s like a Cru Beaujolais, and that’s not a bad analogy. With our weather heating up, this is the perfect summer wine. . . not a cheap wine for backyard guzzling but an exuberantly refreshing wine of real depth and character that should appeal to wine geeks and novices alike.</p> <p>I’m not sure where you can find it locally, but it is available for $24 at the <a href="" target="_blank">Chamisal website</a>. Great stuff. I’m placing my order.</p>Breakfast Joint Opens in Lake Worth2015-04-27T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="496" src="/site_media/uploads/April/eggscetera.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, or so they tell us. Of course, hardly anyone actually eats breakfast, unless you consider a piece of toast or half a bagel washed down with a slurry of strong coffee a proper breakfast.</p> <p>But if you’re one of those folks with the time and intestinal fortitude to tackle a full-on meal early in the morning, welcome to <strong>Eggs-Cetera Cafe</strong> (<em>6346 Lantana Road, Lake Worth, 561/968-8200</em>), a cozy little breakfast and lunch joint at Lantana and Jog Roads.</p> <p>It’s a cute little space with some outside dining, nothing fancy, which pretty much describes the extensive menu of familiar, comforting breakfast and lunch dishes. There are, of course, all manner of egg dishes, omelets and pancakes, as well as waffles, crepes and variations (lobster, salmon, steak) on the Benedict theme, along with juices and espresso.</p> <p>At lunch there’s a roster of composed salads, sandwiches and burgers, plus seafood dishes from fried shrimp to grilled fish tacos and a handful of small plates. Prices are pretty reasonable, with almost everything on the menu coming in under $10 so if you are one of those people who eats a hearty breakfast, you won’t choke on the bill.</p>SunFest Preview: The Best of the Rest2015-04-24T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>You probably know about the headliners of next week’s <a href="" target="_blank">SunFest</a> (April 29-May 3), names like Fall Out Boy, Stone Temple Pilots and Sammy Hagar—and we’ll be reviewing the likes of Wilco, Hozier and The Pixies following their performances.</p> <p>But what’s great about this festival is that it provides ample opportunities to discover new talent. Here are the top five undercard acts at this year’s SunFest, which give us plenty of reasons to show up early.</p> <p><img alt="" height="255" src="/site_media/uploads/April/1361471566-knox_hamilton.jpg" width="380"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>5. Knox Hamilton (5:15 p.m. April 30)</strong></a></p> <p>There’s not much music available online to sample this Little Rock-based quartet—just one song, really, but don’t be surprised if you’ll want to download it instantly and play the hell out of it until SunFest. It’s called “Work it Out,” and, like Bleachers and The Postal Service, there’s an old-is-new-again nostalgia to this tune, a piece of irrepressibly catchy dance-pop gold driven by sunny keyboards and groovy guitars, not to mention the jarring but welcome disconnect between the frontman’s fragile indie-pop tenor and his grizzled mountaineer look. “Work it Out” has received regular airplay on SiriusXM, and it would be a hit on terrestrial radio too, if FM radio wasn’t run by a soulless corporate behemoth. The group has released three EPs in its hometown, so expect more where that infectious tune came from.</p> <p><img alt="" height="228" src="/site_media/uploads/April/shapeimage_3.png" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>4. The Spazmatics (5:15 p.m. May 3)</strong></a></p> <p>If you think popular music takes itself too seriously, The Spazmatics are the group for you. Legend has it the band formed in a high school in California circa 1983, when Kevin Stigwood, a physics teacher, lost a debate to a student about quantum theory and was subjected to performing Thomas Dolby’s “She Blinded Me With Science” at a state basketball game as punishment. The band he corralled for the gig became the Spazmatics, a 1980s cover band awash in kitsch: Its members don apparel from “Revenge of the Nerds”—think pocket protectors, bowties, taped glasses and ghastly plaid pants—and perform choreographed dance moves to such decade-defining hits as “Whip It,” “Faith,” “I Love Rock and Roll” and many more. Beyond the surface humor, the Spazmatics are genuinely good musicians; Brad Gillis, of Ozzy Osbourne’s band, called them “the best ‘80s cover band I’ve ever seen.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="208" src="/site_media/uploads/April/cc6urioukaaf53s.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>3. The McNaughstys (5:45 p.m. May 1)</strong></a></p> <p>Los Angeles’ The McNaughstys aren’t the first group to find common ground between Irish music and punk rock: Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly famously paved the way. But they go further than these pioneers in capturing the spirit of Irish history, culture and music: Bagpipes and violins are just as prominent as shredding, three-chord guitar riffs, blitzkrieg drumming and anthemic vocals, and the band’s lyrical content captures its heritage through tunes like “Shea’s Rebellion,” “O’Malley” and the sea shanty “The Ship is Going Down.” It’s Green Day meets The Chieftans, authentic enough to expand the musical horizons of both groups’ fans. It actually makes perfect sense that The McNaughstys are opening SunFest for another crossover artist, Lindsey Stirling.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April/ffdb4c_39219a65871343f0aa3e3940e31646fe-jpg_srz_980_653_75_22_0-50_1-20_0-00_jpg_srz.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>2. Kehlani (7:45 p.m. May 2)</strong></a></p> <p>Sometimes, Piers Morgan can be right. When Kehlani, a fresh-faced 16-year-old and the only girl in her high-school band Poplyfe, performed on “America’s Got Talent” in 2011, Morgan told her, “I think you’ve got talent, but I don’t think you need the group.” Her ambitions have, indeed, outlived Poplyfe; she’s matured along with her music, striking out as a solo artist with a self-released  mixtape that <em>Complex</em> magazine named one of the best albums of 2014. The sky is the limit for this R&amp;B/hip-hop superstar of tomorrow, whose ancestry—black, white, Native American, Hispanic and Filipino—places her uniquely in a 21<sup>st</sup> century musical melting pot. Her debut LP “You Should Be Here” hits retailers the week of her SunFest performance, and offers an eclectic introduction to her music. See her now, before she blows up the Internet.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/April/elliot_root.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>1. Elliot Root (7 p.m. May 2)</strong></a></p> <p>Nashville spawns so many imaginative roots-music artists that it’s mighty hard to transcend the horde of Tennessee bands and singer-songwriters craving residency on your stereo. Credit Elliot Root for doing just that. This soulful Music City quartet has been plying its sophisticated songcraft for a few years now, discovering a timeless aesthetic that would sound as appropriate piping from a Starbucks as a downtown rock club. Calling to mind City and Colour and Red House Painters, it’s really poetry put to music, from the haunting elegy “Body Down” to the radio-ready “Soul is Fire.” Both of these are available on Elliot Root’s new “EP II,” released in March as an appetizer to its forthcoming full-length debut, “Thoughts From Yesterday.” </p> <p><em>Tickets are still available for SunFest; visit its website for details.</em></p>Hot Pot Is New Boca Hot Spot2015-04-24T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April/hotpot.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Sushi bars are as common in these parts as steakhouses, which is to say as common as dirt. Taiwanese hot pot eateries? Eh, not so much.</p> <p>So Asian food lovers in the mood for something different likely won’t mourn the passing at the end of last year of Jidai Kaiten Sushi in West Boca, despite the restaurant’s somewhat novel (for our little town, at least) sushi-on-a-conveyor belt setup. In its place now is <strong>Lemon Grass Hot Pot</strong> (<em>21073 Powerline Road, 561/609-2200</em>), a DIY hot pot eatery that lets you cook your own meal at your table in individual hot pots full of bubbling broth.</p> <p>Jidai Kaiten’s old triangular conveyor belt is still there, though now it holds pots full of fresh veggies you can add to proteins held in covered coolers. There’s beef and lamb and pork, assorted fish and shellfish, and a half-dozen different broths to choose from. Cost is $25 a person, all you can eat.</p> <p>The place itself is pretty slick, all black and white and red and gray, dominated by the giant conveyor belt in the center of the room. It’s an interesting concept; we’ll see if it has legs. . .</p>Staff Picks: food and entertainment2015-04-24T00:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong>Bogart’s of Boca + Movie at Cinemark</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="331" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/bogarts.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Meshi Shoshona, Events + Sales Coordinator</em></p> <p>“My boyfriend and I went there on a Saturday night absolutely loved it. The food and service was fantastic. We started with hummus and crackers. For our main dishes, he got a turkey burger, and I got a delicious rare tuna salad. After that, we watched a movie in Cinemark’s premier seating area, which had big and comfy seats.”</p> <p>3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Sushi Rock Café on Las Olas</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/sushirocklasolas.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“The next time I make it over to Sushi Rock Café, I’m fasting beforehand. This place is completely unassuming from the outside. (I’ve driven past it too many times to count without as much as a glace in its direction.) And just as unassuming on the inside – a capacity of what I estimate to be less than 100, with neon lights in place of crown molding. But its melt-in-your-mouth sashimi and incredible boats of sushi are unbeatable. Note: GET THE WHITE TUNA.”</p> <p>1515 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale // 954/462-5541</p> <p><strong>Homemade Meatballs from Bedner’s</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/bedners.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>“The homemade meatballs from Bedner’s have some little cheesy (in a good way) kick I can’t exactly place, but it’s worth the drive to get a tray. Not to mention all the gorgeous produce, boiled peanuts and homegrown tomatoes.”</p> <p>10065 Lee Road, Boynton Beach // 561/733-5490</p> <center><em><a href="/blog/tag/staff-picks" target="_blank">For more staff picks, click here.</a></em></center><center><em><br></em></center>Why Delray Rocks &amp; Boynton does not, plus more2015-04-23T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="241" src="/site_media/uploads/star_of_david.jpg" width="209"></h3> <h3>The Chabad saga</h3> <p>Let us hope that in a month there is no reason to wonder if anti-Semitism is at work in Boca Raton.</p> <p>A curious thing happened at last week’s city council meeting. On the agenda was an application for a development project. The Planning &amp; Zoning Board had approved the project. The staff had recommended that the council approve the project, with some conditions.</p> <p>Then City Manager Leif Ahnell said he wanted the council to delay its decision because the applicant had failed to provide some information. Something about the floor-to-area ratio: square footage of the building divided by square footage of the lot. The higher the ratio, the denser the project. The issue supposedly had arisen three hours before the meeting. Staff wanted to delay action until May.</p> <p>None it made sense. Normally, only an applicant asks for such a late delay. The applicant wanted no such delay. Indeed, the applicant didn’t want to wait even a month after having to wait nearly seven years.</p> <p>The applicant is Chabad East Boca, a congregation of Orthodox Jews that long ago outgrew its space just off Sanborn Square. In 2008, the congregation planned to buy six contiguous properties east of Mizner Park, two of them facing Mizner Boulevard. As Ruvi New, the founding rabbi of Chabad East Boca, pointed out to me this week, there are two busy churches at either end of that stretch of Mizner Boulevard: First United Methodist to the north and St. Gregory’s Episcopal to the south. What could have been wrong with Chabad East Boca joining them?</p> <p>Something, apparently. After criticism from neighbors about parking and a series of public hearings, the council changed the rules regarding parking for houses of worship in a way that prevented Chabad East Boca’s move.</p> <p>So to say that Rabbi New is suspicious of what happened last week would be an understatement. “I was most definitely not aware of any problems,” he said. “What happened was highly unusual. Almost unprecedented.”</p> <p>This time, Chabad East Boca wants to build where La Vielle Maison once served great French food: on the south side of Palmetto Park Road, just east of the Intracoastal Waterway. The property is zoned for the sanctuary, museum and social hall that Chabad East Boca wants to build. Rabbi New said many of the congregants walk to services because they observe the Jewish Sabbath by not operating motor vehicles. Nevertheless, to alleviate traffic problems Chabad East Boca would have underground parking. The congregation could not use all parts of the building at once. Attendance at High Holy Days services would be capped.</p> <p>Chabad East Boca even had the right team of advocates: lawyer Mitchell Kirschner and architect Derek Vander Ploeg, who are regulars before the council and usually succeed. But just as Chabad East Boca’s potential neighbors were opposed in 2008, they are opposed in 2015. One of them flagged a supposed miscalculation in that floor-to-area ratio, though Vander Ploeg said he met with city staff on that calculation “before we even filed.”</p> <p>One can assume that the potential neighbor didn’t alert the staff in hopes of making the project better. The idea is to stop the project, or perhaps persuade Chabad East Boca to consider, as some online postings have suggested, a site on “House of Worship Row”—the south side of Yamato Road east of Patch Reef Park.</p> <p>As Rabbi New explains, however, Chabad congregations are the opposite of mega-churches. They are intensely local, so he can’t move far from the current location. Many congregants, he said, live on A1A near the new site.</p> <p>Councilman Robert Weinroth, who at first opposed the delay, theorized that any miscalculation might have occurred because a sliver of the property is zoned residential, meaning that it couldn’t be included in the ration. Vander Ploeg said, “It might have been a miscommunication more than anything else.” Councilman Mike Mullaugh, who also first opposed postponement, said the city needs to make sure that there are no “inconsistencies.” If there were, the Planning &amp; Zoning Board approval was “invalid.”</p> <p>Ironically, if Rabbi New were not asking for 10 feet, 8 inches of added height—which city staff recommended the council approve—Chabad East Boca wouldn’t have needed more than Planning &amp; Zoning Board approval. The city allows the extra height about 30 feet for the main sanctuary, but Chabad East Boca also wants it for the museum exhibit hall due for Vander Ploeg called “functionality” reasons.</p> <p>Interestingly, just before the council changed those parking rules in 2008, Cooper City in Broward County had to pay a Chabad synagogue $325,000 for keeping it out of the city through discriminatory zoning. Vander Ploeg said Wednesday he has sent the revised calculation to the city. The plan is for the project to go back before the Planning &amp; Zoning Board on May 7. If approved, the project would return to the council on May 27. Will the project get through this time? “I can’t see any reason why it shouldn’t,” Vander Ploeg said. If it doesn’t, Boca Raton better have a very good reason.</p> <h3>Boynton loses yet another one</h3> <p>On Tuesday, we saw another example of why Delray Beach is Delray Beach and why Boynton Beach is, well, Boynton Beach.</p> <p>Before the Palm Beach County Commission was a recommendation from the staff that the county sell 5 vacant acres of surplus land north of Lake Ida Park in Delray along the east side of Interstate 95. Directly north of that property is a roughly 23-acre site on which a developer plans to build large homes. The developer had offered $500,000 for those 5 acres, on which he would build more homes. The staff liked that option. “As an alternative,” the memo to commissioner stated, “the City of Delray Beach has recently expressed interest in buying the property, which Staff does not recommend.”</p> <p>Yet the commission voted 6-1 for the sale to Delray. And therein, as the saying goes, lies a tale.</p> <p>Boynton Beach had first shot at the land, and could have had it for the same $100,000. The city commission, however, turned it down, with Mayor Jerry Taylor saying the city had other needs. That decision led to the sort of sniping that for decades has tainted the commission.</p> <p>In contrast, the Delray Beach City Commission responded quickly, collectively and effectively.</p> <p>Last week, commissioners indicated their interest in going after the property. So on Tuesday, it was a Delray Beach commissioner—Shelly Petrolia—not one from Boynton Beach arguing that preserving the land could help create a greenway and ideally could make the site part of the popular El Rio Trail. “Green space is something we don’t have a lot of on the coast,” Petrolia told me.</p> <p>As the staff noted, there are obstacles to making the land part of a trail system. In 1950, the Lake Worth Drainage District dug a canal that divides the property from Lake Ida Park. A bridge to the northern edge of the park could cost between $250,000 and $400,000. If there’s no other way to get in and out, the developer has said he won’t allow access through his property.</p> <p>Yet when Delray Beach is at its best, the city tries to find ways around problems. Petrolia says I-95 might provide an easement. The county’s Caloosa Park is slightly north on the west side of the highway. Over time, the developer might realize that a trail would raise the value of the homes. And because donors will put the sale price, buying the land won’t cost Delray Beach.</p> <p>County Commissioner Steven Abrams, who represents the area, rebutted claims by neighbors that preserving the land would make their lives worse. “On the one hand,” he told me, “they said there’s no way to get to the property. On the other, they said they would be overrun.” As for the theory that those donors would develop their own homes, Abrams counters that the contract will be with the city and will contain restrictions on use.</p> <p>Truth be told, at least one of those donors may be acting out of enlightened self-interest. Taylor Levy owns a home on the east side of Lake Ida facing the property. He would rather see green than homes, even expensive ones. But if the public benefits, what does that matter? And if the sale brings a big public benefit, we know which city will get credit for trying.</p> <h3>The disappearing Delray easement</h3> <p>By a vote of 5-1, the Delray Beach’s Planning and Zoning Board gave preliminary approval to a new plat for Atlantic Crossing that does not include the Atlantic Crossing easement. The plat must return for a final vote before it goes to the city commission.</p> <p>The plat now matches the site plan the commission approved in January 2014—when Delray had a different city manager and city attorney—without the staff making clear that the city was giving up the easement. Neighbors believe that the easement, off Federal Highway, would ease the traffic issues from the mixed-use project.</p> <p>Monday’s night meeting was packed with those who want the easement back in. I’ll have more on this next week.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> 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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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>Seasonal Finds: Twist on Crab Cakes2015-04-23T06:00:00+00:00Amanda Jane/blog/author/amandajane/<p><img alt="" height="343" src="/site_media/uploads/April/crabcake.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>I’ve been so inspired by the bounties of spring produce recently available at our local markets here in South Florida. Among the plethora of springtime vegetables are fresh leeks, which have two annual harvest seasons—spring and winter. Spring leeks are generally smaller and sweeter than winter leeks. They taste like a cross between mild onion and garlic. Leeks are often added into soups, vegetable medleys and gratin recipes. In this recipe they are mixed into a spring-inspired crab cake feast.</p> <p>Given that it’s peak season for leeks, now is a great time to experiment with this yummy and remarkably healthy veggie. One cup of leeks contains only 54 calories. In addition, they are packed with vitamins A and K, thus promoting bone growth, blood-flow regulation and healthy blood cell development.</p> <p>For those unfamiliar with fresh leeks, here are a few tips:</p> <p>1) <strong>Selection process</strong>: Look for firm and straight leeks with dark green leaves with bright white stalks.</p> <p>2) <strong>Freshness window</strong>: Fresh leeks can be stored in the refrigerator for one to two weeks.</p> <p>3) <strong>That's a wrap</strong>: Try storing them in plastic wrap or placing them in a sealed plastic bag to preserve moisture before using.</p> <p>4) <strong>Clock is ticking</strong>: Once the leeks have been cooked, they become highly perishable; you’ll have two days, max, to use them.</p> <p>Leeks and fresh crabmeat are a heavenly pairing in this recipe, and I’ve included fresh parsley and spring onion to enhance the sweetness of their flavors. The fennel seed remoulade—made from Greek yogurt, lime juice and fennel seed—is a tangy and healthier spin off of a traditional mayo-packed remoulade.</p> <p>Enjoy!</p> <p><strong>Spring Leek Crab Cakes with Fennel Seed Remoulade</strong></p> <p><em>Makes 4-6 crab cakes</em></p> <p><strong>Remoulade Ingredients</strong></p> <p>5 ounces plain Greek yogurt</p> <p>1 teaspoon lime juice</p> <p>1 teaspoon lime zest</p> <p>1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds</p> <p>Salt and pepper to taste </p> <p><strong>Crab Cake Ingredients</strong></p> <p>1/2 cup leeks, finely diced</p> <p>1/4 cup spring onion, finely diced</p> <p>2 eggs, whisked </p> <p>1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped, plus more for garnish</p> <p>3/4 cup mayonnaise </p> <p>1/2 teaspoon salt </p> <p>1/4 teaspoon pepper </p> <p>1 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs  </p> <p>1/2 pound lump crabmeat </p> <p>2 tablespoons canola oil </p> <p><strong>Directions</strong></p> <p><strong></strong>1) Make remoulade by mixing all ingredients together and whisking to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.</p> <p>2) In a large mixing bowl combine leeks, onion, eggs, parsley, mayonnaise, salt, pepper and 1/2 cup bread crumbs. Stir to combine ingredients, then fold crabmeat into the form mixture until fully incorporated. Use your hands to form the crab cakes.</p> <p>3) Place remaining 1 cup bread crumbs onto a plate and lightly coat crab cakes on the top and bottom.</p> <p>4) Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté crab cakes, in batches, for 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown on one side. Serve topped with remoulade and garnish with parsley for serving. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Amanda Jane</strong></p> <p><em>Amanda Jane is the creator of the food blog <a href="" target="_blank">Seasonally Jane</a>, a creative space where she shares her love of seasonally inspired cooking through original recipes, photography and writing.  Seasonally Jane celebrates the use of peak-season fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on organic whole foods and unique ingredients. Amanda launched her blog in September 2014 and is based in Lighthouse Point.</em></p>Movie Review: &quot;The Water Diviner&quot;2015-04-22T13:08:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>It is the great actor’s lot in life that he can’t <em>just</em> be a great actor. He must also direct! Yes, because that is the where a film’s creative pulse is generated—not in the hands of actors herded into position like cattle, as Hitchcock so bluntly dismissed them, but in the cowherd calling the shots.</p> <p>When he’s not singing, Russell Crowe is usually a great actor, but as he proves in “The Water Diviner,” his first film behind the lens, he is no director.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/April/the-water-diviner_704_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Set largely in Istanbul and surrounding Turkish cities in the aftermath of World War I—but shot mostly in Australia—“The Water Diviner” also stars Crowe as Connor, the intuitive-bordering-on-psychic title character, who uses dowsing rods to locate wells deep beneath his draught-stricken homestead. Four years have passed since his three sons apparently perished in the siege of Gallipoli, and his wife has not overcome the trauma; she’ll soon be joining them. Left with nothing, Connor leaves on horseback to visit the location of the bloodiest massacre of World War I, in order to exhume his sons’ missing remains and bury them with their mother.</p> <p>Connor approaches his goal with the mulish obstinacy of a Liam Neeson action hero. His visit is unwelcome from every direction; he reopens tribal wounds between the English and the Ottomans, and he battles prejudice and bureaucratic hurdles, even as a plot twist keeps a semblance of hope alive.</p> <p>This is a compelling idea for a movie, but it needs a surer hand behind the camera. As pretty as Andrew Lesnie’s sun-dappled cinematography is, Crowe is an amateur visual storyteller. Editing rhythms are awkward and disjointed, a curious number of close-ups seem to be filmed in front of artificial green-screens, and many of his scenes appear to be, as the saying goes, “fixed in post.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/April/406968-a93ff59a-79d6-11e4-af6e-cd6ad31dcd05.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>But the movie’s crippling flaws have more to do with tone and its sense of place than its technical ineptitude. The settings in “The Water Diviner” feel as much like Istanbul as a visit to Epcot’s Tokyo exhibition feels like visiting Japan. This is another white-man-in-a-foreign-land culture-clash experiment, and Crowe imbues Turkey with Hollywood’s shallow, hokey exoticism. The movie’s idea of local color is an old man attempting to pluck and eat a live chicken, and Crowe’s own character is a fount of stupid Anglo-American gaffes, such as mistaking a muezzin’s wail for a street barker trying to sell something.</p> <p>All of this is consistent with a crushingly simplistic film that treats everybody as a cardboard cutout spouting melodramatic trailer bytes: “For me, this place is one big grave,” “hope is a necessity where I come from,” “I measure a man by how much he loves his children,” and so on. Fuzzy battlefield flashbacks share screen time with a rote romance, risible humor and telegraphed action sequences—a crowd-pleasing mélange of genres so transparently calculated that it’s difficult to be truly moved by the results. Even in the big revelation at the film’s climax, Crowe can’t resist lathering the moment with cheap sentiment.</p> <p>The only moment in “The Water Diviner” that feels real is that wordless early scene in which Connor divines said water from the ground. The rest of the film is all wet.</p> <p><em>"The Water Diviner" opens in most theaters Friday.</em></p>Swank Farms rolls out last dinner!2015-04-22T11:01:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/swank-table-hp-2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>There’s no better day than Earth Day to salute the season ending of the Swank Table series this Sunday. The event, Prime Cuts—a beefy extravaganza featuring Chis Miracolo of S3 (Fort Lauderdale), Blake Malatesta of Delray’s 50 Ocean and Isaac Cerny of West Palm’s Pistache, among others—is sold out (but I hear there is waiting list) as all of them are, but what a grand few months it has been. </p> <p>This will be dinner number seven this season starting with 50 Eggs Down on the Farm with Clayton Miller (Khong River House) and others; Black &amp; Gold Silver Sands with Jason Pringle (db Bistro Moderne,) Jeremy Ford (Jean-Georges Miami Beach), among others; to Hot Pink Tomato, with Conor Hanlon (The Dutch, Miami) and Roy Villacrusis (Nitrogen), among others; Le Grand Aioli with Michael Reidt (Pilgrim, Miami), Paula Da Silva (3030 Ocean), and Clayton Carnes (Wellington’s The Grille), among others; the first vegetarian blow-out—Where’s The Beet?— with Market 17 and Hippocrates, among others, and the ever-popular dreamy Diner En Blanc with Nick Morfogen (32 East ) and Rick Mace (Café Boulud), among others. It was a star-studded line up of area chefs, spectacular food and wine pairings with a variety of sommeliers, and music by great bands like the Killbillies, Hughie Burns and the County Line, the Baron Sisters, Uproot Hootenanny.</p> <p>Not only were the dinners a great success, but a film about Swank Farm, and the trials of tribulations of small farmers Jodi and Darrin Swank, made it into the Palm Beach International Film Festival—and won as audience favorite.</p> <p>But no wonder.  For 13 years, we’ve loved the Swanks’ produce through our local green market or at fine restaurants or the farm’s CSA program. It’s no surprise that farm to table would come to life right where the Swanks live and work—on their own Loxahatchee Groves farm.</p> <p>Here’s to another great season, and one last Sunday dinner raising a glass to this great series of food celebrations—and to the dedicated family that makes it all happen. Secure your seats for next year’s series by visiting <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.  And tell ’em we sent you!</p>Time to Run from the Rays2015-04-22T08:15:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>It’s time again to Run from the Rays. This year’s third annual 5k will be held on Sunday, April 26, and is open to both runners and walkers.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April/runfromtherays.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Photo by NACHLAS PHOTOGRAPHY from last year's run</em></p> <p>The 3.1-mile course starts at the Spanish River Athletic Complex (1370 Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton), and begins at 7:15 a.m. If a shorter distance is more your cup of tea, there’s a one-mile walk option that kicks off at 8:15 a.m. Children (16 years and under) are also eligible to participate in the one-mile event.</p> <p>Registration is $32.50; $22.50 for the one-mile walk; and $17.50 for the 16-years-and-under one-miler. Note that online registration ends April 25. Registration costs include a post-race pancake breakfast and refreshments.</p> <p>Race proceeds go four local agencies: the <a href="">Caridad Center of Palm Beach County</a>, <a href="">Melanoma Research at Moffitt Cancer Center</a> (a partner of Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Lynn Cancer Center), <a href="">Dermatology Medical Missions, Inc.</a> and the <a href="">Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation</a>.</p> <p>For more information, contact Run from the Rays race director Fran Nachlas, SafeSun, Inc., at 561/350-5110. To sign up, <a href="">click here</a>.</p> <p>Runners and walkers can pick up their race packets at the Runner’s Edge (<em>3195 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton)</em> or at the race location. </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 dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>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>What to eat at a steakhouse2015-04-22T07:57:00+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>When eating out with friends and family, restaurant choice is often a compromise. For vegetarians and vegans, that means the occasional trip to a steak house. I’m mostly vegan myself, preferring to eat plant-based meals when going out. Over time, I’ve learned how to order a healthy meal even at a steak house! Read on for my Green Goddess-approved meals at these South Florida restaurants.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/April/primedelray.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Pictured: Prime in Delray</p> <p><em>Tip: You can use these guidelines to create your own healthy meal at any other steakhouse around the country. You will be surprised how easy it can be to eat at the meat-eaters paradise!</em></p> <p><strong>NEW YORK PRIME and MORTON’S</strong></p> <p>Begin with either the New York Prime chopped Italian salad without the anchovies and blue cheese, or Morton’s chopped salad minus the cheese and bacon. This will provide you with a plethora of vitamins and enzymes to boost your energy and your immune system. For the entrée, you can create your own main course of steamed garlic spinach, sautéed mushrooms (meaty and filling!) asparagus (sans the hollandaise) and a plain baked potato, drizzled with olive oil and a little bit of salt. Spinach gives you good doze of iron, asparagus helps detoxify your system, and baked potato keeps you full as it is high in fiber.</p> <p>New York Prime: <em>2350 N.W. Executive Center Drive, Boca Raton // ‎561/998-3881 ‎<strong> </strong></em><strong></strong></p> <p>Morton’s:<strong> </strong><em>5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton // 561/392-7724</em></p> <p><strong>ABE AND LOUIE’S</strong></p> <p>Here I would recommend the Abe &amp; Louie’s salad that features bibb lettuce, apples and pistachio nuts. I usually ask to hold the cheese and place the dressing on the side. This is one of the most interesting salads I have seen at a steak house. It’s pretty nutritious as lettuce is high in blood-purifying chlorophyll, apples are rich in fat-reducing pectin and pistachios are known to be the highest-protein and lowest-calorie nut. The Mediterranean Salad is also a great option when you substitute cheese for high-protein chickpeas. For an entrée, go with cauliflower steak, a jumbo baked sweet potato (without the brown sugar) and Brussels sprouts. Cauliflower is a great low-calorie vegetable that is high in fiber and low in starch. Sweet potatoes are rich in bloat-reducing potassium, and Brussels sprouts are a part of the cruciferous family of vegetables that help detoxify your liver. <em>2200 W. Glades Road, Boca Raton // 561/447-0024</em></p> <p><strong>PRIME in DELRAY</strong></p> <p>Prime happens to have one of my favorite vegetarian menus. Here, I like to begin with the Roasted Beets Salad (without the feta) that comes with golden Frisse lettuce, micro basil and toasted walnuts for extra Omega 3s and protein. For the main course, I recommend a plate of Wild Steak House Mushrooms, Jumbo Asparagus and an order of Roasted Sage Fingerlings. While mushrooms are full of protein and low in calories, they have a great meaty texture. Asparagus is a great detox vegetable that is rich in glutathione, a detoxifying compound that helps break down free radicals. Fingerlings are rich in fiber and balance off the meal as they happen to be the only high-calorie part of the dinner. Another alternative here is a vegetable sushi roll – a great dinner for those who are in the mood for a lighter fare<strong>. </strong><em>110 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // 561/865-5845</em><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>HOUSTON’S </strong></p> <p>You may be surprised, but Houston’s has one of the best veggie burgers I have ever tasted. It’s made with black beans and rice, a combination that makes it complete protein. I like to opt for a lettuce bun instead of bread and sub French fries for steamed broccoli. Other healthy choices included kale salad and braised cabbage. Kale, broccoli and cabbage also belong to the family of cruciferous vegetables, which – as mentioned above – helps support the largest organ in your body: your liver. To see what this delicious burger looks like, check out my <a href="">video</a> here. </p> <p><em>1900 N.W. Executive Center Circle, Boca Raton // 561/998-0550</em></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>Rafina to Debut at end of April2015-04-21T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/April/rafina.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Greek cuisine doesn’t get a whole lot of love in our little corner of paradise. Here’s hoping the debut of <a href="" target="_blank">Rafina Greek Taverna</a> (<em>6877 S.W. 18th St., 561/409-3673</em>) will help change that.</p> <p>Set to open on Thursday, April 30, in Boca’s recently renovated Boardwalk at 18th Street shopping complex, Rafina promises an elegant, contemporary look with a casual atmosphere. Think sleek dining with lots of white and dark wood and panoramic water views.</p> <p>As for the food, Chef Janis Mucollaris’s menu is a lengthy journey through Greek culinary classics, plus a handful of modern variations on a Greek culinary theme. What that means on your plate are everything from dolmades, moussaka and spanikopita to empanadas filled with shredded lamb and feta, lemon-glazed “lollipop” chicken wings and sole stuffed with a mixture of spinach, feta, onions and garlic.</p> <p>The bar menu will feature a roster of craft cocktails and designer martinis, plus more than a dozen Greek wines and a longer list of wines from both Old and New World vintners.</p>The Governor and the Medicaid Debacle2015-04-21T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="106" src="/site_media/uploads/medicaid.jpg" width="160"></h3> <h3>The Governor and Medicaid expansion</h3> <p>If the Florida Legislature’s annual session can seem distant and meaningless, this year the session is anything but that for Roger Kirk and Joanne Aquilina.</p> <p>Kirk is president and CEO of Bethesda Hospital in Boynton Beach. Aquilina is vice president and chief financial officer. Bethesda provides most of the charity care in southeastern Palm Beach County. Like Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Bethesda is community-based and not-for-profit. Publicly traded Tenet Healthcare Corp., owns Delray Medical Center and West Boca Medical Center.</p> <p>The big issue this year in Tallahassee—one of the biggest in recent memory—is the refusal of Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida House to accept the Senate’s plan for expanding Medicaid. Technically, the Senate’s label is Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange Program (FHIX), because Medicaid expansion is part of the Affordable Care Act. All Republicans must publicly condemn the health care law, even as Senate Republicans try to pull down billions through the law for FHIX.</p> <p>Numerous credible studies show that expanding Medicaid could bring coverage to roughly one million Floridians who make too much to qualify for Medicaid under current rules but not enough to buy private insurance. New to this year’s Medicaid debate is the possible end of another source of federal health care money for the state’s working poor: the Low Income Pool, or LIP.</p> <p>Kirk said Bethesda receives $4.5 million of the $2.2 billion that Florida receives from the Low Income Pool. Combined with other Medicaid-related money, he said, Bethesda could lose about $8 million if the Legislature doesn’t expand Medicaid and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ends the LIP money.</p> <p>Medicaid expansion, Kirk told me in an interview Monday, “has become a political football.” He and other hospital CEOs are frustrated because “the explanation for not expanding Medicaid is confusing. It doesn’t add up.”</p> <p>Actually, it does add up—but not in a way that says anything good about Tallahassee.</p> <p>In 2012, when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, the justices did not require states to expand Medicaid. A year later, the Florida Senate presented its first plan for Medicaid expansion by another name. The House refused. Scott briefly expressed support for expansion, but he never pushed it.</p> <p>The House remains opposed. So Scott is the key player. Despite that opposition, he could force the House to accept the Senate’s plan. Among other things, he could threaten to veto every budget item dear to House GOP leaders. The Florida Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Florida have given Scott political cover by supporting FHIX.</p> <p>The sense in Tallahassee, though, is that Scott intends to run for the U.S. Senate in 2018 against incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson. Scott would run as the anti-Washington, anti-Obama candidate, even though Obama would have left the White House more than two years earlier. But Scott couldn’t use that campaign theme if Florida expanded Medicare—under whatever name—because it to would amount to acceptance of the Affordable Care Act. In a non-presidential election year, the conservative Republicans most opposed to the law have outsized importance because the turnout is low.</p> <p>Last week, as criticism of his opposition grew, Scott announced that he would sue the federal government. He claims that the potential loss of Low Income Pool money is designed to “coerce” Florida into expanding Medicaid.</p> <p>In fact, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services warned Florida a year ago—Kirk confirms this—that the state’s Low Income Pool program in its current form would be ending. Florida got an extension through this budget year —which ends June 30—only because the state agreed to an independent evaluation of a new payment plan. As the <em>Orlando Sentinel</em> reported, a federal health official recently told an Associated Industries of Florida conference, “Florida’s payment system is complicated, and far more so than the payment system in either Medicare or payment systems in other states. That complexity leads to huge variation within the state in terms of the ratio of Medicaid payment to the cost of care.”</p> <p>As testimony last week before a Senate committee revealed, however, the governor has made no contingency plans if the LIP money ends. The witness was Elizabeth Dudek, seeking Senate confirmation as secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration. It supervises the Medicaid program in Florida.</p> <p>Under questioning from Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, the past Senate president, Dudek acknowledged that the Scott administration had no fallback plan of its own for the loss of Low Income Pool money. Indeed, Dudek said the administration’s only plan was. . .the Senate plan for expanding Medicaid—a plan the governor opposes. Not until Monday did Scott send the federal government a new plan for the Low Income Pool money.</p> <p>How weird has this debate become? Democrats on the Ethics and Elections Committee fist-bumped Gaetz as he left for a meeting of another committee after questioning Dudek. Gaetz rarely raises his voice, but he is a full-throated Republican. His questioning shows that there is bipartisan frustration with the governor over his intransigence on expanding health care coverage.</p> <p>The federal government would cover 100 percent of Florida’s costs for FHIX or any other version of Medicaid expansion for the first three years. Washington would pay 90 percent of the costs annually after that. According to the Health360 project of the Brookings Institution, states that don’t expand Medicaid will give up $37 billion in matching federal money and $14 billion in hospital reimbursement next year.</p> <p>And for those who worry about additional cost to Florida, the Brookings researchers believe that expanding Medicaid eligible for children could bring in enough revenue to pay for the expansion. The researchers wrote, “The study found that childhood Medicaid raise cumulative taxes paid, reduced government Earned Income Tax Credit transfers and increased cumulative wages among females.”</p> <p>Rather than help the state, Scott threatens yet another legal fight. Given his record in the courts—he has lost on the Affordable Care Act itself, drug-testing state employees and welfare recipients, as well as election laws and prisons—his chances are slim. Worse, a lengthy lawsuit wouldn’t help Roger Kirk and Joanne Aquilina.</p> <p>If Bethesda loses that $8 million and the state doesn’t act on Medicaid expansion, “It would severely impact our operation,” Kirk said. “We would have to reduce services and programs.” Among them: The program Bethesda uses to qualify new mothers for Medicaid. Many don’t know they are eligible. Kirk said about 80 percent of Bethesda’s free care is for obstetrics and pediatrics.</p> <p>Many hospitals would be in much worse shape. It is safe to say that Florida faces a potential health care crisis. The session ends in nine days. The House and Senate are $4 billion apart on their budgets, all because of health care. The governor is looking to his next job. Everyone expects a special session, but added time won’t help unless there’s a change in one side’s position. The change needs to come from the governor.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Bethesda and many other hospitals in Florida wait, wonder and fume.</p> <h3>Sober House update</h3> <p>More hopeful news from Tallahassee is that the House has passed legislation that would require state certification of “sober houses,” residential facilities for substance abusers who have completed treatment.</p> <p>Sober houses have popped up all over Boca Raton and Delray Beach, in some cases degrading neighborhoods of single-family homes. The legislation seeks to drive out bad operators by requiring treatment centers to send patients only to certified sober houses.</p> <p>Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, sponsored the House version. Democrat Jeff Clemens is the Senate sponsor. He told me that he expects a full vote on the Senate version late this week. Since the bill has received only yes votes in committee, overwhelming approval seems likely.</p> <p>Assuming the governor signed the legislation, relief for cities and neighborhoods still would be months off, if it came. Real progress will come only when the federal government changes rules that classify addicts as disabled, and thus prevent any regulation of where they live.</p> <h3>Police Advisory Board</h3> <p>Ten years ago, a 23-year-old Delray Beach police officer shot 16-year-old Jerrod Miller as the youth drove a car through a school breezeway. The incident led to soul-searching among city officials, and Delray Beach formed a Policy Advisory Board as a result.</p> <p>The Jerrod Miller case was different from recent police shootings that have drawn so much attention. Miller had no driver’s license, yet an uncle lent him a car to drive to a dance. Miller drove off to avoid a police license check. But the officer, Darren Cogoni, acted irresponsibly by firing at a car that was moving away from him. Cogoni said he fired to protect other kids at the dance. In fact, the shot put all the children at risk. The city settled with Jerrod Miller’s estate for $1 million.</p> <p>In the wake of what happened in Ferguson, Mo., and other places, having a civilian conduit to the police department is a good idea. It can do its most important work before trouble happens. On tonight’s Delray Beach City Commission agenda is an item that would allow the Police Advisory Board to continue. Especially given new Chief Jeffrey Goldman’s support for community policing, the commission should keep the board.</p> <h3>Working Floridians on the uptick</h3> <p>On many occasions, Gov. Scott has expressed his wish to make Florida as business-friendly as Texas. For the moment, however, the comparison favors Florida.</p> <p>In March, according to Wells Fargo, the state added 30,600 jobs while Texas lost 25,400 jobs. Regarding that Florida number, keep in mind that the entire country added just 126,000 jobs last month.</p> <p>These reports, though, come with lots of asterisks. The drop in oil prices has hit Texas hard, as companies cut back on drilling. Florida especially has benefited from the tough winter in the Northeast and Midwest, which slowed economies in those states and sent more tourists here seeking warmer weather. The West Coast also still is feeling the effects of the long port strike, which just settled.</p> <p>Still, Florida’s year-over-year, private-sector job growth is roughly twice that of the nation as a whole. Whatever the reasons—which have much less to do with the governor’s policies than he would argue—it’s good for the state. At this rate, the number of working Floridians soon will be higher than the pre-recession record.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> 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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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 21 to 272015-04-20T18:10:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="406" src="/site_media/uploads/April/bob-dylan-prima-esposizione-italiana-del-musicista.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Bob Dylan and His Band</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $63.75-$153.75</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Inevitably, every time Bob Dylan tours South Florida, I write in my preview that it may be his last tour. I’m done providing this qualifier. It’s perhaps more accurate to suggest that Dylan is immortal; his songs certainly are. The latest tour of the 73-year-old legend sees him continuing to explore his gravelly, bluesy recent albums, drawing heavily from 2012’s “Tempest,” his best work in years, and accompanied by a five-piece band of consummate professionals happy to play second fiddle to Dylan’s guitar, harmonica and piano. Expect to hear a few token greatest-hits staples, but don’t be surprised if they don’t sound at all like the arrangements you’re used to: “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Tangled Up in Blue” have, like Dylan, evolved, whether die-hard folkies like it or not. Interestingly enough, he’ll play just one cut from his latest, critically acclaimed standards album, “Shadows in the Night.”</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="291" src="/site_media/uploads/April/boca-museum-900x535.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “Helena Rubinstein: Beauty is Power”</strong></p> <p>Where: Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10–$12, free for students, members and children</p> <p>Contact: 561/392-2500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Long before there was Oprah, there was Helena Rubinstein, purportedly the first female billionaire in the United States. Born Chaja Rubinstein in working-class Poland in 1870, she emigrated to Australia penniless and with little English in 1902. Thanks in part to the lanolin secreted by the 75 million sheep of Western Victoria, she launched an eponymous cosmetics brand that went on to sweep four continents. A social climber and a quick-witted quipster—one of Rubinstein’s famous mantras was that “there are no ugly women, only lazy ones”—this self-made marketing guru employed whatever tactics she could, including pseudoscience, to prescribe beauty on the women she “diagnosed.” Along the way, Rubinstein became a fervent art collector, and it’s this lesser-known facet of her illustrious career that “Beauty is Power” will explore. Organized by the Jewish Museum in New York, the exhibition showcases the works that inspired her brand, her taste and her personality, from Miro and Chagall to Picasso, Man Ray and Warhol. The 200-plus pieces in “Beauty is Power” also include images of Rubinstein’s homes and salons and samples of her couture and jewelry.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="219" src="/site_media/uploads/April/rachel1.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Voices of Courage”</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35</p> <p>Contact: 561/265-3797, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Sex-trafficking abolitionist Rachel Lloyd knows of what she speaks. As she recounts in her disturbing memoir “Girls Like Us,” she was once one of those girls, turning her first trick at 17 and surviving murder attempts by pimps, rape on the streets, and a handful of suicide attempts. By the late ‘90s she was free, but this resilient survivor has managed to inspire others through her perseverance, becoming an advocate against sex trafficking and forming a nonprofit, the Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, to combat it. Lloyd will share her story as the keynote speaker of this community discussion on human trafficking, presented as a fundraiser for Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse. Cocktails and refreshments begin at 6 p.m., and there will be a Q&amp;A following Lloyd’s presentation. All proceeds will benefit AVDA.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April/24days.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “24 Days”</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>They’re no escaping the prescient dread of “24 Days,” a downbeat and enraging police procedural based on the real-life kidnapping of a young Jewish man, Ilan Halimi, from his suburban Parisian home in 2006. The title refers to his period of captivity, during which time authorities worked around the clock to secure his release from a small band of terrorists with Islamic ties. Director Alexandre Arcady’s sobering thriller transitions between Ilan’s panicked family, the frustrated police force and the increasingly frayed kidnappers, as an initially straightforward hostage situation balloons into a <em>cause celebre</em>. The movie feels ripped from today’s headlines, arriving in theaters just a few months after the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack. A film about a nine-year-old, isolated case of a religiously motivated horror in the heart of France resonates with chilling, prophetic unease, while also astutely addressing issues like police ineptitude and bystander apathy. Don’t miss this one, if you can stomach it.</p> <p><img alt="" height="271" src="/site_media/uploads/April/boulevard-robin-williams-tribeca.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$75</p> <p>Contact: 877/766-8156, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This nationwide trendsetter for LGBT-themed festivals nationwide enters its 17<sup>th</sup> year boasting one of its strongest lineups ever—some 60 films from around the globe, including features, documentaries and shorts that will make their world, U.S. and/or regional premieres. The festival opens Friday with “Boulevard,” one of the final star vehicles for the late Robin Williams, as a man in a loveless hetero marriage who finds his sexual awakening in the form of a young hustler; the $75 ticket gets you into a fully catered after-party at nearby Skydeck on Lincoln Road. Other important films premiering at this festival include “The New Girlfriend,” the latest from French provocateur Francois Ozon (6 p.m. April 29) and closing-night film “Seeking Dolly Parton,” an American dramedy about a lesbian couple seeking a sperm donation from an uncomfortable source (8 p.m. May 2). For a complete schedule of films, parties and participating theaters, visit the festival’s website.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="294" src="/site_media/uploads/April/c700x420.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Mythbusters Unleashed”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35-$110</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank">kravis</a>.org</p> <p>Though it can occasionally result in ammonium nitrate experiments gone dangerously awry, the job of Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage is a seemingly fun one: They get to blow stuff up and crash vehicles for a living, and get paid by the Discovery Channel to do it on national television. Of course, it’s deeper than that: The hosts of “MythBusters” use scientific methods to either confirm or “bust” cultural myths many of have accepted as truth—like “shooting fish in a barrel”—in a continuous quest that has lasted for more than 10 years of ratings gold. From hypnosis and “cold feet” to whether cell phones interfere with plane instruments, Savage and Hyneman have left few sacred cows un-busted, and they’ll share some of their quirky science expertise at this all-new stage show, which combines live experiments with audience participation and behind-the-scenes stories.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/April/benson-george.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Generations concert with George Benson</strong></p> <p>Where: Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 N.W. 40<sup>th</sup> St.</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $75-$250</p> <p>Contact: 800/653-8000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It’s only fitting that the legendary jazz guitarist George Benson’s latest album, 2013’s “Inspirations,” is a tribute to Nat King Cole. That’s because Cole’s music is the ideal soundtrack for this weekend’s fourth annual Generations concert, whose proceeds benefit Nat King Cole Generation Hope, the music-education nonprofit founded by Cole’s twin daughters, Timolin and Casey. Benson, a 10-time Grammy winner whose eclectic musicality encompasses jazz, pop, R&amp;B and scat singing, will provide the timeless tunes for this special concert. The $250 VIP ticket includes premiere seating, an open bar, a private meet-and-greet and a post-dessert reception.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/April/rain-sgt-pepper.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20-$100</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Beatles tribute-band community remains divided over the best way to honor the Fab Four’s legacy: Just be yourselves but play the Beatles music as accurately as possible, or impersonate John, Paul, George and Ringo using period costumes and instruments? Rain definitely takes the latter approach, but with enough serious musical chops and a deep enough song catalog to impress the technical purists in the former camp. The band offers a chronological time warp of the Beatles’ progression, from the boy band pop of their “Ed Sullivan” breakthrough to John Lennon’s still-unheeded lament to “Give Peace a Chance.” In between, these immaculate impressionists play upwards of 30 songs over two hours of multimedia special effects, with lesser-played tunes like “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “The End” alongside “Hey Jude” and “All You Need is Love.”</p>Morning Miracles2015-04-20T14:00:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="224" src="/site_media/uploads/image-health.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>This morning a dream came true.</p> <p>I was sitting under a white tent in the parking lot of the Caridad Center, the air thick with what promised to be rain later on, the puffy blue clouds scudding past the cupola on the clinic.</p> <p>Today marked the day that that building would begin its expansion—the groundbreaking of a new Caridad clinic addition—something those of us on the board or who work or volunteer at Caridad have been talking about for 15 years.</p> <p>The building we were facing was showing a little age; it was built in 1997 a few years after the original double wide trailer was placed at the corner of Boynton Beach Boulevard and 441 to provide free health care for Palm Beach County’s working poor.</p> <p>That small medical trailer was the vision of two Hagan Ranch Elementary School teachers—Connie Berry and Caridad Asensio—who saw first hand the plight of impoverished migrant schoolchildren in their classes. That vision has grown over the years to include a 400-person volunteer medical staff and more than 25,000 patient visits annually.</p> <p>The day the present building opened it was already too small; the expansion by 11,000 square feet will allow Caridad to accommodate more people in both the dental and medical practices, and the old vision van will be retired, allowing eye care patients to be seen inside.</p> <p>This morning as we started the program, I watched Luis Torres, a longtime volunteer, recite the Caridad prayer. Connie Berry thanked everyone, and mentioned our guardian angel, Caridad Asensio, who died in 2011, and was undoubtedly there in spirit. I looked at the faces of longtime board members, and clinic staff, and ageing doctors, all of who work to make the miracles happen there every week. Giving eyesight to a child, helping a cancer stricken mother get surgery. Paying for a funeral or a month’s rent, or helping children with homework—all done with compassion, with generosity, with the only motivation to reach out and help someone else. That’s how we’ve raised $3.8 million of the $5 million we need to finish the addition, through everyday miracles that add up to building something that is changing—and saving—lives.</p> <p>I could see Connie fighting back the tears as she thanked us. I wondered if Caridad was watching, if she was somehow in the breeze out here on the edge of the farmland, urging us forward. I wondered where the next million dollars would come from and I swear I could hear her whispering not to worry, and that it would come.</p> <p>And it will. That’s how Caridad operates. Its business is doing good, and the miracles just keep on coming. Today was one of them.</p> <p><em>If you would like to donate to Caridad’s building expansion, please visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Small Bites: Veggies and Pizza2015-04-20T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p>If you love shopping for the gloriously fresh fruits and vegetables at <a href="" target="_blank">Bedner’s Market</a> but hate the long, enervating drive out to West Boynton, you’re in luck. Or at least you will be, come November.</p> <p><img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/bedners.png" width="490"></p> <p>That’s when the family-owned u-pick farm and market plans to open a satellite market in downtown Delray that will feature all the fresh produce trucked in from the Boynton parent, as well as a small roster of sandwiches, salads and other munchies so you can keep up your energy for more shopping and dealing with the impossible downtown Delray traffic.</p> <p>You can never be too rich or too thin or—apparently—have too many pizza joints. Say hello to <a href="" target="_blank">Jet’s Pizza</a> (<em>8903 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561/852-5700</em>), the second South Florida spot for the Michigan-based chain, which sports some 300 pizzerias in 18 states. Pies come thin crust, regular and deep dish, with the option to customize your crust with anything from poppy seeds to romano cheese. Also on the menu are various subs and a handful of salads. Look for more Jets to fly into SoFla, with outlets coming to Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and Royal Palm Beach.</p>On the Job and Off the Hook2015-04-17T14:37:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April/offthehook.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Pictured: Off the Hook</em></p> <p>Back from Vegas and back on the blog. . .</p> <p>As a POF (Person of Food) it was a pretty interesting trip. I hadn’t been to Las Vegas since the beginning of its effort in the 1990s to become a dining destination as well as a gambling mecca, so I was curious to see whether the restaurants there were really as good as many people say. In a word (or three): Yes, they are.</p> <p>It was a little disconcerting to find these elegant, expensive upscale hotel eateries cheek-by-jowl with the raucous, garish casino floor -- but once inside, the gambling madness seemed far away, and the food was as good as anything you could get in Miami or New York or San Francisco or any other food-centric town.</p> <p><em>Just a few highlights. . .</em></p> <p>Killer blue corn lobster tacos with habanero-fennel relish and spicy Yucatan chicken skewers with peanut-smoked chili barbecue sauce at <a href="" target="_blank">Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill</a>. House-made bowtie pasta dyed a verdant green with fresh mint, served with English peas, bits of pancetta and Pecorino Romano, plus a slice of warm panetone with tangerine segments and rum gelato at Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s <a href="" target="_blank">B&amp;B Ristorante</a>. And a terrific trio of tastes featuring osetra caviar, summery lobster-avocado salad, gorgeously bronzed whole roasted duck with subtle five-spice sauce, and ethereal lemon-raspberry souffle at <a href="" target="_blank">Le Cirque.</a></p> <p>Las Vegas is a crazy town and you have to put up with the incessant crowds and noise and flashing lights, but you can eat damn well there.</p> <p><em>Now, to more local news. . .</em></p> <p>It seems odd that a state bordered on three sides by water would have far more steakhouses than restaurants specializing in seafood. So word of a new fish joint opening in Boca is certainly good news.</p> <p>That joint would be <a href="" target="_blank">Off the Hook</a> (<em>1956 N.E. Fifth Ave.,561/609-2915</em>), a slick-looking little spot in the Fifth Avenue Shops complex. Inside it’s all bright and cheery reds, whites and blues with a very contemporary seafaring feel. The long, narrow space features a boat-shaped bar, counter set with red and chrome hightop chairs, blond wood tables and buoys and fake fish decorating the walls.</p> <p>The menu offers lots of familiar, comforting piscine fare, from conch fritters with Cajun aioli and fried Ipswich clams to crab and shrimp-stuffed lemon sole and a classic Long Island clambake, plus selections from the raw bar. For non-fin fans there’s a cola-glazed pork tenderloin, oven-roasted chicken breast and Angus burger.</p>&#39;Bling&#39; Shines at Cornell Museum2015-04-17T13:33:40+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><img alt="" height="301" src="/site_media/uploads/April/bling4.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The spirit of Andy Warhol currently hangs, smirking and sardonic and brilliant, over the galleries of the Cornell Museum of Art. The museum’s “Bling: Art That Shines,” a group show featuring 16 contemporary artists who employ elements such as crystals, diamond dust and glitter to create sparkling paintings, sculptures and installations, isn’t designed with New York Pop Art pioneer in mind. But it just so happens that many of the artists deploy their sparkling, bejeweled creations for the same ironic, pop-cultural distance that propelled Warhol to stardom.</p> <p><img alt="" height="507" src="/site_media/uploads/April/bling2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Consumer products are recreated like talismanic shrines of eye-popping color and light, from Alberto Murillo’s “Chanel”—a painted image of the titular perfume bottle, created from sand-blasted acrylic and UV resin—to Jonathan Stein’s Swarovski crystal-studded sculptures of Haribo Gummy Bears and Starbucks coffee cups, which effectively turn disposable junk-food commodities into priceless centerpieces. You don’t know whether to laugh, cry or simply be dazzled; Warhol’s worship at the altar of Campbell’s and Brillo has nothing on this.</p> <p><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/April/bling1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>“Bling” even has its own repurposed image of Marilyn Monroe, whose face, thanks to Warhol and many others, has become both subject and object, sign and signifier. Russell Young’s “Marilyn Portrait” features diamond dust (diamonds <em>are</em> a girl’s best friend, after all) over her fading sepia-toned visage, creating a sense of false luster over a face that seems to be receding into oblivion. Even Palm Beach collage artist Bruce Helander, not known as a Pop artist, borrows a bit from the Warhol playbook with “Triple Elvis,” a pulpy appropriation of three gun-slinging Presleys.</p> <p><img alt="" height="199" src="/site_media/uploads/April/bling3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>You could argue that this is a case of the old becoming new again, a tendency that appears elsewhere in the exhibition, too: Camomile Hixon revives the flatness of the post-expressionists with “Gold Horizon” and mid-century text art with works like “Dream” and “Yes.” But a crucial element separates these artists from the 20<sup>th</sup> century modernists, beyond the sparkle of their media: humor. The shiny sheens of these twinkly canvases and sculptures are accompanied in most cases with a sense of humor that is sometimes sly and cheeky and other times in your face, and this exhibition is a fine antidote against the self-seriousness of earlier generations.</p> <p><img alt="" height="1065" src="/site_media/uploads/April/bling7.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Ashley Longshore is a great example of this. She creates large-scale portraits that satirize the excesses of celebrity by being excessive themselves. “Subtleties Are Not Her Specialty” is the portrait of a star whose face is surrounded by plumes of florid bling, a monument of bejeweled vanity. This desire to be admired takes an even more extreme direction in “Audrey in Slipper Orchid Headdress,” in which the celebrity wears a headpiece so towering that it’s attracted birds—and which would put Carmen Miranda and Isabella Blow to shame.</p> <p>Then there’s “Designer Ideal Woman,” a multicolored series of sparkling women’s torsos created with automotive paint, resin and glitter by the feminist artist Allie Pohl—each of them a witty commentary on the impossible dimensions of Barbie dolls. It’s exactly the sort of paradigm-challenging work that would have elevated the Norton Musem’s vapid hagiography of Barbie last summer.</p> <p><img alt="" height="511" src="/site_media/uploads/April/bling51.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The works of Shonagh Adelman likewise marry feminism and humor, with even more provocation. Created entirely from pieces of 4mm colored glass and acrylic crystals, “Bear Antoinette” subverts a royal portrait by depicting a queen in a flowing ballroom dress but with the head of a teddy bear. Adelman’s “Lily La Tigresse” features a pregnant tiger humanoid whose eyes slowly dart right and left, following museumgoers around the gallery; and her “Yellow Grrrls” ups the creepy-funny factor even more by having the titular women blink it us and lasciviously lick their lips.</p> <p>The result of all this is a lot of painstaking work, with the crystals and diamonds arranged with pointillistic precision, all for, in some cases, a joke. Which brings us back to Stein’s gummy bears and Starbucks cups, which only work because of the artist’s assurance that every tiny crystal is arranged to perfectly recreate a ubiquitous brand. The power of this exhibition, then, is threefold: We marvel at the craftsmanship, stare hypnotically at the choice of sparkly media, and laugh at the intended result. Warhol, for all his artistic road-paving, didn’t do <em>that</em> much.</p> <p><em>“Bling: Art That Shines” runs through July 5 at Cornell Museum of Art, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Admission costs $5. For information, call 561/243-7922 or visit</em></p>Fashion Foward: New H&amp;M Store and Lilly for Target Debuts2015-04-17T06:00:00+00:00Annie Pizzutelli/blog/author/annie/<p><img alt="" height="245" src="" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Lilly for Target</strong></p> <p>Palm Beach fashion is taking over Target. The new Lilly Pulitzer collaboration hits stores on April 19. The collection will feature the brand’s signature resort prints in clothing, shoes, accessories, home décor and more. For more details, check out our blog on <a href="/blog/2015/01/07/lilly-pulitzer-for-target" target="_blank">Lilly's Target collection</a>.</p> <p><strong>Find Your Perfect Fit </strong></p> <p>Gte a free consultation with a swim fit \specialist at Tommy Bahama in Town Center at Boca Raton on April 18, from 12 to 3 p.m. These experts will help you find the perfect swimsuit to flatter your figure. Then receive a limited-edition beach bag with any swimwear purchase during the event.</p> <p><strong>New H&amp;M Store</strong></p> <p>Another H&amp;M store is coming to Palm Beach County. This summer the retailer will open a new outlert in the Boynton Beach Mall. This location will be the fourth store in the area.</p>Staff Picks: wine and cheese, donuts and wildflowers2015-04-17T00:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong>Cheese Culture</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="383" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/cheeseculture.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“I’m a sucker for a good cheese and charcuterie plate – especially if it comes with a nice glass of wine. At Cheese Culture, the staff takes it a step further by customizing your experience based on your alcohol of choice. Pick your wine or beer, and your expert server will select the best cheese pairing (or pairings) for you.”</p> <p>813 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale // <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Rhino Doughnuts &amp; Coffee</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/rhino.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Picked by Rebecca Valenza, National Account Manager</em></p> <p><strong>“</strong>If you're a donut fan you have to check out Rhino Donuts &amp; Coffee in Mizner ~ fabulous selection of sweet decadence!”</p> <p>126 N.E. Second St., Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Meadow Beauty</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="311" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/meadowbeauty.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>“The only place I know to get native wildflowers—as well as native Florida plants and bushes. Give your yard back to its place of origin and step away from Home Depot. And prepare yourself for a butterfly paradise. Tell Carl and Donna I sent you. Open to the public on Saturday mornings until noon.”</p> <p>5782 Ranches Road, Lake Worth // <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <center><em><a href="/blog/tag/staff-picks" target="_blank">For more staff picks, click here.</a></em></center><center><em><br></em></center>Positions open here, there and everywhere—and other local updates2015-04-16T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3> </h3> <h3><img alt="" height="119" src="/site_media/uploads/help.jpg" width="160"></h3> <h3>New super issues</h3> <p>Never have so many key leadership positions in Palm Beach County been set to turn over in such a short time. The next turnover begins today.</p> <p>I wrote recently that the Palm Beach County Commission next month will choose a successor to County Administrator Bob Weisman, who’s had the job since 1991. Trustees at Palm Beach State College are debating a successor to President Dennis Gallon, who’s retiring in June after 18 years. Florida Atlantic University President John Kelly started work just 13 months ago.</p> <p>The county also will be getting a new school superintendent. Wayne Gent is resigning after three years, and St. Lucie County quickly made him their new schools chief. After going inside to hire Gent and before him Art Johnson—the Boca Raton resident and former principal at Spanish River High School—the school board will hire someone from outside the district.</p> <p>Most likely, it will be Robert Avossa, superintendent of Fulton County (Ga.) Schools for the last four years. He was the top choice when the school board cut the list of finalists to four. One dropped out.</p> <p>Among the three whom the board will interview today, Avossa is the only current superintendent. He also is the only one not working in Florida. The other finalists are Desmond Blackburn, chief of school performance and accountability for the Broward County School District, and Jesus Jara, deputy superintendent in Orange County.</p> <p>Knowledge of Florida’s education system and Florida’s education politics is essential for any superintendent. Avossa, though, worked in Florida—and then North Carolina—before moving to Georgia. And if board members review Avossa’s recent record, they will find that the issues in Georgia are the issues in Florida.</p> <p>In Palm Beach County, as in so many parts of Florida, students, parents and teachers are complaining about the annual, state-imposed testing gauntlet. At least one school board voted to opt out of state-required tests before rescinding the decision.</p> <p>In January, Avossa sent a letter to the Georgia Legislature in which he criticized the emphasis on standardized tests. “Teachers are spending more time proving they’re doing their jobs than being allowed to do them, and students are spending more time proving they can pass a standardized test than being given time to truly master the content,” Avossa vented. “I believe students need to be tested and educators need to be held accountable, but our heavy reliance on testing leaves little room for teachers to plan, educate and improve outcomes for students.” A month after Avossa’s letter, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal named Avossa to a committee that is studying education in the state and will issue recommendations.</p> <p>Like Art Johnson, Avossa believes that one way to help underperforming schools is to give them better teachers. In Florida, that means striking deals with the teachers union to raise pay for those who work in schools where students have less parental support. In Fulton County, according to news reports, Avossa raised money to offer bonuses of $20,000 for teachers who would transfer to schools that had been identified as “failing.”</p> <p>Last October, according to the <em>Atlanta Journal-Constitution</em>, the board unanimously extended Avossa’s contract for a year. It was the second such extension, taking Avossa’s contract through 2017. Under state law, contracts for Georgia school superintendents can’t last more than three years. The board president raved that Avossa “has infused new energy and focus into our district.” The board was “extremely impressed with the results we’re seeing.”</p> <p>So if there’s a caution about Avossa, it’s why he wants to leave. Avossa makes $275,000 in base salary, but his benefits package pushes his total compensation to almost $345,000. In addition, he gets a $500,000 life insurance policy and a 401(k) contribution equal to 10 percent of his base salary. Palm Beach County wants to raise the superintendent’s pay—Gent made $236,000 in base salary—but does the board want to pay that much, since teachers barely have had raises in the last few years?</p> <p>Also, Avossa would owe Fulton County $50,000 for breaking his contract. Palm Beach board members must ask who would pay that. If Avossa says he would, the next issue is why he’d be willing to do that. The challenge of moving to a district that has twice as many students? Getting back to Florida? Both? Something else?</p> <p>The choice matters for the whole county, of course, but it especially matters for Boca Raton. The city uses its schools and their ‘A’ ratings—however controversial those ratings are —to recruit companies. The Legislature allow for-profit charter school companies to cherry-pick students and starves traditional public schools of money for construction and maintenance. The county is depending on the school board to get this choice right.</p> <h3>The disappearing easement                                </h3> <p>I wrote last week about the controversy over how an easement for the Atlantic Crossing project in Delray Beach disappeared from the second site plan, even though the plat filed with the county shows the easement. It’s called Atlantic Court, and it would provide secondary access to the project from Federal Highway. The main access point will be Northeast Seventh Avenue.</p> <p>If the easement is gone, the question is what the city got in return for giving it up. After researching this issue, I can’t find evidence that the city gave up the easement after a clear public vote. The developers contend that when the city commission approved a new site plan in January 2014, the city gave up the easement. If so, however, I can’t see that the city got anything for doing so.</p> <p>Nothing in the material provided for that meeting speaks specifically to the potential loss of the easement. Further complicating matters, Delray Beach had a different city manager and—more important—a different city attorney in January 2014.</p> <p>The upshot is that the Atlantic Crossing site plan doesn’t match the Atlantic Crossing plat. Problem. The developers seek to fix that at today’s meeting of the Planning and Zoning Board. They want a recommendation to approve the new plat that lacks the easement. The developers claim that keeping the easement would hurt traffic flow, not help it.</p> <p>Atlantic Court, though, was on the first site plan for a reason. Delray Beach already gave up Seventh Avenue and public alleyways for Atlantic Court. Commissioner Shelly Petrolia argues that, based on her look at the record, the city got Atlantic Court for giving up the alleyways.</p> <p>The developers have the right to ask for the plat change, but they can’t change the perception that Delray Beach got snookered on Atlantic Court. The developers would help themselves if, one way or another, they change that perception.</p> <h3>P&amp;Z replacement</h3> <p>As the Planning and Zoning Board debates Atlantic Crossing on Monday, the city will interview 11 candidates to succeed Dana Little as director of Planning and Zoning.</p> <p>Little resigned in February after guiding the new Land Development Regulations for the Central Business District from drafting to city commission approval, first as a Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council staffer and then as a city employee. The job is one of the most important in Delray, since all development projects go through the department. As Mayor Cary Glickstein says, “the ‘here’ is so important to these projects.” He means that what might work well in one place doesn’t work in another. Example: Atlantic Crossing, which critics believe is too big for its two square blocks.</p> <p>A committee will interview the Planning and Zoning candidates. City Manager Don Cooper will make the final decision.</p> <p> Boca pension vote notes</p> <p> At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Boca Raton City Council approved police and fire contracts that start the city toward public safety pension reform.</p> <p>The city did get $93 million in projected fire-police pension contributions over 30 years. One of Boca’s priorities in negotiations was that the city should be contributing no more than 18 percent of fire and police payroll toward pensions. The current level is about 31 percent. According to financial projections, the new contracts won’t get the city to 18 percent until 2017.</p> <p>New council member Jeremy Rodgers voted against the contracts. In voting for them, Mayor Susan Haynie and council members Mike Mullaugh, Scott Singer and Robert Weinroth praised the contracts as progress. They’re right. But there’s much margin for error in such long-range projections. Though the city and the unions get credit for compromise, don’t expect it to be the last pension compromise Boca Raton needs.</p> <h3>Medicare compromise</h3> <p>Recently, I wrote about a rare example of congressional bipartisanship on a major issue: payment rates for Medicare providers. This is an even bigger issue in South Florida; Medicare is a big part of hospital revenue.</p> <p>When I wrote, the House had overwhelmingly passed the legislation after John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi—yes, those two—worked out a compromise. The deal came, though, as Congress was leaving for the Easter/Passover recess. The Senate had not acted.</p> <p>On Tuesday, the Senate passed the legislation, just in time to avoid cuts in the next round of provider payments. The vote was 92-8. One of those voting no was Florida’s Marco Rubio, who must believe that running for president means opposing anything the White House supports.</p> <h3>Inspector General update </h3> <p>On Wednesday, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Catherine Brunson rejected a request for rehearing by the cities suing over the Office of Inspector General. Last month, Brunson ruled against their cities in their challenge of the system for financing the office.</p> <p>Delray Beach has dropped out of the lawsuit. Boca Raton remains a plaintiff. The remaining 13 cities now much decide whether to appeal. If Boca Raton intends to continue opposing something voters supported so strongly five years ago, the council should hold a formal vote and try to explain why the city should stay in the lawsuit. Or the council could hold a formal vote and make the better decision: to withdraw from the lawsuit.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> 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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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>Greenhouse Effect2015-04-16T06:00:00+00:00Michelle Olson-Rogers/blog/author/michellerogers/<p><img alt="" height="377" src="/site_media/uploads/April/grandviewgreenhouse.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>High school students in the Innovation Program at Boca Raton’s <a href="">Grandview Preparatory School</a> are doing everything possible to ensure that their 2015 “passion project” is more than just a wing and a prayer. To that end, students have been busy designing and constructing a special greenhouse that will house and rehabilitate several local butterfly species currently on the endangered list.</p> <p>Among the species, all native to Florida, that will find a new home: the Atala hairstreak butterfly (pictured), some newly endangered monarch butterflies and a number of Heliconian butterflies. Host plants specific to each species will be included in the greenhouse.</p> <p><img alt="" height="417" src="/site_media/uploads/April/atala.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Students already have inspired the Grandview family, but they hope to continue raising awareness throughout the Boca community. A GoFundMe campaign, which sought to raise money for the materials needed to build the greenhouse, drew more than $6,000 in less than six days. As part of the campaign, students <a href="">wrote, recorded and produced a video</a> about the greenhouse.</p> <p>Students have spent time on weekends and after school setting the foundation for the structure.  Jeffrey Adkins, from Adkins Orchids Inc., has helped to guide students during the process, teaching them a variety of skills along the way: clearing and leveling land, wielding an ax and a sledge hammer, framing a building and pouring cement.</p> <p>It’s good to know Boca kids aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty for a worthy cause.</p> <p><em>Disclosure: Grandview Preparatory School is a sponsor of my personal business, All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.</em></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><a href="/blog/tag/boca-mom-talk/" target="_blank">For more from Boca Mom Talk, click here.</a></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em><strong></strong>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of <a href="" target="_blank"></a><strong>, </strong>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for both 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>Five Musicals Coming Our Way2015-04-15T09:28:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>It’s customary for theater companies to wait until at least May, if not the summer, to announce their slate of productions for the following season. But a handful of South Florida companies and tour facilitators have already announced their selections for the next cultural year—and it just so happens that most of them are musicals.</p> <p>We’ll preview our most anticipated plays over the summer, but for now, mark your calendars for these five don’t-miss musicals of the 2015-2016 theater season.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/April/1.167806.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>5. Once,</strong> Oct. 6-18, 2015, at <a href="" target="_blank">Broward Center</a></p> <p>This adaptation of the Irish film “Once,” about two people who fall in love while pursuing a dream of making music together, went on to win Best Musical at the 2012 Tonys. Its creators built additional tunes and a theatrical structure around the terrific songs originally written by the movie’s actors, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova of The Swell Season.</p> <p><strong>4. Billy Elliot: The Musical,</strong> Dec. 1-20, 2015, at <a href="" target="_blank">Maltz Jupiter Theatre</a></p> <p>A motherless child who eschews boxing for ballet, breaking with tradition while coal miners in Northeastern England likewise challenge the status quo by striking in County Durham. An inspirational story and a socially conscious pulse will hopefully carry the South Florida regional theater premiere of this award-winning musical, with tunes by Elton John.</p> <p><img alt="" height="264" src="/site_media/uploads/April/toxic_avenger_news.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>3. The Toxic Avenger,</strong> Oct. 14-Nov. 8, 2015, at <a href="" target="_blank">Actors’ Playhouse</a></p> <p>This offbeat rock musical takes its inspiration from an unlikely source: the ultraviolent 1984 B-movie “The Toxic Avenger,” about a bullied janitor who falls into a drum of toxic waste and becomes a disfigured, mop-wielding superhero. The only thing this demented franchise has been lacking is singing and dancing—until now.</p> <p><strong>2. Heathers: The Musical,</strong> June 9-26, 2016, at <a href="" target="_blank">Slow Burn Theatre Company</a></p> <p>The creators of “Legally Blonde: The Musical” and “Reefer Madness” collaborated on this 2014 adaptation of “Heathers,” the ahead-of-its-time cult satire about the dangers of high school cliques. A cast of nearly 20—playing parts such as “Young Republicanette” and “Beleaguered Geek”—makes “Heathers” one of Slow Burn’s most ambitious productions to date.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/April/video-minchin-matilda-musical-articlelarge.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>1. Matilda,</strong> March 1-6, 2016, at <a href="" target="_blank">Kravis Center</a></p> <p>Contrary to common perception, there are still musicals being produced that aren’t based on movies. Matilda 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, and in 2012, the show went on to break the records for most Olivier Awards won in its native England.</p>New Xtend Barre in Boca2015-04-15T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><strong><img alt="" height="618" src="/site_media/uploads/April/barre2.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p><strong>Xtend Barre</strong>, a fitness approach that uses a traditional ballet barre as the foundation for a full-body workout, is opening a 3,200-square-foot flagship facility in Boca Raton on Friday, May 1. The state-of-the-art facility (21200 St. Andrews Blvd, Suite 11) will feature two studio spaces and the brand’s new design and look. Andrea Rogers, Xtend Barre’s founder and creator (and a Boca resident), will be among the instructors teaching classes at the new facility.</p> <p>The classic 55-minute Xtend Barre class blends elements of dance, ballet and Pilates, for a full-body and high-energy workout that strengthens, lengthens and chisels the body, according to the company’s <a href="">website</a>.</p> <p>Xtend Barre’s Boca Raton facility will offer more than 70 classes each week. Classes include the classic Xtend Barre and variations, such as: Circuit 7, which has a boot-camp, high-intensity feel; Xtend Suspend, incorporating suspension training; Xtend Yoga Fusion, integrating yoga for a touch of Zen; and Roll &amp; Release, featuring self-massage and circulation-boosting with a roller.</p> <p>Xtend Barre has become an international workout sensation, with more than 170 studios worldwide. Among the fitness brand’s celebrity fans: Diane Kruger, Jessica Hart and Drew Barrymore. This year, the fast-growing company, with a network of 50 franchisees, is expanding in London and Los Angeles, according to a media release.</p> <p>For more information on the Boca Raton studio opening, call 561/948-0820 or visit the website.</p> <p> </p>Pension deal may fall short, the red light camera demise &amp; other items of note2015-04-14T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="298" src="/site_media/uploads/fl-boca-public-safety-contract-settled-20141230.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Pension vote imminent</h3> <p>At tonight’s meeting, the Boca Raton City Council probably will approve police and fire contracts that will bring pension savings, but reform shouldn’t stop there.</p> <p>Last week, the Fraternal Order of Police Local 35 ratified its contract. A union representative wouldn’t tell me the vote total, just that “a majority” voted for ratification. Since the International Association of Firefighters Local 1560 already had ratified its contract, City Manager Leif Ahnell put council approval of the contracts on the agenda for tonight.</p> <p>Council members Mike Mullaugh and Robert Weinroth told me that they will vote to approve. “The outline looks good,” Mullaugh said. “The trend line is down,” meaning that the city will realize savings from changes to the police and fire pension plan. A report for the city’s fire/police pension board projects the savings at $6.3 million over the three years of the contracts, which would be retroactive to Oct. 1—the start of the city’s budget year. The city declared impasse with the unions, which led to the delay in reaching the deals.</p> <p>Weinroth said the deals amount to “very good progress” in stabilizing Boca Raton’s long-term finances. If public safety pension programs became unsustainable, the city might have to raise taxes or cut services to keep up with the city’s share. The last two reports on city pension programs from the LeRoy Collins Institute at Florida State University rated Boca’s police-fire program ‘D’ in terms of financial stability.</p> <p>As I have written, however, the firefighters union touted $100 million in pension savings over 30 years when the deals were struck in late December. The projection from the pension board’s actuary is about $93 million in savings over those three decades. Weinroth acknowledged that the city isn’t getting “the magic number,” but said that neither $100 million nor $93 million “may be the number we see in 30 years.” The deals, he said, represent a move “toward sustainability.”</p> <p>Any such deal involves compromise, but on some key points the city seems to have settled for less than it could have. Here are some notable parts of the deals:</p> <p>       -- Current police officers still will be able to use as many 300 hours of overtime toward calculating their pension benefits. Ideally, there would be no use of overtime. That’s the rule now for firefighters.</p> <p>       -- All public safety employees will continue to receive annual cost-of-living adjustments to their annual retirements benefits. For firefighters, the annual bump will be 3 percent. For police officers, it will be 2 percent. The city had sought to cut the police cost-of-living adjustment to 1.5 percent.</p> <p>       -- Pensions benefits are calculated by using a “multiplier”’—a set percentage—with an employee’s average monthly earnings and years of service. The higher the multiplier, the higher the benefits, though no retiree can make more per month than what the city paid him or her while working. For firefighters, the multiplier will be 3.4 percent. For police officers, it will be 3.5 percent. The city had tried to cut the multiplier to 3 percent for police.</p> <p>       -- All public safety employees would be eligible to retire after 20 years of continuous service at any age or at 55 after 10 years.</p> <p>Jeremy Rodgers, who took his council seat just two weeks ago, is more skeptical of the contract terms. On Monday, Rodgers said he hadn’t decided how he would vote. The multipliers and cost-of-living adjustments, he said, looked high. He doesn’t like the use of overtime. He questions projections that the police-fire fund’s investments will produce an annual return of 8 percent.</p> <p>And like Weinroth, Rodgers is “frustrated” by how little control the council ultimately has over such an important issue.</p> <p>There are eight members of the Police &amp; Firefighters Pension Board. The city council appoints four members. The police and fire unions get the other four appointments. The board makes all decisions about the fund’s investments, even though the city council—which has no input—would have to deal with any budget problems resulting from the board’s bad decisions. “They’re like the (Boca Raton) Airport Authority,” Weinroth said. “We appoint members, but they do what they want to do.”</p> <p>The board hired the actuarial firm that prepared the 30-year projections on the pension program from the new contracts. Rodgers and Weinroth said city staff sought information from the firm—Foster &amp; Foster, based in Fort Myers—to verify those projections. Weinroth and Rodgers said staff members were unable to obtain all the information they needed.</p> <p>The pension board, Weinroth said, “hasn’t given full cooperation.” Bradley Heinrichs, who prepared the report for Foster &amp; Foster, said Monday, “All of the parties have obtained the necessary information.” Heinrichs also said, though, that his firm had been working on the report since late last summer. Contract negotiations didn’t end until December, and Heinrichs said there have been changes since then. The longer it takes for the contracts to be final, he said, the more the numbers might change as more employees are “insulated” from pension changes that usually fall harder on new hires and those with less service, since with unions it’s all about seniority.</p> <p>In fact, Mayor Susan Haynie and the city council will cast a major vote tonight that comes with too much uncertainty. They gave city staff direction about the police and fire contracts, which the staff gave to the city’s lawyers. The contracts are based in part on the actions of a board over which the council has no direct control. The financial estimates for the contracts come from a firm the council didn’t hire. Footnote: the unions may ask the council to reimburse their costs for the actuary. Weinroth called that “hard to justify.”</p> <p>Similar frustration prompted Delray Beach to leave the state program that dictates who serves on pension boards. Delray will give up roughly $500,000 a year from an assessment on insurance policies that cities can use for their police and fire pension plans. In return, when the change takes effect this year after the city approves the next fire contract, Delray will have control over pension investments and financial projections.</p> <p>Boca Raton would have to give up about $2 million annually to make such a change, and it couldn’t happen until the contacts come up again in 2017. But if pension reform is the priority that Haynie and the council members say it is, approval of the police and fire contracts should lead to a discussion about even bigger reform.</p> <h3>Chabad?</h3> <p>For years, La Vielle Maison was a Boca Raton dining fixture on Palmetto Park Road just east of the Intracoastal Waterway. Apparently, on the site of what was “The Old House” soon will be a house of worship. And that house wants to be higher than rules allow.</p> <p>Before the Boca Raton City Council tonight is a recommendation from City Manager Leif Ahnell in favor of a conditional use approval for the Chabad of East Boca synagogue. If the council agrees, the structure could be 40 feet, 8 inches high, instead of 30 feet. The Planning and Zoning Board voted 4-2 for approval. The synagogue would have to minimize the impact from traffic. Among the conditions: No more than 222 people could attend High Holy Days services.</p> <h3>Red light full stop?</h3> <p>A Palm Beach County judge just ruled that Boynton Beach’s red-light camera program violates state traffic laws, even though the city thought that its program could stand up in court. Today, the Florida Senate considers legislation that would put further pressure on cities or counties seeking money from red-light runners.</p> <p>In 2010, the Legislature passed statewide rules for traffic cameras. This year’s Senate bill would require local governments to show that they had tried other “countermeasures”—longer yellow lights, for example— before installing the cameras. The government would have to present a traffic study showing that the cameras were necessary. According to an analysis of SB 1184, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has been “unable to determine the effectiveness that red light cameras have in decreasing intersections crashes due to the inability to validate vehicle crash information provided by the various jurisdictions.”</p> <p>In other words, no one knows if the cameras really improve safety, despite statements to that effect by the companies that install and operate the cameras. This isn’t just a Florida controversy. Cameras were an issue in Chicago’s recent mayoral election. The city has the nation’s most extensive program, and the city also holds traffic lights yellow for just three seconds—the shortest time allowed under federal transportation laws. A resident who has been fined more than $1,000 told USA Today that the program amounts to a city “slush fund.” If cities and counties in Florida really care about red-light running, they should use real police officers to solve the problem.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> 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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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 14 to 202015-04-13T16:19:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April/782bd0bba277bb29b6db5c6454c9c.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Diana Krall</strong></p> <p>Where: Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $55-$75</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Canadian jazz pianist Diana Krall’s music usually exists out of time and certainly out of trend: She has scored hits with her personal interpretations of Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin songs on through to Burt Bacharach and Tom Waits. Having conquered the Jazz Age, the Great American Songbook and much of the Great White Way to the tune of two Grammy Awards and more than 15 million albums sold worldwide, Mrs. Elvis Costello is currently applying her singular soulful style to the pop music she grew up. Her current world tour coincides with the release of her 12<sup>th</sup> studio album, “Wallflower,” a collection of covers ranging from Elton John’s “Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word” to Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” with the Eagles, Mamas &amp; the Papas, Bob Dylan and an all-new Paul McCartney cut in the mix as well.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/April/e07190ffd4cf4fc7bba192605f269f59_cannes-2014_2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Salt of the Earth”</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>The world may be black and white in the best photographs of Brazil’s Sebastiao Salgado, but if any documentary photographer can capture all of its shades of a grey in single, definitive snapshots, it’s this award-winning artist. Salgado’s subjects are nothing less than the human condition, the state of the globe and the connections between the two; to that end, he’s shot photos in more than 100 countries and captured international conflicts, starvation and exoduses in his 40-year journey painting truth and poetry with his camera. The great German director Wim Wenders, whose credits range from the metaphysical masterpiece “Wings of Desire” to the music documentary “Buena Vista Social Club,” co-directs this look at Salgado’s life and work, coinciding with the photographer’s recent focus on documenting the few areas of pristine landscape that remain untouched.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="148" src="/site_media/uploads/April/048f38b7ca9d2268cdb11c08cfc74927.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Addams Family—A New Musical Comedy”</strong></p> <p>Where: Evening Star Productions at Sol Theatre, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25 adults, $10 students</p> <p>Contact: 561/447-8829, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In this musical adaptation of the vintage comic-strip characters, change is afoot for the macabre family: Wednesday Addams is planning to settle down with a “normal” boy, which leaves her parents wondering where they went wrong and questioning their own relationship. Truth potions, giant pet squids, torture and tango dances follow in this award-winning musical comedy, which is dark enough for adults and jaunty enough for kids. The musical has toured at venues such as the Kravis before, but Evening Star is producing the musical’s professional regional premiere—an ambitious choice for the intimate Sol Theatre space. Samantha Streich and George Macia lead a 16-member cast that will bring such iconic characters as Uncle Fester, Lurch and Pugsley to life. The show runs through May 3.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/April/104787-the-who-3.2009.brisbane617.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The Who and Joan Jett</strong></p> <p>Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $36.50-$136.50</p> <p>Contact: 786/777-1250, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Still windmilling after all these years, The Who has endured the deaths of two founding band members, a notorious tragedy at a 1979 concert, and an approximately 17-year hiatus. Now plenty grayer than when they British-invaded us in 1965, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are celebrating 50 years of changing rock ‘n’ roll for the better: After all, we have the Who to thank for rock operas, Marshall stacks, synthesizers and more. Titled “The Who Hits 50,” the band’s 2015 jaunt may very well be its last; Daltrey called it the band’s “long goodbye.” Townshend has insisted that the set list will consist of “hits, picks, mixes and misses,” with the band delving deeper into its catalog than most of its previous tours. Arrive early, because the Who is bringing along an opening act that’s normally a bona fide headliner in her own right: This year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Jett.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="599" src="/site_media/uploads/April/orlando1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Apollo Awards concert and reception</strong></p> <p>Where: Jazziz, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $250-$300</p> <p>Contact: 866/687-4201, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you’ve never heard of the Apollo Awards, that’s because there haven’t been any, until now. On the occasion of its 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary, the Boca Symphonia will host the inaugural Apollo Awards, named after the Greek god of music and poetry and honoring modern artists who respect the memory of classical composition, at this luxe Jazziz bash. This year’s recipients will be the Symphonia’s founding benfactors, Edith and Martin B. Stein; Dennis Lambert, the Boca-based songwriter and pop vocalist; and the late Ervin Drake, who has written songs for Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday and others. Tony Orlando will provide the entertainment, singing his own No. 1 hits as well as compositions written by Drake and Lambert, in a one-of-a-kind performance. The ticket price includes wine, hors d’oeuvres and food stations.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="259" src="/site_media/uploads/April/3025606-smithkindy.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Kevin Smith</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., Suite 250</p> <p>When: 9:45 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-1812, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Director Kevin Smith proved, in 1994, that you can make a movie with no money, no color, no story and no actors of any discernable talent, and still create a distinctive, enduring hit. Even if Clerks was the only title on Smith’s resume, he’d be a footnote in the film history, but, through his production company View Askew, he’s built a communal empire of a dozen more movies, many of them featuring recurring characters and repeated locations. He’s also branched away from movies, lending his geek-icon worldview to comic books, TV series, podcasts and memoirs; if he’s not yet the king of all media, he’s certainly a jester in the court. Since the early 2000s, he’s been touring the country for Q&amp;A sessions with his hoards of devoted fans, which is the occasion of this weekend’s special “Evening With Kevin Smith” event.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/April/13f216151863580dec8839165187cea8e763cbfad97ba01cf0b501cfe137f963_-original.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen</strong></p> <p>Where: Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $78.75-$353.75</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-7300, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Miami Beach’s Fillmore is one of just four nationwide stops for this intimate and unpredictable conversation between two of television’s most prominent gay broadcasters. Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen—their tour is dubbed “AC2,” get it?—first met years ago, when they were set up on a date that never materialized. Since then, they’ve remained close friends while taking somewhat divergent career paths: Cohen’s late-night Bravo show is a pop-cultural palooza, while Anderson covers breaking news and sociopolitical issues on CNN. But both have vested interests in both the trivial fluff and vital issues, and the tour promises “deep talk and shallow tales.” It’s also being billed as an uncensored and unscripted evening, ensuring that each of the four shows will be different.</p> <p>MONDAY, APRIL 20</p> <p><img alt="" height="518" src="/site_media/uploads/April/miralogo.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Mira” reading</strong></p> <p>Where: Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 561/237-9000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Rehearsal time? Who needs it! Certainly not the fine actors of South Florida regional theater who, by now, are accustomed to encountering a script over a morning or afternoon and then performing it the next day. That’s pretty much the case with many of the plays in Jan McArt’s New Play Reading Series; at the time of this writing, Michael Leeds had yet to turn in his script for “Mira,” which will be performed live in a staged reading next Monday night—but you can guarantee the actors will be ready. The protagonist of “Mira” is, in fact, a mirror, which lives inside the wardrobe department of a Hollywood studio circa 1928 and yearns to truly be seen, not just looked at. This “reflective” play may eventually become a musical, but for now, enjoy a bare-bones, song-less reading of this imaginative comedy. The stellar cast features Todd Bruno, Clay Cartland, Ken Clement, Lindsey Corey, Elizabeth Dimon, Laura Hodos, Ann Marie Olson and Stephanie White.</p>Morikami Hatsume Festival2015-04-13T15:18:00+00:00Annie Pizzutelli/blog/author/annie/<p dir="ltr"><img alt="" height="361" src="/site_media/uploads/geisha.jpg" width="490"></p> <p dir="ltr">Flowers are officially in bloom at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach. The tranquil park will be transformed to celebrate the first bud of spring at the 36th annual Hatsume Fair, which runs this Saturday and Sunday (April 18-19). </p> <p dir="ltr">This year’s event will feature three live entertainment stages. On the Tokyo Stage, renowned taiko drumming groups Ronin Taiko and Fushu Daiko will perform. On Saturday, come dressed as your favorite anime or video game character and compete in the Costume Contest for prizes from Morikami, Tate’s Comics and the 3000 Brigade.</p> <p dir="ltr">Over at the Osaka stage, martial arts experts will demonstrate a variety of ancient disciplines and showcase local students of all ages. Performances will be held every hour, on the hour, from noon to 4 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">A new addition to the celebration is the Sake Stage. This savory exhibition includes a Sake 101 class with expert Midori Roth, sushi demonstrations with chef Roy Villacrusis, as well as panel discussions on the culinary arts. A free raffle will be held to win a private dinner at Chef Roy’s newest eatery in Jupiter, Nitrogen.</p> <p dir="ltr">For the first time, the fair will feature a meet-and-greet with anime, comic book and Japanese pop culture characters. Kids can also make crafts, play Japanese games and sing karaoke. Food will be available from a number of Asian and American vendors. Adults can also indulge at the Kirin Beer Garden and Sake Station where they can try exclusive samplings of Japanese craft beer and sake from Echigo Brewery and Dewatsuru Sakura Emaki Rose.</p> <p dir="ltr">Those interested in attending the entire festival can purchase two-day passes online in advance for $17 for adults and $11 for children 4-10. Single day passes cost $12 for adults, $6 for children 4-10. For more information or to purchase tickets visit <a href=""></a> or call 561/495-0233.</p>Entrepreneurs Shine at FAU2015-04-13T15:16:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April/soflasunwear.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The Adams Center for Entrepreneurship at Florida Atlantic University—under the direction of Kimberly Gramm, who champions the start-up vision like no one in Boca—continues to be a field of business dreams for those trying to push their fledgling operations to the next level. Look no further than the recent <strong>Business Plan Competition</strong>, which gave FAU students and entrepreneurs an opportunity to rub elbows with and learn from established business leaders, angel investors and other experts.</p> <p>The three-day event culminated in presentations by 16 different teams—eight student-track finalists and eight entrepreneur-track finalists, out of more than 230 entrants—who were competing for a share of some $200,000 in cash and prizes.</p> <p>On the student side, <strong>Thomas Gregory</strong> and <strong>SoFla Sunwear</strong> captured first place, impressing judges with a beach apparel concept that's already generating buzz. During his presentation, Gregory, the company's CEO, noted that SoFla Sunwear has fulfilled orders in 18 states with its mix of men's and women's shorts and T-shirts, as well as headgear and decals.</p> <p>Meanwhile, <strong>Max Cacchione</strong>, CEO of <strong>Rotation Manager</strong>, took home the entrepreneur track's top prize on behalf of his company with a concept already making a difference for nursing students. Rotation Manager eliminates the paperwork associated with clinical rotations by bringing nursing students, hospitals and colleges into one easy-to-manage software platform. </p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April/rotationmanager.jpg" width="400"></p>Patton Oswalt, Florida Satirist2015-04-10T14:14:59+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>Comedian Patton Oswalt visited Florida last night as part of the South Beach Comedy Festival, and he didn’t let Florida off easy.</p> <p>He said that the state isn’t America’s penis, as it’s often pejoratively referred; it really should be called America’s ballsack, droopy and sweaty and humid. Florida is “the sphincter of Satan,” and “a Japanese horror film with fake boobs.” In this “nightmarish life you mutants have built for yourself,” “I just assume everyone down here is a criminal,” and “the only reason to visit this state is to identify your dead daughter’s body.”</p> <p>We didn’t take it personally. Each barb was met with laughter and an “ooooh” of recognition at the truths buried in these vivid generalizations.</p> <p><img alt="" height="218" src="/site_media/uploads/April/patton.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>A former writer for “MADtv” and the author of two memoirs, Oswalt is a persuasive wordsmith whose act is a Venn diagram flourishing on the nexus of the highbrow humor column, the nerd podcast and the standup gutter. He opened his hour-plus-long set at the Fillmore last night with a story about his worst gig ever, colorfully describing an epically bad show, two years into his career, in which he suffered from a destabilizing flu: Liquids emitted from multiple orifices, and he looked like a garden cherub as designed by an angry sculptor.</p> <p>He described his mother’s giant container of prescribed uppers and downers as a “trail mix of narcotics,” musing, “is this oxy locally sourced?” When his daughter stands up to a birthday party clown who’s just going through the motions, he labels this mutinous act as her “Tiananmen Square moment,” while his own moment of adolescent rebellion consisted of blasting “a deep cut from Duran Duran’s ‘Rio’ album.”</p> <p>References to cult movies (“Escape From New York,” “Blade Runner,” “Stripes”) punctuated the material of this self-described movie obsessive, with the assumption that we all knew exactly what he was talking about; when you see Patton Oswalt live, a working knowledge of critically undervalued ‘80s films is a must. His strongest material wrapped us snugly into his culturally literate, geek-fried worldview, where 30-year-old television jingles for local Dodge dealerships take up the precious brain space that should go to mastering CPR, learning a karate move or planting a vegetable. This resulted in the hilariously therapeutic observation that “I honestly cannot be more useless on a practical level. There is no reason for me to be alive.”</p> <p>Finally, his political humor proved that he’s as strong at this specialized branch of comedy as Bill Maher or any of its heavy hitters, establishing his liberal bona fides before leveling pointed criticism at the last presidential administrations. It was a fantastic and rare set from this multi-pronged talent, one that felt extemporaneously tailored specifically to us.</p> <p>But I can’t conclude this column without mentioning the gaggle of oblivious, selfish drunk girls seated next to us, who not only disrupted the show to engage in a dead-end “conversation” with Oswalt, but spilled a beer on my wife’s brand-new dress and could muster only a half-apology for it. Their constant cell phone usage and running commentary ruined the evening for all the poor souls who happened to be seated anywhere in their immediate circumference. The Fillmore’s countless ushers did nothing about it, and I was too upset to appreciate the last 20 minutes of Oswalt’s act,</p> <p>It’s not usually in my nature to use this blog for personal attacks, but believe me—I’m being nice. If you’re reading this, ladies, most of the words I have for your cannot be printed, and I hope for the sake of future audiences and comedians that this was your last comedy show.</p> <p><em>The South Beach Comedy continues with multiple events through Saturday, April 11. For the full schedule and ticket prices, visit</em></p>Fashion Forward: Saks Personal Shopping Van and Colonnade Outlet Expansion2015-04-10T06:00:00+00:00Annie Pizzutelli/blog/author/annie/<p><img alt="" height="274" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/saks-personal-shopping-van.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Saks Personal Experience</strong></p> <p>Can’t make it to the mall? Don’t worry: Saks Fifth Avenue in Palm Beach can come right to your front door. The recently launched Personal Shopping Van will travel throughout South Florida and pick up merchandise from any of the six Saks stores in the area. For a special night, customers can even request that the van bring along makeup artists, fashion stylists and tailors. There is no minimum purchase required. To schedule a Personal Shopping Van call 561/833-2551.</p> <p><strong>Colonnade Outlets Expansion</strong></p> <p>Sawgrass Mills (<em>12680 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise</em>) is bringing four more exlcusive stores to South Florida. Ted Baker, Alexis Bittar, La Perla, and Vince are expected to open early next year as part of the 80,000-square-foot expansion of the Colonnade Outlets.</p> <p><strong>Read My Lips</strong></p> <p>Make a statement without saying a word with Too Faced new eye-popping lip colors.  Try out the new melted metal collection at Sephora inside JCPenny at the Boynton Beach Mall (<em>801 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach</em>) on April 11, from 12 to 5 p.m. Beauty Insiders will get a complementary makeover by a Too Faced makeup artist and leave with a free gift.</p>Staff Picks: Shoe repair, Monopoly and more2015-04-10T00:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong>Cove Shoe Repair</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/coveshoerepair.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>“A small family shop that does great work at affordable prices and has stellar costumer service—meaning they never make fun of those beat up shoes you can’t part with.”</p> <p>471 N.E. 20th St., Boca Raton // 561/221-1727</p> <p><strong>Monopoly Night for Boca Helping Hands</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="174" src="/site_media/uploads/monopoly.jpg" width="370"></p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em></p> <p>No one puts a classic board game to better use than our good friends at Boca Helping Hands. For the ninth year, the organization whose food and job mentoring programs serve thousands in the community is encouraging attendees to "Pass Go" with a Monopoly event and casino night, this time at Via Mizner Golf and Country Club. The festivities start at 6 p.m. on Saturday night. Call 561/417-0913, ext. 202 for details. </p> <p><strong>Trader Joe’s Milk Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="370" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/traderjoespretzels.png" width="274"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“If I was Clark Kent, this would be my kryptonite. Seriously. Get these sweet-and-salty treats within my reach, and I’ll be on my knees begging. The 12-ounce bag never lasts more than two days in my household.”</p> <p>55 S. Federal Highway, Boca Raton // 561/338-5031</p> <p><strong>Our Boat House in Mizner Park</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/ourboathouse.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Rebecca Valenza, National Account Manager</em></p> <p>“The best decor around. Everything from sofas to candles to pillows to throws, plus they offer design services – much needed in my case!”</p> <p>425 Plaza Real, Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <center><em><a href="/blog/tag/staff-picks" target="_blank">For more staff picks, click here.</a></em></center><center><em><br></em></center>Atlantic Crossing concerns, Houston&#39;s &amp; Delray supports the Inspector General2015-04-09T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="338" src="/site_media/uploads/site-plan.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Atlantic Crossing</h3> <p>Atlantic Crossing was controversial long before the Delray Beach City Commission approved the mixed-use project in December 2012. Demolition is underway, but the controversy continues.</p> <p>The immediate issue is a road—an easement, technically— that was on the Atlantic Crossing site plan and now isn’t. The debate is over whether the city actually gave up rights to that city-owned easement—called Atlantic Court—and, if so, when and how the city did that.</p> <p>Atlantic Crossing will take up the two blocks between Northeast Sixth Avenue—Federal Highway—and Veterans Park on the north side of Atlantic Avenue and the south side of Northeast First Street, replacing the Atlantic Plaza shopping center. From the start, critics have said the project would overwhelm the area. In approving Atlantic Crossing, the city commission in office at that time approved conditional uses allowing a 60-foot height instead of 48 feet and a nearly 50 percent increase in density.</p> <p>The site plan from a development agreement dated July 2011 shows Atlantic Court providing access to Atlantic Crossing off Federal Highway, offering an entrance and exit on the west side to relieve traffic congestion. The main entrance will be onto Seventh Avenue from Atlantic Avenue in the middle of the project.</p> <p>Last October, however, the new site plan from the proposed amended development agreement did not show Atlantic Crossing. The agreement was before the city commission for approval, but the commission took no action. One reason was private lawsuits against the project and the question of whether Delray Beach would be affected if the city approved the agreement and the developers lost in court. Commissioner Shelly Petrolia also had questioned Section 4 of the proposed agreement, which stated that any prior approvals that didn’t conform to the new site plan—minus Atlantic Court—would no longer have “any force and effect.”</p> <p>Nearly seven months have passed, and the developers are proceeding as if that current site plan is in effect, even though it doesn’t seem to match the plat that is on file with Palm Beach County and includes Atlantic Court. To support their case for moving ahead, the developers point to the January court ruling against residents who had sued over the easement. The judge wrote that in January 2014 the commission approved the new site plan—minus Atlantic Court—“and by extension a new plat. . .”</p> <p>Petrolia disagrees. She argues that only the city’s Planning and Zoning Board can approve plats, not the Site Plan Review and Advisory Board (SPRAB). A Feb. 23 Planning and Zoning Board meeting on Atlantic Crossing ended inconclusively. As for what the judge called that January 2014 approval of a new site plan, the issue was whether the commission would uphold the private-party appeal of SPRAB’s approval of the new site plan. The commission declined to uphold the appeal. Did that refusal also amount to approval of the new site plan and abandonment of Atlantic Court?</p> <p>The vote at that meeting was 3-2, with Petrolia and Mayor Cary Glickstein in the minority and Adam Frankel, Angeleta Gray and Al Jacquet in the majority. Frankel and Gray are no longer on the commission.</p> <p>According to the minutes of the meeting, Glickstein pointed out that while Atlantic Crossing is roughly the same size as Mizner Park in Boca Raton, there are 13 ways in and out of Mizner Park, reducing the impact on neighborhoods to the east. There would be nothing like that, Glickstein said, for Atlantic Crossing. He called the new site plan “deeply flawed” and wondered aloud why the developers were so reluctant to add back the road.</p> <p>Mitch Katz, who joined the commission last week, also objects to the loss of Atlantic Court. “We gave away alleys and Northeast Seventh Avenue” with everyone’s knowledge, he said in an interview, to help with traffic from Atlantic Crossing, “But nobody noticed on Atlantic Court? I just don’t understand.” Katz says the city gave up the easement “with no compensation, and now we’ve lost the traffic flow.” Petrolia says, “I feel like we’ve been hoodwinked.”</p> <p>This is a very big question to be left hanging. If the city doesn’t address it soon, the developers could have grounds for a lawsuit that the city objected too late and caused them needless expense. The city might have leverage in the form of that development agreement. After the court ruling, the developers said in a statement that they want Delray Beach “to work with us and expedite the development agreement. . .without further delay.”</p> <p>Katz told me that he has been speaking with residents who filed the lawsuits against Atlantic Crossing. Those residents, Katz said, would be willing to pursue no more litigation if the developers would return Atlantic Crossing to the site plan. The city would agree to approve the new site plan quickly, so as not to hold up work.</p> <p>Delray Beach needs to resolve the issue of the Atlantic Crossing easement. Petrolia says the city can give up property only if there is a public hearing. The issue goes beyond Atlantic Court. In May, the city must decide whether to give up an alley that would allow construction of the project that would include an iPic theater. This controversy should stop with Atlantic Crossing.</p> <h3>Houstons?</h3> <p>There still is no proposed lease between Hillstone Restaurant Group and Boca Raton for a Houston’s on the city-owned Wildflower property at East Palmetto Park Road and Northeast Fifth Avenue. Nor is there a proposed site plan. Today, however, the Planning &amp; Zoning Board will consider a rezoning that would be necessary to accommodate the restaurant.</p> <p>The property is slightly larger than two acres. It has split zoning. If the board recommends approval and the city council agrees, the zoning on roughly the northern half of the property would change from Single Family Residential to Local Business. The council also would have to change the Future Land Use Map of the Comprehensive Plan.</p> <p>Councilman Robert Weinroth calls the item on today’s agenda a “housekeeping item to deal with inconsistent zoning issues.” This change isn’t controversial. The tough work will come when the city and Hillstone try to agree on a site plan that would make the restaurant compatible with the area. More than residents of the immediate area worry that, with the large Palmetto Promenade mixed-use project just to the west, the restaurant could make gridlock a regular feature of the intersection.</p> <p>Hillstone and the city also have to decide financial issues: how much Boca Raton would get in lease payments and a percentage of sales. Then there’s the matter of preserving public access to the Intracoastal Waterway—the property fronts it—and not letting restaurant parking interfere with boaters’ use of Silver Palm Park to the south. The hope is for a site plan to reach the Planning &amp; Zoning Board this summer.</p> <h3>Delray is all in for the Inspector General</h3> <p>It can be hard to find lawyers who don’t want to sue, but the lawyers on the Delray Beach City Commission have decided that they don’t want to keep suing the county over the Office of Inspector General.</p> <p>Tuesday night, the commission formally withdrew from the lawsuit that began in late 2011 and now includes 13 cities, with West Palm Beach taking the lead. Last month, Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Catherine Brunson ruled against the cities on all points, as she should have. The lawsuit seeks to cripple the office’s overwork that city residents asked for, though the cities claim that their only issue is the financing of the office.</p> <p>With Delray Beach out of the lawsuit, Boca Raton should withdraw. The cities have asked for a rehearing that they likely won’t get. The lawsuit never had merit. That’s why it doesn’t have a chance.</p>&quot;Oklahoma!&quot; More Than OK!2015-04-08T06:00:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="298" src="/site_media/uploads/10006107_795779723809961_6046774037332970228_n.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>Here at we usually leave the theater reviews to our crack arts and entertainment editor, John Thomason. But in this particular case, I felt I had to step in. The Wick was mounting a production of “Oklahoma!” And I could not resist. </p> <p>I grew up with these musicals. My patents saw “South Pacific” on Broadway on their honeymoon in New York. They had LPs of “Oklahoma!” and “Flower Drum Song” and “The King and I” and “West Side Story” and “Carousel” and that was way back, when I was maybe 9 or 10. I saw all the movies and memorized all the songs and I am sure the story lines completely colored my world view of love and destiny—which is tragic of course, as real life has absolutely no resemblance to Bali Ha’i, no one is younger than springtime forever, and the cowboys and the farmers are still not the best of friends. </p> <p>Still, there was real magic in those musicals—pathos, humor, innocence, energy—a sense of post World War America at its best—and the Wick production of “Oklahoma!” captured all of that. Ian Parmenter as Curly and Lindsey Bliven as Laurey sounded as least as good as Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones—and Missy McArdle as Aunt Eller nailed it. Shane Tanner was an excellent Poor Jud, and Alex Jorth as Will Parker nearly stole the show. They—and the earnest can-do vigor of the Oklahoma territory—came to life on the stage. You could see young and old alike tapping knees, singing along softly under their breath, transported to a time and a story with neatly defined values of decency and community and young love and hopeful tomorrows. It was Rogers &amp; Hammerstein’s first collaboration—and the debut of this country’s golden age of musical theater.</p> <p>It’s easy for a community theater production to look like one, but in this case, the Wick nailed it. Director Norb Joerder was largely faithful to the Agnes deMille choreography, but with a shorter dream sequence ballet (Bravo—I always thought this slowed down the show) and only 12 dancers, which played like a much larger ensemble. The set was perfect, the music timeless, and there’s just not a bad seat in the house.</p> <p>Am I gushing? Maybe. People will say I’m in love? Possibly. At any rate, go now—indulge yourself. The production runs through April 26.</p> <p>The Wick Theater<br>7901 N. Federal Highway<br>561/995-2333</p>New on the Skin Cancer Front2015-04-08T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><strong><img alt="" height="295" src="/site_media/uploads/April/lynncancer.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p><strong>New Local Option in Skin Cancer Treatment</strong></p> <p>Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s <a href="">Lynn Cancer Institute</a> announced that it is the first facility in the state to offer a new noninvasive option for treating basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers. The Esteya device precisely delivers radiation to these cancers, with minimal downtime, according to an April 1 press release.</p> <p>Treatment that brings radiation close to the site of cancer is called high-dose rate brachytherapy. The Boca Raton cancer center has used traditional brachytherapy effectively on cancer patients for years. Esteya improves on the traditional approach by delivering a low-energy X-ray, which is less likely to damage surrounding tissue and result in side effects. It offers an important option for patients whose cancers affect cosmetically-sensitive areas, including the face and hands.  </p> <p>For more information, call 561/955-5966.</p> <p><strong>Treatment Research at FAU</strong></p> <p><a href="">Florida Atlantic University</a> announced that it will launch the Office of Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Recovery Research, according to a March 24 news release.</p> <p>The office will be a focal point of research on alcohol and drug abuse prevention and recovery in South Florida. The plan is to conduct internationally recognized research on substance abuse, as well as provide educational opportunities for social workers and other providers who work with people suffering from addictions. In the longer term, the research and educational center will host visits by renowned scholars and practitioners in the field to promote collaborative research efforts, teaching and knowledge sharing.</p> <p>The announcement comes on the heels of a $100,000 gift from the local addiction treatment facility <a href="">Life of Purpose</a>. Other companies have since joined to fuel the new center’s financial goal to raise $3 million to recruit a researcher to spearhead the program. The companies involved include: KIPU Systems, Lumiere Detox Center, Sober Living Outpatient, Sober Living in Delray, Guardian IOP, Boca Detox, The Hartman House and Infinity Behavioral Health Services.</p>Must-Have Kitchen Tools2015-04-08T06:00:00+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/<p>I’m often asked about my favorite kitchen equipment—which brands and models work best, which specific tools enhance the overall cooking experience. So without further ado, here are a few of the items that make my kitchen life easier.</p> <p><strong>HAMILTON BEACH TEA KETTLE<br></strong>After I wake up in the morning, I drink 16 to 24 ounces of plain hot water—without lemon, honey or any additional ingredients. Drinking plain hot water can help stimulate your lymphatic system without activating digestion; this helps your body get rid of waste before it starts processing new food. To heat up my water, I turn to my stainless-steel <a href="">Hamilton Beach kettle</a>. I recommend only buying stainless-steel kettles and avoiding anything with plastic, as heat can activate chemicals that leak into your water. I also avoid microwave ovens for heating purposes; microwaves are a form of electro-magnetic radiation. </p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="193" src="/site_media/uploads/April/omegagiveaway.png" width="275"></strong></p> <p><strong>OMEGA 8006 JUICER/NUTRITIONAL CENTER<br></strong>After I have my hot water, I usually enjoy a green juice made with kale, cucumber, celery, lemon, ginger and green apple. I love juices for their instant energy boost; they are better than coffee! Green juices also are a great complement to a hot, cooked meal as raw juice can provide daily vitamins and enzymes. Believe it or not, it only takes about 2 minutes to make my juice, thanks to the <a href="">Omega 8006</a>. But don’t be fooled: This machine is much more than a juicer. It’s an entire nutrition center that can create fabulous nut butters (think almonds and chocolate chips together), fruit sorbet and even pasta. Best of all, it’s quick and easy to assemble and take apart, so the whole process takes minutes. Omega also offers a great warrantee, so you can enjoy your purchase for years to come.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="264" src="/site_media/uploads/April/vitamix.jpg" width="275"></strong></p> <p><strong>VITAMIX 5200<br></strong>If I don’t feel like having a juice in the morning, I will make a smoothie in my <a href="">Vitamix</a> blender. Unlike a juicer that extracts the pulp from fruits and vegetables and gives you instant energy, Vitamix blends everything together. The good thing about blended foods is that they have fiber, which takes longer to digest than juice. So if you’re looking for a great meal-replacement smoothie that will satisfy hunger and give you long-lasting energy, Vitamix is the machine to use. You can also use it to make nut-based cheeses, pates and ice creams. Some people may be thrown off by the price ($449), but you’re investing in the Rolls-Royce of blenders. The quality will last a lifetime.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="228" src="/site_media/uploads/April/abundantchefcutlery.jpg" width="275"></strong></p> <p><strong>ABUNDANT CHEF KNIVES AND CUTTING BOARDS<br></strong>Did you know that the most dangerous weapon in your kitchen is a dull knife? The extra force required to use it can lead to a severe kitchen injury. To help me eliminate this danger, I use my <a href="">Abundant Chef zirconium ceramic knives</a> and bamboo cutting boards. If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then these knives come in a close second. When you use an Abundant knife to cut an apple, it feels like you’re cutting through butter—so smooth and effortless. I also love the name and believe that seeing the word “abundant” when you cook, creates positive emotions and affects the energy you put in your food.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="180" src="/site_media/uploads/April/kitchenprocessor.jpg" width="275"></strong></p> <p><strong>KITCHENAID FOOD PROCESSOR<br></strong>Finally, to make a quick dinner, I recommend the <a href="">KitchenAid Food Processor</a> as it can help me chop, slice and shred large quantities of ingredients very quickly. If you have seen my videos, you probably noticed that I use it a lot. KitchenAid makes slicing onions a breeze, and it takes seconds. Check out this <a href="">video</a> where I use my food processor to make chicken-less chicken salad! While there are other brands on the market, I find that KitchenAid has the most intuitive design and fun colors. Why not have a fabulous Empire Red one? It will brighten up the space and make you feel like an empress of the kitchen!</p>Armadillo Cafe Opens in West Boca2015-04-07T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="100" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/armadillo.png" width="200">One of the best-loved restaurants in South Florida has been reborn once again.</p> <p><strong>Armadillo Cafe</strong> (8221 Glades Rd., 561/405-6152), for more than a dozen years a renowned eatery in Davie, reborn the first time in 2006 as Armadillo Beach Restaurant in Dania Beach (which closed three years later), is now up and running in West Boca.</p> <p>Chef-owner Kevin McCarthy, who like so many local chefs got his start in the Dennis Max restaurant empire, is reprising many of his classic Southwestern-style dishes in his new digs, a modest earth-toned space just west of the turnpike. Think black and white soup, tequila grilled shrimp, chili-cured duck breast and bourbon-chocolate pecan pie.</p> <p><em>* On a personal note, this space will be taking a short vacation while I head off to Las Vegas to drive fast cars and eat slow food. Blogging will resume upon my return. Vroom, vroom!</em></p>Inspector General update, red light cameras go south &amp; other news and notes2015-04-07T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="120" src="/site_media/uploads/seal.jpg" width="160"></h3> <h3>New admin for county</h3> <p>Bob Weisman has been Palm Beach County administrator for 24 years. Especially in South Florida, that’s the local government equivalent of  “The Phantom of the Opera,” which has been running on Broadway since 1988. No one lasts that long on such a stage.</p> <p>Nor has Weisman faced anything like a no-confidence vote. He will leave in August because he wants to retire, not because he’s being forced out. In a few weeks, the county commission will pick his successor. The seven-member commission has a set a deadline of May in hopes of choosing someone in time for Weisman to help with the transition and in case something expected arises with the commission’s choice. There still would be time to name someone else before Weisman departs.</p> <p>Residents of full-service cities like Boca Raton and Delray Beach might wonder whether the choice matters much to them. It does, for reasons that are obvious and not so obvious.</p> <p>One obvious reason is that city residents also pay county taxes. In Boca, the county tax is the third-largest item on the bill. In Delray, it’s the second-largest. The administrator prepares the operating budget and supervises the county’s finances. Weisman is proud of pointing out that Palm Beach County’s bond rating is AAA, and that’s with all the bonds that are financing, among other things, the investments in Scripps Florida and the Max Planck Florida Institute—with which Florida Atlantic University soon will start a biotech program.</p> <p>But there’s much more. Palm Beach County operates the jail, so cities don’t need to have their own. The sheriff is elected separately, but the sheriff’s budget makes up more than half of that county operating budget. Even cities such as Boca Raton and Delray Beach that have police departments can get help from the sheriff’s office on major investigations, and all police departments use the county’s crime lab. The sheriff’s office is the lead county agency on the regional anti-terrorism task force.</p> <p>The county’s environmental resource management department helps cities with such projects as beach restoration. County staff members help to lobby the Legislature for money to finance such projects. The county runs the bus system. The county park system includes South Inlet Park on the beach in Boca Raton, Green Cay Nature Center west of Delray Beach, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, the Aqua Crest Pool in Delray Beach and regional parks that attract city folk. Commissioner Steven Abrams, whose Boca Raton/Delray Beach-based district includes just a slice of the unincorporated county, agrees that the county matters in ways that residents may not always appreciate.</p> <p>A search firm and an advisory committee—each commission appointed one member—has cut the field of candidates to six. Four are from out of state, and two are from Weisman’s staff.</p> <p>Those candidates are Deputy County Administrator Verdenia Baker and Assistant County Administrator Shannon LaRocque. I would be surprised if the commission doesn’t pick one of them. Though he has not decided, Abrams said he would have “complete faith” in Baker or LaRocque to take over.</p> <p>Obviously, the argument for hiring from within is continuity. Unlike Delray Beach, where so many problems were evident when Louie Chapman was forced out as city manager, county government is running well. Weisman had a famously prickly relationship with former Inspector General Sheryl Steckler, but during her four years the office found nothing terrible in its investigations of the county. And when the office did find problems—as in how the county buys property—Weisman made the recommended changes.</p> <p>Hiring from within also has been Weisman’s philosophy. As Abrams points out, the leaders of many key departments rose through those departments. Says Abrams, “It’s one of Bob’s qualities.” One can assume that Baker and LaRocque have their jobs because Weisman believes that they could handle his.</p> <p>The other four contenders appear to have good credentials, but they’re all from out of state: two from Maryland, one from New Jersey and another from Washington, D.C. However capable, they wouldn’t know Florida government. Since there’s no strong case for change, I’m guessing that Baker or LaRocque will be the next county administrator.</p> <h3>Funding the inspector                                        </h3> <p>Having lost in court, the 14 cities suing the county over financing of the Office of Inspector General have asked for a rehearing. They likely won’t get it, which again raised the question of whether Boca Raton and Delray Beach should remain as parties in the lawsuit.</p> <p>The motion for rehearing carries the names of Delray Beach City Attorney Noel Pfeffer and Boca Raton City Attorney Diana Grub Frieser. Neither city’s elected body discussed whether to ask for the rehearing. At least in the case of Delray Beach, the filing may have been just a formality. Mayor Cary Glickstein said an email that there would not have been enough time for Pfeffer to get “commission direction” on whether to continue Delray’s role in the litigation. At the next commission meeting, Glickstein said, Pfeffer will “seek direction to withdraw or remain. . .”</p> <p>The supposed process by which these cities mounted the lawsuit remains murky. A spokesman for West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio—the city has done most of the legal work on the lawsuit—said in an email, “There are frequent discussions/phone calls/conversations among representatives of the various cities to talk about the latest developments in the case.” From writing about this case since late 2011, however, I can tell you that many of the cities’ <em>elected</em> representatives don’t have a good handle on the legal arguments or even the basic facts.</p> <p>In about five pages, two county attorneys flick away the flimsy arguments for a rehearing. The cities raise a new issue that they could have raised at trial, and they reprise the bogus argument that city voters who asked by wide margins for inspector general oversight didn’t know that their city would have to pay for it. In fact, the information was in the ballot language.</p> <p>The lawsuit is an affront to the voters. Any elected officials who still wish to continue it should consider how this continued resistance looks to the public.</p> <h3>Red light on the red light program</h3> <p>Officials in Boynton Beach thought that their red-light camera program might be the one to survive the many legal challenges to outsourced law enforcement. Wrong.</p> <p>Last week, Palm Beach County Court Judge Mark Eissey threw out 200 tickets Boynton Beach had issued. Technically, though, the city’s vendor—American Traffic Solutions—issued the tickets. That was the problem.</p> <p>Six months ago, the 4<sup>th</sup> District Court of Appeal upheld a trial judge who found the city of Hollywood’s red-light camera program unconstitutional. Like most programs in Florida cities and counties, Hollywood allowed American Traffic Solutions to review the photos and decide which were violations. The company then issued citations.</p> <p>The court ruled that only certified law enforcement personnel can perform those roles. Because a Boynton Beach officer does a review before citations go out, the city believed that its program would survive. Eissey, though, said that because the company issues the citations, the program violates state law.</p> <p>Boynton’s contract ends next year, and sentiment already was running against the program. Studies are inconclusive as to whether the programs improve safety; some reductions in “T-bone” crashes from running red lights are offset by increases in rear-end collisions as drivers try to avoid getting a ticket.</p> <p>Boca Raton has suspended its program. Delray Beach was smart enough not to start one. The Legislature might offer Boynton Beach some help, but the smart money would be on Boynton’s program ending—and with it local governments’ Great Recession-era money grab.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> 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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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>Boca Ballroom Dancers 2015 Announced2015-04-06T15:44:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p class="Default"><img alt="" height="160" src="/site_media/uploads/boca_ballroom_th-1.jpg" width="160"></p> <p class="Default">Somewhere across our fair city in eight different households, certain individuals are assuming a new interest in this season’s  “Dancing With The Stars.” Eight people find their palms sweating a little, their sleep a little less peaceful, the words fox trot suddenly striking fear into their brave and willing hearts. These are the eight community dancers who will perform this year in Boca’s 2015 Ballroom Battle to benefit the George Snow Scholarship Fund.</p> <p class="Default">And who are these light-footed dauntless souls? Here they are:</p> <h3 class="Default">Brian Altschuler, Executive Director of Human Resources, Boca Raton Regional Hospital</h3> <h3 class="Default">Peg Anderson Greenspon, volunteer extraordinaire</h3> <h3 class="Default">Elias Janetis, founder, MobileHelp</h3> <h3 class="Default">Frank McKinney, real fstate developer and bestselling author</h3> <h3 class="Default">Holly Meehan, photographer, volunteer</h3> <h3 class="Default">Chris Nichols, Founder and CEO, Nichols Wealth Partners</h3> <h3 class="Default">Donna Parlapiano, Senior Vice President, Franchise Operations &amp; Corporate Real Estate, AutoNation, Inc.</h3> <h3 class="Default">Wendy Sadusky, designing housewife</h3> <p>We will be tracking their progress and cheering them on, so watch this space. In the meantime, mark your calendars for the don’t miss event of the year—Boca’s Ballroom Battle— Friday, August 28, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. </p>The Week Ahead: April 7 to 132015-04-06T15:40:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/20130410223827-kyle_at_jhs.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Kyle Eastwood Band</strong></p> <p>Where: Jazziz Nightlife, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$65</p> <p>Contact: 561/300-0730, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Chalk up another one for Jazziz, which has once again booked an important jazz act that wouldn’t have a proper South Florida venue otherwise. For Eastwood, his last name is a sort of blessing and curse; Clint’s son has seen countless doors in the entertainment industry open as a result of his father’s fame, but at the same time, the challenge of being accepted as his own artist—divorced from his dad’s influence—has taken years. Lord knows he looks remarkably like Clint: His steely eyes could captivate an entire CinemaScope canvas, and his music has made it into eight of his dad’s films, including “Mystic River” and “Million Dollar Baby.” But with every album from his 1998 debut onward, the quick-fingered bassist has come closer to realizing his individual identity. In jazz circles, his heritage has little bearing on his current reputation as one of the best stand-up bassists around. His current tour supports his latest release, “The View From Here,” which pays homage to the eclectic jazz sounds he discovered as a youth. </p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/fed628bf-69b7-49b1-935e-ff267f5aac0f.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of South Beach Comedy Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Multiple venues in South Beach</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: Varies per event</p> <p>Contact: 800/745-3000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This staple of springtime laughter on Miami’s trendiest island returns with one of its strongest comedy lineups in years, but it begins as it always does—with a hilarious aperitif from Mad Cat, the experimental Miami theater company. At 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the Fillmore’s intimate “Backstage” venue, Mad Cat will present the world premiere of “Earthquake,” written by company member Jessica Farr. It’s a caustic theater-world satire that explores the compromises and concessions playwrights must make to their new works before they can see the footlights of a Broadway stage. Mad Cat also has its claws in other programs at the festival, including two free showcases of local comedy, at 8 p.m. Thursday and 10:30 p.m. Friday. Other festival highlights include hipster favorite Hannibal Buress (8 p.m. Saturday), the ever astute Patton Oswalt (7:30 p.m. Thursday), and television icon Dave Chappelle for three shows (10 p.m. Thursday, 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday). Visit the festival’s website for a complete breakdown of events.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="270" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/b9114194-0ea0-4e19-8aa1-312cd5d19455-460x276.jpeg" width="450"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “White God”</strong></p> <p>Where: Lake Worth Playhouse’s Stonzek Theatre, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 4 and 8:15 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $6-$9</p> <p>Contact: 561/586-6410, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This Hungarian feature, which its nation submitted for consideration in the 2015 Academy Awards, has been called “haunting” and “extraordinary,” with an m.o. that is both heartbreakingly moving and genuinely disturbing. When a 13-year-old girl, already suffering the trauma of her parents’ divorce, watches as her father abandons her beloved mixed-breed dog on the street, it sets off of a struggle between love and conflict, as the mutt will do anything to reunite with its owner—even if it means amassing every other canine in the dog kingdom in a War of The Species. More “Birds” than “Lassie Come Home,” “White God” has been praised for its handling of rescue dogs as legitimate protagonists; the movie set the world record for the number of dogs (274) used in a film, all of them being mixed-breed shelter dogs. It runs one week only, through April 16.</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="235" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/wild-belle-interview-debut-album-isles-sibling-duo.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Transatlantic Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: North Beach Park Bandshell, 501 72<sup>nd</sup> St., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15-$20 per day, $27 for two-day pass</p> <p>Contact: 305/672-5202, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For more than 25 years, the Rhythm Foundation has been bringing music from across the globe to South Florida venues, notably in Miami and Hollywood. And one of the highlights of its programming is its annual Transatlantic Festival, which returns for its 13<sup>th</sup> year at underserved North Beach this weekend. The No. 1 attraction here is Wild Belle (pictured), the duo composed of siblings Elliot and Natalie Bergman, which released the lush, sensual, reggae-tinged indie-pop classic “Isles” in 2013. The festival’s other bookings reflect Rhythm Foundation’s intention to bring musical diversity to South Florida audiences, and include the 11-piece Afro-soul group Budos Band, the Parisian-born hip-hop/Latin musician Ana Tijoux, the experimental Colombian dance sextet Puerto Candelaria, and Miami indie sensations My Deer and Bluejay. Stick around both nights for an after-party at nearby Sandbar Lounge. </p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="260" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/delray-affair-food-booths-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The 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. In addition, the Delray Affair is bringing back last year’s “Art of the Automobile” showcase, featuring a different collection of vintage American, European and “future classic” cars parked each day at Old School Square Park. And launching this month, the Affair’s enhanced mobile app finally brings this middle-aged institution into the 21<sup>st</sup> century, offering color-coded maps and personal event scheduling for easy smart phone navigation.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/free+bring+your+own+mat+yoga+at+peace+love+&amp;+wellness++music+festival.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Midtown Peace, Love and Wellness Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Main Street at Midtown, 4801 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens</p> <p>When: Noon to 4 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/282-4623, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Now in its third year, this afternoon block party celebrates healthy lifestyles in a fun, eclectic atmosphere, while offering an ideal showcase for Midtown’s restaurants and shops for out-of-town visitors. Local music favorites Ketchy Shuby and Hip Abduction will perform, while attendees can enjoy massages, aerial yoga demonstrations and free gentle yoga classes. Dogs are welcome at the “Yappy Hour” at Cantina Loredo, and children’s activities include a Kids Rock ‘n’ Roll Tent, mural painting, face painting and roving characters. Nosh on items from food trucks and Midtown restaurants and visit the dozens of vendors specializing in health, home, fitness, fashion, wellness and beauty products.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/alanedited.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Alan Cumming: Uncut</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $43-$108</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In his 25-plus years in show business, Alan Cumming has emerged as a naughty LGBT icon, a cult figure on stage and screen with enough panache and talent to excel in mediums are varied as network drama (“The Good Wife”), art-house cinema (“Eyes Wide Shut,” “Urbania”) and Shakespearean theater (he tackled “Hamlet”). But this cabaret tour, which arrives just days after the closing of his award-nominated lead performance in Broadway’s “Cabaret,” features Cumming at his most personal and unfiltered. Given his eclectic track record, it’s no surprise that his cabaret act—which features pop songs as well as more eccentric choices—is also something a variety show, with comedy and storytelling woven through the concert. Popular drag performer Dina Martina will open the show.</p> <p>SATURDAY AND SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="279" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/kenny-chesney.jpg" width="372"></p> <p><strong>What: Tortuga Music Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Fort Lauderdale Beach</p> <p>When: 11:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $99-$799</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Can you tell that we’re smack in the heart of spring festival season in South Florida? One of the area’s newest festivals, sandwiched between Ultra and SunFest, is this country-dominated party on the sun-drenched sand of Fort Lauderdale beach, and dedicated audiences have already established it as a top area attraction. With a lineup as impressive as this year’s twangy roundup, it’s easy to see why: Kenny Chesney (pictured), Zac Brown Band, Jake Owen, The Band Perry, Little Big Town, Trace Adkins, Josh Turner, David Nail, Chase Rice, Colt Ford, and this goes on. Groovy classic-rock legends the Doobie Brothers, reggae festival favorites Sublime with Rome and Americana singer-songwriter Will Hoge offer respites from the country-radio dominance. As far as finding a place to park anywhere near the festival’s two stages? Godspeed. We recommend arriving around dawn.</p>Beautycounter guru coming to Palm Beach 2015-04-06T12:01:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="627" src="/site_media/uploads/gregg-our_story-488x680.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>We all have our favorite beauty products and I know my list is always shifting and growing. I remember getting my make-up done at Boyd’s of Madison Avenue on trips to New York back in the day, which started me on Italian cosmetics. I recall hanging out at the Saks counter in Palm Beach on slow drowsy summer days and trying on lipsticks with stir-crazy salesladies. I love Bobbie Brown’s Heather eye shadow, and I am also not averse to slipping into Walgreen’s for a Maybelline fix.</p> <p>But my new favorite line of products is also the healthiest I have ever tried: Beautycounter. Started by Gregg Renfrew and free of all kinds of sketchy chemicals and dyes and toxins, these creams and shadows and lipsticks and make-up are delicious—and safe.   </p> <p>“Like many of you, I'm a wife and mom.” Renfrew says on her web site. “And like many of you, I didn't know what I didn't know. As I applied sunscreen, lotion, and any number of beauty products on myself and my kids, I never thought for a second they might not be safe: After all, I thought, we live in a country that regulates everything. So imagine my surprise when I learned that when it comes to the personal care industry, that's simply not the case. Companies are allowed to use known toxins—ingredients that have been linked to cancer, reproductive issues, hormone disruption—without telling us.”</p> <p>Long story short: Renfrew started her own line of safe beauty products, set up a distribution system of private consultants (up to 4,000 now) and is now another American success story. Renfrew will be here in South Florida to share her story when she comes to the Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach, next Monday, April 13 at 7 p.m.</p> <p>Learn how to avoid bad chemicals —and put a little natural beauty in your life. For reservations, contact <span></span> or 5<span>61/827-5926</span> </p> <p> </p>Patio Tapas Debuts in Boca2015-04-06T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="113" src="/site_media/uploads/patiotapas.jpg" width="200">Big news for small-plates fans: there’s a new tapas bar in Boca Raton whose chef-owner sports a pretty impressive culinary pedigree.</p> <p>He is Bryant Fajardo, a New York native raised in Colombia who’s cheffed in the Los Angeles and Miami kitchens of Jose Andres, a creative force considered by many one of the best chefs in the world. <strong>Patio Tapas &amp; Beer</strong> (205 SE 1st Ave., 561/419-7239) is Fajardo’s restaurant, which takes over the tiny but hugely charming space once home to A Slice of Provence, a Provencal-style pizzeria that closed abruptly late last year.</p> <p>The charm of the place, with its blue-and-white wicker furnishings, fork-and-spoon chandeliers and cute little patio shaded by colorful umbrellas, remains that same. The menu, though, is pure Spanish, with classics like pan con tomate, gambas al ajillo and octopus salad sharing space with more contemporary stylings like tiny pork belly sandwiches with pickled shallots and lemon aioli and crispy chicken thighs with rosemary honey mustard.</p> <p>There’s a small selection of beers and wines, and for dessert—cotton candy! (Which, BTW, you can get with a side of foie gras. . . my kind of dessert.)</p>Miami City Ballet Announces Dynamic Season2015-04-03T10:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>Miami City Ballet has already announced its 2015-2016 season of performances, and it’s a doozy. This jewel in South Florida’s cultural crown turns 30 this year, and it is celebrating its anniversary with a new landmark: a national tour, where the company’s ballets will be performed to discerning audiences in New York, Chicago and Minneapolis.</p> <p>The tour will be announced later this spring, but our dates have already been set for a slate of company premieres, beloved classics and one localized reimagining. Here is our preview.</p> <p><strong> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/mcb-swanlake.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p><strong>Program I (Oct. 23 to Nov. 15, 2015):</strong></p> <p>Only in a season like this one could a program that includes <strong>“Swan Lake”</strong> be considered the most <em>conservative</em> dance lineup of the year. George Balanchine’s one-act version of the dark Tchaikovsky masterwork—a ballet so postmodern it was practically booed off the stage in its 1877 premiere—will cap a program that also includes Jerome Robbins’ exuberant <strong>“Fancy Free,”</strong> the boisterous 1944 ballet about sailors trying to woo women on shore leave, which went on to inspire the musical “On the Town.” <strong>“Viscera,”</strong> choreographed by the British phenom Liam Scarlett, will be re-staged after premiering at Miami City Ballet in 2012. The work lives up to its title by sensually staging its leotard-clad dancers in such a way as to suggest that “we’re watching organic processes occur inside a body,” according to <em>a New York Times</em> rave of the 2012 debut.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/7005_dg_broward_art_center_ballet_mcb_fl_al1b6681.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Program II (Jan. 8-31, 2016)</strong></p> <p>For 25 years, Danish danseur/choreographer Peter Martins has helmed the standard-bearing programming at New York City Ballet, but none of his own works have been produced by Miami City Ballet—until now. His <strong>“Barber Violin Concerto,” </strong>set to the weeping, sweeping composition by Samuel Barber, will juxtapose classical ballet against the angular movements of modern dance. This program also features the triumphant return of <strong>“In the Upper Room,” </strong>celebrating Twyla Tharp’s 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary as a choreographer. In one of her most demanding and iconic works, set to an equally iconic and hypnotic Philip Glass score, shifting costumes, fog, and lighting changes usher in a dance vocabulary that includes ballet, tap dance, boxing, yoga and sprinting. Finally, the program will continue to explore the endless Balanchine oeuvre with <strong>“La Source,” </strong>a classical work inspired by 19<sup>th</sup> century French ballet elegance.</p> <p><img alt="" height="336" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/sunset.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>Program III (Feb. 12-28, 2016):</strong></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, <strong>“Year of the Rabbit”</strong> 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 <strong>“Sunset,”</strong> plays like the haunting flipside to the shore-leave ebullience of the season’s earlier “Fancy Free,” addressing soldiers’ separations from their love ones on the home front. The season’s final program, the sly <strong>“Bourree Fantasque,” </strong>finds Balanchine melding Russian dance, the tango and the can-can into his dynamic American formula. </p> <p><strong>Program IV (March 18 to April 10):</strong></p> <p>Every program in this upcoming season promises fireworks, but this is the one we’ve all been waiting for—because it’s homegrown in the best way possible. Miami City Ballet will reimagine Balanchine’s full-evening ballet<strong> “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,”</strong> 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.”</p> <p>As for the cherry on top, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” featured a leading performance from future MCB founder Edward Villella when it premiered in New York in 1962, making this production both nostalgic and progressive—a fitting conclusion to its 30<sup>th</sup> anniversary season.</p> <p><em>Season subscriptions are available now. For more information about Miami City Ballet, and to purchase tickets, visit</em></p>Max Does Passover2015-04-03T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="133" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/passover-usa.jpg" width="200">If you haven’t made plans for your Passover dinner, <strong>Max’s Grille</strong> (404 Plaza Real, 561/368-0080) wants to tempt you with theirs.<br><br>Dennis Max’s iconic Mizner Park eatery is offering a $32 prix fixe, three-course menu today and tomorrow from 5 to 11 p.m. Among the choices are starters like chicken vegetable and rice soup or apple-walnut salad, and entrees like half a Murray’s roasted chicken with herb-roasted new potatoes, slow-cooked beef brisket and herb-baked salmon with horseradish-dill sauce. Choose either lemon-almond macaroons or flourless chocolate cake for dessert.<br><br>Best of all: no dishes to wash.<br><br></p>Fashion Forward: New Outlet Stores, a Fashion Show and More2015-04-03T06:00:00+00:00Annie Pizzutelli/blog/author/annie/<p><img alt="" height="259" src="/site_media/uploads/flavors_fashion.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Flavors and Fashions</strong></p> <p>On Thursday April 2, food and fashion are coming together at the Palm Beach Outlets (<em>751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, West Palm Beach</em>). Enjoy a feast of delicious bites from some of the best restaurants in Palm Beach County. Then watch models strut the runway in this year's latest styles and fashion trends. Stay after the show for a live band, prizes and giveaways. Tickets for the event are $30 until March 31, and $40 after, with proceeds benefitting Racing to the Rescue. Purchase your tickets <a href=";SESSION=z00nuUdKJ413NaMAGB2JTTSp-1LUpa_HJqlhwZTjaiIJ9lnBht2sphihDA8&amp;dispatch=50a222a57771920b6a3d7b606239e4d529b525e0b7e69bf0224adecfb0124e9b61f737ba21b081984ae437d023107361d4fe9244fda54de7" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Makeup Artist Event</strong></p> <p>Nationally renowned Yves Saint Laurent makeup artist Pamela Morgan will be making a personal appearance at Neiman Marcus in Town Center at Boca Raton on April 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. She will share tips and tricks on how you transform your makeup look and offer personal advice on product recommendations.</p> <p><strong>New Colonnade Outlets Store</strong></p> <p>Zadig &amp; Voltaire is coming soon to the Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills. The French ready-to-wear retailer offers casually refined items with a rock 'n' roll attitude. This will be the store’s first outlet in Florida. </p>Staff Picks: breakfast spots + caring hearts2015-04-03T00:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong>Bob's Bunz</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/bobsbunz.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Karen Jacaruso, Account Executive</em></p> <p>“Heading down to the keys? Gotta stop for breakfast at Bobs Bunz in Islamorada. Everything is homemade, right down to small bakery that houses their key lime muffins. It's a small joint that usually has a line and a "sit wherever you like" mentality. You can't leave without trying their bread pudding French toast (it's serious!).... Oh, and just try getting past the bakery as you're leaving. Ask any local what's the best place for breakfast -- Bobs Bunz!”</p> <p>81620 Overseas Highway, Islamorada // <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Boca Breakfast &amp; Lunch Club at Royal Palm Place</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/bocabreakfastclub.jpg" width="450"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Meshi Shoshona, Events + Sales Coordinator</em></p> <p>“My friends and I went to brunch early Sunday morning. The place isn’t that big and doesn’t accept reservations over the phone, so it gets pretty crowded. Once we were seated we got a nice table outside and the weather was perfect. I got a healthy egg white omelette with tomatoes. The staff was very accommodating and would always make sure that everything was ok. I would definitely go back there because it is a place where you can just sit and relax and enjoy a traditional breakfast.” </p> <p>171 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton // 561/362-0018</p> <p><strong>Lap of Love</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/lapoflove.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>“It’s the service you do not want to use, but it’s one that can make the heartbreak of euthanizing your pet a tiny bit more bearable. You make an appointment, the vet comes to your home and, together, you lovingly help your pet make the transition, as people like to say. It is respectful, warm and dignified—and these people know what you are going through.”</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <center><em><a href="/blog/tag/staff-picks" target="_blank">For more staff picks, click here.</a></em></center><center><em><br></em></center>Bedner&#39;s comes to downtown Delray and other updates2015-04-02T09:01:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="148" src="/site_media/uploads/logo.png" width="202"></h3> <h3>Farm to downtown</h3> <p>Downtown Delray Beach has plenty of entertainment amenities, but lacks one basic element: a food market. That should change in the fall.</p> <p>Bedner’s, the popular “farm-to-fork” market/mini-agriculture theme park along U.S. 441 west of Boynton Beach, is expanding to downtown Delray. Operations Manager Marie Bedner says the company will lease a 3,000-square-foot former warehouse at the other end of the block from Third and Third Restaurant, so named because it’s at Northeast Third Street and Northeast Third Avenue in the Artists Alley neighborhood. Design is underway, and Bedner says the plan is to open in November, to take full advantage of high season.</p> <p>Why now? For that best of reasons: demand. Why Delray? That’s where the demand is highest.</p> <p>“It’s driven by our customers,” Bedner says. “They come out here and say to us, ‘This is like going to Belle Glade.’ ” Bedner’s Fresh Farm Market is about 12 miles west on Atlantic Avenue and north on 441 from where the new market will serve all those downtown Delray residents and perhaps more on the coast who don’t know Bedner’s.</p> <p>The current market has been open for five years. Of course, calling Bedner’s a market is like calling Sawgrass Mills a mall. The list of what Bedner’s doesn’t sell might be shorter than what it does sell: peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, broccoli, strawberries -- for which there’s even a you-pick season – and much more.</p> <p>Bedner’s popularity, though, stems from the quality of its produce. It comes from the 80 acres near the market and from other farms nearby and north into Martin County, where the company has 200 acres. When the Florida growing season ends – “sometimes it goes through April,” Bedner says, “depending on Mother Nature” -- the company arranges with growers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and elsewhere to import products “of the same quality.”</p> <p>Beyond vegetables, fruit and any number of items to make dining great, Bedner’s sells homemade ice cream, runs a petting zoo, offers hay rides – my grandchildren have had one -- and hosts craft shows. Bedner says the company also encourages school field trips, to show children that food doesn’t come from a grocery store and to encourage diets that stress fresh food, to reduce the rate of childhood obesity.</p> <p>Delray Beach tried to get a downtown market for what is now the Arts Garage space. There’s a Publix northeast of Artists Alley on Federal Highway, but the appeal of Bedner’s is that it will be walkable for people living and working right downtown.</p> <p>The move—and the success of Bedner’s—is another reminder of how important it is for Palm Beach County protect the coastal farming area that is the Agricultural Reserve Area. Bedner says the company was “on both sides of the debate” last week before the county commission. Homes bring customers, but too many homes can make it hard to farm. Bedner says the company also faces competition from Mexico’s “dumping” of cheap produce.</p> <p>Imports, though, don’t have the quality that Bedner’s offers. Fortunately, this area has enough customers who want that quality, in all forms. Bedner says Delray Beach has a “big juicing crowd, and we cater to them.” Very soon, that quality will be much closer.</p> <h3>Police vote next week</h3> <p>I have reported that the Fraternal Order of Police has yet to ratify the proposed contract with Boca Raton. The International Association of Firefighters has ratified its contract. The old ones expired last Sept. 30, the end of the city’s fiscal year.</p> <p>A Fraternal Order of Police representative told me this week that a ratification vote has been scheduled for next Tuesday and Thursday. Presumably, if the union approves the contract, it would go to the city council for approval along with the fire contract.</p> <p>Still, the projected pension savings over 30 years from the contracts is roughly $7 million less than the firefighters union advertised last December when the deals were struck. The union estimated the savings at $100 million. Instead, they are $92.8 million.</p> <h3>Bipartisan miracle?</h3> <p>Something incredible happened last week. The U.S. House of Representatives governed. Even better, the House governed in a bipartisan way, and on an issue that is a big one in South Florida.</p> <p>That issue is Medicare payments to doctors and other providers. Seventeen times since 2002, Congress had enacted stopgap measures to avoid big cuts in payment rates, known in Congress as the “sustainable growth rate.” A 21 percent cut is supposed to hit this month.</p> <p>This time, though, the House passed a 10-year plan. The vote was 392-37. The entire Florida delegation—17 Republicans and 10 Democrats—voted yes.The Senate is expected to pass it after the Easter/Passover recess, in time to take effect before the actual checks go out and thus effectively meeting the April 1 deadline.</p> <p>Both parties compromised. Republicans signed off even though the plan is only one-third paid for, so the legislation would increase the deficit. Democrats went along even though the plan will raise costs for some seniors through deductibles on Medigap policies and more means-testing. But Republicans got to claim that they did entitlement reform—a party priority—and Democrats got the Children’s Health Insurance Program financed for two years—a party priority.</p> <p>Republicans didn’t say that the plan builds on a key portion of the Affordable Care Act. One of the lesser-known goals of the law is to base Medicare payments more on outcomes, not just services. The law seeks more accountability in health care spending overall, but Medicare is especially important because it’s the main cause of long-term budget deficits.</p> <p>Boca Raton Regional Hospital seems to agree with that approach. I got this statement on the legislation from Chief Medical Officer Charles Posternack:</p> <p>“In our opinion, it’s beneficial to us. It scraps the old formula and replaces it with value-based reimbursement, which is, in essence, getting paid for what you do well, not just what you do. Given our quality measurements, this will separate Boca Regional from other provides that are less able to match our level of quality care.”</p> <p>And just this once, Congress did something well. The legislation is imperfect; for one thing, it includes payments to Oregon school districts that have lost money from logging permits. Given the recent level of dysfunction in Congress, though, doing well looks almost perfect.</p> <h3>Come on down trips</h3> <p>Gov. Rick Scott will travel to California this month as part of his continued trips to states with Democratic governors and higher taxes. Scott’s pitch is that companies in those states should move to Florida, where business conditions are better and jobs are growing.</p> <p>According to Wells Fargo, though, “Strong payroll gains” are California’s “new norm.” While California’s unemployment rate of 6.7 percent is about a percentage point higher than Florida’s, the state added nearly 30,000 jobs in February.</p> <p>Scott surely will contrast California’s state income tax rate, which in 2013 went to 10.3 percent for incomes of $250,000 and 13.3 percent for incomes of $1 million and higher. Florida has no state income tax.</p> <p>But most employees don’t make nearly that much. Also, multiple studies show that taxes often don’t figure prominently in a company’s decision. Staples, for example, would keep its headquarters in what some derisively call “Taxachusetts” if federal regulators allow the company to merge with Boca Raton-based Office Depot.</p> <p>Scott would do better to stay in Tallahassee and urge the Legislature to give Florida a top-tier university system and the nation’s most skilled workforce. Achieving both goals would be a nice new normal for Florida.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> 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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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>Boca’s Poshest Playgrounds2015-04-02T09:00:00+00:00Michelle Olson-Rogers/blog/author/michellerogers/<p>I thought my family and I were spoiled with the parks available to us when we lived in New York City. Boy, was I wrong.</p> <p>Central Park and Hudson River Park are great and two of my all time favorites! But Boca Raton parks are beyond beautiful, plentiful and pristine, and most even have pretty posh playgrounds to boot! Here’s the Boca Mom Talk on my favorite outdoor playground options around Boca Raton.</p> <p><a href="">Spanish River Park</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/spanish_river.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>If you’re a Boca resident, all you have to do is purchase an <a href="">annual beach permit</a> for $55, and parking is covered for the next year at any of Boca’s beach adjacent parks. It is a deal that I’ve found few parents know about, especially newer residents.</p> <p>The playground at Spanish River is one of my favorites. It’s perfect for the toddler set because of the built-in shade, soft “recycled tire” ground cover (in case your little one takes a tumble) and access to the beach post-playground session. It is a must if you have a child under 3. The equipment is quality and there are plenty of picnic tables available for kids to pause during playtime and have a drink and snack. <em>(3001 Nathan Lester Highway 1, Boca Raton)</em></p> <p><a href="">Patch Reef Park</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/patch_reef.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Patch Reef Park is the ultimate local recreation paradise with tennis courts, classes and a fitness trail available for residents and their children. But the <em>Pirate Playground</em> is the real draw in my opinion. In addition to the pirate theme, it has soft ground cover a la Spanish River Park along with water features for your Boca kids to keep cool in the hot, South Florida sun. No boy under 10 can resist Pirate’s Cove at this posh playground! <em>(2000 Yamato Road, Boca Raton)</em></p> <p><a href="">Sugar Sand Park</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/sugarsands.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Sugar Sand Park rounds out the top three in this Boca mom’s play(ground) book, as it’s the only park in Boca Raton with a science-oriented playground AND a carousel. Kids love carousels, trust me. This playground also contains water features and plenty of shade and is a ton of fun for toddlers and older kids alike. <em>(300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton)</em></p> <p>Do you have a favorite park that wasn’t included in this edition of Boca Mom Talk? Comment below!</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><a href="/blog/tag/boca-mom-talk/" target="_blank">For more from Boca Mom Talk, click here.</a></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em><strong></strong>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of <a href="" target="_blank"></a><strong>, </strong>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for both 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>Art Review: &quot;Imaging Eden&quot; at the Norton2015-04-01T10:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>The subtitle of the Norton Museum’s new exhibition “Imaging Eden” reads “Photographers Discover the Everglades.” <em>Discover?</em> Really? Hadn’t this natural wonder of the world, which spreads across two-thirds of Florida and dates back 15,000 years, been pretty well discovered long before the invention of photography?</p> <p>Actually, no. In fact, the Everglades were not been systematically imaged until well into the 20<sup>th</sup> century, according to Norton Photography Curator Tim Wride. Which means that this verdant phantasmagoria of native flora and fauna lived mostly in imaginations and recollections, not all of them accurate. Wride calls the Everglades “one of the most misunderstood landscapes in the nation,” a theory he hopes to rectify with “Imaging Eden.” The exhibition’s purpose is twofold: To showcase Everglades imagery of the last century and to challenge photographers of this century to re-imagine the River of Glass.</p> <p><img alt="" height="568" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/2000.21-utcher.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The first part of the exhibit surveys existing Everglades photos dating back to 1898, most of them shot in evocative black-and-white, even after color printing became commonplace. Back in the ‘50s, Mary Peck shot the Everglades as both a desolate coastline and an endless tangle of plant life—widescreen panoramas that serve as fragments of a vast ecosystem, each image the equivalent of a hair on the pimple of an elephant. Clyde Butcher saw beauty in the skies above the River of Grass, focusing on anthropomorphized clouds on moonlit nights, and Eliot Porter captured the ‘Glades in a micro sense: extreme close-ups of fig roots and saw palmetto, egrets and herons.</p> <p><img alt="" height="515" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/porter-e1426702126782.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Daring to shoot this timeless world in color, Porter’s “Cypress Slough and Mist” appears positively otherworldly, an alien forest tinted with a medical green. For her contribution, Marion Post Wolcott focused not on the place itself but its human inhabitants—namely the migrant workers living in squalor—thus assigning class-consciousness to her documentary reportage.</p> <p>These are the standard-bearers of Everglades images, the ones who laid the groundwork for the mental vista that springs forward when we hear the word “Everglades.” But the deeper you wade into “Imaging Eden,” the more wild and unpredictable the place, and its interpreters, become. The show’s final gallery is also its most exciting, composed of recent Everglades photography, including the work of four photographers commissioned by Wride to film the ‘Glades in a new way.</p> <p>Jerry Burchfield’s camera-less “photography” is the most unique and formally daring. He placed specimens from the River of Grass on light-sensitive paper and left them out in the sun, where the chemical reaction created sepia-like images of saw palmetto, slash pines and more. His poison ivy image is the most chilling, because, through Burchfield’s process, the ivy looks very much like a cancer invading an otherwise healthy species.</p> <p>Other photographers took a more photojournalistic approach. Adam Nadel brings us “backstage” Everglades National Park by revealing the control rooms, pumps, and perfectly grizzled pump station operators whose efforts continue to breathe life into the River. Bryan Wilson’s photos, textiles, documents and other ephemera reflect on the time he embedded himself with the “Swamp Apes,” a group of ex-military men who volunteer their time to protect the Everglades, especially from its invasive python epidemic. And James Balog’s works draw their effectiveness from their size: His hyperreal, large-scale photographs of brown pelicans, turtles and Florida panthers are inescapable reminders of species we risk losing, should overdevelopment continue.</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/balog.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Still other artists take more experimental approaches. Gerald Slota’s “Second and Third Seminole Wars” is a staggering, perplexing multimedia work—a wall-sized assemblage of collages within collages that includes gun barrels and tribal faces, some of them with eyes removed. I’ve rarely been so disturbed by a work I didn’t fully understand. The exhibition winds down with Jim Goldberg and Jordan Stein’s eclectic installation, titled simply “Everglades,” which includes time-lapse photography, an inscribed blade lodged in cinderblock and even a canoe suspended upside-down from the ceiling.</p> <p>Not surprisingly, most of the artists hail from the U.S., but not all of them brought new approaches to Everglades photography. Lisa Elmaleh’s black-and-white Everglades images, processed using 19<sup>th</sup> century technology, too obviously recall the work of Walker Evans and Ansel Adams; her work is so influenced by others that it seems superfluous next to the pioneering ‘Glades photography in the next room.</p> <p>My favorite images in the show were the works contributed by artists outside the country, who, perhaps by their nature as foreigners, were able to see a region we take for granted as a truly exotic, mystical place. These include Dara Levy’s video of the Everglades at night—with rain spattering the foliage in trippy slow-motion, and blue and red light showering new mystery on the nocturnal wetlands—and especially Jungjin Lee’s Everglades series. Her shots are black-and-white too, but in a new way—the images are filmy, painterly and almost out-of-focus, with the artist taking inspiration from the views of birds and snakes. She centers one image on a poetically crooked tree, another on a single godlike cloud, another on a precise pattern of trees.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/sf-west-palm-imaging-eden-everglades-norton-ph-005.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Each image has a beautiful simplicity to it, lacking the busy, teeming tangle of life that many Everglades photographers before her have captured. It’s still the Everglades, just a little more peaceful and Zen. It is a genuine act of discovery.</p> <p><em>"Imaging Eden" runs through July 12 at Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Admission costs $5-$12. For information, call 561/832-5196 or visit</em></p>Local Hospital Uses Robotics to Treat Arthritic Knees2015-04-01T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>West Boca Medical Center</strong> is the first hospital from Jupiter to Fort Lauderdale to offer partial knee and total hip replacement using a surgical approach called Makoplasty. The surgery involves a surgeon-controlled robotic arm, aimed at enhancing the procedure’s accuracy. Patients also benefit with shorter hospital stays and faster recovery times.</p> <p>The robotic arm is equipped with surgical instruments and a virtual visualization system. This system creates a 3D view of the patient’s bone surface during a procedure and correlates that image to a pre-programmed surgical plan.</p> <p>I asked orthopedic surgeon Dr. Marc Golden to tell <em>Fit Life</em> readers more about Makoplasty. Golden, who practices in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, is one of the few doctors in South Florida trained in the procedure. Here, he talks about Makoplasty for the knee--an option for many people with early to mid-stage knee osteoarthritis.</p> <p><img alt="" height="465" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/dr._marc_golden.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong><em>Boca Mag:</em></strong><em> Describe the Makoplasty procedure.</em></p> <p><strong>Marc Golden:</strong> The Makoplasty procedure for knee arthritis utilizes robotic arm technology to precisely resurface only the diseased area of the knee. This new technology allows for a level of accuracy and reproducibility that is unobtainable with conventional joint replacement procedures. The major advantage is a result of a less invasive procedure, with only the resurfacing of the arthritic portion of the knee. [The approach preserves] cartilage, bone and ligaments. This results in a rapid recovery and a more natural feeling knee. There is significant improvement with physical function, increased range of motion, decreased pain, stiffness and rehabilitation. Most patients are ambulating without assistance by two weeks.     </p> <p>… this new technology integrates the accuracy of the robot with intelligent surgical instruments, allowing [us] to treat each patient uniquely and with precision. The final result is an excellent outcome and a thrilled patient, who now can regain their life and level of activity that they desire. </p> <p><strong><em>BM:</em></strong><em> Are all patients with arthritis candidates for this procedure? </em></p> <p><strong>MG:</strong> Patients who have degenerative arthritis that is primarily localized to one region of the knee are excellent candidates for the Makoplasty procedure. If the arthritic condition is diffuse and throughout the entire knee, then conventional total joint replacement surgery is the best option. The percentage of patients with knee arthritis that can benefit from this new technology is greater than fifty percent.</p> <p><strong><em>BM:</em></strong><em> How were you trained in this procedure? </em></p> <p><strong>MG:</strong> I have been practicing orthopaedic surgery in Boca Raton and Delray Beach for 24 years, after completing my residency and fellowship training in knee reconstruction. I have performed conventional total joint replacement surgery throughout my career. To gain appropriate skills for robotic technology, I performed simulated surgery on cadaver specimens, attended educational courses and operated with surgeons previously trained in the procedure.</p> <p><strong><em>BM:</em></strong><em> What results are you finding with your patients? </em></p> <p><strong>MG:</strong> The results with the Makoplasty procedure are quite dramatic. Patients are routinely in the hospital for a one or two night stay, compared to three nights [after the traditional approach]. There is a significant decrease in pain medication required, as well as a rapid return to ambulation, progressing to normal function and return to sport activities.  </p> <p><strong><em>BM:</em></strong><em> Does this procedure take the place of total joint replacement or do patients require additional surgery in the future? </em></p> <p><strong>MG</strong>: The robotic arm-assisted technology creates a precise placement of the resurfaced components in only the diseased portion of the joint, resulting in a knee that feels and functions naturally.  If the components are not perfectly aligned, then they tend to wear out faster resulting in the need for a second surgery.</p> <p>For more on Makoplasty, go online to <a href="">West Boca Medical Center</a> or call 866/904-9262. </p>Savoring an event and a town that does it right2015-03-31T10:45:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="727" src="/site_media/uploads/11050823_10152849662022695_2543315322553826377_n.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Last night was our seventh annual Savor the Avenue in Delray Beach —and it was spectacular—1,200 people at a five-block long dining table sampling food from Delray’s best restaurants. The weather was cool and spring-like and sparkling, and the tables were decorated to the nines. There was music, there was wine, there were new friends and old friends—all sharing a dinner that drifted into twilight, then that deep blue darkness that always comes up at the beach.</p> <p>Most people didn’t know that $3 of each reservation was donated to Delray’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading, to assist in funding books and tutoring programs. (More 45 percent of the children in Delray Beach do not read on a grade level in third grade.) Maybe they didn’t know how hard all the people worked behind the scenes, the DDA stars, the <em>Delray</em> magazine staff, all the city workers. Not to mention the chefs, who outdid themselves. I got to have dinner at 50 Ocean, which went all out decorating its tables, then fed us like we were the sultans of Brunei—lobster, a steaming seafood pot of clams and mussels and crab legs and shrimp, a shrimp pot pie, a “truffle garden” for dessert. Chef Blake Malatesta came out to say hello afterward (he got hearty applause) and when we told him he had gone overboard, he said he wouldn’t have considered doing anything less.</p> <p>That’s the spirit of this event. You want to put the world’s longest dining table down the center of Atlantic Avenue? With 19 different restaurants? 1,200 diners? Hand-crafted cocktails? No problem. You want to have a champagne toast from the top of a cherry picker? Check. You want music and fine wines and gourmet dining? Easy.</p> <p>That’s what makes Delray a great town. It doesn’t know it can’t do these things; it just does them.</p> <p>Thanks to all for another great event.</p>FAU Plays Legislative Waiting Game 2015-03-31T07:09:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<p><img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/fau.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The Florida House and Senate are billions apart on their budget halfway through the legislative session, which could be bad for Florida Atlantic University.</p> <p>FAU’s latest big deal is a biotech-oriented program with Scripps Florida and the Max Planck Florida Institute at the Jupiter campus that also is home to the two research facilities. Before the Legislature is a request from FAU for $29 million that would finance a building on the Jupiter campus. Though FAU President John Kelly announced the program a day before the Legislature convened on March 3, FAU had submitted the request last October to the Florida Board of Governors. The board oversees the State University System, and each year decides which construction priorities will go to the Legislature.</p> <p>According to FAU, the university is recruiting the first students for the program based on enrollment in the fall of 2016. Being able to tell those students that FAU has secured money for the building would seem to be a recruiting tool. A spokesman, though, says FAU intends to proceed no matter what happens in Tallahassee.</p> <p>“The building is just one component of a growing campus,” the university said in a statement responding to my questions. FAU counts 1,500 students in Jupiter. “At our current rate of expansion, we will soon fully occupy both of our current research buildings. ... Of course, this new venture will quickly and significantly increased the student population on our Jupiter campus. Naturally, the new facility will allow us to better accommodate increased activities in Jupiter while providing our students with a new state-of-the-art research and training facility.”</p> <p>You can presume that this money is what Kelly had in mind when he said FAU needs “speeded-up” money from Tallahassee, not new money. The $29 million is a capital budget request, but the university also wants additional operating money “to accelerate the implementation of this new collaboration.” FAU would use the money to hire graduate assistants and tech staffers.</p> <p>Though Florida’s economy continues to improve – more about that later in this post – the budget differences between the House and Senate are profound, and the jockeying could affect every request for money.</p> <p>The difference is over health care. The Senate has included $2.8 billion for expansion of Medicare, though Republican leaders would call it something other than expansion of Medicare, given the enduring politics over the federal health care law. The Senate has included another $2 billion for extension of the Low Income Pool that provides health coverage to the working poor. The House has included neither item in its budget, meaning that the two chambers are roughly $5 billion apart.</p> <p>Since the Low Income Pool money is for the same people whom Medicaid expansion would cover, the Senate’s budget is both redundant and optimistic. The Low Income Pool money is set to expire, because the assumption by the Obama administration has been that since the federal government is offering to pay 100 percent for the first three years and 90 percent after that, by now all states would have expanded Medicare. Florida has not, and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, says he remains opposed.</p> <p>Even the hardest positions change, however, and Republican-friendly business groups are pushing hard for Medicaid expansion – also without calling it Medicaid expansion. So lots of money could get moved around. Though FAU’s building is a capital budget item – from the fund for university construction projects – legislators see one big pot of money.</p> <p>Regardless of how the budget battle comes out, FAU said in its statement that “the university will move forward with the (Scripps-Max Planck) program, though the timeline may vary accordingly.” Given Kelly’s well-known impatience, he would dislike any variance in the timeline, which means that the pressure is on FAU’s lobbyists and the Palm Beach County legislative delegation.</p> <p>******</p> <p>Last week, I reported on the Board of Governors’ two appointments to the FAU Board of Trustees. There are 13 trustees, six appointed by the governor and five appointed by the Board of Governors. The two other spots go to the presidents of the Faculty Senate and student government, who are Ronald Nyhan and Michael Cepeda.</p> <p>At the most racially and ethnically diverse of Florida’s public universities, there is just one woman among the 11 appointed trustees and no African-Americans or Hispanics.</p> <p>*******</p> <p>Boca Raton has pushed back the date of a very important public meeting.</p> <p>The topic is the city’s Interim Design Guidelines for downtown projects. The Mark was the first project approved under the guidelines, and there is general agreement among city council members and residents that the guidelines did not produce the sort of stylish, compatible look that was envisioned when the city adopted the guidelines. The Mark itself is separate from the coming Hyatt Place Hotel, on the same property. Most people are pleased with the hotel design.</p> <p>A workshop had been scheduled for Thursday at the Boca Raton Community Center. Instead, it will be held on April 29 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the council chambers.</p> <p>******</p> <p>When I reported last week on the projected savings to Boca Raton from the city’s proposed pension deals with the police and fire unions, I said the police contract ends the use of overtime in calculating pension benefits. In fact, that applies only to new hires.</p> <p>That could be one reason why the savings over 30 years from the police contract are estimated at roughly $43.8 million compared to about $49 million for the firefighters contract. No firefighter is allowed to use overtime toward his or her pension benefits.</p> <p>******</p> <p>A neighborhood parking problem has gotten really bad when the neighbors are willing to pay if that will help to make things better.</p> <p>At tonight’s meeting, the Delray Beach City Commission likely will approve a plan for permit parking in the Marina Historic District, bordered by East Atlantic Avenue, the Intracoastal Waterway, Southeast Third Street and Northeast Seventh Avenue. As the name implies, it is the area clustered around the city-owned marina, which allows people to live on their boats.</p> <p>The city has offered a parking permit program for marina users since 2013. Because of the marina and all the nightlife on East Atlantic, street parking through the area is rampant, so residents of the Marina Historic District want their program. The memo from City Manager Don Cooper, who recommends approval, notes the “various challenges the neighborhood has experienced.” City Commissioner Shelly Petrolia puts it less delicately: “Drunken customers staggering loud and obnoxious to cars at 1 a.m. is enough to be considered a problem by anyone’s definition.”</p> <p>Residents could pay $60 a year for one permanent permit and another that would be transferrable from one vehicle to another. Other permits, aimed at short-term renters, would last for up to 13 weeks. Marina residents could buy their own passes.</p> <p>The program, however it may help, is more evidence that Delray Beach is far from a citywide plan for parking.</p> <p>******</p> <p>Recent economic reports about Florida contain information both optimistic and interesting.</p> <p>The state added almost 20,000 jobs in February, and for three years employment growth has been roughly 50 percent above the national average. The improvement has touched all major industries, especially construction. In addition to the usual residential and the typical commercial projects, Wells Fargo reports an increase in heavy construction, meaning industrial and infrastructure. Florida could use a statewide program on roads and bridges, but airport and seaport expansion remains strong.</p> <p>Construction hiring is up 9 percent from a year ago, but it amounts to just 5.2 percent of Florida’s job base. That’s down from a historic average of 6.5 percent. It hit 8.7 percent during the real estate bubble, but that number was artificially high, since so many houses were being built to flip, not to live in.</p> <p>Interestingly, Wells Fargo reports that Brazil has supplanted Canada as Florida’s largest trading partner. Also interestingly, hiring in hotel and motel employment has lagged even as it steams along in other parts of the hospitality and leisure industry. Researchers speculate that it’s the effect of websites like Airbnb. Tourists are coming and spending money, but not all are staying in hotels.</p> <p>Finally, there are warnings of a labor shortage for skilled construction subcontractors. If that’s true, even with construction not in high gear, it’s an issue for educators and business groups.</p> <p>******</p> <p>At my Camino Lakes neighborhood picnic Saturday afternoon, the Boca Raton City Council could have held a meeting in the sunshine, even if it wouldn’t have met the strict Sunshine Law standard for public meetings.</p> <p>Mayor Susan Haynie attended, as did council members Scott Singer and Robert Weinroth. Jeremy Rodgers came, and he doesn’t take office until today. I mention this because almost all of them had been at other gatherings on what for most in Boca was a day off. For local elected officials who take their job seriously, though, there aren’t many days off, even if those officials technically are classified as part-timers.</p> <p>You can disagree with how council members or commissioners vote, but you must respect those who get out in the community and put in the time to read all the reports and attend all the meetings. With the mayor making $9,000 and the council members $7,200, no one runs for the city council to get rich.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> 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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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>Brunching and Lunching on Easter Sunday2015-03-31T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="252" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/easter-bunny-1.jpg" width="200"></p> <p>Take the day (that would be Sunday, April 5) off from cooking and let these local restaurants do all the work for you...</p> <p><strong>The Addison </strong>(<em>2 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, 561/372-0568</em>) is offering an extensive prix fixe brunch on Sunday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Along with unlimited mimosas and bellinis will be assorted pastries; a raw bar; made-to-order omelet station; ham, turkey and beef carving stations; and an array of desserts. Cost is $89.95 for adults and $49.99 for kiddies age 12 and under.</p> <p>Boca’s <strong>Waterstone Resort</strong> (<em>999 E. Camino Real, 561/368-9500</em>) is doing brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For $69 for adults and $30 for children you’ll get complimentary mimosas and champagne, plus all manner of breakfast dishes (including omelets and blinzes); salmon, lamb chops and ham; a salad and bread station; and lots of desserts.</p> <p>At <strong>Atlantic Grille</strong> (<em>1000 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/665-4900</em>) at the Seagate Hotel in downtown Delray they’ll be dishing up their regular brunch and dinner menus, along with several specials. Think apricot and ginger-glazed ham, grilled sea bass with couscous salad and spinach, strawberry and warm goat cheese salad. Live entertainment from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. too.</p> <p>For something a little different, try brunch at <strong>Cabo Flats</strong> (<em>14851 Lyons Rd., 561/499-0378</em>)  in the Delray Marketplace. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. you can wash down unlimited mimosas and bloody marys and nosh on a la carte dishes ranging from french toast stuffed with mascarpone and bananas to huevos rancheros to eggs and omelets cooked any way you like.</p> <p>Further north, at <strong>Spoto’s Oyster Bar</strong> (<em>4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/776-9448</em>) both lunch/brunch and dinner are on the Easter menu. A la carte specials include lobster and brie omelets and crabcakes Benedict, while dinner dishes include herb-crusted lamb with mushroom risotto. Fresh cold-water oysters too.</p> <p><strong>3800 Ocean</strong> (<em>3800 N. Ocean Dr., 561/340-1795</em>) at the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort is going all out with prix fixe breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. The breakfast buffet runs from 8 to 11 a.m. and costs $28 for adults and $14 for kids. Lunch/brunch is from noon to 3 p.m. and will set you back $55 for adults and $16 for the little ones. And dinner is served from 5 to 10 p.m. for $65 for adults and $18 for children under 12.</p> <p>And for a healthy alternative, check out <strong>Farmer's Table</strong>, which will be hosting a Sunday brunch as well. Call 561/417-5836 for more info.</p>The Week Ahead: March 31 to April 62015-03-30T18:23:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/critchley.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Jay Critchley</strong></p> <p>Where: FAU’s Performing Arts Building, room 101</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.<br> Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/297-2661, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For provocative Massachusetts-based artist Jay Critchley, the world is his canvas. Pre-demolition roadside motels, septic tanks, the Provincetown Harbor and his own backyard are just a few of the venues that provided fodder for his site-specific artworks, most of them addressing urgent environmental concerns, from nuclear power to the car culture to the mass production (and then mass waste) of Christmas trees. His art often includes fake or repurposed corporate stickers, pamphlets, postcards and magazines promoting invented corporations, and his latest artistic mission targets Florida’s own controversial governor: Following Gov. Scott’s refusal to allow the state’s Department of Environmental Protection to use the term “climate change,” Critchley has launched a petition to have the phrase changed to “Mobil warming.” He will surely discuss this effort and more at his special FAU lecture, title “Don’t Be Crude: Art and the Energy Grid,” a year in advance of a full Critchley exhibition at FAU’s University Galleries.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/leno.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Concert for the Children” with Jay Leno</strong></p> <p>Where: Akoya Amphitheatre at Boca West Country Club, 20583 Boca West Drive, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $150</p> <p>Contact: 561/488-6980, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For more than 20 years, Jay Leno was the most affable voice on late-night TV, as popular and populist as David Letterman was clubby and esoteric. And during this time, the big-chinned, distinctively voiced “Tonight Show” host frequently dominated the late-night ratings, as well as the next morning’s water-cooler chat. Since retiring from television, he’s been able to devote more time to the passions he had cultivated before becoming a nationwide darling: cars and standup. And seeing his comedy act is a reminder that he’s even funnier outside the inherent restrictions of TV. He’s also another prominent “get” for this annual fundraiser for the Boca West Foundation, which last year hosted Diana Ross for a memorable concert. The Atlantic City Boys, a tribute to ‘60s pop and rock, will open the show, with funds benefiting at-risk children.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/bigsean3.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Freakers Ball</strong></p> <p>Where: Student Union Outdoor Stage at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40 ($5 for FAU students)</p> <p>Contact: 800/564-9539, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For hip-hop fans, it’s a good time to be an FAU student, with the university’s annual Freakers Ball showcasing national rap acts for an entry fee of virtually nothing. The rest of us have to throw a few shekels at the university, but the price is still a bargain compared to most arena shows. Headliner Big Sean, an underground cult figure recognized for his mixtapes in the late 2000s, emerged with his appropriately titled debut “Finally Famous” in 2011. The album featured contributions from Kanye West, Pharrell and John Legend and set him on a path to superstardrom; his latest album “Dark Sky Paradise” debuted at No. 1. Legendary English rapper Slick Rick, known for bringing novelistic lyricism to hip-hop, will open the show, along with the multitalented Doug E. Fresh, recognized as the pioneer of 20<sup>th</sup> century beatboxing.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/cesarmillan.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Cesar Millan</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$100</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Chances are, Cesar Millan probably knows your dog better than your dog knows itself. The world’s most famous dog whisperer is a self-taught canine guru whose best-selling manuals have sold more than 2 million copies across 15 countries. His live shows will hope to prove that he can be just as compelling without the presence of anxious, erratic, soon-to-be-tamed four-legged friends. Millan, who has fought with issues of divorce, depression and attempted suicide in recent years, will address his values, principles and methods in conversations that have been described as more spontaneous than his rigidly formatted TV show. And perhaps you can even pick up some of his exclusive products, like the Funny Muzzle and Cesar’s Dog Backpack.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="342" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/alice-herz-sommer1_2832835c.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Memory and Memorial: Music of the Holocaust”</strong></p> <p>Where: University Theater at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15</p> <p>Contact: 800/564-9539, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>FAU’s busy and eclectic week of events continues Thursday with a program that promises to be inspiring, heart-swelling and probably a little tear-jerking. The concert pays tribute to the Czech-born Alice Herz-Sommer, who, when she died in 2014, was the world’s oldest known Holocaust survivor, at age 110. When the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia, Sommer stayed behind to care for her ailing mother, who was murdered in a concentration camp; Sommer, in turn, was herded to the Theresienstadt camp, where her mastery of classical piano kept her alive: She performed more than 100 concerts for the prisoners and guards. This program will feature works from Sommer’s oeuvre, written by composers such as Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Władysław Szpilman and Earnest Bloch. Pianist Heather Coleman, violinist Michael Klotz and cellist Jason Callowy will perform.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="344" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/marfa-girl.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Marfa Girl”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cinema Paradiso, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7 and 9:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $6-$10</p> <p>Contact: 954/525-3456, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>More evidence that Cinema Paradiso’s programming is getting a bit edgier than it used to be—thanks in no small part to hiring Robert Rosenberg, formerly of the Coral Gables Art Cinema—is provided in the form of “Marfa Girl,” the latest polarization teensploitation flick from Larry Clark. Already earning comparisons to Clark’s early work—the docudramatic “Kids” and its prescient follow-up “Bully”—“Marfa Girl” is set in the titular Texas town, where an aimless 16-year-old (there’s no other kind in Clark’s universe) drifts through his life while maintaining relationships with his girlfriend, his teacher, a local artist and a lascivious Border Patrol officer. It’s Clark’s first feature film in 10 years but seems to pick up where his others left off, adopting their frankness regarding sexuality. Cinema Paradiso warns that the movie contains “highly charged sexual scenes, nudity, hard language and violence.” Viewer discretion, as they say, is advised.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="390" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/smellslikegrunge.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Legacy: A Kurt Cobain Tribute Concert”</strong></p> <p>Where: Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 10 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Here’s a fact that will make you feel old: Kurt Cobain died 21 years ago this weekend! For Nirvana fans, April 5 and the days around it are always a bit melancholy, but there’s no better way to mourn Cobain’s death anniversary than by celebrating it—which in this case means knocking back a craft beer and rocking out to Smells Like Grunge, our area’s pitch-perfect Nirvana tribute act. This trio specializes in Nirvana’s B-sides and deep cuts in addition to its hits, often reviving Nirvana songs you probably forgot Kurt, Dave and Krist ever recorded. Close your eyes, and you’ll think you’re being transported back to 1992. The night also includes a performance by the “Anarchy Cheerleaders,” presumably paying homage to Nirvana’s iconic “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="430" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/1503_women_playing_hamlet.jpg" width="375"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Women Playing Hamlet”</strong></p> <p>Where: New Theatre at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center</p> <p>When: 8:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $26-$31</p> <p>Contact: 786/573-5300, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Revisionist versions of Shakespeare plays set in foreign countries, deserted islands and even outer space are fairly common in the hands of imaginative directors. But William Missouri Downs’ “Women Playing Hamlet” is something else entirely—a revisionist play about a Shakespearean play, in this case following the travails of a woman cast as Hamlet in an upcoming production of the iconic play. Just as she wrestles with how best to embody this timeless archetype, Downs also plays with concepts of gender in casting: “Women Playing Hamlet” features four women in 20 parts, including male parts, from pompous humanities professors to Freudian psychiatrists to, apparently, Patrick Stewart. Part of this year’s National New Play Network, this “Rolling World Premiere” will be staged by New Theatre just weeks after its first-ever production, in Kansas City. It runs through April 26.</p>Saltwater Brewery Mass Confusion Festival2015-03-30T11:49:00+00:00Annie Pizzutelli/blog/author/annie/<p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/saltwater_backbar_taplist.jpg" width="490"></p> <p dir="ltr">“Don’t Get Confused” by the name. This beer festival is all about Saltwater Brewery’s most popular Belgian Tripel.</p> <p>On April 25, from noon to 11 p.m., the amber brew will be taken to a new level.  “Mass Confusion” will ensue, as more than 15 different flavor treatments will make this beer taste like something you can’t quite put your finger on.</p> <p>The street will shut down for live reggae and blues-rock music from T-Wave, Shorty the Giant, and The People Upstairs. Food will also be available from Tip-a-Roo, Out of Many, and It’s a Cubano B trucks.</p> <p>Several other local breweries will feature craft ales tap. A formal list will be announced before the festival.</p> <p>For more information call 561/865-5373 head to the brewery at <em>701 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach</em>.</p>Small Bites: Openings and Closings2015-03-30T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="289" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/caffemartier.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Pictured: Salad at Cafe Martier</em></p> <p>It’s a new and improved and much larger <a href="" target="_blank">Caffe Martier</a> (<em>411 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/450-6169</em>) with the five-year-old eatery’s recent expansion into the next-door space once home to Gol! churrascuria. Along with the dramatic increase in space and style (think bistro tables, a bar and fountain under a towering pitched ceiling), comes live jazz several nights a week, a juice bar and dinner menu with dishes like pecan-crusted tilapia with asparagus and butternut squash and chicken francaise with asparagus and roasted potatoes.</p> <p>The local brewing scene took a big step forward with the debut over the weekend of <a href="">Barrel of Monks</a> (<em>1141 S. Rogers Circle, 561/510-1253</em>) in Boca Raton. The labor of love of a trio of Belgian ale fanatics, BofM will brew (and sell) only Belgian-style ales from a facility that’s a awful lot nicer than the funkier digs of other area brewpubs. If you want to check ‘em out, they’re open Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Well, that didn’t take long. . . The disappearance of <strong>100 Montaditos</strong> from CityPlace, that is. It seems the Florida branch of the Spanish-based company has filed for bankruptcy, halting ambitious expansion plans and shuttering several of the company’s 17 Florida outlets. Also defunct is <strong>Garage VV</strong>, an eclectic eatery in West Palm’s burgeoning Northwood neightborhood. Good word of mouth and an enviable pedigree—the restaurant was part of the Little Moir restaurant group—apparently weren’t enough to keep the doors open. Nobody ever said the restaurant business was easy.</p>Fashion Forward: New Stores and Shopping for a Cause2015-03-27T12:59:00+00:00Annie Pizzutelli/blog/author/annie/<p><img alt="" height="271" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/alex_ani.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Alex and Ani Grand Opening</strong></p> <p><strong></strong>Las Olas will be channeling positive energy on April 2 at the launch of Alex and Ani’s newest location (<em>1012 E. Las Olas Blvd</em>). Enjoy champagne, appetizers, doorbuster sales and giveaways from 6 to 8 p.m. The first 25 people to RVSP at <a href=""></a> will also receive a complementary gift.</p> <p><strong>Pop-Up Shop</strong></p> <p>Get a little shopping in with brunch and polo this Sunday, March 28, at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (<em>3667 120<sup>th</sup> Ave, Wellington</em>).  ESCADA will host an exclusive Pop Up Fashion Shop poolside at the IPC Clubhouse. A portion of the proceeds will benefit All For One Pet Rescue</p> <p><strong>Shop &amp; Share</strong><strong> </strong></p> <p>Shop for a cause at Sequin in Delray Beach (<em>445 E Atlantic Ave.</em>) On Saturday, March 28, the store will be hosting an appetizer and prosecco night, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Everglades Angels Dog Rescue.  All day long rescued dogs will be at the store ready to be adopted. </p>Swank Farm goes Hollywood (almost!) 2015-03-27T10:41:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="342" src="/site_media/uploads/movie.jpg" width="342"></p> <p>Just when we thought Swank Farm’s Darrin and Jodi Swank couldn’t get any cooler, here they are starring in a movie. A movie about them. Amateur filmmaker and farm supporter Judith Olney followed the couple around for a year and according to Jodi, filmed “our ups and downs, our struggles and parties—a little bit of everything.” And, she says, when she saw the finished film at a private showing, she was “blown away.”</p> <p>The Swanks are owners of Swank Farm, purveyor of hydroponic designer veggies to high-end restaurants and CSA subscribers, but best known for their Swank Table Sunday dinners during season out at the farm, when top area chefs converge to craft sumptuous farm-to-table dinners.</p> <p>Olney’s film made it into the Palm Beach International Film Festival, and will be screened this Sunday and Monday nights at the Muvico at CityPlace. The Sunday, March 29 screening is at 5:15 p.m. and the Monday, March 30 screening is at 5:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through the International Film Festival or at the theater.</p> <p>Here’s what the description of the movie says:</p> <p>“After losing jobs in the post-9/11 recession, Jodi and Darrin Swank started new lives as passionate, pioneering, hydroponic farmers in Palm Beach County. Through hurricanes, near-bankruptcy, the challenges of Florida farming, and life in a trailer home with three growing children, they have emerged as major suppliers of fresh produce to area restaurants and hosts of legendary fundraising affairs—the legendary “Swank Table” events. A lesson in the rewards of giving back to the community.”</p> <p>So we’ll see you there! Wonder if the popcorn will be farm to table...</p>A Palm Beach Film Festival Top 102015-03-27T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>It’s been 20 years since the Palm Beach International Film Festival launched its premiere event, and in celebration of this landmark anniversary, executive director Randi Emerman is bringing a knockout lineup of premieres to South Florida, along with parties, galas and appearances by celebs including Tom Arnold and “Boyhood” star Ellar Coltrane. </p> <p>It’s a lot to take in, but we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 don’t-miss films, in increasing order of excitement. The films run from tonight through April 2; for a full schedule of screenings and events, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="204" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/michael_clarke_duncan_29840.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>10. Michael Clarke Duncan has been dead for three years, but through the magic of movies (and the vagaries of release dates), the affable actor with the infectious smile and teddy-bear heft is back on the big screen in <strong>“The Challenger” </strong>(6:30 p.m. March 28 at Cinemark Parisian at CityPlace), an inspirational drama enjoying its world premiere at PBIFF. He plays a boxing trainer who instructs a poor auto mechanic to punch his way out of poverty.</p> <p>9. If you’re of a certain political bent—the tree-hugging leftie kind—then you need no introduction to the work of John Fugelsang, the comedian, actor and liberal commentator who previously hosted a nightly program on Current TV. When that gig expired, Fugelsang hit the asphalt for an ambitious project: to retrace the steps of Alexis de Tocqueville’s landmark tome <em>Democracy in America</em> to discover if the American dream is still alive. The result is the unique docu-road movie <strong>“Dream On”</strong> (4:15 p.m. April 2 at Cinemark Palace in Boca).</p> <p>8. The “Swank Table” fundraising dinners at Loxahatchee’s own Swank Farms have become legendary foodie events, and are much beloved by the staff here at Boca Raton. But they didn’t emerge from a cooking vacuum: They are the result of years of hard work from the farm’s passionate founders, Jodi and Darrin Swank, who went from jobless victims of the post-9-11 recession to arguably our region’s most powerful voice for hydroponic, sustainable farming. As it should be, the Palm Beach Film Festival will present the world premiere of their story, in the hour-long documentary <strong>“Swank Farm”</strong> (5:30 p.m. May 30 at Parisian at CityPlace).</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/screenshot-2014-01-29-at-4.38.22-pm.png" width="490"></p> <p>7. Long relegated to menial roles in supbar pictures, Malcolm McDowell is featured in one of his meatiest parts in years in <strong>“Bereave” </strong>(5:45 p.m. March 29 at Palace). He plays a terminally ill, inevitably prickly man who is resigned to die alone, even if it means disappearing on his wife (Jane Seymour) on their anniversary. Crime and sex loom in the shadows of this mystery, which is pitched as a dark comedy—even though scant laughs accompany its broodingly effective trailer.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/rabino-the-lost-key.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>6. Talk about an unexpected discovery: When Ricardo Adler, a former tech CEO in Palo Alto, found himself navigating a traumatic divorce, the last person he thought to seek advice from was a rabbi. But it turns out Rabbi Manis Friedman is a sexologist as much as a holy man, and his knowledge of the Kabbalah’s ancient secrets has saved couples on the brink of an intimacy collapse. Adler’s debut feature as a director, <strong>“The Lost Key”</strong> (7 p.m. March 31 at Palace), explores this most unusual of Jewish leaders, in a therapeutic film that has been seven years in the making.</p> <p>5. Good thrillers are hard to come by, to say nothing of good horror films. But <strong>“The Red Robin” </strong>(8:15 p.m. March 29 at Palace) appears to achieve both of these distinctions, making it stand out in a festival heavy with comedies, period dramas and inspirational narratives. This movie, by contrast, plumbs deeply into a shameful project in American history: The government’s notorious MK Ultra experiments into mind control, which return to haunt a high-profile psychiatrist (Judd Hirsch) in his twilight years.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/while-were-young.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>4. The Festival scored a doozy for its closing-night film: The latest piercing comedy from indie darling Noah Baumbach. <strong>“While We’re Young”</strong> (7 p.m. April 2 at Palace) offers an intelligent new vehicle for Ben Stiller, an actor never better than in Baumbach’s “Greenberg,” and Noami Watts as a couple receding into middle age who attempt to recapture their youth by befriending a collegiate couple. See it at the festival first, before it opens in our region April 10.</p> <p>3. Remember “The Sessions,” the masterful 2012 dramedy with Helen Hunt as a “sex surrogate” for a man in an iron lung? The PBIFF’s French comedy <strong>“Indesirables”</strong> (8:30 p.m. March 27 at Parisian at CityPlace) treads similar thematic ground, following a young male nurse who, after losing his job, discovers a new calling as a sex surrogate for the disabled. Seemingly more graphic in its depictions of sex than “The Sessions,” this provocative film shows that sex isn’t black-and-white—even if this monochrome movie is.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/cut-bank-liam-hemsworth-teresa-palmer.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>2. Fans of the Coen Brothers and vintage David Lynch don’t need to wait until “Fargo” returns for its second season, or for “Twin Peaks” to make its own vaunted TV encore next year. The offbeat thriller <strong>“Cut Bank”</strong> (6:45 p.m. March 29 at Parisian at CityPlace), about a mysterious crime in a tiny, freezing Montana town with a police force unaccustomed to brutaity, will fit that niche quite nicely. The supporting cast is a who’s who of splendid character actors from yesterday and today, including Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern, Michael Stuhlberg and John Malkovich.</p> <p><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/chicago.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>1. “I’m responsible for hundreds of people on the ground in Syria.” This is not a statement you’d expect to hear from a 19-year-college freshman in Chicago, but it’s the reality for Ala’a, an American Muslim who has, for years, been fomenting revolution in this war-torn Middle Eastern country using nothing but the social media tools the rest of us employ for funny cat videos and snarky memes: Facebook, Twitter and Skype. She’s received both death threats and praise for her bravery and boldness, and the documentary<strong> “#chicagogirl”</strong> (6:45 p.m. March 30 at Palace) provides Ala’a a much-needed spotlight and offers an invigorating study in the positive ramifications of social media.</p>Don&#39;t Pass Up Passover Meals2015-03-27T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p><img alt="" height="262" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/matzahballs.jpg" width="350"></p> <p>If you’re hungry for a traditional Passover meal without the traditional Passover work, a pair of Burt Rapoport’s Delray Beach eateries have your back.</p> <p><strong>Henry’s</strong> (<em>16850 Jog Road, 561/638-1949</em>) is offering both its annual four-course Passover dinner at the restaurant, as well as the a la carte Passover To Go. The $40 prix fixe dinner features a Sedar plate and choice of appetizers, entrees and desserts, dishes ranging from gefilte fish and chopped chicken liver to roasted half chicken and brisket to flourless chocolate torte and strawberry shortcake. The Passover To Go menu features those dishes and more, including matzo ball soup and latkes. To Go meals must be ordered by 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31. Call 561/826-1791. Pickup is on Friday, April 3, before 3 p.m.</p> <p>Diners at <strong>Burt &amp; Max’s</strong> (<em>9089 W. Atlantic Ave., 561/638-6380</em>) in the Delray Marketplace can dig into a range of a la carte Passover dishes on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4. Think matzo ball soup, chicken liver, slow-braised brisket, maple-glazed salmon, apple-raspberry crisp and others. B&amp;M’s regular menu will also be available.</p>Staff Picks: the ultimate movie theater and more2015-03-27T00:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong>Cinemark Palace 20 Premier Club</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="251" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/cinemarkpremier.jpg" width="370"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>“I know the iPic is fancier with those reclining seats, but nothing beats the Cinemark Palace 20 Premier Club in my book. You get to ride up that steep and endless escalator for starters, and then you get free popcorn, a full bar and a cushy banquette. Still my fave.”</p> <p>3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton // 561/395-1939</p> <p><strong>El Jefe Luchador</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/eljefeluchador.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by David Shuff, Web Department</em></p> <p>“Street-style Mexican food with Wrestler-esqe names from the guys who brought us Charm City Burgers and the Rebel House. Two favorites: the El Mistico quesadilla, Beef barbacoa with a great mole' sauce, and the El Rey taco, fried shrimp and avocado with spicy mayo. Goes great with the real-sugar mexican bottled sodas they sell!”</p> <p>27 S. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach // <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>$2.99 Tuesdays at Fresh Market</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="335" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/299tuesday.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“Every Tuesday, I thank the food Gods for bestowing me with the gift of $2.99 Tuesday. It’s a Fresh Market weekly special I swear by: ground chuck and chicken breasts for $2.99 a pound. That’s $3 per pound off the regular price of the antibiotic-free, vegetarian-fed chicken from one of my favorite specialty grocery stores. (And $2.50 per pound off the ground chuck). Though the sale runs every week, the store does make exceptions on holidays. So make sure to stock up the week before big events like Thanksgiving.”</p> <center><em><a href="/blog/tag/staff-picks" target="_blank">For more staff picks, click here.</a></em></center><center><em><br></em></center>Union contract in, Savor the Avenue raincheck, and more2015-03-26T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="183" src="/site_media/uploads/unionimages.jpg" width="276"></h3> <h3>Contract shortfall?</h3> <p>I now have seen the latest—not necessarily final— projections for savings to Boca Raton under the proposed fire and police contracts, and the number has come in low.</p> <p>In December, a statement by the firefighters union announced that the firefighters and police officers had reached agreement on three-year contracts that would be retroactive to last Oct. 1. The unions have been working without a contract. The city declared an impasse last fall after negotiations stalled.</p> <p>The proposed contracts include major changes in the police and fire pension programs. In that December statement, the International Association of Firefighters said the changes would save the city a combined $100 million over 30 years. Contributions from employees and cities fund municipal pension plans. Boca Raton worried that, without changes, the city’s contribution would rise so high as to result in budget cuts or tax increases.</p> <p>According to the city’s actuary, however, the proposed contracts would save $92.8 million in pension costs through 2043—about $49 million from the police and about $43.8 million from fire. The police-fire pension program that now is funded at about 75 percent—a program is considered adequately funded at 80 percent—would be roughly 100 percent funded after 30 years. The timetable for calculating pension plan solvency usually is 30 years.</p> <p>That certainly amounts to reform, but less reform than Boca Raton’s target of $100 million, which is what the firefighters union advertised. One of Mayor Susan Haynie’s main campaign promises last year was major pension reform. In an interview Wednesday, Haynie said City Manager Leif Ahnell “advised the council that the changes would result in $100 million in savings.”</p> <p>Haynie intends to review the actuary’s report and discuss it with Ahnell. “I would like $100 million in savings,” she said. Councilman Robert Weinroth called the nearly 10 percent difference between what “we’ve been hearing” and the new projection “a little disappointing.”</p> <p>I’ve also heard complaints from council members about the release of information related to the police and fire contracts. Approval was supposed to happen at Tuesday’s meeting, but the financial projections didn’t arrive until Monday, and the Fraternal Order of Police hasn’t held a ratification vote. The firefighters union ratified its contract on schedule. A police union representative told me Wednesday that the delay was because of “some wording in the contract.”</p> <p>One big change is that police officers no longer could use overtime to calculate pension benefits. So union members no longer could steer overtime toward officers nearing retirement, giving them a windfall. The firefighters contract would cap annual pension benefits at $100,000 or 90 percent of monthly earnings, whichever is less.</p> <p>But that lifetime benefit would increase 2 percent each year. Police officers and firefighters still would have cost-of-living adjustments to their pensions, something almost no private-sector employee enjoys. And those financial projections are based on the fire-police pension fund investments returning an average of 8 percent a year, after management fees are deducted.</p> <p>The council, not just Haynie, has stressed the need for pension reform. The police-fire program just got its second rating of ‘D’ from the LeRoy Collins Institute at Florida State University. The less-generous program for non-public safety employees got an ‘A.’ Haynie and the new council— which will include Jeremy Rodgers, elected this month to succeed Constance Scott—now must decide if the fire and police contracts rate high with them.</p> <h3>Savor the Avenue rain change</h3> <p>Rain played havoc with the recent Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens. Delray Beach doesn’t intend to let that happen to Savor the Avenue (a signature event for <em>Boca Raton </em>and <em>Delray Beach</em> magazines).</p> <p>On Wednesday, participating restaurants were notifying those with reservations for tonight’s foodfest on Atlantic Avenue that the event had been postponed until Monday. Rain is forecast for today and Friday, which was the original rainout date.</p> <h3>FAU trustee news</h3> <p>Last week, Florida Atlantic University got one new member of the Board of Trustees and kept another.</p> <p>The Board of Governors, which oversees the 11 state universities, reappointed Anthony Barbar. No surprise there. Barbar had just been kept on as board chairman, no doubt with the certainty of his reappointment.</p> <p>The new member is Dr. Michael Dennis, founding chairman of the Schmidt College of Medicine Advisory Board. He has stayed in that role since the board’s inception four years ago.</p> <p>For the last five years, Dr. Dennis has chaired the Palm Beach County Medical Society’s Future of Medicine Summit. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Dennis, and those summits have helped make Palm Beach County a leader in health care innovation. In an email, Dr. Dennis said “FAU leaders” encouraged him to apply for the trustee post. Good call by them and the Board of Governors.</p> <h3>Price shopping pays off</h3> <p>Speaking of health care, there’s new evidence that serious savings—with no reduction in care—could come from customers just being more engaged.</p> <p>Medicare Part D, the prescription drug plan, has been around for about a decade. If you have coverage or help someone else get it—as I do for my mother-in-law—you know that the Part D website helpfully ranks all plans based on out-of-pocket costs. Each year, during the re-enrollment period, you can update a patient’s list of drugs and see if the same plan works better or if it makes sense to switch.</p> <p>But according to researchers at Columbia and Yale, people don’t make that annual check once enrolled. According to the Brookings Institution, the researchers studied enrollment patterns and prices from 2007 to 2009. They concluded that enrollees paid an average of $536 more than if they had price-shopped. Assured of repeat business, insurers raised prices.</p> <p>Oh, and the researchers also calculate that the failure to shop for cheaper plans costs the government an extra $550 million. Medicare Part D remains one of the most heavily subsidized federal programs.</p> <h3>A reprieve for the Ag Reserve</h3> <p>For now, the Palm Beach County Commission has no appetite for paving over the county’s coastal farm belt.</p> <p>For roughly six hours Tuesday, the commission heard conflicting comments about the Agriculture Reserve Area, which covers 22,000 acres west of the Florida Turnpike between Clint Moore Road and Lantana Road. County staff and environmentalists told the commission that, as Deputy County Administrator Verdenia Baker put it, agriculture is “valuable and viable.” The reserve has everything from horse farms to nurseries to row crops, which include “peppers, cucumbers, squashes (sic), eggplant, lettuce, green beans, tomatoes, okra, cabbage, peas, herbs and niche crops such as organic farming or Asian vegetables.”</p> <p>From the small farmers who want to sell their land for development, commissioners heard that agriculture in the Agricultural Reserve is dead. “A dinosaur,” one called it. Too much competition from elsewhere in Florida and abroad. Too much weather-related trouble in the last decade, from hurricanes to freezes. Too much suburban-type development that brings people who object to pesticide spraying and farm trucks. These critics wore shirts with the words “Forced to Farm” behind jail bars.</p> <p>It’s true that the area’s master plan has allowed some subdivisions, a hospital and some schools. The plan has allowed two centers of commercial development, one of them being Delray Marketplace, which is about as rural as Mizner Park.</p> <p>It’s also true, however, that many farmers in the reserve are doing well. It’s also true that those with the shirts aren’t forced to farm. They could sell their property now. But they want to sell it for more—to the most willing buyer: GL Homes, the major developer in and near the reserve. Allow the higher density that those landowners want, and the commission would set in motion the long-term collapse of agriculture in the Agricultural Reserve.</p> <p>Fortunately, the commission made only minor moves. The staff will look for ways to give small landowners more development rights, but not nearly as many as they want. The staff also will look for ways to promote the unique nature of the reserve and to alert homebuyers that they won’t find West Boca. Commissioner/ex-Boca Mayor Steven Abrams said he heard from people who didn’t understand until after moving in that they were more in farm country than the suburbs.</p> <p>One farmer claimed that the only “real stakeholders” in the debate are the farmers themselves. He’s wrong. Palm Beach County taxpayers spent $150 million on a land-buying program designed to preserve as much farming as possible in the Agricultural Reserve Area. Staff members told the commissioners that the effort has paid off, giving Palm Beach a place unique among Florida’s urban counties. If the commission allowed sprawl to take over, the commission would owe the public a refund.</p> <p>Tuesday’s debate came after a year of buildup. The sense after the meeting was that nothing will happen soon. At this point, that means nothing bad will happen, which makes Tuesday mostly a success.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> 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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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: Bleachers at Culture Room2015-03-25T14:06:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/bleachersculture1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>(Photo by Yafi Yair)</em></p> <p>Going into last night’s Bleachers show at the Culture Room, I wondered how a band with a sound as anthemic and arena-ready as theirs would jibe in a room as comparatively small as this one. I last saw the band—a fast-growing side project of frontman Jack Antonoff’s full-time gig in the Top 40 hitmakers fun.—at the Coral Skies Festival in West Palm Beach last October, where it played to a swelling crowd of hundreds on the main stage of the amphitheater, shaking its rafters and exploiting every element of the venue’s superlative sound.</p> <p>So it was no surprise that last night’s concert, which was packed by hungry fans from stage-huggers to wallflowers, felt somewhat constricted, a rock ‘n’ roll tempest in a teapot. There should have been twice as many people watching Bleachers in a room twice this size and in a venue with better sound. But if Antonoff’s mic didn’t always pick up his lyrics with crystal clarity, his legions of fans were more than happy to recite every word.</p> <p>Yes, the cult of Bleachers was in full throng last night, and it was exciting to witness the charged connection between the performers and their audience. One advantage of the smaller venue is the intimacy with which Antonoff could engage with his fans: He possessed a televangelist’s charisma and ability to control a crowd, eliciting applause from its various segments with the infectious enthusiasm of a newly minted president just discovering his powers of persuasion. Toward the end of the set, Antonoff proclaimed, “Fort Lauderdale, you’re the f***in’ best,” and even though he probably says the same on every tour stop, it felt genuine.</p> <p>And what’s true anytime you see Bleachers perform is that the songs on its debut LP “Strange Desire” sound more timeless live, because the band members’ hidden classic-rock grandiosity can more freely mingle with their signature, hook-filled indie-pop. Even on record, it feels like you’ve been listening to these songs for decades, and live, with the added flourishes of E Street Band-style saxophone solos and the occasional elaborate guitar solo, the tunes sound even more vintage.</p> <p>Aside from that weird Yoko Ono track, the group played everything from “Strange Desire,” similar to the Coral Skies set list but with a few surprises: the ethereal “Take Me Away,” which provided a chill reprieve from the pogoing pop anthems; a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way,” which was nice, though nothing a dependable cover band couldn’t accomplish at a good local bar; an acoustic rendition of “Bullet,” from Antonoff’s old act Steel Train; and finally, Tom Petty’s “American Girl,” a classic that felt a bit too déjà vu-ish: A couple years ago, Frank Turner played his own spartan version of that song at the Culture Room, for the same reason: It’s a definitively Floridian rock tune.</p> <p>“I Wanna Get Better” and “Rollercoaster” were, of course, satisfying highlights performed to perfection, but “You’re Still a Mystery” is becoming Bleachers’ trademark song, at least in a live setting. Last night’s version must have been 15 to 20 minutes long, and included a spirited faux-duel between Antonoff and saxman Evan Smith, who re-created Antonoff’s guitar licks, note for note, on his saxophone.</p> <p>There aren’t many more bells and whistles one could extract from “Strange Desire,” an album with six or seven wonderful songs and a few bits of filler; it’s no surprise the set barely clocked in at an hour. With fun. currently on hold, I can’t wait to hear what’s next for Bleachers. After two solid years on the road, it’s high time for some new material—and a venue large enough to contain the sort of thunderous music only two drum kits can provide.</p> <p><strong>SET LIST</strong></p> <p>“Like a River Runs”</p> <p>“Shadow”</p> <p>“Wild Heart”</p> <p>“Wake Me”</p> <p>“Reckless Love”</p> <p>“Take Me Away”</p> <p>“Go Your Own Way” (Fleetwood Mac)</p> <p>“Rollercoaster”</p> <p>“You’re Still a Mystery” </p> <p>ENCORE</p> <p>“Bullet” (Steel Train)</p> <p>“American Girl” (Tom Petty)</p> <p>“Who I Want You to Love”</p> <p>“I Wanna Get Better”</p>Non-GMO Brewery Opens in Boca2015-03-25T11:45:00+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/<p>Breweries are popping up left and right in our area of South Florida – but this one in particular has caught our eye. <a href="" target="_blank">Barrel of Monks</a> <em>(1141 S. Rogers Circle #5, Boca Raton)</em> is brewing up craft beer with absolute no GMOs. All ingredients are imported from Europe, bringing Boca the authentic Belgian beer its founders love.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/barrelofmonks.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The brewery is marking its grand opening on Saturday, March 28, with a big celebration from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free, but unilimited beer tickets are being sold for $40 and includes a keepsake glass and all the beer you can drink. There will also be live music, a silent disco, food trucks and more. You can pre-purchase tickets to the event <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>On top of selling its Boca-brewed beer, Barrel of Monks will also have several guest breweries on tap, including Saltwater Brewery, Funky Buddha and Cigar City.</p> <p>If you can’t possibly wait till then, you’re in luck. Barrel of Monks will be open from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, while staff is in training.</p> <p>For more information on the event and the brewery, check <a href="">Barrel of Monks’ Facebook page</a>.</p>Savor the Avenue: Date Change2015-03-25T08:51:00+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/<p>If you’ve been watching the weather in fear this week, this will calm your worries. Savor the Avenue has now been switched to Monday, March 30, due to inclement weather.</p> <p><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/savor_rescheduled.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The decision came after the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority consulted with Steve Weagle and the city staff, making numerous radar checks to find out what date would work best for the outdoor dining event.</p> <p>As of Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., the <a href=";query=boca+raton%2C+fl&amp;GO=GO">forecast for Monday</a> via is partly cloudy with a high of 79 and low of 64. Sounds great to us!</p> <p>We can’t wait for another incredible year of Savor the Avenue. </p>Expo West Recap2015-03-25T06:00:00+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Earlier this month, I had the privilege of attending <a href="" target="_blank">Natural Products Expo West</a> in California. With more than 70,000 attendees and 2,600 exhibitors, there was a lot to take in – and to eat! After all, I did have to taste-test all the latest products to report back to you. In this blog, I’ve rounded up the top five products that are coming to our market.</p> <p><strong>COCOMELS</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="255" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/cocomels.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p>I was blown away by the quality, taste and texture of these coconut-based caramels. Usually caramels are made with dairy, which can affect your hormones in a negative way, so I haven’t had this type of candy in a very long time. But I love coconut products, especially because coconut is rich in medium-chain triglycerides that can help boost your metabolism. Raw food angels must have heard my prayers and created this product because it’s absolutely delicious. <em>Note: There are still sugars and calories, so please enjoy in moderation.</em> <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>GORILLY GOODS</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="305" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/himalania_chocolatechiaseeds.png" width="400"></p> <p>This snack “thing,” as Gorilly Goods calls its new product, was my favorite in the health-food category. To understand what its like, picture a packet of broken up pieces of chocolate bark that’s loaded with bananas, raisins, cashews, walnuts, pecans and coconut. Rich chocolate and sweet fruit – sounds delicious already, right? To make it even better, it’s raw, vegan and organic. <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>CASHEW ICE CREAM</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/so-delicious-cashew-milk-ice-cream-2.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Besides chocolate, my favorite food is ice cream. Up until now, I haven’t been fully satisfied with the plant-based ice creams on the market. But Delicious brand changed all that with its cashew-based caramel ice cream. WOW. Incredible. It was rich, smooth and silky, and as its name promises, so delicious! Because cashew is a rather neutral nut, this ice cream has a very similar taste and texture to dairy ice cream. Except it’s 100 percent cholesterol-free and plant-powered. <a href="http://sodeliciousdairyfre