Boca Raton Magazinehttp://bocamag.com/blog/feeds/atom/2014-12-20T10:00:00+00:00Follow the Leader.Matching Desire2014-12-20T10:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/20/matching-desire/<p><strong>How do you deal with one partner wanting sex more than the other?</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/womaninbed.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Sexual desire plays a large role in the amount of intimacy a couple shares and, in many cases, it causes a lot of misunderstanding and pain.</p> <p>No one explains to us that after the initial passion dies down in a relationship that people may have different levels of sex drive. Some men and women have a very high libido and crave sex daily, sometimes more than once. Others can take it or leave it; once a month may be just fine.</p> <p>When people’s libidos are compatible, intimacy is rarely a major issue. But if one partner needs affection more often and continually feels rejected—look out, this becomes a serious problem!</p> <p>I worked with a woman who had gained a lot of weight and had low self-esteem. After a number of sessions, we uncovered that during her 22-year marriage she had felt rejected, sexually, much of the time. Her libido and desire was very high and her need for sex was several times per week.</p> <p>But her husband was only interested perhaps once every two weeks. They never discussed it openly, she just assumed that she was undesirable and took it as a personal rejection. Being rejected slowly led to her weight gain, followed by depression.</p> <p>After understanding the differences in their libidos, she was able to repair emotionally, not take it personally and eventually heal. In this case, she was able to take care of her own needs and looked forward to the intimacy with her husband instead of feeling bad most of the time and reading into something she had not understood!</p> <p>This is why it is so important to be able to talk to each other in a relationship about anything!</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Boca-based therapist Suzanne Wachtel helps couples, families and individuals cope with the stressful obstacles that complicate life. She specializes in giving people the tools to clear those hurdles and successfully move forward. Watchtel has a master’s degree in social work from Adelphi University. She’s also the author of Like Mother, Like Son: A Mom's Guide to Raising Healthy Children. To find out more about Watchel, visit <a href="http://boca-therapy.com/">boca-therapy.com</a>.</p>Holiday Dining: New Year&#39;s Eve, Part II2014-12-19T10:13:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/19/holiday-dining-new-years-eve-part-ii/<p>More restaurants to ring out the old and ring in the new with a good meal. . .</p> <p><img alt="" height="234" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/fireworks.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="http://laferme.kitchen/" target="_blank">La Ferme</a> (<em>9101 Lakeridge Rd., Boca Raton, 561/654-6600</em>) is having some fun with their NYE bash, throwing a Gatsby-era “Prohibition” party that includes a four-course, $125 prix fixe menu from 8 p.m. to midnight. Partiers will need a “secret” password to get in and are encouraged to dress up in Gatsby attire; the best costumes will win a prize. There will be a wandering magician and party favors too. Dishes include crab-stuffed mushrooms, lamb loin Wellington and baked Alaska.</p> <p><a href="http://www.waterstoneboca.com/" target="_blank">Waterstone Resort &amp; Marina</a> (<em>999 E. Camino Real, 561/368-9500</em>) will be dishing up an upscale world buffet from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. in their Atlantic Ballroom. For $195 per person you can toast your heart out at an open bar and dig into dishes inspired by France (beef with foie gras sauce), Russian (caviar and blini), Japan (sushi and sashimi), and the USofA (assorted fresh seafood). There will also be a DJ and champagne toast. Call 561/226-3022 for reservations.</p> <p><a href="http://citycellarwpb.com/" target="_blank">City Cellar Wine Bar</a> (<em>700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, 561/366-0071</em>) will feature several a la carte specials from top toque Kevin Darr. Among them will be lobster bisque with black truffle creme fraiche, house-made duck ravioli with sage brown butter, and pan-seared black grouper with warm blue crab vinaigrette. The regular menu will be served too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.thebreakers.com/restaurants_lounges/the_flagler_steakhouse/" target="_blank">Flagler Steakhouse</a> at the Breakers Hotel (<em>1 S. County Rd., Palm Beach, 866/292-9068</em>) is serving a three-course dinner for $195 per person from 5:30 to 10 p.m. First courses include garlic-braised short ribs or tuna tartare, entrees include New York strip with gorgonzola tater tots and grilled salmon with sauce choron, and among the desserts will be Key lime pie and wild berry creme brulee.</p> <p><a href="http://www.fourseasons.com/palmbeach/dining/restaurants_and_lounges/graze/" target="_blank">Graze</a> at the Four Seasons Palm Beach (<em>2800 S. Ocean Blvd., 561/582-2800</em>) is featuring a global-themed seafood buffet for $95 per person. From 5:30 to 10 p.m. they’ll be serving up such specialties as squid ink spaghetti with calamari and pancetta, porcini-rubbed roasted chicken, seafood paella, lemongrass-poached salmon and jasmine rice salad, and wok-fried Maine lobster with lap cheong sausage.</p> <p><a href="/blog/2014/12/16/holiday-dining-new-years-eve-part-i/" target="_blank"><em>If you missed part one of our NYE Dining Guide, click here.</em></a></p>Movie Review: &quot;Foxcatcher&quot;2014-12-19T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/19/movie-review-foxcatcher/<p>Where is Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher?” Certainly, the Steve Carell we all know—the personality he has cultivated over a career spanning the Second City and the fringes of “Saturday Night Live” on through pratfall-prone film roles and the cringe comedy of “The Office”—is nowhere to be found in John du Pont, the character into which he disappears in this shattering true-life tragedy.</p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/101122.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Carell, who was still recognizable as Carell in his respectable forays into dramatic acting (“Little Miss Sunshine,” “The Way, Way Back”), has finally turned a corner here, shedding decades of familiar tics and stepping widely outside his comfort zone. Much like his castmates Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Michael Hall, he looks in “Foxcatcher” like a different person entirely, with his lumbering gait, hunched back, gray hair, pockmarked features and a giant schnoz that has been through too many ringers.</p> <p>The genius of his invisibility act, though, goes beyond the bang-up makeup: Carell has delivered a performance of slippery control and bruised megalomania—a work of seething subtext and profound complexity. How can he do another “Dinner For Schmucks” after this?</p> <p>It’s almost unfortunate that Carell is receiving most of the buzz for “Foxcatcher” (which opens across South Florida today) because the movie itself is another knockout from director Bennett Miller, of “Capote” and “Moneyball” fame. Like those films, it’s a richly observed, gravely realistic portrayal of remarkable, outsized Americans. But if “Moneyball” was a sports movie for math nerds, “Foxcatcher” is a sports movie for people who hate sports.</p> <p>It’s set in the world of freestyle wrestling, and rarely, if ever, have the stratospheric delusions and the savage Darwinism of professional sports been so bravely, harshly spotlit. There is no positivity to be gleaned from the athletic pursuits in “Foxcatcher” beyond the first scene that wrestling brothers Mark and Dave Schultz (Channing Tatum and Ruffalo) share at their gym: a bracing, groping, homoerotic ballet of affection-cum-rivalry. In all the other instances, sport is hell—a battlefield of shame and thwarted expectations, where the ominous music swallows any semblance of triumphalism.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/foxcatcher.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Tatum, who like Carell rises to the occasion with the best work of his career, is the sympathetic heart of “Foxcatcher.” His Mark is a wrestler good enough to win an Olympic medal but not good enough to step out of the shadow of his more talented brother. Things seem to be turning around, though, thanks to an out-of-the-blue phone call from a representative of John du Pont, an ornithologist and multimillionaire heir to the du Pont chemical dynasty, who has taken as much a fancy in wrestlers as he does in rare spotted owls.</p> <p>John invites Mark to his Foxcatcher Farm and estate, where he woos him with bromides about how the country has lost its patriotic compass, and that Mark symbolizes nothing less than an avatar for American exceptionalism. Mark drinks the Kool-Aid, becoming a veritable dressage horse for John—the millionaire’s pet project. He moves into a Foxcatcher chalet and trains for the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics under John’s peculiar tutelage.</p> <p>Surprisingly, this unlikely pair begins to resemble the lovers in “Behind the Candelabra,” just without the sex (neither expresses any interest in women, and the sexuality of both men is a concern Miller judiciously avoids). Mark lets his hair grow all tousled, and becomes a shirtless manservant to his mentor and father figure, sharing private helicopter rides and lines of coke. But just when you think you know where the film is going, it pivots again, when Dave Schultz arrives at Foxcatcher to serve as an assistant coach for John’s Olympic wrestling team, stirring up feelings of inadequacy in Mark—just as John himself is grappling to rise to expectations within his own family, namely his disapproving mother (a marvelously chilly Vanessa Redgrave).</p> <p>If you know the real-life narrative behind the movie, you know the ending, but it’s a better film if you don’t do your homework (whatever you do, don’t read the movie’s Wikipedia entry, which gives everything away in one sentence). “Foxcatcher” ultimately shares more in common with “Capote” than “Moneyball.” It’s a gripping, true-crime autopsy of strange bedfellows and misplaced love where, for John at least, the facts of his life spill dangerously into fiction.</p>Staff Picks: a bakery, a show + a staff UN-pick2014-12-19T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/19/staff-picks-two-east-boca-spots-a-staff-un-pick/<p><strong>Bakery of France</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bakeryoffrance.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“My favorite place in South Florida to get freshly baked pastries and a <em>good</em> cup of cappuccino in the morning. After spending a month studying in Paris, I was convinced there was no place in America that could produce croissants as well as the French do … until I found the French in America. Bakery of France is authentic and lovely in all ways.”</p> <p>(625 N.E. Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton // <a href="http://www.bakery-of-france.com/" target="_blank">bakery-of-france.com</a>)</p> <p><strong>It's a Wonderful Life</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</em></p> <div> <div>"What are the holidays without Frank Capra's moving vision of angelic intervention? Unless you're a scrooge, it's difficult to be tired of this story, especially when there are unique local ways to experience it. Tonight (Dec. 19), Arts Garage concludes its Radio Theater production of It's a Wonderful Life, complete with vintage sound effects created live onstage, and actors reading from radio scripts. And if you want to see the film version looking more beautiful than ever, Cinemark Palace in Boca Raton will screen an HD print at 2 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 21)."</div> </div> <p><strong>Staff UN-pick: </strong>Cafe Bleu</p> <p>We all used to love to go to Spot Coffee for our off-site meetings. You ran into a million people you knew, it was always buzzing, the people who worked there were nice. But what's with Bleu? We say eeewww. Snarky you-are-not worthy attitude from the counter people, long waits, bad vibe.</p> <p>(44 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cafe-Bleu-Delray-Beach/1491648234417041?sk=info&amp;ref=page_internal" target="_blank">Facebook</a>)</p>Santacon Fort Lauderdale2014-12-19T06:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/19/santacon-fort-lauderdale/<p>Throw on your Santa (or elf, or reindeer or Hanukkah Harry) suit to celebrate the holiday season at <strong>Santacon Fort Lauderdale</strong> beginning at Mango’s <em>(904 E. Las Olas Blvd.)</em> on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.</p> <p><img alt="" height="686" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/santacon_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>If you’re too excited to wait, head over to Fork &amp; Balls <em>(1301 E. Las Olas Blvd.)</em> at 5:30 p.m. to enjoy $3 domestic beer, $4 well drinks and $5 fireball shots. There will be drink specials all night, but you have to be dressed up to enjoy them.</p> <p>In true holiday spirit, don’t forget to bring a gift card to donate to Kids in Distress.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://santaconftl.com" target="_blank">santaconftl.com</a>.</p>Fashion Forward: Special Anniversary, Trunk Show and More2014-12-19T00:00:00+00:00Annie Pizzutelli/blog/author/annie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/19/fashion-forward-special-anniversary-a-trunk-show-more/<p><strong><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/eileen.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Eileen Fisher’s 30<sup>th</sup> Anniversary Celebration: </strong>Fashion guru Regina Reyes will host this exclusive event on Dec. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m at Bloomingdale's in Town Center at Boca Raton.  She will deliver the inside scoop on the 2014-2015 resort collection and provide tips, trends and answers to personal style questions. One lucky guest will win a $500 Eileen Fisher wardrobe.</p> <p><strong>Exclusive Trunk Show: </strong>Local jewelry designer Jennifer Zeuner will be at Neiman Marcus in Town Center at Boca Raton on Dec. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Her latest jewelry collection reflects her own personal style “simple with a spiritual twist”.</p> <p><strong>Shop and Share:  </strong>On Saturday, Dec. 20, the Gardens Mall will donate five percent of the day’s sales to the non-profit Maltz Jupiter Theatre. The troupe will put on a special performance at 12 p.m. in the Grand Court.</p>REVIVAL opens in Delray Marketplace2014-12-18T06:00:00+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/18/revival-opens-in-delray-marketplace/<p><a href="http://delraymarket.com" target="_blank">Delray Marketplace</a> may offer more than 250,000 square feet of entertainment – but it still isn’t done expanding. Its latest opening: <strong>REVIVAL</strong>, a boutique for men’s and women’s clothing, accessories and shoes.</p> <p><img alt="" height="351" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/revival.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The store carries more than 30 brands, including Robert Graham, Bugatchi, Jared Lang and more. Owned and operated by Ronnie Gilboa and Eli Kadosh, REVIVAL in Delray is the store’s only Palm Beach County location.</p> <p>REVIVAL is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Fore more information, call 561/501-4730.</p> <p><em>Delray Marketplace is located at 14851 Lyons Road, Delray Beach.</em></p>Meet Mr. Cooper plus Auburn Trace update2014-12-18T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/18/meet-mr-cooper-plus-auburn-trace-update/<h3>Mr. Cooper on the record</h3> <p><img alt="" height="279" src="/site_media/uploads/cooper.jpg" width="181"></p> <p>“Delray has very good bones.”</p> <p>That is the municipal diagnosis from Don Cooper, who becomes Delray Beach’s city manager on Jan. 5. It’s his way of saying that Delray has many sound fundamentals— a vibrant downtown, a popular beach, a recovering tax base, an engaged community.</p> <p>At the same time, Cooper understands that “I’m here to bring about accountability—to the greatest extent, turn (the city staff) into the team the city council wants.”</p> <p>Forgive Cooper if for now he uses “council” instead of “commission.” He spent almost 20 years as manager in Port St. Lucie, where a city council sets policy. Terminology aside, Cooper has taken a crash course in Delray Beach since the city commission chose him six weeks ago.</p> <p>Interim City Manager Terry Stewart gave Cooper “about three feet of stuff,” of which he has “two books left.” It’s all “dull as dirt” material, but it all covers the basic services that—delivered properly—separate well-run cities from, well, Delray Beach during the first six months of the year. Louie Chapman’s flameout created the vacancy that Cooper fills.</p> <p>As a Palm Beach County Office of Inspector General investigation revealed, Delray Beach didn’t even have consistent rules on how the city buys things. Chapman was able to mislead the commission on a trash cart purchase in part because staff members didn’t agree on who could authorize which purchases for what amount.</p> <p>Cooper agreed that the outside probe had “a valid point.” He cited the recent example of a commission agenda item to repair and maintain the Christmas tree at Old School Square. A staff member gave a confusing explanation of why the work should continue to go to one company. Downtown Development Authority Director Marjorie Ferrer had to explain that, given the unique nature of the work, a sole-source contract was proper. Once the commissioners heard that, they approved the contract.</p> <p>So during our 30-minute phone conversation on Tuesday, Cooper said one of his first internal priorities will be to deal with management issues such as procurement and technology. Cooper stressed that he doesn’t seek to clean house from the first day, but he also made clear that he intends to be the “change agent” Mayor Cary Glickstein wanted when the search for a manager began.</p> <p>Bringing that accountability “doesn’t mean you won’t have personnel changes,” Cooper said, “but I’m not here to carry out a purge. Those who can’t or won’t make it happen, they will have a problem. But you generally can get it done.”</p> <p>The city commission may approve a new police contract before Cooper starts. Either way, he very soon will start on negotiations with the firefighters’ union. Pension reform, Cooper said, is vital to Delray Beach’s long-term financial future.</p> <p>Another big issue is the trash-hauling contract. The city attorney’s office has been handling the bidding and the responses, but Cooper’s office will be responsible for monitoring the service.</p> <p>Delray residents will like to hear that Cooper considers the proliferation of sober houses a serious problem. It also is a problem in Port St. Lucie. Cooper is “not prepared to discuss” what he might propose on a local level, but he says, correctly, that a comprehensive solution must involve the state and federal governments.</p> <p>I’ve always found it ironic that turnout in city elections is far lower than for national races, even though the city is the government closest to the people. Delray Beach has more constructive civic activism than many South Florida cities. As Cooper says, “People have the ability to complain, and when they do, they might get something changed.”</p> <p>Daily contact with the public “is why I went to work in municipal government when I got out graduate school,” Cooper said. “That’s what excites me.” As for the challenge of the Delray job, “I’m looking forward to it.”</p> <p>Still, Cooper has spent nearly 35 years as a city manager in three states, and he understands the need to quickly establish trust with his bosses. He doesn’t intend to put his Port St. Lucie home up for sale until perhaps summer— “The market here isn’t that good right now anyway”—and will look for an apartment in Delray Beach during his first months. “I fully expect” things to work out between himself and the commission, but “some of it has to be fit.”</p> <p>And the commission expects big things quickly from Cooper. To make them happen, Cooper told me, he will use what he says is the lesson from his time in Port St. Lucie: “Listen, and have some patience, but not too much.”</p> <h3>Auburn Trace</h3> <p>The agenda for a special, closed meeting Monday night of the commission and the city’s legal staff tells me that Delray Beach will have to deal soon with an issue that first appeared last spring and helped lead to former City Manager Chapman’s downfall.</p> <p>Delray lent $4.2 million to Auburn Group to help develop the Auburn Trace low-income housing project. In March, Chapman scheduled a commission vote on a modification of that loan that would have given the city an immediate $1 million but on terms that were very unfavorable for the city. With Mayor Glickstein and Commissioner Shelly Petrolia absent, the commission approved the deal. Current commissioners Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet provided the votes with Angeleta Gray.</p> <p>Two weeks later, with Glickstein and Petrolia present along with new member Jordana Jarjura, the commission rescinded the deal. The city attorney at the time wrote, “It appears that the Auburn Group misrepresented their default status (with prime lender Iberiabank) to the City Commission.” Jarjura laid out a persuasive case that Chapman broke city rules by scheduling the item for the previous meeting just one day in advance. Frankel changed his vote. Jacquet was absent.</p> <p>Monday night, the city hired Robert Furr, a Boca Raton bankruptcy lawyer. The meeting was advertised as relating to the ongoing dispute between Iberiabank and the Auburn Trace developers.</p> <p>In that April memo, the city attorney warned that Delray Beach might not get back all that $4.2 million. It would seem that the city hired a bankruptcy specialist to protect its interest. This might not end well for Delray, but even in the worst case it will end better than if that terrible vote last March had stood.</p> <h3>Correction                           </h3> <p>Writing last week about the mailer and phone calls to 12,000 Boca Raton residents seeking support for New Mizner on the Green, Mayor Susan Haynie was quoted as calling it a very “progressive” public relations campaign. The description should have been “aggressive.” Haynie is on record as opposing the four-tower condo project.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at randy@bocamag.com</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>A Taste of Forbidden Fruit2014-12-17T14:51:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/17/a-taste-of-forbidden-fruit/<h4 class="Default"><em>**With the big news related to opening diplomatic relations with Cuba this week, we thought it appropriate to post our recent travel story on the island nation.</em></h4> <h4 class="Default">Through travel windows such as “people-to-people” tours, Americans are pulling back the curtain on Castro-era Cuba.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="314" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/cuba2_love.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Photography by Charles and Mary Love</p> <p>Our taxi pulled up to a crumbling, white mansion in Centro Habana, one of 15 municipalities in the capital city of Cuba, as afternoon eased into night. Adorned with ornate moldings and weighty balustrades, the building whispered “faded glory.” This was La Guarida, Spanish for “the lair,” arguably the most famous of Havana’s new breed of small, privately owned restaurants called <em>paladares</em>.</p> <p>A hefty man opened the cab door. “<em>Buenos noches</em>,” he said. Then, detecting we were English speakers, he asked, “From where do you come?”</p> <p>“<em>Estados Unidos</em>,” we replied.</p> <p>“Welcome! Did you know Beyoncé and Jay-Z were here not long ago?”</p> <p>We knew. The music industry’s first billionaire couple had ruffled feathers in the United States with their April 2013 visit to the Communist country; several members of Congress would denounce the trip as a thinly disguised tourist jaunt, violating U.S. restrictions on tourism.</p> <p class="Default">But Beyoncé and Jay-Z had come to Cuba legally, as had we, under a U.S. government-sanctioned program that allows licensed travel companies and select institutions (museums, universities and other nonprofits) to offer “people-to-people” trips with educational and cultural itineraries.</p> <p class="Default"><img alt="" height="304" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/cuba4_love.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Default"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/cuba3_love.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Default">We stepped through a small carriageway and up two flights of curving marble stairs. The first landing opened to an empty room with marble tiles; in the middle stood a row of Corinthian columns. Up the next flight, past a headless marble goddess, we found La Guarida and its three small candlelit rooms. Large mirrors and photos of celebrity clientele competed for space on ochre-colored walls. The diners, mostly Spanish-speaking, were relaxed and talkative.</p> <p class="Default">Despite elegant details (white linens, crystal chandeliers), the restaurant’s furniture might have been collected on sporadic shop-ping sprees to an antiques mall. Each chair was different. No glass or plate matched. Yet, somehow, it managed to hang together—a metaphor for today’s Cuba where industrious people are “making-do” to overcome years of economic hardship.</p> <p class="Default"><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/cuba_love.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Default">And what about our entrées of fresh sea-food? Let’s just say it was clear why many people say the best cuisine in Cuba is in her <em>paladares</em>. La Guarida’s Cuban fare was decidedly more sophisticated than any we’d sampled in restaurants in South Florida. Fish was a specialty. Grouper arrived on a bed of cooked greens in a light, white-wine garlic sauce. Also on the menu: seafood boiler with Indian curry and swordfish with vanilla sauce. For dessert, we chose an airy guava mousse.</p> <p class="Default">Over the next seven days, our trip adhered to U.S. government requirements that the focus be on “educational exchange activities” that result in “meaningful interactions.” Five days in Havana and two in Trinidad, a beautiful United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site, allowed us to explore both cities and the countryside in between.</p> <p class="Default"><img alt="" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/cuba5_love.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Default">Although people-to-people trips have strict itineraries with limited flexibility, many travelers find them enjoyable and make repeat journeys. They usually include visits to historic sites, arts organizations, schools, farms and model communities. Evenings are free to dine, dance, attend a cabaret show—or simply relax on your own.</p> <p class="Default">The growing interest in visiting Cuba has partly to do with its status as “forbidden fruit.” Prohibited from visiting for many years, Americans are now seizing any opportunity to see Castro-era Cuba before it becomes more commercialized. As one of our travel companions confessed, “I just wanted to see Havana before it becomes another Miami Beach!”</p> <center><em>For more on Cuba's nostalgic scenes, beautiful historic buildings and trip advice, pick up the May/June issue of Boca Raton magazine.</em></center>New Year&#39;s Eve 2015 Event Guide2014-12-17T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/17/new-years-eve-2015-event-guide/<p>With <strong>New Year's Eve</strong> just two weeks away, many of you are already looking for plans for the big night. Options are manifold, but here are the 10 possibilities that most appealed to us—a personally curated countdown of where to experience the countdown.</p> <p><img alt="" height="277" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/1413316648-masquerade_tickets.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>10. Masquerade Ball at the W.,</strong> <em>401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</em>; 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.</p> <p>It’s time to slip into your best disguise and disappear into the exotic atmosphere of a vintage masquerade ball, where masked guests mingle at the stunning beachside location of this haute Lauderdale hotel. Billed as the city’s largest New Year’s Eve beach party, the fifth annual costume bash features a four-hour open bar, a midnight Champagne toast, music from two top DJs, party favors and more. For table reservations, call 954/414-8300 or visit <a href="http://www.fllnightlife.com/wfll." target="_blank">fllnightlife.com/wfll.</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="355" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/6a00d8341c4fe353ef015394403c00970b.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>9. The Dan Band: Unplugged and Up Close</strong> at <em>Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach</em>; 7 and 10 p.m.; $30</p> <p>Palm Beach County’s biggest standup club goes musical this New Year’s Eve, hosting one of the biggest names in comedy rock. Fronted by comedian Dan Finnerty, the Dan Band rose to prominence in a scene-stealing cameo in “Old School,” in which it performed its iconic, expletive-laden version of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” The group has since become known for its sexually explicit renditions of female-fronted pop songs; by literalizing the implications of the singers’ lyrics, the Dan Band’s music acts as social commentary as well as humor. Even Steven Spielberg approves of this group, employing it in his soundtrack to “The Terminal.” Call 561/833-1812 or visit <a href="http://www.palmbeachimprov.com" target="_blank">palmbeachimprov.com</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="379" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/guys2-web.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>8. “Guys and Dolls” at Kravis Center</strong>, <em>701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</em>; 8 p.m.; $35-$75</p> <p>New Year’s Eve happens to be the only South Florida date for the national tour of “Guys and Dolls,” the indelible Frank Loesser musical that originally ran for 1,200 Broadway performances and won the 1950 Tony for Best Musical. Inspired by the mythical New York underworld of journalist Damon Runyon, the musical’s outsized characters and songs have become synonymous with big-city glamour and romance, from the title song and “Luck Be a Lady” to “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” and “I’ve Never Been in Love Before.” After the show, stick around for dinner at one of CityPlace’s great restaurants. Call 561/832-7469 or visit <a href="http://www.kravis.org" target="_blank">kravis.org</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/cassidy.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>7. David Cassidy at Jazziz Nightlife</strong>, <em>201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</em>; 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.; $75-$200</p> <p>Mizner Park’s great jazz club goes pop on New Year’s Eve, welcoming the forever-young former child star David Cassidy to host the evening’s festivities. Cassidy typically performs hits he popularized with the Partridge Family, as well as covers that he has made his own over his decades in show business, from the likes of Billy Joel, The Pretenders, Bill Withers and the Monkees. There will be two five-course prix fixe dinner seatings for the higher price points, and the $75 general admission gets you Champagne at midnight. Call 561/300-0730 or visit <a href="http://www.jazziz.com/nightlife" target="_blank">jazziz.com/nightlife</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="618" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/firstnight15-2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>6. First Night in Downtown Delray Beach</strong>; 4 p.m. to midnight; $10-$15</p> <p>There is no alcohol served as this annual downtown Delray Bash, so be kind and don’t sneak in a flask: This is a family-friendly celebration that attracts thousands throughout the region. It also offers more variety than any other New Year’s Eve destination—from face-painting to improv theater, magicians to ice skating, film programming to live music. The evening ends with fireworks at both 9 p.m. and midnight. Admission buttons are just $10 if purchased before Dec. 31 and are available at Delray Beach Public Library, Delray Beach City Fall and at the 100-foot Christmas tree. Call 561/279-1380 or visit <a href="http://www.visitdelraybeach.org" target="_blank">visitdelraybeach.org</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/3ykorbol.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>5. Prohibition party at La Ferme</strong>, <em>9101 Lakeridge Blvd., Boca Raton</em>; 8 p.m. to midnight; $125</p> <p>This posh eatery from Manhattan restaurateurs Bobby, Laura and Alexandra Shapiro transports visitors to the Jazz Age for its Prohibition-themed gathering, where attendees are encouraged to party like the Depression starts tomorrow. Costumes—especially “Great Gatsby”-style attire—are encouraged, with prizes awarded to the best costumes. Special cocktails include the Sidecar, South Side, Bee’s Knees and White Lady; and, in classic speakeasy fashion, those with reservations will be provided with a secret password and instructions to gain entry. A five-course prix fixe and a complementary glass of Champagne awaits your reservation, and a magician will stroll from table to table performing close-up magic. Call 561/654-6600 or visit <a href="http://laferme.kitchen" target="_blank">laferme.kitchen</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="339" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/beach-day-04.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>4. New Year’s Eve at Respectable Street,</strong> <em>518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach</em>, starts at 10 p.m.</p> <p>As usual, the oldest music club in the Southeastern United States offers a New Year’s Eve showcase of some of the best indie rock bands in South Florida—all of which deserve to have a national footprint. Taking the stage will be the Hollywood group Beach Day (pictured), with its fuzzed-out take on ‘60s surf and pop music; dream-poppers extraordinaire the Band in Heaven; Miami’s Snakehole, the noisy, scary all-girl trio that sounds like the reincarnation of Teenage Jesus &amp; the Jerks; and Wake Up, a no-frills guitar-driven indie band in the mold of Superchunk. Call 561/832-9999 or visit <a href="http://sub-culture.org/respectable-street" target="_blank">sub-culture.org/respectable-street</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bcnewyearstable-2.jpg" width="350"></p> <p><strong>3. Rockin’ New Year at Ball &amp; Chain</strong>, <em>1513 Calle Ocho, Little Havana</em>; begins at 8 p.m.</p> <p>This historic jazz lounge in Miami’s former Shenandoah neighborhood reopened this past September—60 years after changes in demographics prompted its closure. Now, this hot and hip Calle Ocho club promises a big evening for its first New Year’s Eve celebration, featuring a night of live rock ‘n’ roll covers performed by After School Special, a supergroup comprised of former members of rock royalty: Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen, Foo Fighters/Wallflowers keyboardist Rami Jaffe and other onetime members of Lazy Stars, Foo Fighters and Fistful of Mercy. Make a table reservation at newyears@ballandchainmiami.com.</p> <p><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/1388391427_love_logo_4_flat.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>2.</strong> <strong>All You Need is Love at Magic City Casino</strong>, <em>450 N.W. 37<sup>th</sup> Ave., Miami</em>; 9 p.m.; $65-$125</p> <p>A band of no less than 16 musicians fill out this orchestral Beatles tribute, from four guitarists and two drummers to two violinists, a cellist and a trumpeter. The band’s signature is its ability to recreate the Fab Four’s “Love” album live, with literally all its strings attached—preserving George Martin’s imaginative compositions and delving into deep album cuts as well as the band’s No. 1 hits. Performances continue on Jan. 2, 3 and 4, but this is the only night tickets include an after-party and midnight Champagne toast. Call 954/649-3000 or visit <a href="http://www.magiccitycasino.com" target="_blank">magiccitycasino.com</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="322" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/unknown-32.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>1.</strong> <strong>Rock the Block at Boca Resort and Club</strong>, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton; dining begins at 5:30 p.m.</p> <p>The Boca Resort returns for its second-annual Rock the Block party, celebrating a dancey New Year’s Eve in one of the city’s most luxurious landmarks. Entertainment includes Tone Loc, the rapper responsible for the once-ubiquitous dancehall hits “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina;” SirenXX, one of the hottest new indie duos in dance-pop music; and Norma Jean Wright and Lucy Martin, formerly of disco-rock hit-makers Chic. There also will be a deluxe open bar and a children’s buffet, dinner at all the Resort’s restaurants, and kids’ carnival games and activities on the croquet lawn. Call 561/447-3000 or visit <a href="http://www.bocaresort.com" target="_blank">bocaresort.com</a>.</p>From the fight of his life to the ride of his life2014-12-17T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/17/from-the-fight-of-his-life-to-the-ride-of-his-life/<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>A trained endurance athlete, <strong>George Fetko</strong> looked at cancer the same way he looks at cycling. He put his head down, cranked up the speed and moved forward.</p> <p>After being diagnosed last year with a form of sarcoma that usually affects children, Fetko, 56, went through a long, rigorous and largely experimental cancer treatment.</p> <p>I remember the day well. I gathered with a group of local cyclists at Phil’s Cycle Ward in downtown Boca Raton to talk with Fetko before starting what we all feared would be the fight of his life.</p> <p>He had more than 200 appointments with doctors for infusions, tests, labs, surgeries and hospital stays. He spent 60 days doing 8-hour chemo infusions. He went through 31 radiation treatments and eight blood transfusions.</p> <p>If you go by the intensity and the timeframe in which treatment was delivered, Fetko endured more chemotherapy than any patient in the world. Now, he’s in remission and he’s back cycling on A1A. He’s participating in the <a href="http://ridedcc.com/" target="_blank">Dolphin Cycling Challenge</a>, a two-day fundraiser that benefits the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. One hundred percent of all proceeds from the tri-county event goes toward cancer research.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/photo.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>“I will not let battling cancer impair my passion for cycling,” Fetko writes on his fundraising page. “More than ever, I am inspired than to participate and support the Dolphin’s Cycling Challenge…”</p> <p>Fetko’s first hospitalization for treatment was at the Sylvester Cancer Center. He says the doctors and staff there provided quality and thoughtful care, going so far as to make special arrangements with treatment timing so that he could continue to ride on a trainer during treatments. He vowed then that he would come back and tackle the challenge.</p> <p>Fetko founded Team Wilky as a tribute to his oncologist, Dr. Breelyn Wilky. To sponsor his ride, which runs Feb. 7-8, make a tax-deductible donation at <a href="http://ridedcc.racepartner.com/DCCV/georgefetko" target="_blank">ridedcc.racepartner.com/DCCV/georgefetko</a>.</p> <p>For more information about the Dolphin’s Challenge, or to sign up and ride for charity, go to: <a href="http://ridedcc.com" target="_blank">ridedcc.com</a>.</p>A little naughty, but mostly nice holiday drinks2014-12-17T06:00:00+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/17/a-little-naughty-but-mostly-nice-holiday-drinks-1/<p><strong><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>A little Naughty, But Mostly Nice Holiday Drinks</strong></p> <p>One of the things I often hear from clients is that they don’t want to give up their wine or other alcoholic beverages. I am a big believer in balance and sometimes that may mean having a drink, especially when you’re celebrating the holidays with your family and friends. To get the most value out of your alcoholic beverages, take a look at my tips and recipes for healthier versions of classic favorites.</p> <p><strong>Best drinks at the party:</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="398" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/drinkglasses.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Organic Red Wine</strong> without sulfites added – red wine has the highest level of antioxidants and resveratrol, which has shown to have some heart-healthy benefits. One 5-ounce glass contains only 100 calories</p> <p><strong>Organic White Wine</strong> without sulfites added – one 5-ounce glass contains only 120 calories.</p> <p><strong>Champagne/Sparking Wine/Prosecco </strong>– each glass is usually 3.5 ounces and has 70 calories.</p> <p><strong>Z-Tips: </strong></p> <p>Drink flavored Italian sparkling water from champagne flutes in between alcoholic beverages to reduce alcohol consumption and stay hydrated. Try raspberry/lemon or the strawberry flavors.</p> <p>Avoid martinis and instead have your drink on ice. As ice melts, it will dilute alcohol and make your drink less concentrated, making it easier for your body to process<strong></strong></p> <p>Substitute dairy milk and cream for almond milk and coconut cream. Plant-based milks are cholesterol-free and they offer additional benefits like vitamin E and good-for-you fats.</p> <p><strong>Recipes:</strong></p> <p><strong><span>Pineapple Vodka Cocktail</span></strong> – Craving a mixed Vodka drink? Mix healthy green juices with vodka for a balanced mixed drink.</p> <p>2 ounces pineapple juice</p> <p>½ ounce lime juice</p> <p>½ ounce kale juice</p> <p>1 ounce vodka</p> <p>Fresh wedges of pineapple</p> <p>Mix all ingredients in a glass with ice. Decorate with a wedge of pineapple.</p> <p><strong><span>Vegan Eggnog</span></strong><strong> </strong>– In the mood for an old-fashioned eggnog? Try this cholesterol-free recipe that gives you extra protein and fiber that a traditional drink won’t – without sacrificing any flavor.</p> <p>2 cups Califia Farms Almond Milk Holiday Nog</p> <p>1 cup cold water</p> <p>10 ounce extra-firm sprouted tofu</p> <p>1/2 cup coconut nectar</p> <p>1.5 tablespoons pure vanilla extract</p> <p>1/4 teaspoon salt</p> <p>1 cup rum or brandy (optional)</p> <p>Blend all ingredients until smooth in a high-speed blender. Enjoy!</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</p> <p>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 eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at <a href="http://www.alinaz.com/">alinaz.com</a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/facebook.com/CoutureFood">facebook.com/CoutureFood</a>) or Twitter (<a href="http://www.twitter.com/CoutureFood">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/">bocamag.com</a>.</p>Holiday Dining: New Year&#39;s Eve, Part I2014-12-16T11:43:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/16/holiday-dining-new-years-eve-part-i/<p>It’s a party and you’re invited! Here’s what several local restaurants will be doing to help you celebrate the end of 2014 and the beginning of what we hope will be a very good new year. And stick around. . . there will be another list coming in a day or so.</p> <p><img alt="" height="234" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/fireworks.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="http://www.davinciofboca.com/home" target="_blank">DaVinci’s</a> (<em>6000 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, 561/362-8466</em>), the excellent new Italian restaurant in Town Center at Boca Raton, will be offering a four-course prix fixe meal at three seatings. Choices include starters like Wagyu beef carpaccio, soup or salad, entrees like lobster ravioli and veal Milanese and a roster of four desserts. Seating times are 5:30 p.m. ($55), 7:30 p.m. ($75) and 9:30 p.m. ($85, which includes party favors, champagne toast and live entertainment).</p> <p><a href="http://madisonsnewyork.com/restaurants/" target="_blank">Madison’s</a> (2006 N.W. Executive Center Circle, Boca Raton, 561/994-0808) is throwing a NYE bash with a 9 p.m. seating for $100 per person. The five-course dinner will feature Maine lobster bisque, beef carpaccio or shrimp cocktail, caprese salad, steak or seafood entree, and choice of molten chocolate cake, creme brulee or Greek yogurt with berries. An advance deposit is required.</p> <p><a href="http://www.casa-d-angelo.com/" target="_blank">Casa d’Angelo</a> (<em>171 E. Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Raton, 561/996-1234</em>) is doing things a little differently. Make rezzies whenever you like and dig into a la carte specials like pappardelle with Chianti-braised lamb ragout, veal scallopine with marsala sauce and mushrooms, and porcini risotto with Alba truffle oil.</p> <p><a href="http://cityoysterdelray.com/" target="_blank">City Oyster &amp; Sushi Bar</a> (<em>213 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach 561/272-0220</em>) will be dishing its regular menu on NYE, along with a bunch of a la carte specials. Think shrimp and crawfish etouffee; pan-roasted branzino with cannellini beans, pancetta, tomatoes, red wine and kale; and a chocolate pyramid with chocolate mousse, hazelnut genoise and ganache.</p> <p><a href="http://www.avocadogrillwpb.com/" target="_blank">Avocado Grill</a> (<em>125 Datura St., West Palm Beach, 561/623-0822</em>), Julian Gremaud’s farm-to-table modern American bistro, will open at 4 p.m. and serve its regular menu, plus happy hour specials until 8 p.m. Then there’s a 9 p.m. seating with an $89 prix fixe price tag ($115 if you want a bottle of Piper Heidsieck champagne). Choices include heirloom tomato tartare with burrato and shaved truffle vinaigrette, jumbo grilled shrimp Fra Diavolo and chocolate lava cake.</p> <p><a href="/blog/2014/12/19/holiday-dining-new-years-eve-part-ii/" target="_blank"><em>For part two of the NYE Dining Guide, click here.</em></a></p>New judges to be tapped, that power line thing &amp; other news of note2014-12-16T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/16/new-judges-to-be-tapped-that-power-line-thing-other-news-of-note/<h3><span>Here come the (new) judges</span></h3> <p><span><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/pbc.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p>Very soon, Gov. Rick Scott and the public will have reshaped the courts in Palm Beach County.</p> <p>On Friday, members of the governor’s legal staff were here to interview the 15 candidates for three vacant circuit court judgeships in the county. Scott has until the end of the month to choose from among the finalists.</p> <p>The election cycle added three other new members to the circuit bench. Incumbent Diana Lewis lost to <strong>Jessica Ticktin</strong>. <strong>Jaimie Goodman</strong> won the race to fill the seat of Lucy Chernow Brown, who is retiring. <strong>Samantha Schosberg Feuer</strong> ran unopposed to succeed Sandra McSorley. She, too, is retiring.</p> <p>Also this month, the <a href="http://www.palmbeachbar.org/" target="_blank">Palm Beach County Bar Association</a> began accepting applications for the vacancy that will be created when Judge Edward Fine retires. The deadline to apply is Jan. 2.</p> <p>So by early next year one-fifth of all the county’s circuit judges will be new. Circuit judges handle not just the major criminal and civil cases but all juvenile, family and probate cases. (Three judges handle all family/probate work in the Delray Beach courthouse.) The seven departures represent a collective major loss for the courts in terms of judicial heft and institutional memory.</p> <p>President Obama picked Robin Rosenberg for the federal bench. Hers is one of the vacancies Scott will fill this month. Another is that of Ronald Alvarez, who won reelection in 2012 even though voters knew that he would reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 before his six-year term ended. Alvarez has been a circuit judge for 21 years, during which time he has been recognized statewide as an advocate for juvenile justice reform.</p> <p>The losses of Tim McCarthy—the third seat Scott must fill by Dec. 31—and Lewis won’t matter as much. Both regularly scored low in the Bar polls when it came to judicial demeanor. McCarthy’s grouchiness caused the 4<sup>th</sup> District Court of Appeal to reverse him recently in a divorce case. McSorley, according to the poll, also displayed the hostility known as “black robe syndrome.”</p> <p>Fine, though, is an ex-chief judge. Brown did well in the Bar polls. And whatever the quality of those leaving, the newcomers will lack experience not just on the bench.</p> <p>Goodman has spent little time in state court compared to other lawyers who became judges. Ticktin has no jury trial experience, though she has spent a decade at her father’s firm. Feuer worked at Akerman LLP and has advocated for women to have a greater role in the legal profession, but she had to face neither the voters nor the members of the judicial nominating commission who screen and interview applicants for seats not filled by election. In 2000, a lawyer with similar support within the legal profession won a circuit seat unopposed. He did so poorly that he lost for reelection after just one term.</p> <p>That doesn’t mean Feuer will turn out similarly or that lack of legal experience means someone will be a bad judge. Lisa Small also had worked in her father’s firm and had little time in the courtroom before winning a spot on the circuit bench in 2010, but she scored very well in the 2013 Bar poll.</p> <p>It does mean that Scott will have to pick well from the candidates who have submitted their backgrounds in detail and have faced questions from the nominating commission and the governor’s staff. Politics shouldn’t matter much, but politics always seems to matter some. There are political back-stories potentially in play.</p> <p>One finalist is <strong>Dina Keever</strong>, a former federal prosecutor who ran for state attorney in 2012 as a Republican. Scott is a Republican who likes prosecutors. Keever, though, ran against Dave Aronberg. He is a Democrat, but Aronberg worked for Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi and got financial support from some of the county’s leading Republican donors. The governor’s chief counsel is Peter Antonacci, whom Scott named interim state attorney after Michael McAuliffe resigned in January 2012. I am told that Antonacci talked up Aronberg around the office during that 2012 campaign.</p> <p>Another interesting name is <strong>Manuel Farach</strong>, a lawyer who has been a judicial finalist, a nominating commission member and chairman of the Palm Beach County Ethics Commission. He works for Richman Greer, a firm usually identified with the Democratic Party. During the 2000 recount, Gerald Richman unsuccessfully asked a judge to declare all absentee ballots in Martin and Seminole counties invalid because elections supervisors had violated rules concerning the ballots. If Richman had won, the change in vote totals would have given Florida and the presidency to Al Gore.</p> <p>Also among the 15 finalists are Wellington council member <strong>Howard Coates</strong>, who ran unsuccessfully for the Florida House as a Republican in 2008, five county judges or magistrates and three state prosecutors.</p> <p>Palm Beach County’s judiciary long has been recognized around the state for high quality compared to other urban counties. One reason is that the county hasn’t been plagued by the nasty judicial politics seen regularly in Broward and Miami-Dade. Another is that nominating commissions have taken their work more seriously than partisan politics. The county will keep that reputation if Scott keeps politics out of his deliberations. Given the circumstances, the county will enjoy the benefit or suffer the harm of Scott’s decisions for a long time.</p> <h3>Trader Joe’s update</h3> <p>At the Trader Joe’s store in Boca Raton, the power poles still stand in the parking lot.</p> <p>Last fall, when the city council learned that the lines had not been buried—despite the city’s requirement that they be underground—the council issued a temporary certificate of occupancy for the store, contingent on the developer burying the lines roughly 90 days after Trader Joe’s had opened. That opening was Sept. 26.</p> <p>I reached out last week to Florida Power &amp; Light. Though it is not at fault, the utility still must do the work. A spokesman told me that in an email, “The project is scheduled to be completed before Christmas.”</p> <h3>How we stack up, income-wise</h3> <p>As part of a fascinating but sobering report on how much Americans are paid, <em>The Washington Post </em>tracked median household income over the last few decades in the nation’s roughly 3,100 counties.</p> <p>The current figure for Palm Beach County is just under $63,000, or in line with the rest of the country and well above the statewide total. Adjusted for inflation, however, median income—half above that level, half below—peaked in the county 15 years ago, as it did for most counties nationwide and for almost every county in Florida.</p> <p>One notable exception is Brevard County on the Space Coast. Not surprisingly, income peaked in 1969—the year of the first Apollo moon landing. NASA is not close to what the agency was back then.</p> <p>Most of Boca Raton and parts of Delray Beach, of course, are above that median income figure. But the report is another reminder that the issue in Florida and elsewhere is not just a recovering economy but the sort of economy the last few recoveries have brought.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at randy@bocamag.com</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>Now available in Palm Beach: Dana Rebecca Designs2014-12-16T00:00:00+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/16/now-available-in-palm-beach-dana-rebecca-designs/<p>Add some sparkle to your holidays with <a href="http://danarebeccadesigns.com/" target="_blank">Dana Rebecca Designs</a>, now sold at <strong>Swell Boutique </strong><em>(2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach)<strong> </strong></em>in Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach.</p> <p><img alt="" height="248" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/drd.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This jewelry line boasts everything from gorgeous diamond earrings to cuffed gemstone bracelets. While her necklaces are minimal and elegant, her earrings, rings and bracelets range from classic to statement making.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/drd3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="447" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/drd2.jpg" width="489"></p> <p>They’d make a good complement to a holiday party outfit – whether it’s for your office party or a New Year’s celebration. The pieces would also make for a perfect present. Prices range from  $300 to $13,200.  </p> <p>For more information, call 561/582-2800. Swell Boutique is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.</p>The Weeks Ahead: Dec. 16 to 302014-12-15T14:57:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/15/the-weeks-ahead-dec-16-to-30/<p>TUESDAY, DEC. 16</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/1377247046_nic-rouleau-ben-platt-book-of-mormon-broadway-chicago-review.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Book of Mormon”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Sold out, but “lottery” tickets available</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="http://www.kravis.org" target="_blank">kravis.org</a></p> <p>In a Kravis on Broadway season consisting largely of familiar warhorses, jukebox musicals and predictable stage-to-screen adaptations (“Flashdance the Musical?” Really?), “The Book of Mormon” is the obvious standout in its season. Its perpetually sold-out Broadway status and multiple Tony Awards don’t lie: Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez’s filthy musical about Mormon missionaries bringing their message to a war-torn African village is full of timelessly crafted Broadway songcraft, irrepressible comedy and surprisingly nuanced meditations on the purpose of faith. It’s still a must-see, even if you caught it at the Broward Center in 2013. While this Kravis engagement, which runs through Dec. 21, is sold out of advance tickets, the theater will be holding ticket lotteries prior to each performance, in which theatergoers who enter may win seats for just $25 each. Call the box office for details.</p> <p>TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16-17</p> <p><img alt="" height="422" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/ben_vereenfull_image_39782177-620x654.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Ben Vereen</strong></p> <p>Where: Jazziz Nightlife, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35-$65</p> <p>Contact: 561/300-0730, <a href="http://www.jazziz.com/nightlife" target="_blank">jazziz.com/nightlife</a></p> <p>Ben Vereen is a certifiable Broadway legend and consummate entertainer whose Tony-winning turn as the narrator and “Leading Player” in “Pippin,” circa 1972, defined the character’s style for decades to come. Also heralded for his Broadway work in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Sweet Charity” and “Hair,” the Miami native continues to exude class and inspiration in his cabaret-style vocal performances, which draw heavily from musical theater and the American songbook. At 68, Vereen is not only still kicking, he’s still relevant: He assisted as an acting coach for Outkast’s Andre 3000 and Big Boi in their 2006 movie “Idlewild,” and he currently appears in Chris Rock’s cameo-laden Hollywood satire “Top Five.”</p> <p>THURSDAY TO SUNDAY, DEC. 18-21</p> <p><img alt="" height="194" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/scarface.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Borscht Film Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Various venues in Miami</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: Various prices, sometimes free</p> <p>Contact: <a href="http://www.borschtcorp.com" target="_blank">borschtcorp.com</a></p> <p>It’s doubtful that Robert Redford will turn up for this indiest of all indie film festivals, dubbed “Sundance on psychotropic mushrooms” in a <em>Miami New Times</em> laud. Commissioned by the Borscht Corp., which produces and showcases movies by emerging local artists, this quasi-annual fest will enter its ninth cycle of programming this month. The festival will include screenings of short films (Borscht shorts have later been selected for more than 50 international film festivals), “site-specific” film screenings of made-in-Miami work at special locations, and showings of Miami cult-classic titles. At the expense of burying the lede even further, the main draw here is “Scarface Redux,” a crowd-sourced remake of the Brian de Palma gangster saga. Organizers dissected the original movie into 15-second quadrants, after which each segment was re-shot by different artists in whatever manner they chose, from live action and animation to puppets and LEGO bricks. The result of this schizophrenic, reverent movie mash-up will make its world premiere, free of cost, at the Borscht.</p> <p>FRIDAY, DEC. 19</p> <p> <img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/tumblr_inline_ndpvpop6f51ruat4u.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Goodbye to Language 3D”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cinema Paradiso, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 9:15 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $8-$12</p> <p>Contact: 954/760-9898, <a href="http://www.fliff.com" target="_blank">fliff.com</a></p> <p>From the beginning of his career in the late 1950s, virtuoso French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard has been expanding the formal and narrative possibilities of cinema through projects such as “Breathless,” “Week-End” and his historic “Histoire(s) du Cinema” series. So it should come as no surprise that at 83, Godard is still experimenting with the art form and blazing new trails. Hence the critical adulation he’s received for his latest work, “Goodbye to Language,” a short (70 minutes) but monumental feature that apparently employs 3D technology in ways it has never been utilized before—a magic trick that earned the movie an unprecedented mid-film round of applause at its premiere at Cannes earlier this year. Like much of Godard’s work in the Aughts, “Goodbye to Language” is a hodgepodge of poetic digital imagery, vintage film clips, and dense on-screen text. The story, if it matters at all, is about the emergence and dissolution of a relationship, though the main character, allegedly, is Godard’s dog Roxy. It’s hard to summarize; just see it!</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/ramsey_lewis_composersff_s640x4261.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Ramsey Lewis: “Celebration!”</strong></p> <p>Where: Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$150</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="http://www.arshtcenter.org" target="_blank">arshtcenter.org</a></p> <p>It seems that as long as there was jazz, Ramsey Lewis was playing it. The three-time Grammy-winning composer/pianist released his first album, “Ramsey Lewis and his Gentle-men of Swing,” way back in 1956. Seven children, 14 grandchildren, and one-great-grandchild later, this elder statesman of the 88 keys is still active, releasing his 80<sup>th</sup> album, “Taking Another Look,” in 2011. For this special, one-off performance at the Arsht, Lewis will perform a selection of holiday compositions, a jazz tradition dating back to the yuletide brass of Louis Armstrong. He’ll be joined on this bill by fellow headliners in their own right: Lisa Fischer, the Rolling Stones’ backup singer <em>par excellence</em>, who was featured in the Oscar-winning documentary “20 Feet From Stardom;” and Gregory Porter, the vocalist whose 2014 release “Liquid Spirit” took home the Best Jazz Vocal Album Grammy. Bringing things full circle, the album included a cover of “The ‘In’ Crowd,” which Ramsey Lewis recorded in 1965.</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, DEC. 19-20</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/abraham-in-motion.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Abraham in Motion: “Pavement”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30 p.m. Saturday</p> <p>Cost: $28</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="http://www.kravis.org" target="_blank">kravis.org</a></p> <p>The “Abraham” in Abraham in Motion refers to Kyle Abraham, a dance phenom who became one of just 24 artists nationwide to receive a MacArthur Fellowship in 2013. Abraham choreographs dance that is rooted in 1990s hip-hop fashion, music and ethos, inspired by everything from civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois to John Singleton’s culture-defining film “Boyz n The Hood.” In his piece “Pavement,” which makes its South Florida premiere at the Kravis, he reimagines Singleton’s movie as a dance work set in the historically black neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, where the legacy of jazz titans and successful small businesses has degenerated into gang violence and crack houses. A history of discrimination, genocide and poverty colors this personal canvas of movement, a sure-to-be highlight of the venue’s “Provocative Entertainment at Kravis” series.</p> <p>SUNDAY, DEC. 21</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/ariana_grande_1410934532640.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Y100 Jingle Ball</strong></p> <p>Where: BB&amp;T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $65-$280</p> <p>Contact: 954/835-8000, <a href="http://www.thebbtcenter.com" target="_blank">thebbtcenter.com</a></p> <p>South Florida’s largest pop station has brought out plenty of big guns for its annual Jingle Ball holiday concert, starting with Ariana Grande, Boca’s most successful musical export (who has been raising eyebrows, for reasons negative as well as positive, for her tour couture, a skimpy feline getup complete with cat ears). The star-studded lineup continues with Calvin Harris, the Scottish DJ and songwriter who achieved worldwide success with Rihanna’s “We Found Love;” Pharrell Williams, the global phenomenon fresh off his coaching gig with “The Voice;” Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, who has topped the charts with “Fancy” and has performed with Grande on the latter’s “Problem;” Jason Derulo, a former songwriter for Diddy and Lil Wayne and has since struck out on his own with six Top Five singles; and many more. Visit thebbtcenter.com for the full lineup.</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, DEC. 26-27</p> <p><img alt="" height="214" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/286fec_86135e29cd37407492857e67bbf16fa8.jpg_srz_p_1071_468_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Krampus”</strong></p> <p>When: 8 and 10 p.m.</p> <p>Where: Infinite Abyss Productions, 2304 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors</p> <p>Cost: $20</p> <p>Contact: 954/326-7767, <a href="http://www.infinite-abyss.org" target="_blank">infinite-abyss.org</a></p> <p>The Krampus, a beast of Alpine folklore that derives its name from the Old High German word for “claw,” is not a holiday myth that gets a lot of good press. The yin to Santa’s yang, this horned monster with a whip-like tongue is said to menace naughty children where St. Nicholas rewards the good little boys and girls. “The Krampus” is also the latest play from Infinite Abyss Productions, a South Florida theater company that re-emerged in October after a lengthy hibernation and has rebranded itself as a purveyor of horror-themed entertainment—even while the rest of us celebrate the holidays with good cheer. This contemporary-set, interactive exploration of the Krampus legend looks genuinely frightening. Whether or not you’ve been naughty or nice this season, you might just wind up in a post-Christmas Krampus ritual onstage. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.</p>Holiday Dining: Christmas Eve &amp; Day2014-12-15T10:42:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/15/holiday-dining-xmas-eve-day/<p>Forget leaving out milk and cookies for Santa. These restaurants want to leave an elegant Christmas Eve and/or Day meal out for you. . .</p> <p><img alt="" height="497" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/santa2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><a href="http://www.cafeboulud.com/palmbeach/" target="_blank">Cafe Boulud</a> (<em>301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-6060</em>). The posh restaurant in the Brazilian Court Hotel will be open from 5:30 to 10 p.m. offering an a la carte menu that includes everything from risotto Milanese with royal red shrimp to slow-cooked short rib pho.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.fourseasons.com/palmbeach/" target="_blank">Four Seasons Palm Beach</a> (<em>2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, 561/582-2800</em>) will be dishing up a pretty spiffy Christmas dinner to go. Cost is $300 for a multicourse meal that will feed up to eight, with dishes like roasted cauliflower and lentil salad, prime rib with porcini-red wine demiglace, and spiced ginger cheesecake. Call 561/493-5530 to order.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nyysteak.com/" target="_blank">NYY Steak</a> (<em>5550 N.W. 40th St., Coconut Creek, 954/977-6700</em>). The Seminole Casino’s classy meatery will be open for dinner both Christmas Eve and Day, offering its regular menu, as well as several specials. Think corn and Alaskan king crab chowder, stuffed pork prime rib and chocolate flan with gingerbread cookies.</p> <p><a href="http://www.oceans234.com/" target="_blank">Oceans 234</a> (<em>234 N. Ocean Blvd., Deerfield Beach, 954/428-2539</em>) will be serving up its fabulous ocean views and regular menu, along with a roster of special holiday dishes, among them butter-poached lobster salad with blood orange vinaigrette and goat cheese and pistachio-crusted rack of lamb. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 1 to 10 p.m. on Christmas Day.</p> <p>Also open on Christmas Eve and Day will be Gary Racks’ trio of eateries: <a href="http://www.racksboca.com/" target="_blank">Racks Downtown Eatery &amp; Tavern</a> (<em>402 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/395-1662</em>), <a href="http://www.racksdelray.com/" target="_blank">R</a><a href="http://www.racksdelray.com/" target="_blank">acks Fish House + Oyster Bar</a> (<em>5 S.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561/450-6718</em>) and the new <a href="http://farmhousekitchenboca.com/" target="_blank">Farmhouse Kitchen</a> (<em>399 S.E. Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton, 561/826-2625</em>). More holiday eats can be had at <a href="http://tanzyrestaurant.com/" target="_blank">Tanzy</a> (<em>301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/922-6699</em>), <a href="http://www.rasushi.com/palm-beach-gardens" target="_blank">RA Sushi</a> (<em>11701 Lake Victoria Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens, 561/340-2112</em>) and <a href="http://hudsondelray.com/" target="_blank">Hudson on Waterway East</a> (<em>900 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/303-1343</em>). Call for hours and menus.</p>Burger &amp; Beer Joint Coming to WPB2014-12-15T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/15/burger-beer-joint-coming-to-wpb/<p>Like caviar and blini, steak and eggs, and lobster and drawn butter, a burger and a beer is a culinary match made, if not in heaven, in most of our bellies.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bbjoint.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>And come spring of next year, one of Miami’s premier purveyors of thick, juicy burgers and cold, frothy beers will be dishing and pouring in <strong>CityPlace</strong>. That would be <a href="http://www.bnbjoint.com/" target="_blank">Burger &amp; Beer Joint</a>, which opened its first outlet in South Beach in 2009 and is now in the midst of an aggressive expansion campaign that will see the debut of more joints in central and South Florida over the next year or so and up to 50 in the next several years.</p> <p>The chain is known for its half-pound certified Angus beef burgers, which come in a variety of guises, from the Hotel California (guacamole, grilled onion, jalapeno relish, cilantro sour cream, cheddar and a sunny-side up egg) to the Stairway to Heaven (half-pound Wagyu beef patty with pan-seared foie gras and black truffle aioli).</p> <p>There’s also the monster Motherburger, a 10-pound behemoth that sells for $125 and defeated even the elastic stomach and cast iron intestinal tract of Adam Richman of “Man vs. Food” fame. You can also customize your own beef, bison, turkey, chicken, veggie and tuna patties with an array of garnishes, extra proteins and sauces.</p> <p>Along with an extensive selection of craft beers, there’s a roster of “adult shakes” that combine dessert with a serious buzz, like the fetchingly named Spank the Monkey, which blends rocky road ice cream, fresh banana, Pinnacle cake vodka and creme de banana. No word if it makes hair grow on your palms.</p>Top 10 Concerts/Tours of 20142014-12-12T11:58:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/12/top-10-concertstours-of-2014/<p><em>This is the first of our year-end top 10s; continue to visit bocamag.com throughout September to read out Top 10 movies, regional plays, and regional musicals.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/m-ward-photo-1_wide-94e2dcfedd82913b164053aa70e45726bccebad2-s4-c85.jpg" width="400"></em></p> <p><strong>10. M. Ward</strong>, May 2 at Culture Room</p> <p>As is customary, gifted singer-songwriter M. Ward didn’t just play the guitar at his first-ever Fort Lauderdale performance; he conquered it with both the controlled fury of a prizefighter in the zone and the pastoral delicacy of a cowboy around a campfire. He effectively made the audience disappear, crafting personal, bedroom catharses on which we happen to be eavesdropping.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/billtjones.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>9. Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company</strong>, March 7 at Mizner Park Amphitheater</p> <p>My favorite performance at this year’s Festival of the Arts Boca was also its most inscrutable, a selection of dances that was all the more compelling because it remained open to interpretation. Besides, as the dancers spent two hours swaying, gliding, sliding, shuffling, hopping, kicking, piggybacking, rolling, writhing, and contorting themselves into yogic positions, the story became secondary to the athleticism, lulling us into wide-eyed trance.</p> <p><img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/a_560x375.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>8. St. Vincent</strong>, Oct. 6 at Fillmore Miami Beach</p> <p>Part indie rocker, part vaudeville chanteuse, part performance artist, Annie Clark’s St. Vincent’s brought a night of delectable weirdness to Miami, performing everything her fans wanted to hear with a flair for the theatrical.</p> <p><img alt="" height="362" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/8948771-large.jpg" width="380"></p> <p><strong>7. Colin Mochrie &amp; Brad Sherwood</strong>, March 8 at Coral Springs Center for the Arts</p> <p>It’s one thing to see these “Whose Line is it Anyway?” stars on television, subject to editing and FCC regulations. It’s quite another to see them live, where anything truly goes. These two rubbery improv comedians were funnier than I’ve ever seen them, in comedy sketches far more ambitious than anything that could be pulled off on television—especially its painful, mousetrap-aided show-stopper. Colin still can’t rap, though!</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/8e116296ab10f556b5649070cebcc3c7b6567439_r.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>6. Iron &amp; Wine</strong>, Feb. 25 at Culture Room</p> <p>Iron &amp; Wine’s music has grown ever more expansive and musically rich in the past decade, but this tour was a throwback to singer-songwriter Sam Beam’s earliest days as a professional musician. He played music from his entire career with an acoustic guitar only, in a manner befitting the rustic, solo, back-porch charms of his first couple of records. He was in good spirits and proved open to taking audience requests, which made the night even more special.</p> <p><img alt="" height="289" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/sv8kejtffps.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>5. Deepak Chopra</strong>, Nov. 13 at B’Nai Israel</p> <p>There’s nothing like trying to comprehend the nature of the universe in less than two hours. Chopra came as close to successfully broaching this impossible topic as any speaker I’ve ever heard, distilling theories about nonlocal consciousness, the mysteries of black holes, the dangers of genetic engineering and the quantifiability of happiness in a slide-aided presentation that left us wanting more; it was a weeklong Deepak workshop condensed into one thrilling night.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/534c340074aafd2e55cab05a_jack-antonoff-bleachers-fun-01.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>4. Bleachers</strong>, Oct. 26 at Cruzan Amphitheatre</p> <p>Jack Antonoff’s fun. side project played a mid-day set at the Coral Skies Festival, but the energy that accompanied its set was unparalleled. Those who turned out for the performance witnessed the stars of tomorrow today, in a show that confirmed that the irrepressibly nostalgic throwbacks on Bleachers’ debut album “Strange Desire” sound even better blasting from amphitheater speakers.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/1110-031-so-you-think-you-can-dance-top-14-perform-large-photo-960x540.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>3. “So You Think You Can Dance!” season 11 tour</strong>, Nov. 28 at Arsht Center</p> <p>Though one Top 10 dancer was apparently too injured to dance anything but group numbers, this enormously satisfying evening of dance included favorites from the past summer’s season of “So You Think You Can Dance!,” as well as inspired and indefatigable new group numbers. I’m sure other cities received great shows on this latest “SYTYCD” tour, but there was clearly something special in the Miami air this winter, because it was the hometown show for the season’s winner, Ricky Ubeda, whose emotional solo capped the evening, eliciting tears from its performer and a standing ovation from its audience.</p> <p><img alt="" height="280" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/pt_1595_803_o.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>2. Jerry Seinfeld</strong>, Jan. 31 at Hard Rock Live</p> <p>Seinfeld not only still has it; his South Florida engagement proved that he’s arguably funnier and more observant than ever. His material traveled so far out into a realm of self-reflexive nothingness that it was downright existential. Buried among the evening’s abstruse material were cogent points about our overreliance on technology, the global decline of person-to-person communication, and the deliberate seduction of unhealthy food, delivered with punch lines so sharp and surprising that I couldn’t help missing his next quip—because I was still reeling over the last one.</p> <p><img alt="" height="458" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/belle-and-sebastian.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>1. Belle &amp; Sebastian</strong>, Sept. 28 at Fillmore Miami Beach</p> <p>Flawless sound, an unpredictable and unique set list, and copious love exchanged between the Scottish twee-pop superstars and the audience defined this magical night in Miami. There was even video projection and a string section of local talent backing them up. Belle &amp; Sebastian’s first South Florida show in its 18-year existence proved well worth the wait.</p>Great gift idea: A Swank Farm Sunday!2014-12-12T10:13:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/12/great-gift-idea-a-swank-farm-sunday/<p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/swanktable_table-thumb-560x373-1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This weekend promises to be a massive one for Christmas shopping, so we’re throwing this out there: Two tickets to a Swank Table dinner this season might be your ace in the hole.</p> <p>Everyone is always opining about how <em>experience</em> is the new luxury—and these Sunday dinners out at Swank Farm in Loxahatchee completely embody that concept, from the ambiance (rustic charm) to the food (five-star chefs) to the impeccable service, music, wines and attention to detail.</p> <p>I just attended the first dinner under the new pole barn—there was the late afternoon golden light as we sipped a handcrafted cocktail by The Cooper while we mingled near the fields. There was the appetizer station and a glass of prosecco, and then the dinner itself—a sublime, four-course dinner from award-winning Miami chefs from Yardbird, Swine and Khong River House.  There were miles of beautifully covered tables with sunflowers and orchids, a raised dais for the band, and new people to meet as everyone dined family-style as the sun set and the moon rose. My point? This would be the coolest Christmas present ever and you can go to swankspecialtyproduce.com and buy and download a gift certificate—without going near a mall.</p> <p>The April Diner en Blanc is sold out with a waiting list, but the following events still have seats left. But not for long.</p> <p>You can thank me later!</p> <p><strong>January 11, 2015</strong></p> <p><strong>BLACK GOLD &amp; SILVER SANDS</strong></p> <p>Area 31 Restaurant, db Bistro Moderne, K Restaurant</p> <p>We celebrate Agriculture in our county both past and present.</p> <p>Benefiting Historical Society of Palm Beach County</p> <p><strong>February 8, 2015</strong></p> <p><strong>HOT PINK TOMATO</strong></p> <p>Ahi Loi, Edge Steak &amp; Bar, The Dutch, 3030 Ocean</p> <p>A tribute to the number one Garden Vegetable.</p> <p>Benefiting Palm Beach County Food Bank</p> <p><strong>March 8, 2015</strong></p> <p><strong>LE GRAND AIOLI</strong></p> <p>Meat Market, Pilgrim, The Grille, 3030 Ocean</p> <p>Please dress in your best blues or blues and whites.</p> <p>Upscale, downscale. Just so it’s “Le Bleu.”</p> <p>Benefiting Cultural Council of Palm Beach County</p> <p><strong>March 22, 2015</strong></p> <p><strong>WHERE’S THE BEET?</strong></p> <p>Hippocrates Health Institute, Market 17, Mom’s Pops, The Palms Hotel &amp; Spa</p> <p>A Love Song To Vegetables. An All Vegetable Feast.</p> <p>Benefiting Palm Beach Zoo</p> <h3>April 26, 2015</h3> <p>PRIME CUTS</p> <p>Ganache 316, Pistache French Bistro, S3, 50 Ocean</p> <p>A Beef Lover’s Paradise.</p> <p>Benefiting Food For The Poor</p> <p> </p>Day Five: Hoffman&#39;s Gold Collection Gift Basket2014-12-12T07:00:00+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/12/day-five-hoffmans-gold-collection-gift-basket/<p><em>**This is part of our Boca Mag Holiday Giveaway. For more info and a full list of items, click <a href="/boca-mag-holiday-giveaway-2014/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/hoffmans.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Courtesy of Hoffman’s Chocolate</p> <p>Value: $100</p> <p>What better way to say "Happy Holidays!" than with a giant basket of gourmet chocolates from South Florida's very own Hoffman's Chocolate. The Greenacres-based chocolatier has been in the business for more than 39 years, starting off as just a small chocolate shop in Lake Worth. Snag this amazing gift basket for free now. Click on the link below for more.</p> <p>To enter, fill out <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YC3H8KV" target="_blank">this survey</a>.</p> <p><strong>About the Gold Collection Gift Basket: </strong><em>This spectacular collection offers a huge assortment of Hoffman's best selling confections. You receive<strong> </strong><strong>TWO</strong> full pounds of Hoffman's Classic Assortment of our award winning Premium Milk and Dark Chocolates, a one pound box of our luscious Double Dipped Milk Chocolate Covered Pretzels, a 12-oz. box of decadent Chocolate Covered Cherries, a 7-oz. bag of Milk Chocolate Boca Lattes (everyone’s favorite Chocolate/Coffee combination), a 4 oz bag of crisp chocolatey Brownie Brittle, a 3.75-oz. box of delightful Milk Chocolate Pecan Jitterbugs (this is our delectable version of that Southern classic - the Turtle), a bag of salted nut mix, a 7-oz. bag of classic Almond Toffee, a delightful bag of sweet Pecan Pralines, a 12-oz. bag of home-made Peanut Brittle, one 3-piece box of Chocolate smothered Oreos®, and our original Snoodle™ (buttery hand-made caramel with bits of pretzels all smothered in Premium Milk Chocolate and dappled with colored jimmies). Twitter: @<a href="https://twitter.com/HoffmansChoc" target="_blank">HoffmansChoc</a>. Instagram: @<a href="http://instagram.com/HoffmansChocolate" target="_blank">HoffmansChocolate</a>. Facebook: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hoffmanschoc" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/hoffmanschoc</a></em></p>Henry&#39;s Gets a Makeover2014-12-12T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/12/henrys-gets-a-makeover/<p><a href="http://www.rapoportsrg.com/restaurant/henrys/" target="_blank">Henry’s</a> (<em>16850 Jog Rd., 561/638-1949</em>) in Delray, for 14 years a stalwart on the local culinary scene, has undergone a thorough makeover of  everything from the acoustics to the menu.</p> <p><img alt="" height="601" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/henrychef.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The bar and dining room of Burt Rapoport’s easygoing American bistro sport a more urbane, sophisticated look, thanks to Fort Lauderdale-based designer Pam Manhas, who added striking drum chandeliers, window coverings and more.</p> <p>There’s a new chef in town too. He’s Che Frey, late of Brule Bistro in Pineapple Grove. While keeping all the dishes that have become Henry’s signatures—after all, you don’t fix what’s not broken—Frey has added some signatures of his own, from bison Bolognese to port-braised short ribs to Chinese chicken meatballs in coconut broth.</p> <p>Like Hollywood celebrities, restaurants need a shot of Botox after a while.</p>Fashion Forward: Spa Time + Friends and Family Sales2014-12-12T00:00:00+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/12/fashion-forward-spa-time-friends-and-family-sales/<p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bellylove.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>First Look:</strong> Be one of the first people to experience Belly Love’s signature holiday treatments during its Deck the Spa event. Enjoy complimentary demos, passed bites, bubbly, prizes and more. The spa will also be collection unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. RSVP by emailing <a href="mailto:info@llscene.com">info@llscene.com</a>. <em>(3420 N.W. 62nd Ave., Margate)</em></p> <p><strong>Friends and Family Sales</strong></p> <p>Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5<sup>th</sup></p> <p><em>Palm Beach Outlets, 1801 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach </em></p> <p>Deal: Take an extra 40 percent off almost everything from Dec. 10-16.</p> <p>Lord &amp; Taylor</p> <p><em>Mizner Park, 327 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</em></p> <p>Deal: Take 25 percent off almost everything. Cosmetics and fragrances are 10 percent off. Print your pass <a href="http://s7d9.scene7.com/is/content/LordandTaylor/LT-Content/EVENTS/120914/120914-PrintPass.pdf">here</a>.</p>5 Reasons the Boca Raton Children’s Museum is the BEST2014-12-11T11:19:00+00:00Michelle Olson-Rogers/blog/author/michellerogers/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/11/5-reasons-the-boca-raton-childrens-museum-is-the-best/<p><em>**Welcome to the first installment of our Boca Mom Talk column! Every other Thursday, our very own Boca mom, Michelle Olson-Rogers, will share her insights on being a parent in Boca. From her favorite spots in town to mommy-and-me fitness tips, this blog will be chock-full of tips! Check out her bio on the bottom of this blog for more info on Michelle and her business, modernbocamom.com.</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="294" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/olson-rogers_2729pr-9x15nm.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>As a Boca resident and mom to a 19-month-old little lady, we love to spend time at the <a href="http://www.cmboca.org/" target="_blank">Boca Raton Children’s Museum</a>.</p> <p>We go often. Very often.</p> <p>The Boca Raton Children’s Museum has been around since I was a child (in the 80’s) and has kept up with the times without losing its historical charm. We love it and so should you!</p> <p>Here’s the Boca Mom Talk on why our children’s museum is the BEST in South Florida.</p> <p><img alt="" height="251" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/3buildings.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>via Boca Raton Children's Museum</em></p> <p>1.<strong> Membership price. </strong>It is $60 for the whole family FOR A YEAR! It includes a <a href="http://www.cmboca.org/support/museum-memberships.html" target="_blank">slew of benefits</a> including admissions to other museums for kids in South Florida. </p> <p>2.<strong> Classes.</strong> You can take a <a href="http://www.facebook.com/MusikgartenbytheBeach" target="_blank">Musikgarten</a> class (my personal favorite) with your baby, toddler OR preschooler one day and a <a href="http://www.embracingeducation.com/#!pinspired-play/cy8" target="_blank">Pinspired Play</a> class with other Boca moms the next. The museum recently implemented a class reward system, so after 10 or so classes purchased, you receive one for free!</p> <p><img alt="" height="480" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/2014-06-28_10.04.45_rs.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Photo by Michelle Olson-Rogers</em></p> <p>3.<strong> Toddlers AND Preschoolers Dig It.</strong> Since they focus on hands-on, play-based learning, the museum is developmentally appropriate for early childhood. There is also a benefit to having the exhibits in a small, historic house because I personally don’t enjoy losing my little one in a huge space. I also love the low-tech environment. Without distractions from TV, computers, tablets and phones (other than Mommy taking a million pictures, of course), children can really focus on the imaginative play activities that are so healthy for them.</p> <p>4.<strong> Imagination Playground.</strong> Starting in January 2015, the museum will have public play times on the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJEzrW3Uxtw" target="_blank">Imagination Playground</a>, both indoors and outdoors. It’s a really cool portable, interactive, transformable environment that prompts children to manipulate their environment and create a play-space of their own with sand, water and loose parts. We can’t wait to try it. </p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/2014-06-12_14.32.08.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Photo by Michelle Olson-Rogers</em></p> <p>5.<strong> Pint-sized Grocery Store.</strong> There’s nothing cuter than watching your child pretend to be an adult in the museum’s grocery store exhibit. Little do they know it becomes such a chore when you finally do it for real! Let’s keep that a secret for a bit longer Boca Moms…along with Santa and the Easter Bunny.</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="http://www.ModernBocaMom.com" target="_blank">ModernBocaMom.com</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>Day Four: $150 Italianissimo Gift Card2014-12-11T08:26:00+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/11/day-four-150-italianissimo-gift-card/<p><em>**This is part of our Boca Mag Holiday Giveaway. For more info and a full list of items, click <a href="/boca-mag-holiday-giveaway-2014/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/lindbergh.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Courtesy of Italianissimo</p> <p>Value: $150</p> <p>If you were wondering where local stores got some of those trendy European menswear, we have your answer. Thank Italianissimo, a warehouse for menswear that ranges from formal to casual chic. The Boca-based company is the only distributor for the brand Lindbergh in all of North and South America - and guess what? You can get an exclusive peek at the latest items. Italianissimo is offering a $150 Lindbergh gift card for use at the Boca warehouse (<em>1000 Clint Moore Road, Suite 104, Boca Raton</em>). </p> <p>To enter, fill out <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YC3H8KV" target="_blank">this survey</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Lindbergh: </strong></p> <p>We create selected products with a story behind them and we want to convey those stories to our customers. We create clothing and accessories for today’s informed man, making him: 1. Look good 2. Look good for some time. We create clothing for men who are interested in acquring a wardrobe based on problem solving, finding something cool that fits into their lives. We create high industrial clothing.</p>Coastal Link still a great idea, Delray waits and sees and other news2014-12-11T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/11/coastal-link-still-a-great-idea-delray-waits-and-sees-the-mayor-tosses-a-coin-and-other-news/<h3><img alt="" height="189" src="/site_media/uploads/slider2.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>Train wreck of an idea</h3> <p>This week, a Palm Beach County commissioner voiced a very bad idea.</p> <p>Hal Valeche, who represents the north end of the county, suggested at Monday’s Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting that community resentment might be running so high against All Aboard Florida that the county should abandon the idea of trying to establish a second commuter rail service.</p> <p>Valeche doesn’t underestimate the anger in his district toward the company that plans to run passenger trains from Miami to Orlando starting in 2016. Residents and business owners fear that the 16 new trains per day—each way—will disrupt car and especially boat traffic.</p> <p>Those trains will run on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks, which goes through the downtowns of the county’s largest cities. The current commuter service, Tri-Rail, runs on the CSX tracks farther west.</p> <p>Tri-Rail is popular in Boca, which has the busiest station— thanks in part to support from nearby businesses—and soon will be the only city to have a second station. But transportation planners for years have hoped for service on the FEC, and as Boca Raton, Delray Beach and West Palm Beach market their downtowns as places to live, the potential of that second line grows.</p> <p>Fortunately, Valeche is an outlier. Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie chairs the Metropolitan Planning Organization, which she says remains committed to the <strong>Coastal Link</strong>—the plan for commuter trains on the FEC. So does Tri-Rail.</p> <p>Indeed, if Boca Raton and Delray Beach are to get any benefit from All Aboard Florida, it will be through a downtown commuter line. If safety upgrades remove the need for train whistles at crossings, Boca and Delray residents at least won’t be harmed. With no bridges in the area, this area doesn’t have the controversy there is farther north or especially in Fort Lauderdale, where the yacht industry worries about disruptions on the New River.</p> <p>Not that anything about the Coastal Link is certain. The source of money is uncertain. Nothing can happen until the FEC is double-tracked, as happened with the CSX to accommodate Tri-Rail.</p> <p>But once the 10-laning to Linton Boulevard is done, I-95 can’t get any wider. Downtown apartments are marketing themselves to millenials and empty-nesters who want public transit. That second commuter service is a long-term dream, but still a dream worth pursuing.</p> <h3>More time on Delray building rules</h3> <p>As I had speculated, the Delray Beach City Commission did not give final approval at Tuesday night’s meeting to new downtown building rules.</p> <p>Which isn’t a bad thing. Though one goal is to clarify what the city calls Land Development Regulations for the Central Business District, getting to such clarity takes time and discussion. To many residents, especially those who have spoken so passionately at hearings, Delray must get the regulations right to preserve the sort of the city they want— vibrant but not overcrowded.</p> <p>Tuesday was the second of what had been advertised as votes on the regulations. No vote took place, because the commissioners still haven’t resolved all the issues. Mayor Cary Glickstein, for example, said in an email that he wants to examine “further limiting height on Atlantic Avenue to three stories.”</p> <p>Still, the sense I get from Glickstein and commissioners Shelly Petrolia and Jordana Jarjura—the working majority —is that delay is beneficial.  Glickstein says the “end product is more important” than a deadline. Petrolia said she got satisfactory answers to some questions, but that the commission is still “working it.”</p> <p>Jarjura said that in talking with city staff members before the meeting she found “significant confusion” about the bonus program, under which developers could get such things as extra density to encourage certain types of projects in certain areas. She called the draft proposal for the program “nebulous,” but added, “I believe the extra time will afford us the opportunity to address the priorities and concerns articulated last night.”</p> <p>In the audience was Don Cooper, who will become city manager on Jan. 5. Good move. Not only will approval of the new regulations now come after he starts, Cooper will be in charge of carrying out whatever the commission agrees on.</p> <h3>Mailer on Mizner</h3> <p>On Tuesday, I wrote about the mailer to Boca Raton residents touting <a href="http://www.newmizneronthegreen.com/" target="_blank">New Mizner on the Green</a>, the four-tower condo project. The campaign is more than the mailer.</p> <p>Tami Brehse works for the West Palm Beach-based O’Donnell Agency, which represents Elad National Properties, New Mizner’s developer. Brehse said the mailer went to 12,000 Boca residents. They then got follow-up phone calls asking them to support the project, which still hasn’t even been scheduled for a Community Redevelopment Agency workshop.</p> <p>According to Brehse, Elad is “incorporating the feedback into the design” of New Mizner on the Green. After the holidays, Brehse said, Elad hopes that things will come “more info focus.”</p> <p>To Mayor Susan Haynie, the campaign seems clear. “It’s a very progressive public relations move by a developer who is unable to produce an acceptable proposal,” she said Wednesday. The mailers and phone calls are “confusing our citizens. I’ve had lots of emails and phone calls.” While Haynie acknowledges the campaign as “the developer’s right,” she believes that the photo on the mailer is misleading. The photo looks down on the project’s model, an angle that Haynie says does not show the true perspective of how the towers—which would average more than 300 feet in height—would look in comparison to the neighborhood.</p> <p>Haynie noted again that because the project seeks such a variance from the 100-foot height limit in that area “the staff cannot accept the plans.” For the council to consider the project in its current form, a council member would have to propose a planning amendment. Elad must believe that it can generate enough support to persuade at least one council member.</p> <h3>Boca Bowl almost a sell-out</h3> <p>As of Wednesday, only end-zone seats remain for the first Boca Raton Bowl, matching Marshall and Northern Illinois at FAU Stadium on Dec. 23. How great it would be if viewers of the ESPN owned-and-operated game saw a full house on a pleasant night.</p> <p>And if you wonder why people get into politics, consider that Mayor Haynie gets to toss the coin. She can take a lesson from Joe Namath. At last January’s Super Bowl, Namath tossed the coin before the referee had indicated who would call it. Namath always had a quick release. Too quick that time.</p> <h3>Palm Beach County not Palm Beach</h3> <p>New think-tank numbers again show that for all the affluence of Boca Raton, Palm Beach and other areas, Palm Beach County is economically diverse.</p> <p>Researchers for the Brookings Institute and the Urban Institute have released a county-by-county study of how many Americans apply for the <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/EITC-Home-Page--It%E2%80%99s-easier-than-ever-to-find-out-if-you-qualify-for-EITC" target="_blank">E</a><a href="http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/EITC-Home-Page--It%E2%80%99s-easier-than-ever-to-find-out-if-you-qualify-for-EITC" target="_blank">arned Income Tax Credit</a>, and how much they receive. Congress created the tax break in 1975 as a way to encourage lower-income Americans to choose work over welfare. In 2012, according to the study, the credit moved 6.5 American adults and children in working poor families out of poverty.</p> <p>Nationwide, based on 2012 figures, Americans in the Northeast and Upper Midwest used the credit least. Use was highest in Mississippi, Georgia and Alabama.</p> <p>In Palm Beach County, 20.3 percent of residents sought the tax credit. That ranked 1,451st among the country’s 3,124 counties—near the middle. But the average credit received was $2,358. That ranked the county 948th, or well into the top third.</p> <p>Only four federal tax deductions are bigger than the Earned Income Tax Credit, which mostly benefits those making between $10,000 and $20,000. Right above it in terms of overall donors is the mortgage deduction, which mostly benefits those making between $100,000 and $200,000. According to the researchers, the average claim in Palm Beach County for that tax break was $10,723—ranking the county 134<sup>th</sup>. That’s the Palm Beach County people usually think of.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at randy@bocamag.com</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>Fun Holiday Events in Delray Beach2014-12-11T05:59:00+00:00Annie Pizzutelli/blog/author/annie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/11/holiday-fun-in-delray-beach/<p>Break out your ugliest Christmas sweater, put on your Santa hat, and stock up on those candy canes, because the holidays are finally here and a slew of celebrations are happening all over Delray Beach.</p> <p><img alt="" height="302" src="/site_media/uploads/delray_christmas_tree.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Dec. 11 and 18</strong></p> <p><strong>“Holiday Happenings” at Delray Marketplace</strong>, 14851 Lyons Road, Delray; 6-8 p.m.; free admission; 561/ 865-4613</p> <p>Bring the whole family to this holiday festival.  Activities will include musical snow truck rides, face painting, magical reindeer food, a bounce house, elf games and craft stations. Photos with Santa can be purchased for $6, with proceeds benefitting the Palm Beach County Food Bank.</p> <p><strong>Dec. 12</strong></p> <p><strong>Annual Holiday Boat Parade on the Intracoastal Waterway</strong>; begins at 6:30 p.m.: 561/600-9097</p> <p>Fleets of boats decorated with holiday trimmings will set sail through the Boynton Beach Inlet all the way down to south of the Linton Bridge.</p> <p><strong>Dec. 13 </strong></p> <p><strong>Delray Beach Holiday Parade</strong>, starts at 6 p.m.</p> <p>The parade will begin at the Intracoastal Bridge on Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach, and will head west towards Northwest Fith Avenue. Expect more than 60 decorated floats, plus a special appearance from Santa on Delray Beach Fire Department's fire truck.</p> <p><strong>Dec. 13 and 20</strong></p> <p><strong>Cookie Cruise with Santa</strong>, 801 E. Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach; 10 a.m. to noon; $18 per person; 561/243-0686 to reserve a seat</p> <p>All aboard this family cruise. Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate with Santa and celebrate with holiday activities.</p> <p><strong>Dec. 18:</strong></p> <p><strong>Holiday Celebration of Hanukkah and Christmas at Weisman Delray Community Center</strong>, 7091 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 7 p.m.; free admission; 561/865-5292.<strong></strong></p> <p>Have a very merry Chrismukkah at this interfaith festivity. Children from local schools will entertain with Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs. Special guest, Israeli singer Shalva Berti will also perform.</p> <p><strong>Dec. 20:</strong></p> <p><strong>Screen on the Green at Old School Square Park</strong>, Northeast First Street, Delray Beach, 7 p.m.; free admission</p> <p>Bah humbug! Get into the holiday spirit with this double feature. First watch the classic cartoon, <em>How the Grinch Stole Christmas</em>. Follow it up with the year 2000 version of <em>The Grinch</em>. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and a toy to donate to the Miami Children's Hospital Foundation.</p> <p><strong>Martha and Mory: A Holiday Cabaret at Arts Garage</strong><strong>, </strong><em>180 N.E First St., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; Tickets $25-$250; 561/450-6357</em><strong></strong></p> <p>Mezzo soprano Martha Bartz and pianist Mory Ortman will jingle all the way at this holiday concert.</p> <p><strong>Dec. 21</strong></p> <p><strong>“Hannukah Happenings” at Delray Marketplace</strong>, 14851 Lyons Road, Delray Beach; 6-8 p.m.; free admission.</p> <p>The whole family will enjoy dreidel games, Hanukkah songs and the Menorah lighting at this fun celebration.</p> <p><strong>December 23</strong></p> <p><strong>New Year Calendar Making</strong> <strong>at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens</strong>, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach; 10 a.m. free with museum admission</p> <p>Welcome in 2015 by designing a custom desktop calendar featuring the New Year zodiac sign, the sheep.<strong></strong></p>The Cornell&#39;s latest exhibition gets the word out2014-12-10T14:31:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/10/the-cornells-latest-exhibition-gets-the-word-out/<p><img alt="" height="301" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/robertindiana-hoperedbluegreen122026__122026.jpg" width="300"></p> <p>When we think of text-driven visual art, if we think of it at all, we usually picture the spacious, spartan word paintings of Ed Rauscha, or perhaps the bold, single-word typographic pleas of Robert Indiana—like his endlessly reproduced “LOVE” and “HOPE.” Maybe the tech-savvy among us think of Jenny Holzer, the contemporary artist who fills scrolling LED panels with cryptic or provocative statements.</p> <p>These are perhaps the bluntest, most obvious examples of text art, but artists are incorporating words in their compositions in subtler and more surprising ways, largely divorced from their splashy, Pop Art forbears. <strong>Delray Center for the Arts</strong> is currently exhibiting 11 of these wordy artists in “Language Art,” another progressive and fascinating survey from curator Melanie Johanson.</p> <p><img alt="" height="531" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/reed-dixon.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The exhibition, which takes over the bulk of the first and second floors of the museum, does have a couple of inevitable contributions from the aforementioned Indiana, but it’s the more obscure artists that steal the show in unexpected ways. The text in Reed Dixon’s “Postcard” series is mostly in service of its eponymous travel card; each postcard exudes bygone Florida kitsch, with palm trees, Mickey Mouse cheesecake models, Cuban planes and conquistadors selling a hilariously outdated idea of paradise. Meanwhile, vintage comic books, cult movies, advertising brands and slogans, and esoteric language share the alternately bright and foreboding canvases of Johnny Romeo, a superhero’s name if ever one existed. His collages come across as a paranoiac’s fever dream, where skulls, motorcycles and gun-toting babes appear alongside owls, partially scrubbed-out words and corporate symbols—a quest for identity in a world caught between mainstream and underground, highbrow and lowbrow.</p> <p>Taking a more minimalist and site-specific approach, Meryl Pataky’s “You” is a wall-mounted assemblage of seemingly messy, squiggly steel that only spells out the titular word in the shadow it casts below. Created from hand-cut paper and an X-ACTO knife, Annie Vought’s “I took the girl to walk in circles” is a delicate transcription from her personal trove of hand-written letters—a painstaking immortalization of the endangered and romantic art of letter-writing, with even its ink splotches retained in the final work.</p> <p><img alt="" height="379" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/dinges2_4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>In the “best use of recycled materials” category is Michael Dinges’ “Dead Laptop” series—where decommissioned Macbooks become playgrounds for inspired engravings of fauna, Ouija boards, new age symbology, encyclopedic imagery and more, all of it working around the Apple logo in the center of each canvas. These pieces shake up Apple’s elegant uniformity, adding individuality to a sleekly antiseptic brand while inspirationally turning a functional object into a purely aesthetic one.</p> <p>But my favorite works in “Language Art” are those by Kathy Halper, who creates embroidered linens inspired by Facebook’s photos, its lexicon, and its atmosphere of spoiled narcissism. She started with actual quotes from her daughter’s Facebook wall, pearls of wisdom such as “It is wrong that im more embaressed about the karoke than the toplessness?” (sic) and “Note to self … there is such a thing as having too many birthday shots.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="381" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/kh-notetoself_mai.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The images are the kind you’d expect to attend such statements—usually young women acting badly. In addition to serving as a withering critique of social media and its most asinine adherents, Halper’s work derives its melancholy-tinged humor from the incongruity of re-creating a permanent and time-consuming artwork from fleeting gasps of regrettable, likely-to-be-deleted hedonism. For many young people, this <em>is</em> their form of artistic expression. Yikes!</p> <p><em>“Language Arts” runs thrugh March 8 at the Cornell Museum at Delray Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave. Admission is $5. Call 561/243-7922 or visit <a href="http://delraycenterforthearts.org" target="_blank">delraycenterforthearts.org</a>.</em></p>Day Three: $150 Gift Card to FragranceNet.com 2014-12-10T07:00:00+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/10/day-three-fragrancenetcom/<p><em>**This is part of our Boca Mag Holiday Giveaway. For more info and a full list of items, click <a href="/boca-mag-holiday-giveaway-2014/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <div><em><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/fnet_700x700_v4.jpg" width="490"></em> <p>Courtesy of <a href="http://FragranceNet.com" target="_blank">FragranceNet</a></p> <p>Value: $150</p> <p>From oatmeal cookie-scented candles to Christian Dior's signature J'adore, FragranceNet.com has all your scented needs. The best part? It's at discounted prices that hit up to 70 percent off retail prices. For the third day of our Holiday Giveaway, we've partnered with FragranceNet.com to give you a $150 gift card. (<strong>This item does not require pick up from our office.)</strong></p> <p>To enter, fill out <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YC3H8KV" target="_blank">this survey</a>.</p> <p><strong>About FragranceNet.com: </strong><em>FragranceNet.com was created to provide the public with access to the largest inventory of genuine, brand name fragrances, skincare, candles, aromatherapy and more at the lowest possible prices. </em></p> </div>Beauty Oil Guide2014-12-10T06:00:00+00:00Annie Pizzutelli/blog/author/annie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/10/beauty-oil-guide/<p>These days I use more oil in my bathroom than I do in my kitchen. Oils are essential to your skin’s health because they keep your outer of skin cells together, making you look younger while protecting against future damage. They moisturize and nourish your hair and help prevent distress against heat styling. Oils can even help strengthen dry cracked nails and smooth out even the most chapped lips. From scalp to heels, the benefits are endless. Ready to cook up a more beautiful you?</p> <p><strong>Castor Oil:</strong></p> <p>Years ago castor oil was considered a miracle cure for just about anything. I remember my grandmother used to recommend it to treat sunburns and would even threaten the kids with a spoonful of it when didn’t eat our veggies. The wonders of castor oil aren’t just an old wives tale. Primarily made up of ricinoleic acid, a fatty compound that possesses anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, castor oil can sooth skin and even help fight acne. Remember though: castor oil is not for cooking. It can wear away at the lining of your digestive tract.</p> <p><img alt="" height="349" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/oil_castor.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Try: SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil hair product line, <a href="http://www.ulta.com/ulta/a/_/Ntt-castor%20oil/Nty-1?Dy=1&amp;ciSelector=searchResults" target="_blank">Ulta</a>, $7.99-$12.99</p> <p><em>For Your Hair: Combat dandruff.</em></p> <p>The omega-9 fatty acids present in castor oil will help nourish dry scalps to prevent flaking. For persistent dandruff, the anti-fungal properties help fight the pathogens and micro-organisms that are leaving your scalp itchy and dehydrated. Before washing, apply castor oil to the infected areas. You’ll see results after a few washes.</p> <p><em>For Your Face: Cleanse your skin.</em></p> <p>Oil on your face? You must be thinking I’m crazy. The basic idea of the oil cleansing method is that oil absorbs oil. Many commercial face washes strip the skin of its natural necessary oils, which in fact causes your skin to produce more oil and breakouts. By gently cleaning your face with oil, you’ll wash away impurities while keeping your skin moisturized. Pour a quarter-sized amount of oil into your palms, rub them together and delicately massage the oil all over your face. The longer you work the oil into your skin, the better it breaks up the dirt and grime.</p> <p><strong>Coconut Oil:</strong></p> <p>If you haven’t already discovered the miracle of coconut oil, I can’t imagine what you’re waiting for. Coconut oil contains a fatty acid called caprylic triglyceride. This ingredient does everything from keeping your locks luscious to keeping your breath fresh, but beware coconut oil is comedogenic so it can clog pores and cause acne breakouts if it is directly applied to the face.</p> <p>Try: Whole Foods 365 Organic Expeller Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil, $10</p> <p><em>For your hair: Grow long luxurious tresses</em></p> <p>Coconut oil masks have saved the condition of my hair. More than a decade of flat ironing, blow-drying, highlighting and chemically treating my hair left it seemingly damaged beyond repair. The breakage on my hair was so bad, my ends would be noticeably uneven just a week after a trim. I started doing weekly coconut oil masks and my hair was forever changed. Fatty acids bind to the protein in hair and protect both the roots and strands of hair from breakage. By penetrating the hair shaft, the coconut oil shields against environmental impurities and excess heat. Saturate your hair in the oil and wrap a warm towel around your head for twenty minutes. Make sure you wash out all the coconut oil to avoid buildup around your scalp.</p> <p><em>For your mouth: Oil pull for fresher breath and whiter teeth</em></p> <p>Swish coconut oil around your mouth for 20 minutes to strengthen your teeth and gums, whiten your smile, fix bad breath and maybe even cure a hangover. Start with a ball of solid coconut water and it will melt into a liquid. As it pulls in your saliva and toxins, it starts to get thicker and almost doubles in size.  After twenty minutes of swishing you can dispel the concoction and be left with a fresher healthier mouth. Make sure you spit out the oil into your trash can instead of your sink. The oil could build up in your drain and cause blockage.</p> <p><strong>Argan Oil:</strong></p> <p>Often referred to as “liquid gold,” argan oil is truly a whole body product. It’s loaded with vitamin E and essential fatty acids giving it unbelievable healing, repairing and conditioning properties for your hair, skin and body. But don’t get fooled by the influx of “argan oil” products currently on the market. Most are filled with silicone, artificial preservatives, dyes, perfumes and contain very little actual argan oil. Pure organic argan oil is a lightweight formula that easily penetrates without leaving any greasy residue.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/oil_argan.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Try: Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil, <a href="http://www.sephora.com/100-percent-pure-argan-oil-P218700" target="_blank">Sephora</a>, $48</p> <p><em>For your hair: Mend dry brittle ends</em></p> <p>Use after blow-drying to hydrate and repair dry split ends. Rub a few drops between your palms and run your fingers through your hair to tame frizz and add shine. Like other dry oils just a few drops go a long way.</p> <p><em>For your nails: Keeps nails nourished between manicures</em></p> <p>Before polishing nails apply a few drops of argan oil to each nail. The moisturizing properties will soften cuticles, mend cracked nails and improve the condition of the skin surrounding your nail bed.</p> <p><strong>Maracuja Oil:</strong></p> <p>Extracted from passion fruit seed, this oil is ideal for sensitive and acne-prone skin types. Unlike thicker oils, this one won’t clog your pores. Made up of 77 percent linoleic acid, the omega-6 essential fatty acids reduce inflammation and help the skin retain moisture. Applying linoleic acids to the skin regulates the skins oil production by balancing the sebum’s natural oleic acids that can contribute to acne.</p> <p><em><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/oil_maracuja.jpg" width="400"></em></p> <p>Try: Tarte Maracuja Oil, <a href="http://www.sephora.com/pure-maracuja-oil-P376726" target="_blank">Sephora</a>, $46</p> <p><em>For your face: Refresh a tired complexion</em></p> <p>Infused with vitamin C, this oil absorbs quickly to replenish tired, dull skin and create the appearance of a brightened complexion. It can stimulate the production of fibroblasts, the cells that produce collagen, keeping skin firm and diminishing noticeable fine lines. The gentle oil also helps even out skin tone and soothe irritation.</p> <p><strong>Olive Oil:</strong></p> <p>Even with more exotic oils flooding the market, olive oil remains one of my favorite staples. Olive oil is naturally loaded with antioxidants and moisturizing squalene to give your skin a silky radiant finish. It has regenerative power over skin tissue so regular usage ensures that your skin remains soft and smooth while keeping it firm and toned.</p> <p><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/oil_olive.jpg" width="398"></p> <p>Try: <a href="http://www.olivellaline.com/olivella-mamma-cream-anti-stretchmark?gclid=CNrxt5n9z8ECFbPm7AodYi0A8g" target="_blank">Olivella Mamma Cream</a>, EVOO Factory (1239 E. Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale), $14.50</p> <p><em>For your face: Take off your makeup</em></p> <p>Dab some olive oil on a cotton ball and glide away even the most stubborn waterproof mascara. It’s naturally less abrasive than many other makeup removers making it perfect for the delicate area around the eye. As an added bonus, the olive oil acts as a conditioner to fortify your lashes and stimulate growth.</p> <p><em>For your skin: Say goodbye to stretch marks</em></p> <p>Olive oil not only speeds up cell turnover, but it also helps increase the elasticity of the skin. This not only helps in preventing stretch marks from coming back but also helps lighten the ones that are still present. Warm up oil in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds and give yourself a hot oil massage about three times a week.</p>Run for a Reason2014-12-10T00:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/10/run-for-a-reason/<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>‘Tis the season for running and walking events. Here’s a great local race for a good cause: The River Run 5K Run for a Reason. Money raised will help support local child welfare organizations.</p> <p><strong>What you’ll need to know:</strong></p> <p>Date: Saturday, Dec. 13</p> <p>Where: Spanish River Church (<em>2400 Yamato Road, Boca Raton</em>)</p> <p>Time: 7:30 a.m.</p> <p>Distance: 3.1 miles</p> <p>Cost: Adults $25 and kids (17 and younger) $20. Race day registration is $30 for adults and kids.</p> <p><img alt="" height="209" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/lisetteblog.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>You can sign up as an individual or as part of a team. Teams of 20 or more get t-shirts. Teams of 10 or more get a discounted price of $20 per person entry fee.</p> <p>If you have little ones, there’s an 8:30 a.m. kids’ fun run, which is free. </p> <p>Race proceeds will go to 4Kids of South Florida and Place of Hope, Haven campus, in Boca Raton.</p> <p>Place of Hope is a faith-based, state-licensed child welfare organization providing family-style foster care and other important services to local children who have been abused, neglected and more. The nonprofit 4KIDS of South Florida partners with people, churches, corporations and government agencies to provide homes for children in crisis, according to race literature.</p> <p>To register, click <a href="http://www.active.com/boca-raton-fl/running/distance-running-races/river-run-5k-run-walk-run-for-a-reason-2014">here</a> or call 561-994-5000 for more information. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><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="http://www.wordscomealive.com/" target="_blank">wordscomealive.com</a>.</p>Hudson Opens in Delray2014-12-09T10:43:15+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/09/hudson-opens-in-delray/<p>One of the most stunning restaurant spots in South Florida, empty for the better part of a year, is now bustling again with the debut of <a href="http://hudsondelray.com/" target="_blank">Hudson at Waterway East</a> (<em>900 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/303-1343</em>), an oasis of “urban comfort food.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="603" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/hudson2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The 7,000 square foot restaurant features a giant deck on the Intracoastal, complete with dock, plus lots of indoor dining space with a modern-rustic look and hip, urban vibe. Design is by Pam Manhas of Manhas Design in Fort Lauderdale.</p> <p>Heading up the kitchen is former French Laundry and (David) Bouley chef George Cocilova, whose signature dishes include such temptations as lobster potato skins, a 12-ounce brisket-short rib burger, pan-seared scallops with sweet pea puree and carrot butter, and Alaskan halibut with applewood-smoked bacon and mustard spaetzle.</p> <p>Of course, there’s an extensive beverage program, from small-batch spirits to craft beers (many from local brewers) to a roster of boutique wines.</p>Day Two: Magenta Couture $250 Gift Card2014-12-09T07:00:00+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/09/day-two-magenta-couture-250-gift-card/<p><em>**This is part of our Boca Mag Holiday Giveaway. For more info and a full list of items, click <a href="/boca-mag-holiday-giveaway-2014/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <div><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/magenta.jpg" width="490"></div> <div> <p>Courtesy of <a href="http://magentacouture.com/" target="_blank">Magenta Couture</a></p> <p>Value: $250</p> <p>The latest European fashion is just a drive away. Magenta Couture, which opened this year at Royal Palm Place, curates a selection of items from Stolkholm, Spain, France, London and Italy. No traveling and jet lag needed. For the second day of our Holiday Giveaway, we've partnered with the boutique to give away a $250 gift card.</p> <p>To enter, fill out <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YC3H8KV" target="_blank">this survey</a>.</p> <p><strong>About the boutique: </strong><em>For European excellence, Magenta Couture is a provider of the newest and hottest fashions east of the Atlantic. Delivering a whole new closet of international expansion, everything from Magenta Couture serves to make more than a statement. For the contemporary young woman looking to break from the mainstream with a new aesthetic, Magenta Couture makes that difference. For every scene and season, the collections within our catalog offer a full-range of items and accessories created by internationally-acclaimed designers. Everything from Magenta Couture is hand-designed to inspire individuality with cross-cultural collaborations for those who believe fashion goes beyond head-to-toe. IG: @MagentaCouture. Twitter: @MagentaCouture. Facebook: Magenta.Couture</em></p> </div>Delray&#39;s building regs, the endangered Democrat and more.2014-12-09T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/09/delrays-building-regs-the-endangered-democrat-and-more-news-from-around-the-city-and-state/<h3><img alt="" height="338" src="/site_media/uploads/downtown-delray.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Delray’s new building rules</h3> <p>Delray Beach Planning and Zoning Director Dana Little told me Friday that he will be “happily surprised” if the city commission adopts new downtown building rules at tonight’s meeting. Little is right to be thinking that the final vote on what are formally called the Land Development Regulations for the Central Business District might not come until January.</p> <p>Little and his staff have changed the proposals to reflect suggestions and questions from commissioners and residents at the first hearing on Nov. 18. But the suggestions and questions aren’t over.</p> <p>In an email, Commissioner Shelly Petrolia said she wants to know “what portion of a civic open space can become ‘outdoor dining.’" She wants the answer to be “None,” because allowing any “defeats the purpose of a civic space.” Little noted that requiring more open space in downtown projects is a key goal of the proposals, which he has helped to craft first as a staff member for the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council as it assisted the city and now as the key city department head.</p> <p>Petrolia also wants to require more so-called “workforce housing,’ so that more people who work in Delray Beach can afford to live in Delray Beach. She points out that at the first hearing three commissioners did not want the percentage of such housing tied to a project’s density. Under the proposal, she said, an increase from 30 units per acre to 50 units per acre would mean asking the developer for just four more units of workforce housing. Obviously, pushback comes from developers, who make more money selling higher-priced units.</p> <p>Though Little says one of the appeals for developers in amending the regulations is “clarity,” Petrolia says the proposals do not make clear which areas would be able to get density increases. She also has some “smaller issues.”</p> <p>Mayor Cary Glickstein’s priority has been to encourage more development of office space. He believes, however, that the proposals focus too much on “Class A” space—the most expensive—and not enough on “creative, compatible office space.”</p> <p>But, referring to the staff, Petrolia says, “I generally like where they are.” Glickstein believes that approval will come tonight even though the regulations “need some work” before the meeting.</p> <p>Little says the most important demand from the public was that the regulations require “wider sidewalks. If there’s one thing that came through, it was that people are fed up with 5-foot sidewalks.” Another priority of residents was that open space requirement, to provide what Little calls the sort of “great public experiences” offered by strolling Palm Beach. Also, more regulations will come with graphics, not just words, to avoid unpleasant surprises or the chance that a developer could fudge things.</p> <p>At the Nov. 18 hearing, one resident drew lots of applause when she asked that the commission allow “no exceptions” to any regulation. That probably won’t happen. The controversial “conditional use” program, though, will be changed to a “bonus” program for additional height and density to become, as Little puts it, more of a “tool” for the city to reach goals, not just something that the commission gives out for no apparent public benefit in return.</p> <p>Delray last amended its downtown building regulations when the city was trying to attract residential development. That has happened. The goal now is to make the city more livable and sustainable for those and all residents of the city. It could happen tonight, but if it takes one more meeting, the delay probably will be worth it.</p> <h3>Imagining a new downtown                               </h3> <p>Boca Raton residents just got a mailer asking them to “imagine a new vision for Downtown Boca.”</p> <p>That “new vision” is <a href="http://www.newmizneronthegreen.com/" target="_blank">New Mizner on the Green</a>, the four-tower condo project proposed to replace Mizner on the Green, the rental complex on Mizner Boulevard. The mailer —from the Broward-based developer, Elad National Properties—touts many “community benefits.” Among them: a 2-acre public park, $5 million in property tax revenue to the city; increased downtown property values; and “extraordinary architecture.”000</p> <p>The towers, though, would be roughly 200 feet taller than rules for the site allow. As Mayor Susan Haynie told me recently, a council member would have to propose an amendment for the full council even to consider the project. No council member has proposed one.</p> <p>So the mailer—an idea crafted by Elad and the company’s public relations firm—seeks “supporters” who would be willing to write letters to council members or newspapers, call city leaders or otherwise help the project gain traction. The mailer is pretty and the wish to move things along—the project basically has been stalled since last summer—is understandable, but the tactic could backfire if council members consider the mailer a not-so-subtle form of outside pressure.</p> <h3>Same sex marriage on the way?                                 </h3> <p>Florida soon could become one of the 35 states where gay marriages can take place, but the legal challenges to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage wouldn’t necessarily end.</p> <p>Last August, a federal judge struck down the 2008 ban as unconstitutional. Judge Robert Hinkle issued a stay of his order until Jan. 5, so the state could appeal. Last week, the 11<sup>th</sup> U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to extend the stay. If the court rejects Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s appeal, same-sex couples can apply to county clerks for marriage licenses.</p> <p>Compliance, though, could depend on the individual clerk. Hinkle represents only the Northern District of Florida. Different lawyers could give different interpretations of the court’s decision. The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear any of the federal cases, even though the recent round of challenges began after the court last year struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.</p> <p>For that and other reasons, the challenges in state court would continue whatever happens at the federal level. This year, state judges in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties also struck down the same-sex marriage ban. Similar challenges have led other state courts to strike down same-sex marriage bans without action by federal courts.</p> <p>The two South Florida cases have been combined and sent to the Florida Supreme Court. I communicated last week with a lawyer who represents some of those plaintiffs, and she said they intend to pursue their cases regardless of what happens with Hinkle’s ruling. Rejection by the Florida Supreme Court would be a more conclusive legal end to the ban, absent a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.</p> <h3>Endangered species                            </h3> <p>With Mary Landrieu losing her runoff election in Louisiana last weekend, the 11 states of the former Confederacy have just three Democrats in the U.S. Senate.</p> <p>Two of them—Tim Kaine and Mark Warner—represent Virginia. The other is Bill Nelson of Florida, who is up for reelection in 2018, when he will be 76. Nelson has been progressively luckier in his Republican opponents – from Bill McCollum to Katherine Harris to Connie Mack IV. With the GOP focused on avoiding self-destructive primaries, Nelson surely does not expect to get lucky again.</p> <h3>Florida wins the nasty crown</h3> <p>It may seem hard for Floridians to believe, but one study concludes that we didn’t have the nation’s most negative race for governor.</p> <p>The W<a href="http://mediaproject.wesleyan.edu/releases/ad-spending-in-2014-elections-poised-to-break-1-billion/" target="_blank">esleyan Media Project</a> <em>(see table 10)</em>, which tracked advertising and campaigns for 2014, believes that the Rick Scott-Charlie Crist mudfest was just the seventh-most negative, behind those in New Hampshire, Connecticut, Minnesota, New Mexico, Arizona and Illinois.</p> <p>Researchers divided the ads into three categories: Positive, Negative and Contrast. In Florida, nearly 15 percent of the ads were positive, compared with barely more than 3 percent in New Hampshire and 5.3 percent in Connecticut. Still, the study also found that in the 10 “Least Positive” governor’s races, Florida had the second-highest percentage of negative ads – 79.2 percent. Floridians also saw more ads than voters in any other state – almost 22,000, or roughly one-third more than even Texans did.</p> <p>So, yes, if you feel from having witnessed it that Florida had the nastiest campaign for governor, go with your feeling. You’re right.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at randy@bocamag.com</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: Dec. 9 to 152014-12-08T13:10:16+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/08/the-week-ahead-dec-9-to-15/<p>TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/b-david-lr.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: David Benoit</strong></p> <p>Where: Jazziz Nightlife, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 and 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50-$95</p> <p>Contact: 561/300-0730, <a href="http://jazziz.com/nightlife" target="_blank">jazziz.com/nightlife</a></p> <p>Jazz pianist and composer David Benoit has an enviable resume, having performed for three U.S. presidents (Reagan, Clinton and Bush Sr.) and numerous other world dignitaries; charted more than 25 albums since 1980; and received three Grammy nominations. The eclectic smooth jazz pioneer, who has enjoyed collaborations with symphonies and pop artists ranging from Patti Austin to Kenny Loggins, will be releasing a new album in 2015, but tonight’s special performances at Jazziz honor an American cultural institution that has found its way into Benoit’s music since at least 1985: Charles Schulz’ “Peanuts.” For decades, he has carried the torch of original “Peanuts” composer Vince Guaraldi across albums such as “Here’s To You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years” and “Jazz for Peanuts.” At these intimate Jazziz engagements, he’ll focus on selections from the enduring musical special “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” including “Linus and Lucy” and “Christmas is Coming.”</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/takacs_quartet(ellen_appel).jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Takacs Quartet</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$75</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="http://www.kravis.org" target="_blank">kravis.org</a></p> <p>In terms of its cachet if not its music, Budapest’s Takacs Quartet comprises some of the biggest rock stars in the string-quartet world. They have toured with Hungarian folk groups and drama companies, played 14 dates with prized poet laureate Robert Pinksy, and scored a live reading of Philip Roth’s “Everyman” with Philip Seymour Hoffman. This past September, Meryl Streep joined them onstage for another live reading of “Everyman,” and in 2012, Gramophone announced that Takacs would be the only string quartet inducted into its first-ever Hall of Fame ceremony, alongside Leonard Bernstein and Dame Janet Baker. The group will bring its humor, warmth and peerless skill to compositions by Haydn, Debussy and Beethoven at this one-night-only appearance at Kravis.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="384" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/mayer-famiiae.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Michael Burges and Kathrina Mayer’s Lausberg Contemporary exhibition</strong></p> <p>Where: Armory Art Center, 1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 6 to 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-1776, <a href="http://www.armoryart.org" target="_blank">armoryart.org</a></p> <p>German artists continue to share the walls and the thematic spotlight of Armory Art Center, in the second installment of its series on artists represented by Dusseldorf’s Lausberg Contemporary gallery. The artists are markedly different in style and form, reflecting the diversity of their gallery of origin: Abstract artist Michael Burges will feature work from his “Gold” series, employing a specialized technique of reverse glass painting on 75-carat gold leaf canvases. Kathrina Mayer is a photographer who will showcase works from her “Theatrum Familiae” series (pictured) of eccentrically propped and arranged family portraits—which, while staged, aim to capture her subjects’ essences in their most natural habitat. The exhibition runs through Jan. 10.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="285" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/k1600_tso-2012-press-photo-07-jason-mceachern-2012_26-620x360.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Trans-Siberian Orchestra</strong></p> <p>Where: BB&amp;T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise</p> <p>When: 4 and 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $47.50-$88.50</p> <p>Contact: 954/835-8000, <a href="http://www.thebbtcenter.com" target="_blank">thebbtcenter.com</a></p> <p>Rock music—the epic, thunderous, grandiose rock music that only makes sense in flamboyant arena settings full of long-haired middle-aged men with their fists in the air—will never be dead so long as Trans-Siberian Orchestra are keeping the tradition alive. Arguably the most prolific and profitable progressive rock act of the past two decades, Trans-Siberian Orchestra has sold more than 8 million albums and even more concert tickets; indeed, TSO has staked its reputation on its spectacle-driven live shows, which integrate symphonies, lasers, pyrotechnics, video projection and other special effects. The orchestra has also become synonymous for its holiday concept albums, playing different Christmas releases, in their entirety, on each of their winter tours. For this tour, the orchestra will be performing its 1998 release “The Christmas Attic” for the first time live, featuring such epics as “Boughs of Holly,” “Appalachian Snowfall” and “Dream Child (A Christmas Dream).”</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/dsc_9468.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Peter London Global Dance Company</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="http://www.arshtcenter.org" target="_blank">arshtcenter.org</a></p> <p>Dance programs from touring companies are rare enough in South Florida, but showcases of local dance choreography and performance are even more endangered. That’s why institutions like the Peter London Global Dance Company should be cherished. It’s a company that thinks globally and acts locally, with all of the dancers and choreographers comprising this weekend’s “Jazz Love Night” performances hailing from South Florida. London, an honors graduate from Juilliard and a professor of dance at Miami-Dade College, will debut a jazz improvisation piece inspired by calypso music from his native Trinidad and Tobago, and local choreographers Luis Cuevas, Justin Rapaport, Lloyd Knight, Gentry George and Armando Gonzalez will premiere their new pieces as well, at a bargain admission price.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/waterfront-opera.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opera @ the Waterfront</strong></p> <p>Where: Meyer Amphitheatre, 104 Datura St., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 2 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-7888, <a href="http://www.pbopera.org" target="_blank">pbopera.org</a></p> <p>For years, management at Palm Beach Opera had discussed the possibility of staging a free outdoor concert during season. Last December, those discussions became a reality with the inaugural Opera @ the Waterfront, which drew 2,500 attendees—numbers fit for a pop-music star—to the Meyer Amphitheatre for a free selection of arias and ensembles featuring internationally known vocalists and the company’s orchestra and chorus. The event exceeded expectations and attracted new audiences to the opera; according to marketing director Ceci Dadisman, more than 60 percent of the audience had never attended either a Palm Beach Opera production or a live opera. This year, for the second annual event, Palm Beach Opera’s efforts have been supported by a Knight Foundation arts grant, and the company expects a crowd of 3,000. Attendees will hear a variety of classics from the opera repertory as well as a smattering of musical-theater numbers.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="314" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/christina-perri-thumb.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: No Snow Ball</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $37.50-$100</p> <p>Contact: <a href="http://www.wrmf.com" target="_blank">wrmf.com</a></p> <p>When it’s December in Florida, the weather outside is rarely frightful—and that’s enough reason to celebrate with a local music festival, aptly titled the No Snow Ball. The annual holiday tradition enters its eighth year with a lineup of pop superstars heard regularly on the festival’s sponsor, the modern pop station WRMF-97.9. Piano-pop sensation Christina Perri (pictured) will headline the festival on the strength of her second album, the Billboard Top 5-charting “Head or Heart.” The impressive bill also includes Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Gaven DeGraw, of “Not Over You” fame; Norwegian duo Nico &amp; Vinz, the infectious fusers of reggae, soul, hip-hop and pop; American Authors, the New York-based rock quartet responsible for the infectious earworm “Best Day of My Life;” and folk-rocking guitarist Matt Nathanson, whose hit “Come On Get Higher” went platinum.</p> <p><img alt="" height="417" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/lewis-black.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Lewis Black</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $39-$100</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="http://www.kravis.org" target="_blank">kravis.org</a></p> <p>Comedian Lewis Black’s website is something to behold. In one image on his homepage, he’s positioned himself as King Kong, scowling behind a vintage skyscraper while clutching a damsel, as antique warplanes buzz around him. Another image advertises his membership club, the Frustrated Union of Cynical Kindreds Universal; it’s an acronym spelling out a result we probably can’t print. And in still another image, advertising his “Black Chanukah Sale,” he’s a regular Bad Santa, clad in holiday raiment and flipping off the camera. Some might say the holiday season, with its intended good cheer, isn’t the time for a standup set by one of comedy’s most irascible, volatile, splitting-vein-in-the-forehead agitators. But I say there’s no better time for Black’s acerbic commentary, complete with riffs about the alleged “war on Christmas” and big lumps of comic coal for the stockings of our politicians.</p>Day One: Kalla Gloria &amp; Dolores Bouquet2014-12-08T07:00:00+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/08/day-one-kalla-gloria-dolores-bouquet/<p><em>**This is part of our Boca Mag Holiday Giveaway. For more info and a full list of items, click <a href="/boca-mag-holiday-giveaway-2014/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="482" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/kalla.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Courtesy of <a href="http://kalla.com" target="_blank">Kalla</a></p> <p>Retail Value: $160</p> <p>Imagine a beautiful bouquet in an equally beautiful vase, hand-delivered to your door. It's a gift no one can forget. From white cymbidium orchids to wanted hearts garden roses, every arrangement is sure to wow. For the first day of our Holiday Giveaway, we've partnered with Kalla to give a <a href="https://kalla.com/signature/Gloria-Dolores" target="_blank">Gloria &amp; Dolores Bouquet</a>. Keep it for yourself or deliver it to a special someone. <strong>(This item does not require pick up from our office).</strong></p> <p>To enter, fill out <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YC3H8KV" target="_blank">this survey</a>.</p> <p><strong>Item description:</strong> <em>This mother daughter duo reigned over the jet set in the 1960's. Much like these fashion icons, this structural arrangement is stunning in its simplicity yet commands your attention. Pure white phalaenopsis orchids gently lay on a bed of textural green ball dianthus, caged by flexi grass strung with bright green hypericum berries. The geometric vase completes the mod look.</em></p>Fashion Forward: a grand opening, special show + makeup event2014-12-05T15:50:29+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/05/fashion-forward-a-grand-opening-special-show-makeup-event/<p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/shi.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Let’s celebrate:</strong> SHI Cashmere is celebrating its grand opening on Monday, Dec. 8, from 5-8 p.m. RSVP by emailing <a href="mailto:claude@thefashiondoctorsrx.com">claude@thefashiondoctorsrx.com</a> by Dec. 6. <em>(150 Worth Ave., Palm Beach // 561/284-6775)</em></p> <p><strong>Special show:</strong> Angela Tassoni is showcasing her newest designs during a special trunk show at The Silver Fund on Dec. 9-11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tassoni’s jewelry is a mix of precious and semi-precious stones, heirloom pieces and custom-made clasps. <em>(330 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach // <a href="http://thesilverfund.com" target="_blank">thesilverfund.com</a>)</em></p> <p><strong>Totes for Turtles:</strong> Join Saks Fifth Avenue as it kicks off its eighth annual Lights Out Gala during a Mega Beauty Event Meet on Dec. 6. Guests will enjoy demonstrations from nationally renowned markup artists, mimosas and breakfast bites. Tickets are $35 and includes a $25 gift card. RSVP by calling 561/627-8280 x 103 or emailing <a href="mailto:lwells@marinelife.org">lwells@marinelife.org</a>. Purchases made at the event benefits the Loggerhead Marinelife Center. <em>(3109 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens)</em></p> <p> </p>Magenta: Boca’s Newest Upscale Boutique2014-12-05T13:41:03+00:00Annie Pizzutelli/blog/author/annie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/05/magenta-bocas-newest-upscale-boutique/<p>European style is now of easy access to Boca Raton, thanks to <strong>Magenta</strong>, a new luxury boutique.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/magenta.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>If you’re looking to stand out from the crowd, this is the perfect store for you. Magenta carries exclusive Swedish and Italian brands that can’t be found at any other store in the area. </p> <p>“You can find one or two items on Amazon or Ebay, but no one carries the whole line like we do,” co-owner Sarunas Rackauskas says.</p> <p>Hunkydory, Mimi Plange, Patrizia Pepe and Genny are just a few of the brands the store carries. When the spring collection launches in February, even more designers will be added to the mix. These new designs will be high-quality items from the most exclusive brands from across the Atlantic.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/magentacouture.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Some of the styles the store already carries have been seen on celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens and Katie Holmes. First Lady Michelle Obama is a huge fan of Mimi Plange, one of the store’s most popular brands.</p> <p>Everything is handpicked right off the runways and inspected for quality.</p> <p>Although the store carries an array of styles, they only stock one or two quantities of each item. You won’t have to worry about showing up to an event wearing the same dress as someone else when you shop here. The upscale store even offers personal styling and makeup application services for those special occasions.</p> <p>Magenta is located at 100 Plaza Real South, Suite A in Boca Raton. Merchandise can also be purchased online at <a href="http://magentacouture.com" target="_blank">magentacouture.com</a>.</p>Staff Picks: Two Shows and Mini Heaven2014-12-05T09:42:26+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/05/staff-picks-two-shows-and-mini-heaven/<p><strong>Gingerbread Holiday Concert</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="211" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/lynn.jpeg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em></p> <p>“The 12th renewal of this musical spectacular, presented by the Friends of the Conservatory of Music at Lynn University, may have a new venue (the Wold Performing Arts Center instead of the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club), but expect the same type of inspired performances that made this event a holiday classic in Boca. Among the performers this Sunday (Dec. 7) at 3 p.m.: Seanna Pereira, a 9-year-old certain to wow the capacity crowd with her talent.”</p> <p>(3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton // <a href="http://events.lynn.edu/upcoming-events/2014-2015/12th-annual-gingerbread-holiday-concert/" target="_blank">events.lynn.edu</a>)</p> <p><strong>My Old Lady at Palm Beach Dramaworks</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</em></p> <p>"If you missed the too-brief run of the movie ‘My Old Lady’ this past fall—or even if you saw it—you'll want to experience this funny, dark and touching story in its original theatrical form at Palm Beach Dramaworks. Written by Israel Horovitz, the play follows a divorced man battling personal demons whose last vestige of hope—an inherited apartment in France—arrives with the unwanted baggage of an elderly lady with claims on the residence. Dramaworks' production stars a major actress of stage and screen: Estelle Parsons, best known for her movie roles in "Dick Tracy" and "Bonnie and Clyde" and a recurring part on "Rosanne." It runs Dec. 5 to Jan. 4.”</p> <p>(201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach // <a href="http://www.palmbeachdramaworks.org" target="_blank">palmbeachdramaworks.org</a>)</p> <p><strong>VISTA MINI of Coconut Creek</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Assistant Art Director</em><em></em></p> <p>“I had such a good experience searching for a new car at VISTA MINI. My sales rep, Amanda, helped me find exactly what I was looking for and then some. Excellent customer service, no pressure and friendly staff. I love my new MINI!”</p> <p>(4401 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek // <a href="http://vistamini.com" target="_blank">vistamini.com</a>)</p>Movie Review: &quot;The Homesman&quot;2014-12-05T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/05/movie-review-the-homesman/<p><img alt="" height="274" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/homesman.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p>Tragedy and absurdity live perilously together in Tommy Lee Jones’ magnificent <em>The Homesman</em>, a more mainstream, if fitting, follow-up to his offbeat directorial debut, <em>The Three Burials of Melquiadas Estrada</em>. Take, for instance, the scene in which his character, George Briggs, and Hilary Swank’s Mary Bee Cuddy must force three women with severe mental illnesses to pee before their stagecoach sets off for another day of rugged, ragged Midwestern travel circa 1850.</p> <p>Each of them grabs a damaged woman like a rag doll, propping them up in positions conducive to urination. Meanwhile, the third, and possibly most abused, woman of them all lies in front of a wagon wheel, her hands roped together for her own safety, and bangs her head against it rhythmically. The scene would be a farce if it weren’t so painfully sad—though sometimes, perhaps, life is both of those things.</p> <p>Like <em>The Three Burials, The Homesman</em> is a road movie with a cause. Mary Bee, a hard-bitten spinster who runs a Nebraska homestead, agrees to a job the cowardly men in her community won’t accept: to travel to Iowa, five or six weeks by wagon, to deliver their mentally unstable wives to a treatment center. Between the bloodthirsty Native Americans and the harsh winter, it’ll be a dangerous journey, she’s told.</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/thehomesman2-500x333.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>As fate has it, Mary soon finds a riding companion who has been left for dead: Jones’ George Briggs, a claim-jumping rapscallion we first encounter soot-faced and scratching his ass, as he’s flare-bombed out of the home he’s squatted in. Mary Bee takes him in, taking advantage of his labor and domesticating him over the lengthy trip, whose surprises I won’t spoil.</p> <p>In addition to directing and starring, the indefatigable Jones also co-wrote the screenplay from a largely forgotten book by Glendon Swarthout, a perceptive novelist better known for <em>Where the Boys Are</em> and <em>The Shootist</em>. The novel may not be a brilliant gem—I haven’t read it—but it has certainly inspired greatness in its translator. The movie is elegiac in the way so many great Westerns are, a paean to frontier life that opens with mournful violin music coloring an endless desert expanse—the majesty of the western sprawl. But the movie’s stance on life isn’t one of hollow romance for the untamed country: Its emotional canvas is unsentimental and free of manipulation, its violence swift and matter-of-fact, its plot twists both devastating and predestined.</p> <p>While Jones is customarily brilliant in front of the camera—even if his weathered-rebel persona is a familiar one—his skill and sensitivity as a director are the real breakthrough here. The brief scenes, sometimes in flashback, of the painful ordeals that led to the three women’s insanity are filmed like unsettling fever dreams—horror-film scares bursting at the movie’s western seams. Jones never loses sight of the fact that these women could have been any of us back then, before modern medicine and PTSD diagnoses, where the only way to deal with rapes and dead babies is to shut oneself off from a world unspeakable enough to deliver them.</p> <p><img alt="" height="247" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/311158_311158_hom_article_story_large.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>But Mary Bee is just as at risk for becoming these women. She yearns for the comfort and love of a man, spending her leisure time pantomiming music on a cloth likeness of a keyboard. No less than two men in the film call her bossy, plain and unweddable. As for George, there’s a reason he, too, has resorted to taking another man’s land and nearly accepting death because of it. He doesn’t have much to live for, either.</p> <p>You soon recognize that everybody in this film is fundamentally alone, even when they’re together. And it’s this observation in <em>The Homesman</em>—beyond the laughs, the poignancy and the jolts—that sticks with you the most, washing its beautiful landscapes in a kind of existential malaise that seems to be saying this: Most people in this tumultuous period of history weren’t John Wayne or Barbara Stanwyck or Clint Eastwood. They were isolated souls drifting through life, each day as uncertain as the next.</p> <p><em>“The Homesman” opens today at Cinemark Palace 20 and Regal Shadowood in Boca Raton, Movies of Delray, Movies of Lake Worth, Carmike Parisian 20 in West Palm Beach, the Classic Gateway Theatre in Fort Lauderdale, AMC Aventura, Regal South Beach and Paragon Grove in Coconut Grove.</em></p>Posh Japanese Eatery Coming to Seminole Hard Rock2014-12-05T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/05/posh-japanese-eatery-coming-to-seminole-hard-rock/<p><img alt="" height="174" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/seminole.jpg" width="200"></p> <p>What will $12 million and chefs from the esteemed restaurant empires of Matsuhisa Nobu and Masahara Morimoto get you?</p> <p>In a word, <strong>Kuro</strong>, a posh, sophisticated and (quite probably) pricy Japanese restaurant set to open in January in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel &amp; Casino in Hollywood.</p> <p>Top toque of the endeavor is Alex Becker, who doubles as the resort’s culinary director and has worked at such high-profile and highly respected Japanese eateries as Nobu and Katsuya. In charge of the raw fish is exec sushi chef Shuji Hiyakawa, who comes to Kuro from the restaurants of “Iron Chef” Morimoto. Spending some of those 12 million bucks is the David Mexico Design Group, whose credits include Nobu restaurants and Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain and Mesa Grill.</p> <p>Details on the cuisine are sketchy at present, but Becker’s skill set promises “new-style Japanese dining” that will “elevate Kuro to the next level.” Also expect extensive wine and sake lists, an artisan cocktails program and an array of Japanese whiskeys. More details as they become available. . .</p>10 Tips for Stress-free Holiday Shopping2014-12-04T10:17:35+00:00Stephanie Pernas/blog/author/stephaniepernas/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/04/10-tips-for-stress-free-holiday-shopping/<p>Finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can be the most stressful part of the holidays.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/gifts.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Crazy crowds, dueling sales and a lack of time management can quickly turn gift-giving from a fun and enjoyable task into one you dread. Tweaking your holiday shopping battle plan can keep your holiday shopping stress-free and easy. Check out ten tips for keeping your holiday shopping stress-free:</p> <p><strong>1. Start early.</strong></p> <p>Don’t procrastinate! Make sure that you start planning and shopping early. Waiting until the last minute will only result in overspending and stress.</p> <p><strong>2. Seek inspiration.</strong></p> <p>Check out your favorite blogs for holiday gift ideas and suggestions. Visit your favorite retailer’s websites and peek at their holiday gift guide sections. Follow your favorite industry professionals on Pinterest and Instagram to get some ideas before you sit down to make a plan of what you’re buying. </p> <p><strong>3. Set a budget.</strong></p> <p>Before you start shopping, take a realistic look at your finances and figure out exactly how much you can allot to gift buying. If you’re not worrying about your spending while you are out shopping, you can make clear and swift decisions on purchases.</p> <p><strong>4. Make a list.</strong></p> <p>Make a spreadsheet of everyone you need to buy gifts for, where you’re planning on buying from and your budget. That way, you can easily keep track of what you’ve gotten, how much you’ve spent and keep yourself as organized as possible. (Plus, with a spreadsheet, you can plug in quick and easy formulas to automatically play with the amounts you’re allocating to each family member!)</p> <p><strong>5. Do your research.</strong></p> <p>Once you have an idea of what you’re buying, it’s important to know how much it’s going for, where it’s on sale and when the best time to buy is. Sign up to receive email alerts from your favorite retailers and check out coupon code sites like <a href="http://www.retailmenot.com/" target="_blank">Retailmenot</a> and <a href="http://www.couponsherpa.com/" target="_blank">Coupon Sherpa</a>.</p> <p><strong>6. Know holiday price match policies.</strong></p> <p>Keep in mind retailers’ holiday price match and return policies and make sure you get the necessary adjustments. Best Buy matches all local retail competitors (including their online prices) and price matches online e-tailers NewEgg, Amazon, Target, B&amp;H Photo and Video, Crutchfield, Dell, HP and Tigerdirect within their return and exchange period. (15 days.) Target is my personal favorite for holiday shopping, because they have the best holiday price match policy. Over the holidays, Target will price match any purchase made between November 1st-December 24<sup>th</sup> if you find a lower price at any point in the season. (Typically, their price match policy is two weeks!) Make sure to keep an eye on competitors for a lower price. Buy from wherever you can find the most competitive price match policy! It’ll save you money, which will keep your stress level down.</p> <p><strong>7. Buy Online</strong></p> <p>To keep your stress level <em>really</em> low during the holidays, skip the mall altogether and get all of your shopping done online. It’s easier than ever before to track down everything you’re looking for at a great price online.</p> <p><strong>8. Wrap as you go.</strong></p> <p>Don’t leave all of your wrapping for Christmas Eve! Get it done little by little so that you don’t feel overwhelmed the night before Christmas. Plus, if you’re shopping and keeping the unwrapped gifts hidden away in a closet, you often forget what you already purchased and end up buying way more!  </p> <p><strong>9. Stay organized.</strong></p> <p>Staying super organized is the easiest way to keep your cool during the holidays. Start a file containing all of your lists, receipts, order confirmations and paperwork together to minimize clutter. Plus, if you need to do a price match or return, you can easily access all the relevant records.</p> <p><strong>10. Be flexible.</strong></p> <p>Don’t stress if you can’t find a certain gift you’ve been hunting down. Keep an open mind when you’re shopping, you may find something even better than you had originally planned! </p> <p><em><strong>••••••••</strong></em></p> <p><strong>About Stephanie:</strong></p> <p><em>Stephanie Pernas is a personal stylist, fashion writer and style expert. She is the owner of <a href="http://asparklefactor.com/" target="_blank">A Sparkle Factor LLC</a>, a personal styling and lifestyle consulting business. She also writes and edits A Sparkle Factor, a go-to destination on the web featuring the latest trends, style tips, and fashion news focused on highlighting attainable style for the every-girl. She has almost 10 years of experience in the fashion industry, having worked in the fashion departments of magazines like Glamour, Women’s Health and Teen Vogue. After spending five years in New York, she is currently bringing a little bit of sparkle to the South Florida area where she resides with her family. </em></p>First Swank Table Dinner of the Season2014-12-04T08:16:47+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/04/swank-farms-this-sunday/<p>Consider this the last call for those of you with eggs-cellent taste and a passion for the farm-to-table experience. Jodi Swank of Swank Farms tells us there are only a very few seats left for the first <strong>Swank Table Sunday dinner</strong> of the season—this Sunday, Dec. 7.</p> <p><img alt="" height="602" src="/site_media/uploads/swank-farm-table-setting.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>We are not missing this one; Christmas shopping can wait. This special dinner held under the Loxahatchee farm’s new pole barn smack dab in the fields is themed “50 eggs down on the farm” and will feature Clayton Miller, culinary director, Khong River House, Swine Southern Table &amp; Bar, Yardbird Southern Table &amp; Bar (some of the hottest restaurants in Miami) as well as Philip McDaniel &amp; Mike Diaz from the St. Augustine Brewery and sommelier Richard Paladino. Wine guy and author (<em>Moonshine Nation</em>) Mark Spivak will also be there and entertainment will be provided by the Killbillies.</p> <p>This farm dinner will benefit Adopt-a-Family and runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $155, and you can snag the last ones (if you hurry!) by going to <a href="http://swankspecialtyproduce.com" target="_blank">swankspecialtyproduce.com</a>.</p> <p> </p>Taking a gamble on FAU2014-12-04T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/04/taking-a-gamble-on-fau/<h3><span>The line on FAU sports</span></h3> <p>John Kelly has bet Florida Atlantic University’s future on sports.</p> <p><img alt="" height="317" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/faurendering.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>FAU’s president will bet with money from the Schmidt Family Foundation and from what he hopes will be many other major donors. The announcement Tuesday of a $16 million lead gift toward the <a href="http://www.fau.edu/explore/homepage-stories/2014_12announce.php" target="_blank">Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence</a> <em>(rendering above)</em> is the start of Kelly’s push to make FAU, in Kelly’s words, a “national university” with “unbridled ambition.”</p> <p>Consider that 30 years ago FAU remained the two-year, upper-division college it had been when starting out in 1964. Consider that when Anthony Catanese became president in 1990 his first job was to persuade powerful Broward County legislators not to emasculate FAU by creating a new university in Broward.</p> <p>No one, though, will accuse Kelly of having bridled ambition. He met with the Schmidt Foundation not long after starting work in March. No surprise there. The name of a Schmidt family member already is on the medical school and the colleges of arts and letters and science. The $16 million gift tops by $1 million the previous biggest gift to FAU—by the Schmidts.</p> <p>Yet FAU is presenting this gift as transformational. For that prediction to come true, FAU will have to reach far beyond the very generous Schmidt family. The new, 185,000-square-foot complex will cost what Kelly estimates to be between $45 million and $50 million, and Kelly told me that he will be “very disappointed” if the entire project is not complete in two years.</p> <p>Athletic Director Pat Chun said FAU is “having a dialogue with several families” who are potential donors. Using the Schmidt Foundation gift, construction will start soon on the academic center portion of the complex, which will replace the first floor of a parking garage west of the football stadium. Clearly, Kelly hopes that a work in progress will motivate more donors than a rendering. The complex also is to include facilities for sports medicine, strength and conditioning and health and wellness, plus an indoor training facility.</p> <p>Though Chun, Football Coach Charlie Partridge and Women’s Basketball Coach Kellie Lewis-Jay were at Tuesday’s announcement, this is not a sports story—it’s an FAU story. Kelly, who worked at Clemson and Ohio State, believes that a bigger commitment to sports will enable a bigger commitment to academics and speed what Kelly wants to be FAU’s shift to more of a four-year, on-campus university. The goal is for the new complex to be “holistic,” involving not just athletes but students from many programs, such as health and sports management.</p> <p>Basically, Kelly wants to market FAU through sports. He cited the spike in applicants to Boise State University in Idaho after the football team began winning big and appearing in bowl games. Kelly told me Tuesday that FAU soon will hire a consultant to “recruit students internationally” and to “redefine the university” away from its role as a regional player in the State University System. In the spring, Kelly said, FAU will hire a consultant to “assess conditions” for a major capital campaign on top of the push for the academic-athletic complex.</p> <p>FAU can find examples to support the benefits of sports-driven marketing. In 2012-13, Texas A&amp;M University’s fundraising campaign brought in $740 million—$300 million more than any previous campaign. At the time, flamboyant quarterback Johnny Manziel was winning the Heisman Trophy for A&amp;M. Though roughly 35 percent of donations went to the athletic department, academics also did very well.</p> <p>Texas A&amp;M, though, is an established traditional university, with legions of devoted alumni who have made money in the state. The athletic department’s budget is nearly four times higher than FAU’s, which for this year is $27.4 million. Texas A&amp;M’s Kyle Field seats 106,000 and usually is full. FAU has struggled to get crowds of 10,000 into its 30,000-seat stadium, which opened in 2011 and for which naming rights remain unsold.</p> <p>If FAU students aren’t going in large numbers to the games, however, they are paying for the athletic department and the school’s 19 competitive teams. Using figures on FAU’s website, I calculated that the typical—27 credit hours—in-state, undergraduate student pays $466.29 per year in fees to subsidize the athletic department. Their counterparts at Florida State pay less than half that amount.</p> <p>In 2012, USA Today calculated how much each major-college athletic department receives in subsidies as part of its budget. For FAU, the percentage was almost 68 percent. It was even higher—78 percent—at Florida International University in Miami-Dade County, another ex-commuter school seeking to rebrand itself.</p> <p>Further, an NCAA study covering the years from 2004 through 2013 found that at most universities athletic revenues were not keeping up with expenses. The athletic department at Auburn, which last year played for the national championship in football, lost money. Bowl games have become loss leaders for many teams. They don’t make money; the goal is to raise the profile.</p> <p>As Kelly was announcing the $16 million gift, the University of Alabama-Birmingham—which plays in Conference USA with FAU—was announcing that the school will drop football, due to “fiscal reality.” UAB has roughly the same athletic budget as FAU, and isn’t in much worse shape than similar schools in the five lower-tier conferences trying to keep up with those in the five major conferences that dominate TV schedules and stand to benefit most in the new college sports landscape.</p> <p>So after John Kelly, the person most responsible for FAU’s future is Charley Partridge. As Kelly acknowledged, for his vision to materialize, “You need a winning team.” FAU went 3-9 in his first season, but Partridge recruited this area for other schools and Kelly praises him. Partridge said an indoor facility would keep the team from having to practice in the morning, to avoid afternoon thunderstorms. FAU may envision the new complex as “holistic,” but the goal is to help Partridge recruit better players.</p> <p>Is Kelly nuts to bet so much on the idea that success at sports can raise what Chun calls “the self-esteem” of a university? You’ve just read a lot of reasons for why he is. Here is the case for why he isn’t.</p> <p>Change is sweeping through higher education, as it is health care. Some hospitals won’t survive. Neither will some universities. Florida, like many states, is cutting the public share of money to universities. FAU could continue to recruit on-campus students regionally, but this year the number of dorm students dropped. “Students from within 40 or 50 miles,” Kelly said, “tend to live at home.”</p> <p>Out-of-state and international students live on or near campus. They pay nearly four times what in-staters pay. Kelly remains committed to creating a “university village” east of the campus in Boca Raton’s 20<sup>th</sup> Street area as part of his plan to sell FAU. He wants more prospective students to hear of FAU through sports, and then be sold on the place when they inquire. He is meeting with all the academic departments, to sell skeptical professors on his approach. Kelly has three degrees in horticulture, but in all ways at FAU he’s majoring in marketing.</p> <h3>Savarick on her way out</h3> <p>A very credible source tells me that a Boca Raton icon is preparing to depart.</p> <p><a href="http://www.brrh.com/foundation.aspx" target="_blank">Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation</a> President Jan Savarick told the foundation board at its recent meeting that she intends to retire. Nothing will happen soon, I was told, but the board soon will discuss a search for Savarick’s replacement. She will stay as long as needed.</p> <p>Talk about a tough act to follow. Savarick has been president of the foundation since 2009, and she has worked there for nearly 15 years. Savarick took over at the bottom of the recession. Three years later, the foundation was announcing the gift from Home Depot founder Bernard Marcus that created the neuroscience institute at the hospital in Marcus’ name. I can’t think of a classier, more successful fundraiser in this area.</p> <h3>Meet Mr. Cooper</h3> <p>Delray Beach officially has a new permanent city manager. The commission approved the contract with Don Cooper, the former manager of Port St. Lucie, at its meeting Tuesday night.</p> <p>Also at that meeting, the commission made some good changes to the agreement approving the Delray Preserve apartment complex on North Federal Highway. The buildings must be arranged to make the project more compatible with the Kokomo Key neighborhood to the south. Also, the city will be more protected from any problems related to trucks passing through to work on the project or to remove dredged material from the property to the east, which the Florida Inland Navigation District owns. FIND uses the land to deposit material from dredging on the Intracoastal Waterway.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at randy@bocamag.com</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>Q&amp;A: Leslie Uggams2014-12-03T10:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/03/qa-leslie-uggams/<p>Leslie Uggams is most known for her Emmy-winning portrayal of a slave’s daughter in the enormously popular TV miniseries “Roots.” But she continues to make her living largely as a stage actress.</p> <p>The statuesque performer won a Tony Award for her star-making turn in the 1967 musical “Hallelujah, Baby!”—a role that was declined by Lena Horne. Ironically, 42 years later, after five music albums and countless stage credits, Uggams would play Horne in a California production of the musical “Stormy Weather.”</p> <p>Indeed, though her Broadway resume is formidable, Uggams has embraced the opportunities offered by some of the nation’s best regional theaters. The Wick is the latest recipient of her talent, luring her to Boca Raton to portray a character she’s always wanted to embody: Mame, the title role in the beloved Jerry Herman musical, a bohemian whose comedic antics brush against the reality of Depression-era America.</p> <p>I caught up with Uggams during one of the final rehearsal days for “Mame,” which is currently in previews and will enjoy its gala opening night on Saturday. I interrupted her lunch break—a salad from Panera—but she was kind enough to elaborate on her status as the first African-American Mame, the show’s longstanding appeal, working with South Florida actors, and more.</p> <p><img alt="" height="485" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/leslie_uggams5x750.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>We know the Wick Theatre is a local gem, but given your credits on Broadway, what was the deciding factor for you to do regional theater down here?</strong> </p> <p>I’ve never done this role before. And some years ago, Jerry [Herman] had said he had wanted me to do the role, but at that time his estate didn’t think an African-American could play Mame, because of the whole scene in the South. So when I heard that they wanted me to do, I thought, OK, I guess they are ready now to realize that it doesn’t matter—that it’s even funnier when she goes to the South, because not only is she a Yankee, but she’s a chocolate drop as well!</p> <p><strong>What do you think caused them to change their minds—is this just a more progressive time?</strong></p> <p>I think so. We’ve come a long way from that time where people go, <em>gasp!,</em> that kind of thing.</p> <p><strong>Why do you think this musical has such a long shelf life and keeps being revived?</strong></p> <p>It’s a fabulous show. It’s funny, there’s great dancing, the songs are great, there’s great costumes. What’s not to like? It’s a family show. There’s even a Christmas song in the show. It’s just full of energy.</p> <p><strong>And also, we’re getting out of our own recession, and dealing with our issues of income inequality that must resonate with this show.</strong></p> <p>Yes, equality, the whole thing about how to survive in a depression. People have had to make sacrifices in their lives and be inventive with what they can do, with either being out of work or making less. It’s very relevant. Lately, life seems like what happened in the ‘20s and ‘30s. </p> <p><strong>You’re following in footsteps of previous Mames like Ginger Rogers, Lucille Ball, Angela Lansbury, Celeste Holm, and Christine Ebersole. Is it possible to block these performances out of your head, or is that even an important element in making the role your own?</strong></p> <p>Everybody who’s done the role has made it their own. You can’t try to follow somebody else. You do the words and the lyrics and everything that’s on the page, but everybody brings their own different thing. I saw Angela do it, and I loved seeing her. And I saw Ann Miller doing it, and she brought what Ann Miller is known for. Naturally, I’m going to be bringing what I am to the role. And it’s so well-written that it’s not like, ‘hmm, how can I do this?’ It’s there. It’s on the page, and it allows you to have fun.</p> <p><strong>Your director, Norm Joerder, directed a “42<sup>nd</sup> Street” down here that exceeded everybody’s expectations, and really reimagined a show that a lot of us have seen a hundred times. What is he bringing to “Mame” that will really make it stand out?</strong></p> <p>The dancing. These kids are absolutely brilliant, in the short period of time they’ve had. It’s a lot of dancing that these kids do, and it’s just wonderful. I’ve watched them like I’m an audience member, and it’s great.</p> <p><strong>Have you become close with any of your South Florida cast mates?</strong></p> <p>When you say ‘close,’ we’ve been working hard together … but it’s a great cast, and we all love each other, which is very important, because there’s no ‘I’ in team. </p> <p><strong>What do you get out of acting that you don’t get out of recording and performing songs?</strong></p> <p>It’s live. We have an audience. There’s nothing better than having an audience and hearing their reaction. It energizes you.</p> <p><strong>You look so great for 71 … I wonder if it’s this business has something to do with it, in terms of keeping you active and fit.</strong></p> <p>As long as you’re working all the time. I’ve been very blessed. I’ve been doing this a long time, and I keep working, and keeping planning new challenges and things like that. And I eat correctly. And my mother was like Auntie Mame herself, so I have somebody to aspire to.</p> <p><strong>I have to ask about Bill Cosby, since you worked on one of his shows. Any thoughts on the allegations?</strong></p> <p>I worked with Cosby about seven times doing nightclub appearances. He was always wonderful to me and to my husband, and I never had any of those situations that these ladies have come out and said. I don’t know about that part of his life, but as far as he and I, he went out of his way to be nice to me. He would give me his dressing room, and he’d take mine. I’ve always loved and adored him. It’s kind of bizarre for me to hear all this, because it’s not the Cosby I know. </p> <p><strong>I guess people could be these two things at once—he could be a wonderful, sweet guy and also have this other side. It’s so sad, though.</strong></p> <p>It is, because he’s such an icon. He changed history with the Cosby Show, because it was the first time you got to see people who were educated, and how they were bringing up their children, and he changed television in such a wonderful way.</p> <p><strong>Well, I hope you enjoy your experience here enough to come back for another production.</strong></p> <p>Marilynn is amazing. People should realize what she’s doing here for this community. I hope they really support her. It gives a lot of work to people who normally wouldn’t have this experience, and she’s doing musicals, and she’s doing them Broadway style. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that people will come and help her keep this theater open.</p> <p><em>"Mame" runs Saturday through Dec. 28 at the Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. Tickets cost $72. Call 561/995-2333 or visit thewick.org.</em></p>Local Hospital Hits Milestone2014-12-03T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/03/local-hospital-hits-milestone/<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Boca Raton Regional Hospital hit yet another milestone this year.</p> <p>Doctors at the hospital’s <a href="http://www.brrh.com/neuroscience.aspx" target="_blank">Marcus Neuroscience Institute</a> treated their first patient with a large brain aneurysm using the minimally invasive Pipeline embolization device. The device allows surgeons to treat oversized aneurysms in only minutes, with patients often making full recoveries, according to a recent hospital press release. Treating an aneurysm using traditional methods would typically take up to three hours,</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/brainaneurysm.jpg" width="490">Brain aneurysms are weak, bulging areas in the walls of arteries that supply blood to the brain. People who have aneurisms often don’t have symptoms, but in this specific case, the patient* complained of headaches and loss of function in her right eye.</p> <p>An MRI revealed a big bulge in an artery. Nerves stretched around the aneurysm, causing the headaches and eye problem.</p> <p>“The nerves don’t mind being moved, but only to a point,” says Dr. Shaye Moskowitz, who performed the surgery and directs cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery at the institute. “When the aneurysm grows to the size that it’s stretching the nerves so far, the nerves just stop working. In her case, it was the nerves that make the eyeball move.”</p> <p>Surgery in this area is dangerous, especially with a large aneurysm, according to the release. So, local doctors turned to the Pipeline procedure. The Pipeline is a small mesh stent inserted into the vessel to redirect blood flow. Within a few minutes, the grape-like aneurysm shrivels to about the size of a raisin, according to the release. In this case, the patient’s nerves are no longer stretched, the headaches have greatly improved and eye function is expected to back to normal.</p> <p>“This is a great procedure for the right patient with the right aneurysm,” Dr. Moskowitz says in the release. “It’s safe, it’s quick and it fixes an otherwise very bad problem very easily.”</p> <p>Boca Raton Regional Hospital is at 800 Meadows Road, Boca Raton. For more information about the Marcus Neuroscience Institute, visit <a href="http://www.brrh.com/neuroscience.aspx">brrh.com/neuroscience.aspx</a>  or call 1-855-MARCUS1 (672-2871).<br> <br> <em>*Patient’s name withheld for privacy.</em></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><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="http://www.wordscomealive.com/" target="_blank">wordscomealive.com</a>.</p>Healthy Mall Food for Holiday Shopping2014-12-03T06:00:00+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/03/healthy-mall-food-for-holiday-shopping/<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>With holiday season now here, many of us are out and about gift shopping for friends and loved ones. If you’re stuck in the mall and need quick and healthy food solutions, here are my top places for getting the best eats. These places will supply you with all the necessary phytonutrients and give you energy for a successful holiday shopping spree.</p> <p><strong>Maoz</strong> <strong>Vegetarian</strong> <strong>(food court)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/maoz.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>via Maoz Facebook</em></p> <p>This vegetarian Mediterranean fast-food company specializes in crispy falafels—small fried chickpea balls that resemble the look of meatballs. Maoz serves them in pita bread or on top of a salad with your choice of several side dishes and sauces. These falafels boast only 50 calories per piece and are loaded with protein and fiber. To make the deal even sweeter, Maoz also serves a variety of green juices, so you can get an extra nutritional punch.</p> <p><strong>Tossed (food court)</strong></p> <p>I am a big fan of greens as they are the foundation of healthy eating. One of the best places to get your greens and get them your way is Tossed. This fast-food place offers “Design Your Own” salads that lets me pick one of my favorite combinations: all greens with black beans, avocado, carrots, celery, cucumbers, fresh peppers and grape tomatoes, topped with Portobello mushrooms or walnuts. Walnuts and mushrooms will give you plenty of protein without weighing you down. I usually skip the dressing and get a little bit of balsamic vinegar on the side.</p> <p><strong>California Pizza Kitchen </strong></p> <p>Can you believe it? A pizza joint has something that is good-for-you AND tastes good! Check out their Roasted Veggie Salad that comes with fresh romaine, chopped avocado, sundried tomatoes, roasted asparagus, peppers and artichokes. A variety of raw and cooked vegetables will supply you with lasting energy and help you feel balanced at the same time, so you don’t get overwhelmed by all the shopping!</p> <p><strong>Grand Lux Café</strong></p> <p>Craving a burger, but want to stay healthy? Try Grand Lux Café’s veggie burger. This homemade veggie burger is made with farro, brown rice and black beans, making it complete protein. I suggest skipping the cheese and opting for avocado instead. This way you will get an extra dose of potassium that will keep fluid regulated in the body. After hours of shopping, who wants to look tired and bloated?</p>A new menu, helado + happier hour2014-12-02T21:25:03+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/02/a-new-menu-helado-happier-hour/<p><strong>Not just for the weekend</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/devon.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Devon Seafood + Steak is offering its signature Saturday lunch for an extra four days throughout the holiday shopping season. The menu, which features dishes like roasted duck flatbread and lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, will be available Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. No more shopping hungry. <em>(1715 Sherri Lane, Kendall // <a href="http://devonseafood.com" target="_blank">devonseafood.com</a>)</em></p> <p><strong>Hola Helado</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/freddo.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Say hello to the Hispanic version of gelato. Freddo, an Argentinean ice cream company, just opened its doors on Lincoln Avenue. The store is the first of its kind of the U.S., bringing South Floridians delicious swirls of its famed flavors – like dulce de leche and zambione and other famed flavors. <em>(610 Lincoln Road, Miami // <a href="http://freddo.com" target="_blank">freddo.com</a>)</em></p> <p><strong>A happier hour</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="308" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/meatmarketmiami.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>To celebrate the holidays, Meat Market launched an expanded happy hour menu that includes $10 Veuve Clicquot Brut glasses, $8 Belvedere martinis and $7 signature cocktails. Get $7 glasses of wine, beer and wells at 50 percent off plus an array of complimentary passed bites. <em>(915 Lincoln Road, Miami // <a href="http://meatmarket.net" target="_blank">meatmarket.net</a>) </em></p>New Chefs in Boca and WPB2014-12-02T16:16:03+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/02/new-chefs-in-boca-and-wpb/<p>A couple new faces on the culinary scene. . .</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bbgrill.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>At West Boca’s <a href="http://butcherblockgrill.com/" target="_blank">Butcher Block Grill</a> (<em>7000 W. Camino Real, 561/409-3035</em>), the only local restaurant I know of where they make mozzarella to order right at your table, the new top toque is <strong>John Savarese</strong>. Before coming to the Grill, the native New Yorker was executive sous chef at the Addison Reserve Country Club under the very talented Zach Bell, also exec chef at the Flagler Steakhouse at the tony Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach. He’s already put his stamp on the Grill’s menu, adding dishes like polenta and crab wontons, fried green tomatoes, beef and veal Bolognese, and grilled mahi.</p> <p>Further north, <a href="http://www.bistro1001.com/" target="_blank">Bistro Ten Zero One</a> (<em>1001 Okeechobee Blvd., 561/<a class="fl r-rhscol-6" title="Call via Hangouts">833-1234</a></em>) in the West Palm Beach Marriott is the new digs for chef <strong>Mark Henry</strong>. A 30-year vet of the restaurant business and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, Henry’s resume includes stints at the Skamania Lodge outside Portland, OR, and Miami Beach’s uber-chic Eden Roc. He’ll be showing off his skills at the Bistro’s December wine dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 10, dishing up plates of applewood-smoked bacon crusted medallions of monkfish and chateaubriand with herb spaetzel and pasille chili demiglace.</p>What&#39;s on tap for FAU and other burning issues of the week2014-12-02T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/02/whats-on-tap-for-fau-and-other-burning-issues-of-the-week/<h3><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/florida-atlantic-logo.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>FAU’s major donation</h3> <p>The last time Florida Atlantic University announced a major donation, things ended badly.</p> <p>Accepting $6 million nearly two years ago to name the football stadium for GEO Group, the Boca Raton-based prison company brought FAU national embarrassment. Mary Jane Saunders’ inept response to the controversy cost her the presidency of FAU.</p> <p>Today, FAU plans to announce what a Monday news release touted as the university’s “largest single gift” in its 50-plus-year history. The release says, “The gift will change the face of FAU’s Boca Raton campus. . .” We must assume that the gift is football-related, since Athletic Director Patrick Chun and Head Football Coach Charlie Partridge will be present at the 4 p.m. announcement, which will take place at the stadium.</p> <p>If the gift is from the Schmidt Foundation or another longtime FAU patron, there will be no problems. If the source is new, one hopes that FAU did the checking that wasn’t done with GEO. The company had donated to FAU, but in a much more low-profile way. If this donation really is meant to “change the face” of FAU, one hopes that this time the wider community will like the face it sees.</p> <h3>Engineering a split?</h3> <p>FAU says the gift to be announced today is part of the university’s “pursuit of excellence.” Outside donations are more vital than ever, given Florida’s continuing pursuit of mediocrity when it comes to higher education.</p> <p>According to a preliminary study for the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the 12-member State University System, it could cost as much as $1 billion to create separate engineering schools at Florida State University and Florida A&amp;M University. The Legislature created the combined school in Tallahassee more than three decades ago, and it reportedly needs a significant public investment to continue as a joint effort.</p> <p>During this year’s legislative session, John Thrasher proposed splitting the schools. At the time, Thrasher was a state senator. He’s now FSU’s president, having—ahem—engineered the appointment through his considerable political connections. Thrasher holds two FSU degrees.</p> <p>FSU loves the idea of its own school. FAMU doesn’t. No surprise there. FSU’s school quickly would overwhelm the one at FAMU. Enrollment of FAMU students at the joint school has been decreasing. As news reports have noted, though, because FAMU is one of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the split could be a violation of the Civil Rights Act.</p> <p>The study notes that until 2001 disagreements between FSU and FAMU regarding the engineering school could be resolved by the Board of Regents, which oversaw the university system from a statewide perspective. In 2001, however, the Legislature—with Thrasher a big supporter— abolished the Regents and created individual boards of trustees at each university. It became every university for itself, leveraging its political power of the moment as the state cut overall funding to the universities.</p> <p>After a campaign led by Bob Graham, Florida’s former governor and U.S. senator, voters created the Board of Governors in 2002, ostensibly to replace the Regents. But management of the system remains diffused and confusing. As every university tries to become more prestigious than another, higher education in Florida becomes less prestigious.</p> <h3>Boca pension hearings scheduled  </h3> <p>Hearings on Boca Raton’s negotiations with police officers and firefighters have been scheduled.</p> <p>The city declared an impasse after talks failed to resolve differences between Boca and the unions over the city’s pension and wage proposals. The two sides agreed on magistrates recommended by the Florida Public Employee Relations Commission to hear the disputes.</p> <p>The hearing with the International Association of Firefighters will take place on Jan. 8. The hearing with the Fraternal Order of Police will take place six days later, both in City Hall. The magistrates will hear testimony, and then issue recommendations for resolving the disputes. If the city and the unions still can’t agree, the city council can impose its own resolution. Boca Raton is asking for major concessions from the unions to reduce unfunded pension liabilities. A recent survey graded the city’s police and fire pension fund ‘D’ in terms of solvency.</p> <h3>Solar flare-up</h3> <p>If you have been thinking of getting solar panels for your home, act soon.</p> <p>Last week, the Florida Public Service Commission all but ended energy efficiency requirements for Florida Power &amp; Light and the state’s three other investor-owned utilities. The companies had argued that the conservation programs were too expensive.</p> <p>Because of the commission’s 3-2 vote, FPL will end its solar rebate program at the end of 2015. David Guest, the attorney who argued against the reductions on behalf of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, told me that the average cost of a residential solar system is about $3 per watt, meaning that a system to power a home with high electricity use—more than $1,000 kilowatt hours per month —would cost between $27,000 and $30,000.</p> <p>With the current 30 percent tax credit, Guest estimated that the system would pay for itself in 10 years. With the cost of solar dropping, continuing the tax credit would have allowed Floridians to take advantage of advances in technology. Though we live in Florida, only 2,565 of FPL’s 4.6 million customers in 35 counties have solar systems. That’s one-20<sup>th</sup> of one percent. With no incentive after next year, don’t expect that number to increase.</p> <h3>Enter Cooper and other Delray agenda items</h3> <p>At tonight’s meeting, the Delray Beach City Commission almost certainly will approve a contract with Don Cooper to be the new city manager, starting Jan. 5. The commission can do Cooper a favor even before he starts by not getting the city into the middle of a potential confrontation between a landowner and a little-known but important public agency.</p> <p>Also on tonight’s agenda is a request to rezone roughly 8.5 acres on North Federal Highway from commercial to residential to accommodate a 188-unit apartment complex called Delray Preserve. The unoccupied site once was home to the Delray Swap Shop—Autonation Volvo is on the north side—and has been accurately described as “blighted.” City staff recommends approval of the project—seven apartment units and a clubhouse, according to the preliminary site plan—as part of the North Federal Highway Improvement Plan that Delray Beach created 16 years ago.</p> <p>Between the property and the Intracoastal Waterway, however, is an 11-acre site owned by the Florida Inland Navigation District, known by the acronym FIND. Check your property tax bill, and you will find a line with a tiny amount levied for the agency, whose job is to keep traffic moving on the Intracoastal.</p> <p>FIND uses the Delray land to deposit material from dredging. The material is processed and trucked away. For that purpose, FIND needs easy access to the site. At this point, according to documents associated with Delray Preserve, FIND and the developer have not worked out access to the agency’s satisfaction.</p> <p>Approval of Delray Preserve would be based on 11 conditions the developer must meet. Most of them are under the city’s control and supervision. The 11th would be to provide paved access for the navigation district. That is not under the city’s control.</p> <p>At least one commissioner, Shelly Petrolia, believes that Delray Beach should tell the developer to work out the dispute with FIND before the city approves the development. Petrolia also was the only vote last July against allowing the project to increase in density to 22 units per acre. Petrolia has other issues with how the city hands out such conditional uses, but that’s for another day. Her point that Delray should avoid potential entanglement in legal proceedings is a good one. While Delray could delay this until review of the final site plan, a better option would be to postpone approval until FIND is satisfied.      </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at randy@bocamag.com</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>Delray Beach 100-Foot Christmas Tree Lighting2014-12-01T16:00:00+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/01/delray-beach-100-foot-christmas-tree-lighting/<p>Santa is coming to town in a helicopter this year, and you can bear witness. This Thursday, Dec. 4, Delray Beach will be hosting its annual <strong>100-foot Christmas tree lighting</strong> at Old School Square Park. The highly celebrated event includes Santa’s landing, photo opps, a car and boat show and so much more.</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/christmastreearial.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The tree lights will go on at 7:15 p.m., with holiday festivities beginning at 5 p.m. For more information, call 561/278-0424 or visit <a href="http://100ftchristmastree.com" target="_blank">100ftchristmastree.com</a>.</p> <p>Note: don’t forget to wear a holiday sweater! This year, Delray is attempting to beat the world record for largest gathering of people wearing holiday sweaters. Last year’s record was made in London, where 639 gathered in their “Christmas jumpers.” The count will be made at Old School Square’s Great Lawn. Rules <a href="http://100ftchristmastree.com/#record-attempt">here</a>.</p>Max&#39;s Happy Hour Gets Happier2014-12-01T09:18:53+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/01/maxs-happy-hour-gets-happier/<p>Get happy longer and cheaper at <strong>Max’s Harvest</strong> (<em>169 N.E. Second Ave., 561/381-9970</em>), Dennis Max’s “farm to fork” downtown Delray restaurant, where happy hour has been extended to seven nights a week and several new dishes have been added.</p> <p><img alt="" height="429" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/maxsharvest.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>New (happy) hours are 5 to 7 p.m., at the bar only, where you can nosh on such $5 delectables as crispy boudin with chimichurri, meatballs sliders with basil ricotta and shrimp biscuit with NOLA barbecue sauce. Other bar bites include heritage pork belly with apple butter miso, mac ‘n’ cheese with pancetta and smoked gouda, and crispy brussels sprouts with lemon and Parmesan.</p> <p>And if you want to knock back a few, all drinks (except bottles of wine) are half-price so at least you’ll be able to afford to cry in your (craft) beer.</p> <p> </p>The Week Ahead: Dec. 2 to 82014-12-01T08:50:55+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/01/the-week-ahead-dec-2-to-8/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="283" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/klara-kristalova.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Klara Kristalova: Turning to Stone”</strong></p> <p>Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5–$12</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-5196, <a href="http://www.norton.org" target="_blank">norton.org</a></p> <p>In sculptor Klara Kristalova’s “Skinny Girl,” a stringy-haired girl with a Pinocchio-esque nose balances on thorny, stiltlike legs. In “Trap,” a young woman gazes out from a cocoon of black tendrils enveloping her in every direction. In “Gray,” a seemingly malicious rabbit perches on a chair, legs crossed, in apparent judgment. And in “Some Kind of Monster,” a girl sits, black-eyed and mirthless, on a cube, with four dangling legs instead of two. This is just a random sample of the Swedish artist’s surreal mastery of ceramics, which she will showcase at the Norton this season in the latest installment of the museum’s annual “RAW: Recognition of Art by Women” series. With influences ranging from Hans Christian Andersen to Oscar Wilde and vintage DC comics, Kristalova plumbs childhood memories, dreams and nightmares for inspiration, then combines them with myths and fairy tales, blurring the line between innocence and horror. The Norton show marks her first solo museum exhibition outside of Sweden, and it runs through March 29.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/timekeepers.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “The Timekeepers”</strong></p> <p>Where: Levis JCC, 9801 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 2 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $27-$29, free for Levis Platinum members</p> <p>Contact: 561/852-3200, <a href="http://www.levisjcc.org" target="_blank">levisjcc.org</a></p> <p>Last year, a local production of Dan Clancy’s “The Timekeepers”—a wrenching, moving and even occasionally funny play about an orthodox Jewish man and a flamboyant gay man who are forced to cohabitate, and confront their own prejudices, when they’re locked in a Holocaust-era prison camp—stunned the Carbonell Awards by winning everything for which it was nominated. This included Best Production of a Play (Fort Lauderdale’s Island City Stage produced it), Best Director, Best Actor, Best Set Design and Best Sound Design. The show’s victory was so stunning because it was such a low-budget production, upsetting many of its stronger-endowed peers in the South Florida community. In case you missed it—and many did—Island City Stage is remounting the same production here in Boca Raton, with Michael McKeever, Mike Westrich and Matt Stabile reprising roles for which they have become synonymous. You owe it to yourself to see this play; don’t wait for a third South Florida mounting. It runs through Dec. 21.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/boca_raton_holiday_street__fl_parade_city_hall.jpg" width="370"></p> <p><strong>What: 44<sup>th</sup> Annual Holiday Street Parade</strong></p> <p>Where: Downtown Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/367-7073, <a href="http://www.myboca.us" target="_blank">myboca.us</a></p> <p>In previous years, this holiday tradition in downtown Boca has included a caravan of firefighters, police officers, soldiers, jugglers, baton twirlers, stilt walkers, marching bands, coiffed pooches, costumed characters, massive parade floats and more, with contributions from local schools, nonprofits and community institutions—and, of course, Santa Claus. Expect much the same and more at this year’s parade, whose theme is “A Holiday Wish.” The parade moves from Southeast Eighth Street to Mizner Park, with grandstand viewing at Sanborn Square. Be advised to arrive early and plan your route accordingly: Federal Highway, from Glades Road to Camino Real, will close in both directions from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening.</p> <p>THURSDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/basel-miami.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Art Basel Miami Beach</strong></p> <p>Where: Miami Beach Convention Center and other Dade County venues</p> <p>When: Hours vary by day</p> <p>Cost: $45 per day or $100 for the four-day affair; outside events vary</p> <p>Contact: <a href="http://www.artbasel.com/Miami-beach" target="_blank">artbasel.com/Miami-beach</a></p> <p>An estimated 267 modern and contemporary art galleries from five continents will offer their takes on 2014’s state of the art world, presenting paintings, drawings, sculptures installations, prints, photography, film, video and digital art by more than 4,000 artists. And that’s just inside the Miami Beach Convention Center for Art Basel proper, which is also hosting salon-style conversations with artists on all four days. Beyond that, the entire city becomes abuzz with satellite fairs, pop-up art shows, parties and concerts—too many to list in a single paragraph. Suffice it to say that, as usual, the highbrow and lowbrow will commingle across the city’s sleepless canvas, from Julian Schnabel to Miley Cyrus, Tommy Hilfiger to Baz Luhrmann. If you’re a particularly privileged partygoer, you might even be able to clink glasses with Kim Kardashian and Kayne West at a party called Wall—provided you can get past the customary three checkpoints.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="435" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/chorusline.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “A Chorus Line”</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: $45</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="http://delraycenterforthearts.com" target="_blank">delraycenterforthearts.com</a></p> <p>Set amid an audition for a Broadway production, “A Chorus Line” is the ultimate example of musical theater about musical theater, while claiming the title of the sixth-longest-running show in Broadway history. As 17 dancers vie for a limited number of chorus roles, they’re asked by the choreographer to put all of their guts on the line—and convince him, with more than just their movements, that they belong on his stage. Dreams and memories, love and heartache, venting and healing all coalesce through songs, dance numbers and monologues. It all comes together on a nondescript stage, but when done right, it makes for captivating theater. The Crest Theatre usually presents national tours of shows like this, but in a landmark decision celebrating its 25th anniversary, the venue will co-produce “A Chorus Line,” hiring local professionals under the direction of Kimberly Dawn, who starred in the show on Broadway. The show runs through Dec. 14.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/john_lennon_617_409.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Classic Albums Live: A Very Lennon Christmas</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $39-$59</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="http://www.parkerplayhouse.com" target="_blank">parkerplayhouse.com</a></p> <p>Paul McCartney may technically be Americans’ favorite Beatle—winning nearly 30 percent of the vote, according to a 2009 poll by Zogby—but keep in mind that he has the advantage of being alive and continuing to tour. If John Lennon were still playing and recording music, we’re convinced he would be No. 1 among the Fab Four. You can gauge his greatness at this special tribute performance from the note-by-note classic rock re-creators Classic Albums Live, which will only perform compositions written by Lennon. This means Beatles classics like “Help,” “Strawberry Fields” and “Ballad of John and Yoko” but also hits from his too-short-lived solo career, such as “Imagine,” “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” and “Give Peace a Chance”—all of which are indeed appropriate messages for the holidays.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="294" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/toulouse-lautrec-gallery-010.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What:</strong> “<strong>Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910”</strong></p> <p>Where: Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5, free for members and children 14 and younger</p> <p>Contact: 561/659-8503, <a href="http://www.fourarts.org" target="_blank">fourarts.org</a></p> <p>Like many trailblazing artists, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec lived hard and died young, at 36, from complications of alcoholism and syphilis. But his comparatively brief blaze of artistry still inspires; in 2005, a Christie’s sale broke records when an early painting of his, “La blanchisseuse,” brought $22.4 million at auction. Toulouse-Lautrec was one of the great chroniclers of late 19<sup>th</sup> century French bohemian life, depicting fellow-artists and Parisian streets with a dispassionate and impressionistic eye, and working in a myriad of media, from paintings and watercolors to drawings and shadow puppetry. The Society of the Four Arts will showcase all of this and more in this comprehensive exhibition of 200 works by Toulouse-Lautrec and his Parisian contemporaries, including Edouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, Juan Gris and Mary Cassatt. The show runs through Jan. 11.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="211" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/gingerbread.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Gingerbread Holiday Concert</strong></p> <p>Where: Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35, includes valet parking</p> <p>Contact: 561/237-7745, <a href="http://events.lynn.edu/" target="_blank">events.lynn.edu</a></p> <p>Entering its 12<sup>th</sup> year of raising scholarship funds for the Lynn Conservatory’s most-deserving student musicians, the annual Gingerbread Holiday Concert is making at least one change this year: It has relocated from the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club to the university’s own Wold Performing Arts Center, with its ideal acoustics. Guillermo Figueroa will conduct the Lynn University Philharmonia Orchestra through Christmas and Hanukkah favorites, and local 9-year-old singer/actress Seanna Pereira will perform two songs and lead the event’s pint-sized attendees through a sing-a-long portion of the program. Expect to see costumed characters from “Frozen” and a reception with Mr. and Mrs. Claus as well.</p>ETRO at the Seagate Beach Club2014-12-01T00:00:00+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/01/etro-at-the-seagate-beach-club/<p>Celebrate the holidays with a fashion show at the Seagate Beach Club. Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton is partnering with the club for a holiday show featuring ETRO’s hottest items.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/saksfashionshow.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The event, held on Dec. 16 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., will feature a runway show, hors d’oeuvres, special holiday cocktails, wine from Robert Mondavi, plus pop-up boutiques for clothes, accessories and beauty items.</p> <p>Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by contacting Francesca Coviello at 561/665-4825 or <a href="mailto:fcoviello@theseagatehotel.com">fcoviello@theseagatehotel.com</a>. Make sure to RSVP by Monday, Dec. 8.</p>Konjac Sponge: Asia’s Best Kept Skincare Secret2014-12-01T00:00:00+00:00Annie Pizzutelli/blog/author/annie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/12/01/konjac-sponge-asias-best-kept-skincare-secret/<p>There’s a new skin care tool that has everybody buzzing.  It doesn’t pulsate, titillate or oscillate like other beauty gadgets, but it will gently exfoliate away skin impurities for healthier, more radiant looking skin.</p> <p><img alt="" height="416" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/konjacsponge.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Konjac sponges</strong> can be used in your cleansing routine to more effectively dislodge, dirt, oil and blackheads. When the sponge first comes out of the package, it has a hard, rough finish almost like a pumice stone. As soon as you run the sponge under warm water, it will feel soft, bouncy and gel-like. A konjac has more texture than a dish sponge, but it won’t be as harsh as a loofah or washcloth.</p> <p>Konjac sponges are made from the root of the konjac potato, an Asian sea vegetable. Its fibers are alkaline by nature and help to balance the skins organic acidity. They are also packed with nutrients. The starches contain iron, zinc and vitamins A, E and D, just to name a few.</p> <p>The unique structure of the sponge helps the cleanser deeply penetrate into pores and unclogs them in a way that a washcloth or fingers alone can’t do.</p> <p>Since they are gentler than scrubs, konjac sponges can be used daily even for people with sensitive skin and problems like eczema and rosacea.</p> <p>To use, soak the sponge in lukewarm water for at least five minutes. Then splash you face with some water, and put a dime sized amount of cleanser onto the sponge. A little face wash goes a long way. The sponge’s webbed texture makes a rich lather using less cleanser than you'd normally need with a washcloth. Gently glide the sponge across your face, massaging your skin in soft, circular motions.</p> <p>When you’re done cleansing, rinse your sponge with warm water and squeeze out the excess to let it air-dry. It dries quickly in between uses to prevent bacteria or mold build-up. Although they are antibacterial, these sponges are not self-cleaning. The packaging recommends replacing your sponge every four to six weeks.</p> <p>Try:</p> <p><strong>EcoTools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge, Ulta $5.99 </strong><em>(Pictured above)</em></p> <p><strong>Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge, Sephora $15</strong><strong></strong></p>WOB Beer Tasting Class2014-11-28T11:05:06+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/28/wob-beer-tasting-class/<p>Who says you have to wait until the weekend to have fun?</p> <p><img alt="" height="196" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/worldofbeer.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>For $20, you can sample up to eight different seasonal beers at <a href="http://worldofbeer.com" target="_blank">World of Beer</a> <em>(4437 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek) </em>on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. The class consists of beer tasting and beer trivia.</p> <p>For more information, visit bonbeer.com/beer-tasting-classes.</p>Mastino Debuts in Delray2014-11-28T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/28/mastino-debuts-in-delray/<p>“Italian soul food” has come to downtown Delray with the debut of <strong>Mastino</strong> (<em>25 N.E. Second Ave., 561/922-0900</em>), a casually hip modern osteria from the folks behind next door SoLita Italian restaurant.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/mastino.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>On the menu are a roster of pizzas, blasted in an 800-degree wood-fired oven in the strict Neapolitan manner, along with several varieties of mozzarella and garnishes from the mozzarella bar and brick-oven panini, rotisserie chicken, and small plates ranging from baby octopus in spicy tomato sauce to french fries tossed with pesto. The bar menu features a selection of craft beers, artisan cocktails and boutique wines.</p> <p>Design-wise, Mastino boasts red brick walls hung with black and white photos of Italian street food, seven TV screens for game-day viewing and al fresco courtyard seating.</p> <p>One unique feature is Mastino’s Artisan Pizza Academy, which offers classes in mozzarella making, basic pizza technique and the much advance five-day Neapolitan Pizza certification course. Classes cost $59 per person; go <a href="http://mastinowoodfire.com/events/%20" target="_blank">here</a> for dates, times and details.</p> <p>For more on Mastino, click <a href="/blog/2014/11/28/more-on-mastino-italian-kitchen-and-bar/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>More on Mastino Italian Kitchen and Bar2014-11-28T05:59:00+00:00Annie Pizzutelli/blog/author/annie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/28/more-on-mastino-italian-kitchen-and-bar/<p>New York has its thin-crust. Chicago has its deep-dish. Now Delray Beach has authentic Italian pizza, thanks to Mastino Wood-Fire Kitchen and Bar <em>(25 N.E. Second Ave.),</em> which just debuted in the Pineapple Grove district of Delray.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/mastino_wood-fired_pizza.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>At the center of the restaurant is a steel handcrafted wood-burning oven that was imported from Naples, Italy. It bakes only the highest-quality Napolean-style pies – so authentic, in fact, that Chef Salvatore Campanile received certification from the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana "True Neapolitan Pizza Association" to create them.</p> <p>These artesian authentic Neapolitan personal pizzas are Mastino’s signature item. Other offerings on the menu include traditional Italian “soul food” like the “porchetta-style” brick-oven panini sandwiches and homemade meatballs. A mozzarella bar serves hand pulled mozzarellas including burrata, straciatella and buffalo milk mozzarella that’s imported twice a week from Italy. The restaurant also has a wide selection of craft beers, wines and signature cocktails.</p> <p>The casual-style Italian eatery is part of Society 8 Hospitality Group, the same people who brought SoLita to neighborhood in 2011. In fact, the new concept will serve as a casual compliment to the more exclusive SoLita. It has taken over the restaurant’s former main dining room and the two establishments will share the adjoining space and outdoor patio-area. The new space has been transformed to give off an industrial feel. Black-and-white photographs of Italian-style street food hang from its traditional-style red brick walls and comfortable black leather couches create a relaxed atmosphere.</p> <p>Soon Mastino will open up its kitchen to foodies interested in learning how to make their own pies. The Artisan Pizza Academy which will offer three culinary classes: The Art of Mozzarella Class, Introduction to Basic Pizza Making Class and a Five-Day Professional Neapolitan Pizza Certification Course. Those wanting to attend should call 561/922-0900 for dates and pricing.</p> <p>Mastino gets its name from the Italian bullmastiff who, according to old folklore, guarded the kitchen of the chef who created the Neapolitan-style margherita pizza for Queen Margherita.</p> <p>Masino will be open for lunch Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m and will serve dinner daily from 5-11 p.m. </p>Staff Picks of the Week2014-11-28T00:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/28/staff-picks-of-the-week-14/<p><strong>Sushigo</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/img_2070.jpeg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Picked by Karen Jacaruso, Account Manager</p> <p>“My staff for this week is an incredible discovery in Boca Raton called Sushigo. Since chef Joe was 6 years old, he has been creating sushi for his family and friends. I have had the pleasure of experiencing a true artist and the freshest sushi I have ever encountered. Don’t walk … run!”</p> <p>(<em>477 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton // <a href="http://sushigojoe.com" target="_blank">sushigojoe.com</a></em>)</p> <p><strong>Shepherd’s Pie</strong></p> <p>Picked by Marie Speed, Editor</p> <p>“The shepherd's pie (homemade, available for take-out) at Torchio’s is perfect for those days you have to work late and don't feel like rustling up dinner—or there's a cold snap and you are unabashedly in the mood for this ground beef and veggies food pod blanketed by a layer of mashed potatoes. Is there such a thing as healthy comfort food? Do we care? “</p> <p>(<em>1877 Woolbright Road, Boynton Beach // 561/732-5915</em>)</p> <p><strong>Quinoa Greens Salad</strong></p> <p>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</p> <p>“Something always threw me off about the way quinoa looked, but when I spotted the Quinoa Greens salad on the Offerdahl’s menu, I thought, why not give it another shot? Mixed in with greens, feta cheese, garbanzo beans, salsa and almond slivers (among other deliciously fresh things), I went from eh, quinoa to yay quinoa!”</p> <p>(1<em>7940 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton // <a href="http://offerdahls.com" target="_blank">offerdahls.com</a></em>)</p>Fashion Forward: Weekend Deals + Holiday Events2014-11-28T00:00:00+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/28/fashion-forward-weekend-deals-holiday-events/<p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/olasamplesale.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>(via Ola Feroz <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ola-Feroz-Swimwear/191743067587137" target="_blank">Facebook</a>)</em> </p> <p><strong>Beach break</strong>: It may be snowing up north, but it’s always beach weather in South Florida. Snag an Ola Feroz bathing suit at 50 percent off during this weekend’s sample sale (Nov. 29-30). Sale items are vailable by appointment only from 8-10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, but open to the public Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 561/331-1805 for more information or email <a href="mailto:info@olaferoz.com">info@olaferoz.com</a></p> <p><strong>Holiday Shopping:</strong> Kick off December by shopping for a cause. The Boys and Girls Club of Delray Beach is hosting its 12<sup>th</sup> annual <a href="http://www.bgcpbc.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=events.details&amp;content_id=8" target="_blank">Holiday Trunk Show</a> from Dec. 1-3, featuring 30 specialty vendors selling everything from home décor to children’s clothing. All proceeds go back to the organization, so you can shop guiltlessly. For more info, contact Kristen Cummins at 561/683-3287 or click <a href="http://www.bgcpbc.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=events.details&amp;content_id=8" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Pure relaxation:</strong> Bella Reina Spa is hosting a Spa-La-La Soiree on Dec. 4, starting the holiday season with a night of beauty, bubbly and more. The first 20 people to RSVP will receive a spa gift card. For more info, email info@ll-scene.com.</p>Web Xtra: Crab Cake Recipe2014-11-27T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/27/web-xtra-crab-cake-recipe/<p>Frank Hawkins does not make bad crab cakes. The Baltimore native and chef-owner of charming little True in Boca Raton (<em>147 S.E. First Ave., 561/417-5100</em>) draws his own culinary experience and the region’s decades of accumulated expertise in the cooking and serving of its iconic crustacean to turn out crab cakes as deliciously crabby as their consumers are happy to inhale them.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/truecrabcakes.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>In Hawkins’ hands, sweet-tasting blue crabmeat and a few simple ingredients come together to create a nugget of seafaring goodness whose whole really is greater than the sum of its parts.</p> <p><strong>Maryland-Style Crabcakes</strong></p> <p>2 pounds blue crabmeat</p> <p>2 pieces white bread, torn into small pieces</p> <p>1 cup mayonnaise</p> <p>1/2 egg, beaten</p> <p>1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce</p> <p>2 1/2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning</p> <p>2 teaspoons yellow mustard</p> <p>1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice</p> <p>1 teaspoon each, minced red pepper and chopped parsley</p> <p>Paprika and butter for topping</p> <p><strong>Preparation</strong>: Combine all ingredients except blue crabmeat, bread, red pepper and parsley and mix well. In separate bowl, blend crabmeat, bread, red pepper and parsley, then add just enough mayonnaise mixture to bind, approximately three-quarters of a cup. Mix gently, form into patties, dust with paprika and refrigerate until ready to cook.</p> <p><strong>To cook</strong>: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place crab cakes on nonstick baking sheet and top with small piece of butter. Bake for approximately 12 minutes and serve with tartar sauce, cocktail sauce or mustard sauce.</p>WebXtra: How Does It Feel?2014-11-27T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/27/webxtra-how-does-it-feel/<p><strong>FROM THE VAULT</strong></p> <p>How Does It Feel …</p> <p><strong>To Hold a Human Heart</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/carmichael.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Michael Carmichael</p> <p><em>Chief of cardiovascular surgery/medical director, Bethesda Memorial Hospital</em></p> <p><a href="/blog/2014/11/27/web-xtra-to-hold-a-human-heart/" target="_blank">Click here for more.</a></p> <p><strong>To Be Mauled by a Jaguar</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/paulfisher.jpeg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Paul Fisher</p> <p><em>West Palm Beach gallery owner, animal rights activist</em></p> <p><a href="/blog/2014/11/27/web-xtra/" target="_blank">Click here for more.</a></p> <p><strong>To Be Theresa LePore</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/theresalepore.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Theresa LePore</p> <p><em>Former Palm Beach County supervisor of elections</em></p> <p><em>Creator, 2000 presidential butterfly ballot</em></p> <p><a href="/blog/2014/11/27/web-xtra-to-be-theresa-lepore/" target="_blank">Click here for more.</a></p> <p><strong>BONUS STORY</strong></p> <p>How Does It Feel …</p> <p><strong>To Take Years Off Your Face?</strong><strong></strong></p> <p>Carla Pisani</p> <p><em>Patient counselor for a Palm Beach plastic surgeon</em></p> <p><a href="/blog/2014/11/27/web-xtra-to-take-years-off-your-face/" target="_blank">Click here for more.</a></p>Web Xtra: To Hold a Human Heart2014-11-27T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/27/web-xtra-to-hold-a-human-heart/<p><strong>To Hold a Human Heart</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/carmichael.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Michael Carmichael</p> <p>Chief of cardiovascular surgery/medical director, Bethesda Memorial Hospital<strong><br></strong><br>The heart is a muscle, so it feels very firm and beefy. It’s like you’re grabbing someone’s bicep after they’ve worked out. Most people don’t realize it, but the heart also is covered with a thin layer of fat tissue that gives it a cushion while it’s beating in the chest.</p> <p>But that’s from a purely clinical and medical perspective. From a personal standpoint, it feels like an obligation. As a cardiovascular surgeon, [patients literally] put their heart in my hands. It’s a humbling responsibility.</p> <p>Though we do heart surgery with less risk than having your ruptured appendix removed, people think about life and death a lot more when they have a heart operation. It goes back to biblical times; the heart is referred to as the center of the soul. If you remove somebody’s heart and put in somebody else’s, people want to know: Is it going to change my personality? Is it going to change the color of my hair? My eyes? It’s not just, “Oh, you’re going to operate on this muscle in my chest.” It’s much more than that.</p> <p>I did my first heart transplant when I was 32 [<strong>Note</strong>: Carmichael is in his early 60s now]. In those early days, I would actually harvest the heart right from the donor and bring it back for the recipient. That was a very scary experience. [Today,] the donor heart [arrives] in an Igloo cooler where it’s bathed in ice, and then I sew it in.</p> <p>But [there’s a period of time where] you have somebody’s chest cavity open—and there’s no heart in there. It’s an empty chest cavity. To then see the blood return to that organ that was basically limp and lifeless ... to watch it start beating again. ... To see the patient sitting up in the chair the next week ... Just thinking about it, it wells up in me.</p> <p>What does it feel like to hold someone’s heart? It’s a physical thing. It’s an emotional thing. It’s a psychological thing. And it’s a spiritual thing. If you don’t believe in God, you certainly might after performing heart surgery.</p> <p>To me, it’s a religious experience.</p>Web Xtra: To be Mauled by a Jaguar2014-11-27T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/27/web-xtra/<p><strong>To Be Mauled by a Jaguar</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/paulfisher.jpeg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Paul Fisher</p> <p><em>West Palm Beach gallery owner, animal rights activist</em></p> <p>We were touring a private wildlife refuge and about to leave when someone yelled, “Get out!” I was standing next to the jaguar’s cage; the cat had escaped and lunged at me. Within two seconds, the cat had my head in her mouth. It weighed about 200 pounds and was in her prime. I knew that kind of cat would try to take its prey by the neck and break it. I had just enough time to bring up a hand to cover the back of my neck.</p> <p>The cat’s fangs were buried, and all I could see was the inside of [her] mouth. One canine had me at the right cheekbone; the other canine was in the top of my head. So that’s how she was holding me, by the entire left side of my face.</p> <p>You always hear people say, “It felt like slow motion.” But it didn’t. It felt like normal time, and at no time did I feel anger or fear or physical pain, even though by now my face was torn wide open.</p> <p>My brain seemed to be operating on a couple of different levels. On the one hand, it was rational. I could hear some screams in the background, but I was mostly concentrated on myself and the cat and keeping my vital areas protected. I knew I had to jam the cat’s mouth in a way that she couldn’t complete the bite.</p> <p>I was also hyper aware. I could feel every beat of her heart—and of my heart. I could feel her every breath on my face.</p> <p>At least one person was on the animal to get her off me; in the instant that I felt the bite release, I sprung up from the ground. I saw my reflection in a window, and I could see my cheekbone and everything down to my jaw was exposed. I used to be an emergency medical technician, so I pressed into my face and worked all the skin back up over the wound until the edges lined up again. And then I held direct pressure until I got to the hospital.</p> <p>I practiced martial arts most of my life. You never think something like this is going to happen, but in the instant that it does, you have to be ready. I was on the ground for maybe 20 seconds. There’s no time to think. Whatever training you have [kicks in]. Every possible thing that I could have done right is exactly what happened.</p> <p>It took more than 50 stitches to sew me back together; there was damage to my nerves and lymphatic muscles, but people hardly notice now.</p> <p>I never really talked about it publicly. I didn’t want anything to happen to the cat.</p>Web Xtra: To be Theresa LePore2014-11-27T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/27/web-xtra-to-be-theresa-lepore/<p><strong>To Be Theresa LePore</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/theresalepore.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Theresa LePore</p> <p><em>Former Palm Beach County supervisor of elections</em></p> <p><em>Creator, 2000 presidential butterfly ballot</em></p> <p>I was at a luncheon, and some lady comes up to me. “Are you going to hit me,” I said, “or are you going to be nice to me?” We had a good conversation. Usually, I kind of hesitate when people [approach] me. I can’t always judge what their reaction is going to be.</p> <p>I’ve gotten some really ugly, hateful mail. And death threats. [People have said that] I have the blood of thousands of men and women on my hands. That I put Bush in office, both terms. That 9/11 was my fault.</p> <p>I lost so many friends over what happened [during the 2000 presidential election], and some people today still don’t speak to me when I see them. I think what upsets me the most is that I was on several task forces for balloting—and the idea was to make the ballot <em>easier</em> for the people to read.</p> <p>A couple days after [the election], I remember going upstairs to the county attorney’s office. There’s a back elevator. When we came down and the elevator door opened, there were 60 or 70 of these SWAT guys, and all these flashbulbs were going off. The press had found me. People were screaming, “There she is! There she is!” They were calling me names and trying to grab at me. That was the first time I realized the enormity of what was happening.</p> <p>I kind of lost it. One of the cops said, “Get it out. Dry your tears, and then get back out there.”</p> <p>By Thursday [of that election week], some of my top people came to my office and said, “Did you drive?” Apparently, they had intercepted a threat. I didn’t drive my car for probably six or seven weeks after that. When I finally did, I had nails in all four of my tires. That’s one of the memories that’s burned in: riding home with a sheriff’s car in front of me and a sheriff’s car behind me.</p> <p>I’m still very cautious when I go places. I’m always looking around. I never drive the same route twice; if I’m going to church, I’ll always go a different way. I always back into parking spaces because it’s easier to get out.  I don’t go to a lot of big places unless I know it’s at a time when it’s not very busy. I joke that I have to tip well because everybody knows who I am. It’s never gone back to the way it was before that day.</p> <p>Today, I’m involved with a lot of nonprofits, but I’m mostly in the background, helping with events and [serving on boards]. People used to ask me for [political] support or endorsements, but I always said no. I still have a stigma attached to me; I don’t want someone to lose an election because of that.</p> <p>I’ve always been one to use everything as a learning experience. It’s just wasted energy thinking about all the negative stuff. If I did, I’d be curled up in a ball somewhere.</p>Web Xtra: To Take Years Off Your Face2014-11-27T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/27/web-xtra-to-take-years-off-your-face/<p><strong>To Take Years Off Your Face?</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="520" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/plasticsurgery.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>Carla Pisani</p> <p><em>Patient counselor for a Palm Beach plastic surgeon</em></p> <p>I was aging faster than I would have liked. I’m a mom and a grandmother and a happily married wife. I’m involved with charities. Whenever I saw pictures of myself, it felt like my neck was sagging and my eyes looked tired. I had sun damage from years of tanning with baby oil.</p> <p>It was a huge decision on my part because my husband, my mom, my daughter and my closest friends all thought I was being ridiculous. That really pulled at me. I thought, “What happens if I wake up and look scary, or something bad happens, all because I was being overly vain? What if I look like a Barbie doll, all fake and plastic?”</p> <p>Then it got deeper. I’m a very spiritual person, and I thought, “What if the universe punishes me for doing this?” I had such negativity around me. When I finally made the decision to do it, I just put it out there to have the best possible results.</p> <p>The night before, you can’t sleep. You’re very fearful. Every time I fell asleep, I had dreams that I was all swollen. Before you know it, it’s 6 a.m., and you’re not having your coffee or eating anything, and you’re like, “Maybe I’ve lost my mind.”</p> <p>I was told by people who had face-lifts that I’d be wrapped up like a mummy. But my doctor had me on a diet a few weeks before that eliminated a lot of foods. No aspirin. No vitamins. No alcohol. He told me that if I did this, there would be less swelling.</p> <p>Three hours later after going under, I woke up totally numb. No pain. I was a bit swollen, but I didn’t look frightening. No mummified bandages. No tubes. It wasn’t anything like I thought it would be.</p> <p>I kept looking in the mirror and touching my face. You can’t wait to start putting on eye makeup. The recovery, for me, was nothing. By day five, most of my sutures were out. I was back to work by day six.</p> <p>The feelings afterward were joyous. I had an extra pep in my step. I felt like I was in my 30s again. For me, doing it young (<em>Note: Pisani had the face-lift at age 43; she’s now 53</em>) was key. People thought I had a new haircut. They were like, “Have you lost weight? Did you get a new facial?”</p> <p>As silly as it might sound, people treat you differently when you look older. I really think that’s true. I’m not addicted to surgery, but I am addicted to looking the best I can. I don’t want the senior citizen discount until I’m about 80.</p>Web Xtra: The SunShame State2014-11-27T06:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/27/web-xtra-the-sunshame-state/<p>We asked Camilo Fontecilla, one-half of the great Florida-centric podcast <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-sunshame-state/id815794209?mt=2" target="_blank">The SunShame State</a> (and the subject of our “Take 5” interview in the December issue), to spread the love, and provide a few examples of great South Florida podcasts for your clicking-and-listening pleasure. Problem is, he could only find one local show—Casa de Haha—that met his exacting standards (which are usually our standards, too, so we don’t blame him). But he was kind enough to offer four more recommendations outside the SunShame—er, Sun<em>shine</em> State.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/camiloallison.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/casa-de-haha-podcast/id639885203?mt=2" target="_blank">Casa de Haha</a>: Miami comedian and broadcasting entrepreneur Daniel Reskin plays host to local comics for a relaxed and frequently amusing conversation. It’s a great sampling of the local comedy scene, with the added bonus that if you want to see more of someone, it’s easy to find them performing at clubs in our area.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/international-waters/id511745722?mt=2" target="_blank">International Waters</a>: Comedian Dave Holmes hosts a panel of two U.K. (sometimes Canadian, sometimes Aussie) comedians and two U.S. comedians, and pits them against each other in a quiz show to determine which is “the best country in the world.” The quiz is beside the point, as the format frequently devolves into hilarious trans-Atlantic silliness.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/how-was-your-week-julie-klausner/id424991092?mt=2" target="_blank">How Was Your Week? with Julie Klausner</a>: Comedian/writer/actress/funny gal Julie Klausner gives a weekly roundup of the best in pop culture. She tackles everything you need to know, from must-see TV to celebrity gossip. Her guests are a who’s-who of comedy, culture writing and New York society. She’s cheeky, smart as a whip and a great interviewer.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mystic-party!/id842750953?mt=2" target="_blank">Mystic Party!</a>: Siblings Brea and Zane Grant are paranormal enthusiasts, and they just happen to have a lot of friends with monster problems. From a ghost stalker to unwelcome mermen, the Grants are here to solve anything spooky or freaky. Episodes kick off with real paranormal news, but quickly spiral into silly "What if..." scenarios.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/jordan-jesse-go!/id207698746?mt=2" target="_blank">Jordan, Jesse Go!</a>: Completely banal and puerile, this show levitates on the endless well of pop-culture references and split-second cracks provided by co-hosts Jordan Morris and Jesse Thorn. Their reasonable fame in the comedy world brings in a rotating cast of certifiably funny guests, but little to no time is spent on career recaps when there are so many awkward personal moments to discuss.</p>Mizner Trail gets nasty and other items of note2014-11-27T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/27/mizner-trail-gets-nasty-and-other-items-of-note/<h3><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/img_0485.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>Mizner Trail gets rockier…</h3> <p>The fate of the old Mizner Trail Golf Course has entered another nasty and—for non-lawyers—confusing legal spitting phase.</p> <p>To recap: In June, the Palm Beach County Commission approved construction of 253 homes on what was the roughly 128-acre south course in Boca Del Mar and now is an overgrown mess. The 10,000-unit umbrella homeowners group—called the Boca Del Mar Improvement Association —appealed the approval by petitioning the circuit court to review it. About 80 individual homeowner associations make up the improvement association.</p> <p>On Nov. 7, the developer—Compson Associates, as Mizner Trail Golf Club Ltd.—claimed in a news release that the association had rejected a “settlement proposal” of about $250,000 that “would have allowed (the association) to recoup 100 percent of the legal fees” spent from a reserve fund. “With the success rate of appeals at least than 15 percent,” the developer said, “the fact that (the association) refused to even consider repayment of all legal fees they spent is simply not reasonable or understandable and not in the best interest of its members.”</p> <p>To show how nasty the current fight is, the two sides don’t even agree that Compson offered a settlement.</p> <p>When I spoke with Robert and James Comparato at their company’s Boca Raton headquarters, they showed me a Nov. 10 letter from one of their attorneys, Martin Perry, to Peter Sachs. His firm—Sachs Sax Caplan—represents the improvement association.</p> <p>The letter, Perry wrote, “will confirm and clarify the verbal settlement proposal I made” on Nov. 3. “This offer was intended as a firm and final settlement seeking the dismissal” of the appeal and “any and all other pending issues or claims arising” from the appeal. Perry acknowledges that while he “did not mention a number,” he understood that the legal fees amounted to $250,000.</p> <p>To non-lawyers, that sounds like a settlement offer. Not so, according to Robert Rivas, an attorney with Sachs Sax Caplan. In an email, he said Perry’s letter “does not ‘constitute a settlement offer.’ It constitutes a letter in which he tries to purport that he had made an offer orally the previous week. The letter itself is not an offer.”</p> <p>Perry wrote the letter, Rivas said, “in order to throw a smokescreen around the lie they had been caught in. It is a self-serving rewriting of history. . .written for the benefit of the media.”</p> <p>Rivas contends that “the word ‘offer’ means a communication containing the essential terms of a proposed deal. An ‘offer’ is presented for acceptance or rejection. It must be sufficiently clear that if the recipient says ‘yes,’ then the deal is done.</p> <p>“Preliminary discussions about the respective stances and positions of the two sides are not ‘offers.’ Statements about what might happen if such-and-such were offered, or what if we were in the such-and-such ballpark, those are not ‘offers.’ They are just negotiating palaver.”</p> <p>Peter Sachs called the letter a “publicity stunt,” adding that as of Tuesday he still hadn’t received a copy, even though copies went to homeowner associations in Boca Del Mar. A Nov. 12 letter from Sachs to Perry uses words such as “meddle” and “intimidate.”</p> <p>On Nov. 4, one day after Perry claims to have made the “verbal settlement proposal,” another letter from another Compson attorney went to Sachs.</p> <p>Bernard Lebedeker put Sachs on notice that Compson intended to seek sanctions against the association and other named plaintiffs as well as the Sachs firm. The association had 21 days to “remedy the situation,” which to Compson ideally meant dropping the appeal. The 21 days expired Tuesday. On Wednesday, Lebedeker filed the motion for sanctions. Compson issued similar notice to the lone plaintiff in a separate lawsuit against the project.</p> <p>Such action is not new. Other developers in Florida have issued similar legal warnings in hopes of scaring off plaintiffs. Indeed, the single plaintiff has dropped out, meaning that challenge to Mizner Trail is over. Two plaintiffs have dropped out of the association lawsuit.</p> <p>Sachs, though, said, “We are not going to cave in.” As to the Comparatos’ argument that the lawsuit endangers the association and its members, Sachs said community sentiment supports the lawsuit. According to Sachs, whose firm did not represent Boca Del Mar at the time, the then-improvement association board was negotiating in 2006 over a plan to develop the golf course. Opponents of the project became “enraged” and took over the board at the next election.</p> <p>Lebedeker acknowledged that even if the three-judge panel decides not to hear the appeal, the developers still might not prevail on sanctions. They must prove that the appeal was frivolous—meaning, as Lebedeker put it in the letter, “not supported by the material facts necessary to establish the claim” and “not supported by application of existing law to the material facts.”</p> <p>Essentially, the Comparatos say the appeal is costing them money by illegally delaying construction. To call them confident of prevailing would be an understatement. In an interview last week, James Comparato said, “I’m going to build these units. Just when can I start.”</p> <p>The appeal, Robert Comparato said, seeks an illegal “taking” of private property rights. As for the sanction threat against the association and the law firm, James Comparato said, “We are not going to get anywhere by playing nice in the sandbox.”</p> <p>The Comparatos contend that the improvement association has become “obstructionist,” led by those who live in the 550 homes that adjoin the course and have pursued such unrealistic options as conversion of the land to a park. Robert Comparato said, “We don’t believe that all the information is being communicated to all the residents of Boca Del Mar.”</p> <p>The Comparatos point out that over several months in 2012 they negotiated with two Boca Del Mar representatives to craft a plan the neighbors could support. County Commissioner Steven Abrams, who represents Boca Del Mar, was at those talks and confirms that there had been agreement that August on what became known as “the compromise plan.”</p> <p>One Boca Del Mar representative signed the site plan, to indicate her agreement. The other, Brian Coleman, supported the plan verbally, but changed his mind “within 24 hours,” Abrams recalls. Coleman is now vice president of the improvement association board.</p> <p>The rancor has become so strident because there is no middle ground for compromise. The latest plan, which the county commission approved, is undoubtedly better than any previous version. It has lakes, more buffering and a better housing mix. Boca Del Mar, however, argues that the land has no development rights. To the residents, the best site plan still would be an unacceptable site plan.</p> <p>To James Comparato, “The fight is simple. We own the property.” Asked how much they paid for the land, he calls the number “not pertinent.” Obviously, it is. Property records show that Mizner Trail Golf Club, Ltd., purchased the property in 1998 for $8 million.</p> <p>In 2006, the county commission rejected a plan for development on 43 acres of Mizner Trail. That time, the Comparatos sued the county—and lost. This time, the Comparatos and the county are allies.</p> <p>That legal chapter took more than two years to resolve. This one might take longer. The material under review makes a Tolstoy novel look like a short story. The court still has not decided even whether to hear the appeal of the county commission’s March 2013 approval of a development on a former golf course adjoining Century Village in West Palm Beach.</p> <p>As Robert Comparato acknowledged, a lot of other golf courses are financially shaky. The outcome of this case could set a significant precedent. There’s a lot at stake, and no resolution in sight.</p> <h3>To clarify…</h3> <p>Delray Beach City Commissioner Jordana Jarjura worried that in writing about the city’s proposed changes to Land Use Regulations for the Central Business District, I might not have made her position clear.</p> <p>The issue was Mayor Cary Glickstein’s idea of an incentive plan to encourage more office development. Jarjura wanted readers to know that though she had questions at the first hearing on the regulations, “I actually concur with the mayor re: revising to try and attract office development.”</p> <h3>Cooper Town                                    </h3> <p>Delray Beach could have a permanent city manager by Tuesday night.</p> <p>On the city commission agenda will be a proposed contract with Don Cooper, whom the commission unanimously—with Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet absent—chose on Nov. 7. If the commission approves the agreement, Cooper will start Jan. 5, make $170,000 in salary and get a $400-per-month car allowance, $5,000 in moving expenses and $1,500 per month in living expenses for no more than six months.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at randy@bocamag.com</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>Hyperrealist paintings, musical videos at Boca Museum2014-11-26T20:28:15+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/26/hyperrealist-paintings-musical-videos-at-boca-museum/<p>When <em>Time</em> asks you to design a cover for its magazine, it’s safe to say you’ve arrived. That’s what happened in 2013 when Bryan Drury, a hyperrealist painter represented by Miami Beach’s Dean Project gallery, was commissioned to paint a color image of Pope Francis for <em>Time</em>’s Person of the Year cover.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/pope-man-of-the-year.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>But the deadline was too tight for the artist’s exacting painting regimen—his portraits are so intimately detailed that he only completes about 10 a year—so instead, he submitted a graphite and charcoal print of the pontiff, gray against a black background, that in retrospect looks like the perfect image of this back-to-basics Pope: One that captures his humility, his approachability, his lack of pomp and circumstance. It is his essence.</p> <p>This is Drury’s amazing talent: to capture his subjects, warts and all, and somehow penetrate their souls through the tactile physicality of their facial contours. The image of Francis is one of a dozen or so works—all the rest of them oil on wood—comprising “Terrestrial Visions,” a small but vital showcase of Drury’s paintings, currently on the second floor of the Boca Raton Museum of Art.</p> <p>Aside from a couple of blazingly vivid bird portraits, his work observes people in power, from both religion and business: On one wall, along with the pope, you’ll see portraits of archbishops and Hindi leaders, Muslim scholars and influential rabbis, kabbalists and senior Buddhists. The opposite wall offers the flipside of the coin of influence, this time depicting similarly grandiose capitalists from Drury’s extended family and acquaintances.</p> <p><img alt="" height="523" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/vick-2011-oil-on-wood-28x36.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>It may take you a while to realize you’re not looking at photographs; that’s how precise and detailed a painter Drury is. You can feel every wrinkle and follicle, every dirty fingernail and wayward strand of hair, every imperfection and Botox line. “Vic” is a Charlton Heston-like figure with a titanic chest and a rugged road map of a face, a blood-red inkblot staining his front shirt pocket—an apt metaphor, perhaps, for the bludgeoning power his signature could have. His portrait of Thomas Wenski, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Miami, is jaw-dropping in its attention to minutiae, including the frayed edges of his mitre and a peak at the inside of the man’s vestments. “Isabella”—a departure from his portraits of the rich and powerful—depicts a sad, skinny, potentially pretty young woman with sleepless eyes and a bulging clavicle, blue veins visible beneath her skin.</p> <p>None of the works are commissioned, so Drury reports to no one but his inner muse, giving him free reign to present his subjects without the airbrushing and color-correcting we’re accustomed to. According to Boca Museum curator Marisa Pascucci, he would sometimes subtract as well as add to his works in the process of painting them, even using some of his father’s dental tools to get it just right. It might be the only time I’ve ever viewed paintings that are <em>more realistic</em> than photographs. You need to see them to believe them.</p> <p><strong> ***</strong></p> <p>Before you leave the Museum, you should check out another one of its fall exhibitions, “Five Videos,” an international assemblage of video work whose artists used music as a basis or a central theme.</p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/tango_nedrass.png" width="335"></p> <p>Lise Nidraas’ “It Takes Two to Tango” is, despite its title, a still image of a Latin dancer tangoing solo in London’s ornate Rivoli Ballroom, a work that seems at once touching, inclusive (the audience could become his partner, following his lead) and haunted (is he dancing with a ghost?). Shizuka Yokomizo’s “Forever (and again)” finds the subtle differences in a repetitive concept, filming five elderly women playing the same Chopin waltz on a piano (Op. 69, No. 2), while a split screen shows vacant tableaux—a book-lined study, a verdant backyard, an empty music room—adding an undercurrent of aging and absence to the composition.</p> <p>Janet Biggs’ “Fade to White” is another confluence of disparate tones, combining images from an artist’s trip to the arctic with an aria performed by tenor John Kelly against a white backdrop. The piece is at once adventurous and mournful, a lament that subtly evokes our shrinking ice caps as they die or “fade to white” from climate change. “Pictures Reframed” is a dense and lengthy collaboration by pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and Robin Rhode, who reinvent Modest Mussorgsky’s 1874 romantic masterpiece “Pictures at an Exhibition” using a combination of piano, street art and a projection wall. This one needs a lot of backstory to fully appreciate its intricacies, but the music and the art are stirring nonetheless.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/arcangel_drei-klavierstucke.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Finally, saving the best and most absurd for last, Cory Arcangel’s “Cat Video” painstakingly recreates Schoenberg’s 1909 composition “Drei Klavierstucke,” a groundbreaking piece of atonal piano music, using nothing but secondhand videos of felines crawling on keyboards. Arcangel is a masterly mashup artist, and this hilarious and subversive video turns the most lowbrow form of entertainment—self-indulgent YouTube clips—into a highbrow work of avant-garde art, or vice versa.</p> <p>It’s not only great to see an artist of Arcangel’s offbeat renown in the Boca Raton Museum of Art; it’s also wonderful to see a video exhibit at the museum, a rarity in recent years. I hope the museum keeps it up.</p> <p><em>“Five Videos” and “Bryan Drury: Terrestrial Visions” are on view through Jan. 11 at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. For information, call 561/392-2500 or visit bocamuseum.org.</em></p>Apura Juicery &amp; Coffeehouse Now Open2014-11-26T08:33:55+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/26/apura-juicery-coffeehouse-now-open/<p>Juice spots have been popping up all over Boca recently – our Green Goddess blogged about her choices earlier this year – but Boca’s newest juice spot is undeniably different.</p> <p><img alt="" height="220" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/apura_bottles1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="http://www.apurajuicery.com/">Apura Juicery &amp; Coffeehouse</a> just opened up at 22191 Powerline Road and it’s bringing you cold-pressed organic juice, cold-brew coffee, nut mylks and raw dishes all in one adorable storefront. A limited version of the menu is available now, but the complete menu will roll out within the next six weeks.</p> <p>Current offerings include: Black Gold, cold brew with housemade almond mylk; chia pudding, topped with chocolate sauce, cacao nibs and goji berries; cheezy kale salad, made with nutritional yeast instead of cheese; and a selection of bottled up juices made every morning.</p> <p>My personal favorite of the currently available mixtures: the pear mojito. It’s a refreshing, sweet and sour mix with a minty aftertaste.</p> <p>The storefront boasts a modern clean-and-chic look. Black and white photographs with colored accents line the wall to the restroom. Mini-chandeliers hang above the store counter. Scrabble-style wall art spells out Apura’s items of note.</p> <p>But best of all is the adorable and wildly helpful Susan Mussaffi, the juicery’s owner, who was as sweet as she was welcoming. She worked with Alina Z., our very own Green Goddess, when creating the juice recipes, and crafted the food recipes herself – all under the philosophy, “made with intention.”</p> <p>We can’t wait to try everything when the full menu is out. Apura is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For more information, visit apurajuicery.com.</p>The Boca Raton Holiday Mile2014-11-26T00:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/26/the-boca-raton-holiday-mile/<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Whether you want to test your speed in a timed event or join the spirit of the Boca Raton Holiday parade with fellow runners and walkers, the 14th annual <strong>Boca Raton PAL Holiday Mile</strong> could be for you. You’ll run along the parade’s route, with potentially thousands to cheer you on.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/workout.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The annual event, which  takes place just before the parade, starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3, on South Federal Highway and Southeast Eighth Street (two blocks north of Camino Real Boulevard).</p> <p>The one-mile run takes participants north on Federal Highway to west of Mizner Park. There’s a 15-minute time limit, which should help to accommodate brisk walkers.</p> <p>The race includes AccuChip timing, awards for top three winners in age groups and overall, plus post-run pizza, drinks and T-shirts.</p> <p>Sign up early for this one.  The cost to sign up is $15 until Nov. 30 and $20 on Dec. 1 and 2. There will be no sign-up at the event. Money from the race will benefit the Boca Raton Police Athletic League and the Runner’s Edge Foundation.</p> <p>To sign up, click <a href="https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/BocaRaton/BocaPALHolidayMile">here</a> or get more information by emailing <a href="mailto:runedgetom@gmail.com">runedgetom@gmail.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><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="http://www.wordscomealive.com/" target="_blank">wordscomealive.com</a>.</p>Hoffman’s Chocolate Winter Wonderland2014-11-25T10:52:18+00:00Annie Pizzutelli/blog/author/annie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/25/hoffmans-chocolate-winter-wonderland/<p>Winter is coming early this year at Hoffman’s Chocolate in Greenacres. Its 24<sup>th</sup> annual <strong>Winter Wonderland </strong>will opened a week earlier this year, kicking off the season on Nov. 22 and running through Dec. 30. It will be open every night from 6-10 p.m. except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/hoffmanswinterwonderland.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The newly renovated garden, gazebo and pond will illuminated with 75,000 LED lights. Holiday displays will include an 11-piece Nativity scene and a festive ‘Artic Zone’ lit up with penguins and polar bears. You won’t be able to miss the 14-foot Christmas tree and 6-foot Hanukah Menorah standing in front of the chocolate shop.</p> <p>On most Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. musicians, magicians and other local entertainers will perform in the gardens. You can check out the website below for exact dates and shows. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6-10 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be on site to greet guests and pose for pictures with the entire family.</p> <p>Hoffman’s will have a special lighting of the Menorah at its Eighth Great Night of Hanukkah Celebration on Tuesday Dec, 23 at 5 p.m.</p> <p>Admission to the festivities is free, but you will definitely want to purchase mouthwatering treats from the Hoffman’s Factory Shoppe &amp; Ice Cream Parlour. Limited edition Pumpkin Spice, Randolph and Chocolate Aztec milkshakes are available for the holiday season.</p> <p>Hoffman's Chocolate has been in business for nearly 40 years and has stores in Broward and Palm Beach counties in addition to its popular Greenacres chocolate factory. For the holiday season the chocolatier will open up three more pop-up stores in the Broward, Coral Square and Galleria Malls.  </p> <p>Hoffman's Chocolate Factory, Shoppe, Ice Cream Parlour and Gardens is located at 5190 Lake Worth Road in Greenacres.</p> <p>For daily updates on Winter Wonderland holiday performances and happenings go to <a href="http://hoffmans.com/wonderland" target="_blank">hoffmans.com/wonderland</a>.</p>Max&#39;s Harvest to Brighten Black Friday2014-11-25T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/25/maxs-harvest-to-brighten-black-friday/<p>If you’re going to be one of the hordes of bargain hunters hitting the malls on Black Friday and need some nourishment to fight your way to the good stuff or if the idea of spending a day off battling crowds in stores is your personal vision of hell (like me), either way<a href="http://maxsharvest.com/" target="_blank"><strong> Max’s Harvest</strong></a> (<em>169 N.E. Second Ave., 561/381-9970</em>) has it covered.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/max.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Dennis Max’s groundbreaking “farm to fork” eatery in downtown Delray will be open the day after Thanksgiving serving their typical weekend brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The a la carte menu features everything from fresh-made donuts, lobster eggs benedict and Nutella and ricotta-stuffed french toast to heritage meatballs, smoked salmon and latkes, and buttermilk fried chicken with maple-bacon butter.</p> <p>To calm your frazzled nerves or relax you even further, Max’s unlimited Bloody Mary and mimosa bar will also be open at a cost of $15 per person, which should give your Black Friday a golden glow.</p>Pension reform updates and a key Delray player on her way out2014-11-25T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/25/pension-reform-updates-and-a-key-delray-player-on-her-way-out/<h3><img alt="" height="227" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/diane.jpg" width="300"></h3> <p><em>Diane Colonna</em></p> <h3>Delray pension reform update</h3> <p>Like Boca Raton, Delray Beach has gone big on police and fire pension reform.</p> <p>Boca Raton proposed a series of major changes to the public safety pension system, whose unfunded liabilities represent the most serious problem for the city’s long-term financial stability. The city and the unions—the Fraternal Order of Police and the International Association of Firefighters—were so far apart that the city declared an impasse in September.</p> <p>I have seen Delray Beach’s pension proposal to the Police Benevolent Association. In many ways, Delray is following Boca’s example. Currently, the “multiplier”—the figure used to calculate benefits for each year of service—is 3.5 percent. Delray proposes lowering that to 3.0 percent for current employees and to 2.75 percent for anyone hired after the plan changes.</p> <p>Delray also proposed to end early retirement and to base benefits on the highest three years of salary in an employee’s final 10 years of service. Benefits now are figured on the highest five years.</p> <p>Perhaps most important, Delray wants to end overtime as a factor in calculating pension benefits. State law limits use of overtime to 300 hours, but cities can end it on their own—and should. By steering the bulk of overtime to officers nearing retirement, unions can give employees a pension windfall at taxpayers’ expense. Cities should base benefits strictly on salary.</p> <p>In one area, though, Delray Beach has gone beyond Boca Raton. Delray wants to withdraw from the state plan that funnels revenue from an assessment on insurance policies to city police pension funds. The Legislature created the program to encourage cities to establish their own pension plans.</p> <p>With that money, however, come rules about who will oversee police and fire pension funds. Police and fire representatives dominate Delray Beach’s board, and some of the city’s elected officials believe that the fund is being badly managed. Supporting their case is a recent report from the LeRoy Collins Institute at Florida State University that rated the police-fire pension ‘F’ and named it one of the worst performing in the state. Meanwhile, Delray Beach’s pension for general employees got an ‘A’ rating. (Boca Raton’s police/fire pension fund got a ‘D.’)</p> <p>There’s more evidence. Delray’s chief financial officer says the police-fire fund has had consistently lower investment returns than the general employee fund. Jack Warner estimates that the fund could have generated $2 million more over the last five years during the bull market.</p> <p>If Delray Beach leaves the state program, it will lose the $500,000 from the insurance assessments, but the city would get control of the pension fund. Better management could save the city much more than it loses. And since the city is responsible for any pension deficit, Delray Beach also would get more accountability.</p> <p>In an email, Mayor Cary Glickstein noted that $500,000 is about .03 percent of the pension fund’s value. He said leaving the state program also would save the city money— “travel and entertainment to seminars by board members, union and pension lawyers, management fees, duplicity of costs. . .” Delray also could stop waiting for the Legislature to undo what the Legislature did 15 years ago. It tied that insurance money to extra benefits, a big political favor for the police and fire unions.</p> <p>Predictably, those unions resisted when Delray and Boca decided to pay police officers and firefighters based more on when they are working than when they aren’t. The union dispute involves wage/promotion proposals, not just pension changes. Not all of Boca Raton’s and Delray Beach’s public safety employees live in those cities. Resolution of these disputes must favor the taxpayers who do live there.</p> <h3>Boca pension reform update</h3> <p>Here’s an update on the pension negotiations in Boca Raton.</p> <p>According to Mayor Susan Haynie, the city and the unions have agreed on two magistrates proposed by the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission. The magistrates will hear arguments from the city and the unions, and then issue recommendations. The recommendations are not binding, but the city council will have the final say if the two sides disagree on the recommendations. The commission will schedule a date and time for arguments on the two cases.</p> <h3>CRA head on her way out                                      </h3> <p>Delray Beach is losing the other half of what for a time was the city’s leading power couple.</p> <p>Community Redevelopment Agency Director Diane Colonna will leave Jan. 2. She is going to work for Redevelopment Management Associates, the firm co-owned by Chris Brown, whom Colonna succeeded at the CRA. The company has a contract with the Broward County city of Margate, and Colonna will be that city’s CRA director, just not as a city employee. RMA has a similar arrangement with West Palm Beach.</p> <p>Colonna has spent 15 years running the CRA, and she was Delray’s planning director for eight years before that. Her time at the CRA overlapped that of her husband Jeff Perlman’s seven years on the city commission, the last four of them as mayor.</p> <p>Speaking with me Monday, the 57-year-old Colonna called the move an “exciting opportunity” to do “something different.” She and Brown have stayed in touch, and he reached out when his firm got the Margate contract. Margate proposes to turn 36 acres into a city center, and Delray Beach offers no blank canvas that size.</p> <p>In large part, that’s because the CRA under Brown and Colonna has been successful. Unlike Boca Raton, where the city council also acts as the CRA, Delray Beach’s agency has a separate staff and board, whose members the city commission appoints. The agency gets money from the city for operations and real estate purchases.</p> <p>Structure, though, matters less than people. Boynton Beach has gone back and forth on how it wants the CRA to be run —part of city government, more independent—and the city still can’t get steady, positive results.</p> <p>Delray Beach lawyer Herman Stevens chairs the CRA board. Of Colonna, he said, “I am sorry to see her go, and it will be a challenge to replace her.” The board’s next meeting is Dec. 11, at which time the board could name Assistant Director Jeff Costello to take over on an interim basis. “That would be my choice,” Stevens said, “but we are a body and will make a decision collectively.”</p> <p>Colonna’s departure coincides with looming decisions on key redevelopment projects, notably Hudson Holdings on the old Worrell properties just southwest of Atlantic and Swinton avenues. Especially with a new city manager coming, Delray will miss Colonna’s institutional memory along with her skills.</p> <h3>Florida jobs report                                </h3> <p>Florida’s October jobs report came with a little more optimism than previous reports.</p> <p>The state added 34,4000 jobs, with many coming in the health services and tourism sector that pay comparatively less than jobs in other parts of the economy. But there was a 3.4 percent gain from October 2013 in professional and business services, which tend to pay well. Construction employment is up 10 percent in the last year.</p> <p>Florida continues to recover from the Great Recession. Unless more jobs pay more, though, not enough Floridians will feel that recovery.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at randy@bocamag.com</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: Nov. 25 to Dec. 12014-11-24T19:46:54+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/24/the-week-ahead-nov-25-to-dec-1/<p>WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="333" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/bobby_slayton_2nt4h.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Bobby Slayton</strong></p> <p>Where: Fort Lauderdale Improv, 5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: Show times vary</p> <p>Cost: $20 plus a two-drink minimum</p> <p>Contact: 954/981-5653, <a href="http://www.improvftl.com" target="_blank">improvftl.com</a></p> <p>It’s always a bit jarring for journalists when they’re tasked with interviewing comedian Bobby Slayton, because he’s inevitably a nice guy. Not so much onstage: Slayton, a comedian’s comedian and one of standup’s road warriors, delivers jokes with a no-holds-barred intensity and a political incorrectness that spares no demographic—women, Mexicans, Muslims, Jews, gays and lesbians, the uptight and the sexually promiscuous alike. His insult comedy often targets the poor souls brave enough to sit in the front tables of his venues, and this reputation has led to his longstanding nickname, the Pitbull of Comedy. He does bite, so proceed with caution. (Note: There will be no performance Thursday, Thanksgiving night)</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/15855017-mmmain.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “So You Think You Can Dance” season 11 tour</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $39-$99</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="http://www.arshtcenter.org" target="_blank">arshtcenter.org</a></p> <p>For fans of Fox’s long-running dance competition series, “So You Think You Can Dance,” the summer of 2014 yielded plenty of gasps, laughs, tears and dropped jaws—emotions that might just continue at a theater near you, as the top 10 dancers take their jetes and locking-and-popping and tap shoes and ballroom gowns on the road. This abundance of talent includes Season 11 winner and South Florida native Ricky Ubeda, the goofily charming Rudy Abreu, the smoldering Jessica Richens, the dorkily lovable Valerie Rockey and the lighter-than-air Casey Askew. They’ll perform favorite numbers from the past season as well as new group numbers designed strictly for the tour.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="299" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/c4film.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Citizenfour”</strong></p> <p>Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Show times pending</p> <p>Cost: $5-$9.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/549-2600, <a href="http://fau.livingroomtheaters.com" target="_blank">fau.livingroomtheaters.com</a></p> <p>Even if you’re not a documentary film buff, you may know the name Laura Poitras. For a few exclusive weeks in the summer of 2013, she was one of just two members of the American media, along with <em>The Guardian</em>’s Glenn Greenwald, who were granted access to whistleblower and most-wanted-man Edward Snowden, in his undisclosed refuge in Hong Kong. Director Poitras, whose movies have addressed the implications of post-9-11 America at home and abroad, filmed Snowden in the comfortable prison of the Hong Kong skyscraper, as Greenwald questioned him about the leaked documents and his motivations for releasing them. The result of this fascinating, and meticulously arranged, rendezvous forms the backbone of “Citizenfour,” a documentary named after Snowden’s covert screen name. The movie splinters outward to address other whistleblowers and privacy concerns, not all of them cohering into a satisfying whole—but it has the advantage of being an investigation of international import, a film for the history books and the Library of Congress as much as movie theaters.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/drewtucker.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Drew Tucker</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="http://www.artsgarage.org" target="_blank">artsgarage.org</a></p> <p>Drew Tucker may have resigned from his post as Arts Garage’s Director of Education and Outreach, but the venue’s co-founder still finds time to show off his percussive chops at occasional concerts there. A musical renaissance man whose generic palette extends from jazz and R&amp;B to funk, pop and hip-hop—most of it led by his dynamic vibraphone skills—Tucker records his own compositions and reimagines ‘80s favorites from the likes of Duran Duran, Prince, The Police and Michael Jackson. He’ll have a mini symphony to help him out at this one-night-only engagement, including keyboardist Doug Carter, drummer Nathan Stolkes, bassist/tubaist Bill Muter, saxophonist Claudens Louis, guitarist Matthew Joy and cellist Stephanie Jaimes.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="340" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/450899-250.gif" width="220"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Beginning is Near”</strong></p> <p>Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 561/586-6410, <a href="http://www.lakeworthplayhouse.org" target="_blank">lakeworthplayhouse.org</a></p> <p>Wine and theater merge in Cabernet Cabaret, a new production company based in Lake Worth, which is premiering its first show, in its hometown, this weekend. This self-reflexive multimedia production is set onstage, offstage and backstage in the world of a burlesque cabaret show, as its dancers, singer and technical crew prepares for a show that might never happen, “Waiting for Godot” style: Hence the show’s title, “The Beginning is Near.” Music, dance, comedy, burlesque and storytelling combine in an event that prepares its audience to “expect the unexpected.” Cabaret and/or burlesque attire is encouraged.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="315" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/mysticalarts.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Mystical Arts of Tibet</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: $49</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="http://www.browardcenter.org" target="_blank">browardcenter.org</a></p> <p>There are monks, and then there are the Loseling monks—ambassadors of the Drepung Loseling Institute, one of the largest monastic universities in Tibet. Instantly recognizable for their magnificent red-and-yellow apparel and crescent-shaped headgear, these monks are masters in multiphonic singing, simultaneously intoning three notes of a chord while chanting—an ability that has led to their inclusion in countless meditation rituals. Many believe these ethereal chants generate energies conducive to world healing, and proponents of this view include none other than the Dalai Lama and Richard Gere, who helped bring the monks’ stage show, the Mystical Arts of Tibet, on tour. The performance will take place at the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theater, but be sure to visit the venue’s Abdo New River Room as well, where the monks will be creating a mandala sand painting, live, from Wednesday through Sunday.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/davekoz1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Dave Koz and Friends</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20 and up</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="http://www.kravis.org" target="_blank">kravis.org</a></p> <p>The Dave Koz holiday concert has become as much as a seasonal tradition in Palm Beach County as the Worth Avenue window decorations and the Delray Beach 100-foot Christmas tree. The smooth jazz saxophonist and radio personality, who has enjoyed eight No. 1 albums on the jazz charts, may have been born Jewish, but he’s embraced Christmas music all the same, and his tours have become synonymous with yuletide cheer. His latest album, the star-studded “25<sup>th</sup> of December,” features vocal contributions from the likes of Johnny Mathis, Richard Marx, Gloria Estefan and many others. He’ll likely play tunes from it, such as “Let it Snow” and “O Holy Night,” and will pull his trove of seasonal favorites from albums like “Memories of a Winter’s Night” and “A Smooth Jazz Christmas.”</p>Sweet Dewey&#39;s Coming to Boca2014-11-24T09:05:45+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/24/sweet-deweys-coming-to-boca/<p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/deweys.png" width="250"></p> <p>Where there’s smoke, there’s barbecue. And with the recent debuts of Dickey’s in Boca and the stellar Smoke in downtown Delray, there’s been plenty of smoky, long ‘n’ slow-cooked ‘cue for local barbecue aficionados.</p> <p>Come December, you can add one more: <strong>Sweet Dewey’s</strong> (<em>9181 Glades Road, 561/488-9688</em>). The West Boca barbecue joint is the project of chef Dwayne “Dewey” Hooper, whose culinary ties to the area go back to kitchen stints at St. Andrew’s Country Club and Boca’s Polo Club.</p> <p>Hooper’s diminutive eatery will feature 35 seats with indoor and outdoor dining areas, plus takeout, catering and a kiddie menu. Many of the dishes will recreate those of the chef’s Mississippi-raised mother and grandmother, as well as a handful of lighter-style and vegetarian dishes.</p> <p>For barbecueballs, who sneer at all that lighter and vegetarian stuff, Sweet Dewey’s will offer all the slow-smoked favorites, from St. Louis and baby back ribs to pulled pork, beef brisket and chicken. Not quite so typical offerings will include barbecued veal brisket, turkey chili and cedar-planked salmon.</p> <p>Hooper, who developed and then sold a barbecue sauce company, has come up with a quintet of sauces for his new venture, from traditional and Buffalo to mustard and blueberry.</p>Q&amp;A with Dr. Yafi Yair2014-11-24T00:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/24/qa-with-dr-yafi-yair/<p>Dr. Yafi Yair believes that health is an all-encompassing concept that includes the mind, the body and the spirit. Though her training to become a clinical psychologist allowed her to understand the scientific precepts of human emotion and behavior, she has always been intrigued by the spiritual psyche. That’s why she launched Healthy Minds Practice, which helps patients develop personally and spiritually through hypnosis.</p> <p>We spoke to Yair about her background and what Healthy Minds Practice offers.</p> <p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/yafi.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><em>How/why did you become interested in conducting psychological evaluations and psychotherapy?</em></p> <p>Two forces drove me to the field of psychology: the desire to actively help others and my curiosity about the human mind and human nature. It’s interesting that now I am going back to my original passion, excluding psychological testing from my practice and focusing on the active process of helping others.</p> <p><em>Why do you think very few people have combined scientific and spiritual ideas?</em></p> <p>I think that the scientific community tends to be more closed minded than it would like to admit. And from my experience I can attest that scientific training definitely is. The desire to be objective and to remove ourselves from the experience has always been a fundamental objective of science and a fundamental limit in spirituality, keeping them at odds with one another. The beautiful thing is that it is changing. With the introduction of quantum physics and even more specifically- with the discovery that the mere act of observation impacts the fabric of reality as we know it, makes the scientific community questions the basic assumptions they previously took for granted. The understanding that we create our own reality, which previously was only accepted on spiritual terms, is now becoming a known truth. We are entering very interesting grounds.</p> <p><em>What do you hope to accomplish through Healthy Minds Practice?</em></p> <p>I hope I am helping to create a new understanding of mental health. A more holistic understanding, where mental health means overall balance and wellness, integrating the mind, the body and the emotional and the spiritual life of people. My office is in a spiritual center, My Flora Aura, a lovely location with such a positive vibe. It fits in beautifully with my holistic approach.</p> <p><em>Have you ever endured hypnosis or any of the other services you offer?</em></p> <p>I have.  I have been to several professionals attempting to experience myself what I offer to others and I have had mixed results. The most intense hypnotic trance I have experienced occurred at The Monroe Institute. There, I got a real taste of what it is like to navigate through different states of consciousness and connecting to something deeper or bigger.</p> <p><em>Which service do you think is the most helpful and why?</em><em></em></p> <p>There are two services that I find to be most helpful for people. Hypnotic regression to childhood memories and past-life experiences is one of them. You really get the benefits of hypnosis this way: not only remembering certain things, but really being there, feeling it, living it. Another service that utilizes hypnosis beautifully is what I call Life Path. This service is about overcoming a personal challenge or reconnecting to the path, goal or journey of your life. It is all about connecting to your inner wisdom and drawing in new insight and strength. It is amazing what people are able to overcome with the power of their mind and some guidance.<strong></strong></p> <p><em>What is the most rewarding aspect of Healthy Minds Practice for you?</em><em> </em></p> <p>I absolutely love what I do! It is so exciting and rewarding to see all the healing that is happening right in front of me. I see so many people that feel stuck or that have tried hypnosis before and think they can’t be hypnotized, and we work together, and they break through their limiting past experiences and personal challenges and have intense, liberating experiences. Knowing that I can give people that, that I can witness that, and experience this with them- I can’t imagine anything more rewarding.</p> <p>For more information visit healthymindspractice.com or call 954/471-3073.<strong></strong></p>Thanksgiving Weekend Guide2014-11-22T00:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/22/thanksgiving-weekend-guide/<p>Our coverage of Thanksgiving weekend has been rolling out for the past few weeks. We put them together into one handy blog so you don’t have to go searching.</p> <p><img alt="" height="515" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/turkey.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Dining Out for Thanksgiving</strong></p> <p>Drop those pans and take a seat – we have a list of restaurants willing to do the cooking and cleaning for you. You’re welcome.</p> <p>1. <a href="/blog/2014/11/17/turkey-day-dining-part-i/" target="_blank">Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving, Part I</a></p> <p>2. <a href="/blog/2014/11/18/turkey-day-dining-part-ii/" target="_blank">Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving, Part II</a></p> <p>3. <a href="/blog/2014/11/21/turkey-day-dining-part-iii/" target="_blank">Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving, Part III</a></p> <p>4. <a href="/blog/2014/11/19/avoiding-the-thanksgiving-food-coma/" target="_blank">Avoiding the Thanksgiving Food Coma</a></p> <p>5. <a href="/blog/2014/11/25/maxs-harvest-to-brighten-black-friday/" target="_blank">Black Friday Brunch</a></p> <p><strong>Black Friday Shopping</strong></p> <p>1. <a href="/blog/2014/11/12/black-friday-hours-2014/" target="_blank">Black Friday Mall Hours</a></p> <p>2. <a href="/blog/2014/11/13/best-stores-to-shop-on-black-friday/" target="_blank">Best Stores to Shop on Black Friday</a></p> <p><strong>Thanksgiving Beauty</strong></p> <p>1. <a href="/blog/2014/11/21/get-gorgeous-skin-by-eating-thanksgiving-dinner/" target="_blank">Thanksgiving Food: Good for your skin</a></p>Mike Birbiglia &#39;Thanks God for Jokes&#39;2014-11-21T14:34:42+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/21/mike-birbiglia-thanks-god-for-jokes/<p>At one point last night, in his performance at the Arsht Center, Mike Birbiglia said (and I’m paraphrasing from memory), “I guarantee that you told someone who you were going to see tonight, and they said, ‘<em>who</em>?’ I’m a niche, and I’m fine with that.”</p> <p>This statement is both true and not entirely genuine. While he may not have cracked the standup A list—the Seinfelds, the Mandels, the Mahers—he occupies a space in comedy that allows him to play glittering venues like the Arsht, and to structure his humor as a theater and storytelling more than traditional comedy. His name may not ring a bell in a large percentage of the American populace, but that’s on them, not him—and his star is only increasing every year.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/mike_birbiglia.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>That said, Birbiglia was not exactly in top form on the Florida leg of his exhaustive “Thank God for Jokes” tour, his first South Florida appearance since he brought his one-man show “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” to Coral Springs in 2013. When the lights dimmed at the end of his set, he was met with a standing ovation from his die-hards, but I could count the show’s gut-busting laughs on fewer than one hand. Where his previous shows hinged on marvelously sustained storytelling complete with imaginative physical humor and the occasional video-screen prop, “Thank God for Jokes” felt like a bit of a shamble, tenuously structured around a theme of comedy deconstructionism—what’s funny and in what context, and what isn’t?</p> <p>It was all, as far as I could tell, autobiographical, as Birbiglia’s best material often is, and its anchors included a bit about yoga (which he defined “trying not to fart while stretching”); an overextended routine about nut allergies and airplanes; his experience of being arrested in New Jersey; and a very funny ramble about parasitical mice in Massachusetts. A bit about Jesus returning from the dead and sounding like Woody Allen (because he was a “socialist Jew—the least popular demographic, especially with Christians”) suggested that he can kill with political humor, which usually isn’t his style. Like the talented long-form storyteller he is, he occasionally circled back to earlier themes and comedic philosophies through the form of elegant callbacks.</p> <p>But there’s no question that “Thank God for Jokes” missed the cohesion of his previous shows. As a more conventional standup act, it left room for plenty of crowd work, not all of it successful: By prodding an audience member about his uneventful arrest and getting few nuggets of comic gold from the interaction, Birbiglia stopped the show’s momentum dead in its tracks. And one punch line fell so much flatter than expected that Birbiglia’s follow-up comment didn’t make sense.</p> <p>He saved his best, if also his most esoteric, material for last: a retelling of his hilarious, disastrous hosting of an awards show in which he resurrected a dark chapter from director David O. Russell’s past, with Russell sitting stone-faced a few feet in front him. But even here, the final sendoff didn’t feel like a closer; it was one more joke in need of a broader vision.</p>Fashion Forward: Fragrance, Styling Advice, and Small Business Sales2014-11-21T13:03:50+00:00Annie Pizzutelli/blog/author/annie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/21/fashion-forward-fragrance-styling-advice-and-small-business-sales/<p><strong>The Gift of Scent:</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/scentevent.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Photo via Neiman Marcus Instagram</em></p> <p>From Nov. 23- 30, Neiman Marcus is holding its annual fragrance event. Check out new holiday scents and get your hands on limited-edition gift sets. Take home an exclusive clutch and travel-sized fragrances as a free gift with any purchase of $100 dollars or more.</p> <p><strong>Brighton Fashion Fridays:</strong></p> <p>Every Friday until New Year’s, fashion insiders will be sharing simple tips to style your look. On Nov. 21, stylists will demonstrate how the crocodile trend can add sophistication to a casual ensemble. Gift experts will help you check everyone off your holiday list on Nov. 28. Then on Dec. 5, come in with your holiday outfit and fashion experts will help you add that perfect finishing touch with personal accessory recommendations.</p> <p><strong>Small Business Saturday:</strong></p> <p>On Saturday, Nov. 29, more than 50 merchants in downtown Delray will come together to celebrate local businesses at this shopping event. Throughout the day retailers will have special promotions and giveaway. Select stores will have up to 40 percent off merchandise, with American Express offering members up to $30 back when they shop with their cards.</p>Get gorgeous skin by eating Thanksgiving dinner2014-11-21T10:30:51+00:00Annie Pizzutelli/blog/author/annie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/21/get-gorgeous-skin-by-eating-thanksgiving-dinner/<p>The old saying “you are what you eat” isn’t just a tired cliché.  Not only can diet affect your overall health, but it can also have an impact on your appearance, especially your skin. Before you load up on second and third helpings of your Thanksgiving favorites take a look at what is on your plate. These six Thanksgiving foods will keep your skin looking healthy and naturally glowing throughout the holidays.</p> <p><img alt="" height="515" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/turkey.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Cranberries:</strong></p> <p>This superfood outranks nearly every fruit and vegetable in antioxidants, which neutralize cell-damaging free radicals. Research from National Center for Biotechnology Information has shown cranberries can help soothe skin conditions such as acnes, eczema and psoriasis.  Consuming them regularly can even help avoid dental issues like gingivitis, plaque buildup and cavities.</p> <p><strong>Pumpkin:</strong></p> <p>This gourd is loaded with beta-carotene, a strong antioxidant that is converted from vitamin A to prevent wrinkles and keep skin moisturized, according to the University of Illinois.  Also rich in vitamin C, it will boost your immune system, accelerating cell turnover rate.</p> <p><strong>Red Wine:</strong></p> <p>Drink up! Both the seeds and the skin of grapes are part of the fermenting process of wine, so it keeps a high concentration of antioxidants called polyphenols, including resveratrol. Harvard Medical School researchers have found that these compounds soak up skin damaging ions to slow down the aging process.</p> <p><strong>Turkey:</strong></p> <p>This quintessential Thanksgiving staple is an excellent source of the mineral zinc. Studies from the National Center for Biotechnology Information show that zinc increases skin collagen synthesis, helping the skin stay firm.</p> <p><strong>Walnuts:</strong></p> <p>This nut is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids that help structure the cell membrane. This membrane is vital in locking moisture into the skin. These fatty acids are also converted into active molecules called prostaglandin that have anti-inflammatory properties, according to Stanford University.</p> <p><strong>Sweet Potatoes:</strong></p> <p>Just one sweet potato has nearly 200 percent of the daily recommended value of vitamin A, which is great for promoting new skin cell growth, according to the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Rich in fiber, sweet potatoes can also regulate your digestive tract, helping reduce acne breakouts.</p>Staff Picks of the Week2014-11-21T09:53:39+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/21/staff-picks-of-the-week-13/<p><strong>Avocado Grill</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="487" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/avocadogrill.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Assistant Art Director</em></p> <p>"By far the best eggs benedict I've ever had! This is THE place to be for brunch on Sundays! Bottomless bubbly rosé + DJ Adam Lipson + amazing food = marvelous combination!"</p> <p>(125 Datura St., West Palm Beach, <a href="http://avocadogrillwpb.com">avocadogrillwpb.com</a>)</p> <p><strong>Mobil 1 Lube Express</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“Forget waiting an hour to get your oil changed. Mobil 1 Lube Express gets you in and out in 15 minutes. No, seriously, I timed it. Now you can spend your lunch break doing more productive things … like actually eating lunch.”</p> <p>(90 W. Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton // 561/368-5303)</p> <p><strong>Coca-Cola Life</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</em></p> <p>"Have you seen these weird-looking green Coca-Cola bottles and cans in your local supermarket lately? No, it's not a holiday repackaging of the same toxic Coke ingredients; it's a genuinely healthier alternative, rolled out nationally by the company this month, that eliminates both high-fructose corn syrup and aspartame for all-natural ingredients cane sugar and stevia. It tastes just as great as the brand's famous Mexican Coke, and each bottle is only 60 calories. Sounds like it's time for a toast: To Coca-Coca Life!"</p>Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving, Part III2014-11-21T09:21:16+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/21/turkey-day-dining-part-iii/<p>And even more restaurants that will do all the heavy Thanksgiving meal lifting for you. . .</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/thanksgiving-day-food-2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="http://www.avocadogrillwpb.com/" target="_blank">Avocado Grill</a> (<em>125 Datura St., West Palm Beach, 561/623-0822</em>), Julian Gremaud’s new farm-to-table eatery in downtown West Palm, is offering two three-course T-Day meals, one strictly traditional, the other a bit lighter, both for $38 per person. On the trad side is turkey, stuffing, mashed and sweet potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce. On the lighter side is turkey with quinoa, braised kale, roasted tomatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce. The regular menu will be available too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.vicandangelos.com/" target="_blank">Vic &amp; Angelo’s</a> (<em>4520 PGA Blvd., 844/842-2632</em>) in Palm Beach Gardens will be dishing their regular menu as well as a traditional turkey dinner on the Big Day itself. For $27.95 you get that all-important roast turkey, plus Parmesan mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, honey-glazed root vegetables, dried fruit and sausage stuffing.</p> <p>And if you’re looking to get out of Dodge for Thanksgiving. . .</p> <p>Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (<em>5550 NW 40th St.</em>) has two restaurants offering T-Day dining. <a href="http://www.seminolecoconutcreekcasino.com/dining/sorrisi" target="_blank">Sorrisi</a> (<em>954/935-6689</em>) has a $40 prix fixe menu that includes butternut squash and caramelized onion soup, roasted turkey with assorted trimmin’s and pumpkin tart. <a href="http://www.seminolecoconutcreekcasino.com/dining/nyy-steak" target="_blank">NYY Steak</a> (<em>954/935-6699</em>) will dish four courses for $60 per that includes free-range turkey with apple-brioche stuffing, soup or salad, veggies and pecan or pumpkin pie for dessert. All those dishes will also be available a la carte.</p> <p>At the uber-posh Fontainebleau Miami Beach (<em>4441 Collins Ave., 877/326-7412</em>), a quartet of eateries will cook your Thanksgiving meal. <a href="http://www.michaelmina.net/restaurants/miami/mm74/" target="_blank">Michael Mina 74</a> is doing three courses for $75 per, with such delectables as pumpkin risotto with white truffle whip and chestnut and mortadella-stuffed turkey leg. <a href="http://www.fontainebleau.com/web/dining/scarpetta" target="_blank">Scarpetta</a> offers four courses for $75, including smoked foie gras and roasted turkey with turkey leg “porchetta.” Michael Mina’s new <a href="http://www.michaelmina.net/restaurants/miami/stripsteak/" target="_blank">Stripsteak</a> will dish a buffet for $65 per person, featuring everything from shellfish and charcuterie stations to wood-fired prime rib and cedar-grilled salmon. And, finally, <a href="http://www.fontainebleau.com/web/dining/vida" target="_blank">Vida</a> rolls out a $45 prix fixe menu with herb-roasted turkey plus choice of stuffing and pumpkin and pecan pies. Call the hotel for rezzies.</p>ROC Resto-Lounge &amp; Fashion2014-11-21T00:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/21/roc-resto-lounge-fashion/<p>You can eat up, drink up, suit up, get down and recharge all in one place at ROC Resto-Lounge &amp; Fashion at <strong>Coral Square Mall</strong> <em>(9225 W. Atlantic Blvd., Coral Springs.)</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="179" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/roc1.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p>This new entertainment spot opened on Nov. 15 featuring a restaurant, cocktail lounge, retail store, nightclub and café. Whether you’re in the mood to shop, eat, drink or dance, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for at ROC Resto-Lounge &amp; Fashion.</p> <p>For more information visit <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/rocrestolounge.com" target="_blank">rocrestolounge.com</a>.</p>Playing politics with development and more.2014-11-20T09:13:48+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/20/playing-politics/<h3>Playing politics with the Ag Reserve</h3> <p><img alt="" height="321" src="/site_media/uploads/977091-1104261517151687-p.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>No one mentioned Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve Area on Tuesday when the county commission chose new leaders, but what happened on Tuesday hints at what could happen with the county’s coastal farmland.</p> <p>The event should have been routine: the annual choice of a county mayor. Until two years ago, the holder was called the chairman, whose most important duty is running commission meetings. Steven Abrams, who represents south county, urged the name change when he got the post. Outsiders, he said—especially businesses seeking to move here—would better understand whom in county government they could approach to set up a meeting, even if most of the duties remained ceremonial.</p> <p>Whatever the title, the choice almost every year has been based on a rotation system that in turn is based in part on seniority. Normally, the vice mayor becomes mayor in the next rotation. Priscilla Taylor had been vice mayor before she succeeded Abrams in 2013. For the last year, Paulette Burdick had been vice mayor.</p> <p>On Tuesday, however, the commission passed over Burdick and chose Shelley Vana by a vote of 5-2, with Burdick and Abrams dissenting. Taylor was the instigator, telling reporters that she thought Vana would “do a better job.” There’s much more to it.</p> <p>When commissioners pass over a colleague this way, it’s punishment. It happened once before in recent years; Jess Santamaria didn’t get the gavel when it was his turn. One reason was that after succeeding Tony Masilotti, one of three ex-commissioners who went to prison, Santamaria continually held himself up as a paragon of political virtue and lectured other commissioners. A more legitimate reason was that Santamaria’s self-absorption could have led to dragged-out, loosely-run meetings.</p> <p>Passing over Burdick, though, was more about policy. Last month, Burdick was one of just two votes—with Santamaria—against the massive Minto West mini-city in The Acreage, northwest of West Palm Beach. Burdick also has said she favors no changes that would allow more development in the Agricultural Reserve Area west of Delray Beach and Boynton Beach.</p> <p>Fifteen years ago, voters taxed themselves $100 million to keep as much agriculture as possible in the reserve. Rules limit the number of homes and commercial/retail development in the roughly 20,000 acres. Now, though, some farmers want more development rights, so they can sell their land. Early next year, the commission will consider those proposed changes.</p> <p>GL Homes is the company most eager to build in the Agricultural Reserve Area. Former commissioner Burt Aaronson, whose district included the reserve, was the company’s strongest supporter on the commission. Aaronson has been helping the farmers, and now that he has been off the commission for two years—he was term-limited in 2012—Aaronson can register as a lobbyist.</p> <p>Aaronson and Taylor had become commission allies when he left office. Mary Lou Berger, Aaronson’s former aide, succeeded him. Berger called for the review of development rules in the reserve. She’s also the new vice mayor. Vana voted for Minto West and for development on the former Mizner Trail Golf Course in Boca Del Mar.</p> <p>So instead of having a county mayor who has declared her opposition to changes in the Agricultural Reserve, we have a mayor with a recent record of supporting development projects that neighbors overwhelmingly oppose. We have a vice mayor who asked that the county consider changes to development rules in the Agricultural Reserve. We have two other commissioners—Taylor and Hal Valeche—who voted for Minto West and Mizner Trail and voted not to make Burdick mayor.</p> <p>If anyone wanted to look hard, he or she probably could find multiple Sunshine Law violations leading up to Tuesday’s performance. One should not assume that these developments mean that the commission will go against what the public wanted for the Agriculture Reserve. One also should not assume that these developments are a series of coincidences.</p> <h3>New Mizner on The Green</h3> <p>While there remains much talk about the proposed New Mizner on the Green project in Boca Raton, there is no action.</p> <p>In September, when I first wrote about the four-tower condo project—the buildings would average roughly 300 feet in height—a representative of Elad Properties told me that the city might discuss it that month in a workshop. Didn’t happen.</p> <p>Last month, the project’s designer, Daniel Libeskind, made an appearance on behalf of the Boca Raton Museum or Art. There was more talk of an impending council presentation. Never happened.</p> <p>And nothing is scheduled. Here’s why:</p> <p>As Mayor Susan Haynie explained to me in a text message, city staff won’t accept plans for New Mizner on the Green because the towers “exceed the allowed height in the downtown.” The limit for that site, north of Townsend Place on Mizner Boulevard, is 100 feet.</p> <p>Haynie said a member of the council “must be willing to sponsor a code amendment, and to date no one has.” Until then, New Mizner on the Green will remain dazzling, controversial—and in limbo.</p> <h3>Contract pending</h3> <p>Two weeks ago, the Delray Beach City Commission chose Don Cooper to be the permanent city manager, but that won’t become official until Cooper agrees to a contract.</p> <p>Mayor Cary Glickstein told me that he anticipates no problems. Cooper’s last salary as a city manager was $161,000, and the advertised salary range for the Delray job was roughly $165,000.</p> <p>One good sign is that it’s already been two weeks. In 1990, it took just a week for the commission’s choice to back out because of disagreements over salary and severance. City Attorney Noel Pfeffer told me Wednesday that he and Cooper are “exchanging drafts” of a contract. Pfeffer hopes to have a deal by the end of the week.</p> <h3>Update on development regs</h3> <p>The Delray Beach City Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to move ahead with consideration of new Central Business District development regulations, but there will be a lot to work out before the scheduled second hearing on Dec. 9.</p> <p>At Tuesday night’s first hearing, Mayor Cary Glickstein had suggestions, notably a plan to encourage more office development. Commissioner Jordana Jarjura had questions about the bonus program in general, saying that, while it was only three pages of a roughly 60-page proposal, it dominated the discussion. Commissioner Shelly Petrolia had questions about the parking requirements.</p> <p>Based on the commissioners’ comments, staff members will make changes to the proposals. They are supposed to get a second, final vote on Dec. 9. Since the title of the ordinance covering the regulations won’t change, there doesn’t seem to be a legal problem if the commission votes on something different from what was before them on Tuesday.</p> <p>The hang-up could be getting a version that three commissioners can approve. Jarjura said in email, “My concerns aside, this is an excellent first step in the right direction, and I believe we will pass something reasonable.” Petrolia worries about rushing the new rules. To Glickstein, the office component remains essential. In an email, he said, “The old master plan got us the ‘live’ and ‘play’ pieces of our downtown mosaic, but we have not achieved the all-important ‘work’ part of the puzzle.”</p> <p>Expect a long discussion on Dec. 9.</p> <h3>Getting it right</h3> <p>Sometimes, the criminal justice system gets it just right. That happened this week in the case of a Lake Worth man who last February left a loaded gun within reach of his 3-year-old daughter.</p> <p>Zuri Chambers killed herself with that gun, which her father did not believe she was strong enough to fire. In Florida, it is a felony to leave a loaded gun within reach of a child if the gun is used to injure or kill a child. Thomas Chambers had left the gun out while he showered.</p> <p>Thomas Chambers had no criminal record. On Tuesday, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge John Kastrenakes approved a deal that will keep Chambers out of prison but will place him on probation for 10 years and require him to give public talks on guns safety. He will not have a felony conviction if he completes his probation.</p> <p>The Legislature approved that law 25 years ago, after a string of accidental shootings killed several children. One could argue that the felony conviction should stick, but Florida makes it too hard for ex-felons to regain their rights. One cannot argue that society would be better off with Chambers doing all or part of the maximum 30-year sentence he could have received.</p> <p>But as the Legislature writes blank check after blank check to the National Rifle Association on “gun rights,” the Chambers case should be a lesson. He had a concealed weapons permit, and before February would have been considered a model firearms owner. Yet he made a fatal mistake. What about all those other gun owners who are less responsible?</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at randy@bocamag.com</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> <p>     </p>Q&amp;A with Tamara Mellon2014-11-20T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/20/qa-with-tamara-mellon/<p>Just for the record, she still designs heels. It’s just that, in her current fashion incarnation, Tamara Mellon isn’t exactly following in her own footsteps.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/tamara.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The woman heretofore known as the co-founder of Jimmy Choo is taking far greater strides as the head of her namesake luxury brand, which launched late last year. “Putting the needs of the modern woman first,” the line features an array of ready-to-wear apparel and accessories—from cutout dresses and leather trench coats to animal-print clutches and felt hats. Naturally, the brand also includes edgy pumps, sandals, flats and boots. But Mellon’s plans don’t end there.</p> <p>“I have a vision for so many other different categories (think home and fragrance) that my team sort of has to hold me back and hold the reins,” says the 47-year-old mother of one (daughter Araminta). “I have a whole world in my head.”</p> <p>For now, the focus is on her existing pieces, which are released monthly based on a “buy now, wear now” model. It’s a structure that defies the seasonal runway timeline and is embraced by both her customers and her fashion contemporaries. Boca Raton spoke with Mellon—in town Dec. 10 for a special event at Saks Fifth Avenue at Town Center—about this latest adventure in an already remarkable career.</p> <p class="Default"><strong>Why was the time right to start your own line?</strong></p> <p class="Default">I founded Jimmy Choo when I was 27. I got to the point where I had been through quite a bit. Either I was going to stay with Jimmy Choo, and that would be it, or I felt I was young enough to take a risk and do it again. If I waited another five years, that opportunity probably wouldn’t be there.</p> <p class="Default"><strong>Were you nervous about launching a namesake line coming on the heels of something that’s so iconic in the fashion world?</strong></p> <p class="Default">It’s always daunting to start something new, but the excitement outweighed the fear of doing it.</p> <p><strong>Have you found it difficult to distance yourself from Jimmy Choo?</strong></p> <p>People still get confused. I did have a non-compete—I took a year off in between. I think that now when people look at this brand, they really see a very distinct difference between the two, so hopefully they start identifying me more with [Tamara Mellon]</p> <p><strong>What’s the difference between a Jimmy Choo woman and a Tamara Mellon woman?</strong></p> <p>I would say a Tamara Mellon woman is who I am today. It’s a little bit more grown up. She views the world in a very different way … [The line] is what we call modern luxury. It’s just below luxury, above contemporary.</p> <p align="center"><em>For more, pick up the December issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>How Does it Feel?2014-11-20T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/20/how-does-it-feel-1/<h4 class="Default">Seven people with South Florida connections—from a fire-eating belly dancer to a World War II submarine cook—take readers inside the experiences that have inspired them, changed them, defined them and, in at least one case, slimed them.</h4> <p><em>The following are excerpts from all seven stories:</em></p> <p><strong>To be the king of slime?</strong></p> <p>David Aizer, <em>Former host, Nickelodeon’s Slime Time Live!</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="396" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/davidaizer.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>I know this sounds ridiculous because I’m a grown man, but I'm not allowed to tell you what is in slime. I had to sign a non-disclosure. As you can imagine, Nickelodeon’s pretty protective. What I can tell you is that it’s cold and gooey—and, actually, fairly delicious. It tastes a bit like vanilla pudding. You’d be surprised to know what actually goes into it. I’ll just say that it’s a naturally occurring substance found at the center of the universe.</p> <p>Here’s the other thing: You take a shower, then you take another shower—and two days later you’re still finding slime in your ears, behind your ears, everywhere. It does come out of your clothes, though.</p> <p><strong>To model with sharks?</strong></p> <p>Kristen Koscielniak, <em>Artist, Teacher, model and owner, The Silk Soap Company, Delray Beach</em></p> <p>About 10 years ago, my sister met photographer Todd Essick at an event in Chicago. He had an idea for this underwater modeling project in Key Largo that would celebrate the beauty of women but in a natural setting. So my sister mentioned to him that I’d been a certified scuba diver since age 16.</p> <p>Not long after that, I was diving buck naked into the ocean. That’s how it started. Todd and I ended up becoming good friends and doing projects together in the Keys, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. During that first Key Largo shoot, we worked with some eels and nurse sharks. But by the time we photographed in the Bahamas, we were attracting black-tip and bull sharks, as well as nurse sharks.</p> <p><strong>To hear again?</strong></p> <p>Lucia Story, <em>Cochlear implant patient</em></p> <p>Hearing loss can lead to some embarrassing situations. One day I was at one of my children’s ball games, and a woman said, “Doesn’t that man have a good head of hair?” I thought she said he was having an affair. I couldn’t understand why she was talking about his private life in front of everyone.</p> <p>I never wanted people to know that my hearing was fading. Ever since I was a child, I liked being the listener. I never wanted to be the funny girl. You learn when you listen. So when I started losing my hearing, I found myself being the talker; I’ve never been happy in that world. I had to work very hard to listen, and it was exhausting.</p> <p>It started around 1970. I was a stewardess at the time, and I remember having a really bad cold. That’s what triggered it. I shouldn’t have been flying, but I did. The hearing loss was gradual. I would find myself saying, “Excuse me?” “Pardon me?” But I didn’t want people to know.</p> <p><strong>To be racially profiled?</strong></p> <p>Dr. Ronald Romear, <em>Pediatrician</em></p> <p>I was born in Trinidad, and I left there when I was 15. I moved to Silver Springs, Md., in the late 1970s with the sole purpose of continuing my education. People didn’t know where I was from. They looked at me like I was straight out of a Tarzan movie or something. I did not understand black America or white America. I was an enigma to both groups.</p> <p>The first time I was stopped randomly, I was working as a camp counselor at a YMCA (near Washington, D.C.). I remember it vividly. I was getting off the bus and going to get ice cream. The police stopped me and said to assume the position. Then they walked me over to a squad car, and there was this older white woman inside. Someone had stolen her handbag. She looked at me and shook her head no.</p> <p>I was a black male with a blue Adidas top on, and that was enough for them to stop me. I was angry. But then you start telling people, and you hear like six other similar stories. And you realize, “This isn’t about Ron Romear. This is just the way it is.”</p> <p><strong>To be lured into a trafficking ring?</strong></p> <p>Katariina Rosenblatt, <em>Speaker, author and founder, there is H.O.P.E. for me</em></p> <p>I grew up in South Florida with a very abusive father, both physically and verbally. That left me vulnerable. My mom had left my dad, and we were living at this hotel—a nice one, it wasn’t seedy.</p> <p>That’s where the trafficking ring first saw me. I was at the pool, and they sent this 19-year-old woman, Mary, to befriend me. She was working for a pimp at the hotel. Over the next month, she got me to confide all my needs and wants. I was hungry for a father figure. I didn’t know the difference between safe and unsafe love.</p> <p>Trafficking in America is a lot of trickery and deceit and false friendships. Mary told me one day we were going to play a game, and that I was going to be the bride. I put on this white jean dress and my mom’s makeup. I met her in the stairwell as she instructed, and she took my hand. I was 13.</p> <p>She knocked on the door of this room I’d never been to, and there was this man, like 65, overweight, burly, hairy, and with no shirt on. He was wearing gray dress slacks. Mary locked the door behind us. I remember it like it was yesterday. I always tell kids to trust their instincts, and I wish I would have trusted mine. </p> <p><strong>To eat fire?</strong></p> <p>Vanneza Romero, <em>Professional belly dancer</em></p> <p>I’ve been dancing for 17 years, but I just started fire eating about six years ago [Romero is 31]. There are a lot of belly dancers in South Florida, and the profession is very competitive. So I took it upon myself to learn.</p> <p>At one point, I actually was working with a fire eater, but she didn’t want to tell me her secrets. So I went on YouTube. There’s all kinds of stuff online showing you how to do it. The first time I tried it, I was in my mother’s garage and still living at home. She had no idea what I was up to.</p> <p>The important thing to remember is that fire goes up. Always. I have to look upward, and there can’t be any hair or eyeglasses or anything in the way that could light up. Your breathing has to be very controlled. I am actually blowing out, but it looks like I am eating it. Obviously, you can’t put the fire in your mouth; you’d burn yourself. So you get it close, then extinguish it with your breath.</p> <p><strong>To be a wartime cook on a submarine?</strong></p> <p>Robert Wayne Wasson, <em>Served on five U.S. navy subs between 1943-53</em></p> <p>They called them fleet submarines. Roosevelt had ordered 20 of them in 1937. They were built to keep up with the (Naval) fleets, if they had to. They were about 311 feet long. The kitchen? It was about 12 feet long by 8 feet wide, small enough that you could mop it with your feet and reach everything.</p> <p>I had made up my mind that I wanted to be on a submarine after Pearl Harbor, and I wanted to be a cook. Your parents had to sign the papers if you were 16, but I took care of that myself and left in the middle of the night. I was 17 by the time I went to boot camp in 1943.</p> <p>The Navy is very stubborn. They said I should be a machinist. It took about two weeks for me to convince them. They sent me to school in Chicago to learn cooking and baking.</p>Smells Like Teen Spirit2014-11-20T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/20/smells-like-teen-spirit/<p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/hthero.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Noah Zylberberg </strong></p> <p class="p2"><strong>Age:</strong> 16</p> <p class="p2"><strong>High School:</strong> Junior at Spanish River in Boca</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Program:</strong> Zylberberg’s nonprofit—Youth Advocating Pool Safety (advocatepoolsafety.org)—combines his passion for swimming (he’s on the team at Spanish River) with a desire to prevent the third-leading cause of death in children: drowning. To that end, he teams with a local doctor and firefighter on a presentation—like the one he’ll give in January at Addison Reserve—aimed at parents and grandparents. Zylberberg, CPR and lifeguard certified, focuses on childproofing homes that have pools and educating adults about how to monitor and protect young swimmers.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Laura Sky Herman</strong></p> <p class="p2"><strong>Age:</strong> 18</p> <p class="p2"><strong>High School:</strong> Senior at Pine Crest inFort Lauderdale</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Program:</strong> An accomplished ballet dancer, Herman created Bows Art during her freshman year as a way to help those families struggling to cover costs associated with the discipline—from lessons and pointe shoes to dancewear. The Boca resident did so by making and selling the handmade bows worn in ballet buns. What started as a thoughtful gesture has turned into a difference-making program. Between the money raised from her bows, the bonus contributions from customers, and the classes discounted by her ballet studio in Fort Lauderdale, Herman estimates that Bows Art has made a combined $4,000 difference in the lives of aspiring dancers.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Monica Aber</strong></p> <p class="p2"><strong>Age:</strong> 17</p> <p class="p2"><strong>High School:</strong> Junior at Spanish River in Boca</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Program:</strong> Inspired by Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, Aber launched her own outreach group—Youth Health Alliance (<a href="http://youthhealthalliance.org" target="_blank">youthhealthalliance.org</a>)—to promote the importance of nutrition and exercise at a young age. A dancer and soccer player as a child, Aber realized early on how diet played a role in her overall fitness. She’s also seen the impact that unhealthy eating habits and poor body image have had on some of her peers over the years. So Aber, currently on the swim team, directs her message at youngsters from pre-K through sixth grade, delivering interactive talks at schools like Advent Lutheran.</p> <p align="center"><em>For more, pick up the December issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>The Euro Sampler2014-11-20T06:00:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/20/the-euro-sampler/<p>With the Big Sleep of the recession finally over, people are stirring again, dusting off passports, dreaming up new wish lists and booking cruise ships and airlines for new adventures. The stay-cation was so 2008; we are back into the world now, and summer vacations are taking on a whole new dimension.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/europe.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>One of the first destinations to rediscover is Europe—at least a few parts of it—for the savvy traveler who has already “done” Paris and Madrid and Athens and Munich. We recently dropped in on three of our favorite places not long ago—London, Rome and Mallorca—to see what was going on and how they felt the second or third time around. Here’s our travel update.</p> <p><strong>London</strong></p> <p>London holds a special place in my heart given I lived there for two years as a child and then, later, as a college student for a summer. But the London I remember—quaint, very British, very manageable—bears no resemblance to the one that gets all the glossy press now. I remember Sundays in Hyde Park and antique shopping on Portobello Road, buying sweets at the confectioner’s. There were ghost stories and Beatles, Carnaby Street and Mary Quant. Biba was the coolest department store on the planet.</p> <p>Today, London may be the most sophisticated and international city across the pond, with a skyline I did not recognize. There is the famous 2014London Eye as well as the Shard, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf—all skyscrapers dwarf-ing sweet little Big Ben. Oh, the sights are still worth seeing (the Natural History Museum and the Tower of London never get old), and fish and chips is still a street favorite, but, for the most part, the city is wildly expensive now. It’s also less British, inhabited by people from all over the world. Mayfair, meanwhile, feels like Worth Avenue or Rodeo Drive, with the usual suspects—Prada, Louis Vuitton, Apple—except when you seek out the London stalwarts, the names that began here, the true blue-chip British icons.</p> <p align="center"><em>For more, pick up the December issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>Face Time: Alan Koolik2014-11-20T06:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/20/face-time-alan-koolik/<p>It was the Double Jeopardy round of the semifinals in this summer’s “Jeopardy!” Teen Tournament, and Alan Koolik was on fire. The Pine Crest student, 17, was scorching through one of his favorite categories, mathematics. The base 10 logarithm of 10,000? Four. The radius of the circle x squared plus y squared equals 100? Ten. The name of the x coordinate in Cartesian geometry? The abscissa, of course.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/alankoolik.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Koolik nearly swept the category on the July 30 broadcast, moments after correctly an-swering questions—or, in Jeopardy parlance, correctly questioning answers—on everything from Looney Tunes and Greek mythology to the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe.</p> <p>Speaking to Koolik in his family’s spacious Boca Raton living room, Koolik remembers little of this. “Jeopardy!” is a thinking person’s game that doesn’t leave much time to think. When asked to recall some his most notable responses, he draws a blank, likening his experience to an athlete being “in the zone.”</p> <p>“You just have to focus on the questions and on Alex [Trebek’s] voice, and on the buzzer,” he says. “There’s no time to think about anything else. Between the time of the taping and the airing, I remembered nothing—maybe four different clues.”</p> <p>Like most “Jeopardy!” savants, Koolik has his weak spots, notably pop culture—a category that, not surprisingly, turns up with frequency on Teen Tournament game boards. “I checked the Billboard Top 40 before I left,” he says.</p> <p>His preparation paid handsome dividends.</p> <p>Koolik’s victory in this semifinal round was one of four appearances he made on the nationally syndicated game show in a two-week period, a journey that took him all the way to the finals. He nearly captured the entire tournament, concluding the final round in a tie against New Jersey’s Jeff Xie—the first such climax in the Teen Tournament since 1996. A single tiebreaker question, on the Civil War, de-cided the winner; Koolik knew the answer, but Xie buzzed in first with the correct response.</p> <p>“It’s all in the buzzer,” he says. “But Jeff played an amazing game.”</p> <p>Koolik still walked away with a $54,200 second-place prize, the culmination of a process that was not easy—one that required patience, knowledge, personality and a bit of luck.</p> <p align="center"><em>For more, pick up the December issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>A Walk to Remember2014-11-20T06:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/20/a-walk-to-remember-1/<p>Yaacov Heller’s earliest art memory dates back to kindergarten, when he crafted an elephant out of clay using his teacher’s kiln. He brought the pachyderm to his Cleveland home and, as Heller recalls, his parents promptly told him to take it back. “[They asked], ‘Where did you steal it from?’ I had to convince them that I made it.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/yaacov_heller-8453_copy.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>As prolific as he was prodigious, Heller’s art-making continued apace, and as a young man in the United States Navy, he began to view it as an enterprise, charging fellow-sailors $25 for portraits of their loved ones, completed on board the USS Forrestal. Sometimes he would be working on six of these paintings at a time. When the vessel docked in the south of France, he would use the profits to pay a colleague to man his post while he jetted to Paris to visit the Louvre.</p> <p>An 18-year residency in Israel, beginning in 1972, led to the style of work for which he is most recognized internationally. His bronze-cast representations of Biblical narratives in action—the binding of Isaac, Moses with the Ten Commandments, David and Goliath—have wound up in the hands of world leaders from Yitzhak Rabin and Margaret Thatcher to Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.</p> <p>“I was in the land of the Bible,” Heller explains. “I read the Bible, and I learned these stories, and I visualized them. If I had gone to Spain, I probably would have been doing bullfighters and flamenco dancers.”</p> <p>This ability to absorb and then immortalize his environment, whatever it is, has led to an eclectic career. To the uninitiated, the pieces inside Gallery 22—the combination studio, showroom and gallery he has operated in Royal Palm Place for the past eight years—easily could speak to talents of several different artists. But it’s all Heller: Vibrant paintings of Marilyn Monroe, Superman, James Gandolfini and others pop off the walls alongside semi-abstract Lucite sculptures, elaborate Judaica pendants, and secular jewelry patterned in the shape of flowers and animals.</p> <p align="center"><em>For more, pick up the December issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>Your Table is Ready2014-11-20T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/20/your-table-is-ready/<p>Can’t navigate the local restaurant scene without a program? Fear not. Our food editor offers primo picks in nine different categories for your dining pleasure.</p> <p><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/elcamino.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>There’s no better time to be a diner in and around Boca Raton than now. Whether fine dining or fun dining, the local restaurant scene has never offered hungry gastronomes more diverse choices. It doesn’t matter if you’re lusting after rice noodles or gnocchi, sushi or sausages, a thick, juicy burger or a slab of luscious foie gras: There’s a restaurant out there whose kitchen is speaking directly to you.</p> <p>Not all that long ago, this kind of quality and range of restaurants was available only to denizens of a handful of major American cities. But good food has become democratized; you don’t need to dress up and spend a lot of money to dine on fresh, seasonal ingredients prepared with skill and love, and served up in haute, hip or homey settings. There may not yet be an organic, free-range chicken in every pot, but we’re getting there.</p> <p>If you haven’t already, put the following restaurants on your must-dine list. Bon appétit!</p> <p align="center"><em>For more, pick up the December issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>The Seat of Power in Boca2014-11-20T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/20/the-seat-of-power-in-boca/<h4><span>Boca hasn’t turned over a new Leif in 15 years. During that time, the city manager has Become more than a fixture; he’s become an institution. As part of this issue’s feature on the people and entities that drive our local agendas, veteran journalist randy schultz (author of “city watch” at Bocamag.com) examines this unique consolidation of power.</span></h4> <p><span><img alt="" height="381" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/ahnell.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p class="Default">Who runs Boca Raton? The discussion starts and mostly ends with the most powerful unelected local official in Palm Beach County—a man who also may be more powerful than any elected official.</p> <p class="Default">Leif Ahnell has been Boca’s city manager for 15 years. In addition, Ahnell is director of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, which oversees downtown Boca. No other manager in the county has such a dual role, and Ahnell has it in the county’s second-largest city. Delray Beach has a separate CRA director, as do Boynton Beach and West Palm Beach.</p> <p class="Default">Ahnell has no vote on the council. But neither does Mayor Jeri Muoio in West Palm Beach, the county’s only city with a strong-mayor system. Like Muoio, though, Ahnell hires all staff members and shapes the agenda for city council meetings and CRA meetings, when the council serves as the CRA board. Like a strong mayor, Ahnell controls the staff reports and recommendations that shape council votes.</p> <p class="Default">But where Muoio must face the voters next year if she wants a second term, Ahnell rarely faces public criticism from Boca council members. He doesn’t face formal, written evaluations. And unlike West Palm Beach’s strong mayor, Ahnell doesn’t have to worry about term limits.</p> <p align="center"><em>For more, pick up the December issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>Who Pushes the Buttons in Boca?2014-11-20T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/20/who-pushes-the-buttons-in-boca/<h4><span>Thirty years ago, a handful of influential, concerned citizens doubled as agents of change in Boca. Today, the people and entities that drive agendas and affect our growth represent a variety of interests and backgrounds. Some are easily identifiable. Others fly under the radar. We asked Randy Schultz, a longtime resident and author of the popular “City Watch” blog at bocamag.com, to help identify Boca’s modern-day power brokers.</span></h4> <p><span><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/featureimage.png" width="490"></span></p> <p>It has been decades since the glory days of IBM in Boca Raton, when the company employed as many as 10,000 people in the aftermath of designing the first personal computer. Like another South Florida boom-and-bust industry—real estate—high-tech can ebb and flow. IBM shrunk to 1,000 employees and finally left.</p> <p>Yet smaller high-tech firms are starting and thriving in Boca. Drawing them to the area are, among other things, the commerce and research parks at Arvida and Florida Atlantic University, respectively, the absence of a state income tax (a lure for potential employees) and the city’s growing tech-friendly reputation.</p> <p>“Boca has been discovered as a location for high-tech companies,” says Andrew Duffell, president and CEO of FAU’s Research Park. The facility, which he notes is 80 per-cent occupied, serves as an incubator for companies. “There’s been a pretty significant wave in the last five years. It’s woken a lot of people up.”</p> <p>The Arvida Park of Commerce is just one part of northwest Boca Raton where companies are setting up. The area is flourishing enough that Gov. Rick Scott made campaign appearances at Boca-based companies, touting the improving economy. Admittedly, none of the companies at this point is close to being an IBM in terms of employees. Most employ fewer than 200. Still, the trend line for many of these firms is up, and perhaps the next IBM is among them.</p> <p>Here are five people to watch in Boca’s high-tech world, though they are hardly the only ones; other entrepreneurs have brought companies like OpenPeak and Campus Management to the area. Boca Raton isn’t Silicon Valley, but with enough progress, maybe the name Silicon Beach finally will stick.</p>Learn Situational Awareness for Holiday Safety2014-11-19T13:37:34+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/19/learn-situational-awareness-for-holiday-safety/<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Protect yourself this holiday season with a safety course from a local self-defense instructor.</p> <p>John Riddle, a former West Palm Beach police SWAT team member, is teaching a course called “<strong>Situational Awareness for Holiday Shopping and Travel</strong>” on Nov. 22 at 9:30 a.m. He’ll discuss what potential victims need to know about body language and gut feelings in order to avoid assault.</p> <p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/riddle.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The hour and a half class costs $10 per participant and takes place at Riddle’s self-defense training facility, Progressive Self-defense Systems, at 1000 N.W. First Ave., Boca Raton, warehouses 5 and 6. The program talks about being aware of one’s surroundings around the world.</p> <p>Situational awareness is the first step in self-defense, says Riddle, who teaches an Israeli-based military defense system called Krav Maga.</p> <p>“I don't care how good you are in self-defense, martial arts or whatever, if you are not paying attention to your surroundings you can be caught, robbed and beaten before you know it. In today's world, we are all so preoccupied with laptops, cell phones and portable hand-held devices that we don’t see the activity going on around us,” reads a quote from the Progressive Self-defense Systems website.</p> <p>The holidays are a particularly opportunistic time for attackers. Riddles cites the example of heading to the mall after work and returning to your car when it’s already dark outside</p> <p>“This is the area where things can happen,” Riddle says in an email interview. <br> It can be prevented.”</p> <p>To sign up for the course, click <a href="http://www.progressiveselfdefensesystems.com/seminars/situational-awareness-for-holiday-shopping-travel.html.">here</a> or call 561/262-7840.</p> <p>Riddle also teaches defensive pepper spray, rape prevention and concealed handgun courses, along with defensive handgun courses, such as force-on-force scenario-based training.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><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="http://www.wordscomealive.com/" target="_blank">wordscomealive.com</a>.</p>The Week Ahead: Nov. 19 to 242014-11-19T10:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/19/the-week-ahead-nov-19-to-24/<p>WEDNESDAY (TODAY)</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/mike-birbiglia-web.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Mike Birbiglia</strong></p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>Cost: $30</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-1812, <a href="http://www.palmbeachimprov.com" target="_blank">palmbeachimprov.com</a></p> <p>Since 2008, Mike Birbiglia has been one of the few comedians gifted enough to take his humor to a more theatrical level, creating two successful one-man shows—“Sleepwalk With Me” and “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend”—that hew closer to Spalding Gray monologues than traditional standup routines. The memorization, the delivery and the acting came together flawlessly with Birbiglia’s autobiographical subject matter: “Sleepwalk With Me” explained his rapid eye movement behavior disorder, which has led to some dangerous sleepwalking incidents, and “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” was a warts-and-all account of his relationship history, which won numerous comedy awards in 2013. His latest production is titled “Thank God for Jokes,” which suggests a return to his standup roots but with the meticulous, actorly polish he’s brought to his previous shows. We’ll review it on Friday here at bocamag.com.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/kim.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What:</strong> <strong>Opening day of</strong> “<strong>Coming Into Fashion: A Century of Fashion Photography at Conde Nast”</strong></p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>Cost: $5-$12</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-5196, <a href="http://www.norton.org" target="_blank">norton.org</a></p> <p>Few portraitists played with the beautiful contrast of light and shadow quite as potently as Baron Adolph de Mayer, whose 1913 appointment as <em>Vogue</em>’s fashion photographer made him the first artist to attain that position. His black-and-white and sepia-toned images of models such as Lillian Gish and Mary Pickford cut through the Victorian-style gloom of the period with cinematic attention to detail, while helping to establish the groundwork for the nascent genre of fashion photography. “Coming Into Fashion” begins with de Meyer and continues to the present day, studying the evolution of the medium across 150 photographic prints from Conde Nast’s archives in New York, Paris, Milan and London. Edward Steichen, Irving Penn and Miles Aldridge are among the photographic voices whose personalities resonate through their work. Witness fashion photography’s deviations from, and its fundamental similarities to, those early de Mayer shots at the Norton, one of just two American museum engagements for “Coming Into Fashion.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="601" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/altarations.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Altarations: Build, Blended, Processed”</strong></p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Where: FAU’s Schmidt Center Gallery, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/297-2661, <a href="http://www.fau.edu/galleries" target="_blank">fau.edu/galleries</a></p> <p>Inspired by such recent New York exhibitions as “What is A Photograph?” and “A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio,” this exhibition of photo-based artworks is, its curators promise, unlike anything seen in South Florida in recent memory. More than 20 contemporary artists, from across the United States and countries such as Israel, Peru and Denmark, contributed artworks that blur the boundaries between photography and other forms of visual art. Some employ digital image-making while others defy its temptations, but all of them have something inherent to say about the state of photography today, in ways that celebrate, contradict and undermine its traditions. Miami artist Maria Martinez-Canas, who is considered one of the anchors of the exhibition, will speak at Thursday’s opening. The exhibit runs through Feb. 28.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="392" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/marvel-cast.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Marvel Universe Live!”</strong></p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Where: The BB&amp;T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise</p> <p>Cost: $50-$175</p> <p>Contact: 954/835-8000, <a href="http://www.thebbtcenter.com" target="_blank">thebbtcenter.com</a></p> <p>For fans of Marvel Comics’ storied superhero universe, the only experience more thrilling than the latest 3-D movie adaptation is to watch the heroes’ and villains’ adventures in the flesh. The likes of Wolverine, Captain America, the Avengers and more will provide just that opportunity at this action-packed arena spectacular, complete with trailblazing special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial choreography and motorcycle stunts. A bowel-shaking thunderclap from Thor opens the show, whose plot—as if that really matters—involves preventing the Cosmic Cube from entering enemy hands. He’ll need plenty of help from his aforementioned friends; Spider-Man will be there, as well, clinging upside down to a prop dangling in front of the Statue of Liberty. Phil Smage, the actor playing Captain America, told the <em>New York Daily News</em> that the stunt work is “not easy and everyone is sore, but we’re doing what we love to do.” The show runs through Sunday, Nov. 23, then moves to Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena Nov. 29 and 30.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="220" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/romeo-juliet1-690x310.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Miami City Ballet’s Program I</strong></p> <p>When: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>Cost: $20-$190</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="http://www.kravis.org" target="_blank">kravis.org</a></p> <p>When it comes to “Romeo and Juliet,” you know the story, and spoiler alerts need not apply: Both lovers get it in the end. The joy in experiencing and re-experiencing this passionate tale of star-crossed lovers year after year, and medium after medium, is in the individuality its creators bring to the ageless text. In the world of classical ballet, such knighted choreographers as Sir Frederick Ashton and Sir Frederick MacMillan have created full-length dances based on the story, but Miami City Ballet is re-mounting what most consider the best “Romeo and Juliet” ballet of all: the 1962 version by South Africa’s John Cranko, a choreographer who sought to create dance that was “a representation of life itself.” Known for his clear-eyed storytelling mastery and his thrilling pas de deux, Cranko’s take will be presented with romantic costumes and lavish sets.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="333" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/theresolvers1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Hope Fest</strong></p> <p>When: 12:30 p.m.</p> <p>Where: Abacoa Amphitheatre, 1267 Main St., Jupiter</p> <p>Cost: $25 adults, free for children 12 and younger</p> <p>Contact: <a href="http://www.hopefromharrison.org" target="_blank">hopefromharrison.org</a></p> <p>This inaugural Jupiter festival will offer an excellent survey of Florida music, but it’s much more than that: It’s the most ambitious fundraiser yet for Hope From Harrison, the moving nonprofit formed by local parents Matt and Melissa Hudson, who lost their second child Harrison after five months due to an inexplicable birth defect. The Hudsons initially launched their nonprofit to assist with the mounting medical costs of treating their son, and they’ve been paying it forward ever since, raising some $40 thousand for families of sick children. At today’s festival, you can contribute to this worthy cause for an affordable $25, while enjoying nutritious food options, craft beer and a full day of music including Mike Mineo, The Resolvers (pictured), Boxelder, Ketchy Shuby, No Bodies Crew, Miami Street Band and Uproot Hootenany. Notably, the festival also features the first South Florida performance in two and a half years by John Ralston’s Invisible Music, whose frontman recently returned to the area from a three-year sabbatical in Southwest Virginia.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="262" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/plame.jpg" width="350"></p> <p><strong>What: Valerie Plame and Robert Baer</strong></p> <p>When: 10 a.m.</p> <p>Where: Miami-Dade College, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 305/237-3258, <a href="http://www.miamibookfair.com" target="_blank">miamibookfair.com</a></p> <p>What do you when you’re no longer a spy? Presumably, you don’t take a job at Starbucks: You write about spy games. Valerie Plame, the famous CIA operative who was “outed” by columnist Robert Novak in 2003, has launched a fiction series that borrows heavily from her own covert experiences working against nuclear proliferation. In one review, her protagonist, Vanessa Pierson, was called “a smart, sexy action hero, a kind of James Bond with high heels, short skirts and a Glock in her purse.” In the second Pierson novel, <em>Burned</em>, which Plame will discuss at this Miami Book Fair appearance, Pierson must collaborate with a notorious nuclear arms dealer to catch an even more threatening terrorist. She’ll be joined in this discussion by Robert Baer, another accomplished CIA operative and the author of four <em>New York Times</em> best-sellers. His latest book, <em>The Perfect Kill</em>, is a nonfiction adventure about political assassins and the origins of radical Islam.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="254" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/autumn-sonata-2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Autumn Sonata” with Liv Ullmann</strong></p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Where: Cosford Cinema at University of Miami, 5030 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables</p> <p>Cost: $7-$9</p> <p>Contact: 305/284-4861, <a href="http://www.cosfordcinema.com" target="_blank">cosfordcinema.com</a></p> <p>One of the all-time great movies about mother-daughter strife, Ingmar Bergman’s “Autumn Sonata” is also notable as being the director’s only collaboration with his (unrelated) namesake, Ingrid Bergman. She plays a concert pianist visiting her daughter Eva (Liv Ullman) for the first time in seven years. At Eva and husband Viktor’s bucolic parsonage, the mother and daughter will spend a day, night and painful morning stirring up decades of emotional cobwebs, mostly fixated on mom’s frequent absences, narcissism and workaholism. Told in muted colors and stylized, protracted soliloquies, it’s one of Ingmar’s slow-burning chamber dramas, and a brilliant showcase for the subtlety and versatility of his two actresses. One of whom, his wife and muse Ullmann, will be in attendance following the film for a special Q&amp;A. The screening is part of the Cosford Classics series, so it will be screened on its original 35mm film format.</p>Avoiding the Thanksgiving Food Coma2014-11-19T08:28:20+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/19/avoiding-the-thanksgiving-food-coma/<p>Thanksgiving is around the corner, and to many people that means over-indulging and consequently feeling stuffed, lethargic and tired. While we love to repeat our holiday traditions, this year I want to propose a new ending to your Thanksgiving feast: a comfortable satisfaction and easy mobility. Here are my top three tips to avoiding Thanksgiving food coma.</p> <p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/screen_shot_2014-11-19_at_8.38.25_am.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>1. The week of Thanksgiving:</strong> I often see people over-indulging at Thanksgiving because they deprive themselves days before the holidays. To avoid overeating during Thanksgiving, allow yourself small treats through out the week. Try a guiltless dessert, like my raw vegan apple pie (recipe below). When you indulge a little bit during the week, you may be less likely to over-indulge in pumpkin pie after the big dinner.</p> <p><strong>2. Thanksgiving Day:</strong> Make sure you eat small balanced meals throughout the day, especially before the big turkey or Tofurky dinner. The impulse may often be to dramatically restrict your calories beforehand, but that may backfire when your eyes become bigger than your stomach. Instead of starving yourself, enjoy small, portion-controlled, balanced meals with your favorite holiday flavors. That way when dinner comes around you won't be anxious to dig in. Instead, you’ll make better food choices for yourself.</p> <p><strong>3. During Thanksgiving dinner:</strong> When you find yourself sitting in front of all your holiday favorites, the first thing to do is to take a deep breath and make a conscious plan of what dishes you would like to indulge in first. Fill up half of your plate with green veggies and salad, one quarter with your favorite starchy side dishes and leave a palm-sized space for the protein (plant-based protein will be better for your digestion and well-being). </p> <p>Slow down during the meal and focus on enjoying the conversations with family and friends. Wait 20 minutes after you’re done with your plate before reaching for seconds. If you choose to get more food, eat it slowly and with gusto and pleasure. By taking your time, chewing every bite and enjoying every morsel, you will help your body do its best to digest the food and leave you happy and satisfied. </p> <p><strong>BONUS Z-Tip:</strong> Make your own healthier version of a thanksgiving favorite and bring with you to the dinner. That way you will have a healthy and delicious recipe to enjoy and to share.</p> <p>Savory veggies for Thanksgiving:</p> <p><iframe height="387" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4EwHLtIGvjI" width="470"></iframe></p> <p>Delicious pumpkin mousse:</p> <p><iframe height="387" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Os1ZfiCNNsY" width="470"></iframe></p> <p>Apple pie filling video and full recipe below:</p> <p><iframe height="387" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7EWX06YfeXI" width="470"></iframe></p> <p><strong>12-Minute Apple Pie</strong></p> <p><strong>Crust:</strong></p> <p>1 ½ cups of almonds</p> <p>1 ½ cups of walnuts</p> <p>1 ½ cup medjool dates</p> <p>½ teaspoon salt</p> <p>1 teaspoon vanilla powder</p> <p>Blend all ingredients in a food processor with an S blade until dough is formed. Don’t over process, but don’t leave it chunky either. Put dough into the pie shell, molding it to the shape of the dish.</p> <p><strong>Filling:</strong></p> <p>6 Golden Delicious apples</p> <p>4 medjool dates, pitted</p> <p>2 teaspoons ground flax seeds</p> <p>1 teaspoon salt</p> <p>2 teaspoons of cinnamon</p> <p>1 teaspoon vanilla powder</p> <p>½ cup raisins</p> <p>Shredded coconut</p> <p>Mix 4 apples with dates, flax seeds, salt, cinnamon and vanilla in the food processor until you reach an apple sauce consistency. Transfer for bowl.</p> <p>Using a slicing blade, slice 2 apples and mix with the rest of the mixture in a bowl. You can also chop these two apples by pulsing them in the food processor with an S-Blade.</p> <p>Add raisins to the mixture and combine together with a spoon. Pour into a pie crust, sprinkle with cinnamon and coconut.</p> <p>Happy Thanksgiving!</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</p> <p>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 eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at <a href="http://www.alinaz.com/">alinaz.com</a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/facebook.com/CoutureFood">facebook.com/CoutureFood</a>) or Twitter (<a href="http://www.twitter.com/CoutureFood">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/">bocamag.com</a>.</p>Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving, Part II2014-11-18T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/18/turkey-day-dining-part-ii/<p>Continuing our “They’re cooking turkey (or whatever) on Thanksgiving Day so you don’t have to” series, here are a few more restaurants to be thankful for. . .</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/thanksgiving-day-food-2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="http://www.cafeboulud.com/palmbeach/" target="_blank">Cafe Boulud</a> (<em>301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach 561/655-6060</em>) will be dishing up an elegant three-course T-Day meal for $79 per adult and $36 per kid. Think dishes like pumpkin veloute and terrine of squab, heritage turkey with all the trimmings and pumpkin pie or apple tart tatin for dessert.</p> <p><a href="http://www.meatmarket.net/enter.html" target="_blank">Meat Market Palm Beach</a> (<em>191 Bradley Place, 561/354-9800</em>), the most inventive steakhouse around, will be offering a variety of a la carte specials from chef-partner Sean Brasel. There will be a fresh Bell &amp; Evans turkey leg roulade for $32 and bourbon-vanilla-marinated sous vide turkey breast for $35, plus Jack Daniels caramel pecan tartlet with candied pumpkin ice cream for $12 and more.</p> <p>The new <a href="http://delfriscosgrille.com/" target="_blank">Del Frisco’s Grille</a> (<em>340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach, 561/557-2552</em>) is offering a $42 prix fixe menu with three courses off all the traditional Thanksgiving favorites. Start with butternut squash bisque, then gobble up a hand-carved turkey with cornbread stuffing plus a choice of two sides, then finish with pumpkin or pecan pie.</p> <p><a href="http://www.pistachewpb.com/" target="_blank">Pistache French Bistro</a> (<em>101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561/833-5090</em>) is pulling out all the stops for its $45 prix fixe, three-course Turkey Day dinner. Go traditional with apple and heirloom squash veloute, roasted turkey with chestnut brioche stuffing and pumpkin pie or not so much with escargot in lemon-garlic butter, pan-roasted black grouper and dark chocolate mousse.</p> <p><a href="http://www.3forks.com/" target="_blank">III Forks</a> in Palm Beach Gardens (<em>4645 PGA Blvd., 561/630-3660</em>) invites you to stick a fork in their four-course Thanksgiving dinner. For $46.95 for adults and $16.95 for kiddies you get tomato soup with fresh basil, field green salad with blue cheese and pecans, turkey and assorted trimmings or beef tenderloin with roasted shallot-thyme demiglace and a smorgasbord of desserts.</p> <p><em>For part I of our Turkey Day Dining guide, click <a href="/blog/2014/11/17/turkey-day-dining-part-i/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p>New land use regs, more on Mizner Trail and All Aboard updates2014-11-18T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/18/new-land-use-regs-more-on-mizner-trail-and-all-aboard-updates/<h3>Growing pains</h3> <p><img alt="" height="383" src="/site_media/uploads/5206_meridian_delray_beach_front.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Tonight, Delray Beach nears a decision on one of those Really Big Deals for cities.</p> <p>The city commission holds the first of two scheduled public hearings on new Land Development Regulations for the Central Business District. The changes would cover downtown core, West Atlantic Avenue, the beach and what would be called the Railroad Corridor along the Florida Coast Railway tracks. That last, new designation would include Pineapple Grove.</p> <p>With all of the remarkable, positive change in Delray Beach over the last 20-plus years has come increasing public criticism of changes that progress has brought. Sidewalks are too crowded. Bicycling is dangerous. The city is approving projects too large for their location.</p> <p>This resentment probably crested in December 2012 with the commission’s approval of Atlantic Crossing. The March 2013 city election brought in Cary Glickstein as mayor and Shelly Petrolia as a commissioner, both of whom had campaigned on a better-growth platform. About a year ago, the city asked the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council for help in drafting new regulations. Comments from residents and affected groups have shaped the proposals even until last month, but tonight will be the first commission vote. If the regulations are approved, a second vote will be necessary in two weeks.</p> <p>Among other things, the new rules—more than 55 pages—call for wider setbacks and more pedestrian-friendly sidewalks. They require that the ground floor of a downtown project be a store or a restaurant. They require more open space as part of larger developments. They improve the bonus program for developers. In his memo to commissioners, Interim City Manager Terry Stewart says the changes increase the “importance of the public realm.”</p> <p>Noting that Delray’s downtown master plan is 12 years old, Glickstein says the city should have made such changes during the recession. Building slowed dramatically, but it also seemed likely that growth would return. It did, in force. Like other South Florida cities, Delray faced many new applications for residential projects, most of them apartment buildings. That’s where the financing was after the home/condo bubble burst.</p> <p>Without new regulations, Glickstein said, Delray Beach “had a flawed approval process and a more flawed waiver process.” Delray was offering incentives to developers without a policy for what the city wanted those incentives to create. “A new apartment building,” Glickstein said, “is not memorable.”</p> <p>There’s irony in that last comment, since Glickstein’s company develops apartment buildings. He is correct, though, that Delray Beach was too often taking what was offered rather than getting what it wanted. Such an approach can make life hardest for the people Delray most wants to attract: downtown residents and outsiders who patronize city businesses and like to stroll through the city.</p> <p>Glickstein supports the new regulations, which need three votes to pass. He argues that they address the two main issues: the ground floor and architectural design, guidelines for which are coming soon.</p> <p>In an email to Stewart, however, Petrolia criticized the parking requirements as taking the city “from leniency to lunacy” and call them a potential “deal-breaker.”</p> <p>Specifically, Petrolia envisions that a hotel with 120 rooms, a restaurant and meeting space might have to provide just 35 parking spaces. The public then would have to provide space with a garage. Petrolia calls that “unacceptable.” She also faults the requirements for offices, stores and apartments. Example: For two-bedroom complexes, the requirement would be 1.75 spaces per unit. Petrolia wants that to be two spaces.</p> <p>Glickstein is right that the public will focus most on height and density, since even non-planners understand the terms. But the plan correctly limits the number of stories as a way to restrict height while leaving flexibility for more pleasing designs. Also, a planning council staff member pointed out that density alone isn’t the cause of downtown’s problems. Atlantic Crossing, for example, never had a density issue.</p> <p>The problem is compatibility, and the new regulations should encourage it. The staffer told the commission that if a developer can’t meet the proposed setback requirements, the developer is building too much for the site. Interim City Manager Stewart wants the regulations to bring “predictability” to development decisions. The debate tonight may be anything but predictable.</p> <h3>Mizner Trail</h3> <p>The legal battle over the former Mizner Trail Golf Course is also a public relations battle.</p> <p>Boca Del Mar homeowners who adjoin the property have challenged the Palm Beach County Commission’s approval in June of 252 homes on the roughly 128 acres. In their appeal, the Boca Del Mar Improvement Association seeks to persuade a judge that the commission violated county land-use rules.</p> <p>One key argument is that a judge in 2008 ruled that the land had no inherent development rights. The county approved the master plan for Boca Del Mar—just east of the city limits—in the early 1970s based, among other things, on the open space the course provided. The plaintiffs believe that the landowners never intended to keep operating the golf course, which they declared in 2001-02 to be unprofitable and closed in 2005, right before the commission was set to rule on a previous plan to develop the land.</p> <p>On a recent Friday, the developer—Mizner Trail Properties —issued a news release saying that it intended to sue the homeowners for rejecting a $250,000 settlement to the dispute and thus filing a frivolous lawsuit. But Robert Rivas, a lawyer for Sachs Sax Caplan, which is representing the homeowners, said the developer had offered no such settlement at “any time, in any amount.” He speculated that the move might have been designed to disrupt what appears to be near-unity among the neighbors that they should pursue the challenge.</p> <p>Rivas did say the homeowners had received communication about possible sanctions, but no notice of a lawsuit. Rivas dismissed the idea that the challenge could trigger any sanctions. Neither side knows when the court will decide whether or not to hear the appeal.</p> <p>Some commissioners in the 5-2 majority that approved the project argued that the redesigned project actually would benefit the homeowners. The homeowners disagree. In their petition, they say “the footprint of the development resembles a complex iron mold into which, if the developer gets its way, molten plastic—in the form of homes—will be pumped until the plastic seeps into all the creases and crevices in the mold.” I wouldn’t look for a settlement in this case even if one were offered.</p> <h3>All Aboard</h3> <p>As opposition continues to All Aboard Florida’s passenger service at high decibel levels from residents of northern Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, the study of commuter trains quietly continues. And for all the talk of All Aboard Florida being an economic “game-changer” for the region, the commuter line potentially is the real transportation breakthrough.</p> <p>The South Florida Transportation Authority, which operates Tri-Rail, is leading a study of the Coastal Link, which would provide commuter service between Miami and Jupiter along the same Florida Coast Railway corridor that All Aboard Florida will use. All Aboard Florida’s parent company owns the FEC tracks.</p> <p>Tri-Rail now ends at Mangonia Park, just north of West Palm Beach. Because Tri-Rail runs on the CSX tracks farther west, it doesn’t serve downtowns in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and elsewhere that are attracting new residents. The project would cost $600 million to $800 million, and depends on many things falling into place. One of them would be how commuter service could work with passenger service and whether Florida East Coast Industries would allow it to happen.</p> <p>So if you live in Boca or Delray and don’t think there’s much to think about regarding All Aboard Florida but “quiet zones,” think again.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at randy@bocamag.com</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>Festival of the Arts announces 2015 lineup2014-11-17T16:35:28+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/17/festival-of-the-arts-announces-2015-lineup/<p><em>[NOTE: The Week Ahead will run on Wednesday, Nov. 19 this week.]</em></p> <p>Last Friday, the Festival of the Arts Boca announced the lineup for its 2015 festival, which runs March 6-15. Here is our preview of the 11 events. </p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/west-side-story-2.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p>7:30 p.m. March 6: The Festival is bringing back its live-scored movie nights, by popular demand. This year it’ll be <strong>“West Side Story,”</strong> Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins’s Oscar-winning adaptation of the great Broadway musical, which made stars out of Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno. The Sharks will vie against the Jets in vivid CinemaScope and Technicolor on the Amphitheater’s massive video screen, as Jayce Ogren conducts the Festival Orchestra through Leonard Bernstein’s iconic music.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="313" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/wfpicks-47-chinsm-640x500.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>7:30 p.m. March 7: Arguably the biggest “name” at next year’s Fest is <strong>Bela Fleck</strong>, an impossibly eclectic musician who has done more with the banjo that most artists could do with a full orchestra. The acoustic string player has employed his instrument in familiar (bluegrass, folk, country) and less familiar (jazz, pop, classical) environs, and in the process he’s been nominated in more Grammy categories than any other musician, winning 13 of them since 1995. His Festival performance will feature vocals by his wife Abigail Washburn, a formidable Americana musician in her own right, whom he met at a square dance at which he was performing (how awesome is that?).</p> <p>4 p.m. March 8: In the world of popular publishing, series mysteries and series sci-fi are commonplace, but dramatic literature presented in a series format is less ordinary. This is the approach Pulitzer Prize-winning author <strong>Richard Ford</strong> has taken, on and off, for that past 28 years, with his novels about Frank Bascombe, a novelist turned sportswriter turned realtor who is navigating the reality of aging. Like Ford himself, his protagonist is nearing his seventh decade, and he is more candid than ever in Ford’s latest installment, <em>Let Me Be Frank With You</em>. Ford will discuss the book, which finds Frank dealing with a spate of issues in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.</p> <p>7:30 p.m. March 8: We love to see that the Festival is continuing to cater to lovers of dance, even though its founders have admitted it isn’t the best moneymaker. Perhaps next year’s stellar dance troupe, the <strong>Stars of the International Ballet</strong>, will have enough jetes and plies to turn this tradition around. Not much has been revealed about the program, other than it will feature dancer/choreographer Guillaume Cote, which is all we need to know: An official Choreographic Associate of the National Ballet of Canada, Cote has been praised for his “lyrical grace” and “dramatic intensity” across a resume that includes some of the greatest leading roles in ballet history.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="210" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/cancer-biographer300.png" width="300"></p> <p>7 p.m. March 9: We may not have found a cure for cancer yet, but if and when we do, don’t be surprised if <strong>Siddhartha Mukherjee</strong> will be its discoverer. A hematologist, oncologist and assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University, Mukherjee is a peerless physician with impeccable credentials, and he’s devoted his life’s work to eliminating the scourge of cancer. His work on the behavior of stem cells and cancer cells has led to a couple of ongoing clinical trials, but his most important contribution to date is his 2010 book <em>The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer</em>, which won a Pulitzer Prize, plaudits from Oprah Winfrey, and—get this—an inclusion on <em>Time</em>’s 100 most influential English-language books published since 1923.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="285" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/18479270.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>7 p.m. March 11: Terrorism, climate change, politics and America’s stature in the world are all part of <strong>Thomas Friedman</strong>’s copious bailiwick. The insightful, twice-weekly <em>New York Times</em> columnist, who has thrice captured a Pulitzer Prize, is an outspoken advocate of “radical centrism,” a political stance that has, unsurprisingly, earned him enemies on both wings—which is usually a sign that he’s doing something right. His books <em>The World is Flat</em> and <em>Hot, Flat and Crowded</em> have elevated national debates about globalization and energy policy, and his latest book, which doubles as his topic for his Festival lecture, is <em>That Used to be Us</em>, an account of U.S. global decline and the possibilities for the nation’s comeback.</p> <p>7 p.m. March 12: <strong>Michael Grunwald</strong>, a journalist for Politico and a senior national correspondent at Time, is one South Florida’s most astute journalists. He’s also hard to pin down politically, defending President Obama’s efforts at handling the global economic crisis (while criticizing obstructionist Republicans), while taking a more right-leaning stance regarding secrecy and drone strikes. But his Festival lecture, “Saving Paradise,” will address a topic most Floridians can get behind: the preservation of the Everglades.</p> <p>7:30 p.m. March 13: Even if you’re familiar with such Mozart compositions as the Violin Concerto in G major, the Piano Concerto in C major, and the Flute Concerto in D major, you’ll want to attend this evening’s Mozart Gala, to hear these iconic pieces performed by some of the classical world’s brightest luminaries. <strong>James Galway</strong>, aka the “Man With the Golden Flute,” has performed his woodwind for everyone from Roger Waters to director Peter Jackson (for the “Lord of the Rings” soundtrack), selling more than 30 million copies in his storied career; pianist <strong>Conrad Tao</strong> is just 20, but he is already an old musical soul, having won eight consecutive ASCAP Young Composer awards and having achieved distinction as a U.S. Presidential Scholar of the Arts; and <strong>Arnaud Sussman</strong>, a French-born violinist, spent two years as Itzhak Perlman’s teaching assistant, and has since performed at venues ranging from Lincoln Center to the Louvre. Expect to hear a collection of seasonal St. Paddy’s Day music in addition to the Mozart celebration.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="352" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/070506.franks.jpg" width="380"></p> <p>4 p.m. March 14: Yet another esteemed Pulitzer Prize winner, <strong>Lucinda Franks</strong> has penned features for <em>The New Yorker</em> and <em>The Atlantic</em> and is a former staff writer for <em>The New York Times</em>. She was also a radical during a time when it fairly dangerous to be a radical; in 1964, she helped found a chapter of the Students for a Democratic Society, and she won her Pulitzer years later thanks to a sympathetic portrait of the death of a Weathermen activist. She would make an unlikely bride to the much older, high-powered prosecutor Robert Morgenthau, a 37-year marriage she chronicles in her latest memoir, <em>Timeless</em>. The book has been praised for its novelistic style, uncomfortably intimate candor and eye-opening revelations.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/207-the-young-peoples-chorus.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>7:30 p.m. March 14: Some 26 years ago, Francisco J. Nunez launched the <strong>Young People’s Chorus of New York City,</strong> a multicultural hub for youth singers to reach their potentials, and its stature continues to grow. Its choristers have performed in Carnegie Hall and the White House; have sung in languages ranging from French and Russian to Czech, Swahili and Inuit; and have sung in genres spanning a spectrum of classical, world music, gospel, folk and pop. In what should be a special event, the chorus will perform a program of contemporary songs in the first half of the program, and will return in the second half to perform Beethoven’s 9<sup>th</sup> symphony with help from the Master Chorale of South Florida, the Festival Orchestra Boca, soloists and conductor Constantine Kitsopoulous.</p> <p>4 p.m. March 15: Peabody Award winner and classical-music radio host <strong>Martin Goldsmith</strong> has suffered a soberingly close relationship with Nazi Germany. His parents, Gunther and Rosemarie, were a flutist and violinist, respectively, in his native Germany. From 1933, they played in the Judischer Kuturbund, an all-Jewish orchestra maintained by the Nazis, an experience Goldsmith documented in his first book, <em>The Inexhaustible Symphony</em>. His second book, <em>The Beatles Come to America</em>, proved a respite from tragedy, but this year he has re-explored Nazi history with <em>Alex’s Wake</em>, his account of a luxury liner containing 900 Jewish refugees that was forced back to Europe in 1939.</p> <p><em>The fest is currently welcoming "early bird" ticket buyers. Call the box office at 866/571-2787 or visit festivalboca.com.</em></p>Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving, Part I2014-11-17T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/17/turkey-day-dining-part-i/<p>Of all the things to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day (which, for the calendar-impaired, is Thursday, Nov. 27), one of the greatest is that somebody else is willing to do all the cooking, not to mention all the clean-up, of the traditional holiday meal.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/thanksgiving-day-food-2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This week’s posts will be devoted to those restaurants that will make your Turkey Day a little easier and a lot less stressful. Thanks, guys. . .</p> <p><a href="http://www.rapoportsrg.com/restaurant/bogarts/" target="_blank">Bogart’s</a> (<em>3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton, 561/544-3044</em>). The restaurant on the upper level of the Cinemark Palace 20 theater will be offering its annual Thanksgiving Day menu to go. The meal includes soup or salad, slow-roasted turkey and sides, and dessert, priced at $149.95 for four to six people and $264.95 for 10 to 12. You can pick up your ready-to-eat meal at the restaurant the day before T-Day or on the Big Day itself, but you have to order (by calling 561/395-7682) by Monday, Nov. 24.</p> <p><a href="http://www.farmerstableboca.com/" target="_blank">Farmer’s Table</a> (<em>1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, 561/417-5836</em>), the wildly popular good and good for you dining establishment, is already taking rezzies for their T-Day dinner. (And good luck getting in without ‘em.) On the menu are Joyce Farms heritage turkey breast, plus all the traditional side dishes and pumpkin pie for dessert. Cost is $42 for adults and $21 for children under 10.</p> <p><a href="http://tanzyrestaurant.com/" target="_blank">Tanzy</a> (<em>301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/922-6699</em>) will be dishing up a three-course prix fixe menu for $40 for big kids and $20 for little ones. Dine at a communal table on herb-roasted turkey with all the trimmings, soup or salad and either pumpkin pie or pink lady apple galette for dessert.</p> <p><a href="http://www.racksboca.com" target="_blank">Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern</a> (<em>402 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/395-1662</em>) in Mizner Park is also doing a three-course Thanksgiving meal. Choose from butternut squash bisque or arugula-apple salad to start, then roasted turkey or root beer-glazed ham and assorted sides, followed by pumpkin or pecan pie. Price is $34.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids. Twenty more bucks will get you a bottle of house wine.</p> <p><a href="http://www.waterstoneboca.com/" target="_blank">Waterstone Resort &amp; Marina</a> (<em>999 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, 561/368-9500</em>) will put on a T-Day buffet in the waterfront resort’s Atlantic Ballroom. For $59 per adult and $25 per kid you can chow down on everything from oysters on the half-shell and snow crab claws to hand-carved turkey, ham, prime rib and salmon, plus side dishes to a selection of mini desserts.</p>Deepak Chopra brings enlightenment to Boca2014-11-14T14:00:39+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/14/deepak-chopra-brings-enlightenment-to-boca/<p>Last night, I was one of a whopping 1,600 attendees at Deepak Chopra’s speaking engagement at B’nai Israel in Boca Raton, one small pea in a lovely spiritual soup. It’s been less than a year since Chopra’s last South Florida appearance, but it didn’t stop this event from achieving a capacity swell. As a general-admission ticketholder, if I stood up and craned my neck, I could possibly make out the top of the soft-spoken thinker’s head; mostly, though, the Deepak Chopra we saw emanated from a video screen a hundred feet away.</p> <p>But even at such a distance, he was utterly captivating, holding our attention, touching our souls and flexing our mental muscles for the better part of two hours (though in Boca, you can always count on a number of people deciding to beat the traffic, even when the speaker isn’t finished yet). He started out with big, fundamental, unanswerable questions about life and consciousness, joking “We have approximately two hours to figure out the nature of the universe.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="307" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/1398676868_chopra2.png" width="400"></p> <p>Chopra promptly dove into facts and figures about physics—the universe is 70 percent dark energy, 25 percent dark matter and 4 percent atomic energy, of which we are just .01 percent—poetically concluding that Earth is located “in the junkyard of infinity.” He then pivoted to studies of the biological basis of consciousness, which remains unsolved by science, referncing Arthur Eddison’s famous quote that “something unknown is doing we don’t know what.”</p> <p>Indeed, science can’t answer the existential questions that cause Deepak Chopra to wake up every morning. And until it does, he seemed to say during the rest of his appearance, we should do our part to keep this little blue dot around by living healthy, spiritual, harmonious lives—to help the universe by helping ourselves, and by becoming one with the infinite consciousness.</p> <p>Aided by PowerPoint slides, Chopra’s lecture soon took on the feel of a self-development workshop, titled “The Future of Well-Being,” and I was grateful to be taking notes. There were too many takeaways to list in one article, ranging from the bizarre to the practical to the moving: Tomatoes have more genes than humans; meditation increases our telomeres by 40 percent, thereby slowing cellular aging; 90 percent of our DNA is bacteria, so that we are really “microbial colonies with a few human cells hanging on to them.”</p> <p>There were flow charts and bar graphs and mind maps about things like epigenetics, neuroplasticity, quantum entanglement and qualia science, yet despite the density of the material, Chopra kept everything explicable, leavening his speech with epigrammatic humor: “We spend money we don’t have on things we don’t need to impress people we don’t like.” “If you’re constantly planning for the future, when it comes your way you won’t be present for it.” I was especially fond of a pair of slams against GMOs, which he called “not even food,” to the uncomfortable murmers of some in the audience.</p> <p>He ended his lecture with a 10-minute meditation, which lowered the collective blood pressure of the entire room and caused us all to be aware of our hearts beating through our fingertips. Actually, that wasn’t quite the end: He then proceeded to plug his new book, “The Future of God,” which is fine—cause hey, even enlightened gurus need to eat.</p> <p>No doubt he sold a lot of paper at the book signing following his presentation; more importantly, though, he opened a lot of minds. After just two hours, I felt like I had audited an entire college course I probably wouldn’t have understood in college.</p> <p><em>Chopra appeared at B’Nai Israel as part of the congreation’s BNI Talks speaker series, which continues tonight, Nov. 14, with progressive Ukrainian rabbi Alexander Dukhovny. There is no charge for this event. For more on the series, visit cbiboca.org/about/cbitalks</em></p>Fashion Forward: New stores + weekend event2014-11-14T09:45:29+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/14/fashion-forward-new-stores-weekend-event/<p><strong><img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/bcbgmaxazria.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Photo via BCBGMaxazria Facebook</em></p> <p><strong>Just in time for the holidays: </strong>BCBGMaxazria is opening up a Delray Beach outpost. The Atlantic Avenue store will be opening its doors on Dec. 16. Stay tuned for more details.</p> <p><strong>Don’t forget:</strong> Town Center at Boca Raton’s Festival of the Watches is this Saturday, Nov. 15. Click <a href="/blog/2014/10/31/fashion-forward-watch-events-outlet-expansion/">here</a> to view our previous coverage of the event. <em>(6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton)</em></p> <p><strong>Now open:</strong> Palm Beach Outlets is now home to Vince Camuto. The store is offering 25 percent off your purchase to celebrate its opening. <em>(1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach)</em></p>Staff Picks of the Week2014-11-14T08:39:41+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/14/staff-picks-of-the-week-12/<p><strong>Amelia’s SmartyPlants</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/amelias.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Assistant Art Director</p> <p>"This is my favorite place to get my plants and garden accessories. They have an amazing selection of native plants, gardening supplies and unique decor all in a relaxing, serene atmosphere – it feels therapeutic just to go there and walk around! A fabulous find! It's worth the trip. You can take even a tour on their website."</p> <p>1515 N. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth // <a href="http://www.amelias-smartyplants.com/">amelias-smartyplants.com</a></p> <p><strong>Cosa Duci Italian Bakery, Boca Raton</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="166" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/cosaduci.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Picked by Georgette Evans, Advertising Senior Account Manager</p> <p>“This gem of a bakery is more than it appears. While you can stop by any day of the week to pick up some delicious pastries, you could also stay and have a great homemade lunch. It's a cozy place that greets you with smiling faces and makes you feel as if you're stepping into Giovanna Cimino's home. The story behind Cosa Duci makes the place even more special. Giovanna’s son, Giuseppe Fausto, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 27. Combining her passion for baking and desire to help find a cure for MS, she created Cosa Duci, which donates a portion of proceeds to MS foundations.”</p> <p>141 N.W. 20th St., Boca Raton // <a href="http://cosaduci.com" target="_blank">cosaduci.com</a></p> <p><strong>4th Generation Organic Market</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/4thgenuse.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</p> <p>"A recent visit to Boca Raton's only 100 percent organic gourmet proved once again that it's the city's best-kept secret for organic and raw foodies, offering a more compact but more authentic experience than Whole Foods Market or the other chains. The market is enticing enough, with healthier spins on even the most decadent desserts, and the prepared food is uniquely satisfying, with savory sammies and raw ‘mozzarella sticks’ unlike anything you've tried before. They're also refreshingly liberal with their food samples."</p> <p>75 S.E. Third St., Boca Raton // <a href="http://4thgenerationmarket.com" target="_blank">4thgenerationmarket.com</a></p>Merlino&#39;s Opens in Boca2014-11-14T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/14/merlinos-opens-in-boca/<p>Behind every restaurant is a story, but the story behind Boca’s new<strong> Merlino’s </strong>(<em>39 S.E. First Ave., 561/756-8437</em>) is a bit juicier than most.</p> <p><img alt="" height="303" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/merlinos.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>“Merlino,” in this case, is Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino, in the 1990s reputed to be head of the Philadelphia mob, now on parole and living in Boca Raton. Though the restaurant bears his name, Merlino is said to only be the host or maitre ‘d, hired by the eatery’s local investors.</p> <p>In any event, Merlino’s promises to meld Merlino family recipes with “contemporary South Philadelphia flair,” plus an inventive cocktails program directed by manager-mixologist Lee Hoechstetter. Chef is Angelo Morinelli, whose Cucina D’Angelo in the Shops at Boca Center was for years one of the area’s premier Italian restaurants.</p> <p>The extensive menu is full of familiar dishes given a twist, like clams baked with shrimp and crabmeat and napped with bechamel cream sauce, pear-stuffed fiocchi with four-cheese sauce and scampi-style jumbo shrimp with thyme. Of course, there are plenty of familiar dishes too, from fried calamari and spaghetti carbonara to chicken cacciatore and a 14-ounce grilled veal chop, which hopefully is as juicy as the story behind Merlino’s</p>South Florida BrewFest2014-11-14T05:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/14/south-florida-brewfest/<p>What better way is there to spend a day than sipping on some of South Florida’s finest brews?</p> <p><img alt="" height="362" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/south_florida_brewfest_4.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Saturday, Nov. 22 marks the third annual South Florida BrewFest. From noon until 4 p.m., sample almost 100 craft beers brewed right here in South Florida at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus <em>(3000 N.E. 151<sup>st</sup> Street, North Miami.)</em><em> </em></p> <p>General admission tickets cost $30, and there are discounted rates for FIU staff and students.</p> <p>For more information visit <a href="http://sflbrewfest.com" target="_blank">sflbrewfest.com</a>.</p>Best Stores to Shop on Black Friday2014-11-13T16:34:35+00:00Stephanie Pernas/blog/author/stephaniepernas/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/13/best-stores-to-shop-on-black-friday/<p>It’s not even Thanksgiving, but retailers have already kicked the holiday shopping season into high gear. Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, looms ahead, and I’m sharing my favorite places to shop on the big day. Having a game plan is key to success on Black Friday!</p> <p><img alt="" height="288" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/shoppingbags.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="http://bestbuy.com" target="_blank">Best Buy</a></p> <p><em>What to buy:</em> big-ticket electronic items like TVs, laptops, iPads and Beats by Dre headphones.</p> <p><em>Why shop there on Black Friday:</em> Frankly, Best Buy has the best deals in the game. Best Buy has already posted their Black Friday ad, revealing amazing deals like $199 for a 50” TV or $899 for an iMac. The tradeoff? Major stress, huge crowds and you’re not guaranteed to score the items you came for.</p> <p><em>Tip:</em> Many of the best deals will be available online Thanksgiving Day. Check online and see if you can get your shopping done and avoid the store altogether. Also, keep an eye on Best Buy’s price guarantee. There are many items that Best Buy will price match on, including cameras, lenses, etc. Best Buy matches Amazon.com, Bhphotovideo.com, Crutchfield.com, Dell.com, HP.com, Newegg.com and TigerDirect.com</p> <p><a href="http://target.com" target="_blank">Target</a></p> <p><em>What to buy:</em> electronics, movies, books, small appliances, toys, clothes and videogames.</p> <p><em>Why shop there on Black Friday:</em> Target has tons of great deals on virtually everything in the store. Scoop up your favorite movies, TV shows and video games for mere pennies. They also run promotions on everything from towels to TVs. On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, gift cards are 20 percent off!</p> <p><em>Tip:</em> Target’s holiday price match policy is second to none. During the holiday season, Target extends their standard two-week price match policy to any purchases made between Nov. 1 and Dec 24. That means you can buy with confidence. Just make sure you keep an eye on competitor sales and pop into your Target to get the adjustment! Target is also running 50 percent off a different toy every day on Cartwheel, its mobile savings app. Download it to save even more.</p> <p><a href="http://amazon.com" target="_blank">Amazon</a></p> <p><em>What to buy:</em> big-ticket electronic items, cameras, iPads, books and movies.</p> <p><em>Why shop there on Black Friday:</em> Amazon has really stepped up to compete with the big boys on Black Friday. Offering great deals, plus the comfort of shopping from home, Amazon may just be the way to go for your most stress-free gift buying experience yet.</p> <p><a href="http://oldnavy.com" target="_blank">Old Navy</a></p> <p><em>What to buy:</em> jeans, scarves, outerwear, sweaters and clothing for the whole family.</p> <p><em>Why shop there on Black Friday:</em> Old Navy runs awesome promotions on Black Friday to get shoppers into their stores. It’s the perfect time to stock up on basics and trend pieces on sale. Plus, lately its kids section is totally on-point and offering up adorable pieces for the little ones in your life.</p> <p><a href="http://gap.com" target="_blank">Gap</a></p> <p><em>What to buy:</em> jeans, basics, outerwear and trend pieces for the whole family.</p> <p><em>Why shop there on Black Friday:</em> Like Old Navy, (another Gap company) the Gap runs great promos and sales which makes Black Friday the perfect time to stock up on your favorite staples. I love shopping my favorite stores on Black Friday, because while everyone is at the big box stores like Target and Best Buy, you can take advantage of the great sales on things you buy every day.</p> <p><a href="http://hm.com" target="_blank">H&amp;M</a></p> <p><em>What to buy:</em> party dresses, trend pieces and fun costume jewelry</p> <p><em>Why shop there on Black Friday:</em> Last year, H&amp;M did a really great sale for Black Friday, with 50 percent off storewide savings. This year, I’m sure it will do more of the same and it’s a great opportunity to score your perfect party dress or holiday look.</p> <p><a href="http://macys.com" target="_blank">Macy’s</a></p> <p><em>What to buy:</em> small appliances, shoes, clothing and accessories for the whole family.</p> <p><em>Why shop there on Black Friday:</em> With great doorbuster deals and sales all day long, you can get incredible deals on gifts for the whole family. This year, Macy’s best promos include 30 to 50 percent off contemporary lines like RACHEL Rachel Roy and Bar III, or BOGO on all of your favorite junior lines like Material Girl and American Rag.</p> <p><a href="http://ulta.com" target="_blank">ULTA</a></p> <p><em>What to buy:</em> deluxe cosmetics, great beauty gift sets, and hair tools</p> <p><em>Why shop there on Black Friday:</em> Scoop up stocking stuffers like nail polish, lip gloss or sets from brands like Benefit, Bare Minerals and Urban Decay. Holiday is the best time to score hair tools like curling irons, blow dryers and flat irons at a discount.  </p> <p>TIP: Hot Tools is THE brand of curling iron that professionals use, and Ulta regularly puts them on sale during holiday for $19.99-$29.99. Scoop one up as a gift! </p> <p><em><strong>••••••••</strong></em></p> <p><strong>About Stephanie:</strong></p> <p><em>Stephanie Pernas is a personal stylist, fashion writer and style expert. She is the owner of <a href="http://asparklefactor.com/" target="_blank">A Sparkle Factor LLC</a>, a personal styling and lifestyle consulting business. She also writes and edits A Sparkle Factor, a go-to destination on the web featuring the latest trends, style tips, and fashion news focused on highlighting attainable style for the every-girl. She has almost 10 years of experience in the fashion industry, having worked in the fashion departments of magazines like Glamour, Women’s Health and Teen Vogue. After spending five years in New York, she is currently bringing a little bit of sparkle to the South Florida area where she resides with her family. </em></p>Boca After Dark: The Funky Buddha Lounge &amp; Brewery2014-11-13T12:37:38+00:00Annie Pizzutelli/blog/author/annie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/13/boca-after-dark-the-funky-buddha-lounge-brewery/<p><strong>Address: </strong>2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton // 561/368-4643</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/funkybuddha.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Via Funky Buddha website</em></p> <p><strong>The lowdown:</strong> From the outside, The Funky Buddha Lounge &amp; Brewery in Boca Raton doesn’t look like much. It’s located off of Federal Highway in the middle of a quiet, outdated-looking shopping center that you’re likely to drive right past. Once you’re though the doors, you’ll realize you just stumbled across a hidden gem.</p> <p>Inside, the vibe is dark and moody. A slightly musky scent of fruit-flavored hookahs permeates the air, and abstract art, painted by local artists, covers the walls. The lounge area is separated from the densely packed bar and offers a more relaxing atmosphere. Big, comfortable couches make it the perfect spot to unwind after a long day. Head to the other side if you’re looking for a rowdier time. On a slower night, you might get a spot at one of the tables or high tops, but on the weekends this area is standing room only.</p> <p>The bar keeps more than 100 beers in stock and features 22 varieties on tap. Usually about half of these are reserved for their homebrews. The other guest selections are from microbreweries and other small-batch tap houses. Big names like Budweiser and Heineken won’t be found here.</p> <p>Since the Funky Buddha’s larger Oakland Park brewery opened last year, the Boca Raton location has served more as an experimental test kitchen. It’s here that the brewery’s signature culinary-inspired concoctions like the popular “No Crusts” peanut butter and jelly beer and the new “Rice Crispy Treat Ale” are crafted. New creations are released every Thursday.</p> <p>Funky Buddha has a small menu of pizza, sandwiches and tapas-style selections available if your “Maple Bacon Porter” leaves you craving real food. Although the pizza tends to taste frozen and microwaved, the hummus is a surprising delight that is available in red pepper, olive and original varieties.</p> <p>The stage at Funky Buddha is becoming a breeding ground for local talent. Every Monday night, up to 35 artists jam out at the all-music open mic. On Wednesday nights, poets, comedians and spoken-word artists are welcomed to the stage. Cover is $3, and all proceeds go to Boca Helping Hands.</p> <p>Fans of live music will want to check out Funky Buddah during the weekend. The bar hosts a variety of local and national touring bands playing indie, folk, jam-band and alternative music styles. Anyone looking for another Journey cover band should go somewhere else. The venue only books original artists.  Some of the bigger recent names include The Politix and Public Sounds.</p> <p><strong>The intangibles:</strong> Every Monday from 5 to 7 p.m., Funky Buddha offers $2 off homebrews as well as discounted prices on pizza and hookahs. If you can’t make it during happy hour, $10 hookahs are also available Monday and Tuesday nights.</p> <p>On the third Sunday of every month, Funky Buddah holds homebrew classes for anyone inspired to draft up their own concoction. For just $20, brewmaster Kevin Squirel teaches brewing classes, and he will even customize special creations for larger parties that book  in advance. Attendees get two beers during the class and are given a voucher for another two on a future visit.</p> <p>For the true beer connoisseurs, Funky Buddha offers the Snifter Club membership. For a $25 annual fee, a “Lager Member” will get a personalized snifter that is kept on display at the bar, as well as an extra 2 ounces of beer on home drafts and an extended hour of happy-hour specials. A VIP “Imperial” membership is also available for $40 a year. These most loyal customers get all the benefits of being a traditional member plus access to limited-edition tappings and other exclusive events.</p> <p><strong>Hours:</strong> 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week</p> <p><strong>Website:</strong> <a href="http://thefunkybuddha.com" target="_blank">thefunkybuddha.com</a></p>Last call, trash talk &amp; things are looking up2014-11-13T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/13/last-call-trash-talk-things-are-looking-up/<h3><img alt="" height="253" src="/site_media/uploads/cocktail.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Last call</h3> <p>With regard to the idea of extending drinking hours in Boca Raton, it was at least one too many—and maybe more than one too many.</p> <p>At Monday’s workshop, the city council discussed a proposed ordinance that would have allowed the sale of alcohol an additional two hours, until 4 a.m., from Thursday until Saturday. What had begun, though, as an extension just for Jazziz in Mizner Park had broadened to an ordinance that could have allowed as many as 17 downtown venues to serve booze longer.</p> <p>One problem was trying to confine the change just to Jazziz. The proposal presented to the council would have allowed the later last call based on four conditions: location within the Community Redevelopment Agency boundaries, which basically means downtown; a valid license to serve alcohol; a stage that offers live music; and sufficient distance from residences. To Constance Scott, who most strongly supported examination of the issue, the city risked “unintended consequences” by potentially including so many more locations. The city would have allowed the longer hours only for six months, and then evaluated before deciding whether to continue.</p> <p>Actually, you already can buy alcohol until 5 a.m. at two locations in Boca Raton: Blue Martini and Nipper’s, in Town Center Mall. The mall originally was in the unincorporated county, which allows later hours. When Boca Raton annexed the mall in 2003, the later hours remained.  And now, as council members acknowledged, Blue Martini and Nipper’s are used as examples of why the city should not extend the hours elsewhere. The police department cited the number of calls after 2 a.m.</p> <p>Public comment was decidedly hostile. Some speakers made valid points: What about the effect on college students in a city with two universities? If the city allowed the six-month experiment and then stopped, would lawyers for the venues sue? Other speakers made invalid points. One man related the story of gangsters who held up an illegal betting joint in New Jersey 50 years ago and killed two police officers. Nothing about the venues in this case would be illegal. A woman imagined college students robbing houses to get money for booze. That’s not the sort of call police get.</p> <p>City Manager Leif Ahnell and Police Chief Dan Alexander brought some substance to the discussion. Ahnell recalled the crazy days of Club Boca, at Palmetto Park and Powerline roads. Law enforcement basically could have set up a substation outside the club. Alexander correctly noted that city-by-city comparisons are tough to draw. Among other things, cities around Boca don’t have later hours. But he returned to the example of Blue Martini and how bars and clubs draw more problems with every hour after midnight.</p> <p>As the owner of Jazziz noted, though, Jazziz is not a bar or a restaurant, even though Jazziz has both. Michael Fagien stated that he wanted to “bring a world-class venue” for music that brings big names “every night.” The patrons tend to be older, in search of music not a buzz. Fagien said his patrons come after dining elsewhere in Mizner Park. Jazziz does not advertise itself the way Nipper’s does: “Alive ‘til Five.” Fagien hinted that without the longer hours, he might look for a new location.</p> <p>Councilman Michael Mullaugh said that, given the nature of Jazziz, a six-month trial just at the club “likely could work out nicely.” But then what? Could the city keep the longer hours just for one place? Mayor Susan Haynie pointed out that the city several years ago considered longer hours for one location before declining.</p> <p>It’s a tough issue. All the council members took pains to praise Jazziz before saying no. None echoed the sentiment of a resident who wondered if the request showed that Jazziz has a “failed business plan.” From a citywide perspective, the council made the right decision. Let’s hope that it doesn’t mean the last call for Jazziz.</p> <h3>Vote$ Count in Delray</h3> <p>Lower trash collection rates almost certainly are coming for Delray Beach residents. If that happens, it will show how, despite their low turnout, municipal elections can matter so much.</p> <p>On Friday, the city posted bids from five companies seeking Delray Beach’s business. Accepting the lowest bid, from Southern Waste Systems, would mean a reduction of almost 25 percent. Even the second-lowest bid, from Waste Management—the current hauler—would mean a decrease of about 18 percent.</p> <p>Of course, Delray Beach could have had these savings years ago. But this represents the first competitive bidding for the trash contract—the city’s largest—in 13 years. In August 2012, the city commission gave Waste Management a $65-million, eight-year extension without seeking bids. Then-City Attorney Brian Shutt told the commission that because the money went from residents to the company in fees, not taxes, Delray Beach’s rule to bid contracts of more than $15,000 did not apply.</p> <p>Shutt was wrong, as the Officer of Inspector General said. But former Mayor Nelson McDuffie, former Commissioner Angeleta Gray and current Commissioner Adam Frankel bought the bogus legal advice.</p> <p>Fortunately, the election of March 2013 brought in Cary Glickstein as mayor and Shelly Petrolia to a commission seat. They pushed for a review of the contract extension. The city got an outside legal opinion that the city had broken its own rules. So the city went to court, and last March prevailed.</p> <p>Interim City Manager Terry Stewart now will form a selection committee to review the bids and recommend a winner. Cost will be a major factor but not the only factor. The city’s proposal covered such areas as safety and a company’s financial condition.</p> <p>The commission passed over Stewart for the permanent job, so his parting gift to the city must be a committee with no bias toward any company that might provoke a bid protest. Waste Management continues to provide trash collection through an agreement that lasts until May or until the city signs a new long-term deal.</p> <p>McDuffie said Waste Management deserved that 2012 extension because the company had been so good to the city. Since Waste Management’s new bid is markedly lower, McDuffie looks worse than he did two years ago.</p> <p>Also looking bad is Frankel, who not only approved the no-bid extension but also opposed challenging the extension. Glickstein and Petrolia are back on the ballot in March. They soon may have all the platform they need.</p> <h3>Happy days are here again…</h3> <p>Wells Fargo’s latest report on the Florida economy, which the company issued last week, was very encouraging, especially for the Boca-Delray area.</p> <p>Though unemployment is slightly above the national average, gross domestic product in the state is growing faster than it is nationwide. Three sectors doing especially well are tourism, construction and financial services. All matter a lot in this area. Before the recession, Palm Beach County had a higher percentage of employees tied to real estate and construction than Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Even manufacturing, which most people don’t immediately associate with Florida, has increased for 16 of the last 17 months.</p> <p>Having said all that, Wells Fargo calculates that Florida remains 226,100 jobs under the pre-recession peak. Construction alone is nearly 300,000 jobs short of that 2006 high. And since that came during a bubble—too many houses being built as investments, not residences—we still need a more diversified economy. Bring on more of the high-tech firms clustered in Boca.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at randy@bocamag.com</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>Movie Review: &quot;Rosewater&quot;2014-11-12T14:33:01+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/12/movie-review-rosewater/<p>You may recall that in 2009, <em>Newsweek</em> reporter and Iranian native Maziar Bahari was incarcerated by the Iranian government for more than 115 days—in solitary confinement, no less—under false allegations that he was a spy for Western interests. Bahari’s plight made international headlines, with efforts from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, among others, leading to his belated release. Bahari’s ordeal is worth remembering, because in a time when anybody’s phone can become a recording device, Bahari could be you or me.</p> <p>Jon Stewart certainly didn’t forget about Bahari; in fact, “The Daily Show” played a bizarre role in the journalist’s capture. When under interrogation, Bahari was accused of espionage thanks, in part, to a summer 2009 appearance on Stewart’s program in which correspondent Jason Jones joked with him about espionage.</p> <p><img alt="" height="294" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/rosewater620372.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>At any rate, Bahari’s story, which he turned into a best-seller, has been adapted into Stewart’s debut feature as a writer-director—the result of those 12 weeks last year when Stewart vacated his anchor desk. Titled “Rosewater,” the film is moving at times and properly infuriating at others, but it can also be facile and portentous, the work of a TV funnyman trying his darndest to be sincere and important when he’s still best at taking scathing potshots at authority figures.</p> <p>Some of the best scenes in “Rosewater” are the early ones. Early one morning in July 2009, Bahari (Gael Garcia Bernal) is wrenched from his slumber by uncouth government men in suits. They raid his cosmopolitan DVD collection; they label his copy of the Italian art film “Teorema” and his Sopranos box sets as “pornography.” They question his music collection, which includes an LP by the “Jew,” Leonard Cohen. He’s thrown into the back of a car, where he won’t see the light of day for four months.</p> <p>Then, Stewart flashes back to 11 days earlier, with Bahari leaving his newly pregnant wife for a well-paying assignment covering the Iranian elections of 2009 (remember Ahmadinejad’s “landslide victory”?) The more he interviews young people taking to the streets to protest the election results, the more he becomes swept up in the Green Revolution. He is soon thrust from observer to participant, shooting video of Iranian military raining gunfire down on protestors, which likely led to his imprisonment.</p> <p>This conflation of journalist and activist is the most complex idea in “Rosewater,” but once Bahari winds up in Evin Prison, the film becomes so straightforward it practically flatlines into a message movie of surface-skimming simplicity. Stewart lacks either the skill or the inclination (or both) to present Bahari’s time in jail as the hellish nightmare it was. There are too many diversions into the outside world, too many ill-fated jokes and awkward musical intrusions, too many stagy and pretentious hallucinations (mostly from Bahari’s father, who was imprisoned in the ‘50s for supporting Communism).</p> <p><img alt="" height="257" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/rosewater-2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>As a result, Bahari’s plight never feels uncomfortable or disturbing like it should; it’s a far cry from Steve McQueen’s “Hunger” or Robert Bresson’s “A Man Escaped,” prison studies which felt like torture—in a good way. In a real way. Stewart’s film is shot like a television movie, safe and handsome, pushing few buttons and leaving little incentive for a second viewing. It goes through the motions, re-iterating what the news junkies among us already knew, petering toward an anticlimax.</p> <p>This is not to say Stewart should have fabricated hunger strikes and brutal prisoner abuse that Bahari didn’t encounter. But it is to say that perhaps Bahari’s story is still best told in his own words, where filmic structure means naught, where us readers can act as our own cinematographers and editors—and where four torturous months can feel, unforgettably, like four torturous months.</p> <p><em>"Rosewater" opens Friday, Nov. 14 in South Florida; theaters include Cinemark Palace and Regal Shadowood in Boca Raton, Cinemark Boynton Beach, Carmike Parisian in West Palm Beach and the Classic Gateway Theater in Fort Lauderdale.</em></p>Black Friday Hours 20142014-11-12T09:30:46+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/12/black-friday-hours-2014/<p>Wondering what time South Florida malls are opening for Black Friday this year? Here’s a list of Palm Beach and Broward County retailers. We’ll be adding more as malls continue to announce their hours, so check back for more details!</p> <p><a href="http://www.simon.com/mall/sawgrass-mills" target="_blank">Sawgrass Mills Mall</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/image003.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>12801 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise</em></p> <p>Stores will open at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and stay open until 9:30 p.m. Black Friday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.palmbeachoutlets.com">Palm Beach Outlets</a></p> <p><em>1801 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach</em></p> <p>All stores will open at midnight Friday, with the following stores opening on Thursday:</p> <p>8 p.m. – New York &amp; Co., Ulta, Express and Wilson’s Leather</p> <p>10 p.m. – Asics, Under Armour, Gap and Rawlings</p> <p>11 p.m. – Greg Norman and Haggar</p> <p><a href="http://www.thegardensmall.com/">The Gardens Mall</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/thegardensmall.png" width="490"></p> <p>Photo courtesy of The Gardens Mall</p> <p><em>3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens</em></p> <p>All stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. Macy’s will be open at 6 a.m. and Sears will also be opening earlier, though no time has been announced.</p> <p><a href="http://www.simon.com/mall/town-center-at-boca-raton" target="_blank">Town Center at Boca Raton</a></p> <p><em>6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton</em></p> <p>The mall will have two shopping time frames between Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday: 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day to 1 a.m. on Friday, and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.simon.com/mall/coral-square" target="_blank">Coral Square Mall</a></p> <p><em>9469 W. Atlantic Blvd., Coral Springs</em></p> <p>The mall will be open from 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day to 10 p.m. on Black Friday.</p>Assisted Stretching Comes to Boca, Delray2014-11-12T09:06:03+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/12/assisted-stretching-comes-to-boca-delray/<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Got some kinks, tightness, aches and pains? Maybe what you need is a good stretch.</p> <p>The Stretch Zone Method is now available at Barre++ (<em>5821 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</em>) and Larit Chiropractic (<em>3185 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach</em>).</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/stretchzone.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The Stretch Zone Method uses what’s referred to as “assisted stretching.” Depending on a variety of different factors and circumstances, the stretching could be active or passive. Those factors include whether it’s done before or after an athletic activity, if the person has a neuromuscular condition and so on.</p> <p>“The Stretch Zone Method is not a one-size-fits-all methodology,” Stretch Zone, Inc. CEO and founder Jorden Gold says in an email interview. “The only thing that Stretch Zone is dogmatic about is the proper positioning, stabilization, isolation and stretching the muscles in the correct order and doing so with some regards to the stretch reflex.”</p> <p>The benefits of the method include:</p> <ul> <li>Correcting compensational shifts and muscle imbalances             </li> <li>Increasing and maintaining range of motion</li> <li>Enhancing physical and athletic skills</li> <li>Improving sleeping patterns</li> <li>Increasing muscle relaxation</li> <li>Relieving stiffness and soreness</li> <li>Feeling lighter and younger</li> <li>Reducing stress</li> </ul> <p>The Stretch Zone Method was developed based on a series of neuromuscular behavior principles, including Wolff’s and Sherington’s Laws, the stretch reflex and reciprocal inhibition.</p> <p>“We are thinking about stretching all wrong,” Gold says. “Many assume that the static reach-and-hold method is just what our muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons need to permanently improve elasticity and increase muscle length. Yet the latest research indicates that this is far from the best approach to achieve full range of motion and active mobility.”</p> <p>Studies show that flexibility lasts only 15 minutes after stretching. While the muscles do stretch out during activity, that effect is only temporary: the muscles move back toward its original length when the stretch is released.</p> <p>But the Stretch Zone works differently. Instead of pushing limbs to its limits and incurring soreness, the method works on increasing flexibility beyond those 15 minutes.</p> <p>“The method rests on the notion that manipulating our muscles’ nervous energy is a major key to unlocking our body’s functional flexibility,” Gold says.</p> <p>That nervous energy is known as the stretch reflex. It’s the body’s automatic response to overstretching. When it senses that your movements are going too far or held for too long, your body resists the stretch and instead ends up straining.</p> <p>“When your body is stabilized correctly, it doesn’t have fear,” he says. “It can relax and allow the full stretch to occur.”</p> <p>The Stretch Zone practitioners are all certified through a certification program, and most of them have started off as massage therapists, sports physiologists, personal trainers, physical therapists or chiropractors. They are also encouraged to take continuing education courses every two years.</p> <p>“The great benefit of practitioner assisted stretching is the ability to control and alter the timing of and even overcome the stretch reflex,” he says.</p> <p>A stretch session costs $50 for 30 minutes and $90 for 55 minutes. There are also packages available.</p> <p>There are currently 30 locations that offer the method across South Florida, but watch out for more locations opening up throughout Boca Raton and Delray Beach. For more information, go to: stretchzonepb.com.</p> <p><em>In other news…</em></p> <p><strong>November Proclaimed Curing Stomach Cancer Month in Broward</strong></p> <p>Awareness about a little-known cancer just got a boost. Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief issued a proclamation declaring November as Curing Stomach Cancer Month in Broward County.</p> <p>More than 22,000 Americans are diagnosed with stomach cancer each year, and almost one million are diagnosed worldwide. Here’s a startling statistic: Stomach cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men and fourth in women worldwide. Still, stomach cancer gets the least amount of federal funding of any cancer, according to a press release from Debbie’s Dream Foundation And there is not screening in the U.S. for the disease, so 80 percent of stomach cancer patients are diagnosed at late, incurable stages. </p> <p>In recognition of November’s designation as Curing Stomach Cancer Month, Debbie’s Dream Foundation is holding events throughout the month, including an international Stomach Cancer Jeans Day.  For more about Debbie’s Dream Foundation and Curing Stomach Cancer Month, and for the most current upcoming events, visit the <a href="http://www.debbiesdream.org/portal/curing-stomach-cancer-month">website</a> or call 954/475-1200. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><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="http://www.wordscomealive.com/" target="_blank">wordscomealive.com</a>.</p>Clay Conley to Debut Two Eateries2014-11-11T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/11/clay-conley-to-debut-two-eateries/<p>In the almost three years since it opened in Palm Beach, Clay Conley has built Buccan into one of South Florida’s best and most intriguing restaurants.</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/conley_(427x640).jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Now the former Miami chef is lengthening his reach, looking to debut a to-go only sandwich shop in the next couple of weeks, plus a casual but inventive Italian restaurant in March or April of next year.</p> <p>The still-unnamed sammie joint will go into the space next door to Buccan. (Don’t worry, Imoto fans. Conley’s smart little Asian-fusion-sushi eatery is on the other side and isn’t going anywhere.) It will be counter service only, with a roster of cold and pressed sandwiches on house-made bread, everything from grilled eggplant with roasted portobello mushroom, red pepper, herbed goat cheese and almond romesco to pesto grilled chicken with fontina, tomatoes, roasted red onion, rosemary aioli and greens.</p> <p>Conley’s Italian eatery, which also has yet to receive a name, will go into West Palm’s Flamingo Park neighborhood. Think casual, comfortable and affordable, designed to appeal to both foodies and families. The menu will feature a variety of house-made pastas, artisan thin-crust pizzas, composed salads and sizeable rotisserie. Maybe even a kids’ menu too. More details will be coming about both of these restaurants so stay tuned. . .</p>Delray&#39;s new city manager and more2014-11-11T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/11/delrays-new-city-manager-and-its-mia-commishes-plus-sign-language/<h3><img alt="" height="279" src="/site_media/uploads/cooper.jpg" width="181"></h3> <h3>Cooper wins it</h3> <p>There were two big stories last week in Delray Beach from the search for a city manager. One was the city commission’s choice to be Delray’s CEO. The other? We’ll get to that in a minute.</p> <p>From five finalists, the commission unanimously chose Don Cooper, going with experience over potential. Cooper ran Port St. Lucie for nearly 20 years and was manager of two small cities in Colorado before that. He has more experience than even Terry Stewart, who has been Delray’s interim city manager since June. Neither Assistant Broward County Administrator Roberto Hernandez nor Assistant Boca Raton City Manager Mike Woika has had a top job, however qualified they might be. The lone out-of-state candidate, Andrea McCue, had no Florida experience.</p> <p>Not giving Stewart the job permanently will mean a delay as Cooper familiarizes himself with the staff and the city. But the budget was finished in September, the city attorney’s office is handling pension negotiations, and any outsider would have needed some orientation time. Cooper estimates that he will need about six months.</p> <p>In his letter to the city’s headhunting firm, Cooper was less specific than other finalists about his assessment of Delray Beach. He said, “The challenges in Delray Beach are exciting and daunting but one (sic) I feel prepared for and look forward to having the opportunity to address.” At 63, Cooper also seems to acknowledge that he would like to make this his last stop, calling the job “an outstanding career topper, in a community that will lead the way.” He also refers to being able to “finish my public service career in an outstanding community.”</p> <p>Of his approach to management, Cooper wrote that his staff in Port St. Lucie, if asked, “would say I was demanding, supportive, and fair. I feel it is extremely important to create an environment where the staff and the policymakers are challenged and achieve the goals they set for themselves. That they constantly strive to be better and make their community and the organization better. My team members would say I’m protective, blunt, politically aware but not political and maybe push too hard to achieve the goals of the organization.”</p> <p>It does remain for Delray Beach to work out a contract with Cooper. He noted that he made $161,000 in Port St. Lucie, though that was four years ago. The target salary for the Delray Beach job is $165,000. Cooper currently works in Port St. Lucie for the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies as chief financial officer.</p> <h3>Where is the world is Al?</h3> <p>That other big news about Cooper’s selection was that just three of Delray Beach’s five commissioners made the selection. Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet weren’t there on Thursday for the candidate interviews or on Friday for the special meeting and vote. Mayor Cary Glickstein and Commissioners Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia formed that unanimous majority.</p> <p>Choosing a manager is the most important decision any city commissioner or city council member makes. Nothing else comes close. Going back three decades, I can’t remember a single elected official in any of Palm Beach County’s larger cities missing such a vote, let alone two commissioners missing it.</p> <p>Frankel says he had planned to attend the interviews and the meeting, but that they were rescheduled for when he had planned a trip that he called “not a social occasion.” He forwarded me an Oct. 15 email to the city’s human resources director saying that Glickstein had asked that the interview and meeting be delayed one week.</p> <p>In an email, Frankel said the change came “without checking the availability of the commission members, or at the least I was never asked.” Glickstein said city staff members were working the schedule around several conflicts, and that he did not know that Frankel’s would take him away for the whole week. Frankel did interview the finalists last Monday. His rankings couldn’t count because he wouldn’t be at the Friday meeting.</p> <p>The other commissioners, though, at least knew that Frankel would be absent. When Jacquet didn’t show for the interviews Thursday or the Friday meeting, the other commissioners were surprised.</p> <p>I reached Jacquet by phone Monday, and he tried to offer an explanation, but it wasn’t a very good one. “I had to take care of some other things,” he said. What sort of “other things?” I asked. “That is not anyone’s business,” Jacquet responded. When I asked him again to be specific, he said, “That’s low.”</p> <p>Jacquet added that there are “hundreds of commission meetings”—actually, there are about two dozen regular meetings a year—and that all commissioners miss a couple here and there. When I tried to question him further, Jacquet hung up.</p> <p>Jacquet is a lawyer, and he said couldn’t talk longer because he was busy in court. That was a strange answer, since the courts were closed Monday in observance of Veterans Day. Also, Glickstein owns a development company, Jarjura is a lawyer for a firm in Fort Lauderdale and Petrolia is a Realtor. All of them must mix work time and commission time.</p> <p>Jacquet narrowly won reelection last March, by fewer than 300 votes over Chris Davey. Jacquet likely got that margin because of third-party mailers to Democratic precincts from a Tallahassee group that falsely linked Davey to Gov. Scott.</p> <p>Delray residents hardly have gotten their money’s worth from Jacquet since then. First, he voted to modify Delray Beach’s loan to the developers of the Auburn Trace housing project—a change that the chief financial officer said would harm the city. Pushing for the loan modification was former State Rep. Mack Bernard, a Jacquet political ally. At the next meeting, the commission—with Jacquet absent—rescinded the decision.</p> <p>Then Jacquet, with Frankel, refused to fire former City Manager Louie Chapman for cause, after Chapman had misled the commission—his bosses. Now Jacquet has gone AWOL on choosing a manager, even though Jacquet showed up when the commission hired Chapman in December 2012. If he won’t take the job seriously, maybe Jacquet should consider resigning.</p> <h3>Money talks</h3> <p>Well before Election Day, many voters were fed up with all the negative TV commercials in the governor’s race. And just how many ads were on the air?</p> <p>I have heard that in the final days, helped by about $12 million of his own money, Gov. Scott was running 12,000 ads per week in Florida, a media buy larger than in the presidential races of 2008 and 2012.</p> <h3>Signs of the time</h3> <p>Another thing South Floridians hate about elections is all the campaign signs, many of which are still up days after the election. At Wednesday’s meeting, the Boca Raton City Council will discuss an ordinance to ride the city of some of that campaign clutter.</p> <p>Unlike some cities, Boca Raton allows campaign signs along its right-of-ways. (The state and county don’t.) The proposed ordinance would allow placement of such signs only within 100 feet and 200 feet of a polling place on Election Day and near an early voting site during the early voting period. The only early voting site this year was the old downtown library. The signs would have to be removed no later than three days after the election, rather than the current seven days.</p> <p>The Boca Raton City Council can’t do anything about congressional gridlock on taxes and immigration reform, but there likely is bipartisan agreement to combat what the ordinance calls this election “blight.”</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at randy@bocamag.com</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: Nov. 11 to 172014-11-10T19:32:01+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/10/the-week-ahead-nov-11-to-17/<p>TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="398" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/john-oates-american-songwriter-coffee-house-tour.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: John Oates</strong></p> <p>Where: Jazziz Nightlife, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $60-$150 ($200 for meet-and-greet on Tuesday only)</p> <p>Contact: 561/300-0730, <a href="http://www.jazziznightlife.com" target="_blank">jazziznightlife.com</a></p> <p>Hall &amp; Oates are still together after more than 40 years of recording and touring—a fact that suggests this world might not be falling apart at the seams. The duo, which only this year was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has sold more records than any duo in rock history, boasting 34 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and gaining new audiences every year. But bassist John Oates is also an accomplished solo artist, with five albums to his credit. At these unusually intimate Jazziz concerts, he’ll play a number of songs from them, though expect the set to draw most heavily from the Hall &amp; Oates corpus, including hits like “Maneater,” “When the Morning Comes” and “Las Vegas Turnaround.”</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/drury.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Bryan Drury: Terrestrial Visions”</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</p> <p>Contact: 561/392-2500, <a href="http://www.bocamuseum.org" target="_blank">bocamuseum.org</a></p> <p>Last weekend, the Boca Raton Museum of Art opened a handful of fall exhibitions, the most enticing of which appears to be this showcase by oil painter Bryan Drury. “Terrestrial Visions” is, indeed, a collection of portrait paintings, but you’ll be forgiven if you think you’re looking at high-definition photographs. Drury, a Cum Laude graduate of the New York Academy of Art, has developed a signature style of hyperrealism that, when applied to subjects’ faces, exposes every wrinkle, every acne scar, every bit of Botox and plastic surgery, as if placing them under an unforgiving microscope. This series focuses on rich industrialists and society figures, so there’s an element of class politics underneath the uncomfortably intimate surfaces, as well as a fundamental contrast between his subjects’ tactile physicality and their metaphysical souls. According to <em>The New York Times</em>, which reviewed Drury’s work in 2012, “the closer you look, the weirder [the portraits] seem.” The exhibition runs through Jan. 11.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/deepak.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Deepak Chopra</strong></p> <p>Where: Congregation B’Nai Israel, 2200 Yamato Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $36-$150</p> <p>Contact: 561/241-8118, <a href="http://www.cbiboca.org" target="_blank">cbiboca.org</a></p> <p>If America were to appoint a national Multifaith Ambassador of Spirituality, Deepak Chopra would certainly be at the top of the shortlist. Born in India, raised in the world of traditional medicine, and eventually shown a different path via a yogi’s introduction to ayurvedic medicine, Chopra has become one of the world’s most outspoken voices in the fields of alternative healing and metaphysics. He’s also a telegenic pundit, able to wax beautifully on shows hosted by Oprah and Piers Morgan alike, on topics ranging from quantum theory and the God question to yoga, meditation, and the tragic life of his friend, Michael Jackson. So he’s a perfect fit for Congregation B’Nai Israel’s interfaith speaker series “CBI Talks,” in which he will discuss his new book, <em>The Future of God: A Practical Approach to Spirituality for Our Times</em>. Look for a recap of this event later this week at bocamag.com.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/rodney-king.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Rodney King”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward College South Campus, 7200 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15</p> <p>Contact: 954/201-8243, <a href="http://www.bsoca.org" target="_blank">bsoca.org</a></p> <p>What do Frederick Douglass, Bob Marley and Huey P. Newton have in common? As well as being vital figures in black history, they’ve also been portrayed and/or explored in riveting one-man shows by actor and playwright Roger Guenveur Smith. This versatile talent, whose film credits include such indelible Spike Lee “joints” as “Do the Right Thing,” “Malcolm X” and “Get on the Bus,” has managed to plumb the stories behind the stories of these notable African-Americans, and the same holds true for his latest subject: Rodney King, the unwitting martyr of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, whose victimization at the clubs of police officers became a defining <em>cause celebre</em>. According to Smith, King was “the first reality TV star,” and his performances will bring out the context and the complexity of both the man and his historical moment.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/sophie_on_hollywd_bch_fl-pix-1_cr.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker” screening and Q&amp;A</strong></p> <p>Where: Movies of Delray, 7421 Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 1:15 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $6</p> <p>Contact: 561/638-0020, <a href="http://www.moviesofdelray.com" target="_blank">moviesofdelray.com</a></p> <p>This documentary explores the life and career of Sophie Tucker, the early 20<sup>th</sup> century jazz singer who forged her own comically risqué path across mediums ranging from vaudeville and Broadway to radio and television, influencing everyone from Mae West and Bette Midler to Roseanne Barr and Mama Cass. Director William Gazecki charts the early days of this bawdy, Flapper-era entertainer, who befriended figures as varied as Ronald Reagan and Joe DiMaggio while striving to make a living during Prohibition. In the process, we’re treated to amusing anecdotes (J. Edgar Hoover wanted to wear one of her dresses, naturally) and statements from interviewees such as Tony Bennett and Barbara Walters that properly canonize her in entertainment history. Last weekend, the movie premiered in South Florida—we got first dibs, even before New York and Los Angeles—and this week, producers Susan and Lloyd Ecker have stopped by for Q&amp;As at select theaters, at no additional cost. They will also be attending the 1 and 4 p.m. screenings on Nov. 16 at Movies of Lake Worth, 7380 Lake Worth Road.</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/chitarivera.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Chita Rivera</strong></p> <p>Where: Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $75-$500</p> <p>Contact: 561/575-2223, <a href="http://www.jupitertheatre.org" target="_blank">jupitertheatre.org</a></p> <p>This two-time Tony winner made history in 2002, when she became the first Hispanic woman and the first Latino American to receive a Kennedy Center Honors award. Seven years later, she accepted a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama. This capstone recognized more than six decades of work from this Broadway powerhouse, a triple-threat actress-dancer-singer who helped create such iconic parts as Anita, from “West Side Story,” and Velma Kelly, in the original cast of “Chicago.” In this rare cabaret appearance, Rivera will sing tunes from these shows as well as others from her extensive musical-theatre oeuvre, which includes “The Rink,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman” and “Pippin.” She’ll be backed by an 11-piece orchestra in an event that also serves as a fall fundraiser for Maltz Jupiter Theatre.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="280" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/genie-milgrom.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Genie Milgrom</strong></p> <p>Where: FAU’s Wimberly Library, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $12-$20</p> <p>Contact: 561/297-3921</p> <p>Genie Milgrom has admitted being “obsessed” with her genealogy, and she has good reason to be. The 58-year-old president of a Miami-based export company was raised as a Cuban Catholic but already converted to Judaism when she discovered a box containing Jewish iconography that was bequeathed to her by her maternal grandmother. After shaking some family trees, she realized that her ancestors had Jewish roots stretching some 15 generations, many qualifying as “Crypto Jews”—meaning they masqueraded as Catholics to avoid persecution during the Spanish Inquisition. She turned her quest for identity into two self-published books, the page-turning, thriller-style <em>My 15 Grandmothers </em>and its helpful follow-up, <em>How I Found My 15 Grandmothers: A Step By Step Guide</em>. She hopes to inspire others to discover the secrets of their own cultural and religious past through lectures like this one, at FAU, titled “From the Spanish Inquisition to the Present: A Search for My Jewish Roots.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="303" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/ira-glass.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Miami Book Fair International</strong></p> <p>Where: Gusman Center, 174 E. Flagler Street, and Miami-Dade College, 300 N.E. Second Ave.</p> <p>When: 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30-$50</p> <p>Contact: 305/237-3258, <a href="http://www.miamibookfair.com" target="_blank">miamibookfair.com</a></p> <p>Keeping the printed word off the endangered species list for another year, the Miami Book Fair attracts hundreds of local, national and far-flung authors to Miami-Dade College for discussions, signings, lectures and the popular street fair, which offers new, rare and bargain books. Confirmed guests for this year’s event, which runs through Nov. 23, should inject plenty of laughs, reflections and controversy, including Monty Python co-founder John Cleese, supporting his memoir <em>So Anyway </em>(7 p.m. Nov. 23); atheist polemicist Richard Dawkins, discussing his own memoir, <em>An Appetite for Wonder </em>(6:30 p.m. Nov. 22); cult filmmaker John Waters, discussing his <em>Hitchhiking Across America</em> (4 p.m. Nov. 22); and the bioethicist-turned-author Alexander McCall Smith, who will discuss his latest series mystery, <em>The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Café </em>(7:30 p.m. Nov. 16). At tonight’s grand opening, radio host Ira Glass and dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass will perform an eccentric mix of hoofing and storytelling, including radio interviews restaged as dance pieces.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="180" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/beatles-50-miami-690x310.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The Beatles’ U.S. Invasion: 50<sup>th</sup> Anniversary</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $31.50-$119</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="http://www.arshtcenter.org" target="_blank">arshtcenter.org</a></p> <p>The major half-century anniversaries recognized over the past couple of years have been largely depressing: the assassinations of JFK, RFK and MLK. But it’s also been 50 years since the Beatles landed on the “Ed Sullivan Show” and ushered in rock music as we know it. In this unique program, the Miami Symphony Orchestra will honor the milestone with an evening of Beatles tunes from a classical perspective. Composer Sam Hyken’s 2011 piece “The Beatles Guide to the Orchestra” is a playful homage to Benjamin Britten’s “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra,” in which individual Beatles tunes introduce various instruments; i.e., “When I’m 64” becomes a tuba showcase. Next, you’ll hear compositions from “Beatles Go Baroque,” an acclaimed album by the Peter Breiner Chamber Orchestra that interprets songs like “Lady Madonna,” “Paperback Writer” and “Yellow Submarine” in the styles of Handel, Vivaldi and Bach, respectively. The program closes with the world premiere of conductor Eduardo Marturet’s “With A Little Help From My Friends,” a collaboration with the New Birth Baptist Church Choir.</p>Farmhouse Kitchen Now Open2014-11-10T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/10/farmhouse-kitchen-opens-today/<p>Gary Rack’s latest venture—a farm-to-table restaurant focusing on good-and-good-for-you cooking—is now open in Boca’s Royal Palm Place.</p> <p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/farmhousekitchen.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>(From Farmhouse Kitchen Facebook)</em></p> <p><a href="http://farmhousekitchenboca.com/" target="_blank">Farmhouse Kitchen</a> (<em>399 S.E. Mizner Blvd., 561/826-2625</em>) goes into the space once home to Rack’s first local eatery, Table 42, and comes on the heels of the smashing success of another farm-to-table, good-and-good-for-you Boca restaurant, Farmer’s Table.</p> <p>The menu, from Rack’s exec chef Matthew Danaher, features seasonal ingredients prepared with minimal butter, cream and fats, yet flavorful enough to keep customers from feeling like they’re sacrificing dining pleasure on the altar of good health. What that means in your mouth are dishes like spicy Buffalo cauliflower, grilled octopus, nut and seed-crusted chicken and braised beef short rib.</p> <p>The space itself gets a homey, home-style makeover, with honeycomb-style light fixtures, a wall of house-canned products in mason jars and booths sporting fabrics in soothing blue and green tones.</p>Fashion Forward: Holiday Collection Previews and More2014-11-07T18:40:56+00:00Annie Pizzutelli/blog/author/annie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/07/fashion-forward-holiday-collection-previews-and-more/<p><strong><img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/pink.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Pink Nation Holiday Ultimate Shopping Night:</strong></p> <p>Be the first to shop Victoria Secret’s latest PINK collection at this after-hours party. Swing by the Boca Raton at Town Center store from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9 for special giveaways and a live DJ. The retailer will be offering 25 percent off any purchase of $75 dollars or more and triple points on VIP and Forever Angel Card purchases.</p> <p><strong>Robert Graham Shopping Event:</strong></p> <p>Sit back with a scotch and a cigar as you browse the newest arrivals at this menswear fashion house on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 12 to 6 p.m. The store will be previewing their spring 2015 footwear styles and offering tastings of Macallan Scotch and hand-filled cannolis. Receive a free cigar with any purchase of $100 or more and a special gift if you spend $250.  <em>Robert Graham is located at Town Center at Boca Raton</em></p> <p><strong>CUSP Fashion Director Personal Appearance</strong></p> <p>Looking for a new fall style inspiration? Meet the Neiman Marcus CUSP Fashion Director Caroline Maguire as she helps take your wardrobe from summertime sadness to fall fresh.  On Nov. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m., she will be on hand to discuss about the latest trends to hit the runway and offer personal fashion advice on how to create a signature look. <em>(Neiman Marcus Contemporary Department, Second Floor, Town Center at Boca Raton)</em></p>Movie Review: &quot;Interstellar&quot;2014-11-07T13:21:50+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/07/movie-review-interstellar/<p>At some point while watching Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” on 70mm IMAX film at its sold-out opening at the Museum of Discovery and Science this weekend, I stopped taking notes completely. To look down and miss even a fleeting glimpse of the cosmic majesty would be an insult to the art, like the emperor who yawns during the Salieri performance in “Amadeus.”</p> <p>Besides, the film’s hypnotic hold is so gripping, so immersive, so all-encompassing, that when you’re ingesting these speedy 169 minutes, nothing else matters, including such inherently meager assessments as this very review.</p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/interstellar-chris-nolan-receiving-unexpected-reviews-interstellar-660x412.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>Like so many science-fiction blockbusters, “Interstellar” is about the fate of the human race. Also like many sci-fi blockbusters—most recently “Snowpiercer”—its apocalyptic plot is precipitated by today’s climate crisis. “This world’s a treasure, and it’s been telling us to leave for a while now,” goes one memorably ominous line.</p> <p>The earthbound portions of the movie are set in rural New York state, in an environment that looks not unlike present day, except downgraded. Unrelenting dust storms have blighted farmers’ harvests, leaving ubiquitous cornstalks the only viable vegetable. The Yankees play in what amounts to a high-school baseball field. The military, and all militaries, have been dismantled. Robots have developed consciousness, but they have no interest in taking over the world. And NASA has been fully decommissioned and, in a frighteningly Orwellian scenario, rewritten out of the history books. Space isn’t the final frontier—it never was one to begin with.</p> <p>This irks Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a widowed father of two and a former NASA astronaut, to no end. It’s difficult enough to raise two children toward a future of certain famine, but his life is about to change thanks to the unexplained phenomena beginning to physically affect the bedroom of his preternaturally bright daughter Murph (Mackenzie Foy). A series of enigmatic signs leads Cooper and Murph to the coordinates of a hidden base—an Area 51-like compound that has been housing the remnants of what was once the United State space program.</p> <p>Cooper’s discovery was no accident. He is, in fact, the man NASA has been waiting for to pilot a spacecraft beyond our galaxy and into a wormhole, where NASA’s chief, Professor Brand (Michael Caine), believes at least one distant planet might contain the building blocks of life—a place to rehabitate our species when Earth finally shakes us off it.</p> <p>The problem is, this sacrifice means—if not possible death—then the possible relinquishing of all earthly ties; after all, time works differently in wormholes, as Morgan Freeman has been patiently explaining to us on television for years. An hour in the nether regions of the universe can equal a decade on Earth. But if there’s one thing Cooper loves as much as his children, it’s the thrill of the cosmos, so the decision, while impossible to reconcile, is a no-brainer.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/interstellar.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>I’ll dispense with plot here, at the risk of giving away any of the movie’s myriad developments, but suffice it to say that the film is mind-blowing in the most literal sense, so monumental it defies words. Like Nolan’s “Inception,” it labors in concepts most human brains are incapable of comprehending, and there are times when the dialogue is so dense you just have to accept it on face value, lest the narrative leaves you behind (the movie’s centerpiece is remarkably “Inception”-like, intercutting rhyming crises on Earth and in space with an unrelenting sense of acceleration).</p> <p>Theoretical physicist Kip Thorne assisted with the screenplay, which dramatizes concepts of quantum theory better than any film I’ve ever seen—even if, like me, you may feel one step ahead of its most significant revelation. It’s a movie that, for all of its spectacularly orchestrated set pieces and bowel-shaking special effects, is primarily a heady meditation on such mystical concepts as love, nature, space and time.</p> <p>And unlike “Inception”—or anything else in Nolan’s dark and stylish canon, for that matter—“Interstellar” is deeply moving, by far the most <em>human</em> creation he’s ever brought to celluloid (and do see it on celluloid, if you can; as expected, its film imagery puts digital projection to shame).</p> <p>Nolan has always made movies for the mind, and certainly “Interstellar” stretches our minds beyond four dimensions. Only this time, finally, it also touches our souls. </p> <p><em>“Interstellar” is now playing in most area theaters.</em></p>Staff Picks of the Week2014-11-07T11:24:55+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/07/staff-picks-of-the-week-11/<p><strong>BFF Food Truck</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/bff.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>"BFF stands for Best French Fries—and this food truck at Bedner's on weekends is not kidding. You can pick two awesome dips to go with your magic cone of fries; we went with traditional ketchup and bleu cheese."</p> <p><a href="http://www.bestfrenchfries.com/" target="_blank">bestfrenchfries.com</a></p> <p><strong>The English Beat</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</em></p> <p>"For a band that released just three albums—all between 1980 and 1982—ska revivalists The English Beat has kept its legacy alive well into the 21st century, dutifully swinging by the Culture Room just about every year to relive its greatest hits, like 'Save it for Later' and 'Mirror in the Bathroom.' Word has it the group will finally release its fourth studio album in 2015, after a mere 23-year hiatus. See if the band will play any tunes from it when it performs at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, at 8 p.m. tonight. Tickets cost $20 at the door."</p> <p><a href="http://englishbeat.net/" target="_blank">englishbeat.net</a></p> <p><strong>Biergarten</strong></p> <p>Picked by Annie Pizzutelli, Web Intern</p> <p>"Oktoberfest may be over but Biergarten is always great fun anytime of the year. Every Monday they offer $1 bratwurst, easily one of the best deals in town. The 'Currywust' has the perfect kick with just a hint of sweetness from the mango chutney. Come during happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. for $4 specials on their wide selection of craft beers on tap."</p> <p>309 Via De Palmas, Boca Raton // <a href="http://www.biergartenboca.com/" target="_blank">biergartenboca.com</a></p> <p><strong>LCB Line Manhattan at Merlino's</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="459" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/merlinos.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em></p> <p>"This award-winning concoction by master mixologist Lee Hoechstetter draws its inspiration, like the downtown Boca restaurant itself (<em>39 S.E. First Ave.</em>), from the City of Brotherly Love—in this case, the famed hockey line of Reggie Leach, Bobby Clarke, Bill Barber, who starred on the legendary Philadelphia Flyers teams of the 1970s. Like those Broad Street Bullies, this mix of Woodford Reserve, house-made herbal syrup and maraschino liqueur packs a punch. But here's the real kicker. After stirring the contents exactly 33 times, and straining it into a martini glass, Hoechstetter takes a mini-blow torch to a fresh marshmallow so that charred bits of the spongy treat mix with the bourbon. The sweet release takes the edge off without detracting from the classic Manhattan flavor, creating a new cocktail for Boca that shoots—and scores."</p> <p>39 S.E. First Ave., Boca Raton // <a href="http://merlinosboca.com/" target="_blank">merlinosboca.com</a></p> <p><strong>Garcia's Seafood Grille &amp; Fish Market </strong></p> <p>Picked by Karen Jacaruso, Account Manager</p> <p>"The history alone is reason to go...the Garcia Brothers left Cuba in 1964 to start their own seafood business. It happens to be the freshest seafood I've had. It has a romantic, fantastic ambiance and a 'touch of Cuban decor.' Don't miss their key lime pie for dessert."</p> <p>398 N.W. North River Drive, Miami // <a href="http://www.garciasmiami.com/" target="_blank">garciasmiami.com</a></p>Boca Raton Wine &amp; Food Festival2014-11-07T08:58:36+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/07/boca-raton-wine-food-festival/<p>E.E. Cummings once said that, “his lips drink water, but his heart drinks wine.” Make your heart happy by enjoying the fifth annual Boca Raton Wine &amp; Food Festival.</p> <p><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/bocawff.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The festival runs from Nov. 14 to 16. You’ll sip some of the finest wine and taste some of the most delicious cuisine at Florida Atlantic University <em>(777 Glades Road, Boca Raton.) </em>The weekend consists of a VIP Dinner Under The Stars, Vineyard Party, Grand Tasting and Craft Brew Battle.</p> <p>For more information and to purchase presale tickets, visit <a href="http://bocaratonwineandfoodfestival.com" target="_blank">bocaratonwineandfoodfestival.com</a> or call 561/333-7594 for group ticket sales.</p>&quot;Craft Grilled Cheese&quot; Oozes Into Boynton2014-11-07T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/07/craft-grilled-cheese-oozes-into-boynton/<p>There’s very little more comforting than a warm, oozy grilled cheese sandwich. Except, of course, a hug from Mom.</p> <p><img alt="" height="340" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/melt.jpg" width="484"></p> <p>And if you’re hungry for one of those warm, oozy, cheesy food hugs, then there’s a new eatery in Boynton Beach just waiting to wrap its arms around you. It’s <a href="http://www.meltcgc.com/" target="_blank">Melt</a> (<em>1880 N. Congress Ave., 561/806-6635</em>), a purveyor of “craft grilled cheese” sammies, meaning there’s a lot more to like than slices of plastic-y American “cheese” stuck between two slices of cottony white bread.</p> <p>Proprietor Craig Larson says they’re “not your grandma’s grilled cheese” sandwiches, which means specialty sammies like the French Onion (caramelized onions with Parmesan and Swiss cheeses on country white bread), the Turkey Florentine (turkey, creamed spinach and red onion on multigrain) and the Buffalo Chicken (Panko-crusted chicken in Buffalo sauce with blue cheese dressing and American cheese on country white).</p> <p>You can also DIY a sammie, choosing from among five breads and 10 cheeses, or opt for a handful of chopped salads, fries, tomato bisque and for dessert—what else?—s’mores.</p> <p>It’s not just the sandwiches that aren’t what granny might have ordered. The space itself is not like any sandwich shop your average grandmother ever wandered into. Think a giant, wall-sized fantasmagorical mural featuring elves, nubile winged angels and, of course, lots of cheese, plus neo-industrial furnishings and fixtures and a hip, young, urban vibe.</p> <p>If she can get past all that and down to the oozy, gooey, melty sandwiches, even granny might like it.</p>Who&#39;s in line for Delray city manager?2014-11-06T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/06/whos-in-line-for-delray-city-manager-here-are-the-pros-and-cons/<h3><span>Delray: The Top Five Finalists</span></h3> <p><span><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/delraybeach.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p>On Friday, Delray Beach city commissioners are scheduled to choose the next city manager. They will interview the five finalists individually today and as a group on Friday, as part of a special meeting. Let’s look at the pros and cons of the finalists, in alphabetical order.</p> <p><strong>DON COOPER</strong></p> <p>PRO: Among the finalists, Cooper has the most experience not just running a city but running a Florida city—Port St. Lucie. At nearly 175,000, Port St. Lucie has nearly three times Delray Beach’s population. Cooper was manager from 1991 to 2010, and helped to turn a sprawling subdivision into a real city. While Cooper was manager, Port St. Lucie created commercial areas and upgraded services.</p> <p>Cooper’s triumph was completion of a water/sewer service throughout the city. Many residents opposed the project, because the city assessed them for the hook-ups, but the work was essential. Cooper knows all the basics of local government in Florida. Even a newspaper reporter who covered Cooper during some turbulent times said good things about him to Delray’s headhunter firm.</p> <p>CON: This year, Port St. Lucie unloaded the building the city had financed in 2009 to serve as headquarters for the Digital Domain video animation company. The finance director estimated that Port St. Lucie will pay $39 million through 2041 for a building the city doesn’t own.</p> <p>As Cooper says, he did the recruiting and not the deal, but he believed that the company had “expressed a commitment” to Port St. Lucie. Digital Domain went bankrupt, and with that went the promised jobs.</p> <p>Cooper admits he can be “a little pushy.” He also can be more than a little sensitive. In 1999, miffed over a delayed raise, he resigned, and then returned after the city council gave him some love. Also, <em>The</em> <em>Palm Beach Post</em> reported in 2003 that Cooper got special treatment from the police department—which he supervised—when he faced a domestic violence charge.</p> <p><strong>ROBERTO HERNANDEZ</strong></p> <p>PRO: He is assistant administrator for Broward County, the second-largest county in Florida. Before that, he was assistant city manager in Coral Springs, which at roughly 120,000 people is also much larger than Delray Beach. Having dealt with issues on that scale, Hernandez seems capable of handling matters on a Delray scale. Except for three years in Atlanta, all his relevant experience is in South Florida. Of himself, Hernandez writes, “There is no ‘dirt’ on me. I live a clean, simply life, prefer to tell things as I see it, and sleep well at night.”</p> <p>CON: Hernandez never has been a manager. Delray Beach may not be Miami, but it’s a full-service city that makes plenty of demands on the chief executive. Many of the city’s department heads, as well as the assistant city manager, have started in the last few months. Wouldn’t it make more sense to pick someone who has been in charge? As for that Broward experience, Hernandez lists work on the county’s airport and sports/entertainment arena. Neither applies to Delray Beach.</p> <p><strong>ANDREA MCCUE</strong></p> <p>PRO: She is the administrator for Lancaster (Pa.) County, southwest of Philadelphia, which has about 520,000 people. She’s had the job for 10 years, serving at the pleasure of elected county commissioners. She kept her job through the recession, which means that she must have talent and political skills. McCue told the headhunter that she wants to move to Florida because her daughter attends college here and likely will stay after graduating.</p> <p>CON: McCue may be the county administrator, but those county commissioners have a lot more executive authority than, say, city commissioners in Delray, according to the Lancaster County website. In fact, it refers to McCue as the  “Chief Clerk.”</p> <p>In addition, some of McCue’s work has involved Lancaster County’s jail. That is not relevant to Delray Beach. She would need the most adjustment, since Pennsylvania’s system of government is nothing like Florida’s. Delray hired its previous manager from Connecticut, where the system is also much different. Louie Chapman lasted a year and a half.</p> <p><strong>TERRY STEWART</strong></p> <p>PRO: He’s been the interim city manager since June. Much of the turmoil inside City Hall from Chapman’s last few months has subsided. With so many other new people in top positions, why switch, now that Stewart’s leadership style may have taken hold?</p> <p>Stewart has been manager of two cities in Florida—Cape Coral, which is much larger than Delray, and Fort Myers Beach, which is much smaller. He was forced out in both cases, but he makes a persuasive case that the problem each time was municipal politics, not his competence. He would need no time to familiarize himself with Delray Beach and the city staff.</p> <p>CON: By picking Stewart, the commission could be settling for someone just because he’s convenient. Chapman became the subject of an Office of Inspector General investigation, which concluded that he had misled not only the commission but also OIG investigators. He wrongly scheduled for a March meeting of a lame-duck commission an item the mayor had asked him to delay. The new commission had to rescind approval of the item, which the chief financial officer said would have been horrible for the city. How hard can it have been for Stewart to look better? Has he been holding off on any tough decisions, to keep morale as high as possible?</p> <p><strong>MIKE WOIKA</strong></p> <p>PRO: He’s the guy next door. He’s been the assistant city manager in Boca Raton for 10 years, and he ran the utilities department in Boca before that. You can’t get more basic in terms of city services than water and sewer. There’s no reason to wonder why Woika hasn’t been promoted in the last decade. Above him are Deputy City Manager George Brown and City Manager Leif Ahnell, both long-termers who aren’t going anywhere. Woika would know the differences between Delray Beach and Boca Raton and how Delray could use the comparison most favorably. Woika also has an MBA.</p> <p>CON: Woika may get raves from Boca’s mayor and others, but, like Hernandez, he hasn’t been in charge anywhere. Is he ready for all the demands that go with being the boss? Would he bring a style of management better suited to Boca Raton than to Delray Beach?</p> <p>Mayor Cary Glickstein lamented what he considered the lack of an obvious “superstar” among the finalists. A little perspective is in order.</p> <p>In 1990, the commission made David Harden the manager. Harden served for 22 years, and for most of that time he served very well. Among other things, Harden hired as police chief Richard Overman, who transformed the department and earned the community’s respect.</p> <p>But Harden didn’t look like a superstar in 1990. He was the commission’s second choice. (The first wouldn’t agree to a contract.) Harden had been asked to leave Winter Park, where he had been manager for 12 years, because the elected officials wanted someone more outgoing. So being forced out of one job doesn’t disqualify someone for another under difference circumstances.</p> <p>Going in, one could have predicted that the three-member majority of Mayor Cary Glickstein and commissioners Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia will have the most sway. That’s even more likely now that Adam Frankel won’t be at Friday’s meeting.</p> <p>Frankel told me that the interviews originally were scheduled for last week, and that he was not asked about the switch. He will be out of town on a "work trip." He asked the city attorney if he could make his pick through a memo. The answer was no. To vote, commissioners must be present. One hopes that the vote isn't 2-2.</p> <h3>Status Quo in Boca-Delray</h3> <p>It will be status quo at all levels for the elected officials who represent the Boca-Delray area.</p> <p>In Congress, Democrats Lois Frankel and Ted Deutch kept their seats easily. State Sen. Maria Sachs and State Rep. Bill Hager got strong challenges, but held on. As she did in 2012, Sachs got a large enough margin in Palm Beach County to more than offset Ellyn Bogdanoff’s edge in Broward County. County Commissioner Steven Abrams had little trouble beating Andy O’Brien.</p> <p>Nationwide, the electorate was angry at incumbents. Not here.</p> <h3>Pot bust</h3> <p>And Delray Beach won’t need a second vote on that moratorium on marijuana dispensaries. The constitutional amendment to allow medical marijuana got 57 percent of the vote, but needed 60 percent to pass.</p> <p>I favor the use of medical marijuana. This amendment, however, was very broad, designed that way to get young people to vote—for the amendment and for Charlie Crist. His law partner financed the campaign to get Amendment 2 on the ballot.</p> <p>If there’s another campaign, it should be about helping the suffering, not about getting someone elected.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at randy@bocamag.com</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> <p>      </p>Theater Review: &quot;Swing!&quot; at the Wick Theatre2014-11-05T14:06:18+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/05/theater-review-swing-at-the-wick-theatre/<p><img alt="" height="274" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/swing_press_-_15.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Even if pulled off perfectly, the Wick Theatre’s “Swing!” would still be what it is: empty calories for Greatest Generation audiences. This nostalgic revue of ‘30s and ‘40s song and dance, which premiered on Broadway in 1999, is fundamentally unadventurous. And while director/choreographer Kelly Shook brings some ambitious ideas to the production, it still has all the edge of a circle and all the bite of a docile Chihuahua. The result lacks the infectiousness and the rambunctious wit that helped turn the Wick’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’” revue into a memorable romp.</p> <p>The production features 12 dancers and two credited singers—Michael Ursua and Alix Paige—though plenty of the dancers have the opportunity to showcase their pipes as well. There’s no story, but there’s a definitive structure, with the action beginning at the dawn of swing (1931) and continuing as various incarnations of the dance sweep the nation, first at nightclubs and then at military barracks. There are emotive torch songs and jazz crooning along the way, and pianist/musical director Paul Reekie leads the faultless six-piece band through the familiar toe-tappers and ballads. Though a few “characters,” if you can call them that, from Act One are revisited in the second act, it’s difficult to feel any emotional connection to the performances.</p> <p>Shook’s choreography runs an inventive gamut beyond such swing variations as the jitterbug and lindy hop; injections of Latin dance, line dance, ballet and tap add welcome eccentricity to the production. With its ensemble of dancers shedding their work clothes for a night at the clubs, there’s a pulsating bawdiness to “Kitchen Mechanic’s Night Out”—the only bona fide showstopper in the first act—that I wanted more of throughout the show.</p> <p><img alt="" height="251" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/swing-press_-_14.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Elsewhere, dancer Ashley Klinger brings a feline quality to her supple movements, best represented in “Harlem Nocturne,” in which she seems to slink out of a stand-up bass. Other highlights include “Cry Me a River,” in which singer/dancer Amelia Millar harmonizes the rhythm with trombonist Jason Pyle; “Bli-blip,” in which Ursua and Paige engage in a dinner conversation comprised entirely of jazz scatting; and “Bill’s Bounce,” a tap-driven military number in which the dancers impossibly leapfrog over each other from a sit-up position.</p> <p>But in other places, her arrangements were perhaps too ambitious. “Throw That Girl Around” is intended to be a centerpiece of Act One, with its breathless examples of the title theme. The song contains more lifts than the Empire Stage Building, with female dancers tossed about like so many rag dolls, but the result lacks smoothness—it’s exuberant in theory but careful and clunky in practice. (The less you analyze the dancers’ feet positions, the more you’ll enjoy the show). It felt, at times, like I was watching a preview performance: In Paige’s solo numbers in Act One, she doesn’t project her voice enough to be understood over the band, at least in the upper seating section—a seemingly simple fix that shouldn’t be needed in the second week of a show’s run.</p> <p>Granted, I’m 32, and therefore not the target audience for this show. But even Boomers might feel that it represents their parents’ culture, not theirs. The thing is, there are few moments of rousing excitement in “Swing!” Even the show’s pleasures are transient ones, unlikely to be remembered next year or next month. We know what the Wick is capable of, and with such a finite number of productions each season, “Swing!” makes for a questionable use of its resources.</p> <p><em>“Swing!” runs through Nov. 16 at the Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. Tickets cost $58-$62. Call 561/995-2333 or visit thewick.org.</em></p>Top Food Picks from SEED2014-11-05T08:58:56+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/05/raw-food-picks-from-seed/<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Last month I had the pleasure of presenting at <a href="/blog/2014/09/10/seed-food-and-wine-festival/" target="_blank">Seed Food and Wine Festival</a> in Miami. This was the first upscale plant-based food festival that featured gourmet dinners with wine pairings, celebrity book signings, beach-front brunch and of course, an all-day food tasting. In this blog, I want to share my favorite of the locally made treats I sampled at the event.</p> <p><strong>Chef Cristy’s Cinnamon Rolls</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="282" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/chefcristy.jpg" width="490"> </strong></p> <p>This is by far my favorite product from the festival. If you like the sweet and gooey part of Cinnabon’s cinnamon roll but are not a fan of the extra fat, calories and gluten, then you’re in luck! Chef Cristy came up with a fabulous recipe for a raw, vegan, gluten-free, organic cinnamon roll. Each package comes with three 70-calorie rolls, making it a perfect size for a decadent dessert. I also loved Chef Cristy’s Raw Velvet Rolls that are filled with sweet coconut-cashew cream. I still can’t decide which variety I like best, so I’ll have to keep buying them both. Fortunately, the Whole Foods Market in Boca also fell in love with these treats and just started to carry them.</p> <p><a href="http://www.chefcristysrawfoods.com" target="_blank">chefcristysrawfoods.com</a></p> <p><strong>22 Days Nutrition</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/22bar.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>They say that it takes 21 days to break a habit, and after 22 days it’s smooth sailing. That’s the phrase that drives Miami-based Marco Borges, the man who transformed the way Beyonce eats, works out and, consequently, looks. Besides being a fitness guru, Borges is the creator of 22 Days Nutrition bars - plant-based energy bars that are gluten-free, soy-free and protein-rich. Luckily, you don’t have to be a celebrity to afford these bars. They cost about $3 each and can be found at many grocery and vitamin stores around the area. If he knows the secret to Queen B’s beauty and sells it in a form of delicious snacks in gold wrappers, why not give it a try?</p> <p><a href="http://www.22daysnutrition.com" target="_blank">22daysnutrition.com</a></p> <p><strong>Tio Gazpacho</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="546" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/tg.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Being a conservative eater, it took Austin Allan many months of living in Spain to open up to the idea of trying the Spanish delicacy, gazpacho. But once he tried it, there was no going back. It was love at first sip. Today, Allan brings his passion to South Florida, beautifully packaged in a 16-oz bottle as Tio Gazpacho. You can choose from Gazpacho Clasico: a traditional Spanish recipe, Gazpacho de Sol: slightly sweeter twist on gazpacho (my favorite) and Gazpacho Verde, which has the boldest and spiciest flavor profile. If you’re looking for a way to get more veggies into your diet without needing a spoon or bowl, definitely check out Tio Gazpacho.</p> <p><a href="http://www.tiogazpacho.com" target="_blank">tiogazpacho.com</a></p> <p><strong>Peace A’ Cake</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/peacacake.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Peace A' Cake is nothing more and nothing less than an amazing desert option if you want to have your cake and eat it too! When we were kids, sweets and cakes were treats we looked forward to. They were often used as "rewards." Now as grown ups, many of us feel "guilty" when we indulge in these delicacies. We know they’re fattening and unhealthy, and every bite is followed by a sense of guilt and regret. Not anymore. Peace A' Cake is a delicious, tasty cake your taste buds and your body will love. Each box comes with four portion-controlled mini cakes that are made with vegan and gluten-free ingredients, such as quinoa and brown rice flours, coconut palm nectar and coconut oil. There are no preservatives and no refined sugars. Basically, there’s nothing in it that’s bad for you. I love the double chocolate and white chocolate almond cranberry flavors, but try them all to find your favorite.</p> <p><a href="http://peace-a-cake.com" target="_blank">peace-a-cake.com</a></p> <p><strong>Enzyme DR.</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="387" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/enzymedr.jpg" width="446"></strong></p> <p>I have been a fan of enzymes for years and I want to share a great new local brand: Enzyme DR, created by Miami-based Dr. Matthew Cooper. For those unfamiliar, enzymes are protein molecules that help us digest our food. They naturally occur in plants and can also be produced by our digestive systems. The challenge with enzymes found in food is that they die when food is heated above 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Raw fruits and vegetables are high in enzymes, so they’re easier and faster to digest than a slice of baked or processed pizza. Even though our bodies produce digestive enzymes, their production decreases with age, so I recommend taking enzyme supplements when eating cooked foods to aid in digestion. Enzyme DR offers an effective blend of all-vegan digestive enzymes that are proven to help indigestion, bloating or gas. If you suffer from these conditions after eating heavy meals, I suggest giving Enzyme DR a try.</p> <p><a href="https://enzymedr.com" target="_blank">enzymedr.com</a></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</p> <p>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 eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at <a href="http://www.alinaz.com/">alinaz.com</a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/facebook.com/CoutureFood">facebook.com/CoutureFood</a>) or Twitter (<a href="http://www.twitter.com/CoutureFood">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/">bocamag.com</a>.</p>Fitness Weekend Benefits Military Heroes2014-11-05T08:55:41+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/05/fitness-weekend-benefits-military-heroes/<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Fitness powerhouses in the community are rallying to support an important cause: <strong>Help Our Military Heroes or HOMH</strong>.</p> <p>From biking to yoga, there are a variety of ways to get involved and give back. The series of philanthropic fitness events will run from Friday, Nov. 14 to Sunday Nov. 16, with proceeds supporting military heroes through HOMH. The nonprofit organization, which is funded by public donations, provides those wounded in the military with fully equipped handicapped vehicles. One of HOMH’s many recipients, Army Sergeant Brian Mast, who lost both legs while serving America in Afghanistan, is the guest of honor and will be on hand throughout the weekend to meet people and join in the fun.</p> <p><img alt="" height="491" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/image1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Schedule of events:</em></p> <p>Friday, Nov. 14</p> <p>Where: Slash Fitness, <em>290 S.E. Sixth Ave., Suite 2, Delray Beach </em></p> <p>What: All proceeds and fees from the day will go to HOMH. Sign up for a class at <a href="http://www.slashfitpro.com" target="_blank">slashfitpro.com</a> or call 561/865-5716. Classes are $25 each and cost less when you commit to memberships or contracts.</p> <p>Sunday, Nov. 16</p> <p>Where: South County Regional Park, Sunset Pavillion, <em>11200 Park Access Road, Boca Raton</em></p> <p>What: Ride for Help Our Military Heroes by zMotion Foundation. Registration for this cycling event is $100 for people who are not members of zMotion. To register for the ride, go to <a href="http://www.zmotion.org/new-category/" target="_blank">zmotion.org</a>. It starts at 8 a.m. Riders can choose between metric and half metric century rides. The ride is fully supported by police and SAG for mechanical issues. There will be rest stops, food, raffles and vendors. Back at the park, local yoga instructor Alexis King will be holding a yoga class at 9 a.m. The class is $25 and you can register at the link above.</p> <p>If you sign up for the zMotion ride Sunday, you can pick up your packet and enjoy a social event Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Stuart's Wild Ride (<em>8177 W. Glades Road, #12, Boca Raton)</em> from 5 to 7 p.m. or at Doghouse Multisport Training Center (<em>851 S.E. Sixth Avenue, Suite 106, Delray Beach</em>) from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13.</p> <p>Note: there will be a HOMH cycling jersey available for a $70 donation from Nov. 14 through 16 at the events.</p> <p>If you can’t attend, making a donation is always an option. For more about Help Our Military Heroes, go to <a href="http://helpourmilitaryheroes.org" target="_blank">helpourmilitaryheroes.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><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="http://www.wordscomealive.com/" target="_blank">wordscomealive.com</a>.</p>Superstars: Sephora Favorites Collection2014-11-04T10:18:47+00:00Annie Pizzutelli/blog/author/annie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/04/superstars-sephora-favorites-collection/<p>It’s that time of the year again. You’ve barely tapped into your Halloween candy and stores are already stocking up with holiday goods. Sephora is no exception. The makeup retailer has just launched its line of holiday beauty sets. The crème-de-la-crop of the collection is the <a href="http://www.sephora.com/superstars-P388551?skuId=1647197" target="_blank">Superstars</a> gift pack.</p> <p><img alt="" height="309" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/superstars_sephora.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The set includes 12 of the store’s most popular products. Every year I buy one as a gift and wind up keeping it for myself. In past years, the “limited edition” set that has become so popular, the retailer now offers it well into the summer months. The 2014 Superstars set is a steal. For just $75 you get $225 worth of goodies. Some of the products in this year’s set stand out more than others, but they are all worth a try.</p> <p><strong>Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, $21</strong></p> <p>Last year, I went to the salon for a wax and came out without eyebrows. My once full defined brows looked like inchworms lying on top of my eyes. This pencil performed miracles.  I had always been hesitant to use eyebrow pencils before for fear of having that “stenciled in” look. This ultra-thin pencil is simple to use and makes it easy to fill in lines that mimic real brow hairs. My only suggestion is to test out the colors in the store. They tend to be a little ashier once applied.</p> <p><strong>Benefit POREfessional, $31</strong></p> <p>I had heard people rave about this product for years, and I was sadly disappointed when I finally got my hands on it. The smell of the makeup primer is great and it left my skin feeling smooth, but once I applied foundation, the silicone formula felt thick and slippery. The filmy consistency was effective at blurring the appearance of pores, but after a few hours my makeup started to cake up and flake off. This product probably works better for people with oily skin, but for someone with a dry or combination complexion I recommend avoiding silicone based primers.</p> <p><strong>Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Mascara, $23</strong></p> <p>I’m a mascara addict. One of Sephora’s other holiday gift sets, LashStash, is my favorite gift to open every Christmas. I’ve tried nearly every mascara on the market, yet I keep coming back to They’re Real. The name doesn’t lie, I get asked if my eyelashes are fake all the time when I’m wearing it. This mascara makes even the stubbiest lashes thick and long, without clumping like so many other brands do. Throughout the day, it doesn’t flake off or smudge and it easily glides off with makeup remover. If I could only use one makeup product for the rest of my life, this would be it.</p> <p><strong>Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, $26</strong></p> <p>This product is perfect for achieving that wind-blown I-just-stepped-out-of-the-ocean look.  Saltwater alone can dry out your hair, but this spray is infused with seaweed and kelp extracts to lock in moisture. This spray works best on straight and wavy hair types. I have naturally curly hair so I apply it to dry blown-out hair to get those effortless-looking tousled waves.</p> <p><strong>Chloè by Chloè Rollerball, $25</strong></p> <p>I’m typically one of those people who gets a migraine just walking through the fragrance department, but this perfume has a soft clean smell that is not overwhelming. It’s flirty without being overly floral and the notes of amber give it a seductive edge. The scent lasts for hours. On a few occasions I’ve even been able to get a whiff of it the next day.</p> <p><strong>Formula X for Sephora, $10.50</strong></p> <p>How many coats I apply or whether I use a top and base coat doesn’t seem to make much of a difference. I rarely go a full day without chipping my manicure. Even gel formulas usually don’t last me two days, let alone the two weeks they claim.  Even with all the hype around the Formula X polishes, I wasn’t expecting to be too impressed. When I saw a shade of pink I liked I finally decided to give it a try and to my amazement the polish lasted a full five days! That was without a topcoat. Sephora offers a full system that comes with a nail cleanser, a base coat and a top coat if you want to ultimate long lasting manicure.</p> <p><strong>Fresh Sugar Rosè Tinted Lip Treatment, $22.50</strong></p> <p>Sephora offered this as its birthday gift a few years back and it was love at first pucker. If $22 sounds a little pricy for a lip balm, just wait until you try it. A full-size tube has lasted me more than six months with regular use. The balm keeps your lips smooth and moisturized all day long, so you don’t have to apply as often as you would a cheaper chap stick. It come in a variety of tints, but if you’re looking for that perfect bitten shade my favorite is rosé.</p> <p><strong>Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil, $48</strong></p> <p>Argan oil is definitely having a moment. Walk down the aisle at any beauty or drug store and just about everything from hair products to mascara is infused with this liquid gold. Many products though contain very little actual argan oil and they usually use a poor quality at that. Josie Marin Pure Argan Oil is the real deal. Apply a few drops of the oil just about anywhere for a moisturized, radiant look.</p> <p><strong>Nars Cosmetics Blush in Orgasm, $30</strong></p> <p>This peachy-pink blush looks good on nearly every skin shade. The formula is highly pigmented and will leave your cheeks glowing all day. It has a slight golden shimmer that will reflect light particles and brighten your face. It’s the perfect complement to contoured cheeks. I like to angle a bit right between my bronzer and highlighter in the contours of my cheeks.</p> <p><strong>Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35, $39</strong></p> <p>BB creams are great for moisturizing, priming and smoothing skin, but they tend not to give the best coverage. I use them on days that I don’t feel like wearing a face of heavy makeup, but need something to liven up my face. For a BB cream, Smashbox Camera Ready provides a pretty pigmented formula. Unlike other brands that only offer few color selections, this comes in a variety of shades to match any skin tone.</p> <p><strong>Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, $20</strong></p> <p>I have a love-hate relationship with this liquid eyeliner pen. On one hand it’s easy to use for almost any look from thick bold lines to perfect wings. True to its name, it does last all day long. I’ve slept in this stuff and woken up with it still perfectly intact. However, the pen dries out very quickly. I’ve bought several of these and sometimes it only lasts me a couple of weeks.</p> <p><strong>Urban Decay Eyeshadow, $18</strong></p> <p>Urban Decay eye shadows are my absolute favorite. They have a soft, velvety texture that glides on your lids. The colors are highly pigmented and blending them is a breeze. Even the most shimmery shades don’t fall and last all through the night. The individual shadows can get expensive so I recommend purchasing one of the brand’s highly coveted palettes.</p>Fabien&#39;s Bistro Debuts in Boca2014-11-04T09:25:51+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/04/fabiens-bistro-debuts-in-boca/<p>Don’t look now, but French cuisine might be making a comeback.</p> <p><img alt="" height="419" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/fabien.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Okay, so maybe it’s not your daddy’s French cuisine—five or six courses of cream and butter-laden, unpronounceable dishes that cost as much as a solid-gold Rolex. But rather modern bistro fare—accessible, (relatively) affordable, with a soupcon of inventiveness and utter lack of pretension.</p> <p>Case in point: <a href="http://www.fabiensatboca.com/home" target="_blank">Fabien’s Bistro</a> (<em>6063 S.W. 18th St., 561/347-1117</em>), an upscale bistro from French native Fabien Paroutaud and his Argenine wife, Silvina. From a longtime French restaurant family, Paroutaud opened an Italian eatery in Montreal in 2001 before moving to sunnier climes to debut Fabien’s.</p> <p>The restaurant has a warm, classy but comfortable look, done in soothing earth tones with lots of dark wood, brick accent wall and spiral crystal chandelier.</p> <p>As for the food, it’s a blend of family recipes and slightly tweaked traditional favorites, from mussels in saffron cream sauce and coq au vin to braised lamb shank with port wine sauce and crispy half duck with sweet plum sauce. Prices are on the high side of bistro tariffs, with entrees ranging from $27.50 to $35.50. But there is a three-course, prix fixe early bird menu for $22.95. </p>More sketchy campaign ads and other news2014-11-04T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/04/more-sketchy-campaign-ads-and-updates-on-pension-reform-in-delray-and-boca/<h3><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/vote_today.jpg" width="300"></h3> <h3>More misleading ads?</h3> <p>On Thursday, I wrote about a dishonest ad being run by the Republican Party of Florida on behalf of incumbent Bill Hager in the Florida House 89 race. Just in time for Election Day, here’s a look behind another controversial ad in a local legislative race.</p> <p>It’s the rematch between Democrat Maria Sachs and Republican Ellyn Bogdanoff in Florida Senate 34, a district that includes southeastern Palm Beach County and northeastern Broward County. Sachs won in 2012, but because of redistricting half of the 20 Senate seats were for just two years. The winner this time gets a four-year term.</p> <p>The race is close, and could determine whether Republicans would have a veto-proof majority in the Senate if Charlie Crist became governor. The candidates have issued the usual accusations about who cut education spending and the usual claims about who would be the better advocate for the middle class, but a recent mailer went after Sachs on a very emotional issue.</p> <p>This year, the Senate passed legislation that allows the use of “non-euphoric”—no high—marijuana to treat certain medical conditions, notably epileptic seizures, especially in children. One of the children cited by supporters to make their case was 11-year-old RayAnn Moseley, whom supporters credit for changing minds on the issue. The mailer says Sachs “failed to vote to help RayAnn and thousands of Florida children like her. . .Apparently, RayAnn’s story wasn’t enough for Maria Sachs.”</p> <p>A look at the record for Senate Bill 1030, the legislation in question, shows that Sachs did vote for the bill on final passage. She did so, though, after the roll call. That can happen on the last day of the session—when this vote took place—as senators move around the chamber and bills are taken up at a furious pace. The record also shows that Sachs voted for the bill on third reading—the second-to-last step—on April 28.</p> <p>I asked the Bogdanoff campaign for a response. I got one from the candidate:</p> <p>“She voted after roll call. That doesn’t count in the passage or failure of a bill, which is why it says (on the printed record of the vote) ‘Not Voting – 1.’ What (Sachs) did was indicate her preference.</p> <p>“With respect to the bill on third reading she did vote for, it came back to the Senate in returning messages and was different than the bill she voted for. The key vote that mattered, the final amended version of the bill, was the one she missed because she was not on the floor.</p> <p>“We stand by our statement that when the bill came up for a vote Sen. Sachs was not there.”</p> <p>The mailer never mentions Bogdanoff. It can’t, because it doesn’t come from the Bogdanoff campaign or the Republican Party of Florida. It only can bash Sachs. It comes from something called Floridians For Integrity in Government, a political action committee that doesn’t have to reveal who is behind it and supposedly can’t coordinate its work with the Bogdanoff campaign.</p> <p>Except that Floridians For Integrity in Government gets its money from another committee called the Florida Leadership Committee. It has collected about $2.6 million in donations, mostly from special interests that want something from the Legislature. Sen. Jack Latvala controls the Florida Leadership Committee. Latvala is the Clearwater Republican who wants to be Senate president in 2017-18. Bogdanoff would be a vote for Latvala against Sen. Joe Negron. The mailer is one example of the help Latvala is giving Bogdanoff.</p> <p>Yet Latvala was one of seven Republicans to vote against the medical marijuana bill that the Latvala-sponsored mailer falsely criticizes Sachs for opposing. Here is Bogdanoff’s response to the idea that the ad is hypocritical:</p> <p>“Sen. Latvala and I have been friends for nearly 20 years. We don’t agree on a lot of issues, but as friends we respect each other’s differences. Finding loyalty in this process is a rare find, and maintaining friendships is a blessing. As one of my old political friends used to say, If you agree with someone 100 percent of the time, don’t vote for them. Marry them.”</p> <p>Ah, politics.</p> <h3>High times</h3> <p>One of the big votes today will determine whether Florida legalizes the marijuana that gives you a high for treatment on a wide scale. Even if <a href="http://ballotpedia.org/Florida_Right_to_Medical_Marijuana_Initiative,_Amendment_2_(2014)" target="_blank">Amendment 2</a> gets the required 60 percent, however, don’t expect to see marijuana dispensaries show up anytime soon.</p> <p>Last week, Boca Raton joined Boynton Beach in approving one-year moratoriums on marijuana shops. As in the other cities, the vote was not controversial. Only one speaker commented, and he favored the moratorium. The only question was whether the moratorium would apply to businesses that offer consulting to potential marijuana entrepreneurs. It wouldn’t.</p> <p>As I noted previously, the moratorium makes sense. Amendment 2 is broadly written, and some cities could get many applications for licenses. Delray Beach will hold its first vote tonight on a moratorium, and it will pass. For all the promises that medical marijuana will bring new money to government and relief to those who are suffering, beware of big changes that promise nothing but benefits.</p> <h3>New development regulations</h3> <p>In Delray Beach, a city commission meeting fell on Election Day. So the commission correctly postponed a major item that had been scheduled for discussion tonight.</p> <p>That would be the first public hearing on proposed new regulations for development in the Central Business District. Crafting the proposal, which is contained in three ordinances, has taken nearly a year, and given what’s at stake there’s no reason to rush. The hearing has been moved to Nov. 18.</p> <p>Another big issue that originally had been on tonight’s agenda is <a href="http://www.atlanticcrossingdelray.com/" target="_blank">Atlantic Crossing</a>. The commission is considering a development agreement and an indemnification agreement related to the project. At the Oct. 21 meeting, however, commissioners raised a number of issues, and the city’s legal staff needs time to rework the proposals. City Attorney Noel Pfeffer told me Monday that he doesn’t expect Atlantic Crossing to come back before the commission until at least January.</p> <h3>Delray pension news</h3> <p>I now have seen Delray Beach’s pension and wage offers to the police union. For now, you should know that the major change is that Delray wants to withdraw from the program that gives the city money for its police pension from assessments on insurance policies.</p> <p>Decades ago, the Legislature created this program and another for fire departments to encourage full-service cities to create their own public safety pensions, rather than have police officers and firefighters adding to the state retirement system.</p> <p>With the money, however, come rules set by the Legislature to operate the pension funds. Those rules cover who will administer the funds. Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein believes that the city’s police-fire pension is so shaky—the Leroy Collins Institute at Florida State University rated the fund ‘F’ for 2011 and 2012—in large part because the city has too little influence over the fund’s investments. Leaving the state program would enable Delray Beach to recast the pension board.</p> <p>Boca Raton is at an impasse with its unions over police and fire wage/pension issues. Delray Beach is not there yet, but I’m told that the gap on pensions is wide and that the union has made a counteroffer. I will have much more about this next week.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at randy@bocamag.com</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: Nov. 4 to 102014-11-03T16:16:35+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/03/the-week-ahead-nov-4-to-10/<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/sms_promoshot.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Start Making Sense</strong></p> <p>Where: Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10-$25</p> <p>Contact: 561/395-2929, <a href="http://www.funkybiscuit.com" target="_blank">funkybiscuit.com</a></p> <p>Lucky are the few people still alive who managed to see Talking Heads during the band’s seminal role in music history, from 1977 to 1988. Thinking about the group’s acrimonious breakup, circa 1991, still stings a little, given the eclectic dynamism of its swan song “Naked,” and the potential for greatness that could have extended into the new millennium. David Byrne’s solo records have never quite reached the heights of those wonderful and idiosyncratic albums. Lo and behold, Start Making Sense is a tribute act that prides itself on recreating Talking Heads’ music and live shows, note for note, providing nostalgia for those who did see the Real McCoy live and an exhilarating new experience for the group’s younger fans. Vocalist Jon Braun is a vocal doppelganger for Byrne, and his band ain’t too shabby either. These guys aren’t local to South Florida, so don’t expect another Start Making Sense show anytime soon.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/howandwhy.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The How and the Why”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30-$45</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="http://www.artsgarage.org" target="_blank">artsgarage.org</a></p> <p>In a 2013 study, researchers at Yale helped quantify what we already expected: There is a tremendous bias against women in the sciences. They found that only 14 percent of physics professors in the United States were women, and that when presented with imaginary applicants with identical qualifications, survey recipients overwhelmingly chose the male candidate, and set the woman’s salary at $4,000 less. I bring this up because Sarah Treem’s play “The How and the Why” lives in the prejudiced and rarefied milieu of women in the sciences, where advancement is always an uphill battle. The two-character play centers on two evolutionary biologists, one long established and the other emerging, who meet for the first time at a national conference. They have more history than they think, as their personal lives begin to unspool aside their groundbreaking theories. Expect to be moved and stimulated in this intelligent work by one of the writers of “House of Cards” and “In Treatment.” The play runs through Nov. 23.</p> <p><img alt="" height="165" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/diavolo.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Diavolo</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Starting at $25</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="http://www.kravis.org" target="_blank">kravis.org</a></p> <p>It’s been quoted and requoted hundreds of times, though its origin is still debated: “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” While many scribblers have attempted, and succeeded, at the former, few dancers have tried the latter—but this is exactly what Diavolo, an inventive dance collective based in Los Angeles, has been doing for the past 24 years. Indeed, artistic director Jacques Heim is more architect than choreographer, constructing models of staircases, collapsing pyramids, rolling hamster wheels, extreme-sports quarter-pipes and giant spheres with more holes than the plot of “Battlefield Earth.” His dancers, who reportedly choreograph their own movements, perform on, under, above, around and inside the objects, which metamorphose during the show—a theme that has led to Diavolo’s tagline, “Architecture in Motion.” Their abilities to dance on the precipice of danger, and to do so with humor and innovation, have earned the group numerous awards, along with a slot on the coveted Provocative Entertainment at Kravis (P.E.A.K.) series.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/a07a3bdf87ad339019239a21f679431dab0fb04d1fe20e8e2a40277934c189be_-original.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival</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: $30-$35</p> <p>Contact: 954/525-3456, <a href="http://www.fliff.com" target="_blank">fliff.com</a></p> <p>In previous years, South Florida’s longest film festival would have been well into its run by the first of November. This year, for its 29th installment, organizers have shrewdly decided to push the festival back so it doesn’t compete with Halloween and the International Boat Show. Instead, we get a bonanza of regional and world premieres throughout most of November. Ellen Burstyn, still elegant at 82, will receive a lifetime achievement award and enjoy a screening of her Oscar-nominated 1980 drama “Resurrection.” Hong Kong sex symbol Nancy Kwan and South Florida’s own Man of Bronze, George Hamilton, will receive similar awards. Screenings include the critically acclaimed (and 196-minute!) “Winter Sleep,” from Turkey; the supernatural comedy “Frank Vs. God;” and “Traitors,” a Moroccan thriller about drug trafficking. And look out for a Bahamian-themed party, a “Chairman’s Cruise,” and an awards gala at the Westin Hotel Diplomat. It all starts Friday night with the madcap, opening-night comedy “Lucky Stiff” (pictured), whose co-star, Jason Alexander, will receive a Career Achievement Award. The ticket includes an after-party at nearby Off the Hookah.</p> <p><img alt="" height="549" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/detroit-image-1.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Detroit”</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="http://www.arshtcenter.org" target="_blank">arshtcenter.org</a></p> <p>How well do we know our neighbors? That’s one of the questions at the core of this Pulitzer Prize-nominated play by Lisa D’Amour. Another one might be, what’s the emotional, physical and mental fallout when you fall short of the American dream? Posing hefty questions with humor, insight and a few combustible surprises, “Detroit” is set, possibly, in the title city, or anywhere else blighted by the Great Recession. Two pairs of next-door neighbors—one middle-aged and trying to keep up appearances while struggling with a recent job loss, the other youngish and struggling with a history of drug addiction—meet for a backyard barbecue. And though they have little in common, they keep on meeting, despite—or perhaps because of—the fights and tragic accidents and revelations their rendezvous entail. Be prepared for a wild ride. “Detroit” runs through Nov. 23.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="244" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/gringo-star.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Gringo Star</strong></p> <p>Where: Propaganda, 6 South J Street, Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $8</p> <p>Contact: 561/547-7273, <a href="http://www.propagandalw.com" target="_blank">propagandalw.com</a></p> <p>Hailing from Atlanta, the hard-working and hard-touring act indie rock act Gringo Star has recorded three albums in the Aughts, but its sound is planted most in ‘60s psych-rock, placing them not too far from the Beatle referenced in the band’s cheeky name. The Strokes and the Black Lips are perhaps closer references, bands that are themselves rooted in primitive garage rock and lo-fi recording techniques; it comes as no surprise that the group, which consists largely of brothers Nicholas and Peter Furgiuele, recorded its latest, superb 7-inch single “Long Time Gone” in Pete’s basement. This show’s promoter has assembled a stellar talent of local bands to open the show, including Wake Up, Sweet Bronco and Milk Spot, so the $8 cover is a hell of a bargain.</p> <p>SATURDAY AND SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/delray-food.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: East Atlantic Avenue, downtown Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: <a href="http://www.dbwineandseafood.com" target="_blank">dbwineandseafood.com</a></p> <p>Local restaurants will provide samples of their finest ocean-dwelling entrees at this third annual foodie event. The Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival suffered from a bumpy first year but has rebounded nicely, promising to expand its roster of delectable seafood dishes each year. Visitors can munch on lobster rolls, fried clams, gazpacho, conch ceviche, fish tacos and other pescatarian favorites while strolling the more the 150 exhibition booths and the festival’s official merchandise booth, all in the service of boosting business on Atlantic Avenue. More than 20 varieties of wine will be poured at two Wine Gardens, and those interested in attending food and wine pairing seminars can purchase tickets to these special events. And stick around for live music, day and night, on two stages.</p> <p>SUNDAY THROUGH NOV. 11</p> <p><img alt="" height="278" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/cirque-de-la-symphonie-houston-symphony-labor-day.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The Magic of Cirque de la Symphonie</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: Show times vary</p> <p>Cost: $62-$85</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="http://www.browardcenter.org" target="_blank">browardcenter.org</a></p> <p>If you skipped Cirque de la Symphonie at Festival of the Arts Boca last year, you missed a magical convergence of classical orchestration and high-flying cirque majesty. Now’s your chance to experience (or relive) this compelling hybrid of concert and circus. Symphony of the Americas, Broward County’s own professional orchestra, will perform masterpieces and contemporary scores, while aerial flyers, strongmen, acrobats, contortionists, jugglers and balancers will provide the dazzling front-of-the-stage entertainment.</p>Web Xtra: Deconstructing the Dish2014-11-01T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/01/web-xtra-deconstructing-the-dish/<h4>Nick Laudano of <a href="http://www.nickspizzeriabar.com/" target="_blank">Nick’s New Haven-Style Pizzeria and Bar</a> shares his recipe for white-clam pizza.</h4> <p>There are almost as many styles of pizza as there are pizzerias. Neapolitan, New York, Chicago. Sicilian, Midwest, California. Stuffed, grilled, designer. One of the most distinctive, however, hails from the Connecticut town of New Haven, said to have been invented in the 1920s at Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana and called “apizza” (pronounced “a-beetz”).</p> <p><img alt="" height="415" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/nick.png" width="489"></p> <p>With its thin, crisp-chewy crust, New Haven-style pizza is kin to the classic Neapolitan pie, with the added distinction of being baked in wicked-hot coal-fired ovens, which blisters the dough and gives it a light char. New Haven’s most famous contribution to pizza bliss is probably the white clam pie, a daring but straightforward assemblage of freshly shucked Rhode Island clams, pecorino romano, garlic, dried oregano and olive oil, also said to have originated at Frank Pepe’s.</p> <p>At Nick’s New Haven-Style Pizzeria and Bar in Boca Raton and Coral Springs, chef-owner <strong>Nick Laudano</strong> goes the original white clam pizza one (or two) better, adding mozzarella and bacon to the basic recipe. It might seem a little unusual to anyone raised on the standard tomato sauce-cheese-pepperoni pie, but one slice and you’ll see that it’s tough to beat “a-beetz.”</p> <p><strong>White Clam Pizza with Bacon and Garlic</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/whiteclampizza.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>10 ounces pizza dough (for a 12-inch pizza)</p> <p>1/4 pounds or less shredded mozzarella (not fresh)</p> <p>14 to 16 ounces fresh clams, whole or chopped (your choice)</p> <p>Several slices cooked bacon (to taste)</p> <p>Scattering grated pecorino-romano cheese</p> <p>Drizzle garlic-infused olive oil</p> <p>An hour before cooking, place pizza stone in oven and turn to highest setting (at least 500 degrees). Stretch dough into round shape, scatter pizza peel with cornmeal and place dough on it. Add cheeses, clams and bacon and drizzle with garlic oil. Scatter more cornmeal on pizza stone and slide pizza into oven. It will take between 10 and 15 minutes, depending on your oven. </p>Web Xtra: Art Basel Miami Beach, A Timeline2014-11-01T06:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/11/01/web-xtra-art-basel-miami-beach-a-timeline/<p>Art Basel Miami Beach never ceases to make its share of headlines, in each of its 12 years. Here are just a few of the highlights.</p> <p><img alt="" height="218" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/baselcontainers.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>2001:</strong> Art Basel is intended to launch in December of this year, but 9-11 puts the kibosh on the plans, costing the fair’s producers upwards of $1 million.</p> <p><strong>2002:</strong> In its first year, Art Basel Miami Beach becomes an immediate hit, already innovating: Some young artists exhibit their work in temporarily converted shipping containers near the beach.</p> <p><img alt="" height="243" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/dont-trust-anyone-over-30.jpg" width="314"></p> <p><strong>2004:</strong> This year’s only-at-Basel ancillary events include “Don’t Trust Anyone Over Thirty,” a “puppet rock opera” that combines video and live music from noisy indie rockers Japanther. Big-name artists like Robert Rauschenberg, Jeff Koons and James Rosenquist are spotted at parties.</p> <p><strong>2006:</strong> Art Salon, an open-platform discussion group, and Open Air Cinema, a program showcasing the art of music videos, premiere. Dennis Hopper, Chuck Close and Ai Weiwei are among the fair’s special guest speakers.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/iggy-pop.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>2007:</strong> Miami-based rocker Iggy Pop performs a legendary, free beachside concert on the fair’s opening night. Meanwhile, 1,200 attendees at Miami’s Vizcaya Museum and Gardens experience The Ball of Artists, an aural and visual installation connecting contemporary art with regional history. </p> <p><img alt="" height="377" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/pae-white-selfroaming.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>2009:</strong> Los Angeles artist Pae White constructs “Self Roaming,” an experiential outdoor space described in Basel press reports as a “labyrinth-like metropolis on the sand.”</p> <p><strong>2011:</strong> Art Basel Miami Beach joins forces with the New World Symphony, with the organization Performa creating a vertical artwork that engaged all three floors of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Symphony building. Also this year, pop-up pianos appear throughout the county, and the fair launches its Art Video program, projecting video art onto a 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall.</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/william-sweetlove-freedomtower.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>2012:</strong> William Sweetlove dots Miami’s Freedom Tower with motley reptiles; and, speaking of animal art, Romero Britto buys a painting by Bubbles the Chimp.</p> <p><strong>2013:</strong> Art dealer/curator Jeffrey Deitch famously runs into Diddy and says, “Hi, Kayne.” Controversial works at this year’s fair include a naked lady sculpture made from human hair, courtesy of artist Shen Shaomin, and Martin Creed’s award-winning toilet paper tower.</p>Crawl-O-Ween Bar Crawl2014-10-31T09:54:28+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/31/crawl-o-ween-bar-crawl/<p>Spend your Halloween trick-or-treating the adult way: bar crawling.</p> <p><img alt="" height="446" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/crawloween.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Barcrawls.com is presenting <strong>Crawl-O-Ween Bar Crawl</strong> on Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Nov. 1 from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. Get your one-day pass for $10 or two-day pass for $15 to seven bars in Brickell, Miami Beach and South Beach. You can register at Burger and Beer Joint <em>(900 S. Miami Ave Suite 130, Miami.)</em></p> <p>For more information visit <a href="http://barcrawls.com">barcrawls.com</a>.</p> <p> </p>Fashion Forward: Watch Events + Outlet Expansion2014-10-31T09:31:23+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/31/fashion-forward-watch-events-outlet-expansion/<p><strong><img alt="" height="163" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/cristino.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Cocktails and Cristino:</strong> Join Cristino Fine Jewelry as it launches the Waldan International watch line (<em>pictured above)</em>. The boutique will be celebrating with a cocktail reception on Nov. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m., which will include a special appearance from Andrew Waldan, the CEO and owner of the European line.</p> <p><em>RSVP by emailing <a href="mailto:gloria_hosh@yahoo.com">gloria_hosh@yahoo.com</a> or calling 561/210-5222.</em></p> <p><strong>Take some time</strong>: Town Center at Boca Raton and its luxury watch retailers are making a (literal) toast to timepieces during the Festival of the Watches event on Nov. 15 from 2 to 8 p.m.  Retailers, including Porsche Design, Bvlgari, Mayors, TOUS and Cartier, will host in store events like appearances from watch makers, champagne and special gifts with purchases.</p> <p><em>For more information, visit the <a href="http://www.simon.com/mall/town-center-at-boca-raton/stream/luxury-watch-event-1404414">website</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Outlet Expansion:</strong> The Colonnade at Sawgrass Mills is expanding for a second time to meet store and customer demand. We blogged about it <a href="/blog/2014/10/29/the-colonnade-at-sawgrass-mills-expands/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Movie Review: &quot;Nightcrawler&quot;2014-10-31T09:19:21+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/31/movie-review-nightcrawler/<p>There is a life form in the modern media that is lower than the paparazzo, at least according to the macabre satire “<a href="http://www.nightcrawlerfilm.com/" target="_blank">Nightcrawler</a>,” which opens today. It’s the freelance “news” cameraman, the sort of person who makes his living cruising nocturnal suburbs with a pawn-shop police scanner, arriving at grisly crime scenes during, or preferably before, police investigations, to film titillating B-roll for local news operations and their bloodthirsty viewership.</p> <p><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/night3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>That’s the situation for Louis Bloom, a petty thief and meager hermit, who stumbles upon a flaming car wreck, chats up a freelance cameraman, or “nightcrawler” (played with unctuous gusto by Bill Paxton) and decides to pursue the field himself. Bloom is played, marvelously, by Jake Gyllenhaal, in the creepiest performance of his life. With a gaunt frame, slicked-back hair, sunken eyes and a pencil smile, he looks like Ichabod Crane, or like an animated scarecrow.</p> <p>He’s also clearly a psychopath, but he’s a functional one. How else to explain his ability to keep it together and focus on editing and framing when filming the blood spurting from a crash victim’s trachea? Soon enough, with Bloom’s products seeing more and more airtime on a local “bleeds-it-leads” news station, he sees the need to up his own ante, and his rates, by deliberately interfering in active crime scenes. He adjusts the items in victims’ homes for aesthetic purposes and moving bodies so they’ll look more attractive in the frame and, eventually, causes crimes himself—because what better way to control a story than by orchestrating its content?</p> <p>“Nightcrawler” progresses in an elliptical structure that is generally free of surprises, its plot a procession of escalating crimes and news packages, each one more extreme and amoral than the one before it. What makes “Nightcrawler” so brilliant is that it implicates so much of American society under its umbrella, its satirical targets wide enough to encompass predatory capitalism, the shameless news media and the viewers who watch Bloom’s snuff reports. It’s “Network,” “American Psycho” and “Peeping Tom” wrapped into one film.</p> <p><img alt="" height="344" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/rene-russo.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>If there’s a character more contemptuous than Bloom, it’s Nina (another wonderful performance, from Rene Russo), the news director who begins a “special relationship” with Bloom, and who likens her morning newscast to “a screaming woman running down the street with her throat cut.” There’s nothing she won’t show on television to improve her ratings, and when Bloom fails to deliver on crucial nights, she adopts the mannerisms of a crack whore—a junkie desperate for a fix of prurience, content even to trade her own body to Bloom to retain his exclusivity.</p> <p>As for Bloom, he’s a perfect candidate for a CEO, a profession riddled with psychopaths. He’s not only ruthless and lacking empathy, but he speaks in secondhand financial-development aphorisms, the sort proffered by Napoleon Hill and Dale Carnegie, configuring these pointers of the self-made man to his own warped business model.</p> <p>So his success is no surprise: He’s playing the corporate game exactly right.</p>2014 Halloween Events2014-10-30T12:55:34+00:00Annie Pizzutelli/blog/author/annie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/30/2014-halloween-events/<p>Whether you're looking for something to do with the kids, the entire family or just the adults, there are plenty of Halloween activities happening around town. Since the holiday falls on a Friday this year, why not continue the spooks and scares through the weekend? From trick or treating to live music we’ve laid out the best places to spend your Halloweekend.</p> <p><img alt="" height="559" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/halloween.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>For the Kids:</p> <p><strong>Delray Marketplace Halloween Trick-or-Treat Event, Thursday, Oct. 30, 6-8 p.m. </strong></p> <p><em>14851 Lyons Road, Delray Beach<strong></strong></em></p> <p>Bring the kids from shop to shop for an evening of hayrides, a mini pumpkin patch, and arts and craft stations. Giveaways will include a BMW trunk full of candy, gift cards and giant candy bars from ItSugar.</p> <p><strong>Monster Mash: Thursday, Oct. 30, 3:30 p.m.</strong></p> <p><em>18685 State Road 7, Boca Raton</em></p> <p>The West Boca Library invites kids in grades K-3 to enjoy some spooky Halloween stories, a fun game and make special holiday crafts.</p> <p><strong>Whole Foods Trick or Treat: Friday Oct. 31, 6 p.m.</strong></p> <p><em>1400 Glades Road, Boca Raton<strong></strong></em></p> <p>Go all natural this Halloween and take your kids to Whole Foods for a guided trick-or-treat tour around the store. Make sure to arrive on time because once the tour starts late participants won’t be able to join.</p> <p><strong>Town Center at Boca Raton Mall-O-Ween: Friday, Oct. 31 5:30 p.m.</strong></p> <p><em>6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton</em></p> <p>Halloween activities are taking place all day, but from 5:30 to 8 p.m. parents can safety walk their kids store to store to trick-or-treat for candy and prizes.</p> <p>For the Grown-Ups:</p> <p><strong>Blue Martini: Friday Oct. 31 and Saturday Nov. 1</strong></p> <p><em>6000 Glades Rd C-1380, Boca Raton<strong></strong></em></p> <p>The lounge has already been hosting costume parties all week long but over the weekend the real festivities begin. On Friday night, Blue Martini will host “Haunted Blue” from 8 p.m to close. Then on Saturday night, the “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) party will have live music from La Linea as well as DJs spinning salsa, Brazilian, meringue and top 40 sets. Ladies drink free from 9-11 p.m. on Saturday and on both nights $1,000 worth of prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.</p> <p><strong>Trick or Beats Music Festival: Friday Oct. 31 and Saturday Nov. 1</strong></p> <p><em>Sunset Cove Amphitheatre 20405 Amphitheater Circle, Boca Raton<strong></strong></em></p> <p>This two-day festival at the Sunset Cove Ampitheatre is headlined by Lil John. Other acts will include Caked Up, Hero Bust and Borgeous. Tickets are $55 each day or $90 for a two-day pass.</p> <p><strong>Sybarite Pig Beers of the Dark: Friday, Oct. 31 </strong></p> <p><em>20642 State Road 7, Boca Raton<strong></strong></em></p> <p>The pig will be offering specials on the darkest of dark beers for their Halloween festivities. Brews on tap include Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin, Evil Twin Doughnut Break and Cigar City Good Gourd. Sybarite Pig will be raffling off a bottle of Fou' Foune and hosting a costume contest for a bottle of New Glarus Strawberry Rhubarb.</p> <p><strong>Moonshine Molly’s Homecoming Halloween Party: Friday, Oct. 31, 9 p.m.</strong></p> <p><em>6450 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton<strong></strong></em></p> <p>South Florida’s DJ Anthony will be spinning at this EDM Halloween party. Cash prizes will be awarded for best costume. Anyone 18 and over can enter but of course you have to be 21 to drink.</p> <p><strong>Funky Buddah Halloween Party: Friday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m.</strong></p> <p><em>2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</em></p> <p>At 8 p.m. the lounge will be revealing their newest brews at the beer release. Then at 10 p.m. progressive soul/hip-hop band The Politix will take the stage. Stick around after the set for the costume contest at 11 p.m.<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>SALT7 Halloween Costume Party: Friday, Oct. 31, 10 p.m.</strong></p> <p><em>32 S.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach</em></p> <p>This year’s Halloween party will feature music from DJ Vinsane. There will be a costume contest for three categories: scariest, sexiest and silliest, and each winner will receive a $100 gift card to Salt.</p> <p><strong>Buddah Sky Bar Boodah Ball</strong><strong>: Friday, Oct. 31, 10 p.m.</strong><strong></strong></p> <p><em>217 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach</em><strong><em></em></strong></p> <p>Buddah’s second annual Halloween bash will have drink and bottle specials and host a set from DJ Crunch Time. Enter the costume contest for a chance to win a bottle of Remy Martin.</p>Bogus campaign slams and more2014-10-30T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/30/bogus-campaogn-slams-and-time-for-goddman-to-check-in/<h3><img alt="" height="437" src="/site_media/uploads/slide1.png" width="450"></h3> <p><em>Pictured: David Silvers</em></p> <h3>Bogus facts?</h3> <p>In one of the few competitive Florida House races, an ad for Republican State Rep. Bill Hager seems to unfairly and inaccurately target a Boca Raton company.</p> <p>The company is Hollywood Media, which trades on the NASDAQ. Hager is being challenged by Democrat David Silvers (above). His mother, Laurie Silvers, is president of Hollywood Media. His stepfather, Mitchell Rubenstein, is chairman and CEO of Hollywood Media. David Silvers currently works for a book licensing company called Tekno Books, which Hollywood Media owns.</p> <p>The voiceover in the Republican Party of Florida ad says, “South Florida families will never forget what happened” when David Silvers got a job in the “family business with little experience.” The voiceover goes on to say that David Silvers “did nothing as his company ran into the ground.” As a result, “workers were laid off and families were devastated.” The ad tells viewers that 38 percent of company employees lost their jobs. As this happened, the ad charges, “David Silvers and his family gave themselves more than $1.5 million in “pay and bonuses.” David Silvers “lost our jobs” and “lost our trust.”</p> <p>That’s a tough ad, complete with the predictable picture of David Silvers looking rode hard and put up wet. But are the charges true?</p> <p>Fine print in the ad cites as sources Securities and Exchange filings by Hollywood Media for 2007 and 2009. I read the filings, which detail the sale of companies by Hollywood Media. I called David Silvers, who put me in touch with Mitchell Rubenstein.</p> <p>According to Rubenstein, the reality is far different from what the ad claims. Though the SEC filings show a decline in the number of employees for the publicly traded parent company, Rubenstein said the jobs were not lost. They simply were shifted to the buyers. And while the ad refers to “South Florida families,” Rubenstein said the jobs were out of state.</p> <p>Rubenstein was irritated/intrigued enough to ask his accounting staff to examine the filings. He and they believe that the “38 percent” figure comes from subtracting the number of jobs at companies Hollywood Media sold from Hollywood Media’s workforce.</p> <p>And what about the other charge—that David Silvers profited at those employees’ expense?</p> <p>The ad says David Silvers had a “director’s job.” That implies that he served on the board of directors or was a top administrator. Rubenstein said neither is true.  Some of David Silvers’ job titles with Hollywood Media have included the title “director,” Rubenstein said. Indeed, Silver’s current title is President and Director of Business Development for Tekno Books. But David Silvers, Rubenstein said, “has never been an officer.”</p> <p>Finally, what about that “over one-and-half-million in pay and bonuses.” Rubenstein found one year during the period in question when total compensation for himself and Laurie Silvers came to about $1.5 million. But a review of David Silvers’ record with the company, Rubenstein said, shows only modest bonuses.</p> <p>I contacted the Republican Party of Florida to ask for details on the charges in the ad. I first got an email from Director of Communications Susan Hepworth listing the SEC filings I had seen. I then asked for a response to Rubenstein’s assertions that the jobs were not lost and were not in South Florida to begin with.</p> <p>Hepworth emailed to say, “Hollywood Media Corp.’s filing speak for themselves—there was a reduction in employees while David was in charge.” But David Silvers was not in charge, and the response doesn’t address whether the employees actually lost their jobs or were “South Florida families” in the first place.</p> <p>Rubenstein called the ad “a complete fantasy” and “utterly false.” He wondered why Hager, whose campaign website lists endorsements from several business groups, would go after a local business. In addition to its publicly traded ventures, Hollywood Media operates privately held cable and radio businesses in the Treasure Coast.</p> <p>Perhaps the ad shows that Hager and the party are worried. The district, which includes Boca Raton, Delray Beach and coastal areas north to Singer Island, is only slightly Republican in terms of registered voters. Hager got just 52.7 percent in 2012. Since David Silvers has no political background, there are no votes to go after.</p> <p>But unless the GOP or Hager can provide a better answer, this ad has to be considered dishonest even by the low standards of campaign ads.</p> <h3>Time to check in</h3> <p>Since May 2012, when <strong>John Goodman</strong> was sentenced to 16 years in prison for killing Scott Wilson and leaving him to drown, he has spent almost no time behind bars. He was free on bond while he appealed, and then he got a new trial due to juror misconduct.</p> <p>On Tuesday, the founder of the <a href="http://www.internationalpoloclub.com/" target="_blank">International Polo Club</a> in Wellington was convicted again of DUI manslaughter and failing to render aid. In plain English, Goodman got stinking drunk in February 2010, rammed Wilson’s car into a canal west of Wellington and ran away.</p> <p>Naturally, Goodman will appeal again. When you’ve spent what credible people have told me could be as much as $15 million on two legal defenses, why stop now? Among other things, Goodman will argue that Palm Beach County Circuit Judge William Colbath should have allowed Goodman’s attorneys more freedom to challenge evidence about Goodman’s blood-alcohol level. The defense has claimed that the blood was improperly drawn.</p> <p>On Tuesday, as happened after the first jury ruled in March 2012, Goodman was taken to jail. Soon enough, though, he will ask Colbath for a supersedeas bond. In plain English, he will ask to have his freedom until the 4<sup>th</sup> District Court of Appeal rules. Given the time to prepare and make arguments, and the leisurely pace of the 4<sup>th</sup> DCA, that could take a year.</p> <p>On Tuesday, a spokesman for the state attorney’s office told me that prosecutors Sherri Collins—who also tried the first case—and Al Johnson are “researching” whether Goodman is eligible for the bond and whether they will challenge it. After the first conviction, Goodman was free on a $7 million bond but under house arrest. He paid $2,000 per day for a sheriff’s detail to watch him. Colbath reduced the bond to $4 million after throwing out the first verdict in May 2013, but took Goodman off house arrest.</p> <p>Goodman has been treated more then fairly. He got permission to visit his mother for four days just before she died. Colbath tossed the first conviction not because of any problem with evidence but because of a self-absorbed juror who was seeking publicity—or maybe just a date. The second trial didn’t shake any of the evidence. Indeed, the jury came back in just four hours—two hours sooner than the first jury.</p> <p>Goodman’s guilt is clear. This time, he should have to wear a jump suit and live in government housing while he appeals.</p> <h3>Red light cameras to get the red light?      </h3> <p>Two weeks ago, the 4<sup>th</sup> District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach issued a ruling that could strike down almost every red-light camera program in Florida.</p> <p>As a result of the ruling that found Hollywood’s program unconstitutional, Palm Beach County and West Palm Beach stopped issuing tickets. For now, though, nothing is changing in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach, but for different reasons.</p> <p>In Hollywood, the company that maintains the cameras also sends out the violations and helps to enforce them. The court, correctly, found that the city cannot outsource law enforcement to a private third party. Most cities operate their programs this way.</p> <p>Boynton Beach does not. City Manager Lori LaVerriere said that while American Traffic Solutions—the largest vendor in Florida—does the initial screening, the city reviews all Notices of Violation and sends them out. LaVerriere calls that an “extra step of review,” and it might be enough to render Boynton’s program legal under rules the Legislature created in 2010.</p> <p>Red-light critics like me have said the programs are more about raising money for local governments than making roads safer. LaVerriere said her city’s program doesn’t generate significant revenue, and that Boynton has “seen a reduction” in crashes at the monitored intersections. Still, LaVerriere said, Boynton Beach will “assess” as Hollywood appeals the ruling. Boynton Beach’s contract with American Traffic Solutions expires in 2016.</p> <p>Assistant City Manager Mike Woika said Boca Raton’s system is “similar” to Hollywood’s. The violation ultimately comes from American Traffic Solutions.</p> <p>Regarding money, Woika said Boca’s contract “insures that the city will not lose money. . .” He adds that the program “is not producing revenue for the city.” Regarding safety, Woika said, “There has been a general trend showing a reduction in accidents at the intersections in which traffic cameras were installed in 2012.” He added, though, that “other variables” might explain the reduction.</p> <p>A better solution would be to adjust the duration of yellow and red signals at these intersections. Or the cities could do it the old-fashioned way and assign a cop.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at randy@bocamag.com</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>Delray Marketplace presents Fitness in the Park2014-10-30T00:00:00+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/30/delray-marketplace-presents-fitness-in-the-park/<p>If fashion has told you anything recently, it should be that a fit lifestyle has become the norm. So it wasn’t surprising to hear that Delray Marketplace would be hosting fitness classes throughout November and December.</p> <p><img alt="" height="439" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/fitnessinthepark.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Fitness in the Park</strong>, the shopping center’s new program, will offer yoga classes on the first Saturday and CrossFit classes on the first Sunday of November and December. They will be held at the <strong>Delray Marketplace Amphitheater</strong>.</p> <p>That’s 9 a.m. on Nov. 1 and Dec. 6 for yoga, which will be led by <a href="http://livyogainstitute.com/" target="_blank">LivYoga Institute</a>, and 10 a.m. on Nov. 2 and Dec. 7 for CrossFit, taught by <a href="http://www.crossfitbocaraton.com/" target="_blank">CrossFit Boca Raton</a>. </p> <p>Classes are free and open to the public, with students encouraged to arrive 15 min. before the class begins. There is currently no cap on class size, though this may change depending on the courses’ popularity.</p> <p><em>Delray Marketplace is located at 14851 Lyons Road, Delray Beach. </em></p>The Week Ahead: Oct. 29 to Nov. 32014-10-29T13:30:09+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/29/the-week-ahead-oct-29-to-nov-3/<p>WEDNESDAY (TODAY)</p> <p><img alt="" height="560" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/browning_christopher-copy1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: John O’Sullivan Memorial Lecture</strong></p> <p>Where: FAU’s University Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 4 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20</p> <p>Contact: 800/564-9539, <a href="http://www.fauevents.com" target="_blank">fauevents.com</a></p> <p>With Halloween around the corner, Florida Atlantic University could not have scheduled a more frightening topic for its John O’Sullivan Memorial Lectureship: “Hitler and the Decisions for the Final Solution.” An expert on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, speaker Christopher Browning, of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, has penned numerous books on the subject, including “Ordinary Men” and “Origins of the Final Solution.” The latter has been called “definitive,” “magisterial” and “superb” by critics, documenting how persecution of Jews accelerated into genocide in three short years. And with history always doomed to repeat itself, this cautionary tragedy is worth revisiting.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/haloween.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Mall-O-Ween</strong></p> <p>Where: Town Center at Boca Raton, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 5:30 to 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/368-6001</p> <p>Families looking for a safe trick-and-treating environment should bring their pint-sized zombies, astronauts and fairies to Town Center, where candy will dispensed at participating retailers. “There is an activity here for every ghost, witch, princess and werewolf," said Town Center marketing director Ellen Korelitz in a statement. Better yet, for the adults, the event is early enough that you’ll still have time to run home, change into <em>your</em> costume, and hit the party of your choice, while your little ones gorge on sugar.</p> <p><img alt="" height="618" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/bluebeard.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: “Bluebeard’s Castle”</strong></p> <p>Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 8:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40-$65</p> <p>Contact: 561/586-6410, <a href="http://www.lakeworthplayhouse.org" target="_blank">lakeworthplayhouse.org</a></p> <p>For one of those adult Halloween options, visit the Lake Worth Playhouse for its season gala opening, a one-night only production of possibly the most macabre of all operas, “Bluebeard’s Castle.” Composed by the Hungarian virtuoso Bela Bartok in 1911, this minimalist opera, which runs just over an hour and features just two singing characters, features enough sinister mayhem and high drama for operas twice its length. Not to be confused with his high-seas namesake, the Bluebeard in Bartok’s tale is an eccentric duke with a history of murdered wives. Not taking the hint, his latest paramour Judith enters his gloomy castle at the opera’s opening and is confronted with seven locked doors, which contain secrets about her lover’s true nature. Attendees are encouraged to arrive in costume, and after the production, VIP ticket-holders (for $65) can shake off the scares at a private after-party at next door’s Suri Tapas Bar, where they will receive appetizers and a free drink.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/dracula1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Dracula”</strong></p> <p>Where: Eissey Campus Theatre, 11051 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens</p> <p>When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $21</p> <p>Contact: 561/207-5900, <a href="http://www.reachdancecompany.com" target="_blank">reachdancecompany.com</a></p> <p>Another of those Halloween night choices could very well be this return engagement from Reach and O Dance, two of the very few dance companies producing original work in South Florida. The piece, which premiered in 2013, has become Reach Dance Company’s “signature work,” founder Maria Konrad told <em>Boca</em> magazine earlier this year. The jazz dancers of Reach and the ballet specialists in O Dance will join forces for a full-length work juxtaposing the vampiric darkness of the Dracula legend with 1920s glamour, creating a cinematic experience through movement, costuming, sets, lighting and video projection. If done right, the dance will be so effectively you’ll want to check your neck for teeth marks on the way out.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="344" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/haunted-delray.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Haunted: A Pop-Up Gala”</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 to 11 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $75</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922 ext. 304, <a href="http://delraycenterforthearts.org" target="_blank">delraycenterforthearts.org</a></p> <p>With the Mexican Day of the Dead following Halloween by exactly one day—both on a weekend, no less—the opportunities for dress-up and revelry are manifold. At tonight’s pop-up gala at Delray’s Cornell Museum of Art, you can dress to the skeletal nines and honor the dead while at the same time supporting an increasingly vital cultural institution in Palm Beach County. Masks and hats are encouraged at this fundraising bash, whose requested attire is described as “creative black tie.” There will be light bites from 10 downtown restaurants as well as an open bar, DJ dance music and artwork for sale from edgy artists. According to event organizers, there will be some guaranteed surprise guests and a rumored appearance from the Delray Center’s resident ghost … wait, the Delray Center for the Arts has a resident ghost? Visit Saturday and find out.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/rod-man.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Last Comic Standing” tour</strong></p> <p>Where: Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $41.87-$121.37</p> <p>Contact: 954/344-5999, <a href="http://www.coralspringscenterforthearts.com" target="_blank">coralspringscenterforthearts.com</a></p> <p>NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” returned triumphantly this year for the first time since 2010, running 10 comedians through a ringer of challenges, from national TV appearances to celebrity roasts and Universal Studios hosting gigs. Last week, four comedians survived these challenges unscathed, and they’ll be sharing a stage for the series’ fall tour. They’re all undeniably funny and certifiably unique, so that for comedy fans, this quadruple-bill provides something for everyone: the unrelenting stream-of-consciousness of Rod Man (pictured), the outsized humility and warmth of Nikki Carr, the masterly high-pitched provocations of Joe Machi, and the observational riffs of Lachlan Patterson. Let’s just hope they brought some material for their roadshow that hasn’t already been broadcast to millions.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="263" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/memorywalk.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Keep Memories Alive—Exercise Your Mind” walk</strong></p> <p>Where: Town Center at Boca Raton, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 9 a.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free, with participants encouraged to raise funds</p> <p>Cost: 561/297-4066, <a href="http://www.nursing.fau.edu" target="_blank">nursing.fau.edu</a></p> <p>Unlike most fundraising walks, this ninth annual event supporting FAU’s Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center takes place amid the sparkle and air conditioning of an indoor mall, Boca’s own Town Center. And in spirit of the Center’s indispensable service toward those with mild to moderate memory disorders, the event’s mall route will feature games, exercises and entertainment aimed at stimulating your mind as well as your feet. Walkers who raise a minimum of $30 before the event of $40 the day of the event will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Let’s hope this year’s funds will top last year’s event, which raised more than $300,000 to fund, among other thing, 27 Day Center scholarships.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="389" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/ruschastandard.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “American Scene Photography: The Martin Z. Margulies Collection”</strong></p> <p>Where: Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: Noon to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5-$10</p> <p>Contact: 954/525-5500, <a href="http://www.moafl.org" target="_blank">moafl.org</a></p> <p>Vintage photographs by Walker Evans, Lewis Hines and Dorothea Lange are among the works collected, over a 20-year period, by Martin Z. Margulies, whose taste in photography captures the beauty and expansiveness of America’s landscapes and the character and diversity of its people and cities. In fact, the subject of this survey of Margulies’ collection is nothing less than American history from the early 20<sup>th</sup> century to the present, with more than 190 images from 74 photographers helping to tell the story. “Marty Margulies’ collection of photography is unique in its historical depth, with strong holdings of vintage impressions, as well as the breadth of contemporary works,” curator Bonnie Clearwater tells <em>Boca</em> magazine. “I’m interested not only in the photographs, but how the collection creates a narrative about the collector, especially Mr. Margulies’ deep interest in the human condition.” The exhibition runs through March 22.</p>Boca After Dark: Bull Bar2014-10-29T11:41:28+00:00Annie Pizzutelli/blog/author/annie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/29/boca-after-dark-bull-bar/<p><strong>Address</strong>: 2 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561/274-8001</p> <p><img alt="" height="352" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/bullbar.jpg" width="466"></p> <p><strong>The lowdown</strong>: Pretension may fly at some of the more haute spots in Delray, but the well-heeled routine doesn’t play here at the corner of Atlantic and Swinton. Once patrons pass the bullhead dolphin adorning the front entrance, and through a cloud of smoke, they enter an unwritten, unspoken contract.</p> <p>Don’t bother asking for frilly craft cocktails and gastropub appetizers. In return, you’ll be greeted with smiles; your dollar will stretch farther than at any other bar on The Ave; and your clothes will smell like cigarettes when you leave.</p> <p>The trade off, for most people, is worth it. With only a dozen barstools and about nine small tables, Bull Bar is a throwback. It’s a classic neighborhood bar that, no matter the night of the week, is buzzing with tangible energy. On the night I went, a private investigator clanked “cheers” with his buddy after a long day on the job. A young couple cut loose on the crowded dance floor following their shift at one of the white-tablecloth restaurants down the street. In the corner, a group of co-eds were throwing back a few after a day of classes.</p> <p>If you’re under 30, be prepared for a thorough cross-examination. I faced an easier time crossing the border at customs than I did getting Matt, my friendly bartender with a Kiwi accent, to finally accept my ID. Once proven legit, choose from a no-frills drink menu: beer, call drinks, and wine.</p> <p>Three beers are on tap. Goose Island Honker’s Ale is kept as a mainstay, and the Stella and Red Hook Long Hammer will be rotated out seasonally. Matt was kind enough to offer me a sample of the newest IPA. A good variety of bottled domestic, import and craft beer is available, as well.</p> <p>The full bar features everything from low-end house brands to top-shelf Grey Goose and Johnnie Walker. Recently, Bull Bar ditched its bottled wines in favor of wines on tap—Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Cabernet—kept at a perfect temperature.</p> <p>Even if you’ve never been inside, there’s something familiar about Bull Bar. The walls are covered in photos of loyal customers, and the owner even celebrates a few “good locals” by posting their names on plaques over the bar.</p> <p>Everybody inside may not know your name, but it feels like they do. And that’s what keeps them coming back.</p> <p><strong>The intangibles</strong>: Live music is one of the draws here; local bands rock out on a small stage in the corner nearly every night of the week. On Mondays, Delray musicians Jorge Zarruk and Schuyler Busby host their weekly “Bru-ja-ja” from 9 p.m. to midnight. They call it a “not-quite-open-mic” jam, where they invite professional musicians in the area to collaborate on stage.   Every Tuesday, singer-songwriter Andre Alderman plays a solo acoustic set. From Wednesday to Saturday, Bull Bar calls in guest artists to take the stage. Acts booked during the weekdays usually play softer more relaxing music, while on the weekends the bar invites bands known to “party like rockstars.”</p> <p>On Sundays the amps are turned down, and the surround sound is turned up during football season. The games are shown on four flat-screen TVs; if there is a large enough crowd, the bartender will usually order pizza for everyone. Although the bar pulled its dartboards a few months ago during a redesign of the stage, it still brings out Cornhole and ring-toss games on some of its slower nights.</p> <p>No matter the night, there is always something going on—including two-for-one happy hour specials every day on beer, wine and well cocktails.</p> <p><strong>Hours:</strong> Sunday through Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Thursday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Website:</strong> <a href="http://www.facebook.com/bullbarincdelray">facebook.com/bullbarincdelray</a></p>The Colonnade at Sawgrass Mills Expands2014-10-29T08:48:58+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/29/the-colonnade-at-sawgrass-mills-expands/<p>The Colonnade at <a href="http://www.simon.com/mall/sawgrass-mills" target="_blank">Sawgrass Mills</a> already boasts an impressive roster of outlet shops: Kate Spade, Coach, Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, Burberry, Diane Von Furstenberg – I could keep on going. But that list still wasn’t enough for Sawgrass, which announced Monday that the Colonnade would be expanding yet again.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/sawgrass_colonnade.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>“The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills is already a huge success,” says Luanne Lenberg, VP and general manager of Sawgrass Mills, in an emailed statement. “This next expansion will meet the demands of designer brands looking to expand their market presence, as well as loyal shoppers who appreciate quality merchandise at great values.”</p> <p>The burgeoning promenade will add another 30 shops and restaurants come 2016. New retailers could not be announced yet, but brands will be in line with current designers already at the Colonnade. The stores will be located east of the existing plaza, an area that currently houses a parking lot.</p> <p>We’ll bring you more updates as they come along!</p>Local Swimming Champ Dives into Yoga2014-10-29T00:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/29/local-swimming-champ-dives-into-yoga/<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Anyone who swims with masters’ swimming groups in Boca Raton has probably admired <strong>Katherine Karageorges Sharp</strong>. She’s the lean, tall, stunning and fast swimmer, who effortlessly glides down the lane. Years ago, when I swam for exercise, I’d watch helplessly as Sharp lapped me. I’d put on fins to keep up but still wasn’t fast enough.</p> <p><img alt="" height="530" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/kathi.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>At 55, Sharp has amassed six national swimming records. In July 2013, while competing at the National Senior Games at Cleveland State University, the Boca Raton resident set four national records and swam three personal bests. Among the events in which Sharp took home the gold: the 200-yard, 100-yard and 50-yard freestyle races. Age doesn’t seem to make Sharp slower. She improved her swim times since last competing in the National Senior Games in 2011.</p> <p>But Sharp’s fitness achievements go beyond swimming. A credentialed Pilates instructor and certified personal trainer, Sharp is also a long-time yoga enthusiast and trained instructor. Sharp tells <em>The Fit Life</em> that she recently retired from her career as a pharmaceutical rep and plans to spend more time teaching and helping others achieve their personal fitness goals. Yoga, she says, allows her to focus on being present in her own life.</p> <p>“We live in a fast-paced world, where multitasking on the phone, computer, iPad while having lunch with a friend or colleague seems normal,” she says. “Even watching TV, which was considered by some to be mindless, now includes eating, surfing the web, etc. We miss a lot of life. We miss the moments [that] ground us in our memories.”</p> <p>Sharp cites the example of when her dad was sick. While with him, she says, Sharp would make every effort to be 100 percent present—not looking at her phone or other distractions.</p> <p>“I remember our conversations and the feelings from those conversations, clearly,” she says. “I would not have that lasting gift had I been multitasking while spending time with him.”<em></em></p> <p>Sharp has the opportunity to share that philosophy at the new Yoga with Kathi, a weekly Vinyasa class starting Friday, Nov. 14, at <a href="http://www.loibeldancestudio.com/">Loibel Dance Studio</a> (<em>183 W. Camino Real, Boca Raton</em>). She also teaches Vinyasa yoga at <a href="http://www.bodyscenes.com/" target="_blank">Michael's Body Scenes</a> (<em>5994 S.W. 18th St., Boca Raton</em>) Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., and a yin yoga class on Fridays at 4:30 p.m. at the <a href="http://athleticfactorgym.com/" target="_blank">Athletic Factor</a> (<em>2301 W. Sample Road, Pompano Beach</em>).</p> <p>“There is so much more to yoga than the physical practice,” she says. “The physical practice is only one of the eight Limbs of yoga. Yoga is a lifelong journey, and I want to share the benefits and the journey with others. And every person's yoga practice – just like every person’s life – is different. I want each person to let yoga serve them, wherever they are in their journey.”</p> <p>For more information about the new Yoga with Kathi class, call 954/993-5648 or email <a href="mailto:rosabel@loibeldancestudio.com">rosabel@loibeldancestudio.com</a>. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><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="http://www.wordscomealive.com/" target="_blank">wordscomealive.com</a>.</p>Have an Affair … With Your Spouse2014-10-28T12:59:28+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/28/have-an-affair-with-your-spouse/<p>Has the fizzle gone flat in your marriage? Have you lost that chemistry and excitement? Has your sex life stopped? Do you now live like roommates? These are important questions to ask if the “sexy” has left your relationship.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/id-10040683.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This problem is more common among married couples than people realize; if not addressed, it can destroy a marriage. I have worked with countless couples that, while they still love one another, never express it physically.</p> <p>Here’s what I suggest: Ladies, have an affair—with your husband. Men? Do the same—with your wife.</p> <p>One couple I had been working with had been married for 20 years, but they stopped having sex when their children were small. They loved each other, but they also felt lonely. They had no intention of getting divorced or cheating, so they came to me to “fix” their problem.</p> <p>Here’s how the process unfolded:</p> <p>• I asked them to put away all computers and phones. And no social media.</p> <p>• They created time in their busy schedules to spend alone, one on one.</p> <p>• They started slowly and re-learned how to express simple affection.</p> <p>• Each week, they designated one evening as “date night” and found a new place around town to explore.</p> <p>• I asked them to compliment one another each day.</p> <p>Both partners were willing, and gradually they began to learn about the other person all over again. They went on interesting dates, they hugged daily, they listened to one another. In time, they began to explore each other physically—it was almost like working with two virgins.</p> <p>Eventually, I had them check into a hotel and bring an open mind. They lit candles. They danced to the music they brought with them. The couple was so excited to have this “affair” that they fell in love all over again. Their family stayed intact, and they became more fulfilled than they could have possibly imagined.</p> <p>As they left my office, hand in hand at the end of our work, they said, “Everybody should have an affair with their spouse.”</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em>Boca-based therapist Suzanne Wachtel helps couples, families and individuals cope with the stressful obstacles that complicate life. She specializes in giving people the tools to clear those hurdles and successfully move forward. Watchtel has a master’s degree in social work from Adelphi University. She’s also the author of Like Mother, Like Son: A Mom's Guide to Raising Healthy Children. To find out more about Watchel, visit <a href="http://boca-therapy.com/">boca-therapy.com</a>.</em></p>Jazziz angling for late nights, a few election notes and more2014-10-28T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/28/jazzizz-angling-for-late-nights-updates-on-gray-mccarthy-and-a-few-election-notes/<h3>Late nights?</h3> <p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/jazziz.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>What can you do in two hours when it comes to entertainment? You can’t binge watch a TV show. You can’t watch an entire National Football League game. Not even close. You probably can’t watch all of a feature-length movie. Even the bad ones can top two hours.</p> <p>In Boca Raton, though, two hours apparently could be enough to create an entertainment district.</p> <p>That is the idea behind a proposed ordinance that the Boca Raton City Council discussed Monday in a workshop—no voting—meeting. At the moment, however, the “district” basically means the south end of Mizner Park and consists of the night club/restaurant <a href="http://www.jazziz.com/" target="_blank">Jazziz</a>.</p> <p>If the council approves it, a test program would allow Jazziz to stay open until 4 a.m., past the current 2 a.m, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. More important, Jazziz would be able to serve alcohol on those days/early mornings until 4 a.m., two hours beyond the city’s current deadline.</p> <p>The program would last for 60 days. Jazziz would have to hire two off-duty Boca Raton police officers to work outside. If more than 300 people were inside, Jazziz would have to hire another two cops. Jazziz could not serve alcohol outside. If there were three “verified police incidents” between 2 .m. and 4 a.m. during the 60 days – the shirtsleeve English definition meaning drunks causing trouble—the program would end.</p> <p>Constance Scott, the council member who brought up this idea and remains its biggest supporter, called it an “ideal location” for such an experiment and touted Jazziz’ deserved reputation as a regional, even national draw. True enough. Jazziz draws impressive headliners—Oleta Adams, the Rippingtons and John Oates perform in the next couple of weeks—and complements Mizner Park in a way that nothing in that key space ever has.</p> <p>Still, there is a lot involved with those two extra hours. Councilman Michael Mullaugh wondered what happens if, after 60 days, Jazziz is benefiting, the public is happy and there have been no police calls. What then? Does the city allow the extended hours permanently for Jazziz? Do the conditions remain? And what about other downtown clubs and restaurants that also want to stay open that late? “How do we say no?” Mullaugh asked rhetorically.</p> <p>Since the council sentiment was to ensure that the extra hours don’t bother neighbors who prefer to sleep at that time, setting minimum distance requirements from residences could eliminate a lot of other pleaders. Mayor Susan Haynie recalled that the city previously considered the extra hours for another business, but held off because of proximity to neighbors. Andrew McKinney, who oversees Mizner Park for General Growth Properties, said Monday that companies managing Mizner Park’s apartments support the after-hours experiment.</p> <p>After the discussion, the council’s consensus was for the staff to work more on the proposed ordinance, and then bring it back for a public hearing. Councilman Robert Weinroth anticipates a “very interesting debate.”</p> <p>One also hopes that the council can succeed. Boca Raton is lucky to have Jazziz, and, as the council members noted, the clientele is different from people hanging out that late at bars. Assistant Police Chief Joshua Mindick said he “couldn’t remember the last time” the department had to answer a call from Jazziz. But don’t be surprised if debate over these two hours lasts two hours or more.</p> <h3>Gray &amp; McCarthy update</h3> <p>The trial on ethics charges of former Delray Beach city commissioners Angeleta Gray and Alberta McCarthy will begin on Jan. 9. Each faces two misdemeanor charges from Gray’s vote last November on a city contract that allegedly would have benefitted McCarthy without disclosing that McCarthy had repaid part of a business loan for Gray.</p> <p>According to a spokesman for the state attorney’s office, there has been no talk of a plea agreement. Gray lost her bid for reelection last March to Jordana Jarjura. Interestingly, even though Gray is out of office and facing charges, she continues to serve on the Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s board, appointed by County Commissions Steven Abrams. She was allowed to stay because she is fighting the charges.</p> <h3>Election notes</h3> <p>Voters in this area actually have both a competitive Florida House and Florida Senate race. There are more back stories, though, with the Senate contest.</p> <p>It’s a rematch of 2012 between incumbent Democrat Maria Sachs and former incumbent Ellen Bogdanoff. The Legislature redrew the district for the 2012 race, making it slightly more favorable for a Democrat. Sachs gave up a Palm Beach County seat to run in the new District 34, which includes southeast Palm Beach County and northeast Broward along the coast to Fort Lauderdale. Sachs lost in Broward but more than made up for it in Palm Beach, which has about two-thirds of all voters in the district.</p> <p>If Bogdanoff wins, the Republicans probably would have enough votes in the Senate to override a Charlie Crist veto if he became governor. The GOP would need 81 seats in the 120-member House to have override majorities in both chambers.</p> <p>One of the most interested people in the outcome is another state senator, Jack Latvala, from Pinellas County. The Senate president for 2017-18 will be either Latvala or Joe Negron, who represents northern Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. If Bogdanoff wins, she would be a vote for Latvala in what shapes up as a close leadership contest —so close that Democrats might actually matter.</p> <p>To that end, Latvala, his family and his political action committee have given Bogdanoff $5,000, and I’m told that Latvala has been “all over” the district helping Bogdanoff. According to the latest campaign finance reports, though, Negron has not crossed party lines to spend any money from his own political action committee on Sachs.</p> <p>Bogdanoff has raised more money, $610,000 to $454,000, but Bogdanoff’s total includes a $50,000 loan she made to her campaign. Who becomes Senate president can be a big deal, depending on the person’s agenda. Few colleagues challenge a president’s priorities, knowing that doing so could jeopardize their own.</p> <p>President Obama carried Florida Senate District 34 in 2012, but he’s unpopular, and Sachs also benefited from high turnout—70 percent in Palm Beach and 67 percent in Broward. Four years ago, in the last off-presidential-year election, turnout statewide was just 49 percent. Sachs will need the South Florida turnout boost that Democrats hope will get Charlie Crist past Rick Scott.</p> <h3>No show speaks up</h3> <p>Last week, I wrote that Delray Beach commissioners Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet had missed the meeting at which the commission cut the list of city manager finalists to five. I wrote that I had asked Frankel and Jacquet why the missed the meeting, but had not heard back.</p> <p>In fact, Frankel did respond by email, but after the deadline for turning in my Thursday post. He said the reason was a trip he had planned three months in advance. Let the record show that he cited a reason for his absence. I still haven’t heard from Jacquet.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at randy@bocamag.com</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: Coral Skies Music Festival2014-10-27T15:23:37+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/27/concert-review-coral-skies-music-festival/<p><em>(NOTE: The Week Ahead will run on Wednesday, Oct. 29 this week)</em></p> <p>Inventive brews and nosh, a cloudless sky, and overall positive vibes defined the inaugural Coral Skies Music Festival yesterday at Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, a pleasant and musically varied affair from LiveNation. I attended a large mid-day chunk of the festival, sipping on Peanut Butter Apple Ale and enjoying some remarkable food-truck fair from Italian dispenser Il Fiorentino. A had to bail by around 7 to feed our dogs, sadly missing Cage the Elephant, But here are the bands I experienced. (All photos shot by Yafi Yair.)</p> <p> <img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/wildcub1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Wild Cub got the day going with its signature chill-pop, finding the dancey nexus between synths, guitars and percussion, with no less than three drum kits leading the rhythm. Everybody in the band looked like Abercrombie models or grown-up Backstreet Boys, but we won’t hold them against them (though they apparently had an “incident” after Saturday’s show in St. Petersburg, involving some roughnecks who “didn’t like our hair”). Vocalist Keegan DeWitt couldn’t mask the noticeable gravel in his voice, which he seemed to be losing from exhaustion or sickness, but it didn’t dilute this band’s terrific live sound. The set culminated in a rousing version of Wild Cub’s breakthrough single “Thunder Clatter,” an infectious opiate against the oppressive heat.</p> <p>WILD CUB SET LIST (may be missing one song)</p> <ol> <li>Jonti</li> <li>Hidden in the Night</li> <li>Wishing Well</li> <li>Wild Light</li> <li>Thunder Clatter</li> </ol> <p> <img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/bleachers2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Bleachers took the stage around 4 at the Cruzan main stage—dubbed the “Sunset Stage”—but even this seemed like too small a venue for the group’s outsized, epic sound. Another multi-drum project, the group’s set was as thunderous as it was poppy, effortlessly channeling the spirit of the most enduring ‘80s pop (think Simple Minds, Modern English) with a fast-paced, guitar-driven pulse. A faithful cover of The Cranberries’ “Dreams” was a delectable mid-set surprise, with the rest of the material drawn from the group’s exceptional debut “Strange Desire.”</p> <p>Singer Jack Antonoff led the crowd with a sense of unfettered joy at being onstage, an emotion that carried over to the increasingly teeming crowd. A saxophone emerged out of nowhere as the cherry on top of “You’re Such a Mystery,” whose 10-minute, stadium-ready version might have been the highlight of the fest. And judging by the overwhelming response to set closer “I Wanna Get Better,” you’d think it was the biggest pop hit since “Royals,” and it probably should be.</p> <p>BLEACHERS SET LIST</p> <ol> <li>Wild Heart</li> <li>Shadow</li> <li>Wake Me</li> <li>Reckless Love</li> <li>Dreams (The Cranberries)</li> <li>Rollercoaster</li> <li>You’re Such a Mystery</li> <li>I Wanna Get Better</li> </ol> <p><img alt="" height="643" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/steady2.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Next, it was over to the makeshift “Sunrise Stage” for The Hold Steady, a cult band with arguably the deepest discography and longest shelf life of any band at the festival. An infinitesimally small audience watched the group play, which is perhaps to be expected—The Hold Steady’s audience slants older than any of these other bands, and its ironic rock has been too eccentric to really break through commercially.</p> <p>Which was fine for the die-hards huddling close to the stage and shouting back every word, while frontman Craig Finn customarily sang every lyric like it was a random thought that just popped into his head—an impromptu observation he’s testing out in front of us. Too bad we didn’t get anything from the group’s groundbreaking first LP “Almost Killed Me,” but it was hard to complain about a set list that otherwise spanned the band’s decade-long oeuvre with much humor and love. Highlights like “Your Little Hoodrat Friend” and “Sequestered in Memphis” were performed with the fresh excitement of songs penned yesterday, with the band eager to share them with the like-minded.</p> <p>THE HOLD STEADY SET LIST </p> <ol> <li>Stuck Between Stations</li> <li>I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You</li> <li>Chips Ahoy!</li> <li>Sequestered in Memphis</li> <li>Chicago Seemed Tired Last Night</li> <li>Spinners</li> <li>The Ambassador</li> <li>The Weekenders</li> <li>Your Little Hoodrat Friend</li> </ol> <p>10. Southtown Girls</p> <p>11. Stay Positive</p> <p> <img alt="" height="358" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/citycolour.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Back on the main stage, City and Colour closed out our night at Coral Skies as the sun mercifully took its final bow. Coming from someone who has previously been blown away by Dallas Green’s soul-bearing project, I can say with some authority that this was the biggest disappointment of the day, and the dwindling audience during their set confirmed I wasn’t alone. I don’t know if Green was simply in a sour mood, but the show was a real slog-fest, all doom and sorrow, untempered by even a sliver of hope.</p> <p>The set drew heavily from City and Colour’s most recent album, “The Hurry and the Harm,” though it conspicuously ignored its best (and most up-tempo) songs, such as “Paradise,” “Commentators,” “Golden State” and the title track, settling instead on extended versions of soporific dirges; even “Fragile Bird,” from “Little Hell,” lacked its usual power. Needless to say, for a music festival crowd that craved movement, City and Colour gave us little incentive to pay attention. Appropriately enough, Green and his band members abandoned the stage without a goodbye, leaving us with a blinding strobe light to remember them by.</p> <p>CITY AND COLOUR SET LIST</p> <ol> <li>Of Space and Time</li> <li>The Lonely Life</li> <li>The Grand Optimist</li> <li>As Much As I Ever Could</li> <li>Ladies and Gentlemen</li> <li>Sleeping Sickness</li> <li>Two Coins</li> <li>Thirst</li> <li>Fragile Bird</li> </ol> <p>10. Sorrowing Man</p>The Art of Time2014-10-27T12:26:00+00:00Kelsey Kay Howard/blog/author/Kelsey/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/27/the-art-of-time/<h4 class="BodyA">The CEO of De Bethune, at Les Bijoux for a special appearance, explains why every second counts when it comes to the company’s celebrated watches.</h4> <p class="BodyA"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/lesbijoux.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="BodyA">It’s been 12 years since the founders of <a href="http://www.debethune.ch/" target="_blank">De Bethune</a> looked to the past to bring the artistry of watchmaking into the 21st century. The company’s founders—David Zanetta, a collector with a passion for art, history and timepieces; and Denis Flageolet, a third-generation watchmaker—infused their cutting-edge designs with the attention to detail and spirit of adventure that distinguished the great timepiece masters of the 18th century.</p> <p class="BodyA">The result has been an award-winning journey for De Bethune, which has quickly established itself as one of the world’s premier luxury brands.</p> <p class="BodyA">Over the weekend, <a href="http://www.lesbijoux.com/" target="_blank">Les Bijoux</a> at <strong>Mizner Park</strong> welcomed the company’s CEO, Pierre Jacques, for a special appearance at its De Bethune retail space. Jacques, who joined De Bethune in 2011, was the founder and publisher of <em>GMT</em> magazine and branch manager of Les Ambassadeurs Genève. He also headed the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix as director of the organizing company.</p> <p class="BodyA">On his way back to Switzerland from Mexico City, where De Bethune won an award for the Best Chronograph of the Year, Jacques made a brief stop in Boca to connect with some local watch wearers. He took time to speak with <em>Boca Raton</em> magazine about De Bethune’s history, its future and why he loves the industry.</p> <p class="BodyA"><em><img alt="" height="319" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/lesbijoux2.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p class="BodyA"><em>Pictured: Greg Osipov, owner of Les Bijoux, and Pierre Jacques with the award for Best Chronograph of the Year.</em></p> <p class="BodyA"><strong>Why did De Bethune feel it could successfully find an audience for a luxury timepiece brand in 2002 when there were so many established already?</strong></p> <p class="BodyA">If you do things better, even if there is a lot of competition, and you push each detail to the limit, there is always success at the end. So even if there were some high-end brands in 2002, you will be the best if you are doing things in the right way and with all of your heart.</p> <p class="BodyA"><strong>What distinguishes De Bethune from other watch companies?</strong></p> <p class="BodyA">De Bethune was established on three things: tradition, innovation and design. Tradition, because we are a small company where we have only 60 people working in our factory. Each watch in our company is made by hand; every single string, every single screw is finished and polished by hand. There is not one piece that doesn’t go through quality control five or six times. So we are making our watches as they were made in the 18th century by a master watchmaker.</p> <p class="BodyA">Something else that separates De Bethune from many other brands is that we were one of the first to introduce silicone and a balance field in a watch [in 2006]. That innovation really distinguishes our company.</p> <p class="BodyA">The third is design, because if you look at our watches, we really have our own inspiration and DNA. The design of De Bethune can be recognized from afar. We don’t have to put our [logo] on our watches. You can see that our watches don’t look like any other brand—we have our own identity.</p> <p class="BodyA"><strong>What is it about the art of watchmaking that inspires you?</strong></p> <p class="BodyA">A watch in the 21st century is an object of desire and design. It is like a car, if you just show the engine no one will want to drive the car. A watch is the same; you must find the perfect harmony between tradition of how a watch is made, and you also have to associate the innovation because you have to build a watch with today’s technology. You have to also try to find the correct design.</p> <p class="BodyA">It’s really this trio of installation, innovation and design that you combine to make the perfect watch. De Bethune was inspired by the sky to make art pieces. You can see in our collections that many of the watches have a moon face, constellations and stellar skies. Some of our designs look like spaceships and have star-like gems. The inspiration for this movement is that you can link our time with the astro-world. The beginning of humanity was that man wanted to try to read time by the cosmos. This is something we’ve done from the beginning.</p> <p class="BodyA"><strong>How hands-on with the design and innovation of these watches are you?</strong></p> <p class="BodyA">We are a really good company as a trio—the two founders and myself. Denis Flageolet has the watchmaker skills and David Zanetta takes more of the design and creative part. Together we find the limit and push it—like a painter, there is never enough. I take more of the connection and vision of the company part. I know what the people want to wear, what the market wants. They are the best artist and watchmaker and when we speak all three together, we are able to push the limits.</p> <p class="BodyA"><strong>What do you think of the Apple watch and how it will impact the future of the industry?</strong></p> <p class="BodyA">My opinion is that it will impact the industry. With a smart watch you can do whatever you want, but with the luxury watch it will not do all of that. The watch is an object that man can use to express himself, his value, his couture. You can’t take your car into a restaurant, but a watch people can see and know what the person is like. You cannot judge anyone on just the watch, but it does play a big part in men’s lives.</p> <p class="BodyA"><strong>Do you think it will make the entire industry incorporate more technology?</strong></p> <p class="BodyA">Maybe, yes. It could, maybe not in our company because we produce pieces of art, but it will push the industry to innovate even more. </p>Swank Table Season is Here!2014-10-27T12:16:44+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/27/swank-table-season-is-here/<p>In little more than a month, savvy food fans will be back on the farm again—Swank Farm—to partake of Swank Table, Sunday farm-to-table culinary feasts that are the hottest ticket in town this season.</p> <p><img alt="" height="291" src="/site_media/uploads/42.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This year, the time has been changed to 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. instead of noon, and the farm has a new permanent pole barn instead of its massive tent. But what hasn’t changed is the stellar quality of the events—and the rock star chefs and restaurants who are involved. (Not to mention that every event benefits a charity.)</p> <p>For those who have never been, these multicourse dinners are preceded by handcrafted cocktails amid the sunflowers, an exquisite appetizer course, then served family–style on the Loxahatchee Farm, accompanied by wines and music. The atmosphere is natural and festive, and an added bonus (aside from astounding food) is meeting other fun foodies who swear by these dinners.</p> <p>This is this season’s rundown—tickets are $155 per person (and worth every red cent) and you can reserve your place by visiting swankspecialtyproduce.com.</p> <h3>December 7, 2014</h3> <h3>50 EGGS DOWN ON THE FARM</h3> <p>Khong River House, Swine Southern Table &amp; Bar, Yardbird Southern Table &amp; Bar</p> <p>Benefiting Adopt-A-Family</p> <h3>January 11, 2015</h3> <h3>BLACK GOLD &amp; SILVER SANDS</h3> <p>Area 31 Restaurant, db Bistro Moderne, K Restaurant</p> <p>We celebrate Agriculture in our county both past and present.</p> <p>Benefiting Historical Society of Palm Beach County</p> <h3>February 8, 2015</h3> <h3>HOT PINK TOMATO</h3> <p>Ahi Loi, Edge Steak &amp; Bar, The Dutch, 3030 Ocean</p> <p>A tribute to the number one Garden Vegetable.</p> <p>Benefiting Palm Beach County Food Bank</p> <h3>March 8, 2015</h3> <h3>LE GRAND AIOLI</h3> <p>Meat Market, Pilgrim, The Grille, 3030 Ocean</p> <p>Please dress in your best blues or blues and whites.</p> <p>Upscale, downscale. Just so it’s “Le Bleu.”</p> <p>Benefiting Cultural Council of Palm Beach County</p> <h3>March 22, 2015</h3> <h3>WHERE’S THE BEET?</h3> <p>Hippocrates Health Institute, Market 17, Mom’s Pops, The Palms Hotel &amp; Spa</p> <p>A Love Song To Vegetables. An All Vegetable Feast.</p> <p>Benefiting Palm Beach Zoo</p> <h3>April 12, 2015</h3> <p>2ND ANNUAL DINER EN BLANC</p> <p>Cafe Boulud, The Cypress Room, The Genuine Hospitality Group, 32 East</p> <p>A Feast Made Famous In Paris. Please Come Dressed In White</p> <p>Bring Candlesticks, Candleabras, Votives In Glass, And Any Other</p> <p>Candle Holder You Can Think Of To Make Our Evening Sparkle.</p> <p>Benefiting Gumbo Limbo Nature Center</p> <h3>April 26, 2015</h3> <p>PRIME CUTS</p> <p>Ganache 316, Pistache French Bistro, S3, 50 Ocean</p> <p>A Beef Lover’s Paradise.</p> <p>Benefiting Food For The Poor</p>Spotlight on Khari by Elizabeth442014-10-27T08:33:06+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/27/spotlight-on-khari-by-elizabeth44/<p>It all started two years ago with yet another visit to the West Palm Beach Antiques Festival. Boca resident Liz Snyder loved attending the monthly event, searching through trinkets for treasures to call her own.</p> <p><img alt="" height="347" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/khari1.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>It was there that she spotted bead vendors, purchased some beads and tried her hand at jewelry making. Her goal wasn’t to start a business, but when people started taking notice of her handmade accessories, Khari by Elizabeth44 was born.</p> <p>Snyder made a business <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BeadedJewelryByELIZABETH44">Facebook page</a>, applied to be in a trade show and watched her jewelry line take off from there. In fact, her unintended venture was so successful, she was forced to look for a studio and hire an employee.</p> <p> “Every surface [of my home] was covered in beads to the point where my son was tying them so he could sit down,” she says. “We had nowhere to put down a plate.”</p> <p>The pieces are unique in more ways than one. Not only are they convertible (each can be worn as either a necklace or bracelet), they’re also never duplicated. Each collection follows a similar pattern and uses the same main beads, but no two pieces are alike. And because they’re created using three strands of beads, the way they’re layered can change the look entirely.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/khari2.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>The concept behind Khari revolves around the change we experience from day to day.</p> <p> “As women, we all know we feel different every day, and you can reflect that every day with our pieces,” Snyder says. “We give you the pieces, and you can do whatever you want with it. You can wear it however you want.”</p> <p>Khari also gave her the opportunity to show her kids, who are now 20, 18 and 15, that you could wear what you want regardless of trends.</p> <p>“Fashion, being in style, wearing the right thing and having the right thing – it’s stressful, but it doesn’t necessarily define who you are,” she says.</p> <p>But her pieces were made to defy that concept entirely – to be timeless, instead of trendy.</p> <p>“It’s a quiet way of empowering yourself to be a little bit different.”</p> <p>To meet Snyder, attend one of her upcoming shows. She will be at SafeSun’s <a href="http://www.safesunfoundation.com/martinis-for-melanoma">Martinis for Melanoma fundraiser</a> on Nov. 19 and at B’nai Israel Chic Boutique on Dec. 3.</p> <p>Khari by Elizabeth 44 is available locally at <a href="http://shoptrilogyonline.com/" target="_blank">Trilogy Boutique</a>, (<em>16850 Jog Road, Boca Raton</em>) as well as online at <a href="http://kharijewelry.com/">kharijewelry.com</a>.</p>The 10 Best Outlet Stores in South Florida2014-10-24T20:35:39+00:00Stephanie Pernas/blog/author/stephaniepernas/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/24/the-10-best-outlet-stores-in-south-florida/<p>There is <em>nothing</em> chicer than a good deal. On top of perfect weather, picturesque beaches and a vibrant culture, another major perk of living in South Florida is access to world-class shopping. Sawgrass Mills mall (<em>12801 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise</em>) and Palm Beach Outlets (<em>1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach</em>) are two great options for scoring good deals on designer goods, but with more than 450 combined stores between both malls, separating the great finds from the duds can be tough. I’ve rounded up my favorite South Florida outlet stores and reasons why you should shop them. Plus, general tips on what you should scoop up while you’re there!</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/pbo.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Pictured: Palm Beach Outlets</em></p> <p><strong>Ann Taylor Factory Store</strong></p> <p><strong>Good for:</strong> Basic wardrobe staples, suiting, work wear and accessories.</p> <p><strong>Why it’s great:</strong> Ann Taylor Factory stores carry exclusive merchandise designed for the outlets. While you can’t find the pieces you’ve been craving from the full-line store, you can find similar styles in classic Ann Taylor patterns and fabrics at a fraction of the cost. The key to having a great experience is managing your expectations: if you go looking for something you saw in the full-line, you’ll probably be disappointed. Stay focused on the great promos and sales, polished work wear options, basics and the huge clearance section.</p> <p><em>Located at both Sawgrass Mills and Palm Beach Outlets.</em></p> <p><strong>American Eagle</strong></p> <p><strong>Good for:</strong> Jeans (specifically the signature SkyRise jean), utility jackets, easy tees and basics</p> <p><strong>Why it’s great:</strong> The American Eagle outlet stores are technically full-line stores, with better sales and promotions. Basically, you can buy the same exact thing, at a better price. Example? One of the store associates told me that while all AEO stores were running BOGO 50 percent off promos, they ran a BOGO free promo. (Sounds better to me!)  Make sure to check out Factory exclusives. The stores often carry good quality basics at an even better discount.</p> <p><em>Located at both Sawgrass Mills and Palm Beach Outlets.</em></p> <p><strong>Express Factory Store: </strong></p> <p><strong>Good for:</strong> Express staples like the Editor pant and Portofino blouse at a discount</p> <p><strong>Why it’s great:</strong> A definite outlet mall staple, the Express outlet carries an assortment of factory-exclusive pieces and products shipped from the stores, at significant markdowns. I spotted a striped and heart print sweater dress I fell in love with last winter marked down to $59.50 with an additional 40 percent off. (Originally priced at $79.50). The store also constantly runs awesome promotions, and you can usually get whatever you’re looking for at an additional markdown.</p> <p><em>Tip:</em> Express staples produced for the outlet aren’t exactly the same quality as the products produced for regular Express stores.  In my opinion, it’s close enough that it doesn’t matter, but it’s truly a matter of personal preference. Make sure you check what’s on sale at the full-line store, because the difference in price of the Portofino blouse is only $5. If full-line Express stores are running a big sale, it may be worth it to just scoop up the original.</p> <p><em>Located at both Sawgrass Mills and Palm Beach Outlets.</em></p> <p><strong>Francesca’s Collection Outlet: </strong></p> <p><strong>Good for:</strong> Affordable on-trend jewelry, gifts, clothing, and accessories</p> <p><strong>Why it’s great:</strong> If you’re a Francesca’s Collection regular, you’re probably aware that every store carries different products – making the chain of stores unique in themselves. But the Palm Beach Outlets’ outpost of Francesca’s can top that. The outlet at PBO is a fusion full-line store/outlet. It carries a curated assortment of full-priced merchandise from the region’s stores as well as tons of sale products. In addition to constantly running promotions, the outlet also offers additional markdowns on sale and clearance merchandise – something the full-line stores never do.</p> <p><em>Tip:</em> Francesca’s is a good spot to Christmas shop. It offers adorable personal jewelry pieces, witty novelty items and more.</p> <p><em>Located at Palm Beach Outlets.</em></p> <p><strong>Gap Factory Store</strong></p> <p><strong>Good for:</strong> Tees, sweaters and basics, plus Gap’s signature jeans (produced for the Factory) at a fraction of the cost</p> <p><strong>Why it’s great:</strong> Gap Factory Stores are outlet mall anchors for a reason: they offer good quality merch at affordable prices. Whereas the in-store product is all exclusively designed for the stores, it’s still GOOD product. This past year, Gap has enlisted stylist and personality, George Kotsiopolous (of E!’s Fashion Police) to curate and style his own in-store collection. The result is chic and on-trend pieces that are easy on the wallet.</p> <p><em>Tip:</em> Keep an eye on the outerwear. Gap’s outerwear is polished and timeless - a coat will last you forever! I bought a denim jacket 18 years ago at a Gap Factory Store and STILL wear it constantly.</p> <p><em>Located at both Sawgrass Mills and Palm Beach Outlets.</em></p> <p><strong>J.Crew/CrewCuts Factory Store</strong></p> <p><strong>Good for:</strong> Jeans, tailored pants and blazers, workwear basics and factory-exclusive jewelry. J.Crew is famous for gorgeous blingy baubles, and at the outlet, they ring up for $59 or less. That’s 45 to 50 percent less than in full-line stores!</p> <p><strong>Why it’s great:</strong> J.Crew shows factory stores how it’s done. While the product is factory exclusive, it’s still the classic J.Crew styles you’ll find in full-line stores, for less. The schoolboy blazer, chambray button downs, matchstick jeans and cords are always in stock.  They also have great trend pieces; check out embellished tops, faux leather skinnies and more.</p> <p><em>Located at both Sawgrass Mills and Palm Beach Outlets.</em></p> <p><strong>DVF Outlet</strong></p> <p><strong>Good for:</strong> DVF’s signature wrap dresses in a variety of colors and patterns for under $200, or any of Von Furstenberg’s ladylike pieces</p> <p><strong>Why it’s great:</strong> The DVF outlet store at Sawgrass is exclusive in the South Florida market. The staff is friendly and helpful, the store is beautiful, and the product is classic. The store also runs major sales and promotions. I was recently at the store when EVERYTHING was an additional 40 percent off and scored the perfect LBD for $50.</p> <p><em>Tip:</em> Don’t be afraid to ask a store associate for help! They’ll fetch you water, additional sizes and basically treat you like royalty.</p> <p><em>Located at Sawgrass Mills.</em></p> <p><strong>Bare Minerals Outlet</strong></p> <p><strong>Good for:</strong> Mineral powder foundation, the perfect matte bronzer for contouring, and my personal fave: the mineral veil</p> <p><strong>Why it’s great:</strong> Another South Florida exclusive, the Bare Minerals outlet store offers a strong selection of Bare Escentuals products at outlet prices.</p> <p><em>Tip:</em>  Bare Minerals offers fantastic holiday bundles! Scoop them up as stocking stuffers.</p> <p><em>Located at Sawgrass Mills.</em></p> <p><strong>Kate Spade Outlet</strong></p> <p><strong>Good for:</strong> iPad cases, wallets, handbags, travel totes, jewelry and more</p> <p><strong>Why it’s great:</strong> The Kate Spade outlet is by far my favorite outlet store.  I’m a huge fan of the brand’s witty tech accessories, whimsical handbags and girly baubles. Yet another of Sawgrass’ South Florida exclusive outlets, there are always massive sales. The KS outlet routinely runs a 50 percent off the entire store sale… meaning you can score that handbag you’ve had your eye on for pennies. I recently snagged a bow print structured satchel and polka dot wallet for $125. Total.</p> <p><em>Tip:</em> If you pick up Sawgrass’ coupon booklet from the mall management office, there’s a 10 percent off coupon you can use on top of the great in-store savings.</p> <p><em>Located at Sawgrass Mills.</em></p> <p><strong>HONORARY MENTION: Nordstrom Rack</strong></p> <p><strong>Good for:</strong> Top notch shoes from brands like Sam Edelman, Dolce Vita, Tory Burch, Sole Society and more; glorious goodies from Marc Jacobs, DVF, Kate Spade and more – scour the clearance racks for these amazing brands; and handbags from Kate Spade, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors.</p> <p><strong>Why it’s great:</strong> Although not technically an outlet store, Nordstrom’s off-price outpost is taking over outlet mall after outlet mall with its formidable assortment of designer merch. The Rack buys strategically for the outlets, but does receive product from full-line stores. Some of my most exciting designer finds have been from a Nordstrom Rack. At the PBO’s recent opening, I scored a pair of super luxe $450 pink glitter Miu Miu sunnies for $69.97.</p> <p>In addition to an excellent assortment of merchandise, you get all the perks of shopping at Nordstrom, including a truly awesome bonus rewards program, on-site tailoring, item location and more.</p> <p><em>Located at both Sawgrass Mills and Palm Beach Outlets. Plus at </em><em>The Promenade Shops (20669 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura) and </em><em>University Commons (1400 Glades Road, Boca Raton)</em></p> <p><em><strong>••••••••</strong></em></p> <p><strong>About Stephanie:</strong></p> <p><em>Stephanie Pernas is a personal stylist, fashion writer and style expert. She is the owner of <a href="http://asparklefactor.com/" target="_blank">A Sparkle Factor LLC</a>, a personal styling and lifestyle consulting business. She also writes and edits A Sparkle Factor, a go-to destination on the web featuring the latest trends, style tips, and fashion news focused on highlighting attainable style for the every-girl. She has almost 10 years of experience in the fashion industry, having worked in the fashion departments of magazines like Glamour, Women’s Health and Teen Vogue. After spending five years in New York, she is currently bringing a little bit of sparkle to the South Florida area where she resides with her family. </em></p>Howl-O-Ween Pawty2014-10-24T14:45:38+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/24/howl-o-ween-pawty/<p>Celebrate Halloween a couple of days early with your four-legged friend.</p> <p><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/roccostacos.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><a href="http://www.roccostacos.com/" target="_blank">Rocco’s Tacos</a> <em>(5090 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens) </em>is hosting its third annual Howl-O-Ween Pawty on Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. There will be costume contests for small dogs, large dogs and dog and owner duos, as well as raffle prizes of up to $400. For a $20 donation to Genesis Assistance Dogs, you will enjoy a drink and a variety of Rocco’s Tacos appetizers.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://genesisassistancedogs.org/howl-o-ween-pawty" target="_blank">genesisassistancedogs.org/howl-o-ween-pawty</a> or call 561/290-8640.</p>Renowned Medium Hosts &#39;Spirit Circles&#39; in Boca2014-10-24T13:18:33+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/24/renowned-medium-hosts-spirit-circles-in-boca/<p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/thomasjohn.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Here at <em>Boca</em> magazine, We're big boosters of psychic medium Thomas John. The young Manhattanite has established himself as one of the country’s foremost spiritual conduits, in part with Boca Raton's help, through his frequent appearances at the Wnydham Hotel. We saw him twice last year in these intimate gallery readings, in which he delivered messages and information from the other side, complete with full names and specific minutiae—including accurate evidence of my recently deceased father and our long-lost Jack Russell terrier.</p> <p>Since that time, John’s popularity has boomed; he has appeared on "Coast to Coast AM," the most respected and popular overnight radio show on the planet; has written a book ("Never Argue With a Dead Person," which is available for preorder); and has virtually stopped scheduling private readings, because of the year-plus wait times. But Boca residents have a unique opportunity to be read by this rapidly rising star in the psychic field: On Nov. 13-14, John will be returning to the Wyndham for a series of Spirit Circles: Four intimate gatherings limited to 12 participants each. The events will start with a guided meditation, and then John will deliver messages for each of the dozen attendees.</p> <p>Tickets for each session (10 to 11:30 a.m., and 6 to 7:30 p.m., Nov. 13 and 14) are $150 and are available at mediumthomas.com or by calling 347/637-8592.</p> <p>In the meantime, here's a fascinating interview I conducted with John in the fall of last year.</p> <p><strong>When was the first time you realized you had psychic abilities?</strong></p> <p>My first answer is that I had my first experiences since I was born, and I don’t have any memories of <em>not</em> seeing deceased people or having dreams and then the next day they would happen. At birthday parties, I remember seeing my grandpa there, who had passed away.</p> <p>Then, when I was in my late teens or early 20s in college, it was probably similar to when somebody’s gay and they don’t really know how they feel about things, and then they realize that there are other people who are gay. You don’t necessarily realize that when you’re 9. Then I started to realize, oh, there’s people around here, and people are different, and everybody doesn’t have this.</p> <p><strong>When did you realize you could really help people with this ability?</strong></p> <p>I went to college, at the University of Chicago, and I majored in psychology and human development. I really wanted to be a therapist. I ended up going to Yale Hospital and took a two-year internship. I was working on a project with people who have borderline personality disorder. I was doing interviews and brain scans. A lot of those people had traumas in their life, and I started to get images of things, and I would realize that for people coming in for their interview, we would ask, ‘How many times were you raped? Where were your parents?’ And I already knew the things they were telling me before they got there.</p> <p>I realized I have this ability to help people and bring closure to their lives in a certain way. Maybe it’s not the end-all and be-all, but it does help people with grief. It does help people to get guidance in their life, and I don’t necessarily need to have 10 years of graduate school to do that. I can just focus on what my God-given gift really is. I told my parents about it, and they were relatively supportive. I saw a couple of advisers myself, and all of them said, ‘if you feel you can help people, you should.’</p> <p><strong>Does it take a lot of mental strain to do what you do?</strong></p> <p>It does. I have to prepare, like anybody else. I feel that it shouldn’t be something taken lightly. I can see the entertainment value in it, and I try to bring a funny or lighthearted edge to it, depending on the mood. But it is something I take seriously. And because I’m empathic, I feel a lot of things through my body. So even getting some of those sensations, it can be a lot.</p> <p><strong>How are you able to distinguish a genuine psychic vision or visitation from your imagination?</strong></p> <p>I get into the flow of things. What I notice is that I just push out all my other thoughts – It’s almost like the thought before the thought. So as long as I don’t think about it too much … to me, it’s very natural. It’s like the process of going in the shower. I get in a zone. There’s certain things you can do naturally, but when you think about it too much, you can’t. I’ve come to a place where I just trust the information.</p> <p><strong>So it’s like you’re driving a very familiar route … you don’t think about what you’re doing. It’s a kind of hypnotic state.</strong></p> <p>Exactly. And I form agreements with the people I work with – the deceased people and my angels and spirit guides – so I often don’t even retain the information, because that would be really chaotic for me. So I just come in from a different place. I don’t judge the information. I just come from a place of acceptance and trust from it.</p> <p><strong>Can you tell if someone else has these abilities when they walk into a room?</strong></p> <p>Sometimes, if I’m supposed to. I have had that happen before, especially if people come for a private reading, and especially if people ask about that. It’s also something that can be, too a certain extent, a little bit taught. I do believe that it’s just like the piano. I’m sure Beethoven must have just had a gift he was born with. I don’t think that he did that from piano lessons. But can you learn to play the piano and practice and practice and become quite good. It doesn’t mean you’re going to be Beethoven. So I think that’s the thing with psychic abilities. I think everybody has a little intuition. To be really exceptional is another level.</p> <p>Unfortunately, there’s not a plethora of psychics and clairvoyants that are truly exceptional, but there are people that are very gifted. Then there are some that are somewhat gifted, and then there are charlatans who aren’t gifted at all and tell people they are gifted.</p> <p><strong>On a percentage basis, how many psychic mediums would you estimate are fraudulent, either intentionally or not?</strong></p> <p>I think there’s a lot of people who actually think they have a gift and really don’t. There are some people who probably are trying to manipulate people, to tell them bad things so they’ll come back to them. I had a client once who was in this weird situation – her and her boyfriend were both going to this psychic every week, and she was manipulating the information. The boyfriend would tell her things and then she would tell the girlfriend that it was coming from ‘the beyond.’ I think there’s probably some people like that. Or with some of the psychics on TV, I’m told, some of the stuff is staged, or that they tell them some of the information before. So I think that’s kind of a level of darkness that I couldn’t affiliate myself with.</p> <p><strong>It’s hard to judge any of the TV psychics, because reality television lies so much. Every edit is a lie, when you think about it.</strong></p> <p>Right, exactly. I think that is true. It’s an interesting ethical question that I toy with a lot, because I’m not really sure that’s the place, for the psychics to be on the Letterman show. I don’t think that when God came to make people with this gift, that it was necessarily the arena they’re supposed to be in. I’m all for getting your message out; I’m just not sure Bravo should do the <em>Real Psychic Housewives</em>. I think that cheapens it.</p> <p>Certainly, people like John Edward and Theresa Caputo are almost pioneers in a way. They pushed through frontiers for people who were never into psychics or mediums and would probably tell you you’re crazy. Now they’re like, ‘I love that Long Island medium!’ Because they can probably relate to her. I’m kind of a scientist at heart, because that’s where I come from with my schooling, and I couldn’t tell you if she was the worst psychic or the best psychic because she probably does 20 hours of tape and they put a half-hour on.</p> <p><strong>Have you been accused of trickery?</strong></p> <p>Not really. There’s always people who are skeptical and cynical, but I have a good reputation. You always have people come after you … I make predictions at the beginning of the year, and if a few don’t come out, people start attacking, or say I’m just guessing. Sometimes people tell me I put actors at my events. But people who are skeptical are kind of open-minded, and then people who are cynical just don’t want to believe anything no matter what you tell them – it doesn’t matter. But I haven’t had a lot of problems with that.</p> <p><strong>Do you have any stories of skeptics whose minds you've changed?</strong></p> <p>I’ve had that a lot. I had a man who came about a month ago, and he was a scientist who came after a lot of pushing from his friends, because he had just lost his wife. He was very, very sad and was totally skeptical. Then I started telling him things – pretty specific things that he had said, places where people were buried, things he had just done yesterday – stuff that was pretty reliable. Personal stuff that only this person would know.</p> <p><strong>I’ve seen you work, and I see that you’re able to come up with full names of people, while other psychics only seem to come up with first initials. Why is that?</strong></p> <p>I am not the only one that does that. I have a woman I see in Virginia who is a psychic, and every person I’ve ever dated, she’s told me the name three months before. So I think that if you ask for accuracy and specificity and you really work with good people and you thank God, you’re blessed with a gift you’re supposed to have.</p> <p>But it <em>is</em> a cold reading technique; if you’re in an audience group of 500 people and you say, there’s a John here living or dead, I’m sure someone’s got a John connected with them. You could even throw a weird name like Bertha, and I’m sure somebody’s got one of those. So there are certain tricks I think people do use, consciously or unconsciously, I’m not sure.</p> <p>And I also think that people who are in this field, if you’re going to guide people’s lives and tell them when they’re going to die, and tell people medical information and all sorts of things like that, I think it does require at some point that you organize yourself in some way to either register yourself, test yourself or become more empirically oriented. I think that’s definitely a frontier that people who work in my field need to do. It should be proven. You shouldn’t be able to just get a crystal ball, put up a sign, and say you’re a psychic.</p> <p><strong>Has this whole experience made you a more religious person than you were before?</strong></p> <p>I’ve always been religious; I’ve always been spiritual and connected with God. So I wouldn’t say more or less. It’s confirmed a lot of things for me. Religion is always an interesting thing with me, because I get a lot of people that are religious who are <em>against</em> me, which I always think is an odd thing, because I feel like I’m trying to prove what they believe in.</p> <p><strong>Can you connect with your own deceased loved ones?</strong></p> <p>I can have an awareness of them, some more than others, and I do get visits from them. I would say that I can, but I really don’t like to. I love to go and get messages on my own, and there are a couple people that I trust to do that. But I wouldn’t say I’m real gung-ho about that.</p> <p><strong>Are there people that just cannot be read?</strong></p> <p>I think so. It’s happened before. But I would say it’s a very rare thing.</p> <p><strong>How should someone prepare for a psychic reading with you?</strong></p> <p>I think it’s important to be as open as possible, and to not have expectations, and to not be rushed. I’ve had people who are eating food, or this and that – you need to not be distracted. But I would say the big thing is to not have expectations. Who knows who’s going to come through?</p>The Alchemist Appears in West Palm2014-10-24T09:09:12+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/24/the-alchemist-appears-in-west-palm/<p>A downtown West Palm Beach location that’s been reborn more often than Pat Robertson has been reborn once again, this time as an eclectic modern comfort food-slash-Mediterranean eatery.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/alchemist.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="http://www.thealchemistgastropub.com/" target="_blank">The Alchemist</a> (<em>223 Clematis St., 561/355-0691</em>), from the Daiza Restaurant Group of Parkland, FL, is the latest occupant of the spot that over the past several years as seen the coming and going of Clematis Social, Reef Road Rum Bar, Bobbi Sue Bar-B-Que and J. Flynn’s Irish Gastropub.</p> <p>The space itself has a clubby, vintage feel, with a pressed tin ceiling, dark wood floors and wainscoting, ornate wallpaper and a long wood-topped bar.</p> <p>The extensive menu, from top toque Tim Farley, is loaded with inventive but easy-eating gastropubby dishes, from starters like spicy lobster poppers and roasted bone marrow stuffed with braised short rib to carnitas tacos and whole grilled branzino with piri-piri sauce. There’s a good selection of sliders, burgers, sammies and pizzas too.</p> <p>On the liquid side, look for a limited number of craft beers on tap and a larger number by the bottle, plus a raft of artisan cocktails and a small but intriguing roster of not-the-usual-suspect wines. There’s a daily happy hour and live music coming next month.</p> <p>Oh, and one more thing. Blogging will be scarce next week as I take some time off to take care of a little personal business. If anything major breaks I'll be posting but otherwise I'll see you (figuratively speaking) in November.</p>Staff Picks of the Week2014-10-24T00:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/24/staff-picks-of-the-week-10/<p><strong>SOUVLAKI fast</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/souvlakifast.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Picked by Lori Pierino, Art Director</p> <p>$5 gyro Tuesdays!</p> <p><em>For locations, click <a href="http://www.souvlakifast.com/?page_id=9">here</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Moonfest</strong></p> <p>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</p> <p>"Halloween is coming a few days earlier this year courtesy of this downtown West Palm Beach bash, complete with carnival riders, ‘sideshow freaks,’ a silent disco (where dancers listen to DJs of their choice on noise-canceling headphones), food trucks, drink specials and a costume contest, with the winning entry scoring a $1,000 cash prize. Eight bands will perform throughout the night, most of them local; stick around past midnight for the event's headliners, the Philadelphia indie rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah."</p> <p><em><a href="http://moonfestevents.com/">moonfestevents.com</a></em></p> <p><strong>DaVinci's</strong></p> <p>Picked by Rebecca Valenza, National Account Manager<br> “Start with a beautiful glass of Nicolas Feuillatte Rose champagne - they have an amazing wine list, and many by the glass which I love! The seared scallops appetizer is awesome. It’s served with beef short rib agnolotti and a micro herb salad.  Then, for my final course I tried the pappardelle with porcini, with asparagus tips, black truffles in a light cream sauce. To die for.”</p> <p><em>Located in Town Center at Boca Raton, <a href="http://www.davinciofboca.com/">davinciofboca.com</a></em></p> <p><strong>TATIROCKS Jewelry</strong></p> <p>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Assistant Art Director</p> <p>“I love her dainty, elegant and unique, beautifully designed custom jewelry! All handmade and made to order. The hand chains are my favorite!”</p> <p><em>For coupons, like <a href="http://facebook.com/TatiRocks">TATIROCKS Facebook page</a></em><em> or take an inside look at the company on follow her on Instagram page (@tatirocks). </em><em><a href="http://tatirocks.com/">tatirocks.com</a></em><em></em></p>Updates on issues in the news and the Tom Slade effect2014-10-23T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/23/updates-on-issues-in-the-news-and-the-tom-slade-effect-on-florida-politics/<p><img alt="" height="387" src="/site_media/uploads/tom-slade.jpg" width="280"></p> <p><em>Pictured: Tom Slade</em></p> <h3>Short Short list</h3> <p>And then there were five.</p> <p>At a special meeting Tuesday the Delray Beach City Commission cut the list of city manager candidates from eight to five, which is the number of finalists the city’s consultant recommended. Commissioners are scheduled to interview the finalists one-on-one and as a group in two weeks before choosing the permanent manager.</p> <p>Most of the choices are easy to understand. You knew that Interim Manager Terry Stewart would make the cut because the commission has been happy with his fill-in work for the last four months. The others are former Port St. Lucie City Manager Don Cooper, Assistant Broward County Administrator Roberto Hernandez, Lancaster (Pa.) County Administrator Andrea McCue and Boca Raton Assistant City Manager Mike Woika.</p> <p>If one of the candidates drops out, the alternate is Pat Salerno, former city manager of Sunrise in Broward County and Coral Gables in Miami-Dade County. Salerno did big things at both places, but also had unhappy departures. In addition, the commission might have been concerned that Salerno in 2008 signed a contract to become city manager of Wichita, Kan., and then backed out.</p> <p>Delray Beach soon will move on permanently from Louie Chapman because Mayor Cary Glickstein and commissioners Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia pushed to remove Chapman last summer after two incidents in which he misled the commission and acted against the city’s interests. The commission had to approve a $73,000 buyout only because commissioners Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet refused to terminate Chapman for cause.</p> <p>Interestingly, neither Frankel nor Jacquet was at the special meeting to trim the list of candidates. I contacted both to ask why, but I didn’t hear back. I’m told that Frankel was out of town. Jacquet, though, showed up for part of the regular meeting that followed the special meeting. Since choosing a manager is the most important thing a commissioner does—think board members choosing a CEO —one wonders what was competing for Jacquet’s time.</p> <h3>Boca Del Mar still on it </h3> <p>Palm Beach County has responded to the lawsuit by <a href="http://www.bocadelmar.org/" target="_blank">Boca Del Mar</a> residents challenging the county commission’s approval last June of development on the former Mizner Trail Golf Course. The county’s argument is essentially this: We get to decide.</p> <p>To get a court to review the decision, the plaintiffs—known collectively as the Boca Del Mar Improvement Association —must show that the commission ignored master plan rules by approving the 252 homes on roughly 127 acres. The county argues that approval was “supported by competent and substantial evidence,” and thus is not subject to legal review.</p> <p>The county’s “competent and substantial evidence” includes the 5-4 vote in favor of the project by the Zoning Commission and changes that reduced the number of homes from 288 to 253 and added eight acres of open space, changed the housing mix and added landscaping and buffers to minimize the impact on existing homes. Problem is, the owners of those existing homes don’t want any development, no matter how overgrown the property has become. As County Commissioner Steven Abrams, who represents the area and voted against the development, said, the neighbors “like their own little Serengeti” more than the prospect of townhouses.</p> <p>Indeed, the residents contend that a 2008 court ruling from a previous attempt to build on the property concluded that the property had no inherent development rights, since the open space was required for approval of the overall Boca Del Mar plan more than 40 years ago. In its current response, though, the county argues that the court ruling has “no value whatsoever” because at that time the county was opposing a particular development plan, not development of the site.</p> <p>Finally, the county argues, “Absent some easement or other contractual or statutory requirement, the property owner has no legally cognizable right to a view.” If that legal view prevails, the county will have set a major precedent, given the number of shaky golf courses.</p> <p>The residents dispute the idea that the changes summarized above make the project legal, thus justifying the staff’s decision to recommend approval of the new version, having rejected the old one in January. The staff, the residents claim, “merely accepted arguments that it previously had rejected.”</p> <p>The residents also dispute the county’s interpretation of the 2008 court ruling, contending that the county was opposing all development, not just that plan—one of several—to build on the golf course. The residents further argue that the county based its argument six years ago on the master plan, not the deed restriction, and now can’t have it both ways.</p> <p>Complicated? Yes, in some ways. But in another way, it’s simple: Has Palm Beach County illegally granted development rights? Given what’s at stake, the arguments should continue.</p> <h3>Still not all on board</h3> <p>Though votes this week in Miami-Dade and Brevard counties will help <a href="http://www.allaboardflorida.com/" target="_blank">All Aboard Florida</a> secure financing for its Miami-Orlando passenger rail service, there is no sign that opponents are letting up.</p> <p>The Coast Guard had scheduled hearings for this month to get public comment on how All Aboard Florida’s 32 trains a day will affect navigation. Bridges that otherwise would be locked down will have to be raised each time a train passes. That isn’t a problem between Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, but it could be a problem for the New River in Fort Lauderdale, and it could be a big problem for the Loxahatchee and St. Lucie rivers in northern Palm Beach County and Martin County.</p> <p>The Coast Guard delayed the hearings and has not set new dates. You can assume that the reason for the delay was that officials expected a lot of comment and that most of it would be negative. It seems unlikely that the hearings will take place before Election Day.</p> <p>All Aboard Florida is a major issue in the District 16 U.S. House race between incumbent Patrick Murphy and Carl Domino. Despite all the federal issues to argue about, Murphy and Domino are competing to show who could stop All Aboard Florida. In fact, neither could. If the company gets its (now private) financing and the Coast Guard signs off—perhaps after issuing conditions to minimize delays to navigation—All Aboard Florida will start running as planned in 2016.</p> <h3>The Slade Effect</h3> <p>Republicans hold commanding margins in the Florida House and Senate. Republicans have won the last four elections for governor. The state’s congressional delegation includes 15 Republicans and 10 Democrats.</p> <p>Yet in the early 1990s, things were much different. Democrats had controlled the Legislature for decades, and Florida had elected just two Republican governors since Reconstruction: Claude Kirk in 1966 and Bob Martinez in 1986. Each lasted just one term.</p> <p>Many factors explain the shift. A big one was Tom Slade, the former state senator who served as state Republican chairman from 1993 to 1999. Mr. Slade, brother of former Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel, died this week. He was 78.</p> <p>Slade made it his business to get Jeb Bush elected governor. Despite a campaign he dubbed “Operation Wipeout,” Slade failed in 1994 against Democratic icon Lawton Chiles—whom Slade never could beat, and to whom Slade paid tribute when Chiles died near the end of his second term. But by 1996, Republicans had control of the Florida House.</p> <p>For the 1998 campaign, Slade cleared the GOP primary field for Bush. Slade persuaded Democratic Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford to endorse Bush—in exchange for the GOP not running a strong challenger to Crawford. Slade even lobbied GOP legislators to back off a phone deregulation bill that he thought would have been unpopular with voters. (It passed in 2003.)</p> <p>In the 1998 election, Republicans won the Governor’s Mansion and the Legislature for the first time in modern state history. The 2014 governor’s race is close, but there won’t be much change in that legislative dominance. These days, Democrats must be wishing for their own Tom Slade.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at randy@bocamag.com</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>Palm Beach County Performing Arts Venues2014-10-22T19:04:38+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/22/palm-beach-county-performing-arts-venues/<p><strong>Arts Garage</strong></p> <p><img alt="" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/arts_garage.jpg" width='490\" height='></p> <p><em>Location: </em>180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/450-6357</p> <p><a href="http://www.artsgarage.org/">artsgarage.org</a></p> <p><strong>Bamboo Room</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="230" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/bamboo_room.jpg"></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Location: </em>25 S. J Street, Lake Worth</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/585-2583</p> <p><a href="http://bamboorm.com/">bamboorm.com</a></p> <p><strong>Boca Ballet Theatre Company</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/bocaballet.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>7630 N.W. Sixth Ave., Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/995-0709</p> <p><a href="http://bocaballet.org/">bocaballet.org</a></p> <p><strong>Boca Raton Symphonia</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="152" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/bocaratonsymphonia.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Location: </em>2285 Potomac Road, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/376-3848</p> <p><a href="http://bocasymphonia.org/">bocasymphonia.org</a></p> <p><strong>Boca Raton Theatre Guild</strong></p> <p><em>Location:</em> Performances held at the Willow Theatre (300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton) and Andrews Living Arts (23 N.W. Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale)</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/948-2601</p> <p><a href="http://brtg.org/">brtg.org</a></p> <p><strong>CORE Ensemble</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/core_ensemble.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>1320 N. Palmway, Lake Worth</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/582-0603</p> <p><span style="">coreensemble.com</span></p> <p><strong>Crest Theatre</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="303" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/cresttheatre.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Location:</em> Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p><em>Contact:</em> 561/243-7922</p> <p><a href="http://oldschool.org/">oldschool.org</a></p> <p><strong>Cruzan Amphitheatre</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="356" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/cruzan_amphitheatre.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>601-7 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/795-8883</p> <p><a href="http://www.cruzanamphitheatre.net/">cruzanamphitheatre.net/</a><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Delray Beach Playhouse</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/delraybeachplayhouse.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location:</em> 950 N.W. Ninth St., Delray Beach</p> <p><em>Contact:</em> 561/272-1281</p> <p><a href="http://delraybeachplayhouse.com/">delraybeachplayhouse.com</a></p> <p><strong>Delray Square Performing Arts</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="362" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/delraysquare.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location:</em> 4809 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p><em>Contact:</em> 561/880-0319</p> <p><a href="http://ga6686.wix.com/delraysquarearts" target="_blank">delraysquarearts.com</a></p> <p><strong>Duncan Theatre</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="207" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/duncan_theatre.jpg" width="300"></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Location: </em>4200 Congress Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/868-3309</p> <p><a href="http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/theatre/duncan-theatre/">palmbeachstate.edu/theatre/duncan-theatre</a></p> <p><strong>Florida Atlantic University School of the Arts</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="279" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/carolandkaye.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>800/564-9539</p> <p><a href="http://fauevents.com/">fauevents.com</a></p> <p><strong>Funky Buddha Lounge &amp; Brewery</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/funkybuddha.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/368-4643</p> <p><a href="http://www.thefunkybuddha.com/">thefunkybuddha.com</a></p> <p><strong>Harid Conservatory</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="357" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/haridconservatory.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>2285 Potomac Road, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/997-2677</p> <p><a href="http://harid.edu/">harid.edu</a></p> <p><strong>Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theatre</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/improv_comedy_club_and_dinner_theatre.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>550 S. Rosemary Ave., Suite 250, CityPlace, West Palm Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/833-1812</p> <p><a href="http://palmbeachimprov.com/">palmbeachimprov.com</a><em></em></p> <p><strong>iPic Theaters</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/ipic.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/299-3000</p> <p><a href="http://www.ipictheaters.com/">ipictheaters.com</a></p> <p><strong>Jazziz Nightlife</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/jazziz.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/300-0730</p> <p><a href="http://www.jazziz.com/nightlife">jazziz.com/nightlife</a></p> <p><strong>Kravis Center</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/kravis_center.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Location: </em>701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/ 832-7469</p> <p><a href="http://kravis.org/">kravis.org</a></p> <p><strong>Lake Worth Playhouse</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="358" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/lake_worth_playhouse.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/586-6410</p> <p><a href="http://lakeworthplayhouse.org/">lakeworthplayhouse.org</a></p> <p><strong>Living Room Theaters </strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="315" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/livingroomtheaters.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/549-2600</p> <p><a href="http://fau.livingroomtheaters.com/">fau.livingroomtheaters.com</a></p> <p><strong>Maltz Jupiter Theatre</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="278" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/maltz_jupiter_theatre.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Location: </em>1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/575-2223</p> <p><a href="http://jupitertheatre.org/">jupitertheatre.org</a></p> <p><strong>Meyer Amphitheatre</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/meyer_amphitheatre.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>1100 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/804-4900</p> <p><a href="http://wpb.org/cityfun/locations/meyer-amphitheatre/">wpb.org/cityfun/locations/meyer-amphitheatre</a></p> <p><strong>Mizner Park Amphitheater</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="199" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/mizneramphi.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Location: </em>590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/393-7700</p> <p><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/myboca.us/pages/mizneramphimyboca.us/pages/mizneramphi">myboca.us/pages/mizneramphi</a></p> <p><strong>Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="391" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/miznerparkcac.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Location: </em>201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/405-4254</p> <p><a href="http://www.miznerparkcac.org/">miznerparkcac.org</a></p> <p><strong>Palm Beach County Youth Symphony Orchestra</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/yopbc.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Mailing Address: </em>2285 Potomac Road, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/281-8600</p> <p><a href="http://www.yopbc.org/">yopbc.org</a></p> <p><strong>Palm Beach Dramaworks</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/palm_beach_dramaworks.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>201 Clematis St, West Palm Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/514-4042</p> <p><a href="http://www.palmbeachdramaworks.org/">palmbeachdramaworks.org</a></p> <p><strong><strong>Palm Beach International Film Festival</strong></strong></p> <p><strong><strong></strong></strong><em>Office:</em> 2101 S. Congress Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/362-0003</p> <p><a href="http://pbifilmfest.org/">pbifilmfest.org</a></p> <p><strong>Palm Beach Opera Company</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="332" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/palm_beach_opera_at_kravis_center.jpg" width="415"></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Location: </em>415 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/833-7888</p> <p><a href="http://pbopera.org/">pbopera.org</a></p> <p><strong>Palm Beach Pops</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/palm_beach_pops.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Location: </em>860 US Hwy 1, Suite 108, North Palm Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/832-7677</p> <p><a href="http://palmbeachpops.org/">palmbeachpops.org</a></p> <p><strong>Palm Beach Symphony</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="333" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/palm_beach_symphony.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Location: </em>44 Cocoanut Row, Suite M 207-B, Palm Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/655-2657</p> <p><a href="http://palmbeachsymphony.com/">palmbeachsymphony.com</a></p> <p><strong>Propaganda</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="340" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/propaganda.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Location: </em>6 S. J Street, Lake Worth</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/547-7273</p> <p><a href="http://propagandalw.com/">propagandalw.com</a></p> <p><strong>Royal Room</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="128" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/royal_room.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Location: </em>The Colony Hotel, 155 Hammon Ave., Palm Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/659-8100</p> <p><a href="http://thecolonypalmbeach.com/">thecolonypalmbeach.com</a></p> <p><strong>Society of the Four Arts</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/society_of_the_four_arts.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Location: </em>2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/655-7226</p> <p><a href="http://www.fourarts.org/">fourarts.org</a></p> <p><strong>Sunset Cove Amphitheater</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="383" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/sunsetcove.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>20405 Amphitheater Circle, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact:</em> 561/488-8069</p> <p><a href="http://www.pbcgov.com/parks/amphitheaters/">pbcgov.com/parks/amphitheaters</a></p> <p><strong>The Wick Theatre &amp; Costume Museum</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/wicktheatre.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/995-2333</p> <p><a href="http://www.thewick.org/">thewick.org</a></p> <p><strong>Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="124" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/willowtheatre.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/347-3948</p> <p><a href="http://www.willowtheatre.org/">willowtheatre.org</a></p> <p><strong>Wold Performing Arts Center</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="212" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/wold.jpeg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/237-9000</p> <p><a href="http://events.lynn.edu">events.lynn.edu</a></p>A Coral Skies Top Five2014-10-22T10:36:04+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/22/a-coral-skies-top-five/<p><img alt="" height="241" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/coral-skies.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The Coastline Music Festival, as it was known last year in its successful inaugural event in West Palm Beach, is no more, at least as far as co-producers Live Nation is concerned. The venerable event promoters have shed their affiliation with Coastline but have returned, this year, with a festival that feels like a sequel, only with a name that will sound familiar to local concertgoers: <a href="http://www.coralskiesfest.com/#/artists/" target="_blank">The Coral Skies Music Festival</a>.</p> <p>This Sunday, from noon until 11 p.m., the Coral Skies fest will spotlight 12 indie rock bands on two stages at the Cruzan Amphitheatre (the Coral Skies Amphitheatre in another life). And, like Coastline before it, the event will feature plenty to do in the unlikely event that you’re not into one of the bands: Sixteen artists and crafters will showcase and sell their wares in the Garden of Art, 16 food trucks will offer their mobile specialties (including such legendary trucks as Ms. Cheezious and The Rolling Stove), and 13 craft brews will keep you libated all day long.</p> <p>As for the music, it’s a stronger lineup than Coastline, with highlights including Strokes frontman <a href="http://juliancasablancas.com/" target="_blank">Julian Casablancas + the Voids</a>, Georgian alt-rockers <a href="http://themanchesterorchestra.com/" target="_blank">Manchester Orchestra</a> and the atmospheric British quartet <a href="http://bombaybicycleclubmusic.com/" target="_blank">Bombay Bicycle Club</a>. But for my money, here are the five acts not to miss at Sunday’s festival.</p> <p><strong>5. </strong><a href="http://wildcubmusic.com/" target="_blank">Wild Cub</a><strong> (1:55 to 2:25 p.m.)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="345" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/wildcub.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Emerging from the honkey-tonks and rock bars of Nashville like a dream you never want to end, Wild Cub makes music that would sound out of place in both, preferring David Byrne-style tropicalia, the electro-percussive harmonics of New Order, and Yo La Tengo’s spacier, more cinematic excursions. The songs envelop you like warm blankets—sonic protection against an unfeeling world—each one a masterful merger of the synthetic and the organic. The five-piece group self-released its debut album, “Youth,” in 2013, and the record has continued to accumulate praise and listeners, which led to a deluxe reissue from a more significant label this past January. You should own it.</p> <p><strong>4. </strong><a href="http://www.cagetheelephant.com/" target="_blank">Cage the Elephant</a><strong> (9:40 to 10:55 p.m.)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/cage-the-elephant-617-409.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>This sextet from Bowling Green, Kentucky is headlining the Coral Skies fest, and for good reason: Cage the Elephant boasts arguably the most nuclear sound of the festival, one that has exploded the Billboard charts and threatened to top even the superstars for which the band has opened, from Stone Temple Pilots to Muse. The group’s first two albums, “Cage the Elephant” and “Thank You, Happy Birthday” marry the raw, scraping intensity of Sonic Youth with the loud-quiet-loud harmonics of the Pixies, but it’s the group’s latest release, “Melophobia,” that has most defined them as artists. It’s a more groove-laden, soulful and radio-friendly LP whose 10 songs were written in almost hermetic isolation, free from touring and even from listening to other music. The result is one of the best rock albums of last year.</p> <p><strong>3. Bleachers (3:55 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="361" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/bleachers.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Jack Antonoff’s day job, at least in the past few years, has been playing guitar for fun., the Top 40 powerhouse behind “Some Nights” and “We Are Young.” But it turns out that while touring the world and playing second fiddle, Antonoff, formerly of the cult band Steel Train, had his own vision for pop glory, which he called Bleachers, and whose debut album, “Strange Desire,” hit retailers this past summer. The songs suggest both the youthful abandon and effortless infectiousness of fun. and, perhaps more endearingly, the synthesized nostalgia of ‘80s pop (Antonoff has said that he wanted to evoke the soundtracks of those great John Hughes movies of the period). Bleachers is responsible for the catchiest music in this festival, and it’s poised for bigger things.</p> <p><strong>2. </strong><a href="http://theholdsteady.net/" target="_blank">The Hold Steady</a><strong> (4:50 p.m. to 5:35 p.m.)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="237" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/hold-steady.jpg" width="356"></strong></p> <p>This five-piece band makes catchy Rock music with a capital R, but it’s always been too cheeky and self-conscious to make it on commercial radio. Think of a ‘70s bar band swathed in postmodern irony—early Springsteen crushed in an indie-rock blender (“tramps like us, and we like tramps,” goes one witty lyric in 2005’s “Charlemagne in Sweatpants”). Much of frontman Craig Finn’s lyrics follow the adventures of a panoply of recurring characters and revel in music-scene culture, arcana and inside jokes, making him something of an observant critic as well as one of the scene’s major participants, belting out sing-speak anthems with a charismatic ungainliness. After a string of five terrific albums starting with 2004’s “Almost Killed Me,” the Hold Steady went on an overlong hiatus in 2010, re-emerging this year with the vibrant, touching, three-guitar pop-rock of “Teeth Dreams,” a record that is well worth the wait.</p> <p><strong>1. City and Colour (5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/cityandcolour.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>There’s good reason that when the organizers of the Coral Skies Festival polled their Facebook followers a couple months back on the band they were most excited to see, City and Colour overwhelmingly took the top choice. Primarily the solo project of Dallas Green, a Canadian singer-songwriter from a musically divergent background (he used to sing and play guitar in the post-hardcore band Alexisonfire), City and Colour’s music is more in tune with fellow Canuck Neil Young, or with American indie-folk troubadours like Mark Kozelek and Mark Eitzel. Sensitive without being sentimental, catchy without being obvious, City and Colour’s music represents the fragile, intimate outpouring of Green’s soul, and it connects with audiences on a visceral level. Expect much of his material to be drawn from his most recent two albums, “Little Hell” and “The Hurry and the Harm,” which boast a more dynamic instrumental palette than his first two releases.</p> <p><em>Tickets cost $40.50 to $70. For more on the festival, and to purchase tickets, visit <a href="http://coralskiesfest.com" target="_blank">coralskiesfest.com</a>.</em></p>Great Supplements and Superfoods2014-10-22T09:37:17+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/22/great-supplements-and-superfoods/<p><span>The term “superfoods” has been circulating a lot lately and many people are wondering what exactly it means. Superfoods are the most potent, concentrated and nutrient-rich foods on the planet. Think of them as supermen and superwomen that help your immune system flourish, while fighting for your health and destroying free radicals. They can also help with elevating serotonin production, cleansing organs and even improving hormone function.</span></p> <p>Here are my favorite superfoods that are easy to add to your daily meals.</p> <p>1. <strong>Cacao (<em>Raw</em> Chocolate)</strong></p> <p>Cacao is one of the highest antioxidant foods on the planet. It’s rich in antioxidants, magnesium, iron and manganese. Raw chocolate can help improve cardiovascular health, build strong bones, act as a natural aphrodisiac, elevate your mood and increase energy. Try making my raw cacao brownies and cookie dough. Video below!</p> <p><iframe height="395" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/afZItmGipK4" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>2. <strong>Goji Berries</strong></p> <p>Goji berries have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years and can sometimes be regarded as a longevity and strength-building food. Goji berries contain 18 kinds of amino acids, including all eight essential amino acids, up to 21 trace minerals, high amounts of antioxidants, iron, polysaccharides and vitamins B and E. Sprinkle a few berries on your smoothie, morning cereal or salad for a nutritional punch.</p> <p>3. <strong>Maca</strong></p> <p>This adaptogenic superfood has been a staple in Peru for centuries as it helps to increase energy, endurance, strength and even boost libido. It can also help balance hormones and relieve hot flashes. Dried maca powder contains protein, nearly 20 amino acids, including seven essential amino acids. If you want to try it out, start by adding a ¼ teaspoon to your morning smoothie and see how it makes you feel. You may find that you don’t need your morning coffee anymore!</p> <p>4. <strong>Hemp Seeds</strong></p> <p>Hemp seeds are packed with protein, iron, amino acids and vitamin E as well as omega-3 essential fatty acids. Omega-3s can help with healthy brain function. They’ve also been shown to combat inflammation. Hemp is also the perfect food for both children and adults looking to increase protein intake. Sprinkle some hemp seeds on your salad or just eat them as a protein-rich snack.</p> <p>5. <strong>Algae (spirulina and chlorella)</strong></p> <p>Spirulina and chlorella provide a vast array of minerals, trace elements, phytonutrients and enzymes. Chlorella is also known for ridding your body of heavy metals and purifying blood. I like to add a teaspoon of chlorella to my smoothies or take a few chlorella pills in the morning on an empty stomach.</p> <p>6. <strong>Astaxantin</strong></p> <p>Astaxantin is a carotenoid that comes from microalgae. It helps fight the damage of sunrays and acts as a natural sunblock. I take it in supplement pill form if I’ve had too much sun exposure or right before spending time out in the sun.</p> <p>7. <strong>Camu Berry</strong></p> <p>Camu camu is fruit that grows in South America, known for having the highest recorded amount of vitamin C. It’s great for enhancing immunity and boosting energy. I like to add a ¼ teaspoon of camu camu to water and take it as an anti-oxidant shot when I feel run down.</p> <p>8. <strong>Sea Vegetables (Kelp, Dulse, Nori, Hijiki, Bladderwrack, etc.)</strong></p> <p>Power-packed with nutrients, sea vegetables help rid your body of heavy metals and radioactive iodine and provide numerous trace minerals. Seaweeds are especially good for the thyroid and hormone function. To add more sea veggies into your diet, simply sprinkle some dry kelp or dulse on your food. They have a salty taste and are a great replacement for table salt.</p> <p> </p> <p>9. <strong>Medicinal Mushrooms (Reish, Shaga, Cordyceps maitake, shiitake, etc.)</strong></p> <p>Medicinal mushrooms are terrific adaptogenic superfoods. They are perfect for boosting your immune system and supporting your adrenal glands in times of stress. When I feel stressed, I like to take a few capsules of Mushroom Optimizer Blend (sold at Whole Foods Market) that features several kinds of medicinal mushrooms.</p> <p>10. <strong>Coconut Oil</strong></p> <p>Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides, which can be easily used for energy, as well as support your thyroid function and boost your metabolism. It is also known for its anti-fungal properties, which can help kill harmful pathogens. Add a few teaspoons of coconut to your morning smoothie for an extra boost of energy, put it on small cuts or simply use coconut oil instead of lotion.</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><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</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 eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at <a href="http://www.alinaz.com/">alinaz.com</a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/facebook.com/CoutureFood">facebook.com/CoutureFood</a>) or Twitter (<a href="http://www.twitter.com/CoutureFood">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/">bocamag.com</a>.</em></p>LPGA Legends Golf Tourney Coming to Delray2014-10-22T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/22/lpga-legends-golf-tourney-coming-to-delray/<p>Golf lovers rejoice. LPGA Hall of Famers like Nancy Lopez, Amy Alcott and defending tournament champ Nancy Scranton are coming to Delray Beach in November. The Legends Tour is making a stop at the Seagate Country Club on Nov. 6-9 for the <a href="http://www.thelegendstour.com/tournaments_2013_Walgreens_Villages.htm" target="_blank">Walgreens Charity Championship</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="659" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/nancyscranton.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Pictured Nancy Scraton at last year's event. Photo by Rick Sharp.</em></p> <p>The roster of 48 LPGA Tour legends will include Florida golfers Beth Daniel, Meg Mallon, Laurie Rinker, JoAnne Carner, Judy Dickinson, Lorie Kane, Marilyn Lovander, Nancy Scraton and Jan Stephenson.</p> <p>But the fun isn’t just for them. You can take part in the festivities too. On Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., there’s the Walgreens Balance Rewards On-course Walk. You can follow the LPGA Legends on the back nine and earn Walgreens’ Balance Rewards points. The nearly two-mile walk should require from 4,000 to 5,000 steps, according to the website.</p> <p>To participate, register on the day of the walk at the Walgreens tent, where you’ll be issued a pedometer. Every step you take on the back nine will earn points redeemable toward Walgreens’ in-store purchases. You’ll go through checkpoints and finish at The Legends Tour merchandise tent. Present your tournament ticket and check point verifications, and you’ll also get a Legends’ branded gift.</p> <p>Walgreens will also be having a Healthy Living and Wellness Expo at the tournament and will be offering free health screenings and product samples.</p> <p>Golf tournament tickets are on sale at Florida Walgreens’ locations. Daily passes are $10 if purchased in advance or $15 at the gate. Admission is free on Friday, when local professionals qualify and for the practice rounds.</p> <p>Ticket proceeds go to the Dan Marino Foundation, Achievement Centers for Children &amp; Families and Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse.</p> <p>The Seagate Country Club is located at <em>3600 Hamlet Drive, Delray Beach</em>. For more on The Legends Tour and local tournament, visit thelegendstour.com.</p>Max&#39;s Grille Pet Costume Contest2014-10-21T13:56:14+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/21/maxs-grille-pet-costume-contest/<p>Time to pop out that hot dog pet costume. We know you’ve been waiting all year for the wiener-dog-in-a-wiener-costume joke. This year, you could even win a prize for it.</p> <p><img alt="" height="497" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/dressup_dog.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><a href="http://maxsgrille.com/" target="_blank">Max’s Grille</a> is hosting its Halloween Pet Costume Contest on Friday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. The cost to register your pet is $10, with pre-registration available by calling 561/368-0080 or on the day of the event from 6-8 p.m. The registration fee includes a drink ticket and raffle ticket, with all proceeds going toward the Tri-County Human Society.</p> <p>The grand prize winner will receive a $150 gift card to the restaurant, with second and third place winners receiving a $100 gift card.</p> <p>There’s a 50-contenstant limit, so make sure to register your pet now. Max's Grille is located at 404 Plaza Real, Boca Raton.</p>Hudson to Dish Comfort Food in Delray2014-10-21T09:30:25+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/21/hudson-to-dish-comfort-food-in-delray/<p>After a sale and year-long closure, the Old Calypso spot on the Intracoastal in Delray Beach is about to become <a href="http://hudsondelray.com/" target="_blank">Hudson on Waterway East</a>, an “urban comfort food” eatery from a trio of local entrepreneurs.</p> <p><img alt="" height="251" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/hudson.jpg" width="490"><br><br>Partners Sam Bonasso, Joe McCullough and Rita Wilson promise a “something for everyone” restaurant comprising 7,000 square feet with a spacious outdoor deck on the water. Opening is expected to be sometime next month.<br><br>The menu will feature everything from all-natural meats to locally sourced produce to hand-made pastas, plus late-night dining, a kiddie menu and daily happy hour. Among the dishes will be lobster potato skins and roasted tomato bisque with truffled grilled cheese sammie.<br><br>Hudson will also boast a beverage program featuring boutique wines, craft beers and cocktails, and will be open daily for lunch and dinner.<br><br></p>Check out the short list for Delray city manager2014-10-21T07:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/21/check-out-the-short-list-for-delray-city-manager/<h3><img alt="" height="228" src="/site_media/uploads/city_seal.jpg" width="221">City Manager short list details</h3> <p>Delray Beach city commissioners have the best and worst of it as they choose a permanent city manager.</p> <p>The best is that the eight candidates, whom Delray’s consulting firm culled from nearly 100 applicants and recommends for consideration, have not only lots of experience but lots of relevant experience. Six of the eight have Florida backgrounds. Some of those backgrounds are extensive and close to home—very close, in some cases. Mayor Cary Glickstein says Delray Beach needs a “change agent,” and at least three of the candidates have engineered dramatic change at local governments they have run.</p> <p>The worst is that some of those same candidates also have left jobs—or been forced out—because that drive for change may have had no cruising speed. Commissioners will have to decide who they believe was right in the conflicts involving some of the applicants. In addition, the commissioners will have to decide if the change in question is the sort of change they want for Delray Beach.</p> <p>In a memo to the city last week, headhunter Colin Baenziger recommended that the commission this week pick five finalists, whom the commission would interview on Nov. 6-7. The commission would make its choice either on the 7<sup>th</sup> or the following Monday, Nov. 10. The city then would have to negotiate a contract.</p> <p>To that end, and to make the system as fair as possible, Baenziger recommended that each commissioner simply put a check mark—no rankings—next to the name of someone he or she would like to interview. Baenziger said that a majority of the commissioners likely would agree on three or four names. After that, the commissioners would have to decide if they want to add any names. “This,” Baenziger wrote, “may engender some discussion.” They could fill out a new ballot, agree on a name after talking, or add a candidate whom one commissioner feels strongly about “as a professional courtesy.” The more candidates they interview, Baenziger wrote, “the more likely you are to see the right person.”</p> <p>True enough, but the commission probably can dispense with two names quickly. Those candidates happen to be the ones who don’t have Florida experience. Government systems vary greatly from state to state, which means that the experience of public administrators varies as well. Delray Beach needs that relevant experience. So eliminate <strong>Andrea McCune</strong> and <strong>George Wagner</strong>.</p> <p>McCune is administrator for Lancaster County, in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country; the movie “Witness,” starring Harrison Ford, was filmed there. It’s pretty, and the county has 500,000 people, so the job is substantial. But the job also is much different. McCune deals a lot with criminal justice issues, given the government structure. None of that is relevant to Delray Beach.</p> <p>Wagner is administrator for Huntingdon County in western New Jersey, which instead of commissioners has a Board of Chosen Freeholders. Cool. As with McCune, Wagner’s job involves criminal justice, including operation of a jail. Also, Wagner writes in his application letter that he is “very familiar with the beautiful city of Del Ray Beach. . .” How familiar can he be if he can’t spell the name right?</p> <p>As for the other six applicants, the commission may want to exceed Baenziger’s recommendation and bring in all of them. Each has enough potential, background and intrigue to make him interesting.</p> <p><strong>Thaddeus Cohen</strong>: You want close to home? Cohen lives in Delray Beach. He had an architectural business in the city for 20 years. He served on the board of Delray’s housing authority.</p> <p>Cohen is the only applicant who has run a state agency – the Department of Community Affairs, under Jeb Bush, before Gov. Rick Scott emasculated the state’s growth-management powers. Cohen, though, also has the slimmest local government experience—three years as community redevelopment director in Pensacola. Cohen claims credit for a $52 million project that, along with other programs, supposedly revived the city’s downtown. Commissioners would want to ask about Cohen losing his job as part of a new mayor’s “streamlining.” Cohen now works for a Broward County construction company.</p> <p><strong>Don Cooper</strong>: As city manager of Port St. Lucie from 1991 until 2010, Cooper oversaw transformation of what had begun as a giant subdivision into a fast-growing, full-service city. Cooper’s high point was creating a citywide, $180-million water and sewer system that was essential to progress but which many residents opposed because of the cost to hook up. He also saved the city millions through bond refinancing.</p> <p>Even Cooper’s critics acknowledged his talent. But Cooper could be high-handed. In his application, Cooper discusses his 2003 domestic abuse case, but he doesn’t mention the <em>Palm Beach Post</em> report suggesting that he got special treatment from the police department. Commissioners would want to ask Cooper about his support for the 2010 deal to build a headquarters for the animation company Digital Domain. The deal will cost Port St. Lucie about $40 million, because the company went bust and laid off its employees in Port St. Lucie.</p> <p><strong>Roberto Hernandez</strong>: His application contains the least amount of controversy, probably because Hernandez has not run a city or county. But he is deputy administrator of Broward County, the state’s second-largest county in terms of population, and before that he was deputy city manager of Coral Springs.</p> <p>In assessing Delray Beach’s needs, Hernandez correctly calls the current fire and police pension system “unsustainable.” Since 1992, all of his experience except for three years as deputy manager of Fulton County— meaning Atlanta—has been in Florida. Commissioners would want to ask themselves if they want to hire another second-in-command from Broward, as they did with City Attorney Noel Pfeffer. Of course, Pfeffer has impressed the commission, and he probably would have a good working relationship with Hernandez.</p> <p><strong>Pat Salerno</strong>: In terms of personal accomplishment, Salerno probably ranks first. From 1990 until 2008, he oversaw the transformation of Sunrise—in western Broward, with about 35,000 more people than Delray— from a retirement community into an entertainment destination, based around the county-owned BB&amp;T Center. Salerno touts the city’s coming Metropica development—$1 billion worth of high-rises, shops and offices—as something he helped to attract. As manager of affluent Coral Gables, home of the University of Miami, from 2009 to last April, Salerno by all accounts saved the city from financial ruin during the recession and left it healthy.</p> <p>Salerno, though, was forced out of both jobs, despite what critics acknowledged were many accomplishments. Commissioners would want to ask about those departures, and whether Salerno understands that what Delray Beach wants in the way of redevelopment may not be what Sunrise wanted.</p> <p><strong>Terry Stewart</strong>: If there’s an inside track, he has it. Stewart has been Delray’s interim manager since June, when the commission forced out Louie Chapman. Mayor Cary Glickstein speaks well of Stewart. Morale among city employees seems to have improved.</p> <p>Stewart was city manager of Cape Coral, north of Fort Myers, from 2002 until 2009. He was town manager in North Fort Myers from 2010 until last April. Cape Coral has almost 170,000 people and North Fort Myers less than 7,000, so Stewart has done large and small. He’s a former fire chief who has sung the National Anthem at many events and rides a Harley.</p> <p>Like Salerno, Stewart did good things at both places and was forced out in both places—in Cape Coral over public works projects that became controversial and in North Fort Myers Beach over approvals of. . .above-ground swimming pools. As with Salerno, commissioners would have to sort out who was to blame for those departures.</p> <p><strong>Mike Woika</strong>: He has been assistant city manager in Boca Raton for 10 years, so he knows Delray Beach as well as any neighboring government official can. Woika is part of the team that includes City Attorney Leif Ahnell and Deputy City Manager George Brown.</p> <p>Like Hernandez, because he hasn’t been in charge Woika doesn’t have the same amount of controversy in his file as other applicants. But Woika did make a silly remark when activists were pressing Boca to increase protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents. As a “pet lover,” Woika said, didn’t he also deserve protection from discrimination?</p> <p>Woika served previously as the city’s utilities director, which is useful experience. He touts the modernization of the department as one of his accomplishments. Commissioners would want to ask if Woika would be able to model city government based on Delray Beach’s needs and not just after what he has observed in Boca Raton.</p> <p>It’s a good field—much better than what the search that produced Chapman offered. The consultant’s work is nearly done. Now, the commission steps up. No pressure. It’s only the biggest decision commissioners make.</p> <h3>Water, water everywhere                                  </h3> <p>Our (sort of ) cool weather marks the beginning of the end of the rainy season. What a good rainy season it was.</p> <p>As of last Friday, the South Florida Water Management District reported, the level of Lake Okeechobee—the region’s backup water supply—was nearly 16 feet. That’s almost a foot above the historic average for that day and slightly above a year ago. The three water conservations area that stretch from Palm Beach County to Miami-Dade also were at healthy levels.</p> <p>That should ease any drought worries until next spring, unless the dry season is unusually dry. Now the state has to finish the job of cleaning that water before it gets to the Everglades. That is less about Mother Nature and more about Mother Politics.</p> <h3>Atlantic Crossing is b-a-a-a-a-ack                       </h3> <p>At tonight’s meeting, the Delray Beach City Commission is being asked to approve an updated development agreement for the Atlantic Crossing mixed-use project just west of Veterans Park.</p> <p>Among the new conditions, the developer would be required to provide a shuttle service—costing $175,000—add traffic signals and traffic calming, build a bus shelter and donate $500,000 toward the Veterans Park master plan. All of that is designed to address concerns about traffic and the project’s compatibility on the site.</p> <p>Neighbors have filed two lawsuits challenging the approval of Atlantic Crossing. The courts have not ruled. The agreement is designed to prevent the city from being held liable as part of any legal action. Interestingly, the city attorney has made no recommendation to the commissioners. At least one of them, Shelly Petrolia, has “a lot of unanswered questions and concerns.” The Atlantic Crossing story continues.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at randy@bocamag.com</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>In the Mag: The Next Big Thing2014-10-21T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/21/the-next-big-thing/<h4><span>The future couldn’t be brighter for six locals—ages 9 to 25—already turning heads for their innovation, dedication and sheer talent. Also, find out what the future holds in categories ranging from local politics and business to dining trends.</span></h4> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/benjamin.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Benjamin Oppenheimer</strong></p> <p>A Boca boy generates major buzz with a honey of an idea.</p> <p>If the global decline of honeybees has an end in sight, then the solution might just lie in the backyard of a third grader who attends Grandview Preparatory School in Boca.</p> <p>At a time when the world has seen a rapid bee decline due to what scientists call Colony Collapse Disorder, Benjamin Oppenheimer, 9, is busy as a you-know-what, raising nearly 20,000 honeybees at his parents’ home along the Intracoastal. The idea of raising a beehive began to take root after Benjamin received sunflower seeds from his church. After planting them and seeing no fruit, he figured out that the empty hulls spoke to an absence of honeybees and lack of pollination. Benjamin began to study beekeeping; after getting his family’s permission, he brought home his first hive. As Benjamin describes it, being a beekeeper is “like being a guard. And when you get paid, you get paid with honey.”</p> <p>This is no temporary pastime. Benjamin has delved headfirst into beekeeping, discovering that bee pollination accounts for the production of $15 billion worth (nearly 80 percent) of crops in the U.S. He even received his apiary license and passed a state inspection. The youngest member of the Palm Beach County Beekeepers’ Association, he joins other association members at the state fair, informing the public about the importance of bees to our ecosystem.</p> <p>As Benjamin learned, as long as the hive’s entrance is pointed toward water, the bees tend to fly upward and away from his neighbors’ property. So far, no one is complaining—in fact, just the opposite. A neighbor, who says his avocado tree hasn’t produced fruit in three years, is now growing ripe avocados. To date, the son of Jeff and Missy Oppenheimer has had a handful of harvests. He uses the beeswax to create lip balm, even selling a few canisters, all to keep this agricultural activity going.</p> <p>As for whether Benjamin worries about getting stung every so often, he says he’s past the initial fear.</p> <p>“I used to be, but I’ve been stung twice so far, so I’m like, eh, what the heck? It’s no big deal.”</p> <center><em>For more, pick up the November issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></center>In the Mag: Well Dunn2014-10-21T06:00:00+00:00Kevin Kaminski/blog/author/kevin/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/21/web-xtra-well-dunn/<h4>For nearly three decades, viewers of south Florida’s top-rated television station have found a trusted friend in anchorwoman Kelley Dunn.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/kelleydunn.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Kelley Dunn was walking through the newsroom at WPTV on a recent afternoon when she spotted a framed photo on the desk of one of the station’s new hires. In the image, Dunn and morning anchor Roxanne Stein are posing with the young reporter—who, at the time, was only 9.</p> <p>“She had done a tour of the station back then and we [took that picture]; now she’s working here,” Dunn says. “It’s funny. I remember being the youngest at this station when I started. Now, I’m certainly the mother of the newsroom.</p> <p>“That’s fine,” she deadpans. “They’ll all be 50 one day too.”</p> <p>As hard as it is to believe that someone as perpetually youthful as Dunn is approaching 30 years on the air, it’s equally remark-able that she’s done it all at one station. In an industry where hopping from market to market is more the résumé norm than the exception, the 51-year-old afternoon and evening co-anchor (with Michael Williams) has planted permanent roots at the West Palm Beach-based NBC affiliate.</p> <p>Along the way, Dunn has endeared herself to viewers like no other broadcaster in the area.</p> <p>Part of it, by now, is familiarity. Dunn, fresh out of the University of Florida, was all of 23 when she debuted as a reporter at News-Channel 5 on Feb. 10, 1986. Six months later, two anchors left the station. The Ormond Beach native threw her hat in the ring and snagged a morning slot with Kent Ehrhardt, her on-air partner for more than a decade (he’s now a meteorologist at KMOV in St. Louis). She’s been an anchor ever since.</p> <p>The other part of it is far less tangible, the local TV equivalent of Sally Field’s famous Oscar-night speech. People really like Dunn. Always have. Maybe it’s because viewers relate so well to the mother of two college-aged children (Dunn’s husband of nearly 25 years, whose name she asked us not to mention, is in law enforcement). Maybe, it’s because the five-time local Emmy winner is just that good at her job.</p> <p>Dunn offered her own take on the connection with viewers, and several other topics, during a lengthy interview with <em>Boca Raton</em>.</p> <p><strong>Your late father was a long-time Democratic state senator. What did you learn about connecting with people from watching your dad speak and campaign?</strong></p> <p>A strong handshake, for one thing. I hate a wimpy handshake. Women, men, no one should have a wimpy handshake.</p> <p>Also, when people in public approach you, treat them like they matter. My dad did that. If someone is going out of their way to call me, write me, to stop me in Target and say something nice, I’m going to smile and treat [that encounter as some-thing special]. Because they do matter to me. I’ve been on the air all these years because those people have liked me.</p> <p><strong>People seem to feel a certain connection to you. How do you explain that?</strong></p> <p>I hope it’s because I am who I am. I’m not perfect. I’m not the stereotype; I’m not blonde, 5 foot 7, size two. [Note: Dunn is about 5 foot 3.] I wasn’t born that way, and I’m not gonna be that way—especially not after 50. Everything changes at 50, I’ve noticed. Five pounds used to be easy to lose. Not anymore! There’s nothing more satisfying as an anchor than being able to tell a story like I’m reading it to you across the table. I like connecting, and I’d like to think that I’m a people person. Maybe that’s part of it.</p> <p><strong>What would the Kelley of today tell 23-year-old Kelley about stepping into the anchor position, given what you now know?</strong></p> <p>It’s what I tell most young reporters and [aspiring] anchors. Be who you are. Don’t try to be someone else. Develop your own style and personality. If you’re so focused on trying to be like Katie Couric or Barbara Walters or Diane Sawyer, then you’re pretending to be someone you’re not. ... If you’re genuine and real, it will translate; that comes through on television. If you’re not, it’s easy to see.</p> <center><em>For more, pick up the November issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></center>In the Mag: The Birth of Basel Miami Beach2014-10-21T06:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/21/the-birth-of-basel-miami-beach/<h4>Supporters and organizers of the upcoming Art Basel Miami Beach explain how the “little sister” fair evolved into, arguably, the biggest art happening on the planet.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/artbasel.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>For four days in December, Art Basel Miami Beach will celebrate its lucky 13th year, bringing world-class art from 250 galleries across five continents to 70,000 attendees at the Miami Beach Convention Center. But, in truth, it should be celebrating 14 years.</p> <p>The art fair was scheduled to debut in December 2001, but when terrorists struck the Twin Towers three months earlier, the shock reverberated globally. The prompt cancellation of the inaugural Florida version of Art Basel was one of the countless examples of collateral damage.</p> <p>“People weren’t flying. You couldn’t insure artwork that was being sent,” recalls Bob Goodman, who has been the Florida representative for Art Basel since the fair’s inception. “For a whole host of reasons, they decided to postpone from 2001 to December 2002.”</p> <p>The catalogs already had been printed for the 2001 show, and, by Goodman’s estimation, the decision to postpone one year cost the company that owns Art Basel, Switzerland’s Messe Schweiz, “millions of dollars.”</p> <p>C’est la vie. The country re-bounded, and so did Art Basel Miami Beach. These days, according to figures released by the City of Miami Beach, Basel provides an economic boost of $500 million to its com-munity, with some estimates placing that figure in excess of $1 billion. By comparison, consider that the five-day SunFest, our area’s biggest music/art festival of the year, has an estimated economic impact of $15 million on Palm Beach County. Basel, on the other hand, draws more private jets than a Super Bowl, and by its second year, the New York Times had dubbed it “the hottest contemporary art fair in America.”</p> <p>Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine is especially effusive about the way Basel has helped to transform his city.</p> <p>“It’s a part of the renaissance of Miami Beach,” he says. “All the offshoots of Basel—the events, the parties, the various cultural contributions that have sprung from it, the galleries that have opened—the whole arts scene has exploded because of Art Basel coming to Miami Beach. I equate it to the turn of the century, when Henry Ford built his first factory. It was like the beginning not just of the Ford automobile but all the companies that supply Fords, and all the ripple effects.”</p> <p>For many of its principal collectors, it even has eclipsed its big sister fair, Art Basel in Switzerland. “At the beginning, it was a junior partner, but now it’s a child that’s surpassed its parents,” says automotive magnate Norman Braman, a collector at Basel Switzerland for more than 20 years. “Think of the fact that in addition to having the success of Art Basel here, [the Miami area has] 26 additional fairs. Art Basel has 220 or 230 galleries [within the Miami Beach Convention Center], but during that week there are over 1,000 galleries in Miami.”</p> <center><em>For more, pick up the November issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></center>In the Mag: Bob Nygaard2014-10-21T06:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/21/web-xtra-bob-nygaard/<h4><span>A cop-turned-P.I. reverses the fortunes of fraudulent psychics.</span></h4> <p>Imagine this: You’re suffering a loss, be it a recently deceased loved one, a job, a marriage. You’re in a vulnerable position, and you seek the guidance of a storefront psychic.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/nygaard.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The psychic’s fee is nominal at first—usually $20 to $50—but she sees darkness around you. Money is the root of all evil, she says: You need to withdraw $10,000 and place it under your bed along with a grapefruit, which will consume the negative energy associated with all that tarnished cash.</p> <p>The psychic tells you to bring the grapefruit into her office a couple of days later, concealed in a brown paper bag. With a magician’s sleight of hand, she’s already swapped her own grapefruit without you realizing it. She cuts it open, and small black snakes slither from its core. Your money is tainted, she says: Bring me the $10,000, and I will cleanse it for you.</p> <p>In our right minds, it’s easy to notice a scam here: That money will never be re-turned. In many cases, the “fees” to remove a curse increase, into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, draining the bank accounts and livelihoods of vulnerable victims. And it’s been happening for decades, with few legal or criminal ramifications against the perpetrator, because after all: Aren’t the “marks” giving away their money willingly?</p> <p>“Prosecutors get concerned that they have to prove whether this person is psychic or not,” says Bob Nygaard, a Boca-based private investigator who specializes in psychic fraud. “It’s not what this is about. It’s simple theft. It’s taking money by false promises.”</p> <p>An erstwhile New York City police officer, Nygaard has been busting fraudulent psychics and fortune-tellers, among other flim-flam artists and confidence schemers, since 2007, when he acquired his P.I. license.</p> <p>The first case he took was that of Gina Marks, whose notorious family of “psychics” was finally convicted of federal fraud crimes in 2013. At the time, Nygaard’s work led to grand theft charges leveled against Gina to the tune of $65,000—a landmark in prosecuting psychic scammers. He has since recovered more than $2 million for victims in a handful of high-profile cases locally and nationally.</p> <p>“I’m not here to judge whether somebody has psychic ability or not,” Nygaard says. “I myself have used intuition in my police ca-reer to solve crimes. [But] I know the law, and I know how to apply theft statutes. … I can prove intent to steal, and I can show it by the unfolding of the scam.”</p> <center><em>For more, pick up the November issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></center>In the Mag: A Night to Remember2014-10-21T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/21/web-xtra-a-night-to-remember/<p>In the few seconds that I dared to open my eyes during the Death Race by Yellow Cab from LaGuardia Airport to our hotel in Greenwich Village, I thought I spied a metaphor for the chefs who were here from South Florida to cook dinner at the renowned James Beard House.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/rapoport_jbh.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Photo courtesy of Lisa Ozag</em></p> <p class="Default">Like the passengers in the rampaging taxi, the quartet of executive chefs from Boca-based Rapoport’s Restaurant Group—Ben Burger (of Henry’s in west Delray Beach), Jon Greening (Deck 84 in east Delray), Jay Prisco (Burt &amp; Max’s at Delray Marketplace) and David Innes (pastry chef)—would be jammed into a hot, sweaty, crowded space, deadly determined to make it from Point A to Point B. They would endure and overcome the inevitable glitches and delays, soak in the atmosphere of New York City at full bore and finally arrive at their destination, exhausted but exhilarated and ready to do it all over again.</p> <p class="Default">It’s no small honor to cook at the Beard House, the former residence of James Beard, “America’s First Foodie” and a champion of stateside cuisine when the phrase itself made European chefs giggle at its seeming presumptuousness. You don’t ask to cook at the Beard House; you’re invited. Invited to prepare a multicourse meal for up to 80 Beard Foundation members and Big Apple food mavens.</p> <p class="Default">Invited to fly your chefs, their equipment and the “product” (aka, food) to New York—plus cover your team’s hotel, meals and expenses. In the case of Restaurant Group proprietor Burt Rapoport, the invitation came with a tab in the neighborhood of $28,000. Not exactly a low-rent neighborhood.</p> <p class="Default">So why, you may ask, do they do it?</p> <center><em>For more, pick up the November issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></center>In the Mag: Q&amp;A with Stacey Bendet2014-10-21T06:00:00+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/21/in-the-mag-qa-with-stacey-bendet/<h4>The CEO/creative director of Alice + Olivia dishes on her rise in the fashion world on the eve of her Boca appearance at the Junior League’s signature event.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="316" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/stacybendet.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>As the story goes, Alice + Olivia founder Stacey Bendet spent her share of time making dresses for her Barbie dolls as a child. She even crafted her own bat mitzvah dress. All of which stands to reason, given that her father was in the textile business. But from there, the story of one of the fashion industry’s most buzz-worthy designers follows a less-than-conventional arc.</p> <p>She studied international relations and French at the University of Pennsylvania. She made money after college by building websites. And then she designed pants. Striped. Flared. Colorful. At the debut of her then-20-item collection in 2002, topless models walked around New York City’s Russian Tea Room in those pants.</p> <p>An unconventional star was born, not that the thirty-something Bendet would have it any other way. A little more than a decade later, Alice + Olivia encompasses everything from shoes and handbags to tops, blazers, dresses and much more. The brand can be found in more than 800 stores around the world, including Saks Fifth Avenue at Town Center at Boca Raton—which invited the designer to participate in the Junior League’s annual Woman Volunteer of the Year luncheon on Nov. 7 at Boca West.</p> <p>Boca Raton caught up with the woman who recently made Vanity Fair’s International Best-Dressed List’s Hall of Fame.</p> <p>What about your background best prepared you for this career?</p> <p>I spent the first four years of Alice + Olivia learning everything there was to learn about fashion, production, pattern making and, most importantly, fabric and fit. It was not the traditional course, but I have never been one for the traditional.</p> <p>You started Alice + Olivia with a friend shortly after college. The line was named after your mom, Olivia, and your friend’s mom. Can you talk about the kind of relationship you had with your mother and how that influenced your line?</p> <p>Every little girl’s first fashion influence is her mother. My mom had the most amazing style. When I first started the line, our original Olivia pants were inspired by gorgeous photos of her in sexy 1970s bell-bottoms.</p> <center><em>For more, pick up the November issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></center>In the Mag: Star on the Horizon2014-10-21T06:00:00+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/21/in-the-magstar-on-the-horizon/<p class="Default">Before she climbs into bed each night, Kendra Erika puts pen to paper. It’s the one time when her world slows down enough for her to concentrate on song lyrics.</p> <p class="Default"><img alt="" height="353" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/kendraerika.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Default">But that’s hardly the only time Kendra devotes to her burgeoning music career. Between working with songwriters and producers, practicing for upcoming performances, conducting business and actually taking the stage, much of her life these days revolves around chasing her dream of being a pop music star.</p> <p class="Default">“This is something I’ve always wanted to do,” says the 21-year-old. “Even when I was 8, it was me being like, ‘I want to pursue this.’ [My parents helped me] line it up.”</p> <p class="Default">Not that Kendra’s ambition and persistence haven’t played an equally vital role in her early success. The daughter of Ingrid and Fred Fulmer started classical music training when she was 10, trading in Barbie dolls for “Phantom of the Opera” and Andrea Bocelli; though her style is pop, the classical influence is evident in her rich, dynamic voice.</p> <center><em>For more, pick up the November issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></center>In the Mag: Dangerous Obsession2014-10-21T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/21/in-the-mag-dangerous-obsession/<h4>Two renowned plastic surgeons weigh in on a disorder that cosmetic procedures can’t fix.</h4> <p>Do you constantly worry about your looks? Do you obsess overperceived flaws, no matter how minor? Are you always searching for the next cosmetic answer?</p> <p><img alt="" height="420" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/plasticsurgery.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>It could be that your body isn’t the problem. Body dysmorphic disorder is a chronic mental illness in an estimated 1 percent of the U.S. population (according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America). No matter how beautiful they are to the rest of the world, those who suffer feel that they’re ugly—and they can’t stop focusing on exaggerated or imagined physical defects.</p> <p>So they turn to plastic surgeons, cosmetic specialists, dermatologists and others who re-ally don’t have the power to fix the problem.</p> <p>Anthony Dardano, a board-certified plastic surgeon who has practiced in Boca for 15 years, has seen the disorder in patients young and old.</p> <p>“It’s OK to have cosmetic surgery, and it’s OK to want to improve your appearance and look better,” Dardano says. “It’s not OK to obsess over a physical finding that perhaps cannot be improved with cosmetic surgery or injections.”</p> <p>Ultimately, people with body dysmorphic disorder will not be satisfied with surgery or a rejuvenating injection. Dardano says the condition requires cognitive psychological therapy.</p> <p>Even people who don’t have the disorder can go too far in order to maintain physical perfection. Like Dardano, when Cristina Keusch consults with patients, she assesses whether the cos-metic changes people want are reasonable, logical, realistic and safe.</p> <p>“If the expectation is unreasonable and unachievable, we want to avoid [the surgery] because, generally, the patient is not going to be happy with the outcome,” says Keusch, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Boca for 25 years. “Extrinsic motivations are also a problem—trying to please someone else instead of doing it for oneself.”</p> <p>Overdoing cosmetic surgery can happen to men and women. But Dardano says the disor-der is most likely to affect type-A personalities, people who spend a lot of time in public.</p> <p>“They always want to look good, which is not problematic itself,” says Dardano, president of the medical staff at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “But after undergoing a procedure, they always want more and don’t know when to stop.”</p> <center><em>For more, pick up the November issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></center>Ready, Set, Blow: Blow Dry Bar Trend Hits South Florida2014-10-20T17:56:35+00:00Annie Pizzutelli/blog/author/annie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/20/ready-set-blow-blow-dry-bar-trend-hits-south-florida/<p>There’s a new bar in town shaking things up - but you won’t find martinis being mixed here.</p> <p>Blow-dry bars, the latest hair salon trend, are heating up South Florida.  Since 2012, more than 10 shops have opened up in Palm Beach County alone. The concept first arose in New York City in 2007 and quickly caught on to other metropolitan areas, eventually expanding to smaller markets.</p> <p>Though they first began as the finishing touch to a haircut or color, blowouts have since emerged as a service in its own right. Traditional salons still offer blowouts, but price is often based on hair length or thickness. Blow-dry bars have streamlined the concept by offering a prix fixe price no matter your hair type.</p> <p>Clients can go in with greasy, dull hair pulled back in a ponytail or covered in a baseball cap and leave with luxurious locks ready for the red carpet. Most salons charge between $35-$45 dollars for hair to be washed, conditioned, dried and styled in less than an hour.</p> <p>The salons aim for convenience, operating seven days a week, with some opening as early as 7 a.m. and closing as late as 9 p.m. Unlike traditional salons, no appointment is necessary although they can be made in advance.</p> <p>Whether you need a quick blowout before the big meeting, a midday lunch break pick-me-up or finishing touches for date night we’ve got you covered on the best blow dry bars around town.</p> <p><a href="http://www.flydry.net/" target="_blank">FlyDry</a></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/flydry.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>This salon offers six look book styles ranging from “Turbulance”, a beachy wave design to their signature six-brush “Fly Private” blowout that promises, body bounce and shine. Standard services are $35 for a shampoo, scalp massage, and blowout but they also offer express services if you’re just looking for a basic blowout without the wash for reduced rates. And on those days you don’t want leave the house, FlyDry will be your saving grace. For just $100, the salon will charter a stylist straight to you.</p> <p><em>Open 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m</em></p> <p><em>Boca Raton Location: Mission Bay Plaza 20423 State Road 7, Suite F3 </em></p> <p><em>Delray Beach Location: Pineapple Grove District 183 N.E. Second Ave.</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.blow-go.com/" target="_blank">Blow and Go</a></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="357" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/blowandgo.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>The stylists here promise to have your hair looking fabulous and you feeling glamourous in 30 minutes, all for just $35. Sit back and have your hair transformed while sipping a cappuccino and watching you favorite chick flicks (with subtitles of course). The salons offers packages that never expire as well as monthly membership deals that can save you up to $55 per month. Come for your blowout on Monday or Tuesday for the $25 blowout special.</p> <p><em>Open 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.</em></p> <p><em>Boca Location: Polo Club Shoppes, 5030 Champion Blvd., Suite B-3</em></p> <p><em>East Boca Location:</em> <em>6361 N. Federal Highway</em></p> <p><a href="http://soblo.com/" target="_blank">SoBlo</a></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/soblo.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Leave with your hair looking both shiny and healthy at this salon. SoBlo is proud to call itself the only all-natural blow-dry bar in South Florida. Its in-house line of chemical-free styling products will nourish you hair and keep your blowout lasting for days. For $35 clients are given the star treatment with complementary champagne. If you need to get in and out quickly, head in for a “quickie” for just $25. In addition to blowouts, the salon also offers “SoTwisted” styles a variety of twist and braids that’s perfect whether you’re on the go or getting ready for an elegant evening out.</p> <p><em>Boca Location: 2240 N.W. 19<sup>th</sup> St., Suite 1203</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.cloud10usa.com/" target="_blank">Cloud 10</a></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/cloud10.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Before founding her own blow dry bar, Jodi Dery set out on a cross-Atlantic journey to visit the 30 most prominent blow dry bars in the United States. She took the best of what she saw and created Cloud 10. The salon’s services include a relaxing shiatsu massage in one of the “Celebrity Wash” shampoo chairs, a salon-provided iPad for your entertainment and the “Icon Privé” dryer that has been labeled “the Rolls Royce of styling tools.” For $40, get a shampoo blowout and styling or add on to your look with a cut, color or one of the full salon services offered. Cloud 10 even offers blowout insurance. If it rains within three days of your blowout, come back in for half off the usual price.</p> <p><em>Boca Location: </em><em>Palmetto Park Shoppes, 289 E. Palmetto Park Road</em></p> <p><em>Delray Beach Location: Worthing Place, 32 S.E. Second Ave.</em><em></em></p>The Week Ahead: Oct. 21 to 272014-10-20T15:05:17+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/20/the-week-ahead-oct-21-to-27/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/ringostarr459.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>What: <strong>Ringo Starr</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $55-$150</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="http://www.browardcenter.org" target="_blank">browardcenter.org</a></p> <p>With 17 solo albums released since the breakup of the Beatles, Ringo Starr has arguably been the most prolific of all the Fab Four alumni, and he shows no signs of slowing down—or even of aging, for that matter: He’s 74 but looks 20 years younger. And each time he tours, it’s an event worth celebrating, in part because of the formidable bandmates in his All Starr Band. This time around, Todd Rundgren and members of Toto, Santana and Mr. Mister will share the stage with Starr for a set list that draws from all of their oeuvres, promising a smorgasbord of rock history. That means favorite selections from Starr’s extensive solo career, tunes such as Rundgren’s “Bang the Drum All Day” and Toto’s “Africa,” and, of course, Beatles classics from “Yellow Submarine” to “With a Little Help From My Friends.”</p> <p>WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/dracula.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Dracula” radio play</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="http://www.artsgarage.org" target="_blank">artsgarage.org</a></p> <p>Word has it that just five days before its national airing, in 1938, the Mercury Theatre’s Orson Welles and his writing partner, John Houseman, penned the script to their “Dracula” radio play while spending one night in a Perkins restaurant. One assumes the preternaturally talented and feverishly prolific Welles, who wrote, directed and starred in “Citizen Kane” before his 25<sup>th</sup> birthday, didn’t break a sweat. Basing their radio script on Bram Stoker’s original source material—and not the Bela Lugosi films—Welles and Houseman integrated elaborate sound effects into their production, including thunder, horse hooves and the pounding of a stake. All of these and more will be presented live at this second entry in the sophomore season of Arts Radio Network’s play reading series at Arts Garage. Fans can experience the plays as listeners would have heard them in the Golden Age of radio while at the same time seeing how the audio sausage was made—which will include, in this case, a 10-foot-high “thunder sheet.” It’s a rare example of analog industriousness in an age of digital ease.</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/81404108169.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>What: <strong>Oprah’s “The Life You Want” Weekend</strong></p> <p>Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: TBA</p> <p>Cost: $99-$999</p> <p>Contact: 786/777-1000, <a href="http://www.aaarena.com" target="_blank">aaarena.com</a></p> <p>The noun “Oprah” stands for many things: a television network, a radio station, a magazine, a book club, a philanthropic powerhouse, an actor who only appears in important movies. But behind the endless branding of Oprah Winfrey’s vast media empire, there is still a person, the one-time host of a Chicago talk show who has risen to become the only African-American billionaire in North America. And she’s coming to a city near you: The 60-year-old mogul will take the stage in front of 18,000 devotees, discussing how she became who she is and how you too can improve your lot in life. Empowerment, resilience and authenticity are the buzzwords surrounding The Life You Want Weekend, a two-day, eight-city spectacular (Miami is the only Florida visit). After her Friday night keynote, Saturday’s programming will include more speakers centered on Oprah’s theme of self-betterment, including “Eat Pray Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert, inspirational speaker Iyanla Vanzant and influential pastor Rob Bell.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="220" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/romeo-juliet1-690x310.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>What: <strong>“Romeo and Juliet”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $20-$175</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="http://www.browardcenter.org" target="_blank">browardcenter.org</a></p> <p>The joy in experiencing and re-experiencing “Romeo and Juliet” year after year, medium after medium, is in the individuality its creators bring to the ageless text. Just as there are supposedly 100 ways to cook an egg, there are countless ways to interpret a Shakespearean tragedy. In the world of classical ballet, such knighted choreographers as Sir Frederick Ashton and Sir Frederick MacMillan have created full-length dances based on the story, and current Russian maestro Alexei Ratmansky is the latest choreographer to climb the “R&amp;J” mountain. For its 2014-2015 season opener, Miami City Ballet is re-mounting what most consider the best “Romeo and Juliet” ballet of all: the 1962 version by South Africa’s John Cranko, a choreographer who sought to create dance that was “a representation of life itself.” Known for his clear-eyed storytelling mastery and his thrilling pas de deux, Cranko’s take will be presented with romantic costumes and lavish sets.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="320" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/backofthethroat.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Back of the Throat”</strong></p> <p>Where: Sol/Evening Star Productions, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20-$30</p> <p>Contact: 866/811-4111, <a href="http://www.outretheatrecompany.com" target="_blank">outretheatrecompany.com</a></p> <p>Yussef El Guindi’s play “Back of the Throat” takes audiences back to an all-too-familiar point in recent history: post-9-11 America, a landscape of fear, paranoia and profoundly regrettable racial and ethnic profiling. The play’s protagonist, Khaled, is an Arab-American living in an unnamed American metropolis in the wake of the Sept. 11 tragedy. He soon finds himself a “person of interest” in a government investigation, as agents raid his apartment and find suspicion in nearly every item in his home. Running 75 minutes without an intermission, the play combines provocative commentary with dark humor, and it opens Outre Theatre Company’s 2014-2015 season. Rayner Garranchan, Jim Gibbons, Tim Gore, Faiza Cherie and Freddy Valle will star in the production, which runs through Nov. 9.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/amberl2.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: 35<sup>th</sup> Birthday Blowout</strong></p> <p>Where: Boston’s on the Beach, 40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 2 p.m. til close</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/278-3364, <a href="http://www.bostonsonthebeach.com" target="_blank">bostonsonthebeach.com</a></p> <p>It’s hard to believe, but one of Delray Beach’s most beloved bars has now been around longer than many of its patrons have existed. Boston’s on the Beach will celebrate its landmark 35<sup>th</sup> anniversary this weekend with a Birthday Blowout that incorporates plenty of fun ‘n’ food with the number “35”—including a 35-foot lobster roll, a 35<sup>th</sup> birthday cake, and $3.50 drink specials all day long. There also will be a complimentary late night buffet to add some nutritious substance to your liquid meal. Free entertainment for the day includes such Boston’s regulars as Amber Leigh Band (2 p.m.), which performs the singer-songwriter’s signature cocktail of country, Celtic and rock; Boombox Band (8 p.m.), a Miami purveyor of classic soul and pop hits; and Suenalo (11 p.m.), the eclectic fusers of Latin funk, reggae, rock and jazz.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="387" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/princely.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “A Princely Affair”</strong></p> <p>Where: Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Noon</p> <p>Cost: $90 adults, $45 children 13 and younger</p> <p>Contact: 561/995-0709, <a href="http://www.bocaballet.org" target="_blank">bocaballet.org</a></p> <p>Boca Ballet Theatre remains the leading light in classical ballet in Palm Beach County, and it’s through events like “A Princely Affair,” its annual fundraiser, that this important cultural institution will continue to jete and plié into the foreseeable future. Now in its 23<sup>rd</sup> year, the Princely Affair is a dance performance, a luncheon, a raffle and a silent auction, with the festivities beginning at noon with a mimosa social hour. More than 300 attendees are expected to fill the Boca Resort’s Grand Hall by performance time, which will feature contributions from two principal dancers from New York City Ballet: Sterling Hyltin and Jared Angle. They will perform a Tchaikovsky pas de deux, while Boca Ballet Theatre's dancers will perform selections from “The Nutcracker,” which the company will produce in full next month.</p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/possession-still.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: “Possession”</strong></p> <p><strong></strong>Where: Cosford Cinema, 5030 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $7-$9</p> <p>Contact: 305/284-4861, <a href="http://www.cosfordcinema.com" target="_blank">cosfordcinema.com</a></p> <p>The Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami is one of the few cinemas keeping 35mm film prints alive as part of its Cosford Classics series, and this month’s entry is an offbeat Halloween selection: 1981’s “Possession,” a cult classic directed by Poland’s <em>enfant terrible</em>, Adrzej Zulawski. Internationally renowned actors Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani star as an international spy and his wife, whose disintegrating marriage leads to disturbing, inexplicable behavior that is best seen to be believed. Filmed in West Germany before the Wall came down, “Possession” is a florid and apocalyptic film that has evaded easy genre classification, and it’s taken decades for this shocking study of marital discord to gain mainstream acceptance. Look out for a tentacled creature designed by special effects maestro Carlo Rambaldi.</p>Boynton to Get New Craft Brewery2014-10-20T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/20/boynton-to-get-new-craft-brewery/<p>Is Boynton Beach becoming Beerton Beach?</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/coppertopcox.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Well, not yet. But it could be on the way with the expected debut in December of the city’s second craft brewery, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/CoppertopBrewingCompany/timeline" target="_blank">Coppertop Brewing Company</a>.</p> <p>Partners Al Lettera and (brewmaster) Matthew Cox are in the middle of construction of a 10,000-square-foot facility plus tasting room on Commerce Road, just a hop, skip and a jump (heh, heh) from Boynton’s first artisan brewery, Due South.</p> <p>Cox, who was the head beer dude at Big Bear Brewery in Coral Springs for more than a decade, will be turning out a variety of ales and lagers, and according to Coppertop’s Facebook page, the brewery will be teasing at local tasting events prior to opening.</p> <p>The name, btw, is reportedly an homage to Cox’s wife, Laura, who just happens to be a redhead. Cute, no?</p>The Ultimate Chefs Dinner2014-10-17T10:46:05+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/17/the-ultimate-chefs-dinner/<p><em>Full disclosure: we attended as guests of the restaurant.</em></p> <p>Eight chefs, seven courses and seven wine pairings. If it sounds like a stomach-full, well – it was. By the end of the three-hour <strong>Ultimate Chefs Dinner</strong> at Bistro Ten Zero One, we were all wined and dined to the max. </p> <p><img alt="" height="339" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/ultimatechefs-1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Photo courtesty of <a href="http://LibbyVision.com" target="_blank">LibbyVision.com</a></em></p> <p>The event brought together prominent local chefs: Chef Jason Connelly (<a href="http://www.marriott.com/hotel-restaurants/fllsb-fort-lauderdale-marriott-harbor-beach-resort-and-spa/sea-level/5152470/home-page.mi">Sea Level</a>), Chef Eric Grutka (<a href="http://www.ianstropicalgrille.com/">Ian's Tropical Grille</a>), Chef Lindsay Autry, Chef Ron Weisheit (<a href="http://www.twentytwentygrille.com/">TwentyTwenty Grille</a>), Chef Darryl Moiles (<a href="http://www.fourseasons.com/palmbeach/landing_3/?source=gaw09pbcS10&amp;kw=four+seasons+palm+beach&amp;creative=10407745356&amp;KW_ID=suCrU0Blo%7Cpcrid%7C10407745356&amp;&amp;gclid=CPC6qInvs8ECFQoMaQodSisACg">Four Seasons Palm Beach</a>), Chef Steve Torbron (<a href="http://www.bistro1001.com/">Bistro Ten Zero One</a>), pastry Chef Huma Nagi (<a href="http://www.3030ocean.com/">3030 Ocean</a>) and James Beard nominee Chef Dean Max (<a href="http://djmculinary.com/">DJM Restaurants</a>), who helped organize and lead the event.</p> <p>“I love getting together with these chefs and working with them, so we’ve been having a blast,” said Max, who’s based out of Boca Raton.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/ultimatechefs-28.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Photo courtesty of <a href="http://LibbyVision.com" target="_blank">LibbyVision.com</a></em></p> <p>The menu was extensive, ranging from chilled oysters with a pomegranate mignonette to tagliatelle with duck and chicken confit, caramelized cipollini onions, oven-dried tomatoes and baby arugula. And while there were some standout dishes – my favorites were the roasted pumpkin soup shot, edamame hummus (pictured above), umami lobster and togarashi dusted kurobuta pork chop – the event was much more about the experience.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/ultimatechefs-20.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Photo courtesty of <a href="http://LibbyVision.com" target="_blank">LibbyVision.com</a></em></p> <p>The dinner was set up with communal tables. I went with a friend and we were paired up with two other girls at a booth. The appetizers were passed around by waiters and served at stations on the patio, while the rest of the courses were brought to the table. Every time we tried something new, the four us would jump into a discussion. “What is this?” “Oh, this is so good.” “I’m not sure how I feel about this.” “THERE’S LINDSEY AUTRY!”</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/ultimatechefs-46.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Photo courtesty of <a href="http://LibbyVision.com" target="_blank">LibbyVision.com</a></em></p> <p>It’s an ironic statement, to say that a food event is less about the food and more about the actual events, but imagine the scenario described above repeated for six appetizers, five entrees and a dessert, and you’d understand. There was a lot to compare notes on. Especially since the chefs prepared their food on a long countertop at the back of the room: dinner and a show.</p> <p>“Every time Dean puts on an event, I try to go out of my way to show up because he always puts on some of the best events,” said Grutka, the man responsible for the lobster dish I mentioned earlier. “I totally enjoyed tonight. I think every chef that was here put out incredible food and the wine pairings were spot on.”</p> <p>(Speaking of wine pairings, our table couldn’t get enough of the Maschio Prosecco Brut that was served with the appetizers.)</p> <p>For more events at Bistro Ten Zero One, click <a href="http://www.bistro1001.com/#!ucd2014/c20d6">here</a>.</p>Fashion Forward: Friends &amp; Family Discounts2014-10-17T09:43:34+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/17/fashion-forward-friends-family-discounts/<p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/saks.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Pictured: Saks Fifth Avenue promo</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/Entry.jsp" target="_blank">Saks Fifth Avenue</a></p> <p>Take 25 percent off the store (with exclusions) and 20 percent off jewelry. Discount applied at the counter. For online purchases, use code FRNFAM. Ends Oct. 19.</p> <p><em>(5800 Glades Road, Boca Raton // 561/393-9100)</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.lordandtaylor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/lord-and-taylor" target="_blank">Lord &amp; Taylor</a></p> <p>Extra 25 percent off almost everything, plus 10 percent off cosmetics and fragrances. Print your pass <a href="http://lt.lordandtaylor.us/ltdocs/coupons/OCTOBER%20FRIENDS%20&amp;%20FAMILY%20PRINT%20PASS%20V1_Spread.pdf">here</a> or use the code FRIENDS at checkout for online purchases. Ends Oct. 26.</p> <p>(<em>200 Plaza Real, Boca Raton // 561/394-5656</em>)</p> <p><a href="http://www.jonathanadler.com/" target="_blank">Jonathan Adler</a></p> <p>Brighten up your home with 20 percent off Adler’s collection. This deal is available in store and online with code FF2014. Ends Oct. 20.</p> <p><em>(4040 N.E. Second Ave., Miami // </em><em>305/576-0200)</em><em></em></p>Staff Picks of the Week2014-10-17T08:20:22+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/17/staff-picks-of-the-week-9/<p><strong>Kasi</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/kasi.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</p> <p>"This "fast and fresh" Indian restaurant is my new go-to lunch spot--kicked-up flavors and De-LIsh. I like the Chicken Tikki Masala with no rice, a side salad and an order of Daal—all for under a ten-spot."</p> <p><em>(690 Yamato Road, Boca Raton // <a href="https://kasibocaratonfl.com/" target="_blank">kasibocaratonfl.com</a></em>)</p> <p><strong>Write On!</strong><strong></strong></p> <p>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</p> <p>“Kudos to Lynn University history professor Robert Watson and his son, Alex, for celebrating the written word—and discovering the next generation of literary talent in the process. The second edition of their ‘Let's Write Together’ project involves a short-story contest for local students in grades 1-3, 4-6 and 7-9. Winning entries in each category will be published by TriMark Press. I had the good fortune of attending last year's ceremony, during which the winning students received their copy of ‘Let's Write Together, Vol. 1,’ and the sense of pride and accomplish in the room was heartwarming. Visit <a href="http://letswritetogether.com/" target="_blank">letswritetogether.com</a> for details.”</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caiIamHIzBY" target="_blank">Titanfall</a></p> <p>Picked by David Shuff, Videographer and Video Editor</p> <p>“Though the game was released in March, I have only recently started playing this futuristic urban military combat simulator. Players combat on foot and in walking robotic tanks called Titans. An amazing time-waster. Available for Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.”</p> <p> </p>Norton biennial combines photography, contemporary art2014-10-17T06:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/17/norton-biennial-combines-photography-contemporary-art/<p>It’s easy to write about art that I fully “get.” But the elusive, beguiling, incomprehensible stuff? That’s where I have little to say, because it’s difficult to convey in words what makes the pieces so magical.</p> <p><img alt="" height="369" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/böhm_rudin_2014.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>A perfect case in point are the photo-based prints of Miriam Bohm, one of four artists showcased in this year’s <a href="http://www.norton.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=exhibitions.details&amp;content_id=1723" target="_blank">Rudin Prize for Emerging Photographers</a>, a biennial competition/exhibition at the Norton Museum of Art. Based in Germany, Bohm creates geometric abstract art from photographic material, a deceptive process achieved by photographing arrangements of patterns, printing these photographs, and integrating the prints into the original photos—a process of doubling and redoubling.</p> <p>The result is that in works like her “Prospect” series—Numbers I, II and III of which hang at the Norton—rectangles float within rectangles and create the illusion of movement. Stare at them long enough, and the shapes will seem to float toward you, without the need for 3D glasses. This art is <em>alive</em>. And it’s amazing.</p> <p>Bohm is competing against three photo-artists—I hesitate to use the word “photographers,” because their work stretches so far beyond traditional camerawork—whose art, in their own ways, is just as boundary-pushing. This also means their art is just as challenging to encapsulate into a few words. But here is my best shot.</p> <p><img alt="" height="261" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/maymon_rudin_2014.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Rami Maymon, of Tel Aviv, is interested in the “residue” an image leaves behind, so it makes sense that his image of a pair of lovers, titled “Secret,” seems to be decaying a bit before our eyes, its subjects on the verge of evaporation. “Provenance” shows us the almost skeletal remnants of a close-up portrait, the husk of a headshot in haunting monochrome. His other works often involve photographs of photographs; indeed, the process of photographic reproduction is inherent in the final product, only the results are impermanent and ephemeral—fleeting glimpses of the ghosts in the machine.</p> <p><img alt="" height="256" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/osoy_rudin_2014.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Guatemala’s Renato Osoy is the most eclectic artist in this competition, with an oeuvre that encompasses textual art, video and photography. He also works large in scale; his Norton gallery contains only three pieces. “Mirroring Mirror” features side-by-side video screens of a young woman sitting across from herself; only in one of the videos, she’s sleeping and has a different hair style. Nothing happens, at least in the time I stared the piece; it’s a quiet meditation on individuality, functioning almost like a couple of human still-lifes.</p> <p>Osoy’s most impressive work is “Archival Iterations, Identity Variations,” a collection of 140 digital inkjet portraits placed in neat rows. The faces, always resting above military uniforms, look familiar at first, but each one has been cut into 11 separate parts and then reassembled like a puzzle. The process of this reassembly was deliberately sloppy; on close inspection, the sitters’ eyes and lips don’t line up. These are everyday images rendered askew, each one a glitch in the matrix, and the piece is an illuminating commentary on the way our brains fill in, and normalize, these off-kilter images.</p> <p><img alt="" height="319" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/fawundu_rudin_2014.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Finally, Brooklyn’s Delphine Fuwundu is the most conventionally photographic of these renegade photographers, and her connection to the viewer is the most immediate. A longtime chronicler of hip-hop culture and black female identity, Fawundu’s Rudin Prize selections were shot in West Africa, where women sit on couches alongside busts of Chairman Mao, or carry produce on their heads, or peek mysteriously through flowing laundry sheets. In all of them, they are aware of the camera, gazing directly at us, implicating us as privileged voyeurs of their exotic, developing world. In some ways, her shots look like they could have originated in her hometown; the subjects in her “Africa Hip-Hop” series share clothing, bling, hair styles and hand gestures with American hip-hop devotees, finding inevitable western assimilation in a far-flung region.</p> <p>These four artists are often miles apart in their approach to the photographic image, but each of them clearly resides on the frontier of the medium, helping to expand our horizons and make the inexplicable possible. The winner of the competition will be announced Dec. 1; as far as I can tell, it’s anybody’s to win.</p> <p><em>“The Rudin Prize” runs through Jan. 11 at Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Admission costs $5-$12. Call 561/832-5196 or visit Norton.org.</em></p>Fried Chicken Joint Coming to WPB2014-10-17T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/17/fried-chicken-joint-coming-to-wpb/<p>If you’re hungry for an alternative to Colonel Bucket for your fried chicken fix, keep your eyes on Okeechobee Boulevard at the Florida Turnpike in West Palm.</p> <p><img alt="" height="411" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/zaxbys.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Sometime later this month should see the South Florida debut of <a href="http://www.zaxbys.com/home.aspx" target="_blank">Zaxby’s</a>, a Georgia-based purveyor of deep-fried clucker in various guises. It’s the first of several Zaxby’s set to open in our little corner of paradise in the next few years, adding to eateries in more than a dozen Southern and Midwestern states.</p> <p>Another entrant in the “fast casual” market segment that’s growing like kudzu, Zaxby’s features fried wings and fingers served with a variety of sauces, set atop salads and stuffed into sandwiches. There are also a handful of grilled and blackened chicken dishes, as well as fried starters like onion rings and chips and cookies and brownies for dessert.</p> <p>Are they finger-lickin’ good? You tell me. . .</p>WOBtoberfest at World of Beer2014-10-17T00:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/17/wobtoberfest-at-world-of-beer/<p>World of Beer says, “If you can’t be in Munich join the party here” at WOBtoberfest.</p> <p><img alt="" height="195" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/wobtoberfest.png" width="490"></p> <p>The annual block party will be on Saturday, Oct. 18 from noon until 2 a.m. There will be live music, games, raffles, food and a substantial amount of German beers on draft.</p> <p>The closest World of Beer locations celebrating WOBtoberfest are in Coconut Creek (<em>4437 Lyons Road</em>) and Wellington (<em>2465 State Road 7</em>). Each have unique celebrations. For more information on the Coconut Creek event, click <a href="http://worldofbeer.com/locations/Coconut-Creek/event-details/?postId=42e5451e-8bf8-6474-8b68-ff00004a2d98" target="_blank">here</a>. For more information on the Wellington event, click <a href="http://worldofbeer.com/locations/Wellington/event-details/?postId=edeb451e-8bf8-6474-8b68-ff00004a2d98" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Pumpkin-Infused Beauty Picks2014-10-16T10:20:28+00:00Annie Pizzutelli/blog/author/annie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/16/pumpkin-infused-beauty-picks/<p>Why should your taste buds have all the fun? Pumpkins aren't just for pie.</p> <p>Feed your seasonal cravings without the calories by trying one of these pumpkin-infused beauty products.  Pumpkin is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants. Rich in vitamins A and C, it soothes your skin and helps repair free radical and environmental damage.  The natural enzymes and alpha hydroxy alphas in pumpkin remove dead skin cells and help the cell turnover rate of your skin. Its essential fatty acids are great for moisturizing dry skin and hair.</p> <p>That said, here are a few pumpkin products on our radar. I promise that these gourds will make you gorgeous.</p> <p><strong>Farmhouse Fresh Splendid Dirt Pumpkin Puree Mud Mask ($20, Anthropologie)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="257" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/pp_farmhouse.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>This mask is ideal for sensitive and dehydrated skin types. It’s great for minimizing the appearance of pores, soothing blotchy skin and evening out skin tones. Made with 99.6 percent natural ingredients and organic pumpkin puree, this mask smells so delicious you'll be tempted to eat it off your face as you wait for it to dry.</p> <p><strong>Peter Lamas Exfoliating Pumpkin Facial Scrub ($22 GBS)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/pp_peterlamas.jpg" width="157"></strong></p> <p>Cleanse your pores with this 100 percent vegan scrub, formulated with pumpkin enzymes and pumpkin oil. It’s made with exfoliating beads that buff, polish and rid your skin of impurities, so you’re left with a fresh, oil-free complexion. The scent can be addicting, so luckily it's gentle enough to use everyday.</p> <p><strong>Senna Moisture Lip Treatment Balm with Pumpkin ($16 Gamine Beauty Bar)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/pp_senna.jpg" width="216"></strong></p> <p>You'll be licking your lips all day when wearing this tasty lip balm, infused with omega-rich pumpkin seed oil. The rich vegetable compounds will leave your lips smooth and moisturized while protecting them from environmental damage.</p> <p><strong>Lush Handy Gurugu Hand Cream  ($19 Lush)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/pp_lush.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>This is, hands down, the thickest and creamiest hand cream in town. Blended with organic pumpkin seed butter, this lotion quickly absorbs into your skin leaving even the roughest palms silky and smooth.</p> <p><strong>Trader Joe's Pumpkin Body Butter ($5  Trader Joe's)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="502" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/pp_traderjoes.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Don't get this product confused with TJ's edible pumpkin butter. You won't want to spread this on toast but you will want to lather it all over your body for soft supple skin. This one's only around for a limited time, so get it before they sell out.</p> <p><strong>Healthy Sexy Hair Pumpkin Purée Treatment Masque ($29 Ulta)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/pp_hair.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Whip your hair into shape with this deeply hydrating mask. Packed with nourishing pumpkin fatty acids, this mask improves the condition of dry, damaged hair. It’s perfect for colored hair, with natural SPF that keeps locks shiny and moisturized.</p>Starchitect in Boca and other matters of note2014-10-16T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/16/starchitect-in-boca-and-other-matters-of-note/<h3>Starchitect</h3> <p><img alt="" height="253" src="/site_media/uploads/new_mizner_on_green.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>Daniel Libeskind, the architect who designed the new World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, was telling a story Tuesday in Vino Wine Bar near Mizner Park about Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein. Libeskind was using the story to make a point about his design for the New Mizner on the Green project in Boca Raton.</p> <p>Early in the last century, Picasso painted the novelist and poet whose Paris salon attracted all manner of literary figures, such as Ernest Hemingway. When Picasso showed Stein the portrait, Libeskind said, she told him, “It doesn’t look like me.”</p> <p>To which Picasso said, “It will.”</p> <p>Libeskind wants Boca Raton to think that way about the four luxury condo towers—500 units in all—that would be <strong>New Mizner on the Green</strong>, replacing the Mizner on the Green rental complex on the east side of Mizner Boulevard across from Royal Palm Place. He understands that at the moment many in Boca may be thinking like Gertrude Stein when she saw that portrait. Libeskind’s design—futuristic, dreamy—looks nothing like the Addison Mizner-Mediterranean style of architecture that has given Boca the look that many in the city like.</p> <p>So Libeskind wants residents—especially city council members—to appreciate that he and the developer, Broward County-based <a href="http://www.eladnational.com/" target="_blank">Elad National Properties</a>, believe that they are respecting the city’s tradition despite the somewhat condescending letter Elad sent to the city with the renderings. The design, Libeskind said, is meant to “connect with the spirit of the place, to connect with the past era” and be a “confident expression” with a “certain kind of boldness.”</p> <p>The boldness doesn’t stop with the design. Elad wants to build four towers that would range from 22 stories to 29 stories and would be on average more than 300 feet high. Development rules for the property call for height limits of 100 feet. At least two of the five council members have told me that they couldn’t support such a project. Another one said he is willing to consider it.</p> <p>Enter Libeskind as a selling point. With studios in New York City, Milan and Zurich, Libeskind is what the industry calls a “starchitect.” He has designed projects in Singapore, the Philippines, Ireland, Poland, Germany, Brazil, China, Finland, Italy, South Korea—and Columbus, Ohio and Covington, Ky. His projects include the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the Garden of Love and Fire in the The Netherlands.</p> <p>Libeskind, a native of Poland who says he has been to Boca Raton “many times,” was here Tuesday to conduct an Elad-sponsored symposium called “The Language of Architecture” for roughly 300 donors to the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Libeskind says he has spoken to “many people” about New Mizner on the Green but not members of the council. No date has been set for the council’s first look at the project.</p> <p>When that happens, council members and the public will hear Libeskind and the developer tout what they believe would be the transformational nature of New Mizner on the Green for the city and the public benefits. Where Mizner on the Green fronts directly onto Mizner Boulevard, the new design includes a 240-foot setback—the condo owners would have a sweeping view of the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club’s golf course and the ocean—and a two-acre public park. Libeskind points out that of the 16 acres at the World Trade Center site, eight are public.</p> <p>“We want to raise the bar of Boca Raton” with New Mizner on the Green, Libeskind said. “We are not just building something. We want to create a skyline and add to the beauty of Boca Raton,” which he thinks residents would accept because Boca is “not a provincial town.” The project actually started smaller, he said, but he was unable to deliver a “sense of place.” As for the height, “My work is not about the height of a building.”</p> <p>When I wrote about the project last month, I used the Eiffel Tower as a possible comparison. During construction, people hated it. Now, no one can imagine Paris without it. Libeskind liked the comparison, noting that a group of artists composed a letter of protest, calling the tower “useless and monstrous.” He added that many in Florence doubted that Filippo Brunelleschi’s plan for the Duomo could work. Today, the design is considered an architectural breakthrough.</p> <p>“You have to be confident to be an architect,” Libeskind said. In working toward an approval, “You have to be a marathon runner.” Of the World Trade Center site, he said, “There is no more complex site in the world,” given all the political, civic and business forces at work, not to mention victims’ groups that consider the property sacred. Yet of the design, “You don’t see compromises.”</p> <p>It’s been less than two years since the emotional debate over the Archstone project ended with the city council voting to approve it. Expect the debate over New Mizner on the Green to be different, though focused on the same issue: compatibility.</p> <p>Archstone’s critics, most of who live in the Golden Triangle neighborhood to the north, worried that the project’s size and resulting traffic would overwhelm the area. New Mizner on the Green proposes only residential. If many residents are seasonal, the traffic impact should be moderate, though owners in Townsend Place just to the south may be unhappy with Libeskind’s planned skyline.</p> <p>With New Mizner on the Green, the council will focus on height, of course, but also on how different the project would look from everything else in Boca. Libeskind will challenge council members to embrace that difference. As for that portrait of Gertrude Stein in which she didn’t see herself at first, she kept it. The painting now hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.</p> <h3>What’s in a name</h3> <p>Speaking of Archstone, as old buildings come down to make way for the project on East Palmetto Park Road, the new name of the project is an old name.</p> <p>Archstone is the company that owned the project at the time of approval. That approval, though, was very contentious. So when Equity Residential bought the project from Archstone, Equity changed the name to Palmetto Promenade. The late Greg Talbott had used that name when he first proposed developing the site two decades ago.</p> <p>Now real estate management giant Greystar owns the project. The company has not asked for a building permit, but the demolition permit is in the name of <strong>Palmetto Promenade LLC</strong>. That could change, but most likely the name will stay retro.</p> <h3>Delray city manager shortlist</h3> <p>Today, Delray Beach’s headhunter is supposed to give officials the names of finalists for city manager. Colin Baenziger has culled the applications based on criteria supplied by the city commission.</p> <p>This week, Baenziger told me that the list has eight names on it, but that the number still could change, depending on what his research turns up. The commission is scheduled to make its choice on Nov. 3.</p> <h3>Tom Chappell</h3> <p>This last item is a little personal.</p> <p>Tom Chappell died 11 days ago. His son, Brian, was a West Palm Beach police officer. In 1988, Brian Chappell was shot and killed by Norberto Pietri, whom he had stopped for a traffic violation. It was August, and the officer had not worn his bulletproof vest.</p> <p>For Tom Chappell, frustration compounded the agony. Pietri should not have been out. He had walked away from a low-security prison while serving time on other charges. Tom Chappell was further incensed by the wait for Pietri’s execution after his conviction in 1990. Pietri supposedly lost his last state appeal 10 years ago.</p> <p>While Chappell, waited, I was working at <em>The Palm Beach Post.</em> The paper opposed capital punishment because of its inconsistent application and unreliability; Florida leads the country in Death Row exonerations.</p> <p>Pietri’s guilt, though, never was in doubt. Tom Chappell regularly would write letters to the editor criticizing the paper and/or defending the death penalty, but in our back and forth over the years he never was anything but courteous—if very firm.</p> <p>Depending on your perspective, this case either illustrates all that is wrong with the death penalty or the false hope of closure from an execution. Tom Chappell wanted very much to see Pietri die before he did. I hope this grieving father can rest in peace.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at randy@bocamag.com</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>Unique Halloween Costume Ideas2014-10-15T15:52:13+00:00Annie Pizzutelli/blog/author/annie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/15/unique-halloween-costume-ideas/<p>It’s that time of the year again. Houses become haunted by ghosts and goblins, pumpkin patches pop-up around every corner and bowls of bite-size treats seem to be inescapable.</p> <p>The countdown to Halloween is quickly approaching, so we’ve come up with a few costume ideas that are sure to make you stand out in the crowd. Ditch the pre-packaged polyester ensemble this year and get creative with one of our unique inspirations.</p> <p><strong>Cleopatra</strong></p> <p>Command attention and loyal followers when you walk like an Egyptian this Halloween in a Cleopatra-inspired outfit. Pair a dress with metallic embellishments around the neck with some gladiator sandals and a gold headband, and you’re good to go.</p> <p><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/hc_cleodress.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p> </p> <p id="productTitle"><a href="http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/free-people-dress-nefertiti-bodycon?ID=1119339&amp;CategoryID=2911&amp;LinkType=&amp;linkModule=1#/fn=PRODUCT_DEPARTMENT=Dresses&amp;spp=13&amp;ppp=96&amp;sp=1&amp;rid=&amp;spc=118&amp;cm_kws=free%20people" target="_blank">Free People Nefertiti Bodycon</a> ($148)</p> <p><img alt="" height="460" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/hc_stuart.jpg" width="404"></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuartweitzman.com/store/item/?itemid=65968&amp;gclid=CM6Yic7-rsECFYVDMgodMC8AAw" target="_blank">Stuart Weitzman Gladiator</a> ($398)</p> <p><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/hc_deepa.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><a href="http://www.lastcall.com/Deepa-Gurnani-Beaded-Oval-Head-Band-Gold/prod26460005/p.prod" target="_blank">Deepa Gurnani Beaded Oval Head Band</a> ($24.30)</p> <p><strong>Flapper</strong></p> <p>You’ll have a roaring good time in this flapper-inspired costume. All you need is some fringe, pearls, a headpiece and kitten heels with ankle straps.</p> <p><img alt="" height="587" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/hc_flapper.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><a href="http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&amp;Category=dress_little-black-dresses&amp;ProductID=2040495349&amp;VariantID=" target="_blank">Iconic Fringe Dress</a> ($29.80)</p> <p><img alt="" height="468" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/hc_pearls.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><a href="http://www.henribendel.com/debutante-72%22-pearl-necklace-182466.html" target="_blank">Debutante Pearl Necklace</a> ($88)</p> <p><img alt="" height="571" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/hc_flapperheadpiece.png" width="400"></p> <p><a href="http://www.bebe.com/GATSBY-INSPIRED-HEADPIECE/74752.pro" target="_blank">Flapper Inspired Headpiece</a> ($59)</p> <p><img alt="" height="249" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/hc_salita.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p><a href="http://www.lordandtaylor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/lord-and-taylor/salita-t-strap-heels?site_refer=CSE_GGLPLA&amp;site_refer=sem+g&amp;keyword_refer=&amp;kpid=75629022&amp;gclid=COTb7_yAr8ECFStgMgodETYAEA" target="_blank">Salita T-Strap Heels</a> ($98)</p> <p><strong>Mermaid:</strong></p> <p>Make a splash this year for Halloween. Start out with a mermaid dress (yep, they're called that for a reason), which hugs the body up top and fans out at the bottom, giving the appearance of fins. Keep it simple - mermaids don't need accessories after all - and finish it off with one or two accessories reminiscent of the sea.</p> <p><img alt="" height="613" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/hc_mermaid.jpg" width="400"></p> <p class="detial"><a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/amsale-strapless-tulle-mermaid-gown/3668929" target="_blank">Strapless Tulle Mermaid Gown</a> ($360)</p> <p class="detial"><img alt="" height="236" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/hc_earrings.png" width="388"></p> <p class="detial"><a href="http://www.lordandtaylor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/lord-and-taylor/swarovski-crystal--pav-button-earrings" target="_blank">Swarovski Crystal and Pave Button Earrings</a> ($70)</p> <p><strong>Marie Antoinette</strong></p> <p>Channel Marie Antoinette as a French Revolution-era queen. Just wear a poufy dress and a fascinator, and you're practically royalty. Don’t lose your head over all of the attention.</p> <p><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/hc_marie.jpg" width="400"></p> <p class="product-name"><a href="http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Kay-Unger-New-York-Long-Sleeve-Beaded-Lace-Bodice-Gown-Formal/prod172450369_cat35350732__/p.prod?icid=&amp;searchType=EndecaDrivenCat&amp;rte=%252Fcategory.jsp%253FitemId%253Dcat35350732%2526pageSize%253D120%2526No%253D0%2526refinements%253D&amp;eItemId=prod172450369&amp;cmCat=product" target="_blank">Long-Sleeve Beaded Lace-Bodice Gown</a> ($750)</p> <p class="product-name"><img alt="" height="297" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/hc_fascinator.jpg" width="400"></p> <p class="product-name"><a href="http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Bow%20ArtsFeathered%20Floral%20Fascinator,%20Plum%20/prod171900252___/p.prod?icid=&amp;searchType=MAIN&amp;rte=%2FbrSearch.jsp%3Ffrom%3DbrSearch%26request_type%3Dsearch%26search_type%3Dkeyword%26q%3Dfascinator&amp;eItemId=prod171900252&amp;cmCat=search" target="_blank">Feathered Floral Fascinator</a> ($18)</p> <p><strong><br></strong></p>Saltwater Brewery and Rhino Doughnuts &amp; Coffee Launch New Beer2014-10-15T14:27:00+00:00Annie Pizzutelli/blog/author/annie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/15/saltwater-brewery-and-rhino-doughnuts-coffee-launch-new-beer/<p><a href="http://www.saltwaterbrewery.com/" target="_blank">Saltwater Brewery</a>’s newest beer on tap is charging with flavor. The Delray Beach microbrewery has teamed up with South Florida’s <a href="http://www.rhinodoughnuts.com/" target="_blank">Rhino Doughnuts &amp; Cofee</a> to craft their latest concoction.</p> <p><img alt="" height="154" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/rhino_saltwater.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The limited-edition Sea Rhino brew is comprised of Saltwater’s signature Sea Cow Milk Stout and Rhino’s custom blended vanilla coffee beans. This beer is dark in color and rich in flavor. It has a creamy body that boasts notes of roasted malt and cocoa, while delivering a hint of nuttiness. Red Sea Rhino, a second beer in the collection is aged in tart black cherries and leaves the palette with a fruity finish.</p> <p>Rhino co-owner Davin Tran is thrilled to become part of Saltwater’s lineup.</p> <p> “Saltwater has the same passion for beer as we do for coffee, and we know their customers will savor each sip of Sea Rhino down to the last drop,” he says.</p> <p>In celebration of the collaboration, Rhino Doughnuts &amp; Coffee and Saltwater Brewery will be hosting the official launch party for the new seasonal draft on Oct. 16 at 6 p.m.</p> <p>Samples of the new brews will be paired perfectly with a mini-donut from Rhino. Guests can choose from a mouth-watering maple bacon, s’mores or a pink frosted doughnut in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.</p> <p>Munchies will also be available for purchase from It’s A Cubano B food truck. Try the gringo burger which features a bacon jam made with the Sea Rhino beer.</p> <p>The party will continue with live music from Naturez Klassroom until 10 p.m</p> <p>Saltwater Brewery is located just west of I-95 at 1701 W. Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach.</p>Runners: Race Season is Here2014-10-15T12:33:26+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/15/runners-race-season-is-here/<p>The weather is cooling. It’s time to sign up for one of many local running events—all for good causes.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/workout.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Homecoming Run for Autism 2014</strong></p> <p><strong>Where</strong>: Florida Atlantic University’s Track and Field Complex (<em>777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</em>)</p> <p><strong>When</strong>: Sunday, Oct. 26 at 5:15 p.m.</p> <p>Runners can choose between a 5K or one-mile fun run around FAU’s track. For more information, check out our <a href="/blog/2014/09/10/support-autism-one-step-at-a-time/" target="_blank">blog on the race</a> or call the Runner’s Edge in Boca Raton at 561/361-1950. You can sign up for the race <a href="http://www.runnersedgeboca.com/fau-homecoming-5k-runwalk-1-mile/." target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Sun Capital Half Marathon and 5K</strong></p> <p><strong>Where: </strong>Starts at Spanish River Park (<em>3001 Florida A1A, Boca Raton</em>)</p> <p><strong>When:</strong> Sunday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 a.m.</p> <p>The half marathon (13.1 miles) is along A1A. Cost is $50 until Oct. 28. Cost for the 5K run/walk is $25. Runners should stick around after the race for a free pancake breakfast. All finishers of both races get a half-dozen Krispy Kreme donuts. (Don’t worry, you’ll have earned it.) These races benefit the Boca Raton Police Athletic League. To sign up for the half marathon or 5K, click <a href="http://www.runnersedgeboca.com/sun-capital-half-marathon-and-5k-run-1112014/" target="_blank">here</a> or call 561/361-1950.</p> <p><strong>Five Guys 5K and Family 1 Mile for Muscular Dystrophy Association</strong></p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> Spanish River Athletic Complex (<em>1000 N.W. Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton</em>)</p> <p><strong>When:</strong> Sunday, Nov. 16; 5K takes off at 7:15 a.m.; one miler and kids’ runs start at 8:15 a.m.</p> <p>The cost is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the one-mile event. There’s also a fee of $2.50 for signing up online. For more information, call 561/361-1950 or email <a href="mailto:runedgetom@gmail.com">runedgetom@gmail.com</a>. To sign up, for the Five Guys race, click <a href="http://www.runnersedgeboca.com/five-guys-5k-family-1-mile-for-muscular-dystrophy-association-111614/." target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>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="http://www.wordscomealive.com/" target="_blank">wordscomealive.com</a>.</p>Boca After Dark: El Camino2014-10-15T09:50:03+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/15/boca-after-dark-el-camino/<p><strong>Address:</strong> 15 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach // <a>561/865-5350</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/elcamino.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Photo via El Camino</em></p> <p><strong>The lowdown:</strong> If Mexican hipsters existed, this would be their place.</p> <p>El Camino Mexican Soul Food &amp; Tequila Bar, better known as El Camino, is the perfect mixture of rustic and hip. Its interior boasts exposed brick walls, lime green booth seating and hanging antique light bulbs.</p> <p>It’s an intimate environment, a far cry from the party atmospheres of Rocco’s Tacos and the failed 101 Cantina in Boca. Much like a speakeasy, the drinks are carefully crafted with unexpected ingredients. Think barrel-aged rum, apple cider sangria and margaritas made with muddled cucumber, basil, alder smoked salt and black peppercorn.</p> <p><img alt="" height="363" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/elcamino_drink.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Photo via El Camino</em></p> <p>Happy hour at El Camino is one of the best I’ve seen in the area. It runs from 4 to 7 p.m. … every day. Get chips and salsa for $1, guacamole for $4, Coronas for $2 – among other sweet deals. There are also three specialty cocktails (which change regularly) available on the menu for just $5.</p> <p>If you’re going for happy hour, make sure to get there early. Prices only apply to the bar and the booths directly facing the bar. It’s not the type of place you want to go with a big group of people, with booths fitting only four people comfortably or six quite snuggly. There’s also a late-night happy hour from midnight to 2 a.m., featuring 50 percent off all tequila, plus all the same drink specials from the regular happy hour. Food items are limited since the kitchen closes at 12 a.m.</p> <p><strong>The intangibles: </strong>Because El Camino is just as much a restaurant as it is a bar, the crowd ranges from families to girls on a night out. If you’re looking to just grab a few drinks and an appetizer, the bar is your spot. Bartenders are attentive – plus you get to watch them concoct your drink, all with fresh ingredients of course. El Camino prides itself on using fresh, organic and local products when it can. The restaurant even creates its tortillas and sauces in house from scratch.</p> <p>Since it’s a relatively small establishment, it does get pretty busy during peak hours. Luckily, the staff accommodates to its customers. Last time I went to El Camino, the hostess took my number down and texted me when our table was ready – so we were free to roam around downtown while waiting.</p> <p>Do note: El Camino has an open-air atmosphere. The transparent retractable sunscreens do nothing to shield customers seated on the outer perimeter of the restaurant. So unless you can find a spot closer to the interior, you’re better off waiting till sundown to come here.</p> <p><strong>Hours: </strong>11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily; kitchen open until midnight</p> <p><strong>Website:</strong> <a href="http://elcaminodelray.com/">elcaminodelray.com</a></p>Movie Review: &quot;The Green Prince&quot;2014-10-15T06:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/15/movie-review-the-green-prince/<p>If the documentary “<a href="http://www.musicboxfilms.com/the-green-prince-movies-107.php" target="_blank">The Green Prince</a>” doesn’t always seem to make sense, rest assured: It’s probably intentional.</p> <p><img alt="" height="298" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/the-green-prince-trailer.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The setting of the movie, Israel/Palestine, is arguably the region that makes the least amount of sense on the globe; throw in spy games involving the rogue son of Hamas leader and Israel’s secret security service Shin Bit, and it’s hard to believe your own eyes. Even subversions are subverted, and this masterful movie about waters muddied by terrorism, surveillance, lies and betrayal is further proof that nothing is at it seems in that part of the world—that the Middle East is a giant funhouse mirror of distortions and secrets.</p> <p>Only two voices constitute the majority of director Nadav Schirman’s approach, an Errol Morris-esque style dominated by direct-to-camera talking heads, news footage and the occasional tasteful re-enactment. As the story unfolds, you may begin to think that it’s shocking for even these two voices to go public, given that their revelations could seemingly spell their doom at any time.</p> <p>One of these voices, operating under the Shin-Bet moniker The Green Prince, is Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of Hamas co-founder Sheikh Hassan Yousef, who, after purchasing black market weapons to attack Israel, was captured and eventually coerced into becoming an Israeli spy, a relationship that continued for more than a decade. The other voice is Mosab’s “handler,” Shin Bet agent Gonen Ben Yitzhak, whose increasingly unorthodox relationship with his collaborator resulted in the risking of his own life.</p> <p>Clean-cut and telegenic under Schirman’s lens, Mosab sounds often like a reluctant hero, a proud and identity-starved humanist caught in a terrifying limbo between warring factions. We never doubt his sincerity in desiring peace, even when it means disavowing his family. If you’re familiar with Mosab’s 2010 autobiography <em>Son of Hamas,</em> you may know a bit about his transformation from potential jihadi to Israeli spy, but the less you know about this gripping film, the better. I’m probably already revealing too much.</p> <p>Suffice it to say that this frequently threatened, virtually stateless young man comes across as a model of self-effacing sacrifice and a voice of reason in an unreasonable region. I’ve been critical, in the past, of kumbaya movies that propose peace between Israel and Palestine while unrealistically presenting the divisions. This isn’t one of those movies, and because of that, it’s both an inspiring harbinger of peace <em>and</em> a tragic story of separation—a film that, through the shrapnel of one person’s remarkable biography, shatters the illusions of both sides of the conflict.</p> <p><em>“The Green Prince” is now playing at Regal Shadowood in Living Room Theaters in Boca Raton, and Movies of Lake Worth.</em></p>Key to the Cure at Saks Fifth Avenue2014-10-14T19:32:40+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/14/key-to-the-cure-at-saks-fifth-avenue-1/<p>Get ready for a weekend of shopping for a great cause. <a href="http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/Entry.jsp">Saks Fifth Avenue</a> at Town Center at Boca Raton is celebrating Key to the Cure from Oct. 16-19.<em> </em>In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this four-day shopping weekend benefits the Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Two percent of all sales from the weekend will go toward the hospital’s Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/keytothecure.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>The store will also be selling a limited edition Key to the Cure T-shirt, designed this year by the Saturday Night Live cast. The unisex shirts retail at $35, with 100 percent of all proceeds going to the hospital.</p> <p>All weekend long, Saks Fifth Avenue will having in-store events.</p> <p>On Wednesday, Giorgio Armani’s Tim Quinn will host Born Backstage, a beauty event that recreates the feeling of being backstage during fashion week. Book an appointment with Quinn and his team anywhere between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. by calling 561-620-1351.</p> <p>Brushes with Greatness, another big beauty event, will be held all day Thursday. The event will feature national makeup artists, facials, specials at every beauty counter, music and refreshments.</p> <p>There will also be a host of trunk shows running till Sunday, from fur to jewelry trunk shows. For more information, call 561/393-9100.</p>Oggi Murano&#39;s Big Sale2014-10-14T14:29:35+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/14/oggi-muranos-big-sale/<p>We’re sad to announce that <a href="http://oggimurano.com/" target="_blank">Oggi Murano</a> will be closing its doors within the next few months.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/img_7644.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>After 28 years of being in the art business, owners Susan Winthrop and Mark Sansonette have decided to retire, closing both their Boca and Fort Lauderdale locations – the former closing in December and the latter in April.</p> <p>The good news is that you now have access to incredible Venetian glass art at unbeatable prices: both stores are offering 20 to 70 percent off everything until they close their doors for good. </p> <p>“Now is a good time to own a piece because you get such good deals,” Winthrop says.</p> <p>If you’ve never been to the galleries before, you’re in for a treat. They sell everything from statement-making chandeliers to jewelry in Murano glass, all made and signed by artists like Dino Rosin and Oscar Zanetti.</p> <p><img alt="" height="309" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/oggimurano.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/img_7650.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Stop by either location to find your next art piece.</p> <p><em>Oggi Murano can be found at The Shops at Boca Center (5150 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton) and on Las Olas Boulevard (</em>803 E Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale<em>). </em></p>Lynora&#39;s Osteria Debuts in WPB2014-10-14T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/14/lynoras-osteria-debuts-in-wpb/<p>An osteria is an unpretentious Italian cafe, the kind of place where you can drop in for an affordable meal or glass of wine without having to get all fancied up or shell out a lot of green.</p> <p><img alt="" height="320" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/lynoras.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>And that’s just the deal at <a href="http://lynoras.com/" target="_blank">Lynora’s Osteria</a> (<em>207 Clematis St., 561/899-3117</em>) in downtown West Palm in the old Luna Pizza space. If that name sounds familiar, then you remember the original Lynora’s eatery on Lake Worth Road, owned by the parents of the new Lynora’s owner, Angelo Abbenante.</p> <p>Along with partner Sascha Bennemann, late of Pistache and PB Catch, this Lynora’s offers both traditional and contemporary takes on Italian cookery, with a focus on farm-to-table cookery, house-made pastas and pizzas pulled from a wood-fired oven. Also look for simply grilled fish and meat, along with a roster of craft beers, mixological cocktails and small plates meant for sharing.</p> <p>The earth-toned space itself is a blend of stylish and rustic, with a brick-faced bar and pizza oven, wood-plank tables, tufted banquette and folding doors that open the restaurant to the sidewalk and a handful of small tables.</p>Pot, sober houses and Hyatt notes2014-10-14T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/14/pot-sober-houses-and-hyatt-notes/<h3>Weeding out dispensaries</h3> <p><img alt="" height="414" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/marijuana.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Even if Florida voters legalize medical marijuana on Nov. 4, weed entrepreneurs almost certainly will have to wait before setting up in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach.</p> <p>Last week, the Boynton Beach City Commission approved a one-year moratorium on marijuana dispensaries, as they would be called if the amendment gets at least 60 percent of the vote. The Boca Raton City Council is expected to approve a similar moratorium at tonight’s meeting, and Delray Beach has the same proposal scheduled for its Oct. 21 city commission agenda.</p> <p>Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie said Monday that the moratorium would “give staff time to evaluate” regulations for such facilities and “give the community time to react.” Haynie’s priority would be to limit marijuana dispensaries to commercial and medical districts, but cities will face many issues if the amendment passes.</p> <p>Indeed, the language of Amendment 2 is broad in many ways. While it allows the use of marijuana for any “debilitating medical condition,” the amendment also sanctions marijuana for “other conditions for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.” Call that gateway language, vastly expanding the potential market for legal marijuana without specifically legalizing marijuana. The larger the market, the more cities will have to deal with medical marijuana start-ups.</p> <p>If the amendment passes, the Florida Department of Health will have to write regulations on who can sell medical marijuana. You can understand the cities’ caution when you read in the amendment that the department would have to produce these regulations no later than six months after the Nov. 4 vote. A yearlong moratorium would give the cities roughly another six months to respond. If cities want to be “proactive,” as Haynie put it, they must do so before allowing any facilities. With everything from pill mills to puppy mills, cities can’t shut down existing businesses just because of what they sell.</p> <p>A key issue for the cities is how much—if at all—they would be able to control the number of “Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers” within their borders. If the Department of Health signs off, presumably a city would have to find room for the facility or face a lawsuit.</p> <p>Another complicating factor is that the Legislature this year passed Senate Bill 1030, allowing “non-euphoric” marijuana for certain medical conditions. This marijuana contains cannabidiol, which eases pain but not tetrahydrocannabinol, which gives users a high. (The legislative analysis of the bill gets so detailed as to break down how much of a toke constitutes a hit – 1/20<sup>th</sup> of a gram.</p> <p>Unlike Amendment 2, SB 1030—named the “Charlotte’s Web” law, after a Colorado girl whom non-euphoric marijuana has helped—limits the use of this form of medical marijuana to patients “suffering from a physical medical condition, or treatment for a medical condition, that chronically produces symptoms of seizure and persistent muscle spasms.” Physicians also must have treated a patient for at least six months. Despite those limitations, Florida is planning to license five production/distribution facilities statewide, and they are expected to be lucrative. So imagine how cities could be flooded if the much more expansive Amendment 2 passes.</p> <p>Haynie adds another intriguing wrinkle. Boca Raton has no land zoned for agricultural use, though Haynie says homeowners have tried to plant two or three banana trees and claim to be farmers.</p> <p>Boca Raton, though, does have an abandoned golf course in the north-end Hidden Valley neighborhood. What if someone wanted to buy the 55-acre property and use it to grow medical marijuana?</p> <p>Since the product will be sold through these dispensaries— Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw anticipates “marijuana mills”—and not through pharmacies, Haynie probably is right that people will “try to find loopholes.” Especially when so many people could make so much money from such a generous definition of “medical” marijuana.</p> <h3>Sobering thoughts                       </h3> <p>As Haynie and her Delray Beach counterpart, Cary Glickstein, acknowledge, their caution about medical marijuana stems in part from their cities’ experiences with sober houses.</p> <p>Boca Raton and especially Delray Beach have seen operators of sober houses set up large operations in residential neighborhoods. Sober houses, which don’t provide treatment and are basically halfway houses for recovering substance abusers, are unregulated. Neither Boca nor Delray knows exactly how many sober houses operate within its borders.</p> <p>Some sober houses are good neighbors and treat their clients professionally. Others, though, “churn” patients, putting them on the street if they fail a drug test and failing to properly monitor their activities. That can lead to more crime and can degrade neighborhoods. “The bad ones,” Glickstein says, “far outnumber the good ones.”</p> <p>So officials in Boca, Delray and other cities with similar problems perked up last month when the FBI raided a sober house operation in West Palm Beach that had been buying up units at a condo complex. The raid could help lawmakers like U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel persuade Congress to amend the Fair Housing and Americans With Disabilities acts and allow regulation of these facilities. When Boca Raton tried, the city lost in federal court.</p> <p>Glickstein expects some help from the Florida Legislature next year, but only the federal government can give cities the ability to separate those good owners from the lousy ones. Sober houses came with claims of being good for the community. Given their record, you can see why cities don’t accept the supposed benefits of medical marijuana at face value.</p> <h3>Watch this space</h3> <p>Last May, the state attorney’s office charged former Delray Beach commissioners Angeleta Gray and Alberta McCarthy with violating the county’s ethics laws in a way that amounted to criminal conspiracy.</p> <p>Last December, Gray—who four months later lost her bid for reelection—voted to award a $50,000 contract to the company for which McCarthy worked. The deal would have benefited McCarthy. Gray did not disclose, however, that before the vote McCarthy had helped her pay off a business loan.</p> <p>We’ve heard nothing about the case since then. Today, however, the two sides will hold a status conference. I will find out if there have been any developments.</p> <h3>Hyatt Place</h3> <p>One last thought on approval of Hyatt Place Boca:</p> <p>When city council members blessed the hotel, at Federal Highway and East Palmetto Park Road, they gushed about the look. More than one characterized the project as emblematic of what Boca wants for a signature look that still adheres to the classic Boca style.</p> <p>What happens, then, when the developer of the proposed New Mizner on the Green project comes before the council? Elad National Properties wants to build four condo towers on Mizner Boulevard, not far from where Hyatt Place Boca will go up. Not only would the towers be much taller than the rules allow, the design would be dramatically and deliberately different from the Addison Mizner style. Think futuristic.</p> <p>Daniel Libeskind, who designed the towers and is the designer of, among other things, the new World Trade Center in New York City, is speaking tonight at an event for the Boca Raton Museum of Art. There is no date for when the council might consider Libeskind’s Boca towers.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at randy@bocamag.com</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>Rapoport Restaurant News2014-10-13T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/13/rapoport-restaurants-shuffle-chefs/<p>In the never-a-dull-moment restaurant world, there’s always something going on.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/burtandmax.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>At Burt Rapoport’s bevy of restaurants, former Henry’s top toque Ben Burger has moved a little further west, taking over the kitchen at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BurtandMaxs" target="_blank">Burt &amp; Max’s</a> (<em>9089 W. Atlantic Ave., 561/638-6380</em>), in the Delray Markplace. His place has been taken at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HenrysinDelray" target="_blank">Henry’s</a> (<em>16850 Jog Road, 561/638-1949</em>) by Che Frey, who comes to the restaurant from Brulee Bistro in downtown Delray. And while we’re on the subject of Henry’s, the West Delray eatery will be getting a refreshed look, updated bathrooms and acoustics and a new menu, all to be rolled out by the end of the month.</p> <p>The renno bug has also bitten <a href="https://www.facebook.com/deck84/info" target="_blank">Deck 84</a> (<em>840 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/665-8484</em>), where the bar has been redesigned and three-dozen more seats have been added to the dining room. By the end of the month there will be a new menu there too.</p> <p>And not to leave <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BogartsInBoca" target="_blank">Bogart’s Bar &amp; Grille</a> (<em>3200 Airport Rd., 561/544-3044</em>) out, the restaurant on the top floor of Boca’s Cinemark Palace theater will this year again be offering its Thanksgiving dinner to go. After all, if Christmas decoration are already up in stores, it’s not too early to start thinking about T-Day.</p>Fashion Forward: Outlet Sales + New Stores 2014-10-10T14:29:00+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/10/fashion-forward-outlet-sales-new-stores/<p><img alt="" height="288" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/verabradley.jpg" width="399"></p> <p><strong>Color me happy:</strong> the first Vera Bradley Outlet in South Florida is now open at Sawgrass Mills mall. To celebrate its opening, the store will be offering 60 percent off all merchandise until Monday, Oct. 13. Find Vera Bradley in Avenue Two near Rainforest Café.</p> <p><strong>Private preview:</strong> Join Saks Fifth Avenue OFF FIFTH for a fine jewelry private preview. From Friday, Oct. 10, through Tuesday, Oct. 14., Saks outlets will be showcasing its fine jewelry sale, with the public sale starting on Wednesday, Oct. 15. Save up to 60 percent off sparkly pieces. <em>Saks Fifth Avenue OFF FIFTH can be found at Sawgrass Mills and Palm Beach Outlets.</em></p> <p><strong>Columbus chocolates:</strong>  Lindt is hosting a Columbus Day Sale, featuring a buy-two-get-one free deal on all 75- and 100-piece LINDOR truffle bags. Stock up on these delicious treats, just in time for Halloween. <em>Lindt is located at Palm Beach Outlets.</em></p> <p>Outlet info: <a href="http://sawgrassmills.com">Sawgrass Mills</a> (<em>12801 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise // 954/846-2350</em>), <a href="http://www.palmbeachoutlets.com/">Palm Beach Outlets</a> (<em>1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. // 561/515-4400)</em></p>Staff Picks of the Week2014-10-10T13:46:54+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/10/staff-picks-of-the-week-8/<p><strong>Dish: Ribs at</strong> <a href="http://www.eatbbqnow.com/" target="_blank">SMOKE BBQ</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/smokebbq.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Picked by Marie Speed, Group editor</p> <p>"My friends and I are always on the look out for good barbecue and good Chinese down here—two elusive food groups in South Florida. So it was a major discovery to get the best ribs on the planet at Delray's new Smoke restaurant. Not to mention a three-for-one "Happy Hour." Unsolicited advice to Smoke: Please put paper towels on every table, a quartet of different BBQ sauces and ramp up the rest of the menu.</p> <p>(8 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // 561/330-4236)</p> <p><strong>Lounge: Camelot</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="109" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/camelot.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Assistant Art Director</p> <p>“This new upscale, semi-private club in WPB is a great spot for a classy, yet fun night out. They serve specialty craft cocktails and seafood nibbles including a raw bar. Great music, great fun and great atmosphere. Whether you're outside, inside or at a VIP table that offers bottle service, you're bound to have a good time! For more info, visit the lounge’s <a href="http://www.facebook.com/camelotwestpalm" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>.</p> <p>(114 S. Narcissus Ave., West Palm Beach // 561/318-7675)</p> <p><strong>TV Show:</strong> <a href="http://www.cbs.com/shows/scorpion/" target="_blank">Scorpion</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/scorpion.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Picked by David Shuff, Videographer and Video Editor</p> <p>“There's still time to catch up on this series about team of geniuses who are contracted by the government to help solve exceptional problems. I've already heard it described as ‘The Big Bang Theory’ remade as an action-drama.”</p> <p>Watch on CBS, Mondays at 9 p.m.</p>Muddy Pumpkin Body Treatment2014-10-10T09:17:35+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/10/muddy-pumpkin-body-treatment/<p>As soon as pumpkin-flavored everything starts hitting shelves, you know it’s the beginning of fall. Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin creamer, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin candles. The list goes on. But when I heard about the Muddy Pumpkin Body Treatment at SiSpa, I had to pause. I’ve never heard of that one before. Pamper me in that delicious pumpkin smell? Done.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/19540533_sispa_lobby.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>I headed over to the SiSpa at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort and Spa <em>(pictured above) </em>to try this fall special out. Do note: it’s a limited edition treatment, available only until Dec. 31.</p> <p>The treatment uses products from FarmHouse Fresh, a bath and body company that uses natural and naturally derived ingredients. All FarmHouse Fresh products are also free of parabens and sulfates, making the treatment that much more enticing.</p> <p>The Muddy Pumpkin started off with a full-body exfoliation, my skin scrubbed and buffed gently to remove dead skin cells. I was given the option to exfoliate my abdominal area or skip over it if I preferred. The therapist wiped off the exfoliating granules after rubbing it in, so no shower time was required yet. As I flipped over from my stomach to my back, a warm headrest was placed underneath my neck and a warm towel applied over my eyes, with a protective sheet in between of course so my face stayed dry.</p> <p>Then came the pumpkin mud mask cocoon wrap. Yep, you read that correctly. The therapist took the sheet off the treatment bed (somehow managing to do this without asking me to get up or exposing me in any way – it’s magic, I swear!) revealing a colored plastic sheet underneath. My back, arms, legs, stomach and neck area were covered in a mask made with organic pumpkin puree, active yogurt cultures and Illite and Bentonite clays. The mask has the consistently of a gel, which went on warm and cooled off shortly after application. The result was a contrast of sensations that was both soothing and refreshing. The plastic sheet was then wrapped around me like a cocoon, with a heated blanket placed on top, warming me right back up again.</p> <p>I got a foot massage while I lay there and absorbed the mask’s cleansing and healing powers (it shrinks pores and improves uneven skin tone and the effects of broken capillaries). Then I was whisked off into a large stone shower, located conveniently in the same room, where I rinsed off and wished wistfully that I could have laid there for a few more minutes. Or hours. Or days…</p> <p>After returning to the table, the therapist rubbed me from head to foot with a cinnamon-scented oil, then wiped my feet off with warmed towels, I assume so that no excess oils caused any slippage.</p> <p>While it was my full intention to use the private whirlpool area (exclusive only to spa guests) post-treatment, I wanted to preserve the pumpkin smell that enveloped my body for as long as possible. As I exited SiSpa, a hotel guest passed by and commented on how delicious the area smelled. I smiled discreetly.</p> <p><em>The Muddy Pumpkin Treatment is $99 and is available at the following SiSpa locations: Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort and Spa (3800 N. Ocean Drive, Riviera Beach // 561/340-1755) and the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort and Spa (200 N. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach // 954/944-9528)</em></p> <p>P.S. Ask for Tabatha. She was wonderful!</p>Due South Brewery Oktoberfest2014-10-10T08:47:52+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/10/due-south-brewery-oktoberfest/<p>Traveling to Germany to celebrate Oktoberfest might be out of the question, but you can celebrate right here in South Florida.</p> <p><img alt="" height="189" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/duesouth.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Due South Brewery is hosting its third annual Oktoberfest now through Oct. 11. This three-day festival will feature food trucks, polka and, of course, beer. Special edition flavors wil be released in increments throughout the day. On our radar: Maple Orange Imperial Caramel Cream Ale, Caramel Apple Beer/Cider Blend, Chocolate Pumpkin and Maple Bacon. </p> <p>No fee is required to enter, but food and drink must be purchased. You're also welcome to bring in food from outside establishments. </p> <p>Due South Brewery is located at <em>2900 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach</em>. For more information and the full beer-release and food truck schedule, click <a href="http://www.duesouthbrewing.com/2014/10/09/due-souths-third-annual-oktoberfest/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Theater Review: &quot;Jamaica, Farewell&quot;2014-10-10T06:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/10/theater-review-jamaica-farewell/<p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/jf_3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>One-person shows aren’t my favorite form of theatre, but when they’re done right, they render an ensemble utterly extraneous; the presence of other actors would be a spell-breaking imposition. That’s certainly the case with  “Jamaica, Farewell,” writer-performer Debra Ehrhardt’s exhilarating monologue about her tumultuous, autobiographical voyage from Kingston to Miami.</p> <p>If we believe every word, it was a journey fraught with great wonder, luck, romance, risk, illegality and more than one perilous detour into oblivion. Even if it’s a tad embellished—of which nearly all monologists are guilty—it was still a remarkable survival story rendered, in its South Florida tour at Fort Lauderdale’s Empire Stage, with enthusiasm and versatility.</p> <p>In the production, which runs through Oct. 19, Ehrhardt has little to work with: a few multi-purpose pedestals is all, against a vacant backdrop granted texture and context by Preston Bircher’s precise lighting design (the sound design, credited to Ehrhardt, adds ambience too, with its mix of reggae tunes, ominous instrumentals and spot-on sound effects). Yet it’s a testament to Ehrhardt’s ability as a storyteller that we feel transported, wherever her narrative takes us. We can see the heavyset bully charging her as a young girl. We can smell the rancid sweat and rotting food she encounters on a produce truck later on. We can feel her panic, when she’s confronted with Satan in the flesh, and we forget to breathe for god knows how long. This is a show that does that to you.</p> <p>It is not always so, not from the very beginning. It takes a little while for “Jamaica, Farewell” to pick up steam. The early scenes, in which she describes her childhood and her perennial dream of emigrating to the States, will resonate more with Jamaican natives than the mass audience (several people in the audience nodded in recognition at Ehrhardt’s description of her home country’s customs, laws and political unrest, for instance). But when her frequently thwarted attempts to gain a legal visa yield to an extralegal opportunity to fly to Miami, we’re off to the races, and the show never lets up.</p> <p>Clutching a bagful of a million dollars, Ehrhardt encounters a panoply of quirky and sundry characters—a stuttering drunk with a bum leg, a large-bosomed madam at a bordello, a pot-smoking cabbie who takes it easy when she needs him to floor the accelerator. In each case, she transforms into a different person, and the results are never as surprising or terrifying as when she embodies the red-eyed, dreadlocked, would-be rapist who stalks her off a bus. The scene plays out in terrifying whiplash, bouncing back and forth between his predatory advances and her panicked retreats.</p> <p>This is the show’s dramatic high point, but there’s also plenty of comedy—you’ll love her off-kilter sense of humor, even in dangerous situations—and melancholy, the latter achieved through Ehrhardt’s teary reminiscences of her father, a charismatic gambler who lost himself in the bottle. And the gleam in Ehrhardt’s eye—which is forever trained on the prize, the American land of plenty—is an infectious reminder that our country, whose problems are diagnosed more than its benefits are championed, can still be a beacon of hope. Most of all, “Jamaica, Farewell” is a breathtaking showcase for Ehrhardt’s dynamism as a performer. There’s enough proof in this hour and a half that she can do just about anything.</p> <p><em>“Jamaica, Farewell” runs through Oct. 19 at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $35. Call 954/678-1496 or visit empirestage.com.</em></p>Buccan Adding Sandwich Shop, Chef2014-10-10T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/10/buccan-to-add-sandwich-shop-chef/<p>With Buccan already one of South Florida’s best restaurants and next-door Imoto offering wickedly creative contemporary pan-Asian fare, chef-owner Clay Conley is adding another chef and another eatery to his restaurant mini-empire.</p> <p><img alt="" height="525" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/conley_(427x640).jpg" width="350"></p> <p>The latter will be called <strong>Pressed at Buccan</strong>, another next-door restaurant that will serve up inventive hot and cold sandwiches on a variety of house-made breads, plus a limited roster of salads, sides and desserts. Among them will be Conley’s take on the Maine lobster roll, a Vietnamese-style banh mi sandwich, plus sammies with tarragon and almond-spiked chicken salad and grilled eggplant with roasted portobellos and herbed goat cheese. It’s slated to debut next month and will be open for lunch daily.</p> <p>As for the new chef, Conley is bucking the prevailing restaurant trend that has made pastry chefs something of an endangered species, bringing on Antonia Grandberry to handle Buccan’s sweet stuff. Grandberry, who comes to “the Island” from BLT Steak in Miami Beach, will be turning out a rotating series of desserts, from creme fraiche panna cotta to a “popcorn sundae,” bourbon-bacon Crackerjacks with salted caramel and chocolate crumble.</p>Fall Beauty with Nordstrom2014-10-09T15:17:02+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/09/fall-beauty-with-nordstrom/<p>Transitioning your look from summer to fall can be a bit tricky in the warm south Florida climate. Adjusting your beauty routine and look is the easiest way to get the fall look, without sacrificing comfort.</p> <p>With fall officially in full swing, Nordstrom Beauty has kicked off the season with the start of its seasonal beauty trend events all over the US. On Saturday, Sept. 20, beauty experts and industry insiders gathered at Nordstrom in Town Center of Boca Raton to dole out tips, chat about hot trends and try out exciting new products.</p> <p><img alt="" height="302" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/nordstrom_makeup.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Pictured left to right: MAC lipstick in Sin, Charlotte Tilbury 'Rock 'n' Kohl' pencils, NARS Audacious lipstick, Diorskin STAR foundation</em></p> <p>I ventured over to the mall for a fun fall makeover and learn about what to expect for the new season. Here’s what I gathered:</p> <p>The deep berry lip and the rock and roll smoky eye are without a doubt the two hottest trends for fall. Swapping the bold, red lip of summer for a wine-stained pout has never been easier with so many amazing options out on the market. My personal favorite is the <a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/o/velvet-berry-lip/3864677?origin=category-personalizedsort&amp;contextualcategoryid=0&amp;fashionColor=&amp;resultback=1877&amp;cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_5_A">MAC shade, Sin</a>. Pair the lip with a fresh, dewy face and big, bold lashes.</p> <p>The rock and roll smoky eye is no new trend, but this season, think colored smoke; coppers, gunmetal, and jewel tones. The look is a bit more playful. With tons of beautiful palettes to choose from, everyone has something fabulous to offer. Definitely check out the new palettes and kohl pencils by makeup guru <a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/all-charlotte-tilbury?origin=leftnav">Charlotte Tilbury</a>.</p> <p>Rounding out the season’s hottest beauty trends are product launches from two of our favorite brands, Nars and Dior.  </p> <p>NARS’ new ‘<a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/nars-audacious-lipstick/3849706?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&amp;contextualcategoryid=0&amp;fashionColor=&amp;resultback=0&amp;cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-searchresults-_-1_1_A">Audacious</a>’ lipstick collection has hit stores and the web. There are 30 gorgeous, vibrant colors, with each shade named after a woman who has inspired chief makeup artist, Francois Nars. Nailing which celeb inspired each shade is a veritable guessing game. I personally tested out the ‘Lana’ shade and loved it – I just can’t decide whether it’s named after Lana Del Rey or Lana Turner!</p> <p>Dior’s fall product launch is the Diorskin ‘<a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/dior-diorskin-star-studio-foundation/3843645?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&amp;contextualcategoryid=0&amp;fashionColor=&amp;resultback=0&amp;cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-searchresults-_-1_1_A">Star</a>’ foundation. The brand’s first luminous finish foundation offers great coverage and illuminates from within. The light, weightless formula does a wonderful job of evening skin tone and covering up problem areas.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/stephanie_nordstrom.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Stephanie Pernas at the Nordstrom Beauty event.</em></p> <p>If you’re interested in testing out any of these products or looks, get to Nordstrom at Town Center at Boca Raton and schedule a consultation with a beauty expert. </p> <p><strong>About Stephanie:</strong></p> <p><em>Stephanie Pernas is a personal stylist, fashion writer and style expert. She is the owner of <a href="http://asparklefactor.com/" target="_blank">A Sparkle Factor LLC</a>, a personal styling and lifestyle consulting business. She also writes and edits A Sparkle Factor, a go-to destination on the web featuring the latest trends, style tips, and fashion news focused on highlighting attainable style for the every-girl. She has almost 10 years of experience in the fashion industry, having worked in the fashion departments of magazines like Glamour, Women’s Health and Teen Vogue. After spending five years in New York, she is currently bringing a little bit of sparkle to the South Florida area where she resides with her family. </em></p>Local Flavor: Farm-to-Table Restaurants2014-10-09T09:13:10+00:00Annie Pizzutelli/blog/author/annie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/09/local-flavor-farm-to-table-restaurants/<p>South Florida has been looking a little more California lately with farm-to-table style restaurants popping up all around town.  This latest craze in cuisine promises to deliver locally grown produce, sustainable meats and seafood and the freshest of ingredients right to your plate. Locally sourcing product means that food spends less time on trucks, trains and boats. This translates into food that is of better quality and better tasting. Here's a roundup of restaurants where you can get a taste of farm fare, plus some of my dish picks.</p> <p><a href="http://maxsharvest.com/" target="_blank">Max's Harvest</a></p> <p><em>169 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach // 561/381-9970</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/maxharvest.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p>Restaurateur Dennis Max may have started the trend in this area when he opened this Delray Beach eatery in 2011. Most of the ingredients come from the Palm Beach area and the menu displays the names of the farms and pastures the ingredients are sourced from. Max’s Harvest even grows some of  its own produce on a rooftop garden, and the menu is ever-changing depending on what is in season.</p> <p>Favorite Appetizer:  Goat Cheese Croquettes</p> <p>Coated in a marcona almond crust and stuffed with a robust  goat cheese, these croquettes are great paired with the spicy-sweet red-chili guava jam.</p> <p>Best Entrée: Wild Salmon</p> <p>This sustainable raised salmon is free of hormones and antibiotics but is full of flavor. The fish is topped with a horseradish froth and has a buttery-smooth finish. It is served with Israeli couscous and a zesty brocolini that will have you cleaning your plate.</p> <p>Most Delicious Desert: Crème Brulee</p> <p>The flavor of this creamy desert changes seasonally, but it always leaves you wanting more. Served in a graham-cracker crust ramekin with rich layers of crème and fresh fruit you'll be dying to crack into this crème brulee as soon as it hits the table.</p> <p><a href="http://www.farmerstableboca.com/" target="_blank">Farmer's Table</a></p> <p><em>1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton // 561-417-5836</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/farmerstable.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Full disclaimer: I’m a server at Farmer's Table </em></p> <p>"Fresh, healthy and delicious" is the motto at this Boca hotspot. Not only does Farmer's Table get most of its ingredients locally, but it also cooks them in the healthiest possible way. The chefs never cook with fryers or microwaves or use any butter or cream in their recipes. They also use two-thirds less sodium than traditional restaurants. As an employee of the restaurant, I can attest to these claims.</p> <p>Favorite Appetizer: Roasted Mushroom and Goat Cheese Flatbread</p> <p>This light and crisp flaxseed flatbread is topped with a porcini vinaigrette, roasted mixed mushrooms and caramelized onions. The balance of flavors makes a perfect appetizer to start off your meal.</p> <p>Best Entrée: Braised Prime Short Rib</p> <p>The grass-fed prime rib falls apart with the touch of a fork. Served over a black-skillet wine sauce with roasted Brussels sprouts and whipped garnet yams this dish will leave your mouth watering for more.</p> <p>Most Delicious Desert: Key Lime Pie</p> <p>Make sure you save room for desert. This twist on a Florida classic is worth the calories. While not vegan or gluten-free like the other desserts on the menu, this pie still uses locally sourced ingredients. The creamy key-lime custard and ginger-snap crust is the perfect end to a great meal.</p> <p><a href="http://www.digdelray.com/" target="_blank">DIG</a></p> <p><em>777 E. Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach // 561/279-1002 </em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="193" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/dig.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p>This Delray Beach restaurant is doing it green. Its mission is to serve "big flavors with a small footprint.” DIG utilizes fresh, seasonal organic and naturally fed and ethically tended products in all of the food and support farmers in the community. The food offers the simple goddess that other restaurants have long forgotten.</p> <p>Favorite Appetizer: Hummus Trio</p> <p>A new spin on a classic favorite DIG serves up three bold flavor of this dip. The eggplant-pumpkin seed Hummus is earthy with a hint of fall flavor. Its black bean-chipotle hummus variety has a bit of a punch just enough to give your taste buds a thrill. Finally the basil sun-dried tomato hummus has a nice balance of savory flavors.</p> <p>Best Entrée: Chicken Florentine</p> <p>This plump chicken breast oozes out spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese. Its topped with a velvety roasted garlic and tarragon cream sauce and served over creamy garlic smashed potatoes and farm-fresh seasonal veggies</p> <p>Most Delicious Desert:</p> <p><a href="http://www.darbster.com/" target="_blank">Darbster</a></p> <div class="_4nq6"> <div class="clearfix"> <div class="ellipsis _c24 _50f3" id="u_jsonp_31_f"><em>8020 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach // 561/586-2622</em></div> </div> </div> <p><img alt="" height="550" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/darbster.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>With food this good, you won't even miss the meat. Darbster in Boca Raton is 100 percent vegan, but the dishes mimic flavors of scallops, meatloaf and tacos so well that even the most die-hard carnivores won't believe their mouths. You'll leave this restaurant feeling great, not just because of the fresh food, but also because all of Darbster's profits go to an animal-rescue foundation the owners founded.</p> <p>Favorite Appetizer: Grapefruit and Avocado Ceviche</p> <p>Bursting with fresh tropical flavors this ceviche mixes Florida grapefruit, avocado, red pepper, red onion, cilantro, cucumber in a fruity kiwi lime vinaigrette and is served with homemade millet chips.</p> <p>Best Entrée: Bacon Cheeze Burger</p> <p>This is not your typical veggie burger. The fresh herbs really give this sandwich a powerful kick. Topped with cashew cheese, dill cashew mayo, and eggplant bacon and served on sprouted buckwheat bread, this is quite the stack.</p> <p>Most Delicious Desert: Raw Brownie</p> <p>This chewy treat will melt in your mouth. Made with raw cacao and dates, the brownie is topped with hot chocolate sauce and served with fresh local berries.</p> <p><strong>Farmhouse Kitchen</strong></p> <p>We're already excited for the newest spot on the block. Gary Racks recently closed his Table 42 Italian Kitchen in Boca Raton and announced plans to reopen as a farm-to-fork concept with a mantra of "just good food.”  The menu will be crafted with fresh, local, sustainable, healthy dishes that will leave you delightfully filled without any of the guilt.</p> <p><strong>About Annie:</strong></p> <p><em>Annie is a senior at Florida Atlantic Univerity working on her B.A in Multimedia Journalism and Sociology. She loves writing about fashion, beauty and entertainment. She hopes to one day be compared to Carrie Bradshaw.</em></p>Updates: trains, pensions &amp; ag reserve2014-10-09T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/09/updates-trains-pensions-ag-reserve/<h3><img alt="" height="291" src="/site_media/uploads/aaf.jpg" style="" width="450"></h3> <h3>All aboard vs. off the tracks</h3> <p>It’s been another week with a lot of news about <a href="http://www.allaboardflorida.com/" target="_blank">All Aboard Florida</a>, which few people seem to have no opinion about.</p> <p><em>The Palm Beach Post</em> reported that All Aboard Florida will not seek the $1.6 billion federal loan it had wanted for the northern portion of the project. I reported last month that the company’s plan, if the government didn’t approve the loan, was to seek private financing. That’s the new approach, using high-risk bonds.</p> <p>Critics had cited the loan request to claim that All Aboard Florida isn’t viable as a private venture. And the loan would have been the largest ever granted by the Federal Railroad Administration. The largest to date is roughly $562 million, which went to the heavily subsidized Amtrak in 2011. The second-highest was $233 million.</p> <p>Despite the company’s decision, those critics won’t back off their argument that the 32 new trains a day will harm those living near the Florida East Coast Railway tracks and navigation, since gates will have to come down much more often. U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, who represents northern Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, where opposition is strongest, didn’t budge much even after hearing the change in financing.</p> <p>There also remains the issue of having cities sign agreements with All Aboard Florida to maintain the crossing equipment. Those agreements must be updated because of safety improvements that will remove the need for train whistles between Boca Raton and West Palm Beach.</p> <p>Boynton Beach approved its agreement Tuesday night. Mayor Susan Haynie says Boca Raton’s legal staff is still “hammering out” the language.</p> <p>We do finally know which improvements will be necessary at which crossings. They were listed last week in a letter from Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Director Nick Uhren to city managers.</p> <p>Four-quadrant gates—two gates in each direction, so drivers can’t go around them—will be installed at nine of the 12 crossings in Delray Beach, including Atlantic Avenue and Linton Boulevard. Four of Boca Raton’s 10 crossings will get four-quadrant gates—Northwest 20<sup>th</sup> Street, Glades Road, Palmetto Park Road and Southwest 18<sup>th</sup> Street. Some of those crossings also will get sidewalk improvements, as will most of the crossings in Delray.</p> <p>All Aboard Florida wants the agreements quickly, probably because construction on the southern portion has started. Next up: Coast Guard hearings on All Aboard Florida and navigation. You can assume that they will be well-attended.</p> <h3>Power line update                                          </h3> <p>The Trader Joe’s store in Boca Raton, like the one in Delray Beach, is humming along. Unlike the one in Delray, though, the Boca store won’t be cleared to open for good until the developer of East City Center buries those ugly power lines in the parking lot.</p> <p>Getting the lines underground means getting with Florida Power &amp; Light on the work. According to an FPL spokesman I contacted Wednesday, the utility’s schedule seems to be on track with the city’s order to bury the lines roughly 90 days after the store opening on Sept. 26.</p> <p>Bill Orlove of FPL said in an emailed response to my question that the work will start this month and should be done by “the end of the year,” which would be just about 90 days. What will be involved? How much disruption will there be, since the work on what amounts to a city block should have been done during construction of the center? Here is Orlove’s answer:</p> <p>“The work will be continuous. Due to safety concerns, there may be some temporary road closures, and some of the parking spaces will be closed off. However, all entrances and exits will be open to and from the parking lot, and traffic will be able to move through the area.”     </p> <h3>Delray pension reform update              </h3> <p>We still haven’t heard publicly what approach Delray Beach will take on fire and police pension reform. Two numbers, though, make clear why reform is necessary.</p> <p>In an interview this week, Mayor Cary Glickstein said that in 2000 the fire-police pension fund was fully funded and was running a surplus of perhaps $2 million. By 2013, unfunded liabilities had hit $90 million.</p> <p>Even with the Great Recession, how could things have gone so wrong and so quickly? One reason, Glickstein said, is that a previous city commission raised the multiplier— used to calculate pension benefits per years of service—to 4 percent. In Boca Raton, it has been 3.5 percent for the police, and the city wants to make it 3 percent.</p> <p>But in Delray Beach, Glickstein said, the much bigger problem has been bad investment decisions. On that $90 million hole in the fire-police pension fund, $88 million of it was dug by investment losses.</p> <p>Pension fund managers are supposed to make conservative investments. Granted, the recession caused the market to bottom out in March 2009, but it is reasonable to assume that with a better investment policy the fund would be in much better shape. The Leroy Collins Institute at Florida State University just rated the fund ‘F’ for 2012.</p> <p>Full-service cities like Delray Beach and Boca Raton find themselves in a bind in trying to manage their own fire and police pensions. By taking money for those pensions from a state-imposed assessment on insurance policies, the cities must abide by state guidelines that include the makeup of board that administer the pensions.</p> <p>Under those rules, the boards are stacked in favor of the unions. The Delray board has nine members, but six represent police officers and firefighters, and they may not be city taxpayers themselves. The board chairman is Commissioner Adam Frankel, but he a favorite of the unions and is on record as opposing pension reform.</p> <p>As a result, the cities don’t make investment decisions, but they get stuck with the results of bad decisions. A consultant said last year that Delray’s contribution to the fund nearly had doubled since the financial crisis of 2008.</p> <p>At its August meeting, the pension board did agree with a proposal by Chief Financial Officer Jack Warner to pay down the plan’s unfunded liability over 20 years as opposed to 30 years, which will save an estimated $21 million in interest payments. But that is just a start. Delray Beach needs to go long on police and fire pension reform.</p> <h3>Ag reserve updates</h3> <p>On Tuesday, I wrote about a vote by the Palm Beach County Commission on transferring developments between properties in the county’s Agricultural Reserve Area. The reserve has been in the news because of the county is taking a new look at how much development to allow in the reserve 15 years after voters approved $100 million to buy land for continued farming or for preservation.</p> <p>I said there could be concern about allowing such a transfer —an owner gives up rights in one place in exchange for being allowed to build more elsewhere—because of the precedent it might set. One option property owners are pushing for is the increased use of such transfers.</p> <p>The commission unanimously approved the transfer that was on Tuesday’s agenda. Commissioner Steven Abrams, who represents the southeast part of the county, responded to my Tuesday post by saying in a text message that “what we did is within existing rights” for the reserve and allowed “no net gain of units.”</p> <p>Some farmers, Abrams said, want a new program for transferring development rights that would mean more housing allowed overall in the Agricultural Reserve. There will be other votes on this topic before the commission’s discussion of new rules, scheduled for January.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at randy@bocamag.com</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>Fall Flats2014-10-09T00:00:00+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/09/fall-flats/<p>It’s finally fall. In most places, this means a change in temperatures and wardrobes – but for always-sunny South Florida, fall is just another marker of how far we are into the year. The temperatures are still in the 80s, the beach is still an appropriate weekend activity and it’s still too hot for even the lightest of sweaters.</p> <p>Sadly, that means boots are out of the question. But that doesn’t mean we can’t update our wardrobe to reflect the pumpkin-defined season.</p> <p>Put away those summer sandals and opt for a pair of flats instead. From classic ballerinas to smoking slippers, here are a few flats that are on our radar.</p> <p><img alt="" height="379" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/shoes.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>1. <a href="http://us.christianlouboutin.com/us_en/shop/women/air-loubi-specchio-laminato.html">Air Loubi</a> ($345, Christian Louboutin)</p> <p>These indoor slippers are so adorable, you’d wish you could wear them outside. Also comes in gray fabric, black leather and magenta silk.</p> <p>2. <a href="http://www.toryburch.com/chase-ballet-flat/32148384.html?start=1&amp;dwvar_32148384_color=009&amp;cgid=shoes-flats">Chase Ballet Flat</a> ($265, Tory Burch)</p> <p>A classic black flat, topped with a tortoise bow. Tory, you’ve done well.</p> <p>3. <a href="http://www.stevemadden.com/product/WOMENS/Flats/DAAYNA/c/2163/sc/2214/163741.uts?sortByColumnName=Relevance&amp;selectedColor=BLACK-SUEDE&amp;$MR-THUMB$">Daayna Flat</a> ($89.95, Steve Madden)</p> <p>With its pointy toe, lace-up straps and mini metal heel, these are a far cry from your typical flats. No worries, the shoe zips at the back so you don’t need to lace up every time.</p> <p>4. <a href="http://tieks.com/lilac.html">Classic Lilac</a> ($175, Tieks by Gavrieli)</p> <p>The beauty of Tieks: they fold up so you can slip them into a shoe pouch and keep them handy when you’re done with your heels. Perfect for after-work errands.</p> <p>5. <a href="http://www.frenchsole.com/products/view/HFF36">Hefner in Cobalt Suede</a> ($265, French Sole)</p> <p>Taking a page out of men’s fashion, French Sole brings you the smoking slipper. The cobalt blue suede fabric and tassel detailing put a feminine twist on a masculine piece.</p>WomenHeart + Making Strides2014-10-08T00:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/08/womenheart-making-strides/<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Season in South Florida seems to be revving up. There’s a lot to share in the departments of medicine and fitness for local Fit Life readers.</p> <p><strong>Support Group reaches out to Women with Heart Disease</strong></p> <p>First on deck, Boca Raton is officially a site for <a href="http://www.womenheart.org/" target="_blank">WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease</a>. The national network of support groups, open and free to all women living with heart disease or who are at risk for heart disease, will have its first monthly meeting in Boca Raton on Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. in the Sandler Pavilion at Boca Raton Regional Hospital (<em>701 N.W. 13th St.).</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="488" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/womenheartchampions.jpg" width="489"></em></p> <p>WomenHeart champion and Boca Raton resident Rhoda Kitzes will be hosting the meetings. Kitzes earned her stripes as a WomenHeart support network coordinator after attending last year’s WomenHeart Science and Leadership Symposium in Washington DC. Each year, dozens of heart disease survivors from around the U.S. learn how to become volunteer community educators and support network coordinators at the WomenHeart symposium.</p> <p>A press release from the National Coalition of Women with Heart Disease revealed the following statistics. The results are based on a survey of women participating in the WomenHeart network that asked about how the network impacted them: </p> <ul> <li>Ninety three percent felt their quality of life and understanding about heart disease has been enhanced.</li> <li>More than 85 percent have improved communication with their health care providers, as well as believe that attending meetings has helped them deal with challenges in maintaining their treatment and medication regimens.</li> <li>More than 86 percent believe attending meetings has helped them better explain their heart disease to family members, friends, co-workers and others.  </li> </ul> <p>“Heart disease can be a very emotionally and physically isolating condition for women,” Kitzes says in the release. “The national network of WomenHeart Champions leading support networks in local communities enables women to have the camaraderie and support they need to make the lifestyle changes necessary to live a heart healthy life.”</p> <p>For more information, contact Rhoda Kitzes, WomenHeart Support Network Coordinator, at 561/235-5515 or email <a href="mailto:WH-BocaRaton@womenheart.org">WH-BocaRaton@womenheart.org</a>. To learn how to get involved as an advocate and much more, visit womenheart.org.</p> <p><strong>Lace up for Making Strides against Breast Cancer</strong></p> <p>There’s still time to sign up and raise funds for the Making Strides against Breast Cancer 5K on Saturday, Oc. 25, starting at 8:30 a.m. in Mizner Park in Boca Raton.</p> <p>West Boca Medical Center is the silver sponsor of this year’s event, committing to raise $2,500 or more. The hospital’s breast health specialist, Dr. Cheryl Moss-Mellman, is chairing the 5K.</p> <p>To sign up for or donate to the event at 590 Plaza Real, click <a href="http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/MakingStridesAgainstBreastCancer/MSABCCY14FL?pg=entry&amp;fr_id=62563.">here</a>.</p> <p>Season in South Florida seems to be revving up. There’s a lot to share in the departments of medicine and fitness for local Fit Life readers.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>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="http://www.wordscomealive.com/" target="_blank">wordscomealive.com</a>.</p>Trader Joe’s Favorites2014-10-08T00:00:00+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/08/trader-joes-favorites/<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>South Florida is buzzing with the opening of a new Trader Joe’s in Boca. If you’ve never been to the grocery store that has developed a cult-like following, you’re probably wondering, “what’s all the hype about?” Read on to find out what makes this grocery store so special and my Z-tips on Trader Joe’s best buys.</p> <p><img alt="" height="426" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/tj_gorawtrekmix.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What makes Trader Joe’s different?</strong></p> <p>The biggest differentiating factor for Trader Joe’s is the way it purchases products. Buyers pick a few products in each category and only sell a few varieties of that item. For example, if you’re looking for salad dressing, Trader Joe’s may only have five kinds for you to choose from, instead of 50, as you may see in Publix – but they’re sure to be five really good salad dressings. This gives them the freedom to purchase items in large volumes, so they’re able to negotiate the best prices and share their savings with you.</p> <p>Do note: not everything in the store is organic or “clean,” and some of their products have soybean and canola oils. But the store’s animal proteins don’t have hormones or antibiotics, and compared to Publix, Trader Joe’s is definitely a much better choice in my book. When it comes to comparing Trader Joe’s to Whole Foods, I find that TJ’s organic and conventional products are less expensive. I bought one pound of organic cherry tomatoes for $3.99. At Whole Foods, that would only get you a pint.</p> <p>And if you don’t like something that you bought, you can always return it for a full refund!</p> <p><strong>MY FAVORITE THINGS AT TRADER JOE’S:</strong></p> <p><strong><span>Produce Section:</span></strong></p> <p>Bagged wild arugula - $1.99/bag</p> <p>Organic bagged baby kale, chard and spinach - $2.49 a bag</p> <p>Single red peppers – 99 cents each</p> <p>Organic pea shoots - $2.49 (loaded with nutrients and what a great price)</p> <p>Organic fresh broccoli florets, cut and washed - $2.99 for 12 oz.=</p> <p>Pre-cut butternut squash - $1.99 a bag (makes dinner in minutes with no peeling or cutting)</p> <p>Fresh Asian stir-fry veggies in a bowl - $3.99 (I like to dip them in hummus and eat them raw)</p> <p>Organic baked tofu - $3.69 (I love to cut it up in cubes and throw it on salads or add it to sandwiches. If you don’t like tofu, and haven’t tried this one, give it a shot. It’s not like any other tofu on the market.)</p> <p><strong><span>In the Dry Goods Isle:</span></strong></p> <p>Organic blue corn tortilla chips - $2.99 for a 12 oz. bag  (Whole Foods sells a similar product, but it is $3.49 for a bag half the size and not even organic)</p> <p>Hearts of palm in a glass jar - $3.29</p> <p><img alt="" height="614" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/tj_spaghettisauce.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p>Organic spaghetti sauce - $2.49 (Mix it with cooked spaghetti squash, add some Daiya mozzarella cheese and veggies, you got yourself a delicious meal in minutes)</p> <p>Orange Muscat Champagne vinegar - $2.99 (I love to use this vinegar instead of salad dressing)</p> <p>Whole grain dijon mustard- $1.79 (This price is a steal. Mix this mustard with some raw honey and apple cider vinegar for a delicious dressing)</p> <p>Dry organic oregano - $1.99 (Great price as it is half of what you would pay at Whole Foods)</p> <p>Organic ginger pear tea - $2.99 (One of my absolutely favorite teas. No dessert needed)</p> <p>Roasted seaweed snack – 99 cents (Great alternative to chips and it helps support your thyroid function. Bet you can’t stop at just one!)</p> <p>Handful of go raw mixed nuts - $5.49 (I love these little baggies of mixed nuts. Just throw one in your purse for a portion-controlled afternoon snack, mix it with salad greens or add it to your kid’s school lunch)</p> <p>Black Mountain pinot noir - $6.99 (Trader Joe’s in known for buying left over wine from “reserve” collections and selling it at a low price. You get the taste and quality, without over-paying. This has been one of my favorite wines for years)</p> <p><strong>Frozen Section and Shelves Above it:</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="340" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/tj_poundplus.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>Pound Plus dark chocolate with almonds - $4.99 for more than one pound (If you love chocolate, this one is a must-try. Look for it above the frozen section)</p> <p>Organic whole green figs  - $2.79 (Great to add to pies and smoothies)</p> <p>Frozen mango - $2.69 for a pretty large bag  (Perfect for smoothies and frozen desserts)</p> <p>Organic Frozen Spinach - $1.99 a bag</p> <p>Wild Alaska cod pieces - $3.99/lb (If you eat fish, try wild varieties instead of farm-raised)</p> <p>Gone Bananas frozen bites - $1.99 (Instead of ice cream, try these little banana bites. Because they're so small, it's easier to control your portions)</p>Concert Review: St. Vincent at Fillmore Miami Beach2014-10-07T14:32:38+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/07/concert-review-st-vincent-at-fillmore-miami-beach/<p> <img alt="" height="253" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/stvincentpromo_wide-2811cded1b405dfcb39def4c7376931949081fa5.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>St. Vincent's Annie Clark was a beautiful alien onstage at the Fillmore last night, clad in a long black dress covered with sparkling, drippy images of cartoon eyes and lips, her hair an arresting shock of silver. The spirit willed her through the first few instrumental minutes of opening number “Rattlesnake,” where she cocked her head from side to side, pointed at us, and pantomimed a stab in her chest while the low synth rumble intensified around her. Eventually, she didn’t pick up a guitar so much as acquiesce to one, positioning herself so a crew member could deposit this magical foreign object around her chest.</p> <p>That’s how it went, for most of the meticulously plotted set list, whose totality seemed to suggest a story, albeit one that takes some decoding. Each song had its own choreography of secret codes, delivered always by Clark and sometimes by her black-clad bandmates. The movements were mechanical, precise—creating the sense of a performance-art installation. The music—a digital electro-pop gauze enveloping an organic indie-rock core—may sound 21<sup>st</sup> century, but this sort of ritualistic, regimented theatre suggested the great avant-pop acts of the post-punk era, like Devo, Talking Heads and even Kraftwerk.</p> <p>The stage was minimally furnished, with a two-tiered pedestal at center stage, and Clark milked it at select intervals throughout the show. She stretching sinuously across the lower level like it was a chaise lounge during “I Prefer Your Love” and stood tall atop the upper level like a sentinel during the thunderous “Cheerleader,” possibly the highlight of the set, the defiance of her words rattling the roofs.</p> <p>Then, at the end of “Prince Johnny,” with its lyric about lying “prostrate on my carpet,” she collapsed from her pedestal, hands over her head, in strobe-magnified despair, like a wounded animal who, for a brief spell, seemed to be pleasuring itself on the lower level: The signal for “Birth in Reverse,” naturally, with its lyric about masturbation. There were certainly no accidents in the transitions and flow of the set list, which felt carefully curated.</p> <p>The Fillmore’s sound wasn’t perfect last night, as it seemed to be during last week’s immaculate Belle &amp; Sebastian show. The bass too often overpowered the instruments and Clark’s voice, which was all but drowned out during the more ethereal numbers, like “Surgeon.” But these issues evaporated as the show drew to a surprisingly riotous close, thanks to the obscure single “Krokodil”—delivered by Clark like a purifying, punk-rock exorcism—and “Your Lips Are Red,” a masterpiece of quiet-loud-quiet dynamics that took on a more muscular energy than it contains on record.</p> <p>By the end of it, Clark was among the throng of fans at the front of the stage, letting them shred on her guitar. With her hair shrouding her face under the ballistic strobe lights, she looked indistinguishable from Kurt Cobain. After a set that felt programmed and unspontaneous, it was an utterly rock ‘n’ roll way to end the show, a necessary jolt of anarchy to shake up everybody’s system, including Clark’s own.</p> <p>SET LIST:</p> <p>1. Rattlesnake</p> <p>2. Digital Witness</p> <p>3. Cruel</p> <p>4. Marrow</p> <p>5. Every Tear Disappears</p> <p>6. I Prefer Your Love</p> <p>7. Laughing With a Mouth of Blood</p> <p>8. Actor Out of Work</p> <p>9. Surgeon</p> <p>10. Cheerleader</p> <p>11. Prince Johnny</p> <p>12. Birth in Reverse</p> <p>13. Regret</p> <p>14. Huey Newton</p> <p>15. Bring Me Your Loves</p> <p>16. Krokodil</p> <p>ENCORE</p> <p>1. Your Lips Are Red</p>Gilmore Girls on Netflix: Seven Best Episodes2014-10-07T13:51:57+00:00Annie Pizzutelli/blog/author/annie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/07/gilmore-girls-on-netflix-seven-best-episodes/<p class="normal">Stock up on Mallomars and coffee and order some chinese food from Al’s Pancake World. All seven seasons of Gilmore Girls are now streaming on Netflix.</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="330" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/gg.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">The series, which debuted on the WB in 2000, features an inseparable, fast-talking, quick-witted mother-daughter duo played by Lauren Graham (Lorelai) and Alexis Bledel (Rory). We’ll admit that when it comes to production, the show isn’t quite up to par with the likes of Game of Thrones – the first few episodes have choppy transitions and questionable acting – but the storyline, the humor and the spot-on lines are without a doubt some of the best of the early millennium.</p> <p class="normal">Maybe you're a longtime fan of the show, or maybe you’re just beginning to follow the eccentric residents of Stars Hollow. Regardless, here’s a list of the ten best episodes you don’t want to skip during your Gilmore Girls binge.</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Season One, Episode Seven: “Kiss and Tell”</strong></p> <p class="normal">Rory visits Dean at Dose’s Market, where he surprises her with her first kiss right in the ant-spray aisle (“a good aisle”). Rory thanks him and then runs out of the store, accidentally stealing the cornstarch in her hand. She runs to tell Lane first instead of Lorelai, who later finds out about the kiss over diner gossip at Luke’s. Lorelai tries to play the cool mom by inviting Dean over to watch Willy Wonka with her and Rory that night. While not exactly the first date Rory had dreamed about, the night offers a first glimpse of what it's like for an outsider to be a part of the “Gilmore Girl” club.</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Season Two, Episode Five: “Nick &amp; Nora/Sid &amp; Nancy”</strong></p> <p class="normal">Trouble’s in town and his name is Jess Mariano. He’s Luke’s nephew who just moved to Stars Hollow to live with his uncle. A Holden Caulfield-type rebel with sarcastic wit and a sullen demeanor, Jess stirs up trouble by putting up police tape and chalking an outline of a body on the sidewalk, stealing garden gnomes and even taking money from the “repair the bridge” donation cup. His antics push Luke so far over the edge that he pushes Jess off bridge into a lake. Jess quicky sets his sights on Rory – stealing a book from her bookcase, only to return it with notes in the margins. She nicknames him “Dodger,” and the two spark a chemistry that would soon shake up Rory’s relationship with Dean.</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Season Two, Episode 13: “A Tisket, A Tasket”</strong></p> <p class="normal">Stars Hollow holds a charity picnic basket lunch auction, where women make lunch baskets for men to bid on. Lorelai and Rory put together baskets to follow tradition, but the event doesn’t quite hold up in their favor. Dean doesn’t bring enough money for Rory’s basket and is outbid by resident bad boy Jess. Lorelai is being pimped-out by busybody Miss Patty who has brought three men to bid on her basket. Luke saves the day outbidding the other suitors, and he and Lorelai toss the inedible contents of the basket and he makes them lunch at the diner.</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Season Three, Episode Seven: “They Shoot Gilmore’s, Don’t They?”</strong></p> <p class="normal">It’s time for Stars Hollow annual 24-hour dance marathon, and Lorelai is determined to steal the trophy from four-time champion Kirk. When her partner flakes because of his insecure wife, Rory steps in to help her claim the prize. On the sidelines, Dean cheers them on and even steps in for Lorelai when her heels break. As he and Rory dance, Dean can’t help but notice Rory’s eyes glued to Jess. He decides he has had enough and breaks up with Rory, right there in the middle of the dance floor.</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Season Three, Episode Nine: “A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving”</strong></p> <p class="normal">It’s Thanksgiving, and Lorelai and Rory have, not one, but four dinners to hit. At the Kim’s, Lorelai struggles to keep down Tofurky. Lane has snuck her boyfriend Dave in, under the guise of a Christian entertainer. Next they head to Sookie’s where she is drunkenly mourning the loss of her beautiful, expensive, organically grown turkey that Jackson has decided to deep-fry. Next they head to the Gilmore’s and Rory shocks Lorelai with the revelation that she has applied to Yale, Richard’s alma mater. The day ends awkwardly with Jess, Luke, Lorelai and Rory eating together at the diner. Oh and Kirk is attacked by his cat, also named Kirk, while completely nude.</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Season Four, Episode 22: “Raincoats and Recipes”</strong></p> <p class="normal">It’s the episode we waited four seasons to see. After having a great time with Luke at Liz’s wedding, Lorelai wonders about the future of their relationship. Emily finally admits to being separated from Richard when Lorelai isolates them in a “romantic” bungalow away from the rest of the inn. Dean comes looking for Rory to talk about their almost-kiss from the last episode. He finds her back home and tells her his marriage to Lindsey is over. Back at the inn, Jason unexpectedly shows up convincing Luke he is still with Lorelai, then angrily confronts Lorelai, who says they broke up. Luke references what he refers to as ‘the moment,’ which occurred when he walked her home. Lorelai agrees they shared a moment and Luke goes in to kiss Lorelai. A naked Kirk, who comes yelling and running down the stairs, interrupts them. Lorelai runs home to find Rory and is taken aback to find Dean leaving her bedroom</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Season Five, Episode Seven: “You Jump, I Jump, Jack”</strong></p> <p class="normal">Rory gets the chance to crack the story of Yale’s secret society, The Life and Death Brigade. She is blindfolded by Logan and taken into the lavish tent village, where she finds trust-fund kids dressed up in period costumes and speaking without the letter e. In preparation for the night’s “big event,” Logan surprises Rory with a blue evening gown so she could more easily blend in. That night, a scaffolding tower has been set up, with umbrellas on top. Since Finn is out of commission, Logan invites Rory to join the group as they jump from the seven-story scaffold. Rory says it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and Logan reminds her it is only if she wants it to be.</p> <p class="normal">Oy with the poodles already! If you can’t already tell, Gilmore Girls is one of those shows that don’t come around too often. The characters and their stories become a part of you from the very first episode. So find the closest television with a Netflix hookup, and get started on your journey to Stars Hollow.</p> <p><strong>About Annie:</strong></p> <p><em>Annie is a senior at Florida Atlantic Univerity working on her B.A in Multimedia Journalism and Sociology. She loves writing about fashion, beauty and entertainment. She hopes to one day be compared to Carrie Bradshaw.</em></p>Apeiro to Debut in December2014-10-07T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/07/apeiro-to-debut-in-december/<p>Putting his money where his mozzarella is, restaurateur Burt Rapoport and chef-partner David Blonsky are planning a December unveil for their modern Mediterranean restaurant, <strong>Apeiro Kitchen &amp; Bar</strong>, in West Delray’s thriving <a href="http://delraymarket.com/" target="_blank">Delray Marketplace</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="130" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/apeiro.jpg" width="381"></p> <p>Apeiro (Latin for “infinity”) will go beyond the usual definition of Mediterranean, which usually means Italian with a little added feta, and incorporate influences from countries ranging from Morocco to Greece to Portugal. On your plate that will include dishes like octopus with cranberry beans, chili, olives and aged balsamic; spiced lamb kabobs with tzatziki and tabouli; and wood oven-roasted apple crostada with salted caramel and cinnamon gelato.</p> <p>The extensive menu will be broken into easily digestible categories: Small Plates, Grains &amp; Pasta, Grilled-Roasted Proteins, Sandwiches, Soups and Salads, and others. The chef in charge of executing all these (that would be Blonsky) has an impressive resume, having worked with the likes of Rick Tramonto, Barton G and <em>Top Chef</em> contestant Fabio Viviani.</p> <p>Manhas Designs is doing the restaurant proper, which will seat 160 indoors and out, along with a 40-seat private dining room and an indoor-outdoor bar lounge. Also featured will be a wood-fired oven faced with Mediterranean tile, smoked glass and stainless steel chandeliers and ceiling beams made from reclaimed wood. Apeiro is Rapoport's second restaurant in the Marketplace, joining Burt and Max's.</p>Our plans for outbreaks plus more breaking news2014-10-07T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/07/our-plans-for-outbreaks-delray-reviews-the-bidding-red-flag-for-ag-reserve-and-more/<h3>Care on the home front</h3> <p><img alt="" height="253" src="/site_media/uploads/hazmat-suit-us-flag.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>If you wonder whether the many parts of this area’s health care network are working on a response for any real or suspected cases of Ebola, the answer is that they don’t really have to. The plan has been in place for years.</p> <p>In 2001, about three weeks after 9/11, a Palm Beach County man who worked in Boca Raton was diagnosed as having been exposed to anthrax. His death from that exposure would be one of six nationwide. Who sent the anthrax through the mail—to a U.S. Senate office building, among other places—never has been confirmed to anyone’s satisfaction outside the federal government.</p> <p>In part because of the deficiencies the response to that anthrax case revealed about the system of emergency health care, then-Palm Beach County Health Director Jean Malecki tried to improve coordination among hospitals, public health clinics and any other facilities that might deal with patients who presented a serious risk to the public.</p> <p>There is no large, public hospital in the county, as there is in Broward and Miami-Dade. So the health department was the logical agency to bring everyone together into what is called the <a href="https://pbcms.org/pbc-services/healthcare-emergency-response-coalition" target="_blank">Health Emergency Response Coalition</a>, or HERC. It includes hospitals, health clinics, the school district—lots of nurses there—the health care district and other agencies.</p> <p>Fortunately, the protocols for dealing with possible Ebola cases are the same as for dealing with any communicable disease or radiation exposure. An official with Boca Raton Regional Hospital confirms that those protocols are always in place. A radio system that links all coalition members allows epidemiologists at the health department to hear, for example, about an unusually high rate of absenteeism among public school students. Drills are held regularly; a Health Department spokesman says the next will take place in “about two months.”</p> <p>With nursing schools at Florida Atlantic University and Palm Beach State College, the Ebola outbreak also has presented—pardon the phrase— a teaching moment. Dr. Marlaine Smith, dean of the Christine Lynn College of Nursing at FAU, says, “Many aspects of how you respond” to an Ebola case “are within the curriculum,” but that FAU has used the outbreak to drive home certain points.</p> <p>in discussing “population health," faculty members compare the Ebola response to what happened with HIV, says Dr. Karethy Edwards, the nursing school’s associate dean. Like Ebola, HIV is spread by contact with bodily fluids. Nursing students learn how countries contained the Ebola outbreak of 1976, and why Ebola originates in Africa: it began in animals that live there.</p> <p>Ebola also has become part of the ethics classes. “What do you do,” Smith asks, “if you are asked to care for someone with Ebola?” She recalls that there were two nurses who were reluctant to care for AIDS patients. The high-profile nature of the outbreak helps show the importance of asking questions after someone complains of certain symptoms. With Ebola, of course, the operative question is: Have you traveled recently to Africa?</p> <p>Today, Health Department Director Dr. Alina Alonso will give the county commission an “update” on the Ebola virus. A spokesman says the report will consist mainly of discussions with agency “partners” such as the Border Patrol, Palm Beach International Airport and the Port of Palm Beach, as well as the hospitals.</p> <p>We’ve come a long way since the then-secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Palm Beach County’s anthrax victim might have been exposed by drinking contaminated water from a stream. Given public concern, there may be false reports of Ebola cases in Palm Beach County, like the one last weekend in Miami-Dade. Whatever happens here before the outbreak is contained, the response that began 13 years ago should reassure the public.</p> <h3>Building rules in Delray</h3> <p>Tonight, the Delray Beach City Commission can head off any attempts to slip bad building plans past new rules for downtown development.</p> <p>For nearly a year, Delray has tried to streamline, simplify and update regulations for what the city calls the Central Business District. The proposals, crafted with the help of the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, went before the Planning and Zoning Board for review Monday night. They could go to the city commission for final approval as early as next month.</p> <p>The regulations cover the big issues—no building taller than 54 feet, exceptions allowed for church spires. They cover the small issues—the type of tree to be planted and how far apart. The goal is to preserve and enhance what has drawn so many people—and so much development—to Delray Beach.</p> <p>Some builders, though, might not like the new rules. Rather than change their plans, they might try to rush those plans through, so they could be under the current regulations. City Attorney Noel Pfeffer is asking the commission if it wants to invoke “zoning in progress,” which would mean that any plans submitted after Tuesday would be subject to the new regulations.</p> <p>“The idea is to avoid a flood of half-baked applications,” said Mayor Carey Glickstein, “where someone submits two pages and calls it a plan, just to beat the deadline.” Glickstein notes that no applicant credibly could claim to be ignorant of the proposed changes, saying that the regional planning council has held 15 public hearings and that the commission has had six.</p> <p>Approving the zoning in progress would give the commission up to six months to adopt the new regulations. If that isn’t enough time, the commission could extend the zoning in progress. This is an easy call. Why would Delray Beach risk losing a year’s worth of work?</p> <h3>King Tide</h3> <p>Delray Beach’s Rising Seas Task Force will hold a “King Tide Educational Event” from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Marina Way and Southeast First Street. The speaker will be Ana Puszkin-Chevlin. She has a doctorate from Columbia University in urban planning with a concentration in environmental policy for coastal lands. As noted in the first item about Ebola, responding to warnings is a good idea. When it comes to rising seas, Southeast Florida has heard plenty of them.</p> <h3>Ag reserve update</h3> <p>Last week, I wrote about the county commission’s push to change development rules for the Agricultural Reserve Area. On today’s commission agenda is a potentially significant decision regarding the reserve.</p> <p>A company called Rowan Construction owns 20 acres in the northwest section of the reserve, which is roughly between Florida’s Turnpike and State Road 7, north of Clint Moore Road and south of Lantana Road. Rowan would donate the land to the county, which would use it and 100 surrounding acres for environmental restoration.</p> <p>GL Homes, the largest builder in the Agricultural Reserve, would pay Rowan $1.6 million for development rights on those 20 acres—20 homes. GL Homes then would be able to add 20 homes to another site in the reserve, and thus exceed building limits for that site.</p> <p>It’s called transfer of development rights, and even commissioners—like Steven Abrams—who say they are open to minor changes in development rules for the reserve have said they oppose transferring such rights. The staff recommends approval. The vote on this small piece of land could be a sign of what will happen to all 21,000 acres in the reserve and how much the commission respects the public’s decision to stress farming, not development.</p> <h3>Weather notes</h3> <p>It didn’t last, of course. It was just a tease, like the first warm day of spring those of us who grew up in the Northeast and Midwest remember.</p> <p>But wasn’t it wonderful to wake up Sunday and Monday mornings to at least an appetizer of cooler weather? Everyone’s heart rate dropped a little. You could open windows for a while.</p> <p>Monday morning, even as another week of Ebola and ISIS and the awful choice for governor rolled around, you could feel the air, look at that sky and remember again why we live here.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at randy@bocamag.com</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 Weeks Ahead: Oct. 7-202014-10-06T17:15:09+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/06/the-weeks-ahead-oct-7-20/<p><em>Note: This “Week Ahead” covers two weeks of arts and events, to accommodate for a vacation; other A&amp;E blogs will continue to be posted regularly.</em></p> <p>WEDNESDAY, OCT. 8</p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/dirt-splsh.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Screening of “<a href="http://www.dirtthemovie.org/" target="_blank">Dirt: The Movie</a>”</strong></p> <p>Where: Parish Hall of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 188 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Donations requested</p> <p>Contact: 303/570-0433</p> <p>It sits under our feet every time we step outside, it feeds us, and it’s pretty much the foundation of homo sapien life … but what do we really know about dirt? This award-winning documentary, released in 2009, explores this fundamental building block of life—about how it’s been degraded by industrial farming, and how this degradation affects everything from climate change to overseas wars. Narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis, the movie will open Delray Beach’s second-annual Environmental Film Series, with each of its four selections addressing a natural element: earth, water, air or fire. Moviegoers are asked to provide a cash donation, which will support the cost of screening these movies, with the surplus benefiting the Swinton Community Garden, the Sow Share program, and the environmental justice efforts of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Green Team.</p> <p>THURSDAY, OCT. 9</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/sf-south-florida-fairgrounds-palm-fright-nights-pictures-20131011.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Fright Nights</strong></p> <p>Where: South Florida Fairgrounds, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: Opens at 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10-$25</p> <p>Contact: <a href="http://www.myfrightnights.com" target="_blank">myfrightnights.com</a></p> <p>‘Tis the season of scares, and the South Florida Fairgrounds will once again produce Palm Beach County’s largest Halloween haunt. This year’s three haunted walk-throughs, each of them suggesting a future horror film in the making, include Flamingo Hotel (plenty of vacancies, but don’t expect to check out), New World Order (a totalitarian police state lurks around the corner) and Vile (a carful of reckless teenagers stops in the wrong middle of nowhere). Each of these hellish tours will be populated by heavily made-up scare-actors who have been working tirelessly to haunt your nightmares. Oh, and there’s cotton candy and rides, too! Fright Nights runs through Nov. 1.</p> <p>FRIDAY, OCT. 10</p> <p><img alt="" height="229" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/x-scream-halloweeng-star-fl_4850.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “X-Scream Halloween”</strong></p> <p>Where: G-Star Motion Picture Studios, 2030 S. Congress Ave., Palm Springs</p> <p>When: Opens at 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10-$15</p> <p>Contact: <a href="http://www.xscreamhalloween.com" target="_blank">xscreamhalloween.com</a></p> <p>Not to be outdone, G-Star School of the Arts brings its movie-production expertise to its own celebrated walk-through, dubbed one of the Travel Channel’s “13 scariest haunted attractions in America” in 2008. Smaller than Fright Nights but with professional studio equipment to give it an extra polish, the theme of its ninth year is “Rise of the Blood Moon,” a dystopia inspired by real astrological events. The fourth so-called “blood moon” in 18 months signifies a cosmological tetrad that allows genetically modified werewolves and vampires to spring to life and roam the terrified streets. New additions for 2014 include a carnival midway, a live music and stage show, and “Ghoulie Golf,” which costs just $2 a game. The fun continues through Nov. 1.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/peterstarcatcher.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Peter and the Starcatcher”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="http://www.arshtcenter.org" target="_blank">arshtcenter.org</a></p> <p>Kicking off the Arsht Center’s 2014-2015 “Theater Up Close” series is this fresh-from-Broadway fantasy, a multiple Tony winner enjoying its very first regional production anywhere in the country. Based on a best-seller co-written by Miami’s own Dave Barry, “Peter and the Starcatcher” is a swashbuckling origin story about Peter Pan and Captain Hook before they were Peter Pan and Captain Hook. Set on storm-ravaged ships, beaches, islands and grottoes, this adventure meta-play boasts what some in the cast have called the most elaborate set in the history of the Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theatre. It’s also a service to the theatrical stars of tomorrow: As a coproduction with the University of Miami’s Department of Theatre Arts, an ensemble of student actors join a pair of award-winning professional actors in the cast, all of whom play multiple roles; in all, 12 actors will play more than 100 parts, including elements of the scenery and furniture. It needs to be seen to be believed. “Peter and the Starcatcher” runs through Oct. 26.</p> <p>SUNDAY, OCT. 12</p> <p><img alt="" height="543" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/versions.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “Café Dolly”</strong></p> <p>Where: Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: Noon to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5-$10</p> <p>Contact: 954/525-5500, <a href="http://www.moafl.org" target="_blank">moafl.org</a></p> <p>Three painters—a Danish symbolist, a French Dadaist, and an American neo-expressionist—walk into a bar … er, a museum. What would they say to each other? A better question might be: How would their works, divided across decades, cultures and movements, communicate to each other and to modern art audiences? The Museum of Art’s highly anticipated “Café Dolly” exhibition hopes to answer these questions and more as it groups together the provocative paintings of Francis Picabia, J.F. Willumsen and Julian Schnabel. Curator Bonnie Clearwater hopes that audiences will walk away with a new appreciation of these subversive artists, whose work is rarely shown in Florida museums. She tells <em>Boca Raton</em>, “This exhibition draws strong connections between Schnabel’s and Picabia’s philosophical approach to art and introduces obscure late 19th- and early 20th-century artist Willumsen to not only our local audience but to the international art world that descends on … Art Basel Miami Beach in December.”</p> <p>FRIDAY, OCT. 17</p> <p><img alt="" height="236" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/carriemusical.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Carrie: The Musical”</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="http://www.slowburntheatre.org" target="_blank">slowburntheatre.org</a></p> <p>“Carrie” is proof that Broadway producers really can make a musical from any movie imaginable: It’s easy to foresee a time when a show called “Apocalypse … NOW!” blends napalm and jazz hands. In the case of Stephen King’s best-seller about a bullied high-school girl who develops telekinetic powers, the migration from novel to film to stage has been a bumpy one; after debuting in 1988, it garnered a reputation as one of Broadway’s most expensive disasters of all time, closing after five performances. But if there’s one thing West Boca’s Slow Burn Theatre Company loves, it’s finding the kernels of brilliance in misunderstood shows. For this production, director Patrick Fitzwater and his creative team will be working from a 2012 revival of “Carrie” that fixed many of the original’s problems, and they’ll likely find ways to improve on that one as well. Songs include “A Night We’ll Never Forget,” “The Prom” and its follow-up, “The Destruction”—and, yes, Carrie still gets her first period in the first act. “Carrie” runs through Nov. 2.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/soko.jpeg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Soko</strong></p> <p>Where: Propaganda, 6 South J Street, Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $7 advance, $10 at door</p> <p>Contact: <a href="http://www.propagandalw.com" target="_blank">propagandalw.com</a>, <a href="http://purehoneymagazine.com" target="_blank">purehoneymagazine.com</a></p> <p>Soko, the stage name for French singer/actress Stephanie Sokolinski, made a dramatic decision at age 16: She dropped out of school and left her home in Bordeaux, moving to Paris to pursue an acting career. She’s now 27, and it’s safe to say her decision paid off; she was nominated for a Cesar award in France for her role in 2009’s “In the Beginning” and rose to international prominence as the title character in the 2012 period piece “Augustine.” But more impressive, perhaps, is her acumen as a pop songwriter, a trade she’s been plying, in English, since 2007, and which has been borrowed or sampled by the likes of Cee Lo Green and fashion designer Stella McCartney. An intimate performer—she’s known to play small clubs without a set list, and for longer durations than most acts—Soko’s fragile, plaintive melodies, which dominated her 2012 debut album “I Thought I Was an Alien,” have given way to more lush and heavily synthesized sounds on her forthcoming sophomore LP. She will play tunes from both, and more, at this rare and special show at Propaganda, part of an intimate Florida tour for her growing fan base (she’s also opening for Foster the People on Oct. 16 at the Fillmore Miami Beach). See her up-close before she really blows up.</p> <p>SATURDAY, OCT. 18</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/lantern.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Lantern Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Morikami Museum, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 3 to 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10-$15</p> <p>Contact: 561/495-0233, <a href="http://www.morikami.org" target="_blank">morikami.org</a></p> <p>What better way to remember departed loved ones than to send them messages in paper lanterns and float them across a tranquil lake at nightfall, illuminating their spirits with a collective glow? This is the touching sentiment behind the Bon Festival, a Japanese ceremony that has been hosted every July for more than 500 years. Until recently, the Morikami Museum, Delray’s bastion of Japanese culture, hosted its version in July too, until the oppressive heat and seasonal patronage led to a change in schedule, not to mention its name: The former Bon Festival is now the Lantern Festival, and the paper tributes now set sail in October. But the festival’s beloved traditions remain the same. As with previous years, the Morikami’s five-hour fest will include a street fair with shopping, games and children’s activities; <em>taiko</em> drumming by resident percussionists Fushu Daiko; and vendors offering Asian and American delicacies.</p>Show Off Your Best (Meat)Balls2014-10-06T06:00:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/06/show-off-your-best-meatballs/<p>Do you have the balls to take on a meatball challenge?</p> <p><img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/meatballroom.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>If so, Boca’s <a href="http://www.meatballroom.com/" target="_blank">Meatball Room</a> (<em>3011 Yamato Road, 561/325-7352</em>) has just the thing for you. It’s the annual <strong>Homemade Meatball Contest</strong>, a balls-to-the-wall taste-off to discover the best home-cooked meatballs around and, not at all incidentally, raise money for the Boca Raton chapter of the American Cancer Society.</p> <p>Your soon-to-be prize-winning meatballs will be judged by a distinguished panel of experts who know a thing or two about balls, including sports-talk host Sid Rosenberg and the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders.</p> <p>The event takes place at the restaurant at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18. It’s limited to 25 contestants and they’ll all have to pre-register by calling 561/210-4411 or emailing <a href="mailto:kim@simplythebestpr.com">kim@simplythebestpr.com</a>. Then just whip up your meatballs and schlep them over to the restaurant for judging.</p> <p>In addition to being able to brag about have the best (perhaps even the biggest) balls in town, the winner will get their meatballs put on Meatball Room’s menu, plus a $500 gift certificate and other good stuff. So get the balls rolling. . .</p>Movie Reviews: &quot;Gone Girl,&quot; &quot;Tracks&quot;2014-10-03T14:40:02+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/03/movie-reviews-gone-girl-tracks/<p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/gone-girl.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>There’s something to be said for trash that knows it’s trash. I’m often the first to defend “Showgirls,” for instance, or the filmographies of John Waters and Russ Meyer. But trash that thinks it’s art shames both, and that’s where the superficially entertaining “Gone Girl” resides. Well-shot, well-edited and well-scored—it’s directed by David Fincher, after all—“Gone Girl” is addictively watchable, but its pleasures are indeed guilty and transient. This hysterical, soap-operatic adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-seller is an unmysterious mystery, an often unintentional comedy and an unconvincing thriller, a film that tries very hard to hoodwink us into thinking it’s something profound.</p> <p>Ben Affleck plays Nick Dunne, a bar owner in Missouri who, on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, finds his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) missing, their coffee table smashed, the occasional bloodstain on the kitchen cupboards and a hand-written riddle among his wife’s “unmentionables.” This verbal puzzle—the first clue in a scavenger hunt that’s part of the couple’s anniversary tradition—leads to further cryptic notes and the assistance of a pair of local cops, the blunt and prying Rhonda (Kim Dickens) and the skeptical Jim (Patrick Fugit).</p> <p>Soon enough, the media catches wind of the disappearance of this young, attractive scion of a wealthy dynasty, descending on the Dunnes’ home with tabloid fervor and condemning Nick for being insufficiently depressed about his wife’s apparent kidnapping. Every once in a while, Fincher’s film flashes back to earlier times in Nick and Amy’s marriage, a halcyon union between a rich girl from New York City and a corn-fed Midwesterner that eventually soured.</p> <p>I won’t spoil anything from here; the movie does its own spoiling about an hour into the picture, and the longer this film unspools, the more ludicrous it becomes, its plot points transparently risible. New characters, introduced mid-story, do spark interesting directions—like Tyler Perry as a high-profile defense attorney and Missi Pyle as an obnoxiously crusading cable-news host, likely modeled after Johnnie Cochran and Nancy Grace, respectively.</p> <p><img alt="" height="344" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/cdn.indiewire.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>But Fincher’s tone soon becomes awkwardly perched between a modern-day media satire, an edgy shocker and an arch throwback to classic Hollywood thrillers, and it doesn’t work. The latter surfaces mostly in Pike’s off-putting performance; her Amy is less a flesh-and-blood person than an artificial construct, a Macy’s mannequin brought to life, free of nuance. She seems to be channeling Tippi Hedren in the ‘60s more than the contemporary anti-socialite that she seems to represent on the page.</p> <p>Cheap thrills and silly twists disguise themselves as pointed commentary on the tribulations of long-term relationships, and as the movie’s glossy movieness takes over, other reference points, both high and low, burble to the surface—“Fatal Attraction,” “Leave Her to Heaven,” “Desperate Housewives,” Fincher’s far superior “Zodiac.” Taken together, they suggest that Fincher’s vision for “Gone Girl” is more referential than inspirational—a tawdry derivative in a career of originals.</p> <p><em>"Gone Girl" opens today at most area theaters.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/art-tracks-movie-1-620x349.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p>It’s been 34 years since Australian writer Robyn Davidson published <em>Tracks</em>, her best-selling memoir about her remarkable nine-month, 1,700-mile trek—by foot and by camel—through the Australian outback, to the Indian Ocean. That’s more than three decades movie producers have slept on this compelling story, and watching director John Curran’s skillful adaptation, one wonders what took them so long.</p> <p>Mia Wasikowska, best known for her title roles in “Alice in Wonderland” and “Jane Eyre,” plays the 27-year-old Robyn. She’s too young for the part, only because she still looks 18, making her solo excursion seem somewhat like a restless teenager’s rebellion. At any rate, as the film opens, it’s 1975; she spends two years on the farms of discouraging authority figures, training feral camels to carry her supplies. By April 1977, she takes off into the pictorial wilds with four camels and her beloved black lab—an impossible journey accompanied, at sporadic intervals, by <em>National Geographic </em>photographer Rick Smolan (Adam Driver), whose magazine sponsored her voyage and turned her into a media sensation.</p> <p>“Tracks” is a procession of scenes that alternately test Robyn’s mettle (killing wild animals to survive, tending to sick and/or disappearing camels, losing her mind in an endless desert expanse) and showcase the kindness of strangers (Aboriginal village elders navigating her through a region in which women cannot travel alone; an elderly couple living in convenient oblivion who provide a safe haven; Rick’s tireless, if romantically motivated, dedication to keeping her safe). All along, we try to answer the question Robyn herself dodges: Why is she doing this? It’s surely not for Guinness-breaking notoriety.</p> <p>Motives are suggested in fits and starts. We learn that her mother hanged herself when Robyn was 11, and we assume she’s never confronted her grief; we see glimpses of her traumatic childhood in fragmented flashbacks stirred up through her quest. As her history takes root, we accept that she’s not an idealistic dreamer so much as a misanthropic escapist, fleeing life and other people, finding solace in her animals. She’s lonely on her odyssey, but she’d probably be lonelier in a city. When she sleeps with Rick, partway through her voyage, she does so knowing that it’s a one-night stand, meant to quench a fleeting pang of vulnerability. As a moviegoer it’s refreshing to see a man objectified to meet a woman’s needs, and not the other way around.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/tracks-video-still-001.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Thus, “Tracks” emerges as a feminist spin on the classic hero’s journey, a narrative too eccentric to fall into traditional Joseph Campbell archetypes but too structurally familiar to be considered radical filmmaking. Curran is a director who makes good, handsome movies that fall short of being great ones (“We Don’t Live Here Anymore,” “The Painted Veil”), and “Tracks” falls into this sturdy tradition. The film is airbrushed for Hollywood; the real Robyn had to fend off lecherous would-be rapists during her voyage, but in the film she merely swats away pesky tourists with cameras. And Curran could have delved deeper into the psychosis of the sweltering desert, aside from a mirage or two. One scene, in which she retrieves a golden compass from the desert ground, has a connection to her past that is only vaguely conveyed, and it lacks its emotional impact.</p> <p>By and large, though, with her chapped lips and peeling, sunburnt skin, Wasikowska embodies her rudderless vagabond with a hard, lived-in naturalism. She brings to life a character that is neither hero nor antihero—nor especially a role model. She’s a great story, though, and Curran tells it like a seasoned pro.</p> <p><em>"Tracks" opens today at Regal Shadowood in Boca Raton, Muvico Parisian in West Palm Beach, and Regal South Beach 18.</em></p>Fashion Forward: New Store Openings of Note2014-10-03T11:57:14+00:00Stefanie Cainto/blog/author/stefanie/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/03/fashion-forward-new-store-openings-of-note/<p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/jmclaughlin.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Photo via Mizner Park</em></p> <p><strong>Contemporary American Clothing:</strong> J. McLaughlin in Mizner Park is officially open. The brand’s history is rooted in American sportswear and accessories and boasts contemporary pieces from basic tops and pants to plaids and bright prints. <em>(</em><em>327 Plaza Real, Boca Raton // <a href="http://jmclaughlin.com" target="_blank">jmclaughlin.com</a>)</em></p> <p><strong>In case you missed it:</strong> The first ever AllSaints outlet in Florida claimed its home at Sawgrass Mills mall. The store sells men’s and women’s clothing and accessories with a rock ‘n’ roll type feel. Think soft leather jackets, dark knits and skinny, patched jeans. <em>(12801 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise // <a href="http://us.allsaints.com" target="_blank">us.allsaints.com</a>)</em></p> <p><strong>Beauty, Bath and Home:</strong> A new store in Royal Palm Place is bringing wellness and spirituality to beauty, bath and home products. Located across from 2020 Grille, Truly You not only sells unique products like celestial light gel candles, but also offers services like facials and waxing. <em>(101 Plaza Real S., Boca Raton</em><em>, </em><em><a href="http://mytrulyyou.com" target="_blank">mytrulyyou.com</a>)</em></p>Staff Picks of the Week2014-10-03T11:31:57+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/03/staff-picks-of-the-week-7/<p><strong>Resta Hair Salon and Beat Cup Café</strong></p> <p><strong> <img alt="" height="269" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/salonresta.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Picked by Annie Pizzutelli, Web Intern</p> <p>“Forget about reading old tabloids as you wait for your highlights to process. The first time I visited Resta, I didn't know if I walked into a hair salon or an art gallery. The walls are covered in colorful pieces from local artists and the salon often hosts live music from emerging bands. Come hungry, because after your appointment you'll be lured to its adjoining Beat Cup Cafe by the smells of fresh panther coffee and mouth-watering empanadas.”</p> <p><em>(660 Linton Blvd., Delray Beach // <a href="http://salonresta.com" target="_blank">salonresta.com</a>)</em></p> <p><strong>Kasi’s Mango Lassi</strong></p> <p>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</p> <p>“Before walking into Kasi, I had no idea what a lassi was – but I saw mango, and I said why not? Now, I’m obsessed. Made with mango, yogurt, ice and just a little bit of sugar, this Indian smoothie is one of the most delicious, guilt-free things I’ve tried lately.”</p> <p><em>(690 Yamato Road, Boca Raton // <a href="http://kasibocaratonfl.com" target="_blank">kasibocaratonfl.com</a>)</em></p> <p><strong>Preeti’s Salon</strong></p> <p>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Assistant Art Director</p> <p>“Once you try eyebrow threading at Preeti's, you'll never want to use tweezers again! It takes barely 5 minutes. It's extremely affordable at only $10 and walk-ins are welcome. They give me perfectly shaped brows every time.”</p> <p><em>(7158 Beracasa Way, Boca Raton // <a href="http://preetiherbalsalon.com" target="_blank">preetiherbalsalon.com</a>)</em></p> <p><strong>Burt &amp; Max's</strong></p> <p>Picked by Valentine Simon, Production Coordinator</p> <p>"Sit amongst the beautiful, naturally sourced reclaimed wooden décor and sink your teeth into the moist and tender slow braised beef short ribs – the menu's best fare so far. The similarly rustic, smoky flavors from the red wine mushroom a jus will melt on your palate, leaving you wanting more and more! Pair with a dry red from the spectacularly decorated wine cellar, and of course, end your evening with the creamy, delectable sweetness of the crème brûlée pie."</p> <p><em>(9089 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // <a href="http://www.rapoportsrg.com/restaurant/burt-max/" target="_blank">burtandmaxs.com</a>)</em></p>Meat Market Now Open in Palm Beach2014-10-03T11:06:26+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/03/meat-market-now-open-in-palm-beach/<p>It took a bit longer than expected but the Palm Beach branch of South Beach’s uber-luxe meatery, <a href="http://meatmarket.net/enter.html" target="_blank">Meat Market</a> (<em>191 Bradley Place, 561/354-9800)</em>, is now dishing up designer beef and inventive sides in the old Palm Beach Steakhouse location.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/meatmarket.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Partners David Tornek and (chef) Sean Brasel have tabbed David Valencia, late of Catch New York and Miami Beach, to head up things in the kitchen. What that means in your mouth are a roster of USDA Prime steaks that you can customize with everything from lobster tail to foie gras, plus a line of “Reserved Cuts” like A5 Kobe filet mignon and Australian Wagyu tomahawk ribeye, and house specialties like Wagyu skirt steak with lemongrass, ginger and roasted chili.</p> <p>If beef isn’t your thing, there are piscine delicacies like charbroiled branzino with tomato and fennel stew and sea bass with truffle nage and soy beans. Oh, and a raw bar too, just in case you need some oysters on the half-shell with inventive sauces or a variety of ceviches.</p> <p>There’s an enormous wine list and mixological cocktail program too, with a cool bar menu ranging from oyster po’ boys to lobster pigs in a blanket.</p> <p>Design is by <a href="http://studioabmdesign.com/" target="_blank">Studio ABM</a> of Connecticut, which melded Palm Beach style with South Beach cool, evidenced by vaulted, wood-paneled ceilings, bleached white oak walls, terrazzo floor inset with mother of pearl and Herme’s inspired tufted leather banquettes. </p>Blue Moon Party2014-10-03T08:34:43+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/03/blue-moon-party/<p>Whenever there is a full moon, you know it is time to party.</p> <p><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/bluemoonparty.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Blue Martini</strong> is hosting its monthly Blue Moon Party on Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 8 p.m. until close at all of its locations. There will be blue drink specials and live music. Enjoy your evening under the October moonlight.</p> <p>The closest locations are in Boca Raton, <em>(6000 Glades Road), </em>West Palm Beach <em>(550 S. Rosemary Ave.) </em>and Fort Lauderdale <em>(2432 E. Sunrise Blvd.). </em>For more information, visit <a href="http://bluemartinilounge.com" target="_blank">bluemartinilounge.com</a>. </p>Abuse of Power2014-10-02T12:47:38+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/02/abuse-of-power/<p>“Abuse” is a term we often hear as it relates to physical violence. Recently, as graphically shown on TV, NFL player Ray Rice punched his fiancée in the face and dragged her out of the elevator by her feet. That kind of abuse is plain to see. Other kinds of abuse, however, aren’t as obvious to the naked eye. As I’ve seen time and again in my practice, victims of verbal and emotional abuse carry their own brand of scars.</p> <p><img alt="" height="372" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/moneyheart.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Less discussed, but equally debilitating, is the pain and fear caused by financial abuse. And yet it happens more than people realize, especially in affluent areas like Boca Raton.</p> <p>One beautiful woman I worked with wanted to leave her husband. But even though he was cheating on her and being cruel, she was hesitant. Why? Because he held all the financial cards—literally. Whenever they argued, he would cut off her credit card access—and then hold that over her head, only reinstating the card when he felt she had “learned her lesson.” To her friends, she lived a high-end lifestyle, but rarely did she even have cash to tip a valet. Her concept of financial stability depended on whether her credit cards were approved or declined.</p> <p>The irony is that, in some cases, those being financially abused do not see the warning signs. Consider the following:</p> <p>• Is your partner unwilling to share details regarding your finances?</p> <p>• Do you actually sign a tax return or does your name magically appear on the form?</p> <p>• Do you know how to access funds if your spouse becomes disabled or dies?</p> <p>• Do you have any control over financial decisions?</p> <p>If you answered no to most of these questions, then you may be in a financially abusive relationship. It’s imperative that you recognize the unhealthy nature of your relationship and seek help. Couples counseling is the only way to correct the imbalance and learn skills to communicate and trust each other again.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em>Boca-based therapist Suzanne Wachtel helps couples, families and individuals cope with the stressful obstacles that complicate life. She specializes in giving people the tools to clear those hurdles and successfully move forward. Watchtel has a master’s degree in social work from Adelphi University. She’s also the author of Like Mother, Like Son: A Mom's Guide to Raising Healthy Children. To find out more about Watchel, visit <a href="http://boca-therapy.com/">boca-therapy.com</a></em></p>The Ag Reserve and other notes2014-10-02T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/02/selling-out-our-ag-reserve-and-other-notes-of-thr-week/<h4><span>Selling out the Ag Reserve?</span></h4> <p><img alt="" height="299" src="/site_media/uploads/01-ag+reserve+farm.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>Delray Marketplace is zippy, modern and fun. But as Palm Beach County Commissioner Steven Abrams correctly puts it, Delray Marketplace “has nothing to do with the ambiance of the Agricultural Reserve Area.”</p> <p>The complex is west of Florida’s Turnpike, at the intersection of Lyons Road and Atlantic Avenue. It is about seven miles from the other end of Atlantic Avenue that is the heart of downtown Delray Beach. It is about two miles from the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge that is part of the Everglades.</p> <p>Based strictly on the location and popularity of Delray Marketplace, one could argue that the county commission should abandon any idea of preserving a significant agriculture industry in the Agricultural Reserve—roughly 21,000 acres from Clint Moore Road to Lantana Road between the turnpike and State Road 7—and open the land to more development. That decision, however, would be a bad idea. It would make a unique part of Palm Beach County look more like the worst parts of Broward County and would go against the will of the voters.</p> <p>But pressure is building to ease the rules on Ag Reserve development. Last December, the county commission told the staff to prepare a “comprehensive workshop” on the reserve. As part of that process, the county held a discussion Monday, to supposedly get input from all involved in decisions about the reserve.</p> <p>In fact, the discussion told the participants and the public what everyone already knew: some small farmers want more development rights for their land, because at least one major developer is willing to pay the farmers for that land— if the rules for developing the land change.</p> <p>This pushback started even before the public voted in 1999 to spend $100 million—from a special property tax—on bonds to buy Ag Reserve land and keep it in farming or keep it undeveloped. Developers opposed the referendum, claiming falsely that the bond money should be spent on education. In fact, it couldn’t be spent on education.</p> <p>At the same time, the county crafted a plan for the Agricultural Reserve that restricts residential development in most cases to one home per five acres and limits the overall number of homes in the reserve. Of the land acquired, the county set aside some for preservation and is leasing back some to farmers, making the county money.</p> <p>As part of that plan, the county allowed two commercial centers in the reserve. One is on the southeast corner of Lyons Road and Boynton Beach Boulevard. The other is on the northwest corner of Lyons and Atlantic Avenue. It became Delray Marketplace. The county chose the location and size of the commercial developments based on that limited number of homes being built.</p> <p>The plan has worked fairly well. The public gets a $2.6 billion agricultural industry in the eastern half of the county that, among other things, supplies area restaurateurs who have embraced the farm-to-table concept. Unlike Broward, subdivisions don’t sprawl to the Everglades.</p> <p>But we can see what is happening. The impetus for this “workshop”—which skeptics believe is designed to give the commission cover to loosen the rules—came from Commissioner Mary Lou Berger. She represents most of the Agricultural Reserve. For two decades, she was an aide to Commissioner Burt Aaronson. I’m told that Aaronson is assisting the farmers who want more development rights.</p> <p>GL Homes is the big builder in the Ag Reserve. South on Lyons Road from Delray Marketplace, GL Homes is building The Bridges, which also will lack the “ambiance” of the reserve. As a commissioner, Aaronson helped extend Lyons Road, a move that helped GL. The company was a generous contributor to Aaronson’s campaigns and causes, such as the Palm Beach International Film Festival.</p> <p>That workshop on the Agricultural Reserve is scheduled to take place in January. I will track things to see if the workshop has the “ambiance” of a sellout.</p> <h3>Election notes</h3> <p>Commissioner Abrams—who represents Boca Raton, Delray Beach and most of southeastern Palm Beach County—has not been on a ballot since 2005, when he ran successfully for mayor of Boca Raton. In 2009, former Gov. Charlie Crist appointed Abrams to the seat vacated when Mary McCarty went to prison, and Abrams ran unopposed for a full term in 2010.</p> <p>This year, Democrat Andy O’Brien is challenging Abrams for the District 4 seat, and by one key metric the race is a rout before anyone votes.</p> <p>According to the latest financial reports filed with the elections office, O’Brien has raised only about $6,000 and has loaned himself $100,000. Abrams has raised roughly $182,000 while loaning himself $5,000.</p> <p>Obviously, as an incumbent Abrams has contributions from the many special pleaders who appear before the commission or do business with the county. But for someone who has been campaigning for more than a year, O’Brien hasn’t inspired many people to show that they really believe in his candidacy.</p> <h3>Libraries alive and well                                    </h3> <p>If anyone still doubts the value of public libraries in this digital/eBook age, doubt no more.</p> <p>The new downtown Boca Raton library opened in June 2013, an event the Great Recession delayed for a decade after voters approved money for construction. For more than five years, downtown patrons were stuck with the spiffy Spanish River Boulevard Library &amp; Community Center, which now serves as a drab venue for early voting.</p> <p>At one point, there was talk of moving the downtown library to Mizner Park. But the accessibility of the $10 million building shows that the city was right to stick with the Northwest Second Avenue location just north of the old library. Parents bringing one or more young children can get in and out much easier than if they were trying to navigate the Mizner Park garages.</p> <p>The investment already is paying off. Library Services Manager Ann Nappa says the two libraries had nearly 400,000 visitors during the fiscal year that just ended. The libraries circulated almost 650,000 items, and the programs drew 32,000 people. Those are double-digit increases over 2013, which showed similar gains over 2012. The summer reading programs alone attracted 3,000-plus. “The programs,” Ms. Nappa said in an interview, “are far surpassing projections.”</p> <p>Delray Beach’s new library on Atlantic Avenue opened in January 2006. Director Alan Kornblau says Delray, like Boca, is seeking to provide a library that is far more than just a place to check out items. Civic groups such as Rotary meet at the library, which Kornblau calls “the living room of a community.”</p> <p>The digital world, though, is driving changes. “Books are just one of the services we offer,” Kornblau says. With money from the Office Depot Foundation, Delray may create a business center that can provide career counseling for adults. There might be a computer club for students. Flor