Boca Raton Magazinehttp://bocamag.com/blog/feeds/rss/Follow the Leader.enArtArts & EventsBarsBeautyBest Of BocaCity WatchCommunityDebate WatchDelray BeachDelray BeachDiningFashionFitnessHealth NewsHealth/BeautyHot DealsIn The MagazineMoviesMusicNewsNews & ReviewsOpinionsProfilesRecipes Restaurant ReviewsShoppingShopping NewsStyle PagesThe Week AheadTheatreTown NewsTravel Upcoming EventsWeb ExtrasFri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000Staff Picks of the Weekhttp://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>magazineFri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/24/staff-picks-of-the-week-10/CommunityNews & ReviewsUpdates on issues in the news and the Tom Slade effecthttp://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>Randy SchultzThu, 23 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/23/updates-on-issues-in-the-news-and-the-tom-slade-effect-on-florida-politics/City WatchCommunityPalm Beach County Performing Arts Venueshttp://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>John ThomasonWed, 22 Oct 2014 19:04:38 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/22/palm-beach-county-performing-arts-venues/Arts & EventsA Coral Skies Top Fivehttp://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>John ThomasonWed, 22 Oct 2014 10:36:04 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/22/a-coral-skies-top-five/Arts & EventsMusicUpcoming EventsGreat Supplements and Superfoodshttp://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>Alina Z.Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:37:17 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/22/great-supplements-and-superfoods/DiningNews & ReviewsLPGA Legends Golf Tourney Coming to Delrayhttp://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>Lisette HiltonWed, 22 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/22/lpga-legends-golf-tourney-coming-to-delray/FitnessHealth/BeautyUpcoming EventsMax&#39;s Grille Pet Costume Contesthttp://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>Stefanie CaintoTue, 21 Oct 2014 13:56:14 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/21/maxs-grille-pet-costume-contest/CommunityUpcoming EventsHudson to Dish Comfort Food in Delrayhttp://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>Bill CitaraTue, 21 Oct 2014 09:30:25 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/21/hudson-to-dish-comfort-food-in-delray/Delray BeachDiningNews & ReviewsCheck out the short list for Delray city managerhttp://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>Randy SchultzTue, 21 Oct 2014 07:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/21/check-out-the-short-list-for-delray-city-manager/City WatchCommunityIn the Mag: A Night to Rememberhttp://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>Bill CitaraTue, 21 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/21/web-xtra-a-night-to-remember/DiningIn The MagazineIn the Mag: The Birth of Basel Miami Beachhttp://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>John ThomasonTue, 21 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/21/the-birth-of-basel-miami-beach/Arts & EventsIn The MagazineIn the Mag: The Next Big Thinghttp://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>magazineTue, 21 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/21/the-next-big-thing/CommunityIn The MagazineIn the Mag: Well Dunnhttp://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>Kevin KaminskiTue, 21 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/21/web-xtra-well-dunn/CommunityIn The MagazineIn the Mag: Bob Nygaardhttp://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>John ThomasonTue, 21 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/21/web-xtra-bob-nygaard/Arts & EventsIn The MagazineIn the Mag: Dangerous Obsessionhttp://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>Lisette HiltonTue, 21 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/21/in-the-mag-dangerous-obsession/Health/BeautyIn The MagazineIn the Mag: Q&amp;A with Stacey Bendethttp://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>Stefanie CaintoTue, 21 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/21/in-the-mag-qa-with-stacey-bendet/FashionIn The MagazineIn the Mag: Star on the Horizonhttp://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>Stefanie CaintoTue, 21 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/21/in-the-magstar-on-the-horizon/CommunityIn The MagazineReady, Set, Blow: Blow Dry Bar Trend Hits South Floridahttp://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>Annie PizzutelliMon, 20 Oct 2014 17:56:35 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/20/ready-set-blow-blow-dry-bar-trend-hits-south-florida/BeautyHealth/BeautyThe Week Ahead: Oct. 21 to 27http://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>John ThomasonMon, 20 Oct 2014 15:05:17 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/20/the-week-ahead-oct-21-to-27/Arts & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsBoynton to Get New Craft Breweryhttp://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>Bill CitaraMon, 20 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/20/boynton-to-get-new-craft-brewery/BarsDiningNews & ReviewsThe Ultimate Chefs Dinnerhttp://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>Stefanie CaintoFri, 17 Oct 2014 10:46:05 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/17/the-ultimate-chefs-dinner/DiningNews & ReviewsFashion Forward: Friends &amp; Family Discountshttp://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>Stefanie CaintoFri, 17 Oct 2014 09:43:34 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/17/fashion-forward-friends-family-discounts/ShoppingShopping NewsStaff Picks of the Weekhttp://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>magazineFri, 17 Oct 2014 08:20:22 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/17/staff-picks-of-the-week-9/CommunityNewsNorton biennial combines photography, contemporary arthttp://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>John ThomasonFri, 17 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/17/norton-biennial-combines-photography-contemporary-art/ArtArts & EventsFried Chicken Joint Coming to WPBhttp://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>Bill CitaraFri, 17 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/17/fried-chicken-joint-coming-to-wpb/DiningNews & ReviewsWOBtoberfest at World of Beerhttp://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>Taryn TacherFri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/17/wobtoberfest-at-world-of-beer/BarsDiningPumpkin-Infused Beauty Pickshttp://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>Annie PizzutelliThu, 16 Oct 2014 10:20:28 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/16/pumpkin-infused-beauty-picks/BeautyHealth/BeautyStarchitect in Boca and other matters of notehttp://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>Randy SchultzThu, 16 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/16/starchitect-in-boca-and-other-matters-of-note/City WatchCommunityUnique Halloween Costume Ideashttp://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>Annie PizzutelliWed, 15 Oct 2014 15:52:13 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/15/unique-halloween-costume-ideas/FashionShoppingSaltwater Brewery and Rhino Doughnuts &amp; Coffee Launch New Beerhttp://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>Annie PizzutelliWed, 15 Oct 2014 14:27:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/15/saltwater-brewery-and-rhino-doughnuts-coffee-launch-new-beer/BarsDiningNews & ReviewsRunners: Race Season is Herehttp://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>Lisette HiltonWed, 15 Oct 2014 12:33:26 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/15/runners-race-season-is-here/FitnessHealth/BeautyBoca After Dark: El Caminohttp://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>Stefanie CaintoWed, 15 Oct 2014 09:50:03 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/15/boca-after-dark-el-camino/BarsDelray BeachDiningMovie Review: &quot;The Green Prince&quot;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>John ThomasonWed, 15 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/15/movie-review-the-green-prince/Arts & EventsMoviesKey to the Cure at Saks Fifth Avenuehttp://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>Stefanie CaintoTue, 14 Oct 2014 19:32:40 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/14/key-to-the-cure-at-saks-fifth-avenue-1/FashionShoppingOggi Murano&#39;s Big Salehttp://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>Stefanie CaintoTue, 14 Oct 2014 14:29:35 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/14/oggi-muranos-big-sale/ArtShoppingShopping NewsLynora&#39;s Osteria Debuts in WPBhttp://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>Bill CitaraTue, 14 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/14/lynoras-osteria-debuts-in-wpb/DiningNews & ReviewsPot, sober houses and Hyatt noteshttp://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>Randy SchultzTue, 14 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/14/pot-sober-houses-and-hyatt-notes/City WatchCommunityRapoport Restaurant Newshttp://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>Bill CitaraMon, 13 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/13/rapoport-restaurants-shuffle-chefs/Delray BeachDiningNews & ReviewsFashion Forward: Outlet Sales + New Stores 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>Stefanie CaintoFri, 10 Oct 2014 14:29:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/10/fashion-forward-outlet-sales-new-stores/ShoppingShopping NewsStaff Picks of the Weekhttp://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>magazineFri, 10 Oct 2014 13:46:54 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/10/staff-picks-of-the-week-8/CommunityNewsMuddy Pumpkin Body Treatmenthttp://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>Stefanie CaintoFri, 10 Oct 2014 09:17:35 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/10/muddy-pumpkin-body-treatment/BeautyHealth/BeautyDue South Brewery Oktoberfesthttp://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>Taryn TacherFri, 10 Oct 2014 08:47:52 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/10/due-south-brewery-oktoberfest/BarsDiningUpcoming EventsBuccan Adding Sandwich Shop, Chefhttp://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>Bill CitaraFri, 10 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/10/buccan-to-add-sandwich-shop-chef/DiningNews & ReviewsTheater Review: &quot;Jamaica, Farewell&quot;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>John ThomasonFri, 10 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/10/theater-review-jamaica-farewell/Arts & EventsTheatreFall Beauty with Nordstromhttp://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>magazineThu, 09 Oct 2014 15:17:02 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/09/fall-beauty-with-nordstrom/BeautyHealth/BeautyLocal Flavor: Farm-to-Table Restaurantshttp://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>Annie PizzutelliThu, 09 Oct 2014 09:13:10 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/09/local-flavor-farm-to-table-restaurants/DiningNews & ReviewsUpdates: trains, pensions &amp; ag reservehttp://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>Randy SchultzThu, 09 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/09/updates-trains-pensions-ag-reserve/City WatchCommunityFall Flatshttp://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>Stefanie CaintoThu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/09/fall-flats/FashionShoppingTrader Joe’s Favoriteshttp://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>Alina Z.Wed, 08 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/08/trader-joes-favorites/DiningNews & ReviewsWomenHeart + Making Strideshttp://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>Lisette HiltonWed, 08 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/08/womenheart-making-strides/FitnessHealth NewsHealth/BeautyConcert Review: St. Vincent at Fillmore Miami Beachhttp://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>John ThomasonTue, 07 Oct 2014 14:32:38 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/07/concert-review-st-vincent-at-fillmore-miami-beach/Arts & EventsMusicGilmore Girls on Netflix: Seven Best Episodeshttp://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>Annie PizzutelliTue, 07 Oct 2014 13:51:57 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/07/gilmore-girls-on-netflix-seven-best-episodes/Arts & EventsApeiro to Debut in Decemberhttp://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>Bill CitaraTue, 07 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/07/apeiro-to-debut-in-december/Delray BeachDiningNews & ReviewsOur plans for outbreaks plus more breaking newshttp://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>Randy SchultzTue, 07 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/07/our-plans-for-outbreaks-delray-reviews-the-bidding-red-flag-for-ag-reserve-and-more/City WatchCommunityThe Weeks Ahead: Oct. 7-20http://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>John ThomasonMon, 06 Oct 2014 17:15:09 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/06/the-weeks-ahead-oct-7-20/ArtArts & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsShow Off Your Best (Meat)Ballshttp://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>Bill CitaraMon, 06 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/06/show-off-your-best-meatballs/DiningNews & ReviewsUpcoming EventsMovie Reviews: &quot;Gone Girl,&quot; &quot;Tracks&quot;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>John ThomasonFri, 03 Oct 2014 14:40:02 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/03/movie-reviews-gone-girl-tracks/Arts & EventsMoviesFashion Forward: New Store Openings of Notehttp://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>Stefanie CaintoFri, 03 Oct 2014 11:57:14 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/03/fashion-forward-new-store-openings-of-note/ShoppingShopping NewsStaff Picks of the Weekhttp://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>magazineFri, 03 Oct 2014 11:31:57 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/03/staff-picks-of-the-week-7/CommunityNewsMeat Market Now Open in Palm Beachhttp://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>Bill CitaraFri, 03 Oct 2014 11:06:26 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/03/meat-market-now-open-in-palm-beach/DiningNews & ReviewsBlue Moon Partyhttp://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>Taryn TacherFri, 03 Oct 2014 08:34:43 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/03/blue-moon-party/BarsDiningUpcoming EventsAbuse of Powerhttp://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>magazineThu, 02 Oct 2014 12:47:38 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/02/abuse-of-power/Health NewsHealth/BeautyThe Ag Reserve and other noteshttp://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. Florida now requires that the unemployed apply for benefits online. For those who are out of work and can’t afford the service at home, the library is one place to get free Internet access.</p> <p>Kornblau also makes this point. If digital drives even Barnes &amp; Noble to close its stores in Boca and Boynton Beach, where else but the library will anyone be able to browse for books? He and Nappa don’t want to see it happen. If it does, though, they would be happy to help.</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>Randy SchultzThu, 02 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/02/selling-out-our-ag-reserve-and-other-notes-of-thr-week/City WatchCommunityThe Colony Hotel 2.0 Awaitshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/01/the-colony-hotel-20-awaits/<p>The headline, which arrived in my e-mail inbox in mid-August, was shocking: “The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach is CLOSING on Sept. 2.”</p> <p><em>What?</em> An institution like <a href="http://www.thecolonypalmbeach.com/" target="_blank">The Colony</a> hotel, with its 55 years of history, is shuttering?!</p> <p><img alt="" height="298" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/colony-hotel.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Thankfully, no. A cursory glance at the missive’s fine print revealed that the closure is temporary, a five-week hiatus in which the entire property—meaning every room and restaurant, and even the lobby—is being redesigned. As we speak, director Carleton Varney, president of the internationally renowned Dorothy Draper &amp; Company interior design firm, is working diligently to transform this landmark for the 21st century, maintaining its British Colonial foundation while lathering the property in vivid color. The completed fourth floor, for instance, now boasts 19 different paint colors, and every single room is different.</p> <p>By the time the property reopens on Oct. 10, its rooms will also be outfitted with the latest technology, including “smart” TVs, Bluetooth-enabled telephones and “slow-glow” lights in the bathrooms. In all, the $9 million renovation will effectively create a “Colony 2.0.”</p> <p>What may remain the same, however, is the venue’s venerable cabaret series in its Royal Room, which has been attracting top-shelf vocalists and entertainers for the past 12 years. Here’s a glimpse at our top five most-anticipated Colony concerts in its lucky 13th season.</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/carol-welsman.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Oct. 10-18: </strong><a href="http://www.carolwelsman.com/" target="_blank">Carol Welsman</a></p> <p>This Canadian pianist/vocalist will rechristen the newly redesigned Royal Room space, making her first Colony appearance in more than 10 years. Her honeyed vocals have earned her five Juno (Canada’s Grammy equivalent) award nominations.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="504" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/roslynkind+4.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Jan. 27-31, 2015: </strong><a href="http://www.roslynkind.com/" target="_blank">Roslyn Kind</a></p> <p>As Barbra Streisand’s younger half-sister, Roslyn Kind was born in the shadow of celebrity, and their collaboration has been artistic as well as familial; Kind has been featured on two of her sister’s national tours (in 2012 and 2013) and has sold out Broadway and off-Broadway shows on her own as well. This marks her Royal Room debut.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="364" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/thelettermencolorphoto.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Feb. 3-14, 2015: </strong><a href="http://www.thelettermen.com/" target="_blank">The Lettermen</a></p> <p>Here’s another Royal Room debut, though it’s hard to believe, since the Lettermen have been recording music since 1959. This group helped establish the close-harmony pop formula and has scored 16 Top 10 singles, including “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” and “The Way You Look Tonight.” Tony Butala, one original member of the Lettermen, still performs with the group, which features two other members who joined in the 1980s.</p> <p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/regis-philbin.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>Feb. 17-21, 2015: Regis Philbin</strong></p> <p>This guy needs no introduction, returning to the Colony Palm Beach by popular demand after his debut appearance earlier this year. A classic crooner in the Sinatra/Dean Martin mold, Philbin’s music career started off as a poorly reviewed side project to his TV hosting gigs, but has since matured in a respectable (and respected) sound. A perennially young 83, Philbin has earned his distinction as “the hardest-working man in show business.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="611" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/rich-little.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>March 3-7, 2015: </strong><a href="http://richlittle.com/" target="_blank">Rich Little</a></p> <p>The season’s final Royal Room debut is an outlier this season: a comedian and non-singer who can nonetheless carry a cabaret space with the best of them. Before there was Darrell Hammond and Frank Caliendo, there was Little, an Ottawa-born impressionist whose ability to mimic people in power began with local Canadian politicians and has since spread across the fruited plain. A regular at White House Correspondents’ Dinners and HBO specials, Little’s exhaustive Rolodex of impersonations includes Frank Sinatra, Gary Cooper, Dr. Ruth, Clint Eastwood, Kermit the Frog and every American president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama.</p> <p><em>The Royal Room cabaret’s full season schedule is expected to be posted soon at <a href="http://thecolonypalmbeach.com" target="_blank">thecolonypalmbeach.com</a>. For tickets and more information, call 561/659-8100. The hotel is located at 155 Hammon Ave. in Palm Beach.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 01 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/01/the-colony-hotel-20-awaits/Arts & EventsMusicUpcoming EventsBoca After Dark: Hott Leggzhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/01/hott-leggz/<p class="Body"><strong>Where: </strong>3128 N. Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point   754/307-2444</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/hottleggz_inside.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="Body"><strong>The lowdown: </strong>Football season is upon us and everyone is looking for a good spot to kick back and watch the game. You definitely won’t miss your team at Hott Leggz in Lighthouse Point. The restaurant is fully equipped with satellite TV, with every game on one of the big screens.</p> <p class="Body">When it comes to ambience, Hott Leggz is unlike many other local restaurants and bars. You don’t get any of that beachy, tropical vibe, and you certainly don’t feel like you’re in Florida when you open the menu. It’s mostly seafood but not the kind you normally see on a Florida menu. There are po’boys and seafood gumbo, Chicago-style sandwiches and frog legs, seafood boils and chicken and waffles.</p> <p class="Body">Aside from daily specials like 50 cent Wing Wednesdays and Mexican Mondays with $2 tacos and $5 margaritas, Hott Leggz offers different speciality items that change on a weekly basis. I got lucky the night I went in. Anytime I’m in that football-and-beer atmosphere, a big salty, pillow-soft pretzel is a must-have — and one of the appetizer specials happened to be a jumbo soft pretzel with all kinds of sauces (my favorite was the honey mustard). I can only hope this appetizer special makes many more appearances on the menu so you can enjoy it as much as I did.</p> <p class="Body">The crowd at Hott Leggz is just as diverse as its menu. It’s a good mix of all ages — anywhere from young 20s to upper 50s and 60s. When everyone just wants to hang out at the bar, knock a few back and watch their favorite team take the win, age doesn’t really matter. This is the place to go for the super laid-back crowd, which is really just looking for a fun hang out with no stuffiness and nothing fancy. </p> <p class="Body"><strong>The intangibles: </strong>Hott Leggz is definitely known more for the bar scene than casual dining, but there is still a nice crowd who come in for lunch and dinner. Bartenders say the best times to come are Sunday and Tuesdays. Sundays, obviously for football, but it’s also all-you-can-eat peel and eat shrimp (four different flavors!) on Sunday — oh yeah, and the bar is open until 2 a.m. Tuesdays rock for those of you who are “in the biz.” You can get 50 percent off all full price items, plus it’s $2 Chicago Hott dog night. I think it’s safe to say that when it comes to food, Chicago knows what it’s doing when it comes to their hot dogs.</p> <p class="Body"><strong>Noteworthy: </strong>“Crabby Hour” is everyday at the bar from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Everything at the bar is half off along with a select $5 food menu and $14 domestic beer buckets. Aside from the specials listed above, there’s also $2 sliders on Thursdays and $15 fish and chips on Friday as well as $4 fireball shots (a favorite of most Hott Leggz barhoppers) with any beverage purchase.</p> <p><strong>Hours:</strong> Hott Leggz is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and<strong> </strong>on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Website:</strong> <a href="http://hottleggz.com" target="_blank">hottleggz.com</a></p> <p><em><strong>••••••••</strong></em></p> <p> </p> <p><em>For more on bars in Boca Raton, click <a href="/blog/tag/boca-after-dark/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p> </p> <center><strong></strong></center> <p> </p> <p><strong>About Shaina</strong></p> <p> </p> <div>Shaina is a Boca transplant, born and raised in South Jersey. Her love of writing began at a young age and followed her through to Rutgers University where she graduated with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. It wasn't until she sought after a new and exciting journey far away from the cold winters of Jersey that she discovered another love: food. Shaina created her very own food blog, Take A Bite Out of Boca, and has since grown her passion for cooking, baking, and of course sipping and savoring her way around town. She is very excited to be part of the team at Boca Raton Magazine and hopes that you will join her every step of the way as she explores <em>Boca After Dark</em>. You can follow Shaina and all of her foodie adventures in and out of the kitchen at <a href="http://www.takeabiteoutofboca.com/" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</div> <div> </div> <p> </p>Shaina WizovWed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/01/hott-leggz/BarsDiningLocal Story of Hopehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/01/local-story-of-hope/<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>In the last year, I’ve had three friends hit hard by cancer. So when I came across the story of Dr. Steven Lewis, it immediately caught my eye. For those who have been in affected, directly or indirectly, by the disease, here’s an inspirational story of a local man who defied all odds.</p> <p><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/stevenlewis.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Lewis is a visiting professor in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer not once, but twice, within the past seven years. The first was in 2007 and the second was nearly three years later, when the cancer had spread to his liver.</p> <p>Even when diagnosed early, pancreatic cancer doesn’t have a positive outlook. Nearly three-quarters of the people with pancreatic cancer die within the first year of diagnosis. This particular cancer type has taken away many in the primes of their lives, including Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and actor Patrick Swayze.</p> <p>But Lewis survived, enduring surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy. Despite a scary prognosis, he has been free of cancer and thriving for more than four years.</p> <p>Lewis attributes his good fortune not only to the aggressive treatment but also to a caring community and positive attitude.</p> <p>“A diagnosis of pancreatic cancer presents a terrible emotional burden for patients and their families,” Lewis said in a press release. “It is a better choice to face the mortal threat of this illness squarely than to react with negativity, complaint and despair. Whether individual patients survive or not, maintaining a positive attitude can help patients and their families beat the emotional devastation of pancreatic cancer.” </p> <p>He says he believes that if he and his family had not been able to stay positive, the emotional devastation would likely have drained Lewis’s physical ability to fight the cancer. Building a community of support helped, too. He and his family found social support at <a href="http://caringbridge.org">CaringBridge.org</a>, an online blog for people with severe diseases.</p> <p>Lewis felt so inspired by his experience and the community support he enjoyed, that he published a book, <em>The Ripple Effect: How a Positive and Caring Community Helped Save My Life</em>. His hope is that the book will help others facing difficult life situations.  </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">www.wordscomealive.com</a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/01/local-story-of-hope/Health NewsHealth/BeautyTaste of Delray Marketplacehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/30/taste-of-delray-marketplace/<p>Delray Marketplace has more to boast than just an array of fabulous shops. It also has a string of restaurants that you ought to try now if you haven’t already. Hit a slew of them in one go during the Taste of Delray Marketplace on Oct. 9 from  5:30 to 9 p.m.</p> <p><img alt="" height="86" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/tasteofdelraymarketplace.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, with a portion of proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen of South Florida in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You can purchase your tickets <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taste-of-delray-marketplace-2014-tickets-12977280395" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>The fee covers appetizer and cocktail samplings at seven different restaurants in the shopping plaza – see list below – plus all participants will receive a $15 voucher to use at any participating retailer.</p> <p><strong>Participating restaurants:</strong> Bella Amici, Burt &amp; Max’s, Cabo Flat, Japango, Red Brick Grille, Shula Burger and Terra Fiamma.</p> <p>See you there!</p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 30 Sep 2014 17:56:17 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/30/taste-of-delray-marketplace/Delray BeachUpcoming EventsTable 42 to Become Farmhouse Kitchenhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/30/table-42-to-become-farmhouse-kitchen/<p>If the rollicking success of Boca’s Farmer’s Table has shown anything, it’s that there’s a huge local market for good food that’s also good for you.</p> <p><img alt="" height="264" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/garyrack.jpg" width="350"></p> <p>It’s a lesson that’s not lost on Gary Rack, who tomorrow will shut down his Table 42 in Royal Palm Place with plans to reopen in mid-November as <strong>Farmhouse Kitchen</strong>, a restaurant whose mantra is “just good food.” Or as Rack puts it, “better-for-you foods that leave you happily satisfied while not guilty.”</p> <p>Rack’s exec chef Matthew Danaher is crafting the menu, details of which are still sketchy but will hew to the fresh, local, sustainable, healthy ethos that has fueled much of Farmer’s Table’s popularity. Design of the space is being redone too, giving it a homier, more countrified look with honeycomb-style light fixtures and walls decorated with mason jars.</p> <p>There’s lots more info to come, and you’ll get it as soon as I do. </p>Bill CitaraTue, 30 Sep 2014 10:33:10 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/30/table-42-to-become-farmhouse-kitchen/DiningNews & ReviewsFailing Gradeshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/30/failing-grades/<h3>Pension Talk</h3> <p>The latest report on local pension plans in Florida makes clear what is at stake for Boca Raton and Delray Beach.</p> <p>Since 2011, the Leroy Collins Institute at Florida State University has rated the financial condition of cities’ pension funds. The new update came out last week, just in time for today’s executive session meeting of the Delray Beach City Commission to discuss police and fire pensions.</p> <p>Before we get to the grades, we should discuss how the institute calculates them. Five categories go into the ratings, which apply to 2012, the most recent year for which complete information is available.</p> <p><img alt="" height="351" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/money.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>1) How well the plan is funded: It’s simple—how much money does a city have to pay benefits compared to the projected cost of those benefits? Financial experts generally believe that a plan is well-funded at 80 percent. The Collins Institute gives this category the most weight; nearly half toward the grade, with the next four given roughly equal importance. In 2012, only 26 percent of plans statewide were at 80 percent or better.</p> <p>2) Unfunded liabilities compared to payroll: In shirtsleeve English, is a city facing pensions costs based on higher salaries or lower salaries? Not surprisingly, most cities face pensions based on relatively higher salaries.</p> <p>3) How much cities contribute to pensions compared to payroll: Obviously, the lower the percentage, the better. If pension costs rise too much, cities must cut services or raise taxes. In 83 percent of cities, pensions consume more than 30 percent of payroll, up from 78 percent in 2011. Bad trend line. That means taxpayers are spending increasingly more on those who aren’t working, compared to those who are working.</p> <p>4) Assumed rate of return on investments: As the institute acknowledges, this one is tricky. If a pension fund’s holdings do well, as they should have done in 2013, that’s less for the city to pay. If those investments tank, the city must make up the difference. No one really knows what a city should use as a reasonable assumed rate, so the institute uses the 7.75 percent adopted by the state retirement system. Roughly half of the cities use a higher rate, but in 2011 about 72 percent were betting big on the markets. More conservative assumptions is a good trend.</p> <p>5) How much employees contribute: If employees pay more, that’s less for the city to pay. Here, most cities do well. More than three-fourths of them require employees to contribute between 5 percent and 8 percent.</p> <p>On to the grades.</p> <p>Let’s start with the good news. The Collins Institute lists Boca Raton and Delray Beach among the few “top performers” in the state. The bad news? Those ratings are for the general employees pensions funds, those for everyone who isn’t a police officer or a firefighter. Those plans tend to have lower benefits. Getting an A—as Boca Raton does from 2008 through 2012 and Delray Beach does from 2010 through 2012—is helpful (Boynton Beach gets only a C), but the real problems are elsewhere, as we can see with grades for the police and fire pensions.</p> <p>The police/fire pension plan in Boca Raton gets a D from 2010 through 2012. Delray Beach is in even worst shape. The police/fire pension got an F in 2011 and 2012, and the institute lists it among the state’s “worst performers.” Elected officials in both cities say pension reform is necessary to head off long-term financial problems. Boca Raton is at impasse in negotiations with the public safety unions. Delray Beach may determine as early as today’s meeting which approach to take on reform.</p> <p>Union leaders could argue that the grades don’t take into account last year’s big market gains, which for now could have left the plans in better shape. Even there, though, the cities have a legitimate response, noting that boards weighted in favor of the unions decide what those investments will be. If the cities ultimately must pay, why shouldn’t the cities have more say in those investments?</p> <p>None of this is to criticize the work of police officers and firefighter/paramedics in Boca, Delray and all other cities. But their retirement benefits are unsustainable by any objective measure. The grades reflect reality.</p> <p>To view the full report, <a href="http://collinsinstitute.fsu.edu/sites/collinsinstitute.fsu.edu/files/Tough%20Choices%20Report%20Card%20Update%20SEP%202014_1.pdf" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <h3>Delray seeks bids for the first time in more than a decade</h3> <p>On Friday, something will happen in Delray Beach that hasn’t happened in 13 years: The city will seek bids for trash collection.</p> <p>The chain of events that has led to this moment began 25 months ago. To appreciate how Delray has changed, let’s compare.</p> <p>In August 2012, the city commission got an opinion from the city attorney that the city did not need to seek competitive bidding, even though the contract is the largest that Delray Beach issues. The reasoning was silly, and the Office of Inspector General disagreed with the city attorney, but the attitude within Delray Beach at that time was, “We don’t need no stinking inspector general.” The commission extended the agreement with Waste Management, Inc., for five years and $65 million because, as then-Mayor Nelson McDuffie basically said, Waste Management had been just swell.</p> <p>And swell Waste Management might have been, though the commission could have confirmed that by asking what other companies might offer. Backlash from that decision helped to change the faces on the commission, and in 2013 Delray Beach pretty much decided to sue itself, claiming that the city had violated its own purchasing rules. The city won.</p> <p>With a new mayor and city attorney, Delray is doing things much differently this time. Almost two weeks ago, the city released draft copies of the Request for Proposal and the Franchise Agreement. Delray thus gives every potential bidder a chance to ask questions or find problems before the formal request for bids.</p> <p>That action will make it harder for a losing company to challenge the award. Delray had to act now, because once the Request for Proposal goes out, the city observes a “Cone of Silence,” meaning no official communication except between the bidders and the purchasing manager.</p> <p>It’s all very complicated (the package contains roughly 200 pages) and very detailed (all proposals must be signed in blue ink). Interim City Manager Terry Stewart will compile a selection committee to rank the bidders, and the commission will make the final choice.</p> <p>The goal, of course, is to get a better deal. Waste Management has continued to provide the service, and it will be interesting to see if the company makes a bid. Whatever the result, Delray Beach at least is starting to operate like a responsibly run city.</p> <h3>"It's Boca"</h3> <p>What a perfect story.</p> <p>I’m walking to my car in the parking lot of the Fresh Market on Camino Real. I see a Porsche Cayenne, with the motor running and the windows down. The car is empty.</p> <p>This is a $70,000 car we’re talking about. While some people in Boca might regard such a loss as a rounding error, the scene strikes me and others in the lot as bizarre. One woman says the Cayenne has an immobilizing device, but that might work only if someone tries to steal the car. This one was there for the taking.</p> <p>I looked at a woman. We shrugged. As she walked toward the store, she turned and called out, “It’s 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>Randy SchultzTue, 30 Sep 2014 09:48:14 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/30/failing-grades/City WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: Sept. 30 to Oct. 6http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/29/the-week-ahead-sept-30-to-oct-6/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="352" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/ilovelucy.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “I Love Lucy Live on Stage”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $26-$89</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="http://www.arshtcenter.org" target="_blank">arshtcenter.org</a></p> <p>This innovative production, produced and co-adapted by Kim Flagg, is more than just a classic “I Love Lucy” episode presented as a theater. It’s two episodes. And a pre-show introduction. And live commercial jingles. And everything else that happens both in front of and behind the cameras during the filming of a television show in the 1950s. Flagg has described the experience as being nothing less than a time machine, with theatergoers inhabiting the roles of a live studio audience at a time when television was a radical new phenomenon and the sitcom was in its infancy. You’ll see how the sausage is made while also enjoying the final result, with throwback humor that will resonate nostalgically with those who grew up with “Lucy” and act as an entertaining period piece for more recent generations. The show runs through Sunday, Oct 5 only.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="297" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/imagine.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “IMAG_NE” unveiling</strong></p> <p>Where: Sanborn Square, 72 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/393-7995, <a href="http://www.myboca.us" target="_blank">myboca.us</a></p> <p>If we didn’t have imagination, we wouldn’t have anything—from civil rights advances and political revolutions to space travel, satellites and the iPhone 6. “IMAG_NE,” an interactive sculpture by Australian visual artist Emma Allen, celebrates this spirit of conjuring the previously unthinkable. Allen’s sculpture, measuring 13.7 feet wide and 3 feet high, is cleverly structured like a Scrabble rack whose tiles spell out the word IMAGINE, sans the second “I.” Visitors to the sculpture are invited to “fill in” the missing letter any way they wish, and to disseminate their imaginative creations through social media. Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie will introduce the sculpture’s unveiling on Wednesday night, which will include a performance by the West Boca Raton High School Vanguard Jazz Band. “IMAG_NE” will remain on view through Nov. 30.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="440" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/fawundu.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “The Rudin Prize for Emerging Photographers”</strong></p> <p>Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5-$12</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-5196, <a href="http://www.norton.org" target="_blank">norton.org</a></p> <p>Image-makers whose work thrives on the nexus of contemporary art and photography are the subject of this international Norton Museum biennial, named after the late New York City real estate developer Lewis Rudin, whose family’s generosity keeps the competition going. Here’s how the Rudin Prize works: Four renowned artists from across the globe each nominated a photographer they believe represents the cutting edge of modern art. The four nominees are then exhibited at this Norton exhibition, with the winner—decided by a separate jury of artists—receiving a $20,000 prize. But as they say in Oscar-ville, it’s an honor just to be nominated, and this year’s four photographers are sure to impress: Guatemala’s Renato Osoy and Israel’s Rami Mayman, who study the “residue” of photography in unique ways; Brooklyn’s Delphine Fawundu (pictured), who explores African-American female identity; and Germany’s Miriam Bohm, who finds mazy complexity in still-lifes. The show runs through Jan. 11, with the winner being announced on Dec. 1.</p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/hillaryclinton_2326613b.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Hillary Clinton</strong></p> <p>Where: Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 3:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Book purchase of $35 plus tax</p> <p>Contact: 305/442-4408, <a href="http://www.booksandbooks.com" target="_blank">booksandbooks.com</a></p> <p>In the past, Bill Clinton has made several notable efforts to fit Miami’s Books and Books into his exhaustive travel schedule. And this special relationship continues this week with an appearance from his similarly ambitious spouse, a woman who has been spending a goodly amount of time in Iowa for someone who hasn’t yet announced her presidential candidacy. Clinton is supporting her latest memoir “Hard Choices,” and you can expect a veritable mob scene descending on Books and Books. Attendees should be aware that this event is a book autographing only, and that no personal items will be allowed, with the exception of wallets and cell phones. Photos will be permitted from the signing line, but not posed—in other words, the usual precautionary rigmarole, which, for South Florida’s Democrats, should be well worth it for a brief, personal glimpse at their party’s anointed 2016 nominee.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/liberator.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Liberator”</strong></p> <p>Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Show times pending</p> <p>Cost: $6.50-$9.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/549-2600, <a href="http://fau.livingroomtheaters.com" target="_blank">fau.livingroomtheaters.com</a></p> <p>Latin America surely wouldn’t be what it is today were it not for Simon Bolivar, the fiery revolutionary who is credited with liberating Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia from the Spanish empire—more than 100 battles in all, covering some 70,000 miles on horseback in the late 18<sup>th</sup> and early 19<sup>th</sup> centuries. “The Liberator” is Bolivar’s long-awaited biopic: an expensive, romantic and sweeping account of his numerous liberations, by land and sea, using handheld weapons and canon fire. Edgar Ramirez portrays Bolivar, and he is no stranger to playing tumultuous historical figures; his filmography includes roles in “Che” and “Carlos.” Danny Huston and Maria Valverde co-star, in what was Venezuela’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at 87<sup>th</sup> annual Academy Awards.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/stitchrock.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Stitch Rock</strong></p> <p>Where: Old School Square Vintage Gymnasium, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: Noon to 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5</p> <p>Contact: <a href="http://www.rockthestitch.com" target="_blank">rockthestitch.com</a></p> <p>There aren’t many places you can find a gaggle of demented-looking plush dolls, a heart-shaped plaque depicting smooching skeletons, pieces of octopus jewelry and an airbrushed likeness of Bryan Cranston in “Breaking Bad,” all sharing the same offbeat oxygen. But Delray is a town weird enough to support a cash-and-carry indie craft fair like Stitch Rock, now entering its eighth venerable year. All of these items and much, much more lined the tables of some 80-plus vendors last year, drawing lines around the block for what has become the Vintage Gymnasium’s signature annual event. And we haven’t even mentioned the copious T-shirts, pins, coasters, records, pinup paintings, homemade jams and plenty of cupcakes, both decorative and edible. The vendors often have as many safety pins on their bodies as in their craftwork, and at least half the items in the gym look like they wandered from a Tim Burton set. For unique gifts, we can’t agree more with the event’s tagline: “Skip the Mall, Shop Indie!”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/rsc-27.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: 27<sup>th</sup> anniversary party</strong></p> <p>Where: Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-9999, <a href="http://sub-culture.org/respectable-street" target="_blank">sub-culture.org/respectable-street</a></p> <p>Before there was Revolution and Ovation and Metal Factory and Culture Room and Grand Central and Pompano Beach Amphitheater and all the other legendary music clubs in South Florida, there was Respectable Street. The intimate West Palm Beach lounge has long billed itself as the oldest music club in the Southeast, and it remains a vital refuge for bands that operate way left of the radio dial. The venue will celebrate its 27<sup>th</sup> birthday in traditionally grand fashion, with a full 27 bands slated to perform on five downtown stages: a main outdoor stage, inside Respectable Street, on the Respectable Street patio, inside Longboards and on the patio of Hullaballoo. Headliners include Astrea Corp, Astari Night, Symbols, Jangle Leg, Galliminus and, playing outside at midnight, the Smiths tribute act Ordinary Boys.</p> <p>MONDAY, OCT. 6</p> <p><img alt="" height="312" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/st_vincent-2014-670x426.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: St. Vincent</strong></p> <p>Where: The Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25.50-$35</p> <p>Contact: 800/745-3000, <a href="http://www.fillmoremb.com" target="_blank">fillmoremb.com</a></p> <p>Tulsa native Annie Clark, better known as her stage name St. Vincent, has been churning out clever avant-pop music since 2006, with each of her four releases surpassing the last one in both quality <em>and</em> accessibility. A former Berklee College of Music student and a graduate of the 20-piece orchestral pop group The Polyphonic Spree, Clark is a silver-haired, postmodern iconoclast whose albums feature imagistic wordplay delivered over loopy, crunchy and unpredictable guitars, keyboards, horns and symphonic flourishes. She rose to mainstream acclaim thanks in part to “Love This Giant,” an album-length collaboration with David Byrne, whose Talking Heads cast a wide shadow over St. Vincent’s theatrical sound. She and her band even perform choreographed movements while playing their songs, which they showcased in a season-closing appearance on “Saturday Night Live” in May that left some viewers baffled. After opening for acts like Arcade Fire and Death Cab for Cutie, St. Vincent finally gets its own headlining tour at a major concert hall.</p>John ThomasonMon, 29 Sep 2014 17:46:11 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/29/the-week-ahead-sept-30-to-oct-6/ArtArts & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsFashion Forward: Trunk Shows, Board-ready looks and more.http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/29/fashion-forward-trunk-shows-board-ready-looks-and-more/<p><strong><strong>Roberto Cavalli Trunk Show</strong></strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/robertocavalli.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Get your first peek at the Spring 2015 collection on Oct. 10 at Neiman Marcus in Town Center at Boca Raton. The brand is making an attempt to return to the labels origins. It's new collection features psychedelic prints in reds, blues and greens with airy shapes that take you right back to 1972.  </p> <p><strong>Look Board Ready with Bloomingdale's</strong></p> <p>Women Executive Leadership invites you to get down to business on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 5:30 p.m at Bloomingdale's in Town Center at Boca Raton. Taking cues from the both runway and the realities of everyday life, fashion experts will share the latest looks for busy, high-powered, female executives. Before and after head-shots will be taken so you can watch the transformation unfold before your eyes. Tickets are $35 for Women Executive Leader members and $50 for the general public. For more information, call  <a>813/994-0107 ext. 103</a>.</p> <p><strong>An Evening of Beauty</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/fashionforward.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Lord &amp; Taylor at Mizner Park will host its “Art of Beauty” Cosmetics Trend Show on Oct. 9 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The live show will feature top industry professionals from YSL, Chanel, Lancôme, Estee Lauder, Nars, Clinique, Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown. Experts will offer beauty tips and give personal recommendations on their favorites products. Guests can make an appointment for before or after the show for a one-on-one consultation. Tickets are $25 and will be redeemable towards any cosmetic purchase that evening. To RSVP, call <a>561/394-5656 ext. 201</a>.</p> <p><strong>Walcoal Fit For the Cure</strong></p> <p>Step into the fitting room, and join the fight against breast cancer. On Oct. 4-5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Macy’s in Town Center at Boca Raton will be offering a complimentary fitting in a Wacoal or b.temptd bra from a Wacoal Fit Specialist. For every women that participates, Wacoal will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen for Breast Cancer Research. Once you find your perfect fit, spend $80 and leave with a free gift.</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>Annie PizzutelliMon, 29 Sep 2014 12:47:39 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/29/fashion-forward-trunk-shows-board-ready-looks-and-more/ShoppingShopping NewsMellow Mushroom for Breast Cancer Awareness Monthhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/29/mellow-mushroom-for-breast-cancer-awareness-month/<p>Those adorable pink ribbon pretzels at <strong>Mellow Mushroom</strong> are more than just a sweet indulgence. Throughout the month of October, the restaurant will be selling these limited edition desserts for a cause.</p> <p><img alt="" height="402" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/mellowmushroompinkribbonpretzels.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>For every order placed, <a href="http://mellowmushroom.com/" target="_blank">Mellow Mushroom</a> (<em>25 S.E. Sixth Ave., Delray Beach</em>) will donate $1 to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of South Florida, a breast cancer organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society.</p> <p>That’s a very sweet cause for this very sweet treat, made with the restaurant’s fresh dough, honey butter, powdered sugar and pink pumpkin icing. The pretzels cost $4.99 for a serving of three and $7.99 for a serving of six.</p> <p>You can also join the Mellow Mushroom team for the Boca Raton Making Strides Walk on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 8:30 a.m. in the Mizner Park Amphitheater. For more information, visit <a href="http://main.acsevents.org/goto/MellowDelray" target="_blank">main.acsevents.org/goto/MellowDelray</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 29 Sep 2014 10:54:25 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/29/mellow-mushroom-for-breast-cancer-awareness-month/DiningNews & ReviewsWalden Out, Belleme In at La Fermehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/29/walden-out-bellem-in-at-la-ferme/<p>In the “you can’t tell the players without a scorecard” edition of this blog, the culinary team at the still-to-open <strong>La Ferme</strong> (<em>9101 Lakeridge Ave., 561/430-3731</em>) in West Boca is being shuffled faster than the Miami Dolphins’ offensive line.</p> <p><img alt="" height="528" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/belleme.jpg" width="350"></p> <p>Just a couple weeks ago the word came out that former Bistro Gastronomie chef William Walden would be heading up the kitchen at La Ferme, a French-oriented eatery from New York-based restaurateurs Bobby, Laura and Alexandra Shapiro. Bistro Gastronomie, you may recall, had the half-life of bacteria, not even making it to the six-month mark before shuttering.</p> <p>Now comes news that Walden is out, reportedly gone back to his old stomping grounds of Washington, D.C., and long-time local toque <strong>John Belleme</strong> is stepping up to the stoves. Belleme has an extensive local resume, having worked multiple positions with restaurateur Burt Rapoport and last seen as chef at another short-lived eatery, Stephane’s. (Now Madison’s, and goddess help them.)</p> <p>In any event, La Ferme is slated to debut on Saturday, Oct. 4, with Belleme turning out dishes like grilled calamari with heirloom tomato and lemon-caper crudo, forever braised short rib Bourguignon and cedar plank salmon with horseradish crust.</p> <p>Get your scorecards (pencil only) ready. . .</p>Bill CitaraMon, 29 Sep 2014 10:27:43 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/29/walden-out-bellem-in-at-la-ferme/DiningNews & ReviewsStaff Picks of the Weekhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/26/staff-picks-of-the-week-6/<p><strong>Organic Mini Cheese Crackers Sandwiches</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="251" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/backtoschoolsnackmix.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Pictured: TJ's <a href="http://www.traderjoes.com/recipes/recipe.asp?rid=305" target="_blank">Back to School Snack Mix</a></em></p> <p>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant editor</p> <p>"Cheese stuffed between a pair of miniature crackers was a guilty-pleasure snack when I grew up. Trader Joe's offers an organic version, free of corn syrup, of this classic comfort food, which can now be consumed with a little less guilt."</p> <p><em>(855 S. Federal Highway, Boca Raton // <a href="http://traderjoes.com" target="_blank">traderjoes.com</a>)</em></p> <p><strong>El Jefe Luchador at Town Center at Boca Raton Food Court</strong></p> <p>Picked by Adrienne Mayer, Production Manager</p> <p>"The Salad 'El Jardinero' with the Heavyweight Option (rice and beans) and carnitas on top tastes better than Chipotle and guacamole doesn't cost extra. Plus, the lines here are shorter!"</p> <p><em>(6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton // <a href="http://www.jefetaco.com/" target="_blank">jefetaco.com</a>)</em></p> <p><strong>Raw Juce</strong></p> <p>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Assistant Art Director</p> <p>“I love all of the different selections of smoothies and cold-pressed juices they offer and their acai bowls are amazing too! Everything is raw and organic and mostly locally sourced giving you nutrients and enzymes that make you feel AMAZING! Go give them a try and give yourself a boost of health with their yummy selections!”</p> <p><em>(2200 Glades Road, Boca Raton // <a href="http://www.rawjuce.com/" target="_blank">rawjuce.com</a>)</em></p> <p><strong>The Grind Cafe</strong></p> <p>Karen Jacaruso, Account Manager</p> <p>"The most delicious desserts and great coffee with a laid back vibe. Check out the Saturday night sandwich menu and keyboard player for an 'after a movie treat.' Also a great during the week hangout."</p> <p><em>(14859 Lyons Road #132, Delray Beach // <a href="http://grindcafedelray.com/" target="_blank">grindcafedelray.com</a>)</em></p>magazineFri, 26 Sep 2014 13:39:40 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/26/staff-picks-of-the-week-6/CommunityNewsBloomingdales to Carry Melinda Maria Jewelryhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/26/bloomingdales-to-carry-melinda-maria-jewelry/<p>Quality and affordability. That’s what you’ll get from <a href="http://melindamaria.com/" target="_blank">Melinda Maria</a>’s jewelry. This timeless jewelry line, made of sterling silver, 18-karat gold plating and beautifully cut stones, is now available at Bloomingdales in Town Center at Boca Raton. It’s reasonably priced, so you can build up a treasured collection – plus it’s crafted well enough to pass on to future generations.</p> <p><img alt="" height="455" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/melindamaria.png" width="490"></p> <p>The line includes earrings, rings, pendants and bracelets in a number of collections. Probably the best known is the signature Pod collection, pieces of structured concave ovals fixed in intricate assemblies.</p> <p>The designs are a favorite of countless A-list celebrities including Emma Stone. Cameron Diaz and Julia Roberts. They’ve been all over the media, featured as one of Oprah’s favorite things and in shows like Gossip Girl and X-Factor.  Designer Melinda Maria has even been dubbed “The Queen of Bling” by E! entertainment television.</p> <p>The pieces may not be fine jewelry, but they’re about as close as you can get to the real deal. Made in India by craftsmen who typically only make and set fine jewelry, the finished product is more delicate and eye-catching than other costume jewelry out there.</p> <p>Melinda Maria is completely self-taught. Since she was a little girl she couldn't keep her hands out of her mother’s jewelry box. As a teenager she started designing pieces for her and her friends. She took off from there, starting her own jewelry company in her 20s. Since its debut in 2005 the line has taken off as a must have accessory around the world.</p> <p>“My hope is that my jewelry reminds you to sparkle, to follow you passion, and follow the life you dream,” she writes on her website. “I want to make you feel beautiful, sexy, and unstoppable.”</p> <p>To find out more about the collection call Bloomingdales at <a>561/394-2000</a>.</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>Annie PizzutelliFri, 26 Sep 2014 13:23:38 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/26/bloomingdales-to-carry-melinda-maria-jewelry/FashionShoppingMovie Review: &quot;The Skeleton Twins&quot;http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/26/movie-review-the-skeleton-twins/<p>To paraphrase a classic epigram from “Arsenic and Old Lace,” suicide doesn’t run in the family of Maggie and Billy, the main characters in “<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1571249/" target="_blank">The Skeleton Twins</a>;” it gallops.</p> <p><img alt="" height="304" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/the-skeleton-twins.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>When we meet them at the beginning of the film, these once-inseparable siblings are estranged, approaching middle age, and fatherless, ever since their dad took his own life some time ago. Billy, a wannabe actor, cranks a Blondie song on his stereo, scribbles a perfunctory note on the side of a torn envelope, slits his wrist and sinks into his bathtub. Halfway across the country, Maggie is staring at her own bathroom vanity, about to gulp down a handful of lethal pills when she receives a call from the hospital: Her brother, whom she hasn’t seen in 10 years, has just been rescued from his self-inflicted wound and is recuperating in a hospital.</p> <p>The best solution for these two tortured souls? Cohabitate in Maggie’s New York City home, and hopefully reach a truce with Life.</p> <p>“The Skeleton Twins” is not perfect; the ending, which strains for a full-circle climactic callback, is too improbable to accept. But otherwise, this sophomore feature from writer-director Craig Wright is an unusually observant and deeply reflective portrait of middle-class malaise, addressing universal themes of drift and disappointment with smart, economic and truthful writing that may very well be remembered come Oscar time. But what makes the story all the more special is its cast, namely the quartet of funny people who excel at everyday drama with remarkable subtlety.</p> <p>As Billy and Maggie, “SNL” alumni Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig fully capture their characters’ tortured souls—and certainly their scabrous, dry wit, which burbles to the surface in their occasional reprieves from depression—with shades of nuance that “SNL,” in all its broad simplicity, could never forecast. “The Skeleton Twins” does for these two under-utilized talents what “Nebraska” did for Will Forte.</p> <p><img alt="" height="344" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/cdn.indiewire.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>But just as impressive is the work of Ty Burrell, the likable if familiar stock character in “Modern Family,” who is gifted a meaty supporting role as a teacher with a repressed secret. Burrell’s performance, coupled with Wright’s sensitive direction, elevates what could have been a one-dimensional villain into a three-dimensional character that earns our pity.</p> <p>The best praise, though, is reserved for Luke Wilson, another funnyman whose best roles, from “The Royal Tenenbaums” to HBO’s “Enlightened,” hug an uncomfortable border between drama and comedy. So too is his turn in “The Skeleton Twins” as Maggie’s husband Lance, the sort of energetic, square, well-adjusted bro who calls people “chief” and “amigo” and who wears douche-y shoes and eats syrupy pancakes with his hands. But he’s also a sweet, funny, caring guy who deserves better than his deceitful spouse. In a lesser movie, he would be an object of ridicule, but Wright avoids judging any of his characters—and when Wilson finally draws out his character’s pathos, the film is never so moving.</p> <p><em>“The Skeleton Twins” opens today at Cinemark Palace and Living Room Theaters in Boca Raton, Muvico Parisian in West Palm Beach, Cobb Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens, the Classic Gateway Theater in Fort Lauderdale, AMC Aventura 24, Regal South Beach 18, and the Coral Gables Art Cinema.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 26 Sep 2014 13:16:15 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/26/movie-review-the-skeleton-twins/Arts & EventsMoviesBiting the Dust in West Palmhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/26/small-bites-biting-the-dust-in-west-palm/<p><img alt="" height="379" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/bb-king_blankneon-jpeg1.jpg" width="200"></p> <p>They’re (not) singing the blues at <a href="http://www.bbkingclubs.com/" target="_blank">B.B. King’s Blues Club</a> in CityPlace, which has closed after almost five years of dishing Southern-style comfort fare and live music. Reportedly, a new concept from the same folks called Lafayette’s Music Room will slip into that slot, just part of the restaurant churning that has plagued the West Palm shopping/entertainment complex for most of this year. More details when they become available.</p> <p>Also in West Palm, <a href="http://www.cabanarestaurant.com/" target="_blank">Cabana</a> restaurant on the west end of Clematis Street has shut its doors. While the eastern end of Clematis is thriving, to the point of being almost impossible to navigate at peak hours, on the nether end of the street across Quadrille it’s a different story. Too bad, since I really liked the Nuevo Latino fare at Cabana, which was a welcome respite from the burgers, tacos and pasta that’s available just about everyplace else. </p>Bill CitaraFri, 26 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/26/small-bites-biting-the-dust-in-west-palm/DiningNews & Reviews“New Benchmark” for Boca, more on FSU&#39;s fumble, plus more.http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/25/new-benchmark-for-boca-more-on-fsus-fumble-plus-more/<h3><span style="">Hyatt Place is coming to downtown</span></h3> <p><img alt="" height="163" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/hyatt_delray.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>(Pictured: Hyatt Place in Delray Beach)</em></p> <p>The vote Monday on the most prominent piece of land in Boca Raton was oddly anticlimactic.</p> <p>For decades, the city council had sought a suitable project for the southeast corner of Palmetto Park Road and Federal Highway. Success finally came Monday afternoon. Acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, the council unanimously approved DDRI I.D.A. No. CRP-08-03R2—the plan for a Hyatt Place hotel.</p> <p>The 200-room hotel will be 140 feet tall, with structures on the roof making the overall height 160 feet. It will be part of Ram Realty’s mixed-use Mark at Cityscape project. Hyatt Hotels pitches its Hyatt Place brand to business travelers, but the Hyatt Place in Delray Beach, which opened in 2012, also draws vacationers. The hotel’s general manager says things have been “terrific.”</p> <p>Since Boca had tried to fill that downtown hole for about 30 years, you might have expected applause and Champagne after Monday’s vote. Instead, the discussion featured only a few questions from council members and just the faintest squawking from holdout critics who misunderstood setback rules for the hotel. The clerk recorded the vote, and CRA Chairman Scott Singer moved on to the next agenda item.</p> <p>But make no mistake; this is a big deal. In downtown Boca, this vacant lot has stood out like a missing tooth. The city believed that you couldn’t just fill it with, well, anything. It had to be special. There were repeated references Monday to a “landmark project” on a “landmark corner.” Councilman Mike Mullaugh called it a “new benchmark” for downtown development.</p> <p>Despite fears among some residents that a hotel will overwhelm the property, the Hyatt Place seems like a good fit. The one in Delray Beach works well in the Pineapple Grove neighborhood north of Atlantic Avenue. Though the Boca Hyatt Place will be one-third larger, the site also is more urban. In addition, the design is stylish, and the developers worked with the city’s staff and consultants to maximize the hotel’s compatibility with what the city wants to be a pedestrian-friendly section of downtown after all the buildings is done.</p> <p>“We wanted to break the project down to a human scale, and I think we achieved that for the most part,” says Paul Slattery, whose Boca Raton firm did the architectural work for the Hyatt Place, as it did for the Hyatt Place in Delray. The main issue, he says, is how to “mass” the building—to make it work with the surroundings.</p> <p>A key meeting, Slattery says, took place in February with Urban Design Associates, the city’s downtown consultant. Councilman Robert Weinroth praised the cooperation between the development team and the city. Slattery agreed: “It was a good team effort.” Changes were made to ease the impact from traffic. Example: Valet parking will be available only for the restaurant, not the hotel itself. Other requirements will encourage carpooling and the use of bicycles and buses.</p> <p>Though Hyatt Hotels is a global company with more than 550 properties, the team for this Hyatt Place is intensely local. The engineering firm, like Slattery’s company, is from Boca. The landscape architect is from Delray Beach. West Palm Beach-based Kolter is developing the hotel, as it developed Hyatt Place Delray.</p> <p>Slattery says Hyatt Place Boca will be a “visual landmark,” with recessed lighting at the top making the building visible to guests arriving on Palmetto Park Road after leaving Interstate 95. He says construction should start in March, with the hotel opening 16 to 18 months later, in time for the 2016 high season. If that happens, expect the city to throw a party that will be 30 years in the making.</p> <h3><strong>Look Who Wants to Be City Manager</strong></h3> <p>The list of applicants to be Delray Beach’s city manager is complete at 91, and the list contains some interesting names.</p> <p>The most interesting is Mike Woika, who has been assistant city manager in Boca Raton for the last 10 years, part of a long-term triumvirate that includes City Manager Leif Ahnell and Deputy City Manager George Brown.</p> <p>Other applicants are from South Florida, but they also come with questions.</p> <p>Pat Salerno was city manager in Coral Gables, the affluent (average household income $114,000) city of 50,000 near Miami that is home to the University of Miami. But Salerno resigned unexpectedly last April, giving no single reason for his departure. Salerno’s supporters praised his record of raising the city’s reserves from $1 million to $28 million even during and after the recession. Salerno told the <em>Miami Herald</em>, “We turned this organization around. We changed the culture, the work ethics and the professionalism of the staff.”  Salerno’s critics cited what the <em>Herald</em> called a “brusque management style.”</p> <p>Also applying is Bob Vitas, the former city manager of Key West. He resigned in June and accepted a buyout before the city commission was to take a vote of confidence or no confidence. News reports said Vitas likely would have been fired. The flashpoint was Vitas’ decision in June to name a new utilities director at a much higher salary than the previous director had been making. Vitas and the city attorney also reportedly clashed over whether the attorney had authority to review the utility director’s contract.</p> <p>Still another applicant is Don Cooper, chief financial officer of the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies in Port St. Lucie. Cooper spent two decades as city manager of Port St. Lucie, and former members of the city council praise him for helping to transform what had been a massive subdivision into a city.</p> <p>In 2009, however, Port St. Lucie sank roughly $40 million into bonds to build a headquarters for the Digital Domain movie animation company. Cooper cited what he believed to be a “commitment” to the city by Digital Domain’s CEO. In 2012, however, the company declared bankruptcy and laid off all its employees in the city. A year later, Port St. Lucie unloaded the building for $14 million, leaving the city with years of debt payments on a building it doesn’t own.</p> <p>Among the applicants are people running governments from Hobbs, N.M., to Berks County, Penn. Another aspirant is Robert Kuvon, who lists himself as the founder of 7th Avenue Shakedown. It appears to be a community activist Facebook page focused on Delray issues.</p> <p>On Tuesday, I reported that the city’s consultant in the manager search expected to choose about two dozen serious candidates from the list. In an interview Wednesday, Colin Baenziger declined to name any of those candidates. “I don’t want to get hopes up,” he says, adding that the list could shrink soon to about a dozen. The plan is to have the commission pick the manager on Nov. 3.</p> <p>Does Baenziger think that the commission would prefer someone with Florida experience? “All things being equal,” he says, “they probably would prefer someone from Florida. But all things are never equal.”</p> <h3><strong>Delray and The Pension Issue</strong></h3> <p>While Boca Raton is at impasse with the police and fire unions over contract talks, Delray Beach is still checking the city’s options.</p> <p>As in Boca, public safety pension benefits in Delray will overwhelm the city’s budget if changes aren’t made. Boca Raton chose to reform the current pension system by reducing the benefits. Another option would be for Delray Beach to get out of the pension business.</p> <p>That would happen if the city shifted employees to the state system. Most employees in the Florida Retirement System are teachers, along with state and county employees. But some municipal police officers and firefighters also are members.</p> <p>If Delray Beach switched, the city no longer would have a fire/police pension board that—because of rules about who serves on the board—essentially is under the unions’ control. The board makes decisions about investments, but the city is responsible for any shortages that result from bad investment choices.</p> <p>Police officers and firefighters also might benefit from the switch. They contribute 9 percent to the city’s pension plan. Employees in the Florida Retirement System must contribute 3 percent, and that started only three years ago. The risk, of course, is that the Florida Legislature could increase that contribution if the state system seems inadequately funded. The state system, though, is in better shape than most local fire and police pension funds.</p> <p>First, though, Delray Beach must run the numbers on all options. That has taken longer because in the last six months Delray has had a new—and at this point interim—city manager, a new city attorney, a new chief financial officer, a new human resources manager and a new police chief. We should know much more after the city commission and top administrators meet Tuesday in executive session to discuss collective bargaining issues.</p> <h3><strong>It’s Trader Joe’s Time in Boca</strong></h3> <p>As reported here last month, the Trader Joe’s in Boca Raton will open Friday with a temporary certificate of occupancy. The developer of East City Center, where Trader Joe’s will be the main tenant, did not bury power lines in front of the store, despite the city requiring it as part of the development order. Once the power poles were up, the developer tried to claim that burying the lines wasn’t feasible, but the city council didn’t buy that argument. The store will open as scheduled, but the lines must go underground, in about 90 days, depending on when Florida Power &amp; Light can schedule the work.</p> <h3><strong>FSU Fumbles Again</strong></h3> <p>What a jolly two weeks it’s been for the Florida State University family. First, FSU’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Jameis Winston, embarrassed the university yet again with a profane, sexist outburst in the Student Union that got him suspended for last Saturday’s game against Clemson. Then on Tuesday, as predicted here, the trustees ignored strong opposition from faculty and students and made John Thrasher FSU’s new president.</p> <p>Forget that Thrasher has no background in higher education, not even as an adjunct professor. Thrasher has supported the two most detrimental developments to higher education in Florida: abolition of the Board of Regents and creation of Florida Polytechnic University. The first ended statewide oversight of the university system, which had avoided wasteful duplication of programs. The second drained money from all other 11 universities.</p> <p>Florida Atlantic University did it the right way last January, choosing John Kelly. FSU did it the wrong way, choosing John Thrasher.</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>Randy SchultzThu, 25 Sep 2014 14:52:58 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/25/new-benchmark-for-boca-more-on-fsus-fumble-plus-more/City WatchCommunityCelebrate National Coffee Day With These Delicious Dealshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/25/celebrate-national-coffee-day-with-these-delicious-deals/<p>Perk up your Monday by celebrating National Coffee Day on Sept. 29. Coffee retailers throughout South Florida are roasting up special promotions for the occasion. We’ve rounded up where you can get the sweetest deals.</p> <p><img alt="" height="334" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/coffee.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co.</strong> is offering a free cup of iced or hot coffee with the purchase of any menu item. This includes its signature Iced Coffee Cubsta, which features ice cubes that are made completely out of freshly roasted coffee, keeping your java strong until the last sip. Visit <a href="http://brooklynwaterbagels.com/locations/" target="_blank">brooklynwaterbagels.com/locations/</a> to find which of its nine Palm Beach County locations is closet to you.</p> <p><a href="http://www.rhinodoughnuts.com/" target="_blank">Rhino Doughnuts &amp; Coffee</a> in Lauderdale By the Sea is offering any size of its signature hand-crafted fair-trade coffees for just .99 cents. Known for their robust flavor, an iced or hot coffee goes perfectly with one of their gourmet donuts.</p> <p>The party’s going on all week at <strong>McDonald’s</strong> where a free small McCafé coffee will be offered during breakfast hours now until Monday.</p> <p><strong>Dunkin' Donuts</strong> will reveal its newest and boldest brew and offer free medium cups of their iced or hot dark roast coffee. It will also be offering all varieties of the 16-oz. packaged coffee and packs of K-cups, which normally cost $8.99 for only $6.99 from Sept. 26-29.</p> <p><strong>Krispy Kreme</strong> will be handing out free 12-oz. cups of its house, decaf or dark roast coffee. For just a dollar, you can upgrade to a specialty mocha, latte or iced variety.</p> <p><strong>Starbucks</strong> will be celebrating the birthplace of coffee by offering tastings of its Ethiopian Blend.</p> <p>Try not to hit the cup too hard on Monday. With so many great offers there’s enough Joe to go around.</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>Annie PizzutelliThu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/25/celebrate-national-coffee-day-with-these-delicious-deals/DiningNews & ReviewsArtists Bring Brooklyn Streets to Delray Beachhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/24/artists-bring-brooklyn-streets-to-delray-beach/<p>Delray’s <a href="http://delraycenterforthearts.org/index.php/about/cornell-museum-gallery" target="_blank">Cornell Museum of Art</a> opened its fall exhibitions earlier this month, with the<strong> Florida Watercolor Society</strong> absorbing nearly all of the wall space, upstairs and downstairs, for its 43<sup>rd</sup> annual exhibition. This overwhelming survey of more than 100 pieces abounds in pictorial beauty, but their surface pleasures are conventional and fleeting. The exhibition that more closely reflects the current vanguard of contemporary art is the one gallery <em>not</em> devoted to watercolors.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/cornellmuseum_gallery-june2014_.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Looking for a way to extend the museum’s showcase of paper sculptor <a href="https://artsy.net/artist/will-kurtz" target="_blank">Will Kurtz</a>’ colorful representations of New York street life—which were one of the highlights of the “Paper as Art” show this past summer—senior curator Melanie Johanson has linked Kurtz’ work to that of two other Brooklyn artists, in a fascinating if frustratingly small exhibit titled “From the Borough to the Beach: Brooklyn-Based Art.” Thus, Kurtz’ “Linda the Dog Walker” and “Church Ladies” make encore appearances following their residencies in the paper exhibition.</p> <p>So does his stunning “Laid Out,” a 3-D wall hanging of a nude woman splayed across a bed, covered entirely in newspaper. As I wrote this past summer, “There’s a raw urgency to this piece, a self-reflexiveness that displays the artist’s materials, his labor and his choices right in front of us. It’s both marvelous and a call to action, seeming to say that with these everyday materials, you can create a masterpiece like this too.”</p> <p>That same sense of egalitarian inspiration colors Kurtz’ additional pieces in “From the Borough to the Beach.” “Tallulah” depicts a girl in a makeshift Lilly-style dress, perched on a mini scooter and smiling up at us. She’s constructed, as usual, out of tape, glue, wood and newspaper, all of which are evident in the finished work; the process is inherent in the result, and the labor is tactile. The artist’s sense of humor and deadpan bluntness is never more pronounced than in his smallest entry in “From the Borough to the Beach,” the bluntly titled “Poor Little Mouse, Caught in a Trap.” The sculpture, presented under glass, is self-explanatory, though the mouse is a paper-clad rodent more colorful than the familiar ashen variety. It’s funny and a bit sad at the same time—not to mention characteristically Brooklyn.</p> <p><img alt="" height="626" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/cornellmuseum_brooklyn_jennifer-lilya_reddelicious_web.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>A clear sense of the borough also imbues the exhibit’s second artist, <a href="http://www.jenniferlilya.com/" target="_blank">Jennifer Lilya</a>, a fashion illustrator known for her acrylic paintings of runway models. Her cleverly titled, small-scale, inevitably vertical images of leggy and stylish young women (“Instaglam,” “Nice Cream Cone”) run the fashion gamut, from sparkling formal wear to punk-rock-chic, and they usually stand in front of white backdrops festooned with colorful flourishes of pastel paint.</p> <p>Contrary to first glance, these particular works are not from fashion shows. They are inspired by the street fashion the artist encounters in Brooklyn. Lilya finds the glamour while Kurtz honors pedestrians’ more earthen qualities.</p> <p><a href="http://mikecockrill.com/" target="_blank">Mike Cockrill</a>, the artist rounding out this borough trifecta, is something else entirely, a cut above in both his technique and his ability to provoke. A fine artist since 1979, Cockrill is one of the most well-known artists to grace the walls of the Cornell, establishing his controversial style by subverting innocent images from the Little Golden Books series of children’s books. And in the ‘90s and beyond, he created a number of works in which children murder clowns. “I didn’t know if Delray could handle a clown-killing painting, so I stayed away from that,” Johanson says.</p> <p>The pieces she selected from Cockrill’s oeuvre are unsettling enough—especially given that until recently, the Cornell was known as a pop-culture museum that ruffled few feathers. The blocky and severe oil painting “Birthday Girl” and the clean gouache “Struck Woman” both depict young females howling—at what or at whom is anybody’s guess. In the graphite drawing “Railroad Crossing,” a train bears down on a boy and girl as they scurry over the tracks ahead, injecting danger into an atmosphere of childhood innocence. In the most jarring Cockrill inclusion, “Forbidden,” two girls pause in an Edenic environment; one stares suggestively and penetratingly at the viewer, while the other pulls an apple off a tree and a snake slithers up the branch.</p> <p><img alt="" height="578" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/cornellmuseum_brooklyn_mike-cockrill_forbidden.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>On the face of it, the piece shouldn’t be disturbing. It’s only when viewed through our sociological and religious filters that the painting accumulates controversy: The girl is only sexualized because our culture has deemed her so. Occasionally, Cockrill will leave in a “mistake,” such as the white paint dripping from the bottom of the girl’s top, but that only makes his work seem more unreal, and therefore more interesting.</p> <p>And then the show ends, just like that, and we’re back to the placid calm of the watercolors, ushering us back into orbit. “From the Borough to the Beach” is not nearly extensive enough to do these artists justice, and I look forward to the time when Johanson will be granted free reign of the museum—presumably with the Cornell’s winter exhibition, “Language Art.”</p> <p>The steps are small ones right now, but as Delray Center for the Arts ushers in a new period of leadership for both its art and theater programming, change is most definitely in the air.</p> <p><em>“From the Borough to the Beach” runs through Nov. 16 at the Cornell Museum at Delray Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Admission is $5. Call 561/243-7922 or visit <a href="http://delraycenterforthearts.org" target="_blank">delraycenterforthearts.org</a>.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 24 Sep 2014 10:05:38 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/24/artists-bring-brooklyn-streets-to-delray-beach/ArtArts & EventsDelray BeachTennis event to raise money for local teaching prohttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/24/tennis-event-to-raise-money-for-local-teaching-pro/<p> <img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Help raise money for local tennis professional Muzi Dagidir. Dagidir, who teaches at <a href="http://www.patchreefpark.org/tennis" target="_blank">Patch Reef Park Tennis Center</a>, sustained major injuries in a car crash on I-95 Aug. 1. As Dagidir faces a long and expensive road to recovery, fellow tennis teachers have rallied to host a fundraiser in his honor, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the tennis center (<em>2000 Yamato Road, Boca Raton</em>).</p> <p><img alt="" height="315" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/muzi_crop.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>A long-time local tennis icon, Dagidir joined Patch Reef in 1998. Dagidir was born in Turkey and grew up in Istanbul, according to the Patch Reef web page. He fell in love with tennis while working as a ball boy at the Istanbul Hilton Hotel. He won the Istanbul Junior Championships then moved to the U.S. in 1998 to play for Santa Rosa Jr. College. Following his career there, he moved to South Florida, where he played for FAU.</p> <p>Here’s the scoop about the “Rally for Muzi.”</p> <p>While attending the event is free, there will be a small charge to participate in some specialty tennis clinics. Attendees can take part in tennis carnival, which is cardio tennis, including obstacle courses on tennis courts; and the longest rally, longest volleys and fastest serve competitions; as well as games focused on hitting targets and hitting against the pros.</p> <p>There will be cake, coffee and Gatorade. This family-friendly event will also provide cookies and candy for kids. Reps from tennis brands Babolat, Bosworth, Prince and Wilson will be bringing their racquets for people to demonstrate.</p> <p>To raise money, there will be raffles and a silent auction. Donations are also welcome, whether people can attend or not. All the money raised will go to Muzi Dagidir. For more about how to donate, go to the event’s <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/368838273268939/?notif_t=plan_user_invited">Facebook</a> page or visit the Patch Reef Park Tennis Center, where they have fliers about it.</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">www.wordscomealive.com</a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/24/tennis-event-to-raise-money-for-local-teaching-pro/Health NewsHealth/BeautyUpcoming EventsFarmer’s Table Restaurant Pickshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/24/farmers-table-restaurant-picks/<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>It’s  been almost a year since Farmer’s Table restaurant opened in Boca Raton off Military Trail. Now that I’ve sampled all the veggie dishes, I want to spill the beans (pun intended) on my dish suggestions.</p> <p><strong>Favorite Appetizer: Cucumber Tartare.</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/alina_blog2.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>This is a must-try starter that features delicate pieces of cucumber and avocado that are lightly tossed with ginger-chili dressing. Though there’s an option to add tuna to the dish, I suggest skipping this high-mercury fish and put your money toward a nice glass of Round Pond Sauvignon Blanc instead. It goes great with veggie dishes and takes your plant-based meal to a whole new level.</p> <p><strong>Favorite Salad: Health and Wellness</strong></p> <p>You are what you eat, so why not fill yourself up with health and wellness? I love this salad because it has a small serving of quinoa added to it, making it more filling than a regular plate of greens. If you’re looking for complete protein, I recommend adding a side of organic sprouted beans. When you combine beans with grains, you get a full spectrum of amino acids that’s usually obtained from animal products. And because beans are sprouted, their nutritional value is amplified and they’re easier to digest.</p> <p><strong>Favorite Handheld: Baked Falafel (with a minor change)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/alina_blog1.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>Though the baked falafel wrap usually comes in a whole wheat tortilla, you have the option of swapping it for collards – which I highly recommend. Did you know that one collard leaf has only 11 calories, takes less time to digest than grains and can help boost your energy? Kudos to the chefs for incorporating collard leaves in their meals and using them as an alternative to grain wraps. Sweet and savory sides of five-spice sweet potatoes and fresh coleslaw gives this meal a satisfying finish.</p> <p><strong>House Specialty: Vegetable Lasagna</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/photo-1.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>If you think that you can’t get full on veggies, I suggest trying this delicious terrine of garden vegetables in a rich tomato sauce. I usually get this meal when I’m looking for something warm and comforting and it’s definitely my go-to meal in the fall. Even though this dish doesn’t have any pasta, it does feature layers of sweet potato that will make you feel satiated in no time. I like to order my vegetable lasagna drizzled with Daiya mozzarella cheese – a great dairy-free alternative to cheese.</p> <p><strong>Dessert: Sweet Ginger Tea</strong></p> <p>Every time I eat at Farmer’s Table, I’m too full for dessert and end up ordering the sweet ginger tea. Ginger is a great digestive aid, and because I usually have a hard time controlling my portions of the delicious foods listed above, I find this tea to be the perfect ending to my meal. It also has hibiscus, lemon myrtle and strawberry, which give you a hint of sweetness without adding any sugar. If you’ve tried desserts at Farmer’s Table and have a favorite, please leave a comment below to share with other readers!</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>Alina Z.Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/24/farmers-table-restaurant-picks/DiningNews & ReviewsTech-Centric Yoko-San Debuts in Bocahttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/23/tech-centric-yoko-san-debuts-in-boca/<p>If you like your contemporary pan-Asian cookery with a side order of high-tech, you’ll want to check out the new <a href="http://www.yokosanboca.com/" target="_blank">Yoko-San</a> (<em>99 S.E. Mizner Blvd., 561/430-3565</em>), a sleek new eatery in the star-crossed Boca space that in the last couple of years has seen at least three restaurants come and go faster than you can say, “86’d!”</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/yokosan.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The uber-sleek restaurant from Israeli resto-preneur Stiv Ostrovski bills itself as a “hibachi fushion [er, that would be “fusion”] Japanese steakhouse,” with a 200-plus item menu that ranges all over Southeast Asia, from sushi and Thai curries to Korean-style short ribs and Mongolian beef.</p> <p>If you want to get all fusion-y, there are dishes like salmon Wellington with lemongrass beurre blanc and crispy spicy duck breast over baby bok choy. If you’re not feeling all that adventurous you can get a crab and avocado salad or seared beef tenderloin with foie gras. And, of course, there’s a roster of proteins that can be cooked on the hibachi grill, from chicken and Wagyu beef to sea bass and lobster tail.</p> <p>The restaurant itself is a riot of design elements and color, starting with the bright blue awning over the front door and continuing inside, where the former occupants’ limestone walls, drum chandeliers and pressed-tin ceiling are augmented by vibrant graphics and stylish modern furnishings. Then there’s all the tech stuff, like photo menus that change language with the touch of a button, displays that let you take the now-obligatory selfies and even play memory games at the table.</p> <p>Remember when you went to a restaurant just to, you know. . . eat?</p>Bill CitaraTue, 23 Sep 2014 11:26:52 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/23/tech-centric-yoko-san-debuts-in-boca/DiningNews & ReviewsThe Women of Distinction Nomineeshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/23/here-they-are-the-women-of-distinction-nominees/<p><img alt="" height="242" src="/site_media/uploads/image003[1].jpg" width="302"></p> <p>Last week we got to meet the <a href="http://www.soroptimist.org/" target="_blank">Soroptimist</a> Women of Distinction at a reception at the Wick (we are loving this new venue in our city, by the way) who will be honored at the breakfast of the same name coming up next week on Oct. 1. It’s a big group, and a very diverse one, from women in the healthcare industry to businesswomen to consultants, attorneys and social workers. Some you will know, others you may not. But they all share one thing in common and that is a genuine desire to help make their community a better place.</p> <p>Please join us next Wednesday morning at Boca West for this annual breakfast honoring a truly outstanding group of women. For more information, call Judith Hinsch at 561/859-1883 or Deborah Bacarella at 561/239-2300. Tickets are $55, and some seats may still be available.</p> <p>We will see you there!</p> <p>And….here are the honorees:</p> <p>Liliana Abramson, RN, CCM,</p> <p>Kathy Adams of Project Linus</p> <p>Martha (Kathy) Bass, Bass Reporting Services and board chair of  the St. Laurence Chapel Homeless Day Shelter</p> <p>Marta Batmasian, local volunteer, philanthropist and co–owner, Investments Limited</p> <p>Althia Ellis, MPA, Founder/Owner of Thompson-Ellis Consulting and board director of Zonta Club of Deerfield Beach</p> <p>Annette Failla-Phelps, ABR, CRS, member, Boca Raton Woman’s Club Hope Friedman, founder, Gift of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation</p> <p>Alina Gagnon, CVS manager and board member, KidSafe</p> <p>Roxana Garciga, Republic National Distributing Company with involvement in Kids in Distress, Veritage Miami, the Audobon Society, among other groups</p> <p>Phyllis Green, businesswoman and author of <em>Fired at 50 a Survivor’s Guide to Prosperity</em>, as well as creator, “Clubs for Kids” for the Palm Beaches’ Boys and Girls Clubs</p> <p>Karen Harwood, MSW, social worker and original member of the Caregiving Youth Project team</p> <p>Pamela Higer-Polani, JD, chairperson, of the first National Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease in Boca Raton</p> <p>Victoria Hughes, director, Florida Women’s Business Center</p> <p>Cathy Johnson, volunteer for Boca Regional and the Hospital’s Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute, and Boca Helping Hands</p> <p>Victoria Karasin, organizer, National Walk to End Alzheimer’s disease and treasurer, Women’s Executive Club Palm Beach County</p> <p>Beth King, RN, PhD, Slattery Center for Child Development, Boca Helping Hands, Boca Library, Debbie Rand, Junior League and others</p> <p>Crystal McMillin, CPA, past President of the Junior League of Boca Raton and developer, the JLBR Diaper Bank</p> <p>Louise Morrell, MD, medical director of the Lynn Cancer Institute and the Morgan Pressel Center for Cancer Genetics</p> <p>Stacey Mullins, Esq., board member, South Florida Susan G. Komen Foundation and founder, EBC Foundation</p> <p>Robbin Newman, Esq., Supreme Court Circuit Civil Certified Mediator</p> <p>Pam O’Brien, MSW, JD,  president, and CEO, AVDA</p> <p>Frances “Betsy” Owen, leadership positions with Rotary, board member,  Executive Women of the Palm Beaches and the Children’s Home Society</p> <p>Renee Plevy, businesswoman, career development specialist and philanthropist</p> <p>Wendy Poe, chief customer officer at Bluegreen Vacations</p> <p>Ana Rosacker, MSN, Director of Nursing, Bethesda Hospital West</p> <p>Philippa “Fina” Reboli , board member, National Society of Arts and Letters  </p> <p>Diane Sawchuk, member, Zonta Club and volunteer at Boca Helping Hands, Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots and others</p> <p>Ashley Sherman, director of marketing, Oceans 234</p> <p>Donna Greenspan Solomon, JD,  principal of Solomon Appeals, Mediation and Arbitration</p> <p>Denise St. Patrick-Bell, PhD, National Kellogg Fellow, executive director, Boca Raton Children’s Museum</p> <p>Lowell Van Vechten, public relations and fashion event specialist, co-founder, Boating &amp; Beach Bash for People with Disabilities</p> <p>Rhoda Warren, co-founder of a recruiting firm and volunteer with Hope House of the Palm Beaches, Jewish Guild for the Blind, WXEL-TV and  Florence Fuller Child Development Centers</p>Marie SpeedTue, 23 Sep 2014 10:30:06 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/23/here-they-are-the-women-of-distinction-nominees/CommunityNewsWhat&#39;s next for Boca union talks, how FSU may be getting thrashed, plus more.http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/23/whats-next-for-boca-union-talks-should-we-play-ball-and-how-fsu-may-be-getting-thrashed/<h4><span>City vs. unions: what happens next</span></h4> <p><img alt="" height="330" src="/site_media/uploads/police___fire_pension_talks_delayed_351270000_20130225171833_640_480.jpg" width="440"></p> <p>With Boca Raton and the police and fire unions at an impasse over pension, wage and work-rule issues—things like promotions—here’s what will happen next:</p> <p>The Florida Public Employees Relations Commission will send the city and the unions a list of potential special magistrates. The city and the police union will choose a magistrate to hear their dispute. The same will happen with the city and the fire union for that dispute.</p> <p>Each side will present its case to the two magistrates, who will act essentially as judges and issue recommendations for resolving the disputes. Either side can reject a recommendation, but there is a powerful motivation for the unions to accept. If either side objects, the final decision rests with the “legislative body,” which is the city council, though the council can rule only on the issues that went before the magistrates.</p> <p>And the Fraternal Order of Police and the International Association of Firefighters don’t have to wonder what the council would do. The unions spent big on Anthony Mahjess in the mayoral election last March, but he lost to Susan Haynie. Her goal, which the four members of the city council share, is to make the police and fire pensions “sustainable for the next 30 years.”</p> <p>To that end, Boca Raton proposed major changes not just in pension benefits but also in wages and work rules. Haynie calls them “significant but fair.” The last two affect the first. What police officers and firefighters make in salary determines how much they make in pensions. Work rules can determine who gets overtime, which can allow police officers to artificially inflate their pensions. The city wants to end the use of overtime in police pensions. Firefighters already can’t use overtime toward pensions.</p> <p>In an interview Monday, Haynie said there are 13 items in dispute with the police union and 10 items with the firefighters. Councilman Robert Weinroth said in email, “The city had asked the police and fire unions to scale back their pension benefits and raises to a level affordable to the taxpayers of Boca Raton. Unfortunately, after 17 meetings with the union officials, the city has not been able to achieve this goal.”</p> <p>As with many full-service cities in Florida, the pension crisis has been coming for more than a decade. It started with a big favor the Florida Legislature did for police and fire unions in 1999, and it continued through the real estate bubble, when too many cities gave out too many overly generous benefits. The trend line has cities being forced to raise taxes or cut services to pay those pensions.</p> <p>Credit Boca Raton for not giving in. As Haynie said, “The voters spoke” in March. Now the city has to make a persuasive case to the magistrates. Haynie hopes for a final resolution by Jan. 1.</p> <h3>Delray city manager search   </h3> <p>The search for a Delray Beach city manager already is going better than the last search, which resulted in the selection of someone who lasted little more than a year.</p> <p>That search took place during the Thanksgiving-Christmas holiday period in 2012. It drew only about 30 applicants for a job that should have drawn many more, given Delray’s appeal as a growing full-service city with big hopes.</p> <p>As of Friday, when what the city’s consultant calls the “recruiting period” ended, Delray Beach has 87 applicants, 31 of them from Florida. Louie Chapman, whom the commission forced out in July, had worked in Connecticut. Colin Baenziger, president of <a href="http://www.cb-asso.com/" target="_blank">Baenziger &amp; Associates</a>, which is conducting the search, says the firm is “still speaking with several candidates we particularly like and hope to have them in the mix shortly.” Chapman is African-American. At this point in the search for his replacement, Baenziger said in a memo the commission, “We have some diversity but not a great deal. This situation reflects the profession as a whole, however.”</p> <p>Once the pool is complete, the firm will cull the applicants and expects to send the commission a list of between eight and 12 semi-finalists by Oct. 15. The choices will be based on experience, the consultants’ “personal observation and recommendations,” diversity and likelihood of success.</p> <p>Baenziger said the firm has “selected approximately two dozen candidates that we want to consider further.” A good bet is that Interim City Manager Terry Stewart, who has applied, will make that first cut. Baenziger said that he plans to meet with commissioners on Oct. 21 to choose finalists—the number is unspecified at this point—with interviews planned for Nov. 1 and the commission choosing the new manager two days later.</p> <p>For all the turmoil Chapman caused, the irony is that it may have helped the city. By exposing his weaknesses so quickly and so dramatically, Chapman allowed the commission—minus Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet—plenty of justification to move on quickly.</p> <p>The goal now, of course, is to distinguish this search from the last one in the most important way: by getting someone good.</p> <h3>Play ball?       </h3> <p>A big proposal before the Palm Beach County Commission today may not affect Boca Raton and Delray Beach directly, but it could affect the area indirectly.</p> <p>The commission must decide whether to spend roughly $150 million in tourist tax revenue over the next two decades on a new dual-team baseball spring training complex in West Palm Beach. It would house the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals.</p> <p>If the commission approves the deal, the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins almost certainly would renew their lease at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter. That lease expires in 2017. The tourist tax revenue—raised from the 5 percent levy on motel and hotel rooms—now paying off the bonds to build Roger Dean would go toward construction of the new stadium.</p> <p>Without a deal, the Astros and Nationals—who now train in Kissimmee and Viera, respectively—would look elsewhere in Florida or to Arizona. Also, the Cardinals and Marlins might bolt, given the small number of teams in Southeast Florida—the Mets are in Port St. Lucie—and the long bus rides for the Cardinals, Marlins and other teams during the month-long spring training exhibition schedule.</p> <p>There are two problems with the Astros-Nationals proposal. One is that it depends on the county acquiring 160 acres for the site from West Palm Beach. In return, the city wants four county-owned parcels in downtown West Palm Beach. The commission isn’t prepared to make the swap. Without that land, there likely is no site. A previous plan to use county land in Palm Beach Gardens sank when neighbors objected to the increased traffic.</p> <p>The second problem is that the Astros and Nationals don’t want just the money now going toward Roger Dean. They want increasingly more each year—an “escalator.” Allocating that extra amount to the stadium could result in shortages for other uses of tourist tax money—such as beach restoration. That worries County Commissioner Steven Abrams, in whose Boca Raton-Delray Beach-based District 4 there are 22 miles of beaches.</p> <p>In an interview, Abrams said the stadium debate is separate from discussion of whether to raise the tourist tax to 6 percent, to increase overall spending on tourism promotion. The hoteliers he has heard from, Abrams said, are OK with the increase—if the added money boosts the number of visitors.</p> <p>Tourism promotion is the argument for the second stadium, but the impact of spring training in large counties probably is shrinking. Broward County, for example, had a record year for tourists in 2013—without spring training. And how much should the public—even if the money isn’t from property taxes—subsidize someone like Astros owner Jim Crane, whose net worth is a reported $2 billion?</p> <h3>Thrashed by Thrasher?</h3> <p>We will find out today if Florida State University follows Florida Atlantic University’s example and picks a president the right way.</p> <p>FSU’s trustees will vote today on a successor to Eric Barron, who left to become president of Penn State. Speculation is that the trustees will pick state Sen. and former Florida House Speaker John Thrasher. That would be the sort of mistake that FAU did not make last January.</p> <p>Some FAU trustees approached Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a former Florida Senate president. Atwater, though, never has worked in higher education. The supposed logic was that a politician who knows Tallahassee can work the Florida Legislature for a university’s benefit. Eventually, however, the FAU job correctly went to John Kelly, who at Clemson University had shown that he knows academics and fundraising. That’s the proper combination.</p> <p>Thrasher has shown neither. He may have an undergraduate and law degree from FSU, but his career has been one of politics and special-interest lobbying. Like Atwater, he never has worked in higher education. His qualification? He is co-chairman of Gov. Rick Scott’s reelection campaign, and Scott appoints the trustees. One of them is Kathryn Ballard. She and her husband, lobbyist Brian Ballard—Mary McCarty’s brother—raised the money to finance Scott’s inauguration.</p> <p>The FSU search committee at first wanted to interview only Thrasher, which prompted much public criticism. So the committee sought more applications and tried to make the search look credible, but many in Tallahassee still don’t buy it. If Thrasher gets the job, he will probably be paid at least $500,000—capping a career in which he has done favors for FSU but undermined the overall push for excellence in higher education. Perhaps only in Florida could someone so unqualified get so important a job.</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>Randy SchultzTue, 23 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/23/whats-next-for-boca-union-talks-should-we-play-ball-and-how-fsu-may-be-getting-thrashed/City WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: Sept. 23 to 29http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/22/the-week-ahead-sept-23-to-29/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="240" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/carl-hiaasen-010.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Carl Hiaasen</strong></p> <p>Where: Temple Judea, 5500 Granada Blvd., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 305/442-4408, <a href="http://www.booksandbooks.com" target="_blank">booksandbooks.com</a></p> <p>Fort Lauderdale’s native son and a <em>Miami Herald</em> columnist since 1976, Carl Hiaasen holds fort in his original stomping ground for this reading and signing in support of his latest young-adult novel, <em>Skink: No Surrender</em>. The book, which was recently long-listed for this year’s National Book Award for Young People in Literature, will likely cross over to adult readers as well; after all, its popular title character Skink, a hermetic and one-eyed ex-governor of Florida, was introduced back in <em>Double Whammy</em>, Hiaasen’s adult novel from 1987. This time around, the erratic Skink leads a search for a missing girl that results in “blinding storms, crazed pigs, flying bullets and giant gators.” As always with Hiaasen’s YA work, a passionate environmental message undergirds the adventure.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="364" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/jeangenet-hanskoechler1983-cropped.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Reading of “The Maids”</strong></p> <p>Where: Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free, but donations welcome</p> <p>Contact: 305/442-4408, <a href="http://www.madcattheatre.org" target="_blank">madcattheatre.org</a></p> <p>Few theater companies in this region would be willing to stage a play by Jean Genet (pictured), the French surrealist known for his controversial explorations of race, politics, prison life and sexual deviance. Miami’s Mad Cat Theatre is one of those companies, and while its version of “The Maids” is a reading and not a full production, it is most certainly better than nothing. The 1947 play, which premiered the year before Genet was famously imprisoned on his 10<sup>th</sup> burglary charge, is based on the real-life account of two French maids whose sadomasochistic rituals eventually lead to a plot to murder their mistress, the sinister Madame. Carey Brianna Hart, Makeba Henry and Jade Wheeler will perform in this stylized classic, under the direction of Jessica Farr.</p> <p> </p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="281" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/tajweekes.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Taj Weekes &amp; Adowa</strong></p> <p>Where: The Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15-$30</p> <p>Contact: 561/395-3946, <a href="http://www.funkybiscuit.com" target="_blank">funkybiscuit.com</a></p> <p>Bob Marley’s “One Love” aside, reggae music has long had an unsavory association with homophobia, thanks to gay-bashing references in tunes by Buju Banton, Beanie Man and a number of other high-profile artists. Taj Weekes, a reggae star from the island of St. Lucia, is hoping to change that perception through his music and activism. The talented Rastafarian is currently touring behind his fourth album “Love Herb &amp; Reggae,” which is something of a mission statement for his worldview: Love is inclusive, herbs are not limited to marijuana, and reggae music can and should encapsulate the best of what life has to offer. The music, which he performs with his band Adowa, is filled with lush arrangements and an eclectic style that marries a number of Pan-Caribbean influences. South Florida’s own reggae stalwarts, Spred the Dub, will open this weekend’s Boca Raton performance.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/frank-movie.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Frank”</strong></p> <p>Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 5 and 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $6-$9</p> <p>Contact: 561/296-9382, <a href="http://www.lakeworthplayhouse.org" target="_blank">lakeworthplayhouse.org</a></p> <p>For an aspiring singer-songwriter in the U.K. (Domhnall Gleeson), a chance meeting on a beach leads to an opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to play keyboards in an eccentric avant-garde pop band called Soronprfbs, whose lead singer, Frank, dons a giant cartoon head which he never removes, even offstage. That’s the premise behind this strange and beautiful dramedy about loneliness, fame, social media and social anxiety, directed by Dublin’s Lenny Abraham and based loosely on the real-life cult musician Frank Sidebottom. The movie, which charts a tumultuous recording session in a remote Irish cabin on through to the band’s volatile booking at Austin’s South by Southwest festival, is deftly amusing for a while, until the dramatic reality of its characters’ damaged lives hits you like a sucker punch. One of the year’s finest films, this surprising and one-of-a-kind movie also includes top-notch performances from Maggie Gyllenhaal and Michael Fassbender.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/debraehrhardt.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Jamaica Farewell”</strong></p> <p>Where: Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35</p> <p>Contact: 954/678-1496, <a href="http://www.empirestage.com" target="_blank">empirestage.com</a></p> <p>Empire Stage, a communal black box-style theater space in east Fort Lauderdale, scored a coup as when it secured the South Florida tour of this acclaimed one-woman show, which won a number of awards in 2007 and has provided a national platform for its writer-performer, Debra Ehrhardt. A storyteller, in one form or another, since the age of 5, Ehrhardt grew up in Kingston, Jamaica with dreams of moving to America and pursuing an acting career. At 18 she did so, but, refusing to adapt her strong Jamaican accent and identity to obtain more “American” roles, she decided to write plays for herself—and only herself. “Jamaica Farewell” is an autobiographical work tracing her escape from revolution-toward 1970s Jamaica to her adventures in the States, and she plays more than 20 parts in all, from her father to a prostitute—all without a scenic design, and with the barest of props. Don’t wait to order your tickets; they are selling fast. The show runs through Oct. 19.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="232" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/deborahsilver.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Deborah Silver</strong></p> <p>Where: Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 2 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45</p> <p>Contact: 561/237-9000, <a href="http://events.lynn.edu" target="_blank">events.lynn.edu</a></p> <p>Cabaret singer Deborah Silver comes to Boca Raton by way of Mississippi, where she grew up in an environment saturated by the blues. It’s a sound that continues to infuse her sultry vocals, but so does the pop and punch of Broadway grandeur. She’ll bring a bit of both to this local cabaret engagement, a selection of ballads and toe-tappers that will serve as both a preview to her high-profile New York shows in October and as a benefit for Jan McArt’s Theatre Arts Guild at Lynn University. A ticket purchase includes complimentary valet parking and a glass of Champagne. Better yet, if you buy Silver’s CD, which includes unique takes on classics like “At Last” and “Cheek to Cheek,” all proceeds will benefit research into a cure for ALS.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="374" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/pup-crawl.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Fourth Annual West Palm Beach Pup Crawl</strong></p> <p>Where: 200 block of Clematis Street, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: <a href="http://www.pupcrawlwpb.com" target="_blank">pupcrawlwpb.com</a></p> <p>No, that’s not a misprint: This downtown “crawl” isn’t about trying different brewskis but about enjoying a dog day afternoon with your four-legged friends. Activities at the “Pup Crawl” include a noon pet parade judged by celebrity guests, a doggie fashion show at 2 p.m., and a “dog bone stacking contest”—think Jenga with dog biscuits—at 3 p.m. There also will be raffles all day long, face painting, pet adoptions and vaccinations, and food and drink specials from local restaurants. While the event is free, on-site charities such as Kibblez of Love and Dogs 4 Disabled Veterans would love your support.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="290" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/belle-and-sebastian.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Belle and Sebastian</strong></p> <p>Where: Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $44.50</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-7300, <a href="http://www.livenation.com" target="_blank">livenation.com</a></p> <p>For fans of indie rock who are drawn, in many cases, to dissonant music and atonal warbling, Belle and Sebastian has always been the band to bring home to Mom: A Scottish sextet with a reputation for unabashed sensitivity and a sonic canvas rooted in neo-classical baroque pop. And despite minimal mainstream support, they’re also one of the successful bands to emerge from Glasgow, claiming the mantle of Scotland’s greatest band in a 2005 poll. If you’ve never heard B&amp;S, start with its sophomore release, 1996’s “If You’re Feeling Sinister,” a landmark LP that defines the band’s soft-tinted cynicism, hooky melodies and colorful instrumental palette. The group’s most recent albums have embraced a vintage ‘70s ambience that suits them just as well, though expect the group’s live set to dig deep into its copious back catalog in a supremely rare South Florida appearance.</p>John ThomasonMon, 22 Sep 2014 18:19:59 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/22/the-week-ahead-sept-23-to-29/Arts & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsSocial House Coming to Delrayhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/22/social-house-coming-to-delray/<p>A few more details on the latest Dennis Max eatery, set to debut in late October in the old Ceviche location in the historic Falcon House space in downtown Delray.</p> <p><img alt="" height="282" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/maxsohologo.png" width="490"></p> <p>To be called <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MaxsSocialHouse/timeline" target="_blank">Social House</a>, the restaurant will bring Max’s “farm to fork” ethos to a gastropubby concept that will feature small plates, artisan cocktails, boutique wines and craft beers. One feature will be the Fusion Tower, a quartet of giant chrome-and-glass devices (which cost about $10K each) that can infuse anything from vodka to beer with just about any flavors you can imagine.</p> <p>The menu is still under development by Max Group exec chef Patrick Broadhead and Social House chef de cuisine Scott Pierce. But the interior and exterior are already undergoing a thorough renovation by Manhas Design, which will show off the original brick fireplace behind the bar and spiff up the outdoor patio.</p> <p>Earlier on, Max was toying with the idea of calling the restaurant The Blind Pig, a name I thought was rather cool but probably wasn’t the best call from a marketing standpoint. Which is probably one reason why I’m not opening any restaurants.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 22 Sep 2014 08:30:31 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/22/social-house-coming-to-delray/BarsDelray BeachDiningNews & ReviewsWVOY Nominees Announcedhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/19/wvoy-nominees-announced/<p><img alt="" height="467" src="/site_media/uploads/wvolinvite.jpg" width="350"></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.jlbr.org/" target="_blank">Junior League of Boca Raton</a> revealed the names of the 25 deserving candidates for the 2014 <strong>Woman Volunteer of the Year</strong> at a kickoff event Thursday night at the new Waterstone Resort &amp; Marina (<em>999 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton</em>). <em>Boca Raton</em> is a proud media sponsor of the 27th annual ceremony, which is slated for Nov. 7 at Boca West Country Club and includes a special runway show by Alice + Olivia founder Stacey Bendet, courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue at Town Center.</p> <p>Here are the 25 nominees and the organizations for which they volunteer:</p> <p>• Marina Morbeck: Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse</p> <p>• Laura Clarkson: American Association of Caregiving Youth</p> <p>• Kelli-Ann McLeod: Best Foot Forward Foundation</p> <p>• Valentina Martinez: Boca Ballet Theatre</p> <p>• Margi Cross: Boca Helping Hands</p> <p>• Robin Deyo: Boca Raton Historical Society &amp; Museum</p> <p>• Peg Greenspon: Boca Raton Museum of Art</p> <p>• Evie Zimmerman: Caring Hearts Auxiliary of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center</p> <p>• Tiffany Rodriguez: C.R.O.S. Ministries</p> <p>• Mildred Strom: Debbie-Rand Memorial Service League</p> <p>• Kathy Adkins: Florence Fuller Child Development Centers</p> <p>• Marysol Gonzales: Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce</p> <p>• Debora Kellogg: HomeSafe</p> <p>• Tandy Robinson: Impact 100 Palm Beach County</p> <p>• Mary Csar: Junior League of Boca Raton</p> <p>• Laura Wissa: Junior League of the Palm Beaches</p> <p>• Wendi Lipsich: KidSafe Foundation</p> <p>• Bettina Young: Literacy Coalition of PBC</p> <p>• Shari Upbin: NSAL, Florida East Coast Chapter</p> <p>• Laura Campbell-Held: Place of Hope at the Haven</p> <p>• Donna Robins: Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park</p> <p>• Mariela Montgomery: Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach</p> <p>• Marilyn Wilson: South Florida Women's Executive Club</p> <p>• Ann Rutherford: Spirit of Giving Network</p> <p>• Michelle Yellin: Unicorn Children's Foundation</p> <p>In addition, the Junior League announced two Lifetime Achievement nominees: Helen Babione (Boca Raton Women's Club, GFWC) and Connie Berry (Caridad Center).</p>magazineFri, 19 Sep 2014 16:56:20 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/19/wvoy-nominees-announced/CommunitySmoke BBQ Debuts in Delrayhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/19/smoke-bbq-debuts-in-delray/<p>Smoke may not get in your eyes but it will get in your meat at the new <a href="https://www.facebook.com/SmokeBBQFL?fref=ts" target="_blank">Smoke BBQ</a> (<em>8 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/330-4236</em>), which just made its debut in the old Union location in downtown Delray.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/smokebbq.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Smoke is the showcase for one of the country’s premier competition pitmasters, Bryan Tyrell, who hails from the famed Oklahoma Joe’s in Kansas City and is a member of the barbecue team that took Grand Champion honors in the World Series of BBQ.</p> <p>The Kansas City-style ‘cue Tyrell is dishing up at Smoke includes 15-hour smoked beef brisket, ribs, chicken, turkey and pulled pork, as well as the much lusted-after burnt ends every Wednesday (while they last, which won’t be long). In a nod to health-conscious locals, Smoke will even feature vegetarian dishes, fresh fish specials too.</p> <p>South Florida has never been known as a hotbed of serious barbecue. Here’s to hoping Smoke will change all that.</p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraFri, 19 Sep 2014 10:49:31 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/19/smoke-bbq-debuts-in-delray/BarsDelray BeachDiningNews & ReviewsArt Show Captures Pulse of Miami&#39;s Music Undergroundhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/19/art-show-captures-pulse-of-miamis-music-underground/<p><img alt="" height="460" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/snakehole.jpg" width="360"></p> <p>As I’m writing this review, I’m listening to Snakehole, an intense all-girl trio from Miami that categorizes itself as having a “punk doom metal-fused sound.” That may be so, but to my slightly older ears, it sounds like New York No Wave music, particularly the atonal caterwauling of Lydia Lunch—a staple in my record collection whenever I want to let out some aggression.</p> <p>I could be listening online to the six songs on the group’s new, self-titled EP, but I’m cranking it the old-fashioned way, on the band’s officially released cassette tape. As with a lot of noise bands, the cassette tape, revived from technological obsolescence, has become Snakehole’s format of choice, which requires my dusting off a tape/CD/radio boombox that hasn’t been plugged in since the Clinton Administration. The sound is analog and terrible, and yet it’s awesome. The only way it would sound better is if one of the speakers was blown.</p> <p>In other words, this is not pretty music. It’s not tuneful. You can’t dance to it, unless you slam-dance to it. You won’t hear it in a salon or over a car commercial. But it is <em>very</em> Miami, whose Churchill’s Pub has become grand central for music of all sorts of grimy and radical stripes, from garage rock and noise to speed metal, doom metal and “fastcore,” whatever that is.</p> <p><img alt="" height="286" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/bleeding-palm.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Enthusiasm and reverence for the scene, for Churchill’s, and for Miami’s underground music culture fills the galleries at the Art and Culture Center through Nov. 2, in what is likely the most cultish and esoteric exhibition I’ve seen at the eclectic venue. Organized as a way to honor the connection between local music and visual art, the exhibit, titled “Echoes Myron” (named after a classic Guided by Voices cut), thrives on this nexus. A soundtrack of more than 20 tunes plays on repeat in the main gallery, showcasing the music of Snakehole (who performed at the exhibition’s opening), Shroud Eater, Holly Hunt, Nunhex and other staples of the 305 sonic underground.</p> <p>The art, meanwhile, is a wildly varying collection of art by musicians, art inspired by music, and art advertising music, with Churchill’s acting as a frequent signpost. One piece, Beatriz Monteavaro’s “Castle Churchill,” is a totem to the storied venue, a fortified tribute made of recycled cardboard, cat litter boxes and show flyers; like the club itself, it feels like it’s put together with glue and tape and TLC, a fragile concoction that somehow feels eternal.</p> <p>Monteavaro, who curated the show with North Carolina artist Priyadarsini Ray, originally was supposed to open a solo show during this slot in the Art and Culture Center’s schedule. But Monteavaro, who performs and tours in Holly Hunt, proposed “Echoes Myron” instead, an exhibit that could integrate her own musical bent as well as those of her peers and a few strangers.</p> <p>The result runs a gamut from the ethereal to the blunt, the amusing to the disturbing, the quiet to the bludgeoningly loud. The show-stopper of them all is Niuvis Martin’s “Paradise,” a triptych of wood panels featuring painted images of his heavy-metal photography plastered atop religious iconography in Bosch-like abandon. The piece successfully pinpoints the similarities between religious faith and metal fandom, lasering in on the music community’s black-and-denim clad congregants dancing and, in their own head-banging way, davening to their musical messiahs.</p> <p><img alt="" height="171" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/echoesmyron2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Rene Barge’s three-part “Extended Play” (pictured above) is the artist’s example of “post-digital cubism,” a series of manipulated metallic-print abstractions that resemble the noise of so many Miami bands converted to imagery, while Autumn Casey’s “Timeless Viscosity” examines the link between music, sexuality and decadence, highlighted by a beat-up guitar case filled with gummy worms. The collector-nerd in me appreciated Kevin Arrow’s contribution, a wooden shelf full, on both sides, of Grateful Dead bootleg cassettes, fastidiously titled with the city and year of recording.  Other pieces lack a direct connection to music, though musicians presumably created them: David Alexander Bennett’s profound “Transference,” for instance, depicts a human’s midsection being overtaken by machines, a prescient warning about transhumanism and the coming Singularity.</p> <p><img alt="" height="482" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/echoesmyron.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>More pieces than not aim to unsettle, much like the music for which they are associated. Rick Smith’s “Alternative MIA” is a compilation of his flyers for underground shows at Churchill’s and other local snakeholes, many of which feature images of gaping skulls, punctured eyeballs, men in hazmat suits, car crashes, and shadowy figures with guns—an appropriately doom-laden way to advertise acts like Eyehategod, Shitstorm, Shroudeater and Drop Dead. The illustrations in the adjoining room are even darker, but there is also plenty of kumbaya on display, as in Teajay Smith’s “Front of the House:” eight photographs taken at Churchill’s shows that speak to the communal aspect of this crazy musical culture.</p> <p>Obviously, this exhibition isn’t for everyone; if you don’t like the music and you can’t dig the scene, you may not find much value in “Echoes Myron.” But it’s a fascinating state-of-the-culture sort of a show, and if it strains to come up with an overarching coherence, it’s probably because it reflects both the anarchy and diversity of the music.</p> <p>Now, if you don’t mind, I have a tape to flip.</p> <p><em>“Echoes Myron” is at the Art and Culture Center, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood, through Nov. 2. Admission costs $7 for adults and $4 for students, seniors and children age 4 to 17. At 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24, the venue will host a panel discussion with five of the artists, which is free for members and $7 for nonmembers. Call 954/921-3274 or visit artandculturecenter.org.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 19 Sep 2014 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/19/art-show-captures-pulse-of-miamis-music-underground/ArtArts & EventsStaff Picks of the Weekhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/19/staff-picks-of-the-week-5/<p><strong>The Rebel House</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/rebelhouse2.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Assistant Art Director</p> <p>“Every time I eat and drink here, it's the best I’ve ever had. They're always coming up with something new, unique and delicious and I wonder if this time can be as good as last time – it always is! This restaurant never fails to impress.”</p> <p><em>(297 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton // <a href="http://www.lifetastesbetter.com/">lifetastesbetter.com</a>)</em></p> <p><strong>Funky Buddha’s Blueberry Cobbler Ale</strong></p> <p>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</p> <p>“While I’m generally a Belgian pale ale and porter kind of girl, I’d trade in my favorites for this deliciousness. A hint of blueberry and cinnamon mixed together to make a fruit ale that’s not overwhelmingly fruity. (And yes, overwhelmingly fruity is definitely a thing.)”</p> <p><em>(2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton // <a href="http://www.thefunkybuddha.com/" target="_blank">thefunkybuddha.com</a>)</em></p> <p><strong>Hannibal</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/hannibal.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Picked by David Shuff, Videographer and Video Editor</p> <p>The second season of this amazing adaptation was recently released for home video, but watch from the very beginning. The cast includes Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) as Hannibal Lecter, but playing the character very differently from Anthony Hopkins' version; Hugh Dancy (Black Hawk Down) investigating at the very edge of his own sanity as FBI profiler Will Graham; and Lawrence Fishburne (The Matrix) as Special Agent Jack Crawford, head of the Behavioral Sciences division. The show is suspenseful from the start, since the audience knows who and what Hannibal is long before the other characters realize it. Warning: the show features disturbing imagery that makes Silence Of The Lambs seem quaint. But it's one of the most beautifully shot programs ever shown on television, definitely worth viewing for those who can take it.</p> <p><em>(<a href="http://www.nbc.com/hannibal" target="_blank">nbc.com/hannibal</a>)</em></p> <p><strong>Mothers and Sons</strong></p> <p>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</p> <p>"GableStage, Miami's most prestigious theater company, opens its regional premiere of this play by four-time Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally. Expect a amusing, powerful and provocative script and knockout performances in this story about a mother still attempting to reconcile with her late son's homosexuality, two decades after his death from AIDS."</p> <p><em>(1200 Anastasia Ave. #230, Coral Gables // <a href="http://www.gablestage.org/" target="_blank">gablestage.org</a>)</em></p> <div><em><br></em></div>magazineFri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/19/staff-picks-of-the-week-5/CommunityNewsFashion Forward: Two big shopping events + new gift shophttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/19/fashion-forward-two-big-shopping-events-new-gift-shop/<p><strong> <img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/lookbooklive.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Runway Ready:</strong> Join Town Center at Boca Raton for its biggest fashion event of the year. From 1-6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, the mall will be hosting <a href="http://www.simon.com/look-book-live" target="_blank">Look Book Live</a>. A collaborative fashion showcase between GQ and Glamour, Look Book Live will offer the inside scoop on fall’s latest trends. Expect giveaways, styling sessions, beauty and grooming tips and much, much more. <em>(6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton // 561/368-6001)</em></p> <p><strong>Gifts Galore:</strong> Now open at Delray Marketplace: <a href="http://pizazzflorida.com/" target="_blank">Pizazz</a> gift store. Owned by a mother-daughter duo, the boutique will sell home décor, gifts and fashion accessories.  <em>(14851 Lyons Road, Delray Beach // 561/865-4613)</em></p> <p><strong>Fashion Fest:</strong> The Gardens Mall is celebrating its first ever <a href="http://www.thegardensmall.com/events" target="_blank">Craving Fashion</a> event on Friday, Sept. 26, from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy an unlimited sampling of food, wine and beer from local establishments and a gift bag full of incredible goodies. General admission tickets are $75 – with a BOGO offer going on now! – and VIP tickets are $100. Purchase your tickets <a href="http://www.craving-fashion.com/?page_id=66" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/19/fashion-forward-two-big-shopping-events-new-gift-shop/ShoppingShopping NewsGo Beyond Your Typical Mom’s Night Outhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/18/go-beyond-your-typical-moms-night-out/<p dir="ltr">It’s time to call in the babysitter. On Tuesday, Sept. 23, <a href="http://www.mombabyandbeyond.com/" target="_blank">Mom, Baby, and Beyond</a> is hosting The Ultimate Mom’s Night Out at the <strong>Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs</strong> (<em>11775 Heron Bay Blvd., Coral Springs</em>) from 6-10 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" height="197" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/mombabybeyond.jpg" width="490"></p> <p dir="ltr">General admission tickets are $15 and include access to all of the vendors, seminars and the fashion show as well as a gift bag. VIP tickets are $35 and will also include admission to the VIP dining room and a swag bag with full-size products, samples and exclusive offers from the event sponsors. </p> <p dir="ltr">The event will feature more than 60 exhibitors, featuring everything for moms, moms-to-be and their little ones. A fashion show on the main stage in the Grand Floridian Ballroom will feature the latest styles by Belly Love Maternity Boutique and The Trendy Truck.</p> <p dir="ltr">Seminars will be held by Sara Haley, the pre/post natal fitness guru that Shape Magazine named one of the hottest trainers of 2014 and Pam Mazzella DiBosco, a board certified lactation consultant and labor doula of Birthing &amp; Beyond, Inc.</p> <p dir="ltr">Attendees will be treated to food samples from Whole Foods Coral Springs, pampered with massages from Belly Love Spa and gifted with overflowing swag bags of skin care, health products and more.</p> <p dir="ltr">One hundred percent of raffle proceeds and a portion of ticket sales will be donated to 2-year-old James Edwards, while he recuperates from his near drowning accident on May 30.</p> <p dir="ltr">Grab your girlfriends now and go purchase your tickets to an unforgettable night at <a href="http://www.mombabyandbeyond.com/" target="_blank">mombabyandbeyond.com</a>.</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>Annie PizzutelliThu, 18 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/18/go-beyond-your-typical-moms-night-out/CommunityUpcoming EventsCity-Union Talks at Impassehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/18/wilflower-update-new-mizner-continues-to-stir-things-up-and-news-on-the-boca-bowl/<h3>Wildflower update</h3> <p><img alt="" height="299" src="/site_media/uploads/960x623.jpg" width="460"></p> <h3>News flash: Talks at standstill</h3> <p>Not surprisingly, Boca Raton has been unable to reach agreement with the police and fire unions on new contracts. According to Assistant City Manager Mike Woika, an impasse has been declared. In an email Wednesday, Woika said there was agreement on "many issues," but also disagreement on others—wages and pensions. Those, of course, are the main issues. The showdown has been inevitable since March, when Susan Haynie ran for mayor on a platform of pension reform and beat the union's candidate, Anthony Majhess. The city's proposal to the Police Benevolent Association makes major reductions in what are financially unsustainable pension benefits. I will have more next week.</p> <p>Last week, the Boca Raton City Council authorized the staff to begin negotiating with <a href="http://www.hillstone.com/" target="_blank">Hillstone Restaurant Group</a> on a formal lease proposal and site plan for a Houston’s restaurant on the Wildflower property. What are the main issues, what are the chances of agreement, and which side has the stronger position?</p> <p>There is general agreement that the two main points are traffic and the lease terms. The site, on the north side of Palmetto Park Road and east of Fifth Avenue, is on the Intracoastal Waterway at the foot of the Palmetto Park Road Bridge. Fifth Avenue is just two lanes, with East Boca Raton Road feeding into it just north of the intersection. On the south side of Palmetto Park Road— also just two lanes—is Silver Palm Park, which includes Boca’s popular public boat launch. Just to the west is the planned Archstone project, with 378 apartments and 18,000 square feet of retail development.</p> <p>Where will all that traffic go? Could all those customers at the Houston’s manage to park on the property? What if there is valet parking? What about traffic if trucks have to service the restaurant?</p> <p>As the discussion ended, Mayor Susan Haynie offered a helpful perspective on the property—which the city purchased in 2009 for $7.5 million—and the area.</p> <p>Haynie said the original plan for the Wildflower bar/club/restaurant called for only 70 parking spaces. Thus, it was no surprise that traffic was a problem during the Wildflower’s go-go days in the 1980s. Hillstone and the city have been talking about 128 spaces, and the number could rise to 141 if the spaces are made smaller.</p> <p>Still, the area has grown since Wildflower closed, and other changes have exacerbated traffic problems even before the city and Hillstone begin talking. Haynie said, correctly, “We need to fix this intersection.” She pointed out that Fifth Avenue doesn’t align from one side of Palmetto Park to the other, and that the city took out turn lanes to make beautification improvements in the median. The city, Haynie said, might need to revisit that action.</p> <p>Another idea is to seek additional property. Nearby is the site of the closed Maxwell’s Chop House restaurant, on roughly half an acre. City Manager Leif Ahnell said the city had discussed a sale with the New York owner, but the price was more than the property’s appraised value. It sold for $600,000 in 1989. The sense, though, was that the council would like to keep looking for land.</p> <p>A resident who lives three blocks north of the intersection offered interesting ideas, such as extending the median into the intersection, routing traffic under the bridge and otherwise changing the flow, to move vehicles more smoothly. He got a much more receptive hearing than neighbors who continued to argue for a park that would complement Silver Palm. Disagree all you want, but the city did not buy the property for a park; the city bought it to create a gathering spot and to make money from it.</p> <p>Which brings us to the lease. The entry point for negotiations is $500,000 annually in lease payments to the city, plus a percentage of sales, for 20 years with a 5 percent increase every five years. After that, there could be five renewals for five years each.</p> <p>There seems little doubt that a Houston’s would do well on the site, even though there’s a Houston’s near Town Center Mall and another on the Intracoastal in Pompano Beach. “Upscale casual” restaurants are what Hillstone does, and all the council members were “impressed,” to use Robert Weinroth’s description, by Hillstone’s reputation and willingness to keep coming back. Last week was Hillstone’s third version of a plan.</p> <p>If Boca Raton got, say, $600,000 a year, the return would pay for the property in little more than a decade. But if resolving traffic issues means adding property or creating new roads, that expense will figure into the negotiations. I can’t see how the two sides get to a number on the lease until they get to a solution on the traffic. That solution will have to include preventing diners—whether coming by car or boat—from using Silver Palm Park.</p> <p>And the council wants that boating option. Hillstone did not include dockage in its latest proposal, and Haynie and others stressed that the company must allow boats. There also must be public access to the waterfront. In West Palm Beach, developers of a condo project on the Chapel-by-the-Lake property got city approval on their fourth try by, among other things, designing a public walkway in front of the condo for walkers and joggers.</p> <p>“I’m very optimistic,” Weinroth said, that Boca Raton and Hillstone can work out a mutually beneficial deal. What could work against the city, though, is that Hillstone was the only bidder for the site. The council clearly was disappointed that, post-recession, such a spot didn’t generate more interest.</p> <p>Hillstone surely knows that developing the site is a council priority. City staffers certainly do. Ideally, Boca Raton will get a thriving business that will help the neighborhood, not overwhelm it. But as with any negotiations, Boca Raton must be willing to walk away if the deal doesn’t work for the city and the neighbors.</p> <h3>New Mizner news</h3> <p>Scott Singer is the third member of the Boca Raton City Council to weigh in on the proposed <strong>New Mizner on the Green</strong> project: four condo towers, averaging 300-plus feet in height, where the Mizner on the Green rental complex stands.</p> <p>“I have concerns with the size, scale and scope” of the project, Singer told me. “It’s hard for me to envision approving anything close” to what <a href="http://www.eladnational.com/" target="_blank">Elad National Properties</a> has outlined in documents submitted to the city. Singer cited the 100-foot height limit on the property. Approving an exemption that significant “would have impacts beyond this parcel.” Singer is “willing to discuss” the project, but he’s clearly skeptical.</p> <p>With Councilman Robert Weinroth, Singer makes it two of five council members who are decidedly dubious of this grandiose proposal. Michael Mullaugh sounds more open. The council may to hold a workshop on New Mizner on the Green next month.</p> <h3>ESPN Boca Bowl</h3> <p>These are lousy times for football. With the National Football League, it’s players who beat up women and children. With Florida State University, it’s the latest embarrassment from Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. He was suspended for half of Saturday’s big game against Clemson for yelling a misogynistic vulgarity in the Student Union. Nice move for a guy who nearly was charged last year with sexual assault.</p> <p>On Tuesday, though, the Boca Raton City Council will approve an annual expenditure of $200,000 a year for six years to promote itself through what will be called the <a href="http://espnevents.com/boca-raton-bowl/" target="_blank">Boca Raton Bowl</a> at Florida Atlantic University Stadium.</p> <p>The deal is with ESPN, which will televise the game, and Palm Beach County. The game will feature teams that play in Conference USA, which includes FAU, the American Athletic Conference, which includes the University of South Florida and the University of Central Florida, and the Mid-American Conference, which includes teams from Michigan through the Midwest to Massachusetts.</p> <p>This year’s game will take place on Dec. 23. The agreement says future games “probably” will also be played before Christmas. It’s hard to tell how much publicity Boca Raton will get from the game, but fortunately the TV audience won’t hear that the teams are playing at “GEO Group Stadium”—even if prison and football are looking more and more like related subjects.   </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>Randy SchultzThu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/18/wilflower-update-new-mizner-continues-to-stir-things-up-and-news-on-the-boca-bowl/City WatchCommunityMovie Review: &quot;The Trip to Italy&quot;http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/17/movie-review-the-trip-to-italy/<p><img alt="" height="224" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/zah_italy_lw-20140515174800479533-360x0.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>I would estimate that about 80 percent of Michael Winterbottom’s “<a href="http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/the-trip-to-italy" target="_blank">The Trip to Italy</a>” resembles outtakes from another feature—the kind of meandering, off-script banter that usually shows up on home-video supplements or that plays over the credits of more structured comedies. This is not, in any way, an insult: Actors riffing from spontaneous inspiration often yields more comic gold than material that has been rehearsed to the point of exaction, and it helps provide the film its wit, its scruffy immediacy—even its creeping pathos.</p> <p>Like its forbear, 2010’s “The Trip,” “The Trip to Italy” is a feature cobbled together from scenes of a BBC sitcom of the same name. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, playing fictionalized versions of themselves, visited upscale restaurants in Northern England in the flagship series, under the auspices of a food-criticism assignment from a newspaper. This time, the premise is exactly the same, only the pair of personalities have been granted access to the finest Italian restaurants and hotels from Liguria to Capri. As Coogan and Brydon converse, usually about culture both popular and esoteric, we occasionally cut away to chefs preparing their delectable four- and five-course meals, and we see the impossible bucolic and verdant countryside fill the widescreen frame around their convertible. Less pleasant acting jobs exist than this enviable culinary traipse.</p> <p>We have to suspend some disbelief here; Coogan and Brydon are anything but foodies, and the idea that they would be offered a tour of Kansas’ cuisine is ludicrous, let alone the world’s birthplace of <em>ribollita</em> and <em>cotoletta alla Milanese</em>. The plates of steaming heaven are just the smokescreen for the old friends’ epic rambles—the trivia, the folderol, the inside jokes, the impressions of celebrities more A-list than themselves, the backhanded compliments, the outright insults and the occasional insights, all of them reached through consistently unpredictable conversational byways.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/slashcomment-the-trip-to-italy-02-800x450.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>It’s these insights that will stick with you beyond the gut-punching humor (though it’s hard to top Coogan’s response to Brydon’s inquiry, “where do you stand on Michael Buble?” “His windpipe”). Their trip to Italy retraces the steps of Romantic poets Lord Byron and Percy Shelley during their Italian exiles, with the implicit understanding that Coogan and Brydon are insignificant of heart and mind compared to these titans of English culture. Indeed, both have problems: The Coogan of the film is divorced and pines for a stronger relationship with his son, who lives with his mother. Brydon is unhappily married with a 3-year-old, and he is on a vastly different wavelength than his spouse. We begin to recognize that his constant and hilarious impersonations of actors ranging from Michael Caine to Woody Allen are an avoidant mask for his own insecurities about everything from his marriage to his career.</p> <p>In the end, that’s what the duo’s trips are really about; certainly they’re not about food or travel. They’re a reprieve from middle-aged malaise, an escape from lives that, as time moves inexorably forward, feel more adrift with every passing year. Often, their discussions wend toward a grotesque finality—what would they look like on a slab, and, if hopelessly abandoned on a frozen mountaintop, would they cannibalize themselves?—or meditations on their legacies. The most affecting scene in the film involves Brydon having a one-way “conversation” with a primitive, petrified human displayed under glass in one of Italy’s rustic tourist enclaves. When this lonely traveler indicates that he envies this mummified creature’s life, we kinda believe him. </p> <p><em>“The Trip to Italy” is now playing at Living Room Theaters at FAU in Boca Raton, Movies of Delray, Movies of Lake Worth, and the Classic Gateway Theater in Fort Lauderdale.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 17 Sep 2014 10:30:23 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/17/movie-review-the-trip-to-italy/Arts & EventsMoviesBoca After Dark: Banana Boathttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/17/boca-after-dark-banana-boat/<p class="Body"><strong>Where: </strong>739 E. Ocean Ave, Boynton Beach //  561/732-9400</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="378" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/bananaboat.jpg" width="475"></p> <p class="Body"><strong>Lowdown: </strong>One of Florida’s most attractive features is being able to spend time outside all year round. Restaurants and bars with outdoor seating and entertainment are definitely at an advantage — especially when they’re situated right on the intracoastal, much like <a href="http://bananaboatboynton.com" target="_blank">Banana Boat</a> in Boynton Beach.</p> <p class="Body">This landmark destination aims to give locals and visitors a real Florida experience — and it does it well. Immediately upon entering Banana Boat, you’re smacked in the face with just how “Florida” it really is. You get a full view of the waterway with passing boats, with many docked while their owners grab something to eat or drink.</p> <p class="Body">The beachy vibe is exaggerated even more so by the casual atmosphere. Employees are in tank tops and shorts and there is certainly no fancy dress code for guests. Everyone’s friendly and talkative, and it’s obvious everyone’s there to have a good time.</p> <p class="Body"><strong>Intangibles: </strong>Bartenders call Friday night their best night — people come in after work for happy hour and end up staying much later than anticipated. Words of advice? If you’ve got plans to head over to Banana Boat to toast the weekend, don’t make any other late night plans. The live entertainment and energetic crowd are likely to convince you to keep the party going well past happy hour.</p> <p class="Body">If you’re into cocktails, try the Banana Margarita, a mix of house tequila and a splash of banana liqueur, for only $5.50. It’s tropical without tasting too much like banana, and salty without reminding you too much of a traditional margarita. But don’t look for this unique combination on the regular menu, it’s one of the Daily Drink Specials listed on a menu available at the bar. Craft beer lovers can get their taste of craft varieties from Cigar City and Dogfish, among others.</p> <p class="Body">Plenty of wine options and other cocktails are available to keep guests happy while they indulge in seafood favorites such as Blue Point oysters and fresh Florida blackened mahi-mahi.</p> <p class="Body"><strong>Noteworthy: </strong>Ladies Night is every Tuesday from 9 p.m.  to close, with a live D.J. providing the music all night long. Ladies get two free drinks or shots, and appetizers are half-price for all. Poker player? Then you’ve gotta get over to Banana Boat on Thursday nights for their weekly Texas Hold’em style tournaments. They start at 7 p.m. with free buy-ins. Domestic beers are $2, house shots are $4 and you can order off the appetizer menu all night.</p> <p class="Body">Live music on Friday and Saturday goes from 7-11 p.m. You can hear the music as soon as you pull into the parking lot. It’s a pretty inviting way to entice people to stay at Banana Boat instead of continuing driving to the restaurant next door.</p> <p class="Body">Happy Hour is Monday through Saturday at the bar from 4-7 p.m. Lunch is available everyday from 11-4 p.m.</p> <p class="Body">There is plenty of room for docking your boat, as well as complimentary valet.</p> <p><strong>Hours:</strong> Banana Boat is open Monday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Website:</strong> <a href="http://bananaboatboynton.com" target="_blank">bananaboatboynton.com</a></p> <p><em><strong>••••••••</strong></em></p> <p><em>For more on bars in Boca Raton, click <a href="/blog/tag/boca-after-dark/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <center><strong></strong></center> <p><strong>About Shaina</strong></p> <div>Shaina is a Boca transplant, born and raised in South Jersey. Her love of writing began at a young age and followed her through to Rutgers University where she graduated with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. It wasn't until she sought after a new and exciting journey far away from the cold winters of Jersey that she discovered another love: food. Shaina created her very own food blog, Take A Bite Out of Boca, and has since grown her passion for cooking, baking, and of course sipping and savoring her way around town. She is very excited to be part of the team at Boca Raton Magazine and hopes that you will join her every step of the way as she explores <em>Boca After Dark</em>. You can follow Shaina and all of her foodie adventures in and out of the kitchen at <a href="http://www.takeabiteoutofboca.com/" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</div>Shaina WizovWed, 17 Sep 2014 10:09:44 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/17/boca-after-dark-banana-boat/BarsDiningDodgeball Tourney Open to the Publichttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/17/dodgeball-tourney-open-to-the-public/<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Get five people together to form a dodgeball team, and get ready to play in the <strong>National Recovery Awareness Month Dodgeball Tournament and BBQ</strong> at Lake Ida Park, Sept. 20.</p> <p><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/dodgeball.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The outdoor tournament at <em>1455 Lake Ida Road, Delray Beach</em>, will run from from noon to 5 p.m. It’s sponsored by <a href="http://lighthouserecoveryinstitute.com/" target="_blank">Lighthouse Recovery Institute</a>, a licensed drug, alcohol and eating disorder treatment center, specifically for women.</p> <p>There’s more than dodgeball at this event. Participants can look forward to food, refreshments and raffle prizes, says Jordan Whitehead, director of business development at the Lighthouse Recovery Institute. Plus the entire team can sign up for only $25.</p> <p>Whether you’re in recovery or not, you can join in the dodgeball fun, Whitehead says.</p> <p>“Even if they’re not a recovering alcoholic or an active alcoholic, usually, through six degrees of separation, they know someone who is affected by the disease,” he says.</p> <p>National Recovery Month is about making people more aware of the reality behind addiction. Whitehead says its purpose is to dispel common stigma that people suffering from addiction are all homeless, carry brown bags with bottles and don’t take care of themselves.</p> <p>“We’re all, for the most part, adults trying to move forward in our lives,” he says.</p> <p>Money raised from the tournament will be donated to an addiction- or alcoholism-based charity, but the specific charity has not yet been identified, Whitehead says. This is the first tournament of its kind for the recovery institute.</p> <p>To sign up, email jordan@lighthouserecoveryinstitute.com or call 561/859-3413. To find out more Lighthouse Recovery Institute (<em>4733 W. Atlantic Ave., Suite C-17</em>) visit <a href="http://lighthouserecoveryinstitute.com" target="_blank">lighthouserecoveryinstitute.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><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">www.wordscomealive.com</a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 17 Sep 2014 08:52:19 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/17/dodgeball-tourney-open-to-the-public/FitnessHealth/BeautyAngelo Elia Rebrands Restaurants + Opens in Coral Springshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/16/angelo-elia-rebrands-restaurants-opens-in-coral-springs/<p>While its widely known restaurant concept will remain the same, <a href="http://dangelopizza.com/" target="_blank">D’Angelo Pizza, Wine Bar, Tapas</a> is changing face. The chain of South Florida restaurants will now be known as <strong>Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar, Tapas</strong>.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/angeloelia.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The name change will come with new menu items, like the Angelo Burger, crafted with fontina cheese, fried egg and black truffle arugula mayonnaise; a slew of paninis made with your choice of whole wheat or ciabatta bread; and salads like the chopped antipasto, a mix of prosciutto, ham, salami, mozzarella, ceci romaine, radicchio, roasted peppers and topped with a black olive lemon vinaigrette.</p> <p>The new Coral Springs restaurant (<strong>5920 Coral Ridge Drive</strong>), which opens Sept. 25, will be the first to bear the rebranded name. The restaurant will mirror its sister establishments modern feel, featuring ebony wood finishes, white-stone countertops and flat-screen TVs mounted on the walls. </p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 16 Sep 2014 09:10:49 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/16/angelo-elia-rebrands-restaurants-opens-in-coral-springs/DiningNews & ReviewsMore train talk, some Delray news &amp; other reflections http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/16/more-train-talk-some-delray-news-other-reflections/<h3><img alt="" height="309" src="/site_media/uploads/24814239_bg1.png" width="315"></h3> <h3>More train talk</h3> <p>There’s always more to write about <a href="http://www.allaboardflorida.com/" target="_blank">All Aboard Florida</a>.</p> <p>In <a href="/blog/2014/09/11/all-aboard-is-off-and-running-too-big-for-boca-and-never-forget/" target="_blank">Thursday’s posting</a>, I explained that despite strong public opposition in some parts of Palm Beach County and especially north of the county through the Space Coast, the new passenger service between Miami and Orlando is going to happen. The effort is to make All Aboard Florida as compatible as possible.</p> <p>To that end, I wrote, horns will sound at crossings, not on the trains themselves, and those “wayside horns” will be quieter. A spokeswoman for All Aboard Florida emailed this clarification: “Between West Palm Beach and Hallandale, there will be a continuous quiet zone, meaning the trains will not sound horns unless the conductor sees a trespasser or an emergency need to do so. All Aboard Florida will not be installing wayside horns.”</p> <p>I checked this with Nick Uhren, director of Palm Beach County’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The group has been working with All Aboard Florida, federal railroad officials and local governments on safety upgrades at rail crossings that would obviate the need for trains to blow horns.</p> <p>Uhren said the All Aboard Florida spokeswoman’s scenario is “our intended outcome” and the “likely outcome.” If the improvements happen—and the MPO has set aside a local share of federal money to pay for them—the Federal Railroad Administration will approve a quiet zone for the 83 crossings on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks between 15th Street in West Palm Beach and the Broward County line. (Trains will travel much faster north of West Palm, requiring a different set of improvements.) Broward’s Metropolitan Planning Organization is working on a separate quiet zone for that county.</p> <p>Still, Uhren says of the Palm Beach County portion of that West Palm-Hallandale quiet zone, “We’re not there yet.” All Aboard Florida is “forecasting an outcome in advance.” So how do we get there?</p> <p>Since the federal government is involved, things can get interesting. The feds assign risk ratings to each crossing, based on car and pedestrian traffic, safety features and accidents. But, Uhren says, the feds don’t tell the locals how they calculate those ratings. The locals must rely on a certain level of trust.</p> <p>Uhren stresses that even without federal designation of a quiet zone, all crossings will be safe for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians who do nothing illegal, such as trying to drive or walk around gates that have closed. Quiet zones, with their enhanced improvements, are designed to prevent that illegal behavior.</p> <p>The goal, then, is to evaluate those 83 crossings and determine what improvements overall will qualify that stretch of track for designation as a quiet zone. The two main improvements are medians and four-way gates. All Aboard Florida, Uhren says, prefers medians. “So do I.” They are cheaper and more reliable. Easy, right?</p> <p>Nope. The problem is driveways near the tracks. Install the 60-foot medians, and property owners might be able to turn just one way out of their driveways. Uhren says gates will be installed at those crossings.</p> <p>And which crossings have the highest risk? You might be surprised.   </p> <p>According to the federal government, the riskiest crossing in Boca Raton is not Yamato Road or Glades Road but Camino Real, south of downtown. In fact, the Camino Real crossing is rated the riskiest of all 83 crossings, beating out Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach, not far from CityPlace and the Kravis Center.</p> <p>In Delray Beach, the riskiest crossing is not Atlantic Avenue—with all the downtown diners and clubbers—but Northeast Second Street, two blocks north of Atlantic. Well-traveled Linton Boulevard is among the safest.</p> <p>According to a draft plan, the MPO says it will take the closing of two crossings—near the All Aboard Florida station in West Palm Beach—and the addition of 15 exit gates and one median to meet the quiet zone standard. The clock is ticking. All Aboard Florida has begun work on the West Palm-Miami section, and “wants the final list,” in Uhren’s words, so the company’s improvements and those necessary for the quiet zones can happen simultaneously.</p> <p>Though federal money will pay for the quiet zone features, local costs will rise, but not by much. Cities are responsible for maintaining crossing gates. The added maintenance costs in Boca Raton and Delray Beach will be $12,600 each —a good deal if it means no horns from All Aboard Florida’s 32 trains per day.</p> <p>Other improvements also will help the public. Gates will be timed to close sooner for fast-moving passenger trains and more slowly for slower freight trains. The plan also is for sidewalk upgrades at many crossings, paid for with the same federal money that is financing quiet zone upgrades. Eleven of the 12 crossings in Delray Beach will get better sidewalks, thanks in part to lobbying by the Delray-based Safety as Floridians Expect (SAFE). In Boca Raton, sidewalks at Hidden Valley Road, Northwest 28<sup>th</sup> Street, Northeast Second Street and Southwest 18<sup>th</sup> Street will get upgrades.</p> <p>Finally, there’s the question of when the horns will stop blowing. “That’s a sticky issue,” Uhren said. The quiet zone will cover seven cities—Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Hypoluxo, Lantana, Lake Worth and West Palm Beach—and Palm Beach County. Uhren said any one could apply for the quiet zone designation, representing all the governments. The cities are reluctant, Uhren said, because if an accident occurs in another jurisdiction, the city that applied could face liability issues. The county, Uhren said, would be the most logical. With just one applicant, the designation could come sooner.</p> <p>Some elected officials still may not be clear about all the details of the quiet zone and related improvements. The same goes for the public. Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein said after last week’s city commission discussion that there’s “a lot of misinformation” about All Aboard Florida. I hope these last two postings have made more things clear.</p> <h3>Gun thefts</h3> <p>Not long ago, I wrote—with some disbelief—about how someone in Boca Raton left a gun in an unlocked car. The car was in the driveway. The gun was stolen.</p> <p>That happened in Camino Lakes, a neighborhood in the city’s southwest section. Last week, the Boca Raton Police Department reported that a gun had been stolen from a locked car that had been left in the driveway. The incident happened not far away in the Palm Beach Farms neighborhood.</p> <p>One might wonder this: Are the two thefts are related? More important, one might wonder this: Who is irresponsible enough to leave a gun in a car, and leave the car in the driveway?</p> <h3>Domestic violence—closer to home</h3> <p>Like so many people, I’m stunned and outraged by the indifference the National Football League showed to the issue of domestic violence until the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbwTMJroTbI" target="_blank">Ray Rice video</a> forced the league and the Baltimore Ravens to take serious action against a player who knocked his wife unconscious with one punch, and then dragged her out of an elevator.</p> <p>The NFL, though, is just a reflection of a society that too often doesn’t take seriously crimes against women. Flash back nearly a decade in Boca Raton to see how that indifference can happen in the most ironic of places.</p> <p>In Palm Beach County, then and now, an arrest for domestic violence—misdemeanor or felony—means that the accused spends the night in jail. The point is to drive home to the accused—almost always a man—that the matter is not just between him and the woman. He has to deal with the system.</p> <p>On a Friday night in September 2005, police arrested the late Gregory Talbott, a developer and a big backer of Police Chief Andrew Scott. Talbott faced five charges growing out of an incident at a restaurant. One was for domestic battery.</p> <p>Called to the city holding cell, Scott ordered Talbott released. Scott tried to claim that there was a difference between domestic battery and domestic violence, and thus Talbott didn’t need to appear in court. There was no difference. According to a spokesman for the state attorney’s office, there still isn’t.</p> <p>Some on the city council dismissed Scott’s actions, but the pressure kept up as the chief’s story crumbled. That December, Scott resigned. Remember that story as we see whether NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will survive his own domestic violence controversy.</p> <h3>Delray city attorney news</h3> <p>The Delray Beach City Commission will send a symbolic message tonight if it approves the hiring of <strong>Michael Dutko</strong> as assistant city attorney.</p> <p>Dutko worked previously in the public integrity unit of the state attorney’s office. It was established about the same time as the county commission created the Office of Inspector General and the Commission on Ethics. Under former management, Delray Beach was famously hostile to such outside oversight. That attitude has shifted. Hiring Dutko would show that it has shifted even more.</p> <h3>Inspector General</h3> <p>One of the favors the Office of Inspector General did for Delray Beach was help the city win its case against the 2012 extension—without bidding—of the trash-hauling contract. The hope is that bidding Delray’s largest contract will save residents money.</p> <p>While Delray seeks those bids, the city signed an agreement with Waste Management to keep providing service. The extension was until Oct. 31, but tonight the commission will be asked to extend the extension until May 31. Mayor Glickstein told me last week that the city attorney’s office wants to get everything right on the bid proposal. Fair enough, but it’s been six months since the city won in court. Get things right, but get moving.</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><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzTue, 16 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/16/more-train-talk-some-delray-news-other-reflections/City WatchCommunityAltuzarra for Targethttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/15/altuzarra-for-target/<p>Get your wallet ready! The hotly anticipated <a href="http://www.target.com/c/altuzarra-for-target-brand-shop/-/N-556tx" target="_blank">Altuzarra for Target</a> collaboration is now available in stores, online and on Net-a-Porter. The 48-piece collection includes apparel, lingerie, shoes and accessories. Each piece costs anywhere between $17.99 and $89.99, an incredible steal considering a ready-to-wear piece can easily set you back a couple of thousand.</p> <p>A red-carpet favorite of Hollywood’s most stylish leading ladies including Cate Blanchett and Cameron Diaz, Altuzarra fuses French sophistication with American functionality. Fans of the high-end line will be pleased to find that the brand’s Target capsule collection will include a mix of iconic Altuzarra silhouettes and pieces designed specifically for Target.</p> <p>“As a designer, I believe firmly in the transformative power of fashion. It has the ability to not only change how you look, but also how you feel,” said Joseph Altuzarra, the brand’s designer and creative director, in a press release. “I’ve admired the elegance that Target brings to fast fashion. By working together on this capsule collection, we hope to instill a sense of power, confidence and beauty in women everywhere.”</p> <p>The collection channels an eclectic, ‘70s vibe, featuring bohemian maxi dresses, polished suits and high slits. The accessories, though faux leather, are sophisticated and luxe, appearing far more expensive than their price tags would suggest.</p> <p>Flip through the full <a href="http://pressroom.target.com/multimedia/altuzarra-for-target-look-book" target="_blank">look book</a> to get a head start on your to-buy list and check out my list of standout pieces.</p> <p><strong>Croc Effect Belt in Black</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="263" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/croceffect2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong></strong>This croc effect corset belt is the perfect piece to add a little edge to an outfit; slip it on over a breezy summer dress to easily transition it into fall.</p> <p><strong>Romanian Dress Black Dot Swiss</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/romanian.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>Although the dress comes in both a maxi and midi lengths, the midi feels more “now” and on-trend. (Plus, you can show off your shoes!)</p> <p><strong>Blouse in Python Print</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/blouse.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>Classic yet contemporary, the python print blouse exudes 70s glamour.</p> <p><strong>Crane Embroidery Dress</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/cranedress.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Nothing is more luxe than a tuxedo dress; the slit adds a little sex appeal while still remaining on the conservative side.</p> <p><strong>Over the Knee Boot in Black</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/boot.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>An amazing fall style at an even more amazing price, the over the knee boot is a perfect pairing for your fall dresses, skirts or skinny pants.</p> <p><strong>Shirt Dress White Banker Stripe</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/shirtdress.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>This easy, minimalist dress is a perfect layering piece.</p> <p><strong>Velvet Blazer Ruby Red</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/velvet.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>A perfect addition to your fall wardrobe; wear it with jeans, to work, anywhere.</p> <p><strong>Black Jacquard Skirt</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/jacquard.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>Sexy, yet tasteful, the black snake print pencil skirt is classic yet modern.</p> <p><strong>About Stephanie:</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="256" src="/site_media/uploads/stephaniepernas.jpg" width="300"></strong></p> <p> </p> <p>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 <em>A Sparkle Factor</em>, 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. </p>magazineMon, 15 Sep 2014 17:00:46 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/15/altuzarra-for-target/FashionShoppingRick Owens + lulu dk at Deborah Jameshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/15/rick-owens-lulu-dk-at-deborah-james/<p>Champagne will be flowing all week at <a href="http://deborahjames.com/" target="_blank">Deborah James</a> (402 Via De Palmas, Boca Raton) as the store celebrates the arrival of Rick Owens’ fall 2014 collection.</p> <p><img alt="" height="431" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/rickowens.jpg" width="437"></p> <p>Starting Monday, Sept. 15, through Friday, Sept. 20, the California designer’s collection will be on full display, with the Paris runway show running in a loop at the store. Expect lots of neutral shades and solid colors from the line, which features plush fabrics in futuristic cuts.</p> <p>Also debuting at the store are lulu dk tattoos, temporary metallic jewelry tattoos that are popping up all over the place. Just apply with water and remove with baby oil.</p> <p><img alt="" height="349" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/luludk.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>For more information, call 561/367-9600.</p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/15/rick-owens-lulu-dk-at-deborah-james/ShoppingShopping NewsStaff Picks of the Weekhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/12/staff-picks-of-the-week-4/<p><strong>Stache</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/stache.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</p> <p>"This 1920s-style speakeasy is my favorite new spot in downtown Fort Lauderdale. It's the type of establishment where drinks are referred to as libations, your entertainment is a burlesque show and there is no standard attire."</p> <p><em>109 S.W. Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale // <a href="http://stacheftl.com/">stacheftl.com</a></em></p> <p><strong>Crossfit West Boca</strong></p> <p>Picked by Jeanne Greenberg</p> <p>“A gym that’s guaranteed to whip you into shape. It's such a great workout - something new hurts every day. Both of my daughters and I signed up and love it.”</p> <p><em>19575 State Road 7, Boca Raton // <a href="http://www.crossfitwestboca.com">crossfitwestboca.com</a></em></p> <p><strong>Old Key Lime House for a Gators game</strong></p> <p>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</p> <p>"This place has a million TVs, free jello shots with every touchdown, great wings and a Gator raffle at halftime. But the best thing is that you are packed in with Gator fans of all ages, and the sound system has all the gator sound effects, from the Gator chomp to ‘We are the boys of old Florida’ It's the next best thing to being in the Swamp."</p> <p><em>300 E. Ocean Ave., Lantana // <a href="http://oldkeylimehouse.com">oldkeylimehouse.com</a></em></p> <p><strong>The Barre Studio</strong></p> <p>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Associate Art Director</p> <p>“If you like a good workout like I do, try the barre classes at this fabulous boutique studio! You will see and feel the results after your first class. Get ready to feel the burn!”</p> <p><em>61 S.E. Fourth Ave., Delray Beach // <a href="http://www.thebarrefitness.com/">thebarrefitness.com</a></em></p>magazineFri, 12 Sep 2014 16:17:30 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/12/staff-picks-of-the-week-4/CommunityNewsLegendary Programmer Joins Arts Garagehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/12/legendary-programmer-joins-arts-garage/<p>The <a href="http://artsgarage.org/" target="_blank">Arts Garage</a> has been a favored jazz joint for locals since its inception, but this summer, the venue turned a corner. If expectations are met, its latest hire should fully elevate Arts Garage from a great South Florida music venue to one of the preeminent music venues in the Southeastern United States.</p> <p><img alt="" height="383" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/toddbarkan_1_jk.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>That new hire would be <a href="http://toddbarkan.com/events/" target="_blank">Todd Barkan</a>, a legendary jazz promoter and erstwhile artistic administrator at Jazz at Lincoln Center—an elder statesman of the genre dating back to its original heyday. Perhaps more familiar inside industry circles than outside of them, Barkan’s “fame is largely based on making other people famous,” according to the <em>Wall Street Journal</em>.</p> <p>The Ohio native, himself an accomplished pianist, rose to prominence playing alongside the sort of names that are chiseled in musical marble, luminaries like Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie. As an entrepreneur, producer and manager from 1972 to 1983, he worked with the likes of Art Blakey, Jimmy Witherspoon and Stan Getz. The list really does go on and on, including a stint in the ‘90s as a jazz programmer in Japan, running his own jazz label, producing more than 800 recordings and landing the plum Lincoln Center job in the 2000s. And now he’s with us, programming for both Arts Garage and its sister venue, <a href="http://bacapompano.org/" target="_blank">The Bailey Contemporary and Ali Building</a> in Pompano Beach.</p> <p>The time couldn’t be better for this major programming shift. As great as Arts Garage has always been, its music schedule had come to feel repetitive—a familiar cycle of names returning every few seasons. That’s certainly not the case looking toward the fall, with Barkan’s extensive experience and exhaustive Rolodex already manifesting in some impressive bookings. Here’s a glimpse at three highlights this month, all of whom will make their Arts Garage debuts.</p> <p><img alt="" height="638" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/polly.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Tonight (Sept. 12)</strong>: The sensational British singer-songwriter <a href="http://www.pollygibbons.com/" target="_blank">Polly Gibbons</a>, an artist whose influences range from Leonard Cohen and Charlie Parker to Nina Simone and Buddy Guy, was nominated for a BBC Jazz Award back in 2006, before she had an album to her name. She makes her North American debut at Arts Garage.</p> <p><img alt="" height="638" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/larryc.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Sept. 19-20</strong>: Inspired by rock, jazz and eastern music, the fusion guitarist <a href="http://www.larrycoryell.net/" target="_blank">Larry Coryell</a> has been a musician’s musician for more than 45 years, during which time he has released a staggering 43 albums and performed with Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis and Charles Mingus.</p> <p><img alt="" height="394" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/cyrus.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Sept. 27</strong>: The list of jazz pianist <a href="http://www.cyruschestnut.net/" target="_blank">Cyrus Chestnut</a>’s creative collaborations—from Chick Corea and Dizzy Gillespie to Bette Midler, Brian McKnight and opera diva Kathleen Battle—speaks to his versatility. Chestnut’s 16 albums feature his unique and unabashed love for gospel melodies in a jazz setting.</p> <p><em>To purchase tickets and view the entire Arts Garage schedule, visit <a href="http://artsgarage.org" target="_blank">artsgarage.org</a>. The venue is at 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach. Call 561/450-6357.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 12 Sep 2014 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/12/legendary-programmer-joins-arts-garage/Arts & EventsDelray BeachMusicUpcoming EventsLa Ferme Coming to Bocahttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/12/la-ferme-coming-to-boca/<p><img alt="" height="183" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/walden.jpg" width="200"></p> <p>If at first you don’t succeed, well. . . try, try again.</p> <p>That, at least, is the story of <strong>chef William Walden</strong>, whose run at West Boca’s Bistro Gastronomie—and the restaurant itself—had approximately the half-life of bacteria, closing after less than six months in business.</p> <p>But come later this month, Walden will be back, and at the old Bistro Gastronomie location in the Yamato Village Center no less. This time, though, the restaurant is <a href="http://www.opentable.com/la-ferme-boca-raton" target="_blank">La Ferme</a> bistro, with Walden teaming up with <strong>New York restaurateurs Bobby, Laura and Alexandra Shapiro</strong>.</p> <p>The Shapiros are veteran operators, owning two eateries in Manhattan as well as several other restaurants in other parts of the country over the years. Walden too is a restaurant vet, with a resume that includes stints on the “Great Chefs” TV series and several highly regarded spots in Virginia.</p> <p>At La Ferme the French influence will still be strong, though at a lower price point than Gastronomie. Look for such classics as escargot, salad nicoise, foie gras torchon, steak frites, beef Bourguignon, and skate with brown butter. Design is be Wilton Manors-based Shuster Design Associates, who’ve crafted a 120-seat space with indoor and outdoor dining areas and a spacious bar.</p> <p>You can never have too much good French bistro cookery, IMHO, so I hope La Ferme has a longer run than its predecessor.</p> <p>P.S. This blog will be taking a short vacation starting today. I’ll be in California hanging with friends and family and will return next week, when we’ll pick up where we left off. . .</p>Bill CitaraFri, 12 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/12/la-ferme-coming-to-boca/BarsDiningNews & ReviewsCan FAU Make the Grade?http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/12/can-fau-make-the-grade/<p>On Aug. 18, nearly 5,000 incoming freshman began their journey at <strong>Florida Atlantic University</strong> eager to settle into their surroundings, make new friends, and hopefully learn a thing or two before they graduate. However, if the current trend continues nearly 60 percent of these students won’t earn their bachelor’s degree within the next six years.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/fau.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The graduation rates at FAU have been below average for more than a decade, remaining between 34 and 41 percent, according to university documents. A recent change in legislation finally has put the pressure on FAU to do something about these alarming numbers.</p> <p>Over the summer, the Florida Board of Governors, the assembly that regulates the state’s 12 public universities, approved a <a href="http://www.flbog.edu/about/budget/performance_funding.php" target="_blank">new performance funding system</a>. Schools are graded on a 50-point system; among the factors considered: the number of students employed after graduation, second-year students who return with at least a 2.0 GPA and that year’s graduation rate (based on completing an undergraduate degree within six years).</p> <p>FAU ranked among the bottom three schools, earning just 21 points. Because of that, the university lost $1.4 million in subsidies—money that is being redistributed to higher-performing schools. If FAU doesn’t show improvement by next year, the school stands to lose as much as $6.7 million.</p> <p>Thomas Wilson, a professor in the sociology department, says that these figures may not be quite as troublesome as they seem. “After students leave FAU we don’t know where they go,” he says. “Sure, some of them just drop out, but many of them may be transferring to better universities.” He believes that in order to fix the problem, the administration needs to find out why these students aren’t graduating.</p> <p>Felicha Philippe, a senior who started at FAU as a freshman in fall 2009, blames part of the problem on poor advising and scheduling issues. “I’ve gone to the same advisor three times, and I’ve been told three different things about which classes I should be taking,” she says. “Then when I finally figure out what course I need, there’s only one section offered—and it’s already full, minutes after registration opens.”</p> <p>FAU has addressed these issues, and others pertaining to graduation rates, in a proposed improvement plan that was released in July. The school intends to increase the number of academic advisors and implement new advising software by December 2014. It also has implemented “Jump Start” summer programs targeted toward at-risk incoming freshmen and will develop “Flight Plan” study programs in 64 of the school’s 89 majors by next term.</p> <p>Since being hired in January, new FAU president <a href="/blog/2014/08/15/web-xtra-john-kelly/" target="_blank">John Kelly</a> has made improving academic standing a top priority. In addition to rebuilding its academic reputation, there is a potential reward down the road. At the end of this year, the Board of Governors will re-evaluate FAU’s graduation rates. If the numbers are trending in a positive direction, the university could see its funding restored.</p> <p><strong>About Annie:</strong></p> <p>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.</p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/12/can-fau-make-the-grade/CommunityNewsAll Aboard is off and running, what&#39;s too big for Boca and never forgethttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/11/all-aboard-is-off-and-running-too-big-for-boca-and-never-forget/<p><img alt="" height="263" src="/site_media/uploads/all_aboard.gif" width="350"></p> <h3>All Aboard picking up steam</h3> <p>Throughout Palm Beach County and points north have come calls for “someone” to “stop” <a href="http://www.allaboardflorida.com/" target="_blank">All Aboard Florida</a>. But there doesn’t seem to be any “someone” who could “stop” the Miami-Orlando passenger rail project, and there certainly isn’t any consensus that “someone” should.</p> <p>This week, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, the Democrat who represents northern Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, announced that the Coast Guard would hold public hearings to hear comments—meaning complaints—about how the extra 32 trains a day on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks could affect navigation. The first hearing will take place Oct. 2 at the <strong>Embassy Suites in Palm Beach Gardens</strong> (<em>4350 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens</em>) and will concern boat traffic on the Loxahatchee River. The next day, a hearing will be held on Hutchinson Island in Martin County, at the <strong>Marriott Beach Resort &amp; Marina</strong> (<em>555 N.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart</em>), dealing with boat traffic on the St. Lucie River. They will follow an Oct. 1 hearing about traffic on the New River in Fort Lauderdale.</p> <p>Opposition to All Aboard Florida increases as you move north from Miami-Dade and Broward counties, where the FEC runs mostly through industrial areas and over few major bridges. Much of the grumbling in the Boca Raton-Delray Beach area concerned noise from horns as the 16 trains per day each day cruise through near residential neighborhoods. Since money from All Aboard Florida and the federal government—channeled through Palm Beach County’s Metropolitan Planning Organization—will pay for “quiet zones” at crossings, some of that grumbling will stop. South of West Palm Beach, horns will sound at crossings, not on the trains, and will be much quieter. The new passenger trains won’t run late at night.</p> <p>Still, some residents near the tracks complain that they will get just hassles from All Aboard Florida and no benefits, since the only station will be in West Palm Beach. The Delray Beach City Commission held a “discussion” Tuesday night about All Aboard Florida. Some Realtor groups have opposed the project, fearing that it would lower property values of homes near the track. Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits agreed.</p> <p>So let’s look at where All Aboard Florida stands and what might happen.</p> <p>In this story, the main government player is the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The FRA must ensure that All Aboard Florida complies with safety regulations and will determine whether the company gets the $1.6 billion federal loan it has requested. The money would come from the Railroad Rehabilitation &amp; Improvement Financing program, created 16 years ago. All Aboard Florida’s would be the largest loan since at least 2002, according to the program’s website. The company would have to put up collateral. In an interview Wednesday, All Aboard Florida President Michael Reininger said the money would pay for “all aspects” of the project, including trains.</p> <p>The next key moment is release of the FRA’s Environmental Impact Statement for the West Palm-Orlando link. The statement for the West Palm-Miami section found no significant problems, and work on that part of the project—such as building a second track, so trains don’t have to stop—has begun. All Aboard Florida expects to begin service from Miami to West Palm Beach—with a stop in Fort Lauderdale—in 2016, and service from Miami to Orlando—through Cocoa Beach—in 2017.</p> <p>Reininger said the statement will be one factor in the government’s decision on the loan. If the government does not approve it, Reininger said All Aboard Florida will seek other financing. Release of the statement should come soon, and Reininger expects to know about the loan by Dec. 31.</p> <p>Technically, the railroad administration reports to President Obama. Opponents, though, should not assume that pressure even from Democrats with much more clout than the first-term like Murphy would cause Obama to break away from matters like the Islamic State, Ukraine and the economy to involve himself in a regional transportation project.</p> <p>Another big player is the Florida Department of Transportation. Like the FRA, it is an executive agency, but on the state level. Gov. Rick Scott first embraced All Aboard Florida, but then tempered his enthusiasm as local opposition rose. Though Murphy is a Democrat, many of his constituents are Republicans. The district of State Sen. Joe Negron, a Republican, overlaps much of Murphy’s district. Negron also opposes All Aboard Florida.</p> <p>Like Murphy, Scott is running for reelection. So Scott pushed for the department to set high safety standards, which led in part to the quiet zones. Even if the state were unhappy, though, Scott could not block All Aboard Florida. The company is part of Florida East Coast Industries, which owns the track and the right of way along the track. If All Aboard Florida follows the government’s instructions, the company can do what it wants.</p> <p>Which brings us to the Coast Guard and the hearings next month, which Murphy requested. Residents will tell the Coast Guard that navigation will suffer because of All Aboard Florida. In Boca Raton, drivers might wait a minute or so for gates to come down and the train to pass. Bridges that usually are open to let boats pass, though, would have to be closed another 32 times a day. Given the age of the bridges and other factors, critics say, Murphy’s office claims that boats could have to wait as long as 30 to 45 minutes, which over the course of the day would mean big navigational problems and a blow to area businesses.</p> <p>Still, the Coast Guard likely would ask for modifications, not kill the project. A spokeswoman for Rep. Murphy acknowledged that “no agency can stop” All Aboard Florida if the company follows state and federal laws. His office wants people to “speak up and have their concerns heard. . .particularly as it relates to whether or not taxpayer funding is used to support this project.”</p> <p>If All Aboard Florida seems less of a big deal to Boca Raton and Delray Beach at this point, however, that isn’t necessarily so. Adding that second track could mean more freight trains, as more cargo through the expanded Panama Canal comes to South Florida. But there’s a plan to shift some of those trains in Pompano Beach to the CSX tracks, farther west.</p> <p>And transportation planners long have hoped for a commuter rail system on the FEC tracks, which run through downtowns, and could be more popular than Tri-Rail, on the CSX. City officials who are hinky about All Aboard Florida love that idea. All Aboard Florida has made no commitment to allowing such a service, but the discussion between Florida East Coast Industries and public agencies will continue.</p> <p>Critics of All Aboard Florida will have to accept that they can’t stop the project. It also will take several years to determine what All Aboard Florida will mean to South Florida. As Murphy’s spokesman said, citizens can “make AAF address potential harms,” a process that will start when the feds release the second Environmental Impact Statement. All Aboard Florida is leaving the station. The question now is what the ride will be like.</p> <h3>Too big for Boca?                                  </h3> <p>On Tuesday, I wrote about the four-tower New Mizner on the Green luxury condo project proposed for land between Mizner Boulevard and the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club. (<em><a href="/blog/2014/09/09/big-project-broached-for-dowtownand-other-news-of-note/" target="_blank">Click here to see the blog</a>). </em>Boca Raton City Councilman Robert Weinroth agrees that New Mizner is a “beautiful project,” with its high-tech design. Weinroth also says, however, that New Mizner is “not for Boca.”</p> <p>Why not? Height limits, Weinroth said. They are 100 feet on the property itself, 140 feet around the site, and can be stretched to maybe 160 by structures on tops of buildings. New Mizner’s towers, though, would average about 300 feet. “The community,” Weinroth said, “is not ready to embrace it.”</p> <p>Councilman Mike Mullaugh is less dismissive. Mullaugh says Boca has been “most everything” envisioned when voters in 1993 approved Ordinance 4035, which generally set the terms for downtown development. He says the city is entering the next phase of redevelopment—New Mizner would replace 246 rental units with 500 condos—and the council and community should debate what should happen over the next 20 years.</p> <p>“It’s great,” Mullaugh said, “that someone (Elad National Properties, in this case) has come up with something this far outside what we expected.” Indeed. Think more of Santiago Calatrava (the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain) than Addison Mizner. “It’s definitely not what Boca has ever been.”</p> <p>Which, as Weinroth sees it, is the problem. “It’s insensitive,” he said, “to ask the community to accept this. It’s going to take a lot to convince this council.”</p> <p>Weinroth and Mullaugh agree that Boca Raton has to “digest”—Weinroth’s term—all the downtown development already approved. Mullaugh, though, sounds more willing to look ahead sooner.</p> <h3>13 years later</h3> <p>Especially after President Obama’s speech last night, everyone in Boca Raton and the area should take a moment today to remember the terrible events of 13 years ago. Even after more than a decade, the pain and anger linger.</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><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p> <p>      </p>Randy SchultzThu, 11 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/11/all-aboard-is-off-and-running-too-big-for-boca-and-never-forget/City WatchCommunityNeiman Marcus Hosts ‘Karlito’, Fendi’s Charmed Accessoryhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/10/neiman-marcus-hosts-karlito-fendis-charmed-accessory/<p>The fashion world is bugging out over Fendi’s latest accessory, and Neiman Marcus at Town Center in Boca Raton is one of only five stores holding a trunk show for the must-have statement. The limited-edition <strong>Karlito Bug Bag keychain</strong> will be available on Sept. 16<sup> </sup>and 17<sup> </sup>from 10:30 a.m to 4:p.m at the Fendi store inside Neiman Marcus.</p> <p><img alt="" height="338" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/karlito.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The luxurious mink, fox and goat fur keychain retails for $1,750 and already had a waitlist of more than 600 people as of July.</p> <p>Karlito is modeled after fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld, creative director for the brand. It has his trademark white hair, tailored high-collared white shirt, black tie and his signature black glasses.  It’s even adorned with a colorful ponytail, available in pink, orange, or green.</p> <p>The Karlito charm began as a personal gift from Fendi designer Sylvia Venturini to Lagerfeld. But when it-girl Cara Delevingne opened up the Milan’s Fall Fashion Week show dangling the keychain between her fingers, fashionistas were dying to get their hands on one.</p> <p>This wasn’t the first time Delevingne was seen playing with a Lagerfeld doll. She has posted pictures on her Instagram clutching a knit mini-Lagerfeld, posed with it in magazine shoots and appeared alongside it in Chanel’s 2013 short film “Women Only”. Perhaps this was what inspired Venturini to design the keychain. It was after all Delevingne’s walk down the runway with it that ignited the craze.</p> <p>Only a limited number of charms are available, and Neiman Marcus expects them to sell out very quickly. For more information contact <a target="_blank">561/417-5151</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Annie:</strong></p> <p>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.</p>Annie PizzutelliWed, 10 Sep 2014 16:25:09 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/10/neiman-marcus-hosts-karlito-fendis-charmed-accessory/ShoppingShopping NewsAdvocacy Posters Inspire, Disturb at FAU Exhibithttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/10/advocacy-posters-inspire-disturb-at-fau-exhibit/<p><img alt="" height="571" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/65738cb9a0923d57acd3776d395a4184.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>(Hilppa Hyrkas' "Stop Climate Change," Finland; Client: Friends of Earth Finland)</p> <p>One of the best exhibitions of the year is running right now at FAU’s Ritter Art Gallery—and if the turnout during my visit this week is any indication, nobody is seeing it.</p> <p>The touring exhibit “Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age 2001-2012” opened last week courtesy of FAU and curator Elizabeth Resnick of Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The generous sampling of 100-plus advocacy posters cuts across all cultures, topics and degrees, from the simple and subtle to the shocking and loud, and each is an example of what Resnick calls, in her curator’s statement, “dissent made visible.”</p> <p>Created on computers instead of last century’s pencils, ink and graffiti, the works create a collective newsreel of the past decade’s most impactful global events, and they generally hang in clusters of thematic similarity: Income inequality here, Hurricane Katrina there, globing warming on a side wall. Rarely does a poster fail to engage the spectator; the only I one can think of that misses its mark is Robbie Conal’s “Patriot Inaction,” a grotesque polemic against George W. Bush that contains too much hyperbolic vitriol even for a dyed-in-the-wool leftie like me.</p> <p><img alt="" height="565" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/gramlich_götz_mighty-mouse.jpg" width="400"></p> <div class="page" title="Page 2"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>(Götz Gramlich's "Mighty Mouse," Germany; GGGrafik Design) </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>For the most part, the pictures speak a million words, embedding into your permanent memory—like Erin Wright’s “Death is Not Justice,” an anti-death penalty poster that envisions Christ not hanging on a cross but sentenced to the electric chair, the scales of justice dangling limply from one of his hands. Or Ben Stahl’s “Occupy,” which repurposes the font and colors of Shepard Fairey’s famous Barack Obama “Hope” poster, replacing the president with the sinister, revolutionary smile of Guy Fawkes. Or Mark Gowing’s “Oil Kills Peace,” in which a tar-black, birdlike blob plummets to its death against a spacious, all-white backdrop, like an agitprop Rorschach. (The plight of animals is an especially potent theme running through just about the entire show).</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/3973.jpg" width="283"></p> <p>(Mark Gowing's "Oil Kills Peace," Australia)</p> <p>What is noticeable from the get-go is the range of artists that have contributed these powerful messages. The bold, colorful, language-defying images spring from countries of first-world comforts to those suffering under dictatorial regimes, democratized by the egalitarian freedoms of the Internet. Through this medium, Iranians in the midst of the Green Revolution created artistic representations of their struggles in real time—as well as comment on other sources of injustice and tragedy across the globe. Compassion sprang instantaneously from all regions of the world. As this exhibition reveals, in the wake of the March 2011 tsunami that damaged the Fukushima power plant in Japan, graphic artists from South Korea, the U.S., Italy, Iran, Israel, Ecuador, Spain and the U.K. all created moving and/or disturbing images of the nuclear fallout. Much of the same global support followed in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake of 2010.</p> <p><img alt="" height="314" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/soden_oliver_japanrelief.jpg" width="220"></p> <p>(Oliver Soden's "Japan Relief," U.K.)</p> <p>As political parties, religions and media mouthpieces continue to divide and conquer rather than unite us, “Graphic Advocacy” is a vital reminder that we’re all borne of the same matter, and when we see that something is wrong, we speak out—whether it originates in our locally corrupt seat of power or halfway across the earth. It also offers another powerful rebuke to the notion that millennials are an apathetic generation. Plenty of them are getting the word out in ways they never could before the adoption of digital technology; it’s up to us to receive the message. That means, first and foremost, getting a lot more visitors into the Ritter Art Gallery.</p> <p><em>“Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age 2001-2012” runs through Oct. 25 at Ritter Art Gallery at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton. Admission is free. For information, call 561/297-2661 or visit fau.edu/galleries.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 10 Sep 2014 13:30:49 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/10/advocacy-posters-inspire-disturb-at-fau-exhibit/ArtArts & EventsSeed Food and Wine Festival + Raw Cacao Truffle Recipehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/10/seed-food-and-wine-festival/<p>The most common question people ask me is: “Where do I begin on my path to healthy eating?” If that is something you are interested in as well, then I invite you to the first ever <a href="http://www.seedfoodandwine.com/" target="_blank">Seed Food and Wine Festival</a> in Miami.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/10513280_241107779431955_7541537497109338792_n.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>For years I’ve been saying eating healthy can be fun <em>and</em> fabulous, and Seed is the proof of it. This five-day all plant-based food and wine event is going to be fun, sexy and delicious as it features gourmet dinners with wine pairings, a fabulous brunch, film screening, a kid-friendly event and an all-day festival of food, wine and craft beer from some of my favorite restaurants in South Florida. </p> <p>The festival has signed a stellar cast of celebrity chefs, authors and health experts, such as actress <strong>Alicia Silverstone </strong>(who has a plant-based diet), best-selling author and chef, <strong>Matthew Kenney; 2014 James Beard Award nominees Rich Landau </strong>and<strong> Kate Jacoby; </strong>and author<strong> Brendan Brazier,</strong> a former professional Ironman triathlete considered to be one of the world's foremost authorities on plant-based nutrition. You will also get to meet me, as I will be one of the presenting chefs at the Saturday event, doing a live un-cooking demo.</p> <p>If you are new to plant-based eating, I strongly suggest going to one of the gourmet dinners. You’ll be in for a treat. (I bought my tickets to the Matthew Kenney dinner on Saturday night as soon as they were available for sale).</p> <p>To buy your tickets online, click <a href="https://tickets.completeticketsolutions.com/SFWF/Online/default.asp" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>In honor of the event, I would like to share one of my favorite recipes – healthy and fabulous raw cacao truffles. They are easy to make, delicious and guilt-free! To see how they are made, watch the video below.</p> <p><strong>RAW CACAO TRUFFLES</strong></p> <p><strong><iframe height="395" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/fPxPQjpvhqo" width="480"></iframe><br></strong></p> <p>1 cup pitted medjool dates</p> <p>1/2 cup coconut manna or butter (NOT OIL)</p> <p>3/4 cup raw agave</p> <p>½ vanilla bean</p> <p>½ teaspoon mineral salt</p> <p>1 cup cacao powder</p> <p>1/8 cup cacao for rolling</p> <p>Place vanilla bean in food processor with agave and cacao and blend until the bean is chopped. Add the rest of ingredients and process until chocolate mass if formed. </p> <p>Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes. </p> <p>When cooled, roll a small amount of the mixture into a ball and brush with cacao powder so it is not sticky outside. 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>Alina Z.Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/10/seed-food-and-wine-festival/DiningNews & ReviewsRecipes Support Autism: One Step at a Timehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/10/support-autism-one-step-at-a-time/<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Time to lace up for a good cause: the<strong> Homecoming Run for Autism 2014</strong> is coming up on Sunday, Oct. 26, at the Florida Atlantic University’s track and field complex (<em>777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</em>).</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/autismrun.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Participants can choose between a 5k or a one-mile family fun run or walk, both of which start at the university track. The one-miler comes first, starting at 4:45 p.m., while the 5k run or walk begins at 5:15 p.m.</p> <p>The 5K event takes runners and walkers through FAU’s football stadium and finishes on the university’s track. There are prizes for the top runner and fundraising teams.</p> <p>The run benefits the FAU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, which provides free expert consulting, training and support to people with autism and related disabilities, their families and the professionals serving them.</p> <p>Cost to register: $27.50 for the 5k and $12 for the one-miler.</p> <p>For more information or to register, visit the <a href="https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/BocaRaton/FAUHomecoming5KRun/">website</a>. Whether you compete or not, you can make a donation <a href="https://runsignup.com/Race/Donate/FL/BocaRaton/FAUHomecoming5KRun.">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">www.wordscomealive.com</a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 10 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/10/support-autism-one-step-at-a-time/FitnessHealth/BeautyWomen of Distinction just around the cornerhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/09/women-of-distinction-just-around-the-corner/<p>The annual <strong>Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach</strong> <a href="http://www.soroptimist4women.org/index.php?src=gendocs&amp;ref=Women-Of-Distinction-Purpose&amp;category=Main" target="_blank">Women of Distinction Breakfast</a> is right around the corner—Boca’s first big fall event and one for which Margaret Mary Shuff and I will act as honorary chairs.</p> <p><img alt="" height="242" src="/site_media/uploads/image003[1].jpg" width="302"></p> <p>Why, you say?</p> <p>Because Helen Babione asked us to and I have never in 20 some years said no to Helen. In fact, Helen pretty much embodies what is best about the women of Soroptimist: effective, dedicated to helping those in need and completely unaffected. Many of these women are unsung heroes in our community—but they get the job done and they are true life-changers. Help us honor them at this event, which is Oct. 1, at <strong>Boca West Country Club</strong> <em>(20583 Boca West Drive, Boca Raton) </em>from 8:30-10:30 a.m.  </p> <p>The honored nominees are women who have given back to the community in various ways: professionally, through volunteerism, education, non-profits, etc. There will be a proclamation given by Mayor Susan Haynie.  This year's Life-Time Achievement Recipient is Jan Dymtrow.</p> <p>Soroptimist means "best for women" and this very special breakfast embodies just that.</p> <p>For more information, call Judith Hinsch at 561/859-1883 or Deborah Bacarella at 561/239-2300. Tickets are $55, and tables are available.</p> <p>We will see you there!</p>Marie SpeedTue, 09 Sep 2014 14:37:53 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/09/women-of-distinction-just-around-the-corner/CommunityBoynton&#39;s Little House to Closehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/09/boyntons-little-house-to-close/<p>It was a good run and a valiant effort but after almost two years in the renovated 1930s-vintage Ruth Jones Cottage in downtown Boynton Beach, Chrissy Benoit is closing her charming little (and I do mean little) <a href="http://www.thelittlehousebb.com/" target="_blank">Little House</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="219" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/littlehouse_(640x286).jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This Saturday will be the last day, the result, Benoit says, of a long-touted downtown development project that has made little progress in upgrading the depressed area and of “so slow” summers that halved the restaurant’s business for five to six months of the year. “It’s tough to keep losing everything you make every summer,” she says.</p> <p>The good news is that Benoit, who went around the country opening restaurants for Wolfgang Puck and gained national recognition when her Havana Hideout in Lake Worth was featured in Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives,” will be landing on her feet. Specifically in Tampa, where she’ll be developing farm-to-table eateries for SoHo Hospitality Management, which in the coming months will be opening several restaurants of Florida’s West Coast.</p> <p>I’ll miss her food and her gracious hospitality, which means I’ll just have to make it over to Tampa sooner rather than later.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 09 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/09/boyntons-little-house-to-close/DiningNews & ReviewsBig project broached for downtown—and other news of notehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/09/big-project-broached-for-dowtownand-other-news-of-note/<h3><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/freedomtower2.jpg" width="490"></h3> <p><em>Image Credit: dbox</em></p> <h3>BIG downtown news</h3> <p>What does Boca Raton need? According to a Broward County-based developer, something as distinctive as the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco, the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which at nearly 1,500 feet are among the world’s tallest buildings.</p> <p>This is the language <a href="http://www.eladnational.com/" target="_blank">Elad National Properties</a> uses to tout its plan for four luxury condo towers on what is now the rental complex Mizner on the Green. The 8-acre site is east of Royal Palm Place on Southeast Mizner Boulevard and just north of the Townsend Place condo. The towers would range from 22 stories to 29 stories and would average more than 300 feet in height in an area where the height limit is 100 feet. Yet as Elad Chief Financial Officer Arik Bronfman essentially put it in his June letter to the city, Boca Raton <em>needs</em> his company’s project.</p> <p>Bronfman said the 500 residences at <strong>New Mizner on the Green</strong> would attract “high net-worth households from across the nation and worldwide” that would support downtown Boca’s “luxury retailers and high-quality restaurants” and perk up space that is “severely underutilized,” thus turning an “ugly duckling” into a “beautiful swan.” New Mizner on the Green would create this transformation by offering “views and world-class architecture” that would break from the Mediterranean-Spanish Colonial that is “no longer unique to Boca.”</p> <p>He’s not kidding about that architectural break. Elad’s design for the futuristic complex comes from Daniel Libeskind, master planner for Freedom Tower (<em>above</em>), which will replace the World Trade Center. Libeskind has studios in New York City and Milan, Italy, and says architecture “is not based on concrete and steel and the elements of the soil. It’s based on wonder.”</p> <p>Indeed, one might wonder how the Boca Raton City Council ever might approve such a deviation from the plan for that part of the city. Charlie Siemon, the land-use lawyer who represents Mizner on the Green, says he can “look out my window (in Mizner Park) and see a considerable number of tall buildings,” among them the 27-story tower at the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club, the city’s tallest building.</p> <p>Siemon wants the council to consider the project “in the context of the area.” He acknowledges the height limit that applies to the site, but says the limit is 140 feet for the adjacent area. That, of course, still would be a hefty deviation, even if Elad wants a setback of 240 feet—Mizner on the Green and Townsend Place have none—and would use two acres of the property for a public park. So Siemon falls back on the financial angle.</p> <p>Most of downtown Boca, Siemon says, doesn’t have “ownership opportunities” that justify prices of more than roughly $200 per square foot. For units of the size proposed at New Mizner on the Green—2,500 square feet to 2,800 square feet—that would be about $500,000. Siemon says the Elad plan would bring prices of between $750 and $800 per square foot, or more like $2 million per unit.</p> <p>For the city, Siemon says, the return could be big. Because the project is within the boundaries of the Community Redevelopment Agency, any new property tax revenue would go the CRA for use within the district—which means downtown. Tax revenue from Mizner on the Green, Siemon claims, would equal or exceed that from all other downtown projects combined. Siemon said that money could finance long-delayed improvement work, such as dressing up Federal Highway, which Siemon called “an embarrassment” for a city like Boca.</p> <p>So when might review of New Mizner on the Green start? There seems to be a semantic difference between the city and the developer. An official with the Development Services Department says no plans for New Mizner on the Green have been officially “submitted.” Siemon says the plan was “submitted but not accepted.”</p> <p>A June letter from Deputy City Manager George Brown to Siemon says Boca Raton needs “a specific proposed amendment” to the city’s plan for the project “even to be considered,” given that Elad is asking for such a “significant policy change.” The plan must go to the city council—acting as the CRA board—for a workshop. For those reasons, Brown wrote, the city is “not processing the submittal.”</p> <p>Whoever is correct is the difference over wording. The CRA is the first stop. Siemon said there is tentative agreement that the CRA will discuss the project at a workshop on Sept. 22.</p> <p>And what about tenants in the 246 condos at the current Mizner on the Green that would be torn down? Elad owns and manages four other rental complexes in and around Boca Raton, and Siemon says the company would “work to relocate” anyone whom the new project—to be built in two phases—would displace.</p> <p>Eighteen months ago, the city council approved the Archstone rental/retail project nearby on East Palmetto Park Road. In that case, the council—minus new members Scott Singer and Robert Weinroth—approved plan exemptions for Archstone on the basis that the city needed those tenants to help downtown merchants. That council practically courted developers. Elad is saying, in essence, that however slick Boca Raton may think it is, Boca still lacks enough wealthy people to make downtown business thrive and also lacks, well, a defining structure. Parisians hated the Eiffel Tower at first. Now they love it. Elad is hoping to get past any hate and get right to the love.</p> <h3>Townhome news</h3> <p>If the Mizner on the Green proposal is sure to be controversial, you can’t say that about another change from Boca’s comprehensive plan that the city council almost certainly will approve at tonight’s meeting.</p> <p><a href="http://apkhomes.com/" target="_blank">APK Homes</a>, part of the Kolter Group, wants to build 75 fee simple—do your own exterior maintenance—townhomes on roughly six acres at Spanish River Boulevard and North Military Trail. The site is just west of the city’s Spanish River branch library and is bordered by Palm Beach County’s Pondhawk Natural Area.</p> <p>In the last decade, another multi-family project was planned for the site. After the real estate bust, the land was zoned commercial. Now it’s back to condos, and everyone seems happy. The Planning and Zoning Board approved the change unanimously, and city staff is recommending that the council go along.</p> <p>There’s no reason for the council not to do so. Homes would generate less traffic than stores and offices. As the staff points out, much of northwest Boca housing is higher end, and the area needs more choices. With Don Estridge Middle School and the Spanish River Athletic Facility nearby, the location could attract young families. Too many people who work in Boca Raton can’t afford to live there.</p> <h3>Wildflower update         </h3> <h3><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/houstons.jpg" width="490"></h3> <p><em>Houston's, Town Center at Boca Raton</em>                          </p> <p>Representative of Hillstone Restaurant Group wanted to talk homemade hamburger buns and terrific Reuben sandwiches. The Boca Raton City Council wanted a larger serving of answers to Hillstone’s proposal for the Wildflower property. At tonight’s meeting, the council may vote to start asking for those answers.</p> <p>On Monday, Hillstone was back with the company’s third proposal for a <a href="http://www.hillstone.com/#/restaurants/houstons/" target="_blank">Houston’s restaurant</a> on the city-owned land between Fifth Avenue and the Palmetto Park Road Bridge. The council was acting Monday as the board of the Community Redevelopment Agency. As the Hillstone rep fumbled with getting the right slides for the A/V presentation—council members saw food, not drawings—he asked Mayor Susan Haynie, “Do you like cauliflower?” Haynie responded that she would prefer to see a site plan.</p> <p>Indeed. Both sides agree that Hillstone, with roughly 50 restaurants, would build a stylish, profitable restaurant along the Intracoastal Waterway. Hillstone has operated the Houston’s near Town Center at Boca Raton (<em>pictured above)</em> for more than two decades, and unless you like dinner at 4 p.m. or 10:30 p.m., expect to wait. It’s very successful.</p> <p>But that Houston’s is not in an established residential neighborhood. This Houston’s would be, so one key issue is how the restaurant would affect the area in terms of traffic. Since the council just last year approved the Archstone project just west of the Wildflower property – and did so despite strong community opposition—the council wants to avoid turning Fifth Avenue and Palmetto Park into a traffic chokepoint, even if Deputy City Manager George Brown acknowledged Monday that traffic there never would be “free-flowing.”</p> <p>The other key issue is the lease terms. The current proposal is for 20 years, with five, five-year options. Hillstone would pay Boca Raton $500,000, plus a percentage of sales, with annual increases to be negotiated. The terms would have to be favorable enough to justify the city’s investment of $7.5 million to buy the site.</p> <p>Longtime community activist/development critic Lenore Wachtel suggested that the city could use the land for a park and allow food trucks. Um, sure. Boca Raton wants that return on investment, and an upscale casual restaurant would work well. Hillstone is an established company, and executives agree with the city’s demand that it not use Silver Palm Park on the south side of Palmetto Park Road to help solve any parking issues.</p> <p>As Brown noted Monday, all the council would do by agreeing tonight is to start negotiations that could end in success or failure. “This is not a done deal,” he stressed. But the city and Hillstone are close enough to start work on the final, tough details. After all, if the council members aren’t happy, they can send the deal back to the kitchen.</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><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzTue, 09 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/09/big-project-broached-for-dowtownand-other-news-of-note/City WatchCommunityThe Weeks Ahead: Sept. 9 to 22http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/08/the-weeks-ahead-sept-9-to-22/<p><em>[Editor’s Note: This “Week Ahead” covers the next two weeks of events, to accommodate for a vacation.]</em></p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/duran-duran-unstaged-image-5.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Duran Duran Unstaged”</strong></p> <p>Where: Tower Theater, 1508 S.W. Eighth St., Miami</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $13 to $15</p> <p>Contact: 305/643-8706, <a href="http://www.towertheatermiami.com" target="_blank">towertheatermiami.com</a></p> <p>Miracles of miracles, Duran Duran is not, like many of its New Wave peers, a husk of its former self surviving through nostalgia and knee replacements. The group is still together—all four members have been with the band since its ‘80s heyday—and it is still making relevant music: Its 13<sup>th</sup> album, 2010’s “All You Need is Now,” moved more than 14,000 physical units in its opening week, not an easy task in an era when virtually nobody buys music. Apparently, as part of its tour for the album, tickets for Duran Duran’s 2011 performance at Los Angeles’ Mayan Theatre sold out in five minutes, with this unique concert documentary catching the excitement of that night in its entirety. But what makes this movie doubly special is that its director is none other than David Lynch, the avant-garde maestro beyond such enduring slices of disturbia as “Blue Velvet” and “Eraserhead.” His style will be well-represented even in this seemingly formulaic setting, thanks to some groundbreaking integration of animation, special effects and live action footage shot prior to the concert and then overlaid onto the performance.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="344" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/katie-ford.jpg" width="208"></p> <p><strong>What: Katie Ford lecture</strong></p> <p>Where: City Fish Market, 7940 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50</p> <p>Contact: 561/297-2337, <a href="http://www.fau.edu/womensstudies" target="_blank">fau.edu/womensstudies</a></p> <p>The international horror of sex trafficking will be the subject of this illuminating fundraiser, sponsored by Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Katie Ford, former CEO of the globe-spanning Ford Modeling Agency, brought models from more than 50 countries to the United States, an experience that raised her awareness of sex trafficking and prompted her company to speak out against it. She will keynote this event with a discussion titled “Human Trafficking: The Modern Day Slave Trade,” and the program will also include presentations from David Aronberg, Palm Beach County’s State Attorney; and Katarina Rosenblatt, a sex trafficking survivor and founder of a nonprofit aimed at combating the issue. A light dinner and drinks will be served, with all proceeds benefitting FAU’s research initiative.</p> <p>SATURDAY AND SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/dyingcity-presspic.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Dying City”</strong></p> <p>Where: Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 5 and 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-7256, <a href="http://www.groundupandrising.org" target="_blank">groundupandrising.org</a></p> <p>A recently deceased soldier deployed in Iraq, his culturally divergent twin brother, and his therapist widow form the compelling triangle in “Dying City,” an acclaimed and profoundly layered work by Christopher Shinn. The play is set in the sparse living room of the widow, Kelly, and we soon learn that her husband Craig died in Iraq under mysterious circumstances. Craig’s brother Peter arrives with game-changing news about Craig’s last days, and Shinn’s time-jumping narrative sheds light on present through the past and vice versa. This production, from the minimalist Miami company Ground Up and Rising, features Valentina Izarra as Kelly and Christian Vandepas in the dual role of Peter/Craig. For this weekend only, it runs in free previews in the bucolic Miami Beach Botanical Garden; it officially opens in its indoor home, Artistic Vibes, on Sept. 19, with ticket prices ranging from free to $25.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 17</p> <p><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/dublinermac.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Tastemakers of Mizner Park</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park in Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 6 to 9:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30</p> <p>Contact: 561/362-0606, <a href="http://www.miznerpark.com" target="_blank">miznerpark.com</a></p> <p>Tastemakers of Mizner Park, the popular showcase of food and drink offerings from the region’s best restaurants, has been reduced from two nights to one this year, but that just means its expert chefs will be even more laser-focused and generously prepared for the onslaught of visitors. Tanzy’s cedar plank salmon, Max’s crispy duck spring rolls and Dubliner’s perennial favorite shepherd’s pie with Guinness mac and cheese are among the 11 eateries’ sample dishes, each presented with a special drink pairing. This year’s Tastemakers theme is “Rock, Roll and Stroll,” named in part for the live music, which will be provided by Shindig Band and AMP in two Mizner Park locations. Attendees can purchase a $30 “passport” to the festivities at any of the 11 participating restaurants.</p> <p> FRIDAY, SEPT. 19</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/h_crucible_uo00115.jpg" width="305"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Crucible”</strong></p> <p>Where: Studio One Theatre at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $23.60</p> <p>Contact: 800/745-3000, <a href="http://www.fauevents.com" target="_blank">fauevents.com</a></p> <p>In most productions, no less than 22 actors will take the stage at one point or another during “The Crucible,” Arthur Miller’s four-act masterpiece—making it a challenging but opportunity-filled project for FAU’s Department of Theater to tackle. It’s a dramatization of the Salem Witch Trials, the shameful series of hearings and prosecutions that tarnished colonial Massachusetts. But when Miller debuted the play, in 1953, he had a more immediate subtext in mind: McCarthyism, which similarly condemned innocent people to vague crimes on an absence of evidence. These days, the hunt for Communists may seem as historic as the witch trials themselves, but the play remains a gripping drama whose message resonates with any minority persecuted for outlandish reasons. “The Crucible” runs through Sept. 28.</p> <p>SATURDAY, SEPT. 20</p> <p><img alt="" height="212" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/amarnick.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: 24-Hour Theatre Project</strong></p> <p>Where: Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/237-9000, <a href="http://www.lynn.edu" target="_blank">lynn.edu</a></p> <p>24-hour theater projects are the closest thing any stage community has to an all-day, all-night slumber party, albeit one fueled by plenty of caffeine and probably not much actual slumber. For Lynn University’s ninth annual version of this popular tradition, a group of writers, directors, actors and crew members will gather in the venue’s concert hall on Sept. 19 to begin their creative processes. For the writers, that means penning an all-new short play from scratch, which could take all night. The scripts are due at dawn Sept. 20, and the directors, actors and crew will have the day and early evening to realize the writers’ visions with as few hiccups as possible. Cheer on the results that very night, and see what South Florida’s budding stage talent whipped up in the time it takes Kiefer Sutherland to save the world every season on television.</p> <p>SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, SEPT. 20 AND 21</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/siudy.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Siudy: “Between Worlds”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $39 to $129</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="http://www.arshtcenter.org" target="_blank">arshtcenter.org</a></p> <p>The story behind this unique dance fantasia deserves the sort of gravity reserved for epic movie trailers: In a world where water has virtually disappeared from the planet’s surface, warring tribes battle for the few remaining elements—and the only emotion that can keep humanity alive is love. That’s the dramatic premise of “Between Worlds,” a theatrical extravaganza first developed in 2008 by award-nominated Venezuelan dancer Siudy Garrido. This updated 2014 version features a renovated lighting grid and special guest performers, as Siudy explores the boundaries between flamenco and urban dance/percussion, a hybrid that has earned comparisons to “Riverdance” and “Stomp.” And don’t worry: Though it may be in short supply onstage, water will be available for sale at the Arsht’s concession stands.</p> <p>SUNDAY AND MONDAY, SEPT. 21 AND 22</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/jack-white.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Jack White</strong></p> <p>Where: Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $75 to $210</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-7300, <a href="http://www.fillmoremb.com" target="_blank">fillmoremb.com</a></p> <p>Raised in Detroit and currently residing in Nashville, Jack White has spent most of his life absorbing our country’s best music like a sponge, shredding it up and redefining it for a new generation of rock enthusiasts. Bluesy and boozy, rock-y and folky, rustic and ramshackle, White launched his career with the duo The White Stripes, which shot out of a rock ‘n’ roll cannon in the mid-2000s with the same vintage energy the Stones brought to rock music in the mid ’60s. After conquering indie rock and shaking up the Top 40, the group disbanded in 2011, with White forming a successful new act called The Ranconteurs and, in 2012, releasing his first solo album, the accomplished and eclectic “Blunderbuss.” Finally, the man ranked as the 70<sup>th</sup> best guitarist of all-time by <em>Rolling Stone</em> is touring Florida, with back-to-back dates that will feature different set lists, including material from the White Stripes and the Raconteurs as well as surprising covers.</p>John ThomasonMon, 08 Sep 2014 16:09:59 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/08/the-weeks-ahead-sept-9-to-22/Arts & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsDaVinci&#39;s to Debut in Bocahttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/08/davincis-to-debut-in-boca/<p>“Mall” and “dining” used to be oxy-type morons, but nowadays shopping centers are trying to shed their reputation for offering nothing but cheap, greasy fast food in giant food troughs. . . er, courts.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/davinci.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>One more example will open later this month in the sprawling Town Center at Boca Raton. It’s <a href="https://www.simon.com/mall/town-center-at-boca-raton/stores/davincis-of-boca" target="_blank">DaVinci’s of Boca</a>, a contemporary Italian restaurant from the Carvelli family, who also own the well-thought-of DaVinci’s on Marco Island.</p> <p>The lengthy menu will feature both traditional dishes and more modern interpretations, with an emphasis on pasta made daily on machines imported from Italy. No details on specific menu items yet, but if the new DaVinci’s follows the Marco Island playbook, look for everything from tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms and asparagus scattered with shaved black truffle to zuppa di pesce served over pasta or crostini to veal DaVinci, thin-pounded veal scallops with prosciutto, tomatoes, basil and mozzarella.</p> <p>Decor will definitely be un-mall-like, with a 60-foot bar hand-crafted from Wisconsin pine, a 3,500-bottle wine room, wood-paneled ceilings and a private dining room that seats up to 40. Nothing cheap or greasy here.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 08 Sep 2014 09:28:10 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/08/davincis-to-debut-in-boca/BarsDiningNews & ReviewsIntermix Special Shopping Eventhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/08/intermix-special-shopping-event/<p>The official beginning of the fall season is approaching, and that means stocking up on your favorite fall apparel. But before you head over to just any store, how about dropping by <a href="http://www.intermixonline.com/" target="_blank">Intermix</a>’s special event on Sept. 19? The <strong>Town Center at Boca Raton</strong> store is hosting a fundraiser for the <a href="http://www.cbiboca.org/" target="_blank">Congregation Bnai Israel</a>, with money raised going toward the congregation’s School Kickoff event.</p> <p><img alt="" height="341" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/intermix.jpg" width="490"></p> <center><em>Sara Battaglia fringe shoulder bag, Rag &amp; Bone Noelle bootie, Lisa Freede cuff</em></center> <p>From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 10 percent of all sales will go toward the local organization. The new parent organization president, Rachel Greenberg, will be in attendance at the event.</p> <p>For more information, call 561/393-6942.</p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 08 Sep 2014 08:55:35 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/08/intermix-special-shopping-event/ShoppingShopping NewsBoca-based DECOLAV launches new collectionhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/05/boca-based-decolav-launches-new-collection/<p><strong> <img alt="" height="340" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/avalyn.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Boca-based <a href="http://decolav.com" target="_blank">DECOLAV</a> has partnered up with the host of DIY Network’s Bath Crashers to produce an ultra-chic collection of modern bathroom furnishings.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.decolav.com/collections/matt-muenster/" target="_blank">Matt Muenster Exclusive Collection</a> comes in seven different styles, all of which are sleek yet functional, that are distinct in their own ways. There’s the Bennett, which combines wood paneling with a quartz countertop; the Kateston, with a distinct design that revolves around piping; the Avalyn (pictured above), defined by its sheer minimalism; plus the Malena Falls (pictured below), the Brockston, the Ethanpointe and the Rylan Falls.</p> <p><img alt="" height="561" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/malenafalls.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>It’s the perfect addition to any modern home and one that will possibly have you and your guests spending more time than usual in the bathroom. For more information on the collection, check out the <a href="http://www.decolav.com/press/matt-muenster-digital-catalog" target="_blank">digital catalog</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 05 Sep 2014 20:30:11 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/05/boca-based-decolav-launches-new-collection/ShoppingShopping NewsStaff Picks of the Weekhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/05/staff-picks-of-the-week-3/<p><strong>Love is Strange</strong></p> <p><iframe height="391" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XdfA5Ff5e78" width="475"></iframe></p> <p>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</p> <p>"Opening today at Cinemark Palace here in Boca, ‘Love is Strange’ is a subtle knockout, a touching yet unsentimental story about an aging gay couple—played by a pitch-perfect John Lithgow and Alfred Molina—forced to live in different residences after news their wedding disrupts their careers. Turning the personal political and vice versa, this is easily one the year's best films thus far."</p> <p><strong>The Wine Wave</strong></p> <p>Picked by Adrienne Mayer, Production Manager</p> <p>“Not only do they have a great selection of wines at affordable prices, but they also carry hard to find craft beers. They'll even try to stock ones by request.”</p> <p><strong>Trader Joe’s Kona Coffee Truffles</strong></p> <p>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</p> <p>“My current favorite indulgence. Soft and creamy with a hint of coffee granule crunch. Because it’s coffee flavored, it isn’t overly sweet. Best part? All Trader Joe’s branded items don’t have any artificial flavors or colors, GMOs and preservatives.”</p>magazineFri, 05 Sep 2014 19:16:55 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/05/staff-picks-of-the-week-3/CommunityNewsTrader Joe&#39;s opens in Delray Beachhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/05/trader-joes-opens-in-delray-beach/<p>If you’re looking to jump in on the <strong>Delray Beach</strong> <a href="http://traderjoes.com" target="_blank">Trader Joe</a>’s opening festivities, be well warned. A trip to this neighborhood supermarket, which opened today, isn’t for the light-hearted.</p> <p><img alt="" height="330" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/img_7332.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The store, located on the corner of Federal Highway and Linton Boulevard, is the first establishment to open in Delray Place <em>(1801 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach)</em>. If you’ve been following the Trader Joe’s craze going around town for the past few months, you probably expect it to be a mad house – and, well, it is. Almost 200 people were lined up at the door before the store opened this morning, says Jeff Schall, the store manager (pictured above).</p> <p>A step inside and you’ll think you’ve walked into a scene of The Little Mermaid. There’s a guy in a Hawaiian shirt and lei in the store’s northwest corner, cooing happy tunes as he taps along on his steel drum. I half-expected someone dressed in a crab suit to crawl sideways toward me and ask how I was doing under the sea.</p> <p>All weekend long, there will be food sampling, giveaways, face painting and live music. Today, all customers get a reusable tote bag for free. The store will also be raffling off a bag of treats, so make sure to stop by and enter.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/img_7328.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>While this outpost is just one of many located across the country, Trader Joe’s prides itself on its neighborhood store feel. Murals of Delray Beach hotspots line the store’s walls, Pineapple Grove and the Delray Beach Tennis Center to name a few, plus surfboards, handwritten product prices and chalkboard signs.</p> <p>“It’s going to feel like home when you come in,” Schall says.</p> <p>Everyone in town seems to be there, from Lululemon-clad women trading in their weights for heavy shopping baskets to men in baseball caps hopping out of their pick-up trucks. Not quite surprising, considering the store’s unique items. Roughly 80 percent of stocked items are Trader Joe’s brand, which are free of artificial flavors, artificial colors, GMOs and preservatives. The store also prides itself on carrying authentic ingredients and traveling the world to find the best products.</p> <p>“If you’re looking for Indian fare that tastes like something you would get in India,” Schall says, “you can come into our store and try our Indian fare, and it will be just like you’d find if you were in India.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/img_7330.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Not sure where to start? A few of Schall’s favorite Trader Joe’s items are Speculoos Cookie Butter Ice Cream, Green Fin wine and Honey Mango Moisturizing Cream Shave. Also take note of the chalkboard treasure maps, which mark the locations of all your staple items like milk, bread, fruit … cookies and coffee – hey, they have the right idea – with an X.</p> <p>I’m sad to report the chocolate covered peanut butter pretzels are out of stock, but rest assured that they do plan on restocking them soon.</p> <p>What’s your favorite Trader Joe’s item? Let us know in the comment section below!</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 05 Sep 2014 17:07:13 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/05/trader-joes-opens-in-delray-beach/CommunityDelray BeachNewsThe &#39;Jeselnik Offensive&#39; comes to West Palmhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/05/the-jeselnik-offensive-comes-to-west-palm/<p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/jeselnik.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Anthony Jeselnik started his standup set at Palm Beach Improv last night with a characteristically humble prediction: “This is going to be one of the best shows you’ve ever seen in your lives.”</p> <p>Ego is part of his shtick, of course, as anyone’s who has seen a comedy special by this handsome shock-comic can attest: He peppers his set with arrogant proclamations of his self-worth and his importance in standup history. But darn it if he wasn’t kinda spot-on last night. (He’ll play four more West Palm Beach shows over this weekend).</p> <p>Jeselnik is a rare bird: a truly original and genuinely dangerous comic persona, which few others have attempted to emulate. Once he dispensed with the requisite Florida jokes—we have a lot of old people here, his career should be above slumming it in Florida, etc.—he ventured gradually and deliberately into the dark recesses of his comic psyche, like a swimmer dipping into a pool one toe, then one extremity, at a time. A joke about a child abandoned in the back of car drew a few gasps in between the laughs, but that was just the opening salvo. The audience stuck around for jokes about serial killing, alcoholism, domestic abuse, child molestation, prison rape, gambling addiction, 9-11 and the Holocaust. Yes, even the Holocaust! Lisa Lampanelli once suggested to me that this was one area she couldn’t find any humor; Jeselnik went there, with deadpan gusto, and it worked.</p> <p>Then there was what might called the “dead baby suite,” a string of jokes that made even these off-color riffs seem tasteful by comparison. I’m sure I’m not the first to observe this, but with a mind this sociopathic, it’s a good thing he has comedy as an outlet.</p> <p>And, regardless of the jokes’ coffin-black nature, Jeselnik is a fine craftsman of non-sequitur punch lines, frequently steering our brains in one direction and then making a wild left turn, like a train that is derailed, then torched, then bombed. He proved an excellent crowd-worker as well, generating some immaculate improvisation and fluidly segueing it back into his scripted material.</p> <p>He concluded his set with a question-and-answer session and a discussion of his craft that might <em>almost</em> be called genuine. It was the closest to what one imagines the real Jeselnik is like, and it offered a powerful, un-P.C. defense of his frequent offense—the method to his madness. </p> <p><em>Anthony Jeselnik performs at 8 and 10:30 p.m. tonight and 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday at Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach. Admission is $25, plus a two-drink minimum. Call 561/833-1812 or visit palmbeachimprov.com.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 05 Sep 2014 14:24:47 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/05/the-jeselnik-offensive-comes-to-west-palm/Arts & EventsUpcoming EventsSmall Bites: One and Done in Bocahttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/05/small-bites-one-and-done-in-boca/<p>You can never be too rich or too thin or have too many pizza joints.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/sicilianoven.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>At least that’s how it seems in our little corner of paradise. Latest evidence is the new <a href="http://www.sicilianoven.com/" target="_blank">Sicilian Oven</a> (<em>21170 St. Andrews Blvd., 561/750-9772</em>) in Boca Raton, the fourth local pizzeria/ristorante for the Broward-based chain. The classier than your usual pizzeria space features an open kitchen, polished concrete floors and black leather banqettes, while the menu boasts an array of wood-fired pizzas and such familiar Italian dishes as rigatoni Bolognese, eggplant caponata and house-made meatballs.</p> <p>Well, that was quick. It took less than four months for <strong>The Filling Station</strong>, the automotive-themed gastropub in Boca’s Royal Palm Place, to run out of gas. The phone has been disconnected and the restaurant appears to be shuttered. Despite replacing the late and very unlamented 101 Cantina, which annoyed both neighbors and city officials with repeated noise and disturbances, the Station got off to a rocky start, with brutal word of mouth on social media and crowd-source restaurant outlets. Maybe the next occupant of this hard-luck space will do better.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 05 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/05/small-bites-one-and-done-in-boca/DiningNews & ReviewsFAU Sexual assault symposium, kids and guns and other news of notehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/04/fau-sexual-assalut-symposium-kids-and-guns-delrays-charter-chage-and-other-news-of-note/<h3><span>Sexual assault symposium</span></h3> <p>Florida Atlantic University on Wednesday morning hosted an interesting and important but at times frustrating discussion about sexual assault at American colleges.</p> <p><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/girl_worried.jpg" width="488"></p> <p>U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel invited representatives from higher education and law enforcement, who gathered at FAU’s Alumni Center to speak about what Frankel’s office called the “sexual assault epidemic on college campuses.” Problem? For sure. “Epidemic?” Inconclusive.</p> <p>As other lawmakers have done, Frankel cited a <a href="https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/221153.pdf" target="_blank">survey</a> that supposedly concluded that one in five American women is sexually assaulted while in college. Writing last month in <em>USA Today</em>, a professor of criminology at Northeastern University and a professor of sociology at Mt. Holyoke College cited flaws in the survey’s methodology: It was conducted at just two large universities, and there was a large non-response rate, meaning that it could be top-heavy toward victims. Joseph Cohn, of the group Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, told the FAU meeting that the survey classified as a sexual assault any encounter involving alcohol. The survey also classified any “unwanted touching” as a sexual assault.</p> <p>Reports of gang rapes on campus and other horrific actions, though, are real enough. Even in high school, classmates have used cell phones to photograph girls passed out from drinking. There’s compassion for you.</p> <p>I attended both a small, private college and a large, public university in the 1970s and belonged to a fraternity, and I can recall no such terrible incidents. I asked Ashley Sturm, an FAU victim advocate, if sexual assault on campus is up or down. She didn’t know, which isn’t her fault. There are lots of anecdotes but no reliable trend line.</p> <p>Still, helpful points emerged from the discussion. The most important is that victims need to report an assault promptly if they want the legal system to go after their attacker. Michelle McCardle, a sex crimes detective with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, noted that investigators must assemble a rape kit within 96 hours. One college official pointed out that victims have a year to change their minds if they don’t initially want to report the assault. Dennis Nicewander, an assistant state attorney in Broward County, responded flatly that if prosecutors don’t get evidence within 48 hours, “The case is done.”</p> <p>A related point is that while victims might believe it sufficient if a university expels the perpetrator, such action leaves that person free to assault someone else. When speaking with a reluctant victim, Nicewander said, he tells her—on-campus victims are almost always female—that coming forward “could save 20 or 30 others.” For those who are still reluctant, he asks, “Can you live with that?” Those lowlifes taking pictures of victims, Nicewander said, also are collecting evidence.</p> <p>So colleges must create a climate that allows a victim to feel comfortable pressing a case. One participant ventured Wednesday that colleges should provide sufficient services for victims without showing so much compassion that they are disinclined to file charges. Talk about a delicate balance to strike.</p> <p>And if law enforcement is reluctant, the victim could be victimized twice. Last fall, reporting by the <em>Tampa Bay Times </em>showed that the Tallahassee Police Department moved slowly, at best, investigating the alleged assault by Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston. FAU is not FSU when it comes to football, but another important point is that no university should allow an athletic department to lead any investigation into a student-athlete.</p> <p>Another frustrating aspect is that we don’t know the main cause of sexual assaults on campus. Alcohol can be a factor, of course, but what about the “hook-up culture” that can make sex look expected? Do students raised in the digital age have more trouble with face-to-face relationships?</p> <p>Sturm, the FAU victim advocate, believes that it has less to do with technology and more with educating students. For example: It’s a “misconception” that alcohol always is a factor in sexual assaults. “It’s not just at parties.” Young women can be taught to recognize “red flags” and take action. When someone comes to her, Sturm said, the priority is “building a rapport” that can give a victim courage to seek justice and to take responsibility if, say, excessive drinking on both sides was involved.</p> <p>Whatever the debate over the number of on-campus assaults, there is general agreement that it is an underreported crime. There also was agreement Wednesday on the need to educate students, in all ways. Participants spoke of creating more “ethical bystanders”—those who could help to head off an assault by doing something as simple as turning on a light in a dark room where a party is taking place.</p> <p>Credit Frankel for getting all the right people, with differing opinions, in one room. Credit FAU, given its turnout and the statements from its representatives, for taking the issue seriously. The most frustrating thing is that we have to be talking about the issue at all.</p> <h3>Delray city charter change</h3> <p>It didn’t have nearly the immediate impact it might have had, but the Aug. 26 vote in Delray Beach changed the city’s charter in a way that could help future city commissions.</p> <p>By a margin of 62 percent to 38 percent, voters decided that three of five city commissioners can fire the city manager, not four. When the issue went on the ballot at mid-summer, the change was the last-resort way of firing former City Manager Louie Chapman. He would have been gone in May if the commission majority—Mayor Cary Glickstein, Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia—could have had its way. But Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet held out, for reasons they can’t or won’t explain adequately.</p> <p>The four-vote rule was a holdover. The city had imposed it more than 20 years ago, when warring factions on the commission regularly fired managers after taking power. What had been helpful then was harmful now. Chapman could have been gone as early as May, for cause. Instead, he had to be suspended, and the commission finally approved a settlement in July.</p> <p>Without the settlement, Chapman could have been fired tonight, at the first regular meeting since the election. Petrolia, who voted against the deal, would say the city could have saved $75,000. Of course, the search for a permanent manager got a head start of nearly two months, and Chapman can’t sue.</p> <p>A similar situation may never arise again. But Delray voters gave the commission the ability to act if it does.</p> <h3>Guns &amp; kids</h3> <p>The case of the 9-year-old girl who shot and killed an instructor at an Arizona gun range made me think of <a href="http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/crime-law/father-of-lake-worth-girl-who-fatally-shot-herself/nd4Fp/" target="_blank">Zuri Chambers</a>.</p> <p>She is the 3-year-old girl who accidentally shot herself in her Lake Worth home last February. A loaded gun had been left within her reach. Though Zuri was the victim and the girl in Arizona was not—at least not in the physical sense—each tragedy resulted from negligence involving children and firearms. The gun in Zuri’s house should have been secured. The gun range in Arizona should not have allowed a child to fire an Uzi.</p> <p>Zuri Chambers’ father—the only other person in the house at the time—is charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child. It is a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison. The prosecutor in the case said Wednesday that the state attorney’s office is “trying to resolve” the case. A hearing is set for this month.</p> <p>As when parents leave children in sweltering cars so long that the children die, this case makes some people ask why the charge is necessary. What punishment could the state impose that is worse than what the father already has imposed on himself? But the law is on the books for a reason. And consider that in 1989, the Legislature held a special session after a string of accidental shootings when children had easy access to loaded weapons.</p> <p>The girl in Arizona won’t be charged. Of course not. It wasn’t her fault. Zuri Chambers died because an adult was negligent. If the state isn’t going to enforce the law, why is it on the books?</p> <h3>Accountability issues</h3> <p>In discussing the Palm Beach County Commission’s vote to allow development of the former Mizner Trail Golf Course in Boca Raton, I have mentioned that however angry neighbors in Boca Del Mar are about the decision, they can’t take out their anger at the polls. County commissioners run from single-member districts. Steven Abrams, who represents Boca Del Mar, voted against the request for 252 homes.</p> <p>There might be a way to make more county commissioners accountable to more voters. Like Palm Beach County, Hillsborough and Pinellas are large counties with seven commissioners. But only four are from single-member districts. Three run countywide. As a result, each resident votes for a majority of the commission.</p> <p>There’s no talk now of such a change for Palm Beach County. But the idea makes sense. We will discuss it more.</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><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzThu, 04 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/04/fau-sexual-assalut-symposium-kids-and-guns-delrays-charter-chage-and-other-news-of-note/City WatchCommunityMovie Review: &quot;The Last of Robin Hood&quot;http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/03/movie-review-the-last-of-robin-hood/<p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/the-last-of-robin-hood-banner.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>None of the central characters in the true-Hollywood biopic “The Last of Robin Hood” (opening in South Florida Friday) feel especially new. There’s Errol Flynn (Kevin Kline), every bit the charismatic, womanizing cliché of himself, buckling invisible swash with his arms even when balancing on the diving board of his pool. There’s Beverly Aadland (Dakota Fanning), the underage ingénue with no apparent talent but with a nubile body that perks Flynn’s insatiable libido. And there’s Florence (Susan Sarandon), the stereotypical ruthless showbiz parent, living vicariously through her offspring’s starry-eyed potential.</p> <p>All of them comprise shopworn archetypes, which might be a complaint if these all-too-real people didn’t help create these archetypes. Just about everything in “The Last of Robin Hood,” written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash West, has a certifiable ring of truth. Familiarity, in this case, breeds occasional insight.</p> <p>The movie is set during the final two years of Flynn’s life, circa 1957 to 1959, a lovingly recreated playground of vintage cars and martinis and three-piece suits and manicured hedges that pop with color. But in the age of television, Flynn’s star isn’t as marketable as it used to be. Gazing out onto the studio lot at the beginning of the movie, he notices one final virgin to deflower: Beverly, whom he later christens “Woodsy,” short for “wood nymph”—a talentless, 15-going-on-21-year-old chorus girl who, with a few disingenuous plaudits from the mustachioed millionaire, might just wind up on a Hollywood marquee. At least that’s how her mother Florence justifies the blind eye she casts toward her daughter’s unseemly relationship with the serial philanderer.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/robinhood-sarandon.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>This is where Glatzer and West might differ from a more simplistic approach, one that would view Flynn as the sole corrupter—the lecherous criminal pursuing jailbait and protected by his celebrity. But Kline’s Flynn is essentially a charming, childish id from whom adult behavior is never expected, or even understood. It’s Florence, despite Sarandon’s own considerable star power, who is the film’s most callow and shameful character, willingly deluding herself into believing Flynn’s purportedly “innocent” advances on her daughter, against her husband’s straightforward wisdom (Flynn is “a walking penis!” he says, in one crackling scene). “The Last of Robin Hood” is not a moral harangue about sex and scandal; it’s a potent statement about the lengths some will go to get themselves, or their families, ahead in Hollywood.</p> <p>“The Last of Robin Hood” might not be a thrill-a-minute, but it’s perceptive, and it spreads its lacerating critique far and wide. All three characters, at various points, come off as both tragic figures and sowers of their own fate. All, unquestionably, are victims of the gutter-press scourge that still documents, and distorts, celebrity culture today. We know all of this, and we know these characters without even knowing them—but it’s still a pleasure to watch the inevitable unfold with such skill and poise.</p> <p><em>“The Last of Robin Hood” opens Friday at Regal Shadowood 16 and Living Room Theaters in Boca Raton, Movies of Delray, Movies of Lake Worth, The Classic Gateway Theater in Fort Lauderdale, AMC Aventura 24, Regal South Beach 18, the Tower Theater in Miami, and AMC Sunset Place 24 in South Miami.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 03 Sep 2014 13:46:41 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/03/movie-review-the-last-of-robin-hood/Arts & EventsMoviesBoca After Dark: Johnnie Brown&#39;shttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/03/boca-after-dark-johnni-browns/<p class="Body"><strong>Where: </strong>301 E. Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL   561/243-9911</p> <p class="Body"><strong> <img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/johnniebrowns.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="Body"><strong>The lowdown: </strong>Guests of Downtown Delray can get their fill of classic rock and live entertainment at Johnnie Brown’s, an all-American burger, wings and rib joint located right along the train tracks.</p> <p class="Body">Those train tracks play a big role in the history of this part of Delray Beach, so every time a train rolls by, there’s a special deal on drinks. This is just one of the many reasons why locals love the laid-back, rocker vibe at Johnnie Brown’s. Everyone is in jeans, baseball caps, and band T-shirts.</p> <p class="Body">Johnnie Brown’s is an open-air bar, making it very Florida-friendly, but it’s covered, of course, because Florida loves to surprise us with rain. It’s an elbow-to-elbow kind of place, with people sitting and standing absolutely anywhere they can find to get a good view of whatever band is playing at the time. With such an energetic essence coming from the place, its no wonder people walking by stop and peer in to see what they’re missing.</p> <p class="Body">The clientele is made up of a mostly older crowd — people who know and love the music playing on stage. There’s classic rock seven nights a week, including the Elvis Experience on Mondays with award-winning entertainer Scott Ringersen and a Rod Stewart tribute every Tuesday with The Hot Rod Band, a local Stewart tribute band.<strong><br> The intangibles: </strong>Music starts about between 7:30 and 9 p.m. depending on the night. It’s the perfect place to go for drinks after you’ve enjoyed a nice early dinner on the Ave. The place packs up quickly, and there’s never a cover charge.</p> <p class="Body">Johnnie’s favorite classic rock bands rock the house on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. with bands covering some of the greats: Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, just to name a few. Thursday nights are filled with more live cover bands starting at 7:30 p.m.</p> <p class="Body">Friday and Saturday nights call for rotating live local bands from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. These nights are dubbed Rock ‘n Roll ‘n Ribs — featuring their Real Deal BBQ wood-grilled ribs, a crowd favorite. If you’re looking for some Sunday Funday happenings, check Johnnie Brown’s Facebook for all updates.</p> <p class="Body">Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. with $2 domestic draft beers and bottles, $3 imports and craft draft and bottles, $3 well drinks and $2 off all other drinks and wine. There are also “Shotski” specials — four shots for the price of three. </p> <p><strong>Hours:</strong> Johnnie Brown’s is open from Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m.</p> <p>to 2 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Website:</strong> <a href="http://johnniebrowns.com" target="_blank">johnniebrowns.com</a></p> <p><em><strong>••••••••</strong></em></p> <p><em>For more on bars in Boca Raton, click <a href="/blog/tag/boca-after-dark/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <center><strong></strong></center> <p><strong>About Shaina</strong></p> <div>Shaina is a Boca transplant, born and raised in South Jersey. Her love of writing began at a young age and followed her through to Rutgers University where she graduated with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. It wasn't until she sought after a new and exciting journey far away from the cold winters of Jersey that she discovered another love: food. Shaina created her very own food blog, Take A Bite Out of Boca, and has since grown her passion for cooking, baking, and of course sipping and savoring her way around town. She is very excited to be part of the team at Boca Raton Magazine and hopes that you will join her every step of the way as she explores <em>Boca After Dark</em>. You can follow Shaina and all of her foodie adventures in and out of the kitchen at <a href="http://www.takeabiteoutofboca.com/" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</div>Shaina WizovWed, 03 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/03/boca-after-dark-johnni-browns/BarsDelray BeachDiningThirty-seven Local Athletes Head to Ironman Floridahttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/03/thirty-seven-local-athletes-head-to-ironman-florida/<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>While we were riding bikes on A1A recently, a friend mentioned that 37 local athletes from the <a href="http://www.bocaratontriathletes.com/" target="_blank">Boca Raton Triathletes</a> were going to compete in <a href="http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman/florida.aspx#axzz3CG1EUznT" target="_blank">Ironman Florida</a> on Nov. 1 in Panama City, Fla. I’ve always known that we have some tough athletes in South Florida. But to have such a big group from one local club doing such an ambitious race is amazing.</p> <p>For those of you who don’t know the Ironman distance, it’s a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and 26.2 mile run. Not easy.</p> <p>“This is our biggest group yet,” says Boca Raton resident Kristy Breslaw, president of Boca Raton Triathletes.  </p> <p><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/brt.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Breslaw, 44, is going to Panama City to support the club’s athletes, some of whom have never participated in an Ironman competition. She isn’t doing this particular Ironman but has competed in grueling Ironman events in the past. I asked Breslow what the experience was like.</p> <p><strong>Boca Mag:</strong> When did you start doing triathlons and Ironman distances?</p> <p><strong>Kristy Breslaw:</strong> I started racing in 2002. I did my first Ironman in 2009 at Ironman Florida.</p> <p><strong>BM</strong>: How many Ironman distances have you done?  </p> <p><strong>KB</strong>: I have done two more since: 2011 Ironman Florida and 2013 Challenge Roth in Germany. I am registered for Ironman Whistler in 2015.  I have also competed many other 70.3 [half Ironman] and other distance races.</p> <p><strong>BM</strong>: How many hours a week do you train and for how long? </p> <p><strong>KB</strong>: Depending on the race and time of year, the training is anywhere from 10 to 25 hours a week. </p> <p><strong>BM</strong>: What do you love most about doing Ironman triathlons?</p> <p><strong>KB</strong>: What I love most is the challenge and camaraderie among friends. Training for an Ironman is a long and challenging process. Having others with you through the process to train with and learn from makes the whole experience amazingly special and memorable. When you cross the finish line and your friends are all there, knowing how hard it was to make it to the start and finish line is awesome. I have made my closest and lifelong friends through [the club], training and racing. The people are so supportive and nonjudgmental.  Without them, the journey and the finish lines would never be as much fun or special. </p> <p>Here’s the list of participating triathletes, who represent a wide range of ages:</p> <p>Ari Ginarte, 45; Brian Doherty, 41; Catherine Trejo, 30; Cicily Chun, 43; Dan Bond, 37; David Hoy, 48; David LeClair; Efua Ramdeen, 32; Eric Kalina, 44; Frannie Nachlas, 48; Frank Fernandez-Posse, 44; Jared Koesten, 40; Jason Alviene, 38; Jason Ramdeen, 34; Jay Brandt, 38; Jeff Bielec, 44; Joe Paxton, 53; John Snyder, 52; Kathy Ginarte, 48; Kevin Frey, 35; Kyle Heckman, 18; Lauren Fuchs, 53; Matthew Hert, 47; Mike Jordan, 48; Mitch Zelman, 34; Ornel Cotera, 33; Sandy Lechner, 51; Sara Koesten, 37; Scott Heckman, 51; Stefano Papaleo, 44; Steve Cimaglia, 47; Steven Ross, 46; Sue Caplan, 48; Todd Kough, 41; Tom Turbyfill; Robin Goldber; and Geoffrey Taber, 42.</p> <p>Be sure to cheer for those you know when you see them on the road. Chances are, they’ll be training in the heat of the day to prepare for an event that takes many at least 12 hours to complete.</p> <p>For more about Boca Raton Triathletes, go to: <a href="http://www.bocatri.com/">bocatri.com</a>. You can register to join at the site. It’s $35.</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">www.wordscomealive.com</a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 03 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/03/thirty-seven-local-athletes-head-to-ironman-florida/FitnessHealth/BeautyHome Town: Starting Overhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/02/home-town-starting-over/<h3>A local author offers a road map for widows and late-life divorced men.</h3> <p><img alt="" height="381" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/halspielman.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Hal Spielman knew he was in trouble when he couldn’t find the checkbook. That was just one of the everyday obstacles he was facing in the wake of his wife’s death. “I started to realize there was an enormous gap in my operational base,” he says, thinking of that time six years ago when he was suddenly charged with doing the things that his wife used to do for him.</p> <p>Now 86, Spielman has managed to navigate those uncharted waters and he’s been generous enough to help others do the same through <em>Suddenly Solo: A Lifestyle Road Map For the Mature, Widowed or Divorced Man</em>, a book he co-authored with Marc Silbert.</p> <p>“I thought there are people out there who are coping with this issue, so I turned to what I did for a living [he cofounded McCollum Spielman Worldwide, a marketing and communication research company], and we interviewed over 1000 men and over 600 women who were widowed or divorced, mostly in their 60s and 70s, to find out how they were coping and what were the issues,” he says. “Out of that came the book.”</p> <p>Rather than a nurturing guide to the twilight years, Speilman’s book offers far more practical advice based on real numbers, not revelation. His impressive market research and sociology background gave him the chops to find out what was going on in a population of men who found themselves alone—after a lifetime as half of a couple.</p> <p>Retired since 2008 and a part-time Lake Worth resident, Spielman says the book took on a life of its own. He’s been featured on “The Today Show” and talks of a possible radio show.</p> <p>Here are a few things he’s discovered about how to get living again.</p> <p>• Being alone [is] different for men and for women. We immediately saw men were raising issues about where they lived, where they ate, about their health and their finances. Women were raising issues about relationships, dating, sexual activity; they were very open about talking about that.</p> <p>• We aimed the book at men, but more women buy the book.</p> <p>• We separate being alone from being lonely; there is a very marked difference. Loneliness is an issue. About 80 percent of men and women say that the main reason they want to be a couple again is to have shared experiences.</p> <p>• One of the things we have heard is that mature men only want to date young women—this is absolutely wrong. The data says they prefer overwhelmingly to date women in their own age range. They have things to share in their past.</p> <p>• The most important thing is to get prepared to get out there, look for things you are interested in doing that will put you into social situations where you can meet other people. You are going to meet other people who can help make your life more joyful. </p> <p>• Twenty-nine percent of people we talked to who were in a relationship were with someone they had known in the past. What that said to us was: “Go to your class reunion.” The second largest category of people in a relationship—22 percent—met their partner online.</p> <p>• In Florida, happy hour is a big thing.</p>Marie SpeedTue, 02 Sep 2014 23:22:19 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/02/home-town-starting-over/In The MagazineThe Week Ahead: Sept. 2 to 8http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/02/the-week-ahead-sept-2-to-8/<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="224" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/emerson_book.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: William Rothman</strong></p> <p>Where: Books &amp; Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 305/442-4408, <a href="http://www.booksandbooks.com" target="_blank">booksandbooks.com</a></p> <p>Book-length studies psychoanalyzing the art and artifice of Alfred Hitchcock are nothing new. I’m looking at several on my own bookshelf—like Peter Conrad’s <em>The Hitchcock Murders</em> and Thomas Leitch’s <em>Find the Director and Other Hitchcock Games</em>. If it’s possible to still find new avenues with which to explore the Master of Suspense’s nearly 70-film oeuvre, Dr. William Rothman has found one. The University of Miami cinema professor, who revisited his landmark study <em>Hitchcock: The Murderous Gaze</em> in 2012, returned with his latest, multi-pronged excavation of the director’s mind, <em>Must We Kill the Thing We Love?</em> It looks at Hitchcock’s movies through the prism of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s writings, finding new correlatives between these seemingly disparate artists. Rothman will discuss some of his revelations, and sign books, at this free event.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/graphicad_methanestudios.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age”</strong></p> <p>Where: FAU’s Ritter Gallery, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</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>Whether it’s a bandaged Haitian child welcoming a bird onto her palm or a snake mazing its way through the core of an apple, pictures can still speak considerably louder than words—especially when they arrive in the form of an advocacy poster. Combating the perception that young people are too apathetic to rise against corrupt or unjust systems, the touring exhibition “Graphic Advocacy” reveals the modern incarnation of this vintage form of visual protest, which has enjoyed a resurgence thanks to the democratization of digital media. Whether in Russia, third-world African nations or the Arab world, digital posters have become a potent form a protest, raising awareness about regional, national and global issues. This exhibit, curated by Elizabeth Resnick of Massachusetts College of Design, examines more than 120 posters from 2001-2012; Resnick will speak about the exhibition at Thursday night’s opening. The exhibit runs through Oct. 25.</p> <p> THURSDAY TO SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/anthony_jeselnik_600x400.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Anthony Jeselnik</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: $25 plus two-drink minimum</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-1812, <a href="http://www.palmbeachimprov.com" target="_blank">palmbeachimprov.com</a></p> <p>If you’ve ever seen Anthony Jeselnik perform standup comedy, you know to expect the unexpected—and to prepare for the most morbid conclusion to any setup. Case in point: “You don’t know anything about pain until you’ve seen your own baby drowned in a tub … and you definitely don’t know anything about how to wash a baby.” That’s the Jeselnik formula in a nutshell: Start at Point A with a universal statement and conclude with a 180 into the writer’s dark abyss of a mind. His second comedy album, 2013’s Caligula, includes tracks titled “Rape,” “Death” and “Shut the F**k Up.” Enough playwrights have explored the Theatre of Cruelty, but few funnymen have plumbed the Comedy of Cruelty with as much brilliance as Jeselnik. Look for a review of this performance Friday here at bocamag.com.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="279" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/hero_discoverers.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Discoverers”</strong></p> <p>Where: Regal Shadowood 16, 9889 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Show times pending</p> <p>Cost: $7.50 to $11</p> <p>Contact: 561/482-2638</p> <p>The dysfunctional family dramedy “The Discoverers” enjoyed its premiere screening in a film festival in October 2012. And despite warm receptions at a number of other festivals, it’s taken two full years for the movie to receive a generous theatrical release—such are the vagaries of distributing truly independent movies. But it looks worth the wait, centering on a family whose elderly patriarch has an uncommon obsession with Lewis &amp; Clark, and who insists on re-enacting the explorers’ famous treks, complete with early 19<sup>th</sup> century raiment and language. For his son and grandchildren, who are now tasked with caring for his needs, that means a most unusual road trip, one that travels to the past to help understand their present. The movie’s concept, written and directed by first-time filmmaker Justin Schwarz, is unique enough, but the element that has garnered the most praise is the lead performance by the great and under-used Griffin Dunne, as a washed-up professor who could use some exploration. “The Discoverers” also opens Friday at Movies of Lake Worth and Muvico Parisian 20 in West Palm Beach.</p> <p><img alt="" height="417" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/john+densmore+johndensmore.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: John Densmore</strong></p> <p>Where: Radio-Active Records, 845 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Book purchase of $14.95 or $24.95</p> <p>Contact: 954/762-9488, <a href="http://radio-active-records.com" target="_blank">radio-active-records.com</a></p> <p>For anyone other than rock ‘n’ roll purists, the name John Densmore might not ring an immediate bell. As for his former band mates—guys like Robby Krieger and Jim Morrison—that’s another story. For eight heady and tumultuous years, Densmore drummed for the Doors, and today he’s the oldest surviving member. Having since reimagined himself as an actor, dancer, and film and theater producer, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer still keeps the Doors near the front of his consciousness, penning a best-selling autobiography, <em>Riders on the Storm</em>, in 1990, and returning with his most recent book, <em>The Doors: Unhinged</em>. Don’t expect a hagiographic account of rock gossip; instead, Densmore’s latest tome unveils some of the unspoken truths undergirding rock stardom. According to official book description, it looks at “the ‘greed gene,’ and how that part of the human psyche propels us toward the accumulation of more and more wealth, even at the expense of our principles and friendships and the wellbeing of society.” Densmore will sign both books and records and CDs at this rare appearance, as well as pose for photographs.</p> <p><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/bleedingpalm-one.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening reception for “Echoes Myron”</strong></p> <p>Where: Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood</p> <p>When: 6:30 to 10 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10, or free for members</p> <p>Contact: 954/921-3274, <a href="http://artandculturecenter.org" target="_blank">artandculturecenter.org</a></p> <p>Any art exhibition that borrows its name from a song by indie-rock legends Guided by Voices has me at the proverbial “hello.” Such is this case with the Art and Culture Center’s latest group show in its main gallery, “Echoes Myron.” Curated by artists Beatriz Monteavaro and Priyadarsini Ray, the show captures the nexus of art and music, focusing on musicians who make visual art and vice versa. The broad range of mediums on display includes sculpture, painting, flyer art, photography and installations from nearly 40 visual and recording artists, ranging from Kevin Arrow to Viking Funeral. It’s only appropriate that Friday’s opening reception will include live music, from the likes of Snakehole and Bank of Christ. Expect a one-of-a-kind night at the Center.</p> <p> SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="237" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/stevemartin.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Steve Martin and Martin Short</strong></p> <p>Where: Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $59 to $129</p> <p>Contact: 954/797-5531, <a href="http://www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com" target="_blank">hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com</a></p> <p>Each of these “Martins” could fill a room the size of the Hard Rock on their own. But together? It’s a match made in comic heaven where anything goes, a joint appearance predicated on unpredictable lunacy. The subtitle of the duo’s tour is “A Very Stupid Conversation,” and while this belies each actor’s reservoirs of wit and wisdom, it speaks to off-the-cuff, friends-shooting-the-shit vibe of this cross-country jaunt. The conversation in question is expected to address the evolution of their creative influences and their respective careers, but every night is different—that’s what makes the tour so special. And, as is the norm for any Steve Martin tour, a banjo concert is part of the program too.</p> <p> MONDAY, SEPT. 8</p> <p><img alt="" height="364" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/2d7cb5b81-ac81-d381-ee9cb13f1108505a.jpg" width="300"></p> <p><strong>What: “Rough Patch” play reading</strong></p> <p>Where: Plaza Theatre, 262 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 561/588-1820</p> <p>There’s never anything to do on a Monday night, so why not enjoy an early peek at one of tomorrow’s potentially great plays? That’s the idea next Monday; most theaters remain on summer break, but Manalapan’s Plaza Theatre is opening its stage for a one-night only reading of Charles Gluck’s family drama “Rough Patch.” It’s about a medical crisis that fractures, and then rebuilds, a close-knit family, with unlikely heroes ultimately redefining terms such as “strength” and “weakness.” Avi Hoffman (pictured), who directed and starred in a reading of this play in New York last year, returns to the helm here, joined onstage by such stalwart South Florida actors as Patti Gardner, Scott Genn, Paul Louis, Mia Matthews, Margo Moreland and Mark Della Ventura.</p>John ThomasonTue, 02 Sep 2014 13:49:10 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/02/the-week-ahead-sept-2-to-8/ArtArts & EventsMoviesThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsArchstone news, more from Boca Del Mar &amp; police talks imminent in Delrayhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/02/archstone-news-more-from-boca-del-mar-police-talks-imminent-in-delray/<h3><img alt="" height="160" src="/site_media/uploads/boca-raton.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>Archstone update</h3> <p>The controversial <a href="http://pages.archstone-email.com/page.aspx?QS=773ed3059447707dac6b689d9fd6149ec83913a39fdb2cb8e95e16d27a31bff9" target="_blank">Archstone Palmetto Park</a> project in Boca Raton may not wind up being called Archstone, but it also probably won’t change under new ownership.</p> <p>Last week, the 6-acre Archstone site between Fifth Avenue and Mizner Boulevard was sold by Equity Residential of Chicago—the majority partner—and Boca’s Mark Guzzetta –—the minority partner. I am told that the buyer is Charleston, S.C.-based <a href="http://www.greystar.com/" target="_blank">Greystar</a>. It is the nation’s largest apartment management company, and this year got even bigger when it bought Riverstone, Greystar’s largest competitor.</p> <p>In March 2013, after a five-hour meeting, the Boca Raton City Council approved Archstone Palmetto Park, a complex of 378 rental apartments and about 12,000 square feet of retail space. Actually, it was the second approval. The current plan is a bit smaller and more set back from the street than the one the council approved in 2012.</p> <p>Residents to the north in the Golden Triangle (the neighborhood north of Palmetto Park Road and east of Mizner Park) protested that the project would overwhelm their neighborhood. Council members—with the exception of Anthony Majhess, one of those residents—responded that Archstone would bring needed business to merchants on East Palmetto Park Road.</p> <p>Though Archstone has remained the name throughout city consideration of the project, the company hasn’t owned the site for more than two years. Colorado-based Archstone, Guzzetta’s original partner when the property sold in March 2012 for $20.1 million, was sold to Equity Residential and another company in November 2012. I’m told that Equity Residential didn’t want to develop Archstone. Thus the sale to Greystar.</p> <p>A source tells me, however, that Greystar does want to build Archstone—or whatever it might be called—and soon will submit plans that follow what the city approved. That would make sense. Any proposed change would trigger a new review by the city. The last review led to a lawsuit challenging the city’s approval. A trial court judge ruled that Boca Raton had to put the issue to voters in a referendum, but the Fourth District Court of Appeal disagreed. That ruling last January cleared the way for construction, which then was delayed because of the sale to Greystar.</p> <p>Even now, longtime Boca Raton residents might wonder if work on the project will start anytime soon. There has been talk of redevelopment on that land for two decades, starting with the late Greg Talbott’s plan for what he called Palmetto Promenade. The property went into foreclosure during the recession, and Fifth Third Bank bought it for $6 million in December 2010.</p> <p>Post-recession, financing has been easier for rental housing than homes and condos, and plans for the property turned from Talbott’s office-retail project to one including apartments. That came as Boca Raton began betting big on housing to energize the downtown. Archstone was just one of several residential projects to go before the council, but it was the biggest and generated the most emotion, with then-Mayor Susan Whelchel claiming during the climactic meeting that opponents just didn’t want renters nearby.</p> <p>Though I am told that the cost of Archstone as approved could top $100 million, the project sounds more like a rounding error in the Greystar portfolio. The merged company manages almost 400,000 apartments, and Riverstone alone had $17 billion in assets. In Boca Raton, however, Archstone—or whatever it may be—is a big deal. The city will be eager to hear Greystar’s plans.</p> <h3>Delray police contract talks</h3> <p>With the end of the city budget year and the end of the city’s contract with the police union coming on Sept. 30, Delray Beach is close to finally making a contract offer.</p> <p>I have written extensively about the long-term financial problems both cities face because of police and fire pensions. Those problems will become harder to hide starting next year, when cities must report the unfunded liabilities on their balance sheets.</p> <p>Discussions about labor issues can take place outside of Florida’s Open Meetings Law, so we don’t know which approach Delray intends to take. The options, though, are easy to identify.</p> <p>1) Most cities try to change elements of the pension arrangement. This is Boca Raton’s approach. The city, which held a bargaining session last week, has proposed— among other things—lowering the “multiplier” used to calculate benefits, lowering the annual cost-of-living adjustment and eliminating the use of overtime in calculating benefits. Other cities have tried, sometimes successfully, to cap lifetime payouts.</p> <p>2) Delray Beach also could get out of the pension business by shifting all employees into the state retirement system. Most employees in the Florida Retirement System work for school districts, counties and the state, but the option for cities has become more appealing as those pension obligations have grown. First, however, Delray Beach would have to see if the switch made long-term financial sense. The city backed away this year from a look at contracting with Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue because the numbers were iffy.</p> <p>3) The nuclear option. Palm Beach stopped taking money from a state-imposed fee on insurance policies that goes to cities with police and fire pensions. (The Legislature created the fee to encourage cities to keep employees out of the state system.) Freed from state constraints that go with that money, Palm Beach then created its own hybrid retirement system that is less like the traditional defined-benefit (set payout) plan and more like a 401(k)-style defined contribution plan. It was nasty, and many police officers and firefighters quit. This seems unlikely for Delray.</p> <p>Still, with so little time left, the chance of an impasse is greater than it was a month ago. Perfect timing for new Police Chief Jeffrey Goldberg, who took over on Monday.</p> <h3>Boca Del Mar still fighting back    </h3> <p>Last week, the Palm Beach County Commission rejected a request to block construction of homes on the <strong>former Mizner Trail Golf Course</strong> while residents of Boca Del Mar appeal the commission’s June approval of the project.</p> <p>The result was expected. By the same 5-2 vote that allowed 252 homes on the property, the commission allowed the developer to proceed. Robert Banks, the county’s land-use attorney, had recommended rejection, saying in a memo that state law provides “no automatic stay when a zoning approval is challenged in court.” Banks said he knew of no such stay that a local government in Florida ever had granted.</p> <p>Don’t be surprised, though, if the developer waits anyway. In his memo, Banks noted, “A developer or property owners who builds while zoning litigation is pending proceeds at their own risk.” Indeed.</p> <p>The Boca Del Mar Improvement Association, which the group’s attorney says represents 10,000 homeowners in the community just west of the city, contends that the county commission illegally permitted homes on what was open space under Boca Del Mar’s plan—open space that was necessary for approval by the county. In 2002, the Florida Supreme Court upheld a ruling by the Fourth District Court of Appeal that Martin County had allowed construction of apartments too near single-family homes, thus violating the county’s growth plan.</p> <p>The developer had ignored the lawsuit and built the apartments, which he then had to tear down. Andre Parke, whose firm represents the plaintiffs in the Mizner Trail case, confirmed in an email that if the developer starts work and his clients prevail, they would ask for the county to “uphold the codes” and “facilitate the removal of any construction.” Expect to hear from lawyers before the residents hear bulldozers.</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><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzTue, 02 Sep 2014 10:22:54 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/02/archstone-news-more-from-boca-del-mar-police-talks-imminent-in-delray/City WatchCommunityAvocado Grill Coming to WPBhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/02/avocado-grill-coming-to-wpb/<p>And speaking of Pistache and PB Catch (which we were just yesterday), the former chef-partner of that restaurant duo, Julien Gremaud, has struck out on his own and later this year will open <a href="http://www.avocadogrillwpb.com/" target="_blank">Avocado Grill</a> in the Datura Street space in downtown West Palm formerly home to Barrel &amp; Grain.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/avocadogrill.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Gremaud, who grew up in St. Tropez and took his first professional restaurant job at 14, is singing the fresh-local-seasonal tune, seeking out local purveyors of everything from seafood to veggies and promising a menu of locavore-driven cuisine with an emphasis on small plates, sushi and goodies from a raw bar. And, yes, there will be plenty of avocados.</p> <p>The 2,200-square-foot eatery will feature both modern and rustic elements, including a striking black-and-white tile-faced bar. Avocado Grill will be open for dinner nightly and weekend brunch.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 02 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/02/avocado-grill-coming-to-wpb/DiningNews & ReviewsPaneterie to Debut Wednesdayhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/01/paneterie-to-debut-wednesday/<p>Thierry Beaud and Patrick Leze—the duo behind TITOU Hospitality, proprietors of Pistache, PB Catch and Patrick Leze Palm Beach—will unveil their latest endeavor with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in West Palm Beach this Wednesday.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/paneterie.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="http://www.paneterie.com/" target="_blank">Paneterie</a> (<em>205 N. Clematis St., 561/223-2992</em>) hopes to bring an authentic French bakery to the West Palm dining mix, with all manner of house-baked breads and pastries, as well as a roster of sandwiches, panini, salads and quiches.</p> <p>The cheery white facade and vivid red awning promise a laid-back bistro ambiance, with moderately priced dishes ranging from pastries starting at $1.75 to salads and sandwiches topping out at $10. Look for croissants, macarrons, chocolates, Danishes and more, plus savory items ranging from quiche Lorraine and nicoise salad to pate sandwich and the classic croque monsieur.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 01 Sep 2014 10:13:19 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/01/paneterie-to-debut-wednesday/DiningNews & ReviewsUpcoming EventsBest of Boca 2014: Dininghttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/01/best-of-boca-2014-dining/<p class="p1"><em>**This is an abbreviated version. To view the full Best of Boca feature, click <a href="/guides/" target="_blank">here</a>.<em> Note that this article was published in May 2014 and menu items/personnel may have changed in the interim.</em></em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best New Restaurants</strong></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/13americantable.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.13americantable.com/" target="_blank">13 American Table</a> <em>(Pictured)</em></p> <p class="p1">451 E Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton // 561/409-2061</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://hmfpalmbeach.com/" target="_blank">HMF</a></p> <p class="p1">1 S. County Road, Palm Beach // 561/290-0104</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.racksdelray.com/" target="_blank">Racks Fish House + Oyster Bar</a></p> <p class="p2">5 S.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach // 561/450-6718 </p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.twentytwentygrille.com/" target="_blank">Twenty Twenty Grille</a></p> <p class="p1">141 Patio de Fuente, Boca Raton // 561/990-7969</p> <p class="p1">See spotlight on Chef Ron Weisheit <a href="/blog/2014/09/01/best-of-boca-chef-spotlight/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.farmerstableboca.com/" target="_blank">Farmer’s Table</a></p> <p class="p1">1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton // 561/417-5836</p> <p class="p1">See spotlight on Chef Joey Giannuzi <a href="/blog/2014/09/01/best-of-boca-restaurant-spotlight/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Foodie Event</strong></p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.bocabacchanal.com/" target="_blank">Boca Bacchanal</a></p> <p class="p2">Every year in March </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Makeover</strong></p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.racksdelray.com/" target="_blank">Racks Fish House + Oyster Bar</a></p> <p class="p2">5 S.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach // 561/450-6718 </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Kept Secret When Mizner is Packed</strong></p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.jazziz.com/" target="_blank">Jazziz</a></p> <p class="p2">201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton // 561/300-0730</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Five Reliable Local Standouts</strong></p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://maxsgrille.com/" target="_blank">Max’s Grille</a></p> <p class="p1">404 Plaza Real, Boca Raton // 561/368-0080</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.brioitalian.com/index.html" target="_blank">Brio Tuscan Grille</a></p> <p class="p1">5050 Town Center Circle, #239, Boca Raton // 561/392-3777</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.jalexanders.com/index.php" target="_blank">J. Alexander’s</a></p> <p class="p1">1400 Glades Road, Boca Raton // 561/347-9875</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.matteosristorante.com/" target="_blank">Matteo’s</a></p> <p class="p1">233 S. Federal Highway, Boca Raton // 561/392-0773</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.trattoriaromanabocaraton.com/Home.aspx" target="_blank">Trattoria Romana</a></p> <p class="p1">499 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton // 561/393-6715</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Fountain of Youth</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/biergarten.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.biergartenboca.com/" target="_blank">Biergarten</a></p> <p class="p1">309 Via De Palmas, #90, Boca Raton // 561/395-7462</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.lifetastesbetter.com/" target="_blank">Rebel House</a></p> <p class="p2">297 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton //561/353-5888 </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Most Decadent New Menu Item</strong></p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.tacobell.com/tacobell/breakfast/nutrition/#nutrition" target="_blank">Taco Bell’s Breakfast Waffle Taco</a></p> <div class="cards-text-truncate-and-wrap">1361 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton // 561/391-7834</div> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Go-To Comfort Foods</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>As picked by locals</em></p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.brulebistro.com/" target="_blank">Dorothy MacDiarmand’s Pick: BLTE at Brulé</a></p> <p class="p1">200 N.E. Second Ave., #108, Delray Beach // 561/274-2046</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.casimirbistro.com/" target="_blank">Jay Van Vechten’s Pick: Grilled New York Strip Steak at Casimir</a></p> <p class="p1">416 Via De Palmas, Boca Raton // 561/955-6001</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.coucopazzo.com/" target="_blank">Joyce DeVita’s Pick: Chicken Milanese at Couco Pazzo</a></p> <p class="p1">915 Lake Ave., Lake Worth // 561/585-0320</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.yardhouse.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">Tim Snow’s Pick: Jambalaya Entrée at Yard House</a></p> <p class="p1">201 Plaza Real, #1201, Boca Raton // 561/417-6124 </p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://trystdelray.com/" target="_blank">Bill Bathurst’s Pick: Burger and Fries at Tryst</a></p> <p class="p2">4 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // 561/921-0201 </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Five Best Food Trends</strong></p> <p class="p1">1. Farm-to-table dining</p> <p class="p1">2. Small plates</p> <p class="p1">3. Gastropubs</p> <p class="p1">4. Independent chef and ingredient-driven restaurants</p> <p class="p1">5. Craft beers get equal billing with wine</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Gone But Not Forgotten</strong></p> <p class="p1">1. Red the Steakhouse, Boca Raton</p> <p class="p1">2. Spice &amp; Tea Exchange, Boca Raton</p> <p class="p1">3. Ovenella, Boca Raton</p> <p class="p1">4. Rosso, Boca Raton</p> <p class="p1">5. The Mexican, Boca Raton</p> <p class="p1">6. Legal Sea Foods, Boca Raton</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Place to Score Dinner Any Night of the Week</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="675" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/royalpalmplace.jpg" width="450"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://royalpalmplace.com/" target="_blank">Royal Palm Place</a></p> <p class="p2">101 Plaza Real S., Boca Raton // 561/362-2984 </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Brew-haha</strong></p> <p class="p1"><a href="https://funkybuddhabrewery.com/" target="_blank">Funky Buddha</a></p> <p class="p2">1201 N.E. 38th St., Oakland Park // 954/440-0046 </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Happy Hours</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>As picked by locals</em></p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.bocaresort.com/" target="_blank">S. Chris Palmermo’s Pick: Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club Palm Court Bar</a></p> <div class="_Re">501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton // <a class="fl r-rhscol14" title="Call via Hangouts">561/447-3000</a></div> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.oceans234.com/" target="_blank">Sharon R. Ramsey’s Pick: Oceans 234</a></p> <p class="p1">234 N. Ocean Blvd., Deerfield Beach // 954/428-2539</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://cityoysterdelray.com/" target="_blank">Stephanie Miskew’s Pick: City Oyster</a></p> <p class="p1">213 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // 561/272-0220</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.yakitoriboca.com/" target="_blank">Anthony N. Dardano’s Pick: Yakitori Sake House</a></p> <p class="p2">271 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton // 561/544-0087 </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Places to Propose</strong></p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.bocaresort.com/Dining/The-Blue" target="_blank">The Blue, Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club</a></p> <p class="p1">501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton // 561/447-3222</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.renatospalmbeach.com/" target="_blank">Renato’s</a></p> <p class="p1">87 Via Mizner, Palm Beach // 561/655-9752</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.50ocean.com/" target="_blank">50 Ocean</a></p> <p class="p2">50 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach // 561/278-3364 </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Music of the Night</strong></p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.arturosrestaurant.com/" target="_blank">Arturo’s</a></p> <p class="p2">6750 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton // 561/997-7373</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Trends That Won’t Go Away</strong></p> <p class="p1">1. Kale</p> <p class="p1">2. Pork Belly</p> <p class="p1">3. Sliders</p> <p class="p1">4. Quinoa</p> <p class="p1">5. Bacon on everything</p> <p class="p1">6. Fried egg on everything</p> <p class="p1">7. Wacky-maki sushi rolls</p> <p class="p1">8. Microgreens</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Five Great Italian Dishes</strong></p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.terrafiamma.com/" target="_blank">Veal meatballs with marsala sauce, Terra Fiamma</a></p> <p class="p1">9169 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // 561/499-9419</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://dangelopizza.com/" target="_blank">Stuffed baby artichokes, D’Angelo Pizza, Wine Bar &amp; Tapas</a></p> <p class="p1">16950 Jog Rd, Delray Beach // 561/381-0037</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://tuccispizza.com/" target="_blank">Sautéed escarole with cannellini beans and sausage, Tucci’s</a></p> <p class="p1">50 N.E. First Ave., Boca Raton // 561/620-2930</p> <p class="p3"><a href="http://www.rapoportsrg.com/restaurant/burt-max/" target="_blank">Wood-roasted mushroom pizza, Burt &amp; Max’s</a></p> <p class="p3">9089 W. Atlantic Ave., Suite #100, Delray Beach // 561/638-6380</p> <p class="p3"><a href="http://www.vandsdeli.com/" target="_blank">V&amp;S Italian sub, V&amp;S Deli</a></p> <p class="p3">2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton // 561/395-5206</p> <p class="p4"><strong>5 Tasty Dishes That Won’t Break the Diet<br> </strong></p> <p class="p4">1. <a href="https://www.seasons52.com/" target="_blank">Spicy chipotle shrimp flatbread, Seasons 52</a></p> <p class="p4">2300 N.W. Executive Center Drive, Boca Raton // 561/998-9952</p> <p class="p4">2. <a href="http://maxsgrille.com/" target="_blank">Sushi grade sesame seared rare tuna, Max’s Grill</a></p> <p class="p4">404 Plaza Real, Boca Raton // 561/368-0080</p> <p class="p4">3. <a href="http://maxsharvest.com/" target="_blank">Rock shrimp and scallop ceviche wraps, Max’s Harvest</a></p> <p class="p4">169 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach // 561/381-9970</p> <p class="p4">4. <a href="http://www.fahasianbistro.com/" target="_blank">Pad Woon Sen, Fah Asian Bistro</a></p> <p class="p4">7461 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton // 561/241-0400</p> <p class="p4">5. <a href="http://www.jjseafooddelray.com/" target="_blank">Warm rice salad, J&amp;J Seafood Bar &amp; Grill</a></p> <p class="p4">634 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // 561/272-3390</p> <p class="p4"><strong>Five Chefs to Watch</strong></p> <p class="p4">1. <a href="http://www.3rdand3rd.com/" target="_blank">Ellis Cooley, 3rd &amp; 3rd</a></p> <p class="p4">301 N.E. Third Ave., Delray Beach // 561/303-1939</p> <p class="p4">2. <a href="http://www.13americantable.com/" target="_blank">Anthony Fiorini, 13 American Table</a></p> <p class="p4">451 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton // 561/409-2061</p> <p class="p4">3. <a href="http://thegrovedelray.com/" target="_blank">Michael Haycook, The Grove</a></p> <p class="p4">187 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach // 561/266-3750</p> <p class="p4">4. <a href="http://www.sybaritepig.com/" target="_blank">Daniel Naumko, Sybarite Pig</a></p> <p class="p4">20642 Florida 7, Boca Raton  // 561/883-3200</p> <p class="p4">5. <a href="http://www.farmerstableboca.com/" target="_blank">Wilson Wieggel, Farmer’s Table</a></p> <p class="p4">1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton // 561/417-5836</p>magazineMon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/01/best-of-boca-2014-dining/Best Of BocaDiningBest of Boca 2014: Arthttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/01/best-of-boca-2014-art/<p class="p1"><em>**This is an abbreviated version. To view the full Best of Boca feature, click <a href="/guides/" target="_blank">here</a>. <em>Note that this article was published in July 2014 and menu items/personnel may have changed in the interim.</em></em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>5 Best Concerts in Broward/Palm Beach Counties</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="370" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/forte.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1">1. <a href="http://fortetenors.com/" target="_blank">FORTE</a> <em>(pictured) </em>at Mizner Park Amphitheater</p> <p class="p1">2. <a href="http://www.deathinjune.net/" target="_blank">Death in June</a> at Respectable Street</p> <p class="p1">3. <a href="http://www.brianwilson.com/tour/" target="_blank">Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck</a><strong> </strong>at the Hard Rock Live</p> <p class="p1">4. <a href="http://www.ournameisfun.com/" target="_blank">FUN</a> at Mizner Park Amphitheater</p> <p class="p1">5. <a href="http://www.billyjoel.com/" target="_blank">Billy Joel</a> at BB&amp;T Center</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best of Boca: Culture in the Spotlight</strong></p> <p class="p1">Kimberly Wick, Wick Theatre</p> <p class="p1">Read the full story <a href="/blog/2014/09/01/best-of-boca-culture-in-the-spotlight/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Live Music Venue</strong></p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.jazziz.com/nightlife/">Jazziz Nightlife</a></p> <p class="p1">201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton // 561/300-0730</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Festival of the Arts Moment</strong></p> <p class="p1">Cirque de la Symphonie</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Worst Festival of the Arts Moment</strong></p> <p class="p1">Itzhak Perlman’s one-song performance</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Lecture Series</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/fourarts.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1">Society of the Four Arts <em>(pictured)</em></p> <p class="p1">2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach // 561/655-7227</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Local Resident’s Picks: Chrissy Biagiotti</strong></p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.sunshinemusicandblues.com/" target="_blank">Sunshine Music &amp; Blues Festival</a></p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.tubachristmas.com/" target="_blank">Tuba Christmas</a></p> <p class="p1">‘Your Brain on Music’ lecture by <a href="http://daniellevitin.com/" target="_blank">Daniel Levitin</a></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Opera Not Written by a Dead Italian</strong></p> <p class="p1">“Mourning Becomes Electra”</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best New Music Festival</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/coastline.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>(Pictured: <em>Two Door Cinema Club)</em></em></p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.coastlinefestival.com/" target="_blank"><em><em></em></em>Coastline Festival</a></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best News for Retro Film Lovers</strong></p> <p class="p1">Dada’s new art-house movie theater Sundays</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Exhibitions of the Year</strong></p> <p class="p1">1.  “Love of Technology,” <a href="http://mocanomi.org/" target="_blank">Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami</a></p> <p class="p1">770 N.E. 125th St., Miami // 305/893-6211</p> <p class="p1">2.  Pop Culture,” <a href="http://www.bocamuseum.org/" target="_blank">Boca Museum of Art</a></p> <p class="p1">501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton // 561/392-2500</p> <p class="p1">3. Phyllida Barlow, “Hoard,” <a href="http://www.norton.org/" target="_blank">Norton Museum of Art</a></p> <p class="p1">1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach // 561/832-5196</p> <div class="rc"> </div>magazineMon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/01/best-of-boca-2014-art/ArtArts & EventsBest Of BocaBest of Boca: Retail/Fashionhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/01/best-of-boca-retailfashion/<p class="p1"><em>**This is an abbreviated version. To view the full Best of Boca feature, click <a href="/guides/" target="_blank">here</a>.<em> Note that this article was published in May 2014 and menu items/personnel may have changed in the interim.</em></em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Bang For Your Retail Buck</strong></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/pbo.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.palmbeachoutlets.com/" target="_blank">Palm Beach Outlets</a></p> <p class="p1">1801 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach // 561/515-4400</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Local Accolades</strong></p> <p class="p1">■ Second-best-dressed small city in America</p> <p class="p1">■ Worth Avenue’s nomination for Most Iconic Street in America.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Fashion Event on the Horizon</strong></p> <p class="p1">Town Center at Boca Raton’s <a href="http://www.simon.com/mall/town-center-at-boca-raton/stream/lookbook-live-1468769" target="_blank">Simon Look Book Live</a> on Sept. 19 and 20</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Triumphant Return</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/lordandtaylor.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.lordandtaylor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/lord-and-taylor" target="_blank">Lord &amp; Taylor</a></p> <p class="p1">200 Plaza Real, Boca Raton // 561/394-5656</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Fashionista in the Spotlight</strong></p> <p class="p1">Cayetana Uranga de la Borda</p> <p class="p1">Read the full story <a href="/blog/2014/09/01/best-of-boca-fashionista-in-the-spotlight/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Boca Designers on a Roll</strong></p> <p class="p1">Ilene Greenberg for <a href="http://www.designcomfortshoes.com/" target="_blank">Design Comfort Shoes</a></p> <p class="p1">Jessica Garcia for <a href="http://www.olaferoz.com/" target="_blank">Ola Feroz</a></p> <p class="p1">Lisa Shapiro for <a href="http://www.lisatoddnow.com/" target="_blank">Lisa Todd</a></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Five Reasons to Visit Town Center at Boca Raton</strong></p> <p class="p1">6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton // 561/368-6001</p> <p class="p1">1. The Container Store</p> <p class="p1">2. More food options coming</p> <p class="p1">3. Free Wi-Fi</p> <p class="p1">4. Saks Fifth Avenue’s new Men’s Store</p> <p class="p1">5. Polaroid Fotobar</p>magazineMon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/01/best-of-boca-retailfashion/Best Of BocaFashionShoppingBest of Boca: Restaurant Spotlighthttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/01/best-of-boca-restaurant-spotlight/<p class="p1"><strong>Joey Giannuzzi</strong> wants you to eat healthier. He wants you to eat organic and natural. But he doesn’t want you to suffer. He wants you to eat healthy, organic and natural food that tastes really, really good. He has, in fact, staked his reputation as a chef on it. As chef-partner (with hotelier Mitchell Robbins) of <a href="http://farmerstableboca.com" target="_blank">Farmer’s Table</a> in Boca, a stylish outpost of healthy, organic and delicious fare, Giannuzzi is continuing the journey he began almost 10 years ago at Henry’s, proving food that’s good and good for you are not mutually exclusive notions.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="397" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/farmerstablechefg.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>You’ve become an evangelist for healthy, organic, “clean” eating. How did you get to that point?<br> </strong>It started at Henry’s with the chef’s toy box from the produce company. One day it was eggplant, zucchini, squash and red bell pepper. I called my purveyor and said, "What is this?" And he said, “It’s organic.” He explained how it impacts the environment, its health properties. So I sliced them up and grilled them. They tasted great, and I started experimenting with vegetables, coming up with fun side dishes. Then I found out there was organic salmon and beef and chicken, and I started making organic specials. I found a new passion for creating food that was healthy.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>A lot of people still have the idea that healthy food is bland and tasteless. As a chef, how do you combat that?<br> </strong>That’s the biggest obstacle to overcome. Everyone thinks it’s rice cakes and bean sprouts and everything tastes like cardboard. It starts with using quality ingredients. Most of our sauces are simple reductions of juices, and vinaigrettes and purées. A lot of times the food only needs a drizzle. The flavor is already in the food. It’s not what you put into it; it’s what’s already there.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Your customers are pretty sophisticated when it comes to food. How do you reach people who eat mostly processed and fast foods?</strong></p> <p class="p1">I’ve got to get them in the door. [Then] it’s about generating excitement. Once you get someone excited about [eating healthier], they’re at least going to give it a try. Then it’s our responsibility to execute it at the highest levels, so they won’t miss the butter and salt and cream.</p> <p class="p1"><em>To view the online version of Best of Boca, click <a href="/best-of-boca-1/" target="_blank">here</a>. You can also view the full Best of Boca feature <a href="/guides/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p>magazineMon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/01/best-of-boca-restaurant-spotlight/Best Of BocaDiningBest of Boca: Chef Spotlighthttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/01/best-of-boca-chef-spotlight/<p class="p1">**<em>Note that this article was published in May 2014 and menu items/personnel may have changed in the interim.</em></p> <p class="p1">Ron Weisheit of <a href="http://www.twentytwentygrille.com/" target="_blank">Twenty Twenty Grille</a></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/weisheit.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p2">Ron and Rhonda Weisheit have been a culinary team for almost two decades. The couple met cooking at a Maine restaurant, and after years of snowbirding back and forth between New England and South Florida, they finally chose sunshine and moved to Boca in 2011. Ron, a native of Jupiter and medal winner in the international “Culinary Olympics,” took over the kitchen at nearby Biergarten, where he cooked for three years until opening Twenty Twenty Grille in January.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>What was the impetus behind Twenty Twenty Grille?<br> </strong>We always wanted to do something hands-on. We didn’t want to open a restaurant that was too big, where we couldn’t focus on what we wanted to do. The food at Twenty Twenty is about getting the freshest ingredients we can find and letting the food speak for itself, not covering it up with crazy sauces. We don’t go too far out of the box, but we want to be a little different than everybody else.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>How different is it getting those ingredients here vs. New England? </strong></p> <p class="p2">New England is a little more seasonal. Here, the ingredients change but the weather doesn’t. We had a Concord grapevine growing alongside our driveway in Massachusetts, and in the morning in the fall you could smell the grapes in the air, which was really nice. You sort of miss that here, but then again you don’t have to scrape the sunshine off the windows.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>What is it you want your customers to get from Twenty Twenty? </strong></p> <p class="p2">To appreciate the enthusiasm we bring here, that all the food is prepared by the chef and owner. That we go out and personally greet each table; [at least one of us] is here every day. So far the response has been very positive.</p> <p class="p2"><em>To view the online version of Best of Boca, click <a href="/best-of-boca-1/" target="_blank">here</a>. You can also view the full Best of Boca feature <a href="/guides/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p>magazineMon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/01/best-of-boca-chef-spotlight/Best Of BocaDiningBest of Boca: Fashionista in the Spotlighthttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/01/best-of-boca-fashionista-in-the-spotlight/<p class="p1">**<em> Note that this article was published in May 2014 and menu items/personnel may have changed in the interim.</em></p> <p class="p1">Cayetana Uranga de la Borda</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="377" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/cayetana.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">She wasn’t supposed to walk, and she wasn’t supposed to talk. At least that’s what doctors in Lima, Peru told her mother after Cayetana Uranga de la Borda was diagnosed at birth with cerebral palsy. But Uranga has spent much of her young life defying expectations. Despite physical challenges inherent to the movement disorder, Uranga has earned her bachelor’s degree in business from Lynn University and is now pursuing her entrepreneurial dream—selling her own line of chic, sexy swim-wear. The Palm Beach resident, 29, discusses her online business, <a href="http://lolitasbeachwear.com" target="_blank">Lolita’s Beachwear</a>, which also features bikinis from Peruvian designers.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>What made you decide to start a swimsuit line?</strong></p> <p class="p1">The idea for Lolita’s Beachwear began back in high school. It began to take shape slowly, when I went on vacation to Lima. I would bring back bikinis and sell them to all my friends. I loved picking them out and shopping for them. </p> <p class="p1"><strong>What are your current plans for Lolita?</strong></p> <p class="p1">Not only do I want to see every woman hitting the beach [wearing] a sexy and stylish Lolita [swimsuit], but I also want to create awareness about cerebral palsy as well as inspire the CP community. … The idea that a person with CP can still dream and achieve is the idea I want to spread. Growing up with CP is not easy. Raising a child with CP is not easy, nor is it cheap. That’s why for each bikini that Lolita’s Beachwear sells, we donate a portion of the proceeds to United Cerebral Palsy of South Florida.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Do you have advice for budding entrepreneurs?</strong></p> <p class="p1">Never give up. Have confidence, be realistic, optimistic and pursue your goals. Make a plan, whether it’s a five-year or a 10-year plan. Accept consultancy. Be a genuine social butterfly, and pay attention to business courses. Read the details. Don’t cut corners. But most of all be brave; your goals and dreams are often easier to achieve than you think.</p> <p class="p1"><em>To view the online version of Best of Boca, click <a href="/best-of-boca-1/" target="_blank">here</a>. You can also view the full Best of Boca feature <a href="/guides/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/01/best-of-boca-fashionista-in-the-spotlight/Best Of BocaFashionShoppingBest of Boca: Culture in the Spotlighthttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/01/best-of-boca-culture-in-the-spotlight/<p class="p1"><em>**<em>Note that this article was published in May 2014 and menu items/personnel may have changed in the interim.</em></em></p> <p class="p1">Kimberly Wick, <a href="http://thewick.org/" target="_blank">Wick Theatre</a></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="359" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/wick.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Boca Raton’s cultural candle shone considerably brighter this year thanks to the Wick Theatre, which opened its inaugural season with an elegant, Carbonell-nominated “Sound of Music” and continued with a show-stopping “42nd Street” and an amusing “Full Monty” from its home in the former Caldwell Theatre. The Broadway-level ambience of its lobby and adjacent Costume Museum—the only of its kind in the world, according to the organization’s vice president, Kimberly Wick—continued to create an indelible cachet for Palm Beach County theatergoers.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>When you were planning the lobby’s lovely design, did the end result meet your expectations?</strong></p> <p class="p1">It is exactly what I expected. And all of the furniture is on heavy castor wheels, because our plan was to acknowledge that we’re women that like to change things. For example, for “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” the whole space was set up like the Cotton Club. The structure is a nice clean palette that we change to fit the show and make it a little more interesting for the patrons.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Having spent your career in costumes, did you find there was a learning curve when it came to producing live theater for the first time?</strong></p> <p class="p1">I don’t think serious producers that have been producing shows for 20 years would think that they know everything there is to know. We’re going to be learning for the rest of our lives. But I think that our passion and our desire to learn is one of the reasons why it’s being so well received. We make mistakes, but we’re going to learn and do better next time.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>When they programmed for the Caldwell, Michael Hall and Clive Cholerton each had specific—and different—visions. What is the Wick vision, going forward?</strong></p> <p class="p1">There’s a place in our community for everything. And if you’re looking for a deep drama that brings out the thinker in all of us, then nobody does it better than Palm Beach Dramaworks. We may have done the only drama that we might do for a while [in “Steel Magnolias”], because our clients are telling us they want to tap-dance right out of the lobby. That’s what they’re looking for in this venue, and musicals are certainly where we are most well suited. It is the genre we have been working in for 40 years on the costume side of it. I think in our third season, we will have more latitude to do some newer pieces that the audience will still embrace.</p> <p class="p1"><em>To view the online version of Best of Boca, click <a href="/best-of-boca-1/" target="_blank">here</a>. You can also view the full Best of Boca feature <a href="/guides/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p>John ThomasonMon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/01/best-of-boca-culture-in-the-spotlight/Arts & EventsBest Of BocaTheatreBest of Community: Teen in the Spotlighthttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/01/best-of-community-teen-in-the-spotlight/<p class="p1">**<em> Note that this article was published in May 2014 and menu items/personnel may have changed in the interim.</em></p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://lizziesider.com/" target="_blank">Lizzie Sider</a>, country music singer</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/lizzie_byangelatalley.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><em>(Photo by Angela Talley)</em></p> <p class="p1">The first time Lizzie Sider sang the national anthem was in front of some 2,000 people at a rodeo in Jackson Hole, Wyo., where her parents have a summer home. After her performance, Sider, then 8, remembers turning to her father and saying, “This is great, but I can play a bigger venue.” Now 16, the Boca resident and rising country music star is well on her way thanks, in large part, to “Butterfly,” an inspirational track based on her childhood struggles with bullying. The song and accompanying video, which has snagged more than 1 million YouTube views, not only led to an appearance on Queen Latifah’s show, it prompted a recent bully-prevention tour that took Sider to 250-plus elementary and middle schools in California, Florida and Texas.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>When did you know that this was the path you wanted to follow?</strong></p> <p class="p1">When I was 4, I’d put on shows for my stuffed animals. Or I’d put on a poodle skirt, play the movie “Grease,” stand on our coffee table and start singing along. … I’ve always had this dream to be a legendary artist, the kind of artist who inspires people.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Can you describe the experience that led to “Butterfly?”</strong></p> <p class="p1">I was teased during elementary school in Boca. There was a lot of exclusion and ridicule. I’ll never know why. Maybe because I was different, musical; on the playground, I’d walk around and sing to myself. … One day, some kids asked me to sing for them. I thought, “Hey, they’re actually being nice.” When I started to sing, they all laughed and ran away and called me names. … Every morning when I walked out the door, my parents would say, “Remember: No one has the power to ruin your day.” It didn’t stick right away, but I finally realized that they were right; I had the power to overcome the teasing and the bullying. </p> <p class="p1"><strong>When did it hit you that this song was connecting in such a special way?</strong></p> <p class="p1">People have sent messages about how it in-spired them, and kids have gotten butterfly tattoos because of it. On the tour, I sing “Butterfly” as my last song. Most of the time, the students all sing along. The first time that happened, I [started to] tear up. It was so beautiful. Here’s a song—my song—and it’s bringing people together. It’s amazing what music can do. </p> <p class="p1"><em>To view the online version of Best of Boca, click <a href="/best-of-boca-1/" target="_blank">here</a>. You can also view the full Best of Boca feature <a href="/guides/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p>magazineMon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/01/best-of-community-teen-in-the-spotlight/Arts & EventsBest Of BocaMusicBest of Boca 2014: Communityhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/01/best-of-boca-2014-community/<p class="p1"><em>**This is an abbreviated version. To view the full Best of Boca feature, click <a href="/guides/" target="_blank">here</a>. Note that this article was published in May 2014 and menu items/personnel may have changed in the interim.</em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best “Remember the ’70s” Flashbacks</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/dianaross.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1">Diana Ross at Boca West <em>(pictured)</em></p> <p class="p1">Barry Gibb at Eau Palm Beach</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best “Remember the ’60s” Moment</strong></p> <p class="p1"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.654544777937022.1073741833.285617198163117&amp;type=3" target="_blank">The 52nd annual Boca Raton Regional Hospital Ball</a></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Sudden Impact Moment</strong></p> <p class="p1">Second edition of <a href="http://www.impact100pbc.com/" target="_blank">Impact 100</a> Palm Beach Countyat Lynn University’s Wold Performing Arts Center</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Rainy Day Story</strong></p> <p class="p1">Sixth annual <a href="http://boatingbeachbash.com/" target="_blank">Boating &amp; Beach Bash for People With Disabilities</a> at Spanish River Park</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Beauty-Isn’t-Only-Skin-Deep Honor</strong></p> <p class="p1">Kelsey Janser’s Miss Teen National win</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best St. Elmo’s Fire Moment</strong></p> <p class="p1">Rob Lowe’s appearance at last fall’s <a href="http://www.brrh.com/GoPink.aspx" target="_blank">Go Pink Luncheon</a></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time Cameos</strong></p> <p class="p1">Loretta Swit (of “M*A*S*H” fame)</p> <p class="p1">Hal Linden (“Barney Miller”)</p> <p class="p1">Kip Winger (lead singer for the rock band Winger) </p> <p class="p1">Robert Morse (longtime actor who scored some late-career cred with a few guest turns on “Mad Men”)</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best of Community: Teen in the Spotlight</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/lizzie_byangelatalley.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1">Lizzie Sider, country music singer</p> <p class="p1">Click <a href="/blog/2014/09/01/best-of-community-teen-in-the-spotlight/" target="_blank">here</a> for the full story.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Money-Well-Spent Highlights</strong></p> <p class="p1">Two years after receiving the largest gift in its history—$25 million from the Marcus Foundation and its chairman (and Home Depot co-founder), Bernie Marcus—Boca Raton Regional Hospital was slated this spring to open the Marcus Neuroscience Institute.</p> <p class="p1">Lynn University debuted its new soccer/lacrosse facility, Bobby Campbell Stadium, at a dedication ceremony this March that recognized donors for the yearlong project—including Campbell, who gave the university $1.2 million toward its construction.</p> <p class="p1">Boca Regional broke ground in April on its Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health &amp; Wellness Institute, three years after Lynn’s gift of $10 mil-lion to launch the project.</p> <p class="p1">Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle donated $250,000 in December to the Wick Theatre and Costume Museum.Best gUArdiAn oF tHe written wordCongratulations to William Miller, dean of libraries at Florida Atlantic University for 25-plus years, for earning the highest honor bestowed by the American Library Association’s Reference and User Services Division—the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award. Miller has overseen the addition of countless special print collections at FAU, as well as the school’s impressive Recorded Sound Archives—including the world’s largest online collection of Jewish music. </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Senior Splash</strong></p> <p class="p1">Gage Kohner wins two individual gold medals at the Class 4A state championship—capturing both the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Locals Making a Difference</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/connie.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1">Connie Siskowski <em>(pictured)</em></p> <p class="p1">Jerry and Terry Fedele</p> <p class="p1">Tim Snow</p> <p class="p1">Michelle Rubin</p> <p class="p1">Barbara Schmid</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Use of a Non-Primary Color </strong></p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.bocaresort.com/" target="_blank">Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club</a>’s Pink Ice Rink</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Reason to Hail a Cab</strong></p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.metrotaxifl.com/" target="_blank">Metro Taxi</a></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Six Boca Looks that Must Be Stopped</strong></p> <p class="p1">1. Yoga pants outside a yoga studio</p> <p class="p1">2. Men in white pants</p> <p class="p1">3. 8-inch heels</p> <p class="p1">4. Gucci loafers with suits</p> <p class="p1">5. Tramp stamp tattoos on women of all ages</p> <p class="p1">6. Robert Graham shirts on anyone but Cam from “Modern Family”</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Foot Forward</strong></p> <p class="p1">Boca Raton High School soccer standout Tomer Bitton</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Places for Cougar Sightings</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>By day:</em> <a href="http://www.hillstone.com/#/restaurants/houstons/" target="_blank">Houston’s</a>, around 1:30 p.m.</p> <p class="p1">1900 N.W. Executive Center Circle, Bcoa Raton // 561/998-0550</p> <p class="p1"><em>By night:</em> <a href="http://www.bluemartinilounge.com/event/5/boca-raton.html" target="_blank">Blue Martini</a></p> <p class="p1">6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton // 561/910-2583</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best On-The-Waterfront Scene</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="269" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/wrm_bocalakeside.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.waterstoneboca.com/" target="_blank">Waterstone Resort &amp; Marina</a></p> <p class="p1">999 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton // 561/368-9500</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Besy Breakout Performance</strong></p> <p class="p1">Jaye Marie Green at the LPGA Tour</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Four Best Signs that Boca is Cooking Again</strong></p> <p class="p1">1. Cancer Treatment Centers of America announces plans to move its corporate head-quarters from Chicago to Boca</p> <p class="p1">2.  After merging with OfficeMax, Office Depot ends speculation about its future in our area by announcing that it will continue to base its corporate headquarters in Boca.</p> <p class="p1">3. Trader Joe’s is coming!</p> <p class="p1">4. Newsmax Media expands its operations by adding a 50,000-square-foot space at 750@Park in Boca. </p> <p class="p1"><strong>FAU Highs and Lows</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="393" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/fau_logo.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Highs</em></p> <p class="p1">New president <strong>John Kelly</strong> brings impressive credentials as former VP at Clemson, a school that elevated its academics during his tenure.</p> <p class="p1">The <strong>College of Medicine’s new physician residency program</strong> provides doctors-in-training at community hospitals including Delray Medical Center, Boca Regional and Bethesda West.</p> <p class="p1">College of Nursing Professor <strong>John Lowe</strong> receives a $2.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for research involving an after-school sub-stance abuse prevention program that connects sixth-grade Native Americans in three tribal communities.</p> <p class="p1">New head football coach <strong>Charlie Partridge</strong> snags some impressive in-state talent during his first recruiting class—including All-Dade County running back Greg Howell, who rushed for 1,567 yards last year for Coral Gables.</p> <p class="p1">Lows</p> <p class="p1">Ex-president <strong>Mary Jane Saunders</strong> leaves behind a trail of mismanaged affairs and public relations disasters that damages FAU’s reputation.</p> <p class="p1">Proposed development—part of the <strong>Innovation Village</strong> dorm/parking project—on 40 acres of the FAU natural preserve prompts outrage from environmental activists.</p> <p class="p3">A Lake Worth man who worked in FAU’s libraries is arrested in December for secretly recording 13 videos in a campus men’s room—and posting several of them to porn sites.</p> <p class="p3">Former head <strong>football coach Carl Pelini</strong> is fired last fall amid allegations of drug use. Pelini denies using drugs in a March interview with Sports Illustrated and says that former defensive line coach Matt Edwards made the allegations after Pelini confronted him about an extramarital affair he suspected him of having. Cue soap opera music.</p>magazineMon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/09/01/best-of-boca-2014-community/Best Of BocaCommunityNewsFlavor: Restaurant of the Monthhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/30/flavor-restaurant-of-the-month/<p>Step aside Miami: the Palm Beaches has its own version of Miami Spice. <a href="http://www.flavorpb.com/" target="_blank">Flavor</a>, which runs throughout the entire month of September, features discounted prix fixe menus for 44 of the county’s best restaurants.</p> <p>Enjoy a three-course lunch for $20 or dinner for $30-$45.</p> <p>Participating restaurants are listed below by location!</p> <p><strong>Boca Raton:</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/butcherblockgrill.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.butcherblockgrill.com/" target="_blank">Butcher Block Grill</a> (pictured): 7000 W Camino Real #100 // 561/409-3035</p> <p><a href="https://www.thecapitalgrille.com/" target="_blank">Capital Grille</a>: 6000 Glades Road // 561/368-1077</p> <p><a href="http://www.josefstable.com/" target="_blank">Josef’s Table</a>: 5030 Champion Blvd. // 561/353-2700</p> <p><a href="http://www.mortons.com/bocaraton/" target="_blank">Morton’s The Steakhouse</a>: 5050 Town Center Circle // 561/392-7724</p> <p><a href="http://paviliongrille.com/" target="_blank">Pavilion Grille</a>: 301 Yamato Road // 561/912-0000</p> <p><a href="http://www.ruthschris.com/" target="_blank">Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse</a>: 225 N.E. Mizner Blvd. // 561/392-6746</p> <p><a href="https://www.seasons52.com/en/locations/FL/Boca-Raton/4504" target="_blank">Season’s 52</a>: 2300 N.W. Executive Center Drive // 561/998-9952</p> <p><em>Check out our group editor's review of Season's 52 <a href="/blog/2014/07/08/seasons-52-is-my-summertime-hit/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Delray Beach:</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/barshot.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.50ocean.com/" target="_blank">50 Ocean</a> (pictured): 50 S. Ocean Blvd. // 561/278-3364</p> <p><em>Check out our web editor's review of 50 Ocean <a href="/blog/2014/08/28/restaurant-review-50-ocean/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.solitaitalian.com/" target="_blank">SoLita Italian</a>: 25 N.E. Second Ave. // 561/899-0888</p> <p><strong>Jupiter:</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/aahloi.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aah-Loi-Thai-and-Sushi/536168013120407?sk=timeline" target="_blank">Aah Loi Thai and Sushi</a> (pictured): 3755 Military Trail, Suite B14 // 561/748-5201</p> <p><a href="http://www.jupiterbeachresort.com/sinclairs/" target="_blank">Sinclair’s Ocean Grill</a>:5 N. A1A // 561/745-7120<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>North Palm Beach:</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/barolo.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.barolopalmbeach.com/" target="_blank">Barolo</a> (pictured): 1201 U.S. 1 // 561/626-1616</p> <p><a href="http://www.ruthschris.com/restaurant-locations/north-palm-beach" target="_blank">Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse</a>: 661 U.S. 1 // 561/863-0660</p> <p><a href="http://www.sandpiperscove.com/" target="_blank">Sandpiper’s Cove</a>: 116 Lakeshore Drive // 561/626-2280</p> <p><strong>Manalapan:</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="191" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/temple-orange.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.eaupalmbeach.com/explore/dining/" target="_blank">Temple Orange</a> (pictured): 100 S. Ocean Blvd. // 561/533-6000</p> <p><strong>Palm Beach:</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="358" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/264_thegrill.jpg" width="428"></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.264thegrill.com/" target="_blank">264 The Grill</a> (pictured): 264 S. County Road // 561/833-6444</p> <p><a href="http://bricktops.com/" target="_blank">Bricktops</a>: 375 S. County Road // 561/855-2030</p> <p><a href="http://www.cafeboulud.com/palmbeach/" target="_blank">Café Boulud</a>: 301 Australian Ave. // 561/655-6060</p> <p><a href="http://www.cafeleurope.com/live/" target="_blank">Café L’Europe</a>: 331 S. County Road // 561/655-4020 </p> <p><a href="http://www.muer.com/charleys-crab/index.asp" target="_blank">Charley’s Crab</a>: 456 S Ocean Blvd // 561/659-1500</p> <p><a href="http://delfriscosgrille.com/" target="_blank">Del Frisco’s Grille</a>: 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Suite 300 // 561/557-2552</p> <p><a href="http://www.echopalmbeach.com/" target="_blank">Echo</a>: 230 Sunrise Ave. // 855/435-0061</p> <p><a href="http://www.fourseasons.com/palmbeach/dining/restaurants_and_lounges/graze/" target="_blank">Graze</a>: 2800 S. Ocean Blvd. // 561/582-2800</p> <p><a href="http://imotopalmbeach.com/" target="_blank">Imoto</a>: 350 S. County Road // 561/833-5522 </p> <p><a href="http://www.joverestaurant.com/" target="_blank">Jove Kitchen and Bar</a>: 2800 S. Ocean Blvd. // 561/533-3750</p> <p><a href="http://www.pbcatch.com/" target="_blank">PB Catch</a>: 251 Sunrise Ave. // 561/655-5558</p> <p><a href="http://www.renatospalmbeach.com/" target="_blank">Renato’s</a>: 87 Via Mizner // 561/655-9752</p> <p><a href="http://www.thebreakers.com/restaurants_lounges/the_italian_restaurant/" target="_blank">The Italian Restaurant</a>: 1 S. County Road // 888/273-2537</p> <p><strong>Palm Beach Gardens:</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/threeforks.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.3forks.com/" target="_blank">III Forks</a> (pictured): 4645 PGA Blvd. // 561/630-3660</p> <p><a href="http://burgerbar.com/" target="_blank">Burger Bar</a>: 4650 Donald Ross Road, Suite 100 // 561/630-4545</p> <p><a href="http://www.cafechardonnay.com/" target="_blank">Café Chardonnay</a>: 4533 PGA Blvd. // 561/627-2662</p> <p><a href="https://www.thecapitalgrille.com/pages/locations/" target="_blank">Capital Grille</a>: 11365 Legacy Ave. // 561/630-4994</p> <p><a href="http://www.meltingpot.com/" target="_blank">Melting Pot</a>: 11811 U.S. 1 // 561/624-0020</p> <p><a href="https://www.seasons52.com/en/locations/FL/Palm-Beach-Gardens/4505" target="_blank">Seasons 52</a>: 11611 Ellison Wilson Road // 561/625-5852</p> <p><a href="http://thaipalmbeachgardens.com/" target="_blank">Talay Thai</a>: 7100 Fairway Drive // 561/691-5662</p> <p><a href="http://www.texasdebrazil.com/" target="_blank">Texas de Brazil</a>: 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Drive // 561/293-7478</p> <p><strong>Singer Island:</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/3800ocean.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.marriott.com/hotel-restaurants/pbisg-palm-beach-marriott-singer-island-beach-resort-and-spa/3800-ocean/5011550/home-page.mi" target="_blank">3800 Ocean</a> (pictured): 3800 N. Ocean Drive // 561/340-1795</p> <p><em>Check out our editor's review on 3800 Ocean <a href="/blog/2014/04/24/staff-review-3800-ocean/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Tequesta:</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/evoitalian.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.evoitalian.com/" target="_blank">EVO Italian</a> (pictured): 150 N. U.S 1 // 561/745-2444</p> <p><strong>West Palm Beach:</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/maisoncarlos.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="http://www.maisoncarlos.com/" target="_blank">Maison Carlos</a> (pictured): 3010 S. Dixie Highway // 561/659-6524</p> <p><a href="http://www.mortons.com/" target="_blank">Morton’s The Steakhouse</a>: 777 S. Flagler Drive // 561/835-9664</p> <p><a href="http://www.pistachewpb.com/" target="_blank">Pistache French Bistro</a>: 101 N. Clematis St. // 561/833-5090</p> <p><a href="http://www.ruthschris.com/restaurant-locations/west-palm-beach" target="_blank">Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse</a>: 651 Okeechobee Blvd. // 561/514-3544</p> <p><a href="http://www.tinfishclematis.com/" target="_blank">Tin Fish</a>: 118 S. Clematis St. // 561/223-2497</p> <p>For more information and to view restaurant menus, visit <a href="http://www.flavorpb.com/" target="_blank">flavorpb.com</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoSat, 30 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/30/flavor-restaurant-of-the-month/DiningNews & ReviewsMeat Market to Debut in Septemberhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/29/meat-market-to-debut-in-september/<p>A steakhouse with a chic South Beach pedigree and one of the most talented chefs in South Florida will make its debut in Palm Beach on Monday, Sept. 29.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/meatmarket.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>That would be <a href="http://www.meatmarketmiami.com/enter.html" target="_blank">Meat Market</a>, which slides into the Bradley Place location once home to local fave Palm Beach Grill. It’s the second MM for exec chef-partner <strong>Sean Brasel</strong>, whose contemporary, inventive take on classic steakhouse fare has made the original Market on Lincoln Road a must-stop for hungry carnivores and general interest foodies.</p> <p>Chef de cuisine <strong>David Valencia</strong>, late working with <em>Top Chef</em> alum Hung Huynh in New York, will be putting out an array of creative dishes that go goes way beyond the usual meat-centric menu. Think octopus carpaccio with heirloom beans and fingerling potato chips; whole roasted cauliflower with lemon, parsley and capers; and sea bass with truffle mash and sweet corn-tomato concasse. There will also be a nightly bar menu with such bites as oyster po’ boy, lobsters pigs in a blanket and fig and prosciutto flatbread.</p> <p>Then, of course, there’s meat, all the usual cuts, from bone-in ribeye to New York strip, plus more upmarket offerings like A5 Kobe filet mignon, Prime beef shortrib with lobster risotto, and chili and espresso-rubbed buffalo tenderloin. And don’t forget a roster of spiffy add-ons and optional sauces.</p> <p>Design is by Connecticut-based Studio ABM Design and will feature both liquor bar and crudo bar done in dark wood and cream leather, a pastry bar and lounge, walls faced with bleached white oak, leather banquettes and a cream-colored terrazzo floor. Like its South Beach parent, our local Meat Market won’t come cheap. But you will get your money’s worth.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 29 Aug 2014 14:04:59 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/29/meat-market-to-debut-in-september/BarsDiningNews & ReviewsFashion Forward: Ola Feroz, Labor Day sales and more.http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/29/fashion-forward-ola-feroz-labor-day-sales-and-more/<p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/ola_spring2015.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Hola to Ola:</strong> Celebrate the launch of <a href="http://olaferoz.com">Ola Feroz</a>’s spring 2015 collection this weekend. The swimwear line, which features gorgeous handmade bathing suits, is owned and operated by Jessica Garcia, a local resident who we <a href="/blog/2014/04/24/swimsuit-inspiration-jessica-garcia/">profiled in our May/June issue</a>. She’s hosting a trunk show on Friday, Aug. 29 and Saturday, Aug. 30 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. <em>(805 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton // 561/331-1805)</em></p> <p><strong>Savings on savings:</strong> As if outlet prices weren’t enough, <a href="http://www.palmbeachoutlets.com/">Palm Beach Outlets</a> is celebrating Labor Day Weekend with even more savings. It’s hosting a sidewalk sale, adding price cuts to already low prices, from Friday, Aug. 29 to Monday, Sept. 1. <em>(1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561/515-4400</em></p> <p><strong>Spa Specials:</strong> Did you know September is Broward’s Spa Chic Month? This year, the <a href="http://www.marriott.com/spas/fllpm-fort-lauderdale-marriott-pompano-beach-resort-and-spa/sispa/5597951/home-page.mi">Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort and Spa</a> is participating, offering special treatments throughout the entire month. For $99, choose one of these three 80-minute treatments: the SiSpa Signature Massage Experience with aromatherapy enhancement, the SiSpa Pomp &amp; Circumstance Signature Facial with a lifting mask enhancement or the Seatonic Firming Body Wrap with paraffin hand or hoot treatment. Price does not include tax and service charge. <em>(1200 N. Ocean Blvd.,</em><em>Pompano Beach // 954/944-9528)</em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 29 Aug 2014 13:28:44 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/29/fashion-forward-ola-feroz-labor-day-sales-and-more/ShoppingShopping NewsMovie Review: &quot;The November Man&quot;http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/29/movie-review-the-november-man/<p>Peter Devereaux, the antiheroic figure at the center of “<a href="http://www.thenovemberman.com/" target="_blank">The November Man</a>,” is a familiar brand of unstoppable badass: the burned ex-spy gone rogue, operating outside the laws of an institution that operates outside the law, the shadow behind the shadows. Devereaux is American, supposedly, though his accent suggests vaguely European worldliness; he’s really from everywhere and nowhere, residing not in a physical place but in the land of myths and archetypes.</p> <p><img alt="" height="294" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/pierce-brosnan.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>He’s played by Pierce Brosnan, who knows a thing or two about portraying international spooks, though he brings little of 007’s suavity and decorum to this film. He’s more of a shoot-first sort of loose canon, and he never misses his target. Brosnan isn’t as young as he used to be, and at 61, he could be a few short years from “Expendables” territory. But for now, he remains effortlessly handsome, and he can still carry an action movie on his own. He can hold his firearm straight, wield a blunt object for maximum force, and down a bottle of bourbon in between pointed wisecracks, and in “The November Man,” not much more is required of him.</p> <p>That’s because this is a movie that completely dispenses with character development, existing on a flat, colorless plane of global intrigue. Everyone’s an archetype (less generous critics would call them stock characters), and the entire movie is exposition piled onto exposition. The cold, calculating Soviet strongman, which Hollywood has continued to trot out for its cardboard villains long after the end of the Cold War, returns here in the form of Arkady Fedorov (Lazar Ristovski), a general-turned-politician once involved in Chechnyan war crimes whose hired thugs have been “eliminating” anyone with knowledge of his past. Devereaux, retired in Switzerland, is covertly brought into the CIA to find the last remaining witness to Fedorov’s crimes, a sexually abused young woman. But it isn’t long until Devereaux himself becomes a CIA target investigating misdeeds within his former organization as well as Russia’s elite.</p> <p>The other players in this sweeping geopolitical saga border on unintentional parody, from the salty-tongued, uncouth intelligence honcho (Bill Smitrovich) who refers to a top female agent as “tits” and “twat;” to the requisite ruthless Russian hitwoman, beautiful but severe (Amila Terzimehic). Under the direction of longtime thriller craftsman Roger Donaldson, they all enact clichés with gusto, striding confidently in the foreground of exploding automobiles.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/november_man_cb.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Behind the lens, Donaldson too is tempted by the familiar; his normally steady camera conspicuously jitters during tense scenes, and the score, which is laden with peppy gravitas, might as well be titled the “Spy Movie Public Domain Suite.” As for the screenplay, penned by Michael Finch and Karl Gajdusek from a Bill Granger novel, its revelations are frequently several steps behind a thinking audience, but at least the film’s attractive images and crafty editing take the scenic route toward inevitability.</p> <p>To give some credit where it is due, Devereaux is not the morally virginal action hero of yore. In one scene in particular, he acts irredeemably cruel, in a plot point that is both curious and bold in its potentially alienating impact. If his character eventually wins us over again, it’s only because everybody else in the movie is either a victim or a corrupt, violent, heartless and untrustworthy snake. There are no good guys in this world, least of all the brazenly post-Snowden CIA, a monolithic institution whose ubiquitous drones capture every errant sneeze on the city streets. We also witness private citizens’ e-mails pulled up in a matter of seconds, for nefarious purposes.</p> <p>Much of the movie’s mechanics might be rooted in decades of spy-film formulae, but in this respect, its weariness toward traditional heroism and its pointed cynicism about the intelligence community plant it squarely in the 21<sup>st</sup> century.</p> <p><em>“The November Man” is now playing at most area theaters.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 29 Aug 2014 13:14:39 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/29/movie-review-the-november-man/Arts & EventsMoviesStaff Picks of the Weekhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/29/staff-picks-of-the-week-2/<p> <img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/theoffice.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Pineapple Grove cocktail at <a href="http://www.theofficedelray.com/" target="_blank">The Office</a></strong></p> <p><em>201 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // 888/507-7463</em></p> <p>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</p> <p>“This bright pink concoction is a delicious mix of Captain Morgan, Malibu, peach schnapps, pineapple, cranberry and prickly pear. Served in a tall glass and garnished with an orange slice and maraschino cherry – yum!”</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/therollingrack.fl/info?ref=page_internal">The Rolling Rack</a></strong></p> <p><em>A mobile clothing boutique // 954/254-7807</em></p> <p>Picked by Georgette Evans, Senior Advertising Account Manager</p> <p>"I love being able to shop and try on great clothes in the cutest mobile clothing boutique where the prices are amazing! They come to you, and it's a fun shopping experience. They even came to our offices for a fun shopping lunch time break."</p> <p><strong>Roadkill Ghost Choir</strong></p> <p><em><a href="http://roadkillghostchoir.com">roadkillghostchoir.com</a></em></p> <p>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</p> <p>"In the current Week Ahead, I wrote about this great Central Florida folk-rock band, which is headlining a gratis music festival Aug. 29 at Respectable Street in West Palm Beach. What I failed to mention is that you can discover the band with an absolutely free EP, titled "Slow Knife," which is available at <a href="http://noisetrade.com/">noisetrade.com</a>—itself a wonderful resource for discovering new music at no cost. The EP contains two songs from Roadkill Ghost Choir's new full-length "In Tongues," as well as a pair of non-album tracks."</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.delraysandsresort.com/">Delray Sands</a> in Highland Beach</strong></p> <p><em>2809 S. Ocean Blvd., Highland Beach // 561/278-6241</em></p> <p>Picked by Karen Jacaruso. Advertising Account Manager</p> <p>“It is a hidden gem. They have summer specials and Florida resident rates, an intimate bar inside and a great restaurant. All the rooms have been renovated, and it sits on the sand! Enjoy the pool, ocean, and cabana included – unfortunately, not the cabana boy.”</p> <div> <div><strong>The Start of Football Season</strong></div> <p>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor of <em>Boca Raton </em>magazine</p> </div> <p>"It's like the return of an old friend -- you have a lot of catching up to do, but once that's out of the way, everything is right with the world again. My prediction for the NFL season: The Cincinnati Bengals will once again break my heart."</p>magazineFri, 29 Aug 2014 12:56:41 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/29/staff-picks-of-the-week-2/CommunityNews & ReviewsRestaurant Review: 50 Oceanhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/28/restaurant-review-50-ocean/<p>It would be a sin to talk about <a href="http://50ocean.com" target="_blank">50 Ocean</a> without first mentioning the ambience. Perched atop Boston’s on the Beach on A1A, 50 Ocean is a sharp contrast from its sister restaurant’s casual beach-bar vibe.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/hemingwaylounge.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Floor-to-ceiling windows line the restaurant’s east wall, offering an unobstructed view of the ocean and a wonderful source of natural light. There’s the Hemingway Lounge, featuring sofa seating and 10 black-and-white photos of the author that can’t be found anywhere else – perfect for catching up with friends for a few drinks.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/barshot.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Then there’s the bar: with its geode countertops and friendly bartender, it’s a great spot to sit while waiting for your table. Hint: there’s a temporary fixture of fruity vodka you need to try now. As of yesterday, two containers of vodka had been soaking two-weeks worth of pineapple and watermelon. The result is naturally sweetened drinks that taste nothing like alcohol.</p> <p>I stopped in with our bar blogger, <a href="/blog/author/Shaina/" target="_blank">Shaina</a>, for Happy Hour and dinner. <em>Full disclaimer: I dined there as a guest of the restaurant.</em></p> <p>Happy Hour specials run from 4 to 7 p.m., when you get 50 percent off house wine and premium well liquors, $4 craft beer and $3 domestic bottles. There’s also an “Appy Hour” discount: 50 percent off everything under <em>This and That</em> and <em>Jars</em>.</p> <p><em>Click <a href="http://www.50ocean.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/50-Ocean-Dinner-Horizontal.pdf" target="_blank">here</a> to view the full 50 Ocean dinner menu for fall.</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/wholebellyclams.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Apps you must try: the crispy whole belly clams (pictured), which are fried and served with apple fennel slaw and roasted garlic aioli – just a touch of the aioli is enough! – and the mussels, which were about the size of my hand, served with a white wine and chili broth and a small baguette.</p> <p>Entrée options range from scallops to lobster fritte, with a few options for the non-seafood eater as well. Dishes that caught my eye: the grouper, baked and topped with blue crab, our server’s personal favorite; the wild salmon, grilled and served with a shrimp and summer pea stuffed scallion pancake; and the scallops, dusted with porcini and served with an herb and English pea orzotto. (Shaina went with the last one, of which I stole a few bites and loved).</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/snapper.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>I ordered the snapper, seared and accompanied by coconut risotto and a mango ginger sauce. The risotto was rich and creamy, the perfect compliment to the dish’s light, refreshing sauce and corn and red pepper relish. For the risotto alone, I would return again (and again and again).</p> <p>Dedicated to supporting the community and environment, the restaurant locally sources ingredients where ever possible and serves only antiobiotic- and hormone-free meat and poultry.</p> <p>Dining at 50 Ocean is a must for anyone. For those who rave about Delray Beach dining, your experience isn’t complete until you’ve ventured here.</p> <p><em>50 Ocean is located at 50 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach. Entrée prices range from $21-$46. For more information, call 561/278-3364 or visit 50ocean.com.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 28 Aug 2014 16:30:28 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/28/restaurant-review-50-ocean/DiningNews & ReviewsZeel: The New In-Home Massage Servicehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/28/zeel-the-new-in-home-massage-service/<p>It’s time to stop searching for stress relief because it’s coming right to your doorstep. <a href="https://www.zeel.com/">Zeel</a> is bringing its new service, Massage on Demand, to South Florida beginning Friday, Aug. 29.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/bocamassage.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Through an easy-to-use app, you can schedule a masseuse to show up at your door in as little as an hour. Pick between a male or female therapist, a Swedish or deep tissue massage and a 60- or 90-minute session. There’s also the option to do a pre-natal or couples massage.</p> <p><img alt="" height="296" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/zeel.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The cost is $116.82 for a 60-minute massage and $164.02 for a 90-minute massage, with both prices including an 18 percent gratuity. Discounts are offered if you join the Massage Zeelot subscription program, wherein you’re automatically billed for one 60-minute massage per month for 12 months. The subscription comes with a free message table for you to keep and <a href="https://www.zeel.com/zeelot/pricing" target="_blank">special prices</a> on future massages.</p> <p>For more information on Zeel, visit <a href="https://www.zeel.com/" target="_blank">zeel.com.</a></p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 28 Aug 2014 16:00:30 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/28/zeel-the-new-in-home-massage-service/Health NewsHealth/BeautyRising waters, same sex marriage and other hot topicshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/28/rising-waters-same-sex-marriage-pension-reform-and-other-hot-topics/<h3>Rising water</h3> <p>When you think of places at risk from rising water, would you think first of Delray Medical Center, which is about 4 miles from the Atlantic Ocean?</p> <p>In fact, the hospital is one of most vulnerable places in Delray, according to Nancy Schneider, leader of the city’s new <a href="http://mydelraybeach.com/news/2014/07/08/rising-waters-task-force-meeting" target="_blank">Rising Waters Task Force</a>. The task force got that news at its meeting last week.</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/rising_waters_in_a_thirsty_world.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Recall that during the freak monsoon last January, water got a foot deep in Delray Medical Center’s parking lot and then began flooding the first floor. The interesting thing is why the hospital is so vulnerable. As it turns out, Schneider told me in an interview Wednesday, the task force learned that the ground water table in that area is very high, making the area more prone to flooding.</p> <p>Schneider lives in a condo on the barrier island in Delray Beach. She is the local staff member of the Institute for Sustainable Communities, her position financed with a grant from the Kresge Foundation. This year, she made a presentation to the city about climate change, sea level rise and the implications for coastal communities. Mayor Cary Glickstein suggested that Schneider form a task force, which began meeting this summer.</p> <p>The goal, Schneider said, is to make recommendations that will help Delray Beach make capital improvement decisions that will save money by heading off problems. To that end, the group calls itself the Rising Waters Task Force, as opposed to Rising Seas Task Force. Though sea level rise is a critical issue for Florida, Schneider said the term can make problems seem “too far off.” Despite where Schneider lives, the group wants to stress that the issue is “not just the beach people’s problem.” Indeed, Schneider says Delray residents in the Intracoastal Waterway Basin to the west are more at risk than her because residents of the barrier island live on a ridge.</p> <p>In <a href="/blog/2014/05/20/rising-waters-the-chapman-chapter-fau-budget-greg-talbott/" target="_blank">earlier posts</a> about South Florida and climate change, I quoted scientists as pointing out that Palm Beach County is in better shape than Broward and Miami-Dade. Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach already are experiencing significant problems from sea level rise. Some coastal areas of Broward and Miami-Dade actually are below sea level, like New Orleans. Starting in Palm Beach County, elevations rise.</p> <p>Still, that distinction means only that governments in Palm Beach County have more time, which they should not waste. Some aren’t. Schneider says representatives from Lantana, Lake Worth, Gulf Stream and especially Boynton Beach have attended task force meetings and asked for more information. Curiously, Schneider has not seen the same level of interest from Boca Raton. “Nothing has ignited,” she said. Schneider points out the obvious: “They’re the first city” in Palm Beach after Broward.</p> <p>Maybe it’s a culture thing. Though Boca stresses such things as growth around transportation hubs, Delray Beach has a “sustainability officer,” a Green Implementation Advisory Board and a “Sustainability” page on the city’s website. While Gov. Rick Scott tries to bob and weave on the issues of global warming and climate change, saying that he’s “not a scientist,” plenty of other non-scientists in cities through Florida are trying to plan for what clearly is happening. Good for them.</p> <h3>Atlantic Crossing note</h3> <p>Last week, writing about Delray Beach’s review of the city’s Land Development Regulations, I referenced the Atlantic Crossing project, saying that it received “huge waivers” when the city commission approved it. I got the following response from Don DeVere, vice president of Ohio-based Edwards Companies. It is overseeing development of <a href="http://www.atlanticcrossingdelray.com/" target="_blank">Atlantic Crossing</a>, a joint venture of Edwards and Delray Beach-based CDS International Holdings.</p> <p>“The blog mention of Atlantic Crossing getting ‘huge waivers’ is inaccurate—there wasn’t a single waiver asked for or granted, unlike a number of other recently approved projects.</p> <p>“If you are referring to conditional use, it’s no small distinction and more than a matter of semantics. Conditional use isn’t an exception to the rules. It’s by right when a project meets the city’s stated requirements, which include a mix of uses and types of units, amenities, etc. Conditional use recognizes the need for flexibility as a tool to achieve good design, and it requires that the applicant provide additional features desired by the city, such as workforce housing.</p> <p>“Atlantic Crossing’s conditional use for height and density has been used very responsibly. Less than 8 percent of the project will be at the full height allowed, and the density—39 units per acre—is substantially below that granted to other subsequently approved projects.</p> <p>“Big picture, Atlantic Crossing works completely within the City’s regulatory framework, and, in fact, exceeds City requirements in a number of areas. For example, Atlantic Crossing provides surplus parking, generous green space and numerous green initiatives, all exceeding city standards.”</p> <h3>Thursday pension talks</h3> <p>Thursday could be a really big day for Boca Raton’s future. At 9 a.m., the city holds a negotiating session with the police union on the city’s pension and wage proposals.</p> <p>As I reported earlier, Boca Raton is asking for numerous major changes to the defined-benefit plan for police officers. All are designed to reduce the pension plan’s unfunded liabilities over the next 30 years.</p> <p>Thursday’s session will not involve the mayor and city council. Staff and outsider lawyers will represent Boca Raton. The mayor and council, though, must approve any agreement the city’s negotiators present. It has been weeks since the city made its offer, so this session will be very interesting. Any agreement between the city and the union must be in place by Oct. 1, the start of the new budget year, or Boca’s police officers will be working without a contract.</p> <p>If the city holds firm on pension reform and the union pushes back hard, the two sides could be at impasse. But the stakes are high enough that if Boca Raton doesn’t see real pension reform, impasse will be necessary.</p> <h3>Same sex marriage</h3> <p>One of the last actions by Diana Lewis as a Palm Beach County Circuit Court judge will have been to declare Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.</p> <p>Lewis lost her bid for reelection Tuesday to Jessica Ticktin. This month, ruling in a probate case, Lewis became the fourth state judge in the last few weeks to rule that the 2008 ban violates the U.S. Constitution. Lewis came at the issue indirectly, from a divorce involving a same-sex couple that had married in Vermont. Other rulings came in cases that directly challenged the ban.</p> <p>Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who has supported the ban, had indicated that she would appeal the Miami-Dade and Monroe rulings. Lawyers for same-sex couples seeking to marry had predicted that the two cases would be combined, and perhaps sent directly from the 3<sup>rd</sup> District Court of Appeal to the Florida Supreme Court.</p> <p>Last week, though, Robert Hinkle became the fifth judge in Florida—and the first federal judge—to rule against the ban. Afterward, Bondi declared that she now wants the U.S. Supreme Court to rule. What’s up?</p> <p>My guess is that Bondi wants to lower her profile on this issue. Like others trying to defend state bans, Bondi has sounded sillier and sillier as she claims that ending the ban would cause “irreparable harm.” To whom? This from a woman who has been divorced twice.</p> <p>Bondi’s negative ratings are high, in large part because of her comments about same-sex marriage. It’s an election year, and while she will have a huge advantage in money and name recognition over Democrat George Sheldon, the usually publicity-hungry Bondi is getting the wrong kind of publicity on same-sex marriage. She claims that she “took an oath to uphold” the Florida Constitution and the voter-approved ban, but even the voters don’t get to amend the constitution if the amendment is illegal.</p> <h3>Home prices</h3> <p>Can there be too much good news? Perhaps, when it comes to home prices.</p> <p>Recent reports show that Palm Beach County’s real estate market continues to recover. Obviously, that’s good. The average price for an existing home is about $290,000, a dramatic recovery from where prices fell when the bubble burst in 2007-08. The county’s tax roll was $166 billion in 2010. This year, it probably will exceed $190 billion.</p> <p>As prices rise, fewer homeowners are underwater on their mortgages, and fewer houses go into foreclosure. But it may be beneficial that recent price increases have been smaller than last year or earlier this year.</p> <p>Remember that we got into trouble not that long ago when prices hit unrealistically high levels, because so many homes were being built not to live in but to flip. At the peak, in late 2005, the average home price in Palm Beach County topped $420,000. Governments had what they considered easy money. People talked of using their home to finance their retirement. Then the party ended.</p> <p>Boca Raton and Delray Beach have it better than most other areas. The price recovery has been even stronger. Foreclosed homes are being bought and renovated. Let us hope, though, that the market stays warm or even hot, without getting overheated.</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><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzThu, 28 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/28/rising-waters-same-sex-marriage-pension-reform-and-other-hot-topics/City WatchCommunitySleep Studies in the Comfort of Homehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/27/sleep-studies-in-the-comfort-of-home/<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Delray Medical Center announced earlier this month that its <a href="http://www.delraymedicalctr.com/en-US/ourServices/medicalServices/Pages/SleepDisordersProgram.aspx">Suite Dreams Sleep Disorders Program</a> now offers in-home sleep testing for those who might have obstructive sleep apnea.</p> <p>Obstructive sleep apnea, a common and chronic condition, is characterized by difficulty breathing during sleep. As they sleep, people with the condition pause while breathing or take shallow breaths. Amazingly, breathing pauses can last a few seconds to minutes and can occur 30 times or more each hour, according to the <a href="http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sleepapnea/atrisk.html">National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute website</a>. Snoring is a major indicator of sleep apnea, but being a snorer doesn’t necessarily mean you have the condition.</p> <p><img alt="" height="298" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/sleeplabview.jpg" width="448"></p> <p>More than 18 million Americans have the condition, according to the National Sleep Foundation. You can take determine whether you have it through clinical exams or sleep studies, where clinicians study sleep quality and how the body responds to sleep problems. Thanks to the Delray Medical Center, at-home sleep studies are now available to local residents.</p> <p>As with in-lab testing, home studies allow doctors to get the information they need to diagnose people with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea. This works through a portable device – worn by patients when they sleep – which measures breathing patterns, blood oxygen levels, heart rate and more.</p> <p>Although this new service is available, the Suite Dreams Sleep Disorders Center will continue to offer sleep studies in the center’s sleep laboratory, which is equipped with advanced technology and comfortable, private rooms to evaluate patients throughout the night.</p> <p>Sleep problems are a public health epidemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s important to diagnose and address sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea. Insufficient sleep due to sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, has been linked to car crashes, industrial disasters and errors (including as medical errors). Health problems associated with sleep disorders are a huge concern. People who don’t sleep well or enough are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases, including high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, obesity—even cancer.</p> <p>For more information on the on Delray Medical Center’s Suite Dreams Sleep Disorders center (<em>5352 Linton Blvd., Delray Beach</em>) call 561/495-3171 or go through the hospitals main line at 561/498-4440. You can also visit the center’s <a href="http://www.delraymedicalctr.com/en-us/ourservices/medicalservices/pages/sleepdisordersprogram.aspx.">website</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">www.wordscomealive.com</a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 27 Aug 2014 14:24:04 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/27/sleep-studies-in-the-comfort-of-home/Health NewsHealth/BeautyTop 10 Tips for Saving Money on Grocerieshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/27/top-10-tips-for-saving-money-on-groceries/<p><strong> <img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>If you’re looking for simple ways to save money on healthful food, then this blog is for you. Here are my top 10 tips for cutting down on that grocery bill and still walking out with a basketful of nutritious items.</p> <p><img alt="" height="470" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/grocerycart.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>1. Shop at a farmer’s market first thing in the morning. When you go there before the crowds, you can get bags of slightly-bruised fruits and veggies for a fraction of the cost. For example, you can buy three to four pounds of apples or bananas for $1! And did you know that bananas are best when they have brown spots on them?</p> <p>2. Shop at the farmer’s market right when they are about to close. When you go to a market at the end of the day, farmers may give you an extra discount. For many vendors it is more profitable to sell you the leftover foods at as much as 50 percent off than to take them home and try selling later.</p> <p>3. Get the free <em>Edible Florida</em> magazine to learn about your local farmer’s markets. These full-color magazines are available at almost every Whole Foods Market as well as other locations around the area. Check them out online at <a href="http://ediblesouthflorida.com">ediblesouthflorida.com</a>.</p> <p>4. Sign up for your local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. For about $25 a week you can pick up a large basket of fresh, organic produce to make your healthy meals with. CSA programs can also help you discover great unusual items like durian, kohlrabi, guanabana and many other exotic local foods.</p> <p>5. Shop store sales. Stock up on shelf-stable foods like rice, oatmeal, beans and many others when they are promoted as buy one, get one free. Check out <a href="http://www.Publix.com/bogo">publix.com/bogo</a> for deals at Publix, and make sure to check out coupon magazines at Whole Foods Market.</p> <p>6. Buy large quantities of local produce that’s in season and freeze it when you find a great deal. For example, you can stock up on mangoes and coconut water and enjoy them for months to come. Add them to your smoothies, use them to jazz up simple breakfasts or create healthy desserts. </p> <p>7. Swap costly animal protein for plant-based complete protein of rice or potato with beans. Whereas organic chicken can cost $5.99 a pound, a 13-ounce box of cooked beans is only $1.59 and rice can cost as little as 50 cents a pound.</p> <p>8. Eat something before you go shopping. It may sound like a common advice, but it’s important. Whenever I shop hungry, I almost always over-buy. If I shop when I am satisfied with my last meal, then I usually stick to my shopping list.</p> <p>9. Don’t let leftovers to go bad. Freeze them in individual containers and eat later. I like to make large portions of soups and then freeze them in two-cup glass bowls. When I am in the mood for soup, I simply re-heat it and dinner is ready.</p> <p>10. Drink eight to 16 ounces of water, 30 minutes before your meals. You’’ll trick your brain into thinking you’re full, and you may find yourself wanting half the meal you usually eat – saving yourself extra cash. Replace soda with filtered water and you can save yourself $182 a year if you spend at least 50 cents on carbonated beverages a day.</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>Alina Z.Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:38:16 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/27/top-10-tips-for-saving-money-on-groceries/DiningNews & ReviewsInside Boca&#39;s Newest Theatre Companyhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/27/inside-bocas-newest-theatre-company/<p>Boca Raton has a new community theater troupe, and it’s the “nicest” one yet. The <a href="http://www.nicesttheatrecompany.com/" target="_blank">Nicest Theatre Company</a>—which actually derives its name from a portmanteau of its three founders’ first names, Nick Rapuano, Celine Boccia and Stephanie Suau—will launch the first show of its 2014-2015 season, “Cabaret,” this Friday at <strong>Showtime Performing Arts Theater</strong> in Boca Raton.</p> <p>Fellow graduates of Pope John Paul II high school, the company’s cofounders will wear numerous hats for this inaugural production, with Rapuano directing and Boccia and Suau starring in the show and overseeing the music, choreography and set design. The cast of 14 includes at least one notable twist from the “Cabaret” norm; Boccia, who plays the co-lead Sally Bowles in the musical, discusses this and other aspects of Boca’s newest—and Nicest—theater company.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/cabaret1.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What made you decide to start this company?</strong></p> <p>[Nick, Stephanie and I] been friends for a really long time, starting from our early years of theater together. We wanted to do something that could bring people together, friends and people we don’t even know, and do something on our own. So we did. We decided we wanted to do one show, but then it led into more than one show. We wanted to start our own season, and from there we decided to start our own company. It grew a lot quicker than we thought it would.</p> <p><strong>Did it take a while to find a performance space for your company?</strong></p> <p>Not all, because Nick works with Showtime Performing Arts Theater. The owner there, Marilyn Perry, knew about us wanting to start a company and move forward, so she had offered the space to be our own. We said, 'Absolutely, it would be an amazing opportunity.' We’ve been working with her, and she’s helping us produce our production right now.</p> <p><strong>Do you have a vision for the identity you want your company to have, and are there any professional companies that you look to for inspiration in that regard?</strong></p> <p>There are. We try to keep a close relationship with other theater companies. I think that supporting other companies is a great way for them to support us as well. In the end, we’re all in this together, everybody who does theater. I have a really good friend, [education programming coordinator] Ricky Nahas at Lake Worth Playhouse. He’s been a good inspiration, and somebody I would look up to.</p> <p>We just wanted to bring a lot of people together who maybe haven’t done this in a while, or maybe somebody who hasn’t found their niche yet. We have a lot of people in our show now who haven’t touched on theater before, and it’s something they found they really love. It’s cool watching different types of people evolve over such a short period.</p> <p><strong>Does wearing so many different hats, on and offstage, give you more control over the overall process, or do you feel you’re not giving the acting enough attention? How do you find the balance?</strong></p> <p>I find that my whole life I’ve tended to do a lot. I always liked to do more than the average person. Acting is totally my passion, but I also love the little things that go into it, and what makes the whole show. We have a great costume and props team with us right now, and our director is phenomenal. The support from other people doesn’t make it feel like hard work.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="316" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/cabaret2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Your first show is a classic, but it’s also not a safe and fluffy warhorse. It’s more along the lines of dramatic and profound musical theater. Is that indicative of the direction that you want to take with this company?</strong></p> <p>We want to touch on everything as far as adult theater. We plan, with our season, on doing a lot of contrasts. [“Cabaret”] shows every aspect. It shows a little bit of darkness and depth in it, but for future shows we want to do light and fun good-hearted shows, and then maybe something else a little darker.</p> <p><strong>Do you plan on doing straight plays as well?</strong></p> <p>Right now we plan on being strictly a musical theater company, and then hopefully when we grow a little bit, we’ll expand into straight plays. </p> <p><strong>Your press release mentions that this will be a cutting-edge rendition of “Cabaret.” In what ways is it different from other versions people might have seen?</strong></p> <p>To start off, our emcee is played by Martina Mehta—she is a female. That’s a different touch. And she has been absolutely phenomenal. We planned on the emcee being a male role, and then we had her come out for her audition, and she blew us all away. She has researched the character so much, and has put such an amazing twist on it, that I think it’s going to be refreshing for the audience to see that not only a male can play that role.</p> <p>Our age range is really cool as well; we have everybody from age 17 to 35. You’ll get a really nice mix of different ages in our production. We like to open it up to the community and see what our community has to offer for us.</p> <p><strong>Can you reveal any of the other titles coming up this season?</strong></p> <p>We’re not 100 percent sure yet, because we haven’t purchased rights. But once we have, they’ll be up on our website ready to go. </p> <p><em>Tickets for “Cabaret” cost $18 seniors and students and $25 adults. Performances take place at Showtime Performing Arts Theater, 503 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton. Call 866/811-4111 or visit <a href="http://nicesttheatrecompany.com" target="_blank">nicesttheatrecompany.com</a>. </em></p>John ThomasonWed, 27 Aug 2014 13:22:48 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/27/inside-bocas-newest-theatre-company/Arts & EventsTheatreUpcoming EventsExclusive: Ariana Grandehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/26/skyrocket-through-flight/<p><em>**Grande's album, "My Everything," was released on Aug. 22. Here's the full story we ran in our July/August issue. </em>Boca Raton<em> was the only South Florida magazine granted an<em> exclusive interivew with the Boca-born pop and R&amp;B star.</em></em></p> <h3><img alt="" height="322" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/ariana_grande.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>Though her meteoric rise has turned her into a superstar on par with the biggest names in music, <strong>Ariana Grande </strong>remains a Boca girl at heart.</h3> <p>Granted, it took 37 minutes for the first single—“Problem”—off her new album to reach No. 1 on iTunes after its late April release. And sure, with 438,000 downloads in its first week, the song that also features Iggy Azalea became the fourth-largest digital debut of all time for a female artist. And yes, the new album, "My Everything," reached No. 1 in 76 countries on the iTunes albums chart upon its late-August release. But just because <strong>Ariana Grande</strong> is blowing up so fast and so furiously that Perez Hilton can barely keep up with the blog-worthy buzz doesn’t mean that our home-town pop/R&amp;B superstar has gone Hollywood (even if she does live in Los Angeles).</p> <p>Asked during a recent phone interview what she misses about the community in which she was raised—and where her grandparents still live—the diminutive singer-songwriter waxed nostalgic about Boca.</p> <p>“I miss the beach, I miss Town Center, I miss Cinemark—which will always be Muvico in my heart,” says Grande, who turned 21 in late June. “I miss Boomers, I miss the Kabbalah Centre in Boca, I miss the Boca Beach Club, I miss my grandparents … I miss my home.”</p> <p>For the better part of three years, starting in 2010, home for the former student at North Broward Preparatory School was on the small screen, where she developed a following as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon show “Victorious” and, later, its spinoff “Sam &amp; Cat.” But in the life-altering span of a few months last summer, Grande went from teen sitcom darling to worldwide pop phenom. Her debut album for Republic Records, “Yours Truly,” topped the iTunes Store charts in 30-plus countries and hit No. 1 on the <em>Billboard </em>200 in its first week; Grande became the first female artist since Kesha in 2010 to reach No. 1 with her inaugural effort. The video for the album’s hit single, “The Way,” is approaching 150 million views on YouTube.</p> <p>Over the past year, Grande’s dynamic, four-octave soprano voice has drawn comparisons to Mariah Carey—and earned kudos from contemporaries like Lady Gaga and Rihanna. She’s also played the White House already—twice.</p> <p>In this exclusive with <em>Boca Raton</em>, Grande dishes on her soaring career, her style sense, how her mom keeps everyone on their toes—and why there’s no place like home.</p> <p><strong>At what point during your television run on nickelodeon did you and your team make the decision to pursue a solo career, or was that the plan all Along?</strong></p> <p>That was always the plan. I was in the studio and working on music [while still on television]. I took my time; nobody was rushing me. I was able to wait and create separation between my character and my solo career—I was able to introduce myself as Ariana, and not as Cat, in such a natural way.</p> <p>Nothing was forced; everything happened at the right moment. And I’m very grateful for that. My team really pushed my patience and made me wait—but that [turned out to be] a great idea because everything happened organically from there on out.</p> <p><strong>You have such a powerful voice and such incredible range. Was there ever discussion about doing a different type of music than you’re doing now?</strong></p> <p>Thank you ... No, I’ve always wanted to do what I wanted to do [when it comes to music]; I’m very pig-headed that way. ... There was a moment where [my team] wanted me to do a slightly younger type of music. I tried one song and it didn’t go over well. I was like, “See, it didn’t work. Now I get to do what I want.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="733" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/ariana_moto.jpg" width="488"></p> <p><strong>It’s one thing to hope for instant success in music but quite another to achieve it. Were you surprised at all by the reaction to your first single and album? 
</strong>Yes, for sure. I never thought it would be that quick. But I have to thank my fans for that. My fans brought my first single to number one on iTunes, and then everybody started paying attention. It was like, “Who the hell is this girl?” Then, later, they were like, “Oh my god, that’s the same girl my kids watched on TV?”</p> <p>It was such a cool thing for me to have people come up and say, “I love your music,” as opposed to “I love your show.” ... It was very cosmic. I think the universe was more responsible for that than I was.</p> <p><strong>How is your mom involved in your career?</strong></p> <p>I have managers. I have agents. I have lawyers. I have all these people. But without my mom ... she helps to run the ship. My mom [Joan Grande] has her own job; she’s CEO of a company [in Deerfield Beach] that designs and manufactures marine communication equipment. She already has her hands full, but she helps me in a tremendous way—and I’m super grateful for that.</p> <p>My creative sensibility is right on point, but my business sense is still evolving. My mom is teaching me about the business; she helps me in situations where I’m about to be screwed over. She’ll look it over and get me out of it. She takes really good care of me. I don’t know that I would be where I am right now if she hadn’t [steered] me away from making some huge mistakes.</p> <p>She’s the smartest person I know. I think my managers cower in fear of her, which is perfect. I don’t know who my managers are more afraid of, her or me. She’s laughing on the couch right now—she says definitely her.</p> <p><strong>Are you struggling at all with the never-ending gossip and constant chatter that comes from being a chart-topping star? </strong>No, I don’t read it. I only talk to my fans, so the things I see online are what I see on Twitter. I find out about the gossipy stuff if they bring it to my attention. Even then, I don’t want to make that important in my life. I want to focus on my family, my fans and the people I love. I feel like if I create that bubble for myself, then I’ll be fine.</p> <p>You know, I get it. [The paparazzi and gossip outlets] have to do their job and make their money too. ... But if there’s no truth behind a rumor, it just goes away. So why stress over something like that.</p> <p><strong>You’re part of a generation that is relying on social media in a way that prior entertainers didn’t have to think about. How important is it to you?</strong></p> <p>I love social media. I love Twitter. I love Facebook. I love Instagram—I’m an addict. It’s important because I love talking to my fans. I feel a very weird maternal connection toward them; it’s like they’re all my babies and I have to go say hi and take care of them every day. I just love my fans.</p> <p><strong>Not every entertainer is comfortable speaking out about social or, as you did, religious issues. Is that something, moving forward, that we’ll see more of from you? </strong>I stand up for what I believe in, just as everyone does—and everyone is entitled to an opinion. There are things that work for me and things that don’t. I’m a very loving, open and accepting person.</p> <p>I couldn’t really [practice] my religion anymore because of who was running it at the time and his beliefs. But I found something that works for me, and I stayed with it. [<em>Edi- tor’s note: </em>Grande revealed in a 2013 interview with London’s <em>Metro </em>newspaper that she broke with her Catholic upbringing over comments by former Pope Benedict XVI. “He said Spongebob Squarepants is gay ... And Harry Potter was a sin. And working women. I was like, Enough!’”]</p> <p>That doesn’t mean that I’m saying, “Everyone should practice Kabbalah.” I’m not preaching; it just works for me. I’m never going to try and sell somebody on my path or my beliefs. Because I’m a vegan, I’m not going to stop being friends with someone who eats meat and dairy. And I’m not going to disown my friends who are Catholic.</p> <p><strong>You recently received the Anna Wintour stamp of approval at a charity event in New York. How important has cultivating a look and choosing the right style become as far as your overall persona?</strong></p> <p>It’s interesting because I never thought people would pay so much attention to what I was wearing. I’m a musician, not a fashionista! But as time went on, I was like, “Oh my god, people are [talking about] what I look like as [much as they are about] what I sound like. I better start paying attention to this.”</p> <p>I’ve always loved fashion, but I’ve always loved the same thing—I’m drawn to very retro-, period-looking style. It’s funny, because I never thought I was on top of a trend. I’m always doing something that either will go over really well—or not at all. I don’t want to just do what’s trendy; I want to do what feels good.</p> <p>These days, I always have a ’60s look going. ... I would love to see girls all running around like Ann-Margret; that would be a dream come true.</p> <p><strong>Everyone from Lady Gaga to Rihanna Has been complimentary of your talents. Is there one contemporary whose words meant the most to you?</strong></p> <p>There was a little controversy at the iHeart Radio Awards because some people were saying that Rihanna was laughing at me while 
I was performing. But afterward, she asked me to come over and talk to her. She said, “You are the cutest ... Please keep doing what you’re doing because you’re killing it. I’m so happy for you.” ... It’s amazing to have the support of so many of my peers that I look
up to.</p> <p><strong>How often do you get back to Boca?</strong></p> <p>I don’t get home as often as I’d like, probably every five months or so. I live in L.A., I have dogs there, a garden, my work—but no matter what, I always feel like Boca is my home. </p>Kevin KaminskiTue, 26 Aug 2014 16:05:14 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/26/skyrocket-through-flight/CommunityIn The MagazineNews & ReviewsToday&#39;s Election &amp; Other City Noteshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/26/todays-election-other-city-notes/<h3>Beggars vs. Choosers</h3> <p>In just the last two weeks, we have seen how Boca Raton and Delray Beach can afford to be choosy about redevelopment projects and Boynton Beach cannot.</p> <p><img alt="" height="251" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/boynton.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Boynton Beach’s population of about 70,000 is larger than Delray’s 65,000. But while Boynton has more people, the city’s tax roll is only about $6 billion—compared to nearly $10 billion in Delray Beach. Boca Raton has a stratospheric tax roll of almost $24 billion, the highest of any city in Palm Beach County.</p> <p>That $4 billion gap explains why Delray Beach and especially Boca Raton should demand—even if that doesn’t always happen—while Boynton Beach must beg.</p> <p>For years, even as growth came to Congress Avenue west of Interstate 95, Boynton has tried to redevelop the city’s historic downtown along Boynton Beach Boulevard and Seacrest Boulevard, while also pushing residential projects clustered around the city’s popular marina. Unlike Delray Beach, with Atlantic Avenue, and certainly unlike Boca Raton, with Mizner Park, Boynton Beach has had comparatively little success. The main cause has been the lack of civic-minded elected leadership, and the related crony politics.</p> <p>Consider that members of the <a href="http://www.boynton-beach.org/officials/city_commission/index.php" target="_blank">Boynton Beach City Commission</a> sort of declared victory last week after choosing a developer for a portion of what once was known as the Heart of Boynton project and now is called <strong>Ocean Breeze East</strong>. The commissioners were acting in their role as board members of the community redevelopment agency. The CRA owns the land—site of the old Boynton Terrace Apartments—on which the city hopes that a developer called HH Holdings will build a successful apartment/retail/office project.</p> <p>The CRA, though, paid $7 million for the entire 8-acre property. The land’s appraised value is roughly $600,000. But the prospective developer will pay nothing.</p> <p>How could this happen?</p> <p>Because the CRA bought the land in 2007 from a former CRA board member,<strong> Larry Finkelstein</strong>. At that time, the CRA board was independent, and included no members of the commission. Critics said the deal amounted to insider dealing and never would pay off for the public. Five years earlier, Finkelstein had brokered a deal for land within the CRA while serving on the board. He did not disclose his involvement, even as he touted the company he represented, and he denied any conflict of interest.</p> <p>(This time, another CRA board member had to resign because he works for the winning company.)</p> <p>Those who backed that 2007 sale defended their action by saying that a great new project soon would repay the city. Seven years later, Boynton Beach still is waiting.</p> <p>And there’s more.</p> <p>The Boynton commissioners seemed pleased that they actually had a competition for the Ocean Breeze East project, with two companies submitting proposals. But if Boynton Beach officials had been paying attention to what’s been happening in Delray Beach, they would have known that there really was no competition.</p> <p>Florida Affordable Housing was that other company asking about Ocean Breeze East. Florida Affordable Housing is part of Auburn Group, which owns the Auburn Trace low-income housing project in Delray Beach. That would be the same Auburn Group that in March wanted Delray to modify terms of the city’s $4 million loan with the company. The city’s chief financial officer said the deal would be bad for the city.</p> <p>Yet with two members absent, the city commission approved the deal. Two weeks later, though, the new commission—with everyone present—rescinded the deal. In a memo for that April 1 meeting, the city attorney wrote that Auburn Group seemed to have “misrepresented” itself at the earlier meeting.</p> <p>That also would be the same Auburn Group that on Aug. 14 asked the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency for $700,000 toward renovations at Auburn Trace, money that supposedly would match an equal amount from the county. Renovations had been one stated reason for seeking the loan modification.</p> <p>Auburn Group said the CRA had to act by Sept. 3. Wisely unwilling to rush, the CRA board took no action, even though there is general agreement of the need to improve Auburn Trace. The question is who will do it and on whose terms. Delray Beach has made clear that it will not be on Auburn Group’s terms.</p> <p>Just this month, though, Boca Raton took a hard line, at least indirectly with a much more prominent and coveted company—Trader Joe’s. The city council/CRA said the developer of East City Center, where Trader Joe’s will be a tenant, must bury power lines that now are on poles, even if the uncertainty rattles Trader Joe’s, which is set to open its Boca store four weeks from Friday.</p> <p>Those who follow events in Boca Raton and Delray Beach know that even if those cities operate from relative positions of strength, they also sometimes let developers exceed the rules. Sometimes, it’s for a good reason, or at least a stated good reason. The record of the last three decades, however, shows that cities do best by investing in themselves, setting community standards and choosing the right leaders, who then reject crony politics. The goal is to have those coming before the city do the begging, not the other way around.</p> <h3><img alt="" height="303" src="/site_media/uploads/vote.jpg" width="306"></h3> <h3>Election day thoughts</h3> <p>Today, a very small number of Republican voters will pick candidates to challenge a pair of area Democratic congressional incumbents. It won’t take long to see whether the GOP intends to make a fight for either seat.</p> <p>Three Republicans want a shot at Lois Frankel, who represents District 22. It runs along the coast from Fort Lauderdale to Palm Beach. Six Republicans are running to go against Patrick Murphy, who represents District 18. Like Frankel, he is in his first term, representing northern Palm Beach County, Martin County and St. Lucie County.</p> <p>The first obstacle for these congressional wannabes is getting voters to show up. Four years ago, turnout for the congressional primary in a non-presidential year averaged 15 percent in Palm Beach and Broward counties.</p> <p>Then the survivors must convince the National Republican Congressional Committee that their races are winnable. That sell could be very hard.</p> <p>Frankel’s district has a slight edge in Democratic registration, and none of the three Republicans has significant name recognition. Neither the <em>Cook Political Repor</em>t nor the <em>Rothenberg Political Report</em> lists District 22 as competitive, despite President Obama’s low approval ratings and trend lines that favor Republicans this fall.</p> <p>As for Murphy, some of his opponents have political backgrounds, but as we discussed earlier they have very little money. They do have possible campaign issues, but all of them involve the voters’ dislike of Washington, and Murphy already is moving to counteract that. His latest TV ad shows him jogging in an obviously Florida setting bragging that he turned down free membership in the House gym: “I can jog right here.” The Cook Report lists District 18 as “Lean Democratic,” not even “Toss Up.” So does the Rothenberg Report.</p> <p>In fact, the Republicans don’t need either seat. They hold a 234-201 advantage in the House, and they probably will be more intent on defending the Panhandle District 2 seat of Rep. Steve Southerland, whose Democratic challenger is a daughter of former Florida Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham.</p> <p>The race that most certainly will draw the national GOP’s attention is the one for governor. To judge how much a race means to a party, check to see where the party spends its money. Rick Scott will get a lot.</p> <h3>And looking toward November</h3> <p>Speaking of the November elections, it will be interesting to see if Democrats run away from every national issue—such as the economy.</p> <p>Unemployment remains at what all sides, including the Federal Reserve, say is an unacceptable 6.2 percent. That figure, however, represents nearly a 40 percent decrease from the Great Recession-high of 10 percent, late during Obama’s first year. At this point in Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency, the drop had not been nearly so significant from the Depression-era high of about 25 percent. Recall that in September 2008 the fear was that a second Depression loomed.</p> <p>Elsewhere, the nation’s manufacturing output is at an all-time high, job openings are at their highest levels in 13 years and the monthly average for new jobless claims is at its lowest level since 2006. The spread between people quitting their jobs and layoffs is the widest since 2007. That’s good, because a higher spread means people are confident enough to leave for job for a better one.</p> <p>No one would argue that the economy is in high gear. Remember, though, how close we came to seizing up not so long ago.</p> <h3>Will things go better with Koch?</h3> <p>For those in the fight to reform police and fire pensions with help from the Florida Legislature, the recent news of outside actors in that fight is not welcome.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.floridaleagueofcities.com/" target="_blank">Florida League of Cities</a> had worked very hard to present pension reform as a bipartisan issue—even though it was Republicans in 1999 who forced cities to spend so much more on benefits. A bill to undo some of that damage nearly got through the Legislature this year.</p> <p>Now there’s a new group, called Taxpayers for Sustainable Pensions. It includes the League of Cities (OK), Florida TaxWatch (OK), the Florida Chamber (OK), but also Americans for Prosperity, the group financed by Charles and David Koch. Not OK.</p> <p>Whatever one thinks of AFP, it is a decidedly Republican group. Perhaps the coalition believes that it doesn’t need Democratic help, but injecting AFP will bring a needless partisan element to an issue that should bring Democrats and Republicans together. For many Democrats, the feeling they get when the Kochs arrive is like the feeling many Republicans get when Al Sharpton hit town.</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><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzTue, 26 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/26/todays-election-other-city-notes/City WatchCommunityLouie Bossi Goes Big Timehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/26/louie-bossi-goes-big-time/<p>Classic Italian-American comfort food, Neapolitan-style pizzas, and an extensive roster of artisan cocktails and boutique wines are coming to Las Olas Boulevard when <a href="http://www.louiebossi.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Louie Bossi’s Ristorante, Bar &amp; Pizzeria</strong></a> debuts by the end of this year.</p> <p><img alt="" height="121" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/louiebossilogo.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Bossi’s is the newest concept rolled out by the ever-expanding <strong>Big Time Restaurant Group</strong> empire, which includes several Rocco's Tacos, City Oyster in Delray, Grease Burger Bar and City Cellar in West Palm and Big City Tavern in Fort Lauderdale. Said to be inspired by the good-timey Italian-American restaurants of New York and Chicago, Bossi’s is named for its self-taught chef and current top toque at Big City Tavern and will slip into the space formerly home to Solita.</p> <p>The menu will feature two of its chef’s signatures—house-made charcuterie and Neapolitan-style pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven, along with pastas made in-house and rustic Sicilian dishes.</p> <p><img alt="" height="524" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/bossi.jpg" width="350"></p> <p>Bossi, who began cooking in his family’s kitchen at the tender age of eight, has been with Big Time since 2000, starting as a grill cook and working his way up to the post of executive chef at Big City Tavern. He’ll be cooking in style at his namesake eatery, which will encompass some 10,000 square feet and feature an exhibition kitchen, salumi bar, fire pit, and indoor and outdoor dining areas and bars.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 26 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/26/louie-bossi-goes-big-time/DiningNews & ReviewsThe Week Ahead: Aug. 26 to Sept. 1http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/25/the-week-ahead-aug-26-to-sept-1/<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/ggwolcw7nubylp10wdix.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Garrett McNamara</strong></p> <p>Where: Bienes Center for the Arts, 2801 S.W. 12th St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $23.99</p> <p>Contact: 954/513-2272, <a href="http://www.bca-sta.org" target="_blank">bca-sta.org</a></p> <p>Few modern surfers can ride a wave quite like Garrett McNamara, who has conquered surfs at the intimidatingly named Jaws beachfront in Hawaii and soared on tidal waves from Alaskan glaciers. He also holds the Guinness World Record for the largest wave ever surfed, after catching a 78-foot wave in Portugal in 2011. This week, he’ll stay dry and grounded, exchanging the surfboard for a lectern for this “Conversation with Garrett McNamara.” The surf legend will provide insight into his physical and mental processes, delve into the world of big-wave surfing and answer questions from the audience. Surf enthusiasts can arrive as early as 6 p.m. to view the Bienes Center’s accompanying art exhibition, “Slave to the Wave,” featuring surf art and photography. Ticket sales will benefit Surfrider Foundation’s Broward Chapter.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="294" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/vaclav-havel-in-2007-007.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Audience” reading</strong></p> <p>Where: Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 305/442-4408, <a href="http://www.madcattheatre.org" target="_blank">madcattheatre.org</a></p> <p>Miami’s Mad Cat Theatre Company continues its prolific summer this week. In addition to its acclaimed full production of the offbeat “Centralia,” which concludes on Sunday, the company on Wednesday will launch “Banned/New,” a free series of play readings focusing on classic works that have been banned for their provocative or anti-establishment content, as well as new works that echo these themes. The series begins with “Audience,” a 1975 work by the famed Czech playwright—and later president—Vaclav Havel (pictured). The minimalist play introduced the character Vanek, a dissident playwright and stand-in for Havel himself, who in “Audience” is relegated to toil in a brewery by the Czech Communist regime. There, he engages in a funny and rambling conversation with the brewmaster. Sounds like a good fit for Mad Cat’s aesthetic, which regularly and self-reflexively expands the possibilities of live theater.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/schoolofrock.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Return of B-BAD Art Walks</strong></p> <p>Where: Boynton Beach Arts District, 422 W. Industrial Ave., Boynton Beach</p> <p>When: 6 to 11 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 786/521-1199, <a href="http://activistartista.blogspot.com" target="_blank">activistartista.blogspot.com</a></p> <p>The last Thursdays of the past two months have been unusually quiet at the warehouses-turned-studios of the Boynton Beach Arts District: No customary open galleries, no food trucks, no local vendors, no live music and no fire spinning. The city put the kibosh on the District’s monthly events back in June, raising issues over parking, lighting and, foremost, permitting. This month, Rolando Chang Barrero, the self-effacing head of the District, worked out a permitting agreement with city officials that will see this award-winning art walk continue indefinitely. Expect an extra-celebratory B-BAD Art Walk this week; the musical talent includes the South Palm Beach School of Rock (pictured), aka the young rock stars of tomorrow, who are fresh off a Southeastern tour; and local Americana act the Jon Greco Band. PS561 and Joji Yogurt will supply the nosh.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/the-one-i-love-sundance-1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The One I Love”</strong></p> <p>Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raon</p> <p>When: Show times pending</p> <p>Cost: $5 to $9.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/549-2600, <a href="http://fau.livingroomtheaters.com" target="_blank">fau.livingroomtheaters.com</a></p> <p>I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough comedies about couples retreats—like, well, 2009’s “Couples Retreat” or 2012’s “Hope Springs,” in which often-embarrassing comic high jinks solve to predictability revitalize problematic marriages. But “The One I Love” is an entirely new spin on an old formula. So new, and so unique, in fact, that its trailer doesn’t give away its twist, in a move of stunning discretion. It stars Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss as the young couple whose love life is on the skids; they check into a weekend retreat on the advice of their shrink (Ted Danson), and strange, surreal, seemingly addictive things begin to happen. The movie has earned comparisons to the weirdly brilliant films of Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman. Intrigued yet? So am I.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/roadkill.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: PureHoney Three-Year Anniversary Party</strong></p> <p>Where: Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-9999, <a href="http://www.purehoneymagazine.com" target="_blank">purehoneymagazine.com</a></p> <p>Steadily growing in recognition over its past three years of existence, promoter Steven Rullman’s PureHoney Magazine has become our region’s most exhaustive and extensive chronicler of the music scene, covering every facet from tiny clubs to arena shows (full disclosure: I contribute to PureHoney). The online/print zine will celebrate its third-year anniversary with a stellar lineup of Florida bands performing at no cost to you. The headliner is none other than the quirkily named, rustically musical Roadkill Ghost Choir, a DeLand act poised for bigger things. You can hear shades of Bob Dylan’s protracted delivery and Wilco’s prog-country pulse all over their sound. Radiohead and Fleet Foxes mingle in the group’s repertoire too, finding a compelling medium between the ambient and the homespun. The band will play selections from its brand-new album “In Tongues;” show up early to hear sets by Sweet Bronco, Plastic Pinks, The Alleys, Gravel Kings and more.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="363" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/jane-dinoteex.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Dig In! Nights at the Museum”</strong></p> <p>Where: South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 6 to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5.50 to $12.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-1988, <a href="http://www.sfsciencecenter.org" target="_blank">sfsciencecenter.org</a></p> <p>For many archaeologists, there’s nothing quite like discovering dinosaur bones. Lew Crampton, the South Florida Science Center’s president, would know: He led the mission that unearthed “Jane" (pictured), one of the largest T-rex fossils on record, back in Montana in 2001. But even the discovery of rare earth minerals and gems provide plenty for which diggers can be proud, and on Friday, as part of the science center’s monthly “Nights at the Museum” event, the profession will be spotlighted in a number of ways. Real-life archaeologists will be on hand to explain the science and art behind unearthing ancient artifacts, during activities such as the Fossil Finders Lab, Make Your Own Claws, Hidden Treasure Dino Egg Craft, Tooth Casting, gem panning and an Anole Dissection. Activities end at 9, but you can visit the museum’s observatory until 10.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="320" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/coelg.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Comedy of Errors”</strong></p> <p>Where: Sol Theatre, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: 561/447-8829, <a href="http://www.eveningstarproductions.com" target="_blank">eveningstarproductions.com</a></p> <p>As accessible as it is rarely staged, William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” describes itself in its title. This early work, the shortest of the Bard’s plays, is filled with ludic “errors:” mistaken identities, wrongful beatings, false accusations of everything from infidelity to demonic possession. Dramatizing the mishaps that occur when two sets of separated identical twins reunite, the play’s comedic palette is broad enough to encompass deft wordplay and proto-“Three Stooges” slapstick. Last weekend, Evening Star Productions, a new Boca-based company, opened this comedy in the shadow of tragedy: Laura Ruchala, a Shakespearean actress who made her professional directorial debut with “The Comedy of Errors,” died from a brain aneurysm a few days after her 36th birthday, and one week before the play’s opening. In the tradition of “the show must go on,” the talented actors and crew have not missed a date. The production opened its short run last weekend to appreciative reviews.</p>John ThomasonMon, 25 Aug 2014 19:15:17 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/25/the-week-ahead-aug-26-to-sept-1/Arts & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsKeke&#39;s Opens in Wellingtonhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/25/kekes-opens-in-wellington/<p>Breakfast, so they say, is the most important meal of the day. At least it is at <a href="http://www.kekes.com/" target="_blank">Keke’s Breakfast Cafe</a> (<em>10120 Forest Hill Blvd., 561/444-2075</em>), the Central Florida-based chain that’s making its first foray south of the (imaginary) border.</p> <p><img alt="" height="410" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/keke.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The Wellington Keke’s, in <strong>The Pointe at Wellington Green</strong>, is the 10th store for the breakfast and lunch chain, with five more locations—including one in Boynton Beach—set to debut in the near future.</p> <p>While most restaurants are chasling after the high-ticket dinner crowd, Keke’s relies solely on the morning and midday meals, open daily (except for Thanksgiving and Christmas) at 7 a.m. and closing at 2:30 p.m.</p> <p><img alt="" height="312" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/kekes.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The breakfast menu sticks mostly to tried-and-true crowd pleasers—waffles, pancakes, stuffed pancakes, omelets and the like—many of them tricked out with sugary garnishes, like the banana split waffle (glazed bananas, pineapple and strawberries with chocolate syrup, pecans and whipped cream) and french toast stuffed with cinnamon apples and cream cheese and dusted with powdered sugar.</p> <p>Lunch is paninis, sammies, burgers, wraps and salads, from standbys like ham and swiss, turkey club and chef’s salad to slightly more inventive offerings like chicken panini with marsala sauce, portobello mushroom and provolone cheese and Chinese chicken salad with crispy noodles and sesame dressing.</p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraMon, 25 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/25/kekes-opens-in-wellington/DiningNews & ReviewsStaff Picks of the Weekhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/22/staff-picks-of-the-week-1/<p><a href="http://www.starz.com/originals/davincisdemons" target="_blank">Da Vinci's Demons</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="337" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tom-riley-da-vincis-demons-3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Picked by David Shuff, Videographer and Video Editor</p> <p>“Excellent action-adventure take on the early career of the maestro, created by David S. Goyer, writer of the most recent Batman film trilogy. Very speculative - don't bother if you are looking for strict historical accuracy. Not for kids, occasional nudity and violent content.”</p> <p><em>Watch it on STARZ network. Season one is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD.</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.musselbeachrestaurant.com/" target="_blank">Mussel Beach</a> </p> <p>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</p> <p>“I can't get enough of Mussel Beach in Delray! I love that most of the menu items are gluten free. The mussels are out of this world (from Prince Edward Island)! Try a Moscow Mule while you're there too, served in an authentic copper mug. So cool and refreshing in this hot summer heat. The happy hour is great too: two for one house drinks and amazing menu specials.” </p> <p><em>Mussel Beach: 501 E. Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach // 561/921-6464</em></p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/smellslikegrunge" target="_blank">Smells Like Grunge</a></p> <p>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</p> <p>"I interviewed two of the three guys in Smells Like Grunge, South Florida's Nirvana tribute act, for a feature on our September/October issue (available now). But I'll finally get to see them perform this Friday, Aug. 22, at the Vintage Tap (<em>524 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach</em>). They perform like the reincarnation of the groundbreaking alternative band, playing everything from chart-topping hits to posthumously released obscurities, and vocalist Justin Hucker even dons a blonde wig and adjusts his guitar-playing abilities to embody Kurt Cobain. The show is free and begins at 9 p.m."</p> <p><a href="http://www.racksdelray.com/" target="_blank">Happy Hour at Rack's Fish House &amp; Oyster Bar</a> </p> <p>Picked by Adrienne Mayer, Production Manager</p> <p>"At $1 each, the happy hour oysters - served very cold and fresh - are a great deal. Lots of other delicious happy hour food choices available too!"</p> <p><em>Rack's Fish House &amp; Oyster Bar: <em>5 S.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach // 561/450-6718</em></em></p>magazineFri, 22 Aug 2014 14:01:12 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/22/staff-picks-of-the-week-1/CommunityNewsFestival of the Arts Boca Makes Headlineshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/22/festival-of-the-arts-boca-makes-headlines/<p>We’re only in August, seven months away from the 2015 Festival of the Arts Boca, but the beloved cultural-arts staple is making news.</p> <p><img alt="" height="522" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/foa-joanna-kaye.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>This week, the festival announced that it has hired Joanna Marie Kaye as its new director. Kaye, an accomplished singer, is remembered for her 15-year stint as director of programming and operations for WXEL, Palm Beach County’s public radio affiliate. This past March, Kaye vacated a managerial position at WQED-FM in Pittsburgh, just as Festival of the Arts Boca organizers were considering opening up a directorship.</p> <p>“Just as we learned of her availability, we had decided to hire somebody,” says Wendy Larsen, co-producer of the Festival. “It was happenstance. We had just finished our job description.”</p> <div> <p>The Festival has not had an official director since its first couple of years; the position vanished along with the Great Recession, with Larsen and Charlie Siemon taking on ever more responsibilities on an unpaid, volunteer basis. Larsen and Siemon’s roles as producers and chairpersons will continue, and they will have the ultimate say in programming, but according to Larsen, “Joanna brings a passion for the arts to us, along with considerable fundraising abilities, and that will be her principal responsibility.”</p> <p><strong>***</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="264" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/timeforthree.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> </div> <p>In other Festival news, organizers have settled on a date to unveil the 2015 lineup: Nov. 14 at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center (201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton). This pre-festival celebration will feature a live performance by Philadelphia-born string trio Time for Three, which describes itself as “a classically trained garage band.” Known for their casual attire and eclectic musical approach—their sound incorporates rock, jazz, bluegrass and hip-hop—the young men in Time for Three last performed at Festival of the Arts Boca in 2012. Much has happened since, including international tours, appearances on NPR and a new self-titled album, the trio’s first for a major label.</p> <p>As for the 2015 lineup of talent, Larsen says much of it is scheduled, but she is tight-lipped about giving anything away before November. She concedes only that “I think you will be very excited about it. It will be more diverse than it was last year—some household names and not-so-household names, and a couple of Florida premieres, too. I think it’s our best program yet for authors.”</p> <p>Tickets for the Nov. 14 launch party cost $40, and include a 6:30 p.m. cocktail reception and a 7:30 p.m. performance from Time for Three. They will be available for purchase beginning Sept. 15 at festivalboca.com or 866/571-2787.</p>John ThomasonFri, 22 Aug 2014 13:34:31 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/22/festival-of-the-arts-boca-makes-headlines/Arts & EventsUpcoming EventsThe Dirt on the Dirty Pighttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/22/the-dirt-on-the-dirt-pig/<p>You gotta hand it to the folks at Boca’s <a href="http://pinongrill.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Pinon Grill</strong></a> (6000 Glades Rd., 561/391-7770) for putting three of life’s greatest eating and drinking pleasures together in one easily (too easily, perhaps) consumable package.</p> <p><img alt="" height="406" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/dirtypigpinon.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>It’s called the <em>Dirty Pig Martini</em>, which consists of Tito’s Handmade Vodka (immodestly speaking, my own personal favorite), a bit of olive brine and three fat “queen-sized” olives stuffed with blue cheese and wrapped in. . . wait for it. . . crispy strips of bacon.</p> <p>It’s a nifty bit of boozy synergy, as olives make vodka better, blue cheese makes olives better and bacon makes everything better. The Dirty Pig will set you back $12, but if you show up at Pinon Grill’s happy hour (Monday through Friday, 4 to 7 p.m.) you can take advantage of the BOGO special. Oink. . . </p>Bill CitaraFri, 22 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/22/the-dirt-on-the-dirt-pig/BarsDiningNews & ReviewsFashion Forward: The Big Delray Sale, plus more.http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/22/fashion-forward-the-big-delray-sale-plus-more/<p><strong><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/levisage.jpg" width="490"></strong></strong></p> <p><strong><strong>Big for Beauty:</strong> </strong><a href="http://150worth.com/index.php/directory/le-visage">Le Visage</a> on Worth Avenue is now open. The luxury cosmetics store is located on the second floor of 150 Worth. <em>(150 Worth Ave., Palm Beach)</em></p> <p><strong><em></em>Delray Outlet Sale:</strong> The Seagate Hotel &amp; Spa is hosting <a href="http://downtowndelraybeach.com/promotions">Shop ‘Til You Drop</a>, a shopping event that runs until Saturday, Aug. 23, and features a slew of sale items from participating downtown Delray stores. The event will be held at the Reef Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both today and tomorrow. For more info, call 561/665-4940.</p> <p><strong>On Trend</strong>: Join Town Center at Boca Raton for <a href="http://www.simon.com/mall/town-center-at-boca-raton/stream/lookbook-live-1468769">Simon Lookbook Live</a>, an all-day event on Sept. 20 featuring the season’s best trends, how-tos and giveaways. </p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 22 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/22/fashion-forward-the-big-delray-sale-plus-more/ShoppingShopping NewsCities vs. PBC, a shift in local alcohol laws, plus more.http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/21/cities-vs-pbc-a-shift-in-local-alcohol-laws-plus-more/<h3>The Fight Against Oversight</h3> <p>After nearly four years, the frivolous but dangerous lawsuit over financing of Palm Beach County’s government watchdog finally went to trial Tuesday, with the expectation that testimony will end today. Boca Raton and Delray Beach are among the 14 cities in court. The cities deserve to lose mostly because their case is weak legally but also because their case is an outrage politically.</p> <p>The Office of Inspector General is a county agency, even though the seven county commissioners and the county administrator have no say, directly or indirectly, in who becomes inspector general. That person – it was Sheryl Steckler and now is John Carey – is chosen by the five members of the Commission on Ethics, the state attorney and the public defender. Five outside groups choose the five ethics commissioners.</p> <p>But money from the county budget finances oversight of county government by the inspector general. Since the office is part of the county – though independent – the county is the defendant in the lawsuit. Oddly, the inspector general’s office is not a party in the lawsuit. Steckler sought to have the office intervene, but lost in court.</p> <p>The cities’ case rests on a lie: that the county ordered the cities to help pay for the inspector general, a move that amounts to double taxation. In fact, residents of all the county’s 38 cities demanded that the inspector general also have jurisdiction over the cities, and told their elected officials to pay for that oversight.</p> <p>I have written about this issue for five years, since former State Attorney Michael McAuliffe convened the first of three grand juries on public corruption. McAuliffe argued for the inspector general and ethics commission that the grand jury recommended, but he warned all along that the biggest potential problem for the inspector general’s office would be money. The other problem has been resistance to the new oversight. The lawsuit involves both.</p> <p>By withholding their money, Steckler said before leaving office in June, the litigious cities made the office’s future seem uncertain. They are among the county’s largest cities – West Palm Beach has led the lawsuit – so their share of the office’s cost is disproportionately high. The uncertainty made it hard for the office to hire.  Clerk of Courts Sharon Bock was complicit, saying that she couldn’t even release to the office money from cities that were willing to pay. Only recently did Bock relent, passing along money from seven smaller cities.</p> <p>In 2013, though, Steckler and the county reached a deal. The office would have 23 staff members and a budget of $3.3 million, with the county paying what the cities weren’t, until the lawsuit is resolved. Resolution could be a ways off. Each side will appeal Judge Catherine Brunson’s ruling, which probably won’t come for weeks.</p> <p>In the meantime, Carey’s office has plenty of authority to investigate complaints from any city but limited resources. Also – and this point often gets lost -- that inadequate staffing makes it harder for the office to respond when cities ask for advice on how to efficiently and ethically spend the public’s money. A number of the smaller cities do, because they don’t have the resources of larger cities.</p> <p>In addition to relying on a lie, the lawsuit relies on myths. Among them:</p> <p>*<strong>That November 2010 vote created the Office of Inspector General and Commission on Ethics.</strong> Actually, the county commission created both in 2009.</p> <p>*<strong>That November 2010 vote ordered the cities to pay for the inspector general in a certain way.</strong> Actually, it didn’t. Originally, the county was going to pay its share through a tax of 0.25 percent on all contracts. When the software to implement such a system seemed too expensive, the county simply took money from the general fund. The 2011 county ordinance covering the inspector general’s office – drawn up after the referendum -- calculates each city’s share based on how much business a city does with contractors. The cities are free to decide how they will pay it.</p> <p>*<strong>The voters didn’t know what they were doing in 2010.</strong> Actually, the ballot language asked voters if they wanted an inspector general “funded by the County Commission <em>and all other governmental entities subject to the authority of the Inspector General?”</em> (Emphasis mine.) By nearly 75 percent in all cities, the voters said yes.</p> <p><strong>*The inspector general is “controlled by the county.”</strong> Former Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel made that claim in late 2013, when she joined the council majority in rejecting a motion to pay the city’s share. As I explained, the county does not “control” the inspector general’s office. Not even close.</p> <p>According to the county’s 2012 figures, Boca Raton’s share of the office’s cost is about $149,000. Delray Beach’s is about $125,000. Delray’s continued participation in the lawsuit is especially infuriating. One report from the inspector general’s office helped Delray Beach successfully challenge a no-bid extension of the trash contract, which could save millions. Another helped oust City Manager Louie Chapman. And are those comparatively small amounts of money in nine-figure budgets really worth the cities thumbing their nose at the voters?</p> <h3>The Booze Question</h3> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/jazziz2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Will Mizner Park be hopping after 2 a.m.? That will depend on whether Boca Raton and the Mizner Park management company can strike the right legal tone.</p> <p><strong>Jazziz</strong>, the restaurant/club at the southwest corner of Mizner Park is thriving after barely two years. Combine Jazziz with the adjacent <strong>Yard House Restaurant</strong>, the nearby <strong>iPic Theater</strong> and the new <strong>Lord &amp; Taylor</strong> across the park to the east, and Mizner Park’s southern end arguably is the most dynamic it has been since the park opened more than two decades ago.</p> <p>As we learned during last week’s Community Redevelopment Agency meeting, Jazziz has asked General Growth Properties (GGP), which manages the non-residential portion of Mizner Park, whether the company would let the club stay open past 2 a.m. A simple request? Not hardly.</p> <p>As City Manager/CRA Director Leif Ahnell correctly pointed out, the request is most about “the sale of alcohol.” Boca prohibits the sale of alcohol after 2 a.m. Trying to change that ordinance just for Jazziz would mean having to also allow other nightspots citywide to sell booze later.</p> <p>So the idea would be for the CRA to create an entertainment district: Mizner Park. Within that district, GGP could allow just Jazziz to stay open later. Andrew McKinney, GGP’s Mizner Park manager, told the city council – acting as the CRA board – that the company is willing to change the lease for Jazziz.</p> <p>Council members liked the idea. Mayor Susan Haynie says another Mizner Park business had asked for later hours, but it was next to the complex’s apartments. Jazziz is across the park from bedroom windows.</p> <p>Still, Ahnell and City Attorney Diana Frieser noted that the city would have to be careful. What if other businesses in Mizner Park or just outside the park wanted to sell alcohol after 2 a.m.? Could an ordinance creating the entertainment district be written so as not to enable businesses outside the district to ask for the same change?</p> <p>Staff members are supposed to ask such questions, but the clear push from the council – especially from Constance Scott – was to make it happen. Jazziz has become the sort of regional draw Mizner Park supporters envisioned long ago. Council members seemed thrilled that a Mizner Park business is doing well enough to ask for more. Who can blame them?</p> <h3>Penning the Pension Plan</h3> <p>Boynton Beach may be at the end of its one-year impasse with the police union. Delray Beach may be heading for its own contract impasse with the same union.</p> <p>In Boynton, the police have been working without a new contract since Oct. 1 of last year. This week, the city commission approved a new offer and will wait for the union to respond. Police contracts in Delray Beach and Boca Raton expire Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.</p> <p>Boca Raton has made an offer to the Police Benevolent Association. Delray Beach is still working on the city’s offer. Commissioner Shelly Petrolia met with staff members Monday, seeking information on the negotiations. Will Delray and the union fail to reach agreement in time and thus be at impasse? “Good question,” Petrolia said. Staff is still “doing research.”</p> <p>In both cities, the issue is pensions. Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie and Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein have pledged to support reforms that will shrink the cities’ unsustainable pension liabilities. Even if Boynton Beach and the union reach agreement, the pension fight lies ahead. This impasse has been strictly about wages, and it got nasty enough that union staged a brief “sickout” and paid for a childish billboard mocking City Manager Lori LaVerriere and other Boynton officials.</p> <p>If the union accepts the wage deal, LaVerriere said, she starts work on pensions. That, she said, could take two years. The union will take note of what happens in Boca Raton and Delray Beach.</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><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzThu, 21 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/21/cities-vs-pbc-a-shift-in-local-alcohol-laws-plus-more/City WatchCommunityMovie Review: &quot;If I Stay&quot;http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/20/movie-review-if-i-stay/<p>Mia Hall (Chloe Grace Moretz) is an 18-year-old Portland cellist preparing for college. For the past year and a half, she’s fallen in love with an older student, an indie rocker named Adam (Jamie Blackley). But their relationship has been strained of late, as their plans for life after high school are too divergent.</p> <p><img alt="" height="398" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/fnd_mc_ifistay.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>But on the very day she expects to receive the letter from Juilliard that will dictate her future, she and her family are involved in a deadly car accident. She wakes up—or, rather, her soul does—and observes the unfolding tragedy in the snow-capped disaster area and eventually the hospital emergency room, where paramedics wheel her comatose body and those of her parents and younger brother. Mia is balanced precariously between life and death; to paraphrase The Clash, whose posters and T-shirts turn up in the movie’s production design, the film’s essential question becomes, “Should I stay or should I go?”</p> <p>I expect the chasm between the critics’ response to “If I Stay” and the audience reception to be a vast one. This is a film that will move a lot of people very deeply, but one man’s poignant masterpiece is another’s mawkish drek. I was all too aware of every time I was supposed to laugh, and cry, and cry some more, and feel the bright light of a universe in which predestiny, love and free swirl into powerful catharses. Each of these moments is a tasty worm dangled by its director, R.J. Cutler, in front of the hungry fish in the audience; I just couldn’t take the bait.</p> <p>Without the out-of-body-experience conceit, “If I Stay” would play like a garden-variety YA drama, in which a teenager’s first romantic pangs are presented with cataclysmic implications. These may be average upper-middle-class white people’s problems, but to the experiencers of them, they are life and death, even before the narrative becomes literally about life and death.</p> <p>The story is, unsurprisingly, based on a successful 2009 young-adult novel of the same name, by Gayle Forman. Shauna Cross’s time-jumping screenplay, structured mostly as flashbacks triggered by memories that flood Mia’s soul, admittedly has some nice touches. Mia’s parents are both middle-aged punk rockers who met through her dad’s old band, Nasty Bruises, which he sacrificed to build a family; at one point, when Mia’s younger brother Teddy asks to listen to Iggy Pop in the car, her father cautions him: “Nothing after 1978!” The disparity between the rough-hewn musical tastes of Mia’s laissez-faire parents and the rigid classical structure of her own sonic proclivities is a point of frequent tension and poignancy. And, once we realize that her parents may never breathe again, these domestic flashbacks do become moving, because we understand the finiteness of them—the need to preserve these memories like specimens in amber.</p> <p><img alt="" height="439" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tumblr_n7ol9h5ost1txydcmo1_1280.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>But even these moments are ultimately the stuff of fantasy. Cross and Cutler created characters orbiting around Mia that are faultless—the perfect parents and the perfect younger brother, saints waiting for their heavenly beatification. Her home life isn’t messy, like that of 99.9 percent of teenage girls. Instead the atmosphere is pretty and curated, an artificially manicured space of bustling neighborhood parties and sage advice. The drama, then, arrives largely in the form of boyfriend Adam, whose music—which sounds far too studio-polished for the tiny clubs in which he plays, another example of the movie’s airbrushed approach—is more appealing than his persona. He’s your typical brooding, tortured rocker, stretched nearly to the point of self-parody, and let’s leave it at that.</p> <p>The great Stacey Keach rounds out the cast as Mia’s grandfather, who is gifted a monologue at her bedside that suggests the Oscar he never won. At the screening I attended, this is the moment the waterworks finally turned on for even the most skeptical of moviegoers. But even here, Cutler doesn’t trust the moment. For a movie that knows its quality music inside and out, it can’t resist blanketing the scene with a schmaltzy piano score, and I was too aware of being manipulated to succumb to the emotions.</p> <p>And besides, it’s just prologue for the tactless barrage of sentimentality that batters us into submission in the film’s final moments, leaving me desiring, for Mia, neither the pearly gates of Valhalla nor her continued life on Earth. I just wanted the darn thing to end.</p> <p><em>“<a href="http://ifistaymovie.com/" target="_blank">If I Stay</a>” opens Friday at most area theaters.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 20 Aug 2014 14:05:25 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/20/movie-review-if-i-stay/Arts & EventsMoviesOn The Ave: Back To Coolhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/20/on-the-ave-back-to-cool/<p>Let’s take it back a little – back to the days of outdoor play and non-techy games – with On the Ave’s <strong>Back To Cool</strong> event.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/oldschoolgames.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This year, the event will be held on West Atlantic on Thursday, Aug. 21. From 6 to 10 p.m., Southwest Fifth Avenue (south of Atlantic Avenue to north of Southwest First Street) will be full of entertainment like live music, classic childhood games (think tug-of-war) and a splash zone.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/foodcourt.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>There will also be a food truck food court and a slew of activities for kids. So pack up those backpacks and head over to Delray for an event your kids will be sure to remember – and not just because you posted it on Facebook.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://ontheavedelraybeach.com" target="_blank">ontheavedelraybeach.com</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 20 Aug 2014 13:37:39 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/20/on-the-ave-back-to-cool/CommunityDelray BeachUpcoming EventsSummer-end 5k + Kids’ Support Grouphttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/20/summer-end-5k-kids-support-group/<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>There’s always something to celebrate. In a few weekends, the cause for celebration will be summer’s end.</p> <p>The Boca Raton-based <a href="http://www.runnersedgeboca.com/">Runner’s Edge</a> is hosting the <strong>Summer’s End 5K Fun Run and BBQ Party</strong>, Sunday, Aug. 24, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Note: this is an evening run and party.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/running_shoes.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The 3.1-mile run (or walk) starts at the Runner’s Edge running store (<em>3195 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</em>). That cost is $10 per person, and the first 150 runners to sign up get a T-shirt.</p> <p>Everyone is invited to enjoy the store’s free summer's end party, post run. There will be music, a special store sale, a drawing for free pair of running shoes and lots of food and drink, including hamburgers, hot dogs, beer, and more.</p> <p>This truly is a fun run, with no awards or timing.</p> <p>For more information, call 561/361-1950, or sign up <a href="http://www.active.com/boca-raton-fl/running/distance-running-races/summers-end-5k-runner-s-edge-2014">here</a>.</p> <p><em>In other news….</em></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.brrh.com/cancer_institute.aspx">Lynn Cancer Institute</a> announced earlier this month that it will offer expanded after-school sessions at a new location for the <strong>Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery</strong> (CLIMB) program. CLIMB is a free support program for children 6 to 11 years old, whose parents have cancer. Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute was the first cancer program in South Florida to offer CLIMB, which was developed by the non-profit <a href="http://www.childrenstreehousefdn.org/">Children’s Treehouse Foundation</a>.</p> <p>Led by a trained social worker, CLIMB groups meet once a week for four weeks. The program uses discussion and art to help children express themselves.</p> <p>Children can attend the program this fall on Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 2, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Boca Raton Community Center (<em>150 Crawford Blvd., Boca Raton</em>).</p> <p>For more information, contact Elsa Raynor, an oncology social worker at the Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute, at 561/955-5265.</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">www.wordscomealive.com</a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 20 Aug 2014 12:33:35 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/20/summer-end-5k-kids-support-group/FitnessHealth NewsHealth/BeautyBoca After Dark: Dublinerhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/20/boca-after-dark-dubliner/<p class="Body"><strong>Where: </strong>435 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/620-2540</p> <p class="Body"><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/dubliner-wings.jpg" width="490"> </strong></p> <p class="Body"><strong>The lowdown: </strong>Downtown Boca is thriving with bars and restaurants of all sorts, but locals love the authenticity of the traditional Irish-American pub atmosphere at the Dubliner in Mizner Park. The inside may be small, with the bar and stage area taking up most of the space, but its outdoor seating area makes it appear much larger.</p> <p class="Body">Sporting events and holidays bring big crowds to Dubliner, especially soccer season and the obvious St. Patrick’s Day. Named one of the top ten places to celebrate the luck of the Irish, the Dubliner takes over Mizner Park with outdoor tables and tents, a prefix menu with all the traditional St. Patty’s Day favorites and live music all day and night. It’s a sight to see and definitely the place to be on this day of the year.</p> <p class="Body">The Dubliner attracts all kinds of people. College-aged kids, adults and even Boca’s finest elders enjoy the Irish-American fare, fully stocked bar and late special events happening every night of the week. The long wooden community-style tables and stools make it easy for big groups to meet up for drinks. Even if you’re just there with one or two other people, you can bet you’ll be friends with everyone at the table by the time you leave. The majority of the crowd tends to be on the younger side, especially as it gets later into the night. But don’t be surprised if you walk into a packed bar and lots of people standing around, no matter what time of day <em>or</em> night.</p> <p class="Body"><strong>The intangibles: </strong>Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. All drafts, house wine and call liquor selections are half off, and Dubliner favorites such as the Irish Fondue, Scotch Eggs and Boxty Pancakes are only $5.</p> <p class="Body">Guests should definitely stick around even after Happy Hour ends because every night at Dubliner is jam-packed with something going on. Anyone and everyone is welcome for karaoke on Monday nights starting at 8 p.m. — there are more than 30,000 songs you can choose from. On Tuesdays, gather together a group of your smartest friends for the Trivia Challenge at 8 p.m. After you’ve won, plan to come back the following night to celebrate during Whiskey Wednesdays. You can try whiskey from the extensive collection for only $5, plus get discounts on old and rare offerings. The stage gets even more use during the rest of the week, with live entertainment Thursday through Saturday starting at 10 p.m.</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/dublinerbreakfast.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body">Dubliner has also joined the rest of South Florida in offering great deals on Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can get the ever-popular bottomless mimosa, or spice things up with bottomless Black Velvets, a champagne and Guinness mix, instead.</p> <p><strong>Hours:</strong> The Dubliner is open Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m., Saturday from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Website:</strong> <a href="http://dublinerboca.com" target="_blank">dublinerboca.com</a></p> <p><em><strong>••••••••</strong></em></p> <p><em>For more on bars in Boca Raton, click <a href="/blog/tag/boca-after-dark/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <center><strong></strong></center> <p><strong>About Shaina</strong></p> <div>Shaina is a Boca transplant, born and raised in South Jersey. Her love of writing began at a young age and followed her through to Rutgers University where she graduated with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. It wasn't until she sought after a new and exciting journey far away from the cold winters of Jersey that she discovered another love: food. Shaina created her very own food blog, Take A Bite Out of Boca, and has since grown her passion for cooking, baking, and of course sipping and savoring her way around town. She is very excited to be part of the team at Boca Raton Magazine and hopes that you will join her every step of the way as she explores <em>Boca After Dark</em>. You can follow Shaina and all of her foodie adventures in and out of the kitchen at <a href="http://www.takeabiteoutofboca.com/" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</div>Shaina WizovWed, 20 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/20/boca-after-dark-dubliner/BarsDiningVooDoo BBQ to Debut in Bocahttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/19/voodoo-bbq-to-debut-in-boca/<p>Just in time for the Labor Day weekend is the expected debut of a New Orleans-style barbecue joint in the <strong>Polo Club Shoppes </strong>(<em>5030 Champion Blvd.</em>) in Boca.</p> <p><img alt="" height="299" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/voodoo_platter.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="http://www.voodoobbqandgrill.com/florida" target="_blank"><strong>VooDoo BBQ</strong></a>, a four-state, Big Easy-based purveyor of all things slow-cooked and smoky, already has four Florida outlets, with the Boca branch set to open Aug. 25 and a sixth location to debut later in Pensacola.</p> <p>The fast-casual eateries typically feature a look that might best be described as cleaned-up New Orleans funk, with a menu that swings between traditional ‘cue, a few Cajun-Creole specialties and the inevitable burgers, wings and loaded potatoes.</p> <p>Look for all the usual barbecue suspects—pulled pork, chicken, sausage, brisket, turkey and ribs—plus New Orleans staples like gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, barbecue shrimp, shrimp po’ boys and white chocolate bread pudding. Dig in and let the good times. . . well, you know.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 19 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/19/voodoo-bbq-to-debut-in-boca/DiningNews & ReviewsDelray Beach development, Florida gambling laws, plus more.http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/19/city-watch-Delray-Beach-development/<h3>A Growing Delray Beach</h3> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/home_two.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Boca Raton and Delray Beach are about to make high-reward but also high-risk decisions on development regulations. Both cities should be glad that they attract enough development to justify the reviews and also cautious enough in approving new regulations not to sacrifice the attributes that draw developers.</p> <p>In Delray Beach, a draft proposal for changes to land development regulations in the<strong> Central Business District</strong> went before the Planning and Zoning Board last night at a workshop session – questions and discussion only; no votes. Previously, the city commission had offered comments on the proposal during its own lengthy workshop. As in Boca, a final vote on the changes probably will happen in the fall.</p> <p>Delray Beach asked the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council for guidance. Council staff member Anthea Gianniotes calls the proposal – 59 pages in its current form -- not a drastic “revision” but “a matter of fine-tuning.” It comes as Delray prepares for a new round of development, notably in the area south and west of Atlantic Avenue and Swinton Avenue.</p> <p>The last wave of development, Gianniotes said, produced some “dissatisfaction” among residents in addition to the new revenue it brought. Among other things, sidewalks got narrower, and Gianniotes correctly points out that Delray Beach has a “very active bicyclist/pedestrian community” and a “sophisticated citizenry.” Indeed, downtown Delray is so crowded most nights that the best way to get there and then get around is by pedal or foot, especially for younger, newer residents who live close to downtown. Ruin that experience, and you punish the people Delray Beach has spent so many years trying to attract.</p> <p>One issue is Delray Beach’s four-story height limit. Or, more accurately, Delray Beach’s perceived four-story height limit. The height limit is 48 feet, which Gianniotes says developers can circumvent through new building techniques to create five-story buildings that don’t violate the rules. So one proposed change would define the height requirement by number of stories.</p> <p>Another proposal would increase open space and setback requirements for large projects – to prevent approval or projects that could overwhelm an area. Not surprisingly, the push for rule changes began after a previous city commission approved Atlantic Crossing, on the north side of Atlantic Avenue west of Veterans Park. The mixed-use project is equivalent of a “McMansion” on an undersized residential lot.</p> <p>Delray Beach’s goal, as Gianniotes puts it in planning talk, is to establish “predictability of scale” with these changes. There are no “guiding instructions” for downtown projects, she said. The changes seek to create those instructions.</p> <p>Of course, the city commission didn’t have to approve the huge waivers for Atlantic Crossing. On the current commission, Shelly Petrolia is probably the most vocal opponent of granting exemptions to planning requirements. While she supports the review – some of the regulations, she says, are “outdated” -- Petrolia also says, “We don’t need to be as flexible as we have been. People should build according to [the regulations]. It seems as if everything comes before the commission for something.”</p> <p>She has a point. A city can adopt whatever development regulations it wants, but those regulations always will depend on what elected officials decide. Developers always will ask; in some cases the exceptions they seek will work for the community as well as the developer. Other times, though, they won’t. So who has more influence over elected officials? I have wondered for years why turnout in city elections is so much lower then for presidential elections. Higher turnout would mean greater accountability for those who make decisions close to home.</p> <h3>Beachside Comfort </h3> <p>Last week, the Boca Raton City Council approved a contract to provide cabanas and other rental amenities on the beaches at South Beach Park, Red Reef Park and Spanish River Park. The contractor, <a href="http://beachservice.com/" target="_blank">Oceanside Beach Services</a>, has quite a history in Delray Beach.</p> <p>In 2012, then-City Manager David Harden – without city commission approval -- extended for three years that city’s contract with Oceanside, which the company first obtained in 2002. Curiously, the extension didn’t bring Delray Beach any more money, even though the city’s public beach is very popular.</p> <p>In April 2013, a new city commission asked then-City Manager Louie Chapman to seek bids for the beach contract. The city did, and the new deal brought Delray Beach roughly $153,000 more from December 2013 to June 2015, the balance of the contract.</p> <p>Under Chapman, though, Delray Beach so botched the bidding that the process led to a pair of reports by the county’s Office of Inspector General. Example: the bid proposal specified that a company could have only 250 pieces of equipment, rather than 250 groupings of pieces – say, an umbrella, two chairs and two cushions. The sloppy language might have scared off companies that thought they couldn’t make any more with those restrictions.</p> <p>In Boca, however, Oceanside was the only bidder. In contrast to Delray, this contract is just for one year, with the possibility of three, one-year renewals. The city will get $54,000 the first year and will share the money with the Greater Boca Raton Beach &amp; Park District. You’d think that, given all the beachgoers in this area, there would be more bidders seeking to supply them.</p> <h3>All Bets Aside</h3> <p>For those who claim that casinos represent Florida’s economic future, consider that the number of recent casino closures in Atlantic City, N.J., has risen to four.</p> <p>Those of a certain age will recall that casinos were supposed to save Atlantic City when they begin operating in the late 1970s. Atlantic City and its boardwalk had been big draws decades earlier, but the old resort town faded as tastes changed and theme parks opened in Florida.</p> <p>Casinos, though, never led to the wider redevelopment of Atlantic City that New Jersey politicians had predicted. Also, three-plus decades ago, only New Jersey and Nevada allowed casino gambling. Today, casinos are in Connecticut, New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, all states that once supplied gamblers to Atlantic City. Many of the casinos have opened on Native American tribal land. Whoever operates them, those new casinos have cut into Atlantic City’s market.</p> <p>The Florida Legislature has not decided whether to allow Las Vegas-style casinos in places other than tribal land. First, legislators want to see what happens with negotiations on the Seminole Tribe’s deal under which the tribe gives the state money in exchange for a monopoly on certain games at the Hard Rock Casino.</p> <p>But there are only so many gambling dollars to go around. We should be skeptical of any claim that casinos would create lots of jobs and new revenue for the state. Though Bible Belt, socially conservative states border Florida, two casino boats operate in Georgia, and Biloxi, Miss., has become such a gambling spot that the casinos supply roughly one-fourth of the state’s tax revenue.</p> <p>Those states, though, can’t offer South Florida’s range of first-rate attractions or the area’s excellent hotels. Bruce Springsteen sung of Atlantic City, “Everything dies, baby, that’s a fact. But maybe everything that dies someday comes back.” Let the casino myth stay dead.</p> <h3>Big Budget Debate </h3> <p>In the debate over the <strong>Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office budget</strong>, one points gets overlooked.</p> <p>Yes, the cost of running the sheriff’s office makes up roughly half of the county’s budget, and a major cause of Sheriff Ric Bradshaw’s proposed budget increase of $32 million is an overly generous labor contract.</p> <p>But even residents of Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach, which have their own police departments, should know that the sheriff’s office does some of their work. The sheriff’s office runs the county jail, which means that cities don’t need their own jails. The sheriff’s office runs the county crime lab.</p> <p>And the sheriff’s office routinely gets calls from cities with help on crime problems or cases. Bradshaw told me that during the first seven months of the year the office got roughly 6,800 calls from city police departments. The sheriff’s office may provide direct law enforcement just for the unincorporated county and those cities that contract with it, but the office is a resource for every law enforcement agency in the county.</p> <h3>Bipartisanship Strikes Again</h3> <p>It may lead only to more frustration, but Delray Beach tonight will try to get some leverage over unregulated<strong> “sober houses”</strong> that have proliferated throughout the city.</p> <p>Before the city commission is a resolution – offered by Delray’s special counsel on this issue – urging the National League of Cities and the Florida League of Cities to lobby federal and state lawmakers for relief. Cities are very limited in their responses because those recovering from substance abuse are included in the <a href="http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/history/35th/thelaw/ada.html" target="_blank">Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990</a>.</p> <p>The resolution says the departments of Housing and Urban Development and Justice have interpreted the law “inconsistently,” thus “causing a great financial and social burden on state and local governments facing over-concentration of sober homes. . .” Lack of regulation has “resulted in poorly run houses that provide little or no supervision or support for individuals recovering from addiction. . .” With Congress accomplishing less and less, Delray shouldn’t be optimistic. Still, this is another of those bipartisan issues that a functioning Congress would be able to deal with effectively and promptly.</p> <h3>Save the Everyglades</h3> <p>Last week, the <strong>South Florida Water Management District</strong> issued its annual misleading <a href="http://my.sfwmd.gov/portal/page/portal/xweb%20about%20us/agency%20reports" target="_blank">report</a> on the health of the Everglades.</p> <p>In 1994, the Florida Legislature passed the Everglades Forever Act, which required sugar growers to start cleaning water leaving their farms. That water contains phosphorus, the main ingredient in fertilizer, which at high levels damages Everglades wildlife. The water moves from farms into the Everglades.</p> <p>The goal of the cleanup is to get runoff clean enough that it stops harming the Everglades. Twice, the state has set deadlines for the farmers to meet that standard, and twice they have lobbied for and received delays.</p> <p>To make things look better – since district taxpayers also are paying for the cleanup - the water district for years has issued yearly reports showing that the farmers’ actions – known as <strong>Best Management Practices</strong> (BMPs) – have cut the levels of phosphorus. True enough, but the farmers still haven’t met the final standard. Also, using an “average” is like saying that if Warren Buffett and two truck drivers are in a bar, their average net worth is about $15 billion. Everyone looks artificially better.</p> <p>In some parts of the Everglades Agriculture Area, says Audubon of Florida lobbyist Charles Lee, phosphorus levels are at 500 or 600 parts per billion. The standard is 10 parts per billion. One of the worst “hot spots,” Lee says, is the basin that empties into the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge west of Boca Raton. The average is “a formula to trumpet success that isn’t there.”</p> <p>A federal lawsuit led to the Everglades Forever Act, and a court order compels the state to make the farmers hit the final standard. How long must Florida wait for the U.S. Department of Justice to put the hammer down?</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><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzTue, 19 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/19/city-watch-Delray-Beach-development/City WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: Aug. 19 to 25http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/18/the-week-ahead-aug-19-to-25/<p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/glennmiller.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Laughs for Cats and Dogs</strong></p> <p>Where: The Shops at Boca Center, 5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30-$75</p> <p>Contact: 561/482-8110</p> <p><a href="http://glennmillerhypnosis.com/" target="_blank">Glenn Miller</a> is coming to Boca Raton. No, not <em>that</em> Glenn Miller—we’re not raising the dead here. This Glenn Miller is a talented local purveyor of comedy hypnosis, in which 20 eager volunteers line up onstage and wait for Miller, a certified member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, to lull them into a trance and then have some fun, whether it’s prompting his guests to strut across the stage like lingerie models or having them showcase their best Michael Jackson impersonation. Attendees at this fundraiser will experience all of this and more, with proceeds benefiting Tri County Animal Rescue. A reception will begin at 6:30, and Miller takes the stage at 7.</p> <p>THURSDAY AND FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="335" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/radio_theatre_2_(1).jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Philadelphia Story” 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-$25</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="http://www.artsgarage.org" target="_blank">artsgarage.org</a></p> <p>Back in the late ‘30s and ‘40s, in the chaste world of movies and theater, the idea of a committed partner having an adulterous affair was strictly verboten. Thus was born the comedy of remarriage: Rather than stray extramaritally, the wandering party would divorce their spouse, have their fling, and ultimately—since the stories had to end happily, then as now—return to the fold. “The Philadelphia Story” was a classic example, if not the <em>essential</em> example, of this genre. The story, about a socialite whose wedding plans are disrupted by the reappearance of an ex-husband as well as the intrusion of a tabloid journalist, became a hit play in 1939 and an iconic MGM comedy in 1940, both of which resurrected the then-flatlining career of Katharine Hepburn. Throughout the 1940s, the story also inspired numerous radio adaptations, and this is the material Arts Garage will be exploring with the latest in its beloved Radio Theater series. Unlike shows such as “Dracula” and “War of the Worlds,” the domestic tumult of “The Philadelphia Story” doesn’t lend itself to obvious sound-effect theatrics, so it’ll be interesting to see where the Arts Garage’s cast and director take it.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/five-star-life.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “A Five Star Life”</strong></p> <p>Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Show times pending</p> <p>Cost: $6.50-$9.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/549-2600, <a href="http://fau.livingroomtheaters.com" target="_blank">fau.livingroomtheaters.com</a></p> <p>There could be worse jobs than being a luxury hotel critic. Margherita Buy’s protagonist at the center of the Italian dramedy “A Five Star Life” lives out of an extravagant suitcase—jetting to one exotic location after another, staying a few days, judging everything from the wait staff’s demeanor to the amount of dust on the ice bucket, and secretly filing reports that could indicate, for the hotel in question, a dreaded lost star. But she’s a distant observer from that high life as much as she’s a reaper of its spoils. And her focus on career has led to a natural neglect of other things, like the suburban ideal of a steady partner and two children—a life her sister (Fabrizia Sacchi) struggles with to varying degrees. This smart, witty and universally appealing film is full of insights about the human condition and the choices we make, or don’t make. It runs 85 minutes and leaves you wanting more. “A Five Star Life” also opens Friday at Regal Shadowood in Boca Raton, Movies of Delray, Movies of Lake Worth and the Cosford Cinema in Coral Gables.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="364" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/justin-kredible-profile.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Justin Willman</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., Suite 250, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: $20, plus two-drink minimum</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-1812, <a href="http://www.palmbeachimprov.com" target="_blank">palmbeachimprov.com</a></p> <p>I swear I’m not writing about Justin Willman only because he hosted a Scrabble-themed game show (the short-lived “Scrabble Showdown,” in 2011 and 2012), though it doesn’t hurt that he helped to further democratize the world’s greatest board game. But mainly, I’m including him in this Week Ahead because he’s a nerd whose various skills have made him a much sought-after talent in the fields of comedy, magic and television hosting. The Missouri native and longtime host of the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” began learning magic at age 12, after an attempt to impress local girls by riding a bicycle while wearing rollerblades led to the breaking of both of his arms. Magic became his recuperative therapy, and he’s never stopped; his style is to disarm you with seemingly spontaneous quips while performing invisible, and stunning, trickery.  It has worked on celebrities from Hugh Jackman and Ellen DeGeneres to President Obama, when he performed at the White House in 2011. Catch both sides of Willman—the magician and the comedian—this weekend, in a dazzling program that could only be improved by the addition of cupcakes.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/purezep.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Pure Zeppelin</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30-$40</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="http://www.parkerplayhouse.com" target="_blank">parkerplayhouse.com</a></p> <p>Robert Plant is still making new and relevant music these days, but it’s no surprise that tunes from his old band, Led Zeppelin, still make up the lion’s share of most of his set lists. The hunger to hear Zep songs live hasn’t waned since the ‘70s, with newer, younger fans emerging every year. Tribute acts like Pure Zeppelin are helping to meet this perpetually rising demand, performing Zeppelin’s greatest hits on vintage instruments, while playing like—and looking like—Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones. Proceeds for this special fundraiser will benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Florida.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/randywwhite.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Randy Wayne White</strong></p> <p>Where: Murder on the Beach, 273 Pineapple Grove Way, Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/279-7790, <a href="http://www.murderonthebeach.com" target="_blank">murderonthebeach.com</a></p> <p>Author Randy Wayne White may have been born in Ashland, Ohio—aka “The World Headquarters of Nice People”—but like many spinners of grisly narrative webs, he found the climate and atmosphere of Southern Florida to be most conducive to his crime fiction. The adventurer and onetime fishing guide has been a resident of Southwest Florida since 1972, but it wasn’t until 1990 that he unveiled the character for which he is most known today: Doc Ford, a retired NSA agent and marine biologist whose adventures have led to a whopping 21 novels and his own theme restaurant, Doc Ford’s Sanibel Rum Bar &amp; Grill on Sanibel Island. In 2012, though, White unveiled a new series heroine: a formidable fishing guide named Hannah Smith, who sounds like White’s own female avatar. He’s already published three Hannah Smith thrillers, and he’ll be in Delray Beach to discuss his latest, titled “Haunted,” in which Hannah tries to prevent a historic—and allegedly haunted—Palm Beach estate from being razed.</p> <p><em><img alt="" height="401" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/toriamos.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Photo by Amarpaul Kalirai </em></p> <p><strong>What: Tori Amos</strong></p> <p>Where: Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $51-$67</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-7300, <a href="http://www.fillmoremb.com" target="_blank">fillmoremb.com</a></p> <p>In the early Aughts, in Orlando, I saw Tori Amos live for the same reason a good number of straight men have seen Tori Amos live: My significant other dragged me along. Because I didn’t understand her appeal, I hardly deserved to be breathing the same oxygen as this alt-pop icon—and I remember very little of the experience beyond the swelling eruptions of tears emanating from all corners of the arena. But I’ve come to accept that the problem is me; Tori Amos was, and still is, a very big deal for a very significant audience. This prolific singer-songwriter’s latest South Florida appearance comes on the heels of her 14<sup>th</sup> LP, “Unrepentant Geraldines,” and she’s been generously performing unexpected nuggets from nearly all of these albums on her current tour. She plays a different set list every night, which always includes at least two covers ranging from Billy Joel to Radiohead—and, at 50, her hair still looks awesome.</p>John ThomasonMon, 18 Aug 2014 17:19:51 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/18/the-week-ahead-aug-19-to-25/Arts & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsSmall Bites: Foodie Special Eventshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/18/small-bites-foodie-special-events/<p>Pairing local beer with local ingredients and one of the best ocean views in South Florida is the deal at the coming “Brews and Bites” dinner set for Tuesday, Aug. 26, at <strong>50 Ocean</strong> (<em>50 S. Ocean Blvd., 561/278-3364</em>) in Delray Beach.</p> <p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/brewbites.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The six-course, $69 prix fixe menu will include such delectables as Florida wahoo crudo with jicama-cashew relish, ginger aioli and Raspberry Reef ale, suckling pig ballotine with plum-apple stuffing and Watch This Belgian barley wine, and ice cream float and white chocolate macadamia-mint cookies with Sea Cow milk stout. Dinner gets underway at 6:30 p.m. and rezzies are required.</p> <p>Wander, munch and mingle in PGA Commons when some of Palm Beach Garden’s best restaurants will be dishing up their wares as part of the “<strong>Savor PGA Commons</strong>” walking culinary tour. It happens Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and costs $65 per person.</p> <p>Among the participating restaurants will be <strong>Vic &amp; Angelo’s, Spoto’s Oyster Bar, Prosecco Cafe </strong>and<strong> Kabuki Sushi Thai Tapas</strong>, serving up everything from beef short rib sliders and pear tortellini to spicy edamame and oyster shooters. You need to get your tickets ahead of time (before the event sells out), which you can do by calling 800/979-3370 or going to <a href="http://savourourcity.com" target="_blank">savourourcity.com</a>.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 18 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/18/small-bites-foodie-special-events/Delray BeachDiningNews & ReviewsUpcoming EventsStaff Picks of the Week: Brunchhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/staff-picks-of-the-week-brunch/<p><strong>Sundy House</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/sundybrunch.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>(106 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach // 561/272-5678)</em></p> <p>Karen Jacaruso, Account Manager</p> <p>"Just went last month and their carving station, raw bar, salad bar and omelette station was superb - not to mention the unlimited mimosas or build you own Bloody Mary!!"</p> <p><strong>Grand Luxe Cafe</strong></p> <p><em>(6000 Glades Rd #1016, Boca Raton // </em><em>561/392-2141)</em></p> <p>John Thomason, Assistant Editor</p> <p>"This restaurant may be a chain—a sister property to Cheesecake Factory—but its kitchen doesn't cook like one, investing creativity and inspiration into each dish. This is especially true of its weekend brunch, which includes specialty dishes and sparkling cocktails you can't order at any other time."</p> <p><em>Dish recommendation:</em> “The Best” Eggs Benedict with Ham &amp; Hollandaise</p> <p><strong>Saquella Café</strong></p> <p><em>(410 Via De Palmas, Boca Raton // 561/338-8840)</em></p> <p>Recommended by two staffers!</p> <p>Camille Vandendriessche, Advertising Consultant </p> <p>"Saquella has the perfect European cafe feel leisurely dining indoor and out"</p> <p><em>Dish recommendation:</em> Egg White Florentine Andi (but everything is delicious!)</p> <p>Jennifer Breton, Events Director</p> <p>"Feels like you're at a cafe in New York. Perfect casual brunch spot to chat with friends and have great homemade tasting food."</p> <p><em>Dish recommendation:</em> Belgian waffle with roasted sweet potatoes, fresh fruit and a Prosecco Mimosa!</p> <p><strong>Café Luna Rosa</strong></p> <p><em>(34 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach // 561/274-9404)</em></p> <p>Rebecca Valenza, National Sales Manager</p> <p>"Luna is the perfect combination of scenery, inside &amp; out, and delicious culinary combinations ~ all while dining on the beach."</p> <p><em>​Dish recommendation:</em> Italian omelet​ </p> <p><strong>Delray Beach Marriott</strong></p> <p><em>(10 N. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach // 561/274-3200)</em></p> <p>Georgette Evans, Senior Account Manger</p> <p>"One of the best brunches I've been to, especially for Mother's Day. Great selection and variety of food."</p> <p><em>Dish recommendation: </em>The brisket was divine!</p> <p><strong>Himmarshee Public House</strong></p> <p><em>(201 S.W. Second St., Fort Lauderdale // 954/616-5275)</em></p> <p>Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</p> <p>"Giant biscuit sandwiches, smoked bacon, breakfast shots and cocktails, $15 bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys and ... wait for it ... brunch desserts. Yes, you did read that correctly."</p> <p><em>Dish recommendation:</em> Farm House Croquette</p>magazineFri, 15 Aug 2014 15:43:05 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/staff-picks-of-the-week-brunch/CommunityNews & Reviews63rd &#39;All Florida&#39; show challenging, provocativehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/63rd-all-florida-show-challenging-provocative/<p>As is customary, this year’s All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition spreads across the two bottom-floor galleries of the Boca Museum of Art, and the artistic centerpiece bridging them is none other than a golden pile of poop.</p> <p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/byrd_holy.shit.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The sculpture, by All Florida returning favorite Byron Keith Byrd, is titled “Holy Shit,” and it’s a gold-leaf representation of excrement proudly displayed atop a custom-made, gold-laced pillow—a piece of crap elevated, indeed, to holy status. Byrd, who regularly uses his art to critique organized religion, has contributed another cheeky and irreverent statement on the arbitrariness of spiritual iconography. It may make some viewers turn right back around and leave the museum—which is to say that, like the best art, it did its job of affecting a visceral response.</p> <p>This seems to be a recurring them in this year’s All Florida, a state-of-the-state survey full of mystery, bombast and provocation. Juror Trong Gia Nguyen, an inventive artist and curator from Brooklyn, has brought his own offbeat and challenging taste to this exhibition’s selections. Few of the pieces risk understatement; this is a show swimming in large-scale, site-specific showstoppers, from massive cowboy boots and coffee dispensers to absurdly camouflaged sumo wrestlers and blinding light assemblages.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/miranda_lean2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>There’s even a column mounted to the floor containing atop it a bottle of cough syrup, a can of Sprite, a couple of Styrofoam cups and some stray Jolly Ranchers. At first glance, it looks as if a sloppy guest or staff member forgot to tidy up after lunch, until you realize the column is deliberately slanted and the objects on it are defying gravity, the candies permanently perched perilously over the edge. Titled “Lean,” it is in fact a sculpture, and a fine one, by Vincent Miranda.</p> <p><img alt="" height="287" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/varas_kimbombookra.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>And it’s not the only piece to recycle familiar materials in unusual ways. Like Miranda, Clara Varas earned a judges’ merit award for her esoteric assemblages of reconstituted junk and household items. These include “Kimbombo,” a fragile structure designed chiefly out of wood and pillows, and topped with a laundry basket, a wicker suitcase, an antique lamp and other objects that take on new meaning through their artistic preservation. Jose Pacheco Silva’s “Sunday Walk in Central Park” is a wildly inventive photographic tableau, with the artist transforming reclaimed tree bark into his canvas. Tree limbs sprout around Silva’s black-and-white images, whose ghostly ambience—complete with splotchy visual particulates—help to create an atmosphere of supernatural intrigue.</p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/pacheco_sundaywalkcentralpark.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>But my favorite use of found materials is Lynelle Forrest’s “God is Everywhere …,” a hanging medallion of fantasy and cartoon action figures drained of color and recast entirely black. As a result, these familiar figures of childhood entertainment are rendered unrecognizable—like most faces are to the artist, a result of her struggle with Asperger’s syndrome. By making us see the world through the artist’s eyes, this personal, unique and moving work is my own Best in Show.</p> <p><img alt="" height="290" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/gouveia_entropicmanipulations14-7.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Other highlights include Nolan Haan’s “Art of Discrimination”—painted portraits of two anthropomorphized cinder blocks that instinctively shirk away from a “broken” block—and Isabel Gouveia’s “Entropic Manipulation” series. In these two pieces, the artist corrupted the CMYK patterns of her forest photographs to give them an unsettling sense of vertical lines suggestive of radioactivity or airborne chemical dispersants. On the more traditional photography front, I was taken aback by artists that shot the ordinary in extraordinary ways, such as Melanie Hurwitz’s beautiful “Broken Egg,” and Debbie Rubin’s “A Grand Reflection,” an imposing nature photo that plays Escher-esque tricks with your perception.</p> <p><img alt="" height="602" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/rubin_agrandreflection.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The three selections that haunt me the most in this All Florida arrive via different artists, but they seem plucked from the same collective mind, because they all reflect a modern era where death surrounds children and vice versa. In Suzanne Scherer and Pavel Ouporov’s “Warrior,” the artists photographed their adorable son clutching a primitive sword, boldly and bravely contrasting childhood innocence with savage violence. The work is all the more disturbing because it’s framed like a school photo. Jeff Olson’s “War Games” photograph depicts a series of abandoned hovels in an open field, a play-battleground whose locations strike notes that are all too real and geopolitical: A sign on the foremost one reads “Iran” and contains a Christian cross carved into it. The absence of playful children makes this scenario ever darker.</p> <p><img alt="" height="289" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/2a9ac594dc384ca7-iran1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>But the most difficult piece in the entire show is also, perhaps, the last one you’ll encounter. Ivania Guerrero’s “Bearing Witness” is a mixed-media sculpture of a one-legged child reaching to the skies, with tiny ears and eyes sprouting all over its clay body while its own face is a deformed composite of many facial organs—pieces of fellow-children, perhaps, coagulating into a single mass, as a result of any number of real-world invasions. Gaza comes to mind lately, but pick your own slaughter.</p> <p>“All Florida” is usually intellectually stimulating, but it hasn’t been this <em>physically</em> shocking—this vitally uncomfortable—in all the time I’ve covered it. Bravo to Nguyen and the Boca Museum for taking risks.</p> <p><em>"All Florida" is at the Boca Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, through Oct. 18. Admission costs $8 adults, $6 seniors and $5 children. Call 561/392-2500 or visit bocamuseum.org.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 15 Aug 2014 13:14:03 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/63rd-all-florida-show-challenging-provocative/ArtArts & EventsEau Is the New (Temple) Orangehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/dojeau-is-the-new-temple-orange/<p>A little after a year since the Ritz Carlton Palm Beach became <strong>Eau Palm Beach Resort &amp; Spa</strong> (100 S. Ocean Blvd., 561/533-6000), the changes are being felt in the hotel’s chic, view-rich <a href="http://www.eaupalmbeach.com/explore/dining/temple-orange" target="_blank">Temple Orange restaurant</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="191" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/temple-orange.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Chef de cuisine (and Emeril Lagasse alum) <strong>Armando Galeas</strong> has come up with new lighter and healthier but still robustly flavorful Mediterranean menus at breakfast, lunch and dinner. An extensive breakfast buffet has been added to the usual a la carte morning offerings, featuring everything from cured meats and cheeses to house-baked pastries to made-to-order egg dishes and a daily quiche.</p> <p>At lunch, such midday staples as burgers, sandwiches and grilled fish are supplemented by a roster of inventive salads (mesclun greens with figs, basil, goat cheese and pomegranate vinaigrette) that can be bulked up with grilled chicken, fish and steak, and flatbread-like “bacos” tricked out with turkey meatballs or slow-roasted pork.</p> <p>Dinner features local fish, grilled and presented with chermoula or parsley-caper-tomato vinaigrette, plus a vegetarian pappardelle with pea shoots, mint butter, saffron cauliflower, artichokes and pine nuts and sides from naughty (beer-battered onion rings with smoky catsup) to saintly (lentils with hazelnuts, mint and celery root).</p> <p>There are also three-course menus for the summer season priced at $20 per person at lunch and $35 at dinner. And now Eau know. . .</p>Bill CitaraFri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/dojeau-is-the-new-temple-orange/DiningNews & ReviewsHome Town: What’s Cookinghttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/home-town-whats-cooking/<p>Ellen Briggs thinks children generally do the right thing—at least when it comes to food.
“Kids love to eat healthy foods,” she says. “In fact, they will choose healthier foods over other [options].” Briggs is a Boca Raton food consultant, radio show personality and co-founder of <a href="http://www.kidkritics.com/" target="_blank">Kids Kritics Approved</a>, a local company that recommends healthy foods for families based on nutritional criteria and an all-important blind tasting by real youngsters.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/ellenbriggs.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Foods to be “tested” for the tasting are screened for all manner of nasty additives—things like hydrogenated oils, MSG, corn syrups and caffeine. The amount of food processing also is determined, including how it has affected the original nutrients. Then a group of kids between the ages of 5 and 13 have at it, answering the following four questions along the way: 1) Does it look good? 2) Does it smell good? 3) Does it taste good? and 4) Should your family buy, serve or make it? The results must be at least 70 percent positive before they are given the Kid Kritics’ seal of approval, which is at the center of Briggs’ business.</p> <p>Why the fuss? Because pack
ing that healthy lunch is more
important than ever. “Kids need
protein and complex carbs
and water to finish the day on
a high note,” she says. “They
need to be refueled, so you want to give them those foods.”</p> <p>Briggs says children respond most to “finger foods,” and she likes the idea of lunches filled with cut-up fruit, cut-up veggies, cherry tomatoes, celery, cucumbers and dips—especially bean dips and hummus. What she doesn’t like in a lunchbox is candy, soda, sports drinks or any foods with artificial flavors or ingredients.</p> <p>Just in time for the start of school, Briggs offers a weekly lunch box menu (above), which she says meets “mid-day nutritional needs of protein, complex carbohydrates, good fats, dairy, whole grains and water.”</p> <center><em>To view Ellen Brigg's sample kids' menu for a week, pick up the September/October 2014 issue of Boca Raton magazine.</em></center>Marie SpeedFri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/home-town-whats-cooking/CommunityIn The MagazineNewsFeel Good: Getting Rippedhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/feel-good-getting-ripped/<p>Fitness and healthy eating always have been staples of <strong>Kim Turner’s </strong>lifestyle. But when the mother of two children (ages 10 and 13) decided to compete at a recent national fitness event, everything she knew about training was turned on its head.</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/kimturner.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>To become “stage ready” for last April’s National Physique Committee bikini competition in Boca, Turner joined a group of women training at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/mark.vanbourgondien" target="_blank">Synergy Fitness Boca</a> (221 E. Palmetto Park Road, 561/289-3383). Her work- out schedule included an hour and a half of intense training (primarily with weights), five days a week. She ate at specific times, according to her workouts and recoveries—and she only ate the clean foods and supplements on her plan. In the weeks leading to the competition, there was no cheating. No wine, chocolate or processed food—just plainly prepared or raw foods, drinks and carefully chosen (legal, healthy) supplements.</p> <p>“You’re eating every two hours, so you’re eating a lot of food, but it’s very limited,” Turner says. “You have to get creative. I was sick
of eating oatmeal and egg whites, so I started making a pancake out of oatmeal and egg whites. For me, the diet part wasn’t that hard. But you’re exhausted from all the training. By the end of the day, you want to go to bed.</p> <p>“You have to know that it’s hard on your family, because you’re doing it all for you. You’re having separate meals, you can’t go out all the time, your social life suffers. So, it’s hard to find a balance. But if you set a goal ... you definitely can get there.”</p> <p>Unlike the bodybuilding contests that put Arnold Schwarzenegger on the map, fit- ness competitions for women focus more on sculpting and less on bulk. Women can compete in different categories—not all of which require contestants to wear bikinis. Generally speaking, competitors perform a series of poses and walk on stage for a panel of judges. Depending on the event, judges might score based on body balance and shape, as well as overall physical appearance (including complexion), poise and presentation.</p> <p>But it’s the training as much as the competition
that is piquing the interest of women in and around Boca. It involves a strict nutritional plan, scientifically orchestrated to strip the body of
fat while building muscle. It also involves lifting heavier weights than most women ever thought they could, ac- cording to <strong>Mark VanBourgondien</strong>, owner and trainer at Synergy Fitness Boca. Synergy offers a 12-week body transformation program.</p> <center> <p><em>For tips from VanBourgondien and Turner, pick up the September/October 2014 issue of Boca Raton magazine.</em></p> </center>Lisette HiltonFri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/feel-good-getting-ripped/FitnessHealth/BeautyIn The MagazineFace Time: Chris Holcombhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/face-time-chris-holcomb/<p>The last thing <strong>Chris Holcomb</strong> remembers from that early August evening drive on A1A near Vero Beach was blinding light. Forty- eight days later he awoke from an induced coma in the hospital a C-7 quadriplegic.</p> <p><img alt="" height="388" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/chrisholcomb.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>That was in 2004. A self-described “average guy” and divorced father of a 10-year old daughter, Holcomb, then 33, had just closed a big deal for Boca’s Global Telecom, where he worked. He’d been at it pretty hard, and the stress was taking its toll. He had decided, on doctor’s orders, to go to Vero to unwind for a long weekend. Unplug the phone, catch his breath.</p> <p>He had just hit the road, en route to a hotel, when he saw the light—followed by compete and total darkness.</p> <p>“Nobody hit me,” he says. “I don’t have any memory of the impact or the actual accident, but I went off the road, hit a palm tree and I was ejected through the windshield. The car flipped over the palm tree and then landed on top of me. They had to Traumahawk me from the site; I don’t even know how long I was there. Somebody saw some smoke and some lights in the bushes from the car, and that’s how they found me.”</p> <p>When Holcomb came to in a hospital room, he couldn’t move or speak or breathe on his own.</p> <p>“Immediately upon coming to the realization where I was and what was happening, I wanted to die,” he says. “I thought this isn’t fair to my family, this isn’t fair to me. When</p> <p>I was in ICU and finally coming around, I asked my dad to just get this over with.”</p> <p>For two-and-a-half years, Holcomb hovered someplace he can’t—or will not—describe now. He allows only that it was very dark, and all he wanted was for it to be over.</p> <p>But then there was that Sunday when his sister and her boyfriend showed up and trundled him out of bed and into their car.</p> <p>“They got me dressed and took me for a ride,” he says. “Little did I know they were taking me to Lake Worth High School to participate in a wheelchair rugby practice, which is known as Murderball. I didn’t know anything about the disabled population; I didn’t know anything abut adaptive sports.”</p> <p>All Holcomb knew, he says, is that he had no life and he wanted to die.</p> <p>“But everything changed that day,” he says. “I saw all of these guys having a great time; they were working. And it wasn’t just the game—I realized that these people had driven there; they had gotten themselves in and out of their cars. Some of those guys had children they had [fathered] post-injury—through marriage. At that very moment I had an epiphany; I held it together, but I had a breakdown when I got home. I felt so selfish, and I realized that, wow, I was getting ready to cause a life sentence for my family. That it wasn’t just all about me. The damage, the fallout [had I killed myself] would have been incredible.”</p> <p>Holcomb traded in the motorized wheel- chair for a manual one; he started therapy and exercise, and he went back to work. He discovered Achilles International, an organization dedicated to getting people with physical challenges back in the game—literally.</p> <p>“I now saw that there was life,” he says. “From that moment forward, I never used a transfer board, I went into a manual chair. I was 200 pounds, I am now 150.”</p> <p>This summer, Holcomb, now 43, competed in the Boca Ballroom Battle; since 2008, he has completed 30 marathons and a triathlon.</p> <p>The transformation of a bedridden quadriplegic to a man doing wheelies in a dance competition did not come easily. We asked Holcomb how he did it, and how he sees life these days.</p> <p><strong>What he does: </strong>“Achilles International (which encouraged him to do his first marathon in 2008) provides inclusion opportunities for all types of people with physical challenges. My job as regional director for the state of Florida is to oversee a pretty active seasonal race calendar. I try to recruit people with physical disabilities to give them an experience they would never even think possible: to complete a marathon.”</p> <p><strong>On paying it forward: </strong>“The rugby team saved my life, and I had an opportunity to do a marathon—and inspire others by my willingness to take it on. I wake up every day with the opportunity to change somebody else’s life. When I do so, it saves mine.”</p> <p><strong>Ongoing challenges: </strong>“Companionship, love, finding a partner. Humans are visual creatures; they don’t accept what they don’t understand. As an individual with a disability, I just hope and pray that my time will come.”</p> <p><strong>Advice to others who find their lives changed by a disability: </strong>“Get connected. Get involved. Pay special attention to your family because they are there to support you and to see you through your darkest hour. And get into the pipeline of recovery immediately.”</p> <p><strong>Biggest joys: </strong>“Helping others. I picture my life like Forrest Gump. I had this previous life, and now I am on a new journey. God gave me another chance at life. And now I’m taking on every challenge that I think I am capable of completing.”</p> <h2>“I wake up every day with the opportunity to change somebody’s life. ...[which] saves mine.”</h2> <center> <p><em>For more stories on local heroes and leaders, pick up the September/October 2014 issue of Boca Raton magazine.</em></p> </center>Marie SpeedFri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/face-time-chris-holcomb/CommunityIn The MagazineNewsThe Boca Interview: Big Man on Campushttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/the-boca-interview-big-man-on-campus/<p>When <strong>Florida Atlantic University</strong> hired <a href="http://www.fau.edu/president/biography.php" target="_blank">John W. Kelly</a> in January to be the seventh president in its 50-year history, one of the college’s board of trustees was quoted as saying that the former vice president of economic development at Clemson University was the “safer” choice, compared to the two politicians also in the running.</p> <p><img alt="" height="340" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/johnkelly.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>On the one hand, you couldn’t fault FAU for wanting to avoid even a hint of controversy. During a two-year stretch of embarrassments under former president Mary Jane Saunders, the main campus in Boca had become the collegiate embodiment of Murphy’s Law.</p> <p>One minute the school was naming its football stadium after a for-profit prison, the next its head football coach was being accused of drug use. Two professors made national headlines—one for asking students to stomp on the word “Jesus” during a class- room exercise, another for personal blogs that questioned both the Sandy Hook shooting and the Boston Marathon bombing.</p> <p>Despite the game-changing addition of a college of medicine, as well as ongoing connections to world-renowned research institutes Scripps and Max Planck, FAU’s reputation was taking a piñata-like beating.</p> <p>But lest anyone think that Kelly, 60, has come to Boca to play it safe, think again. After nearly three decades at Clemson, 17 of them in various vice presidential roles, the man with a Ph.D. in horticulture is intent on cultivating what he sees as the school’s untapped potential.</p> <p>As evidenced by his thoughtful 90-minute conversation with <em>Boca Raton</em>, the South Carolina native brings the necessary ingredients to his new post—moxie, vision, decisiveness and a heaping helping of Southern charm. It’s a recipe that FAU is counting on to keep the past out of its present.</p> <center> <p><em>For more from the big man on campus, pick up the September/October 2014 issue of Boca Raton magazine.</em></p> </center>Kevin KaminskiFri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/the-boca-interview-big-man-on-campus/CommunityIn The MagazineNewsCooking the Southern Wayhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/cooking-the-southern-way/<div class="page" title="Page 102"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>Yes, it’s fried chicken—glistening golden, crispy and juicy at first bite—lifted just before plating from a black-iron skillet. Served with hot buttermilk biscuits and bowls of black-eyed peas with snaps, butter beans and sliced ripe tomatoes.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/southerncooking.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This is quintessential Southern food. </p> <p>But what makes it so? It’s not really any one ingredient or dish or technique, although fried green tomatoes, okra and pork in all forms also are staples of the genre. It’s something else, though, a unique emotional connection to a sense of place, of fast-held tradition. “Southern food is nostalgia. It’s food that tells a story,” says Lindsay Autry, a North Carolina chef transplanted to South Florida. She distinctly remembers the brown paper sack that her grandmother used to shake chicken in before frying.</p> <p>The cuisine appears, at first, tough to find in South Florida, where the joke has been that you must go north to go South in this state.</p> <p>“It’s an evolving, dynamic cuisine,” says John T. Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, a group that studies Southern food culture. It’s changing, he says, with new and old practitioners coming together. In South Florida, those would be native Crackers, along with the West Africans, Cubans and Haitian Creoles. In fact, a new generation of chefs from all corners is taking up the mantle with modern tech- niques and their interpretations of the South’s traditional foods.</p> <p>The result? We are undergoing a full-blown Southern food revival. Somebody say Amen! </p> <center> <p><em>For more from this delicious story, pick up the September/October 2014 issue of Boca Raton magazine.</em></p> </center></div> </div> </div> </div>magazineFri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/cooking-the-southern-way/DiningIn The MagazineNews & ReviewsRock Onhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/rock-on/<div class="page" title="Page 111"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>Call it the result of a foundering economy, or a desire to return to rock-n-roll roots in an era of electronically manufactured music.</p> <p><img alt="" height="315" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/kisstribute.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Whatever the reason, the 2000s have seen an explosion of tribute bands: groups that play the music of renowned bands at a drastically reduced ticket price compared to the real deal—and that often sound just as good if not better than the originals do in their late- career, hip-replaced incarnations.</p> <p>But what differentiates a high-minded tribute act from its semantically lower cousin, the cover band? That old Supreme Court definition of pornography comes to mind: I know a tribute band when I see it. Some focus solely on playing the music of their icons as note-perfectly as possible; others exhibit their tribute-band bona fides by becoming their heroes from headgear to footwear. But the best of them make you remember why you fell in love with the original artists in the first place.</p> <p>Here’s a look at four of South Florida’s finest tributantes. </p> <p><em>For an inside look at Across The Universe, Kiss Alive Smells Like Grunge and Turnstiles, pick up the September/October 2014 issue of Boca Raton magazine. </em></p> </div> </div> </div> </div>John ThomasonFri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/rock-on/Arts & EventsIn The MagazineMusicWeb Xtra: Hand-Pulled Mozzarella with Heirloom Tomatoes and Basilhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/web-xtra-hand-pulled-mozzarella-with-heirloom-tomatoes-and-basil/<p><strong>Hand-Pulled Mozzarella with Heirloom Tomatoes and Basil</strong></p> <p>Recipe provided by Taylor Roe, <a href="http://www.butcherblockgrill.com/" target="_blank">Butcher Block Grill</a></p> <p><em>(7000 W. Camino Real, #100, Boca Raton, 561/409-3035)</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/webextra_mozzarella.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p>7 ounces cheese curd, purchased</p> <p>1 quart heavily salted water</p> <p>Large heirloom tomatoes, sliced</p> <p>Baby heirloom tomatoes, halved</p> <p>Extra-virgin olive oil</p> <p>Micro-basil</p> <p>Salt to taste</p> <p>Balsamic vinegar syrup</p> <p><strong>For balsamic syrup:</strong> Place 1 cup balsamic vinegar and 1/2 cup sugar in saucepan. Reduce on medium heat until thick and syrupy.</p> <p><strong>For cheese:</strong> Place cheese curd in bowl. Heat water above 186 degrees and pour into bowl. Let curd soften, then gather together with your hands. Remove cheese from water and gently stretch it for several minutes until it no longer has any lumps and the surface is smooth and shiny, dunking back into water if necessary to keep the cheese pliable.</p> <p>Form into large ball by taking cheese in both hands and tucking the bottom in or make small balls (“bocconcini”) by making a ring shape with your thumb and forefinger, forcing the cheese through the opening and pinching it off.</p> <p><strong>To assemble:</strong> Sprinkle tomatoes with salt (use red, yellow and golden tomatoes for variety). Cut large ball of mozzarella into slices or take bocconcini and arrange on plate with tomatoes. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic syrup. Top with micro-basil. Serve.</p>magazineFri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/web-xtra-hand-pulled-mozzarella-with-heirloom-tomatoes-and-basil/DiningRecipes Web ExtrasWeb Xtra: John Kellyhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/web-xtra-john-kelly/<p>Here’s more from The <em>Boca</em> Interview with the new president of Florida Atlantic University.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="312" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/johnkelly2.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>You had opportunities to pursue the president’s chair at other universities over the years. What piqued your interest about this opportunity at this particular time?</strong></p> <p>I was reaching a stage in my career where the president of Clemson was leaving; I’d worked with him for 14 years. The provost that I’d worked with for 13 of those years had left. … I’d been a VP for 17 years. It felt like a good time to look for something different.</p> <p>So I looked at what was open. … Texas A&amp;M was open, and I was asked to look at that. There were openings at Memphis, College of Charleston, Southern Alabama, and then Florida Atlantic. … I didn’t know anyone here. Nobody in Boca. Nobody who worked at the college. I had no clue [about the college] except what I could learn from the Web and my consultants.</p> <p>Most of the colleges [that had openings] were really heavy on teaching and light on research. FAU has a significant research program, which was really intriguing to me. College of Charleston would have been easy for me; my wife and I had a house there, but they didn’t have a significant research program at the time.</p> <p>Also, I didn’t want to be cold again. This is probably the place I’ll stay, so I want it to be a town that’s fun to be in, as well as a good university.</p> <p><strong>When you were hired, one of the trustees described it as the “safer choice” because of your academic background. What would you say to anyone who questions your ability to work with Tallahassee lawmakers to get done what needs to get done on behalf of FAU?</strong></p> <p>I went to Tallahassee two of the first three weeks I was here, and then again a few weeks later. … I had no relationships there. I didn’t know a soul. I found out there are two Clemson grads in the legislature, so that was a good place to start—and they were actually very helpful in introducing me to other people. …</p> <p>We need to continually prove ourselves over and over and over. We can’t, in any way, take for granted that we’re understood. We need constant efforts and making sure [legislators] understand where we’re going and benchmarking ourselves so they know what we’ve done since they last met us.</p> <p><strong>To borrow a publishing term, is it daunting after all these years to be on top of the masthead?</strong></p> <p>It’s liberating, actually. … I’m used to working in a team environment. And at Clemson, that team would not let a project fail. And they wouldn’t let anyone else on the team fail. They’d pick each other up and do the things necessary to succeed. They cared that much, they had that much passion. I could step out of those teams, and the team knew exactly what to do.</p> <p>That’s what I’m trying to build here. I [shouldn’t] have to be in the room for everything. I know exactly what’s going to happen in the room. No alpha male or alpha female is going to jump in take over these people; they won’t let it happen.</p> <p>I’m not an alpha male. I’m about building something that this university can be proud of. Everyone who populates that room will have to be of that ilk. It will have to be about “us,” not “me.”</p> <p><strong>What does the medical school at FAU have to do to take the next step and elevate itself to a level with other great medical colleges in the South?</strong></p> <p>The university has to invest more in it. This program we have with the residencies [involving several area hospitals] is very unique; we’re committed to working closely with Boca Regional and building collaboratively what we can do together. Dr. Levy, the new head of the neuroscience program, will be a key part of the relationship of building both a clinical and research side.</p> <p>To build a great medical school, you have to find talent—and you’re competing against the heavyweights of the heavyweights. A huge part of my job, along with raising money for the college, will be raising talent. By that, I mean it’s a day-and-night difference if you get the right person or you don’t. … This place sells itself pretty well. But as you begin to build a culture where the best of the best are here, other people then want to be a part of it.</p>Kevin KaminskiFri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/web-xtra-john-kelly/CommunityNewsWeb ExtrasWeb Xtra: Cooking the Southern Wayhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/web-xtra-cooking-the-southern-way/<p>Here’s more info and resources from the feature on Southern cuisine in the September/October issue of <em>Boca Raton</em>!</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/webextra_southerncooking.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Further Reading</strong></p> <p>If you want to learn to cook Southern food, delve into the many cookbooks worthy of bedside reading, which is always the mark of a great cookbook.</p> <p>Edna Lewis, the granddaughter of a former slave, wrote the definitive cookbook that revived Southern cooking in 1976, <em>The Taste of Country Cooking</em>. Lewis was sometimes called "the South’s answer to Julia Child.</p> <p>John Egerton’s 1987 book, <em>Southern Food: At Home, on the Road, in History</em>, is considered to be a comprehensive take on Southern cooking with recipes—and the important connection to their places in the South.</p> <p><em>Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking</em>, by Natalie Dupree, a PBS favorite, takes readers into the kitchen for lessons in techniques and ingredients in more than 600 recipes. The Lee Brothers, Ted and Matt, produced <em>The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook: Stories and Recipes for Southerners and Would-be Southerners</em> in 2006.</p> <p>A new cookbook from our own Lee Brian Schrager, founder of the South Beach Food and Wine Festival, was just released. <em>Fried and True: 50 Recipes for America’s Best Fried Chicken and Sides</em> pays homage to the one Southern food with universal appeal. Plenty of versions are here for the choosing, along with techniques.</p> <p><strong>Southern Comebacks          </strong></p> <p>Crispy chicken is just one Southern food that’s recaptured America. Watch for its cousin, Country Captain, the curiously Moroccan-style curried chicken stew to reemerge. Sweet potato casserole, a staple of Southern Thanksgiving tables, comes under the label “sweet potato mousse,” ostensibly so they can charge extra for it.</p> <p>Sweet onion pie—made famous in a recipe published years ago by Southern writer Eudora Welty—has shown up under several labels as onion flatbread, quiche or foccachia. It’s taken from the French pissaladiere – and sounds more expensive that way.</p> <p>Suddenly, crab is back—whether from a cost standpoint or chefs looking to unusual seafood dishes. Along with crabcakes (now set on fried green tomatoes and served with a buttermilk dressing), deviled crab, baked crab dip and the vinegary West Indies salad famous along the Gulf Panhandle region shows up as a crudite.</p> <p>Cornbread salad has reappeared. The pot-luck favorite, a layered salad meant to use up leftovers of vegetables, greens and topped with cheese, finds its way back as a chopped salad version with crispy cornbread croutons and house-smoked bacon or pickled shrimp.</p> <p>Also back, though it never left for some: Bourbon. It’s one of the hottest selling liquors in America, with top-shelf varieties and small-batch bourbons taking over from old-timers. Manhattans, juleps and simply bourbon and branch are what’s at the bar      </p>magazineFri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/web-xtra-cooking-the-southern-way/DiningNews & ReviewsWeb ExtrasWeb Xtra: Frank-E-Okehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/web-xtra-frank-e-oke/<p>Here are a few more pearls of wisdom from <strong>Frank Edwards</strong>, the entertainer, business owner and the creator of <a href="http://www.frank-e-oke.com/" target="_blank">Frank-E-Oke</a>, Palm Beach County’s premier karaoke company.</p> <p><img alt="" height="544" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/frankedwards.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>- [Twelve years ago], I was doing sound and lighting for rock concerts, and I realized I wasn’t getting any younger. And I thought, of all the things I know how to do, which one has the lightest equipment? And that’s where Frank-E-Oke came from.</p> <p>- [Karaoke tracks] still arrive on discs, though a couple of companies ship digitally. But there’s a vast number of [hosts] out there that are just copying each other’s hard drives. And the karaoke production houses went out of business. You can only steal from them for so long. I don’t do that. I have a digital license from Chartbusters. So I bought their whole library digitally from them.</p> <p>- And I have an arrangement with Pop Hits Monthly. They just automatically send me 18 of the newest songs each month.<br>The younger groups play the younger songs. There’s a college crowd that will definitely sing anything Drake puts out, anything Rihanna puts out. There’s a younger crowd that likes Justin Bieber and Katy Perry, and little girls are always going to like Taylor Swift.</p> <p>- There’s people who want to joke about OneDirection. But 10 or 15 years ago, we had NSync. But before that we had the Spinners. Before the Spinners, we had the Four Seasons. Before the Four Seasons, we had the Platters. Five guys singing with no instruments is not a new concept! NSync is exactly what the Platters would have been if they didn’t have mic stands.<br>With the older crowd, every once in a while something will sneak into the lexicon. Some things run forever, others come back again. There was an eight-year period where we had to do “Summer Nights” every single night. They would do it five times a night if I let them. About four years ago it became “Don’t Stop Believin,’” right before “Glee” did it. And then “Glee” pushed it up over the top.</p> <p>- “Baby Got Back” is always sung by skinny white girls who <em>think</em> they’ve got too much back.</p> <p>- Sometimes a particular singer will have three or five songs they do all the time, and they don’t vary from them. I’ve seen a guy sing for a year and a half, and I think he only knows two songs. What happens is, first, people are afraid to sing. Then they have some success and they want to sing. Then they get “karaoke successful;” everybody in the bar knows them and likes them. Then they’re afraid to do anything new, because they might screw up, having been good. Then there’s other singers that always try something new.</p> <p>- We’re not trying to be the star. There are way too many people that became karaoke hosts because they wanted more stage time for themselves. In a perfect night, the Frank-E-Oke host will sing the first song, and never again. I fired somebody once for singing the last three songs of the night.</p> <p>- There’s a certain kind of pub we’re attracted to. We tend to do really well in sports bars and Irish pubs. That’s 80 to 90 percent of our business. I’m friends with the people that own Delux, and we’ve joked about putting me in Delux, but it’s too nightclubby. It’s not the right mesh. Some bars I’ll walk in and I’ll joke, ‘you’re too cool for me.’ Salt7 is too cool for me. They’re not getting the after-the-softball-game crowd, so I’m not getting my core audience.</p>John ThomasonFri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/web-xtra-frank-e-oke/Arts & EventsMusicWeb ExtrasWeb Xtra: Sick Puppies Reviewhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/web-xtra-sick-puppies-review/<p>This past August, during its monthly performance at the <a href="http://www.showtimeboca.com/" target="_blank">Showtime Performing Arts Theatre</a> in <strong>Royal Palm Place</strong>, the <a href="http://sickpuppiescomedy.com/" target="_blank">Sick Puppies</a> welcomed an improv comedy legend. David Razowsky, who spent nine years as the artistic director of Second City’s Los Angeles training center, has shared stages with the likes of Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell, and these days he’s achieved guru status: He makes his living by hosting workshops with up-and-coming troupes like Sick Puppies, imparting the improvisers with his decades of firsthand experience.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/webextra_sickpuppies.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Casey Casperon</strong>, the Sick Puppies’ founder (<em>pictured above</em>), flew Razowsky in from the West Coast for this reason, and during the group’s public performance on Aug. 9, we witnessed the culmination of Razowsky’s intenstive, which included live sketches with the man himself. But the first, the Sick Puppies performed without their headliner, in a 45-minute set of material that ran from the very brief to the impressively extended. In the highlight of the show’s first half, Casperson asked the audience for the titles of five movies they’d like to see made; his troupe proceeded to enact scenes from each of them. Only one suggestion—“Xanadu 2”—tanked; the others yielded plenty of inspiration, from the black comedy of “I Dismember Mama” to the effective absurdism of “Flashpants” and the hilariously cruel parody of “Rocky 45.”</p> <p>Later, Casperson asked the audience for a term they associated with childhood. “Fruit Loops” inspired a few comic scenes of parent-child conflict that showcased his team members’ ability to milk a great moment for all it’s worth, and then some.</p> <p>Then Razowsky entered the stage for four lengthy improvised scenes with Casperson alone. Razowsky’s presence almost instantly elevated the material—not to funnier places, per se, but to more truthful ones. The sketches involved a DMV applicant flirting with an employee; an ex-husband visiting his wife and child; a coach informing his star player that he’s leaving the team for a better offer; and a woman coming to terms with the reality that her best friend slept with her husband. Aside from the first sketch, these are all serious subjects, and they were handled with care and sophistication. Most of them felt rehearsed in the best way, and all contained lines that resonated truthfully, even if that truth was an uncomfortable one.</p> <p>This might sound surprising at a comedy show, but it’s part and parcel of what the Sick Puppies are all about. Unlike “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” there’s no laugh quota at a Sick Puppies show. The jokes come often, but they tend to be packaged in real-life drama. As Casperson told me for our article in the September/October issue of <em>Boca Raton</em>, “The reason people laugh isn’t because you said something clever or funny; it’s because you’re being real, and people relate to the emotional connection you’re making, so that it’s the type of scene where they go, ‘I’ve been there! I’m so glad I’m in the safety of my seat and I can watch someone else go through the pain I’ve been through. That’s what makes this funny to me.’</p> <p>At the conclusion of the show, I told Casperson that what I just saw felt more like theater than comedy. He replied, “I’m so glad you said that,” and hugged me.</p> <p><em>The Sick Puppies perform on the second weekend of each month at the Showtime Theatre, 503 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton. For tickets, call 954/667-7735 or visit sickpuppiescomedy.com.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/web-xtra-sick-puppies-review/Arts & EventsTheatreWeb ExtrasWeb Xtra: Local Karaoke Spotshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/web-xtra-local-karaoke-spots/<p>If you’re looking for a place to practice your crooning or just want to watch others show off their skills (or lack thereof), you’ve come to the right place. Below are five of the best karaoke options in Palm Beach and Broward counties.</p> <p><img alt="" height="274" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/microphone.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body"><strong>1. Moonshine Molly</strong><strong>’</strong><strong>s Country Saloon</strong><strong></strong></p> <p class="Body"><em>6450 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 561/443-3337</em>, <a href="http://moonshinemollyscountrysaloon.com" target="_blank">moonshinemollyscountrysaloon.com</a></p> <p class="Body">Normally a country bar with line dancing lessons and a honky tonk atmosphere, this saloon turns into a karaoke bar every Sunday at 6 p.m. with host Jammin’ Jimmy. With a few thousand songs to choose from, the genre choices tend to be a mix of country and R&amp;B. Performers typically perform on a stage, but if a band is set to follow, they may perform on the floor. The age range of participants can be anywhere from individuals in their 20s to 60s. The atmosphere remains pretty laid-back throughout the night. Moonshine Molly’s also takes great pride in all of its one-of-a-kind moonshine drinks that have been tried and tested with the best moonshine around.</p> <p class="Body"><strong>2. Coffee District (call after 3:30pm)</strong></p> <p class="Body"><strong></strong><em>325 N.E. Second Ave., #104, Delray Beach; 561/455-0541,</em> <a href="http://facebook.com/coffee.district" target="_blank">facebook.com/coffee.district</a></p> <p class="Body">On Friday nights from 8 until midnight, Coffee District opens its doors for karaoke and new selections on tap. Coffee District offers a more intimate atmosphere for you to socialize and relax. Longtime employee Tim Budz says the crowd demographics can vary: “We can have anywhere from young to older people here, as well as kids.” Its karaoke night is hosted by Alex, who provides 150,000 songs to choose from. Budz says there is a crowd that follows the karaoke hosts, but the venue itself also has some regulars. Performers will be set up on the floor and typically choose to sing top 40, classics and hard rock.</p> <p class="Body"><strong>3. Bru’s Room</strong></p> <p class="Body"><strong></strong><em>1333 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach; 561/739-9332,</em> <a href="http://brusroom.com" target="_blank">brusroom.com</a></p> <p class="Body">On Monday nights from 9 until 1 a.m., experience one of the best karaoke spots in Boynton Beach with Host Steve. Steve’s song catalog is plentiful, but he says that if he doesn’t have a song you want, he will find it for you. This unique karaoke spot doesn’t tend to follow a specific genre. In addition, Bru’s Room offers countless drafts and bottles with unique drinks you won’t find anywhere else in the area.</p> <p class="Body"><strong>4. Muddy Waters</strong></p> <p class="Body"><strong></strong><em>2237 Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach; 954/428-6577,</em> <a href="http://muddywatersrestaurant.com" target="_blank">muddywatersrestaurant.com</a></p> <p class="Body">If you’re looking for a good time on a Thursday night, head out to Muddy Waters for karaoke starting at 8 p.m. Hosted by Fire &amp; Ice Productions, there are tens of thousands of song options. Since Muddy Waters is primarily a restaurant, the company owner, Trish McKibbin, said the crowd is very diverse. From children to adults in their 90s, there is always a crowd for everyone. Performers will be on the floor and can expect a lot of respect and support from the crowd. There are two separate dining areas and two unique bars to fit whatever mood you’re in. There is also covered outdoor patio seating available.</p> <p class="Body"><strong>5. SandBar</strong></p> <p class="Body"><em>900 Sunrise Lane, Fort Lauderdale; 954/990-7578;</em> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/344558698913272/" target="_blank">facebook.com/events/344558698913272</a></p> <p class="Body">The SandBar’s exclusive karaoke host, Lisa Z, gets the party started every Saturday at 9 p.m. Lisa Z offers performers a chance to sing two debut songs their first time performing. Lisa Z says that even though SandBar does not have a stage, she sets up a designated performance area that allows her to host and her singers to move around, dance or perform with friends. She makes sure to have three microphones every week to give guests an opportunity to perform in small groups. “You will hear all kinds of different genres of music, from singers in their 20s all the way up to their 70s,” says Lisa Z. This makes for a wide range of genres and a diverse crowd. Lisa Z makes sure that she is hosting a karaoke party rather than a karaoke show, so the atmosphere is always upbeat and attendees are always ready for a party. “I pride myself in knowing that people are having a good time…those who don’t sing can attempt to stump or embarrass me by picking a song for me to sing personally, dancers can dance, those celebrating special events can expect to take home unforgettable memories, and you can also hear the bartender sing during special appearances,” said Lisa Z. Karaoke night is 21 and up. </p>Kelsey HowardFri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/15/web-xtra-local-karaoke-spots/Arts & EventsMusicWeb ExtrasTrader Joe&#39;s in Boca, quiet zones &amp; morehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/14/power-plays-quiet-zones-more/<h3><span>Power play on the power lines</span></h3> <p><span><img alt="" height="201" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/traderjoes.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p><a href="http://TraderJoes.com" target="_blank">Trader Joe</a>’s probably will open in Boca Raton as scheduled on Sept. 26. But the city council made clear Monday night that if the city’s priority delays that opening, the city council is fine with that.</p> <p>Readers of this blog may recall that on July 21 the city council—acting in its role as the board of the Community Redevelopment Agency—was to hear a request from the developer of East City Center—where Trader Joe’s will be the prime tenant—that two power poles in the parking lot be allowed to stay, even though the city’s development order had stated that the power lines had to be underground. Before that meeting, though, council members had made clear that they opposed the request, and the developer’s representative withdrew it.</p> <p>So, what has happened? We found out at Monday’s CRA meeting, and in a curious way.</p> <p>The otherwise uneventful, 25-minute meeting was winding up, as usual, with council members’ comments. Mike Mullaugh had nothing. Neither did Mayor Susan Haynie. Then Constance Scott asked about the power lines at East City Center. She hadn’t heard anything from the staff and wanted “an update.” The “update” took longer than the meeting had run to that point. “I was packing up,” Robert Weinroth joked, “and all of a sudden this comes out of nowhere.”</p> <p>But what a fascinating and revealing “update” it was.</p> <p>Deputy City Manager George Brown began by telling the council that staff had been talking with the developer about the city issuing a temporary certificate of occupancy—referred to as a “TCO” for most of the meeting—that would allow Trader Joe’s to open on time but would require that the developer—Halvorsen Holdings—bury the lines, which Scott called “horrific-looking,” within a certain time or risk not getting a permanent certificate of occupancy. Boca Raton’s policy is that redevelopment within the CRA have underground utilities.</p> <p>Halvorsen’s first proposal, Brown said, was for a six-month deadline to bury the lines. You could see that the council never would accept that much of a cushion. Haynie talked about giving the developer “some level of flexibility,” but said the city had to set a “strict guideline,” which in her mind meant no more than 90 days.</p> <p>Haynie also asked why the work had been delayed. Only Florida Power &amp; Light can do the work, Brown said, and the company has not scheduled it. Staff members are “waiting to hear from FPL.”</p> <p>I contacted FPL Wednesday, and a spokesman told me that the utility should have a price for the developer by next week, based on what the developer submitted for the extent of the work. FPL, the spokesman added, believes that “barring weather” or any other unforeseen problem, the company can complete the work “by the end of the year.”</p> <p>As the comments at Monday’s meeting veered toward criticism of Trader Joe’s, Brown said, “This is not their fault. This is the developer’s fault.” True, but we also learned Monday night that Trader Joe’s might call the shots.</p> <p>The Boca store is set to open six weeks from Friday, three weeks after the Delray Beach store opens. The shell of the Boca store basically is complete. Aside from that tiny matter of the power lines, the developer’s work is mostly done.</p> <p>Trader Joe’s work and expense, however, are just revving up. The company must install fixtures and do all the finishing work, then staff and stock the store. Businesses detest uncertainty. Brown summed it up: “Trader Joe’s is concerned about putting stuff in the store with a TCO. We are concerned about (giving) a (certificate of occupancy) and work not getting done.”</p> <p>Right. What is the incentive for the developer to bury the lines if the city has signed off on the project with the lines above ground? Haynie noted that the certificate of occupancy is “the hammer we hold.” Mullaugh concluded that the developer “has no interest in cooperating” and possibly “cannot be trusted,” so the city’s proposal on the power lines must be “ironclad.”</p> <p>Brown cautioned that he would not characterize Halvorsen as being unwilling to cooperate, but he did note that the developer had asked about getting a certificate of occupancy just for Trader Joe’s and a temporary CO for the “balance” of the site. The staff’s response was that the temporary CO had to be for the entire site.</p> <p>Councilman Scott Singer, who was running the meeting, then asked well-known Boca Raton land-use lawyer Charlie Siemon to come up. He represents Halvorsen, and Siemon criticized the council for portraying “the 20<sup>th</sup>-largest shopping center developer in the country like a “thief who will steal out of town” if he doesn’t get what he wants. “Poor Jeff Halvorsen,” Siemon said, “is the victim.” That would be the same Jeff Halvorsen whose home in Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club is assessed at $2.5 million.</p> <p>City Manager Leif Ahnell, who doubles as director of the CRA, wanted to make clear that the requirement to bury the lines should not have surprised the developer. “This body (the CRA) approved” the plan,” Ahnell said. “With that footnote,” Siemon responded. The city “communicated” the requirement to the developer, Ahnell said. “Mistakes were made,” Siemon acknowledged, adding finally that Halvorsen wants a solution that “does not interfere with the opening.”</p> <p>Trader Joe’s cult status in the retail food industry is the sizzle on this issue, but there’s also some steak. Local governments set development rules for a reason. Local governments can change those rules, but that should happen only if there’s a good reason. Boca’s rule on burying downtown power lines is based on safety and beautification. The power poles in the East City Center parking lot could come down in a bad storm and are ugly. Letting them stay could set a bad precedent.</p> <p>Singer noted that the council’s seeming consensus on issuing a temporary CO for 90 days was “not a formal vote.” The public discussion, though, left no doubt that as much as the council welcomes Trader Joe’s, the city matters more than the store.</p> <h3>Date check    </h3> <p>One more thing on that Trader Joe’s opening:</p> <p>Did no one at the company check to see that Sept. 26 at sundown is the end of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year? If the company is looking for all-day buzz when the doors open, expect things to be flatter than if someone had taken a look at the calendar.</p> <h3>All quiet on the eastern front </h3> <p>Boca Raton and Delray Beach residents who live near the Florida East Coast Railway tracks probably can relax. It appears that when All Aboard Florida starts service in 2016, the 32 new trains a day will pass through relatively quickly and relatively quietly.</p> <p>On Tuesday, <a href="http://www.allaboardflorida.com/" target="_blank">All Aboard Florida</a> and the transportation planning agencies for Palm Beach and Broward counties announced that money is available for “quiet zones” along the FEC, whose tracks run through coastal downtowns in Palm Beach and Broward. After the quiet zones—safety upgrades at grade crossings—are in place, trains should not have to blow their whistles.</p> <p>The quiet zones have been a potential problem since All Aboard Florida revealed plans in 2012 for express service from Miami to Orlando with stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The 16 trains each way won’t tie up traffic in Boca and Delray the way long, lumbering freight trains can, but the two cities want to draw residents downtown, not just visitors. So does West Palm Beach. Regular, new train blasts could discourage people from buying downtown, even if those blasts wouldn’t come later than perhaps 10 p.m. or earlier than 7 a.m. The service will be daily.</p> <p>In shirtsleeve English, <a href="http://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0104" target="_blank">quiet zones</a> are safety upgrades extensive enough that drivers can’t try to beat a train and get caught on the tracks. The requirements and the cost depend on the crossings. Some will need more—added gates, a new media—than others. A spokeswoman for Palm Beach County’s Metropolitan Organization (MPO) says there is a Quiet Zone Calculator—who knew?—and those federal officials have been in the MPO’s office checking out the 114 crossings in the county.</p> <p>Boca Raton and other communities had not wanted to pay for the quiet zones. Apparently, they won’t have to. The two planning agencies had set aside some federal money—$6.6 million in the case of Palm Beach County—for design work on other projects in the FEC rail corridor. The Florida Department of Transportation, however, will pay for that work, so the federal money can go toward the quiet zones. Plans are for the work to proceed in tandem with improvements All Aboard Florida must make to prepare the tracks for more, and faster trains. They will run at no more than 79 miles per hour south of West Palm but will accelerate to more than 100 for the run to Cocoa and then northwest to the Orlando airport.</p> <p>This helpful development will not end the debate about All Aboard Florida. Though gates in Boca may be down for only about a minute in Boca, residents of northern Palm Beach County and Martin and St. Lucie counties still will object to more frequent bridge closings, since raising and lowering bridges takes much longer than raising and lowering gates. Critics will object to the $1.5 billion federal loan the company is requesting even as the company talks about this being a private project. There remains the question of whether All Aboard Florida is designed more to prepare the FEC tracks for added freight traffic. Is there really a market for this service? There also remains the possibility of local commuter rail service on the FEC, which could enhance the region’s transportation network.</p> <p>That debate will be noisy. As for All Aboard Florida’s trains, not so much.</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><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzThu, 14 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/14/power-plays-quiet-zones-more/City WatchCommunityThe Top 10 Upcoming Events at Kravis Centerhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/13/the-top-10-upcoming-events-at-kravis-center/<p>Get ready to mark your calendars. Earlier this month, the Kravis Center released its complete, star-studded <strong>2014-2015 season schedule</strong>. Currently, the Kravis box office is still in its exclusive donor period, with individual tickets being released to the general public Sept. 27. In the meantime, here is our guide to the top 10 don’t-miss Kravis events of the coming season.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/shakespere.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>10. Improvised Shakespeare Company, Feb. 10-11</strong></p> <p>The Reduced Shakespeare Company has long held the most recognized position in Bard parody with its endlessly reproduced show “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Condensed.” Now, there’s a new game in town, and the <a href="http://www.improvisedshakespeare.com/" target="_blank">Improvised Shakespeare Company</a> takes a different approach: It makes up a “masterpiece” on the spot, each night, based on a title suggestion from the audience, and performs it with deadpan Shakespearean dialogue and themes. This mix of Elizabethan drama and “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” has been hailed as “staggeringly brilliant” by TimeOut Chicago. Chances are, if comedic theater can do well in the Second City, it can translate to anywhere in the country.</p> <p><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/malcolm-x.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>9. Malcolm X, Feb. 4</strong></p> <p>The Kravis’ annual African-American Film Festival has run some fairly offbeat offerings in its decade-long existence, but next year, to celebrate its 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary, the series will focus on masterpieces, with three award-winning classics playing on Wednesdays during Black History Month. The series includes “Lady Sings the Blues,” “The Color Purple” and, to kick things off, Spike Lee’s 1992 masterpiece “<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104797/" target="_blank">Malcolm X</a>,” a fast-moving 202-minute journey into the complicated activist’s life, philosophies, tragedies and triumphs. It’s the sort of monumental production that transcends cinema and becomes a cultural touchstone, and it’s hard to believe it was so Oscar-snubbed back in 1993. A masterpiece indeed, with cameos by none other than Al Sharpton and Nelson Mandela.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/rodman.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>8. “Last Comic Standing” Tour, Nov. 2</strong></p> <p>NBC’s “<a href="http://www.nbc.com/last-comic-standing" target="_blank">Last Comic Standing</a>” 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><img alt="" height="569" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/cesar-millan.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>7. Cesar Millan, April 1</strong></p> <p>Chances are, <a href="http://www.cesarsway.com/" target="_blank">Cesar Millan</a> probably knows your dog better than your dog knows itself. The world’s most famous dog whisperer is a self-taught canine guru whose best-selling manuals have sold more than 2 million copies across 15 countries. His live shows will hope to prove that he can be just as compelling without the presence of anxious, erratic, soon-to-be-tamed four-legged friends. Millan, who has fought with issues of divorce, depression and attempted suicide in recent years, will address his values, principles and methods in conversations that have been described as more spontaneous than his rigidly formatted TV show. And perhaps you can even pick up some of his exclusive products, like the Funny Muzzle and Cesar’s Dog Backpack.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/celeb-autobiography.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>6. “Celebrity Autobiography,” Jan. 28-Feb. 1</strong></p> <p>It’s hard to believe anybody ever needed to hear the innermost thoughts of Kenny Loggins, David Cassidy and Vanna White, but they, among countless other B- and C-list (and even some linguistically challenged A-list) celebrities have written vacuous tell-alls that have become immovable staples at Goodwills across the country. This award-winning, Off-Broadway hit is reviving them: In “<a href="http://www.celebrityautobiography.com/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=2" target="_blank">Celebrity Autobiography</a>,” comedians and actors read choice passages verbatim from these supposedly sincere memoirs. Only their versions drip with sarcasm and mirth, cutting these figures down a peg and having plenty of fun at their expense. While the lineup of talent for this tour appearance has not been released, previous “readers” have been bona fide celebs themselves, including Alec Baldwin, Christie Brinkley and Tovah Feldshuh.</p> <p><img alt="" height="487" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/sytycd.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>5. “So You Think You Can Dance Live!,” Nov. 26</strong></p> <p>For fans of Fox’s long-running dance competition series, “<a href="http://www.fox.com/dance/" target="_blank">So You Think You Can Dance</a>,” the summer of 2014 has already yielded plenty of gasps, laughs, tears and dropped jaws. In a few more weeks, the season will crown its winner, but we already know the top 10 dancers that will be taking their jetes and locking-and-popping and tap shoes and ballroom gowns on the road this fall. This abundance of talent includes 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="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/mormon.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>4. “The Book of Mormon,” Dec. 16-21</strong></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?), “<a href="http://www.bookofmormonbroadway.com/tickets" target="_blank">The Book of Mormon</a>” is the obvious standout here. I reviewed the Broward Center tour last year, and I plan on returning to see it again, and again, and again. 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, no matter how many times you’ve seen it.</p> <p><em>**Looking for our review from last year's tour? Read it <a href="/blog/2013/11/29/theater-review-the-book-of-mormon-at-broward-center/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="321" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/enemies_composite_web-600x393.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>3. Palm Beach Opera: “Enemies, a Love Story,” Feb. 20-22</strong></p> <p>If you ever thought that Isaac Bashevis Singer’s 1966 novel “<a href="http://pbopera.org/event/enemies-a-love-story/" target="_blank">Enemies, A Love Story</a>,” would make a great opera—with its Holocaust survivor protagonist juggling a wife, an ex-wife and a mistress in 1948 New York—you’re not alone. The story, which was also adapted into a hit 1991 movie, will enjoy its operatic world premiere next year, courtesy of Palm Beach Opera, composer Ben Moore and librettist Nahma Sandrow. Darkly comic and lyrically beautiful, this piece flies in the face of the atonality of much of this company’s operatic repertoire. Likewise, any new work is a risk for a company accustomed to producing safe operas from the standard repertory, and Palm Beach Opera should already be commended for taking a chance and fostering what may become a future classic.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/lang-lang.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>2. <a href="http://langlang.com/" target="_blank">Lang Lang</a>, Feb. 23</strong></p> <p>This impossibly accomplished pianist, from China, credits his introduction to music to an episode of “Tom and Jerry” that used as its soundtrack Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. The rest is history, and quite a remarkable one: winning a local piano competition at age 5, winning an International Tchaikovsky Competition at 13, selling out Carnegie Hall at 19, and later making <em>Time</em> magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people. He’s since scored music for video games and Golden Globe-winning movies and performed for dignitaries including Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth II and Vladimir Putin. To have him grace our presence, where he’ll perform compositions by Bach, Tchaikovsky and Chopin, is an honor.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/abraham.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>1. Abraham in Motion, Dec. 19-20</strong></p> <p>The “Abraham” in <a href="http://abrahaminmotion.org/" target="_blank">Abraham in Motion</a> 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 ‘90s hip-hop fashion, music and ethos, inspired by everything from the civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois to John Singleton’s culture-defining film “Boys 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 Center’s “Provocative Entertainment at Kravis” series.</p> <p>To view the Kravis Center's full 2014-2015 season schedule, visit <a href="http://www.kravis.org" target="_blank">kravis.org</a>. </p>John ThomasonWed, 13 Aug 2014 15:16:38 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/13/the-top-10-upcoming-events-at-kravis-center/Arts & EventsMoviesTheatreUpcoming EventsKing of Hearts: Salvatore Principehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/13/king-of-hearts-salvatore-principe/<p class="p1">Early in his career, New York was both playground and palette for artist <a href="http://www.salvatoreprincipe.com/" target="_blank">Salvatore Principe</a>.</p> <p class="p1">He worked as an assistant lighting technician during the heyday of Studio 54, rubbing elbows with the likes of Debbie Harry, Mick Jagger and Andy Warhol. He later worked at another legendary nightclub, The Underground, before realizing that life was more than a series of last calls.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/879.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Fueled by an insatiable desire to “create,” but with no formal training of which to speak, Principe began developing works of art (mostly sculptures) with found objects and items he pulled from the city’s trash bins. His persistent hustling earned the artist his first serious exhibition—a three-week window display at Bergdorf Goodman in Manhattan. By 29, he had added displays at Saks Fifth Avenue and Tiffany &amp; Co. to his résumé. Principe’s career was taking off.</p> <p class="p1">And then, in an instant, his world crumbled. Anita Principe, his mother and best friend, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer; after a three-year battle, she died at age 48. Principe was inconsolable; everything in New York reminded him of his mother. In the early 1990s, he moved to Boca Raton and began dealing with his pain as only an artist can. He created inspired collages and, later, paintings decorated with hearts. A signature style was born. </p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/6.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Over the years, Principe has produced hundreds of memorable art pieces—and built a loyal following along the way. He also has a cozy studio in Boca (<em>1140 Holland Drive, Suite 7, 800/545-1503</em>) where all the magic happens. </p> <p class="p1"><em>Boca Raton</em> recently sat down with Principe and asked him about his past, present and future.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>When did you realize you wanted to get into the art scene?</strong></p> <p class="p2">The first artistic endeavor I got involved with was lighting design in nightclubs, particularly at Studio 54 in New York City when I was about 20. And it pertained to a lot of different things—there was a little stage lighting, there was decorative ambient lighting, creating a mood within the nightlife. Also, I was doing things with lights that were like light sculptures on a wall. So the lighting design was a very creative process—and learning about what light can do [became] essential to what I do today. They say lighting is everything, and I get what that means. Then I wanted to stop working in nightlife because it was an unproductive situation. So, I thought about how I wanted to change my life and that day I decided to become an artist. [I’d] never done it before. But from that day, I made a commitment and I never looked back.</p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/44.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p2"><strong>What’s an average day like for you in your studio?</strong></p> <p class="p2">I have created a place that, when I walk in, I’m completely inspired at all times to a degree. The studio has an aura, an energy that I’ve created, so it relaxes me and I’m able to create at any moment. I try to be here as much as possible, but to keep things going, I have to continually be out there, looking for another avenue to coincide with what I do.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Where do you draw inspiration from?</strong></p> <p class="p2">Everything inspires me––conversations, people, seeing something at first glance. But meeting people, connecting with people––when I think about them, I’m inspired. I feel good inside when I’m going to see someone that I enjoy being around. So people, at this point, on a whole, inspire me.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>What are you working on next?</strong></p> <p class="p2">I plan on exploring different product lines and texture designs. I will be making samples and try to develop them because, ultimately, I want them to be part of the mainstream mass production industry. Furniture, clothing, all of it. But, you need the right partnership for that, so that’s the direction I’m going. I also plan on making custom pieces of furniture from scratch but that’s part of a different project. </p> <p><strong>About Michelle:</strong></p> <p class="BodyA"><em>Michelle Ferrand is a junior at Florida Atlantic University studying English Literature, Sociology and Women</em><em>’</em><em>s Studies, who is interning at Boca Raton magazine this summer. Disappointed with the lack of magic in the real world, she prefers to be curled up reading a good book or binge watching television shows on Netflix. She prefers an actual book to an e-reader and no, she doesn</em><em>’</em><em>t want to be a teacher. You can reach Michelle at michelle@bocamag.com.</em></p>Michelle FerrandWed, 13 Aug 2014 12:58:57 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/13/king-of-hearts-salvatore-principe/ArtArts & EventsBattle of the Gyms this Sundayhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/13/battle-of-the-gyms-this-sunday/<p class="p1"><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p2">The Discrimination Free Zone Foundation is putting on its first <a href="http://www.discriminationfreezone.com/event/discrimination-free-zone-battle-gyms/" target="_blank">Battle of the Gyms</a> event, Sunday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Anyone can participate in this local charity’s obstacle course fundraiser, which will take place at the Seacrest Soccer Complex (<em>2505 North Seacrest Blvd., Delray Beach</em>).</p> <p class="p1">Founded by Delray Beach resident Tali Raphaely, the <strong>Discrimination Free Zone Foundation</strong> is based upon the principle that everyone should get along regardless of any perceived differences. Raphaely, who owns the Boca Raton-based real estate title company Armour Settlement Services, serves as executive director of the foundation.</p> <p class="p1">I sat down with Raphaely to talk about Battle of the Gyms and get some details about how you can get involved.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="575" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/botg.jpg" width="450"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Boca Mag:</strong> What kind of obstacle event is the Battle of the Gyms? </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tali Raphaely: </strong>The obstacle course is based on a team effort to get through short runs (speed), power moves using prowlers, kettlebells, slam balls etc. and plyometrics course (stamina, endurance and bodyweight).</p> <p class="p1"><strong>BM: </strong>Where did the idea for this fundraiser come from?</p> <p class="p1"><strong>TR: </strong>I thought it would be great to get a bunch of gyms together for a fun and friendly competition to build a sense of community … I came up with the idea of the Discrimination Free Zone Battle of the Gyms obstacle race to bring many area gyms together for a fun, friendly competition, while raising money and building awareness for our important cause. </p> <p class="p1"><strong>BM: </strong>Do the proceeds from the Battle of the Gyms go to the Discrimination Free Zone?</p> <p class="p1"><strong>TR: </strong>Yes, proceeds benefit the Discrimination Free Zone Foundation. We raise money to be able to donate shirts, hats, wristbands, posters, and stickers displaying our important message. For instance, this past Saturday we handed out Discrimination Free Zone wristbands to 5,000 school kids at the Palm Beach Convention center as part of the Community Back to School Bash. <br> A priority of ours is to continue to spread our message to school children everywhere by showing up at their schools, speaking with them about discrimination and by distributing Discrimination Free Zone items for them to proudly wear and display. When an individual wears or displays Discrimination Free Zone items they've taken a pledge not to discriminate against others. With the formation of every Discrimination Free Zone we come closer to creating a global environment consisting of unity, equality and acceptance for everyone. </p> <p class="p1">Registration is $40 per person and includes a Discrimination Free Zone shirt. Teams consist of two men and two women. You can sign up as part of a team or be assigned into already existing teams. To register, email Raphaely at <a href="mailto:info@discriminationfreezone.com">info@discriminationfreezone.com</a> or sign up a participating gym.</p> <p class="p1">For more information, go to the Battle of the Gyms’ <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1512408755654431/" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>, or the foundation’s <a href="http://www.discriminationfreezone.com" target="_blank">website</a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 13 Aug 2014 12:20:44 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/13/battle-of-the-gyms-this-sunday/FitnessHealth/BeautyUpcoming EventsTop 5 Cheap and Nutritious Foodshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/13/top-5-cheap-and-nutritious-foods/<p class="p1"><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">I am often asked to share tips for healthy eating on a very tight budget. On this week’s Green Goddess blog, I’ve listed my top five (very) cheap and healthy foods. </p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/fruits.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p4"><strong>1. Bananas </strong></p> <p class="p3"><strong>Perfect for</strong>: Breakfast </p> <p class="p3"><strong>What's a serving?</strong> One to three bananas</p> <p class="p3"><strong>Price per serving: </strong>One for 30 cents, or three for $1<strong> </strong></p> <p class="p3"><strong>What’s in it for you:</strong> Each banana has 100 calories, 12 percent of daily potassium and 20 percent of daily Vitamin B-6. Yes, bananas do have sugar and starch, but guess what? So do cereals, pop-tarts and even bagels! If you’re looking to do some carb-loading during the first part of the day, skip the processed sugars and go for nature’s sweet treat instead. If you want to slow down the sugar release, smear a few teaspoons of nut butter on the banana.</p> <p class="p4"><strong>2. Cabbage</strong></p> <p class="p5"><strong>Perfect for</strong>: Side dishes, sandwiches (use cabbage leaves instead of bread), soups and stews.</p> <p class="p5"><strong>What's a serving?</strong> One cup</p> <p class="p5"><strong>Price per serving:</strong> 20 cents. You can get cabbage for $1 a pound.</p> <p class="p3"><strong>What’s in it for you: </strong>17 calories and two grams of fiber. Cabbage is excellent for liver support – our largest detox organ. When you liver is happy, you’ll have more energy, and your skin will boast a youthful glow.</p> <p class="p6"><strong>3. Boxed (cooked) or Dry Legumes</strong></p> <p class="p7"><strong>Perfect for:</strong> Beans are great as side dishes or added to burritos, nachos, dips and enchiladas. You can also make great bean soups with a few left over veggies, water and dry herbs. </p> <p class="p5"><strong>What's a serving</strong>? Each box of cooked beans has about three servings, based on half-cup servings. </p> <p class="p5"><strong>Price per serving</strong>: About 50 cents. You can buy a 10-ounce box of organic beans at Whole Foods for $1.49. Or you can get one pound of dry beans for $1 (Goya brand at Publix), soak them overnight, then cook them. If you use dry beans, you will get three pounds of beans for $1, making it eight cents per half-cup serving. </p> <p class="p3"><strong>What’s in it for you</strong>: About 140 calories (for the vegetarian type), seven grams protein, six grams fiber, calcium and iron.</p> <p class="p7"><strong>Z-TIP ON BEANS – </strong>Sprout mung beans and lentils. Put them in cold water over night and rinse the next day. Let them air-dry and they will be ready to eat by the end of the day. You can eat them as a snack, add them to salads or sprinkle them into your soups. </p> <p class="p6"><strong>4. Frozen Vegetables</strong></p> <p class="p5"><strong>Perfect for:</strong> Side dishes, stir fries and soups.</p> <p class="p5"><strong>What's a serving?</strong> 3/4 cup (according to the package, but I like to double or triple my veggies.)</p> <p class="p5"><strong>Price per serving:</strong> Around 40 cents. Frozen veggies are usually sold in 12 to 16-ounce bags that cost about $2 and contain four to five cups of veggies.</p> <p class="p5"><strong>What’s in it for you: </strong>Low-cal and filling. As an example, a 3/4-cup serving of frozen mixed Organic Mediterranean blend vegetables at Whole Foods has only 25 calories. Add bulk to your meals without excess calories and dress them up with your favorite sauces. I love adding frozen spinach to my omelets and making stir-fries with a few bags of frozen veggie mixes and mushrooms.  </p> <p class="p4"><strong>5. Garlic</strong></p> <p class="p5"><strong>Perfect for</strong>: Sautéing in side dishes, soups and stews. Garlic is great for liver support and, when eaten raw, has anti-bacterial properties. Do note, make sure there is something rich in the dish if you’re eating it raw. Raw garlic can be very strong and give you heartburn if you don’t pair it up with some olive oil, nuts, vegan cheese or ghee. </p> <p class="p5"><strong>What's a serving?</strong> One clove</p> <p class="p5"><strong>Price per serving:</strong> Four cents. You can get garlic for $2 a pound and one pound of garlic will get you about 50 servings. </p> <p class="p3"><strong>What’s in it for you: </strong>Five calories per serving. Great anti-bacterial properties can help you stay healthy! </p> <p class="p3"><strong>Z-TIP:</strong> If I feel like I’m coming down with a cold, I chop up a clove of garlic and eat it on top of toasted Ezekiel bread with a little bit of ghee or Daiya cheese. I usually feel better right away.</p> <p class="p4"><strong>2 EASY MEAL IDEAS:</strong></p> <p class="p4"><strong><img alt="" height="307" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/chili.jpg" width="260"><br> </strong></p> <p class="p3"><strong>Quick Complete Protein Chili: </strong></p> <p class="p3">2 boxes of cooked beans</p> <p class="p3">2 cups of cooked brown rice (another very inexpensive product)</p> <p class="p3">16 ounces salsa</p> <p class="p3">Mix together, heat up and serve.</p> <p class="p3"><strong>Easy Cabbage Salad</strong></p> <p class="p3">1 cup shredded cabbage</p> <p class="p3">1/4 cup sprouted lentils</p> <p class="p3">1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped</p> <p class="p3">1 tablespoon olive oil</p> <p class="p3">¼ teaspoon salt</p> <p class="p3">Mix together and serve for a satisfying and healthy side dish. </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>Alina Z.Wed, 13 Aug 2014 07:51:58 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/13/top-5-cheap-and-nutritious-foods/DiningRecipes Instagram Contest: Tastemakers at Mizner Parkhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/12/instagram-contest-tastemakers-at-mizner-park/<p class="p1"><img alt="" height="262" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tastemakersmizner.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Snap a photo at <a href="/blog/2014/08/05/tastemakers-at-mizner-park-rock-roll-stroll/" target="_blank">Tastemakers at Mizner Park</a> for a chance to win one of these gift cards from participating restaurants:</p> <p class="p1">1. Racks: $10</p> <p class="p1">2. Kapow: $25</p> <p class="p1">3. Tanzy: $10</p> <p class="p1">4. Uncle Julio's: $25</p> <p class="p1">5. Yardhouse $15</p> <p class="p1">6. Dubliner: $25</p> <p class="p1">7. Villagio: $10</p> <p class="p1">8. Max's Grill: $10</p> <p class="p1">9. Truluck's: $25</p> <p class="p1">10. Ruth's Chris: $25</p> <p class="p1">We want to see you at your most creative. Maybe it means using props, like your dining passport. Maybe it means grabbing your friends to create the famed Oscar selfie. Or maybe it means popping a pose at the Mizner gazebo or the amphitheater.</p> <p class="p1">Whatever the case, we want to see you channel your inner Beyonce or your inner photographer. So make sure your phone is fully charged, and snap away.</p> <p class="p1">You can enter one of two ways:</p> <p class="p1">1. Post your photos on the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/bocamag" target="_blank">Boca Raton magazine Facebook page</a>.</p> <p class="p1">2. Post your photos on Instagram. Make sure your profile is on public or we won’t see your precious photos. Use the hashtag #tastemiznerpark and tag @bocamag + @miznerpark. We’ll announce the winners at <a>bocamag.com</a> the Monday after the event!</p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 12 Aug 2014 08:37:13 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/12/instagram-contest-tastemakers-at-mizner-park/CommunityUpcoming EventsDennis Max Planning Delray Eateryhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/12/dennis-max-planning-delray-eatery/<p>The old Ceviche tapas restaurant in the historic Falcon House building on Northeast 6th Avenue in Delray Beach will in October become the latest addition to the Dennis Max family of restaurants.</p> <p><img alt="" height="453" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/dennismax.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Tentatively named <strong>The Blind Pig</strong>, the restaurant will blend Max’s signature “fork to table” culinary philosophy with the still furiously trendy gastropub concept, which in your mouth means lots of small plates and a beverage emphasis on craft beers, artisan cocktails and affordable boutique wines from around the world.</p> <p>The menu is still under development but will be as eclectic as the libations, presided over by Max Group exec chef Patrick Broadhead and Pig chef de cuisine Scott Pierce. Cocktails will be a particular focus, utilizing a variety of house-made syrups, farm fresh garnishes and the like. Of particular note will be something called the Fusion Tower, a giant chrome-and-glass device that can infuse anything from vodka to beer with just about anything you can imagine. The Pig will feature four of them, at about $10,000 each.</p> <p>The restaurant is currently undergoing renovation, all with an eye to keeping the Falcon House’s funky, old-fashioned watering hole charm while bringing it up to date. So look for lots of dark wood, burgundy leather seating and outdoor patio give a garden-like makeover.</p> <p>Stay tuned for more details as opening day gets nearer.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 12 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/12/dennis-max-planning-delray-eatery/Delray BeachDiningNews & ReviewsJudging the judges, lake slime &amp; puppy mill worrieshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/12/judging-the-judges-lake-slime-puppy-mill-worries/<h3><img alt="" height="469" src="/site_media/uploads/scumbagjudge.gif" width="490"></h3> <h3>Bar Talk</h3> <p>A nasty race for judge in Palm Beach County may come down to a piece of paper.</p> <p>That paper is the <a href="http://palmbeachbar.org/downloads/2013_evaluation_results.pdf" target="_blank">2013 Palm Beach County Bar poll</a>. Every odd-numbered year, the Bar asks members to rate the county’s judges in nine categories: Knowledge &amp; Application of the Law, Impartiality, Diligence and Preparedness, Judicial Demeanor &amp; Courtesy to Lawyers, Control of Courtroom, Case Management, Punctuality &amp; Timeliness in Rendering Rulings &amp; Decisions, Common Sense and Enforcement of Standards of Professionalism. Lawyers can give judges an E (Excellent), S (Satisfactory) or N (Needs Improvement.) Lawyer <strong>Jessica Ticktin</strong> is using the most recent poll to make her case against <strong>Diana Lewis</strong>, who was elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2008.</p> <p>Ticktin says, correctly, that Lewis’ ratings are awful. In fact, Lewis’ cumulative rating is the worst of all 34 circuit court judges, the ones who hear felony cases, complex civil cases and family law cases, and also handle foreclosures and probate. Some attorneys and judges dismiss the results because lawyers can respond anonymously and because the ratings may depend on which and how many lawyers respond. Lewis, though, drew the most responses of any circuit judge—216—just as she drew the most responses in <a href="http://www.palmbeachbar.org/downloads/2009_evaluation_results.pdf" target="_blank">2009</a> and <a href="http://www.palmbeachbar.org/downloads/2011_evaluation_results.pdf" target="_blank">2011</a>.</p> <p>As in those earlier polls, Lewis got her worst marks when it came to how she (mis)treats lawyers. Of the 212 who graded Lewis on Judicial Demeanor, an astonishing 147 gave her a Needs Improvement. That’s almost 70 percent. The only one close was Tim McCarthy, another well-known hothead whose temper just caused the 4<sup>th</sup> District Court of Appeal to reverse him because he popped during a testy divorce hearing.</p> <p>Lewis is afflicted with “black-robe syndrome,” a professional personality disorder. Whether out of insecurity, arrogance, meanness or a combination of all three, such judges bully lawyers, knowing that the lawyers can’t really fight back without risking a contempt of court charge. During more than two decades of interviewing judicial candidates for <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>, the hardest part was trying to assess whether an aspiring judge might get “black-robe syndrome” once on the bench.</p> <p>You might be able to excuse Lewis if she was good on the law. Problem is, roughly half of the respondents also rated her Needs Improvement on Impartiality and Common Sense. Lewis was ranked less awful on how she applies the law, but her score still was among the lowest.</p> <p>Or you could argue that if Lewis survives this race—Ticktin has loaned herself $200,000, meaning Ticktin will spend a lot for a judicial campaign—she will get better, if only to head off another challenge in 2020. Problem is, Lewis survived a scare in 2008—getting less than 52 percent of the vote—and has gotten no better. In 2009, about 59 percent of the lawyers who responded gave Lewis a Needs Improvement on temperament. In 2011, it was 73 percent. Nor has Lewis improved in other categories.</p> <p>My experience is that the Bar poll usually rates the good judges higher and the mediocre-to-bad judges lower. And you don’t have to be rude to run an efficient courtroom and be a good judge. Robin Rosenberg, the former county judge whom the Senate just confirmed to a seat on the federal bench, got only seven Needs Improvement on temperament from 148 lawyers in the 2013 poll. She got an Excellent from 116. The last two chief judges, Peter Blanc and Jeffrey Colbath, also were near the top in temperament.</p> <p>To those who don’t understand judicial politics, Lewis would seem like an easy target. But good candidates are reluctant to run for judge, given the uncertainty, and they are leery of taking on an incumbent and losing, given the possibility for revenge. Obviously, that possibility is especially real in Lewis’ case.</p> <p>So voters get Jessica Ticktin, who works at her father’s personal injury firm in Deerfield Beach—she lives in Delray Beach—and never has handled a trial case. Most of the law firms and lawyers who give regularly to judicial candidates support Lewis. Of course, the county’s legal establishment also supported Art Wroble when he ran uncontested in 2000. Wroble turned out be a nice guy but a terrible judge, and the establishment helped to defeat him after one term.</p> <p>Palm Beach County has been comparatively lucky. Broward and Miami-Dade are rat’s nests of politics when it comes to picking judges, and it shows. One Broward judge just pleaded no contest to being drunk in the courthouse parking lot—at 8 a.m. But because Palm Beach County’s leading lawyers and law firms involve themselves in judicial elections much more than the public, they must do more than give the public the lousy choice of Diana Lewis or Jessica Ticktin.</p> <h3>Entertainment venue?</h3> <p>There’s an interesting item on Boca Raton’s update of what the city calls its “Action Agenda.”</p> <p>Boca Raton owns land east of the Spanish River Boulevard library. On the city’s action plan is a proposal to develop the site as an “entertainment venue.” The item isn’t new; according to the document, it’s been under discussion since December. But I don’t remember hearing about it.</p> <p>Nothing will happen soon. The city’s priority remains closing a deal to allow a Houston’s restaurant on the Wildflower site at East Palmetto Park Road and Fifth Avenue. There is supposed to be an update next month about negotiations with the potential buyer.</p> <p>One does wonder, though, what sort of “entertainment venue” Boca Raton might consider for the library land —especially since the city now runs the Mizner Park Amphitheater. Would the city compete against itself?</p> <h3>Slimed</h3> <p>You may have read that residents of Toledo, Ohio, had to use bottled water when their city’s supply was contaminated. The source of the toxin was an algae bloom in Lake Erie. If you scoffed about primitive conditions in the nation’s Rust Belt, don’t get so smug. That same thing happened here not long ago.</p> <p>In 2000, residents of the Glades communities found that their drinking water—drawn from <strong>Lake Okeechobee</strong>—contained dangerous levels of carcinogens called trihalomethanes. The toxin formed when chlorine at the water plant reacted with organic material in the lake water. A factor was the backpumping of water from sugar fields into the lake, at the behest of growers who wanted drained fields. The levels of carcinogens tracked with the amount of backpumping.</p> <p>The eventual solution was a new, $58 million regional water plant for Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay. Taxpayers throughout the county subsidize the plant. It was another indication of how much environmental damage sugar farming can do. Routine backpumping supposedly was stopped in 2007, but in emergencies the farmers still may ask for and get new chances to make Lake Okeechobee more like Lake Erie. That’s the sort of political clout they have.</p> <h3>Puppy mill matters</h3> <p>The issue isn’t as big as “sober houses,” but Delray Beach faces the same legal challenge in deciding whether to <strong>ban the retail sale of dogs and cats</strong>.</p> <p>This year, the city considered a ban, but the legal staff cautioned that Delray Beach could face a lawsuit. Unlike some cities that don’t have retail animal sellers and passed a ban to keep them out, Delray Beach does have such a retailer—Waggs to Riches, on East Atlantic Avenue. Dog and cat retailers in other parts of the country have sued at least three local governments, challenging such bans.</p> <p>So last week, the Delray Beach City Commission passed on reading a six-month moratorium that would keep out new dog or cat retailers. During that time, the city’s legal staff would do research to determine what kind of ordinance might stand up.</p> <p>Delray and other cities have faced a similar legal difficulty in trying to regulate sober houses, transitional drug and alcohol rehab facilities. Substance abuse is covered under the Americans With Disabilities Act, so local governments must prove that they aren’t just targeting recovering addicts, no matter how many patients these facilities churn through and dump back onto the street.</p> <p>Puppy mills are a problem. Unlike individuals, who are limited in how many puppies they can breed, the unregulated mills—most of them in Missouri and Kansas—churn out the dogs, especially the boutique breeds. In 2010, the owner of Waggs to Riches said she doesn’t use puppy mills. Supporters of retail bans say government can put the mills out of business by discouraging demand. And with other cities in Palm Beach County having passed bans, one worry is that stores could gravitate to Delray Beach.</p> <p>Delray being Delray, of course, politics gets into even this issue. Commissioners Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet opposed the moratorium, asking why it was necessary when there’s just one store. Frankel implied that the commission should be helping new businesses. Jacquet said the moratorium would upset the free market. Seriously?</p> <p>Also, in April the owner of Waggs to Riches, Kim Curler, sued Commissioner Shelly Petrolia—she, Mayor Carey Glickstein and Commissioner Jordana Jarjura voted for the moratorium—for allegedly defaming her business. That happened during the commission’s first discussion of the issue. A judge threw out the lawsuit, but Curler amended and refiled it. A hearing is scheduled for Monday.</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><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzTue, 12 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/12/judging-the-judges-lake-slime-puppy-mill-worries/City WatchCommunityPhoto Contest Winners: Tastemakers of Delray Beachhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/11/photo-contest-winners-tastemakers-of-delray-beach/<p class="p1">It’s hard to believe this year’s Tastemakers of Delray Beach event has come and gone already. That means another full year until the next food and cocktail tasting. Because we weren’t sure we could wait patiently till then, we came up with a plan. We asked tastemakers all over Delray Beach and beyond to share their photos from the 2014 event, so we could relive those two nights vividly.</p> <p class="p1">As a special thanks to those who participated, we’re giving away eight gift cards from participating restaurants to our favorite snapshots. Congratulations to our winners! Please contact <a href="mailto:stefanie@bocamag.com">stefanie@bocamag.com</a> to claim your prize.</p> <p class="p1">By <a href="http://instagram.com/savortonight" target="_blank">@savortonight</a>:</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="539" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/savortonight.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">By <a href="http://instagram.com/younggohard" target="_blank">@younggohard</a>:</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="541" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/younggohard.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">By <a href="http://instagram.com/nmd3" target="_blank">@nmd3</a>:</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="522" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/nmd3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">By <a href="http://instagram.com/agator44" target="_blank">@agator44</a>:</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="526" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/agator44.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">By <a href="http://instagram.com/little_jenna" target="_blank">@little_jenna</a>:</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="536" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/little_jenna.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">By <a href="http://instagram.com/lindasuebug" target="_blank">@lindasuebug</a>:</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="525" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/lindasuebug.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">By <a href="http://www.instagram.com/gabriellamargarita" target="_blank">@gabriellamargarita</a>:</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="550" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/gabriellamargarita.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">By <strong>Heather Rae</strong>:</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="871" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/heatherrae.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><em>Caption:</em> I really enjoyed the variety at <a class="_58cn" href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/tastemakers">#Tastemakers</a> of Delray Beach!</p> <p class="p1">To view all entries, view our Tastemakers Facebook album <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.898419666838180.1073741828.173051819374972&amp;type=3" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 11 Aug 2014 20:30:05 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/11/photo-contest-winners-tastemakers-of-delray-beach/Delray BeachThe Week Ahead: Aug. 12 to 18http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/11/the-week-ahead-aug-12-to-18/<p>TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="283" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/sandra-bernard-autostraddle.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Sandra Bernhard</strong></p> <p>Where: Jazziz Nightlife, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 and 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $60-$150</p> <p>Contact: 561/300-0730, <a href="http://www.jazziz.com/nightlife" target="_blank">jazziz.com/nightlife</a></p> <p>Back in 1998, comedian Sandra Bernhard already had to remind America that, as her then-latest album title put it, “I’m Still Here … Damn it!” Sixteen years later, Bernhard is very much still here, and we should be thankful for her continued presence. This sexually liberated counterculture icon has been offering pointed observations about life and skewering political and celebrity figures for decades, with an act that makes Kathy Griffin’s standup material seem safe. But she never put her career eggs entirely in the comedy basket; from her 1985 debut album “I’m Your Woman” onward, she has mixed humor with popular songcraft, performing covers with an impressive vocal range that runs the gamut from rugged blues to soaring falsetto. This makes her a perfect fit for Jazziz, which welcomes cabaret personalities as much as jazz acts.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="418" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/elton+john+-+greatest+hits+-+lp+record-171431.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Classic Albums Live</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$69</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="http://www.parkerplayhouse.com" target="_blank">parkerplayhouse.com</a></p> <p>Rock purists might consider it cheating that Classic Albums Live—the respected brand known for recreating studio albums like “Dark Side of the Moon” and “Abbey Road” “note for note, cut for cut” in a live setting—would set their reverent professionalism on a best-of compilation like Elton John’s “Greatest Hits,” the subject of Thursday’s appearance at Parker Playhouse. To reduce an artist’s work to his hits and only his hits, outside of their album contexts, seems antithetical to this brand’s approach. Alas, I expect such concerns to blow away like a candle in the wind when you begin to hear this barrage of masterful songwriting, the likes of “Your Song” and “Daniel” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “Rocket Man,” in a tight 10-song set of warm familiarity—all of it dating before 1975, after which the beknighted pop star got all schmaltzy on us. I have a feeling you won’t miss the deep cuts one bit.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="448" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/centralia_production_photo_5.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Centralia”</strong></p> <p>Where: Mad Cat Theatre Company at Miami Theater Center, 9816 N.E. Second Ave., Miami Shores</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15 students, $30 general admission</p> <p>Contact: 866/811-4111, <a href="http://madcattheatre.org" target="_blank">madcattheatre.org</a></p> <p>Miami Shores’ Mad Cat Theatre Company has always been about expanding our definition of what live theater can be, beyond traditional proscenium staging and pigeonholed genres. The company’s summer production is certainly no exception, marking the U.S. premiere of “Centralia,” a combination of comedy, music, dance and cabaret developed by an offbeat U.K. collective called Superbolt Theatre. It’s inspired by the largely abandoned mining town of Centralia, in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, in which a mine fire burning beneath the borough forced the relocation of its inhabitants back in the early ‘80s. These days it’s a ghost town, save for the eight or so residents who defiantly breathe the toxic air and call the region their home. Fascinated by the personalities and politics of these hangers-on, the Superbolt folks created three composites of Centralia residents, envisioning a scenario in which they put on a touring variety show to explain themselves to the outside populace. What happens next is anyone’s guess, with Mad Cat director Paul Tei leading a talented cast of locals through the show’s unpredictable motions. “Centralia” runs through Aug. 31.</p> <p> FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/sentence.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Last Sentence”</strong></p> <p>Where: FAU’s Living Room Theaters, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Show times TBA</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>It’s hard to believe now, but when the Third Reich was assembling its evil empire, it took balls to criticize Hitler in many corners of the world. One of them was Sweden, a nation that ignored the warning signs of fascism’s rise—except for, as this new film from acclaimed director Jan Troell tells it, one man. “The Last Sentence” is a hefty foreign-language biopic about Torgny Segerstedt, one of Sweden’s top journalists of the 20th century. The psychological drama, shot in elegant black-and-white, details his one-man battle against the Nazi regime as well as his fractured romantic life, capturing a political tumult that sentences Troell’s native country to the crime of complicity through neutrality. Like Margarethe Von Trotta’s recent biopic of Hannah Arendt, “The Last Sentence” looks like a gripping study of a figure fighting against the grain to be on the right side of history.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="277" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/offspring.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Summer Nationals Tour</strong></p> <p>Where: Cruzan Amphitheater, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $46-$75</p> <p>Contact: 561/795-8883, <a href="http://www.livenation.com" target="_blank">livenation.com</a></p> <p>Punk rock may have generally eluded mainstream consciousness in recent years, but this catchy, primitive, aggressive music is alive and well. This tour presents the work of four of punk’s most enduring bands of the past 30 years and beyond. Summer Nationals is headlined by the Offspring, the perpetually adolescent alt-rockers whose 40 million records sold have made them one of the most successful punk acts of all-time. But I’m more excited about the opening acts: Bad Religion, the hard-left political polemicists whose anger, tenacity and vigor hasn’t tempered one bit since their 1979 formation; and Stiff Little Fingers, the Ireland-bred cult legends responsible for such proto-punk classics as “Suspect Device” and “Alternative Ulster.” Pennywise, the speedy skate-punks from California, round out the bill.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="372" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/vanilla_fudge.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Rock ‘n’ Blues Fest</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25–$105</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="http://www.browardcenter.org" target="_blank">browardcenter.org</a></p> <p>In 1968, Johnny Winter released his debut album. It was called The Progressive Blues Experiment, a fitting name for his own oeuvre and those of the other bands slated at this one-day festival—all of whom are so uniquely weird that they could only be paired with each other, and whose sound rippled through the rock underground over the next decade. The migration from the acoustic howl of traditional blues to the electric shredding of today’s blues rockers owes much to the muscular sound of Winter, who passed away this summer. But his memory lives on in this tribute tour, which includes performances by his younger brother Edgar Winter, famous for his molten instrumental rocker “Frankenstein”; Vanilla Fudge (pictured), the enduring psychedelic act known for its unparalleled renditions of ’60s pop and soul tunes; Peter Rivera of Rare Earth, the first all-white act to score a hit on a major Motown record label; and Kim Simmonds, of British blues rockers Savoy Brown.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="309" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/old-boca.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Old Boca Music Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5-$20</p> <p>Contact: 561/395-2929, <a href="http://www.funkybiscuit.com" target="_blank">funkybiscuit.com</a></p> <p>This unusual bill at Boca’s favorite blues-rock restaurant-lounge features three acts that have been around since about as long as Boca Raton itself. It will be headlined by The Fabulous Fleetwoods, often called the longest running blues act in South Florida, bringing its 32 years of experience to covers and originals ranging from roots-rock to psychedelic country. The opening acts will be the Sheffield Brothers, the family band that has been rocking Florida for 40 years strong, and The Buster Leggs Band, a beloved bar band that rose to local popularity in the ’80s. They all may be Old Boca, but they haven’t lost any of their charm and relevance.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/klezmer.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Klezmer Company Orchestra’s “JubanoJazz!”</strong></p> <p>Where: FAU’s Wimberly Library, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 561/297-3921, <a href="http://library.fau.edu" target="_blank">library.fau.edu</a></p> <p>Klezmer Company Orchestra maestro Aaron Kula is preparing for a momentous end to the summer: From Aug. 27 to Sept. 1, he’ll be bringing his nine-piece orchestra to Canada, bringing his unique take on klezmer fusion to festivals in Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa. In anticipation and celebration of the group’s first international tour, the KCO will presented a discounted trial run of its Canadian performances this Sunday at its home base in FAU’s library. The program will revisit material from this past March’s FAU performance, “JubanoJazz!,” a term created by Kula that encompasses his band’s merging of klezmer and Latin jazz. As Kula told me back in February, “I wanted to find a word that encapsulates anything and everything that could relate to Latin, Caribbean and Cuban cultures. There is no word that can capture all of that, so I figured I might as well make up one. Everyone seems to get what I’m doing. … We have 23 completely new, reimagined compositions that use every possible combination of Latin rhythm or Latin percussion or Cuban rhythm or Cuban percussion.” You can pick up your tickets at the event; there is no presale for this limited engagement.</p>John ThomasonMon, 11 Aug 2014 17:07:44 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/11/the-week-ahead-aug-12-to-18/Arts & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsBoca Raton Takes Top Prizehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/11/boca-takes-top-prize/<p><strong><em><em>Boca Raton</em> </em></strong>magazine took home several of the evening's most coveted honors at the 61st annual <strong>Charlie Awards</strong> this past weekend. Our industry's version of the Academy Awards, hosted by the <a href="http://www.floridamagazine.org/" target="_blank">Florida Magazine Association</a>, drew representatives from publishing companies throughout the state to a glamorous affair at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/photo1.jpg" width="490"></p> <center><em>The magazine's A&amp;E editor John Thomason (left) with Boca Raton editor Kevin Kaminski after an award-winning evening in Orlando. </em></center> <p><em>Boca Raton</em> added to its legacy as one of the state's premier consumer publications by earning <strong>FMA's highest honor</strong> -- the Charlie Award for <strong>Best Overall Magazine</strong> (in the 20,000 to 50,000 circulation bracket). It marked an unprecedented 12th consecutive year that <em>Boca Raton</em> has been a finalist in this category -- and the fifth time in seven years that <em>Boca Raton</em> has captured the first-place Charlie Award in the Best Overall category.</p> <p>In addition, <em>Boca Raton</em> also took home the Charlie Award in the prestigious category of <strong>Best Overall Writing</strong> for consumer magazines with 50,000 circulation and less. Also, <em>Boca Raton</em> won the Charlie Award for <strong>Best Overall Use of Photography</strong> -- for all consumer magazines.</p> <p>All told, the magazines of parent company JES Publishing walked away with eight FMA honors. Among the other highlights:</p> <p><img alt="" height="636" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/bestcoversnake.jpg" width="490"></p> <center><em>July/August 2013 Cover</em></center> <p><em>Boca Raton</em> captured the Silver Award for <strong>Best Redesign</strong>, the Bronze Award for <strong>Best Overall Online Presence</strong>, the Bronze Award for <strong>Best Cover</strong> (consumer 20,000 to 50,000) for our July/August 2013 issue, and a Bronze Award for <strong>Best Feature</strong> (consumer 20,000 to 50,000) for John Thomason's story on local psychics that ran in the September/October 2013 issue.</p> <p><img alt="" height="294" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/worthavenue.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Worth Avenue</em>, the annual publication for the Worth Avenue Association published by JES, captured the Bronze Award for <strong>Best Custom Consumer Magazine</strong>.</p> <p>Congratulations to all the dedicated and talented individuals responsible for producing the ONLY <em>Boca Raton</em> magazine!!</p>magazineMon, 11 Aug 2014 10:45:52 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/11/boca-takes-top-prize/CommunityNewsSmall Bites: Beer, Burgers and Cigars in Bocahttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/11/small-bites-beer-burgers-and-cigars-in-boca/<p>Can beer and American eats make it where beer and English grub didn’t?</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tap42.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>We’ll find out early next year, when Fort Lauderdale-based <a href="http://tap42.com">Tap 42</a> debuts in <strong>The Shops at Boca Center</strong>, taking over the star-crossed location formerly home to the English Tap &amp; Beer Garden and before that Todd English’s Wild Olives and Cucina d’Angelo.</p> <p>Look for a roster of several dozen craft beers on tap and a menu of eclectic and American bar bites, from Thai chicken salad and tuna sashimi to shrimp mac ‘n’ cheese and spinach-artichoke dip to an assortment of designer burgers and sliders.</p> <p>Smokers may be an endangered species nowadays but there are still a few places where lovers of fine stogies can gather and partake of their tobacco passion. A recent addition is the very upscale <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HavanaNightsCigar" target="_blank">Havana Nights Cigar Lounge</a> (<em>514 Via de Palmas, 561/361-4091</em>) in Boca’s<strong> Royal Palm Place</strong>.</p> <p>Along with a walk-in humidor featuring a selection of fine cigars, the cozy, clubby space sports an extensive bar, outdoor patio and multiple flat-screen TVs. No food, but you can order from nearby restaurants and have your munchies delivered. They also offer valet parking, a welcome option given the difficulty of finding a space in RPP’s perpetually jammed lot.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 11 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/11/small-bites-beer-burgers-and-cigars-in-boca/BarsDiningNews & ReviewsEat-Scene to Debut in WPBhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/08/eat-scene-to-debut-in-wpb/<p>The eating scene in West Palm Beach is about to get a little more interesting with the debut of <a href="http://eat-scene.com/" target="_blank">Eat-Scene</a>, a combination gourmet market-slash-restaurant space set to debut in December at the corner of Quadrille Boulevard and Fern Street.</p> <p><img alt="" height="209" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/eatscene2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The brainchild of long-time county resident Tony Solo, Eat-Scene is said to be loosely based on such similar venues as New York’s Eataly and Seattle’s Pike’s Market. Look for 20 or so different independently owned businesses under the Eat-Scene roof, from purveyors of produce, meat and seafood to gourmet spices, chocolates and baked good, along with four different “micro eateries,” a deli and an outdoor beer garden.</p> <p>The idea, according to Eat-Scene’s website, is to create a “market culture for wine and food enthusiasts” and a “social venue that appeals to all your senses.” Which sounds pretty good to me.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 08 Aug 2014 11:00:42 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/08/eat-scene-to-debut-in-wpb/DiningNews & ReviewsPortraiture as you&#39;ve never seen it beforehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/08/portraiture-as-youve-never-seen-it-before/<p>Can there be such a thing as a portrait without a person? That’s the question digital artist Robert Weingarten asks, and then answers in the affirmative, in his innovative exhibition “<strong>Living Legends</strong>,” recently opened at the <a href="http://www.norton.org/" target="_blank">Norton Museum of Art</a>.</p> <p>Beginning in 2007, Weingarten, a California-based photographer, approached many “living legends” in various fields, from sports and politics to music and religion, asking them for input for what he was then calling his “Portraits Without People” project. He then took this input, from some two dozen public figures, and created montage “portraits” that captured their essence and their spirit, if not their facial contours and camera-ready smile. The result shows us that while the eyes may be one window into the soul, they aren’t the only portal: We can understand a person’s elemental consciousness through the physical fragments of their life—the objects, places, people and concepts they hold dear.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/weingarten_630--4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The generously sized photographs—five feet wide and more than three feet high—in this small but valuable exhibition are inherently busy works full of layers and superimpositions and witty juxtapositions, all of them the result of the copious input his subjects provided. In an interesting touch, the Norton has included the recipients’ input responses next to finished product, and the format, length and specificity of each says something about the person who wrote it. For his portrait, <strong>Hank Aaron</strong> sent Weingarten a printed letter, on official letterhead, and explanations for why each piece of input was important; <strong>Mikhail Baryshnikov</strong>, meanwhile, mailed the artist a handwritten piece of yellow college-ruled notebook paper, with the following words chicken-scratched onto it: “my office,” “dance studio NYC,” “my photography,” “dance,” “music.”</p> <p>Thus, in some cases more than others, Weingarten has his work cut out for him, and “Living Legends” runs the gamut from the painterly and abstract to the doggedly literal. Typically, a close-up of an object will occupy the center frame—a Louisville Slugger for Aaron, a space module for <strong>Buzz Aldrin</strong>, a violin’s pegbox for <strong>Itzhak Perlman</strong>—around which the rest of the subject’s input orbits around and generally pays deference to.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/sotomayor.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Sometimes the key noun in each work is not an object but a place, or places. This is the case with two of the exhibit’s strongest portraits. <strong>Sonia Sotomayor</strong> is represented by three superimposed locations vying for your eye’s simultaneous attention: The Supreme Court Building, Yankee Stadium and her favorite cheese shop, whose amber lighting casts a radiant glow over everything. The Court building’s “Equal Justice Under the Law” promise is positioned below the words “Yankee Stadium,” humorously conflating the purposes of the two landmark edifices. And the artist’s <strong>Don Shula</strong> portrait is especially revealing, linking a football stadium with the interior of a church, its pews pointing the way toward the gridiron: In Shula’s essence, one literally feeds into the other, intertwining the faith, football and morality that have made him who he is.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/chuck_close_2007.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Sometimes, the results of Weingarten’s inquiries are just weird, but no less compelling. The portrait of <strong>Chuck Close</strong>, a fellow photographic innovator, is all over the place, his subject’s rambling list of “favorites” rendered in a doctor’s penmanship. Close found it important to include tapioca pudding and Bounty paper towels in his list, so Weingarten dutifully inserts them into his portrait. But even this eccentric result is beautiful, because it reflects an exhilarating breadth of art history as curated by Close; Giotto’s frescoes, Vermeer’s “Girl With the Red Hat” and de Kooning’s “Woman I” share the same canvas of influence and imagination, indeed speaking to Close’s artistic sensibility for better than a shot of the artist’s visage ever could.</p> <p><img alt="" height="348" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/robert-weingarten-quincy-jones.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The only celebrity who didn’t seem to “get it” is <strong>Quincy Jones</strong>, whose shallow input was less an embodiment of his essence than a C.V. for his next job. His minimal requests included the poster for “A Color Purple,” his Grammys, his Oscar, and some of the records he worked on. Weingarten, given nothing substantial to work with, created a portrait that is a tribute to Jones’ vanity.</p> <p>Perhaps the greatest value in this show, beyond its capacity to recast the definition of a portrait, is that it prompts us to look deeply at art, and rewards us for our probing inspection. At a passing glance, Weingarten’s portrait of <strong>Jane Goodall</strong> is chimp-centric, with other primates, dogs and candles hovering behind and around it. But the more you stare at this piece, beyond its multiple surfaces, the more you’ll notice its coat of photographic primer: the shelves of a library filled with books, stretching across seemingly the entire canvas. Sure enough, “books” were listed among Goodall’s input.</p> <p>Like the best works of art, the more you look, the more you see.</p> <p><em>“Living Legends” runs through Sept. 7 at the Norton Museum, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Admission costs $5-$12. Call 561/832-5196 or visit norton.org.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 08 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/08/portraiture-as-youve-never-seen-it-before/ArtArts & EventsFashion Forward: Chic fitness and morehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/08/fashion-forward-chic-fitness-and-more/<p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/lululemon.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Sweat it out:</strong> Lululemon in Town Center of Boca Raton is teaming up with The Barkan Method for a free hot yoga class on Sunday, Aug. 10, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Lululemon ambassador Corbin Stacy will teach the class at the Boca Raton studio (<em>2240 N.W. 19th St., Boca Raton</em>). The event will also include “surprise and delights from local vendors.” See you there!</p> <p><strong>Back to school: </strong>If you’re hitting CityPlace this weekend, make sure to bring some school supplies with you. From Aug. 4 to 15, the shopping center is collecting supplies for teachers. Bins will be located next to the guest services counter so you can drop off school supplies like scissors and backpacks. Those who donate receive a shopping pass with special CityPlace deals.</p> <p><strong>Beauty bag</strong>: Stop by the Estee Lauder counter at Lord &amp; Taylor for a special gift offer. Make a purchase of $45 or more and receive a fall beauty bag filled with goodies like a full size crystal lipstick and an eye shadow compact with eight shades.</p> <div> </div>Stefanie CaintoFri, 08 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/08/fashion-forward-chic-fitness-and-more/ShoppingShopping NewsGerrymandering comes under scrutiny &amp; other items of notehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/07/gerrymandering-comes-under-scrutiny-more-on-fau-other-items-of-note/<h3><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/gerrymander.png" width="490"></h3> <h3>Gerrymandering tales center stage</h3> <p>Mostly because of luck and geography, South Floridians should be spectators as the Florida Legislature today begins an emergency special session to <a href="http://www.floridaredistricting.org/" target="_blank">draw new congressional districts</a>. But South Floridians should be <em>very interested</em> spectators.</p> <p>Early voting for the Aug. 26 primary begins Monday in Palm Beach County. There are primaries in all four seats that include Palm Beach County. There are primaries in other congressional districts across Florida. Technically, all those primaries are at risk of being invalid.</p> <p>That is because last week <strong>Leon County Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis</strong> ordered the Legislature by Aug. 15—unless the Legislature appeals—to redraw two districts that he said violated the 2010 constitutional amendments—one for congressional districts and another for legislative districts—that voters approved by wide margins with the intent of limiting the ability of politicians to <strong>gerrymander</strong> – to draw districts that favor one party over another. In essence, politicians pick their voters, rather than let voters pick their politicians.</p> <p>Lewis ruled that in 2012 the Republican-led Legislature drew District 5 (above) in Northeast Florida, which Democrat Corinne Brown represents, and Orlando-area District 10, which Republican Dan Webster represents, to favor the GOP. How could a district where a Democrat won help Republicans? Because, lawyers for the Florida League of Women Voters argued successfully, the Legislature packed District 5 with minority voters—who tend to vote Democratic—at the expense of minority voters in District 10.</p> <p>Brown, who is African-American, thus was assured of her seat, while Webster, who is white, got a break. What could have been two seats for the Democrats became one seat for each party, amounting to a Republican win.</p> <p>Indeed, Brown’s district wriggles from Jacksonville—Brown’s home—about 175 miles south, drawn that way to sweep up as many African-Americans along the way as possible. The district has looked much that way since 1992, the first year Republicans in the Legislature cut deals with minority Democrats to increase minority-access seats at the expense of the Democratic Party overall.</p> <p>The GOP seized on the opportunity provided by changes to the Voting Rights Act designed to help minorities obtain elected office. Alcee Hastings, an African-American who represents portions of Palm Beach and Broward counties, also was first elected in 1992. In 1990, Democrats held eight seats in the state congressional delegation to nine for Republicans. By 2010, after two reapportionments in which Florida gained seats, Democrats still had eight seats, while Republicans had 17.</p> <p>That shift in the largest presidential swing state led to the campaign for the amendments. Republicans tried to head off the amendments with their own versions, but the courts blocked them. Not coincidentally, one of the most vocal opponents of the amendments was Corrine Brown.</p> <p>But voters disagreed, which was a good thing for all Floridians. Gerrymandering—which both parties do in states where they control the process—creates too many safe districts, from which lawmakers can pander to narrow views. Examples: Republicans refuse to raise taxes while Democrats refuse to budge on entitlement reform, though both are necessary to resolve the country’s budget issues and to address financial inequality.</p> <p>It is likely that any changes to Brown’s and Webster’s districts won’t affect South Florida because of distance. Still, though it might seem easy to imagine redrawing just two of Florida’s 27 congressional districts, consider that Brown’s district touches seven others. One of those is Webster’s, and his district touches five others.</p> <p>This area’s districts survived the court challenge less because Republicans weren’t tempted and more because South Florida is so urban. There isn’t much room for politically-minded operatives to work with, even using computer programs so sophisticated that Republicans were able to put the House Democratic leader out of his district by drawing the line behind his house, not in front. In addition, the amendment gave legislators almost no room for political improvisation.</p> <p>Ideally, Florida would assign redistricting to an independent commission, as some states do. That would be one way to start removing the artificial boundaries that divide Americans.</p> <h3>More on Kelly and FAU                            </h3> <p>My interview last month with new Florida Atlantic University President John Kelly generated a lot of interest, so here is added information about the school Kelly leads.</p> <p>Although FAU wants to offer more of a traditional student experience, nearly 40 percent of the faculty—499 of 1,313 —are part-timers, also known as adjuncts. Given that many students are adults seeking specialized training or retraining, some instructors inevitably will be part-timers— professionals offering their expertise.</p> <p>But with states cutting back on money for public education, the use of adjuncts is growing even at traditional universities. The University of Florida cut full-time teaching positions by nearly 10 percent and raised part-time slots by about the same amount from 2008 to 2013, as the Legislature shrank universities’ budgets. Part-timers are on campus less often, and thus are less accessible to students. Even in this digital age, face-to-face help often is most effective. And eventually, parents may wonder about the quality of education for which they are paying.</p> <p>Regarding FAU’s freshman class, the acceptance rate was 47 percent. That’s a long way from the roughly 6 percent at Harvard, but you can’t compare the nation’s most selective private colleges to any public university. The acceptance rate is almost 54 percent at Florida State, 44 percent at UF and 40.5 percent at Florida International, the other public university in South Florida.</p> <p>Also, the mid-range SAT score for FAU’s new class is 1520 to 1730. That is out of a possible score of 2400, and applies to those in college for the first time, not older college grads going back to school.</p> <h3>Happy Trails? Not so fast                                 </h3> <p>The Mizner Trail story is not over.</p> <p>In June, the Palm Beach County Commission allowed developers to build 252 homes on the former <strong>Mizner Trail Golf Course</strong> in Boca Del Mar. Most residents who live along what once were fairways and greens opposed the project, even if that meant continuing to look out on overgrown land. To them, no development beat some development. In making their case, the residents cited a 2008 court ruling that the land contained no inherent development rights, since it was designated open space as part of the Boca Del Mar master plan.</p> <p>By a vote of 5-2, though, the commission rejected that argument. Steven Abrams, the former Boca Raton mayor who represents the area, was one of the two dissenting votes. Now the residents have filed a legal challenge to the commission’s decision, seeking a hearing in circuit court and asking for a halt in construction of the homes until the case is resolved.</p> <p>“Only behind-the-scenes politics,” the residents claim, “could explain why (the commission) granted approval of the project against overwhelming opposition from the adjacent homeowners and residents of communities through Boca Del Mar.” In a county with lots of golf courses and fewer golfers, the case deserves a hearing.</p> <h3>Immigration reform and Florida                                 </h3> <p>A very short time ago, the crush of undocumented children entering the United States from Central America was a crisis that demanded immediate attention. Congress, though, left for vacation without passing a plan to deal with this supposed crisis. That was bad enough. Worse, for Florida, inaction may mean waiting even longer for immigration reform.</p> <p>President Obama made the first offer, a $3.7 billion plan that included nearly $2 billion to feed and shelter the children, most of whom have come from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Obama also wanted nearly $1 billion to more quickly process and deport the undocumented. The Senate came back with a $2.7 billion emergency spending plan and waited for the House. Uh-oh.</p> <p>Because of tea party opposition, House Speaker John Boehner couldn’t get his caucus even to support a $659 million plan. The House then left town after a symbolic vote to repeal Obama’s action in 2012 to delay deportation of young Americans who have made lives here after their parents brought them illegally.</p> <p>Obama gets some blame for first supporting, then backing away, from changes to the 2008 law that set a different standard for children arriving from Central American counties other than Mexico. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi gets some blame for making Obama back away on that point. Most blame, though, goes to House Republicans.</p> <p>Tamar Jacoby, president of ImmigrationWorks USA— business groups that favor reform—worries that the GOP will do nothing between now and the presidential election in 2016 but talk about enforcement and do nothing to fix the system, such as reducing the immigration court backlogs that, among other things, have held up the processing of those children. Unless the GOP bends, Jacoby said, “Immigration reform could be dead for another five or 10 years.”</p> <p>Former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush and Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican congressman from Miami, have been urging their party to look more sensible on immigration. The prevailing sentiment in the House, though, is that ducking the issue won’t hurt in 2014, since immigrants are clustered throughout the country, not spread out. Perhaps, but immigration remains a losing issue for the GOP nationally, and delaying reform especially hurts a diverse state like Florida. For Republicans, bad politics is also bad policy.</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><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzThu, 07 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/07/gerrymandering-comes-under-scrutiny-more-on-fau-other-items-of-note/City WatchCommunityMovie Review: &quot;Magic in the Moonlight&quot;http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/06/movie-review-magic-in-the-moonlight/<p>When considering a goodly portion of Woody Allen’s filmography, Matthew McConaughey’s career-making quip from “Dazed and Confused” springs to mind: “That's what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="272" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/moonlight.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>In too many of Allen’s movies, the men are middle-aged or older, and the women are invariably pretty young things, barely nubile. In his latest, “Magic in the Moonlight,” the customarily implausible romantic leads are the 54-year-old Colin Firth and the 26-year-old Emma Stone.</p> <p>Allen’s age-defying chauvinism first reared its ugly head as far back as “Manhattan,” but at least that film had the moral protection of being a masterpiece. “Magic in the Moonlight” is far from it; it’s fairly amusing, it looks gorgeous, and it affectionately evokes movies from another period, but it’s as inconsequential as anything he’s ever directed.</p> <p>It’s set in the Jazz Age, where Firth plays Stanley, an irascible illusionist who performs as a hilariously offensive Asian stereotype named Wei Ling Soo. He’s introduced this way, disappearing into a sarcophagus and reappearing in a throne. As soon he de-wigs, we see that he’s a deep-seated pessimist with an acrid tongue and, as his solitary friend puts it, “all the charm of a typhus epidemic.”</p> <p>After the show, this friend, fellow-magician Howard (Simon McBurney), comes to Stanley with a proposition: Stanley, being a famous debunker of fraudulent spiritualists, should visit Howard’s relatives in the south of France, who have fallen under the trance of the most accurate medium he’s ever encountered. Come see her, he says, and work your own magic—prove that she’s a charlatan where I couldn’t. So Stanley drops everything to meet the professed psychic Sophie (Emma Stone) and his friend’s family, on the banks of French Riviera (oh, what a life).</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/magic-in-the-moonlight-emma-stone.png" width="490"></p> <p>Stanley is immediately taken with Sophie, and they are an agreeably disagreeable rom-com pair: a grouchy man of science and a starry-eyed woo-woo; when she calls a sunset landscape “beautiful,” he calls it “transient.” But the more time he spends with her, the more facts she seems to know about his past, and the more inexplicable her séance revelations become, gradually breaking down his rationalism and forcing him to believe in something beyond himself. Could they also be falling in love?</p> <p>Stanley has a (more age-appropriate) fiancée, and Sophie, too, has a rival suitor—Brice (Hamish Linklater), the affluent scion of the family that has taken Sophie under its wing. But Allen has written him into a caricatured dead end; Brice a milquetoast puppy-dog who serenades her with obnoxious ukulele ballads, and is in no believable way competition for Stanley. Allen should know better than to write in such a thin narrative punching bag.</p> <p>“Magic in the Moonlight” is at its best when Firth and Stone match wits and gently spar—when we, along with Stanley, try to determine her fraudulence or legitimacy. If you can cast aside the age difference, there is a genuine chemistry here, and Stone’s dramatic overacting when she receives “mental impressions” is actually delightful. Firth is as funny as he has ever been, and the pair of them come off like Cary Grant and Claudette Colbert in a ‘30s comedy, Allen flirting with the vintage screwball tradition without fully succumbing to it.</p> <p>The antiquated setting does the film, and Allen’s writing, a service. His contemporary films often contain anachronistic dialogue that rings false, but in the Gatsby era, he’s free to use words like “milksop,” “chicanery” and “scoundrel,” and the actors have a great time uttering them.</p> <p>But all good things, including the movie’s essential mystery, must come to an end, and when it does, we’re left with a routine romantic comedy that goes through the motions, sputtering pedantically toward the inevitable—which in this case is an older man trying to win the affections a girl who could be his daughter. When the moonlight overtakes the magic, it illuminates the film for the transparent fantasy it is, and it’s a lazy, improbable sight.</p> <p><em>“Magic in the Moonlight” is now playing at Cinemark Palace, Regal Shadowood and Living Room Theaters in Boca Raton, Movies of Delray, Cinemark Boynton Beach, the Classic Gateway Theater in Fort Lauderdale, Cinemark Paradise in Davie, AMC Aventura, Regal South Beach and AMC Sunset Place in South Miami. It opens Friday at the Coral Gables Art Cinema.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 06 Aug 2014 11:03:16 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/06/movie-review-magic-in-the-moonlight/Arts & EventsDelray BeachMoviesSalt Suite Opens in Lake Worthhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/06/salt-suite-opens-in-lake-worth/<p class="p1"><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Whereas nutritionists may tell you cut down on your sodium intake, <a href="http://www.thesaltsuite.com/" target="_blank">Salt Suite</a> will tell you take it up a notch.</p> <p class="p1">Salt Suite is a treatment center that specializes in salt therapy, and it just opened up a second location in Lake Worth <em>(5500 S. State Road 7, #110). </em>The first is located in Delray Beach.</p> <p class="p3">Salt therapy, also known as halotherapy, is thought to naturally help ease symptoms from respiratory, skin and other conditions. Visitors relax in salt rooms — Salt Suite imports 24,000 pounds of Dead Sea salt. Yep, that’s salt directly from the Dead Sea — while a Halogenerator machine circulates dry salt aerosol into the room’s air. All you have to do is sit and breathe to get the supposed benefits. </p> <p class="p3"><img alt="" height="314" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/saltsuite.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p3">I asked owner Jessica Helmer, who owns both locations with husband Elliot Helmer, about the concept and what visitors can expect. </p> <p class="p3"><strong>Boca Mag:</strong> Why did you go into this type of business?  </p> <p class="p3"><strong>Jessica Helmer:</strong> A friend of mine visited a salt room in California and had amazing results for her allergies. That started the whole research process. Elliot and I wanted to start a business that would not only do well, but have an impact on people's lives. We could not believe that there weren't salt rooms everywhere.</p> <p class="p3"><strong>BM:</strong> How would you describe the health benefits of the Salt Suite? </p> <p class="p3"><strong>JH:</strong> The Salt Suite provides a 100 percent natural way to help relieve symptoms for conditions like allergies, asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, COPD, emphysema, ear infections, skin conditions, smokers cough, stamina or endurance and stress.  Sitting in a salt room is an experience like no other.  While relaxing in our recliners or playing in our kids’ room, you get to tune out the real world and leave knowing that you have also helped your body prevent sickness by boosting your immune system. Salt therapy [was] developed in the salt mines in Poland, where [it was] found the salt mine workers rarely got sick nor suffered from respiratory conditions. We are recreating that salt mine environment.  Salt therapy is still very new to the U.S.  </p> <p class="p3"><strong>BM:</strong> Is there anything special about the salt you use in the rooms? </p> <p class="p3"><strong>JH:</strong> Today, modern science has proven the therapeutic and rejuvenating characteristics of Dead Sea salt with its unique composition of minerals. Medical research and numerous studies have all documented the healing effects of these minerals to treat skin conditions and other problems—arthritis, eczema, psoriasis—the list goes on. </p> <p class="p3"><strong>BM:</strong> What else do you offer at both locations? </p> <p class="p3"><strong>JH:</strong> Our Delray location offers yoga, tai chi and meditation classes. We use the same machines as [in] our salt rooms for our yoga classes.  The only difference is there is no salt on the walls and floor in our yoga rooms.  Lake Worth has a children's and adult salt room.</p> <p class="p3">Helmer says she and her husband plan on opening a third location within the next year, though they still haven’t decided where.</p> <p class="p3">Your first visit to Salt Suite is free, and if you’re hooked, make sure to take advantage of the new store’s opening specials. There are package deals — like 15 sessions for $360 (each session costs $35, so that adds up to $175 in savings). Membership options also provide greater savings for customers.</p> <p class="p3">For more information about the West Lake Worth location, which opened July 28, call The Salt Suite at 561/429-5744. The Delray Salt Suite is located at 3100 S. Federal Highway, Suite 3, and can be reached at 561/316-7258.</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">www.wordscomealive.com</a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/06/salt-suite-opens-in-lake-worth/Health NewsHealth/BeautyBoca After Dark: JB’s On The Beachhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/06/boca-after-dark-jbs-on-the-beach/<p class="Body"><strong>Where: </strong>300 N.E. 21st St., Deerfield Beach, 954/571-5220</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/jbs.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body"><strong>The lowdown: </strong>It’s time to travel a little farther south and check out the nightlife in Deerfield Beach, starting with one of the most popular seaside spots: JB’s. This American-Caribbean style restaurant sits right on the sand, merely footsteps away from the clear blue Atlantic Ocean and the Deerfield Beach pier. JB’s is surrounded by other happening restaurants that keep the area alive and kickin’ all day and all night long, especially on the weekends.</p> <p class="Body">JB’s is a pretty large restaurant, with a spacious indoor dining area and an inviting outdoor patio and bar. Live bands take the stage all throughout the weekend, which really brings in the crowd. The music takes on the same vibe as the restaurant’s atmosphere — laid back and relaxed — exactly what you’d expect from a restaurant situated right on the beach. On a typical Saturday night, you can bet you’ll find every single table outside occupied by families with children, friends and couples of all ages looking for a good bite to eat and a nice night out.</p> <p class="Body">JB’s beachfront location is an ideal spot for date night. After you’ve finished your meal or had your drinks at the bar, it’s a pretty romantic gesture to take a walk out by the water or out onto the pier.</p> <p class="Body">If you’re lucky enough to grab a spot at “JB’s Rum Bar,” be sure to try one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails like JB’s Painkiller (rum, pineapple juice, OJ, and cream of coconut) or Sailor Jerry’s Rum Punch (dark rum, coconut rum, grenadine, OJ and pineapple juice). There’s also a great selection of martinis and mojitos, as well as frozen drinks and a variety of wines and beers to choose from.</p> <p class="Body">Last time I dropped by, two female bartenders took care of a crowded bar and didn’t lose their momentum one bit. They were on top of their game and very attentive to all guests, always keeping a smile on their face. <strong><br> The intangibles: </strong>Happy Hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Specials include half off domestic beers, house wine and well cocktails, and $5 appetizers at the bar.  There’s live entertainment Monday through Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., but on the weekends, music plays all afternoon and continues into the wee hours of the night — 12:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 a.m. on Sunday.</p> <p class="Body">Don’t be discouraged by the crowded area that JB’s resides. Parking may not be the easiest thing to find, but JB’s offers easy valet parking for just $5.</p> <p class="Body">JB’s is the place to go for when you’re looking for fun, relaxed vibe and good drinks and entertainment.</p> <p><strong>Hours:</strong> JB’s on the Beach is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Website:</strong> <a href="http://jbsonthebeach.com" target="_blank">jbsonthebeach.com</a></p> <p><em><strong>••••••••</strong></em></p> <p><em>For more on bars in Boca Raton, click <a href="/blog/tag/boca-after-dark/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <center><strong></strong></center> <p><strong>About Shaina</strong></p> <div>Shaina is a Boca transplant, born and raised in South Jersey. Her love of writing began at a young age and followed her through to Rutgers University where she graduated with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. It wasn't until she sought after a new and exciting journey far away from the cold winters of Jersey that she discovered another love: food. Shaina created her very own food blog, Take A Bite Out of Boca, and has since grown her passion for cooking, baking, and of course sipping and savoring her way around town. She is very excited to be part of the team at Boca Raton Magazine and hopes that you will join her every step of the way as she explores <em>Boca After Dark</em>. You can follow Shaina and all of her foodie adventures in and out of the kitchen at <a href="http://www.takeabiteoutofboca.com/" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</div>Shaina WizovWed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/06/boca-after-dark-jbs-on-the-beach/BarsDiningVenue Guidehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/06/venue-guide/<p>You've found <em>Boca Raton</em> magazine's list of the very best performing arts venues and museums from Palm Beach County all the way down to Miami-Dade. Click an option below to see our listings.</p> <p><strong>Art &amp; History Venues</strong></p> <p>1. <a href="/blog/2014/08/06/palm-beach-art-history-venue-guide/" target="_blank">Palm Beach County</a></p> <p>2. <a href="/blog/2014/08/06/broward-art-history-venue-guide-1/" target="_blank">Broward County</a></p> <p>3. <a href="/blog/2014/06/30/miami-art-history-venue-guide/" target="_blank">Miami-Dade County</a></p> <p><strong>Performing Arts Venues</strong></p> <p>1. <a href="/blog/2014/10/22/palm-beach-county-performing-arts-venues/" target="_blank">Palm Beach County</a></p> <p>2. Broward County - <em>COMING SOON</em></p> <p>3. Miami-Dade County - <em>COMING SOON</em></p>magazineWed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/06/venue-guide/ArtArts & EventsBroward Art + History Venue Guidehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2014/08/05/broward-art-history-venue-guide-1/<center> <p class="p1"><a href="#artserve">ArtServe</a>, <a href="#artguild">Broward Art Guild</a>, <a href="#gallery721">Gallery 721</a>, <a href="#girlsclub">Girls Club Collection</a>, <a href="#moaftl">Museum of Art</a>, <a href="#nativevisions">Native Visions Galleries</a>, <a href="#newriver">New River Fine Art</a></p> </center> <p><a name="artserve"></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/artserve.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>ArtServe</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location:</em> 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>:</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.artserve.org" target="_blank">artserve.org</a></p> <p><a name="artguild"></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/browardartguild.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Broward Art Guild</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 3280 N.E. 32nd St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 954/537-3370</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p2"><a href="http://www.browardartguild.org/" target="_blank">browardartguild.org</a></p> <p><a name="gallery721"></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/gallery721.jpeg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Gallery 721: Purvis Young Museum</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 721 Progresso Drive, Fort Lauderdale</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 954/765-0721</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>:</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>:</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://purvisyoungmuseum.com" target="_blank">purvisyoungmuseum.com</a></p> <p><a name="girlsclub"></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/girlsclub.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Girls Club Collection</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 117 N. E. Second St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 954/828-9151</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Wednesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://girlsclubcollection.org" target="_bla