Boca Raton Magazine 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, 19 Sep 2014 16:56:20 +0000WVOY Nominees Announced<p><img alt="" height="467" src="/site_media/uploads/wvolinvite.jpg" width="350"></p> <p>The <strong>Junior League of Boca Raton</strong> 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>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> <p> </p> <p> </p>magazineFri, 19 Sep 2014 16:56:20 +0000 BBQ Debuts in Delray<p><img alt="" height="233" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/smokebbq.jpg" width="350"></p> <p>Smoke may not get in your eyes but it will get in your meat at the new <strong>Smoke BBQ</strong> (8 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/330-4236), which just made its debut in the old Union location in downtown Delray.</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 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsArt Show Captures Pulse of Miami&#39;s 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</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 19 Sep 2014 10:00:00 +0000 & EventsStaff Picks of the Week<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=""></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p> <div><em><br></em></div>magazineFri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 NewsGo Beyond Your Typical Mom’s Night Out<p dir="ltr">It’s time to call in the babysitter. On Tuesday, Sept. 23, <a href="" 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="" target="_blank"></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 +0000 EventsCity-Union Talks at Impasse<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="" 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="" 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="" 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</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 +0000 WatchCommunityMovie Review: &quot;The Trip to Italy&quot;<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="" 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 +0000 & EventsMoviesBoca 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="" 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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</div>Shaina WizovWed, 17 Sep 2014 10:09:44 +0000 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="" 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 or call 561/859-3413. To find out more Lighthouse Recovery Institute (<em>4733 W. Atlantic Ave., Suite C-17</em>) visit <a href="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 17 Sep 2014 08:52:19 +0000 Elia Rebrands Restaurants + Opens in Coral Springs<p>While its widely known restaurant concept will remain the same, <a href="" 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 +0000 & ReviewsMore train talk, some Delray news &amp; 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="" 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="" 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</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 +0000 WatchCommunityAltuzarra for Target<p>Get your wallet ready! The hotly anticipated <a href="" 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="" 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="" 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 +0000 Owens + lulu dk at Deborah James<p>Champagne will be flowing all week at <a href="" 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 +0000 NewsStaff Picks of the Week<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=""></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=""></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=""></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=""></a></em></p>magazineFri, 12 Sep 2014 16:17:30 +0000 Programmer Joins Arts Garage<p>The <a href="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank"></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 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMusicUpcoming EventsLa 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="" 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 +0000 & ReviewsCan 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="" 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 +0000 Aboard is off and running, what&#39;s 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="" 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</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 +0000 WatchCommunityNeiman Marcus Hosts ‘Karlito’, Fendi’s 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 +0000 NewsAdvocacy 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</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 10 Sep 2014 13:30:49 +0000 & EventsSupport 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="">website</a>. Whether you compete or not, you can make a donation <a href="">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="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 10 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Food and Wine Festival + Raw Cacao Truffle Recipe<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="" 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="" 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="" 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, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</p>Alina Z.Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsRecipes Women of Distinction just around the corner<p>The annual <strong>Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach</strong> <a href=";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 +0000;s 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="" 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 +0000 & ReviewsBig project broached for downtown—and 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="" 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="" 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="" 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</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 +0000 WatchCommunityThe 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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsDaVinci&#39;s 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="" 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 +0000 & ReviewsIntermix 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="" 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="" 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 +0000 NewsBoca-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="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank">digital catalog</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 05 Sep 2014 20:30:11 +0000 NewsStaff Picks of the Week<p><strong>Love is Strange</strong></p> <p><iframe height="391" src="" 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 +0000 Joe&#39;s opens in Delray Beach<p>If you’re looking to jump in on the <strong>Delray Beach</strong> <a href="" 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 +0000 BeachNewsThe &#39;Jeselnik Offensive&#39; 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</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 05 Sep 2014 14:24:47 +0000 & EventsUpcoming EventsSmall 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="" 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 +0000 & ReviewsFAU Sexual assault symposium, kids and guns 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="" 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="" 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</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 +0000 WatchCommunityMovie Review: &quot;The Last of Robin Hood&quot;<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 +0000 & EventsMoviesBoca After Dark: Johnnie Brown&#39;s<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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</div>Shaina WizovWed, 03 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningThirty-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="" target="_blank">Boca Raton Triathletes</a> were going to compete in <a href="" 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=""></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="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 03 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 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 +0000 The MagazineThe 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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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</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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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 +0000 & EventsMoviesThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsArchstone news, more from Boca Del Mar &amp; 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="" 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="" 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</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 +0000 WatchCommunityAvocado 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="" 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 +0000 & ReviewsPaneterie 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="" 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 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsBest 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="" 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="" target="_blank">HMF</a></p> <p class="p1">1 S. County Road, Palm Beach // 561/290-0104</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank">Max’s Grille</a></p> <p class="p1">404 Plaza Real, Boca Raton // 561/368-0080</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" 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="" target="_blank">J. Alexander’s</a></p> <p class="p1">1400 Glades Road, Boca Raton // 561/347-9875</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">Matteo’s</a></p> <p class="p1">233 S. Federal Highway, Boca Raton // 561/392-0773</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" 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="" target="_blank">Biergarten</a></p> <p class="p1">309 Via De Palmas, #90, Boca Raton // 561/395-7462</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank">Renato’s</a></p> <p class="p1">87 Via Mizner, Palm Beach // 561/655-9752</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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 +0000 Of BocaDiningBest 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="" target="_blank">FORTE</a> <em>(pictured) </em>at Mizner Park Amphitheater</p> <p class="p1">2. <a href="" target="_blank">Death in June</a> at Respectable Street</p> <p class="p1">3. <a href="" target="_blank">Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck</a><strong> </strong>at the Hard Rock Live</p> <p class="p1">4. <a href="" target="_blank">FUN</a> at Mizner Park Amphitheater</p> <p class="p1">5. <a href="" 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="">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="" target="_blank">Sunshine Music &amp; Blues Festival</a></p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">Tuba Christmas</a></p> <p class="p1">‘Your Brain on Music’ lecture by <a href="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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 +0000 & EventsBest Of BocaBest of Boca: Retail/Fashion<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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank">Design Comfort Shoes</a></p> <p class="p1">Jessica Garcia for <a href="" target="_blank">Ola Feroz</a></p> <p class="p1">Lisa Shapiro for <a href="" 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 +0000 Of BocaFashionShoppingBest 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="" 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 +0000 Of BocaDiningBest 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="" 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 +0000 Of BocaDiningBest 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="" 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 +0000 & EventsBest Of BocaMusicBest 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=";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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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 +0000 Of BocaCommunityNewsBest 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="" 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 +0000 & EventsBest Of BocaTheatreBest 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="" 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 +0000 Of BocaFashionShoppingFlavor: Restaurant of the Month<p>Step aside Miami: the Palm Beaches has its own version of Miami Spice. <a href="" 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="" target="_blank">Butcher Block Grill</a> (pictured): 7000 W Camino Real #100 // 561/409-3035</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Capital Grille</a>: 6000 Glades Road // 561/368-1077</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Josef’s Table</a>: 5030 Champion Blvd. // 561/353-2700</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Morton’s The Steakhouse</a>: 5050 Town Center Circle // 561/392-7724</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Pavilion Grille</a>: 301 Yamato Road // 561/912-0000</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse</a>: 225 N.E. Mizner Blvd. // 561/392-6746</p> <p><a href="" 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="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank">Aah Loi Thai and Sushi</a> (pictured): 3755 Military Trail, Suite B14 // 561/748-5201</p> <p><a href="" 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="" target="_blank">Barolo</a> (pictured): 1201 U.S. 1 // 561/626-1616</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse</a>: 661 U.S. 1 // 561/863-0660</p> <p><a href="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank">264 The Grill</a> (pictured): 264 S. County Road // 561/833-6444</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Bricktops</a>: 375 S. County Road // 561/855-2030</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Café Boulud</a>: 301 Australian Ave. // 561/655-6060</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Café L’Europe</a>: 331 S. County Road // 561/655-4020 </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Charley’s Crab</a>: 456 S Ocean Blvd // 561/659-1500</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Del Frisco’s Grille</a>: 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Suite 300 // 561/557-2552</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Echo</a>: 230 Sunrise Ave. // 855/435-0061</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Graze</a>: 2800 S. Ocean Blvd. // 561/582-2800</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Imoto</a>: 350 S. County Road // 561/833-5522 </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Jove Kitchen and Bar</a>: 2800 S. Ocean Blvd. // 561/533-3750</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">PB Catch</a>: 251 Sunrise Ave. // 561/655-5558</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Renato’s</a>: 87 Via Mizner // 561/655-9752</p> <p><a href="" 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="" target="_blank">III Forks</a> (pictured): 4645 PGA Blvd. // 561/630-3660</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Burger Bar</a>: 4650 Donald Ross Road, Suite 100 // 561/630-4545</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Café Chardonnay</a>: 4533 PGA Blvd. // 561/627-2662</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Capital Grille</a>: 11365 Legacy Ave. // 561/630-4994</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Melting Pot</a>: 11811 U.S. 1 // 561/624-0020</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Seasons 52</a>: 11611 Ellison Wilson Road // 561/625-5852</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Talay Thai</a>: 7100 Fairway Drive // 561/691-5662</p> <p><a href="" 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="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank">Maison Carlos</a> (pictured): 3010 S. Dixie Highway // 561/659-6524</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Morton’s The Steakhouse</a>: 777 S. Flagler Drive // 561/835-9664</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Pistache French Bistro</a>: 101 N. Clematis St. // 561/833-5090</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse</a>: 651 Okeechobee Blvd. // 561/514-3544</p> <p><a href="" 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="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoSat, 30 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsMeat 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="" 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 +0000 & ReviewsFashion 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="">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="">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="">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 +0000 NewsMovie Review: &quot;The November Man&quot;<p>Peter Devereaux, the antiheroic figure at the center of “<a href="" 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 +0000 & EventsMoviesStaff Picks of the Week<p> <img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/theoffice.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Pineapple Grove cocktail at <a href="" 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="">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=""></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=""></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="">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 +0000 & ReviewsRestaurant Review: 50 Ocean<p>It would be a sin to talk about <a href="" 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="" 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</em></p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 28 Aug 2014 16:30:28 +0000 & ReviewsZeel: 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="">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="" target="_blank">special prices</a> on future massages.</p> <p>For more information on Zeel, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 28 Aug 2014 16:00:30 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyRising waters, same sex marriage 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="" 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="" 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</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 +0000 WatchCommunitySleep 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="">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="">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="">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="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 27 Aug 2014 14:24:04 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyTop 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=""></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=""></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, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</p>Alina Z.Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:38:16 +0000 & ReviewsInside Boca&#39;s Newest Theatre Company<p>Boca Raton has a new community theater troupe, and it’s the “nicest” one yet. The <a href="" 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="" target="_blank"></a>. </em></p>John ThomasonWed, 27 Aug 2014 13:22:48 +0000 & EventsTheatreUpcoming EventsExclusive: Ariana Grande<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 +0000 The MagazineNews & ReviewsLouie 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="" 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 +0000 & ReviewsToday&#39;s Election &amp; 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="" 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="" 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</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 +0000 WatchCommunityThe 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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsKeke&#39;s Opens in Wellington<p>Breakfast, so they say, is the most important meal of the day. At least it is at <a href="" 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 +0000 & ReviewsStaff Picks of the Week<p><a href="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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 +0000 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 or 866/571-2787.</p>John ThomasonFri, 22 Aug 2014 13:34:31 +0000 & EventsUpcoming EventsThe Dirt on the Dirty Pig<p>You gotta hand it to the folks at Boca’s <a href="" 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 +0000 & ReviewsFashion 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="">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="">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="">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 +0000 NewsCities 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</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 +0000 WatchCommunityMovie Review: &quot;If I Stay&quot;<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="" target="_blank">If I Stay</a>” opens Friday at most area theaters.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 20 Aug 2014 14:05:25 +0000 & EventsMoviesOn 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="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 20 Aug 2014 13:37:39 +0000 BeachUpcoming EventsSummer-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="">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="">here</a>.</p> <p><em>In other news….</em></p> <p>The <a href="">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="">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="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 20 Aug 2014 12:33:35 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyBoca 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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</div>Shaina WizovWed, 20 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 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="" 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 +0000 & ReviewsDelray Beach development, Florida gambling laws, plus more.<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="" 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="" 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="" 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</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 +0000 WatchCommunityThe 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="" 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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsSmall 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="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 18 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsUpcoming EventsStaff 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 +0000 & Reviews63rd &#39;All Florida&#39; 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</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 15 Aug 2014 13:14:03 +0000 & EventsCooking 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 +0000 The MagazineNews & ReviewsWeb 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="" 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 +0000 Web ExtrasWeb 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 +0000 & ReviewsWeb ExtrasHome Town: What’s 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="" 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 +0000 The MagazineNewsFace 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 +0000 The MagazineNewsThe Boca Interview: Big Man on Campus<p>When <strong>Florida Atlantic University</strong> hired <a href="" 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 +0000 The MagazineNewsWeb 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 +0000 ExtrasRock 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 +0000 & EventsIn The MagazineMusicWeb 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="" 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 +0000 & EventsMusicWeb ExtrasWeb Xtra: Sick Puppies Review<p>This past August, during its monthly performance at the <a href="" target="_blank">Showtime Performing Arts Theatre</a> in <strong>Royal Palm Place</strong>, the <a href="" 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</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & EventsTheatreWeb ExtrasEau 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="" 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 +0000 & ReviewsWeb 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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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 +0000 & EventsMusicWeb ExtrasFeel 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="" 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 +0000 The MagazineTrader Joe&#39;s in Boca, quiet zones &amp; 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="" 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="" 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="" 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</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 +0000 WatchCommunityThe 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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=";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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank"></a>. </p>John ThomasonWed, 13 Aug 2014 15:16:38 +0000 & EventsMoviesTheatreUpcoming EventsKing of Hearts: Salvatore Principe<p class="p1">Early in his career, New York was both playground and palette for artist <a href="" 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</em></p>Michelle FerrandWed, 13 Aug 2014 12:58:57 +0000 & EventsBattle 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="" 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=""></a> or sign up a participating gym.</p> <p class="p1">For more information, go to the Battle of the Gyms’ <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>, or the foundation’s <a href="" target="_blank">website</a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 13 Aug 2014 12:20:44 +0000 EventsTop 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, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</p>Alina Z.Wed, 13 Aug 2014 07:51:58 +0000 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="" 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></a> the Monday after the event!</p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 12 Aug 2014 08:37:13 +0000 EventsDennis 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 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsJudging the judges, lake slime &amp; 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="" 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="" target="_blank">2009</a> and <a href="" 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</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 +0000 WatchCommunityPhoto 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=""></a> to claim your prize.</p> <p class="p1">By <a href="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="">#Tastemakers</a> of Delray Beach!</p> <p class="p1">To view all entries, view our Tastemakers Facebook album <a href=";type=3" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 11 Aug 2014 20:30:05 +0000 BeachThe 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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsBoca Raton 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="" 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 +0000 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="">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="" 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 +0000 & ReviewsEat-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="" 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 +0000 & ReviewsPortraiture as you&#39;ve 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="" 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</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 08 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsFashion 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 +0000 NewsGerrymandering comes under scrutiny &amp; 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="" 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</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 +0000 WatchCommunityMovie Review: &quot;Magic in the Moonlight&quot;<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 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesVenue 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 - <em>COMING SOON!</em></strong></p> <p>1. Palm Beach County</p> <p>2. Broward County</p> <p>3. Miami-Dade County</p>magazineWed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 & EventsBoca After Dark: JB’s 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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</div>Shaina WizovWed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 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="" 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="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyBroward Art + History Venue Guide<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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></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="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="moaftl"></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/moafl.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Museum of Art</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 954/525-5500</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Adults, $8; seniors and military, $7</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="nativevisions"></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/nativevisions.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Native Visions Galleries</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 807 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 954/767-9714</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="newriver"></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="162" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/newriverfineart.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>New River Fine Art</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 914 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 954/524-2100</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>magazineTue, 05 Aug 2014 20:53:59 +0000 & EventsMiami Art + History Venue Guide<center><a href="#adamar">Adamar Fine Arts</a>, <a href="#artcenter">ArtCenter South Florida</a>, <a href="#artspace">ArtSpace Virginia Miller Galleries</a>, <a href="#bakehouse">Bakehouse Art Complex</a>, <a href="#bass">Bass Museum of Art</a>, <a href="#blacksquare">Black Square Gallery</a>, <a href="#dina">Dina Mitrani Gallery</a>, <a href="#dorsch">Dorsch Gallery</a>, <a href="#dot">Dot Fiftyone</a>, <a href="#snitzer">Fredric Snitzer Gallery</a>, <a href="#frost">The Patricia &amp; Phillip Frost Art Museum</a>, <a href="#golen">Harold Golen Gallery</a>, <a href="#historymiami">HistoryMiami</a>, <a href="#kelley">Kelley Roy Gallery</a>, <a href="#locust">Locust Projects</a>, <a href="#lowe">Lowe Art Museum</a>, <a href="#moca">Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami</a>, <a href="#torres">Nina Torres Fine Art</a>, <a href="#perez">Perez Art Museum</a>, <a href="#vizcaya">Vizcaya Museum and Gardens</a>, <a href="#wolfsonian">The Wolfsonian</a></center><center></center> <p><a name="adamar"></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/adamargallery.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Adamar Fine Arts</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location: </em>4141 N.E. Second Ave. Suite 107, Miami</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact: </em>305/576-1355</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours:</em> Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="artcenter"></a></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="318" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/adamar.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>ArtCenter South Florida</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location: </em>800 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact: </em>305/674-8278</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours: </em>Monday through Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 a.m.     </p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="artspace"></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="141" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/artspace.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>ArtSpace Virginia Miller Galleries</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location: </em>169 Madeira Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact: </em>305/444-4493</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours:</em> Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday by appointment</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="bakehouse"></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/bakehouse.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Bakehouse Art Complex</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location: </em>561 N.W. 32nd St., Miami</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact: </em>305/576-2828</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours:</em> Monday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free </p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="bass"></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="212" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/bassmuseum.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong> Museum of Art</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location: </em>2100 Collins Ave, Miami Beach  </p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact: </em>305/673-7530</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours: </em>Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; Friday, noon to 9 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Adults, $8; seniors and students, $6; members and children under 6, free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="blacksquare"></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/blacksquare.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Black Square Gallery</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location: </em>2248 NW 1st Pl, Miami, FL 33127</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact: </em>305/576-0081</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours: </em>Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong><a name="dina"></a></strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/dinamitranigallery.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Dina Mitrani Gallery</strong> <em></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>2620 N.W. Second Ave., Miami</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>786/486-7248<em><br></em></p> <p><em>Hours</em>: Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong><a name="dorsch"></a><img alt="" height="183" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/emersondorsch.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Dorsch Gallery </strong><strong><br></strong></p> <p><em>Location:</em> 151 N.W. 24th St., Miami</p> <p><em>Contact:</em> 305/576-1278</p> <p><em>Hours:</em> Tuesday through Saturday, Noon to 5 p.m.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="dot"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="358" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/dotfiftyone.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Dot Fiftyone</strong></p> <p><em>Location:</em> 51 N.W. 36th St., Miami</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>305/573-9994</p> <p><span><em>Hours</em></span>: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="snitzer"></a><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/snitzer.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Fredric Snitzer Gallery</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>2247 N.W. First Place, Miami</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>305/448-8976</p> <p><span><em>Hours</em></span>: Tuesday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/frostmuseum.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><a name="frost"></a><strong>The Patricia &amp; Phillip Frost Art Museum</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>Florida International University, 10975 S.W. 17th St., Miami</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>305/348-2890</p> <p><span><em>Hours</em></span>: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, closed</p> <p><span><em>Admission</em></span>: Free</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="331" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/haroldgolen.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><a name="golen"></a><strong>Harold Golen Gallery</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>2294 N.W. Second Ave., Miami</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>305/989-3359</p> <p><em><span>Hours</span></em>: Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.; or by appointment</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/historymiami.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><a name="historymiami"></a><strong>HistoryMiami</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>101 W. Flagler St., Miami</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>305/375-1492</p> <p><span><em>Hours</em></span>: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.</p> <p><span><em>Admission</em></span>: Adults, $8; Seniors and students with ID, $7; Children 6-12, $5; free for members and children under 6</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="238" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/enersibdorsch_kelley.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><a name="kelley"></a><strong>Kelley Roy Gallery</strong></p> <p><em>Location:</em> 151 N.W. 24th St., Miami</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>305/447-3888</p> <p><em><span>Hours</span></em>: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; always open by appointment</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="locust"></a><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/locustprojects.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Locust Projects</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>305/576-8570</p> <p><em><span>Hours</span></em>: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., by appointment</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a> </p> <p><img alt="" height="331" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/loweartmuseum.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a name="lowe"></a><strong>Lowe Art Museum</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>University of Miami, 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>305/284-3535</p> <p><em>Hours</em>: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m.</p> <p><em>Admission</em>: Adults, $10; Students, senior citizens and group tours of 10 or more, $5; free for members, University of Miami students, faculty and staff with ID and children under 12</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="335" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/moca.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a name="moca"></a><strong>Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>770 N.E. 125th St., Miami</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>305/893-6211</p> <p><em>Hours</em>: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, closed</p> <p><em>Admission</em>: Adults, $5; Students and seniors, $3; free for members, children under 12, North Miami residents, city employees, veterans and Bank of America cardholders during the first weekend of each month</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/ninatorres.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a name="torres"></a><strong>Nina Torres Fine Art</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>2033 N. Bayshore Drive, Miami</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>305/395-3599</p> <p><em>Hours</em>: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. by appointment only</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="344" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/pamm.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a name="perez"></a><strong>Perez Art Museum</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>305/375-3000</p> <p><em>Hours</em>: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Monday, closed</p> <p><em>Admission</em>: Adults, $12; Seniors, students with ID and youth ages 7-18, $8; free for members, veterans and children under 6</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="vizcaya"></a><img alt="" height="272" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/vizcaya.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Vizcaya Museum and Gardens</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>305/250-9133</p> <p><em>Hours</em>: Wednesday through Monday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.</p> <p><em>Admission</em>: Adults, $18; children 6 to 12, $6, children under 6, free; seniors 62 and older, $12; students with ID and visitors using wheelchairs, $10</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="182" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/wolfsonian.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong><a name="thewolfsonian"></a>The Wolfsonian</strong></p> <p><em>Location:</em> Florida International University, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>305/531-1001</p> <p><em>Hours</em>: Wednesday, closed; Friday, noon to 9 p.m.; all other days, Noon to 6 p.m.</p> <p><em>Admission</em>: Adults, $7; Seniors, students with ID and children 6-12, $5; free for members, children under 6 and students, faculty and staff of the State University System of Florida</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>magazineTue, 05 Aug 2014 20:53:52 +0000 & EventsPalm Beach Art + History Venue Guide<center> <p><a href="#AnnNorton">Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens</a>, <a href="#Armory">Armory Art Center</a>, <a href="#AAA">ActivistArtistA Gallery</a>, <a href="#Addison">Addison Gallery</a>, <a href="#Avalon">Avalon Gallery</a>, <a href="#Blue">Blue Gallery</a>, <a href="#BocaHistorical">Boca Raton Historical Society</a>, <a href="#BocaArt">Boca Museum of Art Mizner Park</a>, <a href="#Cacace">Cacace Fine Art Studio &amp; Gallery</a>, <a href="#CornellMuseum">Cornell Museum of Art &amp; American Culture</a>, <a href="#DTR">DTR Modern Galleries</a>, <a href="#Eaton">Eaton Fine Art</a>, <a href="#Flagler">Flagler Museum</a>, <a href="#Forms">Forms Gallery</a>, <a href="#KareLynne">Karen Lynne Galler</a>y, <a href="#KEVRO">KEVRO Art &amp; Photography Gallery</a>, <a href="#GalleryBiba">Gallery Biba</a>, <a href="#GalleryCenter">Gallery Center</a>, <a href="#GAVLAK">GAVLAK Gallery</a>, <a href="#Habatat">Habatat Galleries</a>, <a href="#Morikami">Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Norton Museum of Art</a>, <a href="#PBPhotographic">Palm Beach Photographic Centre</a>, <a href="#RichardPat">Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County Museum</a>, <a href="#FourArts">The Society of the Four Arts</a>, <a href="#Spady">Spady Cultural Heritage Museum</a>, <a href="#Surovek">Surovek Gallery</a>, <a href="#Wally">Wally Findlay</a>, <a href="#Wentworth">Wentworth Gallery</a></p> </center> <p><a name="AnnNorton"></a></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="156" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/annnorton.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 2051 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 561/832-5328</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed all major holidays.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Adults, $10; seniors, $8; children 5 and up, $5; children under 5, free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="Armory"></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Armory Art Center</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 561/832-1776</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free for art exhibitions</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="AAA"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/neighborhoodgallery.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>ActivistArtistA Gallery</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>422 W. Industrial Ave., Boynton Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/736-8181</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="Addison"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/addisongallery.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Addison Gallery</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>206 N.E. 2nd St., Delray Beach</p> <p><em>Contact:</em>561/278-5700</p> <p><em>Hours: </em>Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.</p> <p><em>Admission: </em>Free</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><a name="Avalon"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="345" src="/site_media/uploads/avalongallery.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Avalon Gallery</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>425 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach<em> </em></p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/272-9155</p> <p><em>Hours: </em>Monday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, by appointment; Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p><em>Admission: </em>Free</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><a name="Blue"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="179" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/bluegallery.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Blue Gallery</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>600 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach<em> <br></em></p> <p>Contact: 561/265-0020</p> <p><em>Admission: </em>Free</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><a name="BocaHistorical"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="190" src="/site_media/uploads/bocaratonhistoricalsociety.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Boca Raton Historical Society</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>71 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton<em><br></em></p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/395-6766</p> <p><em>Hours: </em>Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><a name="BocaArt"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="307" src="/site_media/uploads/bocamuseumofart.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Boca Raton Museum of Art Mizner Park</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton<em> <br></em></p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/392-2500</p> <p><em>Hours: </em>Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p><em>Admission: </em>Adults, $8; seniors, $6; students with ID, $5; children, free</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><a name="Cacace"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="198" src="/site_media/uploads/cacacefineart.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>C</strong><strong>acace Fine Art Studio &amp; Gallery</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>354 N.E. 4th St., Delray Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/276-1177<a href=""><br></a></p> <p><em>Hours:</em> Thursday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment</p> <p><em>Admission: </em>Free</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" title=""></a> </p> <p><a name="CornellMuseum"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/cornellmuseum.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Cornell Museum of Art &amp; American Culture</strong></p> <p><em>Location</em>: Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach </p> <p><em>Contact:</em> 561/243-7922</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><a name="DTR"></a></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="315" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/dtr.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>DTR Modern Galleries</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: Worth Avenue, 440 S. County Road, Palm Beach</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 561/366-9387</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: <strong>In season:<em> </em></strong>Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. <strong>Off season: </strong>Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Monday by appointment</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="Eaton"></a></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="284" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/eatonfineart.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Eaton Fine Art</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 435 Gardenia St., West Palm Beach</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 561/833-4766 or</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Open by appointment only</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="Flagler"></a></p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="247" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/flaglermuseum.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Flagler Museum</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 561/655-2833</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Adult, $18; youth, $10; children 6-12, $3; children under 6, free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="Forms"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="435" src="/site_media/uploads/formsgallery.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Forms Gallery</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>415 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach<em> </em></p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/274-3676</p> <p><em>Hours: </em>Monday through Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p><em>Admission: </em>Free</p> <p><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11060/" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><a name="KareLynne"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/karenlynnegallery.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Karen Lynne Gallery</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>101 Plaza Real S., Suite I, Boca Raton<em> </em><a href=""><br></a></p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/338-9801</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><a name="KEVRO"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="348" src="/site_media/uploads/kevroartbar.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>KEVRO Art &amp; Photography Gallery</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>166 S.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach<em> </em><a href=""><br></a></p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/278-9675</p> <p><em>Hours: </em>everyday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.</p> <p><em>Admission:</em></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><a name="GalleryBiba"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="261" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/gallerybiba.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Gallery Biba</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 224A Worth Ave., Palm Beach</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 561/651-1371</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Summer Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="GAVLAK"></a></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="272" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/gavlakgallery.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>GAVLAK Gallery</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 249B Worth Ave., Palm Beach</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 561/833-0583</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: By appointment only during off season. In-season hours of operation: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="Habatat"></a></p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/habatatgalleries.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Habatat Galleries</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 539 Clematis St., West Palm Beach</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 561/469-8587</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="GalleryCenter"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="362" src="/site_media/uploads/gallerycenter.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Gallery Center</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>608 Banyan Trail, Boca Raton</p> <p>The center includes:</p> <p><strong>Baker Sponder Gallery</strong>, 561/241-3050, <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11060/" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><strong>Griffin Gallery</strong>, 561/994-0811, <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11060/" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Stewart Fine Art Gallery</strong>, <a class="fl r-rhscol4" title="Call via Hangouts">561/995-2760,</a> <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11060/" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><a name="Morikami"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/morikami.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens </strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach<em> </em><a href=""><br></a></p> <p><em>Contact:</em> 561/495-0233</p> <p><em>Hours: </em>Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p><em>Admission: </em>Adults, $14; seniors, $13; college students with ID, $11; children 6+, $9; children 5 and under, free</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><a name="NortonArt"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/nortonmuseum.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Norton Museum of Art</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 561/832-5196</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission: </em>Adults, $12; students, $5; members and children 12 and under, free; private group tours, $12 per person</p> <p class="p1"><em>**Note:</em> Admission is free for Palm Beach County residents on the first Saturday of every month and for West Palm Beach residents every Saturday.</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="PBPhotographic"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/palmbeachphotographiccentre.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Palm Beach Photographic Centre</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>415 Clematis St., West Palm Beach <a href=""><br></a></p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/253-2600</p> <p><em>Hours: </em>Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><a name="RichardPat"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="284" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/richardandpat.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County Museum</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 300 N. Dixie Highway, Downtown West Palm Beach</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 561/832-4164</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="FourArts"></a></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/fourarts.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>The Society of the Four Arts</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 561/655-7226</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Hours vary per building</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="Spady"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="174" src="/site_media/uploads/spadyculturalhertiagemuseum.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Spady Cultural Heritage Museum </strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>170 N.W. Fifth Ave., Delray Beach<em> </em></p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/279-8883</p> <p><em>Hours:</em></p> <p><em>Admission:</em></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><a name="Surovek"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="346" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/surovek.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Surovek Gallery</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 349 Worth Ave., Palm Beach</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 561/832-0422</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or by appointment</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="Wally"></a></p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="337" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/wally.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="p2"><em>Pictured: Painting by Lluis Ribas</em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Wally Findlay</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 165 Worth Ave., Palm Beach</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 561/655-2090</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: <strong>June to September: </strong>Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. <strong>In-season hours</strong>: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="Wentworth"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="311" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/wentworth.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Wentworth Gallery</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: Town Center at Boca Raton, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 561/338-0804</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>magazineTue, 05 Aug 2014 20:53:14 +0000 & EventsTastemakers at Mizner Park: Rock, Roll &amp; Stroll<p>Mizner Park is hosting <strong>Tastemakers at Mizner Park</strong>, its annual restaurant tasting event, on Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The event, themed "Rock, Roll &amp; Stroll" features a fabulous night of food, wine, cocktails and entertainment, featuring Mizner Park's extraordinary collection of tastemakers. It's a progressive food and cocktail tasting event you won't want to miss.</p> <p>Dining booklets are available for purchase for $30 at any participating Tastemaker restaurant. Each VIP booklet also includes three months of exclusive dining offers, valid from Aug. 1 to Oct. 31</p> <p>Read on for more information on participating restaurants and their food and drink pairings.</p> <h3>The Dubliner</h3> <p><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tastemakers-mizner14_images_dubliner.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><em>(561/620-2540 // </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>)</em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tasting</strong></p> <p class="p1">Shepherd’s pie and Guinness mac and cheese with Irish sode bread and butter</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pairing</strong></p> <p class="p1">Special black velvet: Guinness and cider</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Exclusive Offer</strong></p> <p class="p1">15 percent off entire check with purchase of an entree</p> <h3 class="p2">Jazziz Nightlife</h3> <h3 class="p2"><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tastemakers-mizner14_images_jazziz.jpg" width="490"> </h3> <p class="p1"><em>(561/300-0730 // </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>)</em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tasting</strong></p> <p class="p1">Beef carpaccio with horseradish aioli, black truffle and homemade potato chips</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pairing</strong></p> <p class="p1">Blood orange cilantro margarita</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Exclusive Offer</strong></p> <p class="p1">20 percent off entire check with purchase of an entree</p> <h3 class="p1">Kapow Noodle Bar</h3> <h3 class="p2"><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tastemakers-mizner14_images_kapow.jpg" width="490"> </h3> <p class="p1"><em>(561/347-7322 // </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>)</em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tasting</strong></p> <p class="p1">Banh mi Vietnamese baguette: slow-cooked pulled pork, buttery spicy aioli, cilantro, pickled carrots, daikon and jalapeño</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pairing</strong></p> <p class="p1">Spicy lover: Partida Reposado tequila, cucumber, lime juice, tabasco green sauce, cilantro, organic agave nectar</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Exclusive Offer</strong></p> <p class="p1">15 percent off entire check with purchase of an entree</p> <h3 class="p1">Max's Grille</h3> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tastemakers-mizner14_images_maxsgrille.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="p1"><em>(561/368-0080 // </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>)</em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tasting</strong></p> <p class="p1">Crispy duck spring rolls, spicy vegetables, soba noodles, pickled cucumbers and Asian dipping sauce</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pairing</strong></p> <p class="p1">Strawberry saketini: Stoli vanilla vodka, Tyku sake and fresh strawberries</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Exclusive Offer</strong></p> <p class="p1">10 percent off entire check with purchase of an entree</p> <h3 class="p1">Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern</h3> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tastemakers-mizner14_images_racks.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="p1"><em>(561/395-1662 // </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>)</em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tasting</strong></p> <p class="p1">The A + A roll: hamachi, jalapeño, spicy tuna, crispy shallot, cilantro and avocado</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pairing</strong></p> <p class="p1">Boca lemonade: Stoli vodka, Tyku lemonade</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Exclusive Offer</strong></p> <p class="p1">Free glass of house wine with purchase of a lunch entree</p> <h3 class="p1">Ruth's Chris Steak House</h3> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tastemakers-mizner14_images_ruthschris.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="p1"><em>(561/620-2192 // </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>)</em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tasting</strong></p> <p class="p1">Mini seared ahi-tuna: ahi-tuna perfectly complemented by aspirated sauce with hints of mustard and beer</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pairing</strong></p> <p class="p1">Raspberry rosemary cosmo: Absolut raspberri, Cointreau, lime and cranberry juices, muddled raspberries and rosemary</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Exclusive Offer</strong></p> <p class="p1">Free appetizer with purchase of an entree</p> <h3 class="p1">Tanzy</h3> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tastemakers-mizner14_images_tanzy.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="p1"><em>(561/922-6699 // </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>)</em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tasting</strong></p> <p class="p1">Cedar plank salmon: salmon roasted on cedar plank, red pepper lima beans, israeli couscous and cucumber fennel salad</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pairing</strong></p> <p class="p1">Prickly pear-sour sop margarita: cactus fruit, Florida Guanabana, hand-squeezed lime, El Jimador tequila repoado</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Exclusive Offer</strong></p> <p class="p1">Free appetizer with purchase of an entree</p> <h3 class="p1">Truluck's</h3> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tastemakers-mizner14_images_trulucks.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="p1"><em>(561/391-0755 // </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>)</em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tasting</strong></p> <p class="p1">Fresh seasonal crab claws</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pairing</strong></p> <p class="p1">Lagaria Pinot Grigio</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Exclusive Offer</strong></p> <p class="p1">Join us for date night: seven night sa week, choose soup or salad, entree and shared dessert for $39/person</p> <h3 class="p1">Uncle Julio's</h3> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tastemakers-mizner14_images_unclejulios.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="p1"><em>(561/300-3530 // </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>)</em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tasting</strong></p> <p class="p1">Pineapple bacon guacamole: pineapple, hickory-smoked bacon and crumbled queso fresco</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pairing</strong></p> <p class="p1">Julio’s gold: Uncle Julio’s special hand-shaken margarita</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Exclusive Offer</strong></p> <p class="p1">Free dessert sampler with purchase of an entree</p> <h3 class="p1">Villagio Restaurant</h3> <h3 class="p2"><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tastemakers-mizner14_images_villagio.jpg" width="490"> </h3> <p class="p1"><em>(561/447-2257 // </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>)</em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tasting</strong></p> <p class="p1">Eggplant rollatini: brazed eggplant stuffed with seasoned ricotta cheese with marinara, parmesan and melted mozzarella</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pairing</strong></p> <p class="p1">Acai thini: acai vodka with Cointreau, sour mix and a touch of Blue Curacao</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Exclusive Offer</strong></p> <p class="p1">Free glass of wine with purchase of an entree</p> <h3 class="p1">Yard House</h3> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tastemakers-mizner14_images_yardhouse.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="p1"><em>(561/417-6124 // </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>)</em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tasting</strong></p> <p class="p1">Ahi poke bowl: marinated raw ahi and avocado with carrots, daikon radish, macadamia nuts and wontons</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pairing</strong></p> <p class="p1">Lost Coast tangerine wheat beer</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Exclusive Offer</strong></p> <p class="p1">Happy Hour: Monday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m.</p> <p class="p1">Late night Happy Hour: Sunday through Wednesday, 10 p.m. to close</p> <p class="p1">During the event, snap a photo share it with us on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #tastemiznerpark. Instagram: <a href=""><em>@bocamag</em></a>. Facebook: <a href=""><em></em></a>. Your entry can win you a gift card to one of the participating Tastemakers restaurants.</p>magazineTue, 05 Aug 2014 13:59:09 +0000 EventsTwo Week Warning: The Boca Ballroom Battle Is Heating Up<p>In less than two weeks, the <a href="" target="_blank">Boca Ballroom Battle</a> will be heating up the Mizner Center—as eight community dancers shake off their nerves and perform for everybody in town, spinning around a ballroom bigger than Tulsa. Wow. This time last year I was one of those dancers, with a permanent knot in my stomach and little blue dance lesson reminder cards fluttering out of my purse every time I opened it. When I shut my eyes at night I’d be counting steps, dipping, hearing music, wondering what it would feel like to walk out in front of everyone, whether my knees would buckle, whether I’d get sudden dance routine amnesia, whether I’d pitch over in a dead faint into the judges. (Having a rich imagination was a lot more deadly than two left feet, I can tell you that.)</p> <p><img alt="" height="291" src="/site_media/uploads/pineapple-newspaper-boca-ballroom-battle-900x535.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>So I am wondering how the dancers this year (above) are feeling. They look good in all the pictures I’ve seen, and no one seems worried or nervous or awkward.  I kind of resent them for that, to tell the truth. Where’s the drama? Our group last year had more drama than Les Mis compared to these guys.</p> <p>Or maybe I am feeling a little left out. I hate being one of “last year’s dancers” as opposed to being front and center dressed in a shiny costume in a blazing spotlight. I hate that my dancing shoes are in a bag at the top of my closet, and that everyone isn’t asking me if I’m ready. I miss my partner James Brann making me laugh, and I miss doing ridiculous things like buying fishnet hose and getting spray tans.</p> <p>Last year it was all about me; I even forgot we were raising money for kids who really need it so they have a shot a life, a chance at college.  This year, I’ll be rooting for those kids every time I watch one of our dancers outdo themselves—and I hope you do too.</p> <p>Here’s your reminder for the summer’s best event—I’ll see you there!:</p> <p><strong>Date:</strong> Aug. 16</p> <p><strong>Time:</strong> 6 to 10 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Location:</strong>  Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong> Debi Feiler (<em>561/347-6799, <a href=""></a></em>) </p>Marie SpeedTue, 05 Aug 2014 10:10:14 +0000 EventsBasilic Vietnamese Opens in Boca<p>Having spent a couple dozen years living in and around San Francisco, I had the chance to dine in some of the best Vietnamese restaurants in the country. In South Florida, restaurants serving the gloriously diverse and flavorful cuisine of Vietnam are few and far between, so it’s very good news that <a href="" target="_blank">Basilic Vietnamese Grill</a> (<em>200 S. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</em>) has opened just off Palmetto Park Road.</p> <p><img alt="" height="361" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/basilic.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This new sibling of the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea parent takes over the location once occupied by Kin Noodle Bar, and before that Boca Burger Bar. The modest venue has gotten a sleek, modern makeover, with an upscale look that features bright white walls, chic drum chandeliers, sexy contemporary furnishings, a small aquarium and brick accent wall.</p> <p>The menu includes such Vietnamese staples as cha gio (imperial rolls), lacy crepe studded with shrimp and pork, several varieties of the classic soup pho, plus assorted curries, stir-fries and noodle dishes. I’m getting hungry already.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 05 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsDelray pension reform, talking trash and other news of note<h3><img alt="" height="150" src="/site_media/uploads/977.jpg" width="150"></h3> <h3>Delray pension reform</h3> <p>Like Boca Raton, Delray Beach can’t afford the pension benefits that some police officers and firefighters may be expecting. Today could mark the start of what needs to be serious public safety pension reform in Delray.</p> <p>This afternoon, before its regular meeting, the Delray Beach City Commission will meet in executive session—public not allowed—to discuss the status of negotiations with the police union, whose contract expires Sept. 30. Meeting about collective bargaining and lawsuits are exempt from the state’s open-meeting laws, but I have a fairly good idea of how things will go.</p> <p>The city’s labor lawyers and administrators will review Delray Beach’s offer to the union and advise the commission on what the city needs in concessions. Examples: a later retirement age, a reduction in the annual cost-of-living increase, even a cap on benefits. The answer is: much. The city’s contribution to public safety pensions is set to increase another $1.5 million next year. As with all larger, full-service cities in Florida, Delray Beach faces a financial crisis in the next decade or so unless it controls police and fire pension costs.</p> <p>Mayor Cary Glickstein will back the push for comprehensive reform. “We are going to reach a sustainable solution (on pensions),” he told me Friday, “and not one that tries to do so incrementally, as Delray has done.” In that regard, Glickstein sounds much like Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie. Boca’s offer to the police union seeks changes in all the major categories used to calculate benefits.</p> <p>In addition to a pension proposal, Delray Beach also will make a wage offer to the police union. The offers are separate, but the topics are intertwined. Essentially, Delray Beach wants to focus more on paying police officers for what they do while they are working, not while they are retired. “We want to be competitive (on salaries) when it comes to attracting the best officers,” Glickstein said.</p> <p>Commissioner Shelly Petrolia will agree with Glickstein. Commissioner Jordana Jarjura probably will agree, too, although she has been on the commission just since March. Commissioners Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet likely will push back. Both have stronger ties to the police and fire unions.</p> <p>I think that when the commissioners finish their discussion, however, that Delray Beach’s offer will seek at least the same level of reform that Boca Raton’s offer does, and perhaps even more. Delray’s tax rate for operating is already above 7 mills -- $7 for $1,000 of assessed property value, or more than twice the rate in Boca Raton—and the Florida Constitution prohibits cities from levying a rate higher than 10 mills. Proportionally, Delray Beach remains safely under the tax limit, but uncontrolled pension costs eventually could prevent the city from raising taxes to improve actual services.</p> <p>According to Chief Financial Officer Jack Warner, police and fire pension costs already make up nearly one-fourth of all the revenue Delray raises through property taxes. And property tax revenue remains nearly $8 million less than the peak in 2007.</p> <p>“We are not a for-profit company,” Glickstein said. “We can’t adjust prices to make up for higher costs.” The numbers are obvious. So is the solution, if Delray Beach has the will to start paying more for public safety, not just public safety pensions.</p> <h3>More trash talk</h3> <p>On tonight’s regular Delray Beach City Commission agenda is a request to spend an additional $25,000 on preparing the city’s bid for a trash-hauling contract. Given what’s at stake, spending the money makes sense.</p> <p>Delray previously had hired a consultant to write the bid proposal. After reviewing it, however, City Attorney Noel Pfeffer thought that Delray would benefit from a review by what Pfeffer calls a “solid waste expert.” The description may be humorous, but the issue isn’t.</p> <p>This is the contract that Delray has not bid since 2001. This is the contract that a previous commission in 2012 extended for eight years without competitive bidding despite an opinion from the county’s Office of Inspector General that the city had to seek bids. This is the contract that the city successfully challenged in court, with the idea that seeking bids could save residents millions from the $65 million deal approved two years ago.</p> <p>So getting the proposal right is the priority. The city’s chief financial officer agrees with the city attorney on spending the $25,000. So should the commission.</p> <h3>Good cop, bad cop? You decide</h3> <p>Finally, the commission may have to grind its teeth in approving a $225,000 settlement with a former Delray cop.</p> <p>Vincent Gray, an ex-sergeant, sued the city in 2010, claiming that then-Assistant Police Chief Ralph Phillips had blocked him from promotion and defamed him. A settlement of $175,000 was proposed two years ago, but the commission rejected it. Then-City Attorney Brian Shutt, who resigned in January of this year, had recommended against approval of the settlement.</p> <p>This time, City Attorney Noel Pfeffer recommends that the commission approve the larger amount. So does Interim City Manager Terry Stewart. In a memorandum to the commission, Pfeffer didn’t state his reasons, but that’s normal. Discussions about lawsuits happen in those closed executive sessions, and in the settlement the city admits to no wrongdoing. Gray will not be able to comment beyond platitudes if the commission approves the settlement. Everything is sensitive.</p> <p>Under the settlement, Gray would get $100,000 in damages, $35,000 in back wages and $90,000 for legal fees. He also would resign from the department, but would be promoted to lieutenant before the retirement date.</p> <p>Phillips consistently defended his actions, claiming that Gray targeted him for personal reasons. Gray claimed that Phillips had gone after him because Gray arrested Phillips’ son. Incidents between Scott Phillips and Delray police started another round of accusations. The state attorney’s office concluded that Phillips had acted inappropriately in one instance by driving to the scene and asking officers to uncuff his son, but decided that the action didn’t amount to a crime.</p> <p>Obviously, $225,000 is a lot of money. But trying at this point to figure out the chances of Delray Beach prevailing in court? Good luck.</p> <h3>Lock it up</h3> <p>It remains a mystery to me why so many residents of Boca Raton make it so easy for criminals.</p> <p>On Friday, the Boca Raton Police Department sent out a Crimewatch bulletin. It reported that the department had “responded to numerous reports of auto burglaries from UNLOCKED vehicles during the overnight hours.” In this case, the five burglaries were in the adjoining Boca Square and Camino Gardens neighborhoods. But it’s happening all over. In the Camino Lakes neighborhood, a gun was stolen from an unlocked car.</p> <p> On Monday I got another Crimewatch incident report. Cash and coils taken from a car. An unlocked car. Don’t blame the police for stuff like this.</p> <h3>More on airline fees</h3> <p>Last week, I <a href="/blog/2014/07/31/the-great-airline-bill-scam-other-matters-of-note/" target="_blank">reported on an anti-consumer bill regarding airline prices</a>. I reported that Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, who represents most of eastern Boca Raton and Delray Beach, favored the legislation, which consumer travel groups oppose.</p> <p>But I did not hear in time for my Thursday blog post from the office of Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, who represents most of western Boca and Delray. I now have a response from Deutch, who on this issue is much more consumer-friendly than Frankel.</p> <p>The House bill is called the Transparent Airfares Act, a phony label, since it would allow airlines to hide on online sites the cost of airline fees that can greatly increase the advertised cost of a ticket. Airlines only would have to post the price of government fees.</p> <p>In contrast, a Senate bill sponsored by New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez would uphold a 2012 U.S. Department of Transportation rule requiring airlines to post all costs. Deutch favors this approach. His press aide emailed to say that the Senate version would require that “the full fares are posted up front, for consumers to make fully-informed travel decisions. This legislation is stronger than the House bill, which allows airlines to show only their ticket prices without the related fees and surcharges and thus has the potential to be abused by ticket sellers who could hide the full price from consumers until later in the purchasing process.”</p> <p>Deutch, the aide said, is “not opposed to airlines showing the ticket price separately from the associated taxes and fees as long as the total fare is also provided up front for consumers.”</p> <p>Given the growing dysfunction in Congress, the chance of reconciling the two versions this year in a way that helps the consumer is slim. If nothing happens, the 2012 rule at least will remain in effect, and that would be good for the public. And residents of this area who are regular fliers should know which member of Congress is on their side and which one isn’t.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>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, 05 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: Aug. 5 to 11<p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="281" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/ag_untitled_brt_tang_2008_web.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Adler Guerrier: Formulating a Plot”</strong></p> <p>Where: Perez Art Museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 6 to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 305/375-3000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This exhibition’s title, “Formulating a Plot,” likely has a double meaning—reflecting on plots of land as narrative plots. Particular pieces of land, especially in Miami, figure largely into this local artist’s oeuvre, which often has engaged with the city’s urban milieu to create striking abstract and textural statements on its public surfaces. He has even created some new site-specific work at PAMM for this career survey, which also includes art from the past decade in media ranging from sculpture and photography to prints and collage work. Many of his pieces address issues such as race, ethnicity, class and culture, which resonate with this Port-au-Prince-born artist. Guerrier will discuss his work between 7 and 8 p.m. at Thursday’s opening night celebration; visit early for a live DJ set. Cocktails will be available for purchase. The exhibition runs through Jan. 25.</p> <p>THURSDAY AND FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="178" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/tastemakersdelray-265x178.jpg" width="265"></p> <p><strong>What: Tastemakers of Delray Beach</strong></p> <p>Where: Downtown Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 5 to 10 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-1077, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Now in its sixth year, Tastemakers of Delray Beach is the best reason to be a Palm Beach County foodie over the summer. While the snowbirds are away, the local play—and gorge—on food and drink samples from 13 participating restaurants. Grand central this year is the bustling intersection of Atlantic and Southeast Second avenues, where participants can enjoy such back-to-back dishes as SoLita’s signature meatball and El Camino’s Barbacoa Taco, along with FY&amp;I’s frozen yogurt and The Office’s fried green tomatoes. But the action stretches all the way from Ziree Thai south of Swinton to Caffe Luna Rosa along the ocean, so you’ll have ample opportunity to walk off those calories. “Passports” granting access to Tastemakers are available for purchase at each of the participating restaurants.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="458" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/monsters.jpg" width="352"> </p> <p><strong>What: “Mother, Me &amp; the Monsters” play reading</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="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Over the past couple of years, the Theatre at Arts Garage has formed a fertile artistic relationship with Daniel Mate, a clever and imaginative composer-lyricist. His first piece at Arts Garage, “The Longing and the Short of It,” received several award nominations for its 2013 show, and expect this year’s funny and moving production of Mate’s “The Trouble With Doug” to receive its fair share as well. The collaboration continues with a reading of his latest musical, which sounds both adventurous and grounded: “Mother, Me &amp; the Monsters” examines a boy’s relationship with his mother through three divorces and, for Sam, four new dads. It sounds a bit like the acclaimed new film “Boyhood,” except for its fantastical element: Sam also forms an evolving relationship with the monster under his bed. This reading is part of Arts Garage’s “Summer Tune-Up” series, a look at promising new works that may later see full productions; top-notch local actors will perform it, scripts in hand.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/smiling_amen.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Church”</strong></p> <p>Where: The Vanguard, 1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $28</p> <p>Contact: 813/220-1546, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For many Pentecostal Christians, the tent revival is perhaps one of the purest outlets for evangelical worship, with its rich history of faith healing sessions, glossolalia (speaking in tongues) and, purportedly, the raising of the dead. For nonbelievers, tent revivals evoke the seedier side of faith—bastions of delusion and charlatanism liberated from the decorum of a chapel. This complicated tradition receives a theatrical send-up/tribute in the form of “Church,” a site-specific performance piece written by the experimental theater star Young Jean Lee. This edgy musical, which ran at New York’s hallowed Public Theatre in 2008, enjoys its regional Florida premiere this month courtesy of Thinking Cap Theatre, the Fort Lauderdale-based company that gravitates toward challenging work. “Church” will be produced in an actual tent setting outside The Vanguard, with a cast of five playing the roles of a charismatic preacher and a clutch of female reverends, whose faux spiritual service is aimed to inspire, shock, amuse and ultimately move the intimate audience. “Church” runs through Aug. 24.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/pharoah.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Jay Pharoah</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: Show times vary</p> <p>Cost: $22, plus two-drink minimum</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-1812, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Comedian Jay Pharoah is in storied company: In 2010, at 24, he became the second-youngest black cast member to debut on “Saturday Night Live,” after Eddie Murphy. Two years later, he unveiled his Barack Obama impersonation, admirably replacing Fred Armisen, who was never as stellar an impersonator as he was an original character craftsman. Pharoah’s Obama has proven impeccable, but it’s only one of countless celebrities lying dormant in his vocal arsenal. Close your eyes while listening to his Will Smith, Denzel Washington and Jay-Z, and you’ll think you’re hearing the Real McCoy. His deep vault of impressions even encompasses Christopher Walken and Gollum. Expect to hear plenty of these when the man of many voices tours the Palm Beach Improv.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="355" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/sultans-of-string.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Sultans of String</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$40</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Given its eclectic history, Arts Garage has welcomed Spanish flamenco musicians, Cuban bands and gypsy-style jazz artists on its proscenium. Rarely if ever, though, have such diverse styles wafted from the instruments of one band. That will change when Sultans of String, an award-winning quintet from Canada, takes the stage, bringing along its melting pot of musical cultures. The group’s archive, largely instrumental, has been acclaimed for its boundary-less world music, successfully marrying Arabic folk and rumba-flamenco rhythms in one song, jazz licks and Cuban percussion in the next one. Inspiration for the group’s songs arrives in unexpected places, from an experience meeting an indigenous, blind village elder in northern Ontario (“Josie”) to the story of a killer whale believed to be a reincarnation of a village chief (“Luna”); at its best, the music paints instrumental pictures of the people and events that swim across their radars.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="340" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/penick.jpg" width="335"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “All Florida”</strong></p> <p>Where: Boca Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: noon to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5</p> <p>Contact: 561/392-2500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Now in its 63rd year, the annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition is often a highlight of summer in Boca, making our city Grand Central for a state-of-the-arts survey of Florida’s brightest talent. The exhibition typically encompasses everything from traditional painting and photography to sculptures, videos, site-specific installations and a few large-scale provocations. The overall success or failure of All Florida, however, has as much to do with the juror’s individual tastes than with the artists’ submissions, and this year we’re at the mercy of Trong G. Nguyen, an edgy independent curator and artist based in Brooklyn. In his own work, Nguyen is a creative recycler of nontraditional materials, from one-person pingpong tables and toy light-saber installations to spaghetti dinners arranged on turntables and grocery bags refashioned into Catholic “confessionals.” Here’s hoping some of that anarchic irreverence bleeds into his selection process. The show runs through Oct. 18.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/nine-inch-nails.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden</strong></p> <p>Where: Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $38.50–$117.30</p> <p>Contact: 561/795-8883, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For years, mostly in the 1990s, Trent Reznor’s largely solo project Nine Inch Nails became shorthand for the sort of angry, profane, establishment-upending music that caused parents to fret when it pulsated from their offspring’s stereos. It’s a stigma that Reznor has helped to shed as NIN entered the new millennium—along with such reductive genre descriptors as “heavy metal.” NIN’s ominous, electronically driven music is its own genre, closer to art rock than pop music—<em>The New Yorker</em> called it “vehement, brainy, obstinate, and modernist” in a 2012 profile of Reznor, who has accrued two Grammys. Years after inching toward mainstream acceptance with his fragile, Oscar-winning score for “The Social Network,” Reznor is touring behind the terrific “Hesitation Marks,” his first NIN album since 2009. Joining NIN will be Soundgarden—the Chris Cornell-led grunge band that also broke in the ’90s and maintains a fervent fan base—and Death Grips, an innovative trio that combines hip-hop and industrial music.</p>John ThomasonMon, 04 Aug 2014 18:19:21 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsNYC Special: The Roosevelt<p>The hotel’s rich, celebrity-filled history may be steeped in names like Guy Lombardo, Lawrence Welk and Thomas Dewey—who famously (and quite prematurely) announced from his election-night headquarters here that he had defeated Harry S. Truman for the presidency in 1948.</p> <p><img alt="" height="380" src="/site_media/uploads/rooslobby.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>But don’t think for a second that this is your grandparents’ <a href="">Roosevelt</a>. The legendary “Grand Dame of Madison Avenue” is as hip and happening as any contemporary hotel in Manhattan, but with an air of old-school elegance and charm that, try as they might with various architectural and design tricks, modern resorts can’t possibly replicate.</p> <p>That’s because The Roosevelt Hotel NYC (named after President Theodore Roosevelt) has been there, done that. And all with a sense of style that would make James Bond proud.</p> <p>See for yourself why this 1,015-room, 20-story icon continues to draw raves by taking advantage of the resort’s 90th anniversary escape, on Sept. 22. The first 90 <a href="">reservations booked</a> (with a two-night minimum stay, including a Sunday, Sept. 21 arrival) will receive a rate of $90 for that Monday night in superior room accommodations that typically run in the $439 range.</p> <p>Even if you can’t make it for the anniversary special, don’t forget about The Roosevelt as a base camp for any upcoming trips to New York. This summer, I had the pleasure of staying at the hotel where Lombardo began his tradition (from the Roosevelt Grill which, to this day, features white-gloved waiters) of ringing in the new year with “Auld Lang Syne.”</p> <p>As perfectly positioned New York resorts go, nothing beats The Roosevelt’s prime perch on the corner of Madison and 45th Street. We walked everywhere that weekend—Times Square, Central Park, Hell’s Kitchen, even all the way down to Greenwich Village. The Roosevelt never seemed too far away.</p> <p>Better still, each time we walked through its revolving doors—and into the neo-classical cool that emanates from the lobby—we felt like we were home. It’s no wonder that countless movies (think “Wall Street,” “Men in Black 3,” “Man on a Ledge” and others) have used The Roosevelt as a backdrop. Or that the famed Madison Club Lounge was the preferred hang of Don Draper on “Mad Men.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="334" src="/site_media/uploads/mad46.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>A new generation of executives and see-and-be-seen types have turned <strong>Mad46</strong>—the hotel’s chic rooftop lounge—into one of the hottest after-work destinations in all of Manhattan. Check out the Mad Mojito, while you’re there—if only for the white chocolate stir stick.</p> <p>Here’s to The Roosevelt—a classic in any era.</p>Kevin KaminskiMon, 04 Aug 2014 15:16:58 +0000 The Fitwall at Level 5 Fitness<p class="p1">Here’s a workout that can put your old gym routine to shame. <a href="">Level 5 Fitness</a> in Boca Raton brings you the Fitwall, a single standing machine that uses your bodyweight to tone and strengthen.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/level5fitness.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">A single class on the Fitwall, which lasts about 45 minutes, can work out more than 600 muscles in your body, says<strong> owner Jim Woolard</strong>. That’s a big difference from the five or six muscles weight lifting and other common exercises focus on.</p> <p class="p1">The workout is intense — Woolard recommends participants only go three times a week to allow sufficient recovery time and keep your body from going into overdrive — but it does produce great results in as little as a couple of weeks, he says. You’re also using your own weight for each exercise, reducing your chances of getting hurt.</p> <p class="p1">Here at Boca Mag, we were curious about how Fitwall works. So we sent three staffers to test out this new fitness method. Check out the video from BocaMagTV and read on to find out how their experience went.</p> <p class="p1"><iframe height="395" src="" width="480"></iframe></p> <p class="p2"><strong>Michelle Ferrand, Editorial Intern</strong></p> <p class="p2"><em>Fitness Level: </em>Novice; Occasionally, I like to go running and I take the stairs when I can.</p> <p class="p2"><em>Pros:</em> It isn’t a time consuming exercise, the gym has a fun atmosphere, and they monitor your performance to make sure you don’t hurt yourself. </p> <p class="p2"><em>Cons: </em>If your hands get sweaty, it becomes a little harder to grip onto the Fitwall</p> <p class="p2"><em>The experience:</em> When we first walked in to Level 5 Fitness, I was extremely nervous but excited. Reason being that I knew I was out of shape considering I haven’t really exercised in a while –– but I do try to take the stairs, if that counts. When we met the owner, Jim Woolard, I blurted out ‘I hate exercise.’ Why? I don’t know but he looked at me weird and wondered why I was even participating.</p> <p class="p2">Between talking and hooking up our heart rate monitors to the computer, we really only did 15 minutes of actual exercising as opposed to the full 45. But for 15 minutes of exercise, I have never worked so hard in my life. We did several different exercises on the Fitwall, including modified squats and pull ups, and did chest presses and lunges with suspension cords attached to the Fitwall as well. It doesn’t sound like much, but I was feeling the burn in my legs and arms. It was also hard to keep good form while doing the exercises. Every so often, Jim would come up to and make sure I was in good form which makes the exercise that much harder.</p> <p class="p2">My hands were slipping off the Fitwall from the sweat and it was hard to keep up with my more active co-workers, but despite it all, I just tried focusing on my breathing and forget what was happening around me. Every now and then, I would look up to check my heart rate and was shocked to see that I made into the red zone –– it happened like three times. At one point, Jim asked me to stop so that my heart rate would go down.</p> <p class="p2">Overall, I really liked using Fitwall because I felt good about working out my body and wasn’t overly exhausted. Because I was so into the exercises, I wasn’t worried about other people judging my pathetic workout skills. At the end, I burned around 360 calories in those 15 minutes and was pretty sore in my arms and thighs the next day. I also liked that they recommend going three times a week for 45 minutes, because it's easy to fit in a busy schedule - especially since I'm balancing a full class load and work. I might regret saying this, but I can’t wait to go again.</p> <p class="p2"><em>Recommend to a friend: </em>I would (and I did).</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</strong></p> <p class="p2"><em>Fitness level: </em>Moderate. I hit the gym anywhere between two to five times per week (mild cardio, focus on strength training), practice yoga at home and attend occasional bikram yoga or barre courses.</p> <p class="p2"><em>Pros:</em> Intense and efficient. Watching your heart rate go up is extremely motivating. It makes you want to push yourself and work even harder.</p> <p class="p2"><em>Cons:</em> It really tests your forearm strength - I’m sure this goes away as you take more classes, but the first time is a killer. You also get the please-just-let-me-lie-on-the-couch-all-day feeling after.</p> <p class="p2"><em>The experience: </em>A couple of hours before the workout, I receive a message from Jim. He asked how many people were coming to try out the Fitwall.</p> <p class="p2">“I just wanted to grab some Gatorade for everybody,” he says. “Just in case …”</p> <p class="p2">I cringed. Uh oh. Is it really that hard? I withheld this conversation from my fellow staffers in fear of them backing out on me. Maybe that was a bad idea, but I don’t think any of us have stopped raving about it since.</p> <p class="p2">The workout was nothing close to a joke. It worked out muscles I didn’t even know I had, all while testing my coordination and ability to keep proper form. In about 20 seconds, the Fitwall managed to raise my heart rate higher than it goes after 10 minutes on a stationary bike.</p> <p class="p2">Almost three hours after a 10-15 minute session, and my arms still felt like jello. Seriously. It was a struggle to type. Twenty four hours later, my lats were completely sore and it hurt to lift my arms above shoulder height. I’ve spent more than an hour at the gym in the past and haven’t gotten results like that. </p> <p class="p2">But I guess I shouldn’t have expected any less from a workout that has me doing donkey kicks as I tiptoe on a three-inch step and grip a metal bar a few feet higher.</p> <p class="p2">Will I be back? Definitely. But I’ll admit I’m just as terrified as I am excited to see what a full 45-minute workout can bring.</p> <p class="p2"><em>Recommend to a friend?</em> I’d recommend it to a stranger.</p> <p class="p1"><em>**Level 5 Fitness offers a free two-week membership for all new members and has two locations in Boca Raton. They’re located on 101 Plaza Real South – Suite C, Boca Raton (East Boca) and 9858 Clint Moore Road – Suite C128-9, Boca Raton (West Boca).</em></p>magazineMon, 04 Aug 2014 12:09:30 +0000; &amp; Slurpin&#39; at Racks<p>Get ready to do some serious oyster slurping next week when Gary Racks’ eateries in Delray and Boca will be offering up all the succulent little bivalves you can suck down for a dollar apiece in celebration of <strong>National Oyster Day</strong> (which, btw, is Tuesday, Aug. 5).</p> <p><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/racksoysters.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Actually, the “Buck-a-Shuck” special will take place at <a href="" target="_blank">Racks Fish House + Oyster Bar</a> (<em>5 S.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561/450-6718</em>) and <a href="" target="_blank">Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern</a> (<em>402 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/395-1662</em>) for most of the week, all day and night from Monday, Aug. 4, to Thursday, Aug. 7. What species of the tasty little devils is up to the chef (and the oyster gods) and supplies, as they say, are limited.</p> <p>So if you love you some oysters or perhaps need a little pick-me-up (as oysters are reputed to be powerful aphrodisiacs), then don’t miss Racks Buck-a-Shuck or you’ll be. . . well, you know.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 04 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningHot DealsNews & ReviewsUpcoming EventsPalm Beach Summer Beer Fest<p class="p1">If you’re a fan of tasty brews, you don’t want to miss out on <a href="">Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest</a>. The fest will be held on Aug. 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the <strong>South Florida Fairgrounds </strong><em>(9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach).</em></p> <p class="p1"><em><img alt="" height="312" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/bottle.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p class="p1">Tickets are $35 if purchased in advance and $55 at the door. There are also VIP tickets available for $75 in advance and $100 at the door. The VIP experience includes: exclusive limited edition beer from Funky Buddha, Terrapin Brewing Co. and Cigar City; a food buffet featuring meatballs, chili cheese dogs and more; and a commemorative beer mug and premium cigar. </p> <p class="p1">There will 58 different brewers participating, including local favorites like <a href="">Saltwater Brewery</a> in Delray Beach and <a href="">Due South Brewing Co. </a>in Boynton Beach. There will also be live music all day from Country Line Road, Ryan Kinder and Better Than Ezra.</p> <p class="p1">To purchase your tickets, visit <a href=""></a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoSat, 02 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 EventsFashion Forward: Tax Free and more<p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="412" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/flashtat.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>In a flash: </strong>Are you loving those metallic <a href="">Flash Tattoos </a>that were so popular during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Miami? These temporary tats, made to look like jewelry, are now available at Alene Too. It’s the perfect accessory that can never get in the way of your busy lifestyle. <em>(3013 Yamato Road, Boca Raton // 561/394-0899).</em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Scratch that:</strong> If you hit the mall this weekend, you may notice something missing from the bottom of your receipt. That’s right, it’s tax free weekend. This special promotion starts today and runs through Aug. 3. For more information on eligible items, visit <a href=""><strong></strong></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Extra, extra: </strong>Set the Carrie Bradshaw in you free. From now until Aug. 3, take an additional 30 percent off all clearance items at Steve Madden in the <a href=""><strong>Palm Beach Outlets</strong></a>. What’s better than a sale on a sale? <em>(1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach // 561/515-4400)</em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 01 Aug 2014 15:25:18 +0000 NewsNine Cuban Exile Artists Stun in Fort Lauderdale<p><img alt="" height="438" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/bencomo.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>It isn’t just movies and novels that can have sequels: Art exhibitions can enjoy a good second act as well, as evidenced by the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale’s extraordinary “Miami Generation: Revisited.”</p> <p>Back in 1983, Miami’s former Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture hosted the original “Miami Generation” exhibition, a stirring survey of the work of nine Cuban exile artists. I was all of 1 year old when that legendary show ran, so I have no point of comparison this time around, in which MoA has gathered the work of the same eclectic artists for a three-decade update on their oeuvres.</p> <p>Like its forbear presumably did, this exhibition finds points of connection over a broad swath of mediums, influences and subject matter. Though this time around, an air of melancholy hangs over much of it: Three of the artists are now dead, we’re told, all victims of AIDS. And they, along with the artists who have soldiered on into the new millennium, often seem to be conjuring the vanishing Cuba of their youth and grasping for a place to call their own, whether it be physical, spiritual or simply imaginary. The palpable sense of escape, displacement and reinvention, therapeutically tempered through the art-making process, are the ligaments connecting the show’s wildly disparate artistic approaches.</p> <p><img alt="" height="269" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/calzada.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The sense of idealization of a Cuba that may have never existed is most pronounced in the work of Humberto Calzada, whose bold, colorful paintings of colonial and neo-classical buildings represent his Cuban heritage. In 1979’s “La reja,” we’re invited to peer through an iron gate and into a partially opened blue door, leading to a mansion. Clean and crisp, open to wonder and expectation, the piece tugs at our gaze and our curiosity. Similarly, “Planning the Eclipse” is a marvel of geometric architecture and evocative shadows. As in “La reja,” no people are present: They would, no doubt, despoil the memory.</p> <p>“The Mediator” (pictured above) and “The Collapse of an Island,” completed in 1998, are similarly studied paintings of immaculate, sharp-edged edifices, only this time they sit serenely and surreally on bodies of water. What’s happened? Is this a post-apocalyptic Cuba, partially submerged by climate change? But that’s only the beginning: In an untitled work from 2011, fire sparks up ominously behind hills, with one of Calzada’s deco mansions looking small in the bottom right corner of the frame; “Presencing” is a close-up painting of that fire. It’s like his memory of Old Cuba is gradually being undone by the natural elements, a crawling disintegration spread over the decades.</p> <p>Carlos Macia takes a more realist approach, with paintings that evoke his homeland with an immersive, immediate mix of nostalgia and criticism. In 1983’s “Sixth Avenue Façade,” a possible advertisement for “Scarface” is plastered over other posters, on a wall atop fresh and faded graffiti. In “Warehouse Fronts,” also from 1983, paint drips and stains and peels from an abandoned cotton-exchange building turned urban eyesore, while a newer pink building sprouts up in front of it, blocking out the history, the culture, the tradition.</p> <p><img alt="" height="298" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/falero.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>For the painter Emilo Falero, his sense of displacement manifests through his “Art on Art” series, which juxtaposes classical painting with more modern styles. As a deeply religious man, Falero probably wasn’t thinking of the movies of the scandalous filmmaker Derek Jarman when he painted these works, though his paintings are as similarly challenging and anachronistic as Jarman’s films. Figures in Victorian garb sit in modern sculpture gardens and in front of cubist paintings and industrial landscapes, like time travelers sequestered in strange lands. Their place in the world may have vanished, but the pieces are not without their humor, and it’s a clever enough concept to sustain all of Falero’s contributions to this show.</p> <p>The sculptor Maria Brito creates her sense of place, most literally, in “24-03-07,” a walkable replica of her tiny studio. In this vividly realized peek into the artist’s cramped hovel, miniature heads in different shapes and sizes line her workstations in various degrees of completion. The only connection to the outside world is a paint-smeared landline. But I was most taken with the emotional implications of her so-called “Self-Portrait,” from 1989: It’s a wheeled, wooden upright contraption capped with a cage, partially aflame.</p> <p>There are also abstract artists—Fernando Garcia’s meditative studies in vertical lines, Mario Bencomo’s nebulous, fuzzy, hallucinogenic acrylics—and at least one dedicated polemicist and raconteur: Cesar Trasobares, who creates oversized, cloth dollar bills painted over with graffiti and seascapes.</p> <p><img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/cano.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>But if there’s one showstopper in “The Miami Generation: Revisited,” it’s the massive sculptures of Pablo Cano, a dedicated Dadaist who has designed puppets since the age of 10 and occasionally stages musical productions with them. His “Lady Electra,” from 2013, is a massive science-fiction puppet created from garbage cans, industrial coils and shards of glass. His “Lena Horns” is a twisted homage to the late actress, a Picasso-evoking marionette fashioned from too many recycled materials to list. His cheeky “Lolita Coffee Cup” dangles inside its performance space, the “Florabel Marionette Theater,” a stage festooned with random compasses, timepieces, chasses and other recovered detritus.</p> <p>Each piece takes your breath away—each of them a Pixar character in the making. And each is a reminder that sometimes the best way to deal with exile is to imagine other worlds entirely.</p> <p><em>"The Miami Generation: Revisited" runs through Sept. 21 at Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Admission costs $5-$10. Call 954/525-5500 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 01 Aug 2014 14:41:30 +0000 & EventsSapphire Now Shines in Boca<p>Its debut has been rumored for months but anticipation has finally given way to reality and <a href="" target="_blank">Sapphire Indian Cuisine</a> (<em>500 Via de Palma, 561/362-2299</em>) is now open in Boca’s Royal Palm Place shopping complex.</p> <p><img alt="" height="223" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/sapphireboca.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The latest endeavor of restaurateur <strong>Raju Brahmbhatt</strong>, partner in several successful Indian eateries in New York and New Jersey, Sapphire seeks to show off the depth and breadth of authentic Indian cuisine, as well as showcase its fine dining potential.</p> <p>To that end, the space itself, formerly home to Fusionarie, is as chic and contemporary as a high-end restaurant. Think cool white walls with ornate backlit screens, modern chandeliers and furnishings, white leather booths and a large wall-mounted wine rack offering more than 100 selections.</p> <p>The food draws from regions throughout the Indian subcontinent, with familiar offerings like tandoori meats and poultry and assorted regional curries to more exotic dishes like crispy cauliflower with tomato-garlic chutney, presented with an artistic flourish. There’s a full bar too.</p> <p>Sapphire is open for lunch and dinner daily.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 01 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsThe great airline bill scam &amp; other matters of note<h3><img alt="" height="380" src="/site_media/uploads/air-fees-color-web.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>Airline blues</h3> <p>Residents of Boca Raton and Delray Beach tend to fly a lot. Fortunately, we can pick between flights at airports in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Not too much farther away, there’s Miami International if you need a gateway to the Caribbean and South America.</p> <p>So news out of Congress about airline pricing matters a lot to this area. Yet there has been comparatively little reporting about a bill that once seemed dead—for good reason—yet suddenly passed the House this week.</p> <p>H.R. 4156 is called the <a href="" target="_blank">Transparent Airfares Act</a>, but a more accurate name would be the Deceptive Airfares Act. It would change the way airlines can advertise ticket prices, and consumer groups say that change would enable airlines to hide the truest cost of a flight, sometimes until it’s too late for a buyer to change his or her mind.</p> <p>In 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportation required airlines to post the full price of a ticket—including taxes and fees. Airlines have complained about the rule ever since, claiming that they should be able to advertise only the cost of the flight. Consumer groups respond, correctly, that only by knowing the full cost early on can passengers make an informed choice. This is especially true with the rise of discount carriers like Broward County-based Spirit that rely so heavily on fees for everything from how you book your flight to where you want to sit to how much and what kind of luggage you bring.</p> <p>To secure congressional approval for their preferred method of advertising prices, the airline industry developed a clever strategy. The carriers—Big Business—have pressured Republicans. The unions—Big Labor—have pressured Democrats. The result is one of the rare moments of bipartisanship in an otherwise dysfunctional House. How good to know that Congress can come together to work against the public interest.</p> <p>Sponsoring the bill are three Democrats and two Republicans. All are chairmen of committees and subcommittees that are supposed to oversee the airline industry. The bill passed the House this week on a voice vote, which is the first tipoff that the bill isn’t good for consumers. Voice votes allow lawmakers to avoid accountability for support of controversial legislation.</p> <p>I checked with the offices of Reps. Lois Frankel and Ted Deutch, Democrats who represent most of the Boca-Delray area. Her press aide said Frankel signed on as a co-sponsor. I asked why Frankel supported a bill that had drawn so much criticism from consumer groups. The press aide provided this quote: “Consumers have a right to know what portion of their airfare is government and taxes and fees.” What about airline fees? No response. Despite an email and a phone call, I got no answer from Deutch’s office as to whether he supports the bill.</p> <p>A press release from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee claims that the legislation would “return transparency to U.S. airline fare advertising” by allowing carriers to “state the base airfare and separately disclose any government imposed taxes and fees and total cost of travel.” The key word is “separately,” which could allow carriers to disclose deceptively.</p> <p>Example: I checked flights to Baltimore, where my daughter and her fiancé live, on Southwest and Spirit. With Southwest, it’s all clear before you buy. Two clicks, and you get a bottom line. A nearby link provides a breakdown of the taxes and fees. Transparent.</p> <p>With Spirit, you are told the cost of the flight and, as the airline puts it, the government’s share. Deep into making the reservation, though, there is no mention of what fees the airline might impose. That makes it hard to compare which carrier offers the better value.</p> <p>Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., said in the House press release, “Consumers haven’t been getting the whole picture of what an airline ticket pays for. The Transparent Airfares Act is a simple fix to give people better information.” Simple? No. Better? Also no.</p> <p>Airlines want fliers to think government is to blame for any price increases because of government-imposed fees. Indeed, the post-9/11 Transportation Security Administration fee did just go up, and much of the money will go, not toward security, but toward deficit reduction. Congress, though, made that happen in the 2013 budget deal. Again, I have no problem with a rule that requires airlines to list all added costs up front—as long as the airlines’ own fees are listed, too, and in a way that makes comparison easy.</p> <p>If this bill would help consumers, why do consumer groups oppose it? Why do advocates for business travelers oppose it? <strong>Christopher Elliott</strong> is a syndicated travel columnist who takes complaints from people who have received poor service from airlines, hotels and rental car companies. Often, a call from Elliott is enough to secure a delayed refund or some other deserved make-good.</p> <p>Writing in <em>USA Today</em>, Elliott blasted the airfares bill. He quoted Paul Hudson, president of <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, as saying the legislation is “all about making airfares less transparent. The name of the bill is just the start of the false advertising.” Elliott quoted Kevin Mitchell, chairman of the Business Travel Coalition, as saying, “It’s a terrible bill on every level.”</p> <p>Fees make up an increasing share of airline revenue. According to news reports, ancillary fees amount to almost 40 percent of Spirit’s revenue. Airline pricing thus can make quantum physics look easy. Numerous websites offer travelers ways to navigate through the fees, but why should booking a flight be so hard—especially when you do it yourself online?</p> <p>The airlines’ laughable argument is that the Transparent Airfares Act will make people more likely to fly. In fact, Americans would be more likely to fly if booking were easier. Deceptive pricing is just one more example of bad service—from airlines and from your elected representatives.</p> <h3>Delray reports rollback rate                                             </h3> <p>On Tuesday, I reported on the planned tax rates for Boca Raton and Delray Beach, and explained why keeping the tax rate the same or even lowering it marginally still could mean higher taxes.</p> <p>Property values for most people are up. What you pay is the tax rate multiplied by the property value. To keep taxes the same, cities would have to impose what the state calls the “<strong>rollback rate</strong>.” Boca Raton acknowledges that even though its proposed tax rate is unchanged, the rate is nearly 5 percent higher than the rollback rate.</p> <p>Delray Beach staffers did not include the rollback rate in their memo to commissioners when they set the maximum tax rate for next year. A city spokesman has since told me the rollback rate, and it’s nearly 15 percent lower than the current proposed tax rate. So Delray Beach taxpayers will pay proportionally more than those in Boca unless the rate changes before the budget is approved.</p> <h3>Kids in cars</h3> <p>Last week, <a href="" target="_blank">Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County</a> gathered speakers for a forum on the topic of children left in hot cars, sometimes to die. Speakers included child safety advocates, law enforcement representatives and one Florida father who left his 17-month-old daughter in the car at his workplace rather than take her to day care. The toddler died.</p> <p>The problem is real enough. Florida ranks second in heatstroke deaths involving children. It is a felony to leave a child in a car if the child dies or is seriously injured, though I can’t recall any parents who have done time.</p> <p>Now, though, someone has given this problem a name: <strong>Forgotten Baby Syndrome</strong>. Seriously? A syndrome in most cases is a medical condition, one that if often beyond the control of the person. Think Down Syndrome. Parents who don’t remember that they have children in their car have something, but it isn’t beyond their control. Call it what it is: Stupid Parent Syndrome.</p> <h3>The Zillow-Trulia Effect                                     </h3> <p>I began this post with a national issue that matters a lot in South Florida. Here’s another:</p> <p>Zillow and Trulia, which control roughly half of all online real estate traffic, will merge. Zillow is the buyer. Depending upon which “expert” you read, the bigger Zillow will speed up big changes in how homes are bought and sold or just make for a more profitable online giant that is a new part of buying and selling but won’t eliminate the need for Realtors representing both the buyer and seller.</p> <p>Bill Bathurst is a Realtor in Delray Beach. “I don’t know,” he says, “if the merger will affect how Zillow interacts with real estate agents.” He notes, correctly, that the big problem with Zillow is accuracy. Buyers can get a “Zestimate” of what their home is worth, but reports have shown that the estimates can be inflated. “You hear ‘Keep Calm and Don’t Trust Zillow,’ ‘’ Bathurst said, invoking one of the many takeoffs on the British World War II poster “Keep Calm and Carry On.”</p> <p>Bathurst also cited the recent example of an area condo listed on Zillow for $30,000. What the ad didn’t include, Bathurst said, was the $25,000 club fee that went with the condo. The sites have also been criticized for advertising homes that already had been sold.</p> <p>Realtors have had a wary relationship with Zillow, which sellers tend to favor, and Trulia, which buyers tend to favor. Realtors like the leads the online sites might provide, but a larger Zillow and its competitors might seek to marginalize or eliminate Realtors from the buying and selling of homes.</p> <p>Would that help or hurt the South Florida real estate market? As with airline tickets, accuracy and disclosure are vital. Realtors still control the <a href="" target="_blank">Multiple Listing Service</a> (MLS) that offers the most information, and the National Association of Realtors maintains its own site: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, which it claims to be the most reliable. The new Zillow, Bathurst said, also could be a way to “extort more money from Realtors,” who advertise on Zillow and Trulia.</p> <p>People gripe about real estate commissions, but there’s only so much credible guidance an online site now can provide. At this point, Zillow’s purchase of its leading competitor makes sense mostly for Zillow.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>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, 31 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Truth About Zinburger<p class="p1">The gourmet burger trend is escalating wildly, as evidenced by the chain of burger joints popping up all over South Florida. I’ve got no complaints here: hand me a burger (medium-well please!) and a side of crisp fries, and you’ve got a happy girl.</p> <p class="p1">But when I heard about <a href="" target="_blank">Zinburger Wine &amp; Burger Bar</a>, I had to pause — burgers…with wine? Well, I was able to try out this rather curious concept at the Sawgrass Mills location (the Boca restaurant doesn’t open until October), and now I’m wondering why I ever doubted it would work.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/zinburger4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">There are 16 different burgers on the menu. The buns, made without any refined flour, are sent to the store from NYC seven days a week, and all beef (Angus or Kobe) is ground in-house daily. The restaurant prides itself on serving only the freshest meat. We won’t go into any details, but let’s just say nothing is more than 10 days old — use your imagination.</p> <p class="p1">There are chicken burgers for the non-red meat eaters, a vegetarian burger that can also be turned vegan when served with greens instead of a bun, plus an array of salads, sides, floats and shakes that are topped with house-whipped cream. There are also massive slices of pie for only $5, so save room for dessert.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="270" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/pie_zin.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Now when it comes to the drinks menu, Zinburger really won me over. Glasses of wine start at $5, and pints of beer start at $4. There are 18 different types of wine, including one exclusive to the properties of Fox Restaurant Concepts, Zinburger's parent company; 17 beer selections, with some local beers of course; and seven delicious-sounding cocktails. Note: on Wednesdays, bottles of wine are half off.</p> <p class="p1">The Town Center at Boca Raton location couldn’t come any sooner. My personal recommendations: the Breakfast Burger, the Seared Ahi salad and the Bars of Zin shake.</p> <p class="p1">P.S. Please don’t leave this establishment without trying the zucchini fries.</p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsA Surprise Retirement, Plus Three New Directors<p><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/joegillie_2012.jpg" width="300"></p> <p>Big changes are happening in leadership positions all across Palm Beach County arts institutions. Here’s a look at four of them, starting with perhaps the most surprising transition.</p> <p>At the end of the 2014-2015 season, <strong>Joe Gillie</strong> will be stepping down as president and CEO of Delray Beach Center for the Arts. The board is looking at breaking up his position into a number of different jobs, and is eying current Assistant Artistic Director, Brian Ridolfo, for the post of Artistic Director.</p> <p>“Time flies so fast, and that’s why I wanted to give [the board] plenty of time,” Gillie tells <em>Boca Raton</em>. “As you know, we’ve seen some organizations who did not do any succession planning fall by the wayside, i.e., the Caldwell. And I realized, I’m not going to get into that. I’m not going to leave it to fate. I’ve given a big chunk of my life here, and I want to see that it continues, and continues strong.”</p> <p>A big chunk indeed: At the end of next year, Gillie will have put in 23 years at Old School Square, helping to build two of the region’s most successful venues—the Crest Theatre and the Cornell Museum—into arts powerhouses, with frequently sold-out events ranging from national theater tours to string music festivals, celebrity lectures, concerts, cabaret performances and film screenings. Gillie, who will turn 65 next year, has become such a fixture in Delray’s cultural scene that it’s hard to imagine Atlantic Avenue without him.</p> <p>“People go, ‘you can’t retire, what are you retiring for?’ I go, ‘because I’m old!’” he says. “I’m not going to retire rich, working at a nonprofit all these years, but I’ll hopefully be able to live fairly comfortably and do what I want to do.”</p> <p>Gillie says this will include a lot of traveling, consulting and maybe returning to stage acting, his profession for 16 years of his life.</p> <p>“My options are open, but I think I’ve given a substantial part of my life here, and I think it’s time to share it with other people and let them be creative and move it forward in a whole new direction, maybe. And I’m not stepping away from the organization; I won’t just disappear into the sunset. If they need me, I’m always a text message away.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/_mg_0665-2.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p>Elsewhere across the county, <strong>Irvin Lippman</strong> has been appointed director of the Boca Museum of Art. Lippman, a museum director with a lengthy list of credits including a 10-year tenure with Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, stepped in as Interim Director in February at the Boca Museum, following the sudden departure of Steven Maklansky. The search committee for a new full-time director led right back to Lippman himself, who accepted the position this month, relocating from his native Texas. (For more on Lippman, be sure to pick up the November issue of <em>Boca Raton</em>).</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/david_breneman.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The Society of the Four Arts has likewise named a new president/CEO to replace the influential Ervin Duggan, who concluded his 13-year reign last month. <strong>Dr. David W. Breneman</strong>, currently University Professor and Newton and Rita Meyers Professor in Economics of Education and Public Policy at The University of Virginia, will succeed Duggan effective Jan. 1.</p> <p>Breneman will bring decades of prestigious and eclectic credits to the Society, from a fellowship at the Brookings Institution to authorship of an award-winning book to a visiting professorship at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His career, leading up to his trailblazing work raising some $100 million to found the University of Virginia’s Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, has focused largely on the importance of education, and of liberal-arts education in particular.</p> <p>Breneman is expected to increase the Society’s outreach to the community through its expanding Campus on the Lake continuing education programs.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="560" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/tamara-joy.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>And finally, it has been more than a year since Tom Gregerson, senior curator at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, bid sayonara to the museum after 35 years. But the venerable institution has finally announced his replacement: <strong>Tamara Joy</strong>, whose previous positions encompass an ideal mix of visual art and Japanese culture. The New Mexico native, who once researched traditional paper-making in the Japanese city of Yamagata, formerly worked with Japan Society Gallery in New York City, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, where she served as curator of Asian and Middle East Collections.</p> <p>In a statement, she called her Morikami appointment a “dream job for me. … it feels as though I’ve been working my way toward this opportunity my entire professional museum career.” She looks forward to ushering the Morikami through “an exciting phase of growth and expansion.”</p>John ThomasonWed, 30 Jul 2014 13:18:03 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachNewsSummer Specials for Pregnant Mom Pampering<p class="p1"><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Summertime pregnancies can be tough in the South Florida heat. Thanks to Belly Love Spa’s summer specials, moms-to-be can feel a little better. </p> <p class="p1">Belly Love Spa (<em>3420 N.W. 62nd Ave., Margate</em>) is the only pregnancy spa, ultrasound center and maternity boutique in Florida, says spa owner Shanna Feldman. It offers services especially tailored for pregnant women, as well as 3D/4D ultrasound services. The spa also sells clever gifts, such as the Heartbeat Keepsake, where the sound of a baby's heartbeat is recorded and made part of a stuffed animal.</p> <p class="p1">The summer specials (extended for The Fit Life readers until Aug. 31) include: </p> <p class="p1">the Simply Sweet Ultrasound for $129 (regular $159); a 50-min. pregnancy massage for $75 (regular $85); an 80 min. pregnancy massage for $105 (regular $115); airbrush tanning for $45 (regular $60); and the Get That Glow Facial for $70 (regular $79). </p> <p class="p1">Curious about what a pregnancy spa entails? I spoke with Feldman to find out more about what her business offers.</p> <p class="p1"><em>(Note: Please research any medical claims. It’s always a good idea to speak with your obstetrician, first.)</em></p> <p class="p1"><em><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/bellylovespa.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p class="p1"><em></em><strong>Boca Mag: </strong>Why did you start the business?<br> <strong>Shanna</strong> <strong>Feldman:</strong> I had a really difficult pregnancy when I was pregnant with my daughter Jayden. I would constantly dream about a place like Belly Love, where I could get away and be in an atmosphere that was directly meant to ease the pain and discomfort I was going through, without hurting myself or Jayden. We are an oasis for pregnant women experiencing the not-so-pretty side of pregnancy.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>BM: </strong>I’ve seen ads for spas that cater to pregnant women. What makes yours different?<br> <strong>SF: </strong>We are the only pregnancy spa, ultrasound center and maternity boutique. Every product that we use at Belly Love is natural and organic, so there is no harm to our moms and babies. Belly Love is the only spa that has most of their spa treatments exclusively for pregnant women. However, you don't have to be pregnant to come to Belly Love. We offer couples massages and everyday spa treatments, so women can bring their family and friends with them for a spa day.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>BM: </strong>Does insurance cover the ultrasounds? </p> <p class="p1"><strong>SF: </strong>Insurance covers the ultrasounds at the doctor’s office but not at Belly Love because [ultrasounds at the spa] are considered elective. A lot of doctors don't do the 3D/4D ultrasounds which is why we are a constant referral for them. <br> <strong>BM: </strong>What’s a pregnancy massage?</p> <p class="p1"><strong>SF: </strong>Our massage therapists have gone through intensive prenatal training and can provide a safe full-body massage through all stages of pregnancy, which is another thing that makes us different from other spas as they will only perform prenatal massages during certain times of a pregnancy.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>BM: </strong>Will you be offering new services for the fall/winter season?</p> <p class="p1"><strong>SF: </strong>We will be implementing infant massages and infant massage classes … Infant massage is a bonding activity between parents and their children. In the most basic terms, infant or pediatric massage refers to the process of stroking the muscles of an infant, using a variety of specialized massage techniques.</p> <p class="p1">For more information, go to <a href=""></a> or call 954/228-4772.</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="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyChia Seeds vs. Flax Seeds<p class="p1"><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Did you know that many diseases come from inflammation in the body? One of the best ways to reduce inflammation is to increase your consumption of omega-3 essential fatty acids. </p> <p class="p1">Two foods in particular stand out with their high levels of omega-3’s – <strong>flax seeds</strong> and <strong>chia seeds</strong>. (Yes, these are the same seeds we used for our Chi-Chi-Chi-Chi-Chia Pets). In this blog, I’ll be comparing the two types of seeds so you can figure out which ones are best for you.</p> <p class="p3"><em>**All of the information here is based on a 2-tablespoon volume. </em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Calories</strong></p> <p class="p1">Chia seeds: 69 calories, 6 grams of carbs and 4.4 grams of fat</p> <p class="p1">Flax seeds: 75 calories, 4 grams of carbs and 4 grams of fat</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Nutrition</strong></p> <p class="p1">Chia seeds have 5 percent more daily fiber than flax. Chia seeds also have double the calcium and more phosphorus, which helps you build stronger bones.</p> <p class="p1">However, flax seeds have a higher level of brain-boosting vitamin B1, folate and copper. Both seeds are very close in their potassium and magnesium content</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Flavor</strong></p> <p class="p1">I think that both have a very mild flavor when they are ground and added to meals, but flax seeds tend to have a stronger aftertaste if you add them to dehydrated foods. </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Usage</strong></p> <p class="p1">You can eat chia seeds ground or whole, while flax seeds need to be ground in order for you to get their benefits. I recommend buying whole flax seeds, grinding a week’s worth supply at a time, then storing them in the fridge. You can use your coffee grinder or a blender for grinding. I don’t recommend buying already ground flaxseeds as they can go rancid very quickly.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Conclusion</strong></p> <p class="p1">All in all, I think that having both of chia and flax seeds in your diet is an absolutely fabulous idea! Why not alternate them: have chia one day and flax the next? Go ahead. Add them to your smoothies or sprinkle them on your oatmeal or cereals. As an extra bonus, their fiber content can help you feel full faster, eat less and release extra weight.</p> <p class="p1">Here are two of my favorite recipes that include these superfoods: </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Vanilla Chia Pudding with Dried Currants, Almonds and Berries</strong></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="343" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/chiapudding.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><em>Pudding ingredients: </em></p> <p class="p1">1/3 cup chia seeds (pick a color, white or black, or make a mix)</p> <p class="p1">1/2 cup vanilla almond milk</p> <p class="p1">1/2 cup water </p> <p class="p1">1 tablespoon coconut or agave nectar </p> <p class="p1">1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract</p> <p class="p1">1/4 teaspoon cinnamon</p> <p class="p1">1/8 teaspoon salt</p> <p class="p1"><em>For Topping:</em></p> <p class="p1">2 tablespoons almond slivers</p> <p class="p1">2 tablespoon dried currants</p> <p class="p1">1/2 cup raspberries or strawberries</p> <p class="p1">Mix chia seeds with almond milk and let sit for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. The mixture will thicken into a pudding that’s rich in Omega-3. Add cinnamon, agave, vanilla, almonds and dried currants. Garnish with fresh berries.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Peach Cobbler</strong></p> <p class="p1">5 to 6 organic peaches, pitted</p> <p class="p1">4 dates</p> <p class="p1">3 teaspoons ground flax seeds</p> <p class="p1">1/2 teaspoon salt</p> <p class="p1">1 teaspoon vanilla powder</p> <p class="p1">For Topping:</p> <p class="p1">6 tablespoons chopped walnuts (one per serving)</p> <p class="p1">6 teaspoons coconut shreds (one per serving)</p> <p class="p1">Process three peaches with dates, flax seeds, salt and vanilla in the food processor until blended well. Chop three peaches and add to mixture. Place into dessert dish, sprinkle with walnuts and coconut. 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, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</p>Alina Z.Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Vintage Tap Pours it On in Delray<p>A new-fashioned “juke joint” dishing out cold craft beers and hot local and national bands is up and running in downtown Delray.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/vintagetap.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>That would be <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Vintage Tap</strong></a> (<em>524 W. Atlantic Ave., 561/808-7702</em>), a new biergarten-slash-music venue by restaurateur-designer Patrick O’Riordan that has set up shop in the 1930s-vintage building once home to the Clearview Lounge. Sporting a campy, Prohibition-era theme and decor, the Tap features some two dozen craft beers on tap, including the brews of such esteemed local brewers as Due South and Saltwater Brewery.</p> <p>The space itself boasts a small, rustic-looking stage backed by an American flag, plus a beer garden, full bar and spacious outdoor patio. It’s also adjacent to the city’s outdoor amphitheater, just the spot for special events and live concerts.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 29 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachMusicNews & ReviewsTruth in taxes, The Friends of Florida demise, plus more<h3>Taxing issues</h3> <p>Earlier this month we discussed how the Florida Legislature doesn’t tell the truth about taxes when it comes to money for education. Today, our Truth in Taxation class looks at local governments.</p> <p>Fortunately, state law demands a fair amount of truth-telling when it comes to what cities and counties will ask of their taxpayers, which in practical terms means those who own property valued at more than $50,000. Those whose homes are valued at less than $50,000 pay nothing in property taxes because of the homestead exemption of the same amount. Renters, of course, pay no property taxes.</p> <p>For cities and counties, the new fiscal year starts on Oct. 1. In July, cities and counties must set a maximum tax rate for the next year, based on their budget discussions to that point. They may set a lower rate after further discussions and public hearings, but the rate can’t go any higher. That is why tax notices going out in August will show, among other things, how much you can expect to pay if no changes are made to an agency’s budget.</p> <p>But just because a city or county doesn’t “raise taxes” doesn’t mean that property owners won’t pay more. Confused? Here’s the explanation.</p> <p>Property owners pay taxes based on a “millage rate,” with each “mill” meaning $1. In Boca Raton, for example, the millage rate for the current budget year is 3.4216. Multiply that by every $1,000 of assessed value, and you can see how much you pay. If your home is valued at $400,000 – after deducting that $50,000 homestead exemption—you pay $1,368.64.</p> <p>Not all cities, though, have such a low rate. Boca Raton isn’t just the second-largest city in Palm Beach County; it’s the city with the most expensive tax roll. Even in revitalized Delray Beach, the tax rate is more than double that in Boca —7.1992. The owner of that same $400,000 home in Delray pays $2,864.44 in city taxes because the city’s tax roll is 60 percent lower than Boca’s.</p> <p>(To make things more confusing, that tax rate is just for the operating budget—police and fire, parks and recreation, etc. Cities and counties also can levy a rate of as much as 2 mills for debt service.)</p> <p>So your tax bill depends on what a city or county’s tax rate is and what your property is worth. This year, the value of almost every property in Palm Beach County went up, because home prices continue to recover from the real estate bust. So if a city or county keeps the tax rate the same, you probably will pay more. Even if the tax rate drops a tiny amount, you probably will pay more.</p> <p>That’s why the state has something called the “rollback rate.” It’s the tax rate at which people would pay the same amount as the previous year. Even a rollback rate, of course, would not mean a real tax cut. It just would mean avoiding a tax increase.</p> <p>When it comes to tax truth-telling, Boca Raton is more openly truthful than Delray Beach. In the memorandum for last week’s meeting, at which the Boca Raton City Council approved an unchanged operating tax rate and a slightly lower debt tax rate, City Manager Leif Ahnell noted that the combined rate is 4.7 percent higher than what the rollback rate would be. The fire assessment fee that began at $20 will remain at $85. I will talk more about “fees” as opposed to “taxes” in a later post.</p> <p>On July 15, the Delray Beach City Commission set a maximum operating tax rate of 7.1661 and a maximum debt rate of 0.3028. Both are slightly lower than the rates for this year. The memo to the commission, however, did not include the rollback rate. I asked on Monday, and am waiting for a response.</p> <p>Delray Beach Chief Financial Officer Jack Warner, however, did provide some interesting information in his budget memorandum. Notably, the current budget proposal represents a $3 million cut in operating expenses. That’s almost 3 percent less.</p> <p>Delray’s budget picture might be even better if not for police and fire department expenses. Public safety costs are estimated to rise by roughly 17 percent, with $1.5 million of that going for higher pension contributions by the city. That is one more example of why cities must demand pension concessions from police and fire unions. Delray’s other problem is that even though property values have gone up the last four years, they remain roughly 17 percent below the peak in 2007.</p> <p>Palm Beach County also will not really cut taxes. The proposed rate of 4.97 is lower by all of one cent from this year’s 4.98. Again, though, most homes increased much more than in value, so homeowners will pay more. The main reason, according to County Administrator Robert Weisman, is an increase for the sheriff’s office, whose costs make up more than 10 percent of the county budget. Weisman and Sheriff Rich Bradshaw famously don’t get along, which doesn’t help.</p> <p>Though back-to-school sales will start soon, it’s still summer, and many residents are out of town. Boca Raton cuts back on council meetings. South Florida residents might think that little is going on. In fact, the most important work of local government is going on. The more truthful the product of that work, the better.</p> <h3>Outlook grim for 1,000 Friends of Florida</h3> <p>For those who care about quality of life in Palm Beach County—which ought to be everyone—the news about 1000 Friends of Florida is alarming.</p> <p><em>The Palm Beach Post</em> reported Monday that the non-profit growth-management group is in such bad financial shape that it has laid off the Palm Beach County representative, Joanne Davis. Former Director Charles Pattison is now a part-time consultant.</p> <p>1000 Friends was formed after the Florida Legislature passed the Growth Management Act in 1985. The mission of 1000 Friends was to ensure that the state and local governments followed the law, which required all governments to have growth plans that focused on sensible development and environmental preservation.</p> <p>In Palm Beach County, 1000 Friends’ most notable success was a legal challenge that blocked construction of Scripps Florida on Mecca Farms. In that effort, as in others, 1000 Friends dedicated itself to stopping the sprawl that eats up open space, drives up the cost of services and raises commute times. 1000 Friends also has been bipartisan and reasonable, intent not on stopping growth but controlling it.</p> <p>The Florida Legislature, though, increasingly has become hostile to growth management. Under Gov. Rick Scott, the state has gradually abdicated its role, abolishing the Department of Community Affairs that could overrule bad local development and pushing key decisions back to cities and counties under the guise of “local control.” In fact, that often means control of a city commission or council by local developers who want to get around the comprehensive plan.</p> <p>The cover story is that government needs to be more “business-friendly.” But politicians can’t brag that Floridians live in paradise if we keep paving it over. Not enough state and local politicians are the friends of Florida that 1000 Friends has been.</p> <h3>FAU needs to shop around</h3> <p>Last month I noted the troubles of soccer/marketing icon David Beckham finding a site in Miami for his proposed Major Soccer League franchise, and wondered if the university might want to offer its football stadium as a location.</p> <p>The same FAU spokesman noted that the Palm Beach County Sports Commission has “reached out to David Beckham, and we support their efforts and welcome the opportunity to discuss the possibility of working with Mr. Beckham on bringing an MLS franchise Palm Beach County.”</p> <p>FAU’s response is understandably restrained. Moving to Boca would not give Beckham the same level of international exposure, and would rule out the sort of waterfront location he has envisioned. A Boca-based women’s pro soccer team failed.</p> <p>Still, FAU is right at least to be open. The stadium is a potential FAU asset for more than just football—especially until the football team wins more often. It’s a pretty, 30,000-seat arena that people soon will be able to reach via a new Interstate 95 interchange. If Major League Soccer doesn’t work out, FAU should keep looking. Even if soccer does work out, FAU should keep looking.</p> <h3>Correction</h3> <p>Last week, I referred to Dennis Crudele as Florida Atlantic University’s vice president for finance. An FAU spokesman says Crudele, who served as interim president after the departure of Mary Jane Saunders, actually has the title of Vice President for Institutional Initiatives and Major Projects. Crudele is FAU’s point person on the plan to create a university-centric district in the 20<sup>th</sup> Street area east of the Boca Raton campus.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"></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, 29 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: July 29 to Aug. 4<p>THURSDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/pbr1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: The People’s Blues of Richmond</strong></p> <p>Where: Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10-$15</p> <p>Contact: 561/395-2929, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Affectionately known as PBR to its fans, Virginia’s People’s Blues of Richmond are unlike any so-called blues band you’ve heard. Some of its songs do begin with the spartan howl of traditional acoustic blues, but they usually end of up somewhere else: a rollicking, intoxicating trip into molten psychedelia, urgent punk rock and acid-drenched klezmer. And lyrically, they plumb recesses so dark and intense they make conventional bluesmen look like practitioners of sunny pop. It’s no surprise that the band formed as a way for its two constant members, guitarist Tim Beavers and bassist Matt Volkes, to grieve the loss of a mutual friend. Don’t miss what looks to be an intense and unpredictable set of tunes from the band’s two ominously titled albums, along with potential cover songs from the likes of Modest Mouse and Leftover Crack.</p> <p><img alt="" height="371" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/ba8105ffcbf1e654523b3092c0b2fd33_xl.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Extraordinary 5x5 Art Sale</strong></p> <p>Where: Cornell Museum of Art at Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 6 to 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Small and square doesn’t mean inconsequential and unhip: In fact, you’ll be surprised at the amount of depth, versatility and raw talent on display at the Cornell Museum’s one-night-only “5x5” art fundraiser—in which all of the donated works, in both 2D and 3D, will be 5 inches by 5 inches framed. The pieces will then be sold for a bargain price of $25 at this event, whose $5 cover charge includes light hors d’oeuvres and one drink. This charge also grants access to both floors of the Cornell, where you can absorb its “From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Paper as Art” show, an exhibition that lives up to its title. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Musuem.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="332" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/trio-fisheries2.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Jimmy Stowe and the Stowaways</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Apparently Jimmy Buffett has a residence in Palm Beach, but the famously reclusive and interview-shy singer-songwriter emerges into the public eye about as often as J.D. Salinger did. A free concert appearance in Boca might seem unlikely for the “Margaritaville” maestro himself, but audiences can imbibe the next best thing, courtesy of the city of Boca Raton’s summer music series. Jimmy Stowe, a singer-songwriter in his own right who has made frequent appearances with Buffett and Rick Nelson—and who performed with Jim Croce early on—will take the stage with his band The Stowaways for a night of tropical music. Though their repertoire of island rock is eclectic, this night is billed as a Jimmy Buffett tribute, so bring a lawn chair, buy a cold one, and prepare for a couple hours of paradise.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="588" src="/site_media/uploads/mearns-swanlake.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Swan Lake”</strong></p> <p>Where: Olympic Heights Performing Arts Theater, 20101 Lyons Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $10-$35</p> <p>Contact: 561/995-0709, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This weekend, Boca Ballet Theatre will (swan) dive into one of the most influential ballets of all time: Tchaikovsky’s four-act epic of light and dark, “Swan Lake,” a work that has cast its shadow over everything from movies, pop music and television to literature, video games and even Chinese acrobatics. Central to the success of any production of “Swan Lake” is the ballerina selected to play its dual protagonist/antagonist, Odette/Odile. And Boca Ballet Theatre has attracted the talents of Sara Mearns (pictured), principal dancer with New York City Ballet, which the <em>New York Times</em> called the “world’s foremost interpreter of the double role of Odette/Odile of the last 20 years.” The comparably skilled Simon Ball, a principal dancer with Houston Ballet, joins her as Prince Siegfried, in this version using the 1895 choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="294" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/hunger_games_catching_fire.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Swede Fest 3</strong></p> <p>Where: Borland Center for the Arts, 4485 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $8</p> <p>Contact: 561/282-4623, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Swede Fest Palm Beach, one of the funniest film festivals you’ll ever encounter, has absolutely nothing to do with Scandinavian cinema and everything to do with satirizing Hollywood gravitas. Owing its origins to the underrated 2008 comedy “Be Kind Rewind”—in which Jack Black and Mos Def re-create blockbusters using low budgets and cheap video—the term “swede” refers to any such parody. The swedes selected for this increasingly popular festival run a few minutes in length, during which time the director may condense an entire feature or spoof an isolated scene. Some 40 videos screened last year, with the Audience Favorite Award winners, for their “Back to the Future” swede, walking away with the coveted Best Buy gift card. This year’s entrants will take on the likes of “Casablanca,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Rocky III” and “Twilight.” The festival’s tagline says it all: “bad movies by good people.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/206323_orig.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Zombie Rush 5K</strong></p> <p>Where: Vista View Park, Shelter 8, 4001 S.W. 142<sup>nd</sup> Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7 a.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$59 for runners, free for spectators</p> <p>Contact: 954/444-2431, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Gone are the quaint old days when zombies moved like bovine lummoxes, arms outstretched and trudging along brainlessly at a glacial pace. Zombies these days have acquired more speed and ferocity, running as often as ambling, and attendees at this unique undead-themed 5K run will likely encounter all types. Ticket-buyers can choose to be human runners or a zombie runner—the latter chase <em>after</em> the humans—where they’ll charge through an immersive chase zone patterned after a post-apocalyptic landscape. There are two types of runs: a Zombie Rush 5K run only and a Zombie Rush 5K Mud-Obstacle Run. Everything is perfectly safe, though this clearly a race designed for thrill-seekers. And it has plenty of ancillary benefits, even for non-runners, including a party room with a live Miami DJ, and a live zombie invasion show complete with moving vehicles, a cast of actors and smoke effects.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/knife-in-the-water.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Screening of “Knife in the Water”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cosford Cinema at University of Miami, 5030 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $7 to $9</p> <p>Contact: 305/284-4861, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Rarely has anything positive come from picking up a hitchhiker, but this dangerous plot device has propelled countless compelling narratives. One of them is “Knife in the Water,” Roman Polanski’s auspicious debut feature, from 1962: Lovers en route to a sailing sojourn pick up a handsome drifter, invite him onto their boat, and wait for Trouble to come. A black-and-white, triangular psychodrama whose editing and cinematography still look strikingly modern today, this disturbing mood piece put Polanski, as well as Polish cinema, on the map, earning that country’s first Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. See it this weekend on its original, vanishing format of 35mm, part of the venue’s “Cosford Classics” film series of vintage masterpieces.</p>John ThomasonMon, 28 Jul 2014 16:09:15 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadUpcoming EventsTo Sur With Love<p class="Body">Four strangers gather around a wooden table that’s covered with raw vegetables, spices and cooking utensils. One of the four has been to eight similar classes; another explains that she knows her way around the kitchen. And I had little to no experience behind the stove. Nametags help us break the ice, but even better is the bonding that occurs once chef Dan Pezzulo takes center stage.</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/sur1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body">That’s when the real fun begins at the cooking classes offered nearly every day and/or night of the week at <a href="" target="_blank">Sur la Table<strong> in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park</strong></a>. Pezzulo is one of several experts dishing culinary tips at sessions with titles like “Fresh Berries, Fabulous Desserts,” “Grilled Seafood Made Easy” and “Date Night: Italy Al Fresco.”</p> <p class="Body">On this night, Pezzulo’s class was “Celebrating Summer Vegetables”; students were greeted with spring rolls and miso soup to set the mood, and water infused with fresh oranges and cappuccinos were offered throughout the evening.</p> <p class="Body">Pezzulo knew how to challenge the more experienced students, while nudging the new ones along without intimidating them. The rest of the team at Sur la Table proved helpful and attentive—if you used your knife, someone was there to clean it right away; if you dropped a utensil on the floor, an assistant had it in the dishwasher before you could bend down to grab it.</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/sur2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body">Aside from the excellent teacher and knowledgeable staff, the food was beyond delicious. But I don’t think it had much to do with my cooking prowess—every ingredient we used was fresh and well-cleaned. That’s saying a lot considering we were using vegetables for the entire class.</p> <p class="Body">We started with zucchini and cilantro pancakes with lime crema as a topping—a true opening-dish crowd pleaser. From there, we made a kale salad with grilled apricots and goat cheese. “Kale is the new spinach,” chef Dan proclaimed. “It’s a super-food that is extremely nutritional.”</p> <p class="Body">For the final recipe, we made lemon quinoa risotto with roasted tomatoes and asparagus. This was a hearty, filling dish easily could serve as a main course. It’s perfect for vegetarians and will keep you energized for hours (quinoa is full of protein).</p> <p class="Body">Though I have no cooking experience—the people around me couldn’t believe I live off food that can be microwaved or boiled—I gradually caught on. Working with the knife was intimidating at first, I felt comfortable by the end (there’s a separate knife-skills class that I may have to look into).</p> <p class="Body">If you’re looking for a date night, girls’ night out—or if you’re just trying to improve your kitchen skills—Sur la Table is the place to go. There was even a group of five from the same place of work who were using the class as a team-building exercise. Check out one of the upcoming classes before they fill up. You won’t regret it.</p> <p class="Body">For more information and class schedules, call 561/953-7670 or visit <a href=""></a>.</p>Kelsey HowardMon, 28 Jul 2014 13:22:28 +0000 to Grace the Travel Channel<p>If you find paradise in a hamburger, you’ve probably already found <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Grease Burger, Beer &amp; Whiskey Bar</strong></a> (<em>213 Clematis St., 561/651-1075</em>) in downtown West Palm.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/greasewall.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>And now the burger-loving folks at the Travel Channel have found it too. In fact, they liked it so much they’re featuring Grease the latest edition of their ongoing paean to the almighty beef patty, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Hamburger Paradise 3</em></a>. The show airs tomorrow, Tuesday, July 29, at 10 p.m., and to celebrate Grease will be throwing a viewing party.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/grease_burger.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Be the first on your block to find out which of chef Jordan Stilley’s 18 10-ounce mega-burgers gets its 15 minutes of meaty fame and slug down $4 Tito’s vodka drinks. It should be a heavenly experience.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 28 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsFashion Forward: Launch Party + Day of Beauty<p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="379" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/vixity.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Sparkle On: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Vixity</a> is hosting a launch party with the Delray Downtowner tonight, from 5 to 6 p.m. The jewelry store and bridal shop will have small bites, drinks, raffle prizes and special discounts. <em>(812 E. Atlantic. Ave., Delray Beach // 561/270-3544)</em></p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/seagatespa.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Day of Beauty:</strong> Saks Fifth Avenue and the Seagate Spa are teaming up for a day of pampering and primping Saturday, July 26. Schedule a 50-minute facial and receive wine, light spa fare and a 25-minute makeup session with a YSL expert. You purchase comes with access to the hotel pool for the day. Did we mention valet parking was complimentary? Space is limited, so make your appointment by calling 561/665-4950 or emailing <a href=""></a>. <em>(1000 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach)</em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 25 Jul 2014 18:30:10 +0000 NewsStaff Picks of the Week: Couch Edition<p class="p1">If we’re not on deadline, we’re hard at work on our next issue. So when we head home and hit the couch, we appreciate a T.V. show that keeps us entertained. Here are a few shows our staff can’t get enough of:</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Current T.V. Obsession:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Walking Dead</a></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/thewalkingdead.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1">Watch it on AMC </p> <p class="p1">Picked by Georgette Evans, Senior Account Manager</p> <p class="p1">“I'm really into The Walking Dead because it portrays a very scary ‘what if’ scenario should we ever face a true zombie apocalypse. It's great to see the dynamics of how it transforms every day people when faced with life and death situations and having to make decisions that truly test your faith, beliefs and morals.” </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Current T.V. Obsession:</strong><a href="" target="_blank"> Million Dollar Listing Miami</a></p> <p class="p1">Watch it on Bravo </p> <p class="p1">Picked by Karen Jacaruso, Account Manager</p> <p class="p1">“I am really into Million Dollar Listing Miami [because] I love the negotiations, knowing where the different properties are, the dysfunctional personalities, the Boca babes and Botox. It’s too funny! Besides Senada from Douglas Elliman (featured in the February issue of <em>Boca Raton magazine</em>) and Jen Stone (our previous video editor) were on last week.”</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Current T.V. Obsession:</strong><a href="" target="_blank"> Halt and Catch Fire</a></p> <p class="p1">Watch it on AMC</p> <p class="p1">Picked by Adrienne Mayer, Production Manager</p> <p class="p1">“It's the new Breaking Bad for tech nerds set in the early ‘80s about a fictional computer company competing with IBM.”</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Current T.V. Obsession: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Following</a></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/thefollowin.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1">Watch it on Fox</p> <p class="p1">Picked by Jordyn Brenner, Production Assistant</p> <p class="p1">“I love this show because it keeps you on the edge of your seat. You never know what will happen next. I have no finger nails by the end of each episode! It’s about a brilliant, yet psychotic serial killer who communicates with other active serial killers and activates a cult of believers following his every command.”</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Current T.V. Obsession: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">House of Cards</a></p> <p class="p1">Watch it on Netflix</p> <p class="p1">Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</p> <p class="p1">"Remember West Wing? Well, House of Cards is everything it wasn't. It covers everything from corruption and backstabbing to infidelity. It's the type of show where even the curveballs have curveballs. Plus, it's Kevin Spacey with a southern accent teaching you that it's OK to eat ribs for breakfast - what's not to like?”</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Current T.V. Obsession: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Friday Night Lights</a></p> <p class="p1">Watch it on Netflix </p> <p class="p1">Picked by Lori Pierino, Art Director</p> <p class="p1">“This is an older show but if you haven't seen it, definitely worth looking up. Very well written and acted. The kind of show that hits home! Realistic portrayal of ‘Middle America’ and deep personal exploration of its central characters.”</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Current T.V. Obsession: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Vikings</a></p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"><strong><img alt="" height="242" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/thevikings.jpg" width="490"></strong></a></p> <p class="p1">Watch it on The History Channel</p> <p class="p1">Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Assistant Art Director</p> <p class="p1">“I never heard of the show Vikings until right before the second season was about to start, so I watched season one in a week to catch up. It has such an amazing cast and the scenery and costume design is amazing. It probably also intrigues me since I have a Scandinavian background, and my favorite jewelry line happens to be Kalevala, which is derived from designs in archeological digs of the Viking Era. Waiting impatiently for season three…it can't get here fast enough!”</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Current T.V. Obsession: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Leftovers</a></p> <p class="p1">Watch it on HBO/ HBOGo</p> <p class="p1">Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</p> <p class="p1">"I'm really into The Leftovers because it takes a fantastical, haunting premise—2 percent of the world's population vanished three years ago, leaving Earth's ‘leftovers’ to move on—and treats it with verisimilitude. It's a commentary on crisis management, grief and faith, with fascinating and relatable characters living in a world not unlike our own.” </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Current T.V. Obsession: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Orphan Black</a></p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">Watch it on BBC America</a></p> <p class="p1">Picked by David Shuff, Web Department</p> <p class="p1">“This amazing sci-fi drama centers on Sarah, a street-wise young woman, who suddenly starts to encounter other women from all walks of life who are her seemingly identical twins. The part of Sarah and all the other women are played by Tatiana Maslany, who is amazingly able to create a distinct character for each of them, so effortlessly that it is easy to forget it is one actress playing several parts, often in the same scene. Watch this show, and you will be amazed how Maslany hasn't been nominated for an Emmy yet.”</p>Michelle FerrandFri, 25 Jul 2014 13:40:37 +0000 Reviews: &quot;Boyhood,&quot; &quot;A Most Wanted Man&quot;<p>Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” is the ultimate coming-of-age narrative in any media. Being the last word on the subject, all past and future attempts to depict the maturation from the childhood to young adulthood will seem fundamentally incomplete.</p> <p><img alt="" height="289" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/boyhood-1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Because “Boyhood” is nothing if not a complete film. You probably know the story of this buzziest of movies by now: Linklater began shooting the film in the summer of 2002, when his lead actor, Ellar Coltrane, was 7. They returned every following summer, for 12 years, shooting this 164-minute epic two weeks at a time. As a result, we watch everything get a little older and, yes, wiser: the actors onscreen, the technology they use, the conversations in which they engage. Linklater has called “Boyhood” a period piece, but it hardly meets the definition of one; he never recreates an older period but shoots forever in the now, filling his movie with the magic of the immediate moment, the majesty of the everyday.</p> <p>The pioneering documentarian Michael Apted attempted a similar filmic experiment with his career-long “Up” series, revisiting the same group of kids every seven years and charting their transformations into adolescence and middle age. Francois Truffaut famously followed his onscreen surrogate, Jean-Pierre Leaud’s Antoine Doinel, over a 20-year period. And Linklater himself, ever the patient auteur, has taken a groundbreaking long view with his “Before” trilogy, charting the development of a chatty pair of lovers over a real-time, 18-year trajectory.</p> <p>Both of these ongoing projects look glacially paced compared to “Boyhood,” which moves at an addictively propulsive pace. Each year in Mason’s (Coltrane) life spans about 15 cinematic minutes, then cuts to the next year without warning and waits for us to catch up to its characters’ sometimes slight, sometimes profound differences in age, height, demeanor and bodily wear and tear.</p> <p>Despite its professional editing and production values, its spirit is akin to a compilation of home movies, where a person’s evolution and eventual self-actualization is observed through a graduated timeline of significant annual moments, each intended to stand in for the other 50 weeks a year we miss. It’s the movie equivalent of one of those Darwinian flipbooks, where the monocellular organism becomes a reptile, then a primate, then a Neanderthal, then a millenial tapping away on an iPad.</p> <p><img alt="" height="344" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/boyhood-movie-photo-2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>You’ll be astonished at the consistency of character, as the director and most of the actors, dividing their time between other projects over a dozen years, become themselves so fully, as if no time passed at all. Tellingly, this is a movie, like the “Before” trilogy, that is largely about the ephemerality of time itself, its endless forward motion: We’re just beginning to grasp what Mason’s life is like in any given year, and <em>whoosh</em>—we’re already in the next one. How true is this sensation? It’s the perfect movie for anyone who’s ever had the thought, “I can’t believe another year has gone by,” or “they grow up so fast, don’t they?”</p> <p>This would normally be the point in the review that I would fill with a plot description, but when dealing with a plotless character study like this, the task seems provincial and beside the point. There are so many captivating surprises in this movie—so many instances of relatable laughter and equally relatable, heart-in-your-throat tragedy—that to mention any of them would be to spoil the wonder. I’ll speak instead of the wonderful acting. Linklater’s daughter Lorelei plays Mason’s older sister, Samantha, and her transformation is just as remarkable as Coltrane’s; you’ll find yourself wishing the director and his cast had shot enough material for “Girlhood,” shooting a second epic from Samantha’s point of view.</p> <p>Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke play the children’s divorced parents, Olivia and Mason Sr. As the years move inexorably onward and Olivia’s number of ill-fated husbands increases, her hair style and mannerisms become ever more matronly, her mistakes ever more glaring, her intentions ever purer (at one point, I scribbled the note “she’s doing the best she can”; minutes later, she says the same line in a defensive argument with Samanatha). Mason Sr., and Hawke himself, grows up slower, maintaining his youthful rakishness until his body acquiesces to age. By the end, he’s become the movie’s elder statesman, its longtime slacker who, no less than his son, has finally accepted manhood.</p> <p>As for Coltrane, his work here is astonishing, the sort of the emotionally vulnerable, naked performance only achieved by actors who have shed all notions of self-consciousness and can make the camera disappear. Whenever he cuts through the bullshit of the movie’s hypocritical authority figures—whether it’s his parents, his employers, his monstrous stepfathers—he doesn’t even have to say anything: You can read it in his eyes.</p> <p>Even when some of these figures are right, we side with Mason, because we’re invested in <em>him</em>, not his guardians, and they all come off as hindrances to his life path. We want to see him finally liberated, free of his nest and ready to find himself. We’ve all been there, whether or not we’ve had overachieving older siblings or divorced parents or violent stepfathers, or were bullied in school or harangued by teachers. The movie feels more authentic than most documentaries, each scene a brief, inspired burst of lightning in a bottle.</p> <p>And like many of the best films in movie history, “Boyhood” is also about film itself—about celluloid as a preserver of the past and a harbinger of the future. This being 2014, I thought everything in movies had been done, every narrative innovation explored. “Boyhood” proves me wrong. I can already say with utmost confidence that this will be remembered as the best film of the year, if not one of the greatest in the history of the medium.</p> <p><em>“Boyhood” opens today, July 25, at Cinemark Palace 20 in Boca Raton, AMC Aventura 24, Regal South Beach 18 and Coral Gables Art Cinema. It expands to more theaters in Palm Beach and Broward counties Aug. 1.</em></p> <p><strong> ***</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/a-most-wanted-man-trailer-660x330.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>There he is, Philip Seymour Hoffman, brought back to life like a cinematic Lazarus for the span of a too-short two hours. This isn’t to say that “A Most Wanted Man” is too short a film; on the contrary, this rote, even inert adaptation of the John Le Carre novel is plenty lengthy enough. But I’d sit in the auditorium all day to see Hoffman reading the proverbial phone book if it meant prolonging his photographic presence just a little bit longer.</p> <p>And this, his final starring role, is another vivid showcase for his talent. He plays Gunther Bachmann, an anti-terrorism operative with a checkered past, who has been “demoted” to a post-9-11 job tracking potential jihadis in Hamburg, Germany. His gut protrudes, his eyes are inquisitive but exhausted, his hair is disheveled. He exhibits a rumpled intelligence a la Peter Falk. He’s at home in the seediest bars in Germany, calling himself a “cave dweller,” and he suffers bad, outsize habits for alcohol and cigarettes. He hides reservoirs of tenderness beneath a gruff exterior.</p> <p>He is utterly this character, but he’s also Hoffman in his last days, life mirroring art and vice versa. He plays a spook, and the actor himself is now a ghost. When he’s onscreen, and even when he isn’t, it’s hard to think about anything else. We just want to savor every last moment, psychoanalyze every line of dialogue for double meanings that suggest the demons underneath the drama. Even if Philip Seymour Hoffman was still with us, he’d be the only reason to see this movie; but as a postmortem reminder, “A Most Wanted Man” is unintentionally heartbreaking and essential for admirers of his craft.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/a-most-wanted-man-review-photo-lead.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>At the resist of getting all handkerchief-y, there is a film here to review, and it’s an otherwise minor one, a passable, plotty example of second-tier Le Carre. Gunther and his team are following the travels of Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin), a mysterious half-Russian, half-Chechan potential jihadi who has illegally immigrated to Hamburg. Karpov has come into contact with Annabel Richter (Rachel McAdams), a human-rights attorney helping him seek asylum. She learns that he is set to inherit a fortune from his late terrorist father, which is kept under the auspices of a German banker (Willem Dafoe). Gunther and his colleagues, by forcing the assistance of Annabel, are hoping to lure Karpov, a small fry in organized terrorism, to a larger, money-laundering fish named Abdullah (Homayoun Ershadi).</p> <p>Screenwriter Andrew Bovell writes with the same expository, quippy punch of an airport thriller; I didn’t know it was based on a Le Carre book going in, but its source material will surprise no one. Dutch director Anton Corbijn, a renowned music-video auteur, brings a handsome banality to these familiar machinations of foreign intrigue, overusing his shaky-cam and flooding the overcast ambiance with gravitas even when it’s uncalled for: The story just isn’t as interesting as the filmmakers, and Herbert Gronemeyer’s heightened score, tells us it is. Most of this is a conventional spy game elevated to grandiose levels of global importance.</p> <p>“A Most Wanted Man” is far from an essential Hoffman experience; it’s not “Capote” or “Charlie Wilson’s War” or “Almost Famous” (I could go on and on). But as a final send-off to a legend who burned out far too quickly, it’s well worth your time.</p> <p><em>“A Most Wanted Man” opens today, July 25, at Cinemark Palace 20 and Regal Shadowood 16 in Boca Raton, Movies of Delray, Cinemark Boynton Beach 14, Muvico Parisian 20 in West Palm Beach, the Classic Gateway Theater in Fort Lauderdale, Cinemark Paradise 24 in Davie, and more.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 25 Jul 2014 13:37:15 +0000 & EventsMoviesSmall Bites: Chowder &amp; Sammies in WPB<p>Fans of authentic New England-style seafood—and not just chowder—can start salivating for their piscine fix as the West Palm debut of <a href="" target="_blank">Chowder Heads</a> is slated to take place in just a few weeks.</p> <p>The Okeechobee Boulevard sibling of the Jupiter parent will feature an even more extensive menu of fish and shellfish than the original, most all of it shipped down to our little corner of paradise straight from the source.</p> <p>What that means in your mouth, in addition to three types of chowder (New England, Manhattan and Rhode Island), is blue crab cakes and cocktails, Ipswich clams both steamed and fried, dry-packed scallops, haddock in several guises and, of course, Maine lobster. Stay tuned for a grand opening announcement.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/100montaditos.png" width="490"></p> <p>Also in West Palm, the long-awaited debut of <a href="" target="_blank">100 Montaditos</a> (<em>460 S. Rosemary Ave., 561/249-2444</em>) has finally arrived. The opening of the local branch of the Spanish purveyor of tapas-sized sandwiches is a bit of good news for CityPlace, which has been the subject of several stories about its evicting the popular brewpub Brewzzi and subsequent moves to do the same to Blue Martini. Never a dull moment in the restaurant biz. . .</p>Bill CitaraFri, 25 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsBeating the (late) Summertime Blues<p>It’s the end of July, which means we only have four to six weeks of summer left—depending whether you consider the first day of school (Aug. 18) or Labor Day (Sept. 1) as the end of summer. By now, you may be looking for a few alternatives to the beach. So here are my picks for some great late summer events going on in the Delray Beach area that don’t require bathing suits and sun tan lotion.</p> <p class="Default"><img alt="" height="335" src="/site_media/uploads/nurse-shark.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Default"><strong>Shark Feedings</strong></p> <p class="Default"><strong></strong>It’s not exactly like coming face to face with the ocean’s toughest predator, but it’s still a shark feeding–– even if it is a docile nurse shark. Every Tuesday through Saturday at 10:30 a.m., Sandoway House workers feed nurse sharks a breakfast of shrimp, sardines, and squid in a large swimming pool turned coral reef. While you don’t get to touch the hungry sharks, their handlers recite interesting and fun facts about the sharks and sometimes, you can hear the sound of a shark gulping down its breakfast –– it’ll sound like a big pop. If you can’t make it during the week, shark feedings are also held on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. There is a $4 admission fee for everyone over the age of 3.<br>Sandoway House Nature Center, 142 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach. For more information, call 561/274-7263 or visit <a href=""></a></p> <p class="Default"><strong>Belly Dancing Classes</strong></p> <p class="Default"><strong></strong>With daily afternoon thunderstorms and scorching heat, keeping active and doing a little exercise can prove to be a challenge. However, a little light belly dancing might be just the ticket. Throughout July, one-hour belly dancing classes will be offered at Veterans Park on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. courtesy of the Delray Beach Parks and Recreation department. Belly dancing not only helps improve your dance moves, but can also improve flexibility of the torso and joints, burn fat, improve circulation, and reduce stress. These classes are open to all ages and there is a $5 fee per class for Delray Beach residents and a $6 charge for non-residents. <br> Veterans Park, 802 N.E. 1st St., Delray Beach. For more information, call 561/ 243-7350 or click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p class="Default"><strong>Art Cinema at the Crest</strong></p> <p class="Default"><strong></strong>If you’re not interested in watching this summer’s blockbusters or have gone through all your Netflix recommendations, try catching a movie at the Crest Theatre at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts (DBCA). As part of DBCA’s Art Cinema series, different films will be shown every Wednesday at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., followed by a discussion on the film hosted by Caroline Breder-Watts. The Art Cinema series goes through August 27. Tickets to the screenings are free for DBCA members and $10 for non-members.</p> <p class="Default">July 30 – Nebraska (R, adventure/drama)<br> August 6 – Led Zeppelin –The Song Remains the Same (PG, documentary)<br> August 13 – All About Eve (PG, drama)<br> August 20 – Inside Llewyn Davis (R, drama)<br> August 27 – Caddyshack (R, comedy)<br> Delray Beach Center for the Arts, Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. For more information, call 561/243-7922 or visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p class="Default"><strong>Family Fun Day</strong></p> <p class="Default"><strong></strong>Family Fun Day at the Delray Marketplace has plenty to keep your little tykes busy with different interactive games, crafts stations, face painting, a bounce house, fire truck tours, and more. The Delray Marketplace will be hosting this fun event on July 30 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. However, if you can’t make it then, it will be hosting another Family Fun Day on August 13th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free.<br> Delray Marketplace, 14851 Lyons Rd., Delray Beach. For more information, please call 561/865-4613 or visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p class="Default"><strong>From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Paper as Art Exhibit</strong><br> Have a little time in the shade–– and get your arts fix with DBCA’s current exhibit, “From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Paper as Art.” The exhibit showcases approximately 75 intricate pieces where the paper is “transformed, manipulated, sculpted, or cut into two and three dimensional art…” by 20 participating artists –– four of whom call the Palm Beach County area home. The DBCA also has opened a kid-friendly gallery that allows your child to create his or her own interactive projects. The exhibit will run through August 24, Tuesdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5; there is no fee for children under six.<br> Delray Beach Center for the Arts, Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. For more information, please call 561/243-7922 or visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p class="BodyA"><em>About the author:</em><em></em></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</em></p>Michelle FerrandThu, 24 Jul 2014 10:42:39 +0000 BeachBig FAU plans and Boca is No. 1<h3>The Big Man On Campus has plans</h3> <p>New Florida Atlantic University President John Kelly talks like a city planner. For Boca Raton, that’s a good thing.</p> <p>FAU’s main campus isn’t just 850 acres that dispense education, culture, recreation and entertainment. It’s also a key component of the city. What FAU does affects more than just the campus. Example: the decision to change the swath of land on Glades Road known as University Commons from married student housing to outside retail. Traffic to University Commons—Whole Foods, Barnes and Noble, Bed, Bath and Beyond and all the restaurants—has made Glades Road and 15<sup>th</sup> Avenue the most congested intersection in Palm Beach County.</p> <p>At the time, that switch—which brings lease income to FAU—came as an unpleasant surprise to Boca Raton. Since then, however, FAU has made more of an effort to work with the city on proposed big projects. The current big thing, if it works out, could bring big benefits for both FAU and Boca.</p> <p>That would be creation of a college-oriented neighborhood around 20<sup>th</sup> Street just east of the campus. During an interview Wednesday in his office, Kelly said he wants to create the sort of “college town” district that FAU lacks. It would be a place to get “student food” and find entertainment within walking distance, which Kelly considers roughly one-fourth of a mile from campus. “I found out quickly,” he says, “that if you want to get food around here without waiting long, you’d better get it before you leave campus.”</p> <p>Such a district also would include apartments to complement the on-campus dorms. FAU, though, would not finance this housing. “I would rather spend our money on academics and athletics,” Kelly says. Private companies would finance the apartments, for which you would assume there would be a substantial market. Apartments north of the 20<sup>th</sup> Street area already cater to students.</p> <p>Looking at a map of the campus, Kelly points to the three southern entrances on Glades Road, saying none of them offers a “real” entrance. Doing 20<sup>th</sup> Street right, he said, might provide that defining gateway, especially since 20<sup>th</sup> Street leads into the administration building.</p> <p>There’s also the question of FAU’s northern entrance once the state finishes building the Spanish River Boulevard interchange at Interstate 95. The interchange will take some of the pressure off Glades and 15<sup>th</sup> Avenue, where FAU commuter traffic backs up on I-95 at the Glades Road interchange on weekday mornings. But more traffic coming in from the north will mean a new look at FAU and the neighborhoods north of the campus.</p> <p>Kelly has “met with several developers,” and has asked Dennis Crudele, FAU’s vice president for finance, to “get to a decision on 20<sup>th</sup> Street.” Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie correctly has pointed out that the area has no particular identity within the city, and thus could be an ideal spot for a planned new district.</p> <p>Redoing FAU’s physical plan fits with Kelly’s review of the university’s academic priority—to improve the graduation rate. Only about 40 percent of FAU students earn a degree in six years. That rate is near the bottom among Florida’s 11 public universities, and the Legislature soon may allocate state money based on performance.</p> <p>Kelly said getting freshmen on campus, as opposed to living at home, increases the chance of graduation because the students are more involved. That can be tough at FAU and other universities in Florida that began as commuter schools, as opposed to the University of Florida and Florida State. Also, students who live within 30 miles of the Boca campus don’t have to live there, because those students may come from families that can’t afford housing and food costs as well as tuition and fees.</p> <p>Still, Kelly’s goal of getting more residential and non-residential students to “hang out on campus” is rightly designed to keep all students focused more on leaving the campus—with a degree. Even if FAU doesn’t own off-campus apartments, Kelly wants to “embed FAU” within the apartments, offering students access to career counseling and other services. Eventually, FAU might reserve on-campus dorms for younger residential students, who then would go off-campus but not out of FAU’s reach. Buses, for example, would reduce traffic on campus.</p> <p>You can see why FAU’s search committee gushed over Kelly before the trustees approved his selection in January. Kelly, who had been vice president for economic development at Clemson, is an academic with real-world sensibilities. By this fall, he expects to have a plan for improving the graduation rate, and will seek guidance from business and community leaders. Notably, he also wants to improve FAU’s presence at the Jupiter campus. Pointing out that “Harvard would love” a campus that included biotech giants Scripps and the Max Planck Florida Institute, Kelly said, “We don’t want to look back in 10 years and say, ‘Too bad we didn’t do more there.’" He must name three permanent vice presidents among his leadership team, and plans to do so “by the end of fall.”</p> <p>Any talk of FAU, of course, must include the controversy that brought down former President Mary Jane Saunders. She embarrassed FAU in early 2013 with her inept defense of the $6 million stadium naming rights deal with private prison company GEO—a deal the board never should have approved. GEO withdrew the donation after revelations of human rights abuses at some of its facilities.</p> <p>Sadly, there is no progress on a new stadium deal. But there is new management. If Kelly can accomplish at FAU what he did at Clemson, Boca Raton will benefit along with the students, and all that gushing will have been justified.</p> <h3>We’re Number One!</h3> <p>This week, Delray Beach touted its ranking by a financial website as the seventh-best Florida city in which to live. What Delray didn’t say is that the same so-called study ranked Boca Raton first.</p> <p>The comparison comes from CreditDonkey (, which claims to rate financial products and based its ranking on five categories: income, percentage of residents who attended college, odds of being a victim of violent crime, commute time and number of restaurants per capita. For the record, CreditDonkey’s 10 best in Florida are: Boca, Coral Springs, Pensacola, Port Orange, Jupiter, Davie, Delray, Clearwater, Cape Coral and Jacksonville. Here’s the link to the full comments. <a href="">Study: Best Cities to Live in Florida - CreditDonkey</a></p> <p>In fact, a better name for the list would be “Best Cities to Live in Florida After Making Your Money Somewhere Else.” A year ago, CreditDonkey released its list of the 10 best cities in which to get rich. No Florida cities got that designation. That Top 10 was: San Jose, Boston, Washington, D.C.—think about that one for a minute—Austin, Tex., Minneapolis, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Raleigh, N.C., and Houston.</p> <h3>Campaign spinning begins</h3> <p>Prepare for this news to be spun in the campaign for governor: Florida led the nation in job growth for June, adding 37,400 non-farm jobs after a drop of 17,200 in May.</p> <p>If you like Gov. Rick Scott, he gets the credit. If you like Charlie Crist, Florida is just riding the wave of national improvement under President Obama. In fact, the national unemployment rate of 6.1 percent is now lower than Florida’s 6.2 percent, after Scott for months had touted Florida’s lower rate.</p> <p>Part of the reason Florida’s unemployment rate has stalled for now is actually good news: More people are joining the labor force. Nearly 207,000 have done so in the last six months, which means that people are more optimistic about finding work.</p> <p>Do not expect to see this sort of layered discussion in Scott and Crist campaign ads. But now you know.     </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"><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, 24 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityConcert Review: Kiss &amp; Def Leppard<p>The Starchild, aka Paul Stanley, is seductively stroking the neck of his silver glitter guitar, an appreciative gesture meant to warm the cockles of a 20-something blonde who is baring more than just her heart. From her elevated perch atop someone’s weary shoulders, the blonde pulls down her sleeveless T-shirt for about the 12th time—a topless treat that, earlier, prompted Stanley to quip, “I love you … I want to marry you. For the night.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/kiss.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Off to Stanley’s right, Gene Simmons as The Demon—a gooey trail of fake blood, sweat and spittle streaming off his chin—is flicking his legendary snake tongue into the cheek of guitarist Tommy Thayer. Behind them, flash pods explode and flame-throwing devices shoot across the stage with such intensity that audience members can feel the heat from 30 rows away. Few in the crowd seem to know the words to the song being played and, honestly, it doesn’t matter.</p> <p>Welcome to an evening with <strong>KISS</strong>, which stormed into West Palm Beach Tuesday night with its Army in full force, as part of a rock-tastic double bill with <strong>Def Leppard</strong>. More than 15,000 people—countless sporting KISS makeup and several (ranging in age from small children to overweight, middle-aged men) in full-blown KISS costumes—filled <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Cruzan Amphitheatre</strong></a> to the gills.</p> <p>Over the years, KISS has been an easy target for rock snobs for any number of reasons, past and present: Because Simmons has a reality show; because the band’s style-over-substance act doesn’t belong in the same Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as The Beatles and Springsteen; because the capitalists in KISS would sell their soul if it put another $14.99 in the war chest. While it’s true that fans can purchase everything from a KISS latex mask with full Gene tongue ($39.95) to a KISS Mr. Potato Head set ($34.95) at, it’s also true that KISS—celebrating 40 years (only Simmons and Stanley remain from the original band)—has earned its place in rock history.</p> <p>Fans of the band, as loyal and feverish as any in the business, would certainly tell those critics to KISS off. After all, how many groups in this concert age enter on a descending eight-legged metal spider contraption that looks like something out of “War of the Worlds?” Where else can you witness a bass player hoisting a flaming sword and spewing fire, as Simmons did during “Hotter Than Hell?” When’s the last time you saw Dave Matthews ride a glorified zip line across the lower section of the crowd to an elevated platform in the middle of the amphitheater, as Stanley did before “Love Gun.”</p> <p>KISS gave the Cruzan crowd exactly what it wanted, accompanied by massive pyrotechnics, billowing smoke, exploding confetti cannons and Simmons’ requisite blood gurgling prior to “God of Thunder.” The show ran so close to curfew that KISS couldn’t encore after closing with “Detroit Rock City” and “Rock and Roll All Nite.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/defleppard.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Def Leppard</strong> took the stage first, but theirs was a headlining show by any standard, a 14-song set of greatest hits that served as a reminder why the British band has sold some 100 million albums worldwide.</p> <p>It’s also one of those rare groups that has remained relatively intact for the duration of its multi-decade run—with Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick Savage (bass) and Rick Allen (drums) all logging 30 years or more with Def Leppard. Even more impressive is that they look and sound no worse for wear. Collen, a few years shy of 60, is ripped like an MMA fighter; Elliott, with his Union Jack scarf around the microphone stand, commanded the stage like someone half his age; and Allen, the group’s legendary one-armed drummer, plays with as much enthusiasm as ever.</p> <p>On this night, Def Leppard stayed true to its recordings—no lengthy solos or extended versions. Highlights included an acoustic take on “Bringin’ on the Heartache,” and a three-song closing stretch of “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Rock of Ages” and “Photograph” that sounded like a band at the top of its game.</p> <p>By the end of the night, with face paint fading fast, the KISS Army, along with everyone else, was spent. KISS and Def Leppard had done their jobs, and rock had won the day.  </p> <p>Photos: Jason Koerner Photography (KISS) and Michele Eve Photography (Def Leppard).</p> <p><strong>Set List: Def Leppard</strong></p> <p>Let It Go<br>Animal<br>Foolin'<br>Love Bites<br>Let's Get Rocked<br>Two Steps Behind<br>Bringin' on the Heartbreak<br>Switch 625 <br>Hysteria<br>Rocket<br>Armageddon It <br>Pour Some Sugar on Me<br>Rock of Ages<br>Photograph</p> <p><strong>Set List: KISS</strong></p> <p>Psycho Circus<br>Deuce<br>Shout It Out Loud<br>War Machine<br>Hotter Than Hell<br>I Love It Loud<br>Lick It Up<br>God of Thunder <br>Hide Your Heart 
<br>Cold Gin 
<br>Love Gun<br>Black Diamond 
<br>Detroit Rock City 
<br>Rock and Roll All Nite</p>Kevin KaminskiWed, 23 Jul 2014 15:13:35 +0000 & EventsMusicOpinionsExperiencing Turtle Nesting Season<p class="p1">I’ve lived in South Florida for almost 10 years. I’m ashamed to say it, but it wasn’t until last week that I witnessed a Florida <strong>sea turtle nesting</strong>. It was surreal to say the least - to watch a 300-pound sea turtle lay an exorbitant number of eggs on the shore of Fort Lauderdale beach.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/seaturtle.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">I joined the <strong>Museum of Discovery and Science</strong> for its last guided turtle walk of the season. We headed out to the beach at around 11 p.m., starting off by setting turtle hatchlings free. It was a rather humorous experience: a group of us huddled around two-inch creatures, watching them crawl their way across an estimated 5-foot expanse of sand into the ocean.</p> <p class="p1">Then came the waiting. As three museum employees and two volunteers searched the beach, the rest of us sat on beach chairs and waited quietly, in hopes that they would see a turtle make its way up to shore and prep its nest. We were instructed to stay as silent as we could, as noise could scare away an approaching turtle, and to turn the brightness of our phone screens to its lowest possible setting. Turns out light, too, scares away these precious sea creatures.</p> <p class="p1">I propped up my beach chair at a 90-degree angle, fighting sleep, my eyes planted on the moon. It was the brightest light visible given the government lighting ordinances during turtle nesting season, which runs from April to October.</p> <p class="p2">About two hours later, the museum staff finally returned to round us up. We perked up: they found one. After a reminder to stay quiet and to avoid the turtle tracks — city officials used the tracks to mark the location of new turtle nests the next morning — we ventured on.</p> <p class="p1">By the time we got to her, she had already started the process of nesting. There was a shallow hole on the shore and sand all over her shell, a sign that she dug into the ground. The staff had positioned a pair of dim red flashlights in the sand so we could see.</p> <p class="p1">One by one, the eggs dropped in. </p> <p class="p1">Parents, kids who looked around 11 or 12, a pair of girls that must have been in college - we all silently watched, mesmerized. Everything else lost relevance. It didn't matter that it was 2 a.m. and that I had to be up four hours later to get ready for work. I even forgot where we were. The high-rises, the beach resorts, all signs of commercialization had faded away. </p> <p class="p2">I couldn't keep track of the number of eggs — the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee website states a sea turtle lays between 80-120 — but she just kept on going. Eventually, she began to cover up the hole, flinging sand over her eggs with her flippers. She slowly made her way back back across the sand, pausing in intervals before disappearing into the waves...</p> <p class="p1">The <a href="" target="_blank">Museum of Discovery and Science</a><span> </span><em>(401 S.W. Second St., Fort Lauderdale // 954/467-6637) </em>is one of five organizations in South Florida permitted to hold public turtle watches.</p> <p class="p1">Other certified organizations:</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">Gumbo Limbo Nature Center</a> (<em>1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton // 561/544-8605</em>)</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">Loggerhead Marinelife Center</a> <em>(14100 U.S. Highway 1, Juno Beach // 561/627-8280)</em></p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">John D. MacArthur Beach Park</a> <em>(10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive, North Palm Beach //561/624-6950)</em></p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">John U. Lloyd Beach State Park</a> <em>(6503 N. Ocean Drive, Dania Beach // 954/923-2833)</em></p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 23 Jul 2014 15:01:16 +0000 Found: Happy Hour at Tanzy<p><em>Boca Raton</em> magazine has a long and venerable reputation for its staff, a discerning and erudite cadre of professionals dedicated to bringing our readers the best experiences in the city. Our owners, John and Margaret Shuff, have long encouraged staff to “navigate” the region for our readers, to “edit” the South Florida experience for them.</p> <p>In other words, you can count on us to know our way around a good Happy Hour. In fact, we had one last week that knocked our argyle socks off.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/l1002466.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>It was at <a href="" target="_blank">Tanzy</a> at the iPic theater in <strong>Mizner Park</strong>, in that dim little vine-wrapped enclave off the bar, a space somewhat reminiscent of a Hobbit House, if Hobbits were prone to dry martinis and parmesan-stuffed meatballs. We were all there, looking down the barrel of Thursday afternoon, tired, war torn, ready to kick back and ponder the weekend. And we were not disappointed.</p> <p>Happy Hour at Tanzy is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are $5 infused signature vodkas and select cocktails, $5 glasses of wine, $4 select draft beers and $8 crispy brussel sprouts, pan- seared calamari, meatball and garlic crostini, for starters.</p> <p>And if that just tickles your fancy, you can get a little fancier and have a great dinner there after. Even fancier, you can pour yourself into one of their chaise lounges upstairs in a movie theater where the seats have binkies, pillows and call buttons for cocktails.</p> <p>This may be the happiest happy hour(s) around.</p>Marie SpeedWed, 23 Jul 2014 12:40:03 +0000 31 deadline for Women of Distinction nominees<p>Call us crazy for thinking ahead but we have to post a reminder that all of you civic-minded wonders out there only have one more week to submit your nomination for this year’s <strong>Women of Distinction</strong> <strong>breakfast</strong>, to be held Oct. 1 at <a href="" target="_blank">Boca West Country Club</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/new_soroptimist_logo.jpg" width="250"></p> <p>That’s right—this is the deadline: July 31!</p> <p>This annual fundraising event by <a href="" target="_blank">Soroptimist International</a> honors women in the community who are making a big difference in the lives of others. These are the unsung heroes, the do-gooders, the selfless volunteers and non-profit workers and professionals who are true angels among us. I know because I was part of this group years ago, and this year, Margaret Mary Shuff and I are honorary co-chairs of the breakfast.</p> <p>If you know someone who deserves to be honored, please jump on this and get your nomination in now. Nominees typically fill this bill:</p> <ul> <li>Outstanding commitment to community service</li> <li>Exceptional leadership in career or as a professional volunteer</li> <li>Inspired others to achieve beyond what was thought possible</li> <li>Professional excellence and accomplishment</li> </ul> <p>Last year there were 31 nominees and 300 people at the breakfast.  All proceeds for the breakfast go to local charities. I’ll be posting more on this special annual event in the weeks to come; in the meantime, get those nominations in TODAY and watch this space for updates.</p> <p>For more information and a nomination form, please contact either of our co-chairs: Judith Hinsch at 561/859-1883 or Deborah Bacarella at 561/239-2300. </p>Marie SpeedWed, 23 Jul 2014 11:52:46 +0000 Anti-Aging Gene + Don Shula&#39;s big donation<p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>An Aging Gene?</strong></p> <p class="p1">Local scientists may have uncovered a single gene that plays an important role in aging. The discovery (while early in its development) could open the door to therapies that influence the aging process. </p> <p class="p1">The gene is called <strong>SPNS1</strong>.</p> <p class="p1">Shuji Kishi, a Scripps assistant professor and lead study author, says researchers believe the previously uncharacterized development gene affects the aging process.</p> <p class="p1">“Even a partial loss of SPNS1 function can speed aging,” he says.</p> <p class="p1">Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Fla., Florida Atlantic University and elsewhere around the U.S. and Canada, conducted a study on zebrafish. According to a Scripps press release on July 17, they are a useful species for studying human diseases associated with development and aging. </p> <p class="p1">By disturbing SPNS1 in Zebrafish during the embryonic and larval stages, the scientists found they could shorten and lengthen lifespans. </p> <p class="p1">While most studies have focused on how aging affects the cells’ abilities to divide and grow in life’s later stages, this one looked at the earlier stages in life. </p> <p class="p1">To find out more about this and other research, go to: <a href=""></a>.</p> <p class="p1"><strong><em>In other news…</em></strong></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="385" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/donshula.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">The Fort Lauderdale-based <strong>Don Shula Foundation</strong> is donating $1.5 million to the Tampa-based <a href="">Moffitt Cancer Center</a>. The money will establish The Don Shula Breast Cancer Research Fund, which will support research projects on new treatment and prevention approaches for breast cancer patients. This could positively impact local patients, as The Eugene M. &amp; Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute is a Moffitt Oncology Network partner.</p> <p class="p1">The all-time winningest coach Don Shula, his wife, Mary Anne, and Miami Dolphins’ former quarterback Bob Griese were on hand July 15 for an event to announce the fund at Shula’s on the Beach at The Westin Beach Resort and Spa, Fort Lauderdale. Established more than two decades ago, The Don Shula Foundation, is a tribute to Shula’s late wife, Dorothy.</p> <p class="p1">Shula’s Steak Houses will contribute to The Shula Fund and promote breast cancer awareness in participating Shula’s restaurants throughout Florida, including Shula Burger. Look for special promotions in October for breast cancer awareness month and May for Mother’s Day. For more information or to contribute, go to <a href=""></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="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 23 Jul 2014 08:25:22 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyBoca After Dark: Sandbar<p><strong>Where: </strong>40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach <a target="_blank">561/278-3364</a></p> <p><strong>The lowdown: </strong>Seaside Heights may not be the same in Jersey anymore, but it’s alive and kickin’ down here in Florida. That same beach party atmosphere can be found right on Ocean Avenue at Delray Beach’s <strong>Sandbar</strong>, the sister restaurant to Boston’s On The Beach. </p> <p><img alt="" height="182" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/sandbar.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Life is better at the beach</em>. This is definitely the mindset shared by those visiting Delray, especially when there’s a fun and inviting atmosphere like Sandbar just across the street. The music is loud and energetic and the DJ keeps it spinning. People of all ages fill up the tables and lounge chairs and crowd around the two bars throughout this backyard oasis. Just about everyone is sun-kissed and still in bathing suits — most likely after spending the day on the beach. Sandbar is completely outdoors, so check the forecast before you go. When the weather is nice, this place is packed. On a normal day, you’re lucky to find a seat at the bar and even luckier if you’re able to find a spot in the coveted lounge area located underneath a big canopy tent that features a corn hole set up. </p> <p>Drinks are a bit on the expensive side, $10-12 for one of their signature cocktails, but what do you expect from a place that makes you feel like you’re on a tropical island away from any real sign of civilization? Specialty cocktails make up most of the drink list — flavored mojitos, frozen drinks like the Killer Colada or Exotic Berry Daiquiri, the Coron-ita, martinis and more than 10 different kinds of rum concoctions dubbed “Rhum Rhapsodies” to go around. A small selection of wines, champagnes and draft beers are also available. The food is typical bar fare with a seafood flare. Expect menu items like smoked fish dip, chilled peel ‘n eat shrimp and Key West conch fritters. There’s a variety of sandwiches, burgers and salads too.</p> <p>The atmosphere is vibrant and full of life — and it seems to stay this way even after the sun goes down. </p> <p><strong>The intangibles: </strong>Sandbar offers specials almost every day of the week, with S&amp;M Mondays (1/2 off Sam Adams drafts and premium well margaritas all day), $3 draft beers on Tuesdays until 4 p.m., premium well bottles for $100 on Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to close, “Drum for the Rhum” Thursdays from 8 p.m. to midnight (1/2 price select Rhum Rhapsodies and $5 shot specials), Ladies Night on Fridays from 9 p.m. to close ($2 premium well cocktails for ladies) and $18 pitcher specials all day on Saturdays. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. with ½ off premium well liquors, draft beer, house wine and select appetizers. Sandbar also offers complimentary valet parking Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a receipt. </p> <p><strong>Hours:</strong> Sandbar is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Monday, Friday and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and from 11 a.m. to midnight on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. They do close during severe weather conditions.</p> <p><strong>Website:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <center><em>For more on bars in Boca Raton, click <a href="/blog/tag/boca-after-dark/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em><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="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</div>Shaina WizovWed, 23 Jul 2014 08:04:56 +0000 Ingredients through Boca-based Hatchery<p class="p1"><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/hatchery-media-6w.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Imagine having gourmet ingredients delivered to your door every month. Now add to that the fact that these ingredients are all made by hand in the USA with no GMOs. We’re talking products like blueberry extract, blood orange olive oil and dark chocolate malted fudge. Are you hooked? Cause we definitely are. This gourmet ingredient service exists, and it’s provided by Boca-based <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Hatchery</a>, </strong>a monthly subscription service for chef curated items like the ones listed above.</p> <p class="p1">For $25 a month, or $20 a month if you sign up for a full year, you receive five to six (large) sample sizes of hand-selected artisan ingredients. They could range from jellies and jams to seasonings and spices. They’re individually wrapped and packaged using completely biodegradable materials — no plastic or bubble wrap here — and come with a booklet that tells you a little bit about each maker and his, her or their ingredient.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="357" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/hatchery-media-2w.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">“We’re not just trying to sell products,” says founder <strong>Max Friedman</strong>, a 26-year-old Delray Beach resident who was born and raised in Boca. “We’re trying to tell a story.”</p> <p class="p1">A more detailed version of their backgrounds live on the Hatchery website, under “The Guide” tab. The Guide also includes a series of recipe ideas and catchy 15-second how-to videos. </p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/hatchery-media-5w.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">And if you decide you really love a particular ingredient, you can buy the full-sized version online. Shipping is free for the featured items of the month. For all other items, shipping is $4.95 or free for orders of more than $35.</p> <p class="p1">The process involves Friedman, his five-person Boca team and a set of chefs located all over the country. The items are first selected based on preliminary qualifications mentioned earlier: they can’t be available on a mass level or contain any GMOs, and they must be made in the U.S. The product is then sent over to the Boca office, where it is tested — first by itself, then with an item, then with an original recipe. Friedman says roughly one out of every 10 ingredients make the final cut.</p> <p class="p1">Though Hatchery just launched in December, it already has a large online presence: nearly 8,000 Twitter followers, more than 12,000 Facebook likes and more than 12,000 Instagram followers. Friedman can’t reveal the number of his subscribers just yet, since the company is still in its beginning stages and seeking investors — but the future of Hatchery looks bright. He downplays these impressive social media  numbers, saying they still have a long way to go, but his passion and enthusiasm are uncontainable.</p> <p class="p1">“We’re in the beginning of something really great,” he says.</p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 22 Jul 2014 11:02:07 +0000 & ReviewsLunch Review: Madisons<p class="p1">I’ve spent the summer trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle before heading back to the University of Florida, which has limited my local dining options. If it wasn’t for my dad grilling mass amounts of chicken, I’d either be really hungry—or really bloated after exploring too many high-calorie restaurant favorites. </p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="352" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/outside-night-2-corner-view.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="p1">Every once in awhile, I come across a restaurant that allows me to stray from my dad’s chicken without feeling guilty. Like <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Madisons New York Grill &amp; Bar</strong></a> (<em>2006 N.W. Executive Center Circle, 561/994-0808</em>), just off of Glades Road in Boca near the Interstate 95 exit. Though it doesn’t specialize in low-cal cuisine, the menu offers an array of items that meet my health-conscious standards.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="471" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/quinoasalad.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">My mom and I split two salads: quinoa Caprese (with fresh mozzarella and Campari tomato) and kale (tossed in peanut dressing). For her main course, Mom had the grilled salmon; sticking with the salad theme, I ordered the NYC salad with mixed greens, arugula, baby spinach, walnuts, fresh raspberries, strawberries and green apple. Tossed with grilled chicken and dressed with raspberry vinaigrette, it was the perfect summertime lunch. </p> <p class="p1">Madisons is elegant yet comfortable, with friendly servers and a hearty lunch menu beyond the options on my radar (think burgers, sandwiches, steak, lamb chops, ribs, chicken and more). The ’70s music that resonates throughout the restaurant had us feeling giddy and upbeat after our appetizers and entrées, so we splurged for dessert.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="337" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/brownie.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">We guiltlessly drove our spoons into a warm, gooey walnut brownie topped with vanilla ice cream, and drizzled with caramel and chocolate syrup—plus, we sampled Madisons’ signature Key lime pie. I have to admit, I’m not usually a Key lime fan, but the tangy tartness of the filling and the crispy, crunchy pecan crust won me over.</p> <p class="p1">Granted, I won’t be up for that sweet tooth splurge every time I visit Madisons, but the appetizers and entrées are enough to keep me coming back.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Taryn Tacher is a senior at the University of Florida studying Journalism and Business Administration, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. Though she is less than five feet tall, what she lacks in height she makes up for with her passion for writing. She loves yoga, puppies and all things tiny. You can reach Taryn at</em></p>Taryn TacherTue, 22 Jul 2014 10:30:00 +0000 & ReviewsOn Tap &amp; Tapped Out<p>Craft beer fans have yet another option to whet (and wet) their suds-loving whistles with the debut of <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>The</strong> <strong>Brass Tap</strong></a> (<em>950 N. Congress Ave., 561/413-3782)</em> beer and wine bar in Boynton Beach.</p> <p><img alt="" height="192" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/brasstapbeer.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Part of a Florida-based chain with more than a dozen units (and several more slated to open soon), the Boynton Tap takes over the old Shane’s Rib Shack spot. It features some 300 different domestic and imported brews on tap and in bottles, plus a selection of wines and cigars. One-hundred beers are available on tap, including such local favorites as suds from Cigar City, Due South and Funky Buddha.</p> <p>There’s also a limited food menu that ranges from sammies and burgers to tacos and quesadillas to individual pizzas and chicken wings. Look for live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights too.</p> <p>Don’t, however, look for The Brass Tap at CityPlace. That Tap is all tapped out, shut down reportedly for not paying rent. And speaking of CityPlace and not paying rent, the mall folks are also said to be after Blue Martini too. <a href="/blog/2014/07/14/86d-the-restaurant-deadpool/" target="_blank">Brewzzi</a>, the popular local brewpub, is shuttered, at least for now, following protracted legal maneuvering. Looks like CityPlace is starting to play some hardball.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 22 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsThe Week Ahead: July 22 to 28<p>TUESDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/art17530widea.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $34.75 to $114.75</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Monkeys, lizards and giraffes, oh my! These are just three examples of the colorful fauna that will hop and jump and slither across the stage during “Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy,” the critically acclaimed Broadway hit from stage impresario Neil Goldberg. They won’t be real animals, but don’t tell it to the circus performers portraying them: “Jungle Fantasy” as an immersive journey into the wildlife of your dreams, complete with precarious balancing acts, soaring aerialism, remarkable juggling and award-nominated costumes. Par for the cirque course, you’ll see bodies effortlessly contort themselves into positions bodies aren’t supposed to inhabit. “Jungle Fantasy,” which holds the distinction of being the first cirque show to open on Broadway, runs through Sunday only at Broward Center.</p> <p><img alt="" height="212" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/ship600.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Screenings of “The Shipment”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cinema Paradiso, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 6 and 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 813/220-1546, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>As an appetizer before its Aug. 8 opening of Korean-American playwright Young Jean Lee’s play “Church,” Fort Lauderdale’s Thinking Cap Theatre has joined forces with the area’s only single-screen art-house for a filmed version of one of Lee’s plays: “The Shipment,” first produced in New York in 2008. Lee, who runs a nonprofit company in the Big Apple that produces her work, has been called “one of the best experimental playwrights in America,” and “The Shipment” is right up her avant-garde alley. It is her attempt to create, as she put it, a “black identity politics show.” Five African-American actors take the stage, with a few basic props and otherwise no set. Driven as much by impromptu dance, music and body movement as by dialogue, the play explores hidden racial biases in a supposedly “post-racial” United States, and has garnered universal raves. </p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="264" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/bestdolphinboymain.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Hot Days Cool Flicks” festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Movies of Delray, 7421 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 4 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 877/318-0071, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The next Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival won’t commence for another six months. But the durable festival, which turns 25 in January, is not simply taking the summer off: It’s presenting six Jewish-themed films from the U.S., Israel and Poland—one film a week, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays—at select Palm Beach County cinemas through Aug. 27. Future titles range from “Hora 79,” a documentary about a legendary Israeli folk-dancing troupe (Aug. 5-6); to the romantic slice-of-life American comedy “Dorfman in Love” (Aug. 12-13). The festivities kick off this week with the Palm Beach County premiere of “Dolphin Boy,” a touching documentary tearjerker about a traumatized Arab boy and the dolphins who brought him out of an abyss.</p> <p>THURSDAY TO SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/mars-peter-story-live-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus LIVE”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Men and women may never really understand each other—not completely—but you can’t blame John Gray for this communicative disparity. The relationship counselor has spent more than 20 years educating the world about the polarities between these two interplanetary species, to the tune of more than 50 million books sold and translated into 50 languages. He’s written 21 books about gender differences, but it’s his pioneering, enduring original, <em>Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus,</em> that has inspired this new one-man show in the vein of “Defending the Caveman.” Comedian Peter Story will star in a production that men and woman have agreed is equal parts hilarious and emotional—a good date activity, no matter what planet you’re from.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="280" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/10502200_536359346490384_1176097783136657457_n.jpg" width="392"></p> <p><strong>What: Aaron Lebos Reality</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25 to $35</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>A graduate in Jazz Performance at both the University of Miami and Florida International University, homegrown guitarist Aaron Lebos released a couple of respected jazz albums in 2010 and has been heard on live appearances by local chanteuse Nicole Henry. But it’s his latest project, Aaron Lebos Reality, that has been turning heads lately, more for what it <em>isn’t</em> than what it is. It’s hardly a traditional jazz album, taking the term “jazz fusion” to new directions. Like the best jazz, it’s unpredictable, full of melodic surprises. But it’s also loud, rollicking and absolutely rocking. Lebos recently told the <em>Miami Herald</em> that his latest album, <em>Turning Point</em>, is a “pretty aggressive record … far from what people might consider traditional jazz.” At this performance at Arts Garage, you’re likely to hear the influence of Hendrix, Zeppelin, Talking Heads and Bloc Party in an eclectic stew of rock, jazz, funk and world music.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="255" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/5527cd_9fbb821a4b5545e2941bbf7c471e6e4a.jpg_srz_319_255_85_22_0.50_1.20_0.jpg" width="319"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening reception of “Dogs”</strong></p> <p>Where: Paul Fisher Gallery, 433 Flamingo Drive, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 6 to 10 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-5255, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you’ve ever thought a an art opening would be more fun with little furry friends scurrying about the gallery—and honestly, as a dog owner, I’ve entertained this thought many times—then now is your chance to help make it a reality. Four-legged friends are welcome at the opening of “Dogs,” a showcase of canine sculptures, paintings and drawings by Skip Hartzell. Whatever medium they’re presented in, Hartzell’s pooches endear themselves with a sort of primitive rawness: They seem as much informed by how dogs see the world as how we see them. Woofgang Bakery will offer special treats at Friday’s opening, and 20 percent of sales from this exhibition will benefit Furry Friends Rescue. The show runs through Aug. 26.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/514.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The first “Best Movie Fest Ever”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cinemark Palace and XS, 3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: $15 for three movies</p> <p>Contact: 561/395-4695</p> <p>More than any other chain cinema, Cinemark has done its share to exhibit not just new releases but re-mastered classics, presented in stunning high definition for a dedicated niche of film lovers. This tendency will expand over the coming months thanks to the “Best Movie Fest Ever,” a partnership with Twentieth Century Fox that will see some of the studio’s classic films enjoying new life on the silver screen. The monthly film series will begin Saturday with three classic musicals, running all day for the price of one ticket: “Hello, Dolly!” (11:15 a.m.), “Moulin Rouge” (2:20 p.m.) and “Oklahoma!” (5 p.m.). All of these musicals will be digitally restored, but the latter title is the biggest news of all: The Rodgers and Hammerstein warhorse will be presented in a 4K restoration, and will be screened at 30 frames per second, matching the movie’s frame rate when it was released in 1955. For laymen, that means the movie hasn’t looked this perfect since its opening in 1950s movie palaces. </p> <p>MONDAY (July 28)</p> <p><img alt="" height="231" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/2273406544.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Jefferson Starship</strong></p> <p>Where: Jazziz Nightlife, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $60</p> <p>Contact: 561/300-0730, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>At its peak, Jefferson Airplane headlined the legendary Woodstock festival in 1969.  But the group only lasted seven influential years; by 1974, three of its members had re-emerged with Jefferson Starship, a name change that suggests an even higher flight into cosmic musical stratospheres. Steeped in science-fiction lore, Jefferson Starship’s irrepressible arena rock was decidedly of its time in the 1980s, meaning it looks and sounds affectionately cheesy today. But judging by recent set lists, the group’s more fatuous material of the ‘80s has been largely dispensed in favor of its earlier psychedelic/folk-rock approach. Recent set lists have included plenty of Jefferson Airplane material, along with covers by like-minded acts Crosby, Stills, Nash &amp; Young and Quicksilver Messenger Service. Catch the band perform all of this and much more on its 40<sup>th</sup> anniversary tour, in the intimate confines of Jazziz. (Jefferson Starship also performs Tuesday, July 29 at Jazziz.)</p>John ThomasonMon, 21 Jul 2014 16:03:16 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadUpcoming EventsSuri Tapas Opens in Lake Worth<p>The typically sleepy Lake Worth restaurant scene is showing signs of waking up lately, with the debut of The Island in the former Bizaare Avenue Cafe space and now the morphing of the downtown spot once home to the Italian eatery Fiorentino into <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Suri Tapas Bar</strong></a> (<em>707 Lake Ave., Lake Worth, 561/249-7436</em>).</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/suri_tapas.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The classy, rustic-chic look of Fiorentino is unchanged. The semi-open kitchen in the rear looks out to the long, narrow dining room with a bar that spans almost its entire length. A row of black-clad banquettes runs along a limestone-faced wall hung with colorful modern artworks; against another wall and narrow planters sprouting fresh herbs. A spacious covered outdoor patio fronts the street and a rooftop garden supplies some of the restaurant’s produce.</p> <p>As for the food, it’s styled as “alternative American cuisine,” which in your mouth means everything from carpaccio and ceviche to a half-dozen flatbreads to small plates like crispy duck confit cigars and scallops with squash, prosciutto and truffle oil to larger plates like rosemary pappardelle with filet tips and porcini mushrooms and vegetarian burrata lasagna.</p> <p>Suri Tapas Bar is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Sunday.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 21 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsFashion Forward: A grand opening, sip and shop + an anniversary sale<p class="p1"> <img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/oneclick.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>OneClick</strong> is celebrating the grand opening of its <a href="" target="_blank">Sawgrass Mills</a> location tomorrow, July 19. Throughout the day, the official Apple product retailer will feature a DJ, raffles and special promotions. Get a free Canon AirPlay Multifunction Printer and iKlear Klearscreen Starter Kit with any iMac purchase. Buy an iPad Air and receive the same printer, a stylus pen and two Belkin Overlay TrueClear Films also for free. For more information, call 305/200-3500. <em>(12801 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise, near the Market Food Court)</em></p> <p class="p2">Its back! <a href="" target="_blank">Mizner Park</a> is hosting its second <strong>Sip and Shop event</strong> on Thursday, July 24, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy complimentary beverages and special offers throughout the plaza. For more information, check out our post on the last Sip and Shop event <a href="/blog/2014/06/25/mizner-parks-sip-and-shop/" target="_blank">here</a>. <em>(327 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/362-0606)</em> </p> <p class="p1">Shop <a href="" target="_blank">Nordstrom</a>’s biggest sale of the year. From now until Aug. 3, Nordstrom is hosting its annual Anniversary Sale, with unbeatable prices on clothing, accessories, beauty items and more. Spotted: Michael Kors watches, a Kate Spade satchel and a Burberry scarf. <em>(Town Center at Boca Raton, 5820 Glades Road // 561/620-5555)</em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 18 Jul 2014 15:57:33 +0000 NewsMovie Review: &quot;Wish I Was Here&quot;<p><img alt="" height="278" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/wishiwashere.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>It’s been 10 years between Zach Braff’s first feature film as a writer-director, “Garden State,” and his second, the newly released “Wish I Was Here.” In that first film, he was a listless 20-something searching for his purpose. This time, his face of perpetual stubble betrays his years, but if he’s lost his youthful aimlessness, he’s replaced it with a middle-aged aimlessness.</p> <p>He inhabits that skin of Aiden Bloom, a strikingly similar Braffian avatar who has matured just enough to outgrow his Manic Pixie Dreamgirl from “Garden State” and settle down with Sarah, a smart career woman (Kate Hudson, her performance brightening this entire movie), with whom he is struggling to raise two children.</p> <p>‘Struggle’ is the key word in “Wish I Was Here.” It colors Aiden’s flagging career as a wannabe L.A. actor reduced to auditioning for minimal speaking parts in disposable sci-fi shows, and not even getting <em>those</em>. It’s there in the relationship with his brother (Josh Gad), a once-brilliant engineer turned trailer park slugabed who devotes his life’s energy to Comic-Con costumes; and with his father (Mandy Patinkin), who has just informed him that his cancer has metastasized. <em>Pere</em> Bloom has opted for an expensive experimental treatment, which means that he can no longer fund the private yeshiva education for Aiden’s children, Grace and Tucker (Joey King and Pierce Gagnon).</p> <p>All of these issues strike at Aiden and Sarah simultaneously, snowballing into each other the way crises often seem to do, and Braff’s film is a soul-searching study, if not a roadmap, in how to accept life’s inevitable curveballs. This involves par-for-the-course diversions like a road trip to the mountains, where he and his children stand on boulders and wait for an epiphany to strike; and a visit to Aiden’s local synagogue, where he discusses his lapsed faith and his idea of spirituality with a rabbi.</p> <p>“Wish I Was Here” could have easily been a bleak journey, but jokes usually leaven even the most emotionally agonizing moments. As Patinkin’s dying man puts it, “Eventually things get tragic enough that they circle back to comedy.” Many scenes are laugh-out-loud funny, even when the punch lines are predetermined. Sometimes the movie is dramatic, politically pointed and breathtakingly funny all at once, like the blustery disaster in which Aiden tries to home-school his kids. And every once in a while, a scene will strike a chord that is so moving that it will touch nerves few films approach, and leave you speechless in its thrall.</p> <p><img alt="" height="226" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/wishwashere620350.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The problem, darn it, is that Braff, who penned this movie with his brother Adam, is a facile writer prone to summarizing scenes with arch platitudes. This undercuts the movie’s core naturalism almost as much as the maudlin piano score, which adds unnecessary punctuation to scenes dramatic enough to sell themselves. It is, finally, an unwieldy attempt to make the Great American Movie, juggling so many plotlines that it takes a filmic eternity to tie up every loose end (we haven’t even gotten to Sarah’s conflict with a sexually inappropriate co-worker, which is resolved in an absurd <em>deus ex machina</em>).</p> <p>As a result, this 102-minute film feels well over two hours. There’s some great stuff in this film, but Braff lacks the ability to separate the wheat from his chaff. Given that he wrote the movie with his brother, “Wish I Was Here” is doubtlessly an intensely personal movie for both of them. The idea of cutting any of these scenes must have felt like severing a child’s limbs. That’s why it could have used an especially judicious editor, one who could see beyond its creators’ myopia. But I suppose, if a Zach Braff movie wasn’t at least a somewhat navel-gazing experience, it wouldn’t be a Zach Braff movie. </p> <p><em>“Wish I Was Here” opens today, July 18, at Cinemark Palace in Boca Raton, AMC Aventura and Regal South Beach.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 18 Jul 2014 13:47:26 +0000 & EventsMoviesStaff Picks of the Week<h3>Find out what we’re loving right now — and why you should love it too.</h3> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/copperblues.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Restaurant Hot Spot: <a href="" target="_blank">Copper Blues Rock Pub &amp; Kitchen</a></strong></p> <p><em>CityPlace, West Palm Beach // </em><em>561/404-4101</em></p> <p>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</p> <p>“My new favorite spot north of Delray. Live rock/blues music on a stage perched above the main bar, killer beer selections, great happy hour prices, hip vibe. It's the best of the new additions to CityPlace.”</p> <p><strong>Delicious Dish: <a href="" target="_blank">Shishtawook Rolled Pita at Aladdin's Eatery</a></strong></p> <p><em>21200 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton // 561/419-9466</em></p> <p>Picked by Adrienne Mayer, Production Manager</p> <p>“Yummy marinated grilled chicken wrapped in a crispy warm pita with garlic sauce and pickles make it the perfect sandwich.”</p> <p><strong>Meat Shop and Deli: <a href="" target="_blank">Torchio’s Finer Meats and Delicatessen</a></strong></p> <p><em>1877 W. Woolbright Road, Boynton Beach // 561/732-5915</em></p> <p>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</p> <p>“Best burgers, best people, homemade meatballs, fresh bread — grocery shopping the way it used to be.”</p> <p><strong>A night at the theater: <a href="" target="_blank">"The Most Happy Fella," Palm Beach Dramaworks</a></strong></p> <p><em>201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach // </em><em>561/514-4042</em></p> <p>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</p> <p>“The copy-editor inside my heart hates the phrase ‘most happy,’ but the theater critic in me is expecting a sublime experience from this 1956 Broadway musical about the romance between an older grape farmer and a young waitress. ‘The Most Happy Fella’ will be presented as a concert version, indicating minimal staging and props, but the actors and singers are of the highest caliber in the region, and the $40 ticket price is a generous discount from Dramaworks’ seasonal shows.”</p>magazineFri, 18 Jul 2014 13:46:16 +0000 & ReviewsThe Island Opens in Lake Worth<p>A reputation for an artsy (if sometimes haughty) ambiance, shabby chic-meets-found objects decor and extensive wine list apparently wasn’t enough to save one of Lake Worth’s iconic restaurants.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/theisland_dish.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Bizaare Avenue Cafe, long a downtown staple in its rambling 1920s-vintage building, is gone, replaced by <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>The Island</strong></a> (<em>921 Lake Ave., Lake Worth, 561/588-4488</em>), a Caribbean fusion restaurant featuring all manner of tropical drinks and dishes, live music and a laid-back, party-hearty atmosphere.</p> <p>The eclectic look of the old Bizaare is gone too. The dining room - jammed almost to bursting with mismatched antique tables, chairs and other furnishings and overflowing with knickknacks, tchotchkes and bits of whatever - has been cleaned out and lightened up, painted with bright tropical colors and outfitted with comfy booths and furnishings that actually match.</p> <p>The menu references almost every Caribbean isle, from jerk shrimp skewers (St. Bart’s) and smoked chicken salad (Dominica) to mofongo with seafood broth and roasted fish (Puerto Rico) and pan-fried grouper (Key West). Tropical libations range from classic mojito and Planter’s Punch to more elaborate concoctions like Release the Kraken, a blend of Kraken rum, crème de banana, pineapple juice, grenadine, ginger beer and a lime wedge.</p> <p>The party goes on every night, with live jazz on Mondays, reggae on Sundays and assorted music-specials in between.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 18 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsTwenty years strong<p class="Body">In an city with 21 percent of its people over the age of 65––according to the 2010 U.S Census Bureau––Boca Raton has its fair share of businesses that cater to the elderly. But <a href="" target="_blank">Boca Nursing Services</a>, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has taken this mission one step further.</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="377" src="/site_media/uploads/rose_head_shot.jpg" width="300"></p> <p class="Body">Its founder, <strong>Rose Glamoclija</strong>, a licensed registered nurse (R.N.), is involved on a daily basis with each of her patients, making sure they are taking their medication, making progress, and feeling cared for. And in the case of emergencies, she is the first one on the scene.</p> <p class="Body">Glamoclija, who became a R.N. back in 1976, started her own business 20 years ago because she felt that there was a need for unique, high-end, service-oriented caregivers and wanted to provide more for her patients than what most companies offered.</p> <p class="Body">“I really didn’t know how to go about it but I contacted the state and they sent me an application and so I just did it on my own.” Glamoclija says.  “But 20 years ago there weren’t many nursing services, so I was a bit ahead of my time.”</p> <p class="Body">Some things have changed since Glamoclija first opened Boca Nursing Services. She has, obviously, kept up with the changing legal environment, but she has also opened a second location in Palm Beach, and even had her two sons––Alexander and Michael––join the family company and spearhead the “business aspect.” However, Glamoclija’s desire to create personalized and patient-oriented services has stayed the same. All of the R.N.s on staff have to be screened by Glamoclija herself and her patients are matched to the R.N.s––as well as LPNs, CNAs, aides, and therapists––who can best serve an individual patient’s needs. She still meets with patients on a daily basis and is willing to do anything for her clients in order to keep up with the company’s “concierge style” business model.</p> <p class="Body">“You have to commit yourself to your business and especially, your clients,” Glamoclija says. “It’s 24/7 but people know and can sense when you care and when you’re there. You have to keep improving on that connection.”</p> <p><strong>Boca Raton Office:</strong> <em>342 E. Palmetto Park Road, Suites 1 &amp; 2, Boca Raton // 561/347-7566</em><br><strong>Palm Beach Office: </strong><em>340 Royal Poinciana Way, Suite 322-B, Palm Beach // 561/833-3430</em></p> <p class="BodyA"><strong>About the author:</strong><em></em></p> <p class="Body"><em>Michelle Ferrand is a junior at Florida Atlantic University studying English Literature, Sociology and Women</em><em>’</em><em>s Studies. 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</em></p>Michelle FerrandWed, 16 Jul 2014 14:17:30 +0000 Review: Lionel Richie at Cruzan Amphitheatre<p class="Body">A most diverse crowd gathered at the <a href="" target="_blank">Cruzan Amphitheatre</a> in West Palm Beach last night for the <strong>“Lionel Richie: All The Hits All Night Long” tour</strong>. The audience was already fired up after the performance of “Forget You” (or “F--k You;” the audience determined the chorus) by Richie’s opening act, Cee Lo Green, but this would be no match for the excitement Richie’s performance would bring. </p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/img_4186.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body">As Richie was announced, the event staff had a hard time controlling the crowd as it moved its way closer to the stage. The music legend appeared with a flash of colorful lights and the words to “All Around the World.”</p> <p class="Body">“I haven’t seen dancing like that since 1982—that’s some vicious dancing!" he claimed of the energetic crowd. "That was something else."</p> <p class="Body">The most impeccable element of the night, despite his modulated singing and impressive performance, was how Richie connected with the audience. The diversity in age and backgrounds was no match for Richie’s “stories” that went along with songs. He told a story of devastation, despair and rekindling of a relationship followed by songs that could reach the oldest and youngest audience member alike: “You grab your album, your CD, your cassette, your 8-track and you call Lionel Richie,” he said. </p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/dsc00687.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body">Richie spoke to the audience as if he was speaking to an old friend. He told the story of “Three Times a Lady”—a song inspired by his own mother. He even made a promise, one of which he definitely kept. “Three things will be accomplished when you leave here tonight: You will remember where you were, what you were doing and who you were doing it with.” </p> <p class="Body">Anyone who attended this performance walked away feeling as if they knew Richie on a more personal level—as if he had been at each individual’s home rather than in front of an audience of 7,000 fans.</p> <p class="Body">“We have been together a very long time,” he said to the cheering crowd. “I realize when you were in love, I was in love. When you fell out of love, I fell out. When you were young, I was young. When you were old, I stayed young.”</p> <p class="Body">The crowd resonated with his words and lyrics alike and as Richie asked them one last time—“Who do you call?”—the uniform response was, and always will be, “Lionel Richie.”</p> <p class="Body"><strong><span>Set List</span></strong></p> <p class="Body">All Around the World</p> <p class="Body">Penny Lover</p> <p class="Body">Easy</p> <p class="Body">My Love</p> <p class="Body">Ballerina Girl</p> <p class="Body">You Are</p> <p class="Body">Truly</p> <p class="Body">Running with the Night</p> <p class="Body">Still</p> <p class="Body">Oh No</p> <p class="Body">Stuck on You</p> <p class="Body">Dancing on the Ceiling</p> <p class="Body">Three Times a Lady</p> <p class="Body">Sail On</p> <p class="Body">Fancy Dancer</p> <p class="Body">Sweet Love</p> <p class="Body">Lady (You Bring Me Up)</p> <p class="Body">Just to be Close to You</p> <p class="Body">Endless Love</p> <p class="Body">Say You, Say Me</p> <p class="Body">Hello</p> <p class="Body">All Night Long</p> <p>We are the World</p> <p><strong>About Kelsey:</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Kelsey Howard is a recent college graduate who earned her Bachelor of Arts in mass communications with a concentration in magazine journalism at the University of South Florida. Kelsey is an editorial intern this summer at Boca Raton magazine. She is 21 years old with a passion to explore the world and write about it along the way. You can contact Kelsey at </em><em><a href=""></a></em><em> or </em><em><a>941/306-9158</a></em><em> or view her portfolio </em><em><a href="">here</a></em><em>. </em></p>Kelsey HowardWed, 16 Jul 2014 10:37:10 +0000 & EventsMusicOh, Baby!<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">West Boca Medical Center</a> (<em>21644 State Road 7, Boca Raton</em>) has launched a <strong>new maternity education program</strong>.</p> <p>The three-class series begins the first Tuesday evening of every month, with one class per week. Expectant parents should try to complete the series a month to six weeks before their baby’s due date.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/babybump.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Cost for the series is $75 for two people. Session one covers what to expect before the delivery. Nurses guide attendees through preparing to go to the hospital through the stages of labor. Session two prepares parents for what to expect right after childbirth. In session three, West Boca Medical Center lactation nurses cover infant nutrition. To register, call 866-904-9262.</p> <p>For some quick-hitters, read the following advice from West Boca Medical Center’s newborn nursery nurses <strong>Bridgette Guzzi</strong> and <strong>Elizabeth Blake</strong>. They shared their thoughts about what new moms need to know about breastfeeding and building a strong immune system for their babies through nutrition.</p> <p>From Guzzi's desk:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Breast milk is always readily available, fresh from the tap with no throw-away containers to worry about (saving the environment). And it tastes better than formula.</p> </li> <li> <p>Breast milk contains your baby’s first immunizations and aids in the development of baby’s immune system. Formula does not do this.</p> </li> <li> <p>[Breastfeeding is] cost effective. Why buy cow’s milk when breast milk is free? You save about $1,200 to $1,500 in the first year. (Think about that Coach or LV bag you could buy.)</p> </li> <li> <p>Good news for Mom: mothers who breastfeed more than six months weigh about 3 pounds less than those who do not breastfeed.</p> </li> <li> <p>More good news for mom: Studies suggest that breastfeeding decreases risks for some types of cancer</p> </li> <li> <p>Cow’s milk is designed for cows. Breast milk is specifically designed for human babies, which promotes natural growth and builds brain development.</p> </li> <li> <p>Breastfeeding promotes strong maternal and infant bonding, which is calming for both mom and baby.</p> </li> <li> <p>You fed and nurtured your infant for nine months before birth … now you can burn up to 500 extra calories per day as you continue to nurture through breastfeeding.</p> </li> </ul> <p>From Blake's desk:</p> <ul> <li> <p>“Breast is best.” It's the perfect nutrition for the baby right from the first magic hour after birth through, hopefully, the first two years of life. The <strong>World Health Organization</strong> recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months.</p> </li> <li> <p>The mother can breastfeed any time and any place. No prep needed with bottles and storage issues.</p> </li> <li> <p>Breastfeeding ensures the health and nutritional status of women throughout their lives by giving them extra benefits to prevent osteoporosis and breast cancer.</p> </li> </ul> <p><em>More maternity news…</em></p> <p><em>South Florida Parenting Magazine</em> readers have named <a href="" target="_blank">Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Toppel Family Place</a> the best maternity hospital in Palm Beach County. This marks the seventh time Toppel Family Place has been selected by the South Florida Parenting Kids Crown Awards for this honor.</p> <p><strong>Toppel Family Place</strong> features elegantly decorated and home-like labor and delivery suites, lactation services, a level II neonatal intensive care unit, board-certified neonatologists available 24 hours a day and family support groups. According to the website, the same nurses care for mother and baby on each shift, and most of that care takes place by the mother’s side. For more information, go to: <a href=""></a>. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is located at <em>800 Meadows Road, Boca Raton</em>.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><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="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 16 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyBest food delivery options in South Florida.<p> </p> <p><span><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p><span>Let’s face it – in today’s world most people don’t have enough time in the day to prepare regular meals. If you're frequently on-the-go, working long hours at the office, single or all of the above, then you may be eating out a lot. Unfortunately, restaurant food is often loaded with pesticides, chemicals and excess calories and isn't the healthiest of choices. </span></p> <p><span>As a private chef, I support my clients with healthy, portion-controlled meals that they can take to the office or eat at home, but not everyone can have someone cook for them every day. Or can they…?</span></p> <p><span>If you're looking for an easy way to get healthy meals without having to cook, then look no further than home-delivery companies. I personally tried and tested a few different options and narrowed the choices down to four that I want to share with you. They're all created for different lifestyles and budgets, so you can choose the one that fits you best. </span></p> <p><span><strong>VEESTRO</strong></span></p> <p><span><img alt="" height="494" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/veestro.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p><span>Veestro is a California-based company that was founded by Monica and Mark Klausner – a brother and sister duo who wanted to create an affordable line of plant-based frozen meals. All you have to do is go to and choose a pre-selected pack or pick your meals a la carte. Meals will be delivered right to your door, so you don’t ever have to step into a supermarket.</span></p> <p><em><span>Pros</span></em></p> <p><span>- All Vegan</span></p> <p><span>- Relatively inexpensive</span></p> <p><span>- Can order as many of your favorite meals as you’d like</span></p> <p><span>- Pick your own breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts</span></p> <p><span>- Family meals </span></p> <p><span>- Kids meals</span></p> <p><span>- Juices are available with meals or as juice cleanses</span></p> <p><span>- Gluten-free options</span></p> <p><span>- Desserts are available</span></p> <p><span>- Nutritional information is printed on each label</span></p> <p><em><span>Cons</span></em></p> <p><span>- Meals are frozen and take time to defrost</span></p> <p><span>- Lacking fresh green salads</span></p> <p><span>- Not as much variety </span></p> <p><span>- Can’t customize individual meals</span></p> <p><span>- May have to adjust your seasonings to your personal preference</span></p> <p><span>- Individual meals range from $5.49 to $11.99 and packs start at $94.99. Use code S15A4G19 to get 15 percent off.</span></p> <p><span><strong>DELIVERLEAN</strong></span></p> <p><span><strong><img alt="" height="473" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/deliverlean.jpg" width="490"></strong></span></p> <p><span>Launched in 2012 by Scott Harris and Olga Kuzenkov, DeliverLean’s mission is to make healthy eating easy and delicious. Just two years after its launch, DeliverLean is now the largest meal-delivery company in South Florida. It offers six different meal plans – traditional, paleo, gluten-free, organic, vegetarian and vegan. I loved that I could also order many different juices and cleanses from its sister company – and have everything delivered together.</span></p> <p><em><span>Pros</span></em></p> <p><span>- Juices are available with meals or as juice cleanses</span></p> <p><span>- Gluten-free options</span></p> <p><span>- Organic meals are available </span></p> <p><span>- Delicious healthy desserts can be added</span></p> <p><span>- Six different meal plans to choose from</span></p> <p><span>- Can specify up to three “dislikes” in your meals</span></p> <p><span>- Dietitian on staff</span></p> <p><span>- Affordable prices</span></p> <p><span>- Menus constantly change for variety</span></p> <p><span>- Calories, protein, fat and carbohydrates are stated on the label</span></p> <p><span>Cons</span></p> <p><span>- Minimum of three meals per day for orders</span></p> <p><span>- Vegan meal plan will be improved in the coming months (they just hired a fabulous raw and vegan chef!)</span></p> <p><span>- Not enough fresh leafy greens and vegetables</span></p> <p><span>Three-meals-per-day plans start at $23.95 for traditional menu and go up to $54.75 for five organic meals a day. Mention BOCAMAG to get FREE Delivery. Visit </span><a href=""><span><span></span></span></a><span> or call </span><span>888/740-LEAN </span><span>to get started.</span></p> <p><span><strong>AWAKEN FOODS</strong></span></p> <p><span>Founded by Josh Shader, a former chef at the Boca Resort, Awaken Foods’ mission is to create eco- and health-conscious meals that are tailored to each client. Before you begin, Shader’s team does an in-depth interview to find out your preferences, lifestyle, goals, blood type and even your <a href="">Ayurvedic body type</a>, which is your natural state of being. Based on all of your information, the company creates a tailored meal plan that will help you achieve your goals.</span></p> <p><em><span>Pros</span></em></p> <p><span>- Individualized and tailored plans to each client</span></p> <p><span>- Blood type and Ayurvedic body type are considered in your menu creation</span></p> <p><span>- Meals arrive in oven-safe glass, reusable containers</span></p> <p><span>- Family meals available</span></p> <p><span>- Delivery times can be adjusted to your schedule</span></p> <p><span>- Juices are available with meals </span></p> <p><span>- Gluten-free options</span></p> <p><span>- Organic and non-GMO ingredients</span></p> <p><span>- Menus are customizable</span></p> <p><em><span>Cons</span></em></p> <p><span>- More expensive than standard meal-delivery options</span></p> <p><span>- Not enough leafy green salads</span></p> <p><span>Prices range from $19.25 to $92.75 per day. Contact Josh Shader at 954/294-8833. Ask for a 15 percent off discount towards your first week, plus 10 percent off a two-month commitment.</span></p> <p><span><strong>FUEL FOODS </strong></span></p> <p><span><strong><img alt="" height="472" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/fuelfoods.jpg" width="490"></strong></span></p> <p><span>Created by Eric </span><span>Leander</span><span>, Fuel Foods is perfect for athletes, trainers and professional body builders who are looking for clean, simple meals to fuel their bodies. What I really liked about this company is that I could order everything online and I got to choose which meals I wanted to have and which ones I wanted to skip. I could also order multiple orders of the dishes I liked the most. </span></p> <p><em><span>Pros</span></em></p> <p><span>- No automatic bills</span></p> <p><span>- Pick your own menu with meals you want and skip ones your don’t</span></p> <p><span>- Order at any time of the day – you choose your menu online</span></p> <p><span>- Even non-organic plan has free-range chicken, grass-fed beef and wild-caught fish</span></p> <p><span>- New organic menus are launching this month</span></p> <p><span>- Deliveries take place only twice a week and in the evenings </span></p> <p><span>- Calories, protein, fat and carbohydrates are stated on the label</span></p> <p><em><span>Cons</span></em></p> <p><span>- Food was less creative than other companies</span></p> <p><span>- Not enough vegan options or salads with leafy greens </span></p> <p><span>- May have to adjust your seasonings to your personal preference</span></p> <p><span><span><span>Meals range from $7.50-$10 each. Check them out at </span></span></span><a href=""><span><span></span></span></a><span><span><span>. Call 1-844-The-Fuel for five free meals with your first order or use code BOCA online.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" width="400"></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, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href=""></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><span><span><span><br></span></span></span></p>Alina Z.Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:25:46 +0000 & ReviewsBlue Martini Little Black Dress Party<p>Throw on your LBD – that’s little black dress for those who aren’t up-to-date on abbreviations.</p> <p><img alt="" height="270" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/bluemartini.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Blue Martini is celebrating the most famous women's staple item on Saturday, July 19, at 8 p.m with a fashion-forward party at all of its locations. Guests will enjoy live music, champagne and the chance to win designer merchandise, spa packages, weekend getaways and more.</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="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p><em>Taryn Tacher is a senior at the University of Florida studying Journalism and Business Administration, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. Though she is less than five feet tall, what she lacks in height she makes up for with her passion for writing. She loves yoga, puppies and all things tiny. You can reach Taryn at</em></p>Taryn TacherTue, 15 Jul 2014 19:11:24 +0000 EventsBoca Gets a New Film Festival<p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/lizabethmartin.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>When the American Black Film Festival, an annual staple every summer in South Beach, left South Florida for New York this year, it left a void in the tri-county area: We were poised to have no festivals dedicated to African-American filmmaking. Until Lizabeth Martin (pictured) stepped in.</p> <p>The associate professor of communications at Palm Beach State College saw this void, and jumped to fill it—modestly at first. “Initially, because I am an educator, I was looking to do one day of workshops and panel discussions,” she says. “I wanted to be sure that in our summer, we had the same kind of offerings the [ABFF] presented over the years. It grew to something much more. I needed to have a competition, so it grew to three days.”</p> <p>She’s talking about the Boca Black Film Festival, the inaugural three-day event she founded and organized as her summer project. It will run July 17 to 19 at the Boca Raton Marriott, with each jam-packed day centered on a theme relevant to black cinema: Thursday's is “Preserving a Legacy,” Friday's is “The Grit and the Grind,” and Saturday will close with “The Art of the Hustle.” More than 40 events will help illuminate the state of African-American filmmaking as well provide workshop and casting opportunities for local and professionals looking to network or break into the business. “Instead of waiting for people to do things for us, we have the talent and people here and the backing of the film commissions,” Martin says. “We need to create these opportunities here.”</p> <p>Some of the panel discussions and dialogues include “Black Images in Film &amp; Media” (5:30 p.m. Thursday); “Culture, Heritage &amp; Legacy: Two Films and Two Perspectives” (6:30 p.m. Thursday); and “State of Black Cinema: Industry Practices &amp; Issues” (11 a.m. Saturday).</p> <p>“The biggest discussion is that 100 years ago, when these films started, they were called ‘race films,’” Martin says. “Now they’re called black films. But they appeal to a number of universal life experiences, just like any other films. In actuality, black people go to all kinds of films. And yet a small percentage of films we attend feature a black actor or cast or storyline. There needs to be a representation of positive images.”</p> <p>The first annual Boca Black Film Festival will certainly provide one, especially across its eclectic handful of screenings, the result a submission process open to the community until July 1. Here is a look at some of this new festival’s offerings.</p> <p><img alt="" height="592" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/1927_lorenzo-tucker.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>“Oscar Micheaux: The Czar of Black Hollywood”</strong> (7:30 p.m. Thursday)</p> <p>This documentary explores the tumultuous career of Micheaux, perhaps the earliest black filmmaker, who wrote, directed and produced some 37 movies and helped bridge the gap from silents to talkies. He was a true pioneer but was underappreciated for something like a century; “The Czar of Black Hollywood” helps explain why. (Pictured is Lorenzo Tucker, one of Micheaux's most frequently used actors.)</p> <p><strong>“Intuition”</strong> (noon Friday)</p> <p>Secrets and lies threaten a coupling in this moody love triangle between a therapist, his fiancée, and his latest patient—an orphaned man with a troubled past. </p> <p><strong>“The Black Miami”</strong> (3:30 p.m. Friday)</p> <p>Directors Carlton Smith and Michael Williams adapted Marvin Dunn’s book, “Black Miami in the 20<sup>th</sup> Century,” into this documentary, exploring the often hidden history of African-American influence on Dade County across the centuries, from slave routes to race riots.</p> <p><img alt="" height="237" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/green_eyes.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>“Spyderwoman, the Kiss of Death”</strong> (9 a.m. Saturday)</p> <p>Start your weekend on a thrilling note with this Miami-set chiller about psycho cops, Russian mobsters and genetically mutated, venomous hybrids from the Amazon loosed in Miami. </p> <p><em>For a schedule of events, workshops, screenings and parties, visit Festival passes range from a $10 screenings pass to an all-access festival pass for $200. The Boca Raton Marriott is at 5150 Town Center Circle.</em></p>John ThomasonTue, 15 Jul 2014 14:37:18 +0000 & EventsMoviesUpcoming EventsFast-Casual Goes Middle Eastern<p>The fast-casual segment of the restaurant business gets ever more diverse and exciting, not to mention popular, evidenced by two new eateries that go way beyond the ubiquitous burgers, burritos and sandwiches.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/aladdins.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Both <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Aladdin’s</strong></a> (<em>21200 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton, 561/419-9466) i</em>n the Boca Village Square mall and <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>The Chickpea</strong></a> (<em>400 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561/755-5151</em>) in downtown West Palm are offering lighter, healthier, quick-service Middle Eastern fare where meat and poultry play more of a supporting role to fresh veggies and legumes.</p> <p>Aladdin’s is the first South Florida outlet for the Midwest and East Coast chain, founded in 1994 by Fady and Sally Chamoun. Rather than go through all the details myself, here’s a <a href="/blog/2014/06/06/aladdins-magic/" target="_blank">link</a> to a post by my friend and colleague Marie Speed, whose enthusiastic review should be enough to get your tastebuds going.</p> <p><img alt="" height="196" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/thechickpea.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The Chickpea walks much the same culinary ground, emphasizing organic veggies and legumes and natural, hormone-free meat and poultry. It’s the brainchild of entrepreneur Amange Foad, who saw the need for a light, fresh, healthy and fast dining option for time- and calorie-constrained locals.</p> <p>The counter-order process is familiar to anyone who’s ever been to Chipotle or its dozens of multiculti imitators. Pick your “base”(pita wrap, bowl or platter), then add your protein (chicken, beef, falafel or hummus) and top it off with one of four different sauces.</p> <p>There are also a variety of salads, spreads and snacky-type dishes like stuffed grape leaves and pita chips, plus a one-of-a-kind hummus bar featuring traditional and contemporary versions of the classic chickpea puree, from kalamata olive to spicy roasted pepper.</p> <p>Like Aladdin’s, prices are blessedly modest, with only one item over $10 (a platter that comes with two sides), so while you may feel a lot lighter, your wallet won’t. And that, as Martha Stewart would say, is a good thing.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 15 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsHow taxpayers are hoodwinked and other revelations<h3><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"></h3> <h3>How things work</h3> <p>Today, class, we are going to learn how the Florida Legislature tries to fool state taxpayers—and usually succeeds.</p> <p>We are talking about money for public schools. This election year, state legislators are bragging that they increased spending for education. Indeed, spending statewide on public schools will increase $574 million this year as the state budget rises to a record $77 billion. How about those legislators and their commitment to kids?</p> <p>Problem is, local taxpayers are mostly financing those campaign ads. To understand why, you need to understand how the Legislature pays for education.</p> <p>If you grew up in the Northeast or the Midwest, you and/or your children went to a public school in a town or city district. Property taxes from within Short Hills or Winnetka stayed within Short Hills and Winnetka.</p> <p>In Florida, it’s much different. Counties, not towns or cities, make up school district. Since 1973, money for public schools has been determined by the Florida Education Finance Program, known to those inside the system simply as the FEFP. Only a few people really understand the FEFP, which is slightly more complex than airline pricing or the National Football League salary cap. Try dropping the term “sparsity supplement” at your next cookout.</p> <p>Essentially, though, it’s like this:</p> <p>To ensure that all children get roughly the same chance at a good education, the state shifts money from large, property-rich counties like Palm Beach—known as “donor counties” —to rural, property-poor counties like Glades, on the west side of Lake Okeechobee. To make that happen, the Legislature each year sets a property tax for each county called the <a href="" target="_blank">Required Local Effort</a>. The county school board and superintendent have no say in that tax rate. The local school board then sets a separate tax rate to finance the rest of the budget.</p> <p>Soon, property owners in Palm Beach County will be getting summer tax notices, in advance of budget hearings for local governments. Most people skip right to the total amount of tax they will pay. But look closely at the section for Public Schools, and you will see two lines: “By State Law” and “By Local Board.” The “By State Law” is that Required Local Effort, and this year it will be higher than last year’s rate of 5.28. Multiply that millage rate by every $1,000 of assessed value to find out how much you pay to each agency.</p> <p>Note that the “By State Law” number is more than twice that of “By Local Board.” It’s been that way for years—certainly for the last decade. It is the sneakiest part of your tax bill, because it involves the largest portion: education. Between 2007 and 2011, as property values sank, Required Local Effort went up about 16 percent in Palm Beach County. Anyone who noticed likely blamed the school board. In fact, the “By Local Board” rate barely budged.</p> <p>“Politicians have a tendency of misleading the voters,” said Gary Nikolits, who has been Palm Beach County’s property appraiser since 1992. “And the taxpayers are not engaged.”</p> <p>Understand that the Legislature doesn’t have to be sneaky about getting more money to education. The state budget gets billions from the sales tax, which is supposed to be the main source of money for state services. And with the economy improving, Florida had a surplus for this year. That surplus could have gone to schools.</p> <p>This year, though, Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature had other priorities for that extra money. The governor promised a tax cut of $500 million, and delivered it mostly in the form of lower vehicle registration fees. The Legislature had raised the fees in 2009 to help balance the budget. Cutting taxes meant taking money that could have gone toward education honestly. This being an election year, the governor and Legislature chose the dishonest way.</p> <h3>Poor Palm Beach  </h3> <p>When Nikolits says “taxpayers are not engaged,” he is correct. The same thing goes, though, for some elected officials, who really ought to know better.</p> <p>A few years ago, during the recession, a member of the Palm Beach Town Council went to the county budget hearing. The council member griped, as many islanders do, that Palm Beachers pay lots of taxes to the county and school district without getting many services in return.</p> <p>So the council member had some idea for how the county could cut its budget. “Why,” he asked the county commission, “do you need four airports?” In addition to Palm Beach International Airport, the county has airports in Lantana and Belle Glade and west of Palm Beach Gardens. A separate, independent authority runs Boca Raton Airport.</p> <p>More indulgently than was deserved, the county administrator explained to the Palm Beacher that airline fees, not property taxes, finance the airports. Undeterred, the council member pressed on. Libraries, he said. Nobody uses them anymore. Everyone buys e-books.</p> <p>More indulgently than was deserved, the administrator and the commissioners explained that traffic at the county library system  had never been higher. Those with less money needed the free Internet access. Even parents who could buy lots of e-books checked out free books for their children and brought the kids to story hour. Community groups used the meeting space.</p> <p>The council member then sat down. To my knowledge, he’s never been back to a county budget hearing.</p> <h3>All Aboard: Pros and Cons</h3> <p>I have worked in South Florida media for 40 years. During that time, rarely has an idea generated more gushing praise and harsher skepticism than <a href="" target="_blank">All Aboard Florida</a>.</p> <p>To supporters, the private train service between South Florida and Orlando is a “game-changer” that will energize downtowns in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, bring new tourists and spur the economy. To critics, All Aboard Florida is a snow job, a private company presenting a kind public face that masks corporate greed.</p> <p>To get a better view, let’s look at what’s potentially good and bad about All Aboard Florida:</p> <p><strong>Good:</strong> The stations could become hubs for housing and retail development in the three cities, especially if All Aboard Florida leads to commuter rail along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks. They run through downtowns, where cities like Boca Raton want more residents. Being able to avoid a commute by car could be a big selling point.</p> <p><strong>Bad</strong>: All Aboard Florida could bring not just more passenger trains—16 a day, each way, according to the company’s current plans—but many more freight trains. They don’t zip through crossings; they crawl. That would not be a downtown selling point.</p> <p><strong>Good</strong>: The passenger service could entice some Orlando visitors to add time in South Florida to their vacation. It could make this region even more inviting to South American tourists because they could add Orlando to their schedule.</p> <p><strong>Bad:</strong> All Aboard Florida sets the South Florida-Orlando ticket price so high that the market rejects the service. All that intended economic benefit never comes, and federal taxpayers have to eat the loan given to All Aboard Florida.</p> <p><strong>Good:</strong> Money is available for “quiet zones” at all crossings, making All Aboard Florida’s new service easy on the ears of those who live near the tracks. Also, that added freight traffic is diverted to the CSX tracks farther west, making it less of a problem.</p> <p><strong>Bad:</strong> The quiet zone money doesn’t come, and all the extra bridge raisings to accommodate All Aboard Florida make life miserable for residents and business owners in northern Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, where opposition to All Aboard Florida is strongest.</p> <p>For Boca Raton and Delray Beach, the biggest potential benefit is downtown-to-downtown commuter service, which is far from certain. The biggest potential problem is more downtown freight trains. But the proposal affects different areas in different ways. And for all the talk of All Aboard Florida being a “game-changer,” sentiment at this date probably is running more against the company than for it. It doesn’t help that All Aboard Florida keeps shifting its plans, most recently talking about more stations, even as it touts fast service. Add enough stations, and you have a local, not an express. If All Aboard Florida has a good case, the company must start making it.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>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, 15 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: July 15 to 21<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/lionel-richie.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Lionel Richie</strong></p> <p>Where: Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601 Sansburys Way #7, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40-$150.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/795-8883, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Pop-soul legend Lionel Richie launched his first world tour in more than a decade last year near our neck of the woods: Hard Rock Live in Hollywood. Now, about a year later, he’s back in these woods, but even closer to our neck. Richie’s latest album, “Tuskegee,” saw 13 of his most popular songs reimagined by and with country-music superstars, but now he’s be back in his R&amp;B/soul bread and butter. His energetic, 23-song set list will include hits from most of his 11 albums (“Truly,” “Dancing on the Ceiling” and “All Night Long,” among them), along with classics from his original group, The Commodores. He’ll be joined by Cee Lo Green, an opening act who can be said to carry Richie’s torch for the millennial generation—and an unpredictable voice known to shake up his neo-soul concerts with covers of New Wave and alternative songs. </p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/shulaportrait.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “Living Legends: The Montage Portraits of Robert Weingarten”</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 children, $12 adults</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-5196, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This one-of-a-kind exhibition at the Norton asks, and then answers, a question most of us wouldn’t even consider: Can an image be considered a portrait if it doesn’t include a face? Indeed, artist Robert Weingarten’s liberally defined “portraits” do not feature his subjects’ faces; rather than photograph them, he wrote to public figures asking them to send him lists of places, objects, events and ideas that best captured their spiritual essence. The artist then went about creating large-scale, superimposed digital photographs that conveyed that essence, an approach divorced from traditional notions of their celebrity and public appearance. Thus, a montage portrait of Don Shula, for instance (pictured), includes a Super Bowl trophy, church pews, a football stadium and more, all bleeding into the same neo-psychedelic vision. The series, which also includes montage portraits of figures ranging from Stephen Sondheim to Colin Powell, must be seen to be believed. The exhibition runs through Sept. 7.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/h2ombre.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “H2Ombre”</strong></p> <p>Where: Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50–$85</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Attending the world-premiere production of “H2Ombre” may be like experiencing the immersive wetness of a trip to SeaWorld without the gas mileage and animal-rights guilt. Subtitled “Braving the Elements,” this wordless theatrical production features its performers doing just that, especially water, which rains down on them, shoots up at them and flows <em>from</em> them, magically emanating from their bodies in gravity-defying flumes, all in an effort to explore the “origins of creativity, imagination and inspiration.” If about 60 percent of the adult male body is water, it’s hard to imagine the performers will have any of it left after the show. A promised 6,000 gallons of H20 will be expended in each performance (and it will be recycled for the next one), which, like the Arsht Center’s previous summer extravaganza, “The Donkey Show,” will break barriers between the audience and the actors. Even the Arsht’s loading dock, main entrance, lobby and box office will be redesigned in an industrial theme, while its Lynn Wolfson Stage will be transformed into a techno playground of mythical beasts. The show runs through Aug. 31.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/redeye-painting2013.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: The RedEYE REBoot</strong></p> <p>Where: ArtServe, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 6 to 10 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $8 advance, $12 at door</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-8190, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The RedEYE, a one-night multimedia extravaganza celebrating its ninth annual event at ArtServe, is gaining some street cred this year. Graffiti art—including a spray-paint-splattered Fiat, courtesy of chief sponsor Rick Case—will take center stage at this Fort Lauderdale favorite. As part of the festivities, seasoned graffiti artists will be paired with student street artists for a live graffiti challenge. These include many artists on the cutting edge of urban and extreme art, from graffiti mastermind Ruben Ubiera to acclaimed muralist and tattooist “Marvel” Cuellar. But all of this is just one facet of the evening’s eclectic program; ArtServe comes as close as any singular event can to provide something for everyone, including live music, a live dance performance from Body &amp; Soul Dance Theatre, a spoken-word open-mic and a festival of independent short films curated by filmmaker Michael Chasin. This is one of the year’s signature art fests, and unlike the implication of its name, you don’t have to miss any sleep to attend.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="240" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/magnifique.jpg" width="360"></p> <p><strong>What: Burlesque Magnifique</strong></p> <p>Where: Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $37 to $65</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-7300, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In a world in which all form and fashion of frontal nudity and sexual perversion are available at a mouse-click, the national revival of the burlesque show is a curious phenomenon. Perhaps we’ve become so desensitized to seeing everything that the idea of keeping things hidden has become alluring again—injecting some much-needed mystery into the erotic arts. For whatever reason, burlesque is big once again, and cabaret performer/entrepreneur Erika Moon has become one Miami’s most prominent faces of the genre. Her show Burlesque Magnifique, which opened to rave reviews in a one-night-only show this past March, returns for this summer encore, featuring eight performers showcasing “the art of the authentic tease.” The 90-minute show will be rife with elegance and glamour as it highlights various periods of burlesque through the ages. One important note: The show takes place in the “Gleason Room,” which is a separate stage (and entrance) from the main Fillmore space; the food options available to mainstage audiences will not be offered for this show.</p> <p><img alt="" height="296" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/the-whale.jpg" width="360"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Whale”</strong></p> <p>Where: GableStage at the Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave. #203, Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $55 ($40 to $50 for later performances)</p> <p>Contact: 305/445-1119, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Samuel D. Hunter’s multiple award-winning play is called “The Whale,” but it has nothing to do with Cetacean mammals. It’s so named because its lead character is a morbidly obese man: a 600-pound recluse who also happens to be a gay man living on the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho. Hunter provides a distinct voice to a largely voiceless demographic, as his largely couch-bound protagonist attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter and deal with nurses and missionaries, each with their own advice for his life and what comes next. In what looks to be a weighty, provocative antidote to the breezy summer escapism offered by other area theaters, “The Whale” stars Gregg Weiner in an elaborate fat suit, along with such great local pros as Amy Miller Brennan, Arielle Hoffman, Deborah Sherman and Karl Skyler Urban. Saturday’s opening night performance includes a generous reception following the show; “The Whale” runs through Aug. 17. </p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="271" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/pierrot.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Screening of “Pierrot le Fou”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cosford Cinema at University of Miami, 5030 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 5:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $7 to $9</p> <p>Contact: 305/284-4861, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The trailer for this 1965 French New Wave classic by Jean-Luc Godard begins (and ends) with actor Jean-Paul Belmondo reading off a list of contradictions—“real and surreal, tender and cruel, nocturnal and diurnal”—that certainly apply to this offbeat love story/adventure film. The plot, should you choose to follow it, involves Belmondo’s recently fired staffer at a TV broadcasting company who escapes his banal bourgeois life, his exciting babysitter Marianne (Anna Karina) in tow. When a corpse turns up in Marianne’s apartment, the two lovers soon realize they’re being chased by gangsters, which fuels a meandering crime spree that plays out like “Bonnie &amp; Clyde” as scripted by Robert Louis Stevenson—and peppered, as always, by Godard’s experimental asides. Like many of Godard’s movies from the period, the main subject of “Pierrot le Fou” must be cinema itself, and the formal possibilities he helped unlock for future generations of filmmakers. This witty and subversive genre exercise will be screened in its original 35mm format as part of a three-film summer series of Godard classics.</p>John ThomasonMon, 14 Jul 2014 15:42:14 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming Events86&#39;d, The Restaurant Deadpool<p><img alt="" height="0" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/closedsign.jpg" width="0">Longevity doesn’t count for much in the restaurant biz. Neither, apparently, does novelty.</p> <p><img alt="" height="318" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/btewzzi_cityplace.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Just ask the folks at <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Brewzzi </strong></a>in CityPlace, gone from the upstairs space it occupied for almost a dozen years after a bankruptcy judge ruled that the West Palm Beach shopping center could evict the establishment for non-payment of rent. Though Brewzzi officials have been quoted as saying they intend to appeal the ruling and reopen the restaurant, CityPlace has already scrubbed any mention of the eatery-brewpub from its website, and there doesn’t appear to be any love lost between the two sides. The Boca Raton Brewzzi, however, is still open.</p> <p>And speaking of Boca. And novelty. And the unforgiving nature of the restaurant biz. Say goodbye to <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Bistro Gastronomie</strong></a>, the upscale French eatery in the Yamato Village Center from veteran chef William Walden that closed after less than six months. Partnership problems were reportedly the issue. A voicemail message at the restaurant says it’s closed for business while undergoing “renovation and restructuring” and hopes to reopen in the “very near future.” Maybe. But I wouldn’t hold my breath.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 14 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsDelray Marketplace Gets Musical (and Free)<p class="Body">If you’re tired of going to the same bars on Friday nights—or tired of watching the same reruns on your couch—the Delray Marketplace has come up with a solution to your dilemmas.</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="147" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/marketplacemusic.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="Body">West Delray hotspot is hosting its Marketplace Music Fest every Friday night during the month of July. Set in the center’s amphitheater, the weekly concert runs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and is open, best of all, free to the public.</p> <p class="Body">The musical event, which began over a year ago, showcases local acts and bands from all over the state of Florida; this month’s bands all hail from the South Florida area. Amy Ferguson, general manager of the Delray Marketplace and who is also in charge of booking the bands, aims to hire a variety of musicians to play in the Marketplace Music Fest.</p> <p class="Body">“What’s cool is that I’ve been getting a lot of calls from bands who want to perform in the amphitheater because of the crowds we get,” says Ferguson. “And it’s a variety of bands—so each week will different, and it’ll never be the same type of music every week.”</p> <p class="Body">The Delray Marketplace is on 14851 Lyons Road, and it is suggested you bring a blanket or lawn chair to the open-air amphitheater. So if you have nothing to do this Friday night, or the next two, stop by the Marketplace Music Fest and dance to start of a new weekend.</p> <p class="Body"><strong>Marketplace Music Fest Concert Lineup:</strong></p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/magicbusband.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body">Friday, July 11</p> <p class="Body"><strong>The Magic Bus Band</strong></p> <p class="Body">Dying to hear live music that is reminiscent of Woodstock and the psychedelic period during the ‘60s and ‘70s? Then look no further. Drummer/vocalist Jim Rizzo launched the Fort Lauderdale-based band Magic Bus in 2007, and the group has created a following with its tribute to early British Invasion bands. Sheldon Voss (bass/vocals) and Ron Tillman (guitar/vocals) complete the Magic Bus line-up.</p> <p class="Body"><em>For more information on the band, visit </em><a href=""></a><em> or click </em><a href="">here</a><em> for their Facebook page</em></p> <p class="Body"> <img alt="" height="390" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/brass.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body">Friday, July 18<strong></strong></p> <p class="Body"><strong><strong>Solid Brass</strong><br></strong></p> <p class="Body">Having eight members, with each playing a different instrument, in one band may seem like a messy disaster, but Solid Brass has dedicated itself to the motto “Live Solid, Play Solid.” Based in Palm Beach County, the eight-piece band formed in 2011 and covers classic rock and R&amp;B songs from music staples such as Chicago, James Brown, Hall &amp; Oates and Joe Cocker.</p> <p class="Body"><em>For more information on the band, visit </em><a href=""></a><em>  or click </em><a href="">here</a><em> for their Facebook page.</em></p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/classicrocktherapy.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body">Friday, July 25</p> <p class="Body"><strong>Classic Rock Therapy</strong></p> <p class="Body">Dubbing itself as South Florida’s premier party band, Classic Rock Therapy covers classic/current rock and dance music from the ‘60s to today. Hailing from the Fort Lauderdale area, the cover band formed in 2006 by five friends looking to play fun music and ended up with a following, enjoying crowds all over South Florida.</p> <p class="Body"><em>For more information on the band, visit </em><a href=""></a><em> or click </em><a href="">here</a><em> for their Facebook page.</em></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</em></p>Michelle FerrandFri, 11 Jul 2014 10:34:33 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMusicUpcoming EventsTrader Joe&#39;s Sets Local Opening Dates<p>For years, whenever I went back to California to visit friends and family I’d always stop by the local <strong>Trader Joe’s</strong>, a positively addictive combination of discount grocer and gourmet food shop with a quirky, good-humored, counter-culture-ish vibe.</p> <p><img alt="" height="197" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/traderjoe.png" width="200"></p> <p>With the May debut of Trader Joe’s in Wellington (<em>2877 State Road 7, 561/656-1067</em>) I don’t have to fly across the country to snag a few bottles of Two Buck Chuck or upscale frozen entrees or their luscious Nutella knockoff. But neither I (nor you) will have to make the trek to west county for your Joe’s fix come September, when a trio of new TJ’s are slated to open.</p> <p>First in line is the Trader Joe’s <strong>Delray Beach</strong>, at 1851 S. Federal Hwy., just south of Linton Boulevard, slated to debut Friday, Sept. 5. It’s followed on Friday, Sept. 19, by a sister store in <strong>Palm Beach Gardens</strong>, in PGA Plaza. The <strong>Boca Raton</strong> Joe’s was scheduled to throw open its doors a week later, but a dispute between the company and city officials over whether to keep power lines underground is threatening to delay the opening. The Boca city council will make the ultimate decision, though it’s on break until July 21. So Boca-ites, keep your fingers crossed.</p> <p>Oh, and one more tip. I don’t know if Joe’s will be carrying its handmade corn and flour tortillas at its new PBC stores, but if they do, buy them by the case. They put your average grocery store tortillas to shame.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 11 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsUpcoming EventsFashion Forward: CityPlace, The Gardens Mall + Salon Oasis<p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/charmingcharlie.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>From 5-10 p.m. today (July 11), <a href="">Charming Charlie</a> at CityPlace is offering $10 off your purchase of $50 or more. This boutique has every possible accessory you can need, in every color – and for prices that won’t break the bank. You’re covered head  to toe – literally – with $15 statement necklaces to beaded boho sandals. <em>(Located across LA Fitness, 700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach)</em></p> <p>Jet setting somewhere exotic this summer? Make sure you’re equipped for the trip.  <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/">Luggage &amp; More</a> is officially open at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens. Pick up the perfect piece of luggage – and don’t forget those travel accessories too. (<em>Located between Macy’s and Lush, 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens)</em></p> <p><a href="">Salon Oasis</a> is celebrating summer with 25 percent off select merchandise. Check out its range of colorful jewelry, including bold bangles and ombre earrings. <em>(6100 Glades Road, Boca Raton)</em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 11 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 NewsEau World Cup Weekend<p>A jam-packed month of what we at the office like to call “the futbol” is coming to a close. Celebrate it Eau-style at the resort and spa's <strong>World Cup Weekend</strong> event.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/eaupalmbeach.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This weekend, July 12-13, <a href="" target="_blank">Eau Palm Beach</a> will be screening the games live and offering free valet parking, $7 caipirinhas and a complimentary tasting of crispy yucca fries, pao de queijo and feijoada. There will also be performances from Brazilian samba dancers at 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 2 p.m. Sunday. And when the games are over, stay for a post-game party. Did we mention the person with the best outfit gets a prize?</p> <p><strong>Game Schedule:</strong></p> <p>Saturday, July 12 at 4 p.m.</p> <p>Sunday, July 13 at 3 p.m.</p> <p><em>Eau Palm Beach Resort &amp; Spa is located at 100 S. Ocean Blvd, Manalapan. For more information, call 561/533-6000.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 10 Jul 2014 17:39:44 +0000 EventsThe Chapman settlement, public TV merger &amp; looking toward Mecca<h3><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"></h3> <h3>Chapman alternatives</h3> <p>At this point, it seems likely that suspended Delray Beach City Manager Louie Chapman on Tuesday will accept the city commission’s revised settlement offer. Ironically—given all the emotion of the last few months—accepting probably is as much in Chapman’s interest as it is in the city’s interest.</p> <p>At last week’s meeting, the commission rejected Chapman’s offer to resign if he received 20 weeks of severance and got a sanitizing of his record. In return, Chapman would agree not to sue the city over his departure.</p> <p>If Mayor Cary Glickstein and commissioners Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia had their way, Chapman would have been fired in May for cause and received no severance. They had ample cause: the illegal scheduling in March of an item regarding the Auburn Trace housing project and a report in May by Palm Beach County’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) that Chapman misled the commission and OIG investigators about a January purchase of trash carts. But commissioners Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet are unwilling to fire Chapman, for whatever reason. I’ve contacted both to ask why they are holding out, but I haven’t received a response. Frankel at one point said he didn’t believe the OIG report, though he didn’t explain.</p> <p>Since Chapman first wanted two years’ severance, the 20-week offer is a comparative bargain. Without the threat of a frivolous lawsuit—alleging race and/or age discrimination, most likely—the split between Delray Beach and Chapman would have been final.</p> <p>Jarjura and Glickstein, though, could not accept two of Chapman’s terms: that “no commissioner individually or collectively will instigate any federal, state or local agencies to conduct any investigation” of Chapman related to his time as manager and that his record include no mention of the OIG report.</p> <p>In an interview, Jarjura, who is an attorney, said the commission could find itself “obligated” to participate in an investigation of Chapman. She also wanted the contract voided if Chapman is convicted of a crime dating to his time in office. She had expressed these thoughts to the city’s legal staff before the meeting.</p> <p>After much tweaking, the commission’s counter-offer allows the city to participate in an investigation if “required by law” and includes a reference to the number of the inspector general’s report. At the meeting, Jarjura wanted it made clear that the commission was “not negotiating.” Unless Chapman agreed to “capitulate” on these points, Jarjura said, she would not approve any settlement offer.</p> <p>For Chapman, the incentive to take the amended deal should be strong. On Aug. 26, voters almost certainly will change the city charter and allow the commission to fire the manager with three votes, rather than four. Once the change took effect, Glickstein, Jarjura and Petrolia would have their way and would fire Chapman, having suspended him long enough to get rid of him.</p> <p>In that scenario, Chapman would have no money and only the threat of a lawsuit. Though Frankel said Chapman “had grounds” for a lawsuit, the record contains no evidence of any discrimination by the city. Chapman at least would get roughly $70,000 in the settlement.</p> <p>“It is hard,” Jarjura said, “to separate what you would do personally from what you should do professionally.” Even the revised settlement would be “a hard pill to swallow.” She believes, however, that a lawsuit from Chapman would be inevitable if he were fired.</p> <p>If Chapman raises no objections, the vote five days from now will be 4-1 to approve the deal. Petrolia is a certain no vote, as she was last week. She called the settlement “extortion.” She’s right that Frankel and Jacquet have put Delray Beach in this position, but even the messiest divorce is better if the parties go their separate ways for their mutual benefit.</p> <h3>Public TV merger?</h3> <p>A merger between South Florida’s two public television stations has made sense for about 20 years. At last, the personalities may have aligned to make it possible.</p> <p>From its creation in 1982, Boynton Beach-based <strong>WXEL-Channel 42</strong> has struggled. The company has faced financial issues and conflict-of-interest controversy involving board members. As well-intentioned as its founders were, WXEL provides very little programming different from what Miami-based <strong>WPBT-Channel 2</strong> broadcasts. For all the talk of WXEL filling a “community” need, there is no notable programming geared toward Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. And throughout WXEL’s history, WPBT has had significant Palm Beach County membership on its board.</p> <p>That continues. The current WPBT board chairwoman is Laurie Silvers, a resident of Boca Raton who is chairman of Hollywood Media. I am told that Silvers enjoys a good relationship with WPBT CEO Dolores Sukhedo. Board members at both stations have spoken favorably of a merger, which would allow WPBT and WXEL to share some costs and mount a unified fund-raising effort. Like WXEL, WPBT has had more trouble finding donors since the recession. Public broadcasting has it tough all over. Last fall, National Public Radio offered staff buyouts as part of a plan to close a $6 million budget deficit.</p> <p>Barry University bought WXEL-Channel 42 and WXEL-FM 90.7 in 1997, a deal that was done in secret and never should have been allowed. (No one else was allowed to bid on what is a public asset.) Barry first sold the radio station to Classical South Florida, and then sold the TV station to a group led by WXEL CEO Bernard Henneberg.</p> <p>Unlike some mergers, consumers would benefit from WXEL and WPBT joining forces. It would almost surely assure the combined station’s survival; indeed, the company might thrive. That would benefit the many South Floridians who enjoy public broadcasting programming. It should have happened long ago. It must happen now.</p> <h3>Looking back on the Mecca deal</h3> <p>The criticism at Scripps Florida of a proposed deal between the California-based Scripps Institute and the University of Southern California made me think of a recent conversation I had with Palm Beach County Commissioner Steven Abrams.</p> <p>When I asked Abrams what he considered his most important vote in the five years since he took office, Abrams said it was the deal to sell Mecca Farms to the South Florida Water Management District.</p> <p>Mecca Farms is the 1,900-acre former citrus grove west of Palm Beach Gardens that some originally envisioned as the home for Scripps Florida. The site never made sense because it’s so remote. But a group of insiders pushed for the county to buy it, hoping to cash in by buying property next door. Though they never got their windfall, the purchase reeked of “Corruption County.”</p> <p>Once Scripps began operating in Jupiter, Mecca Farms remained a financial drain, through debt and maintenance costs. The district, though, will use it for needed water storage and to send needed water to the Loxahatchee River. Property associated with something bad will now do some public good. The site is far from Abrams’ Boca Raton-Delray Beach-centered district, but he has a point about the importance of the sale to all Palm Beach County taxpayers.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>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, 10 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunitySummer Waterfront Dining<p><span><span><span><span><span>Summer has arrived and what better way to spend those long days than dining on the water? Some of the best waterfront restaurants can be found right here in our neighborhood—and are only a car or boat ride away.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span>1. Deck 84 </span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span><img alt="" height="175" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/deck84.jpg" width="490"></span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Right off </span></span><span><span><a href=""><span><span>Atlantic Ave</span></span></a></span></span><span><span> in Delray Beach, Deck 84 offers a laid-back atmosphere and a stellar view of the Intracoastal. With hands on deck to help you dock your boat, you can make your way up to either the indoor seating or the lively outdoor deck. And for only $10 on Saturdays and Sundays f(rom 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.), you can create your perfect Bloody Mary from the Bloody Mary bar with more than 20 ingredients. The locally-inspired seafood specials are to-die-for good—try the signature Key Lime Mahi Mahi. Deck 84 is open Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Deck 84 is at 840 E. Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach. For more information, visit: </span></span><span><span><a href=""><span><span></span></span></a></span></span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span>2. Blue Moon Fish Co.</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span><img alt="" height="243" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/bluemoonfishco.jpg" width="490"></span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Blue Moon Fish Co. is the place to be in</span></span><span><span><a href=""><span><span>Lauderdale by the Sea</span></span></a></span></span><span><span> for Sunday brunch. For $53.95 per person, its “bottomless” brunch includes a breakfast bar, soup station, seafood table, tuscan trattoria, the carving board, salad table, chef-prepared entrees and Chef Maria’s sweet shop. One of the best parts of the meal is the unlimited champagne, mimosas and Bloody Marys. Drive up or dock your boat and enjoy the Intracoastal view. Blue Moon Fish Co. is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Blue Moon Fish Co. is at 4405 West Tradewinds Ave. in Lauderdale by the Sea. For more information, visit: </span></span><span><span><a href=""><span><span></span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span>3. Dining at Waterstone Resort</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/waterstone_grill.jpg" width="490"></span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Whether you are looking for fine dining or a relaxed place to hang out, Waterstone Resort has something for everyone. The upscale waterfront restaurant, Boca Landing, offers several seafood options, freshly prepared, to showcase some of South Florida’s best dishes—like the Roasted East Coast Oysters— and offers a raw bar for those who craving straight-from-the-sea dining. If you’re looking for a casual place to wind down, the poolside Waterstone Bar and Grill is the place for you. These dishes offer South Florida’s favorites with a small ode to the Latin and Mediterranean culture (the guacamole and hummus are a great place to start). Waterstone Bar and Grill offers classic poolside cocktails and a comfortable atmosphere that creates the perfect place for a low-key night out. Boca Landing is open Sunday through Thursday 5 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 5 to 10 p.m. The Waterstone Resort is at 999 E. Camino Real in Boca Raton. For more information, visit: </span></span><span><span><a href=""><span><span></span></span></a></span></span><span><span>. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>4. Benny’s on the Beach</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong></strong><span><span><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/bennys.jpg" width="490"></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>If you are looking for one of the best breakfast places on the water, head over to Benny’s at the top of the Lake Worth Pier. Benny’s serves breakfast seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Happy hour starts at 3 p.m. every day with specialty cocktails like Coronaritas, Blue Lagoons, Captain Cruisers and Spicy Marys. This landmark has been around since 1986 and remains the one of the most popular places for locals and tourists alike to hang out. If a day of fishing is what you crave, the pier is open all day for only $3.25 and even offers fishing pole rentals for $20. Benny’s on the Beach is at 10 S Ocean Blvd. in Lake Worth. For more information call 561/582-9001 or visit: </span></span><span><span><a href=""><span><span></span></span></a></span></span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span>5. JB’s on the Beach</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/jbs.jpg" width="490"></span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Aside from being steps from the beach, JB’s offers a unique dining experience with live entertainment and a wide-ranging menu. JB’s offers an exclusive </span></span><span><span><a href=""><span><span>weekend brunch menu</span></span></a></span></span><span><span> with items like the bacon, egg and cheeseburger and JB’s signature Maryland-style crab cakes. JB’s also offers the “Bloody Maria” and the “Ultimate Screwdriver” for specialty brunch cocktails. JB’s opens at 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at 10 a.m. on Sunday. JB’s on the Beach is at 300 NE 21st Avenue in Deerfield Beach. For more information call 954/571-5220 or visit: </span></span><span><span><a href=""><span><span></span></span></a></span></span><span><span>. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>About Kelsey:</strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong></strong><em>Kelsey Howard is a recent college graduate who earned her Bachelor of Arts in mass communications with a concentration in magazine journalism at the University of South Florida. Kelsey is an editorial intern this summer at Boca Raton magazine. She is 21 years old with a passion to explore the world and write about it along the way. You can contact Kelsey at </em><em><a href=""></a></em><em> or </em><em><a>941/306-9158</a></em><em> or view her portfolio </em><em><a href="">here</a></em><em>. </em><br></span></span></span></span></span></p>Kelsey HowardThu, 10 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsGypsies, Metaphysics, Shakespeare and More at MCB<p>Starting next Monday, July 14, individual and season tickets will be available for purchase for <a href="" target="_blank">Miami City Ballet</a>’s 2014-2015 season. Four distinct programs are slated at the Kravis Center, Broward Center and Arsht Center from October through April, and it looks to be another stellar year for the United States’ eighth-largest dance company.</p> <p>Artistic director <strong>Lourdes Lopez</strong>, who can currently be read in a whopping 16-page interview in the summer issue of <em>Ballet Review</em>, continues to push her dancers in new directions in her second season of original programming. Whether you’re looking to buy season tickets or pick one program that’s best for you, here’s a look at all of your options.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="508" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/mcb1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Program I: Romeo and Juliet</strong></p> <p>When: Oct. 17-Nov. 23</p> <p>Best for: Theatergoers who always wanted a few more plies and jetes with their Shakespeare</p> <p>About: When it comes to “Romeo and Juliet,” you know the story, and spoiler alerts need not apply: Both lovers get it in the end. The joy in experiencing and re-experiencing this passionate tale of star-crossed lovers year after year, and medium after medium, is in the individuality its creators bring to the ageless text. In the world of classical ballet, such knighted choreographers as Sir Frederick Ashton and Sir Frederick MacMillan have created full-length dances based on the story, but Miami City Ballet is re-mounting what most consider the best “Romeo and Juliet” ballet of all: the 1962 version by South Africa’s John Cranko, a choreographer who sought to create dance that was “a representation of life itself.” Known for his clear-eyed storytelling mastery and his thrilling pas de deux, Cranko’s take will be presented with romantic costumes and lavish sets.</p> <p><img alt="" height="364" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/mcb2.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Program II: Hear the Music</strong></p> <p>When: Jan. 9-Feb. 8, 2015</p> <p>Best for: First-time audiences who want to see a little bit of everything</p> <p>About: There may be no better introduction to Miami City Ballet - and its rich history of producing works by the greatest choreographers in the world - than its second program this season. It includes works by Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp and George Balanchine, as formidable a choreographic trio as imaginable over a single evening. The program’s title refers to the special connection these dances have to organized sound: Taylor’s “Mercuric Tidings” blends animalistic movement with an attention to musicality that the <em>Times </em>described, in its 1982 premiere, as “a dance work that bursts seemingly into song.” Tharp’s contribution, “Nine Sinatra Songs,” also from ’82, wears its concept in its title: Nine standards from Ol’ Blue Eyes propel the action, which traces the swirling arc of romantic relationships across seven couples. Finally, the dancers will capture a jazz flavor in Balanchine’s “Symphony in Three Movements,” developed from three Igor Stravinsky compositions.</p> <p><img alt="" height="370" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/mcb3.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Program III: Passion and Grace</strong></p> <p>When: Feb. 13-March 22, 2015</p> <p>Best for: Anyone who believes dance can be transcendent</p> <p>About: The second half of the season is almost entirely composed of company premieres, which are both exciting and risky. If performed correctly, the ballets in Program III will be so emotionally stirring that they’ll take audiences into deeper, more passionate, and even more metaphysical spaces. Tharp’s 1996 masterpiece “Sweet Fields” is an alternately joyous and solemn exploration of the passage between life and death, with a soundtrack unlike any other: American Shaker hymns, sung a cappella. No less transformative is “Carmen,” choreographer Richard Alston’s critically acclaimed 2009 adaptation of the tragic Bizet opera, which brings gypsies, matadors, cigar factories and bullfights to vivid life. The program also includes another example of MCB’s Balanchine bread-and-butter, “Allegro Brillante,” which the choreographer called “everything I know about classical ballet in 13 minutes.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="362" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/mcb4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Program IV: Points of Departure</strong></p> <p>When: March 27-April 19, 2015</p> <p>Best for: Audiences who want to see something that’s never been danced before</p> <p>About: Program IV might be the most challenging program in this season’s lineup, which may be why it’s being saved for the end. There’s a thrilling element of unpredictability in this production, as it will include an as-yet-untitled work by Justin Peck, who at 26 is one of the hottest new choreographers in the country. The ballet will feature a large cast and run 35 minutes; as an added treat, the renowned street artist Shepard Fairey will create original art for the show. Also, MCB will premiere “The Concert (or, the Perils of Everybody),” considered the funniest work in Jerome Robbins’ oeuvre. With its postmodern aim to capture the inner thoughts of classical music concertgoers, this delightful flight of fancy must have felt well ahead of its time in 1956. Balanchine’s “Raymonda Variations,” recognized for its bravura display of solos, rounds out the program.</p> <p><em>Tickets for individual programs start at $20. For information and, beginning Monday, to purchase tickets, call 305/929-7010 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 09 Jul 2014 13:36:24 +0000 & EventsUpcoming EventsTastemakers of Delray Beach: Instagram Contest<p><a href="/blog/2014/06/24/tastemakers-of-delray-beach-2014/" target="_blank">Tastemakers of Delray Beach</a> is right around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited. To celebrate one of our favorite dining events of the year, we’re hosting a social media contest.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/tastemakers.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>While you’re sampling delectable dishes from some of the Ave’s best restaurants, make sure to snap a photo and upload it onto Instagram. Tag @delraymag and use the hashtag #tastedelray for a chance to win one of eight gift cards from participating restaurants.</p> <p>In the mix: <strong>50 Ocean</strong>,<strong> Cabana El Rey</strong>, <strong>Caffe Luna Rosa, Deck 84</strong>,<strong> DIG</strong>,<strong> Lemongrass Asian Bistro</strong>,<strong> Mussel Beach</strong>,<strong> SoLita</strong> and <strong>The Office</strong>.</p> <p>Get creative! We’re talking selfies, foodstagrams, videos and anything else you can think of. Upload your photo by Aug. 9 and we’ll announce the winners by the end of the day the following Monday, Aug. 11.</p> <p>If you have any questions about the contest, please email</p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 09 Jul 2014 13:27:18 +0000 BeachUpcoming EventsSummer Fruits and Vegetables<p>Everyone needs a little relief from South Florida’s scorching summer days, and what could be better than some fresh Florida-grown fruits and vegetables? Throw some summer produce into a blender to create a refreshing smoothie, add some to a homemade wrap or enjoy these items in their pure form.</p> <p><img alt="" height="576" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/summer_fruits_vegetables.jpg" width="448"><br> </p> <p>You can find these Florida-grown fruits and vegetables at many local summer green markets. Here are a few:</p> <p><strong>The Gardens Green Market </strong>(10500 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, 561/630-1100) is open from May through September on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Palm Beach Outlets Green Market </strong>(1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561/515-4400)<em> </em>is open every Saturday throughout the summer from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Central Park Market </strong>(5283 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/499-9935), located indoors at the Big Apple Shopping Bazaar,<em> </em>is open from June through September on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Coconut Creek Green Market </strong>(4441 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, 954/974-6624)<em> </em>is open from April through October on Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.</p> <p><strong>About Taryn:</strong></p> <p><em>Taryn Tacher is a senior at the University of Florida studying Journalism and Business Administration, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. Though she is less than five feet tall, what she lacks in height she makes up for with her passion for writing. She loves yoga, puppies and all things tiny. You can reach Taryn at</em></p>Taryn TacherWed, 09 Jul 2014 09:50:36 +0000 & ReviewsBoca After Dark: Biergarten<p><span><span><strong>Where: </strong></span></span><span><span>309 Via De Palmas #90, Boca Raton 561/395-7462</span></span></p> <p><span><span><img alt="" height="363" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/biergarten_beer.jpg" width="490"></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong>The lowdown: </strong></span></span><span><span>Entering Biergarten is like experiencing a piece of Germany right here in Boca. The countdown to Oktoberfest starts the day after the previous one has ended and the menu is full of five-syllable words that I cannot pronounce for the life of me.</span></span><span><span>If you’re on the hunt for good bier and brats, Biergarten is the place to go. This German-American restaurant and bar, located in Royal Palm Place, is packed with lederhosen-clad waiters and waitresses, authentic German dishes and 50 different craft and bottled biers to choose from. And if you haven't already noted, at Biergarten, it’s not “beer” — it’s “bier.” </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The crowd at Biergarten is mixed, with both young and old either enjoying themselves inside the restaurant or out at the spacious outdoor bar. Both inside and out, you can check out what biers are available for the night on the oversized chalkboards. With so many to choose from, it’s hard to know what to get, but the bartenders will gladly give you their recommendations and even let you sample a taste of the draught biers.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Though it gets busy during sporting events and happy hour, the late night weekend scene is on the quieter side. But the drinks are still flowing and the ever-popular Pretzel served with three different housemade mustards and the sweet, creamy Liptauer Kase dip is front and center at just about every table. There are also live local musicians taking the stage to show off their chops. The late night menu starts at 10:30 p.m. and includes everything from a $4 frankfurter to a $15 burger. Popular dishes, such as the pretzel, bier cheese fries and various kinds of ‘wursts are on the menu too.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong>The intangibles: </strong></span></span><span><span>There are rotating selections from Florida breweries such as Cigar City, Funky Buddha and Due South, and a chocolate stout and Biergarten select rotation as well. Enjoy $6 pints, $9 liters or $12 boots of your choice of draught — there’s a huge variety of German and Belgium beers, stouts, ports, ciders and other national craft beers, </span></span><span><span><em>or</em></span></span><span><span> you can get fancy and order one of their liquor-topped Loaded Biers for $9. Bier flights of any four draughts are available for $14.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Wine and spirit drinkers, you haven’t been forgotten! Wine by the glass and bottle are available, as well as a list of $10 specialty cocktails, $9 shooters, and 1-oz. spirit flights where you can pick 3 different kinds or rum or whiskey to taste.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. with $4 draughts, $5 well and specialty cocktails and $6 wine by the glass. Biergarten also just started a Sunday Funday happy hour all day long, noon to midnight. You can can enjoy $1 brats with the purchase of a beverage on Mondays, 2-for-1 schnitzel on Tuesdays, $5 burgers and $3 draft beer specials on Wednesdays, and celebrate your inner-German on Thursdays with live polka music and German food specials. Live bands take the stage every Friday and Saturday night starting at 9:30 p.m. and sometimes earlier in the day during season.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li> <p><span><span><strong>Hours:</strong></span></span><span><span> Biergarten is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from noon to 12 a.m.</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><strong>Website:</strong></span></span><a href="" target="_blank"><span><span></span></span></a></p> </li> </ul> <center><em>For more on bars in Boca Raton, click <a href="/blog/tag/boca-after-dark/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em><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="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</div>Shaina WizovWed, 09 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Stark Ride, plus health news to know<p><em><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Peddle Up! for the Frank Stark Ride</em></p> <p>Here’s an opportunity to get on your bikes for good causes. The annual <strong>Frank Stark Ride</strong> is celebrating its 25th year Sunday, July 13.</p> <p>Cyclists can choose between a 30- or 62-mile course, riding north along picturesque A1A. The supported ride starts at 7 a.m. for the 62-mile course and 8 a.m. for the 30-mile event, starting at Boca Raton’s City Hall (<em>201 W. Palmetto Park Road</em>).</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/frankstark.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The ride is named after Frank Stark, a former member of the Boca Raton Bicycle Club, who was forced to retire from his career as an airline pilot after having two heart attacks and a quadruple bypass surgery. Stark began cycling to improve his health and celebrated his birthdays by riding one mile for each year of his age.</p> <p>More and more people joined Stark’s inspirational rides while he was alive. Long after he died of heart failure, those people continued to ride in his honor. Today’s Frank Stark Ride attracts as many as 700 riders. Riders get the support of local police, as well as rest stops with food and drink and lunch after the event. There are even free post-race massages and a vendor village.</p> <p>Proceeds from the ride go to national charities and local, state and national bicycle advocacy groups.</p> <p>It’s $40 to participate if you sign up by July 10. After that, it’s $50.</p> <p>For more information or to sign up, go to: <a href=""></a> or call 561/391-0800.</p> <p><em>In other news…</em></p> <p>Local hospitals are announcing <strong>residency and medical school training programs</strong> for future doctors. Residencies occur after medical school to prepare medical school graduates to become competent, board-certified physicians.</p> <p>Having teaching hospitals is a good sign for our local health care system. Studies show that doctors often take root where they train. So, having local residency programs for doctors in Palm Beach County could help to ensure we have enough doctors in the pipeline to care for local patients in the long term.</p> <p>Boca Raton Regional Hospital announced in early July that 30 internal medicine residents from Florida Atlantic University’s residency program were training at the hospital. This is the first university-sponsored resident program for FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and the first post-graduate training program at Boca Regional.</p> <p>Bethesda Hospital East, in Boynton Beach, also announced this month that it is providing clinical training for 12 Nova Southeastern University medical students in their third year in the school’s college of osteopathic medicine. Bethesda has been helping to train Nova’s osteopathic students for nine years. The rotations in training for these future doctors include internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, emergency medicine, psychiatry and geriatrics.</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="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 09 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 52 is my summertime hit<p>I just a told an old friend the other day that I was spending my summer cheating on Weight Watchers. I have it down to a science, how you can pretend you ate one portion of chicken salad when it was really three, or how see-through cocktails don’t count or how points are in the eye of the beholder more than something cast in stone. In short, I actually lie to myself, like that’s actually winning.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/seasons52_boca.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Which is why I count on a few bright spots to see me through this dark time of endless celery hearts and Greek yogurt. One of those bright spots is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Seasons 52</strong></a>, which I know I can go to, have really great food (each item is under or at 475 calories) and it’s not throwing me under that relentless oncoming Weight Watchers bus.</p> <p>Case in point: I went today and had the Maui Tuna Crunch salad; my dining partner had blackened mahi tacos. There was a lobster and mozzarella flatbread in there somewhere as well, but that was extra—just to taste, of course. I could have kept going—I know the seductive lure of the Tamale Tot—and I could have ordered up a battery of those innocent little desserts served in shot glasses. But I was pretty restrained, at least for me, and it was truly a treat to enjoy really good dining—without the guilt of having overdone it.</p> <p>Seasons 52 isn’t just about calorie counting; it’s about seasonal well-prepared food, an extensive menu and servers like Andrea Plaza and Jordyn Brenner. (And Spencer, too, who got us out of there in an hour!) I think in all the crush of new restaurants, we tend to forget about some of the tried-and-true stars, the ones that are there for us when we need to get out—and that almost keep us honest.</p> <p>This is one of them.</p>Marie SpeedTue, 08 Jul 2014 16:02:35 +0000 Gets Two New Waterfront Dining Spots<p>The old Watercolors Cafe in the former <strong>Boca Raton Bridge Hotel</strong> always offered some of the prettiest water views around, views sadly never quite matched by the quality of its food or its tired, dated decor.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/bocalanding.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Well, $10 million and a complete renno of the hotel and its two restaurants later and the folks at Hilton Hotels who are running the place are hoping the view won’t be the only reason for hungry diners to show up. Now called the <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Waterstone Resort &amp; Marina</strong></a> (<em>999 E. Camino Real, 561/368-9500</em>), the swank property has a coolly contemporary look and feel, both of which carry over to its twin eateries, the casual <strong>Waterstone Bar &amp; Grill</strong> and the more upscale <strong>Boca Landing</strong>.</p> <p>Waterstone B&amp;G features a chic bar and lounge that face a spacious outdoor patio. The beverage menu of artisan cocktails, craft beers and boutique wines is paired with a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu that runs the culinary gamut from egg-white omelets and cheesecake-stuffed french toast to shrimp nachos, spicy jerked chicken sandwich and arugula and hearts of palm salad.</p> <p>The Landing makes a more elegant presentation, with even more spectacular water views from floor-to-ceiling windows, lots of dark wood trim, raised booths under massive chandeliers and contemporary furnishings. Resort exec chef Steve Zobel has crafted a small plates-oriented menu that gives a modern twist to familiar dishes, like crabcakes with Old Bay butter and shrimp salad, fish ‘n’ chips with preserved lemon tartar sauce and sweet potato chips, and pork belly sliders with smoked tomato jam. There’s also a roster of “simply prepared” fish and meats with choice of four sauces.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 08 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsThoughts on poles, pot and same sex marriage - plus more<h3><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"></h3> <h3>South Florida has been there—but with a difference</h3> <p>If you lived in South Florida 34 years ago, you can understand the feelings of those who live in cities along the Mexican border and are worried about all the undocumented children arriving from Central America.</p> <p>In 1980, the flood of refugees was coming from Cuba, and coming to Florida. It started in the spring, when food shortages in Cuba led to another round of unrest. Fidel Castro cracked down, but in April some protesters fled to the Peruvian embassy in Havana. Castro’s solution to what became a standoff was to declare that all those who wished to leave Cuba for the decadent United States could go.</p> <p>Then, as now, events were largely beyond the control of an American president. In 1980, no one here expected Castro to renounce his policy of arresting and jailing those who tried to flee the socialist paradise. In 2014, not enough people here expected that violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador would cause families to send their children on a perilous journey through Mexico to the United States.</p> <p>Then, as now, the U.S. government fumbled for a response. In 1980, though, there was a community quite willing to assist in the sort of refugee movement that some Americans, as some do now, called an “invasion.”</p> <p>As Cubans headed north across the Florida Straits in every conceivable vessel, Cuban-Americans headed south in every conceivable vessel—not to stop them but to help them. Many Cuban-Americans saw them as fellow anti-communists fleeing the man who, to the exiles, had stolen their country. The man who through his revolution in 1959 had forced bankers, lawyers and doctors to America, where they started over as busboys, waiters and janitors before remaking Miami and Dade County. (For those of a certain age, it always will be “Dade” County, not Miami-Dade.)</p> <p>The roles of those protesting today’s refugees from Central America were played in 1980 by those north of Miami. They saw Castro as “flushing his toilets.” Indeed, among the 125,000 Cubans who came between April and October were some prisoners and inmates of mental institutions.</p> <p>But one realization links the Mariel boatlift and the surge from Central America: The United States needs a new policy on immigration.</p> <p>For all the criticism of the Obama administration for being unprepared, a law passed during the Bush administration makes it more likely that many of these children will stay, not be deported. That 2002 law, designed to fight human trafficking, sets a higher standard for deporting unaccompanied minors. As the Associated Press reported, some of the children have family members in this country and will be resettled with them, whether their parents came to the country legally or not.</p> <p>The immigration reform bill that passed the Senate a year ago on a bipartisan vote would have provided more money for the border security House Republicans have demanded since the unaccompanied children became a controversy. Predictions now are that the House won’t move on immigration until Obama leaves office.</p> <p>An act of Congress also ensured that most of the Mariel Cubans could stay. The Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 allows all Cuban immigrants who reach this country not only to stay but also to become permanent legal residents after a year, unless they have trouble with the law. That special exception needlessly persists, underscoring the influence of the Cuban-American politicians.</p> <p>Few states would benefit more from immigration reform than Florida. The state needs highly-educated technocrats to boost entrepreneurship and less-educated workers to pick crops. Legal status for now-illegal immigrants would make it harder for sleazy employers to suppress wages and make it easier for honest employers to follow the law. Instead, what Florida gets from Washington on immigration is an argument, not a solution.</p> <h3>Trader Joe's</h3> <p>Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie already has expressed her unwillingness to approve above-ground power lines in front of the new Trader Joe’s store. Council members Robert Weinroth and Mike Mullaugh sound as if they also will be no votes at the 1:30 p.m. council hearing on July 21.</p> <p>When we spoke, Weinroth didn’t want to commit, since the hearing is quasi-judicial. Still, he noted that the power line comes up from the ground across the street to the south of East City Center—the Trader Joe’s site—and goes back underground just north of East City Center. He wondered why there would be any need for an exception, though he said it might be good to take a “holistic approach” to the property on South Federal Highway.</p> <p>Mullaugh, who was on vacation in Ireland, said, “I haven’t seen any reason why we should change the rules.” The developers have put up two above-ground poles, but Mullaugh said, “It isn’t about whether the poles are attractive or unattractive. We bury lines because it’s better for public safety.”</p> <p>Council members Constance Scott and Scott Singer did not respond to text messages. But if Haynie, Mullaugh and Weinroth vote no, that will be a majority. Which means the developers have quite a sell job ahead.</p> <h3>High Times</h3> <p>The hope among Democrats that November’s vote on medical marijuana in Florida will bring out more young people, who tend to vote Democratic, highlights the flaw in the argument for the marijuana amendment.</p> <p>One associates medical marijuana with relief from nausea for cancer patients receiving chemotherapy, relief from muscle spasms for those with multiple sclerosis and help with weight loss for those with HIV. One associates younger people with recreational marijuana use.</p> <p>Yet while the language of the amendment allows the use of marijuana for “debilitating medical conditions,” it also allows it for “other medical conditions for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.”</p> <p>Is it cynical to believe that some doctors in Florida might be willing to prescribe marijuana use for “other medical conditions” like a sore back, or that those doctors might purchase an interest in marijuana clinics? Of course. It also is realistic, since we’re just a few years from when “clinics” were prescribing prescription painkillers far above any medical demand.</p> <p>With “sober houses” becoming such a problem in Delray Beach and other cities, it’s logical to think that marijuana clinics also would appear if the amendment passes. The need for medical marijuana in Florida is real. The medical marijuana amendment on Florida's ballot, however, is an illusion.</p> <h3>Same sex marriage study                            </h3> <p>Last week, a Miami-Dade County judge heard arguments in the lawsuit challenging Florida’s same-sex marriage ban. In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, judicial rulings have overturned bans in many other states.</p> <p>The argument in favor of the ban is that society supposedly benefits more from “traditional marriage,” between a man and a woman. New research, though, further undercuts that argument.</p> <p><em>The Washington Post </em>reported Monday on a study conducted by the University of Melbourne. It showed that children of same-sex couples did better in terms of physical health and social well-being than children of heterosexual couples, despite having to deal with the stigma that some people still have toward such relationships.</p> <p>Such findings do not come as a surprise. As the court debated the DOMA case, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a study showing that economic stability and good parenting mean more to children’s welfare than the sexual orientation of their parents. What good, then, does Florida do by denying rights to a class of people just because of whom they love?</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="" 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, 08 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: July 8 to 14<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="294" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/the-godfather-1972.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Godfather”</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 4 and 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Summer in Delray Beach means the rare opportunity to see films both recent and classic, projected on the big screen at the Crest Theatre. The series, which is entering its second year and which runs every Wednesday through Aug. 27, kicks off with a movie that probably needs no introduction: Francis Ford Coppola’s triple-Oscar winning adaptation of Mario Puzo’s “The Godfather.” This was a film that singlehandedly resurrected the moribund gangster-film genre from the black-and-white sneers of James Cagney to the epic, bloody romanticism of the ‘70s cinema zeitgeist; we wouldn’t have “Goodfellas” or “The Sopranos” without it. Witness all of your favorite lines and scenes again at these screenings, which will include a post-film discussion.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="165" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/zoo-300x165.jpg" width="300"></p> <p><strong>What: Safari Nights: Wild, Wild West</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 4:30 to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $9.95 children, $15.95 adults</p> <p>Contact: 561/547-9453, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This summer, the Palm Beach Zoo is staying up past its bedtime on select Fridays, offering exclusive programming for children and adults alike, each date centered on a theme. This week, the zoo transports audiences to the old west, promising a wild hoedown that includes the opportunity to take a photo with a cowboy. And as always, there will be roving animal encounters, keeper talks, zoo staff dressed up as characters like Kiwi the Koala and Crash the Cardinal, face painting and children’s games and crafts. Adults can enjoy live music on the Tropics Café Deck. The ticket price includes admission to the entire zoo.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="340" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/film-review-life-itself040b1-1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Life Itself”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cinema Paradiso, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 6:15 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $6-$10</p> <p>Contact: 954/760-9898, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Roger Ebert, with his partner Gene Siskel, defined mainstream film criticism during the 1980s and 1990s. Brilliant sparring partners as well as perceptive critics and telegenic personalities, their “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” judgments could make or break a movie during its opening weekend. Now, tragically, we’ve lost both. Ebert’s decline, from cancer of the thyroid and salivary glands, was especially hard to witness until his April 2013 death, but it never impaired his ability to write, even after his lower jaw was removed. The extraordinary documentary filmmaker Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) shadowed Ebert during his final years, the result of which is “Life Itself”—a tribute to America’s most famous film critic, based on Ebert’s memoir of the same name. The movie also charts his history and importance as a writer, and it’s peppered with entertaining film clips and interviews with admirers ranging from Martin Scorsese to Errol Morris. “Life Itself,” which has received universal critical acclaim, also opens at Cinema Paradiso in Hollywood.</p> <p> SATURDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="360" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/bbb.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Boca Burger Battle</strong></p> <p>Where: Sanborn Square Park, 72 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 6 to 10 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50-$60</p> <p>Contact: 561/338-7594, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Now in its third year, this delectable competition is quickly becoming one of Boca’s signature food events—our yearly survey of the State of the Burger. Both traditional and alternative patties will be dished by chefs from 19 top burger establishments from across South Florida, including 10 here in Boca—from 13 American Table to Shake Shack. Bite Gastrotruck, a Fort Lauderdale-based food truck, will attempt to defend its 2013 award for Best Boca Burger. Attendees also can sample tropical salads, truffle mac and cheese, gourmet french fries and other non-burger delicacies, along with an array of craft beers, homemade sangria and seasonal spirits. Classic Rock Therapy will provide live music, and there will be no fees for food and drinks beyond the entrance fee. Portions of the ticket price will benefit PROPEL, a Boca-based nonprofit.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/the-miami-generation-revisited-1.original.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Miami Generation: Revisited”</strong></p> <p>Where: Museum of Art, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7 to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5-$10</p> <p>Contact: 954/525-5500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This much-anticipated group show is a sequel to “The Miami Generation,” a groundbreaking 1983 exhibition that gathered the work of nine emerging artists from Miami’s Cuban exile community to showcase their art at the now-defunct Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture in Miami. Thirty years later, the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale is bringing back all nine artists to display work completed in the intervening years. Museum director Bonnie Clearwater tells Boca Raton, “Although born in Cuba, most [of the artists] received their art education in Miami, and then remained in their adopted city, forming a strong community of artists that contributed to the growth of Miami as an international art center.” “The Miami Generation: Revisited” runs through Sept. 21.</p> <p><img alt="" height="319" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/9circles.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “9 Circles”</strong></p> <p>Where: Artistic Vibes, 12986 S.W. 89<sup>th</sup> Ave., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25 general admission, free for audience members under the age of 25, with ID</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The title of this spartan antiwar psychodrama, written by Jesuit priest Bill Cain, is inspired by Dante’s <em>Inferno</em>. In a tale that unfolds in nine chapters, or “circles,” a mentally imbalanced American Army grunt who is alleged to have committed an unspeakable atrocity while stationed in Iraq undergoes his own descent into Hell back home: a months-long procession of Army attorneys, ministers, psychologists and civilian lawyers, who alternately try to understand his psyche, use him as a political pawn and bring him to Jesus. At two hours and 15 minutes, this heady play is receiving a commendable production from Ground Up and Rising, a Miami-based theater company prone to mounting fearless, provocative works like this one. I attended a preview production this past weekend, and “9 Circles” is well worth seeing, if a smidge overlong. Christian Vandepas’ performance as the disturbed soldier is a tour de force. It runs Saturdays and Sundays only through July 20.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/960.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Dana Carvey and Dennis Miller</strong></p> <p>Where: Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $54–$79</p> <p>Contact: 800/745-3000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Radio talker Dennis Miller is considered one of our most prominent “9-11 conservatives”—a comedian who was once liberal (and still is on some social issues) but who turned to the right after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. As a result, the loquacious former “Weekend Update” host and author of <em>I Rant, Therefore I Am</em> may have found a home each week on “The O’Reilly Factor,” but in many ways he’s still the same Miller—a bottomless trove of esoteric political and pop-culture references that will have some comedy-goers laughing in the aisles and others scratching their heads. He’ll be joined on this co-headlining tour by the decidedly non-partisan Dana Carvey, whose ability to impersonate political leaders on both sides of the aisle—including a withering, dead-on Barack Obama—has not waned a bit since his career-making stint satirizing Bush the elder on “SNL.”</p>John ThomasonMon, 07 Jul 2014 17:41:52 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsDining out with the doggie<h3 class="Body">Delray Beach and the surrounding areas have plenty of places to take your pooch when you both feel like going out to dinner.</h3> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/dog.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body"><strong>1. Boston's on the Beach</strong></p> <p class="Body">It’s midsummer, you’re drinking a cold beer and having a bite on the patio of your one of your favorite local restaurants. You look down and notice that your furry friend is dying for a bite. Maybe you throw him a piece but if you’re dining at Boston’s on the Beach, just order something from the “Pooch Menu.” You can order a non-alcoholic Bowser Beer for only $4 (or four bones, according to the menu) and follow it up with an order of Hen House Chicken Strips––grilled and sliced boneless chicken breast––or the Hot Diggity Dog, which is an all-beef sausage cut up into small pieces. Almost everything on the menu is under $9 but if your best friend’s been good all week, order the Hound Dog Heaven, a bone-in rib-eye steak for $24.</p> <p><em>Boston</em><em>’</em><em>s on the beach is on 40 S.Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach. For more information, visit </em><a href=""></a><em> or call 561/278-3364</em><em></em></p> <p class="Body"><strong>2. Lake Ida Dog Park</strong></p> <p class="Body">Taking your dog on a leashed walk around your neighborhood may satisfy his daily exercise requirement but sometimes a dog needs to run free. Fortunately, the dog park at Lake Ida West Park is the perfect option for energy-releasing activities. The dog park is separated into two sections, one for pups and dogs under 30 pounds and the other for dogs more than 30 pounds. It also offers a dog wash station in case your furry friend gets a little dirty and there are several dog bag dispensers around the perimeter of the park. And if your beloved pooch gets thirsty while running around under the hot Florida sun, you can take him to the Fido fountain to cool off. This public park is unsupervised so the Palm Beach Parks and Recreation department recommends you watch your dog at all times, keep up with all vaccinations and have them under voice control––meaning the dog will come when he or she is called. The dog park is open from sunrise to sunset, so your pet has all day to roam around and make new friends. A man’s best friend can only watch the World Cup for so long.</p> <p class="Body"><em>Lake Ida West Park is on1455 Lake Ida Road, Delray Beach. For more information click </em><a href="">here</a><em>.</em></p> <p class="Body"><strong>3. Colony Hotel &amp; Cabaña Club</strong></p> <p class="Body">If you and your four-legged buddy are not from the area or need a weekend away from home, the Colony Hotel in Delray Beach greets you with open arms. For its human guests, the historic hotel offers complementary breakfast, wifi, a heated saltwater pool and access to the hotel’s Cabaña Club, which is two miles away from the hotel itself, with a private beach and pool. As for its canine guests, the hotel offers pet blankets and water stations as well as a dog walking area with biodegradable bags and access to the hotel’s Cabaña Club for a day of sun bathing and pooch watching. While there is a fee for your beloved pet––$25 per night–– the hotel has no restrictions on breeds, weight, or number of pets per room. So come with your 12 Pomeranians or your two sweet Boxers; this hotel welcomes all.</p> <p class="Body"><em>Colony Hotel is on 525 East Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. For more information, visit </em><a href=""></a><em> or call 561/276-4123 </em>        </p> <p class="Body"><strong>4. “Bark Beach” at Spanish River Park</strong></p> <p class="Body">If your pup dreams of roaming on sandy beaches, then those dreams are turning into reality. Palm Beach County’s Parks and Recreation department introduced a pilot program called “Bark Beach” at Spanish River Park––snuggled between Lifeguard Towers 18 and 20––where you and your dog can finally enjoy some time playing in the water or perfecting the art of sunbathing. Bark Beach is only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to sunset (3 p.m. to sunset between the months of November to March) and permits are required before setting foot on the beach. A single weekend permit will cost you $10 but a year-long permit can cost you either $30 (Boca Raton residents) or $165 (non-residents).</p> <p class="Body"><em>Spanish River Park is on 3001 North Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. For more information, click </em><a href="">here.</a></p> <p class="Body"><strong>Honorable Mention: Darbster</strong></p> <p class="Body">If you’re looking for a place to dine that is also pet friendly, nothing fits the bill better than a restaurant that is named after the owners’ 17 year old poodle. Darbster is a vegetarian bistro that prides itself on its natural and organic cuisine as well as its charitable efforts to raise awareness on animal welfare. Sit outside on the patio deck with your pet as they serve you brunch––try its tofu scramble for $11––or dinner––its vegetarian and gluten-free tacos will cost you $13. A portion of the restaurant’s profits goes toward the Darbster Foundation, created by the owners, Ellen Quinlan and Alan Gould, which helps with the spaying and neutering  of cats and dogs as well as sponsoring medical car for the animals. For those who need extra convincing, bring your pet with you on Sundays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and you’ll get 20 percent off your entrée.</p> <p class="Body"><em>Darbster is at 6299 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. For more information, visit </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em> or call 561/586-2622</em></p> <p class="BodyA"><strong>About Michelle:</strong><em></em></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</em></p>Michelle FerrandMon, 07 Jul 2014 16:23:24 +0000 BeachIt&#39;s Not the Heat, It&#39;s the Pizza<p>We know he can dunk the basketball, and swat opposing players’ jumpshots away like buzzing gnats. But can <strong>LeBron James</strong> make a really good pizza?</p> <p>We’re about to find out.</p> <p><img alt="" height="304" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/blazepizza.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Okay, so the Chosen One won’t really be slaving away in a hot kitchen, building pies for hungry South Floridians. But he is an investor in a group that will be bringing a trio of <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Blaze Pizza</strong></a> joints to our little corner of paradise.</p> <p>The California-based company, known for its build-it-yourself artisanal pies cooking over a blazing flame in a blazingly fast three minutes, will open a pair of local Blazes sometime this fall, one in Fort Lauderdale, the other in Boca’s Fifth Avenue Shops on North Fed. A third Blaze set for Davie is slated to debut in early 2015.</p> <p>The concept is similar to Chipotle and other “fast casual” semi-gourmet eateries, with “pizzasmiths” working an assembly line to build your pie and send it off to the fiery hot ovens faster than you can say, “Hold the anchovies.”</p> <p>Along with signature pies like a classic sausage, tomato sauce and mozzarella and pesto with grilled chicken and arugula, pizzaphiles can also choose from ingredients ranging from meatballs, sausage and bacon to artichokes, kalamata olives and pineapple. Seven different cheeses are also offered, as are sauces from red to white to pesto to barbecue.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 07 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsBarbie&#39;s Close-Up Needs More Scrutiny<p>If the Norton Museum of Art’s <strong>“Wheels and Heels” exhibition</strong>—its look at the iconic Barbie and Hot Wheels toy brands through the ages—wants to teach us anything, it’s that these iconic playthings have changed with the times.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/6norton_graysonhoffman_smallsize.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>They’ve grown in technical sophistication and thematic density, expanding from matchbook-sized model cars to superhighway systems and from dolls in modest print dresses to fashion-forward women with Dream houses and sports cars and, significantly, professions that aren’t limited to nursing and flight-attending.</p> <p>Except that Barbie really hasn’t changed. She may be able to don Native American headdresses and Harley jackets now, but she’s still the same impossibly proportioned fantasy object. The world around her may have grown more progressive, but Barbie herself is a permanently unattainable fixture, fundamentally unchanged since her 1959 debut in a zebra-patterned swimsuit. In real life, her dimensions would be roughly 36-18-33, her diet presumably consisting of raw celery and the occasional dressing-less salad.</p> <p>And by focusing only on the positive aspects of Barbie’s 55-year existence—as an educational primer for young girls on topics ranging from relationships and schooling to ethnic diversity—and not on the doll’s incalculably deleterious impact on the bodies of impressionable women, “Wheels and Heels” does a disservice to the Norton. It’s a hagiographic Mattel commercial masquerading as an evenhanded assessment of the toys’ cultural impact. Little girls will enjoy touring it—the museum was filled with them during a morning visit this week—but the show’s lack of insight into Barbie’s damaging effects is doing them more harm than good.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/46norton_graysonhoffman_sm.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>As for the model cars, which constitute the “Wheels” half of “Wheels and Heels,” I found nothing objectionable in them, and I liked this part of the exhibition the most. If Barbie dolls ostensibly prepared young girls for Life, Matchbox cars and their various accouterments prepared young motorists for life on the road. The earliest examples of these die-cast metal replicas were varied, encompassing a far broader scope of the driving populace than Barbie dolls did the female gender; you’ll see moving vans and oil tankers, London buses and cement trucks, sports cars and the garages to house them.</p> <p>With the brand’s evolution into sleekly designed automotive futurism, the modern Hot Wheels models continue to look one step ahead of today’s technology—and they seem like they’re in motion even when they’re not. Their makers’ engineering ingenuity is apparent in Mattel’s elaborate, rollercoaster-like tracks and, later, complete highway systems with tollbooths, street lamps and road signs. But the streamlining of its cars as speedy, next-gen fantasy objects for boys led to a decline in technical detail and accuracy, a fact of which the show’s curator reminds us a number of times, his disappointment left unsaid but palpably felt.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/11norton_graysonhoffman_smallsize.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Nevertheless, the Hot Wheels portion has some merit—but I can’t get behind the Barbie displays at all. The offensiveness of this “exploration” of the doll is, at first, the stuff of ludicrous amusement: A Babysitter Barbie’s reading material includes a weight-loss book, and it’s safe to assume her makers were not subversive ironists when they gave it to her. When an African-American Barbie is finally introduced in the 1980s, she dons a big Afro, and the phrase “She’s dynamite” is scrawled along the bottom of the box. All the doll is missing is a shoulder-mount boombox blasting some Blaxploitation soundtrack … and we’re supposed to applaud Mattel for its diversity?</p> <p>I was, in fact, more bothered by the self-congratulatory ethos of the brand’s “We Girls Can Do Anything” campaign, which began in 1985 and which saw Barbie entering the Air Force, playing in the NBA, becoming a sign language interpreter and running for president. Had this campaign launched in, I don’t know, 1961, that might be saying something. But this is a brand that waits until progressive ideas are safely embraced by the mass populace before endowing its avatars with them. And it goes without saying that in all incarnations, Barbie still bears the same unattainable hourglass figure, her “weight” p